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Publication numberUS3830361 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 20, 1974
Filing dateNov 13, 1972
Priority dateNov 13, 1972
Also published asCA987268A1, DE2353410A1
Publication numberUS 3830361 A, US 3830361A, US-A-3830361, US3830361 A, US3830361A
InventorsKlygis M
Original AssigneeIllinois Tool Works
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Carrier and package formed thereby
US 3830361 A
Abstract
The embodiment of the invention disclosed herein is directed to a carrier package comprising a plurality of containers and a sheet of plastic material having at least a pair of oppositely arranged elongated sockets formed therein. The sheet plastic material is rectangular in configuration and has a major dimension and a minor dimension which are approximately one half the major dimension. The sockets formed therein are each formed by spaced apart circular portions joined together by straight line portions. Preferably the marginal portion of the sockets form parallel lines with the marginal portion of the rectangular sheet while angular lines are formed by the sockets at the anterior portion of the sheet. The sockets are formed by semi-circular portions of different diameters, preferably the larger diameter being positioned at the corner portions of the rectangular sheet. A handle is formed at the intersection of the longitudinal and transverse central axes of the sheet.
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United States Patent [1 1 Klygis Aug. 20, 1974 CARRIER AND PACKAGE FORMED THEREBY [75] Inventor: Mindaugas Julius Klygis, Evergreen Park, Ill.

[73] Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Chicago,

Ill.

[22] Filed: Nov. 13, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 305,729

[52] US. Cl. 206/150, 206/428 [51] Int. Cl B65d 75/00 [58] Field of Search 206/65 R, 65 C, 65 E; 294/87 R, 87.2

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,874,835 2/1959 Poupitch 206/65 C 3,044,230 7/1962 Fisher 294/87.2 3,269,530 8/1966 Wanderer 206/65 C 3,385,626 5/1968 Wozniak 294/87.2 3,733,100 5/1973 Tanzer 206/65 C X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,515,838 1/1968 France 206/65 E 556,864 8/l957 Belgium 206/65 C Primary ExaminerWilliam I. Price Assistant Examiner-Steven E. Lipman Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Olson, Trexler, Wolters, Bushnell & Fosse, Ltd.

[57] ABSTRACT The embodiment of the invention disclosed herein is directed to a carrier package comprising a plurality of containers and a sheet of plastic material having at least a pair of oppositely arranged elongated sockets formed therein. The sheet plastic material is rectangular in configuration and has a major dimension and a minor dimension which are approximately one half the major dimension. The sockets formed therein are each formed by spaced apart circular portions joined together by straight line portions. Preferably the marginal portion of the sockets form parallel lines with the marginal portion of the rectangular sheet while angular lines are formed by the sockets at the anterior portion of the sheet. The sockets are formed by semicircular portions of different diameters, preferably the larger diameter being positioned at the corner portions of the rectangular sheet. A handle is formed at the intersection of the longitudinal and transverse central axes of the sheet.

2 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures Z0 24 w, r 1 24 ENTEU M1 2 01974 CARRIER AND PACKAGE FORMED THEREBY BACKGROUND or THE INVENTION This invention relates to a package or article carrier, and more particularly, to a receptacle for holding and carrying containers used for motor oil and the like, and the resulting package formed thereby.

Various packaging techniques have been employed in the past to secure large containers, such as quart cans of motor oil. Generally 24 1 quart cans are placed in a cardboard carton for bulk transport from place to place. However, when transporting smaller quantities of quart cans it is necessary to pick up each can individually from the carton. In the alternative single containers carrying or quarts are provided so that a specific quantity of motor oil is easily handled for pouring into motor vehicles. Many modern motor vehicles generally require 4 quarts of motor oil per oil change. Therefore, the 5 to 10 quart size cans are inconvenient in that it is difficult to determine when the exact quantity, 4 quarts, of motor oil is poured therefrom into the engine crankcase.

Also, when pouring motor oil from the large ten quart containers, it is difficult to handle when initially full, and to minimize spillage and waste it may be necessary to transfer the oil from the large container to a smaller container for pouring into a motor vehicle engine. Therefore, the advantage of minimizing packaging cost by providing large containers of motor oil is circumvented by the increased difficulty in pouring the oil from the large container into the engine.

It is therefore most desirable, from a convenience standpoint, to ship, store, and pour motor oil in 1 quart containers. Also since many engines require 4 quarts of oil per oil change it is convenient to package the oil in 4 quart units. This can be done either by disposable paper carriers or by a plastic carrier. However, when forming plastic package carriers of the type having sockets struck out from a sheet of plastic material there I is substantial waste as a result of the large circular portions being removed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide an improved carrier package structure wherein relatively large sockets are formed in a sheet of plastic material and such sockets are formed in a configuration to minimize waste.

Another object of this invention is to provide a package carrier having four sockets formed therein for carrying four container units of 1 quart size so that 1 gallon quantities can be transported easily.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a package carrier formed of a sheet of plastic material with struck out portions and with a convenient centrally located handle for toting the package.

Many other objects, features, and advantages of this invention will be more fully realized and understood from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein like reference numerals throughout the various views of the drawings are intended to designate similar elements or components.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the carrier package of this invention containing four containers such as 1 quart motor oil cans or the like; and

FIG. 2 is a plan view showing in full one such carrier and in fragmentary portions two contiguously formed carriers, such carriers being formed on a continuous strip and parted for individual use.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENT Referring now to FIG. 1 there is seen a carrier unit constructed in accordance with the principles of this invention and designated generally by reference numeral 10. The carrier unit 10 includes four sockets for holding 4 1 quart can containers 12 in a side by side position as illustrated. The upper portion of the cans 12 are provided with enlarged lip portions 14 which fit over the encircling portions 16 of the carrier 10 and cooperate therewith for firmly holding the cans until physically extracted from the carrier unit. To facilitate carrying 'of four cans a handle 18 is positioned at the intersection of the longitudinal and transverse axes to be centrally positioned of the four containers. This then provides sufficient hand room for comfortably carrying the heavy weight afforded by 4 1 quart containers.

Referring now to FIG. 2 the carrier 10 is formed of a blank 20 which is severed from a continuous strip 22 of such blanks which can be formed in a continuous process, such as by stamping the blanks from a continuous roll of elastic and deformable sheet plastic material. The blank 20 is then separated from the continuous strip 22 as indicated at 24 at opposite ends thereof.

Most advantageously each of the blanks 20 is rectangular in configuration with a major dimension approximately twice that of the minor dimension as shown in FIG. 2. The handle 18 is formed by a pair of spaced apart slots 26 and 28 so that the handle intersects the central axes of the major and minor dimensions. This then allows the positioning of the handle 18 to be in the middle of the four containers for uniform weight distribution. The slots 26 and 28 are provided with V-shaped side portions 26a and 28a respectively, to allow for freedom of insertion of the fingers and hands more uniformly to grip the handle.

To minimize scrap of the blank 20 when the carrier 10 is formed, a plurality of elongated sockets 30 are formed and arranged as shown in FIG. 2. The peripheral measurement of the sockets 30 is less than the correspondingperipheral measurement of the containers for receiving the same, and the stretchable characteristic of the carrier '10 causes the peripheral portion to take an axial configuration, as seen in FIG. 1, tightly to circumscribe the container and hold the same in the package. To provide a more uniform embracing of the 1 quart containers the configuration of the elongated sockets 30 is such that a pair of spaced apart circular portions 32 and 34 are joined together by straight line portions 36 and 38 as shown. Preferably the circular portion 34 is of a lesser radius than the circular portion 32 of each of the elongated sockets thus providing ample material space in the center of the blank 20 for striking out the handle forming slots 26 and 28. Score lines 40 and 42 are formed along the major and minor axes to facilitate bending of the plastic material around the upper portion of the 1 quart cans.

Accordingly, by forming a carrier structure as illustrated herein for carrying heavy 1 quart containers substantial increases in efficiency of use of material is obtained. While only a single embodiment of the present invention is disclosed herein it will be understood that variations andmodifications may be effected without departing from 'the spirit andv scope of the novel concepts disclosed and claimed herein.

The invention is claimed as follows:

1. A carrier package comprising a plurality of containers or the like, and a resilient, elastic and deformable sheet of plastic material rectangular in configuration having a major central axis and a minor central axis, elongated sockets formed in opposing pairs on opposite sides of said major axis, said elongated sockets being formed of spaced apart semicircles of different radii, a peripheral portion of each pair of semicircles being substantially parallel to the marginal edge of said sheet of plastic material to form a straight line and having the peripheral portion displaced inwardly of the marginal portion at non-parallel locations to form a straight line diagonally between said semicircles at the inner portions of the sheet of plastic material, and handle means formed by a pair of slits located adjacent said sockets and on opposite sides of said major central axis to be centrally located of the four sockets formed in the plastic material, whereby upon insertion of the containers axially into the sockets, said material is caused to stretch and deform to the shape of the containers for gripping and resiliently engaging the containers to resist container withdrawal.

2. A carrier package comprising a plurality of containers or the like, a resilient, elastic and deformable sheet of plastic material having a major central axis and a minor central axis, elongated sockets formed in opposing pairs on opposite sides of said major axis, said elongated sockets being formed of spaced apart semicircles of different radii, the peripheral portion of each pair of semicircle portions being substantially parallel to the marginal edge of said sheet of plastic material to form a straight line and having a peripheral portion displaced inwardly of the marginal portion at nonparallel locations to form a straight line diagonally between said semicircles at the inner portion of the sheet of plastic material, and handle means formed by a pair of slits p0- sitioned at the intersection of said major and minor axes to be centrally located of the four sockets formed therein, said carrier being assembled to said containers thereby enabling said handle means to be positioned upwardly at the intersection of the longitudinal and transverse central axes of the carrier to facilitate the gripping thereof by the user for transporting the containers.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/150, 206/428
International ClassificationB65D67/02, B65D71/50, B65D67/00, B65D85/20
Cooperative ClassificationB65D71/504
European ClassificationB65D71/50D