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Publication numberUS3926364 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 16, 1975
Filing dateNov 16, 1973
Priority dateNov 20, 1972
Also published asCA1001124A, CA1001124A1, DE2357341A1
Publication numberUS 3926364 A, US 3926364A, US-A-3926364, US3926364 A, US3926364A
InventorsJanhohen Veikko
Original AssigneeJanhohen Veikko
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bracing package
US 3926364 A
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United States Patent Janhohen Dec. 16, 1975 [5 BRACING PACKAGE 1,740,539 12/1929 Dunn 229/55 x [76] Inventor: Veikko Janhohen, Viikinmaentie 19,

00560 Helsinki 56, Finland Primary ExaminerWilliam 1. Price [22] Filed: No 16 1973 Assistant ExaminerStephen P. Garbe Appl. No.: 416,371

Foreign Application Priority Data Nov. 20, 1972 Finland 3255/72 US. Cl. 229/55; 206/472; 229/14 B; 229/65; 229/87 R Int. Cl. B65D 33/00 Field of Search 229/14 B, 1.5 B, 55, 65, 229/87 R; 206/472-475 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 10/1891 Randall 229/65 Attorney, Agent, or FirmKenyon & Kenyon Reilly Carr & Chapin [57] ABSTRACT The package is made up of an outer folded over bracing plate and an inner bag-like or tubular part which is secured on opposite sides to the bracing plate. The bracing plate is biased into an opened condition and thus causes the back-like part to also open in order to receive goods. The outer ends of the bracing plate can be secured together as by staples in order to form an enclosed package.

7 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures US. Patent Dec. 16, 1975 BRACING PACKAGE The present invention concerns a bracingpackage for packaging products that can be brought into a flattish shape, such as books, pa'pers,-records, tape cassettes etc., in particular for shipment by mail and which comprises a bracing plate and attached to this a baglike or tubular part, the bracing plate being folded double in likeness with the covers of a book to surround the bag-like or tubular part.

A package of the type described is known, for instance, from the US. Pat. No. 3,272,423. This package, which is particularly intended for use as a package for foodstuffs or as a made-up package of other rnerchandise, is not at all appropriate for rapid packaging of large batches of goods to me mailed. This is because the handling of a package to be compressed by folding its sides and provided with a flap closing the mouth opening is a slow operation. There is furthermore a risk that the folded side of the bag-like part bulges out so that it is no longer protected by the bracing plates. It is another drawback that the shape and size of the package are predetermined and the package is not suitable for packaging goods of different sizes.

The aim of the present invention is to provide an improved bracing i.e. supporting package which is particularly appropriate for second-class mailing, which I affords the most efficient protection possible of the packaged goods, and which is very simple to manufacture. Furthermore, it is an object of the invention to provide a bracing package which requires little storage even very greatly varying size, the size of which may vary from a few sheets of paper up to that of a big book.

These aims of the invention are achieved by endowing the bracing package with the characteristics specified in the attached claims.

As an example of the advantages gained by means of the invention the substantially improved speed of packaging may be mentioned, the use of the package according to the invention enabling a packaging speed of 2000 packages per hour per packager to be attained, while the corresponding rate for conventional packages is only about 300 packages per hour.

FIG. 1 illustrates a bracing or supporting package according to the invention prior to reception of a product; and

FIG. 2 illustrates a cross-sectional view of a package according to the invention containing a flat product such as a book.

Referring to FIG. 1, the bracing plate 1 has been folded about a bend double, like the covers of a book to surround a bag-like or tubular part 2 and to define a pair of opposed sides. With a view to swift packaging, the sides of the bag-like or tubular part 2 have been made adherent in their central parts to the halves of the bracing plate, 1, whereby when the bracing plate 1 is opened into V shape the mouth of the bag-like or tubular part 2 which faces outwardly. As shown, the part 2 has a pair of closed sides located along the open side edges of the package. The packaging takes place in a packaging machine, where belts transport the packages at a rate, which for instance in a machine for four packagers is 8000 packages per hour. The folding of the bracing plate 1 to be doubled has been so performed that the stress in the bend tends to open the mouth of the package, whereby the packager need only dump the goods to be packaged through the mouth aperture 1 space when empty and which can be used for goods of 2 into the package (the mouth being wholly within the plate 1). The packaging line has at its end an automatic closing device, which presses the upper edges of the bracing plates together with means such as a fastening clip (FIG. 2). In order that the protection afforded by the bracing plate 1 might be as efficient as possible, the bracing plate most appropriately extends on all sides substantially past the margins of the part 2. If required, the margins of the halves of the bracing plate 1 may also be secured to each other in the regions of the package ends, but when the package is used for secondclass mailing it is sufficient with one single fastening clip about the centre of the mouth aperture, in which case the contents of the package are easy to check. Depending on whether the package is intended for packaging paper sheets or books, the bend of the bracing plate 1 may be made to have a V shape or U shape, respectively. The invention is by no means confined to the embodiment presented above. For instance, the fixing area of the bag-like or tubular part 2 may extend fairly close to the ends so that only an opening of the halves of the bracing plate 1 sufficient for insertion of the goods is possible. In that case the stress acting at the bend of the bracing plate 1 and tending to open the package may be even very high, or indeterminate, without its having any harmful effect on the shape in which it appears in the packaging machine prior to packing. A higher stress in the bend also brings the advantage that the package opens of itself even after prolonged storage in flat shape. Referring to FIG. 2, the package can be used to packing a flat product such as a book 3 for example, for mailing purposes. In this case, the tubular part 2 receives the book 3 within the plate 1.

In order to package the book 3, the tubular part 2 has a mouth which is initially opened under the influence of the plate 1, as shown in FIG. 1. This allows the book 3 to be inserted. Thereafter, the two opposed sides of the plate 1 are brought together and the outer margins secured together via a suitable fastening means such as one or more clips 4 to press the book 3 between the halves, i.e. sides of the bracing plate 1.

I claim:

1. A bracing package comprising a folded over bracing plate having a pair of sides and a stressed bend for urging said sides apart,

a bag-like part for receiving flat goods disposed between said sides of said plate in secured relation to said sides said bag-like part being wholly within said plate and having an open mouth within said plate for opening when said sides of said bracing plate are urged apart, and

fastening means mounted on said sides for securing said sides together about said tubular part.

2. A bracing package as set forth in claim 1 wherein said sides extend past the margins and mouth of said bag-like part.

3. A bracing package as set forth in claim 1 wherein said bend is V-shape.

4. A bracing package as set forth in claim 2 wherein said bend is U-shape.

5. A supporting package comprising a bracing plate folded about a bend to define a pair of opposed sides;

a tubular part secured within said plate to and between said opposed sides, said part having an open mough wholly within said opposed sides and facing outwardly of said bend and a pair of closed sides located along the open opposite side edges of the a tubular part secured within said plate to and between said opposed sides, said part having a mouth wholly within said opposed sides and facing outwardly of said bend;

a flat product disposed within said tubular part; and

fastening means securing said sides together to press said product between said sides of said bracing plate.

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US461143 *Nov 10, 1890Oct 13, 1891 Fastener for envelopes
US1740539 *Jan 17, 1928Dec 24, 1929Dunn Harold EIce-cream-dispensing container
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US20100326999 *Jul 18, 2008Dec 30, 2010Mead Westvaco CorporationContainer having means for holding literature therein
Classifications
U.S. Classification383/33, 383/92, 383/109, 383/119, 206/472
International ClassificationB65D30/02, B65D33/36, B65D33/02, B65D33/38, B65D85/57, B65D61/00, B65D75/38, B65D27/00, B65D65/02, B65D65/12, B65D77/04
Cooperative ClassificationB65D33/02
European ClassificationB65D33/02
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Mar 9, 1989ASAssignment
Owner name: PUSSIKESKUS OY, A FINNISH CORP.
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:JANHONEN, VEIKO ILMARI;REEL/FRAME:005036/0891
Effective date: 19890224
Owner name: SEALED AIR CORPORATION, SADDLE BROOK, NEW JERSEY A
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:PUSSIKESKUS OY;REEL/FRAME:005036/0896
Effective date: 19890227
Mar 9, 1989AS02Assignment of assignor's interest
Owner name: PUSSIKESKUS OY
Effective date: 19890227
Owner name: SEALED AIR CORPORATION, SADDLE BROOK, NEW JERSEY A
Dec 29, 1988AS02Assignment of assignor's interest
Owner name: JANHONEN, VEIKKO
Effective date: 19881223
Owner name: PUSSIKESKUS OY, A FINNISH CORP.
Dec 29, 1988ASAssignment
Owner name: PUSSIKESKUS OY, A FINNISH CORP.
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:JANHONEN, VEIKKO;REEL/FRAME:005077/0179
Effective date: 19881223