|Publication number||USRE35288 E|
|Application number||US 08/356,862|
|Publication date||Jul 2, 1996|
|Filing date||Dec 15, 1994|
|Priority date||Jul 6, 1992|
|Also published as||US5306060|
|Publication number||08356862, 356862, US RE35288 E, US RE35288E, US-E-RE35288, USRE35288 E, USRE35288E|
|Inventors||James C. Borg|
|Original Assignee||Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (35), Referenced by (12), Classifications (6), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This .Iadd.is a reissue of U.S. application, Ser. No. 08/125,352, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,306,060 which .Iaddend.is a continuation of U.S. application, Ser. No. 07/919,213 filed on Jul. 24, 1992 now abandoned; which is a continuation-in-part of a U.S. design patent application, Ser. No. 07/914,691 filed on Jul. 6, 1992.Iadd., now U.S. Design Pat. No. D. 349,459, .Iaddend.entitled Carrier Strap for Milk Jug Containers.
This invention relates to an inexpensive, integrally formed bottle or jug carrier strap for securely and comfortably carrying a pair of bottles or jugs by their neck.
Bottles and other liquid containers, in particular gallon containers, weigh a substantial amount. For example, a filled one gallon milk jug weighs approximately 8.3 pounds. Shoppers wishing to purchase multiple one gallon containers generally must use each hand to carry each container.
Bottle carriers which enable bottles to be carried by their neck are well known in the art, as shown by the following:
Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 4,235,468 discloses an integrally formed bottle carrier wherein the bottle necks are engaged in and supported by a substantially keyhole shaped opening. The bodies of the bottles themselves are clustered and secured by a plurality of integrally formed depending supports.
Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 4,471,987 describes and claims a bottle carder capable of carrying a plurality of bottles in a close cluster using a connecting band which is separated and apart from a bottle-engaging means mounted around the necks of the bottle.
Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 4,249,766 describes a two-element strapping mechanism, comprising a connecting band which is separated and apart from a bottle-engaging means around the bottle necks for carrying the bottles.
Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 4,093,295 describes an integrally-formed bottle carrier for carrying a row of bottles side by side by their necks. The bottles are locked into and removed from a plurality of uniformly based split collars which are mounted within individual frames interconnected in a single row by one or more longitudinally extending rigid bridging bars. The split collar is substantially keyhole shaped having splits in longitudinal direction. Oppositely disposed handles are also provided for.
Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 4,090,729 describes a strap for carrying a single bottle by the neck within a split ring opening within a frame member.
The above-mentioned prior art devices each rely upon a substantially keyhole-shaped split collar. Insertion and removal of a bottle is made by forcing open the angular portion of the collar. The bottle carriers are lifted by various means, including finger openings in the top of the device or handles which are pivotable upwardly.
The present invention relates to an inexpensive integrally formed bottle or jug carrying strap that enables the user to securely and comfortably carry a pair of bottles or jugs.
In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes an elongate grip with a ring fixedly attached to each end of the grip. Within each ring is a neck retaining collar attached to the inner circumference of the ring. The neck retaining collars are separated by laterally positioned gaps, forming a distal portion and a proximate portion. Radially aligned with the gaps are scores on the underside of the rings. Removal of the bottle or jug from the carrier strap is accomplished by deforming the ring slightly upward which will break the ring at the score, permitting the collar portions to move longitudinally relative to each other and permit the bottle or jug to be easily removed.
A principal benefit of the carrier strap of this invention is that there is no need to provide any additional structural elements to enable a pair of bottles or jugs to be securely and comfortably carried. The elongate grip allows the user's whole hand to grasp the loaded carrier mid-point between the load, resulting in a balanced, secure and comfortable hold.
Another important advantage of the carrier strap of this invention is that the neck retaining collars may be made quite stiff because removal of the bottle or jug does not require that the collar be designed to flex so as to allow the bottle or jug neck to be pulled back through the neck retaining collar.
The foregoing and other objectives, features, and advantages of the invention will be more readily understood upon consideration of the following detailed description of the invention, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is a side elevation view of a preferred embodiment of the bottle/jug carrying strap of the present invention showing two jugs mounted in the bottle or jug carrying strap.
FIG. 2 is a partial sectional view of the bottle/jug carrying strap showing the neck of a jug held within the neck retaining collar.
FIG. 3 is a top elevation view of the bottle/jug carrying strap.
FIG. 4 is a bottom elevation view of the bottle/jug carrying strap.
FIG. 1 is a side elevation showing the bottle/jug carrying strap 10 holding a pair of jugs 12 by the neck 14 thereof. When the jugs are inserted into carrying strap 10, they are held in close proximity side-by-side and the carrying strap 10 and jugs may be comfortably lifted and carried with one hand by holding the elongate grip 16.
The carrying strap 10 is inexpensive and easy to manufacture, being suitable for conventional plastic injection molding techniques. Recycled post-consumer polypropylene would be adequate as the major constituent material together with virgin material for the remainder.
Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, it can be seen that a pair of jugs 12 may easily be installed in the carrying strap 10 by placing the neck 14 of each jug 12 through the neck-retaining collar 20 in the ring 18 and pressing downward. Because the neck-retaining rings 18 conically taper upwards and are resilient, the respective neck-retaining collar 20 travels over the protruding ridge 22 of the neck 14 of the jug 12, snapping into place once it passes over the ridge 22, thereby holding the jug by nesting firmly under the lip 24 thereof.
Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 4, it can be seen that the elongate grip 16 includes ribbing 26 on both the top side 40 (FIG. 3) and bottom side 42 (FIG. 4) which provide rigidity to the carrying strap 10, while minimizing the amount of plastic needed.
Fixedly attached at each end of the elongate grip 16 are the rings 18. Attached to the inner circumference of each ring 18 is a neck-retaining collar 20 having a proximate portion 28 and a distal portion 30 formed by gaps 32.
The attachment of the proximate portion 28 of the neck-retaining collar 20 is substantially contiguous with the associated inner circumference of the ring 18.
On the top side 40 of the carrier strap 10, bridging connections 34 radiate inward from the inner circumference of the ring 18 and connect both the proximate portion 28 and the distal portion 30 of the neck-retaining collar 20 to their associated inner circumference of the ring 18. Unlike the proximate portion 28 which is substantially contiguously connected to the inner circumference of ring 18, the points of connection between the distal portion 30 and the ring 18 are bridging connections 34 only.
On the bottom side 42 of the rings 18, radially aligned with the gaps 32, are scores 36. Also located on the outer circumference of the rings 18 are tabs 38. If desired, instructions may be imprinted on the top of the tabs 38 instructing the user to "lift to remove". Lifting the tab 38 causes the ring 18 to deform and break at the scores 36, thereby releasing the jug from the neck retaining collar 20.
The terms and expressions which have been employed in the foregoing specification are used therein as terms of description and not of limitation, and there is no intention, in the use of such terms and expressions, of excluding equivalents of the features shown and described or portions thereof, it being recognized that the scope of the invention is defined and limited only by the claims which follow.
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|U.S. Classification||294/87.2, 206/151, 206/199|
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