[ii] Patent Number: 5,887,722  Date of Patent: Mar. 30, 1999
 BANDOLEER PACKAGING WITH EDGE HEAT SEALED TO BACKING
 Inventors: Jeffrey A. Albrecht, Silver Lake;
Hector L Vega, Oak Creek; Donald A.
Guth, Algoma, all of Wis.
 Assignee: American Creative Packaging, Oak Creek, Wis.
 Appl. No.: 878,308
 Filed: Jun. 18, 1997
 Int. CI.6 B65D 85/00; B65D 75/00;
 U.S. CI 206/714; 206/820; 206/526;
 Field of Search 53/445, 450, 415,
53/157; 383/37, 38; 206/526, 725, 714,
Primary Examiner—Paul T. Sewell
Assistant Examiner—Jila Mohandesi
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Eugene Stephens & Associates
A bandoleer package and method for the making thereof in which bandoleer packages can be used to hold objects that are dimensioned or relatively thick without the usual risk of damage to the object caused by burst rollers. The preferred embodiment is made by forming a tube from a first web around a card cut from a secondary web and an object to be packaged, heat sealing the tube to itself to form a bottom seam of the package and a top seam of a previous package, then bonding the edges of the tube to the card. By bonding the edges to the card, the dimensioned object is kept away from the edges, thus preventing crushing of the object by burst rollers. The second web is preferably coated with a material that facilitates bonding to the first web material. In the preferred embodiment, the first web and the coating are formed from resinous materials, such as polyethylene; but any suitable materials can be used. In another embodiment, the bandoleer package includes an adhesive stripe covered by an unperforated release liner. The packages can be automatically affixed to a substrate upon removal of the release liner and bursting of the bandoleer.
34 Claims, 2 Drawing Sheets