Title:
Heavy-duty bottle carrier
United States Patent 2359678


Abstract:
My invention relates to the provision of paper board carriers for bottles, such as have now become popular in the sale and transportation of beverages, the carriers usually holding units of six. The principal objects of my invention are the provision of a paper board carrier which can be inexpensively...



Inventors:
Ringler, William A.
Application Number:
US40427941A
Publication Date:
10/03/1944
Filing Date:
07/28/1941
Assignee:
GARDNER RICHARDSON COMPANY
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
229/117.15, 229/120.15
International Classes:
B65D71/58
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Description:

My invention relates to the provision of paper board carriers for bottles, such as have now become popular in the sale and transportation of beverages, the carriers usually holding units of six.

The principal objects of my invention are the provision of a paper board carrier which can be inexpensively made from a minimum quantity of board, which can be made and shipped flat, but which when erected will be characterized by unusual rigidity, will afford better protection for the bottles both in the carrying and in the stacking of units, and will be of a more pleasing and logical configuration.

It is an object of my invention to provide a carrier which, after having been put into use, will retain its erected form after the bottles have been removed therefrom either wholly or in part, and to provide a carrier which is easily reloaded and does not depend for its ability to stand upright on the presence of bottles therein.

It is an object of my invention to provide a carrier which does not require any interfolding or other engagement operations for erection but which may be sufficiently expanded for the insertion of the bottles by a simple pressure operation. It is an object of my invention to provide a carrier in which, if desired, all bottles are separated one from another for greater safety. It is an object of my invention to provide a carrier which retains the bottles very positively and in which thedepth of the bottle engaging recesses may economically be made greater than the average while at the same time the carrier provides adequate display of its contents. These and other objects of my invention which will be set forth hereinafter or will be apparent to one skilled in the art upon reading these specifications, I accomplish by that certain construction and arrangement of parts of which I shall now describe an exemplary embodiment. Reference is made to the drawings wherein: Figure 1 is a plan view of a blank from which my carrier may be made.

Figure 2 is a view of the same blank showing the first folding operations.

Figure 3, likewise a plan view, shows the final knocked down form of the bottle carrier.

Figure 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of Figure 3.

Figure 5 Is a sectional view taken along the line b-5 of Figure 3.

Figure 6 is a longitudinal sectional view of my carrier filled, and is taken along the line 6-8 of Figure 7.

Figure 7 is an elevational view of the filled carrier.

Figure 8 is a longitudinal section somewhat similar to that shown in Figure 6 but indicating the condition of the carrier when used for stacking.

Figure 9 Is a transverse sectional view through the lower part of the filled carrier taken along the line 9-9 of Figure 7.

Figure 10 is a sectional view through the upper part of the filled carrier and is taken along the line 10-10 of Figure 7.

Referring first to Figure 1, I have shown there a blank indicated generally at 1. It comprises two main portions separated by a bottom forming portion indicated generally at 2. The bottom forming portion will underlie the assembly of bottles in the carrier and support that assembly from beneath. It is therefore made to be as wide as the assembly of bottles and sufficiently long to underlie all of the bottles in the assembly. The ends of it may with advantage be shaped to conform to the general outline of the assembly. The bottom forming portion is divided by a score line 3 and is articulated to body portions 7 and 8 by score lines II and 12.

The body portions 7 and 8 are made to be wider than the length of the assembly of bottles to permit of certain folding operations hereinafter to be described. Each body portion terminates in a handle extension 13 or 14. One of these may have a died-out hand hole II. The other is preferably provided with a similar opening formed however of cut lines around three sides and a score line at the fourth to leave a flap IS which may be passed through the hand hole I1 when the carrier is erected and filled. Similar flaps, may, if desired, be provided at each handle.

Body portions 7 and 8 are provided at their sides with a plurality of interspaced longitudinal score lines II to permit these portions to bend and conform to the rounded shape of bottles.

The edges of the body members I and 8 adjacent the bottom forming portion 2 are preferably cut straight as shown. In the formation of the blank of Figure 1 it will be evident that between the body portions and adjacent the ends of the bottom forming portions two areas 18 of the board will be died out. These may be discarded, if de0 sired, but they also have a utility which will be set forth hereinafter. The upper edges of the body members I and 8 may be cut along curved or intersecting straight lines to provide a somewhat decorative appearance; but since the side edge ;5 portions of the body members are to be folded over on themselves the dimensions and directions of the cut lines should be symmetrical so as to mate when so folded. Intermediate each of the body members 7 and 8 I provide lines of cut 19 and 20. These lines of cut extend to the central one of each set of the score lines 17 in the side extensions of the body members. The lines of cut may, if desired, be curved or configured rather than straight in order to givea decorative appearance to the finished article.

Referring to Figure 2, the first step in the formation of the finished carrier in knocked down form will be the folding over of side portions of each of the body parts 1 and 8 along the central ones of the score lines 11, as shown. If the board from which the carriers are made is a two-sided board, this folding over should be done upon the rear or "wrong" side of the board.. Then as shown in Figure 3 the structure of Figure 2 is folded over upon itself on the intermediate score line 3 of the bottom forming portion. The parts are then adhered together along the edges only of the original side extensions of the body forming parts. This may be done by the application of suitable adhesive; but I prefer to do it by means of rivets, staples 21, grommets or the like, such fastening means passing through four thicknesses of board as will be apparent from Figures 4 and 5.

The structure arrived at by these operations is one in which the two body forming parts lie together and the bottom forming part, folded upon itself, extends below. The two handle forming parts will be in registry. The knocked down carriers may in the form shown in Figures 3 to be shipped to the manufacturer for the reception of his bottles.

In the operation of setting up and filling the carrier the structure of Figure 3 may be pressed downwardly upon a suitable surface. This causes the bottom portion 2 to fold out flat, and spreads the lower portions of the body forming parts.

The body forming parts divide along the cut lines 19 and 20, the lower portions coming outwardly so as to be in a position to surround the bottles and the upper portions remaining adjacent the handle forming portions. The configurations of the parts produced by this operation will be apparent from Figures 9 and 10. It will also be clear from these figures that in making the original blank the width of each body portion 7 or 8 has been made to be such as to lie along one face of each row of bottles in the assembly, to cover the ends of such row and to extend along the opposite face of the row sufficiently to permit attachment to similar portions of the other body part. The bottles may then be placed into the carrier.

Where it is desired to separate each bottle from each adjacent bottle in the same row, I may provide my original blank with cut lines 22 surrounding three sides of a flap-like portion, there being a score line 23 on the fourth side. This provides flaps as indicated at 24 in Figures ( and 8 to 10, lying between the bottles in each row. Formation of these flaps and the placemen! of them as shown also provides the. lower bod3 forming portions with perforations through which the bottles or labels upon them may be viewed The end bottles in each row will be separated fron the end bottles in the other row by portions ol the body forming parts as best shown in Figur< 9. Where it is desired to separate the central bot. ties in one row from the central bottles in thi adjacent row I may employ the parts IS cut fron the original blank by placing them between the rows as illustrated at 18 in Figure 8.

For stacking the filled carriers I provide in each handle score lines 25 upon which the handles may be folded over onto the tops of the bottles in the positions shown at 13 and 14 in Figure 8.

When this is done loaded carriers may readily be stacked one upon the other.

In my carriers the bottoms of the bottles rest upon the bottom forming portion 2 as is apparent; and the body forming parts, dividing upon the cut lines 19 and 20 surround the bottles and hold them firmly in the carrier. My carrier is exceedingly strong and very rigid vertically. This not only makes for a longer life In the carrier itself but facilitates stacking, since, if the proportions are right, much of the stacking load is borne by the carrier itself. My carriers are formed by dieing-out blanks with the usual cutting and scoring rules in a cutting and scoring press, and are formed up into knocked-down condition by simple longitudinal folding operations and a single tranverse folding together with a simple stapling operation, preferably. Thus they are low in cost. It goes without saying that they ' may be printed if desired.

Modifications may be made in my invention without departing from the spirit of it. Having thus described my invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: 1. A bottle carrier or the like formed from a single sheet of board and comprising a bottom forming part to each side of which is articulated a body forming part, each body forming part adapted to be disposed at right angles to the bottom forming part and having a horizontal length sufficient to extend along one side of a row of bottles, around the ends thereof and partially inwardly from the ends on the other side of said row, end portions of said body forming parts being folded over on the body forming parts, each of said body forming parts having a substantially horizontal cut line therein extending substantially from one of the lines of fold to the other, the folded portions of said body forming parts being attached to the body forming parts on one side of said cut lines and the attached portions being further attached to each other whereby to provide a structure in which one so portion of each body forming part forms a central vertical partition and other portions extend outwardly therefrom, though still vertically disposed, to form a portion engaging the outer sides of a row of bottles.

6a 2. The structure claimed in claim 1 including handle portions on said body forming parts, said handle portions being in registry.

3. The structure claimed in claim 1 including handle portions on said body forming parts, said do handle portions being in registry, and flap-like members struck from said body forming parts to S provide separation means between bottles placed S n said carrier.

4. In a bottle carrier formed from a single i a sheet of box board the combination of a bottom forming part and two body forming parts articulated thereto at the outer edges of the bottom forming part, said body forming parts adapted to cover and engage the outer faces of two conS70 tiguous rows of bottles, and being of sufficient f length to pass around the ends of said rows and e to come together between the said rows, the upper portions of each of said body forming parts e being severed from the lower portions thereof in i ?T that area which encloses the outer surfaces of said rows of bottles, said upper portions of the body forming parts being displaced inwardly so as to lie between said rows and being attached together, said upper portions having handle extensions thereon.

5. A bottle carrier in knocked down form, made from a single sheet of material cut and scored to provide a bottom forming part and two body forming parts articulated thereto, each of said body forming parts having sidewise extensions beyond the bottom forming part, said extensions being folded over on themselves and against said body forming parts, said bottom forming part having a medial fold line and said body forming parts being folded over against each other on said medial fold line, said body parts being secured together by means also securing the folded over portions thereof, and said body portions each having a transverse medial line of severance extending from one of its folded edges to the other of its folded edges.

6. A bottle carrier in knocked down form, made from a single sheet of material cut and scored to provide a bottom forming part and two body forming parts articulated thereto, each of said body forming parts having sidewise extensions beyond the bottom forming part, said extensions being folded over on themselves and against said body forming parts, said bottom forming part having a medial fold line and said body forming parts being folded over against each other on said medial fold line, said body parts being secured together by means also securing the folded over portions thereof, and said body portions each having a transverse medial line of severance extending from one of its folded edges to the other of its folded edges, each of said body portions having flap-like configurations died therefrom to lie between bottles inserted in the carrier when erected.

7. A bottle carrier comprising a blank having a. bottom forming part and two body forming parts articulated thereto, said body forming parts having sidewise extensions beyond the ends of said bottom forming part, said extensions being folded over on themselves and against said body forming parts along an intermediate line, said body forming parts being juxtaposed and joined by means also joining the folded over portions thereof, said body forming parts being divided by a transverse line of severance extending from one folded edge to the other folded edge, said structure being erectable to form a carrier for bottles inserted between the lower portions of the body forming parts, the upper portions of said body forming parts lying between said bottles to form a handle, the parts of said original blank lying off the ends of the bottom forming part and between the body forming parts serving as separators between the bottles therein.

80 WILLIAUI A. RINGLER.