Title:
Self-standing exhibiting package
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The foregoing invention refers to a self-standing exhibiting package that allows for transportation of its contained product from the manufacturing site to a point of sale; said self-standing package is characterized by containing and exhibiting the product, and wherefrom consumers may take the product at the time of purchase; characterized by being formed by angular beams that provide a preferably square or rectangular configuration with a plurality of angular crossbars that attached by their ends to said beams with a diversity of fixating devices, hence providing a plurality of peripheral supports at a same level at multiple heights and spaced between them, whereon stands containing and exhibiting various products are set, said stands are stacked or fixated with diverse devices on said angular crossbars providing the peripheral supports.



Inventors:
De Alba, Luis Felipe Rego Garcia (Mexico, D.F., MX)
Application Number:
11/066493
Publication Date:
06/15/2006
Filing Date:
02/28/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47F5/00
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Primary Examiner:
NOVOSAD, JENNIFER ELEANORE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John M. Mings (Houston, TX, US)
Claims:
1. A self-standing exhibiting package, comprising: vertical angular beams that provide a square or rectangular configuration, with a plurality of angular crossbars attached in their ends to said angular beams by diverse fixating devices, providing a plurality of peripheral supports at the same level in multiple heights and spaced between them, where stands containing and exhibiting various products are set, stacked or fixated by diverse means onto said angular crossbars that provide peripheral supports.

2. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 1, wherein said angular beams and crossbars are made of compressed cardboard.

3. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 1, wherein said angular beams and crossbars have an “L” shape, with both arms having the same length.

4. The self-standing exhibiting package as in an any one of claims 1-3, wherein said angular beams are set with their open face towards the inside of said package's configuration, so that said angular crossbars are attached by an arm to the corresponding adjacent arm of said angular beams, thus having their other arm horizontal to allow for support for said product containing stands.

5. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 4, wherein said angular crossbars being attached with an arm to the corresponding adjacent end arm of said angular beams, their other arm set in a vertical manner, hence each peripheral support has a housing shape in order to hold said product containing and exhibiting stand inside.

6. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 5, wherein the attached ends of said angular crossbars are attached at the same level on said angular beams, stacked one on top of the other, and said upper angular crossbars, aside from being attached to said angular beams, are attached to their corresponding adjacent horizontal upper arms, as a superior cap for the corner angular beams.

7. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 4, wherein the attached ends of said angular crossbars are attached at the same level on said angular beams, stacked one on top of the other, and said upper angular crossbars, aside from being attached to said angular beams, are attached to their corresponding adjacent horizontal upper arms, as a superior cap for the corner angular beams.

8. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 4, wherein said product containing and exhibiting stands are phased out from the center of said package, exposed to and beyond the middle of each face of said exhibitor, fixated to said angular crossbars with fixating devices.

9. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 8, wherein the corners of said plurality of stands phased out on each face of the package comprising an outer angular beam that provides more support to the protruding sections of said product containing stands.

10. The self-standing exhibiting package as in any one of claims 1-3, further comprising corner angular beams, set with their open side facing out and angular crossbars are attached on their edges with the outer face of an arm on the outer faces of the corresponding arm of the angular beams, such angular crossbars being exposed and substantially phased out, which are phased out from the center with a protruding section supported by other outer angular beams attached to the exterior corners of said product containing and exhibiting stands.

11. The self-standing exhibiting package as in any one of claims 1-3, wherein said angular beams being set with their open face outward and ends of said crossbars are attached by their outer faces to said angular beams; pairs of perpendicular angular crossbars are derived at multiple levels on each angular beam making “V” shaped supports, on whose ends other outer angular beams are ser for support; said “V” shaped supports hold crossbars with ¼ circle shape where other same or different products may be supported and exhibited.

12. The self-standing exhibiting package as in claim 10, wherein said angular beams being set with their open face outward and ends of said crossbars are attached by their outer faces to said angular beams; pairs of perpendicular angular crossbars are derived at multiple levels on each angular beam making “V” shaped supports, on whose ends other outer angular beams are ser for support; said “V” shaped supports hold crossbars with ¼ circle shape where other same or different products may be supported and exhibited.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is related to the art of packaging and bailing, more particularly to a package that holds and exhibits products in a point of sale, aimed to end users. More specifically, this invention refers to a self-standing exhibiting and dispensing package that allows for transportation of the product therein to its point of sale; said self-standing package is characterized by its ability to hold and exhibit its product at points of sale, and end consumers may take said product at the time of purchase.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Currently most products are individually packaged so they can reach end users. However, distribution and marketing of these products require bigger packages such as boxes or containers carrying a number of such individually packaged products in order to be transported and taken to points of sale for end users, where they are then unpackaged and placed on shelves or exhibitors designed for such purpose. Furthermore, they make such products appealing for end users.

Otherwise, such as in shopping malls and self service stores, individually packaged products are usually set in islands, placed at various levels and piled on the floor, pallet, stand, box or similar devices.

Accordingly, the constant need to have safer, trust worthier packages that allow for protection of such products being transported towards end users, as well as the growing need to have bigger packages or bales that allow on one hand to hold the product, and exhibit said product at points of sale on the other hand, where they may be displayed to end users, has generated the development of new packages that strive to fulfill these needs and avoid usage of or additional investment on acquisition of shelves and exhibitors.

Prior art includes some patents that protect and disclose packaging structures that satisfy the afore mentioned needs, such as U.S. Pat. No. 5,251,753 granted to Pigott et al. on Oct. 12, 1993, which refers to a combined product transporting and exhibiting unit, including a plurality of product containing trays vertically set with divisions vertically supported that keep a space between product containers. Under these shipping conditions, the bottom tray is housed and received within a flange that rests on a conventional shipping pallet. Each tray is provided with an individual angulated support member between an adjacent vertically spaced pair of trays. A beam on each corner extends the entire height of the unit providing additional structural support during shipping only. However, as may be disclosed and seen in the Figures hereof, each tray or plate contains products that in turn support the next upper tray or plate and so on, hence making it necessary for the products on said next upper tray or plate to be organized, then withdrawn in order to have access to products in the next lower tray, and so on, until products such packaged and exhibited in said unit is finished.

The beams on each corner are only used during shipping, and upon arrival to their final destination at points of sale they are removed, providing structural support for product protection during shipping only.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,161,692 granted to Stanley E. Knierin on Nov. 10, 1992 refers to a container device with open faces, which includes a cover member with an inner division wall that forms cavities that receive corner beams having a lower outer wall in order to tighten and hold the corners of a household appliance. Such cover and corner beams may be used separately at will. This type of structure is designed to ship products only, more specifically devices of larger dimensions such as household appliances, in order to protect and stabilize such devices during their transportation, not for their exhibition at points of sale.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,638,941 granted to Robert L. Watson on Jan. 27, 1987 refers to a cardboard container for shipping and exhibiting products, comprising of a plurality of product support trays vertically set one on top of the other, where the product on the lower tray supports the next upper product containing tray.

Other such patents refer to structures usually comprising trays or containers vertically set and with corner beams as structural elements that protect the products, during their shipping only. In all of them, products on such trays or containers support the next upper product loaded trays.

Said corner beams or corner pieces as reinforcing structural elements protecting the products on the above described structures, are made of compressed cardboard. However, such compressed cardboard beams have always been used as packaging material and not as exhibitors.

Accordingly, and including the above referenced and cited patents of the prior art, to this date there is not one structure that allows packaging and exhibiting of products in a plurality of trays, where said products do not have to support the next upper tray, therefore allowing placement of such products on different levels without affecting the structure's stability.

OBJECTIVES OF THE INVENTION

Making a self-standing exhibiting package that allows vertical placement of trays at multiple levels where various products may be placed and contained for their transportation and exhibition, and which allows for disposition of such products on said various levels and on any of their sides is the main objective of this foregoing invention.

Another objective of this invention is to make a self-standing exhibiting package that will furthermore be structurally functional, resilient, and long lasting available.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide a self-standing exhibiting package, which will additionally allow complete exhibition of the product from any angle and on all levels.

Still another objective of this invention is to provide such self-standing exhibiting package that will further make such contained and exhibited products highly attractive for end users at points of sale in self service stores.

Another objective of this invention is to make a self-standing exhibiting package that will furthermore comprise a unique and solid structure.

A still further objective of this invention is to make such self-standing exhibiting package available while also avoiding and eliminating the need to be put together at stores, and will furthermore avoid such product's organization for its exhibition.

Another objective of this invention is to make a self-standing exhibiting package that will furthermore comprise wide and visible areas for diverse advertising.

And all such qualities and objectives that will become apparent based on the general and detailed description of the present invention, supported by the embodiments described herein.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Generally, the basic structure of the self-standing exhibiting package in accordance to the present invention consists of angular beams (corner pieces) that form a configuration preferably square or rectangular, although it may be polygonal; a plurality. of angular crossbars joined in their end by diverse fixating devices on such corner angular beams, and such angular crossbars forming peripheral stands with a same level at different heights, spaced between them, where containing and exhibiting panels may be set with various products, which are stacked or fixed by diverse fixating devices on top of said angular crossbars forming said peripheral stands, allowing for such stands to be displaced.

Said angular beams and crossbars are preferably made of compressed cardboard, taking advantage of its structural characteristics of functionality, resiliency, cost and recycling capabilities.

Said beams and said angular crossbars are preferably shaped like an “L”, both sides having the same length, each angular beam is set with its open side facing the interior of this preferably rectangular or square configuration.

In one embodiment angular crossbars are attached by an arm to the corresponding end arm of said angular beams, leaving the other arm horizontal in order to allow for support of product containing stands; even though said angular crossbars may be set with a vertical arm in order to capture said support stand from within and provide exhibition of the products.

End sections of outer faces of said attaching arms in the angular crossbars are spliced with an inner portion thereof in sections at a defined height of such attaching arms corresponding to said angular beams.

Upper angular crossbars forming the last peripheral stand, apart from being attached to said angular beams, are joined at their corresponding attached horizontal upper arms.

Attached ends of said angular crossbars joined at a same level on said angular corner beams, are spliced one on top of the other.

In another preferred embodiment of the invention, product containing and exhibiting stands are phased out of the center of the package, thus exposed to or beyond the middle of each face of the exhibitor, fixed with fixating devices on said angular crossbars, hence making stands exposed on opposite sides of the package.

According to the above embodiment, corners of the plurality of stands protruding from each face of the package, comprise an external angular beam that provides additional support to the protruding section of such product containing stands, comprising said outer angular beams, angular crossbars attaching them thereto, where they rest upon, and they may be fixed to said products containing stands.

In another embodiment of this package, corner angular beams are set with their open side facing out and angular crossbars are attached on their edges with the outer face of an arm on the outer faces of the corresponding arm of the angular beams, such angular crossbars being exposed and substantially phased out, where each angular crossbar attached to adjacent angular beams support a product containing and exhibiting stand, which are phased out from the center with a protruding section supported by other outer angular beams attached to the exterior corners of said product containing and exhibiting stands.

In another embodiment of the invention, considering the embodiment above, corner angular beams are set with their open side facing outwards, and the ends of said angular crossbars are fixed with their outer sides on the outer faces of said angular beams; multiple levels derive from each corner angular beam, perpendicular pairs of angular crossbars generate a “V” shaped support where stands with the shape of V4 circle in order to support and exhibit other different or same products, on which edges another vertical angle is fixed to.

These embodiments may be combined based on the desired configuration, and the characteristics of said angular beams and crossbars, as well as the products supporting and exhibiting stands.

In another preferred embodiment of the invention, applied to any of these afore mentioned embodiments, angular beams are supported by a base, tray or pallet under their lower end.

Attaching and fixating media for said angular beams and said angular crossbars and such stands on said angular crossbars are selected from a group consisting of screws, bolts, staples, rivets, etc.

To allow for a better understanding of the characteristics of the foregoing invention this description includes, as an integral part hereof, drawings with illustrative, and not limitative, character, and are described below with regards to the favorite embodiment of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a conventional perspective view of the basic embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package.

FIG. 1a is a conventional perspective view of the basic embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package, with another fixating device for the angular crossbars.

FIG. 2 is a conventional perspective view of another disposition of the product containing and exhibiting stands, according to FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 portrays another embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package in accordance to the present invention.

FIG. 4 portrays another preferred embodiment of the invention with corner stands or shelves.

A detailed description of some of the embodiments of this translation is given below to provide a better understanding hereof, with reference to the drawings attached hereto with illustrative, not limitative, purposes.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Characteristic details of the self-standing exhibiting package for various products are clearly depicted in the following description and in the illustrative drawings attached hereto, with reference numerals used to indicate said parts.

With reference to FIG. 1 that is a conventional perspective view of the basic embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package. In said Figure, this self-standing exhibiting package basically consists of corner angular beams 1 made of compressed cardboard with their open face facing the inner part of the rectangular configuration, with a plurality of angular crossbars 2 made of compressed cardboard attached on their ends by diverse fixating devices 3 in the inner side of said angular beams 1, and said angular crossbars provide peripheral supports 4 at the same level at multiple heights, thus forming a plurality of consecutive peripheral supports, where containing and exhibiting stands 5 for various products may be set on, which are laid on such peripheral angular crossbars 2 that generate said peripheral supports 4; stands 5 may slide so they may be withdrawn or inserted therein.

Said angular beams 1 and said angular crossbars 2 have preferably an “L” shape with both arms having the same length.

Angular crossbars 2 are attached with an arm on the corresponding adjacent end arm of the angular beams 1, their other arm then remains horizontal allowing support for product containing stands 5.

End sections of outer faces of said attaching arms in the angular crossbars 2 are spliced with an inner portion thereof in sections at a defined height of such attaching arms corresponding to said angular beams 1.

Upper angular crossbars 2 forming the last peripheral support 4, apart from being attached to said angular beams 1, are joined at their corresponding attached horizontal upper arms.

With reference now to FIG. 1a which portrays a conventional perspective view of the basic embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package, with another fixating device for the angular crossbars. In said Figure, angular crossbars 2 are attached with an arm on the corresponding adjacent end arm of angular beams 1, their other arm then remains vertical, so that each peripheral support 4 captures a product containing stand 5 inside. This same figure also shows attached ends of said angular crossbars 2 joined at a same level on said angular corner beams 1, are spliced one on top of the other.

Higher angular crossbars 2 may be fixed as fixated in the embodiment shown in FIG. 1, as upper cap for the end angular beams.

With reference now to FIG. 2 that portrays a conventional perspective view of another disposition of the product containing and exhibiting stands, according to FIG. 1. In said Figure, product containing, supporting and exhibiting stands 5 are phased out from the center of such configuration, exposed to or beyond the middle in at least two exposed faces of the exhibitor, fixed by diverse fixating devices 3 on said angular crossbars 2. Both outer corners of said plurality of containing, supporting and exhibiting stands 5 comprise an angular beam 1 in order to provide support to said exposed sections of said stands 5.

With reference now to FIG. 3 that portrays another embodiment of the self-standing exhibiting package in accordance to the present invention. In said Figure, angular beams 1 are set with their open face facing outward and angular crossbars 2 are fixated on their ends with their one arm outer face on the outer face of their corresponding arm of said angular beams 1, thus said angular crossbars 2 are set at the height of a face of the package with respect to adjacent faces, therefore it is possible that sections of product supporting stands 5 are exposed, which are phased out from the center, where a phased out section is supported by other angular beams 1 that are attached on the outer corners of product containing and exhibiting stands 5. Upward, said corner angular beams 1 comprise angular crossbars 2 as an upper cap.

In this embodiment, and as shown in the Figure, it is possible to have product containing stands 5 at the same height on opposite sides of the package.

With reference now to FIG. 4 that portrays another preferred embodiment of the invention with corner stands or shelves. Said Figure, aside from the structure and configuration as described with reference to FIG. 3 above, angular beams 1 are set with their open side facing outwards, and the ends of said angular crossbars 2 are fixed with their outer sides on the outer faces of said angular beams 1; multiple levels derive from each comer angular beam 1, perpendicular pairs of angular crossbars 2 generate a “V” shaped support where stands with the shape of 14 circle in order to support and exhibit other different or same products, on which edges another support angular beam 1 is fixed to.

This invention has been described with details enough so that those skilled in the art may reproduce it and get the results stated herein. However, any person skilled in the art of this present invention may do non-described modifications thereto but if the application of such modifications in a given structure or its manufacture process requires the subject matter included in the following claims, such structures shall be included in the scope of this invention.