US 20060266815 A1
A blank is shown that includes a removable portion that can be separated from an enclosed carton to create an opening. The remainder portion of the carton can be bisected by a fold or other tear line to allow the carton to be folded or “cracked” into approximately equal halves. These halves can then be oriented vertically to allow for display either on a retailer's shelf or a hanging display. Reinforcing strips can be provided on either end or in the middle for additional structural support.
1. A method of dispensing articles from a carton, the method comprising:
providing a carton comprising a removable portion and a remainder portion; the removable portion being defined at least partially by a tear line; the remainder portion being substantially bisected by a fold line; the carton having reinforcing portions;
detaching the removable portion along the tear line;
hinging the carton about the fold line to create two approximately equal halves;
positioning the halves on a surface to orient the product in each half vertically; and
dispensing product from either said half.
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orienting the product from a horizontal position to a vertical position.
4. The method of dispensing of
facing the carton forward on a shelf to allow dispensing from a carton half with product disposed therein.
5. The method of dispensing of
facing backward the emptied carton half while, simultaneously, facing the other carton half forward for dispensing.
6. The method of dispensing of
detaching the emptied half from the carton.
7. A package comprising:
a carton including a top panel, a bottom panel, two side panels, and at least one end flap, the at least one end flap attached to one of the panels and being capable of closing each end of the carton;
a plurality of articles in the carton;
a means for attaching the at least one end flap at each said end to close the carton;
the carton including a remainder portion and a removable portion, the removable portion being defined at least partially by a first tear line at a perimeter portion; the remainder portion capable of being separated along a second tear line into two substantially equal carton halves to allow each said carton half to orient the carton ends from a vertical position to a horizontal position; and
the carton including end reinforcing portions along an interior portion of each said end.
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15. A carton for a plurality of articles comprising:
a top panel, a bottom panel, two side panels, and at least one end flap, the at least one end flap attached to one of the panels and being capable of closing each end of the carton;
a means for attaching the at least one end flap at each said end to close the carton;
the carton including a remainder portion and a removable portion, the removable portion being defined at least partially by a first tear line at a perimeter portion; the remainder portion being capable of separation along a second tear line into two substantially equal carton halves to allow each said carton half to oriented the carton ends from a vertical position to a horizontal position; and
the carton including end reinforcing portions along interior portions of each said end.
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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/684,818, filed May 26, 2005, entitled “Hang and Display Basket,” the entire contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference as if repeated in entirety herein.
The present invention generally relates to a carton for housing containers, the carton having packaging, displaying, and dispensing features.
Retail products generally are packaged in containers, e.g., boxes, cans, cartons, etc., which are then placed on a retailer's shelf for display and sale. In order to reach a retailer's shelf, a manufactured product is packaged for shipping, then shipped, unpackaged, arranged, and maintained on a shelf. Once products have been packaged during manufacture in their respective retail packages, the retail packaged products are then loaded individually in larger shipping containers or cartons and shipped to retailers. The retailers then unpack the packaged products from the shipping containers and place the individual retail packages on the retailer's shelves. After consumers take the first few packaged products from the shelf, the retailer typically must then move the remaining packaged products on the shelf forward to present an organized and evenly distributed display. Additionally, the retailer must timely rotate the packaged products from back to front to ensure that the products do not exceed their expiration date. This unpackaging, fronting, and rotation of most packages products creates waste from the shipping containers and is expensive in terms of time and labor required for such operations. What is needed is a single carton from which individually packaged products can be shipped, displayed, and dispensed.
The present invention is directed to the formation of cartons having a detachable portion that can be separated from the enclosed carton to create an opening therein. The cartons are formed from blanks that are cut, stamped or otherwise formed from paperboard or other, similar carton material with the detachable portion of each carton defined, at least in some manner about its perimeter, by a demarcation line that is separable from the remainder of the carton to create the opening. The carton further can be hinged, such as along a fold line, such that once the opening has been created by separation of the detachable portion from the enclosed carton, the carton can be “folded” into two approximately equal halves, with a display opening defined in the upper portion of each hinged carton half. When the carton has been separated into halves, packaged products, which were oriented in interspaced, alternating approximately horizontal positions, become oriented in upstanding, approximately vertical positions in each half of the carton in a basket orientation. The packaged products are removable from either carton half through the display openings created therein.
During manufacture and loading, the blanks described herein can be formed into enclosed cartons and products can be loaded in either or both ends. The end user can remove the detachable portions from the enclosed cartons and open the cartons by “cracking” or breaking or otherwise separating the cartons into approximate halves. The cartons then can be placed in an upright orientation, such as by placing the lower portion of each half onto a surface, or hung from a display for dispensing. In an upright orientation, carton halves resting on a surface, such as a retailer's shelf, one half of each carton can be faced outwardly to expose the packaged products for display and/or dispensing.
When the exposed half of each carton has been emptied of product, the carton can be turned around so that the back half of the carton faces outwardly for dispensing of the product therein. Additionally, once the front half is emptied of product, the two halves can be detached from each other to enable discarding of the empty front half, or it can remain attached to the back half of the carton, for example to act as a void filler on the shelf or hanging display.
The present carton optionally can include one or more dividers to provide structural support for each carton half or for separation of the product therein. Additionally, the present blank and formed carton can be provided with reinforced areas at selected portions thereof to provide additional strength for carton integrity, e.g. during stacking, shipping, displaying, or dispensing.
These and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent upon reading the following specification in conjunction with the accompanying drawing figures.
To facilitate understanding and explanation of the blank(s) of the present invention, the elements and numerals described herein will utilize the terms “upper,” “lower,” “top,” “bottom,” “front,” and “back” to distinguish portions of the halves of each carton and of each blank. These conventions are included merely for ease of explanation and understanding of the present description, however, and should not be limiting in any manner. The descriptions of the panels as “upper,” “lower,” etc., also can be referred to as “first,” “second,” etc.
The present carton typically is useful as a container of products that are individually dispensed. For example, the present invention can be used in the dispensing of articles that contain products such as food and beverages. These articles can include food containers, including for example, containers being generally rectangular prismatic in shape, liquids and/or foodstuffs packaged in rectangular containers, and/or packaged products in plastic or other pliable materials. As shown in
The blank can have flaps at each end thereof, with the flaps being foldable into an engaged configuration, and an adhesive can be added to any desired panel to retain the carton in the desired enclosed or folded configuration. An access port or finger hole can be included along a portion of the tear line. The access port enables receipt of a person's finger or other object for opening the carton to begin to convert the carton from a shipping/storage configuration to a display and/or dispensing configuration. Although the access port is shown in a particular orientation and shape, here ecliptic, it could be formed in any other desired configuration that permits disengagement of the tear line to create the opening. Alternatively, the access port could be covered with a flap (not shown) that could be punctured or otherwise detached to provide access for disengagement of the tear line.
The side panel 12 further is connected to top panel 16 by fold line 14, top panel 16 is connected to side panel 20 by fold line 18, side panel 20 is connected to bottom panels 24 and 28 by fold line 22, bottom panel 24 is connected to closure flap 53 by a fold line 25, and bottom panel 28 is separated from closure flap 50 by fold line 25. The bottom panels 24 and 28 additionally are connected to each other by a centrally aligned fold line 26 that extends between fold lines 22 and 25 and is positioned approximately half way between the transverse fold lines 31 and 33. Closure flaps 50 and 53 similarly are separated from each other by a fold line 51, which extends toward a periphery of the blank 10 from fold line 26 across fold line 25 through closure flaps 50 and 53. The panel end flaps can be of any construction or geometry and are shown with cut outs in some portions in
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Typically, once the carton blank has been formed, the reinforcing portions, such as those shown that cover portions of the panels and closure flaps and portions of the end flaps indicated at 30 and 32, can be applied. These reinforcing strips or portions can comprise an additional layer of paperboard, or any other reinforcement strip that provides the desired support, such as those shown and described in U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 09/559,704, 09/818,023, and 09/971,469, all of which are currently pending and which are commonly owned by and assigned to the present assignee and which are incorporated by reference herein as if included in their entirety.
Additionally, a removable portion 75 (
The tear lines can be formed with fold lines, cuts, nicks, tears, perforations, cut scores, scores, creases, or any other inclusions, demarcations, or combinations thereof alone and in differing combinations along and in any panel or flap of the present blank(s). The particular orientations and combinations of the tear line shown in the figures are exemplary and should not be construed as limiting in any manner.
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In order to form the blank into a carton, generally, the blank is folded into a sleeve configuration then the flaps are glued to result in a carton with two closed ends. Once the blank is formed into a carton sleeve, product is loaded into the carton and the various end flaps on both ends are closed. These various end flaps and the panels that form the sleeve generally are held together by glue and/or other adhesive means. The blank shown in the figures is provided with exemplary dimensions for reference and is not restricted to the dimensions or scale provided. Thus, wider panels can be provided to accommodate larger products to be stored, displayed, and dispensed as desired or necessary and smaller dimensions can be provided to accommodate smaller products as desired or necessary.
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The present blank and carton can be formed in any size or in any configuration. For example, an alternate blank 110, shown in
Also included on blank 110, as shown in
A removable portion 175 is defined at least along part of a perimeter thereof by a series of fold or tear lines. For example, the tear line 154 extends in an arcuate pattern through a portion of side panel 112 and continues into top panel 116 along tear lines 152 and 158 that are substantially parallel to transverse fold lines 131 and 133 and are spaced from each other a predetermined width. The tear lines can include cuts, creases, cut scores, scores, perforations, nicks, tears, creases, folds, or other inclusions or combinations thereof to allow separation of the opening feature and to allow the halves of the formed carton to be formed into a basket display as detailed herein. As shown in
Generally, once the carton halves are placed in a vertical position, such as on a display or retail shelf, product can be dispensed therefrom. Once the product has been completely removed from a front half of the carton, the retailer can rotate the carton 180 degrees to place a back half into a dispensing position and/or can separate and remove the front half from the back half as desired. The front half of the carton can remain attached at the hinged part of the tear line to be used as a void-filler on the shelf to maintain a consistent and pleasant looking display. Alternatively, once the product has been completely removed from the front half of the carton, the empty half can be torn away at the hinged part of the line (26 or 126) and can be discarded. Whether the front half of the carton is removed from the back half of the carton or remains attached to the back half of the carton, the back half of the carton can be rotated to face outward on the shelf to allow product to be removed therefrom. Once all of the product has been removed from the entire carton, the back half of the carton, or the entire carton if the front half was not separated therefrom, can be discarded. A new carton can then replace the emptied carton.
According to common practice, the various features of the drawings discussed below are not necessarily drawn to scale. Dimensions of various features and elements in the drawings may be expanded or reduced to more clearly illustrate the embodiments of the invention.
In the embodiments shown in the figures, the carton is shown as accommodating packages, however, other types of containers can be accommodated within a carrier according to the present invention. The dimensions of the blank may also be altered, for example, to accommodate various container forms.
The blanks according to the present invention can be, for example, formed from coated paperboard and similar materials. For example, the interior and/or exterior sides of the blanks can be coated with a clay coating. The clay coating may then be printed over with product, advertising, price coding, and other information or images. The blanks may then be coated with a varnish to protect any information printed on the blanks. The blanks may also be coated with, for example, a moisture barrier layer, on either or both sides of the blanks.
In accordance with the exemplary embodiments, the blanks may be constructed of paperboard of a caliper such that it is heavier and more rigid than ordinary paper. For example, the caliper can be in the range of about 16-22 lbs. The blanks can also be constructed of other materials, such as cardboard, hard paper, or any other material having properties suitable for enabling the carrier package to function at least generally as described above. The blanks can also be laminated to, or coated with, one or more sheet-like materials at selected panels or panel sections.
In accordance with the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a fold line can be any substantially linear, although not necessarily straight, form of weakening that facilitates folding therealong. More specifically, but not for the purpose of narrowing the scope of the present invention, fold lines include: a score line, such as lines formed with a blunt scoring knife, or the like, which creates a crushed portion in the material along the desired line of weakness; a cut that extends partially into a material along the desired line of weakness, and/or a series of cuts that extend partially into and/or completely through the material along the desired line of weakness; and various combinations of these features. In situations where cutting is used to create a fold line, typically the cutting will not be overly extensive in a manner that might cause a reasonable user to incorrectly consider the fold line to be a tear line.
The above embodiments may be described as having one or panels adhered together by glue. The term “glue” is intended to encompass all manner of adhesives commonly used to secure carton panels in place.
The invention has been described in terms of preferred configurations and methodologies considered by the inventors to be the best mode of carrying out the invention. These preferred embodiments are presented as examples only and should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention. A wide variety of additions, deletions, and modifications to the illustrated and described embodiments might be made by those of skill in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, which is circumscribed only by the claims.