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April 10, 1962
H. w. FoRRl-:R
3,028,954
PAPERBOARD CARTON STRUCTURE INCORPORATING CUSHIONING MEANS
Filed Jan. 9, 1959
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April 10, 1962
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3,028,954
PAPERBOARD CARTON STRUCTURE INCORPORATTNG cUsHToNTNG MEANS
Filed Jan. 9, 1959
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with the present invention at the inner face of the ñrst
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PAPERBOARD CARTÓN STRUCTURE ÍNCORPÜ
mentioned terminal panel 22.
in order to provide for securing the overwrap 10 in
packaging relation about the cartons 12, the terminal
panel portion 22 is preferably formed at its terminal
signments, to The Mead Corporation, Dayton, Chio,
edge with shouldered securing tabs 32 and a registering
a corporation of Ohio
tab 34, while respectively aligned slots or slits 36 and 38
Filed Jan. 9, 1959, Ser. No. 785,883
are provided at t. e foldably connected edge of the other.
10 Claims. (Cl. 20G-65)
terminal panel portion 3b along the score 20 thereat
This invention relates generally to paperboard carton 10 for receiving the securing and registering tabs 32 and
RATING CUSHIGNING MEANS
Homer W. Foi-rer, Atlanta, Ga., assignor, by mesne as
structures, and more particularly to a unique arrange
ment for incorporating an exceptionally eñective cush
ioning means at the inner face of a wall panel in such
34 so as to lock the over-Wrap it? in packaging relation,
as disclosed in further detail in copending application
Serial No. 774,755, tiled November 18, 1958. Alterna
tively7 the terminal edge of the panel portion 22 may be
The cushioning means arrangement of the present in 15 arranged in any other suitable manner desired, aswith
a foldable edge flap (not shown), for gluing or stapling
vention is adapted for use to special advantage in an
or otherwise securing to the side wall panel portion 28
overwrap for a light bulb package of the type disclosed
at or adjacent the edge thereof foldably connected with
in copending application Serial No. 685,556, tiled Sep
the terminal cushioning panel portion 3i).
tember 23, 1957, which issued as Patent No. 2,905,316
The cushioning panel 3i) is particularly characterized
on September 22, 1959, and is illustrated and described 20
by an extent longitudinally of the blank panel series that
in further detail below in relation to an embodiment
exceeds the corresponding extent of the end wall termi
formed for this particular purpose. However, the-ex
nal panel 22, and by an arrangement of transverse arcu
ceptional protection afforded to light bulbs in such a
ate scoring therein by which it is conditioned for braced
package may also be obtained in rgeneral for other
inward buckling between the adjacent side wall panel
articles in any other type of carbon structure incorporat
portions 24 and 2S at the opposite edges of the end Wall
ing a cushioning means arranged according to the pres
a structure.
ent invention, as illustrated in the accompanying draw
panel portion 22.
' in the particular embodiment illustrated, the cushion
ings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a liight bulb package
ing panel portion 3@ has` a pair of extending tongues 40
formed with an overwrap incorporatnig a cushioning 30 formed therein with a width no greater than the adjacent
open ends of the cartons 12, and the arcuate transverse
means arranged in accordance with the present inven
scoring is formed at 42 in each of these tongues 4i) ad
tion;
Fi'G. 2 is a longitudinal section of the light bulb pack
jacent the extending ends thereof and convexly with re
age shown in Pi-G. 1, taken substantially at the line
spect to these extending ends. Also, the arcuate scores
¿i2 extend transversely in each tongue 4t) less than the
2--2 therein;
FIG. 3 is a transverse sectional detail showing the
cushioning means arrangement as seen substantially from
full width thereof and terminate at transverse slits 44
the line 3-3 in FIG. 2; and
and the tongues 42 are further scored at Ãi6 diametrical
ly with respect to the arcuate scores 42; these latter
FIG. 4 is a plan View of the blank for the overwrap
reaching therefrom to the adjacent side tongue edges,
employed in forming the light bulb package shown in 4-0 features being provided to facilitate iiexing of the cush
ioning panel tongues 40 to their inwardly buckled posi
FIGS. l, 2, and 3.
tion within the open ends of the packaged light bulb
Referring now in detail to the drawings, the light -bulb`
package illustrated in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3 comprises an
overwrap, as indicated generally by the reference num
eral ill, enclosing a pair of open-ended, four-sided light
bulb containing sleeve-type cartons l2, each or“ which
contains a pair of light bulbs B having the base ends
thereof nested at opposite sides of a partition element l2
and the large bulbous ends thereof arranged outwardly
adjacent the respective open ends of the cartons l2. 50
These sleeve-type cartons 12 may be and preferably are
of the type disclosed and claimed in the above noted
copending application Serial No. 685,556, and the over
wrap 10 is arranged in packaging relation about the car- ’
cartons
12.
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At this inwardly buckled position, the major portion
of each tongue 4t? provides a curved cushioning seat for
the adjacent light bulb B within the carton i2 thereat,
while the remaining extending end portion of each
tongue 4G beyond the arcuate score 42 therein forms a
bracing leg for the cushioning seat portion that not only
resists displacement but has exceptional strength against
deformation by reason of the arcuately formed score 42
at which the tongue portions are joined. If instead of
the arcuate scoresY 42, only straight transverse scores
were provided in the tongues 40, the bracing. leg
tons 12 to cover the open ends and opposite pairs of 55 portions thereof would . tend to displace easily to a
doubled position at which all cushioning action would
adjacent side walls thereof in the same general man
be substantially lost, or to deform readily and to allow
ner as is also disclosed and claimed in the above noted
copending application.
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For this purpose, the overwrap blank, as seen in FlG.
the cushioning seat- portion of the'tongues 40 likewise
to deform with a like eífect.
By forming the scores 42
4 is of elongated form and is transversely scored at 1d, 60 arcuately, however, the bracing leg portions of the
-tongues 40 are biased at their buckled bracing position
16, 1S and 2i? to define a series of foldably connected~
against displacement therefrom and have a very substan
panel portions 22, 2.4i-, 26, 28 and 3i?. In this panel
tiallyv increased strength because of the transversely
series one terminal panel 22 is formed for covering dis
curved form that they assume upon inward buckling and
position over the open ends of the cartons 12 at one end
that is likewise assumed at the same time by the cushion
of the package, the adjacent panel 24 for covering one 65 ing seat portions thereof.
side of the cartons 12, the central panel 26 for cover
A cushioning means arranged in this manner accord
ing the open carton ends at the other end of the pack
ing to the present invention has particular signiñcance in
age, the next adjacent panel 28 for covering the op
relation to light bulb packages because it aiîords a means
posite side of the cartons l2 in opposed relation to the
for substantially eliminating light bulb breakage during
panel 24, and the other terminal panel 3i) of the series
shipment of such packages. Light bulb packages of this
sort, which comprise a merchandising unit individually,
is arranged to form a cushioning means in accordance »
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are normally arranged for shipment in a larger shipping
case proportioned to receive layers of the packages, with
each package layer being formed by two package rows
in which the individual packages have the open sides of
the overwrap disposed adjacently. In such a shipping
package it has been found that the greatest light bulb
breakage occurs at the open light bulb carton ends adja
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said blank and intermediately of said extent with said
other terminal portion iiexed along said score, thereby
producing an arcuate contour in the surface of said iiexed
other terminal portion.
4. A paperboard blank comprising a series of foldably
connected portions, one terminal portion of said series
being formed at the terminal edge thereof for securing
at the edge of the other terminal portion that is foldably
connected in said series, and said other terminal portion
ent the shipping case side walls. Breakage is not a prob
lem at the inwardly disposed ends of the light bulb car
tons and there is little difficulty in protecting the light 10 having an extent longitudinally of said series in excess 0f
said first mentioned terminal portion and being arcuately
bulbs sidewise of the individual cartons in which they
scored laterally of said blank and intermediately of said
are packed. Accordingly, the cushioning means of the
extent with said other terminal portion flexed along said
present invention makes it possible to protect the light
score, thereby producing an arcuate contour in the sur
bulbs B effectively at the critical point in a shipping case
face of said liexed other terminal portion.
by arranging the light bulb packages therein with the
5. A package of the character described comprising a
cushioning means adjacent the shipping case side walls
pair of open~ended, four-sided, light bulb containing,
in each row of each package layer.
sleeve-type cartons and an overwrap therefor, said over
It should also be noticed that the above described
wrap being an elongated transversely folded wrapper en
cushioning means arrangement of the present invention,
closing and secured about said pair of cartons to cover
by virtue of its inwardly buckled disposition at the ad
the open ends and the opposite pairs of adjacent side
jacent open ends of the light bulb cartons 12 packaged
walls thereof, one of the end covering portions of said
in the overwrap 10, additionally serves the purpose of
overwrap having an edge foldably connected with one
holding the cartons 12 securely within the overwrap 10
against accidental lateral displacement therefrom. This
purpose may be further served by providing inwardly
displaceable tabs 48 in the opposite overwrap end wall
26 for positioning depression within the opposite open
ends of the cartons 12 adjacent corners thereof, and the
opposite end wall 26 may also be formed with embossed
of said side wall covering portions and an opposite edge
secured at the other of said side wall covering portions,
and said other side wall covering portion having a cush
inning portion foldably connected therewith and disposed
inwardly of said end covering portion, said cushioning
portion having a pair of tongues formed therein with a
cushioning portions 50, both as disclosed further in the 30 width no greater than the open ends of said cartons and
a length exceeding the dimension of said end covering
previously noted copending application Serial No. 685,
portion between said side wall covering portions, and said
556.
tongues having arcuate scores extending transversely of
The present invention has been described in detail
their length and with said tongues iiexed along said ar
above for purposes of illustration only and is not in
tended to be limited by this description or otherwise ex
cept as defined in the appended claims.
I claim:
l. In a paperboard carton structure, a wall panel hav
ing opposite edges thereof connected with adjacent wall
35 cuate scores so that they are buckled inwardly of said
open carton ends between said side wall covering por
tions at said end covering portion.
6. A package of the character described comprising
a pair of open-ended, four-sided, light bulb containing,
panels and having a cushioning means at the inner face 40 sleeve-type cartons and an overwrap therefor, said over
wrap being an elongated transversely folded wrapper de
thereof, said cushioning means comprising a panel ex
iining a series of foldably connected panel portions dis
tending between said opposite edges in an extent exceed
posed about said pair of cartons to cover the open ends
ing that of said iirst mentioned wall panel between said
and the opposite pairs of adjacent side walls thereof, one
edges, and said cushioning means panel being arcuately
terminal panel portion of said series being disposed in
scored transversely of said extent intermediate said op
end covering relation with respect to said cartons and
posite edges with said cushioning means panel inwardly
having the terminal edge thereof secured at the foldably
flexed along said score for braced inward buckling at the
connected edge of the other terminal panel portion of
inner face of said first mentioned wall panel between said
said series, said other terminal panel portion having an
edges, the iiexing along the arcuate score producing an
extent longitudinally of said series in excess of said first
arcuate contour in the surface of said buckled cushioning
means panel.
mentioned terminal panel portion and being disposed in
wardly thereof, and said other terminal panel portion
2. A paperboard wrapper comprising an elongated
blank folded and secured to form connected pairs of op
having a pair of extending tongues formed therein with
posed side and end walls with cushioning means at the
inner face of one of said Walls, said cushioning means
a width no greater than the open ends of said cartons
and having arcuate transverse scores formed in said
tongues intermediate their length with said tongues flexed
being formed by a panel extending at the inner face of
along said arcuate scores so that they are buckled in
said wall between the opposite edges thereof that are
wardly of said open carton ends between the adjacent
connected with adjacent walls, and said cushioning means
side wall covering panel portions of said series at the
panel having an extent between said opposite edges in
excess of said wall and being arcuately scored transversely 60 respective foldable connections thereof with said terminal
panel portions.
of said extent intermediate said opposite edges with said
7. A package as defined in claim 6 and further char
cushioning means panel inwardly ñexed along said score
acterized in that the transverse arcuate scores in the
and buckled inwardly at the inner face of said wall in
tongues of said other terminal panel portion are spaced
braced relation between said adjacent walls at said op
posite edges, the flexing along the arcuate score produc 65 adjacent the extending ends thereof and are formed con
vexly in relation to said extending ends.
ing an arcuate contour in the surface of said buckled
8. A package as defined in claim 7 and further char
cushioning means panel.
acterized in that said tongues have further scores ex
3. A paperboard wrapper comprising an elongated
tending diametrically with respect to said arcuate scores.
blank scored transversely to define a series of foldably
9. A package as defined in claim 6 and further char~
connected portions, one terminal portion of said series 70
acterized in that the transverse arcuate scores in the
being formed for securing connection `with the portion of
tongues of said other terminal panel portion extend less
said series adjacent the other terminal portion threof,
than the full width of said tongues and terminate at
and said other terminal portion having an extent longi
transverse slits reaching from each end thereof to the
tndinally of said blank in excess of said tirst mentioned
terminal portion and being arcuately scored laterally of 75 side edges of said tongues.
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2,197,510
2,609,136
2,654,472
10. A package as defined in claim 6 and further char
acterized in that the terminal edge of said first men
tioned terminal panel portion is formed with shouldered
securing tabs and a registering tab, and slots are provided
at the foldably connected edge of said other terminal
2,814,385
2,827,165
2,847,152
panel portion for receiving said securing and registering
tabs.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,888,855
Fuller ______________ __ Nov. 22, 1932
Ringler ______________ __ Apr. 16, 1_940
Sider ________________ _... Sept. 2,
White ________________ __ Oct. 6,
Stone ______________ __ Nov. 26,
Gentry ______________ __ Mar. 18,
Van Antwerpen ______ _.. Aug. 12, 1958
2,964,227
Goldsholl ____________ -_ Dec. 13, 1960
285,150
Great Britain ________ __ Feb. 13, 1928
FOREIGN PATENTS
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