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Aug. 28, 1962
Filed Nov. 7, 1960
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United States Patent 0
Patented Aug. 28, 1962
constrained into stacks on their respective spindles. Axial
movement of the individual convolutions of tape cannot
occur because the entire flat side of each tape roll is
supported by the ?at side of the underlying, tape rolls or
by the spacer disc. There is, of course, a force tending
to push the ?at faces of a given roll together but even
Raymond M. Hoey and George Anton Kaiser, Chicago,
111., assignors to The Kendall Company, Boston, Mass,
a corporation of Massachusetts
Filed Nov. 7, 1960, Ser. No. 67,560
8 Claims. ((31. 206—65)
those rolls at the very bottom of the stacks are not ap
preciably affected by this force apparently resisted due to
This invention is concerned with adhesive tape packages
a combination of the stiffness of the spirally wound back
particularly with packages containing a plurality of rolls 10 ing, the support of the core and the adhesiveness of the
of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape.
adhesive mass.
The packaging of a large number of pressure sensitive
When the package is on its side, however, the spacer
tape rolls in a single container so that the package may
discs support the spindels and the latter support the rolls
be conveniently carried and quickly opened and closed
through their cores. In any event, the only rolls which
and yet such that the rolls are available in undistorted 15 can be contacted by a given roll on a spindle are those
on the same spindle immediately adjacent the given roll.
condition is a particularly di?icult problem. Unless such
rolls are protected from contact with each other and
with the container they become distorted in ordinary
shipping and storage. This might be anticipated when
it is considered that pressure-sensitive adhesive tape must
Such contact as can occur between rolls on the same
spindle is that between the ?at sides of the roll.
Cylindrical containers are preferred in this invention
because of their economy of materials and ease of manu
facture but it is obvious that the invention is applicable
have a very plastic adhesive mass in order to function
properly and that a roll thereof consists of the spirally
wound backing interspaced with a spiral layer of such
plastic adhesive. Conditions which result in squeezing
to a wide variety of containers particularly to those hav
ing vertical sides and horizontal bases and lids and con»
taining a plurality of rolls in a plurality of stacks.
The material of the container is not critical so long
the rolls or applying pressure to them cause distortion 25
either resulting in rolls out of round or axially displaced
as it is strong enough to support the weight of the con
rolls. These conditions are frequently encountered in
tents. We prefer metal cans but ?berboard or plastic
shipping and storage unless special packaging is resorted
containers are satisfactory.
We also prefer to use a
spring ?t on the container lid so that it may be readily
to. Very elaborate packages have been devised for as
little as a single roll of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape 30 removed but a screw top is satisfactory.
but obviously such elaborate packages are not practical
The spacer discs may also be of any material suitably
where large quantities of tape must be made available
strong but we prefer double thickness corrugated paper
because of its lightness and low cost.
in a minimum of time.
It is an object of this invention to provide simple suit
The packages of this invention are particularly con
able packages making available quickly and conveniently
venient for athletic trainers in preparing their charges
large numbers of pressure sensitive tape rolls in a single
for participation in high school, college and professional
package so constructed as to minimize roll distortion
sports. It has been discovered that many of the injuries
sustained by athletics participating in such sports as
during shipping and storage.
Other objects of the invention and the advantages there
of may be readily perceived from the following detailed
description of the invention with particular reference to
the drawings wherein:
football, basketball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer
and the like can ‘be eliminated or at least their severity
can be appreciably reduced by preventative strapping
with adhesive tapes. This means that each player must
be strapped. It is obvious that time is important ‘and
FIG. 1 illustrates the outside appearance of a typical
pressure-sensitive tape package of the invention.
that large quantities of tape in good condition must be
FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of the package of FIG. 1 45 available. The package of this invention satis?es this
requirement. It may be carried with the team as a single
broken away to show the construction and the contents.
FIG. 3 illustrates in cross section taken along line 3—3
unit to the strapping station Where it may be inverted,
of FIG. 2, the construction and arrangement of the pack
age of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 illustrates one convenient way in which a typi
opened (as in FIG. 4) and the spacer disc removed. The
tape rolls will remain stacked. A trainer applying
50 strapping tape to a particular part of the body of many
cal package may be utilized by inverting the package and
athletes will use about the same amount of tape on
removing the container proper from the lid or cover.
each. For instance, the rolls may be adjusted so that
each roll contains su?iicent tape to strap both ankles.
The objects of the invention may be obtained by the
use of permanently spaced spindles projecting through
A trainer may thus reach for a new roll for each athlete.
the hollow cores of the rolls of tape so that they are 55 When the strapping is ?nished, the spacer disc is again
restrained from contact with the package and with the
rolls on other spindles.
Referring once more to the drawings, 10 is the com
applied, the container applied to the lid and the package
inverted. It is unnecessary to load tape haphazardly
into the container and the invention preserves‘the tape
posite package including the outer container 11, the lid
for future use.
If desired, a very attractive outer appearance may be
or cover 12 and the contents. At the ends of the con
tainer are the spacer discs 14 at the top and 15 at the
These may be provided with ?nger holes be
tween the rolls to facilitate their removal if desired.
The spindles 16 project through loosely ?tting holes in
both spacer discs and terminate near or in contact with
the bottom and lid of the closed container. Between
the spacer discs and separated by wax paper rings 18,
are the rolls of adhesive tape 13 each constrained in its
movement by the rolls on either side and by a spindle
projecting through its core 17. When the container is 70
standing on its base as in FIGS. 1 and 3 and when the
container is inverted as in FIG. 4, the rolls of tape are
imparted to the container by lithographing or otherwise
applying diagrams illustrating the various steps in
strapping parts of the body.
We claim:
1. A composite package of pressure-sensitive adhesive
tape rolls comprising an outer container including a base,
upstanding walls from said base forming an open com
partment, and a removable cover closing said compart
ment, and contents disposed within said compartment in
cluding upper and lower separated spacer-like discs
parallel to said base, the outermost points on the periph
eries of said discs delineating an area substantially the
crossasectional area-of the container opening and ?tting
to container wall distances being such as to prohibit con
tact while assembled between rolls on adjacentfspindles
loosely~therein,-~a »plurality of hollow-cored pressure
sensitive adhesive tape rolls between said discs and a
and between rolls and the upstanding walls of said con
plurality of preformed parallel substantially rigid spindles
3. The package of claim 1 wherein the discs and up
standing container walls are closely adjacent at at least
each slidabl'y. projecting through aligned holes in said
discsandthrough the cores'of a number of said rolls,
said spindles being free of attachedextending projections
not freely passable in the extended position through the
three points so separated as to limit to minor amounts
transverse shifting of said discs relative to said Walls.
4. The package of claim 1 wherein the spindles are ar
cores of said rolls and extending substantially from base
to cover ‘of each of said containers when closed, said 10 ranged in symmetrical order.
spindles constraining the rolls thereon from contact with
5. The package of- claim 1 wherein the center to
rolls on adjacent spindles and with the upstanding walls
center distances between any two spindles is greater than
of said container.
the radii of any two tape rolls and the distance from the
2. A composite package of pressure-sensitive adhesive
upstanding wall to the center of any spindle is greater
tape rolls comprising an outer container including a base, 15 than the radius of any tape roll.
upstanding walls from said base forming an open com
6. The package of claim 1 wherein the outer con
partment, and a removable closure therefor, a plurality
tainer is a metallic cylindrical container.
of hollow-cored pressure-sensitive adhesive tape rolls ar
7. The package of claim 1 wherein the spacer discs
ranged in stacks within said compartment, a pair of
are formed of double thickness corrugated paper.
spacer-like discs with aligned holes separating said rolls 20
8. The package of claim 1 wherein the rolls on the
from the base and closure of said compartment the
spindles are separated by rings of sheet material having
outermost points ‘on the peripheries of said discs delineat
relatively low adhesion to pressure-sensitive adhesive.
ing an area substantially the cross-sectional area of the
container opening and ?tting loosely therein and a plu
rality of preformed parallel subsantially rigid spindles
each slidably projecting through a pair of said aligned
7 References Cited in the ?le of this patent
holes and the cores of one of said roll stacks and ex
tending substantially from base to closure of said com
partment when closed, said spindles each being free of
attached extending projections not freely passable in the 30
extended position through the cores of rolls through
which the spindle projects the relationship between ad
jacent spindle distances, the roll diameters and the spindle
Pratt ________________ __ Dec. 6, 1932
Conti ________________ __ July 29, 1947
Great Britain __________ __ Aug. 9, 1928
Great Britain _________ __ July 31, 1933
Germany ____________ __ July 12,;1956
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