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July 2, 1963
Filed Nov. 3, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 1_
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July 2, 1963
Filed Nov. 3. 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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United States Patent 0 ” C6
Joseph Portola Hamilton, Oakland, Calif., assignor _to
Crown Zellerbac-‘n Corporation, San Francisco, Calm,
Patented July 2, 1963
the thus de?ned wall portions are separated at the con
tainer corners by lines of weakness. These lower wall
portions or supporting panels are adapted to being folded
outwardly by downwardly telescoping the container walls
about the rigidifying liner so that the lower supporting
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panel attains a horizontal disposition in the plane of the
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‘bottom closure means and the upper supporting panel
3 Claims. (Cl. 206-52)
becomes angularly disposed in a truss like relation to
the plane of the respective container wall.
The invention pertains generally to a shipping con
tainer, constructed of ?breboard, or other suitable bend 10 Another object of the invention is to provide a shipper
dispenser tor a multiple arrangement of rolls of ?exible
able material which is adaptable to the packaging not a
strapping materials wherein the lower wall portions of
broad range of articles of commerce, the container being
the shipping container may be ‘extended outwardly in
conveniently convertible to a self standing dispenser ‘for
truss like arrangement to support the container in vertical
such articles by an easy and convenient manipulation
disposition and the container includes therein a rigidifying
of the container parts without the need of any extraneous
open ended liner conforming to the interior dimensions
of the container, the liner being open on the ends thereby
More particularly the invention contemplates a con
providing a horizontal top shelf for convenient attach
tainer having two basic elements, namely, an outer ship
ment of the ends of the strapping material in a con
an interior open ended tubular member or liner which 20 tinuously accessible manner.
ping container with top and bottom closure means and
Still another object is to provide in a shipper dispenser
conforms closely to the interior cross section of the con
of the character described, a means for supporting and
tainer in size and shape. In the outer shipping container
separating a multiple arrangement of rolls of strapping
lower portions of the side wall, as de?ned by parallel
material, said means comprising an interior transversely
transverse scores and lines of weakness along the por~
tions of the container side wall junctures included be 25 scored saddle like supporting member conforming to the
lower portions of the rolls of strapping and closely ?tting
tween said transverse scores are adapted to be exteriorly
open ended tubular members enclosing alternate rolls of
folded to provide pedestal like triangular formations
strapping. The tubular members being retained in pre
which support the container in an upright condition for
determined spaced relation in the container by the pro
convenient dispensing of the articles packed therein.
In the particular embodiment described herein the in 30 vision of pairs of aligned slots in the supporting saddle
member adapted to receive and retain lower corner por
vention resides in a strap dispensing container adapted
tions of said tubular members.
to the packaging and dispensing of a multiplicity of rolls
These and other objects will be apparent upon a fur
of flexible strap material. It has been the practice in
ther understanding of the invention as described and set
the past to package such rolls individually or, in the
ternative, it Was necessary to provide an axle mounting 35 ?orth in the following description. The accompanying
drawings illustrate ‘an embodiment of the invention and
for the rolls which was adapted to be suspended in some
form a part of the speci?cation. Like numerals and
manner whereby the strapping material could be conven
symbols therein appearing refer to like parts wherever
iently dispensed. By means of the present invention, the
they occur.
rolls of strapping materials are maintained in vertical
In the drawings:
relation so that they might revolve readily about their
FIG. 1 is a plan view illustrating the outer shipping
center axis as the ends of the strapping material are pulled
container of the invention.
from the package and thereby providing the desired
FIG. 2 is a plan view illustrating the rigidifying liner
amount of strapping material without di?iculty as by
which is included within the shipping container.
kinking or snarling which might otherwise occur if the
FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the container assembly
rolls are not con?ned in the desirable vertical disposi 45
showing the assembled inner liner preparatory to inser
tion in the assembled container.
The rolls of strapping material are maintained in the
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the fully assembled con
desired vertical relation in the upright strapping con
tainer with top closure in place preparatory to shipment.
tainer by means of a saddle like interior supporting mem
FIG. 5 is an exploded view of a plurality of rolls of
ber conforming generally to the contour of the bottom
strapping material supported on an interior saddle mem
portion of the rolls and 'by the inclusion of alternate
ber and separated by sleeves enclosing alternate such rolls
rolls in the container in closely ?tting open ended sleeves.
preparatory to insertion in the assembled rigidifying liner
These sleeves act as separators between the rolls and
and outer shipping container.
thereby prevent misarrangement of the strap material.
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the container in dis
The sleeves are maintained in a determined position with
in the container by the provision of paired aligned slots
55 pensing condition with the supporting panels outwardly
extended and the ends of the rolls of strapping material
supported on the top shelf.
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the container illustrat
shipper dispenser comprising an outer shipping container 60 ing the provision of a tear strip to facilitate removal of
the top closure preparatory to arranging the container in
and an inner rigidifying liner with the shipping container
in the saddle like interior member which are adapted to
receive and retain lower corner portions of said sleeves.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a
having bottom wall portions adapted to be outwardly
dispensing condition.
dispenser comprising an outer shipping container with top
respectively of the side walls A, B, C and D and also the
interior edges of the top closure ?aps 12, 13, ‘14 and 15
and the bottom closure ?aps l6, l7, l8‘ and 19 respec
FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a container in dispens
extended to provide a truss like support to maintain the
condition, the container having a partial depth liner
container in upright condition while the container con—
open on the top and bottom.
tents are being dispensed.
The container blank is shown in FIG. 1 wherein hori
Another object of the invention is to provide a shipper
zontal scores 10 and ill de?ne the top and bottom edges
and bottom closure means and a rigidifying liner con
forming closely to the interior dimensions of the con
tainer wherein portions of the lower walls of the shipping
container are de?ned by parallel transverse scores and
tively. Horizontal scores 20 and 21 de?ne the inner and
outer hinge lines of outwardly foldable upper supporting
panels 22, 23, 24- and 25. Score 21 also de?nes the inner
hinge of lower supporting panels as, 27, 28 and 29. The
lower portions of the side walls A, B, C andD designated
as supporting panels 22 to 2? formthe supporting floor
‘stand when the container is converted to a display and
dispensing unit at the point of use.
Vertical scores 30, 31, 32 and 33 de?ne the side bound
aries and the connections of the container side walls A,
B, C and D and score 33 also de?nes the inner boundary
the container is originally packed to facilitate the even
tual use of the container for dispensing without the neces—
sity of disassembling the container component parts in
order to ?sh out the strap ends. Further, as is often the
case, the strapping materials are often used over a period
' of time and during the intervals intervening such useage
the strap ends may again be secured to the shelf to assure
easy access. The shelf also provides a convenient resting
place for the required strapping tools and the like.
and hinge line of securing ?ap 34. Vertical slots 35, 36 10
In FIGS. 7 and 8 there is illustrated a modi?cation of
and 37 separate the top closure ?aps 12, 13, 14 and 15
the container which is particularly adapted to the display
respectively, while vertical slots 38, 39 and 46‘ separate
and the dispensing of articles of a nature that they are
the bottom closure ?aps'llé, 17, i8 and 19 and are ex
tended along the connections of the side walls as de?ned
by vertical scores 39, 31 and 32 to separate and de?ne
the edges of the supporting panels 22 to 29'.
The inner liner blank illustrated in FIG. 2 comprises
integral foldably connected panels E, F, G and H de?ned
by scores 41, 42 and 43. These panels are so propor
tioned that the liner may be assembled in tubular relation
and inserted in the shipping container, conforming closely
adapted to contribute to the stacking strength of the con
tainer during shipment and storage, as the rigid batons 47
shown. ‘In this case the liner may be disposed vertically
in the container, that is, open on the top and bottom
and may be of a height less than that of the container
and thereby economize on the amount of material required
and also provide better display of the articles therein
through the greater exposureof these articles resulting
from the reduced overall container height in the dispens
to the cross sectional dimensions thereof. in speci?c in
ing condition. It should be noted that in every case the
stances the liner may be proportioned to be disposed
container top closure must necessarily be opened or re
either horizontally or vertically in the container for rea
moved to permit telescoping the container walls A, B,
sons that will be hereinafter described.
25 C and D downward about the rigidifying liner and
FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the assembled rigidifying
thereby permitting the supporting panels 22 to 29 to fold
liner illustrated in FIG. 2, loaded with a plurality of rolls
outwardly into container supporting relation. The top
of strap material S preparatory to insertion into the as
closure may be opened by ‘any convenient means as by
sembled container formed from the blank illustrated in
.the use of tear strip, as shown in FIG. 7.
FIG. 1. When the container is utilized for strapping
The container and liner blanks may be assembled in
materials it has been found most advantageous to utilize
any suitable manner. For example, the container may be
a horizontally disposed rigidifying liner as shown, that
conveniently assembled into tubular form by folding the
is, open on the ends.
blank upon itself about the vertical scores 39 land 32 and
A loaded container with the rigidifying liner and con
tents therein and the top closure ?aps in closed secured
relation is illustrated in FIG. 4. It is to be noted that the
supporting panels, 23, 24», 27 and 28 being shown, com
prising the lower portion of the container side walls are
attaching the securing ?ap 34 to the remote free outer side
margin of the wall C by adhesive bonding or stitching in
a conventional manner. In the alternative, the securing
?ap 34 may be entirely omitted and the blank edges se
cured together by means of adhesively bonded tape. The
in vertical aligned relation prior to their utilization as a
thus secured together blank may then be opened to tubular
40 form and the ‘bottom ?aps 16 to
supporting ?oor stand.
infolded and secured
FIG. 5 is an exploded view illustrating a speci?c em
together in ?atwise relation by means of glue, staples or
bodiment of the invention designed to package, display
and dispense a plurality of rolls of strap materials. In
the top portion of this ?gure, tubular sleeves 44 are
arranged about alternate rolls of strapping in closely ?t
ting relation thereto and thereby functioning as dividers
between the rolls. The saddle like scored pad 45 is com
other suitable means.
The rigidifying liner blank, FIG. 2, may be assembled
by ‘folding into tubular form and then either inserting it
into the container in horizontal or vertical relation as may
be required. If greater container. rigidity or protection
of the contents is required, the remote side edges of the
prised of a transversely scored series of panels adapted
to conform to the lower portion of the contour of the
liner may be secured together by means of tape or by
the utilization of an overlapping securing ?ap in the
rolls of strapping material. The saddle pad supports the 50 .same'manner as illustrated in conjunction with the con
rolls S in the container and in addition provides means
tainer blank.
for positioning thetubular sleeves in a determined spaced
relation in the container. The means comprises pairs of
It is to be noted that the bottom supporting panels 26
to 29 are of a less vertical height than the top supporting
aligned slots 46 adapted to receive and retain lower cor
ner portions of each of the tubular sleeves 44. The
panels 22 to 25 as viewed in FIG. 1 to permit the desired
assembly of strapping material, tubular sleeves 44, and
container supporting relation. It may be expected that
the scoring of the container ‘walls and the upward ex
tension of the slots to de?ne the supporting panel end
saddle like supporting member 45 are arranged within the
horizontally disposed rigidifying liner which is positioned
triangular formation of these panels in the operative
edges may reduce the top load carrying capacity of the
within the assembled container preparatory to sealing the
60 container, however, any loss of container rigidity in
top closure ?aps thereto.
curred from this construction is compensated for by the
FIG. 6 illustrates the container following opening of
intact vertical walls of the inner rigidifying line-r. In
the top closure and the telescoping or" the container walls
the ordinary utilization of the invention the liner walls
downwardly about the liner with the bottom supporting
abut the under surface of the container top closure when
panels 26 to 29 forced outwardly into planar relation with
the container bottom closure. The upper supporting 65 loaded ready for shipment and thereby contributes to
panels 22 to 25 thus become disposed in angular truss like
relationship to the plane of the respective container walls
the compressive strength of the container as well as
A, B, C and D'forming a'self supporting ?oor stand
arrangement for the container.
container contents from possible exposure or damage.
It is to be noted in FIG. 6 that the ends of the rolls
of strapping material may be fastened to the top panel
member F of the rigidifying liner which forms a horizon
tal shelf in the operative dispensing condition of the con
rigidifying the lower container walls and protecting the
This provision for stacking compression resistance is not
needed in some instances as hereinbefore described in rela
tion to articles which are of a nature to contribute to the
stacking strength of the container and the liner may be
of a less height than the container as described in con
junction with FiGS. 7 and 8.
tainer. The strap ends may be secured to this shelf when 75
It is also contemplated that the extensions of the
of strapping material comprising a pair of aligned slots
bottom closure slots 38 to 40 which separate the support
ing panels are subject to modi?cation as for example the
use of perforations or partial slitting of the ?breboard
adapted to receive lower corner portions of the closely
?tting open ended tubular member.
3. A container readily convertible to a self-supporting
stand, the container formed ?rom foldable sheet material
material from which the container is tormed so that at
least partial strength may be retained in the lower corner
and comprising opposed parallel pairs of side and end
portions of the container while still lending itself to easy
cutting or rupturing of these fold lines to permit the
outward extension of the supporting panels 22 to 29.
walls, top and bottom closure means and an inner rigidi
fying liner, each of said side and end walls including a
main ‘body panel and two subjacent planels hingedly con
It is to be understood that the embodiments herein
described are illustrative and not restrictive and it is also 10 nected to the main body panels and to each other, the
main body panels of the side and end walls only being
to be understood that this invention may be susceptible
connected together by fold lines to form a container,
to embodiment in other modi?ed forms and that all such
said subjacent panels of the side and end walls being
modi?cations which are similar or equivalent hereto come
free {and unconnected at their side edges to said main
equally within the scope of the claims nex-t appearing.
In the claims:
15 body panels and to each other, top closure means secured
1. A rectangular dispensing package for at least three
rolls of strap material comprising a container having op
posed pairs of side and end walls, top and bottom closure
to the main side and end wall panels, bottom closure
means secured to the lowermost of said subjacent side
and end wall panels, the liner disposed within said con
tainer and in contacting and parallel relation with the
means and an inner liner conforming to a transverse sec
tion of the container, said container including a strap 20 interior surfaces of said main and subjacent side and
end Wall panels, said liner being in sliding contact with
supporting member and means for converting said con
the opposed pairs of side and end walls, said container
tainer to a self-supporting dispensing stand, said means
comprising upper and lower parallel supporting panels
in the lower marginal portions of each container wall,
with the top closure means unsealed convertible to a
self-supporting stand by telescoping downwardly said
said supporting panels hinged to each other and with 25 main body panels about the rigidifying liner, the lower
most of said subjacent panels folding outwardly about
the lower panels hinged to the bottom closure means, said
their respective fold lines and said bottom closure means
lower supporting panel adapted to be folded outwardly
into truss-like relation with the outer face of said lower
into the plane of the container bottom closure means
most subjacent panels in substantial engagement with
and the upper supporting panel folded angularly to the
plane of the respective container wall and to said lower 30 a supporting surface with the uppermost subjacent panels
disposed angularly to the plane of the respective main
supporting panel when the container top closure means
side wall panels and forming a self-supporting stand.
is opened and the container walls telescoped downwardly
about the liner, the upper and lower panels forming an
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
extending base member supporting the container in up
right condition for dispensing the rolls of strap material, 35
said rolls being positioned on an interior supporting
Syner ________________ __ Mar. 2, 1909
member comprised of a series of foldably connected pan
Glover ______________ __ Feb. 21, 1922
els in aligned relation, said supporting member conform
MacDonald ___________ __ Apr. 3, 1934
ing generally to a lower portion of the perimeter of the
Barry ________________ __ Apr. 3, 1951
rolls, at least one of said rolls enclosed in a closely ?tting
open ended tubular member, means in said supporting
member for positioning the at least one enclosed roll of
strapping material.
2. In the strap dispensing package claimed in claim 1
the means for positioning the at least one enclosed roll 45
M-ittelberger __________ __ Oct. 31, 1961
France ______________ __ Mar. 4, 1919
Germany ____________ __ June 11, 1936
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