EP0475147B1 - Blank for forming a package - Google Patents

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EP0475147B1
EP0475147B1 EP19910114060 EP91114060A EP0475147B1 EP 0475147 B1 EP0475147 B1 EP 0475147B1 EP 19910114060 EP19910114060 EP 19910114060 EP 91114060 A EP91114060 A EP 91114060A EP 0475147 B1 EP0475147 B1 EP 0475147B1
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Lothar Kraft
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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  • The invention relates to a band-like packaging material blank for fully enclosed packaging of a plurality of containers with a curved outer contour, for example cans, bottles or the like, with an upper part, side walls connected to the upper part and a bottom part adjoining the side walls, with an additional holder for the containers on The respective side area of the blank is provided in the form of foldable and / or pivotable upper side and lower side flaps, which are at least partially connected to one another or to one another after folding, and all adjacent side flaps are connected to one another via a folding surface, which adjacent side flaps in folded state connects.
  • Such a blank is known from EP-A-0 069 508. The special feature of this known blank is that the corner areas along the longitudinal edges of the containers each have a flat inclined surface which is formed by a folding line and an additional bending line running parallel to the latter. To fill the blank, it is pre-glued into a sleeve and filled in the pre-glued state.
  • GB-A-2 201 396 also discloses a sleeve-like packaging blank for a plurality of containers, in which the underside of the respective end face is covered by a closure panel in each case, so that incorrect readings by reading the magnetic strip codes of the containers are avoided. The closure panel is formed by around the outer contour of the corner area arranged containers curved side flap sections and a single lower side flap, which are connected to the respective side flaps via folding surfaces. Folding flaps arranged in the region of the open end faces ensure the stabilization of the containers, which are folded in between the top side of the packaging and the top side of the front end containers and ensure a supporting effect on the container in the axial direction.
  • The object of the present invention is to provide a packaging material blank of the generic type which, with simple mechanical handling, enables a very compact, fully enclosed packaging of a plurality of containers.
  • This object is achieved in that the lateral side flaps starting to set back to the front boundary line of the upper part are arranged in a curved manner in the folded state in accordance with the outer contour of the containers, and the folding surfaces in the folded state of the blank have a supporting effect between adjacent side flaps on the one hand and the outer contour of the associated container on the other hand, which results in a centering effect due to a horizontal and vertical bracing between the side and the upper and lower side flaps on the one hand, and on the other hand the side side flaps adapt to the outer contour of the containers in the folded state of the cut during the final folding process of the side flap region.
  • The packaging material blank according to the invention is suitable for securely enclosing a plurality of containers with a curved outer contour, the lateral side flaps of the outer contour of the containers nestling in the corner regions of the folded blank, whereby on the one hand a quite attractive design can be achieved, an enlarged advertising area for advertising prints Is available and finally, due to the full encasing of the containers, even a weaker material, for example a weaker cardboard box, can be used without the risk of the packaging tearing open during transport or the like. Due to the compact integration of the containers, which can be achieved by the measures according to the invention, an increase is achieved Transport security on pallets (ie with palletized packaging) and increased carrying safety when carrying the individual packaging is guaranteed. The folding surfaces provided according to the invention ensure that the overall packaging is particularly stable due to the connection of the individual side flaps to one another. The folding surfaces also ensure the advantage that after the blank is folded over the folding surface, a force is transmitted from the outer side flaps to the inner side flaps, ie, side flaps resting on the container sides, thereby ensuring an additional increase in the stability of the containers within the packaging. During the folding of the blank, this force transmitted by the folding surfaces causes the blank to fit tightly around the entire arrangement of the containers and the containers are additionally centered. The cut literally runs around the corner areas of the arrangement of the containers. In addition, the cut is very easy to produce, i.e. there are only a few areas to be punched out, the cut has a rectangular shape, it is easy to store or stack and can finally and finally also be easily folded by machine and causes far less cardboard waste, ie Committee.
  • The supporting effect of the folding surface in conjunction with the curved outer contour of the containers ensures that the lateral side flaps rest with "tension" on the outer contour of the containers and thereby ensure particularly secure packaging.
  • Another useful embodiment of the packaging material blank according to the invention is characterized in that the upper and lower side flaps are arranged in the folded state between the containers and the side side flaps and the inner edge of the folding surface is supported against the associated side side flap. The lateral side straps are consequently arranged on the outside.
  • An additional fixation of the containers within the packaging is achieved in that openings are provided in the corner regions of the blank, the openings releasing a portion of the top and / or bottom of the respective container in the folded state of the blank. The folding surface is consequently designed as a web.
  • The folding surface regularly comprises two fold lines which connect it to the respectively adjacent side flaps. However, the folding surface can expediently also have more than two fold lines, preferably three fold lines.
  • In order to ensure an optimal adaptation to the round contour of the outside of the containers, it is further provided according to the invention that the lateral side flaps are connected to the associated side walls via a bending area, in particular via a plurality of bending grooves or kink grooves. This bending area or the bending or kinking grooves are located in the area of the curved outer contour of the containers located in the corner areas of the multiple arrangement.
  • The bending or kinking grooves preferably run parallel to one another. Between four and ten kink grooves per side flap can expediently be provided.
  • Furthermore, according to an expedient embodiment of the present invention, when the blank is folded, additional inclined surfaces can be provided in the top and / or bottom area of the containers, as a result of which the side walls and / or side areas each taper towards the top part and / or the bottom parts. In addition to the particularly attractive design achieved in this way, a high packing density of the containers within the packaging and thus a high level of packaging stability are ensured, particularly in connection with the openings already described.
  • In order to be able to carry the packaging without problems, a carrying device is provided on one side area of the blank. Particularly in the case of packaging with a large number of containers accommodated therein, punched-out sections in the upper part of the packaging material blank are no longer sufficient to ensure adequate carrying safety.
  • Appropriately, handle openings are provided as a carrying device on one side of the blank in the two lateral side tabs. The side flaps, which are expediently tight for optimal stacking, can be pulled off by the user, as a result of which the two handle openings are accessible. The consumer has a handle in a matter of seconds and can take the entire pack on one side and carry it upright.
  • The side flaps are expediently completely or individually connected to one another by glue points. This connection method enables the side flaps to be opened easily by hand.
  • A further expedient embodiment of the blank according to the invention ensures that the packaging can be opened, but the packaging can, in particular, be used to transport the containers. This embodiment is characterized in that the folded blank can be opened by the user tearing a tear line, but the folded blank remains in such a state that the containers contained therein can still be transported safely. The packaging should therefore not lose its actual function as a means of transporting or storing several containers even after opening.
  • An advantageous embodiment is characterized in that a tear-off area is provided running from the center of the upper part to the outside, a web remaining on the upper part between the two tear-off areas. If the tear-off areas of the blank are removed, the containers can easily be removed will. However, there remains a bar in the form of a handle, so that the packaging can be handled like a "basket".
  • The fact that the web preferably has foldable downward and / or inward edges over fold lines ensures additional stabilization of the handle against unforeseen tearing. The carrying device also ensures the advantage that the packaging can be used as a storage container for empties and / or as a means of transport for empties back to the supermarket or to the glass or metal container. The containers can be removed from the packaging immediately, emptied and then pushed back into the packaging. The packaging relieves the waste supply of every household. The invention therefore also makes an important contribution to environmental protection.
  • Furthermore, it is provided according to the invention that the side side flaps are formed in several parts, preferably in two parts, and the two partial areas of the respective side flap are connected via a folding line and / or a folding surface. The side flaps designed in this way are able to fit closely to containers with tapering outer contours (e.g. bottles), since the upper part of the side flap tapers relative to the lower part towards the top due to the crease line or folding surface. If a folding surface is used, it is completely folded in between the two partial areas of the respective side flap. Both configurations allow bottle necks to be wrapped around as tightly and tightly as possible.
  • In order to achieve the best possible curvature both in the upper and in the lower partial area of the respective lateral side flap, the bending or kinking grooves in the partial area of the respective side flap assigned to the upper part run at an acute angle (towards one another) towards the upper part. This creates an outer contour of the upper portion of the side plate, which corresponds to a conical section. This conical section-shaped partial area goes in the straight line, i. H. cylindrical lower section over.
  • A particularly simple removal of the containers while at the same time maintaining the possibility of transport is achieved in that the tear-off surface comprises part of the respective side wall and the side flaps assigned to this part.
  • A further embodiment of the packaging material blank according to the invention is characterized in that the base parts are connected to one another, in particular glued together, only after the containers have been encased. In this case, first the blank is placed around the containers, then the base parts of the same are glued to one another and then the side flaps are folded in accordingly and connected to one another or at least the two outer side flaps, preferably with glue points. In this case, the packaging machine is fed a single-layer material blank.
  • As an alternative to this, according to a further embodiment of the blank according to the invention it is provided that the base parts are already connected to one another in advance, preferably are glued to one another. The packaging machine already has a double-layer packaging material blank fed in the form of a tunnel-like tube. The containers are then placed in the tube and then the side flaps are folded in accordingly and provided with glue points or glued. Pre-gluing of this type is to be carried out in particular in the case of large containers, since this considerably simplifies mechanical packaging.
  • The support effect of the folding surface can be varied by the special arrangement of the two fold lines of the respective folding surface to the transverse axis of the blank. A particularly advantageous support effect is achieved in that the two fold lines of a folding surface are arranged at an acute angle to the transverse axis of the blank.
  • A further embodiment of the blank according to the invention is characterized in that the bottom part is formed in one piece and the top part and the adjacent side flaps each consist of two parts which are connected to one another, preferably glued, so that a reinforcement area provided at least over a partial area with double packaging material on The upper part is created, which on the one hand effects a reinforcement of the handle and on the other hand creates the possibility of producing comparatively large packaging while maintaining or even reducing the grammage of the cardboard packaging.
  • In the latter embodiment, the handle openings on the upper part are expediently arranged transversely to the reinforcement area, so that the reinforcement area can be gripped by the handle openings.
  • Characterized in that in the area of the respective handle openings formed by punched material webs that can be folded towards the reinforcement area, the reinforcement area in the area of the handle openings has a total of four layers, whereby the security against tearing of the upper part in the area of the handle openings of the folded and filled Packaging is increased.
  • In the following, expedient configurations of the packaging material blank according to the invention are explained in more detail with reference to the drawings. Show it:
  • Fig. 1
    an expedient embodiment of the cut in the unfolded state and not glued bottom parts;
    Fig. 2
    the one side region of the blank according to Figure 1 with three folded side flaps and a not yet folded side flap.
    Fig. 3
    one side area of the blank according to Figures 1 and 2 with fully folded side flaps.
    Fig. 4
    another embodiment of the blank according to the invention also in the unfolded state and not glued bottom parts, but with a carrying device on a side area of the blank;
    Fig. 5
    the side area of the blank according to FIG. 4 which has the carrying device in a completely folded state;
    Fig. 6
    5 with the side flaps removed;
    Fig. 7
    a further embodiment of the blank according to the invention in the unfolded state and non-glued base parts, but with two tear-off areas for removing the containers;
    Fig. 8
    7 in the folded state with the front tear-off area removed, and
    Fig. 9
    Another embodiment of the blank according to the invention, in which instead of the bottom part, the top part and the adjacent side flaps consist of two parts which are glued together and form a reinforcement area.
  • Reference number 1 in FIG. 1 designates the packaging material blank in its entirety. The blank 1 is shown in one dimension in FIG. H. it is in the unfolded state. The blank 1 comprises an upper part 2, adjoining side walls 3 and 3 'and with the side walls connected bottom parts 4, 4', which are connected to each other before packaging or immediately during packaging.
  • The blank is suitable for incorporating a plurality of containers (not shown), for example six lemonade cans or the like, over the four main side surfaces of the can arrangement. To prevent the containers from falling out of the side areas of the blank 1, side flaps 5 - 9 and 5 ′ - 9 ′ provided, which (starting from the finished packaging) are divided into upper side flaps 5, 5 ', lower side flaps 8, 8' and 9, 9 'and side flaps 6, 6' and 7, 7 '.
  • The individual side flaps are each connected to the associated, adjacent side flap via a folding surface 12 (see hatched area) as well as folding lines 10 and 11.
  • Furthermore, at the locations of the blank 1, which are assigned to the top and / or bottom region of the containers, additional inclined surfaces 15 in the form of kink surfaces are provided, as a result of which the side walls 3, 3 'and the side regions to the upper part 2 and to the bottom parts 4, 4 'each taper in the folded state and adapt to the upper and lower parts of the containers. These additional inclined surfaces 15 are formed by two circumferential crease lines 26, 29.
  • For a particularly tight looping of round containers, for example cans, the lateral side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' are each over a bending area 6a, 6a 'and 7a, 7a' preferably using a plurality, d. H. Variety of bending grooves or kink grooves 14 with the associated side walls 3 and 3 'in connection. These bending or kinking grooves 14 facilitate the bending or curvature of the side wall or side tab in question.
  • Furthermore, openings 13 and 13 'are provided in the corner regions of the blank 1, which in the folded state of the blank 1 a portion of the upper or
  • Release the underside of the respective containers. The folding surface 12 is thereby designed as a web.
  • In order to be able to carry the finished packaging without problems, two handle openings 24 are formed in the upper part 2.
  • In Fig. 1, for the sake of clarity, only one folding surface is provided with the relevant reference numerals.
  • During the packaging of the containers, the arrangement of the containers is first enveloped by the main surfaces of the blank 1 and then the bottom parts 4 and 4 'are connected to each other, preferably glued. Then - as shown in Fig. 2 - the upper side flaps 5, 5 'and the lower side flaps 8, 8', 9, 9 'folded down or up, the respective folding surfaces 12 buckling at their fold lines 10 and 11 . For the sake of clarity, the lateral side flap 6 is still shown in the open state in FIG. 2, the two folding surfaces 12 that become effective (see hatching) being visible. The remaining side flaps 5, 5 'and 7 are already in the fully folded state. According to FIG. 3, the side flaps are then folded over with the folding surfaces 12 completely folded in and connected to one another, preferably folded, the respective folding surfaces 12 lie against the inner sides of the associated side flaps 6, 7. For a better understanding, the hidden folding surfaces 12 and areas of the upper and lower side flaps 5 and 5 'are shown hatched or dash-dotted lines in the right half of the illustration shown in FIG. 3. In the case of particularly large and thus heavy arrangements of containers, an alternative to the above packaging method to proceed to connect the bottom parts 4 and 4 'together in advance, preferably to glue. The resulting double-layer packaging material blank is then pushed manually or automatically in the form of a tube over the arrangement of the containers and the side flaps are folded in the manner already described above.
  • Due to the folding surfaces 12 which connect the adjacent side flaps to one another, a kind of support function or tensioning function is ensured, i. H. the side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' in FIG. 1 are put under tension when folded down due to this support effect, as a result of which the respective side flap or the area of the bending or kinking grooves 14 closely fits the outer contour of the containers. Due to the supporting effect of the folding surfaces 12, the arrangement of the containers is very closely integrated by the blank 1 and under tension.
  • FIG. 4 shows a further embodiment of the blank 1 according to the invention, which has a carrying device on one side region. This carrying device is realized by two handle openings 16 which are arranged in the lateral side flaps 6 and 7 and which have a foldable flap 30. Here, the side 6, 6 'and 7, 7' are folded in an analogous manner during the manufacture of the packaging via the upper and lower side flaps 5, 5 'and 8, 8', 9, 9 '. The side side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' are - as shown in Fig. 5 - via a glue point 28 and the upper and lower side flaps 5, 5 'also connected via an additional (not shown) glue point, so that the handle recesses 16 cannot be used in this state. However, the consumer has only to pull off the side flaps, ie to open the glue point 28, the handle openings 16 can then be passed through and the packaging can be carried upright. The tab 30 in the handle opening 16, together with the part of the folding surface 12 in question, doubles or triples the material in the region of the handle opening 16. Because of the feature that the handle openings 16 when the packaging is folded, ie when the blank is folded 1 are completely integrated into the packaging, blanks according to the invention can be stored very tightly and therefore very well in the folded state.
  • For a better understanding of the manner of folding the blank 1 according to the invention, Fig. 6 shows the side area of the blank with three folded side flaps 5, 5 'and 7 and a non-folded side flap 6, the folding surfaces 12 of the side flaps 6 hatched here are shown.
  • If the two side side plates 6 and 7 are subtracted from the consumer, the connection from the upper side plate 5 to the lower side plate 5 'remains effective. The consumer folds the respective tab 30 of the associated handle opening inwards, reaches through the two handle openings 16 and can thus carry the packaging upright without effectively reducing the stability of the packaging.
  • On the other hand - if necessary - due to the supporting action of the folding surface 12, the side side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' in the region of their ends at a certain distance from the upper and lower side flaps can be connected or glued together, thereby the Handle recesses 16 are "accessible" immediately. Secure packaging is ensured here due to the supporting action of the folding surfaces 12, which causes the inner side flap 5, 5 ', 8, 8', 9, 9 'to rest firmly against the containers.
  • The recesses 25 in the folding surfaces 12 (see FIG. 4) prevent the handle openings 16 from being closed by the folding surface 12 when the blank 1 is folded.
  • Fig. 7 shows a further embodiment of the blank 1 according to the invention, which can be opened manually in the folded state, but the folded blank 1 remains in such a state that the containers contained therein can still be safely stored and / or transported. For this purpose, a tear-off area 20 or 20 'is provided running from the center of the upper part 2 to the outside. Between the two tear-off areas 20, 20 'only one web 18 remains in the area of the upper part 2.
  • The respective tear-off areas 20 and 20 'are each formed by a tear line 19 or 19' in the form of a perforation line in the packaging material.
  • By removing the tear-off areas 20 and 20 ', a type of "basket" is formed from which the containers can be removed in a simple manner, but which, due to the web 18, which acts as a carrying handle, ensures further transport of the containers within the packaging.
  • In order to increase the security against tearing of the web 18, the web 18 has edges 17 which can be folded downwards via folding lines 22, 23.
  • The lateral side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' are formed in two parts in this embodiment, the two partial areas of the respective side flap being connected to one another via a folding surface 21. The folding surface 21 allows the setting of a certain inclination of the partial area of the lateral side flaps 6, 6 'and 7, 7' which is directly connected to the upper part 2. The folding surface 21 is folded in when the side flaps are folded on the side region of the blank 1 between the upper and lower partial regions of the respective side side flaps 6 and 7.
  • In addition, the bending or kink grooves 14 in the upper part 2 assigned part of the respective side flap 6, 6 'and 7, 7' towards each other at an acute angle to the opening 13 in the upper part 2. The latter measures ensure the possibility of creating packaging which, in the form of bottles, can fit very closely to the bottle necks.
  • The folding surface 12 shown in FIG. 7 has, in addition to the fold lines 10 and 11, an additional fold line 26.
  • As can be seen from Fig. 7, the tear-off surface 20 and 20 'comprises the two folding surfaces which are assigned to the respective upper side flap 5 and 5' and the two parts of the respective side flap 6, 6 'and 7 assigned to the upper part 2 , 7 ′. If the tear-off area 20 or 20 'in question can be removed the bottles can be removed as if from a basket, but the packaging can still be used for transport.
  • 8 shows the above-described configuration of the blank 1, which is completely folded, and contains containers in the form of a double-row arrangement of bottles 31, the front tear-off region 20 having already been removed. The bottles 31 can therefore be easily removed from the packaging. This also and precisely because the tear-off area includes not only the upper part 2, but also the two side parts 3 and 3 'and the associated side plates 5 (and at least partially 6 and 7). In the same way, as shown in Fig. 8, the rear tear-off area 20 'can be removed, a type of basket with a handle in the form of the web 8 is created.
  • In order to ensure a certain tapering of the side walls upwards in accordance with the tapering of the upper portion of the side plate 6, 6 ', 7, 7', the side walls 3, 3 'also have a kink line 27.
  • Fig. 9 shows a further embodiment of the packaging according to the invention, in which the upper part and the adjacent side flaps are formed in two parts instead of the bottom part. The two parts 2a, 2b of the upper part 2 and the opposite parts 5'a, 5'b and 5a, 5b of the respective side flap are connected to one another, preferably glued, to form a reinforcement area 32 (hatched area). The reinforcement area 32 has two layers and is therefore located on the upper part of the packaging. Handle openings 24 are arranged laterally on the reinforcement area 32 and each have one Material web 33, which is folded during transport to the reinforcement area 32, so that in the area of the handle openings 24 the material web 32 has a total of four layers. This ensures a particularly high level of carrying safety, especially in the case of particularly large containers. For the sake of clarity, only the area of the upper part 2 is shown in FIG. 9.
  • The invention offers a particularly effective possibility of carrying out effective packaging of multiple arrangements of containers with very high packaging quality and thus packaging security and the possibility of using automatic packaging devices. The invention therefore represents an essential enrichment in the field of packaging technology.

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  1. Scroll-type blank for forming a package for the completely enclosed packaging of a plurality of containers with curved external contours, such as tins, bottles or the like for example, comprising an upper part (2), lateral walls (3,3′) which are connected to the upper part and a base part (4,4′) which is connected to the lateral walls, wherein an additional means for retaining the containers is provided on the lateral area of the blank in each case, which means are in the form of upper (5,5′), lateral (6,6′,7,7′) and lower (8,8′,9,9′) side flaps which can be kinked or pivoted and which, after folding, are connected, at least partially, to one another or to each other, and all adjacent side flaps are connected to one another by means of a folding surface (12), which connects adjacent side flaps to one another in the folded state, characterised in that the side flaps (6,6′,7,7′), which start set back relative to the delimitation line (29) of the end face of the upper part (2), are arranged, in the folded state, so as to curve along the external contour of the containers, and the folding surfaces (12) have, when the blank (1) is in the folded state, a supporting effect between adjacent side flaps (5 and 7, for example) on the one hand and the external contour of the associated container on the other hand, as a result of which, during the final folding process of the side flap area, there is produced, on the one hand an overall centering effect owing to a horizontal and vertical tensioning between the lateral and the upper and lower side flaps, and, on the other hand, the lateral side flaps (6,6′, 7,7′) are adapted to the external contour of the containers when the blank (1) is in the folded state.
  2. Blank according to Claim 1, characterised in that, in the corner areas of the blank (1), there are provided apertures (13, 13′) and the folding surface (12) is thereby formed as a web, wherein the apertures (13, 13′) leave, when the blank (1) is in the folded state, a section of the upper and/or lower side of the container free in each case.
  3. Blank according to Claim 1 or Claim 2, characterised in that the lateral side flaps (6,6′ and 7,7′) are connected to the associated lateral walls (3 or 3′) via a bending area (6,6′a,7a,7′a), in particular via a plurality of bending grooves or kinking grooves (14).
  4. Blank according to Claims 1 - 3, characterised in that when the blank (1) is in the folded state, additional slanting surfaces (15) are provided in the top or bottom area of the containers, as a result of which the lateral walls (3,3′) and/or the lateral areas merge into the upper part (2) and/or into the base parts (4,4′) in a tapering manner in each case.
  5. Blank according to Claims 1 - 4, characterised in that a carrying device is provided on a lateral area of the blank (1).
  6. Blank according to Claim 5, characterised in that gripping apertures (16) are provided in the two lateral side flaps (6 and 7).
  7. Blank according to Claims 1 - 6, characterised in that the side flaps (5 - 9 and 5′ - 9′) are completely or individually connected to one another by means of spots of adhesive.
  8. Blank according to Claims 1 to 7, characterised in that the folded blank (1), i.e. the package, can be opened by the user tearing open a tearing line (19 or 19′), but the folded blank (1) remains in a condition such that the containers contained therein can still be transported safely.
  9. Blank according to Claim 8, characterised in that, in each case, a tear-off area (20 or 20′) is provided, extending from the centre towards the exterior, in which connection a web (18) remains on the upper part (2) between the two tear-off areas (20,20′).
  10. Blank according to Claim 9, characterised in that the web (18) comprises edges (17) which can be folded downwards and/or inwards, advantageously via kinking lines (22,23).
  11. Blank according to 9 or 10, characterised in that the lateral side flaps (6,6′ and 7,7′) are formed of a plurality of components, preferably of two components, and the two part sections of the side flap are connected in each case via at least one kinking line and/or a folding surface (21).
  12. Blank according to Claim 11, characterised in that the bending or kinking grooves (14) extend, in each case, in the part of the side flap (6,6′ or 7,7′) which is associated with the upper part (2), at an acute angle towards the upper part (2).
  13. Blank according to Claims 9 - 12, characterised in that the tear-off part (20) incorporates, in each case, one part of the lateral wall (3,3′), and the side flaps (e.g. 5, 6 and 7) associated with this part.
  14. Blank according to Claims 1 - 13, characterised in that the base parts (4,4′) are connected to one another, advantageously glued to one another, only when the containers have been surrounded.
  15. Blank according to Claims 1 - 13, characterised in that the base parts (4,4′) are already connected, advantageously glued, to one another beforehand.
  16. Blank according to Claims 1 - 15, characterised in that both the kinking lines (10,11) of the folding surface (12) are arranged, in each case, extending at an acute angle to the transverse axis of the blank (1).
  17. Blank according to one of Claims 1 - 16, characterised in that the base part (4) is formed as a single piece and the upper part (2) and the adjacent side flaps (5,5′) consist in each case of two parts (2a,2b) or (5a, 5b and 5′a, 5′b) which are connected, advantageously glued, to one another such that there results, at least in one part of the upper part (2), a reinforced area (32) provided with doubled packaging material.
  18. Blank according to Claims 7, characterised in that the gripping apertures (24) on the upper part (2) are arranged transverse to the reinforcement area (32), such that it is possible to reach below the reinforcement area (32) through the gripping apertures (24).
  19. Blank according to Claim 18, characterised in that in the vicinity of the gripping aperture (24) there are formed, in each case, webs (33) of material which webs are formed by means of punching out and can be folded in to the reinforcement area (32), as a result of which the reinforcement area (32) has a total of four layers in the vicinity of the gripping apertures.
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