EP1699722A4 - Sealing arrangement - Google Patents

Sealing arrangement

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EP1699722A4
EP1699722A4 EP04799264A EP04799264A EP1699722A4 EP 1699722 A4 EP1699722 A4 EP 1699722A4 EP 04799264 A EP04799264 A EP 04799264A EP 04799264 A EP04799264 A EP 04799264A EP 1699722 A4 EP1699722 A4 EP 1699722A4
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Prior art keywords
tape
sealing
intermediate strip
sealing tape
adapted
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German (de)
French (fr)
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EP1699722A1 (en
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Leonid Shpigel
Michael Norman Lester
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Leonid Shpigel
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Priority to ZA200407315 priority
Application filed by Leonid Shpigel filed Critical Leonid Shpigel
Priority to PCT/IB2004/052579 priority patent/WO2005061356A1/en
Publication of EP1699722A1 publication Critical patent/EP1699722A1/en
Publication of EP1699722A4 publication Critical patent/EP1699722A4/en
Application status is Withdrawn legal-status Critical

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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65BMACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING
    • B65B7/00Closing containers or receptacles after filling
    • B65B7/16Closing semi-rigid or rigid containers or receptacles not deformed by, or not taking-up shape of, contents, e.g. boxes or cartons
    • B65B7/28Closing semi-rigid or rigid containers or receptacles not deformed by, or not taking-up shape of, contents, e.g. boxes or cartons by applying separate preformed closures, e.g. lids, covers
    • B65B7/2842Securing closures on containers
    • B65B7/2864Securing closures on containers by adhesive tape
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65HHANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
    • B65H35/00Delivering articles from cutting or line-perforating machines; Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating cutting or line-perforating devices, e.g. of the kinds specified below
    • B65H35/0006Article or web delivery apparatus incorporating cutting or line-perforating devices
    • B65H35/002Hand-held or table apparatus
    • B65H35/0026Hand-held or table apparatus for delivering pressure-sensitive adhesive tape
    • B65H35/004Hand-held or table apparatus for delivering pressure-sensitive adhesive tape simultaneously with a second roll, e.g. masking tape

Abstract

The invention discloses a sealing arrangement (10) which includes a body (12) having a first support means (14) being adapted to support a supply of adhesive sealing tape (16) and a second support means (18) being adapted to support a supply of an intermediate strip (20). During use, the intermediate strip (20) is fed for adhesion to the sealing tape (16) whereafter the sealing tape is attached to an object such as a container, so that the intermediate strip is sealed between the sealing tape and the container. The sealing tape has a transparent part (24) so that the intermediate strip is at least partially visible through the sealing tape.

Description

SEALING ARRANGEMENT

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a sealing arrangement.

More particularly, the present invention relates to a sealing arrangement for sealing a container and to a sealing tape for use with the sealing arrangement.

BACKGROUND TO INVENTION

Containers, such as cardboard cartons, are widely used for containing goods for protection and for transportation. The containers are normally sealed with staples and/or packaging tape to prevent the goods from falling out of the containers and to prevent unauthorised access to the goods.

However, in many instances theft from the containers is committed by people transporting the containers. The people break the packaging tape and, after committing the theft, reseal the containers with new packaging tape so that the theft is not immediately obvious after delivery of the container. The thieves are normally well supplied with a variety of different packaging tapes, in some instances even with customised company packaging tapes, and are therefore able to open and reseal many different types of containers without being caught.

It is an object of the invention to suggest a sealing arrangement, which will assist in overcoming these problems.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

According to the invention, a sealing arrangement includes a body; first support means associated with the body and being adapted to support a supply of adhesive sealing tape; second support means associated with the body and being adapted to support a supply of an intermediate strip; and feeding means being adapted, during use, to feed the intermediate strip for adhesion to the sealing tape whereafter the sealing tape is adapted to be attached to an object such as a container, so that the intermediate strip is sealed between the sealing tape and the container.

The intermediate strip may be selected from a group of a yarn, filament, twine, tape, magnetic tape, telex tape, paper, any other natural fibre and any other synthetic fibre.

The intermediate strip may be at least partially stained to a desired colour after removal from the second support means and prior to adhesion to the sealing tape.

The intermediate strip may be linear, non-linear, curved, irregularly shaped or may have a zigzag appearance.

The intermediate strip may have patterned edge formations or serrated edges.

The sealing arrangement may include a printing unit being adapted to apply information to the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the sealing tape.

The printing unit may be adapted to apply the information to the intermediate strip only while the intermediate strip is moving through the printing unit.

The printing unit may include a receiver unit being adapted to receive alternate information for being applied to the intermediate strip.

The receiver unit may be a radio receiver unit.

The printing unit may be an impact printer, an inkjet printer or a laser printer. The information may be printed matter.

The printed matter may be a bar code, words or a company logo and is encoded.

The printing unit may be a recorder being adapted to record the information onto a magnetic tape.

The first support means may be a shaft being adapted to rotatably support a reel of the sealing tape.

The second support means may be a shaft being adapted to rotatably support a reel of the intermediate strip.

Also according to the invention, a method of sealing a container includes the steps of adhering an intermediate strip to an adhesive sealing tape so that the intermediate strip is at least partially visible through the sealing tape; and of attaching the sealing tape to an object such as a container to seal the container with the intermediate strip being located between the container and the sealing tape.

The method may include the step of applying information to the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the sealing tape so that the information is visible through the sealing tape.

The information may be a bar code, words or a company logo and is encoded.

The information may be altered or changed at random intervals.

Further according to the invention, a sealing tape for sealing a container, includes an adhesive tape, wherein a first part of the adhesive tape is transparent and a second part of the adhesive tape is provided with markings. The first part may be a narrow strip extending substantially along the centre of the adhesive tape.

The first part may have a width being about l/6th of the width of the adhesive tape.

The first part may be continuous.

The first part may be provided in discrete sections.

The markings may be non-transparent.

The markings may be in the pattern of chevrons.

The sealing tape may be adapted to receive and adhere to an intermediate strip to be fixedly located between the adhesive tape and a container when the adhesive tape is adhered to a container.

The intermediate strip may be adapted to be aligned with the first part so that the intermediate strip is visible though the adhesive tape.

The intermediate strip may be a printing tape made of paper.

Information may be adapted to be printed on the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the adhesive tape.

The information may be encoded matter, bar codes, words or a company logo.

The intermediate strip may be linear, non-linear, curved, irregularly shaped or have a zigzag appearance.

The intermediate strip may have patterned edge formations or serrated edges.

A sealing tape as described herein for use with a sealing arrangement as described herein. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying schematic drawings.

In the drawings there is shown in:

Figure 1 A side view of a sealing arrangement in accordance with the invention;

Figure 2 A plan view of a sealing tape for use with sealing arrangement of Figure 1;

Figure 3 A plan view of the sealing tape of Figure 2 provided with a printing tape after being dispensed from the sealing arrangement; and

Figure 4 A partial plan view of a container sealed with the sealing tape and the printing tape of Figure 3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Referring to Figure 1 of the drawings, a sealing arrangement in accordance with the invention, generally indicated by reference numeral 10, is shown. The sealing arrangement 10 is in the form of a packaging tape dispenser having a body 12.

The body 12 supports a first shaft 14 for rotatably supporting a supply or a reel of sealing tape 16, such as conventional adhesive packaging tape.

The body 12 further supports a second shaft 18, for rotatably supporting a supply or a reel of an intermediate strip, such as printing tape 20. The printing tape 20 has a narrower overall width than the sealing tape 16 and is made of printable material, such as a thin strip of paper. Although not shown in the drawings, the printing tape 20 can be non-linear in form, for example it may have a zigzag appearance, a sinus curve appearance or have serrated edges.

A printing unit 22 is located between the first and second shafts 14,18 and is adapted to print information onto at least one side of the printing tape 20. The information can be customised company information, encoded information, bar codes or any other wording that will be difficult to reproduce by an unauthorised person. The printing unit 22 is activated only when the printing tape 20 is moved through it, thus only when the tapes 16,20 are being dispensed from the sealing arrangement 10. The printing unit 22 can be any type of suitable printer, such as an impact printer, an inkjet printer or a laser printer.

The printing unit 22 can optionally include a receiver unit (not shown) which is adapted to receive remotely given instructions as to what should be printed on the printing tape 20. The receiver unit can be operated by radio frequency so that the instructions can be distributed from a central location, e.g. a manager's office, to a number of sealing arrangements 10 located at various places, such as in a warehouse.

One embodiment of the sealing tape 16 is shown in Figure 2. The sealing tape 16 is an elongated layer of adhesive tape having a first part 24, being substantially transparent, and a second part 26, that is provided with markings 28.

The first part 24 is shown as a narrow strip extending substantially along the centre of the sealing tape 16. Although the first part 24 is shown to be continuous, it can also be provided in discrete sections. The first part 24 has a width of about l/6th of the width of the sealing tape 16. On a sealing tape 16 having a width of between 48mm to 72mm, the width of the first part 24 is about 10mm. The markings 28 on the second part 26 are shown in the form of non- transparent chevrons. The markings 28 can obviously also include any other desired graphic, e.g. circles, flowers, pictures or a company logo.

If desired, the sealing tape 16 can also be provided with a number of other characterising features, such as having opposite edges that are substantially linear and parallel to each other or having opposite edges that are curved or provided with various cut outs.

The sealing tape 16 and the printing tape 20 can be linear or non-linear, curved or irregularly shaped, e.g. zigzag, and can have a patterned or serrated edge formation.

As shown in Figure 3, in use, the sealing tape 16 is dispensed in a normal manner from the dispenser body 12. After the printing unit 22 has printed the required information or wording onto the printing tape 20, the printing tape 20 is aligned with the transparent first part 14 and adhered thereto so that the wording is visible through the sealing tape 16. This prevents the wording from being altered unless the sealing tape 16 or the printing tape 20 is destroyed.

The adhering of the printing tape 20 to the sealing tape 16 causes the printing tape 20 to be automatically dispensed as the sealing tape 16 is dispensed.

Referring to Figure 4, the sealing and printing tapes 16,20 exit the sealing arrangement 10 and are used to close and seal a container 30. Any tampering or opening of the container 30 will cause the printing tape 20 to be destroyed. Any unauthorised reseating of the container 30 will be indicated by the sealing tape 16 not being provided with a printing tape 20 or by the printing tape 20 being printed with the wrong information. The information can be easily checked after delivery of the container 30 to ensure no tampering occurred. The invention also extends to the substitution of the printing tape 20 by an intermediate strip of material such as yarn, filament, twine, tape magnetic tape, telex tape, paper or any other natural or synthetic fibre or material. The intermediate strip can be provided in any colour and can further be fully or partially stained to a desired colour by the printing head 22 while being applied to the sealing tape 16. The intermediate strip can be manufactured to be unique to a company so that it is not necessary for the company to print on the strip.

Claims

1. A sealing arrangement including a body; first support means associated with the body and being adapted to support a supply of adhesive sealing tape; second support means associated with the body and being adapted to support a supply of an intermediate strip; and feeding means being adapted, during use, to feed the intermediate strip for adhesion to the sealing tape whereafter the sealing tape is adapted to be attached to an object such as a container, so that the intermediate strip is sealed between the sealing tape and the container.
2. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 1, in which the intermediate strip is selected from a group of a yarn, filament, twine, tape, magnetic tape, telex tape, paper, any other natural fibre and any other synthetic fibre.
3. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 1 or 2, in which the intermediate strip is at least partially stained to a desired colour after removal from the second support means and prior to adhesion to the sealing tape.
4. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the intermediate strip is linear, non-linear, curved, irregularly shaped or has a zigzag appearance.
5. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the intermediate strip has patterned edge formations or serrated edges.
6. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, which includes a printing unit being adapted to apply information to the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the sealing tape.
7. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 6, in which the printing unit is adapted to apply the information to the intermediate strip only while the intermediate strip is moving through the printing unit.
8. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 6 or 7, in which the printing unit includes a receiver unit being adapted to receive alternate information for being applied to the intermediate strip.
9. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 8, in which the receiver unit is a radio receiver unit.
10. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of claims 6 to 9, in which the printing unit is an impact printer, an inkjet printer or a laser printer.
11. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of claims 6 to 10, in which the information is printed matter.
12. A sealing arrangement as claimed in claim 11, in which the printed matter is a bar code, words or a company logo and is encoded.
13. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of claims 6 to 9, in which the printing unit is a recorder being adapted to record the information onto a magnetic tape.
14. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the first support means is a shaft being adapted to rotatably support a reel of the sealing tape.
15. A sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the second support means is a shaft being adapted to rotatably support a reel of the intermediate strip.
16. A method of sealing a container including the steps of adhering an intermediate strip to an adhesive sealing tape so that the intermediate strip is at least partially visible through the sealing tape; and of attaching the sealing tape to an object such as a container to seal the container with the intermediate strip being located between the container and the sealing tape.
17. A method as claimed in claim 16, which includes the step of applying information to the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the sealing tape so that the information is visible through the sealing tape.
18. A method as claimed in claim 17, in which the information is a bar code, words or a company logo and is encoded.
19. A method as claimed in claim 17 or 18, in which the information is altered or changed at random intervals.
20. A sealing tape for sealing a container, including an adhesive tape, wherein a first part of the adhesive tape is transparent and a second part of the adhesive tape is provided with markings.
21. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 20, in which the first part is a narrow strip extending substantially along the centre of the adhesive tape.
22. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 21, in which the first part has a width being about l/6th of the width of the adhesive tape.
23. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 21 or 22, in which the first part is continuous.
24. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 21 or 22, in which the first part is provided in discrete sections.
25. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 24, in which the markings are non-transparent.
26. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 25, in which the markings are in the pattern of chevrons.
27. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 26, which is adapted to receive and adhere to an intermediate strip to be fixedly located between the adhesive tape and a container when the adhesive tape is adhered to a container.
28. A sealing tape as claimed claim 27, in which the intermediate strip is adapted to be aligned with the first part so that the intermediate strip is visible though the adhesive tape.
29. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 27 or 28, in which the intermediate strip is a printing tape made of paper.
30. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 29, in which information is adapted to be printed on the intermediate strip prior to the intermediate strip being adhered to the adhesive tape.
31. A sealing tape as claimed in claim 30, in which the information is encoded matter, bar codes, words or a company logo.
32. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 31, in which the intermediate strip is linear, non-linear, curved, irregularly shaped or has a zigzag appearance.
33. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 32, in which the intermediate strip has patterned edge formations or serrated edges.
34. A sealing tape as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 33 for use with a sealing arrangement as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 15.
35. A sealing arrangement substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying schematic drawings.
36. A method of sealing a container substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying schematic drawings.
37. A sealing tape substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying schematic drawings.
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