GB2339757A - Dispensing containers - Google Patents

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GB2339757A
GB2339757A GB9815660A GB9815660A GB2339757A GB 2339757 A GB2339757 A GB 2339757A GB 9815660 A GB9815660 A GB 9815660A GB 9815660 A GB9815660 A GB 9815660A GB 2339757 A GB2339757 A GB 2339757A
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container
compartments
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Alexander Martin
Jayne Elisabeth Nation
Richard Charles Parker
Coleman Planet
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Unilever PLC
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D1/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece, e.g. by casting metallic material, by moulding plastics, by blowing vitreous material, by throwing ceramic material, by moulding pulped fibrous material, by deep-drawing operations performed on sheet material
    • B65D1/32Containers adapted to be temporarily deformed by external pressure to expel contents
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D81/00Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents
    • B65D81/32Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents for packaging two or more different materials which must be maintained separate prior to use in admixture
    • B65D81/3283Cylindrical or polygonal containers, e.g. bottles, with two or more substantially axially offset, side-by-side compartments for simultaneous dispensing

Description

2339757 A CONT INER INTRODUCTIO The invention relates to a container

having at least one dispensing outlet. In particular, the invention relates to dual compartment containers.

STATEMENTS OE INVENTION

According to the invention there is provided container having at least one dispensing outlet, the container being adapted to provide a bellows action, ideally a transverse bellows action, to expel product from the at least one dispensing outlet.

Preferably, the bellows action is provided by at least one collapsible formation formed in a sidewall of the container.

Ideally, the container comprises a base and front and rear walls, and wherein the at least one collapsible formation is vertically disposed along the front and rear walls of the container.

Typically, the collapsible formation on the front and rear walls are connected by a collapsible formation disposed along the base.

In one embodiment of the invention, the at least one collapsible formation comprises a longtitudinal v-shaped depression, wherein the depression tapers towards an upper end of the formation.

Typically, the at least one collapsible formation is disposed along a lower portion of the container.

2 Preferably the container comprises a plurality of collapsible formations.

The invention also provides a multi-compartment container comprising at least first and second compartments, at least one of the compartments comprising a container according to the invention. In one embodiment of the invention, the at least first and second compartments are connected by a connecting web. Ideally, the first and second compartments and the connecting web are molded, ideally injection molded, in one piece. Typically an outlet of each compartments is connected to a common dispensing nozzle which optionally mixes product from each compartments prior to dispensing a unitary mixed product stream.

DETAILED DESCRIPTT The invention will be more clearly understood from the following description of some embodiments thereof, given by example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:-

Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of a container according to the invention; Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of the container of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view of the container of Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a front elevational view of a dual compartment container according to the invention; 3 Fig. 5 is a side elevational view of the container of Fig. 4; and Fig. 6 is a bottom plan view of the container of Fig. 4. 5 Referring to the drawings, and initially to Figs. 1 to 3 thereof, there is illustrated a container according to the invention, indicated generally by the reference numeral 1, and comprising a container body 2 having an outlet (not shown) connected to a dispensing nozzle 3. In this embodiment, the container 1 is adapted to provide a transverse bellows action to expel product from the dispensing outlet by means of four collapsible formations 4 formed in a lower portion of the container 1, each formation 4 comprising a v-shaped depression 5 which is vertically disposed along lower front and rear walls 6,7 of the container, the vertical depressions being connected by means of a corresponding depression 8 formed in the base. The depressions 5 in the front and rear walls 6,7 taper towards each upper end thereof. In use, and referring to Fig.1, product is dispensed form the container 1 by inverting the container and compressing a lower portion of the container in the direction of the arrows marked A, whereby the portion of the container will partially collapse due to the collapsible formations 4.- Upon releasing the compression pressure, the container will expand to its initial shape.

Referring to Figs. 4 to 6 there is illustrated a further embodiment of the invention which in this instance comprises a dual compartment container, indicated generally by the reference numeral 10, in which parts similar to those of the previous embodiment are assigned the same reference numerals. In this embodiment, the dual compartment container 10 comprises a first and second compartment 11, 12 respectively, joined by means of a connecting web 13, each compartment having a bellows formation similar to that described for the previous embodiment. Each compartment includes a dispensing opening (not shown), both of which 5 openings are connected to a common dispensing nozzle 14. The first and second compartments 11, 12 and the connecting web 13 are injection molded in one piece. The use of this embodiment is similar to the previous embodiment described above. 10 The invention is not limited to the embodiments hereinbefore described which may be varied in both construction and detail.

Claims (1)

  1. CLAIMS 1. A container for dispensing liquids, the container comprising a
    base, sidewall means, at least one 5 dispensing outlet, and a bellows formed in said sidewall means, wherein the bellows expels product from the at least one dispensing outlet in response to transverse compression of the sidewall means.
    2. A container as claimed in claim 1 in which the bellows comprises one or more collapsible formations formed in the sidewall means.
    3. A container as claimed in claim 2 in which the sidewall means comprises front and rear walls, and wherein each collapsible formation is vertically formed along the front and rear walls of the container.
    4. A container as claimed in claim 3 in which each collapsible formation on the front and rear walls is connected by a collapsible formation disposed along the base.
    5. A container as claimed in claim 4 wherein each collapsible formation comprises a longtitudinal v shaped depressions, wherein the depressions tapers towards an upper end thereof.
    6. A container as claimed in any preceding claims in which the bellows is disposed along a lower portion of the container.
    7. A multi-compartment container comprising at least first and second compartments, at least one of the compartments comprising a container as claimed in any preceding claim.
    8. A multi-compartment container as claimed in claim 7 in which the at least first and second compartments are connected by a connecting web.
    9. A dual compartment container as claimed in claim 8 in which the first and second compartments and the connecting web are molded, ideally injection molded, in one piece.
    12. A container, or a multi-compartment container, substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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GB9815660A GB2339757A (en) 1998-07-17 1998-07-17 Dispensing containers
PCT/EP1999/005337 WO2000003923A1 (en) 1998-07-17 1999-07-16 A liquid dispensing container
AU52878/99A AU5287899A (en) 1998-07-17 1999-07-16 A liquid dispensing container

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WO2004052734A1 (en) * 2002-12-06 2004-06-24 Boots Healthcare International Limited Squeeze-bottle of liquid medicine
GB2421014A (en) * 2004-12-09 2006-06-14 Nathan Jolly Compartmentalised drinks bottle
GB2424635A (en) * 2005-03-30 2006-10-04 Wayne Leese Sauce bottle with two or more compartments

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US6758411B2 (en) 2002-08-09 2004-07-06 S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Dual bottle for even dispensing of two flowable compositions
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GB798338A (en) * 1956-04-30 1958-07-16 Crystal Products Company Ltd Improvements in or relating to dispensing containers
GB877321A (en) * 1959-07-03 1961-09-13 Gillette Co Multi-compartment container
US3580427A (en) * 1968-11-08 1971-05-25 Robert E Clarke Cream dispenser with pleated walls and lip type opening
GB1349294A (en) * 1971-10-12 1974-04-03 Vynol Paints Pty Ltd Collapsible containers
GB2176765A (en) * 1985-06-17 1987-01-07 Desmond Charles Drummond Dispensing container
WO1996022919A1 (en) * 1995-01-25 1996-08-01 Lameplast S.R.L. Deformable container for injecting medicinal or cosmetic substances

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DE3118985A1 (en) * 1981-05-13 1982-12-02 Wippermann Gerhard Containers for liquids
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GB798338A (en) * 1956-04-30 1958-07-16 Crystal Products Company Ltd Improvements in or relating to dispensing containers
GB877321A (en) * 1959-07-03 1961-09-13 Gillette Co Multi-compartment container
US3580427A (en) * 1968-11-08 1971-05-25 Robert E Clarke Cream dispenser with pleated walls and lip type opening
GB1349294A (en) * 1971-10-12 1974-04-03 Vynol Paints Pty Ltd Collapsible containers
GB2176765A (en) * 1985-06-17 1987-01-07 Desmond Charles Drummond Dispensing container
WO1996022919A1 (en) * 1995-01-25 1996-08-01 Lameplast S.R.L. Deformable container for injecting medicinal or cosmetic substances

Cited By (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
WO2004052734A1 (en) * 2002-12-06 2004-06-24 Boots Healthcare International Limited Squeeze-bottle of liquid medicine
GB2421014A (en) * 2004-12-09 2006-06-14 Nathan Jolly Compartmentalised drinks bottle
GB2424635A (en) * 2005-03-30 2006-10-04 Wayne Leese Sauce bottle with two or more compartments

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