RU2543464C2 - Measuring spoon with clamp - Google Patents

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RU2543464C2
RU2543464C2 RU2011148014/12A RU2011148014A RU2543464C2 RU 2543464 C2 RU2543464 C2 RU 2543464C2 RU 2011148014/12 A RU2011148014/12 A RU 2011148014/12A RU 2011148014 A RU2011148014 A RU 2011148014A RU 2543464 C2 RU2543464 C2 RU 2543464C2
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Рафаэл Луис МАНЖЕН
Вэй Чжан
Гуанджуан ДИНГ
Кэти САИНТ-ИГНАН
Бин ЧЕН
Уи УЭИ
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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
    • B65D33/00Details of, or accessories for, sacks or bags
    • B65D33/16End- or aperture-closing arrangements or devices
    • B65D33/1658Elements for flattening or folding the mouth portion
    • 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
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    • B65D77/24Inserts or accessories added or incorporated during filling of containers
    • B65D77/245Utensils for removing the contents from the package, e.g. spoons, forks, spatulas
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    • G01MEASURING; TESTING
    • G01FMEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
    • G01F19/00Calibrated capacity measures for fluids or fluent solid material, e.g. measuring-cups
    • G01F19/002Measuring spoons or scoops

Abstract

FIELD: instrumentation.
SUBSTANCE: measuring spoon (20) with a clamp comprises a cup (21), having an edge and width, a stacking plate and a handle. The handle comprises a proximal edge connected to the cup edge, a distal edge located opposite to the proximal edge of the handle, the first side part and the second side part. Both side parts are perpendicular to the cup. The handle comprises a clamp (40), the base of which is connected to the proximal edge of the handle. The clamp protrudes from the distal edge of the handle in direction to the proximal edge of the handle and includes a free end arranged opposite to the base of the clamp. The width of the handle makes at least 50% of the cup width. The handle contains free space (35) surrounded by the proximal edge, the distal edge, the first side part and the second side part.
EFFECT: invention provides for loosening of a caked product, reliable clamping of a soft package and convenience in usage.
17 cl, 11 dwg

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Application area

The present invention relates to a measuring spoon for dosing products and attaching to soft packaging.

State of the art

Measuring spoons have been used in various fields. For example, measuring spoons were used to dispense the required amount of detergents, such as washing powders and color enhancers. Detergents are usually packaged in boxes, in hard plastic containers and soft packaging. Soft packaging is not only necessary to preserve the freshness of the packaged product, it also helps to prevent moisture or air from entering the packaged product. In addition to this, the production of soft packaging usually requires less material, respectively, it costs less than a similar packaging made of cardboard or a container made of hard plastic.

For the convenience of consumers, when selling a bulk product, a measuring spoon is attached to properly dose this product. A measuring spoon is usually attached to the product in a cardboard box and a container made of hard plastic. A measuring spoon is not applicable if the product is in soft packaging, since soft packaging usually consists of large bags in which a measuring spoon can easily be lost. In this regard, a measuring spoon is often lost by consumers in the process of applying the product. It is especially difficult to find a measuring spoon in the package itself before the next use, since the measuring spoon may be under a layer of bulk product after previous use. In addition, when a consumer takes out a measuring spoon immersed in a bulk product, his particles may remain on his hands. The consumer may not like this because it causes discomfort.

In this regard, the aim of the present invention is the creation of a measuring spoon, which is easily attached to the outside of the soft packaging, as a result of which it becomes possible to avoid the problems mentioned above. In addition, when using a measuring spoon, a closing mechanism is provided, thanks to which the product in soft packaging remains fresh, without any changes in the package itself or its material. Another objective of the present invention is the creation of a measuring spoon, in which the design of the handle does not allow it to bend when a large amount of bulk product is measured by the bowl.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a measuring spoon, which contains a bowl and pen. The bowl contains the edge and width. The handle contains a proximal edge that is connected to the edge of the bowl. The handle contains a distal edge opposite the proximal edge. The handle contains a width. On the handle is a clip that contains a base that connects to the distal edge of the handle. The clamp extends from the distal edge of the handle toward the proximal edge of the handle. The clamp has a free end located opposite the base of the clamp. The width of the handle is at least 50% of the width of the bowl.

The invention also relates to a kit consisting of a soft pack containing a bulk product and a measuring spoon described above.

The inventors have found that using a clamp, a measuring spoon can be fixed, for example, on a soft package. Thus, the measuring spoon in accordance with the present invention is fixed on the outer surface of the soft packaging, and consumers may not return the measuring spoon to the bag after using the product. Accordingly, the consumer, if necessary, can easily use a measuring spoon without unnecessary difficulties. In addition, the direction of the clamp with respect to the measuring spoon can reduce the distance that the measuring spoon protrudes from the packaging. This is especially important when the packages are in transit to reduce the likelihood that the measuring spoon will fall off the package, and / or when there is little storage space. In addition, the large width of the handle of the measuring spoon ensures that the bowl of the measuring spoon does not drop when a significant amount of dry product is measured.

These and other aspects, advantages, and features of the invention will be discussed using the specification and the accompanying drawings.

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The present invention is presented for illustrative purposes using the accompanying drawings, which are not restrictive.

Figure 1. A perspective view of a measuring spoon according to the present invention;

Figure 2. The bottom view of the measuring spoon shown in figure 1;

Figure 3. A side view of the measuring spoon shown in figure 1;

Figure 4. Cross section of a measuring spoon along the line 4-4 in figure 2;

Figure 5. A perspective view of a soft pack whose open edge is folded and secured with a measuring spoon according to the present invention;

6. A perspective view of a soft pack with a measuring spoon according to FIG. 5 from the opposite side;

7. Cross section of soft packaging with a measuring spoon along the line 7-7 in Fig.6;

Fig. 8. An embodiment of a grip protruding on the underside of the clamp;

Fig.9. An embodiment of a grip protruding on the underside of the clamp;

Figure 10. An embodiment of a gripper protruding on the upper side of the handle;

11. Top view of the measuring spoon shown in figure 1. The above drawings are not necessarily to scale.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a measuring spoon containing a bowl and pen. The bowl contains the edge and width. The handle comprises a width, a proximal edge connected to the edge of the bowl, and a distal edge opposite the proximal edge. The handle contains a clip, the base of which is connected to the distal edge of the handle. The clamp protrudes from the distal edge toward the proximal edge. The clamp has a free end located opposite the base of the clamp. The width of the handle is at least 50% of the width of the bowl.

Figure 1 shows a perspective image of a measuring spoon according to the present invention. The measuring spoon 20 contains a bowl 21 with an edge 22. The bowl 21 contains a bottom 24. The bowl 21 contains a front wall 25 that connects to the bottom 24. The bowl 21 contains a first side wall 26 that connects to the bottom 24 and the front wall 25. The bowl 21 contains a second a side wall 27 located opposite the first side wall 26 and connected to the bottom of the bowl 24 and the front wall 25. The bowl 21 includes a rear wall 28 located opposite the front wall 25 and connected to the bottom of the bowl 24, the first side wall 26 and the second side wall 27. The front wall of the bowl 25, the first side I am the wall of the bowl 26, the second side wall of the bowl 27 and the back wall of the bowl 28 begin at the bottom of the bowl 24 and end with the edge of the bowl 29. The measuring spoon 20 is bounded by the upper side T and the lower side B. The upper edge of the bowl faces the upper side T.

The handle 30 comprises a proximal edge 31. The handle 30 comprises a distal edge 32 located opposite the proximal edge 31. The handle 30 comprises a first side part 33 and a second side part 34, which is usually, but not always, parallel to the first part 33. Both sides are perpendicular to the cup 21 in FIG. The first side part 33 and the second side part 34 start at the proximal edge of the handle 31, connect and end at the distal edge of the handle 32. The handle 30 contains a free space 35. The free space 35 is surrounded by a proximal edge 31, a distal edge 32, the first side part 33 and the second side part 34.

The handle 30 comprises a clip 40. The clip 40 protrudes from the distal edge of the handle 32 toward the proximal edge of the handle 31. The clip 40 comprises a base 41 that is connected to the handle 30 and a free end 42. The clip 40 typically comprises a bend directed from the base of the clip 41 to the free end 42. The clamp 40 together with the sides of the handle 33 and 34 can serve as a fastening device when the measuring spoon 20 is fixed on a soft package. Due to the fact that the clamp is part of the handle, the measuring spoon does not need additional material or means for attaching it to the soft packaging. Since the clamp protrudes from the distal edge of the handle toward the proximal edge of the handle and the cup, if the measuring spoon is attached to the soft pack, the clamp, the sides of the handle and the top edge of the cup touch the outer surface of the soft pack. This leads to a more tight contact (see Fig.6). The phrase “protrudes from the distal edge of the handle toward the proximal edge of the handle” means that the clip 40 is directed from the distal edge of the handle 32 to the bowl 21 (see also FIG. 11).

1, the clip 40 comprises a bend 43 directed from the base of the clip 41 to the free end 42. The bend 43 contains a convex portion 52 adjacent to the base 41. The clip 40 comprises a concave portion 56 located between the convex portion 52 and the free end 42. C on the one hand, bending increases the clamping force of the packaging material, on the other hand, with its help, a small space is provided where the folded packaging material is placed. Bending reduces the likelihood that the clip will accidentally fall or slip off the packaging during storage. It has been found that this type of bend holds the clamp on the package much better than a direct clamp, since the clamping force does not turn into lateral force / movement during storage and / or when the soft pack is assembled under the clamp.

The clip 40 comprises an upper side 46 and a lower side 47 which is on the back side of the upper surface 46. The upper side 46 corresponds to the upper side T of the measuring spoon 20, and the lower side 47 corresponds to the lower side B of the measuring spoon 20. The convex portion 52 is obliquely raised above the upper side from the base of the clamp 41. The concave portion 56 is obliquely lowered towards the lower side following the convex portion 52. The free end 42 is again inclined obliquely raised above the upper surface after the concave portion 56. Behind the lower side B the second part 52 a space 58 is formed further.

The shape of the bend 43 on the upper side 46 is ergonomic, as it allows the consumer to conveniently place his thumb on it and hold the clamp with his hand when using a measuring spoon to dose the product. The clip plays the role of a lever, while facilitating the dosage of the product and reduces the tension of the fingers and wrists compared to those cases when the clip is held only by fingers. The shape of the bottom side 47 of the concave portion 56 serves as a fixing portion when the measuring spoon is attached to the soft packaging.

As shown in figure 1, the bowl 21 contains, if necessary, the division 70 on the first side wall 26, the second side wall 27, and / or the front wall of the bowl 25. Divisions 70 are used so that the consumer can determine the required amount of product used in various situations: for example, for washing large quantities of laundry, for very soiled laundry, etc.

The bowl 21 may contain one or more stacking plates 72, which make it easy to stack the measuring spoons on top of each other and to disassemble the folded spoons during production and / or storage. The stacking plate 72 is located inside the bowl 21. The bowl may have up to 8 stacking plates, 1 to 6 stacking plates, or 2 to 4 stacking plates. The stacking plate is a small part attached to the bowl. The stacking plate should be small enough not to interfere with the product dosing process, and may be located at the bottom of the bowl. The stacking plate may have a height of from about 3 mm to about 20 mm, from about 4 mm to about 15 mm, or from about 5 mm to about 10 mm. Without being bound by theory, it can be argued that the stacking plate helps to avoid the situation when the measuring spoon sticks to the adjacent measuring spoon when they are stacked on top of each other. This is especially important in the manufacturing process of measuring spoons, as the finished measuring spoons can be stacked on the production line. Many measuring spoons can be stacked on top of each other at the stage of their placement in the packaging in the process of filling soft packaging. The bottom of the upper measuring spoon is placed above the bottom of the lower measuring spoon. The stacking plate located inside the bowl prevents the situation when the measuring spoon sticks together with another measuring spoon, since it acts as a barrier and the bottom of the measuring spoons do not touch.

The overflow volume of the bowl 21 is usually from about 5 ml to about 450 ml, from about 20 ml to about 320 ml, or from about 30 ml to about 150 ml. The overflow volume of the bowl 21 is measured using the maximum amount of water that is held in a measuring spoon. The perimeter of the upper edge of the bowl 29 of the measuring spoon 20 shown in figure 1, is a rectangle with rounded edges. The perimeter of the upper edge of the bowl 29, if we consider the upper side of T, can be approximately round, approximately oval or in the form of a polygon (e.g., triangle, quadrangle, pentagon, hexagon, etc.), etc. sharp or rounded corners as desired. A form can be chosen in terms of aesthetics or a specific functionality. For example, a measuring spoon is contained in a soft package with a loose detergent. A large number of such packages can be stacked on top of each other. Then a measuring spoon, nested in a soft packaging at the bottom, will be under considerable pressure due to the large weight. The measuring spoon inside this package may damage the package from the inside. In this case, the shape of the rounded corner will be more suitable for soft packaging, since the corner has less sharp edges. In other cases, a measuring spoon with sharp corners will be more preferable in order to correspond to a certain form of packaging and / or to provide greater structural rigidity.

Figure 2 shows a bottom view of a measuring spoon in figure 1. The clamp comprises a grip 60 in the region of the concave portion 56 of the clamp 40. The clamp 40 comprises three grips 60, which are wavy lines. The grip protrudes above the bottom of the clamp, the grip height is from about 0.1 mm to about 5 mm, from about 0.2 mm to about 3 mm, or from about 0.3 mm to about 2 mm. The gripper 60 protrudes on the underside 47 of the clamp 40 and contains a height of about 0.5 mm. At least one grip is located on the clamp. The capture may be a hem, line and / or point. The forms may be different, but the grip should protrude on the surface of the clamp. From 1 to 20, from 2 to 15, or from 3 to 10 grippers can be located on the clamp. The grip increases the friction force with the packaging when the measuring spoon is fixed on it. This also reduces the likelihood that the measuring spoon accidentally falls and the packaging opens.

As shown in FIG. 2, bowl 21 has a width W B. The width of the bowl W B is the maximum distance between the first side wall of the bowl 26 and the second side wall of the bowl 27. The handle 30 has a width W H. The width of the handle W H is the maximum distance from the outer edge of the first side portion 33 to the opposite outer edge of the second side portion 34. The width of the bowl W B may be greater than the width of the handle W H. The width of the handle W H is at least about 50%, from about 50% to about 150%, from about 60% to about 125%, from about 70% to about 110% of the width of the bowl W B. The embodiment of the present invention in FIG. 2 has a handle width W H which is approximately 87% of the width of the bowl W B. Since the handle of the measuring cup has a large width and is almost equal to the width of the cup W B , the measuring spoon according to the present invention is more resistant to bending under the action of high loads, it is easier to turn during use, for example, when it is necessary to loosen and remove the caked laundry detergent. In addition, the large width of the handle simplifies the handling of a measuring spoon, as such a measuring spoon is easier to take in your hand. This is especially true for older people who may suffer from arthritis. Such an ergonomic wide handle acts as a lever, which makes the use of a measuring spoon more convenient.

The handle also has a minimum width W MIN , which is the smallest width of the handle. W MIN is located between the proximal edge of the handle 31 and the distal edge of the handle 32. The minimum width of the handle MIN can be about 75%, from about 75% to about 99%, or from about 80% to about 95% of the width of the handle W H. A handle with a narrower minimum width is more ergonomic and easy to use than a handle whose width remains constant throughout its length. However, if the minimum width of the W MIN handle is too small, it may be difficult for consumers, for example, the measuring spoon may break or the handle may bend excessively during use. Thus, when determining the minimum width of the W MIN handle, it is necessary to find a balance between ergonomics and structural stability in order to achieve optimal results.

Figure 3 shows a side view of the measuring spoon shown in figure 1. The free edge of the clamp 42 is obliquely raised from the concave portion 56 toward the upper side T. The free end 42 can be raised above the plane that is formed by the upper side of the handle 30 to a height h that is from about 2 mm to about 10 mm, from about 2 5 mm to about 8 mm or from about 3 mm to about 7 mm. This design greatly simplifies the use of a measuring spoon, as it allows you to fix the measuring spoon with one hand, guiding the upper side of the handle along the soft package until the clip grasps and fixes the package. See also the description of FIG. 5 below.

Figure 4 shows the cross section of the clamp along the line 4-4 in figure 2. The clamp 40 contains a base 41, which is connected to the handle 30, and the free end 42. The base of the clamp 41 is connected to the distal edge of the handle 32. The clamp 40 contains a bend 43 directed from the base of the clamp 41 to the free end 42. If we consider the bend 43 from above from the side T, it comprises a sinusoidal shape with a convex portion 52 and a concave portion 56 adjacent to the convex portion 52. As shown in FIG. 4, the convex portion 52 is adjacent to the base of the jaw 41.

When the soft package 100 is inserted into the clamp of the measuring spoon 20, as shown in FIG. 5, the package is fixed between the clamp 40 and the handle 30. The free end 42 is located above the handle 30, so the consumer can easily direct the package 100 with one hand (see FIG. 5 ) under clip 40, and it will be fixed by clip 40, handle 30 and / or clutch member 60.

Figure 5 shows a perspective image of a soft pack, the open edge of which is folded and secured with a measuring spoon according to the present invention. When the consumer opens the soft pack 100 upon first use of the product, part of the soft pack 100 is cut off or torn off, resulting in an open pack with a perimeter of 102. The open pack is large enough to take a measuring spoon 20 of the product from the soft pack 100. Then the open soft pack the package 100 must be closed again so as not to spill the product inside and / or to prevent moisture or air from entering the open package 100.

The measuring spoon is specially fixed to the soft pack 100, the perimeter 102 of which is twisted or folded at least one, two or three times in order to reseal the soft pack 100. As shown in FIG. 5, the perimeter 102 is folded three times. In order to use the clamp 40, the soft pack 100 is directed directly to the free end 42, then the folded perimeter 102 is directed to the bend 43 under the bottom surface 47. Next, the soft pack 100 moves towards the base of the clamp from the free end 42 (see Fig. 6 ) and the concave portion 56 (see FIG. 6) to the free space 58 (see FIG. 6), which is formed on the lower side B of the measuring spoon 20 using the convex portion 52 (see FIG. 6). This clamp design reduces the likelihood that the measuring spoon will slip off the packaging during storage. When the measuring spoon 20 is fixed on the folded perimeter 102, it prevents the open packaging from opening. When the measuring spoon 20 is fixed on the perimeter 102, the fold width of the open edge of the package is usually from about 3 mm to about 30 mm, from about 4 mm to about 25 mm, or from about 5 mm to about 20 mm. When fixing the folded perimeter 102 under the convex part 52, the measuring spoon 20 is fixed on the soft packaging 100. Thus, the folded perimeter 102 is closed with the measuring spoon 20. As a rule, the measuring spoon protrudes slightly, since its upper surface touches the surface of the soft packaging.

Fig. 6 shows the reverse side of the embodiment of Fig. 5 from the clamp 40 side. The folded perimeter 102 is secured with the clamp 40 of the measuring spoon 20. The convex portion 52 provides a free space 58 where the folded perimeter 102 is placed. The bend also serves to better fix the dimensional spoons on soft packaging. The base of the clamp 41 and the concave portion 56 keep the folded perimeter 102 closed. The clip 40 protrudes from the distal edge of the handle 32 towards the proximal edge of the handle 31. When the measuring spoon 20 is attached to the soft pack 100, the top edge of the bowl 29 touches the soft pack 100, which leads to a more tight contact between the surface of the measuring spoon 20 and the soft pack 100. As a result, the clamp serves to better fix the measuring spoon on the soft packaging.

In Fig.7 shows a cross section of a soft package with a clip along the line 7-7 in Fig.6. When the clamp 40 is fixed to the folded perimeter 102 of the soft pack 100, one or more grippers 60, if present, are in contact with the soft pack 100. The gripper 60 allows the clamp 40 to be more securely fastened to the soft pack 100, increasing the friction force between the measuring spoon 20 and the soft 100, thereby reducing the risk and / or avoiding slipping of the measuring spoon 20 from the soft packaging 100. The measuring spoon 20 is fixed on the folded perimeter 102, which is between the clamp 40 and the handle 30. Since the measuring spoon 20 is put on the folded soft pack size 100, the measuring spoon 20 is in contact with the edge of the folded packaging perimeter 102 at the base of the clamp 41. The folded perimeter 102 is in the free space area 58, so it is fixed between the convex portion 52 and the handle 30. As a result, the soft packaging 100 perimeter 102 is firmly fixed, while moisture and air do not fall into the package.

As for the free end 42 of the clamp 40, the flexibility of the clamp 40 makes it easy to place part of the soft pack 100 in the free space area 58 between the clamp 40 and the handle 30. FIG. 7 shows that the clamp 40 contains three grips 60 protruding on the underside 47 .

According to this embodiment of the present invention, the base of the clamp 41 is reinforced in order to avoid or reduce the likelihood of damage at this point. Due to the fact that the clamp 40 bends mainly at the base of the clamp 41, this is where the main load falls during the use and storage of the product. In this regard, the base of the clamp 41 is strengthened. For example, you can make this part of the measuring spoon thicker, thinner, from another material (e.g. more elastic, more durable, etc.) and / or add additional structural elements so that they bear the main load. According to this embodiment of the present invention, the base of the clamp 41 is thicker than the adjacent portion of the clamp 40 by about 1-100%, about 5-50%, or about 7-25%. According to this embodiment of the present invention, the base of the clamp 41 is thicker than the adjacent portion of the handle 30 by about 1-100%, about 5-50%, or about 7-25%.

On Fig shows a variant of the grip, which protrudes on the lower side 47 of the clamp 40. The grips 160 in Fig.8 are three convex points located in a line. The engagement elements 160 are located at the point where the concave portion 56 bends as much as possible in order to maximize friction with the soft pack 100, see FIG. 7. The clutch member 160 enhances the contact of the measuring spoon with the soft pack and prevents it from slipping.

Figure 9 shows the following variant of the clutch element, which protrudes on the lower side 47 of the clamp 40. The clutch element 260 in Fig.9 represents four lines.

Figure 10 shows a variant of the clutch element, which protrudes on the upper side 46 of the handle 30. The clutch element 360 in figure 10 is a convex point located on the handle 30 opposite the place where the concave portion 56 of the clamp 40 is bent as much as possible. When the measuring spoon is attached to the soft pack, this arrangement of the clutch member increases friction between the measuring spoon and the soft pack.

In Fig.11 shows a top view of a measuring spoon in Fig.1. The construction of the clamp 40 is such that the direction of the clamp intersects the surface above the cup 21. In particular, the clamp 40 comprises an imaginary center line L 1 connecting the center of the free end 42 and the center of the base of the clamp 41. An imaginary center line L 1 intersects the surface above the cup 21. This design allows the measuring spoon 20 to better fix on the soft packaging, as a large area of the upper edge of the bowl 29 is in contact with the soft packaging. The clamp 40 is directed directly to the bowl 21 and is essentially perpendicular to it. The measuring spoon 20 contains a horizontal direction L H and a vertical direction L V perpendicular to the horizontal line L H. Thus, the center line of the clamp L 1 is perpendicular to the vertical line L V. The perpendicular direction of the measuring spoon provides a firm hold, as the friction between the upper edge of the bowl, the handle and soft packaging increases, resulting in a reduced chance of the measuring spoon slipping off when it is attached to the packaging. In other embodiments of the present invention, the clamp 40 is directed to the bowl 21, but it is slightly deviated. The deflection angle is approximately less than +/- 15 °, approximately less than +/- 10 °, or approximately less than +/- 7 ° from the perpendicular line. When the clip deviates, the imaginary center line L 1 also deviates from a line perpendicular to the surface of the bowl. Such a small angle allows you to simply fix the measuring spoon on the packaging with one hand, this turns out to be feasible with both the left and the right hand.

As described above, the clutch element can be located either on the clip or on the handle as desired. Thus, the clutch member will come in contact with the soft packaging and prevent the measuring spoon from slipping off.

The friction force between the measuring spoon and soft packaging can be enhanced by increasing the coefficient of friction between them. This can be achieved with a certain surface treatment of the measuring spoon and / or changing the material of the surface of the clamp and / or handle. To increase the friction force, at least part of the soft package is coated with a material having a higher coefficient of friction than the starting material of the soft package. The packaging is covered, for example, with rubber, paraffin, cellophane, etc. The coating is added by any method known in the manufacture of plastic. In this implementation of the present invention, the relief is made of rubber material and applied to a measuring spoon by two-component injection molding.

The surface material and / or coating material is selected from the group consisting of polyvinyl, polypropylene, polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyester.

As described above, the measuring spoon is attached to the soft pack and fixes the curled or folded perimeter of the soft pack. After the soft packaging is opened, the measuring spoon is fixed on its outer surface. Thus, consumers can take a measuring spoon directly on the surface of the package, and not lower their hand inside the package.

The clamp length from the base to the free end is from about 2 cm to about 10 cm, from about 3 cm to about 9 cm, or from about 4 cm to about 8 cm.

The measuring spoon is made by injection molding, the advantage of which is that the result is a durable and durable product, ready to use.

The present invention relates to a kit comprising a measuring spoon described above and a soft pack. The consumer uses a measuring spoon along with soft packaging. After the soft packaging is open, the perimeter must be closed, for example, curled or folded. A folded or wrapped perimeter must be secured so that moisture or air does not enter the product inside. For this purpose, a measuring spoon is used, which secures the perimeter. At the stage of selling kits (e.g. in retail stores), the measuring spoon may be inside the soft pack. Further, the measuring spoon can be fixed on the outer surface of the soft packaging.

As an alternative or addition, the soft pack may have a zipper fastener. The "lightning" mechanism is suitable for repeated use, while the soft packaging is not damaged. In the event that the soft packaging is re-closed using the "lightning" mechanism, the product inside the package is completely closed from the external environment. Using the "lightning" mechanism, it becomes possible to protect the product contained in the package from moisture or air and not wrap or fold the package.

A measuring spoon can be made of any suitable material, usually plastic, for example, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, polyester, polyvinyl chloride, as well as combinations thereof, or polyethylene, polypropylene and combinations thereof.

Soft packaging may have a thickness of from about 0.01 mm to about 5 mm, from about 0.02 mm to about 4 mm, or from about 0.03 mm to about 3 mm. Materials used to make soft packs include thermoplastic (e.g. polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyester, polyvinyl chloride, etc.), paper (wrapping paper, cardboard, etc.), rubber material, and the like. The materials used to make soft packaging are not limited to the group mentioned above. Soft packaging contains a product that can be selected from the group consisting of bulk, liquid and / or gel products. Products used may include a uniform dosage form of the product, such as tablets, capsules, soluble packets and / or a combination thereof. According to this embodiment of the present invention, the product is free-flowing, namely granular. The product may include, for example, laundry detergent, color enhancer, hard surface cleaner, bleach, coffee beans, instant coffee, baby food, animal feed, etc.

A measuring spoon can be transparent, translucent or opaque. A measuring spoon can be at least one-color, and also contain from two to five colors. Different colors can mean different parts of a measuring spoon, different materials, manufacturer or brand, and also used exclusively for aesthetic purposes, etc.

The examples and embodiments of the present invention described in this application are presented for illustrative purposes only. For specialists in this field it is obvious that on the basis of the present invention can be proposed various modifications and changes.

The dimensions and values contained in this document should not be construed as strictly limited to the exact values indicated. On the contrary, unless otherwise specified, each of these sizes means both the indicated value and the functional equivalent from a range of similar values. For example, a dimension designated as “40 mm” means “approximately 40 mm”.

All referenced documents, including cross-referenced or related patents or applications, are fully incorporated into this document when reference is made, unless there is an indication that they are excluded or limited. A reference to any document is not an acknowledgment that it belongs to the prior art. This applies to any specified invention, claims or references, as well as any combination with another reference or references, assumptions or references to such an invention. In addition, in cases where the meaning or definition of a term in this document does not coincide with the meaning or definition of a similar term in the document referred to in the link, the meaning or definition adopted in this document is considered the main one.

Despite the fact that the main embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, for specialists in this field it will be obvious that the present invention can be changed and modified without going beyond the essence and scope of the invention. Therefore, the appended claims cover all such changes and modifications that are within the scope of the present invention.

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1. Measuring spoon with clip containing:
a cup having an edge and a width and containing at least one stacking plate;
a pen containing:
the proximal edge of the handle connected to the edge of the bowl;
the distal edge of the handle located opposite the proximal edge of the handle;
the first side part and the second side part, while both side parts are perpendicular to the bowl;
the width of the handle, while
the handle comprises a clip, the base of which is connected to the proximal edge of the handle, the clip protruding from the distal edge of the handle towards the proximal edge of the handle, the clip including a free end located opposite the base of the clip,
moreover, the width of the handle is at least 50% of the width of the bowl, and the handle contains a free space surrounded by a proximal edge, a distal edge, the first side part and the second side part.
2. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the width of the handle is from 50% to 150% of the width of the bowl.
3. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the clamp further comprises a bend directed from the base of the clamp to the free end.
4. Measuring spoon according to claim 2, characterized in that the bend has a sinusoidal shape with a convex part and a concave part adjacent to the convex part.
5. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the first side part and the second side part are parallel to each other, while the first and second side parts are directed from the proximal edge of the handle to the distal edge of the handle.
6. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the measuring spoon comprises an upper side and a lower side, the clamp being inclinedly raised from the concave portion to the free end in the direction of the upper side.
7. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that it further comprises at least one clutch element.
8. Measuring spoon according to claim 7, characterized in that the clutch element is selected from the group consisting of a scar, point, line, or a combination thereof.
9. Measuring spoon according to claim 7, characterized in that the clutch element is located on the clamp.
10. Measuring spoon according to claim 7, characterized in that the clutch element is located on the handle.
11. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the bowl has a perimeter of the upper edge, the shape of which is selected from the group consisting of a rectangle, circle, oval, polygon, or a combination of these forms.
12. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that it contains plastic.
13. Measuring spoon according to claim 12, characterized in that the plastic is selected from the group consisting of polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, polyester, polyvinyl chloride and a combination of these materials.
14. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that the clamp has a length from the base to the free end, comprising from about 2 cm to about 10 cm
15. Measuring spoon according to claim 1, characterized in that it has an overflow volume of from about 5 ml to about 450 ml.
16. A kit containing:
soft packaging with the product inside and
measuring spoon according to claim 1.
17. The kit according to p. 16, characterized in that the soft package contains a product selected from the group consisting of a granular product, a liquid product and a tabletted product.
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