US3759373A - Multi-container package - Google Patents

Multi-container package Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US3759373A
US3759373A US3759373DA US3759373A US 3759373 A US3759373 A US 3759373A US 3759373D A US3759373D A US 3759373DA US 3759373 A US3759373 A US 3759373A
Authority
US
Grant status
Grant
Patent type
Prior art keywords
side
container
adhesive
package
cans
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Expired - Lifetime
Application number
Inventor
C Carlson
E Werth
N Sipe
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Coors Adolph Co
Original Assignee
Coors Adolph Co
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Grant date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • 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
    • B65D21/00Nestable, stackable or joinable containers; Containers of variable capacity
    • B65D21/02Containers specially shaped, or provided with fittings or attachments, to facilitate nesting, stacking, or joining together
    • B65D21/0201Containers specially shaped, or provided with fittings or attachments, to facilitate nesting, stacking, or joining together stackable or joined together side-by-side
    • B65D21/0205Containers specially shaped, or provided with fittings or attachments, to facilitate nesting, stacking, or joining together stackable or joined together side-by-side joined together by bonding, adhesive or the like

Abstract

A multi-container package of cans or bottles containing beer, other beverages or contents, detachably connected together in side by side arrangement into a self-contained package free of any holder, tray, strap or wrapping. Adhesive material is applied to narrow areas on side surfaces of a container for contact with an adjacent container whereby they adhere detachably to each other.

Description

United States Patent 1191 Werth et al.

MULTl-CONTAINER PACKAGE lnventors: Elmer D. Werth, Arvada; Nelson E.

Sipe, Denver; Clarence J. Carlson, Lakewood, all of Colo.

Adolph Coors Company, Golden City, Colo.

Filed: Nov. 12, 1971 Appl; No.: 198,148

Assignee:

US. Cl 206/65 C, 206/56 AB, 206/65 E, 206/DIG. l8, 220/23.4

Int. Cl 865d 21/02, B65d 85/62 Field of Search 206/65 E, 65 C, 65 S, 206/65 R, DIG. '18, 56 AB; 220/234, 97 R References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 5/1954 Johnson et al. 206/65 c 1 Sept. 18, 1973 3,322,323 5/1967 Greene m1. ..206/65R 3,387,702 6/1968 Reynolds =1 al. ..206/65S 3,606,003 9/1971 Graser 3 06/6512 Primary Examiner-William T. Dixson, Jr. Attorney-Bertha L. MacGregor [57] ABSTRACT A multi-container package of cans or bottles containing beer, other beverages or contents, detachably connected together in side by side arrangement into a selfcontained package free of any holder, tray, strap or wrapping. Adhesive material is appiied to narrow areas on side surfaces of a container for contact with an adjacent container whereby they adhere detachably to each other.

4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures Pmimm rml 3.759.373

INVENTORS. E LMER D. WERTH NELSON E. SIPE CLARENCE J. CARLSON ATTORNEY hold six cans or bottles, for distribution to purchasers. The holders, of course, add to the cost of the package and serve no useful purpose after the contents have been unpacked. Further, the holders are a source of pollution and litter when discarded out of doors, and add to household waste which must be destroyed or disposed of otherwise. v

The object of this invention is to provide a multi-unit package which consists of a plurality of filled cans or bottles detachably connected together in side by side arrangement into a self-contained package free of any holder, tray, strap or wrapping. This object is achieved at low cost by applying an adhesive material to container surfaces in the areas where adjacent containers contact each other. When cans constitute the package, the adhesive material preferably is applied in vertical rows on the cylindrical side surfaces which contact similar surfaces on an adjacent can. When bottles constitute the package, the adhesive material preferably is applied in vertical rows on the uniform diameter cylindrical portion of a bottle which contacts a similar surface on an adjacent bottle.

The application of this invention to beverage can assemblies has involved difficulties due to the fact that cans have been provided with chimes or upper end rims whichproject radially beyond the circumferential surface of the body of the container, thus preventing side surface contact between adjacent cans. With the advent of a uniform diameter can wherein the upper end of the cylindrical body has been necked and the top lid has been applied to the necked portion, the vertical side surfaces of adjacent cans can contact each other throughout their length. Adhesive material applied to the side surface of one can thus intimately contacts the side surface of an adjacent can for binding the two containers together. When the invention is applied to bottles which commonly have a tapered portion and reduced diameter neck and a' uniform larger diameter cylindrical body, the adhesive is applied to the said larger uniform diameter portion which contacts a similar portion of an adjacent bottle. In assembling either cans or bottles in accordance with this invention, the contain-- ers are free of any radially projecting parts which would prevent surface contact between adjacent containers. 7

The invention may also be applied to containers rectangular in horizontal cross section, whereby the contacting flat side surfaces may be supplied with adhesive material for binding together adjacent containers. In one embodiment of the invention, the adhesive is applied in the form of a broken vertical row, i.e., in vertically spaced apart dots located in the narrow area di-. rectly opposite an adjacent container. The adhesive material thus applied contacts the side surface of an adjacent container. The adhesive may be applied in a con- FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a conventional six- Pack comprisingsix beverage containers packed in a prior art carry-type holder.

FIG. 2 is an elevational side view of a beverage can embodying our invention.

FIG. 3 is a top plan view of six cans connected to each other in accordance with this invention and forming a self-contained unit free of any holder, tray, strap or wrapping.

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary elevational side view of a beverage bottle embodying the invention.

In FIG. 1 is shown a well known prior art six-Pack" comprising six cans 10, vertically disposed in two rows, side by side, in a pasteboard holder which consists of a bottom 11, two sides. 12, and a top 13. The sides 12 are cut to form flaps l4, and the top 13 is provided with holes 15 through which the fingers of the user may be inserted for carrying the package. In this prior art package, the cans 10 are separate from each other, and in the event of breakage of the holder th individual cans may drop out of the holder.

Referring to the container embodying our invention,

as shown in FIG. 2, the beverage can 20 comprises a cylindrical body 21 of uniform diameter closed at its bottom 22, and necked at its upper end 23. The top cover or lid 24 is crimped on the edge of the necked portion 23. Due to the diminished diameter of the necked portion, the cover 24 does not extend radially beyond the diameter of the larger diameter cylindrical body portion 21 and therefore the cover 24 does not interfere with side contact of the cans 20. Adhesive material, such as glue, is applied to the side' surface of the can, preferably in the upper half area, in vertical rows of spaced apart dots 25, as shown in FIG. 2. The rows 25 are spaced apart.

As shown in FIG. 3, six of the cans have been assemapart on the vertical surface of the-body 21, and those designated by the encircled numerals 2 and 5 between the end cans are provided with three parallel rows 25 of adhesive, also spaced 90 apart on said body2l.

Thus cans 1 and 4 are bonded together by registering rows of adhesive, and each of said cans 1 and 4 is also bonded by another rowof adhesive to cans 2 and 5. The latter are bonded to each other by registering rows of adhesive, and also to cans3 and 6, which are bonded to each other. Thus each of the four end cans of the unitary package is bonded to two adjacent cans, and each of the middle two cans is bonded to three adjacent cans by the corresponding number of rows of adhesive 25.

The embodiment of the invention as applied to con tainers such as bottles is illustrated in FIG. 4. A bottle 30 has a-cylindrical uniform diameter body 31 tapering toward a reduced diameter neck 32 closed by a cap 33.

Rows of adhesive 35 function in the same manner as the adhesive 25 described herein as applied to cans.

The application of this invention to side surfaces of adjacent containers without contact-interfering contours, by the use of registering rows of adhesive material on at least two spaced apart narrow areas of each container, results in a unitary, self-contained portable package consisting of firmly united but detachable containers.

We claim:

1. A multi-container package which is portable, selfcontained and free of any handle, holder, tray, strap or wrapping, comprising a plurality of cylindrical containers located side by side and detachably bonded togetherby adhesive means applied to each container on a cylindrical side surface adjacent a cylindrical side surface of another container, said adhesive means being located in parallel narrow areas or rows spaced apart 90 degrees from each other and parallel to the axis of the container, located between and spaced from the ends of each container, the non-bonded areas of each cylindrical container side surface being spaced from the non-bonded areas of another cylindrical container side surface permitting gripping of a container on opposite-sides for carrying the whole package.

2. The multicontainer package defined by claim 1, which is a six-container package, in which two containers at opposite ends of the package each are provided with two spaced apart rows or areas of adhesive on their side surfaces, and the two containers between said end containers each are provided with three spaced apart rows or areas of adhesive on their side surfaces.

3. The multi-container package defined by claim 1, in which the containers are cylindrical cans each having a necked upper end on which a cover is crimped without protruding beyond the circumferential surface of the can, whereby the said containers are free of contours which interfere with contact between the sides of adjacent containers.

4. The multi-container package defined by claim 1, in which the containers are bottles each having a uniform diameter cylindrical portion and other portions of lesser diameter than the uniform diameter portion, and said adhesive material is applied to the uniform diameter portion.

Claims (4)

1. A multi-container package which is portable, self-contained and free of any handle, holder, tray, strap or wrapping, comprising a plurality of cylindrical containers located side by side and detachably bonded together by adhesive means applied to each container on a cylindrical side surface adjacent a cylindrical side surface of another container, said adhesive means being located in parallel narrow areas or rows spaced apart 90 degrees from each other and parallel to the axis of the container, located between and spaced from the ends of each container, the non-bonded areas of each cylindrical container side surface being spaced from the non-bonded areas of another cylindrical container side surface permitting gripping of a container on opposite sides for carrying the whole package.
2. The multi-container package defined by claim 1, which is a six-container package, in which two containers at opposite ends of the package each are provided with two spaced apart rows or areas of adhesive on their side surfaces, and the two containers between said end containers each are provided with three spaced apart rows or areas of adhesive on their side surfaces.
3. The multi-container package defined by claim 1, in which the containers are cylindrical cans each having a necked upper end on which a cover is crimped without protruding beyond the circumferential surface of the can, whereby the said containers are free of contours which interfere with contact between the sides of adjacent containers.
4. The multi-container package defined by claim 1, in which the containers are bottles each having a uniform diameter cylindrical portion and other portions of lesser diameter than the uniform diameter portion, and said adhesive material is applied to the uniform diameter portion.
US3759373A 1971-11-12 1971-11-12 Multi-container package Expired - Lifetime US3759373A (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US19814871 true 1971-11-12 1971-11-12

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US3759373A true US3759373A (en) 1973-09-18

Family

ID=22732183

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US3759373A Expired - Lifetime US3759373A (en) 1971-11-12 1971-11-12 Multi-container package

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (1) US3759373A (en)

Cited By (15)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3902992A (en) * 1973-05-04 1975-09-02 Coors Co Adolph Multi-container package
US4940141A (en) * 1989-01-17 1990-07-10 Terry Philpot Shrinkwrap beverage pack
US5331038A (en) * 1992-09-28 1994-07-19 Shell Oil Company Adhesive for multipacks
EP0631946A1 (en) * 1993-06-26 1995-01-04 IMMERGUT-MILCH GmbH Multi-unit pack, method of producing it and apparatus for the realization of the procedure
US5607072A (en) * 1993-03-05 1997-03-04 Gilbeys Of Ireland (Manufacturing) Limited Beverage containers
US5638974A (en) * 1994-04-15 1997-06-17 Ferrero Offene Handelsgesellschaft Mbh Small container
US6293393B1 (en) 2000-07-18 2001-09-25 Sdk Co., Inc. Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of foods and beverages
US6338410B1 (en) 2000-07-21 2002-01-15 Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation Transparent frame carton enclosure
US6679029B2 (en) 2000-07-18 2004-01-20 Forrest Kelly Clay Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of complementary items
EP2465699A2 (en) 2010-12-20 2012-06-20 Ferag AG Stack or collection of essentially flat semifinished products and method for producing such a stack or such a collection
US20140352868A1 (en) * 2011-12-02 2014-12-04 Khs Gmbh Apparatus for forming packaging units
USD748479S1 (en) 2014-12-26 2016-02-02 Smartpak, Llc Beverage carrier with detachable sleeves
US9327889B2 (en) 2013-12-27 2016-05-03 Smartpak, Llc Beverage carrier with detachable sleeves and method for making the same
US20160159506A1 (en) * 2013-07-16 2016-06-09 Khs Gmbh Method for producing cluster packs
US20160236824A1 (en) * 2015-02-17 2016-08-18 Ted Greg Lee Frumkin Assembly for Carrying Bottles and Cans

Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2677460A (en) * 1949-11-05 1954-05-04 Walfred C Johnson Multiunit package
US3322323A (en) * 1965-06-24 1967-05-30 Greene Abbot Box construction
US3387702A (en) * 1965-03-15 1968-06-11 Reynolds Metals Co Package construction and method of making the same or the like
US3606003A (en) * 1969-03-17 1971-09-20 Olinkraft Inc Multiple-article carrier

Patent Citations (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2677460A (en) * 1949-11-05 1954-05-04 Walfred C Johnson Multiunit package
US3387702A (en) * 1965-03-15 1968-06-11 Reynolds Metals Co Package construction and method of making the same or the like
US3322323A (en) * 1965-06-24 1967-05-30 Greene Abbot Box construction
US3606003A (en) * 1969-03-17 1971-09-20 Olinkraft Inc Multiple-article carrier

Cited By (21)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3902992A (en) * 1973-05-04 1975-09-02 Coors Co Adolph Multi-container package
US4940141A (en) * 1989-01-17 1990-07-10 Terry Philpot Shrinkwrap beverage pack
US5331038A (en) * 1992-09-28 1994-07-19 Shell Oil Company Adhesive for multipacks
US5607072A (en) * 1993-03-05 1997-03-04 Gilbeys Of Ireland (Manufacturing) Limited Beverage containers
EP0631946A1 (en) * 1993-06-26 1995-01-04 IMMERGUT-MILCH GmbH Multi-unit pack, method of producing it and apparatus for the realization of the procedure
US5638974A (en) * 1994-04-15 1997-06-17 Ferrero Offene Handelsgesellschaft Mbh Small container
US6679029B2 (en) 2000-07-18 2004-01-20 Forrest Kelly Clay Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of complementary items
US6293393B1 (en) 2000-07-18 2001-09-25 Sdk Co., Inc. Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of foods and beverages
US6658813B2 (en) 2000-07-18 2003-12-09 Forrest Kelly Clay Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of complementary containers
US6688462B2 (en) 2000-07-18 2004-02-10 Forrest Kelly Clay Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of complementary containers
US6338410B1 (en) 2000-07-21 2002-01-15 Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation Transparent frame carton enclosure
EP2465699A2 (en) 2010-12-20 2012-06-20 Ferag AG Stack or collection of essentially flat semifinished products and method for producing such a stack or such a collection
US8765246B2 (en) 2010-12-20 2014-07-01 Ferag Ag Stack or collection of essentially flat primary products and method for producing such a stack or such a collection
US20140352868A1 (en) * 2011-12-02 2014-12-04 Khs Gmbh Apparatus for forming packaging units
JP2015502893A (en) * 2011-12-02 2015-01-29 カーハーエス・ゲゼルシャフト・ミト・ベシュレンクテル・ハフツング Apparatus for configuring a packaging unit
US9561876B2 (en) * 2011-12-02 2017-02-07 Khs Gmbh Apparatus for forming packaging units
US20160159506A1 (en) * 2013-07-16 2016-06-09 Khs Gmbh Method for producing cluster packs
US9617023B2 (en) * 2013-07-16 2017-04-11 Khs Gmbh Method for producing cluster packs
US9327889B2 (en) 2013-12-27 2016-05-03 Smartpak, Llc Beverage carrier with detachable sleeves and method for making the same
USD748479S1 (en) 2014-12-26 2016-02-02 Smartpak, Llc Beverage carrier with detachable sleeves
US20160236824A1 (en) * 2015-02-17 2016-08-18 Ted Greg Lee Frumkin Assembly for Carrying Bottles and Cans

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US3780906A (en) Cup carrier
US3425543A (en) Packaged tray of articles
US3416719A (en) Container means and blanks for making same
US3186545A (en) Fully enclosed bottle package
US3425544A (en) Package construction
US3265283A (en) Shipping and dispensing carton
US3256978A (en) Literature holder
US3554402A (en) Fully enclosed carton for returnable items
US4344530A (en) Case for beverage bottles
US4582199A (en) Carton and blank therefor
US3157309A (en) Carrier carton for cylindrical articles
US3370733A (en) Displays
US6527133B1 (en) Multiple label liquid container
US5669500A (en) Carrier for stacked bottles
US4289236A (en) Case can package and method of forming same
US4789063A (en) Spacer tray for packaging containers
US3302784A (en) Package assembly including a top member and an endless heat shrunk enclosure band
US2335016A (en) Capsule container
US4470503A (en) Returnable bottle carrier with strap handle
US3515272A (en) Container cluster
US4372599A (en) Crown support beverage carrier
US7000803B2 (en) Contoured carton with dispenser
US3189171A (en) Compact drinking straw
US3388791A (en) Packages
US4067442A (en) Packaging glass bottles and other rigid containers