ApplicationNo. 682865 filed on 07/02/1996
US Classes:206/77.1, WITH SOAP-HANDLING MEANS206/499, NESTING OR VERTICAL STACKING WITHIN CONTAINER OR WITHIN RETAINER206/506Selectively positioned abutment (e.g., bail or handle)
ExaminersPrimary: Ackun, Jacob K.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB65D 071/06
AbstractA flexible and substantially non-resilient package containing a number of three-dimensional objects. The package is such that multiple packages can be stacked on top of one another. The package includes a flexible container comprising opposing top and bottom walls and at least one side wall, all of which are joined together to form an interior chamber for containing the non-rectangular objects. The package further includes a balance component integral with the top and bottom walls to stabilize the package and keep it from tipping over. The three-dimensional objects to be contained, such as soap bars, are substantially rigid and non-rectangular. The objects have two non-planar opposing oblong faces. The faces are connected by a pair of opposing major peripheral edges and a pair of opposing minor peripheral edges, with the minor peripheral edges being smaller than the major peripheral edges. The objects are placed within the container in face to face relation with the major and minor peripheral edges of each object being parallel. The objects are constrained within the package so that movement of the objects with respect to one another and with respect to the container is substantially limited. Thereafter, multiple packages can be stacked on top of one another with the objects resting on their minor peripheral edges and the load of the objects can be transmitted through columns of stacked objects, with the balance component providing a stable base for the stacked packages.
Field of SearchWITH SOAP-HANDLING MEANS
SHRINK FILM PACKAGE (E.G., BY HEAT OR VACUUM)
NESTING OR VERTICAL STACKING WITHIN CONTAINER OR WITHIN RETAINER
STRUCTURAL FEATURES FOR VERTICAL STACKING, I.E., SIMILAR RECEPTACLES
Selectively positioned abutment (e.g., bail or handle)
Having vertical projecting element or recess for interlock