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Title:
JACKET FOR HANGING COLLAPSIBLE TUBE DISPENSERS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2003/074368
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
A jacket (34) for hanging a CDT (collapsible distribution tube) on a hook or a hanging protrusion. The jacket wraps around a CDT and is slidable on it. The jacket includes a hanging portion in which a hole (36) is disposed. In some embodiments the jacket is adjustable, for adapting to various CDT perimeters. In some embodiments, notches (114) are disposed in the jacket for accommodating sealing lobes (110) of the jacket.

Inventors:
Rosen, Uriel (Hagalil Street 53A, Haifa, 32686, IL)
Application Number:
PCT/IL2003/000157
Publication Date:
September 12, 2003
Filing Date:
March 02, 2003
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Rosen, Uriel (Hagalil Street 53A, Haifa, 32686, IL)
International Classes:
B65D35/56; B65D; (IPC1-7): B65D/
Foreign References:
US4007900A1977-02-15
US1992442A1935-02-26
US3212679A1965-10-19
US4685583A1987-08-11
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Tsivion, Yoram (P.O. Box 1307, Pardes Hanna, 37111, IL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A jacket for wrapping snugly and slidably around a CDT (collapsible dispensing tube), comprising a hanging portion having a hanging hole.
2. A jacket for wrapping snugly and slidably around a CDT as in claim 1 and wherein the perimeter of said jacket is adjustable by selecting a slotset on one wing of said jacket into which anchoring flaps of another wing are inserted.
3. A jacket for wrapping snugly and slidably around a CDT as in claim 1 and wherein said jacket contains notches for sealing lobes of said CDT to fit in.
4. A method for hanging a CDT for display or for storage or for both, comprising: wrapping around said CDT a jacket having a hanging portion; sliding said jacket along said CDT to protrude a hanger hole of said hanging portion from said CDT, and 'suspending said hole on a hanging protrusion.
Description:
JACKET FOR HANGING COLLAPSIBLE TUBE DISPENSERS

FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates generally to storage and display systems in shops and warehouses. More specifically a storage system of the present invention is utilized for storing and displaying tube dispensers.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION A typical collapsible dispensing tube is an elongated object, formed from a tubular element, permanently sealed at one end and having a reversible stopping device at the other end. As can be seen in Fig. 1 the collapsible dispensing tube (CDT) to which reference is now made, is essentially composed of a container body 20 and a screw cap 22. The CDT usually bears on its outer surface indicia or other inscriptions such as inscription 24. The CDT has a compressed end 26, at the extremity of which it is glued together or welded, forming a closed container. At the compressed end the CDT is broadened.

Because of the geometry of the CDT, it can be stored or displayed most conveniently by inserting it on the cap portion. This way, the inscriptions on the CDT can be read easily by an observer, such as a shopper looking for a

certain CDT make. Another possibility for displaying CDTs is by packaging the CDTs in hanging cases or in cases that can be placed on shelves, such that inscriptions on the cases can be read. Alternatively, such packages may be made of transparent material or contain a transparent window for displaying inscriptions on the CDT. Such packages may contain externally also projections for facilitating hanging their contents on hangers.

The US 3,159, 367 discloses a system involving a wall securing holder for releasably retaining tubes for hanging in an upright position. US 6,135, 322 discloses a transparent flexible sleeve for hanging and displaying dispensing tubes, in which sleeve the tube is inserted such that the tube can be hung on a hanger. US 4,007, 900 discloses a hanging device for dispensing tubes in which a tube suspends by protruding through a slot in a plastic hanger, and hangs by a sealing flange of the tube.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Fig. 1 is an illustration schematically describing a common CDT (collapsible dispensing tube) of commerce; Fig. 2A is a schematic illustration describing a jacket of the invention protruding out of a CDT; Fig. 2B is a schematic illustration describing a CDT of the invention with the hanging jacket retracted; Fig. 3A is a schematic illustration of a folded jacket of the invention; Fig. 3B is a schematic illustration of a folded jacket of the invention wrapped around a CDT; Fig. 4 is an illustration of cutout of which a folded jacket from which the invention is prepared; Fig. 5A is a schematic illustration of a retracted jacket of the invention adjacent sealing lobes of the CDT; Fig. 5B is a schematic illustration of a protruding jacket of the invention engaged with the sealing lobes ; Fig. 6 is a schematic illustration of the engagement between the jacket and the sealing lobes of the CDT; Fig. 7 is an illustration of a pre-adjustable jacket of the invention; Fig. 8A is an isometric view of a jacket of the invention adapted for CDTs having no sealing lobes ; Fig. 8B is an isometric view of a jacket of the invention holding a CDT having no sealing lobes.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENT INVENTION A device in accordance with the present invention, is a hanging jacket that wraps around a CDT as can be seen in Fig. 2A to which reference is now made. The container body 20 has an opening (not shown) on top, which is stopped by cap 32, which is typically a screw cap. A jacket 34 shown hatched is snugly but slidably wrapped around the container body, containing a hanging portion in which a hanger hole 36 is cut out. This hanger hole is used for hanging the CDT for display or for storage suspended on hooks, hangers or any other hanging protrusions. The jacket of the invention can be slid along the CDT such that it does not protrude from the CDT. The retracted jacket mode is useful for saving space when the CDT is stored in a non hanging manner. The retracted jacket state is illustrated schematically in Fig. 2B to which reference is now made. The retracted jacket 34 is shown hatched, but the real appearance of it is in the preferred embodiment transparent, so that the inscription on the container body, represented by inscription 42, is not obscured by the retracted jacket 34. Although the circumference of the jacket remains unchanged, it is not slackened when it is in the retracted mode. The reason for that is that the CDT is made from a tube element having a invariable perimeter throughout its length. The sealing off of a tube element at one end compresses and limits the volume at the vicinity of the seal, but it does not change the circumference at each section of the tube. Therefore, the jacket, which snugly wraps around the CDT changes its shape adaptively with the change in form of the underlying CDT as it slides on its surface, without changing the perimeter.

In a preferred embodiment of the present invention the hanging jacket is made from a folded transparent plastic sheet, as can be seen in Figs.

3A-B to which reference is now made. In Fig. 3A, wing 52 folds in right fold- line 54 over wing 56. Wing 56 is folded in left fold line 58. The two anchoring flaps (shown hatched) 60 and 62 of wing 52 are pushed through slots 66 and 68 respectively. The two anchoring flaps are therefore located beneath the wings. Flap 62 lies beneath wing 56 and flap 60 lies beneath wing 56 and partially beneath wing 52. In Fig. 3B the folded jacket 70 is shown embracing a CDT. The outlines of the CDT are dashed.

The folded assembly of the jacket is better explained with reference to Fig. 4, which illustrates a plan of a jacket from the cutout of which a folded jacket is made. The right wing 80 folds in folding line 82, The two flaps 84 and 86, have a matching pair of slots, slot 88 for receiving flap 84 and slot 90 for receiving flap 86. The insertion of the anchoring flaps in the slots can take place when the right wing 80 is folded, and left wing 92 is folded towards wing 80.

The folding of wing 92 takes place using folding line 94. Another aspect of the invention is demonstrated clearly in the unfolded jacket in reference to Fig. 4.

Notches 96 and 98 cut out from the body of the jacket, play a role in facilitating a better anchorage of some CDTs on the folded jacket. In some CDTs, sealing lobes are produced as a result of the pressure exerted on the CDTs during the sealing action on the tube's end. These lobes are taken advantage of in the present invention by enhancing the hold that the jacket has over the CDT. This aspect is explained also in reference to Fig. 5A-B to which reference is now made. In Fig. 5A the Sealing lobes 104 and 106 are present, but the jacket 108

is retracted such that there is no functional interaction between the two entities. In Fig. 5B the jacket is pulled outwards, beyond the limits of the CDT and the lobes 104 and 106 stop the pulling movement. At this state, the lobes 104 and 106 occupy the spacing formed respectively by the notches in the jacket. In Fig. 6 a sealing lobe 110 of jacket 112 is shown, inserted into notch 114. In another embodiment of the invention the jacket is made from a folded strip of which both ends are glued together forming a complete loop.

Another aspect of the jacket of the invention is the adaptive circumference. As explained above, the CDT has equal circumference in all sections, even though the volume may be changing. In another embodiment of the invention, as illustrated in Fig. 7 to which reference is now made, the jacket can be pre-adjusted as regards its circumference by selecting a slot-set into which the anchoring flaps are to be inserted. Thus anchoring flaps 122 and 124 are to be inserted into a slot-set in wing 126. A first slot-set includes slots 128 and 130, whereas the second slot-set includes slot 132 and slot 134. The circumference of the jacket is larger for employment of the second slot set, and smaller for the employment of the first slot-set. In other implementations of this aspect of the invention, more slot-sets can be deployed.

A jacket having different characteristics is applied when CDTs without sealing lobes are used in accordance with the present invention. Reference is now made to Figs. 8A-B which is an isometric illustration of a jacket adapted for hanging CDTs having no sealing lobes. As shown in Fig. 8A, the jacket includes two rigid frames 142 and 144 respectively, which are bridged by the flexible straps and 148. In this embodiment, the maximal distance between the rigid frames is such that it is smaller than the maximal width of the CDT, which limits the yield to the gravitational pull pf the CDT 150.