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Title:
A PACKAGE ARRANGEMENT FOR AT LEAST TWO BOTTLES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/151869
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A package arrangement (1) for at least two bottles (3) comprising a first plate member (10) comprising a first body (20) and a second plate member (12) comprising a second body (22). The package arrangement further comprises a first type support member (30) at the first plate member adapted to hold an end part (EP) of the respective bottle fixed at the first plate member and carry the weight of the respective bottle, a second type support member (32) at the second plate member adapted to hold an envelope surface at an upper part (UP) of the respective bottle fixed at the second plate member, and a holding arrangement (50) comprising a string member (52) connected to the first plate member and extending through the second plate member.

Inventors:
JØRGENSEN, Odd (Gjervoldstad 6, 4645 NODELAND, 4645, NO)
Application Number:
NO2019/050014
Publication Date:
August 08, 2019
Filing Date:
January 23, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FALK-JØRGENSEN AS (Rigetjønnveien 12, 4626 KRISTIANSAND, 4626, NO)
International Classes:
A47G23/02; B65D1/24; B65D71/52
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HÅMSØ PATENTBYRÅ AS (P.O. Box 171, 4301 Sandnes, 4301, NO)
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Claims:
C l a i m s

1 . A package arrangement (1 ) for at least two bottles (3), c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that

the package arrangement (1 ) comprises

- a first plate member (10) comprising a first body (20) and a second plate member (12) comprising a second body (22),

- for the respective bottle (3), a first type support member (30) at the first plate member (10), which first type support member (30) is adapted to hold an end part (EP) of the re spective bottle (3) fixed at the first plate member (10) and carry the weight of the respec tive bottle (3),

- for the respective bottle (3), a second type support member (32) at the second plate member (12), which second type support member (32) is adapted to hold an envelope surface at an upper part (UP) of the respective bottle (3) fixed at the second plate mem ber (12), and

- a holding arrangement (50) comprising a string member (52) connected to the first plate member (10) and extending through the second plate member (12).

2. The package arrangement (1 ) according to claim 1 , wherein the first type support mem bers (30) are arranged distributed along the extension of the first plate member (10), and the second type support members (32) are arranged distributed correspondingly as the first type support members (30) along the extension of the second plate member (12).

3. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of claim 1 and 2, wherein the respective first type support member (30) comprises a base portion (40) adapted to support the weight of the respective bottle (3) at its end part (EP) and an enclosing portion (42) adapted to the support an envelope surface of the respective bottle (3) at its end part (EP).

4. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the re spective second type support member (32) comprises a further enclosing portion (44) adapted to support the envelope surface of the respective bottle (3) at its the upper part (UP).

5. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the re spective first type support member (30) is formed as an indentation in the first body (20).

6. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the re spective second type support member (32) is formed as a through opening in the second body (22).

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7. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the first body (20) holds the respective first type support members (30), and wherein the second body (22) holds the respective second type support members (32).

8. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the string member (52) is arranged extending from a first connection at the first plate member (10), to a first opening in the second plate member (12), to a second opening in the second plate member (12), and to a second connection at the first plate member (10).

9. The package arrangement (1 ) according to any of the previous claims, wherein the pack age arrangement (1 ) comprises a detachable connection member (60) adapted to act on the first plate member (10) and the second plate member (12) so the that the first plate member (10) and the second plate member (12) are forced towards each other.

10. The package arrangement (1 ) according to claim 9, wherein the connection member (60) comprises a strap or a loop of an elastic material.

P28406PC00 description and claims

Description:
A PACKAGE ARRANGEMENT FOR AT LEAST TWO BOTTLES

Introduction

The present invention relates to a package arrangement for at least two bottles. The package ar rangement has the function of holding the bottles together and enabling handling of the package arrangement.

Prior art

Prior art package arrangements for holding bottles are made of a body comprising compartments for the bottles. The package arrangements are for example made of a plastic material that is formed to its desired shape. The package arrangements are normally adapted to be stacked and comprising handles for enabling the arrangement to be lifted and displaced.

A problem with prior art package arrangements is that the package arrangements require the same space both when holding the bottles and without the bottles, which effects the overall transportation cost of the package arrangements.

Summary of the invention The invention has for its object to remedy or to reduce at least one of the drawbacks of the prior art, or at least provide a useful alternative to prior art. This object is achieved through features, which are specified in the description below and in the claims that follow. In particular, an object of the invention is to provide an improved package arrangement for two or more bottles, which re quires less space when not holding the bottles compared when holding the bottles. This object is provided by means of a package arrangement for at least two bottles. The arrange ment comprises

- a first plate member comprising a first body and a second plate member comprising a second body,

- for the respective bottle, a first type support member at the first plate member, which first type support member is adapted to hold an end part of the respective bottle fixed at the first plate mem ber and carry the weight of the respective bottle,

- for the respective bottle, a second type support member at the second plate member, which sec- ond type support member is adapted to hold an envelope surface at an upper part of the respective bottle fixed at the second plate member, and

- a holding arrangement comprising a string member connected to the first plate member and ex tending through the second plate member. By means of the first plate member, the second plate member, the first type support members, the second type support members and the holding arrangement in the form of a string member, ena bles the package arrangement to assume a state when not holding the bottles that is smaller than the extent when holding the bottles.

The package arrangement allows a larger number of package arrangements to be stored and transported when not holding bottles compared with prior art package arrangements. Accordingly, the package arrangement of the invention reduces the storage and transportation cost of the pack age arrangement.

The first type support member has the function of both holding the respective bottle in a stable position at the first plate member and supporting the weight of the respective bottle. The second type support member has the function of holding the respective bottle in a stable position at the second plate member.

The term first plate member and the second plate member shall be understood as a flat element extending along a respective plane. The first plate member comprises the first body and the sec ond plate member comprising the second body. The first body and the second body are configured to support or form the respective first type support member and the second type support member.

It shall be understood that the first body and the second body may be of various types, such a solid slab, a truss structure, a netting structure, a hollow shell structure, and etcetera. It shall further be understood that the first body and the second body may be of materials providing the function of to support or form the respective first type support member and the second type support member. The material of the first body and the second body is for example a polymeric material, wood, cardboard, and etcetera. The first body and the second body are for example made of a polymeric material, such as injection molded into its desired shape.

The holding arrangement provides a connection between the first plate member and the second plate member. The holding arrangement further enables handling of the package arrangement, such as lifting, carrying and stacking the package arrangement.

By means of the string member the package arrangement is arranged between an extended state and a compact state. In the extended state the first plate member and the second plate member are separated from each other while the first type support members and second type support members act of the respective on the respective parts of the bottles. In the compact state, the first plate member and the second plate member are brought together. The package arrangement is in

P28406PC00 description and claims the extended state when holding the bottles and in the compact state when lacking bottles to hold.

The string member is a long flexible structure, such as a string or a wire. The string member is for example made from fibers twisted together into a single strand, or from multiple such strands which are in turn twisted together. According to an embodiment of the invention, the first type support members are arranged distrib uted along the extension of the first plate member, and the second type support members are ar ranged distributed correspondingly as the first type support members along the extension of the second plate member.

By distributing the first type support members and the second type support members along the extension of the respective plate member, the package arrangement can be scaled in size for the desired number of bottles to be held.

The term“extension of the first plate member” relates to the extension in the plane in which the first plate member extends. The term“extension of the second plate member” is to be interpreted correspondingly. According to an embodiment of the invention, the respective first type support member comprises a base portion adapted to support the weight of the respective bottle at its end part and an enclosing portion adapted to support an envelope surface of the respective bottle at its end part.

The base portion forms a base that supports at least a part of an end surface of the respective bottle. The base portion may be shaped in conformity with the shape of at least a part of the sur- face of the end part of the respective bottle. The base portion has the function of supporting the weight of the respective bottle.

The enclosing portion at least partly encloses the envelope surface at the end part of the respective bottle. Preferably, the enclosing portion extends around the full circumference at the end part of the respective bottle. The enclosing portion is shaped in conformity to the envelope surface at the end part of the respective bottle. The enclosing portion has the function of maintaining the position of the end part of the respective bottle at the first plate member.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the respective second type support member com prises a further enclosing portion adapted to support the envelope surface of the respective bottle at its upper part. The further enclosing portion at least partly encloses the envelope surface at the upper part of the respective bottle. Preferably, the further enclosing portion extends around the full circumference at the upper part of the respective bottle. The further enclosing portion is shaped in conformity to the envelope surface at the upper part of the respective bottle. The further enclosing portion has the

P28406PC00 description and claims function of maintaining the position of the upper part of the respective bottle at the second plate member.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the respective first type support member is formed as an indentation in the first body. According to an embodiment of the invention, the respective second type support member is formed as a through opening in the second body.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the first body holds the respective first type support members, and wherein the second body holds the respective second type support members.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the string member is arranged extending from a first connection at the first plate member, to a first opening in the second plate member, to a second opening in the second plate member, and to a second connection at the first plate member.

By means of the configuration of the string member, a handle is formed for lifting and displacing the package arrangement. According to an embodiment, the string member is arranged in in a loop around the first plate member and around the second plate member. According to an embodiment of the invention, the first connection and the second connection at the first plate member is arranged on opposite sides of a centre of mass of the plate with respect to the extension of the plate. Thereby, it is assured that the package arrangement can be lifted and dis placed without tilting the bottles.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the arrangement comprises a detachable connection member adapted to act on the first plate member and the second plate member so the that the first plate member and the second plate member are forced towards each other.

The detachable connection member pushes the first plate member and the second plate member towards each other. Thereby, it is assured that the position of the plate members is maintained.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the connection member comprises a strap or a loop of an elastic material.

According to an embodiment of the invention, the first plate member and the second plate member are the same or essentially the same, wherein both the first plate member and the second plate member are provided with first type support members.

The first type support members are configured to hold an end part of the respective bottle and carry its weight. The embodiment is configured for holding bottles, which upper and lower ends are the same or similar, such as boxes. The package arrangement according to the embodiment has the advantage of providing a simple design and facilitating manufacturing of the package arrangement.

P28406PC00 description and claims Brief description of drawings

In the following is described an example of a preferred embodiment illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Fig. 1 a discloses a package arrangement according to an embodiment of the invention, wherein the package arrangement is in an extended state;

Fig. 1 b discloses the package arrangement in fig. 1 a in a compact state;

Fig. 2a-2b discloses two views of a first type support member of the package arrangement in fig. 1 a;

Fig. 3a-3b discloses two views of a second type support member of the package arrangement in fig. 1 a.

Detail description

In fig. 1 a is a package arrangement 1 according to an embodiment of the invention disclosed. In fig. 1 a, the package arrangement 1 is in an extended state holding two bottles 3. In fig. 1 b, the pack age arrangement 1 is without bottles 3 and in a compact state. For purpose of simplicity, in the disclosed embodiment, the package arrangement 1 is shown con figured for holding two bottles 3. Flowever, it shall be understood that the package arrangement 1 may be arrange for holding other plurality number of bottles 3.

The package arrangement 1 comprises a first plate member 10 and a second plate member 12. The first plate member 10 comprises a first body 20 and the second plate member 12 comprises a second body 22. The term first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12 shall be under stood as a flat element extending along a respective plane.

The package arrangement 1 further comprises a first type support member 30 and a second type support member 32. The first body 20 of the first plate member 10 is configured to support or form the respective first type support member 30. Correspondingly, the second body 22 of the second plate member 12 is configured to support or form the respective second type support member 32.

The package arrangement 1 comprising one first type support member 30 and one second type support member 32 for the respective bottle 3. Accordingly, in the disclosed embodiment, the first plate member 10 comprises two first type support members 30 and the second plate member 12 comprise two second type support members 32. The first type support members 30 are distributed along the extension of the first plate member 10. Correspondingly, the second type support mem bers 32 are distributed along the extension of the second plate member 12.

P28406PC00 description and claims The first type support member 30 has the function of both holding the respective bottle 3 in a stable position at the first plate member 10 and supporting the weight of the respective bottle 3. The first type support member 30 comprises a base portion 40 adapted to support the weight of the respec tive bottle 3 at its end part EP. The first type support member 30 further comprises an enclosing portion 42 adapted to the support an envelope surface of the respective bottle 3 at its end part EP.

In the disclosed embodiment, the first type support member 30 is in the form of a respective inden tation in the first body 20 of the first plate member 10. Thereby, the base portion 40 and the enclos ing portion 42 are formed in the first body 20, see fig. 2a, 2b.

The second type support member 32 has the function of holding the respective bottle 3 in a stable position at the second plate member 12. The second type support member 32 comprises a further enclosing portion 44 adapted to support the envelope surface at the upper part (UP) of the respec tive bottle 3. In the disclosed embodiment the respective second type support member 32 is formed as a through opening in the second body 22, see fig. 3a, 3b.

The package arrangement 1 comprises further a holding arrangement 50 comprising a string member 52 connected to the first plate member 10 and extending through the second plate mem ber 12. The holding arrangement 50 provides a connection between the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12. The holding arrangement 50 enables handling of the package ar rangement 1 , such as lifting, carrying and stacking the package arrangement 1 .

The string member 52 enables the package arrangement 1 to be shifted between an extended state and a compact state. In the extended state the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12 are separated from each other while the first type support members 30 and second type support members 32 act of the respective on the respective parts of the bottles 3. In the com pact state, the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12 are brought together. The package arrangement 1 is in the extended state when holding the bottles 3 and in the compact state when lacking bottles 3 to hold.

The package arrangement 1 further comprises a detachable connection member 60 adapted to act on the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12, and thereby forcing the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12 towards each other. By means of the connection member 60, it is assured that the positions of the first plate member 10 and the second plate 12 are maintained in the desired position in regard to the bottles 3. The connection member 60 is de tached when a bottle 3 is to be removed from the package arrangement 1 . The connection member 60 comprises for example a strap or a loop of an elastic material. In the disclosed embodiment in fig. 1 a, the connection member 60 comprises a loop that is arranged around the first plate member 10 and the second plate member 12. According to an embodiment of the invention, the detachable connection member 60 may also be used to secure the compressed state of the package arrange ment 1 .

P28406PC00 description and claims It shall be understood that the first body 20 and the second body 22 may be of various types, such a solid slab, a truss structure, a netting structure, a hollow shell structure, and etcetera. For pur pose of simplicity, the first body 20 and the second body 22 are depicted as solid slab in fig. 1 a and 1 b. It shall further be understood that the first body 20 and the second body 22 may be of materials providing the function of supporting or forming the respective first type support member 30 and the second type support member 32. The material of the first body 20 and the second body 22 is for example a polymeric material, wood, cardboard, and etcetera. The first body 20 and the second body 22 are for example made of a polymeric material, such as injection molded into its desired shape.

It should be noted that the above-mentioned embodiments illustrate rather than limit the invention, and that those skilled in the art will be able to design many alternative embodiments without depart ing from the scope of the appended claims. In particular, it shall be understood that the package arrangement 1 may be used for other items than bottles, for example various types of elongated packages in different materials, such as of cardboard. It shall further be understood that the first type support member 30 and second type support member 32 may be configured for holding pack ages with various envelope surfaces, such as packages with rectangular cross section, and etcet era.

In the claims, any reference signs placed between parentheses shall not be construed as limiting the claim. Use of the verb "comprise" and its conjugations does not exclude the presence of ele ments or steps other than those stated in a claim. The article "a" or "an" preceding an element does not exclude the presence of a plurality of such elements. The mere fact that certain measures are recited in mutually different dependent claims does not indicate that a combination of these measures cannot be used to advantage.

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