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(11)EP 3 042 857 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.11.2017 Bulletin 2017/44

(21)Application number: 15202901.3

(22)Date of filing:  29.12.2015
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B65D 5/38  (2006.01)

(54)

A PACKAGE

VERPACKUNG

EMBALLAGE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 09.01.2015 FI 20155009

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.07.2016 Bulletin 2016/28

(73)Proprietor: A & R Carton OY
27500 Kauttua (FI)

(72)Inventors:
  • Lindqvist, Juuso
    27500 Kauttua (FI)
  • Sotka, Susanna
    27500 Kauttua (FI)

(74)Representative: Berggren Oy, Turku 
P.O. Box 99 Tykistökatu 2-4 B
20521 Turku
20521 Turku (FI)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 097 328
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a package according to the independent claim presented below.

    [0002] Publication EP 2097328 A1 presents a package, which comprises an inner casing accommodated slidably within an outer casing, wherein the package further comprises a locking mechanism for preventing immediate opening of the package.

    [0003] When the package contains items that should not be easily accessible for children, for instance medicine, it is known to use packages with a child resistant locking mechanism. However, there is a need for a package made of a carton board, which also comprise a child resistant lock. The requirements for the carton package are that it is difficult for a child to open and at the same time has a simple construction. Also package must be re-closable for several times.
    Thus, the object of the present invention is to provide a package that is considered to meet the requirements for a package to be child resistant. The object of the present invention is to obtain an entirely novel solution for a child resistant package, which has a simple construction and which is made from carton board. The objects presented above are achieved by the package according to independent claim 1. Some preferred embodiments of the invention will be described in the other claims.

    [0004] A package of the present invention comprises a locking mechanism for preventing immediate opening of the package from the closed position to the open position.

    [0005] A locking part of the outer casing of the package is formed by folding the fold area of the blank inside to the outer casing of the package, so that the formed fold is arranged between the second opening flap and the outer edge of the package in a folded state. The locking part is in the end of the outer casing which is open, and in which end the inner casing is pushed within the outer casing. In a preferred embodiment of the invention the locking part of the outer casing comprises a fold, which is folded twice to make it thicker.

    [0006] A flap of the inner casing comprises a first long side and a second long side in a width direction of the blank, said first long side is formed by creasing and said second long side is formed by cutting so that it comprises contacting points. Thus, the flap of the inner casing has a hinged structure in a folded package, wherein the flap is in connection with the inner casing by its side which is formed by creasing. When a package blank is folded to the form of the package, an inner casing and an outer casing around the inner casing of the package are formed. The inner casing is in connection with the outer casing until the package is opened first time. The inner and outer casings are in connection with each other via the contacting points formed on one long side edge of the flap of the inner casing. The flap of the inner casing splits the package into two different casings. Thus, the flap is typically arranged in the central part of the blank in the length direction of the blank, and thus the package of the invention is possible to make from one sheet.

    [0007] A flap of the inner casing having a first end and a second end in the width direction of the package blank, an end of the flap is arranged against the locking part of the outer casing in the closed position of the package. Thus, the length of the flap of the inner casing is smaller than the length of the face side of the package blank in order that the locking part of the outer casing has a required space between the end of the flap and the outer edge of the casing.

    [0008] The first opening flap of the outer casing and a first end of the flap of the inner casing are arranged at least partly overlapping when the package is in closed position, and the second opening flap of the outer casing and a second end of the flap of the inner casing are arranged at least partly overlapping when the package is in closed position. Preferably, the first opening flap of the outer casing and a first end of the flap of the inner casing are arranged in a same line in the length direction of the blank, and respectively the second opening flap of the outer casing and a second end of the flap of the inner casing are arranged in a same line in the length direction of the blank. This arrangement ensures that the locking mechanism of the package function as a child resistant package, and also the package can be re-closable several times.

    [0009] A first and a second opening flap of the outer casing have a hinged structure. At least one side of the first and the second opening flap comprises contacting points, the first and the second opening flap are connected to package with connecting points before the package is opened first time. Thus, it is possible to find out whether or not a package has been previously opened. This only works once but for certain applications it is useful for security reasons to have this function.

    [0010] The function of the first opening flap is to open contacting points between the inner casing and outer casing, i.e. contacting points in the long side of the flap of the inner casing, when the package is opened first time. Since the first opening flap is in a position corresponding to the position of the first end of the flap of the inner casing when the package is in closed position, the pushing of the first opening flap inwards is also pushed the flap of the inner casing inwards, when the contacting points are broken and the inner casing is detached from the outer casing.

    [0011] The function of the second opening flap is to open a locking mechanism of the package. When the second opening flap is pushed inwards, the second end of the flap of the inner casing is pushed against the surface of the inner casing and so the inner casing can slide by the locking part formed on the inner surface of the outer casing. If the second opening flap is not pushed inwards, the end of the flap of the inner casing touches the locking part of the outer casing, and the package cannot be opened.

    [0012] A locking mechanism of the present package will last at least 10 openings due to strong material and the shape of the flap of the inner casing and the fold of the outer casing.

    [0013] A package blank comprises required creasing lines in the width direction of the blank in order that the package can be formed by folding. The creasing line is typically extended from a first side edge to a second side edge of the blank. In the present application the crease/creasing line refers to a depression or a corresponding structure formed to the material of the package blank, which makes possible to fold or to bend the material without that the material is damaged. The crease does not damage the surface layer of the material, or does not form any holes or slits to the material.

    [0014] Typically, the blank of the invention is made from carton board with a weight between 200 g/m2 and 600 g/m2. In an embodiment of the invention, the carton board is covered at least on one side with polymer having a thickness between 10 µm and 150 µm, more preferably between 25 µm and 75 µm. In a preferred embodiment the carton board is covered on both sides.
    The invention will be described in more detail with reference to appended drawings, in which
    Fig. 1
    shows a package blank according to one embodiment in an unfolded state, and
    Fig. 2
    shows a package according to one embodiment in a folded state.


    [0015] Figure 1 shows a package 1 according to the invention in an unfolded state, i.e. a package blank. The package 1 comprises an outer casing 2 and an inner casing 3. The package blank has parallel first and second side edges 4, 5, defining a length direction of the blank, and parallel first and second face sides 6, 7 perpendicular to the side edges, defining a width direction of the blank. The side edges 4, 5 comprise necessary flaps or appendages in order that the ends of the package can be constructed by folding.

    [0016] The inner casing further comprises a flap 8 having a first end 9 and a second end 10. The flap 8 comprises a first long side 14 and a second long side 15 in a width direction of the blank, said first long side 14 is formed by creasing and said second long side 15 is formed by cutting so that it comprises contacting points. The inner casing 3 and the outer casing 2 are connected to each other with these contacting points of the second long side 15 of the flap 8, when the package is in the unfolded state.
    The outer casing 3 comprises a fold area 11, which is foldable between an end of the flap 8 of the inner casing and the side edge of the blank for forming a locking part inside the outer casing. The outer casing 3 further comprises a first opening flap 12 and a second opening flap 13. The first opening flap 12 is arranged in a same line with the first end 9 of the flap 8 in the length direction of the blank, and respectively the second opening flap 13 is arranged in a same line with the second end 10 of the flap 8 in the length direction of the blank.
    The flap 8 is typically arranged in the central part of the blank in the width direction of the blank. The length and the width of the flap 8 can be varied but it is essential that there is a space between the both ends of the flap 8 and the side edges of the blank. The flap 8 splits the package blank into two casings.

    [0017] Figure 2 shows a package 1 according to the invention in a folded state. The outer casing 2 has been folded around the inner casing 3. The opening flaps 12, 13 are in a side part of the package. One end of the outer casing 2 is open in order that the inner casing 3 can be push inside the outer casing, respectively the one end of the inner casing is open and one end is closed by folding the flaps of the blank.

    [0018] The invention is not restricted to the examples of the above description, but it can be modified within the scope of the claims.


    Claims

    1. A package, which comprises an outer casing (2) and an inner casing (3) accommodated slidably within the outer casing and capable of motion between a closed position and an open position, wherein the package further comprises a locking mechanism for preventing immediate opening of the package from the closed position to the open position, said locking mechanism comprises

    - a locking part arranged inside the outer casing,

    - a flap (8) of the inner casing having a first end and a second end, an end of the flap (8) is arranged against the locking part of the outer casing in the closed position, and

    - a first opening flap (12) arranged in the outer casing, the opening flap (12) of the outer casing and the first end of the flap (8) of the inner casing are arranged at least partly overlapping when the package is in closed position,

    characterized in that a second opening flap (13) is arranged in the outer casing, whereby the second opening flap (13) of the outer casing and the second end of the flap (8) of the inner casing are arranged at least partly overlapping when the package is in closed position.
     
    2. The package according to claim 1, characterized in that the package is formed from a blank, which comprises

    - parallel first and second side edges (4, 5), defining a length direction of the blank,

    - parallel first and second face sides (6, 7) perpendicular to the side edges, defining a width direction of the blank,

    - the flap (8), which has a first end (9) and a second end (10) in the width direction of the blank,

    - a fold area (11), which is foldable between an end of the flap (8) and the side edge of the blank, and

    - the first and the second opening flap (12, 13), said flaps are arranged in a same line with the first and the second end of the flap (8) in the length direction of the blank.


     
    3. The package according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the locking part of the outer casing (2) is formed by folding the fold area (11) of the blank inside to the outer casing (2) of the package, so that the formed fold is between the second opening flap (13) and the outer edge of the package.
     
    4. The package according to claim 3, characterized in that the locking part of the outer casing (2) comprises a fold, which is folded twice.
     
    5. The package according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the first and the second opening flap (12, 13) have a hinged structure.
     
    6. The package according to claim 5, characterized in that at least one side of the first and the second opening flap (12, 13) comprises contacting points.
     
    7. The package according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the flap (8) comprises a first long side (14) and a second long side (15) in a width direction of the blank, said first long side (14) is formed by creasing and said second long side (15) is formed by cutting so that it comprises contacting points.
     
    8. The package according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the inner casing (3) and the outer casing (2) is made from one sheet.
     
    9. The package according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the package is made from carton board with a weight between 200 g/m2 and 600 g/m2.
     
    10. The package according to claim 8, characterized in that the carton board is covered at least on one side with polymer having a thickness between 10 µm and 150 µm.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verpackung, welche ein Außengehäuse (2) und ein Innengehäuse (3), welches gleitbar innerhalb des Außengehäuses aufgenommen ist und sich zwischen einer geschlossenen Position und einer offenen Position bewegen kann, umfasst, wobei die Verpackung zusätzlich einen Verschließmechanismus zum Verhindern des direkten Öffnens der Verpackung von der geschlossenen Position zu der offenen Position umfasst, wobei der Verschließmechanismus

    - ein innerhalb des Außengehäuses angeordnetes Schließteil,

    - eine Klappe (8) des Innengehäuses, welche ein erstes Ende und ein zweites Ende aufweist, wobei ein Ende der Klappe (8) gegen das Schließteil des Außengehäuses in der geschlossenen Position angeordnet ist, und

    - eine in dem Außengehäuse angeordnete erste Öffnungsklappe (12), wobei die Öffnungsklappe (12) des Außengehäuses und das erste Ende der Klappe (8) des Innengehäuses zumindest teilweise überlappend angeordnet sind, wenn die Verpackung sich in der geschlossenen Position befindet,

    umfasst,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass eine zweite Öffnungsklappe (13) in dem Außengehäuse angeordnet ist, wobei die zweite Öffnungsklappe (13) des Außengehäuses und das zweite Ende der Klappe (8) des Innengehäuses zumindest teilweise überlappend angeordnet sind, wenn sich die Verpackung in der geschlossenen Position befindet.
     
    2. Verpackung nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Verpackung aus einem Rohschnitt gebildet ist, welcher umfasst:

    - parallele erste und zweite Seitenkanten (4,5), welche eine Längsrichtung des Rohteils definieren,

    - parallele erste und zweite Stirnseiten (6,7), senkrecht zu den Seitenkanten, welche eine Breitenrichtung des Rohteils definieren,

    - die Klappe (8), welche ein erstes Ende (9) und ein zweites Ende (10) in der Breitenrichtung des Rohteils aufweist,

    - einen Falzbereich (11), welcher zwischen dem Ende der Klappe (8) und der Seitenkante des Rohteils faltbar ist, und

    - die erste und die zweite Öffnungsklappe (12,13), wobei diese Klappen in einer gleichen Linie mit dem ersten und dem zweiten Ende der Klappe (8) in der Längsrichtung des Rohteils angeordnet sind.


     
    3. Verpackung nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Schließteil des Außengehäuses (2) durch Falten des Falzbereichs (11) des Rohteils innerhalb des Außengehäuses (2) der Verpackung gebildet wird, so dass die gebildete Falz sich zwischen der zweiten Öffnungsklappe (13) und der Außenkante der Verpackung befindet.
     
    4. Verpackung nach Anspruch 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Schließteil des Außengehäuses (2) einen Falz umfasst, welcher zweifach gefaltet ist.
     
    5. Verpackung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die erste und zweite Öffnungsklappe (12,13) eine klappbare Struktur aufweisen.
     
    6. Verpackung nach Anspruch 5, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass zumindest eine Seite von der ersten und zweiten Öffnungsklappe (12,13) Kontaktpunkte umfasst.
     
    7. Verpackung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Klappe (8) eine erste lange Seite (14) und eine zweite lange Seite (15) in einer Breitenrichtung des Rohteils umfasst, wobei die erste lange Seite (14) durch Abkanten gebildet wird, und die zweite lange Seite (15) durch Schneiden gebildet wird, so dass sie Kontaktpunkte umfasst.
     
    8. Verpackung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Innengehäuse (3) und das Au-ßengehäuse (2) aus einem Bogen gefertigt ist.
     
    9. Verpackung nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Verpackung aus Kartonpappe mit einem Gewicht zwischen 200 g/m2 und 600 g/m2 gefertigt ist.
     
    10. Verpackung nach Anspruch 8, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Kartonpappe auf zumindest einer Seite mit einem Polymer, welches eine Dicke zwischen 10 µm und 150 µm aufweist, bedeckt ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Emballage, qui comprend une enveloppe externe (2) et une enveloppe interne (3) logée en coulissement au sein de l'enveloppe externe et capable de bouger entre une position fermée et une position ouverte, dans lequel l'emballage comprend en outre un mécanisme de blocage pour empêcher une ouverture immédiate de l'emballage de la position fermée à la position ouverte, ledit mécanisme de blocage comprend

    - une partie de blocage agencée à l'intérieur de l'enveloppe externe,

    - un rabat (8) de l'enveloppe interne ayant une première extrémité et une seconde extrémité, une extrémité du rabat (8) est agencée contre la partie de blocage de l'enveloppe externe dans la position fermée, et

    - un premier rabat d'ouverture (12) agencé dans l'enveloppe externe, le rabat d'ouverture (12) de l'enveloppe externe et la première extrémité du rabat (8) de l'enveloppe interne sont agencés au moins en partie chevauchants lorsque l'emballage est en position fermée,

    caractérisé en ce qu'un second rabat d'ouverture (13) est agencé dans l'enveloppe externe, moyennant quoi le second rabat d'ouverture (13) de l'enveloppe externe et la seconde extrémité du rabat (8) de l'enveloppe interne sont agencés au moins en partie chevauchants lorsque l'emballage est en position fermée.
     
    2. Emballage selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'emballage est formé à partir d'une ébauche, qui comprend

    - des premier et second bords de côté parallèles (4, 5), définissant une direction de la longueur de l'ébauche,

    - des premier et second côtés de face parallèles (6, 7) perpendiculaires aux bords de côté, définissant une direction de la largeur de l'ébauche,

    - le rabat (8), qui a une première extrémité (9) et une seconde extrémité (10) dans la direction de la largeur de l'ébauche,

    - une zone de pliage (11), qui est pliable entre une extrémité du rabat (8) et le bord de côté de l'ébauche, et

    - le premier et le second rabats d'ouverture (12, 13), lesdits rabats sont agencés dans une même ligne avec la première et la seconde extrémité du rabat (8) dans la direction de la longueur de l'ébauche.


     
    3. Emballage selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que la partie de blocage de l'enveloppe externe (2) est formée en pliant la zone de pliage (11) de l'ébauche à l'intérieur de l'enveloppe externe (2) de l'emballage, de sorte que le pli formé soit entre le second rabat d'ouverture (13) et le bord externe de l'emballage.
     
    4. Emballage selon la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que la partie de blocage de l'enveloppe externe (2) comprend un pli, qui est plié deux fois.
     
    5. Emballage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le premier et le second rabats d'ouverture (12, 13) ont une structure articulée.
     
    6. Emballage selon la revendication 5, caractérisé en ce qu'au moins un côté du premier et du second rabat d'ouverture (12, 13) comprend des points de contact.
     
    7. Emballage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le rabat (8) comprend un premier côté long (14) et un second côté long (15) dans une direction de la largeur de l'ébauche, ledit premier côté long (14) est formé par froissement et ledit second côté long (15) est formé par découpe si bien qu'il comprend des points de contact.
     
    8. Emballage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que l'enveloppe interne (3) et l'enveloppe externe (2) sont réalisées à partir d'une feuille.
     
    9. Emballage selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que l'emballage est réalisé à partir de carton avec un grammage entre 200 g/m2 et 600 g/m2.
     
    10. Emballage selon la revendication 8, caractérisé en ce que le carton est couvert au moins sur un côté d'un polymère ayant une épaisseur entre 10 µm et 150 µm.
     




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