(19)
(11)EP 3 063 074 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
11.09.2019 Bulletin 2019/37

(21)Application number: 14799277.0

(22)Date of filing:  29.10.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65D 5/00(2006.01)
B65D 5/54(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/062845
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/066144 (07.05.2015 Gazette  2015/18)

(54)

PREASSEMBLED DISPLAY WITH AUTOMATIC STACKABLE SUPPORTS

VORMONTIERTE AUFSTELLER MIT AUTOMATISCHEN STAPELBAREN TRÄGERN

PRÉSENTOIR PRÉASSEMBLÉ DOTÉ DE SUPPORTS POUVANT ÊTRE EMPILÉS AUTOMATIQUES


(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: 29.10.2013 US 201361896952 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
07.09.2016 Bulletin 2016/36

(73)Proprietor: Mars, Incorporated
McLean, VA 22101-3383 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • PIERGALLINE, Michael D.
    Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110 (US)
  • SCHOETTLE, David
    Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110 (US)

(74)Representative: Greaves Brewster LLP 
Copa House Station Road
Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3AH
Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3AH (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A2-01/74671
US-A1- 2014 014 713
  
      
    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

    FIELD



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a display with stackable supports. More specifically, it relates to a preassembled display that includes a single insert blank that automatically forms stackable supports when an outer blank is erected.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] Flat sheets of corrugated paperboard, sometimes referred to as blanks, have been used for many years as the starting material to form containers. Corrugated paperboard generally refers to a multi-layer sheet material comprised of two sheets of liner bonded to a central corrugated layer. Containers formed from corrugated paperboard are sometimes referred to as corrugated boxes. Over ninety percent of all goods in most developed countries are shipped in corrugated boxes.

    [0003] One style of corrugated box is the slotted box style. Slotted boxes may be formed from one or more pieces of corrugated paperboard (blanks). A blank may include portions that will form sides (including side panels and end panels) of a box as well as one or more sets of flaps, for example flaps that may form the top and/or bottom of the box. A blank may be scored and slotted to permit folding and/or erecting. A blank that has been erected into a box may form a joint at the point where one side panel and one end panel of the blank and/or box are brought together.

    [0004] Boxes may be shipped flat (not erected) to a user. When a box is needed, a box user may erect (fold and/or "square up" and/or open) the box, insert product into the box and close any top flaps. A half slotted container (HSC) is a style of slotted container that may include a single set of flaps, for example flaps that form the bottom of the container. An HSC may have an open top and/or no top flaps.

    [0005] Though such boxes may provide manufacturers and/or shippers with a convenient means to ship and display their products, they are not without disadvantages. One disadvantage of prior displays is that they are labor intensive and/or difficult to manufacture and assemble. Another disadvantage of prior displays is that they may require excessive materials and/or, in some cases, extraneous components to secure separate pieces of the container. The art would welcome a box/display that could be easily assembled from readily available materials. Such boxes/displays would provide further benefit if they included features that helped support the structure of the box/display once assembled, and desirably, filled with product. WO/0174671 describes a box/display according to the preamble of appended claim 1 which is supported by a pair of discrete inserts.

    SUMMARY



    [0006] There is provided a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports (PDASS). The PDASS may be provided in a knocked down state that is readily shipped and stored, but yet easily assembled. Advantageously, the PDASS is provided with supports at opposing corners thereof, and in some embodiments, may be provided with attachment means to secure multiple PDASS' together when stacked.

    [0007] The invention provides a preassembled display comprising an outer blank including outside and inside surfaces, and comprising a front panel, a rear panel and two side panels; and an insert blank including outside and inside surfaces and comprising a front panel and two side panels, wherein the insert blank is adapted to form a plurality of supports, located at each corner of the outer blank when the outer blank is erected, and wherein the opposed side panels of the insert blank are not directly connected with the side panels of the outer blank such that the opposed side panels of the insert blank can move relative to the side panels of the outer blank while the outer blank is erected; characterised in that a single insert blank is present. Thus the preassembled display comprises an outer blank and an inner blank, both comprising outside and inside surfaces. The insert blank forms a plurality of supports at the corners of the outer blank once erected and disposed therein. The outer blank includes a front panel, a rear panel and two side panels, and may further comprise a connection panel. It may also include a front flap, a rear flap, and two side flaps. The inner blank includes a front panel and two side panels, and may further comprise one or more support panels and a bottom flap. The opposed side panels of the insert blank are not integral with to the side panels of the outer blank.

    [0008] The plurality of supports may include first and second pairs of supports, each pair being located at diagonally opposing corners of the preassembled display. In some embodiments, the first and second pair of supports may have the same construction, while in others, the construction of the pairs may be different. In fact, in some embodiments, each support provided by the inner blank may be of a different configuration. In some embodiments, at least one of the plurality of supports extends substantially the entire height of the outer blank. One or more of the one or more support panels may include a stacking tab. Furthermore, a front and rear flap of the outer blank may include one or more stacking apertures for receiving the stacking tabs of a second preassembled display.

    [0009] The insert blank nests within the outer blank, substantially abutting the inner surface of the outer bank. In some embodiments, the inner blank may wrap along less than the entire inside of the outer blank. The insert blank may be formed from a single piece of corrugated paperboard, or multiple pieces adhered together. In some embodiments, one or more outer surfaces of the insert blank may be adhered to one or more inside surfaces of the outer blank, but this is not required, and in others, the insert blank may be freestanding within the outer blank. In some embodiments, zones of adhesive may be applied and located such that when the outer blank is erected, the outer blank pulls and/or pushes the insert blank at the adhesive zones, forcing the insert blank to automatically erect. In these, and other, embodiments, multiple adhesive zones may be provided on the inner surface of the front and/or rear panels of the outer blank.

    [0010] In those embodiments where adhesive is used, a fast curing adhesive, such as for example, a hot melt adhesive may be used. In other embodiments, at least one slow curing adhesive may be used, suitable examples of which including a cold melt adhesive.

    [0011] The outer blank and the insert blank typically each include one or more joints. The joints are adapted so that the preassembled display may be assembled into a substantially knocked down flat configuration, and erected from the substantially knocked down flat configuration into a container.

    [0012] In some embodiments, the outer blank of the preassembled display includes a window. In such embodiments, the front panel of the insert blank may include a tear away zone, the tear away zone further optionally including one or more tear assist apertures. Further, the inner blank tear away zone may be substantially aligned with the window of the outer blank. The bottom edge of the tear away zone of the inner blank and the bottom edge of the window of the outer blank may be substantially aligned, or, in other embodiments, the bottom edge of the tear-away zone of the inner blank may be positioned lower than the bottom edge of the window of the outer blank.

    [0013] One or more, and in some embodiments, all, of the side panels of the outer and inner blanks may be provided with an aperture adapted to be used as a handle.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] 

    FIG. 1 is a top angled view of an example preassembled display with automatic stackable supports, in accordance with one or more embodiments.

    FIG. 2A is a side view of a flattened outer blank of one embodiment of a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports.

    FIG. 2B depicts an example display knock down process, in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 3A is a side schematic view of a flattened insert blank of one embodiment of a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports.

    FIG. 3B is a top view of an erected and/or folded insert blank nested inside of an example erected and/or folded outer blank, in accordance with one or more embodiments.

    FIG. 4A is an illustration of an exemplary container erecting machine, shown at one point in the assembly process.

    FIG. 4B is an illustration of the exemplary container erecting machine shown in FIG. 4A, at a second point in the assembly process.

    FIG. 4C is an illustration of the example container erecting machine, shown in FIG. 4A, at a third point in the assembly process.

    FIGS. 5A-5C illustrate various views of one embodiment of a preassembled display.

    FIG. 6 is a top view of the inside blank and the outer blank of the preassembled display shown in FIGS. 5A-5C.

    FIG. 7 is an illustration of one embodiment of the outer blank of the preassembled display shown in FIGS. 5A-5C in a knockdown state.

    FIG. 8 is an illustration of another embodiment of the outer blank of the preassembled display shown in FIGS. 5A-5C in a knockdown state.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0015] This description of the exemplary embodiments is intended to be read in connection with the accompanying drawings, which are to be considered part of the entire written description.

    [0016] One or more embodiments of the present disclosure describe a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports that addresses a number of disadvantages of prior stackable displays. One disadvantage of prior displays is that they are labor intensive and/or difficult to manufacture and assemble. Another disadvantage of prior displays is that they may require excessive materials and/or, in some cases, extraneous components to secure separate pieces of the container.

    [0017] The present disclosure describes a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports (PDASS). A PDASS may be a custom-designed container (for example, an HSC) including two or more blanks (for example pieces of corrugated paperboard) that are joined together, for example to initially form a knocked down flat (KDF) container. The PDASS may include an insert formed from a single blank, where the single insert blank, when the whole display is erected, automatically provides supports at opposing corners of the outer blank. In some embodiments, one or more opposing supports may be asymmetrically shaped. The PDASS is designed to enable the KDF to be erected and automatically form stackable supports, resulting in a finished container that includes supports that act as corner "posts" of sorts, namely corrugated paperboard structures disposed vertically for vertical stacking strength. The supports and/or corner posts help to support the load of similar containers that may be stacked upon the immediate container.

    [0018] FIG. 1 is a top angled view of one embodiment of a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports (PDASS) 100. PDASS 100 may include a number of blanks, for example an outer blank 102 and an insert blank 104. Outer blank 102 includes a number of panels, namely a front panel 106, a rear panel 108 and two side panels 110, 112. Insert blank 104 also includes a number of panels.

    [0019] When PDASS 100 is fully erected, the insert blank 104 may nest or wrap inside the outer blank 102 such that the insert blank substantially abuts the inside of outer blank 102. For example, the outer surface of a number of the panels of the insert blank 104 may abut portions of the inside surface of the panels of outer blank 102, as shown in FIG. 1. In some examples, the insert blank 104 may nest or wrap along less than the entire inside of the outer blank 102 (also shown in FIG. 3B). In other words, the insert blank 104 may be a partial insert blank. Portions of the insert blank panels may be adhered to portions of the outer blank panels 106, 108, 110 and/or 112. For example, glue, tape or other adhesive (for example fast curing and/or slow curing adhesives) may reside between the insert blank 104 and the outer blank 102, for example where the adhesive touches portions of the outer surface of a number of the panels of the insert blank 104 and touches portions of the inside surface of the panels 106, 108, 110 and/or 112 of the outer blank 102.

    [0020] FIG. 2A is a side view of a flattened outer blank 200 of one embodiment of the preassembled display with automatic stackable supports (PDASS). Outer blank 200 may be substantially similar to outer blank 102 of FIG. 1. Outer blank 200 may include a number of panels, for example a front panel 206, a rear panel 208, two side panels 210, 212 and a connection panel 214. Outer blank 200 may include a number of flaps, for example a front flap 220, a rear flap 222 and two side flaps 224, 226. Each panel and flap may include an inside surface and an outside surface, such surfaces forming inside and outside surfaces of blank 200. In some embodiments, the flaps are generally corrugated paperboard panels that are joined to one adjacent panel at a fold forming a hinge. In the example shown in FIG. 2A, inside surfaces (surfaces that face the center of the erected box) may face the viewer of the illustration, and outside surfaces may face away from the viewer of the illustration. Outer blank 200 may include one or more handles 246, 247, each handle defined by an edge of a panel that encircles, for example in an oval shape, an empty space.

    [0021] Outer blank 200 may include a window and/or cutout 248 defined by an edge of panel 206 that curves downward from the top, curves horizontal, and then curves upward back to the top of panel 206. In some embodiments, the outer blank and/or the inner blank may be adapted to stabilize the window and/or cutout 248, for example during use when a portion of the outer blank is removed to form window 248. If the outer blank and/or the insert blank are not adapted to stabilize the window and/or cutout 248, additional pressure may be exerted on front panel 206, for example when the PDASS is erected and filled with product. In some embodiments, one or more adhering zones of outer blank 200 (for example, zone 264) may be adhered to one or more zones of the insert blank to provide stabilization and/or support to the window 248. Such adhering zones have adhesive, fasteners, or cooperating structures on one or both of two facing surfaces such that they are attached to one another. In other embodiments, the insert blank may be adapted to include a bottom flap 328 (not shown in FIG. 2A). This bottom flap may stabilize the window 248 and may be used in conjunction with one or more adhesive zones of outer blank 200.

    [0022] Outer blank 200 may be partially erected into a KDF, or a portion thereof, by folding, creasing, scoring, perforating or otherwise forming a hinge axis on panels 206, 208, 210, 212, 214 at joints 230, 232, 234, 236, such that the adjacent panels and/or flaps are readily folded to a substantially right angle at each joint, between the panels or flaps on either side of the joint. Joints 230, 232, 234, 236 may be scored, perforated and/or slotted from either side to permit easy folding and/or erecting. It should be understood that even though FIG. 2A may show one or more of the joints as being scored and/or perforated, different embodiments may utilize an outer blank with different combinations of joint types (scored, perforated, slotted, etc.). For example, an outer blank may include joints that are all scored or all perforated. Alternatively, an outer blank may include some joints that are perforated, some that are scored and optionally some that are of a different type. Different types of joints (scoring, perforating, etc.) may adapt the outer blank to provide the appropriate pressure against the insert blank during and/or after erection of the carton. Once the panels of the outer blank have been folded to form substantially right angles at joints 230, 232, 234, 236, end 209 of panel 208 may meet and overlap with connection panel 214. End 209 may be adhered to connection panel 214, for example with glue, tape or other adhesive (for example fast curing and/or slow curing adhesives) residing on one or both facing surfaces at the adhesive zone 215. At this point, when viewed from the top, the outer blank 240 substantially resembles a rectangle, with the panels appearing as lines or edges of the rectangle and the joints appearing as corners of the rectangle.

    [0023] Partially erected outer blank 240 may then be "knocked down" to form a KDF, or a portion thereof. As shown in FIG. 2B, application of pressure to the outside surfaces of two opposing panels, such as 206 and 208, will cause outer blank 240 to take the shape of a collapsed parallelogram, and then, to be substantially flattened so that the inside surfaces of panels 206 and 212 become adjacent to, or are brought into contact with, the inner surfaces of panels 208 and 210. At this point the outer blank is configured as a KDF, meaning it is partially assembled in a substantially flat configuration. This configuration may adapt a partially erected container for easy stacking, storing and/or shipping. Later, a consumer goods manufacturer may erect a KDF into a container that is adapted to hold goods. It should be understood that a KDF may be created by folding and/or creasing a blank at all of the joints to form a rectangle, and then collapsing the rectangle. Alternatively, a KDF may be created by refraining from creasing some joints and fully creasing other joints such that the blank is constructed directly into the substantially flat configuration. A KDF may include more than one blank, and the folding required to create the KDF may occur before or after multiple blanks have been adhered together. In one example, an insert blank is adhered to an outer blank before the outer blank is folded to create a KDF.

    [0024] Referring to FIG. 2A, and assuming blank 200 has already been partially erected by folding panels 206, 208, 210 and 212, outer blank 200 may be fully erected by folding and/or creasing flaps 220, 222, 224, 226 at joints 231, 233, 235, 237 such that a substantially right angle exists at each joint, formed by the flap and panel and on either side of the joint. Blank 200 may be fully erected from a KDF with unfolded flaps 220, 222, 224, 226, or it may be fully erected from an unfolded blank, such as the one depicted in FIG. 2A. In one example, panels 206, 208, 210, 212 are folded and adhered at adhesive zone 215 before flaps 220, 222, 224, 226 are folded. In this example, when the flaps are folded, each flap may partially overlap one or more of the other flaps. Flaps may be adhered to each other with glue, tape or other adhesive (for example fast curing and/or slow curing adhesives) or by fasteners. Alternatively, each flap may hold in place by interlocking with other flaps.

    [0025] In one example, an insert blank may be adhered to an outer blank and a KDF may be assembled on a different machine than the machine that erects the KDF to form a box. In this respect, a KDF comprising the insert blank may be formed in one event, perhaps at one location, and the KDF may be opened, erected, filled, closed and/or sealed as a separate event, perhaps at a different location. In a commercial example, a carton supplier may create a KDF, including the insert blank, and ship it to a consumer goods manufacturer, where the consumer goods manufacturer may open, erect, fill, close, seal and/or ship the carton filled with product. Having the KDF preassembled may allow a consumer goods manufacturer to utilize the same carton erecting machines that they already utilize for cartons without automatic stackable supports and/or inserts. In another example, the insert blank may be adhered to the outer flat and the KDF may be assembled on the same machine (and perhaps at the same location) that erects the box.

    [0026] FIG. 3A is a side schematic view of a flattened insert blank of one embodiment of a preassembled display with automatic stackable supports (PDASS). Insert blank 300 may be substantially similar to insert blank 104 of FIG. 1. Insert blank 300 includes a number of panels, namely a front panel 306, two side panels 310, 312 and a number of support panels 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326. Insert blank 300 may include a number of flaps, for example a bottom flap 328. Each panel and flap may include an inside surface and an outside surface, such surfaces forming inside and outside surfaces of blank 300. In the example shown in FIG. 3A, outside surfaces (surfaces that abut the outer blank) may face the viewer of the illustration, and inside surfaces (surfaces that face the center of the erected box) may face away from the viewer of the illustration. Insert blank 300 may include one or more handles 340, 342, each defined by an edge of a panel that encircles, for example in an oval shape, an empty space. Insert blank 300 may include a window or cutout 344.

    [0027] An insert blank panel having a window 344 may include a tear-away zone 348. The tear-away zone holds product in place when the PDASS is shipped and can be removed when the PDASS is ready to be displayed, thereby creating a larger window 344. The tear-away zone 348 may have two side edges and a bottom edge. The side edges and bottom edges of the tear-away zone 348 may be formed by cutting, scoring or perforating the panel in which the tear-away zone is disposed. Tear-away zone 348 may include one or more tear-assist apertures 349. One advantage of the tear-assist apertures 349 is that they relieve the tension along the side and bottom edges of the tear-away zone, reducing the force required to remove the tear-away zone and reducing the chance that a portion of the tear-away zone will not separate from the panel. In an embodiment where outer blank 200 and insert blank 300 both have windows, the windows can be sized such that when insert blank 300 is nested in or adhered to outer blank 200, the bottom edge of insert blank window 344 is lower than the bottom edge of outer blank window 248, creating an offset. The advantage of this offset is that it creates additional support for the tear-away zone 348 along the tear-away zone's bottom edge, helping the product stay in place and reducing deformation of the PDASS during shipping.

    [0028] The present invention uses a single insert blank (formed from a single piece of corrugated paperboard), as opposed to multiple piece inserts of existing containers. The single insert blank can be seen in FIGS. 3A and 3B. One benefit of a single insert blank may be that a KDF with a single insert blank may be easier to manufacture and to assemble into a KDF with an outer blank. For example, a single insert blank can be automated manufactured and assembly into a KDF with an outer blank can likewise be automated. Another benefit of a single insert blank may be that the KDF may flatten down more uniformly and flatter than multi-part inserts. Another benefit of a single insert blank may be that the KDF may erect more reliably, without binding and/or crushing. Another benefit may be that a single insert blank works more reliably together with an outer blank, for example the interaction between adhered panels, un-adhered panels and/or scored and/or perforated joints, such that acceptable pressure is applied by the insert blank against the outer blank, as described more herein.

    [0029] Insert blank 300 may be partially erected in a similar manner to the outer blank 200 of FIG. 2. The panels 306, 310 and 312 of the inner blank may be folded and/or creased at horizontal joints. Joints may be scored, perforated and/or slotted to permit easy folding and/or erecting. It should be understood that even though FIG. 3A may show one or more of the joints as being perforated and/or scored, different embodiments may utilize an insert blank with different combinations of joint types (scored, perforated, slotted, etc.). For example, an insert blank may include joints that are all scored or all perforated. Alternatively, an insert blank may include some joints that are perforated, some that are scored and optionally some that are of a different type. Different types of joints (scoring, perforating, etc.) may adapt the insert blank to provide the appropriate pressure against the outer blank during and/or after erection of the carton.

    [0030] FIG. 3B shows a top view of an erected and/or folded insert blank 300 nested or wrapped inside of an erected and/or folded outer blank, e.g., outer blank 200. As is the case with the embodiment shown in FIG. 3B, the insert blank 300 may nest or wrap along less than the entire inside of the outer blank 200. In other words, the insert blank 300 may be a partial insert blank.

    [0031] In some embodiments, the joints of insert blank 200 may form angles other than right angles. As can be seen in FIG. 3B, a variety of angles may form at the joints 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338 when an insert blank 300 is nested or wrapped inside of an erected outer blank 200. An insert blank may be partially erected by folding the panels at joints and then inserting the insert blank inside of an erected outer blank. Alternatively, an insert blank may be partially erected by adhering the insert blank to an outer blank and then partially erecting the outer blank as described herein. In other embodiments, the insert blank may be adhered to an outer blank before the outer blank is folded to create a KDF.

    [0032] Referring to FIG. 3B, an erected insert blank 300 inside of an erected outer blank 200 may form corners or supports 356, 357, 358 and 359. In some embodiments, when the whole display (i.e., a KDF including an insert blank adhered to an outer blank) is erected, the corners or supports may extend substantially the entire height of the outer blank. Insert blank 300 may form two sets of diagonally opposing corners or supports, for example diagonally opposing corners 357 and 358 and diagonally opposing corners 356 and 359. In some embodiments, insert blank 300 may form less than four corners or supports, for example with two diagonally opposing corners and one additional corner without a diagonally opposing partner corner.

    [0033] In some embodiments, insert blank 300 may form one or more sets of diagonally opposing corners or supports. Each of the supports comprises associated portions of the outer panels at a respective corner and a web bridging across the corner between points on the adjacent panels that are spaced from the corner, oriented diagonally relative to the panels as seen in the plan view. Each support thus generally forms a hollow post that has good vertical stacking strength. The web can be flat so the web and panels form a post with a triangular cross section, which also lends stiffness. Or the web can have a fold parallel to the corner and open into a square or rectilinear cross section with the panels. Diagonally opposing corner supports may be asymmetrically shaped when the two corners of the set are compared to each other. In some embodiments, all (i.e., three or four) of the corner supports may be asymmetrically shaped when compared to each other. When the whole display (i.e., a KDF including an insert blank adhered to an outer blank) is erected, asymmetric corners or corner posts or stackable supports may be configured to open automatically created as part of the erection process. Corners of the insert blank may include different numbers of support panels, the support panels may be differently sized and/or the angles at the joints near the support panels may be different.

    [0034] As one example, corner 356 of insert blank 300 may include two support panels 325 and 326 that are oriented in a substantially straight line, i.e., wherein joint 330 is approximately 180 degrees, corner 359 may include one support panel 322 wherein joints 335 and 336 provide unequal angles between the panel 322 and adjacent side panel 312 and panel 322 and front panel 306. In other, or the same, embodiment(s), corners 358 and/or 357 may be provided, in which one support panel is provided between panel 320 and side panel 312, and joints 337 and 338 are provided there between having substantially the same angle, or two support panels 323 and 324 are provided between front panel 306 and side panel 310, with joint 333 between panels 323 and 324 having an angle other than 180 degrees, respectively.

    [0035] One benefit of asymmetric corners and/or supports may be to allow the KDF to easily and reliably fold flat and/or erect. In some existing containers, for example with symmetrical corners, there can be too much material (i.e., "bulk") in the corners, so that when the container gets folded to form a KDF, the bulk in the corners prevents the container from being flat. If the container cannot fold to become relatively flat as a KDF, the KDF may not work efficiently with automatic erecting equipment designed to erect simple, one-part boxes. Asymmetric corners and/or supports may be to allow the KDF to fold flatter, and may allow efficiencies, for example in storing and shipping the KDF's. Asymmetric corners and/or supports may also allow the KDF's to be loaded properly into the automatic erecting equipment and/or machines, for example erecting equipment designed to erect simple, one-part boxes.

    [0036] Referring to FIG. 2A and 3A as an example, an inner blank 300 may be adhered to an outer blank 200. For example glue, tape or other adhesive (for example fast curing and/or slow curing adhesives) may reside between a portion of the inside surface of the outer blank and a portion of the outer surface of the insert blank. Referring to FIG. 2A, adhesive may reside at adhesive zones 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, which are located on the inside surfaces of outer blank 200. Outer surfaces of insert blank 300 may contact adhesive zones 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267. For example, adhesive zones 260, 261 may contact panel 310 of insert blank 300, adhesive zones 262, 263, 264, 265, 266 may contact panel 306, and adhesive zone 267 may contact panel 320. In this respect, insert panel 300 may adhere tightly to outer blank, at least at the adhesive zones, for example as can be seen in FIG. 1.

    [0037] The adhesive used to adhere the insert blank to the outer blank (for example at adhesive zones 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) may be selected from a variety of adhesives depending on the adhesive properties desired and the location of the blank at which the adhesive is applied, as discussed further below. The adhesive can be applied to either facing surface and adhered to a clean area on the other facing surface, or contact adhesive can be applied to both facing surfaces so as to bond when contact is made. In some embodiments, a fast curing type of adhesive may be used that cures and bonds quickly during the KDF forming process, for example to stabilize the two blanks during the KDF forming/folding process. In one example, the fast curing adhesive may substantially bond before the blanks are folded to create the KDF. One example of a fast curing adhesive is a hot melt adhesive. In some embodiments, a slow curing type of adhesive may be used that cures more slowly and delays bonding, for example until after the KDF is formed. For example, slow curing adhesives may allow time for folding before the adhesive sets, for example so that the blanks can move relative to each other during folding and then have all adhesion points be secure before the erection process begins. One example of a slow curing adhesive is a cold melt adhesive, i.e., a hot melt adhesive with a low solidifying temperature. In some embodiments, more than one type of adhesive may be used, for example both fast curing and slow curing adhesives. In some examples, the fast curing adhesive may be used at locations on the inside surface of the outer blank, for example where it may be desirable to have little or no movement of the outer blank relative to the insert blank. In some examples, the slow curing adhesive may be used at locations on the inside surface of the outer blank where it is desirable to have some movement of the outer blank relative to the insert blank. Movement between the outer blank and insert blank can occur when the adhered blanks are folded to form the KDF, for example. Thus, in the present invention the slow curing adhesive is used at adhesion zones 260, 261, and optionally at adhesion zone 267. In some specific examples, the fast curing adhesive is used at adhesion zones 262, 263, 264, 265, and 266.

    [0038] Adhesive placement (the location on the blanks where adhesive is applied) may determine how the KDF may move during the erecting process. Some panels of the outer and insert blank may have adhesive applied to them and other panels may not. For example, outer blank 212 may not have adhesive applied to it, and as a result, in this embodiment, insert panel 312 would not be directly adhered to outer panel 212. One benefit of some panels of the insert blank not being adhered to the outer blank is that they may move, relative to panels of the outer blank, when the KDF is erected. Adhered panels, un-adhered panels and/or scored and/or perforated joints of the insert and outer blanks may all work together during the formation and/or erection of the carton, for example such that acceptable pressure is applied by the adhered panels of the insert blank against the outer blank. One advantage of the present disclosure is that the insert blank may be a partial insert blank (best seen in FIG. 3B where the insert blank wraps less than all the way around the inner surfaces of the outer blank). A partial insert blank in conjunction with the adhered panels, un-adhered panels and/or scored and/or perforated joints described above may create an insert blank that reliably moves within the outer blank such that KDFs may reliably be flattened and/or erected without binding and/or crushing of parts of the KDF. Additionally, a partial insert blank may allow the KDF to be folded flat enough such that the KDF works efficiently with automatic erecting equipment designed to erect simple, one-part boxes.

    [0039] An insert blank may be adhered to an outer blank before or after the outer blank has been partially or fully erected. In one example, an insert blank may be adhered to an outer blank before the outer blank has been partially or fully erected. In this respect the insert bank and the outer blank may both be flat and unfolded when the insert blank is adhered. Then, as the outer blank is erected, the insert blank may be automatically erected, and may automatically form corner supports.

    [0040] In other embodiments, an insert blank may be adhered to an outer blank before the KDF is folded. In such embodiments, the insert bank and the outer blank may both be flat and unfolded when the insert blank is adhered. Then, as the KDF is folded and panels of the outer blank are adhered, the insert blank and outer blank are simultaneously folded to form a substantially flat KDF.

    [0041] An outer blank and insert blank may be preliminarily nested and then erected together. For example, erecting an outer blank, as explained above, may automatically erect the insert blank because the insert blank may have strategically placed joints and adhesion zones that adhere to the outer blank. The joints and the strategic adhesion zones may adapt a KDF to automatically force the insert blank into an erected configuration at the same time the outer blank is erected. For example, the outer blank may pull and/or push the insert blank at the strategic adhesion zones, forcing it to flex along fold lines and thereby erect. A machine may be utilized to erect and/or open a KDF that includes an insert blank adhered to an outer blank at strategic adhesion zones. The machine may hold in place one panel of the KDF while moving another panel of the KDF such that the substantially flat KDF transforms into a partially erected container that resembles a rectangle when viewed from the top. The machine may fold and/or close the bottom flaps of the outer blank until the bottom flaps are substantially perpendicular to the side panels. The machine may cause the bottom flaps to interlock or adhere to each other. In some embodiments, the bottom flaps do not interlock or adhere and instead, tape may be applied to create a closed bottom for the container. In those embodiments wherein the insert blank is adhered to an outer blank after the outer blank has been partially or fully erected, the folding of the bottom flaps of the outer blank may cause one or more flaps (for example, bottom flap 328 of FIG. 3A) of the insert blank, to the extent they exist, to fold into place as well. In some embodiments, one or more zones of the insert blank (for example bottom flap 328 of insert blank 300 in FIG. 3) may provide stabilization and/or support to the window 248. The resulting container may be fully erected and ready to be filled with product. In one embodiment, side flaps 224 and 226 may include a notch or cutout to prevent the side flaps from overlapping with bottom flap 328 when the flaps are folded, reducing the chance of container deformation when the display is erected.

    [0042] Fully erected containers may be placed in retail stores as production displays or display trays, for example to display consumer goods. Fully erected containers may be shipped in a fully erected configuration, for example packed full of consumer goods. Erected containers may have covers placed over them at times, for example during shipment. In some examples, when a container with a cover arrives at the retailer location, the cover may be removed, and the display tray may be displayed in the store, showing the consumer goods. In some situations, fully erected containers may be built into multi-container display pallets for use in retail merchandising.

    [0043] FIGS. 4A-4C depict illustrations of an example container erecting machine 400 that may be operable to erect one or more KDFs, for example from a stack of KDFs 402. The KDFs depicted in stack 402 may be substantially similar to the KDFs explained herein. For example the KDFs of stack 402 may include an outer blank substantially similar to outer blank 200 and an insert blank substantially similar to insert blank 300. Container erecting machine 400 may include a rotational guide 404, one or more claws 406 and 408, a conveying track 410 and a control system (not shown). A holding claw 408 (best seen in FIG. 4B) may hold a portion of a KDF (for example a side panel) substantially in place while an opening claw 406 may grab another portion of the KDF (for example the rear panel) and move that portion such that the KDF transforms from its substantially flat orientation to a partially erected orientation.

    [0044] To open the KDF, opening claw 406 may slide in a rotational manner along rotational guide 404, starting in the orientation shown in FIG. 4A (where the KDF is substantially flat) and ending in the orientation shown in FIG. 4B (where the KDF is substantially open and/or partially erected). Holding claw 408 may stay in substantially the same location throughout the opening process, although holding claw 408 may move a small distance to pull and/or engage the immediate KDF 412 from the stack 402 of KDFs. During the opening process, with the opening claw 406 sliding in a rotational manner and the holding claw 408 staying substantially in place, the moving claws 406, 408 may resemble the covers of an opening book, where the front cover moves in a rotational manner and the back cover stays substantially in place. During the opening process, the claws may partially erect the outer blank of the KDF 412, which automatically erects the insert blank of the KDF, as described herein, automatically creating corner posts / supports to the container.

    [0045] As the claws 406, 408 partially erect the KDF 412, they may also lower the KDF onto a conveying track 410. Conveying track 410 may include components that complete the erection process by closing the bottom flaps 414, 416 of KDF 412, which converts the KDF into a completed container. Once the bottom flaps are closed, the conveying track 410 may move the completed container in a direction 418 away from the stack 402 of remaining KDFs. As the completed container moves away from the stack, the claws 406, 408 may grab and partially erect another KDF from the stack 402. This process of grabbing, erecting, and conveying away may repeat as long as there are KDFs remaining in stack 402 and/or as long as the container erecting machine 400 is activated.

    [0046] The container erecting machine 400 may include a control system (not shown). The control system may direct the movement of components of the container erecting machine 400, for example one or more claws 406, 408 and/or one or more subcomponents of a conveying track 410. The control system may include circuitry, one or more data processors, motors, wires, and/or other components common in mechanical systems.

    [0047] The term "knocked down flat" (KDF) generally refers to a partially assembled container that is currently in a relatively flat configuration, typically with fold lines between panels or between panels and flaps arranged at substantially zero or 180 degrees. The KDF is capable of being erected into a container adapted to hold goods by moving the panels or flaps to 90 degrees at their folds, often by pressing endwise inwardly on the ends of a KDF forming a flattened parallelogram. A KDF may include one or more blanks, where the one or more blanks may be adhered together at adhesion points. The terms "carton," "container," "display" and "box" may generally be used interchangeably to generally mean a structure, generally having a box shape, in which consumer goods and/or product may be shipped, transported and/or displayed to consumers in stores. Term "blank" generally means a flat sheet of some material, for example paperboard, that is ready to be folded into and become a portion of a container, or the whole container. The blanks and/or KDFs and/or containers of the embodiments described herein are typically manufactured using corrugated paperboard, for example with the corrugations running in a vertical direction for good compression strength in a vertical direction for stacking. As non-limiting examples, the containers may be manufactured from C-flute, EB-flute, E-flute or B-flute corrugated paperboard. It is to be understood that the principles of one or more embodiments of this disclosure may be applied to containers made of other materials, such as non-corrugated paperboards, cardboard, corrugated fiberboard, non-corrugated fiberboard, solid-fiber board, polymeric materials, and other foldable materials. It should also be understood that the principles of one or more embodiments of this disclosure may be applied to containers of varying styles, for example HSC-style containers or other styles of corrugated boxes or non-corrugated boxes.

    [0048] FIGS. 5A-5C illustrate another embodiment of a PDASS 500. PDASS 500 is similar to PDASS 100 except that each of the four corner supports 556-559 have approximately the same construction as one another. More particularly, each corner support 556-559 includes a respective support panel 516, 518, 520, 522 bounded on each side by a pair of folds. Insert blank 504 includes a pair of glue panels 524 and 526, with glue panel 524 being connected to support panel 516 by a fold and glue panel 526 being connected to support panel 520 by a fold.

    [0049] Panel 528 is disposed between support panels 518 and 522 and is connected thereto by a fold. Interior side panels are both able to "float" or pivot by virtue of their connection to support panels via a fold. For example, panel 530 is disposed between and connected to support panels 516 and 518 by a pair of folds, and panel 532 is disposed between and connected to support panels 520 and 522 by a pair of folds. An adhesive is applied to the outer surface of panels 524, 526 to attach insert blank 504 to outer blank 502 at the positions shown in FIG. 6. FIG. 7 illustrates one example of outer blank 502 in a knockdown state, and FIG. 8 illustrates the PDASS 500 in a knockdown state. PDASS 500 has improved stacking support provided by the attachment of panels 524, 526 by an adhesive or other means.

    [0050] In one embodiment, the support panels of the insert blank may include stacking tabs 802. Stacking apertures 702 for receiving the stacking tabs 802 may be disposed on the front and rear flaps of the outer blank 502. Stacking tabs 802 and stacking apertures 702 can be used to stabilize a stack of two or more displays.

    [0051] In some embodiments, the disclosed structures are apt to be made by die cutting shapes from paperboard and assembly with a fold and glue line such as available from Bobst Group SA. In addition to the benefits of the preassembled display with automatic stackable supports already described in this disclosure, the following describes further benefits of one or more embodiments. It is to be understood that benefits and advantages described throughout this disclosure are not limitations or requirements, and some embodiments may omit or include more than one or more of the described benefits and/or advantages.

    [0052] Customers, industry standards and the like may exhibit a preference for low cost, paperboard containers that provide structural stacking strength with a minimal amount of corrugated paperboard. Customers, industry standards and the like may exhibit a preference for a shipping container that is free of excessive structural elements. Existing displayable containers tend to be somewhat weak, and in certain situations they may deform when stacked. The preassembled display with automatic stackable supports may address these preferences. Some prior HSC-style stackable displays have disadvantages. For example they may fashion stackable supports from folded sections of the outer display blank or may use multiple insert sections to reinforce corners of the container. These displays may suffer from disadvantages. For example, these displays may include bulky regions (too much material in an area) when the display is flattened which may make storage, shipping and interaction with an erecting machine less reliable. The excessive materials of these displays may also cause binding during erection of a KDF, which may cause less consistent and less reliably erecting. Some prior HSC-style stackable displays utilize symmetric supports located at opposing corners of the outer display blank. In these displays, there may be too much material (i.e., "bulk") in the corners, and when the container gets folded to form a KDF, the bulk in the corners may prevent the container from being flat. Some prior HSC-style stackable displays have been constructed by manually inserting end panels and/or corner posts to create the stackable supports. In some situations, end panels and/or corner posts are manually inserted after the outer box is erected. The manual and/or subsequent insertion of end panels and/or corner posts may result in higher costs, for example due to additional labor and/or equipment requirements. For example, the conversion (e.g., folding, erecting, etc.) may require additional workers to manually insert supports, which adds labor costs. Additionally, manual and/or subsequent insertion may require additional area (e.g., floor space) within a container production line to accommodate additional container components and additional equipment and workers. Some prior HSC-style stackable displays have required specialized container-erecting equipment beyond the standard equipment used by manufacturers to erect displays and/or containers that do not require subsequent insertion of supports. Further, in some situations, existing production lines have been decommissioned because they are not capable of supporting the assembly needs of containers that require manual and/or subsequent insertion of end panels and/or corner posts.

    [0053] The preassembled display with automatic stackable supports may provide improved stackability with the efficiency of automatic erection of a single insert that provides corner supports. The display described herein eliminates the need to manually insert supports in the display during production. Existing stackable displays (for example, HSC-style stackable displays) may require manual insertion of inserts and/or supports, such as end panels. The display described herein includes stacking components (an insert blank) built into a pre-assembled KDF, which eliminates the need for manual placement. Existing stackable displays may either fashion stackable supports from folded sections of the display blank or use multiple insert sections to reinforce corners. The display described herein may use a single insert blank that may provide asymmetric corners when the KDF is erected. The asymmetric corner may offer improved stackability.

    [0054] The display described herein may be erected using existing case erecting equipment to enable in-house production of display trays. Eliminating the need for manual placement of supports may result in a lower cost of conversion and may require less area within the production line for labor associates and packaging components. Manually inserting supports may be slow and expensive but such stackable containers may be required by retailers. Erection of the pre-assembled KDFs of the present disclosure does not require specialized case erecting equipment and may run on standard container erecting equipment that a good manufacturer may already utilize. This may be particularly valuable in that the implementation will not require additional capital investments nor an extended timeline prior to launching into market. This may remove incremental labor cost from conversion of KDFs. Eliminating the need for manual placement of supports may also enable reduction in the amount of floor space that a production line occupies. The containers and equipment described herein may enable production lines to be brought back into use, ones that were not initially capable of supporting displays that require manual insertion of supports. Allowing a goods manufacturer to get multiple uses out of a single case erecting equipment may give the manufacturer the flexibility of creating various cartons and only investing in one type of carton erecting machine. Some existing stackable displays cannot be erected by the same equipment because they require more complicated erection processes.

    [0055] While the present invention has been described with reference to one or more particular embodiments, those skilled in the art will recognize that many changes may be made thereto without departing from the scope of the present invention, which is set forth in the following claims.


    Claims

    1. A preassembled display, comprising:

    an outer blank (102, 200, 502) including outside and inside surfaces, and comprising a front panel (106, 206), a rear panel (108, 208) and two side panels (110, 112, 210, 220); and

    an insert blank (104, 300, 504) including outside and inside surfaces and comprising a front panel (306), and two side panels (310, 312),

    wherein the insert blank (104, 300, 504) is adapted to form a plurality of supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559), located at each corner of the outer blank (102, 200, 502) when the outer blank is erected, and

    wherein the opposed side panels (310, 312) of the insert blank are not directly connected to the side panels (110, 112, 210, 220) of the outer blank (102, 200, 502) such that the opposed side panels of the insert blank can move relative to the side panels of the outer blank while the outer blank is erected; characterised in that a single insert blank is present.


     
    2. The preassembled display of claim 1 wherein the plurality of supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) includes:

    a first pair of supports (556, 559)located at a first pair of diagonally opposing corners of the outer blank (102, 200, 502); and

    a second pair of supports (557, 558) located at a second pair of diagonally opposing corners of the outer blank,

    wherein the first pair of supports (556, 559) have the same construction as the second pair of supports (557, 558).


     
    3. The preassembled display of claim 1 or claim 2 wherein the insert blank (104, 300, 504) nests or wraps inside the outer blank (102, 200, 502) such that the insert blank substantially abuts the inside of the outer blank, and wherein the insert blank (104, 300, 504) optionally nests or wraps along less than the entire inside of the outer blank (102, 200, 502).
     
    4. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein the insert blank (104, 300, 504) is formed from a single piece of corrugated paperboard.
     
    5. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein the insert blank (104, 300, 504) is adhered to one or more of the inside surfaces of the outer blank (102, 200, 502) at a plurality of adhesion zones (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267).
     
    6. The preassembled display of claim 5 wherein the plurality of adhesion zones (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) includes at least one fast curing adhesive zone, for example including a hot melt adhesive and/or at least one slow curing adhesive zone, for example including a cold melt adhesive.
     
    7. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein the outer blank (102, 200, 502) includes a connection panel (214); and includes a front flap (220), a rear flap (222), and two side flaps (224).
     
    8. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein the insert blank includes one or more support panels (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 516, 518, 520, 522); and includes a bottom flap (328).
     
    9. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein the outer blank (102, 200, 502) and the insert blank (104, 300, 504) each include one or more joints (230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235 236, 237, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338), wherein the joints:

    adapt the preassembled display to be assembled into a substantially knocked down flat configuration, and

    adapt the preassembled display to be erected from the substantially knocked down flat configuration into a container.


     
    10. The preassembled display of claim 9 which includes adhesion zones (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) and wherein the adhesion zones are strategically located such that when the outer blank (200) is erected, the outer blank (200) pulls and/or pushes the insert blank (300) at the adhesion zones (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267), forcing the insert blank to automatically erect.
     
    11. The preassembled display of claim 7 wherein the front panel (106, 206) of the outer blank (102, 200) includes a window (248).
     
    12. The preassembled display of claim 8 wherein the front panel (106, 206) of the outer blank (102, 200) includes a window (248),

    wherein the front panel (306) of the insert blank (300) includes a tear-away zone (348), and

    wherein the tear-away zone of the insert blank is substantially aligned behind the window (248) of the outer blank (200), and wherein the tear-away zone (348) includes a bottom edge and the window (248) includes a bottom edge,

    wherein the bottom edge of the tear-away zone (348) is suitably positioned lower than the bottom edge of the window (248).


     
    13. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims handle apertures (246, 247, 342, 340) are provided in side panels of the outer and/or inner blank (200, 300).
     
    14. The preassembled display of claim 8 wherein one or more of the one or more support panels (518, 520); includes a stacking tab (802); and wherein the outer blank (502) includes a front flap and a rear flap,
    wherein the front flap and the rear flap include one or more stacking apertures (702) for receiving a stacking tab (802) of a second preassembled display.
     
    15. The preassembled display of any one of the preceding claims wherein at least one of the plurality of supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559), extends substantially the entire height of the outer blank (102, 200, 502).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller, umfassend:

    einen Außenzuschnitt (102, 200, 502), der Außen- und Innenflächen beinhaltet und eine Vorderwand (106, 206), eine Rückwand (108, 208) und zwei Seitenwände (110, 112, 210, 220) umfasst, und

    einen Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504), der Außen- und Innenflächen beinhaltet und eine Vorderwand (306) und zwei Seitenwände (310, 312) umfasst,

    wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) geeignet ist, eine Vielzahl von Stützen (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) zu bilden, die sich an jeder Ecke des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) befinden, wenn der Außenzuschnitt aufgerichtet ist, und

    wobei die einander gegenüberliegenden Seitenwände (310, 312) des Einsatzzuschnitts nicht unmittelbar mit den Seitenwänden (110, 112, 210, 220) des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) verbunden sind, derart, dass sich die einander gegenüberliegenden Seitenwände des Einsatzzuschnitts relativ zu den Seitenwänden des Außenzuschnitts bewegen können, während der Außenzuschnitt aufgerichtet wird, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass ein einziger Einsatzzuschnitt vorhanden ist.


     
    2. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Vielzahl von Stützen (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) Folgendes beinhaltet:

    ein erstes Paar von Stützen (556, 569), die sich an einem ersten Paar einander diagonal gegenüberliegender Ecken des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) befinden, und

    ein zweites Paar von Stützen (557, 558), die sich an einem zweiten Paar einander diagonal gegenüberliegender Ecken des Außenzuschnitts befinden,

    wobei das erste Paar von Stützen (556, 559) den gleichen Aufbau wie das zweite Paar von Stützen (557, 558) aufweist.


     
    3. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 1 oder Anspruch 2, wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) derart innerhalb des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) sitzt oder sich einfügt, dass der Einsatzzuschnitt im Wesentlichen an der Innenseite des Außenzuschnitts anliegt, und wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) wahlweise entlang weniger als der gesamten Innenseite des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) sitzt oder sich einfügt.
     
    4. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) aus einem einzigen Stück Wellpappe gebildet ist.
     
    5. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) in einer Vielzahl von Haftbereichen (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) an eine oder mehrere der Innenflächen des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) geheftet ist.
     
    6. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Vielzahl von Haftbereichen (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) mindestens einen Bereich für ein schnell härtendes Haftmittel, der beispielsweise ein Heißschmelzhaftmittel beinhaltet, und/oder mindestens einen Bereich für ein langsam härtendes Haftmittel beinhaltet, der beispielsweise ein Kaltschmelzhaftmittel beinhaltet.
     
    7. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Außenzuschnitt (102, 200, 502) eine Verbindungswand (214) beinhaltet und eine vordere Klappe (220), eine hintere Klappe (222) und zwei Seitenklappen (224) beinhaltet.
     
    8. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Einsatzzuschnitt eine oder mehrere Stützwände (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 516, 518, 520, 522) beinhaltet und eine Bodenklappe (328) beinhaltet.
     
    9. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Außenzuschnitt (102, 200, 502) und der Einsatzzuschnitt (104, 300, 504) jeweils ein oder mehrere Gelenke (230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338) beinhalten, wobei die Gelenke:

    den vorgefertigten Aufsteller zu einer im Wesentlichen flach zusammengelegten Anordnung zusammensetzbar machen und

    den vorgefertigten Aufsteller aus der im Wesentlichen flach zusammengelegten Anordnung zu einem Behälter aufrichtbar machen.


     
    10. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 9, der Haftbereiche (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) beinhaltet, wobei die Haftbereiche strategisch so gelegen sind, dass, wenn der Außenzuschnitt (200) aufgerichtet wird, der Außenzuschnitt (200) den Einsatzzuschnitt (300) an den Haftbereichen (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) zieht und/oder schiebt und damit ein automatisches Aufrichten des Einsatzzuschnitts erzwingt.
     
    11. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 7, wobei die Vorderwand (106, 206) des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200) ein Fenster (248) beinhaltet.
     
    12. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Vorderwand (106, 206) des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200) ein Fenster (248) beinhaltet,
    wobei die Vorderwand (306) des Einsatzzuschnitts (300) einen Abrissbereich (348) beinhaltet und
    wobei der Abrissbereich des Einsatzzuschnitts im Wesentlichen hinter dem Fenster (248) des Außenzuschnitts (200) ausgerichtet ist und wobei der Abrissbereich (348) einen unteren Rand beinhaltet und das Fenster (248) einen unteren Rand beinhaltet,
    wobei der untere Rand des Abrissbereichs (348) in geeigneter Weise tiefer als der untere Rand des Fensters (248) positioniert ist.
     
    13. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei in Seitenwänden des Außen- und/oder Innenzuschnitts (200, 300) Grifföffnungen (246, 247, 342, 340) bereitgestellt sind.
     
    14. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach Anspruch 8, wobei eine oder mehrere der einen oder der mehreren Stützwände (518, 520) eine Stapellasche (802) beinhalten und wobei der Außenzuschnitt (502) eine vordere Klappe und eine hintere Klappe beinhaltet,
    wobei die vordere Klappe und die hintere Klappe eine oder mehrere Stapelöffnungen (702) zum Aufnehmen einer Stapellasche (802) eines zweiten vorgefertigten Aufstellers beinhalten.
     
    15. Vorgefertigter Aufsteller nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich mindestens eine der Vielzahl von Stützen (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) im Wesentlichen über die gesamte Höhe des Außenzuschnitts (102, 200, 502) erstreckt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé, comprenant :

    une ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) comportant des surfaces internes et externes, et comprenant un panneau avant (106, 206), un panneau arrière (108, 208) et deux panneaux latéraux (110, 112, 210, 220) ; et

    une ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) comportant des surfaces internes et externes, et comprenant un panneau avant (306) et deux panneaux latéraux (310, 312),

    ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) étant conçue pour former une pluralité de supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) situés à chaque coin de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) lorsque l'ébauche externe est érigée, et

    lesdits panneaux latéraux opposés (310, 312) de l'ébauche rapportée n'étant pas directement reliés aux panneaux latéraux (110, 112, 210, 220) de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) de sorte que les côtés latéraux opposés de l'ébauche rapportée puissent bouger par rapport aux panneaux latéraux de l'ébauche externe pendant que l'ébauche externe est érigée ; caractérisé en ce qu'une seule ébauche rapportée est présente.


     
    2. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 1, ladite pluralité de supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) comprenant :

    une première paire de supports (556, 559) située au niveau d'une première paire de coins diagonalement opposés de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) ; et

    une seconde paire de supports (557, 558) située au niveau d'une seconde paire de coins diagonalement opposés de l'ébauche externe,

    ladite première paire de supports (556, 559) présentant la même construction que la seconde paire de supports (557, 558).


     
    3. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) étant emboîtée dans l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) ou enroulée à l'intérieur de celle-ci de sorte que l'ébauche rapportée vienne sensiblement en butée à l'intérieur de l'ébauche externe, et ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) s'emboîtant ou s'enroulement éventuellement le long de moins que la totalité de l'intérieur de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502).
     
    4. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) étant formée à partir d'une seule pièce de carton ondulé.
     
    5. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) étant collée à l'une ou plusieurs des surfaces internes de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) au niveau d'une pluralité de zones d'adhérence (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267).
     
    6. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 5, ladite pluralité de zones d'adhérence (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) comportant au moins une zone adhésive à prise rapide, par exemple comprenant un adhésif à fusion à chaud et/ou au moins une zone adhésive à prise lente, par exemple comprenant un adhésif à fusion à froid.
     
    7. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ladite ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) comportant un panneau de jonction (214) ; et comportant un rabat avant (220), un rabat arrière (222) et deux rabats latéraux (224).
     
    8. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ladite ébauche rapportée comportant un ou plusieurs panneaux supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 516, 518, 520, 522) ; et comportant un rabat inférieur (328).
     
    9. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ladite ébauche externe (102, 200, 502) et ladite ébauche rapportée (104, 300, 504) comportant chacune un ou plusieurs joints (230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235 236, 237, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338), lesdits joints :

    adaptant le dispositif d'affichage préassemblé devant être assemblé dans une configuration plane sensiblement démontée, et

    adaptant le dispositif d'affichage préassemblé devant être érigé à partir d'une configuration plane sensiblement démontée en une caisse.


     
    10. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 9 qui comporte des zones d'adhérence (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267) et lesdites zones d'adhérence étant situées de façon stratégique de sorte que lorsque l'ébauche externe (200) est érigée, l'ébauche externe (200) tire et/ou pousse l'ébauche rapportée (300) au niveau des zones d'adhérence (215, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267), contraignant l'ébauche rapportée à s'ériger automatiquement.
     
    11. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 7, ledit panneau avant (106, 206) de l'ébauche externe (102, 200) comportant une fenêtre (248).
     
    12. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 8, ledit panneau avant (106, 206) de l'ébauche externe (102, 200) comportant une fenêtre (248),
    ledit panneau avant (306) de l'ébauche rapportée (300) comportant une zone détachable (348), et
    ladite zone détachable de l'ébauche rapportée étant sensiblement alignée derrière la fenêtre (248) de l'ébauche externe (200), et ladite zone détachable (348) possédant un bord inférieur et ladite fenêtre (248) possédant un bord inférieur,
    ledit bord inférieur de la zone détachable (348) étant convenablement positionné plus bas que le bord inférieur de la fenêtre (248).
     
    13. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, des ouvertures poignées (246, 247, 342, 340) étant pratiquées dans les panneaux latéraux de l'ébauche externe et/ou de l'ébauche rapportée (200, 300).
     
    14. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon la revendication 8, l'un ou plusieurs desdits un ou plusieurs panneaux supports (518, 520) comportant une patte d'empilement (802) ; et ladite ébauche externe (502) comportant un rabat avant et un rabat arrière,
    ledit rabat avant et ledit rabat arrière comportant une ou plusieurs ouvertures d'empilement (702) pour recevoir une patte d'empilement (802) d'un second dispositif d'affichage préassemblé.
     
    15. Dispositif d'affichage préassemblé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, au moins l'un de la pluralité de supports (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 556, 557, 558, 559) s'étendant sensiblement sur toute la hauteur de l'ébauche externe (102, 200, 502).
     




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