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(11)EP 3 074 499 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
14.08.2019 Bulletin 2019/33

(21)Application number: 13798633.7

(22)Date of filing:  26.11.2013
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C11D 17/00  (2006.01)
B65D 85/84  (2006.01)
C11D 17/04  (2006.01)
B65D 75/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2013/074709
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/078486 (04.06.2015 Gazette  2015/22)

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A PRODUCT PACKAGING CONTAINING A SOLID PRODUCT BLOCK

PRODUKTVERPACKUNG ENTHALTEND FESTEN PRODUKTBLOCK

EMBALLAGE DE PRODUIT CONTENANT UN BLOC DE PRODUIT SOLIDE


(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

(43)Date of publication of application:
05.10.2016 Bulletin 2016/40

(73)Proprietor: Ecolab USA Inc.
St. Paul, MN 55102 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • BEYER, Sarah
    40223 Düsseldorf (DE)

(74)Representative: Michalski Hüttermann & Partner Patentanwälte mbB 
Speditionstraße 21
40221 Düsseldorf
40221 Düsseldorf (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
CN-U- 203 112 796
US-A- 3 668 717
US-A1- 2008 190 457
US-A- 2 243 634
US-A- 5 316 688
US-A1- 2010 146 687
  
      
    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

    Technical field of the invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a product packaging containing a solid product block, in particular for a dispenser system.

    Background of the invention



    [0002] Solid products are dispensed in solid product dispensers, for example by spraying or flushing with water, to create a use solution. Some solid products are caustic or corrosive and should not be handled by coming into direct contact with the solid products. This is particularly true in industrial laundry, wear washing, and floor care products.

    [0003] US 20100146687 A1 refers to a lavatory dispensing device comprising: a hanger having a hanger means adapted to be suspended, from a part of a sanitary appliance, preferably from the end or lip of an overflow tube provided within the cistern or tank of a sanitary appliance, preferably a toilet bowl, and, a compressed solid block comprising at least one chemical agent, which lavatory dispensing device is adapted to be suspended within the interior of the overflow tube of the sanitary appliance.

    [0004] US 20080190457 A1 refers to a cleansing block and a cleaning article that disintegrates in a rinse liquid including a method and a kit for cleaning. The invention employs a block comprising: 25% to 99% of a solid surfactant; and 1% to 25% of a liquid component, wherein all percentages are percent by weight of the total composition of the cleansing block, wherein the cleansing block is sticky and the solid surfactant includes an anionic surfactant.

    [0005] US 2243634 A1 refers to soap holders and particularly to handle members which are attached to bars of soap to facilitate the handling there of.

    [0006] US 5316688 A1 refers to an alkaline cleaning system which includes an alkaline detergent composition having a pH greater than 10.5 when diluted to a 1 wt.-% aqueous solution, and an alkali stable continuous polymeric film dispersible or soluble in aqueous liquids covering the detergent composition.

    [0007] To package solid products, for example, thermo-formed blister packs and packages with lids are commonly used. However, these types of packages typically require the user to remove a lid from the package and drop the solid products into the dispenser. This technique exposes the user to contact the solid products directly, which is not desirable, and provides no means for handling the solid product in case a removal might be necessary.

    [0008] Another type of packaging solid products are shrink-wrapped foils. Small holes in the foil allow the evacuation of otherwise trapped air as the film shrinks to conform to the shape of the solid product. Through these small holes, moisture from the atmosphere might enter the package, which may cause the solid product to swell and at least partially dissolve. This may lead to the user coming into direct contact with the solid product that has escaped through the shrink-wrapped foil. Thus, it is challenging to load solid products into dispensers without touching the solid product. Also a removal of a solid product from a dispenser, for example in case of a blockage, is not possible with this type of packaging and what bring the user into direct contact with the solid product.

    [0009] It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a product packaging for holding a solid product, which enables a safe handling of the product, in particular when loading or unloading the substance from a dispenser, without the risk of a person handling the substance to get into direct contact with the substance.

    SUMMERY OF THE INVENTION



    [0010] This object is solved by a product packaging according to claim 1 of the present invention. Preferred embodiments, additional details, features, characteristics and advantages of the object of the invention of said product packaging are disclosed in the sub-claims.

    [0011] Accordingly, a product packaging containing a solid product block, in particular for a dispenser system, comprises in accordance with claim 1 a solid product block having a top, sides and a bottom, a handling means attached to the top of the solid product block, and a wrapping means enclosing the solid product block and/or the handling means,wherein the handling means comprises a protective plate, covering at least partially the top of the solid product block; wherein the handling means is designed in form of a handle, wherein the handling means comprises a first and a second fastening means, which are arranged on either end of the handle, extending in particular into the solid product block;wherein the handling means, in form of a handle, with a protective plate is attached to the top of the solid product block; and the wrapping means is arranged between the top of the solid product block and the protective plate and the handle of the handling means.

    [0012] The handling means is directly attached to the top of the solid product block, for example by enclosing or encompassing part of the solid product block, for example by means of a band or trip attached to the handling means and surrounding the solid product block, thus fixing the handling means in a position attached to the top of the solid product block. The wrapping means may be a rigid or flexible material enclosing the solid product block, for example a foil or a thermoformed plastic. The handling means is attached to the top of the solid product block, wherein in between the solid product block and the handling means the wrapping means is arranged. This has the advantage that the user handling the solid product block may not get into direct contact with the solid product block enclosed by the wrapping means, when handling the solid product block using the handling means. The wrapping means may also enclose at least part of the handling means and the solid product block. In this case, the wrapping means may enclose at least part of the handling means, which would have the advantage that the handling means may directly be attached to the top of the solid product block without wrapping means in between the handling means and the solid product block. Thus, the handling means may be fixed in a position on top of the solid product by the wrapping means. This has the advantage that apart from protecting the user from getting into direct contact with the solid product block, the production costs may be lowered because the wrapping means may wrap the solid product block and at the same time fix the handling means on top of the solid product block. Hence, the product packaging according to the invention has the advantage that a safe handling of the product, in particular when loading or unloading the substance from a dispenser is enhanced without the risk of a person handling the substance getting into direct contact with the substance.

    [0013] According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the handling means comprises at least one fastening means form-lockingly connected to the solid product block. In an assembled and a ready-to-use-state of the product packaging containing the solid product block, the at least one fastening means may be at least partially arranged inside the solid product block. The at least one fastening means may comprise a form-locking shape, for example screw-like, comprising a screw-thread or hook-like, allowing for a form-locking connection between the fastening means and the solid product block in an assembled state of the product packaging. The at least one fastening means may be positioned at least partially inside of the solid product block prior to forming of the solid product block, for example when the substance of the solid product block is pressed into its final shape. This has the advantage that the solid product block may be handled even in case the wrapping means has been removed or damaged. Thus, a user may handle the solid product block with or without the wrapping means being in place, without getting directly into contact with the solid product block, and enabling the removal of a used solid product block from a dispenser.

    [0014] According to an embodiment of the invention, the top of the solid product block comprises at least a first opening configured and arranged to receive the at least first fastening means. The top of the solid product block may further comprise a second opening configured and arranged to receive a second fastening means of a handling means comprising a first and a second fastening means. The first and/or second opening in the top of the solid product block allows for attaching the handling means comprising at least one fastening means to, in particular the top of, the solid product block after the solid product block has been formed, for example by pressing or extruding. The at least one fastening means may for example be snapped form-lockingly into the first opening or may be screwed into the at least first opening. This allows for a reliable and efficient connection of the handling means to the solid product block while reducing the production costs by avoiding expensive fixture cost for integrating the fastening means during the shaping of the solid product block.

    [0015] According to the invention, the handling means comprises a protective plate, covering at least partially the top of the solid product block. The protective plate may extend at least partially along the top of the solid product block, wherein the protective plate may comprise an outside shape corresponding to the shape of the top side of the solid product block. In an assembled state of the product packaging, the handling means may be shielded by the protection plate from the solid product block. This has the advantage that the hand of a user holding the handling means is shielded from the solid product block, thus allowing for a safe handling of the solid product block, in particular when removing a solid product block, or especially a partially dissolved solid product block from a dispenser.

    [0016] According to an embodiment of the invention, the handling means is designed in form of a handle. In case the handling means is designed in form of a handle, the handling means comprises a first and a second fastening means, which are arranged on either end of the handle, extending in particular into the solid product block. The handle may be designed in form of a strip comprising a fastening means attached to the solid product block on either end. This allows for a safe handling in particular of a large and/or heavy solid product block.

    [0017] According to an embodiment of the invention, the bottom of the solid product block comprises a cavity configured and arranged to receive the handling means when stacking product packages, in particular product packages according to the invention. The cavity arranged in the bottom of the solid product block has the advantage that when stacking product packages according to the invention, the top and bottom surfaces of the solid product blocks may be arranged next to each other without being held apart by the handling means, which allows for a more stable and safer stacking as well as reducing the transport volume of the stacked solid product blocks.

    [0018] According to an embodiment of the invention, the wrapping means is a water-soluble foil. The foil may be soluble in cold and/or hot water, which has the advantage that the solid product block may be placed inside a dispenser without a user getting into direct contact with the solid product block because the solid product block is covered by the wrapping means until the dispenser starts operating.

    [0019] According to an embodiment of the invention, the solid product block is formed by pressing or extruding, in particular comprising at least a first opening. The solid product block may be pressed into shape, in particular comprising the at least one fastening means, which may be form-lockingly arranged inside the solid product block during or prior to the pressing of the solid product block. An extruded solid product block may comprise at least a first opening for receiving the at least one fastening means, wherein the first opening may extend from the top to the bottom of the solid product block, which enables an efficient production of the solid product block by extruding.

    [0020] A further aspect of the invention is a dispenser system for dispensing a soluble solid product block comprising at least one product packaging as previously described.

    [0021] The afore mentioned components, as well as the claimed components and the components to be used in accordance with the invention in the described embodiments, are not subject to any special exceptions with respect to their size, shape, material selection and technical concept such that the selection criteria known in the pursuant field can be applied without a limitation.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0022] Additional details, features, characteristics and advantages of the object of the invention are disclosed in the subclaims, the figures and the following description of the respective figures and examples, which - in exemplary fashion - show several embodiments and examples of a canister and a connector closure according to the invention. In the drawings:
    Fig. 1
    is a schematic perspective of a product packaging in a disassembled state;
    Fig. 2
    is a schematic perspective of a product packaging in an assembled state;
    Fig. 3
    is an illustration of a product packaging with a handling means in form of a flexible strip; and
    Fig. 4
    shows an illustration of a product packaging with a wrapping means in form of a foil.


    [0023] The present invention may be used with any solid product.

    [0024] It is understood that the phrase solid product includes solid products, substantially solid products, semi-solid products. If the solid product is in a shaped form, such as a block, the solid product may be formed in any desired manner including cast methods, extrusion and pressed powder. The solid product may be formulated for a variety of uses such as, but not limited to, a wear washing detergent, a wear washing rinse aid, a vehicle care detergent such as in a carwash, a medical instrument detergent, a clean in place cleaner, a floor cleaner and the like. The solid product may include a variety of different chemicals including acids, bases, hardening agents, sequestering agents, surfactants, builders, enzymes, dies, and fragrances.

    [0025] The illustration in Fig. 1 shows a product packaging 10, for example for a dispenser system. The product packaging 10 comprises a solid product block 12, which is designed in a peanut-shaped form. The solid product block 12 comprises a top 14, and sides 16 connecting the top 14 with a bottom 18 of the solid product block 12. The product packaging 10 is shown in a disassembled state, wherein next to the top 14 of the solid product block 12, a handling means 20 in form of a handle 22 is shown, for example in a position prior to an assembly of the handling means 20 to the solid product block 12. The handling means 20 comprises a protective plate 24 for protecting the hand of a user when handling the solid product block 12, wherein the protective plate 24 has a flat shape. The shape of the protective plate 24 corresponds to the shape of the top 14 of the solid product block 12. Thus, in an assembled state of the product packaging 10 the protective plate 24 covers the top 14 of the solid product block 12 completely. The handling means 20 further comprises a first fastening means 26 and a second fastening means 28, wherein the fastening means are arranged on either end of the handle 22, and extend at least partially into the solid product block 12 in an assembled state of the product packaging 10. The fastening means 26,28 are form-lockingly connected to the solid product block 12. For attaching the handling means 20 to the solid product block 12, the solid product block 12 comprises a first opening 30 and a second opening 32, arranged at the top 14. The first opening 30 and the second opening 32 may extend from the top 14 to the bottom 18 of the solid product block 12. In an assembled state of the product packaging 12, the first and second fastening means 26, 28 may be fully inserted into the first and second opening 30, 32, holding the handling means 20 by form-lockingly connecting to the solid product block 12.

    [0026] Fig. 2 illustrates a product packaging 10 in an assembled state, wherein the handling means 20 in form of a handle 22 with a protective plate 24 is attached to the top 14 of the solid product block 12. The solid product block 12 is enclosed by a wrapping means 34, wherein the wrapping means 34 is in the assembled state of the product packaging 10, arranged in between the top 14 of the solid product block 12 and the protective plate 24 and the handle 22 of the handling means 20. The bottom 18 of the solid product block 12 may comprise a cavity 42 for accommodating a handling means 20 according to the invention when product packagings 10 are stacked on top of each other.

    [0027] Fig. 3 illustrates a product packaging 10 comprising a handling means 20 in form of a flexible strip 36. The flexible strip 36 comprises a first fastening means 26, which is form-lockingly arranged inside the solid product block 12, and on an end opposite to the first fastening means, the flexible strip 36 comprises a ring-shaped loop 38, for example to enable an user to handle the handling means 20 with a finger, which may be inserted into the loop 38. The first fastening means 26 shown in Fig. 3 may be placed inside the solid product block 12 during the pressing and shaping of the solid product block 12.

    [0028] Fig. 4 shows a product packaging 10 like the one illustrated in Fig. 3 but in a storage state, prior to unpacking. In the storage state, the solid product block 12 and the handling means 20 in form of a flexible strip 36 are completely enclosed by a wrapping means 34, for example in form of a shrinkage foil 40. The shrinkage foil 40 may be water soluble.

    [0029] The particular combinations of elements and features in the above detailed embodiments are exemplary only. Accordingly, the foregoing description is by the way of example only and is not intending as limiting. In the claims, the wording "comprising" does not exclude other elements or steps, and the identified article "a" or "an" does not exclude a plurality. The mere fact that certain measures are recited in mutually different dependent claims does not indicate that a combination of these measures cannot be used to advantage. The inventions scope is defined in the following claims. Furthermore, reference signs used in the description and claims do not limit the scope of the invention as claimed.


    Claims

    1. A product packaging (10) for a dispenser system, comprising:

    a solid product block (12) having a top (14), sides (16), and a bottom (18);

    a handling means (20) attached to the top (14) of the solid product block (12);

    a wrapping means (34) enclosing the solid product block (12) and/or the handling means (20);

    wherein the handling means (20) comprises a protective plate (24), covering at least partially the top (14) of the solid product block (12);

    wherein the handling means (20) is designed in form of a handle (22), wherein the handling means (20) comprises a first and a second fastening means (26/28), which are arranged on either end of the handle, extending in particular into the solid product block;

    characterized in that the handling means (20), in form of a handle (22), with a protective plate (24) is attached to the top (14) of the solid product block (12); and the wrapping means (34) is arranged between the top (14) of the solid product block (12) and the protective plate (24) and the handle (22) of the handling means (20).


     
    2. The product packaging according to claim 1, characterized in that at least one fastening means (26/28) is form lockingly connected between the fastening means and to the solid product block (12) and comprises a screw-thread or hook-like form-locking shape.
     
    3. The product packaging according to any of the claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the top (14) of the solid product block (12) comprises at least a first opening (30) configured and arranged to receive the at least first fastening means (26).
     
    4. The product packaging according to claim 3, characterized in that the solid product block (12) comprises a first opening (30) and a second opening (32), arranged at the top (14).
     
    5. The product packaging according to any of the claims 1 to 4, characterized in that the bottom (18) of the solid product block (12) comprises a cavity (42) receiving the handling means (20) for stacking product packages (10).
     
    6. The product packaging according to any of the claims 1 to 5, characterized in that the wrapping means (34) is a water-soluble foil (40).
     
    7. The product packaging according to any of the claims 1 to 6, characterized in that the solid product block (10) is formed by pressing or extruding.
     
    8. A dispenser system for dispensing a soluble solid product block (12) comprising at least one product packaging (10) according to any of the claims 1 to 7.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Produktverpackung (10) für ein Spendersystem, umfassend:

    einen festen Pröduktblock (12) mit einer Oberseite (14), Seiten (16) und einer Unterseite(18);

    ein Handhabungsmittel (20), das an der Oberseite (14) des festen Produktblocks (12) angebracht ist;

    ein Einschlagmittel (34), das den festen Produktblock (12) und/oder das Handhabungsmittel (20) umhüllt;

    wobei das Handhabungsmittel (20) eine Schutzplatte (24) umfasst, die mindestens teilweise die Oberseite (14) des festen Produktblocks (12) bedeckt;

    wobei das Handhabungsmittel (20) in Form eines Handgriffs (22) ausgebildet ist, wobei das Handhabungsmittel (20) ein erstes und ein zweites Befestigungsmittel (26/28) umfasst, die an beiden Enden des Handgriffs angeordnet sind und sich insbesondere in den festen Produktblock hinein erstrecken;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Handhabungsmittel (20) in Form eines Handgriffs (22) mit einer Schutzplatte (24) an der Oberseite (14) des festen Produktblocks (12) angebracht ist; und

    das Einschlagmittel (34) zwischen der Oberseite (14) des festen Produktblocks (12) und der Schutzplatte (24) und dem Handgriff (22) des Handhabungsmittels (20) angeordnet ist.


     
    2. Produktverpackung nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass mindestens ein Befestigungsmittel (26/28) formschlüssig zwischen dem Befestigungsmittel und dem festen Produktblock (12) verbunden ist und eine gewinde- oder hakenartige formschlüssige Form umfasst.
     
    3. Produktverpackung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 und 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Oberseite (14) des festen Produktblocks (12) mindestens eine erste Öffnung (30) umfasst, die konfiguriert und angeordnet ist, um das mindestens erste Befestigungsmittel (26) aufzunehmen.
     
    4. Produktverpackung nach Anspruch 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der feste Produktblock (12) eine erste Öffnung (30) und eine zweite Öffnung (32) umfasst, die an der Oberseite (14) angeordnet sind.
     
    5. Produktverpackung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Unterseite (18) des festen Produktblocks (12) einen Hohlraum (42) umfasst, der das Handhabungsmittel (20) zum Stapeln von Produktverpackungen (10) aufnimmt.
     
    6. Produktverpackung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Einschlagmittel (34) eine wasserlösliche Folie (40) ist.
     
    7. Produktverpackung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der feste Produktblock (10) durch Pressen oder Extrudieren gebildet wird.
     
    8. Spendersystem zum Spenden eines löslichen festen Produktblocks (12), umfassend mindestens eine Produktverpackung (10) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7.
     


    Revendications

    1. Emballage de produit (10) destiné à un système de distribution, comprenant :

    un bloc de produit solide (12) présentant une partie supérieure (14), des côtés (16) et une partie inférieure (18) ;

    un moyens de manipulation (20), fixé à la partie supérieure (14) du bloc de produit solide (12) ;

    un moyen d'enveloppement (34), renfermant le bloc de produit solide (12) et/ou le moyen de manipulation (20) ;

    le moyen de manipulation (20) comprenant une plaque de protection (24), recouvrant au moins partiellement la partie supérieure (14) du bloc de produit solide (12) ;

    le moyen de manipulation (20) étant conçu pour former une poignée (22), le moyen de manipulation (20) comprenant des premier et second moyens de fixation (26/28), qui sont agencés sur chaque extrémité de la poignée, s'étendant en particulier dans le bloc de produit solide ;

    caractérisé en ce que le moyen de manipulation (20), sous forme de poignée (22), avec une plaque de protection (24), est agencé sur la partie supérieure (14) du bloc de produit solide (12) ; et le moyen d'enveloppement (34) est agencé entre la partie supérieure (14) du bloc de produit solide (12) et la plaque de protection (24) et la poignée (22) du moyen de manipulation (20).


     
    2. Emballage de produit selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce qu'au moins un moyen de fixation (26/28) est relié par verrouillage de forme entre le moyen de fixation et le bloc de produit solide (12) et comprend une tête de vis ou une forme de verrouillage de forme en crochet.
     
    3. Emballage de produit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 et 2, caractérisé en ce que la partie supérieure (14) du bloc de produit solide (12) comprend au moins une première ouverture (30) conçue et agencée pour recevoir l'au moins un premier moyen de fixation (26).
     
    4. Emballage de produit selon la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que le bloc de produit solide (12) comprend une première ouverture (30) et une seconde ouverture (32), agencées au niveau de la partie supérieure (14).
     
    5. Emballage de produit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, caractérisé en ce que la partie inférieure (18) du bloc de produit solide (12) comprend une cavité (42) recevant le moyen de manipulation (20) pour empiler des emballages de produit (10).
     
    6. Emballage de produit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, caractérisé en ce que le moyen d'enveloppement (34) est une feuille soluble dans l'eau (40).
     
    7. Emballage de produit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 6, caractérisé en ce que le bloc de produit solide (10) est formé par pression ou extrusion.
     
    8. Système de distribution permettant de distribuer un bloc de produit solide soluble (12) comprenant au moins un emballage de produit (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7.
     




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