(19)
(11)EP 3 419 904 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
25.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/13

(21)Application number: 17706612.3

(22)Date of filing:  06.02.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65D 1/02(2006.01)
B65D 1/40(2006.01)
B65D 25/10(2006.01)
B65D 1/26(2006.01)
B65D 77/04(2006.01)
B65D 85/30(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2017/016631
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/146893 (31.08.2017 Gazette  2017/35)

(54)

TRAYS FOR THE TRANSPORT OF TUBES

WANNEN FÜR DEN TRANSPORT VON ROHREN

PLATEAUX POUR LE TRANSPORT DE TUBES


(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: 23.02.2016 US 201615051339

(43)Date of publication of application:
02.01.2019 Bulletin 2019/01

(73)Proprietor: The Procter & Gamble Company
Cincinnati, OH 45202 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • KENNEDY, John, Fitzgerald, II
    Browns Summit, North Carolina 27214 (US)

(74)Representative: P&G Patent Germany 
Procter & Gamble Service GmbH Sulzbacher Straße 40
65824 Schwalbach am Taunus
65824 Schwalbach am Taunus (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A- 3 797 648
US-A1- 2005 236 346
US-A1- 2015 122 693
US-A- 4 235 338
US-A1- 2009 100 802
  
      
    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 OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to improvements in or relating to packaging and particularly relates to a storage package for holding one or more tubes comprising a tray and a cover therefor as disclosed herein.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] Collapsible tubes, such as those used for products like toothpaste are normally made of aluminum or of other soft metal or plastic, and consist of a thin body which can be deformed to express the contents of the tube, the body having at one end a shoulder of rather heavier metal which terminates in a central neck to which a cap may be removably secured. Such collapsible tubes, after manufacture, normally have a cap applied to them and are thereafter filled from the opposite end which, at this stage, is open. However, filling is normally carried out in a separate factory from the manufacture of the tube and it is therefore necessary to transport tubes from the place of manufacture to the place where they will be filled. It will be readily appreciated that such tubes in an unfilled condition are relatively delicate, and have to be packed very carefully for transport purposes to avoid the danger of accidental deformation, which would make them unsuitable for the intended use.

    [0003] Typically the type of package used to transport such tubes has comprised either an open cardboard container or a container having within it a grid structure by means of which individual tubes are maintained in separate cells, both of which allow for substantial shift of the tubes within the container or the warping of one or more of the container's sides. For example U.S. patent 4,235,338 discloses a container comprising a hollow tray and a domed lid, each of which are of unitary molded plastic construction. Such shifting or warping can later affect the tube filling process, as the tube gripping machinery may crush the tubes, the cardboard container, or both. U.S. patent 3,797,648 discloses a tray at top and bottom of a plurality of parallelly oriented tubes, wherein the tray comprises a plurality of indentations and corresponding protrusions intended to fit into the caps and the open ends of said tubes as well as means to retain the trays together against the ends of the tubes. Two or more assemblies are stacked in a carton with the protrusions of one assembly extending into the corresponding indentations of another assembly. U.S. patent application 2009/0100802 discloses a vacuum packaging system for transporting a plurality of medical containers comprising a tray including opposing first and second sidewalls, opposing front and rear walls and a bottom floor and at least one platform generally extending parallel to the floor of the tray. An air impervious flexible film defines an internal cavity by completely surrounding the tray and the medical containers, wherein the internal cavity is evacuated. U.S. patent application 2005/0236346 A1 discloses a storage package holding one or more tubes comprising:
    a tray which is of rectangular outline having sidewalls and a substantially flat bottom wall including one or more protrusions, the protrusions having a base; a stabilizer which is shaped to nest around the periphery of the tray; the storage package further comprising a cover which is of rectangular outline that is inter-connectable with the tray to form an interior compartment having sidewalls and a substantially flat top wall including one or more cover protrusions, wherein the one or more tubes are held in position at their closed end by the bottom wall, at their open end by a corresponding cover protrusion, and along the side of the tubes by the stabilizer. The object of the present invention is to provide a package of collapsible tubes, which is more effective than the conventional packaging, reduces tube damage, and which can be reused.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0004] A storage package for holding one or more tubes is provided that comprises a tray and a cover as disclosed in claim 1.

    [0005] A stack of storage packages is provided which comprises a top storage package and a bottom storage package as defined in the claims, wherein the top storage package is stacked on the bottom storage package, such that the tray protrusions of the top storage package fit within complementary indentations on the bottom storage package cover.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0006] 

    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tray from the present invention.

    FIG. 2 is a close-up perspective view of a tray from the present invention.

    FIG. 3 is an inverted perspective view of a tray from the present invention.

    FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a cover from the present invention.

    FIG. 5 is an inverted perspective view of a cover from the present invention.

    FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a storage package from the present invention.

    FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a storage package stack from the present invention.

    FIG. 7A is a sectional view along line A-A of FIG. 7.

    FIG. 8 is a blown up perspective view of a storage package from the present invention.

    FIG. 9 is a perspective view of a tray from the present invention.

    FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a tray stack from the present invention.

    FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a cover stack from the present invention.

    FIG. 12 is a close up sectional view of a tray stack from the present invention.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] The present invention comprises a storage package comprising a tray and cover for storing tubes, such as collapsible tubes. A tray is used to store and transport tubes, the tubes are similarly orientated and arranged side by side in parallel alignment, and held in position by opposing pairs of tray sidewalls. The cover interconnects with a tray and has one or more indentations, each giving rise to a corresponding protrusion shaped to project into the open end of a tube, in such a manner as to retain the tube in its correct position and provide support against accidental deformation. Each tray also has one or more protrusions, each protrusion being shaped to project into one or more indentations present on a cover upon which the tray is stacked.

    [0008] As used herein, the word "or" when used as a connector of two or more elements is meant to include the elements individually and in combination; for example X or Y, means X or Y or both.

    [0009] The following figures illustrate examples of the present invention. FIG. 1 and 3 are perspective views of a tray 10 (FIG. 3 is an inverted perspective view) according to the invention. FIG. 4 and 5 are perspective views of a cover 30 (FIG. 5 is an inverted perspective view) designed to interconnect with a tray 10. A storage package 70, as shown in FIG. 6, is formed when a tray 10 is interconnected with a cover 30 to form an interior compartment 36, for the storage of one or more tubes.

    [0010] FIG. 1 and 3 illustrate, a tray 10 which is of rectangular or square outline corresponding to the size and shape required by tube filling machinery, while the height of a tray corresponds to the length of the tubes being transported. A tray 10 has a bottom wall 21 and two pairs of opposing side walls 22, 24 and 23, 25. A tray 10 is rectangular or square in plan and is sized so that a cover 30 may be interconnected with it to define an interior compartment 36, as shown in FIG. 6. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 6 the cover 30 is intended to nest within the tray 10, although other embodiments of the present invention may reverse the relationship. The tray is made, for example by vacuum moulding, from rigid or semi-rigid thin plastic sheet material; the sheet material may be opaque, translucent, or transparent, and as seen from above comprises, as shown in FIG. 1 and 3, a substantially flat bottom wall 21, with one or more protrusions 12 that may be organized in any fashion, such as in rows. A tray may comprise one or more of the following materials, such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyvinyl chloride, high impact polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, acrylic, or high density polyethylene. The sidewalls 22, 23, 24 and 25 are formed integrally with the bottom wall 21 and extend upwardly from it. The protrusions 12 are shaped, so as to have a base 14 which is semi-circular or circular in horizontal cross section. Extending away from the base 14 and in opposite direction from the sidewalls 22, 23, 24 and 25; and in certain embodiments in the same or similar horizontal cross section as the base 14, is a frusto-conical portion 16 which may be closed at its distal end 18.

    [0011] A protrusion 12, as shown in FIG. 3, 7 and 7A may be shaped to complement (when two or more storage packages 70 are stacked on top of each other, or as shown in FIG. 7 and 7A when a tray 10 is stacked on top of the cover 30 of a storage package 70) a corresponding indentation 40 on the top wall 31 of a corresponding cover 30, and the shape of the indentations 40 is such that at least a portion of a protrusion 12 fits within the indentation 40. Such a complementary fit between a protrusion 12 and indentation 40 allows for the stacking of two or more storage packages 70 and forms a stable platform by substantially reducing the lateral movement of the storage packages 70.

    [0012] As shown in FIG. 2 and 7A, a protrusion 12 may also have a reverse frusto-conical portion 17 extending in the opposite direction from the frusto-conical portion 16, so end portion 15 of the reverse frusto-conical portion 17 is substantially flush with the bottom wall 21 of the tray. Further, the protrusions 12 are positioned on the bottom wall 21, such that the closed end of a tube 13A, such as a toothpaste cap, rests on the end portion 15 of a reverse frusto-conical portion 17, thereby allowing the tubes 13 positioned over protrusions 12 to have substantially the same height as tubes 13 not positioned over protrusions 12, which reduces the chance of tubes being out of position or snagged and deformed during the tube filling process.

    [0013] FIG. 4 and 5 show a cover 30 which has a rectangular or square outline to complement the size and shape of a tray 10, so as to be inter-connectable and form an interior compartment. A cover 30 has a top wall 31 and two pairs of opposing side walls 32, 34 and 33, 35, integrally formed with the top wall 31 and extending downwardly from it, as shown in FIG. 4. The cover is made, for example by vacuum moulding, from rigid or semi-rigid thin plastic sheet material; the sheet material may be opaque, translucent, or transparent, and as seen from above (FIG. 5) comprises a substantially flat top wall 31, with one or more protrusions 42 that may be organized in any fashion, such as in rows. A cover may comprise one or more of the following materials, such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyvinyl chloride, high impact polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, acrylic, or high density polyethylene. The protrusions 42 are shaped, so as to have a base 44 which is semi-circular or circular in horizontal cross section. Extending away from the base 44 in the same direction as the sidewalls 32, 33, 34 and 35; and in certain embodiments having the same or similar horizontal cross section as the base 44, is a frusto-conical portion 46 which may be closed at its distal end 48. As shown in FIG. 7A, a protrusion 42 may be shaped such that the base 44 and/or the frusto-conical portion 46 will project within an open end 13B of a tube 13, such as a toothpaste tube, to be carried in the storage package 70, thus serving not only to orient the open end 13B of the tube 13 in its correct position in the interior compartment 36, but also to give the open end 13B of the tube 13 some protection against distortion or collapse. Opposite the protrusions 42 along the top wall 31 are one or more indentations 40 (FIG. 4 and 7A). As noted previously, the shape of the indentations 40 is such that at least a portion of a tray protrusion 12 fits within an indentation 40. Such a complementary fit between a protrusion 12 and indentation 40 allows for the stacking of two or more storage packages 70 and forms a stable platform by substantially reducing the lateral movement of the storage packages 70, as shown in FIG. 7.

    [0014] A tray 10, cover 30 or both may have one or more arcuate recesses 50, 51 respectively, extending into the periphery of the tray 10 or cover 30, as shown in FIG. 1 and 5. Each recess is sized to receive a curved side portion of a tube 13. The recesses 50, 51 engage the curved side portion of a tube 13. The recesses 50, 51 control and maintain the alignment and position of the tubes 13 within the interior compartment 36, minimizing any shifting or tilting of the tubes 13 during transport or storage.

    [0015] A tray 10 may also comprise a stabilizer 54, as shown in FIG. 8 and 9. A stabilizer 54 is an essentially flat component that is either square or rectangular in plan, so as to nest around the periphery of the tray 10, although in certain embodiments of the present invention a stabilizer may nest in the cover or both the cover and tray. The stabilizer has one or more arcuate recesses 53 along its inner edge 55. Each recess 53 is sized to receive a curved side portion of a tube 13. The recesses 53 engage the curved side portion of a tube 13. The stabilizer 54 functions to prevent tubes from tipping when a tray or storage package is positioned at an angle, for example when a tray is loaded into a tube filling process. A stabilizer is particularly useful when the sides of a tray, cover or both are outwardly angled; so as to create an increasing gap between a tube wall and the side wall the further the tube extends away from the tray bottom wall or the cover top wall. A stabilizer may be formed from one or more of the following materials, such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyvinyl chloride, high impact polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, acrylic, or high density polyethylene.

    [0016] As noted above, and shown in FIG's 1 and 3-5 the sidewalls of the tray 22, 23, 24 and 25, the sidewalls of the cover 32, 33, 34 and 35, or both may be outwardly flared from the bottom wall 21 and top wall 31 respectively. The outward flare of the side walls allows the trays to be stacked 80, as shown in FIG. 10 and the covers to be stacked 90, as shown in FIG. 11. Further, as shown in FIG. 10, in a tray 10, at the intersection of two adjacent arcuate recesses 50 a ridge 52 is formed. One or more of the ridges 52 may have notched ridges 54; in certain embodiments each side wall 22, 23, 24 and 25 would have one or more notched ridges. The notched ridges prevent trays or covers from getting stuck together when stacked (inducing vacuum). It should be noted that while FIG. 10 shows notched ridges in a tray, notched ridges may also be present in a cover.

    [0017] The tray side walls 22, 23, 24 and 25 or cover side walls 32, 33, 34 and 35 at their edges may be turned outward to form a tray flange 27 or a cover flange 37, as shown in FIG's 10 and 11. A flange serves to reinforce the tray or cover and defines a bumper for contact with adjacent cases. In addition, as the flange is at the edge of the tray or cover it can provide a hand grip for lifting. Further, the outer edge of the flange 27 may also extend vertically to form a lip 29. A lip 29 serves to hold a complementary tray or, as shown in FIG. 6, a cover 30 in place such that the complementary tray or cover is prevented from lateral or vertical movement that would disassociate the complementary tray or cover, which is especially important during transportation of the storage packages. In certain embodiments the flange and lip are dimensioned to accept a complementary flange, such that the complementary flange nests within the flange and lip, as shown in FIG. 6. While FIG. 6 shows the tray 10 having a flange 27 and lip 29, with a cover flange 37 nesting within the tray flange 27 and lip 29, it is still within the scope of the present invention for a cover to also have a flange and lip. Further, as shown in FIG. 6 and 7 a lip 29 may have one or more grooves 28, which inwardly extend from the lip 29 towards the interior compartment 36 a sufficient distance such that when a cover 30 is nested within a tray 10 it is secured; in that the cover flange 37 can pass over the one or more grooves 28, yet the grooves 28 can prevent the cover 30 from being unsecured from the tray 10 absent the application of some outside force, such as by a human or machine.

    [0018] FIG. 6 shows a tray or cover may have one or more tray bars 88 or cover bars 38, respectively. The tray bars 88 and cover bars 38 function to strengthen the tray 10 and the cover 30. Each of the tray bars and cover bars are integral with their respective side wall and extend outwardly therefrom and along the length of the side wall. In addition to their function of strengthening the tray and cover, bars 88, 38 enable a machine to use suction cups or some other type of "end affector" to grab the trays, covers, or both. Further, when trays or covers are stacked; in this instance trays 10A, 10B, as shown in FIG. 12 the bottom edge 19 of a tray bar 88 can rest on a flange 27 to prevent a tray 10A from becoming fully nested in another tray 10B, thereby reducing the chance of forming a vacuum and reducing surface area contact between the trays 10A, 10B; making it easier to separate stacked trays.

    [0019] Tubes generally begin the tube filling process having an open end and a closed end, with the open end being exposed for the filling of the tube. In certain embodiments tubes, for example collapsible tubes may be formed from aluminum or of other flexible metal or plastic, and consist of a sleeve-like body which can be deformed to express the contents of the tube, the body having at one end a shoulder of rather heavier material, which terminates in a central neck to which a cap may be removably secured. Such collapsible tubes, after manufacture, normally have a cap applied to them thereby creating a closed end and an open end from which the tube may be filled.

    [0020] The dimensions and values disclosed herein are not to be understood as being strictly limited to the exact numerical values recited. Instead, unless otherwise specified, each such dimension is intended to mean both the recited value and a functionally equivalent range surrounding that value. For example, a dimension disclosed as "40 mm" is intended to mean "about 40 mm."

    [0021] While particular embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated and described, it would be obvious to those skilled in the art that various other changes and modifications can be made without departing from the scope of the invention, which is defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A storage package (70) holding one or more tubes (13) comprising:

    a tray (10) which is of rectangular or square outline having;

    a substantially flat bottom wall (21) including one or more protrusions (12);

    the protrusions (12) having a base (14), a frusto-conical portion (16) and a reverse frusto-conical portion (17) having an end portion (15) that is substantially flush with the bottom wall (21);

    sidewalls (22, 23, 24, 25), wherein at least one sidewall (22, 23, 24, 25) has an arcuate recess (50); and

    a stabilizer (54) which is shaped to nest around the periphery of the tray (10); a cover (30) which is of rectangular or square outline that is inter-connectable with the tray (10) to form an interior compartment (36) having;

    a substantially flat top wall (31) including one or more cover protrusions (42);

    sidewalls (32, 33, 34, 35), wherein at least one sidewall (32, 33, 34, 35) has an arcuate recess (51) controlling and maintaining the alignment and position of the tubes (13) within the interior compartment (36); and

    wherein the one or more tubes (13) comprise a closed end (13A) and an open end(13B), and are held in position at the closed end (13A) by the bottom wall (21) and the end portions (15) of the frusto-conical portions (17), and at the open end (13B) by a corresponding cover protrusion (42), which is one of the one or more cover protrusions (42), each cover protrusion (42) being shaped to project into the open end (13B) of the tube (13), and along the side of the tubes (13) by the stabilizer (54) having an inner edge (55) comprising arcuate recesses (53), which are sized to receive curved side portions of the tubes (13).


     
    2. The storage package (70) of claim 1, wherein the one or more protrusions (12) of the tray (10) are closed at their distal end (18).
     
    3. The storage package (70) of anyone of claims 1 or 2, wherein the sidewalls (22, 23, 24, 25) of the tray (10) have at least one notched ridge (52) suitable to prevent trays and covers from getting stuck together when stacked.
     
    4. The storage package (70) of anyone of claim 1 to 3, wherein the sidewalls (22, 23, 24, 25) of the tray (10) outwardly flare from the bottom wall (21).
     
    5. The storage package (70) of claim 4 wherein the cover sidewalls (32, 33, 34, 35) outwardly incline from the top wall (31).
     
    6. The storage package (70) of anyone of claims 1 to 5, wherein the tray sidewalls (22, 23, 24, 25) comprise a flange (27) and a lip (29) and the cover sidewalls (32, 33, 34, 35) comprise a flange (37) that is nested within the tray flange (27) and the lip (29).
     
    7. The storage package (70) of claim 6, wherein the tray lip (29) comprises a groove (28).
     
    8. The storage package (70) of anyone of claims 1 to 7 comprising more than one tubes (13) having an open (13B) and closed end (13A), the tubes (13) being similarly oriented arranged side by side.
     
    9. A stack of storage packages (70) comprising:

    a top storage package and a bottom storage package each according to anyone of claims 1 to 8;

    wherein the top storage package is stacked on the bottom storage package, such that the tray protrusions (12) of the top storage package fit within complementary indentations (40) on the bottom storage package cover (30).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Lagerverpackung (70), die eine oder mehrere Tuben (13) hält, umfassend:

    eine Wanne (10) mit rechteckigem oder quadratischem Umriss, die aufweist;

    eine im Wesentlichen flache Bodenwand (21) mit einem oder mehreren Vorsprüngen (12);

    wobei die Vorsprünge (12) eine Basis (14), einen kegelstumpfförmigen Abschnitt (16) und einen umgekehrt kegelstumpfförmigen Abschnitt (17) mit einem Endabschnitt (15) aufweisen, der im Wesentlichen bündig mit der Bodenwand (21) ist;

    Seitenwände (22, 23, 24, 25), wobei mindestens eine Seitenwand (22, 23, 24, 25) eine bogenförmige Aussparung (50) aufweist; und

    einen Stabilisator (54), der so geformt ist, dass er um den Umfang der Wanne (10) verschachtelt ist;

    eine Abdeckung (30) mit einem rechteckigen oder quadratischen Umriss, die mit der Wanne (10) verbunden werden kann, um ein Innenfach (36) zu bilden, das aufweist;

    eine im Wesentlichen flache obere Wand (31) mit einem oder mehreren Abdeckungsvorsprüngen (42);

    Seitenwände (32, 33, 34, 35), wobei mindestens eine Seitenwand (32, 33, 34, 35) eine bogenförmige Aussparung (51) aufweist, die die Ausrichtung und Position der Tuben (13) innerhalb des Innenfaches (36) steuert und aufrechterhält; und

    wobei die eine oder mehreren Tuben (13) ein geschlossenes Ende (13A) und ein offenes Ende (13B) umfassen und am geschlossenen Ende (13A) durch die Bodenwand (21) und die Endabschnitte (15) der kegelstumpfförmigen Abschnitte (17) und am offenen Ende (13B) durch einen entsprechenden Abdeckungsvorsprung (42), der einer der ein oder mehreren Abdeckungsvorsprünge (42) ist, in Position gehalten werden, wobei jeder Abdeckungsvorsprung (42) so geformt ist, dass er in das offene Ende (13B) der Tube (13) ragt, und entlang der Seite der Tuben (13) durch den Stabilisator (54) mit einer Innenkante (55), die bogenförmige Aussparungen (53) umfasst, die so bemessen sind, dass sie gekrümmte Seitenabschnitte der Tuben (13) aufnehmen.


     
    2. Lagerverpackung (70) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der eine oder die mehreren Vorsprünge (12) der Wanne (10) an ihrem distalen Ende (18) geschlossen sind.
     
    3. Lagerverpackung (70) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 oder 2, wobei die Seitenwände (22, 23, 24, 25) der Wanne (10) mindestens einen gezahnten Steg (52) aufweisen, der dazu geeignet ist zu verhindern, dass Wannen und Abdeckungen beim Stapeln aneinander hängen bleiben.
     
    4. Lagerverpackung (70) nach Anspruch 1 bis 3, wobei die Seitenwände (22, 23, 24, 25) der Wanne (10) von der Bodenwand (21) nach außen aufgeweitet sind.
     
    5. Lagerverpackung (70) nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Abdeckungsseitenwände (32, 33, 34, 35) von der oberen Wand (31) nach außen geneigt sind.
     
    6. Lagerverpackung (70) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei die Wannenseitenwände (22, 23, 24, 25) einen Flansch (27) und eine Lippe (29) aufweisen und die Abdeckungsseitenwände (32, 33, 34, 35) einen Flansch (37) aufweisen, der in den Wannenflansch (27) und die Lippe (29) verschachtelt ist.
     
    7. Lagerverpackung (70) nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Wannenlippe (29) eine Nut (28) umfasst.
     
    8. Lagerverpackung (70) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, die mehr als eine Tube (13) mit einem offenen (13B) und einem geschlossenen Ende (13A) umfasst, wobei die Tuben (13) auf ähnliche Weise orientiert nebeneinander angeordnet sind.
     
    9. Stapel von Lagerverpackungen (70), umfassend:

    jeweils eine obere Lagerverpackung und eine untere Lagerverpackung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8;

    wobei die obere Lagerverpackung auf der unteren Lagerverpackung gestapelt ist, sodass die Wannenvorsprünge (12) der oberen Lagerverpackung in entsprechende Vertiefungen (40) auf der Abdeckung der unteren Lagerverpackung (30) passen.


     


    Revendications

    1. Emballage de stockage (70) contenant un ou plusieurs tubes (13) comprenant :

    un plateau (10) qui est de contour rectangulaire ou carré ayant ;

    une paroi inférieure sensiblement plate (21) incluant une ou plusieurs parties saillantes (12) ;

    les parties saillantes (12) ayant une base (14), une partie tronconique (16) et une partie tronconique inversée (17) ayant une partie terminale (15) qui affleure sensiblement la paroi inférieure (21) ;

    des parois latérales (22, 23, 24, 25), dans lesquelles au moins une paroi latérale (22, 23, 24, 25) a une cavité arquée (50) ; et

    un stabilisateur (54) qui est formé pour s'emboîter autour de la périphérie du plateau (10) ;

    une protection (30) qui est de contour rectangulaire ou carré qui est interconnectable avec le plateau (10) pour former un compartiment intérieur (36) ayant ;

    une paroi supérieure sensiblement plate (31) incluant une ou plusieurs parties saillantes de protection (42) ;

    des parois latérales (32, 33, 34, 35), dans lequel au moins une paroi latérale (32, 33, 34, 35) a une cavité arquée (51) contrôlant et maintenant l'alignement et la position des tubes (13) à l'intérieur du compartiment intérieur (36) ; et

    dans lequel les un ou plusieurs tubes (13) comprennent une extrémité fermée (13A) et une extrémité ouverte (13B), et sont maintenus en position au niveau de l'extrémité fermée (13A) par la paroi inférieure (21) et les parties terminales (15) des parties tronconiques (17), et au niveau de l'extrémité ouverte (13B) par une partie saillante de protection correspondante (42), qui est l'une des une ou plusieurs parties saillantes de protection (42), chaque partie saillante de protection (42) étant formée pour faire saillie dans l'extrémité ouverte (13B) du tube (13), et le long du côté des tubes (13) par le stabilisateur (54) ayant un bord interne (55) comprenant des cavités arquées (53), qui sont dimensionnées pour recevoir des parties latérales courbées des tubes (13).


     
    2. Emballage de stockage (70) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel les une ou plusieurs parties saillantes (12) du plateau (10) sont fermées au niveau de leur extrémité distale (18).
     
    3. Emballage de stockage (70) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 ou 2, dans lequel les parois latérales (22, 23, 24, 25) du plateau (10) ont au moins une crête à encoches (52) appropriée pour empêcher les plateaux et les protections de se coller les uns aux autres lorsqu'ils sont empilés.
     
    4. Emballage de stockage (70) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel les parois latérales (22, 23, 24, 25) du plateau (10) s'évasent vers l'extérieur depuis la paroi inférieure (21).
     
    5. Emballage de stockage (70) selon la revendication 4 dans lequel les parois latérales de protection (32, 33, 34, 35) s'inclinent vers l'extérieur depuis la paroi supérieure (31).
     
    6. Emballage de stockage (70) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, dans lequel les parois latérales de plateau (22, 23, 24, 25) comprennent un rebord (27) et une lèvre (29) et les parois latérales de protection (32, 33, 34, 35) comprennent un rebord (37) qui est imbriqué dans le rebord de plateau (27) et la lèvre (29).
     
    7. Emballage de stockage (70) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel la lèvre de plateau (29) comprend une rainure (28).
     
    8. Emballage de stockage (70) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7 comprenant plusieurs tubes (13) ayant une extrémité ouverte (13B) et une extrémité fermée (13A), les tubes (13) étant orientés de manière similaire agencés côte à côte.
     
    9. Pile d'emballages de stockage (70) comprenant :

    un emballage de stockage supérieur et un emballage de stockage inférieur chacun selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8 ;

    dans laquelle l'emballage de stockage supérieur est empilé sur l'emballage de stockage inférieur, de telle sorte que les parties saillantes de plateau (12) de l'emballage de stockage supérieur s'emboîtent à l'intérieur de renfoncements complémentaires (40) sur la protection d'emballage de stockage inférieur (30).


     




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