(19)
(11)EP 3 597 562 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
22.01.2020 Bulletin 2020/04

(21)Application number: 18768426.1

(22)Date of filing:  14.03.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65D 81/38(2006.01)
B65D 77/04(2006.01)
B65D 1/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2018/009946
(87)International publication number:
WO 2018/168922 (20.09.2018 Gazette  2018/38)
(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
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 15.03.2017 JP 2017050583
20.06.2017 JP 2017120323
22.06.2017 JP 2017122079

(71)Applicant: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 602-0912 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • YAMAUCHI, Yoshio
    Tokyo 103-0004 (JP)
  • HANAFUSA, Teruhisa
    Osaka-shi Osaka 541-0048 (JP)
  • YOSHIDA, Kouichiro
    Tokyo 103-0004 (JP)
  • HIRAINA, Yusuke
    Tokyo 103-0004 (JP)

(74)Representative: Gulde & Partner 
Patent- und Rechtsanwaltskanzlei mbB Wallstraße 58/59
10179 Berlin
10179 Berlin (DE)

  


(54)DELAMINATION CONTAINER


(57) The delaminatable container is capable of suppressing deterioration of the contents under high-temperature environment. The delaminatable container includes a container body; and a tubular outer case being installed in the container body; wherein: the container body includes an outer shell and an inner bag, and the inner bag shrinks as contents decrease.




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to a delaminatable container comprising a container body capable of containing contents, the container body being disposed in an outer case.

BACKGROUND



[0002] Patent Literature 1 discloses a delaminatable container comprising a container body capable of containing contents, the container body being disposed in an outer case.

CITATION LIST


PATENT LITERATURE



[0003] 

[Patent Literature 1] JP 2003-292073A

[Patent Literature 2] JP 2015-163531A


SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION


TECHNICAL PROBLEM



[0004] Regarding the container body of Patent Literature 1, there are cases where contents that are easily deteriorated under high-temperature environment (for example, cosmetics) are contained in the container body. Accordingly, there is a desire for a delaminatable container which can suppress deterioration of the contents under high-temperature environment.

[0005] The present invention has been made by taking the afore-mentioned circumstances into consideration. The present invention provides a delaminatable container which can suppress deterioration of the contents under high-temperature environment.

SOLUTION TO PROBLEM



[0006] According to the present invention, provided is a delaminatable container, comprising: a container body; and a tubular outer case being installed on the container body; wherein: the container body comprises an outer shell and an inner bag, and the inner bag shrinks as contents decrease.

[0007] Regarding the delaminatable container of the present invention, the container body itself is a delaminatable container. Accordingly, the inner bag shrinks as the contents decrease, thereby forming a gap in between the inner bag and the outer shell. Since the heat insulating property is improved by this gap, deterioration of the contents under high-temperature environment can be suppressed.

[0008] Hereinafter, various embodiments of the present invention will be described. The embodiments described hereinafter can be combined with each other.

[0009] Preferably, the outer case contains the container body therein.

[0010] Preferably, each of the container body and the outer case comprises a body portion; and a body portion gap is provided in between a body portion of the container body and a body portion of the outer case.

[0011] Preferably, when a thickness of an outer shell of the container body is taken as Ts, and a thickness of the body portion gap is taken as Tg, a formula of Tg/Ts ≥ 0.3 is satisfied.

[0012] Preferably, a formula of Tg/Ts ≥ 0.5 is satisfied.

[0013] Preferably, the container body comprises a body portion and a flanged portion which protrudes from the body portion in a radially outward direction; and the flanged portion is supported by the outer case.

[0014] Preferably, the flanged portion comprises an annular portion which protrudes annularly from the body portion in a radially outward direction and a projecting portion which protrudes from the annular portion in a radially outward direction; and the projecting portion is supported by the outer case.

[0015] Preferably, the flanged portion is hollow.

[0016] Preferably, an outer-air flow passage is provided in between the flanged portion and the outer case.

[0017] Preferably, each of the container body and the outer case is provided with a bottom; and a bottom gap is provided in between the bottom of the container body and the bottom of the outer case.

[0018] Preferably, the bottom of the container body is provided with an outer-air introducing hole which introduces outer-air in between the outer shell and the inner bag.

[0019] Preferably, an inner bag exposed portion which is exposed outside is provided at the bottom side of the inner bag; and the outer-air introducing hole is provided in between the inner bag exposed portion and the outer shell.

[0020] Preferably, the contents are filled in the container body; and a gap is provided in between the inner bag and the outer shell in a condition after the contents are filled and before a user starts ejecting the contents.

[0021] Preferably, when a volume of the outer shell is taken as Vs, and a volume of contents contained in the inner bag is taken as Vc, a formula of Vc/Vs ≤ 0.95 is satisfied.

[0022] Preferably, the delaminatable container comprises a fixing ring; and the container body and the outer case are installed on the fixing ring.

[0023] Preferably, the delaminatable container comprises a pump which ejects the contents; and the pump is installed on the fixing ring.

[0024] Preferably, the container body comprises a containing portion which contains contents, and a mouth portion which ejects the contents from the containing portion; the outer case is installed so as to cover at least a portion of the containing portion; and the delaminatable container is constituted so as to be capable of ejecting the contents from the mouth portion by deforming the outer case.

[0025] Preferably, the outer case is constituted so as to restore an original shape of the outer case by a restoring ability of the outer case when a pressing force is removed after the outer case is deformed by applying the pressing force to the outer case.

[0026] Preferably, the outer case is constituted so that a maximum push-in amount is 5mm or larger when a pressing force of 2kg is applied with an indenter having 15mm diameter.

[0027] Preferably, the push-in amount is 10mm or larger.

[0028] Preferably, the outer case is an injection molded body.

[0029] Preferably, the outer case comprises a first region and a second region; and the first region is formed with a material having a lower bending elastic modulus than a bending elastic modulus of a material structuring the second region; or the first region is thinner than the second region.

[0030] Preferably, the first region is disposed at a position facing a center of the containing portion in a height direction.

[0031] Preferably, the outer case is installed so as to cover the container body from the mouth portion side of the container body.

[0032] Preferably, the outer case comprises a body member; and the body member is constituted by combining a pair of body constituent members .

[0033] Preferably, the outer case comprises a bottom; the body member is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion than the bottom; and the body member is engaged with the bottom.

[0034] Preferably, the container body comprises a bottom which is a bottom of the containing portion; the outer case comprises a body member; the body member comprises a pair of projected portions; and each projected portion of the pair of projected portions face each other, and protrudes towards the bottom of the container body.

[0035] Preferably, the projected portion occupies 80% or more of entire width of the body member when the projected portion is observed from a front side.

[0036] Preferably, the projected portion has a slope which inclines so that a projection amount of the projected portion increases towards a center with respect to a width direction of the body member, when the projected portion is observed from the front side.

[0037] Preferably, the outer case comprises a bottom; the body member is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion than the bottom; and the body member is not engaged with the bottom at least at the projected portion.

[0038] Preferably, the delaminatable container further comprising a cap installed on the mouth portion; and the outer case is clamped and fixed by the cap and the container body.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0039] 

Fig. 1 is a cross sectional perspective view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a cross sectional perspective view showing a condition in which the pump 4 is removed from Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the pump 4 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the outer case 2 and the fixing ring 5 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 6 is a cross sectional perspective view showing a condition in which the fixing ring 5 is removed from Fig. 3.

Fig. 7 is a cross sectional perspective view of the container body 3 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 8A is a perspective view of the container body 3 observed from the bottom 3b side.

Fig. 8B is an enlarged perspective view of the vicinity of the bottom 3b.

Fig. 9 is a cross sectional view showing a condition in which a gap is provided in
between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 10 is a cross sectional view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the second embodiment of the present invention, corresponding to Fig. 2.

Fig. 11 is a perspective view of the pump 4 and the fixing ring 5 of the delaminatable container 1 according to the third embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 12 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the pump 4 is removed from the fixing ring 5 of Fig. 11.

Fig. 13 is a perspective view observed from the lower side of the fixing ring 5 of Fig. 11.

Fig. 14 is a cross sectional view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention, corresponding to Fig. 2.

Fig. 15 is a perspective view of the outer case 2 and the fixing ring 5 of Fig. 14.

Fig. 16 is a perspective view of the outer case 2 and the container body 3 of Fig. 14.

Fig. 17 is a front view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 18 is a right-side view of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 17.

Fig. 19 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the cap 4e and the outer case 6 of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 17 are split in halves.

Fig. 20 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the cap 4e and the outer case 6 of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 17 are split in halves in another direction.

Fig. 21 is a perspective view of the outer case 6 of Fig. 17.

Fig. 22 is a cross sectional view of the delaminatable container 1 in a condition where the cap 4e is removed, taken along the line A-A of FIG. 18.

Fig. 23 is an enlarged view of the mouth portion 9 of Fig. 22.

Fig. 24 is a perspective view of the valve member 11 of Fig. 23.

Fig. 25 is a perspective view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 26 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the cap 4e and the outer case 6 of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 25 are split in halves.

Fig. 27 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the cap 4e and the outer case 6 of the delaminatable container 1 of Fig. 25 are split in halves in another direction.

Fig. 28 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the outer case 6 of Fig. 25 is disassembled into the body member 16 and the bottom 17.

Fig. 29 is a perspective view of the body member 16 in a condition where the body member 16 is disassembled into a pair of body constituent members 26.

Fig. 30 is a perspective view of the delaminatable container 1 according the seventh embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 31 is a perspective view of the container body 3 and the cap 4e of Fig. 30.

Fig. 32 is a perspective view of the outer case 6 of Fig. 30.

Fig. 33 is a perspective view of the delaminatable container 1 according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention.

Fig. 34 is a perspective view of the outer case 6 of Fig. 33.

Fig. 35 is a perspective view showing a condition in which the outer case 6 of Fig. 34 is disassembled into the body member 36 and the bottom
37.

Fig. 36 is a front view of the body member 36 of Fig. 35.


MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION



[0040] Hereinafter, various embodiments of the present invention will be described. Various distinctive features shown in the following embodiments can be combined with each other. In addition, an invention can be established independently for each of the distinctive features.

1. First Embodiment



[0041] As shown in Figs. 1 to 9, the delaminatable container (containing container) 1 according to the first embodiment of the present invention comprises an outer case (outer container) 2, a container body (inner container) 3, a pump 4, and a fixing ring 5. The outer case 2 contains the container body 3 therein.

<outer case 2>



[0042] The outer case 2 has a bottomed tubular shape, and comprises a body portion 2a and a bottom 2b. The outer surface side of the upper end of the body portion 2a is provided with a reduced diameter portion 2c in which the outer surface of the body portion 2a is reduced in diameter. The reduced diameter portion 2c is provided with a male screw portion 2f. A supporting portion 2d which supports the flanged portion 3c of the container body 3 is provided at the inner surface side near the upper end of the body portion 2a. The supporting portion 2d is formed by enlarging the diameter of the inner diameter of the body portion 2a at the vicinity of the upper end thereof. That is, the upper side of the supporting portion 2d is a radially enlarged portion 2g in which the inner diameter of the body portion 2a is larger than that of the lower side of the supporting portion 2d, and a step is formed in the supporting portion 2d. The supporting portion 2d and the radially enlarged portion 2g are provided with an outer-air flow passage 2e, and allows the outer-air to flow through the outer-air flow passage 2e even when the container body 3 is mounted in the outer case 2. The bottom 2b is flat, and the outer case 2 is self-supporting. The manufacturing method and the material of the outer case 2 is not particularly limited, and is preferably a resin molded body formed by injection molding, for example.

<container body 3>



[0043] The container body 3 is a delaminatable container comprising an outer shell 12 and an inner bag 14, and the inner bag 14 shrinks as the contents decrease. As the contents decrease, the inner bag 14 separates from the outer shell 12, thereby allowing the inner bag 14 to separate from the outer shell 12 and shrink.

[0044] The outer shell 12 is made of, for example, low density polyethylene, linear low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene-propylene copolymer and mixtures thereof.

[0045] The inner bag 14 comprises an EVOH layer provided on the outer surface side of the container, an inner surface layer provided on the inner surface side of the container with respect to the EVOH layer, and an adhesive layer provided in between the EVOH layer and the inner surface layer. By providing the EVOH layer, the gas-barrier property and the delaminating property from the outer shell 12 can be improved. The adhesive layer can be omitted.

[0046] The EVOH layer is a layer made of ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) resin, and is obtained by hydrolysis of copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate. The ethylene content of the EVOH resin is, for example, 25 to 50mol%, and the ethylene content is preferably 32mol% or less in view of oxygen-barrier property. The lower limit of the ethylene content is not particularly limited, and is preferably 25mol% or more since the flexibility of the EVOH layer tends to decrease as the content of ethylene decreases.

[0047] The inner surface layer is a layer contacting the contents, and is made of, for example, low density polyethylene, linear low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene-propylene copolymer, cycloolefin polymer, EVOH and mixtures thereof, and is preferably made of EVOH. Barrier property can be improved by forming the layer contacting the contents with EVOH.

[0048] The adhesive layer is a layer which serves to adhere the EVOH layer with the inner surface layer, and is, for example, an acid modified polyolefin which is an afore-mentioned polyolefin having a carboxyl group introduced (e.g., maleic anhydride-modified polyethylene), or an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA). An example of the adhesive layer is a mixture of low density polyethylene or linear low density polyethylene with acid modified polyethylene.

[0049] The container body 3 has a bottomed tubular shape, and comprises a body portion 3a, a bottom 3b, a flanged portion 3c, and a mouth portion 3d. The flanged portion 3c is provided at the upper end of the body portion 3a. The flanged portion 3c is provided so as to protrude from the body portion 3a in a radially outward direction. The outer diameter of the flanged portion 3c substantially matches the radially enlarged portion 2g. When the container body 3 is inserted into the outer case 2, the bottom surface of the flanged portion 3c comes into contact with the supporting portion 2d, and the vertical position of the container body 3 with respect to the outer case 2 is determined. That is, the flanged portion 3c is supported by the outer case 2. Further, the circumference surface of the flanged portion 3c comes into contact with the inner circumference surface of the radially enlarged portion 2g, and thus the horizontal position of the container body 3 with respect to the outer case 2 is determined. When the flanged portion 3c comes into contact closely with the radially enlarged portion 2g and with the supporting portion 2d, it becomes difficult for the outer-air to be introduced into the gap between the outer case 2 and the container body 3. However, in the present embodiment, the outer-air can flow through the outer-air flow passage 2e. The flanged portion 3c is hollow, and thus the contents can be contained also in the flanged portion 3c.

[0050] A body portion gap 18 is provided in between the body portion 3a of the container body 3 and the body portion 2a of the outer case 2. With this gap, the heat insulating property is further improved. When the thickness of the outer shell 12 is taken as Ts, and the thickness of the body portion gap 18 is taken as Tg, it is preferable that formula Tg/Ts ≥ 0.3 is satisfied, and it is further preferable that formula Tg/Ts ≥ 0.5 is satisfied. In such case, the heat insulating property can be further improved without increasing the thickness of the outer shell 12. Value of Tg/Ts is, for example, 0.3 to 100, and is specifically for example, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or 100, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein. When the volume of the container body 3 is taken as V1, and the volume of the outer case 2 is taken as V2, it is preferable that formula V1/V2 ≤ 0.99 is satisfied, and it is further preferable that formula V1/V2 ≤ 0.90 is satisfied. Value of V1/V2 is, for example, 0.1 to 0.95, and is specifically for example, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 0.95, or 0.99, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein.

[0051] A bottom gap 19 is provided in between the bottom 3b of the container body 3 and the bottom 2b of the outer case 2. An inner bag exposed portion 14a which is exposed outside is provided at the bottom 3b side of the inner bag 14. In the present embodiment, the inner bag exposed portion 14a protrudes from the bottom 3b, however, the inner bag exposed portion 14a need not protrude from the bottom 3b. The inner bag exposed portion 14a is clamped by the clamping portion 12a of the outer shell 12, and an outer-air introducing hole 15 is provided in between the inner bag exposed portion 14a and the clamping portion 12a. A gap is provided also in between the inner bag exposed portion 14a and the bottom 2b of the outer case 2 and in between the tip of the clamping portion 12a and the bottom 2b of the outer case 2. When the inner bag 14 shrinks as the contents are discharged, outer-air is introduced in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 through the outer-air introducing hole 15. Accordingly, only the inner bag 14 shrinks, and the outer shell 12 retains its original shape, thereby forming a gap in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12. This gap improves the heat insulating property of the delaminatable container, thereby suppressing the deterioration of the contents.

[0052] In one example, the container body 3 can be formed by blow molding a tubular laminated parison. The inner bag exposed portion 14a and the clamping portion 12a can be formed by clamping and crushing the lower end of the laminated parison with a pinch off portion of a split mold. The inner bag exposed portion 14a and the clamping portion 12a are adhered with each other immediately after the container body 3 is formed, and thus the outer-air introducing hole 15 is not provided. Since the inner bag exposed portion 14a and the clamping portion 12a are easily delaminated from each other, an impact or a torsional force can be applied so that the inner bag exposed portion 14a and the clamping portion 12a are delaminated from each other, thereby forming the outer-air introducing hole 15 therebetween.

[0053] The container body 3 comprises a mouth portion 3d, and a male screw portion 3e is provided on the outer surface of the mouth portion 3d.

[0054] The container body 3 can be covered with a shrink film for decoration. The decoration of the container body 3 can be observed from the outside by using a transparent outer case 2.

<pump 4>



[0055] The pump 4 is configured to discharge the contents from the container body 3 without introducing the outer-air into the container body 3. The pump 4 comprises a main body 4a, a piston 4b, a nozzle 4c, and a tube 4d. The main body 4a comprises a tubular portion 4a1, a cylinder portion 4a2, and an upper wall portion 4a3. At the inner surface of the tubular portion 4a1, a female screw portion 4a4 which screws with the male screw portion 3e is provided. The cylinder portion 4a2 is inserted into the mouth portion 3d. The outer diameter of the cylinder portion 4a2 substantially matches with the inner diameter of the mouth portion 3d. The cylinder portion 4a2 has a tubular shape, and the piston 4b is capable of sliding within the cylinder portion 4a2. The internal space of the cylinder portion 4a2 is connected with the nozzle 4c and the tube 4d. A pump mechanism structured with an elastic member and a valve is provided in the internal space of the cylinder portion 4a2. The pump mechanism is operated by sliding the piston 4b, thereby allowing the contents suctioned through the tube 4d be discharged from the nozzle 4c.

<fixing ring 5>



[0056] The fixing ring 5 comprises an outer tubular portion 5a, an upper wall 5b, and an inner tubular portion 5d. The outer tubular portion 5a and the inner tubular portion 5d are connected by the upper wall 5b. At the inner surface of the outer tubular portion 5a, a female screw portion 5f which can be screwed with the male screw portion 2f is provided. At the upper wall 5b, an opening portion 5c is provided. The inner diameter of the opening portion 5c is larger than the outer diameter of the cylinder 4a2. Accordingly, as shown in Fig. 1, a gap is provided in between the outer surface of the tubular portion 4a1 of the pump 4 and the inner surface of the opening portion 5c, in a condition where the pump 4 is installed onto the mouth portion 3d, and the fixing ring 5 is installed onto the outer case 2, thereby allowing air to flow. In addition, when the fixing ring 5 is installed onto the outer case 2 in a condition where the container body 3 is inserted in the outer case 2, the tip of the inner tubular portion 5d comes into contact with he upper surface 3f of the container body 3, thereby firmly fixing the container body 3 vertically. Here, in the flanged portion 3c of the container body 3, the container body 3 fits the outer case 2 by recession/projection. Accordingly, the container body 3 can be fixed with the outer case 2 without the use of the fixing ring 5. When the inner tubular portion 5d contacts the upper surface 3f closely, it becomes difficult for the outer-air to be introduced into the gap between the outer case 2 and the container body 3. However, in the present embodiment, the outer-air flow passage 5e is provided in the inner tubular portion 5d, and thus the outer-air can flow through the outer-air flow passage 5e.

[0057] In the constitution of the present embodiment, the outer-air is introduced into the gap between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 through the opening portion 5c, the outer-air flow passages 5e and 2e, the body portion gap 18, the bottom gap 19, and the outer-air introducing hole 15. Accordingly, even when the delaminatable container 1 is suddenly exposed under high-temperature environment, the hot outer-air hardly contacts the inner bag 14.

<manufacture and method of use>



[0058] The delaminatable container 1 of the present embodiment can be manufactured by filling the contents into the container body 3, followed by installment of the pump 4 onto the mouth portion 3d, and then inserting such into the outer case 2. In such condition, the fixing ring 5 is installed onto the outer case 2, thereby providing the delaminatable container 1.

[0059] The contents can be, as shown in Fig. 2, fully filled so as not to provide a gap in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12. Otherwise, as shown in Fig. 9, the contents can be filled so as to provide a gap in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 (that is, partially filled). In such case, after filling the contents, there is a gap in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 in a condition before the user starts ejecting the contents. Therefore, heat insulating property is further improved. When the volume of the outer shell 12 is taken as Vs, and the volume of the contents contained in the inner bag is taken as Vc, it is preferable that formula Vc/Vs ≤ 0.95 is satisfied, and it is further preferable that formula Vc/Vs ≤ 0.9 is satisfied. Value of Vc/Vs is, for example, 0.5 to 0.95, and is specifically for example, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.65, 0.7, 0.75, 0.8, 0.85, 0.9, or 0.95, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein.

[0060] As a method for partially filling the contents, for example, air in the inner bag 14 can be suck out from the mouth portion 3d, thereby allowing the inner bag 14 to delaminate from the outer shell 12, as well as allowing the inner bag 14 to shrink, followed by partially filling of the contents, can be mentioned. With such method, the gap can be provided in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12, and the inner bag 14 can be partially filled, while avoiding air to remain in the inner bag 14.

2. Second Embodiment



[0061] The second embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Fig. 10. In the present embodiment, the basic constitution and the function thereof are the same as the first embodiment. The main difference is that the shape of each of the members differ from those of the first embodiment. Hereinafter, such difference will be mainly explained.

[0062] In the present embodiment, the outer diameter of the container body 3 is smaller than that of the first embodiment, and the outer case 2 is enlarged in the vicinity of the bottom 2b. Accordingly, the body portion gap 18 becomes extremely large, and the heat insulating property is improved. In addition, in the present embodiment, the outer-air is introduced in between the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 through the outer-air introducing hole 15 provided at the bottom 3b, however, the present embodiment differs from the first embodiment in that the inner bag 14 and the outer shell 12 do not protrude at the bottom 3b of the container body 3. Accordingly, the flow of the outer-air in between the bottom 2b and the bottom 3b is smooth.

3. Third Embodiment



[0063] The third embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 11 to 13. In the present embodiment, the basic constitution and the function thereof are the same as the first embodiment. The main difference is that the outer case 2 and the container body 3 are installed onto the fixing ring 5, and the pump 4 is also installed onto the fixing ring 5. Hereinafter, such difference will be mainly explained.

[0064] In the present embodiment, in addition to the constitution of the first embodiment, the fixing ring 5 is provided with an outer-air introducing hole 5h, a projecting portion 5i, a recessed portion 5j, and a tubular portion 5k provided with a female screw portion 51. The pump 4 does not have a tubular portion 4a1, and have a flanged portion 4a5. The flanged portion 4a5 protrudes from the tubular portion 4a1 in a radially outward direction.

[0065] The outer-air introducing hole 5h is provided on the upper wall 5b. The projecting portion 5i is formed in the center of the upper wall 5b. The projecting portion 5i can be omitted. The recessed portion 5j is formed on the projecting portion 5i. The opening portion 5c has a size which allows the cylinder 4a2 to be inserted through, while not allowing the flanged portion 4a5 to be inserted through. The recessed portion 5j is structured so as to be engageable with the flanged portion 4a5. The tubular portion 5k having the female screw portion 51 is structured in a similar manner as the tubular portion 4a1 having the female screw portion 4a4 of the first embodiment.

[0066] With such constitution, both of the container body 3 and the outer case 2 can be installed (fastened by screw) onto the fixing ring 5. The pump 4 is also installed onto the fixing ring 5. The pump 4 can be separable from the fixing ring 5, or can be formed uniformly with the fixing ring 5.

[0067] In the first embodiment, the outer-air was intended to be introduced into the outer case 2 from the gap between the pump 4 and the fixing ring 5. In the present embodiment, the outer-air is introduced into the outer case 2 from the pinhole-like outer-air introducing hole 5h. The outer-air introducing hole 5h can be provided in a different place.

4. Fourth Embodiment



[0068] The fourth embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 14 to 16. In the present embodiment, the basic constitution and the function thereof are the same as the first embodiment. The main difference is that the shape of the outer case 2, the container body 3, and the fixing ring 5 differ from those of the first embodiment. Hereinafter, such difference will be mainly explained.

[0069] In the present embodiment, the flanged portion 3c comprises an annular portion 3c1 and a projecting portion 3c2. The projecting portion 3c2 protrudes from the annular portion 3c1 in a radially outward direction. The projecting portion 3c2 is provided by a plurality of number (by two in the present embodiment) in a circumferential direction with an interval. The upper end of the outer case 2 is provided with a cutout portion 2h. The cutout portion 2h has a complementary shape with respect to the projecting portion 3c2. When the container body 3 is contained in the outer case 2, and the projecting portion 3c2 is engaged with the cutout portion 2h, the position of the container body 3 with respect to the outer case 2 is determined in the circumferential direction. Here, the annular portion 3c1 is not supported by the outer case 2.

[0070] In the reduced diameter portion 2c of the outer case 2, an annular recessed portion 2i is provided. On the inner circumference surface of the fixing ring 5, an annular projecting portion 5g is provided. When the reduced diameter portion 2c is inserted into the fixing ring 5, the annular recessed portion 2i and the annular projecting portion 5g engage with each other, and the fixing ring 5 is fixed with respect to the outer case 2.

5. Aspect of the Fifth to Seventh Embodiment


(Conventional Technique)



[0071] Conventionally, there has been known a delaminatable container which can suppress air from coming into the container when the inner bag shrinks as the contents decrease (for example, Patent Document 2) .

(Problem)



[0072] The delaminatable container of Patent Document 2 is structured by covering a containing portion of the container body with a shrink film, the container body being formed by blow forming. Here, there are cases where a luxurious appearance is required.

[0073] The present invention has been made by taking the afore-mentioned circumstances into consideration. The present invention provides a delaminatable container having a high degree of freedom regarding appearance design, and is capable of ejecting contents by applying a compressing force.

(Means to Solve the Problem)



[0074] According to the present invention, provided is a delaminatable container, comprising: a container body; and a tubular outer case being installed on the container body; wherein: the container body comprises a containing portion which contains contents, and a mouth portion which ejects the contents from the containing portion; the container body comprises an outer shell and an inner bag; the inner bag shrinks as contents decrease; the outer case is installed so as to cover at least a portion of the containing portion; and the delaminatable container is constituted so as to be capable of ejecting the contents from the mouth portion by deforming the outer case.

[0075] Regarding the delaminatable container of the present invention, at least a part of the containing portion is covered with the tubular outer case, achieving improved degree of freedom regarding the appearance design of the container. In addition, by selecting an outer case having a superior appearance, luxurious appearance can be achieved. Further, by selecting an outer case which is not deformed easily, it becomes impossible to eject the contents by applying pressurizing force to the container. In the present invention, an outer case which can be deformed is selected. Accordingly, the contents can be ejected even when the outer case is installed, by deforming the container body with the outer case.

6. Fifth Embodiment



[0076] The delaminatable container 1 according to the fifth embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 17 to 24. The delaminatable container 1 of the present embodiment comprises a container body 3, a cap 4e, a valve member 11, and an outer case 6.

<container body 3, cap 4e, valve member 11>



[0077] As shown in Fig. 19, the container body 3 comprises a containing portion 7 which contains the contents, and a mouth portion 9 which ejects the contents from the containing portion 7. The container body 3 comprises an outer shell 12 and an inner bag 14 in the containing portion 7 and the mouth portion 9. As the contents decrease, the inner bag 14 separates from the outer shell 12 and shrinks.

[0078] A bottom 8 is provided at one end of the containing portion 7. A shoulder 10 is provided in between the containing portion 7 and the mouth portion 9. The outer diameter of the containing portion 7 is larger than the mouth portion 9, and the outer diameter is enlarged at the shoulder 10. The bottom 8 is provided with a seal portion 8a to seal each of the outer shell 12 and the inner bag 14. The seal portion 8a is a seal portion of the laminated parison formed when blow molding is performed with the laminated parison.

[0079] The mouth portion 9 is provided with an engaging portion 9d which can engage with the cap 4e equipped with a check valve. The cap 4e can be installed by capping, or can be installed by screw.

[0080] As shown in Figs. 19 to 20, the containing portion 7 is provided with a recessed portion 7a, and the recessed portion 7a is provided with an outer-air introducing hole 15. The outer-air introducing hole 15 is a through-hole provided only to the outer shell 12, and allows the intermediate space 21 positioned in between the outer shell 12 and the inner bag 14 to communicate with the outer space S of the container body 3.

[0081] As shown in Figs. 22 to 24, the valve member 11 comprises a shaft 11a which is inserted through the outer-air introducing hole 15 and is slidable with respect to the outer-air introducing hole 15, a lid 11c which is provided at the intermediate space 21 side with respect to the shaft 11a and has a cross sectional area larger than the shaft 11a, and a locking member 11b which is provided at the outer space S side of the shaft 11a and prevents the valve member 11 from coming into the intermediate space 21.

[0082] The lid 11c is structured so as to substantially close the outer-air introducing hole 15 when the outer shell 12 is compressed. Accordingly, the lid 11c has a shape in which the cross sectional area decreases towards the shaft 11a. In addition, the locking member 11b is structured so as to introduce air into the intermediate space 21 when the outer shell 12 restores its shape after being compressed. When the outer shell 12 is compressed, the pressure inside the intermediate space 21 becomes higher than the outer pressure, and thus the air inside the intermediate space 21 flows outside from the outer-air introducing hole 15. The difference in the pressure and the air flow allows the lid 11c to move towards the outer-air introducing hole 15, and the lid 11c closes the outer-air introducing hole 15. Since the lid 11c has a shape in which the cross sectional area decreases towards the shaft 11a, the lid 11c easily fits the outer-air introducing hole 15, thereby closing the outer-air introducing hole 15.

[0083] When the outer shell 12 is further compressed in such condition, the pressure inside the intermediate space 21 is further increased. As a result, the inner bag 14 is compressed, and the contents inside the inner bag 14 is ejected. In addition, when the pressing force is released, the outer shell 12 restores its shape by its own elasticity. In such case, the lid 11c separates from the outer-air introducing hole 15, and the closure of the outer-air introducing hole 15 is released, thereby allowing the outer-air to be introduced into the intermediate space 21. Further, a flow passage 11d is provided in the locking member 11b, so that the locking member 11b would not close the outer-air introducing hole 15. Accordingly, even when the locking member 11b is in contact with the outer shell 12, the outer-air can be introduced into the intermediate space 21 through the flow passage 11d and the outer-air introducing hole 15.

[0084] The constitution of the layers of the container body 3 will be explained in detail. The container body 3 comprises an outer shell 12 and an inner bag 14. The outer shell 12 is formed thicker than the inner bag 14 in order to achieve high restoring property. The constitution of the layers of the outer shell 12 and the inner bag 14 are the same as explained in the first embodiment.

<outer case 6>



[0085] The outer case 6 has a tubular shape, and is installed so as to cover at least a portion of the containing portion 7. The outer case 6 comprises a body portion 6a, an upper wall 6b, an opening portion 6c at the bottom 8 side, and an opening portion 6d at the mouth portion 9 side. The body portion 6a has a substantially cylindrical shape, and the cross sectional area is substantially the same in the height direction of the containing portion 7. The containing portion 7 has a decreased diameter near the central portion CP in the height direction of the containing portion 7. As shown in Fig. 22, a gap 22 is provided in between the containing portion 7 and the outer case 6. This gap 22 improves the heat insulating property of the delaminatable container 1. On the other hand, the containing portion 7 contacts the outer case 6 at a position lower than the central portion CP (P1) and at a position higher than the central portion (P2).

[0086] A bottom wall is not provided at the bottom 8 side of the outer case 6. The opening portion 6c matches with the shape of the inner surface of the body portion 6a. The opening portion 6d is smaller than the opening portion 6c. The opening portion 6d is larger than the outer diameter of the mouth portion 9, and is smaller than the outer diameter of the shoulder 10. Accordingly, when the outer case 6 is installed so as to cover from the mouth portion 9 side, the upper wall 6b contacts the shoulder 10, and thus the position of the outer case 6 with respect to the container body 3 is determined in the height direction.

[0087] As shown in Figs. 19 to 20, the upper wall 6b is disposed in between the cap 4e and the shoulder 10. Accordingly, when the cap 4e is tightened, the upper wall 6b is clamped and fixed by the cap 4e and the shoulder 10.

[0088] The outer case 6 is formed with a thickness and a material so as to allow easy deformation. When a pressing force is applied to the outer case 6 in a condition where the outer case 6 is installed on the container body 3, thereby deforming the outer case 6, the inner bag 14 is compressed via the outer shell 12 and the intermediate space 21, allowing the contents inside the inner bag 14 to be ejected.

[0089] It is preferable that the outer case 6 has an adequate restoring ability, thereby allowing the outer case 6 to restore its original shape by its restoring ability when the pressing force is removed after the outer case 6 is deformed by applying the pressing force. In such case, the outer case 6 can be repetitively deformed to eject the contents repetitively.

[0090] In particular, the outer case 6 is preferably constituted so that the maximum push-in amount is 5mm or larger when a pressing force of 2kg is applied with an indenter having 15mm diameter. In such case the outer case 6 is easily deformed sufficiently, and the contents can be ejected easily. The maximum push-in amount mentioned here is a maximum value obtained by measuring the push-in amount at various positions of the outer case 6, and corresponds to the push-in amount at a position where it is most easily dented within the outer case 6. The maximum value is, for example, 5 to 40mm, and is specifically for example, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40mm, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein. In addition, the value of (maximum push-in amount) / (diameter of containing portion 7) is preferably 0.1 or more, and is 0.1 to 0.7 for example. The value of (maximum push-in amount) / (diameter of containing portion 7) is specifically for example, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, or 0.7, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein.

[0091] The outer case 6 is further preferably structured so that the maximum push-in amount at the position facing the center in the height direction of the containing portion 7 has the value mentioned above. When the contents are ejected, the portion in the vicinity of the center of the containing portion 7 in the height direction is compressed in many cases, and thus it is preferable that the outer case 6 is easily deformed at this position.

[0092] The material of the outer case 6 is not particularly limited so long as the outer case 6 can be deformed by applying a pressing force. The outer case 6 is an injection molded body for example. The appearance of the outer case 6 can be improved by forming the outer case 6 by injection molding.

[0093] The thickness of the outer case 6 is preferably 0.2mm or more, and is more preferably 0.5 mm or more. The thickness is 0.2 to 3mm for example, and is specifically for example, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3mm, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein.

[0094] The outer case 6 comprises a first region 61 and a second region 62. The first region 61 is disposed at a position facing the center of the containing portion in a height direction, and it is intended so that the contents are ejected by applying pressing force to the first region 61. Accordingly, it is preferable that the outer case 6 is easily deformed in the first region 61, and it is preferable that the maximum push-in amount in the first region 61 satisfies the afore-mentioned value.

[0095] In order to allow the outer case 6 to be deformed easily in the first region 61, it is preferable to form the first region 61 with a first material having a lower bending elastic modulus (sofut material) than that of the second material structuring the second region 62. Such outer case 6 can be formed by two-color molding, insert molding and the like. As the first material, elastomers (olefin-based elastomer, styrene-based elastomer, and the like), natural rubber, synthetic rubber (silicone rubber and the like), EVA, low density polyethylene, soft polyvinyl chloride, and a material having these materials laminated can be mentioned for example. As the second material, resin material (high density polyethylene, polypropylene, PET, acrylic resin, nylon resin, ABS resin, hard polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, fiber reinforced plastic and the like), wood, metal, glass, earthenware, and a material having these materials laminated can be mentioned for example.

[0096] Further, the thickness of the first region 61 can be made thinner than the thickness of the second region 62 so that the outer case 6 is easily deformed in the first region 61. In such case, the value of (thickness of the first region 61) / (thickness of the second region 62) is preferably 0.95 or lower. The value is, for example, 0.3 to 0.95, and is specifically for example, 0.3, 0.35, 0.4, 0.45, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.65, 0.7, 0.75, 0.8, 0.85, 0.9, or 0.95, and can be in the range between the two values exemplified herein.

[0097] The outer case 6 can be provided with a decoration on the outer surface to further improve appearance.

7. Sixth Embodiment



[0098] The delaminatable container 1 according to the sixth embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 25 to 29. The present embodiment differs from the fifth embodiment in the constitution of the outer case 6. The container body 3, the cap 4e, and the valve member 11 have the same constitutions as those of the fifth embodiment.

[0099] In the present embodiment, the outer case 6 comprises a body member 16 and a bottom 17. The body member 16 is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion 9 than the bottom 17.

[0100] The body member 16 comprises a body portion 16a, an upper wall 16b, an opening portion 16c at the bottom 8 side, and an opening portion 16d at the mouth portion 9 side. On the body portion 16a, a panel portion 16a1 is formed by recessing the body portion 16a. The panel portion 16a1 corresponds to the first region 61, and the other portions correspond to the second region 62, and it is intended so that the contents are ejected by applying a pressing force to the panel portion 16a1. Accordingly, it is preferable that the panel portion 16a1 is formed with a softer material than the material which forms the other portions. The body member 16 can be formed by two-color molding.

[0101] A bottom wall is not provided at the bottom 8 side of the body member 16. The opening portion 16c matches with the shape of the inner surface of the body portion 16a. The opening portion 16d is smaller than the opening portion 16c. The opening portion 16d is larger than the outer diameter of the mouth portion 9, and is smaller than the outer diameter of the shoulder 10. Accordingly, when the body member 16 is installed, the upper wall 16b contacts the shoulder 10, and thus the position of the body member 16 with respect to the container body 3 is determined in the height direction.

[0102] The body member 16 has its panel portion 16a1 recessed, and the inner diameter of the body member 16 at the panel portion 16a1 is smaller than the outer diameter of the containing portion 7 at a position higher than the panel portion 16a1. Accordingly, the body member 16 cannot be installed by covering from the mouth portion 9 side. Therefore, in the present embodiment, as shown in Fig. 29, the body member 16 is structured by combining a pair of body constituent members 26. The pair of the body constituent members 26 preferably have the same shape.

[0103] A reduced diameter portion 26f is provided at the bottom end of the body member 16, and an annular projecting portion 26g projecting in a radially outward direction is provided at the reduced diameter portion 26f. In addition, an annular projecting portion 17a projecting in a radially inward direction is provided at the vicinity of the upper end of the bottom 17. The projecting portion 26g and the projecting portion 17a are engaged by inserting the reduced diameter portion 26f into the bottom 17. Accordingly, the body member 16 and the bottom 17 are engaged to structure an integrated outer case 6.

8. Seventh Embodiment



[0104] The delaminatable container 1 according to the seventh embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 30 to 32. The present embodiment is similar to the fifth embodiment. The main difference is the shape of the container body 3 and the first region 61. Hereinafter, such difference will be mainly explained.

[0105] The container body 3 of the present embodiment has a shape shown Fig. 31, and the basic constitution and the function are the same as the fifth embodiment. The first region 61 of the present embodiment is provided throughout the entire circumferential direction. With such constitution, the contents can be ejected by pressing an arbitrary position in the circumferential direction in the vicinity of the central portion in the height direction of the containing portion 7.

9. Eighth Embodiment



[0106] The delaminatable container 1 according to the eighth embodiment of the present invention will be explained with reference to Figs. 33 to 36. The present embodiment is similar with the seventh embodiment. The main difference is the constitution of the outer case 6. Hereinafter, such difference will be mainly explained.

[0107] The constitution of the container body 3 of the present embodiment is the same as the seventh embodiment. The outer case 6 comprises a body member 36 and a bottom 37. The body member 36 is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion 9 than the bottom 37. The body member 36 and the bottom 37 can be formed by injection molding.

[0108] The body member 36 comprises a body portion 36a, an upper wall 36b, an opening portion 36c at the bottom 8 side, and an opening portion 36d at the mouth portion 9. The body portion 36a is shaped so as to have a circular cross sectional area at the mouth portion 9 side, and an oval cross sectional area at the bottom 8 side. That is, the shape of the cross sectional area of the body portion 36a changes gradually from a circle to an oval from the mouth portion 9 towards the bottom 8. In addition, the shape of the cross sectional area of the body portion 36a is enlarged gradually from the mouth portion 9 towards the bottom 8. A bottom wall is not provided at the bottom 8 side of the body member 36. The opening portion 36c matches with the shape of the inner surface of the body portion 36a at the bottom 8 side. The opening portion 36d is smaller than the opening portion 36c. The opening portion 36d is larger than the outer diameter of the mouth portion 9, and is smaller than the outer diameter of the shoulder 10. Accordingly, when the body member 36 is installed so as to cover from the mouth portion 9 side, the upper wall 36b contacts the shoulder 10, and thus the position of the body member 36 with respect to the container body 3 is determined in the height direction.

[0109] The body member 36 comprises a pair of projected portions 36e. The pair of projected portions 36e face each other, and each projects towards the bottom 8. A pair of base portions 36f are provided in between the pair of projected portions 36e. The pair of base portions 36f face each other. At the end portion of the bottom 8 side of the body member 36, a projected portion 36e, a base portion 36f, a projected portion 36e, and a base portion 36f are aligned in this order and have a wave-form shape.

[0110] The projected portion 36e occupies, as shown in Fig. 36, 80% or more of the entire width of the body member 36 when the projected portion 36e is observed from the front side. In the present embodiment, the projected portion 36e is provided throughout the entire body member 36 in the width direction. Accordingly, the projected portion 36e occupies 100% of the entire width of the body member 36.

[0111] The projected portion 36e has a slope 36e1 which inclines so that the projection amount of the projected portion 36e increases towards the center with respect to the width direction of the body member 36, when the projected portion 36e is observed from the front. Accordingly, the projected portion 36e has a tapered shape. Further, the tip 36e2 of the projected portion 36e is curved so that the bottom 8 side is projected.

[0112] The bottom 37 is fixed to the bottom 8 of the container body 3. The end portion at the mouth portion 9 side of the bottom 37 has a shape which is complementary with the end portion at the bottom 8 side of the body member 36. The bottom 37 is not engaged with the body member 36. Accordingly, the end portion at the bottom 8 side of the body member 36 is not fixed, and can be easily deformed.

[0113] When used, a pressing force is applied to the projected portion 36e to eject the contents.

10. Other Embodiments



[0114] In the fifth and the sixth embodiment, the pair of first regions 61 are provided so as to face each other, however, the first region 61 can be provided at a single portion.

[0115] In the sixth and the eighth embodiment, the bottom can be omitted.

[0116] Instead of fixing the outer case 6 by clamping the outer case 6 with the cap 4e and the shoulder 10, the outer case 6 can be fixed to the container body 3 by another mechanism.

[0117] Instead of providing a plurality of regions made of different materials, the entirety of the outer case 6 can be formed with a soft material.

[0118] A different constitution can be used as the valve member 11, so long as it can close the outer-air introducing hole 15 when a pressing force is applied to the outer case 6, and can allow flow through the outer-air introducing hole 15 when the pressing force is removed.

[0119] The second region 62 can be formed with a non-resin material such as metal and ceramics.

[0120] In the eighth embodiment, the body member 36 and the bottom 37 can be engaged at the base portion 36f.

[0121] Instead of providing a built-in check valve to the cap 4e, an another member of a check valve can be disposed in between the cap 4e and the container body 3.

Explanation of Symbols



[0122] 1: delaminatable container, 2: outer case, 2a: body portion, 2b: bottom, 2c: reduced diameter portion, 2d: supporting portion, 2e: outer-air flow passage, 2f: male screw portion, 2g: radially enlarged portion, 2h: cutout portion, 2i: annular recessed portion, 3: container body, 3a: body portion, 3b: bottom, 3c: flanged portion, 3c1: annular portion, 3c2: projecting portion, 3d: mouth portion, 3e: male screw portion, 3f: upper surface, 4: pump, 4a: main body, 4a1: tubular portion, 4a2: cylinder, 4a3: upper wall, 4a4: female screw portion, 4a5: flanged portion, 4b: piston, 4c: nozzle, 4d: tube, 4e: cap, 5: fixing ring, 5a: outer tubular portion, 5b: upper wall, 5c: opening portion, 5d: inner tubular portion, 5e: outer-air flow passage, 5f: female screw portion, 5g: annular projected portion, 5h: outer-air introducing hole, 5i: projecting portion, 5j: recessed portion, 5k: tubular portion, 5l: female screw portion, 6: outer case, 6a: body portion, 6b: upper wall, 6c: opening portion, 6d: opening portion, 7: containing portion, 7a: recessed portion, 8: bottom, 8a: seal portion, 9: mouth portion, 9d: engaging portion, 10: shoulder, 11: valve member, 11a: shaft, 11b: locking member, 11c: 11d, 11d: flow passage, 12: outer shell, 12a: clamping portion, 14: inner bag, 14a: inner bag exposed portion, 15: outer-air introducing hole, 16: body member, 16a: body portion, 16a1: panel portion, 16b: upper wall, 16c: opening portion, 16d: opening portion, 17: bottom, 17a: projecting portion, 18: body portion gap, 19: bottom gap, 21: intermediate space, 22: gap, 26: body constituent members, 26f: reduced diameter portion, 26g: projecting portion, 36: body member, 36a: body portion, 36b: upper wall, 36c: opening portion, 36d: opening portion, 36e: projected portion, 36e1: slope, 36e2: tip, 36f: base portion, 37: bottom, 61: first region, 62: second region, CP: central position, S: outer space, V1: volume


Claims

1. A delaminatable container, comprising:

a container body; and

a tubular outer case being installed on the container body; wherein:
the container body comprises an outer shell and an inner bag, and the inner bag shrinks as contents decrease.


 
2. The delaminatable container of Claim 1, wherein the outer case contains the container body therein.
 
3. The delaminatable container of Claim 2, wherein each of the container body and the outer case comprises a body portion; and
a body portion gap is provided in between a body portion of the container body and a body portion of the outer case.
 
4. The delaminatable container of Claim 3, wherein when a thickness of an outer shell of the container body is taken as Ts, and a thickness of the body portion gap is taken as Tg, a formula of Tg/Ts ≥ 0.3 is satisfied.
 
5. The delaminatable container of Claim 4, wherein a formula of Tg/Ts ≥ 0.5 is satisfied.
 
6. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 2 to 5, wherein:

the container body comprises a body portion and a flanged portion which protrudes from the body portion in a radially outward direction; and

the flanged portion is supported by the outer case.


 
7. The delaminatable container of Claim 6, wherein:

the flanged portion comprises an annular portion which protrudes annularly from the body portion in a radially outward direction and a projecting portion which protrudes from the annular portion in a radially outward direction; and

the projecting portion is supported by the outer case.


 
8. The delaminatable container of Claim 6 or 7, wherein the flanged portion is hollow.
 
9. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 6 to 8, wherein an outer-air flow passage is provided in between the flanged portion and the outer case.
 
10. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 2 to 9, wherein:

each of the container body and the outer case is provided with a bottom; and

a bottom gap is provided in between the bottom of the container body and the bottom of the outer case.


 
11. The delaminatable container of Claim 10, wherein the bottom of the container body is provided with an outer-air introducing hole which introduces outer-air in between the outer shell and the inner bag.
 
12. The delaminatable container of Claim 11, wherein:

an inner bag exposed portion which is exposed outside is provided at the bottom side of the inner bag; and

the outer-air introducing hole is provided in between the inner bag exposed portion and the outer shell.


 
13. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 2 to 12, wherein:

the contents are filled in the container body; and

a gap is provided in between the inner bag and the outer shell in a condition after the contents are filled and before a user starts ejecting the contents.


 
14. The delaminatable container of Claim 13, wherein when a volume of the outer shell is taken as Vs, and a volume of contents contained in the inner bag is taken as Vc, a formula of Vc/Vs ≤ 0.95 is satisfied.
 
15. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 2 to 14, wherein:

the delaminatable container comprises a fixing ring; and

the container body and the outer case are installed on the fixing ring.


 
16. The delaminatable container of Claim 15, wherein:

the delaminatable container comprises a pump which ejects the contents; and

the pump is installed on the fixing ring.


 
17. The delaminatable container of Claim 1, wherein:

the container body comprises a containing portion which contains contents, and a mouth portion which ejects the contents from the containing portion;

the outer case is installed so as to cover at least a portion of the containing portion; and

the delaminatable container is constituted so as to be capable of ejecting the contents from the mouth portion by deforming the outer case.


 
18. The delaminatable container of Claim 17, wherein the outer case is constituted so as to restore an original shape of the outer case by a restoring ability of the outer case when a pressing force is removed after the outer case is deformed by applying the pressing force to the outer case.
 
19. The delaminatable container of Claim 17 or 18, wherein the outer case is constituted so that a maximum push-in amount is 5mm or larger when a pressing force of 2kg is applied with an indenter having 15mm diameter.
 
20. The delaminatable container of Claim 19, wherein the push-in amount is 10mm or larger.
 
21. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 20, wherein the outer case is an injection molded body.
 
22. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 21, wherein:

the outer case comprises a first region and a second region; and

the first region is formed with a material having a lower bending elastic modulus than a bending elastic modulus of a material structuring the second region; or the first region is thinner than the second region.


 
23. The delaminatable container of Claim 22, wherein the first region is disposed at a position facing a center of the containing portion in a height direction.
 
24. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 23, wherein the outer case is installed so as to cover the container body from the mouth portion side of the container body.
 
25. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 23, wherein:

the outer case comprises a body member; and

the body member is constituted by combining a pair of body constituent members.


 
26. The delaminatable container of Claim 25, wherein:

the outer case comprises a bottom;

the body member is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion than the bottom; and

the body member is engaged with the bottom.


 
27. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 23, wherein:

the container body comprises a bottom which is a bottom of the containing portion;

the outer case comprises a body member;

the body member comprises a pair of projected portions; and

each projected portion of the pair of projected portions face each other, and protrudes towards the bottom of the container body.


 
28. The delaminatable container of Claim 27, wherein the projected portion occupies 80% or more of entire width of the body member when the projected portion is observed from a front side.
 
29. The delaminatable container of Claim 28, wherein the projected portion has a slope which inclines so that a projection amount of the projected portion increases towards a center with respect to a width direction of the body member, when the projected portion is observed from the front side.
 
30. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 27 to 29, wherein:

the outer case comprises a bottom;

the body member is disposed at a position closer to the mouth portion than the bottom; and

the body member is not engaged with the bottom at least at the projected portion.


 
31. The delaminatable container of any one of Claims 17 to 30, further comprising a cap installed on the mouth portion; wherein:

the outer case is clamped and fixed by the cap and the container body.


 




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