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Publication numberUS20060273107 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/328,442
Publication date7 Dec 2006
Filing date9 Jan 2006
Priority date1 Jun 2005
Publication number11328442, 328442, US 2006/0273107 A1, US 2006/273107 A1, US 20060273107 A1, US 20060273107A1, US 2006273107 A1, US 2006273107A1, US-A1-20060273107, US-A1-2006273107, US2006/0273107A1, US2006/273107A1, US20060273107 A1, US20060273107A1, US2006273107 A1, US2006273107A1
InventorsGerald Keberlein
Original AssigneeKeberlein Gerald J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Folded product dispenser
US 20060273107 A1
Abstract
The present invention is directed to a folded product dispensing system and blank for making the same. The system is constructed from light-weight materials and includes a hanging means which enables positioning and repositioning of the dispenser in a variety of locations. The blank includes a pair of side flaps that support the dispenser, as well as an aperture forming flap.
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1. A repositionable folded product dispensing system comprising:
a trapezoidal polyhedral structure having a first trapezoidal side, a second rectangular side, a third trapezoidal side, a fourth rectangular side, a top side and a bottom side, the first trapezoidal side connected to the second rectangular side, the second rectangular side connected to the third trapezoidal side, the third trapezoidal side opposite the first trapezoidal side and connected to the fourth rectangular side, the fourth rectangular side opposite the second rectangular side, wherein the top side is connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides, wherein the bottom side is at least partially opposing the top side and connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides, wherein the bottom side is formed from an overlay of at least ones bottom side flap and at least one aperture-forming flap, wherein a product dispensing aperture is disposed on the bottom side of the trapezoidal polyhedral structure; and
a hanging means disposed on a side of the trapezoidal polyhedral structure for hanging the trapezoidal polyhedral structure in at least semi-permanent relation to a structure.
2. The folded product dispensing system according to claim 1 further comprising a plurality of folded product.
3. The folded product dispensing system according to claim 1 further comprising a product use-up indicator window disposed on at least one side of the dispenser.
4. The folded product dispensing system according to claim 2 wherein the folded product is selected from a group consisting of folded paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, folded tin foil, folded wax paper, and folded non-woven hand towels.
5. The folded product dispensing system according to claim 2 wherein the folded product is paper toweling having a total product count not to exceed 225 towels.
6. The folded product dispensing system according to claim 3 wherein the hanging means is a non-residue leaving adhesive disposed on at least one side of the structure.
7. The folded product dispensing system of claim 4 wherein at least one side has a decorative motif.
8. The folded product dispenser of claim 4 wherein the dispenser has two supporting flaps defined by a contoured edge.
9. The folded product dispenser of claim 4 wherein the dispenser is selected from a group of materials consisting of sulfite bleached virgin board stock, recycled clay coated news-back, cover-weight paper stock, cardboard, and recycled paper
10. A repositionable dispenser having:
a pair of opposable rectangular sides each having a bottom flap portion, the bottom flap portion joined to and co-planar with an aperture-forming flap;
a pair of opposable trapezoidal sides, wherein each opposable trapezoidal side is connected to each of the pair of opposable rectangular sides;
a top side opposing a bottom side, the top side and bottom side connected to the pair of opposable rectangular sides and the pair of trapezoidal sides, wherein the bottom side is formed from at least one aperture-forming bottom flap and at least one side flap portion,
wherein the bottom side is formed from an overlay relationship of at least one bottom flap portion having a contoured edge and at least one aperture-forming bottom flap.
11. The folded product dispenser according to claim 10 wherein the attaching means are L-shaped hooks having at least one adhesive containing flat surface.
12. The folded product dispenser according to claim 10 wherein the dispenser is constructed from a blank, the blank constructed from a thick paper stock.
13. The folded product dispenser according to claim 10 wherein the dispenser has two bottom flap portions and each bottom flap portion has a c-shaped contoured edge, wherein the bottom flap portions provide structural support to the dispenser and are substantially the shape of each end of the aperture.
14. The folded product dispenser according to claim 10 wherein the dispenser is repositionable to a semi-permanent position through the use of an attaching means
15. A folded product dispenser comprising:
a first section having a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the first section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end portion of the first section, a top portion junction, and a bottom flap portion junction, wherein the top flap and the bottom flap are opposably disposed and the bottom flap has an elongated product dispensing aperture having at least two symmetrical ends;
a second section connected to the first section at a section junction, the second section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the second section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the second section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a first obtuse angle with respect to the first section bottom flap junction, wherein the bottom flap portion having a first cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends;
a third section connected to the second section at a section junction, the third section having a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the third section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the third section, and a tab portion connected to a first end of the bottom end flap portion at a tab portion junction
a fourth section connected to the third section at a section junction, the fourth section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the fourth section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the fourth section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a second obtuse angle with respect to the third section bottom flap junction, wherein the bottom flap portion having a second cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends; and
a tab portion connected to a third end of the fourth section, the tab portion for securing in overlapping fashion the fourth section to the first section,
wherein the third section has a width substantially the same as the first section and a length in a range of about 70%-90% of the first section length,
further wherein the top flap portions form a product dispenser top face, the bottom flap portions form a product dispenser bottom face and define an opening in the bottom face for dispensing product, and the first, second, third and fourth section main portions form a continuous surface.
16. A folded product dispenser of claim 15 further comprising a plurality of folded product.
17. A folded product dispenser of claim 15 further comprising a product use-up indicator window disposed on at least one section of the dispenser.
18. A folded product dispenser according to claim 16 wherein the folded product is selected from a group consisting of folded paper towels, napkins, facial tissues, folded tin foil, folded wax paper, and folded non-woven hand towels.
19. The folded product dispenser according to claim 17 further comprising at least one adhesive connector for attaching the dispenser onto a separate surface.
20. The folded product dispenser of claim 18 wherein an external surface contains a decorative motif.
21. The folded product dispenser of claim 19 wherein the dispenser substantially forms a trapezoidal polyhedral structure.
22. The folded product dispenser of claim 19 wherein the dispensing apertures are substantially elongated oval-shaped.
23. The folded product dispenser of claim 19 wherein the angled flaps further comprise a first pointed flap extension and a second flap extension, wherein the extensions substantially form the first and second cutouts.
24. The folded product dispenser of claim 19 wherein the dispenser is selected from a group of materials consisting of sulfite bleached virgin board stock, recycled clay coated news-back, cover-weight paper stock, cardboard, and recycled paper.
25. A blank for construction of a folded product dispenser, the blank comprising:
a first section having a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the first section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end portion of the first section, a top portion junction, and a bottom flap portion junction, wherein the top flap and the bottom flap are opposably disposed and the bottom flap has an elongated product dispensing aperture having at least two symmetrical ends;
a second section connected to the first section at a section junction, the second section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the second section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the second section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a first obtuse angle with respect to the first section bottom flap junction, wherein the bottom flap portion having a first cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends;
a third section connected to the second section at a section junction, the third section having a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the third section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the third section, and a tab portion connected to a first end of the bottom end flap portion at a tab portion junction;
a fourth section connected to the third section at a section junction, the fourth section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the fourth section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the fourth section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a second obtuse angle with respect to the third section bottom flap junction , wherein the bottom flap portion having a second cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends; and
a tab portion connected to a third end of the fourth section, the tab portion for securing in overlapping fashion the fourth section to the first section,
wherein the third section has a width substantially the same as the first section and a length in a range of about 70%-90% of the first section length.
26. The blank according to claim 25 wherein the blank is selected from a group of materials consisting of sulfite bleached virgin board stock, recycled clay coated news-back, cover-weight paper stock, cardboard, and recycled paper.
27. The blank according to claim 25 wherein top flap gaps are formed between the first and second top flaps, the second and third top flaps, and third and fourth top flaps.
28. The blank according to claim 25 wherein a continuous decorative surface extends upon the entire surface of the blank.
29. The blank according to claim 25 wherein the first and second obtuse angles are substantially the same magnitude.
30. The blank according to claim 25 wherein there are four attaching means apertures disposed upon the first section and two disposing means apertures disposed on the third section tab.
31. The blank according to claim 25 wherein the junctions are compressed material particularly suited for bending the blank when forming a product dispenser.
32. A repositionable six-sided polyhedral structure capable of dispensing folded product, the structure comprising:
at least one aperture-forming flap and at least one side flap having a contoured edge, wherein the at least one aperture-forming flap and the at least one side flap are co-planar in an overlay relationship, wherein the overlay relationship partially creates an aperture through which folded product positioned within an interior of the structure may be dispensed.
33. The repositionable six-sided polyhedral structure according to claim 32 wherein the at least one aperture-forming flap and the at least one side flap are aligned in an overlay relationship.
Description
    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This application claims the benefit of U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/686,162 filed on Jun. 1, 2005, pending.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The invention relates generally to a folded product dispenser. More particularly the invention relates to a folded product dispenser constructed from a blank that is easily folded into a three-dimensional configuration.
  • [0003]
    Folded products are increasingly being used by consumers in a variety of locations other than the historical places such as bathrooms, kitchens, and stationary work areas. Consumers are multitasking due to increasingly complex lifestyles. As a result, consumers are in need of easily accessible products that historically have only been located within stationary locations such as kitchens, stationary work areas and bathrooms. Whether paper towels are used to clean a dirty surface, including the user's hands, or metal foil sheets are used to cover an orifice, consumers require that such products are more easily accessible.
  • [0004]
    Paper toweling is one such product that consumers may purchase in a number of different forms, including rolls and folded stacks. Paper towel rolls can be convenient, mostly when used in conjunction with a paper towel roll dispenser, which can be cumbersome or inconvenient to install. Paper towel rolls are not easily movable when used in conjunction with a traditional and permanent metal or plastic paper towel roll dispenser. When placed on an end dispensing device the roll may be easily tipped, resulting in the roll being contaminated with undesirable substances such as liquid and solid contaminants, which could result in a substantial portion of the roll being unusable. When placed in a wall mounted dispensing device the circular cross section of paper roll towel dispenser allows for the roll to continue rolling and require additional hand contact to separate the desired number of towels. Often unwanted movement of the roll results in the roll coming in contact with undesirable substances such as liquid and solid contaminants, which could result in a substantial portion of the roll being unusable.
  • [0005]
    In one exemplary use, existing roll towel usage in the trucking industry is plagued with the product rolling around on the floor of the vehicle, being stepped on or absorbing moisture; and therefore, destroying the product. It would be advantageous for a dispenser in a trucker's environment to be attached to any flat surface, and easily repositioned based upon the needs of the user. This may offer convenience and a totally usable product. The use as a folded towel temporary dispenser in portable lavatories offers additional levels of consumer sanitary options that currently do not exist. When used as a facial tissue dispenser it is often found that forces needed to extract the facial tissue from the container are greater then the weight/resistance of the facial tissue dispensers, thereby requiring the use of the second hand to hold the carton in place to extract the facial tissue from the carton, therefore contaminating the dispenser surface. This is especially important in school classrooms where carton surface contamination facilitates the propagation of microorganisms. It is often that traditional tissue dispensers require two hands to extract the tissue from the carton, therefore contaminating the dispenser surface. Often it is the case that a wall or surface-mounted dispensers can eliminate the second hand contamination effect. The temporary use as a napkin dispenser allows organized dispensing on the side of a van, for example, at tailgate parties unaffected by the wind.
  • [0006]
    Often it is the case that traditional folded product dispensers are not easily repositionable and are attached to the base surface with permanent fixtures such as screws or bolts making it impractical to reposition. At times folded products may be needed by the user, but contamination occurs where the product cannot be dispensed through the use of only one hand. Furthermore, it is often the case that folded product dispensers require a greater amount of force to extract the product than the gravitational forces exerted upon the dispenser. It would be desirable for a folded product dispenser to be easily repositionable in a semi-permanent manner.
  • [0007]
    Typically folded products, such as paper towels, are advantageous over those in a roll configuration. This is often due to folded products which require a smaller amount of space for the same amount of product. More often than not, folded paper towel dispensers available are permanently positioned on walls and immovable surfaces, which are primarily in work areas, kitchens and bathrooms. These dispensers are generally fixed to walls through permanent hanging means such as screws, nails, or the like. The dispensers attached to another object or wall in this manner are not intended to be easily repositioned.
  • [0008]
    It would be desirable to have a light-weight folded product dispenser that may be easily repositionable. It would be further desirable if the dispenser would be manufactured from a cost effective material allowing graphic changes reflecting consumer trends.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0009]
    In one preferred embodiment the invention is directed to a repositionable folded product dispensing system having a trapezoidal polyhedral structure with a first trapezoidal side, a second rectangular side, a third trapezoidal side, a fourth rectangular side, a top side and a bottom side, the first trapezoidal side connected to the second rectangular side, the second rectangular side connected to the third trapezoidal side, the third trapezoidal side opposite the first trapezoidal side and connected to the fourth rectangular side, the fourth rectangular side opposite the second rectangular side. The top side is connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides, and the bottom side is at least partially opposing the top side and connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides. The bottom side is formed from an overlay of at least one bottom side flap and at least one aperture-forming flap. A product dispensing aperture is disposed on the bottom side of the trapezoidal polyhedral structure. The system further includes a hanging means disposed on a side of the trapezoidal polyhedral structure for hanging the trapezoidal polyhedral structure in at least semi-permanent relation to a structure.
  • [0010]
    In an alternative preferred embodiment, the invention is directed to a folded product dispenser having a first section with a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the first section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end portion of the first section, a top portion junction, and a bottom flap portion junction. The top flap and the bottom flap are opposably disposed and the bottom flap has an elongated product dispensing aperture having at least two symmetrical ends. The system further includes a second section connected to the first section at a section junction, the second section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the second section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the second section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a first obtuse angle with respect to the first section bottom flap junction. The bottom flap portion having a first cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends. The system also includes a third section connected to the second section at a section junction, the third section having a main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the third section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the third section, and a tab portion connected to a first end of the bottom end flap portion at a tab portion junction. Additionally, a fourth section is connected to the third section at a section junction, the fourth section having a trapezoidal shaped main portion, a top flap portion disposed at a first end of the fourth section, a bottom flap portion disposed at a second end of the fourth section, a top flap junction and a bottom flap junction, the bottom flap junction forming a second obtuse angle with respect to the third section bottom flap junction, wherein the bottom flap portion having a second cutout at a first end that is substantially the shape of the two symmetrical ends. The system also includes a tab portion connected to a third end of the fourth section, the tab portion for securing in overlapping fashion the fourth section to the first section, and the third section has a width substantially the same as the first section and a length in a range of about 70%-90% of the first section length. The top flap portions form a product dispenser top face, the bottom flap portions form a product dispenser bottom face and define an opening in the bottom face for dispensing product, and the first, second, third and fourth section main portions form a continuous surface.
  • [0011]
    In an alternative preferred embodiment the invention is directed to a repositionable six-sided polyhedral structure capable of dispensing folded product, the structure having at least one aperture-forming flap and at least one side flap having a contoured edge. The at least one aperture-forming flap and the at least one side flap are co-planar in an overlay relationship, and the overlay relationship partially creates an aperture through which folded product positioned within an interior of the structure may be dispensed.
  • [0012]
    In one aspect, the present invention generally provides a folded product dispenser comprising a trapezoidal polyhedral structure having a first and third opposing trapezoidal sides connected to a second and fourth opposing rectangular sides, a top side connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides at a first end, and a bottom side partially opposing the top side and connected to the first, second, third, and fourth sides at a second end. The top side is formed from an overlay of at least two flaps and the bottom side is formed from at least one first end side flap and at least one bottom flap. Additionally, a hanging means is disposed on a side of the dispenser, and a dispensing aperture is disposed on the bottom side of the dispenser. The dispensing aperture is formed from a partial overlay relationship between at least one first end side flap and at least one bottom flap.
  • [0013]
    Advantageously, the folded product dispenser can be secured in any number intended or desired positions via, by way of example, a plurality of orifices, and from that position, used for storing and dispensing product from within the interior of the dispenser. The dispenser is constructed from a blank such that the dispenser includes an angled wall having a product dispenser opening formed therein. The angled wall facilitates dispensing by a user when the dispenser is in an intended product-dispensing position. The angled wall includes an interior side that can supports folded product. In a preferred embodiment, the product within the dispenser is positioned in folded, overlay relationship so as to facilitate dispensing of the product (i.e., when a single piece of folded product that is positioned for dispensing is pulled, so as to be dispensed, by a user, another piece of folded product is subsequently positioned for dispensing.
  • [0014]
    In some embodiments of the invention folded product are included with the dispenser and the dispenser has a use-up indicator for identifying when the folded product has or will soon be expired. In a further embodiment, the product contained within the dispenser is folded paper towels that do not exceed a total count of 225.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0015]
    Preferred embodiments of the invention are described below with reference to the following drawings, which are provided for illustrative purposes only. The drawings illustrate a best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the invention.
  • [0016]
    In the drawings:
  • [0017]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a folded product dispenser having folder product contained therein according to one embodiment of the invention;
  • [0018]
    FIG. 2 is a flat-wise view of a blank for making a folded product dispenser according to one embodiment of the invention;
  • [0019]
    FIG. 3 is a left side view of the folded product dispenser of FIG. 1;
  • [0020]
    FIG. 4 is a rear view of the folded product dispenser of FIG. 1;
  • [0021]
    FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the folded product dispenser taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 1 illustrating folded product positioning, and folded product ready to be dispensed from the dispenser according to one embodiment of the invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0022]
    Reference will now be made in greater detail to various embodiments of the invention, one or more examples of which are illustrated in the drawings. Each example is provided by way of explanation of the invention and not meant as a limitation of the invention. The present invention is shown and described in its intended use and orientation. An aperture is shown facing a downward direction, but the invention is not limited to such orientation. In addition, in discussing the particular embodiments of the dispensing cartons shown and described herein, reference is made to “top”, “bottom”, “side” and so forth. However, such terms have been used in reference to the dispensers as depicted in the accompanying drawings. It is expressly noted that, during use, the dispenser could be rotated upon any number of axis adjusted, re-oriented or otherwise positioned as desired. Terms denoting position should not be used in any limiting sense.
  • [0023]
    Referring to FIG. 1, a dispenser 10 is provided for use in dispensing folded product 12. The dispenser 10 is a six-sided polyhedral structure that has opposing trapezoidal shaped sides 14,16 (See FIG. 2) and opposing rectangular shaped sides 18,20 (see FIG. 2). In connection with all four sides 14,16,18,20 and defined by edge 22 is a bottom side 24. In connection with all four sides 14,16,18,20 and defined by an edge 26 is a top side 28. Disposed in the bottom side 24 is a product dispensing aperture 30. The periphery of aperture 30 is defined by an edge 31.
  • [0024]
    The dispenser 10 is oriented for dispensation of product 12 from the downward facing aperture 30. A bottom side 24 is angled downward from front side 18 to back side 20. The downward angle of the side 24 facilitates dispensation of the product 12, which can be accessed more easily by the user. As a result of the angled bottom side 24, the back side 20 has a greater length than that of the front side 18. Front side 18 and back side 20 have substantially the same width, which is related to the dimensions of the folded product 12. The length of the sides 18,20 are also related to the dimensions of the folded product 12. A thicker product 12 may require more space within the dispenser 12, and therefore a greater length than a thinner product 12 for the same number of folded products. Back side 20 preferably has a length in the range of 8 to 12 inches and front side 18 preferably has a length in the range of about 6 to 10 inches.
  • [0025]
    It should be noted that the slope or angle, if any, of side 24 aids in the dispensing of folded product 12. Through gravity and the angled side 24 the folded product 12 moves downward more easily within the dispenser 10 as the product 12 is removed through the aperture 30. It should be noted that the aperture 30 is preferably an elongated semi-oval shape and extends from a point proximal to side 14 to a point proximal to side 16. Aperture 30 is centered upon bottom side 24 and is defined by an edge 31. The bottom side 24 is connected with sides 14,16,18,20, this connection prevents the folded product 12 from prematurely being dispensed.
  • [0026]
    Now referring to FIG. 2, a blank 32 is depicted for making a folded product dispenser 10. The substantially flat blank 32 has a first section 34, second section 36, third section 38, fourth section 40, and tab portion 42. The first section 34 has a main portion 20 with a top flap 44 disposed at a first end 46 and connected to the main portion 20 at a fold line junction 48. A bottom flap 50 is disposed at a second end 52 and connected to the main portion 20 at a fold line junction 54. Disposed in the bottom flap 50 is a product dispensing aperture 30. The aperture 30 is defined by an aperture edge 31. The aperture edge 31 has two substantially symmetrical ends 30 a,30 b.
  • [0027]
    The second section 36 is connected to the first section 34 at a fold line junction 56. The second section 36 has a main portion 16, a top flap portion 58 and a bottom flap portion 60. The top flap portion 58 is disposed at a first end 62 and connected to the main portion 16 at a fold line junction 64. The bottom flap portion 60 is disposed at a second end 66 and connected to the main portion 16 at a fold line junction 68. The bottom flap portion 60 has a contoured edge 70, a first flap extension 72 and a second flap extension 74. The contoured edge 70 has a substantially c-shaped contour and defines the periphery of flap 60. Edge 70 is shaped substantially the same as the aperture end 30 b, which facilitates the overlay relationship of the aperture-forming flaps 50,80 with flaps 60,102, and aperture 30. The edge 70 and aperture edge 31 can vary in shape and size from the embodiment described herein. In an alternative embodiment, the dispenser 10 can include a perf (not show), which the consumer removes from the dispenser 10 along perforated edge 31. The perf is manufactured from the same materials as the remainder of the blank 32 and can be coplanar with either sides 24, 50, and alternatively with both sides 24, 50. The perf is formed from die cutting the blank 32 along edge 31 to form perforations (not shown) and is configured to prevent product 12 from prematurely leaving the dispenser 10.
  • [0028]
    The third section 38 is connected to the second section 36 at a fold line junction 76. The third section 38 has a main portion 18, a top flap portion 78, a bottom flap portion 80, and a securing tab 82. The top flap portion 84 is disposed at a first end 86 and connected to the main portion 18 at a fold line junction 88. Disposed at a second end 90 is the bottom flap portion 80. The bottom flap portion 80 is connected to the main portion 18 at a fold line juncture 92. Disposed in the bottom flap portion 84 is a product dispensing aperture 30. The aperture 30 is defined by an aperture edge 31, the edge 31 having symmetrical ends 30 a,30 b. A securing tab 82 is connected to the bottom flap portion at a fold line juncture 94. Disposed in the securing tab 82 are two hanging apertures 96.
  • [0029]
    The fourth section 40 is connected to the third section 38 at a fold line junction 98. The fourth section contains a main portion 14, a top flap portion 100, and a bottom flap portion 102. The top flap portion 100 is disposed at a first end 104 and connected to the main portion 14 at a fold line junction 106. The bottom flap portion 102 is disposed at a second end 108 and connected to the main portion 16 at a fold line junction 110. The bottom flap portion 102 is defined by a contoured edge 112, a first flap extension 1 14 and a second flap extension 116. The contoured edge 112 has a substantially c-shaped contour and defines an edge of the first flap extension 114 and second flap extension 116. Edge 112 is shaped substantially the same as aperture end 30 a, which facilitates the overlay relationship of the aperture-forming flaps 50,80 with flaps 60,102 and aperture 30. The edge 112 and aperture edge 31 can vary in shape and size from the embodiment described herein.
  • [0030]
    A tab portion 42 is connected to the fourth section 40 at a fold line junction 118. The tab portion 42 has a width in the range of about 0.5 to 1.5 inches and a length in the range of about 5 to 8 inches. In a alternative embodiment the width of tab 42 has a width in the range of about 0.6 to 0.8 inches and a length in the range of about 6 to 7 inches.
  • [0031]
    The blank 32 and dispenser 10 may be constructed from a variety of lightweight cost-effective materials that provide for a significantly low cost per unit. Sulfite bleached virgin board stock, recycled clay coated news-back, cover-weight paper stock, cardboard, recycled paper or any light-weight and cost effective pressed fibrous material known in the art may be used. Furthermore, the exterior surface of the dispenser 10 may contain an additive treatment (not shown), such as a wax layer, brushed metallic coating, or a variety of other print options such as but not limited to, flexo printing, offset printing, gravure printing, silk screen printing, and a variety of other decorative treatments to enhance the decorative appearance of the dispenser. Such treatments also aid in the protection of the product 12 from undesirable liquids by making saturation of the dispenser more difficult. In addition, metallic coatings give the appearance of a higher valued metal dispenser while printed graphics offer seasonal and consumer color and graphics trends all evoking an appearance of a more costly dispenser. A cost effective dispenser 12 that has the appearance of a more costly unit is an advantage to the cost-conscious consumer.
  • [0032]
    FIGS. 3 and 4 show the constructed dispenser 10 from a side view and rear view, respectively. Referring to FIG. 3, the dispenser has an angled bottom side 24 that extends from the front side 18 to the rear side 20. The angled side 24 aids in dispensation of the product 12. The angle of side 24 with respect to side 18 can be measured by the angles α,β formed by lines Ψ,Ω. Line Ω is drawn perpendicular to side 18 and line Ψ is coplanar with side 24. Angle β and angle α are vertical angles with equal degree measurements. Angles α,β represent the difference between a perpendicular bottom side (not shown) and the angled side 24 of the present invention. Lines and angles are depicted in FIG. 3 for clarification purposes only. In one embodiment the angles α,β are in a range of about 15 to 25 degrees. In an alternative embodiment the angles α,β are in a range of about 19 to 20 degrees.
  • [0033]
    Now referring to FIG. 5, the dispenser 10 may be adhered to a variety of surfaces through an attaching means 120. The attaching means 120 is depicted in FIG. 5 as a bolt-like structure that extends through the attaching means apertures 96 and at least two of the attaching means apertures 122. The bolt-like attaching means 120 may extend into wall 124 or alternatively attach to a surface 124 through use of an adhesive. After the blank 32 has been folded and assembled into the dispenser 10, apertures 120 and at least two apertures 122 line up (See FIG. 4) so as to provide a means for attaching the dispenser 10 to a surface 124, as shown in FIG. 5. Alternatively, the dispenser 10 may be attached to a surface 124 through use of an alternative attaching means (not shown). The alternative attaching means may be in the form of a hook having a non residue leaving adhesive. One example of an attaching means suitable for use in the present invention is sold by 3M under the product designation “Command Strip Hooks”. In yet another alternative embodiment, attaching means 120 may be in the form of double sided adhesive strips, such as 3M “Command Strips.” Other pressure sensitive adhesives having non-residue leaving qualities may also be satisfactory for attaching and detaching the dispenser 10 when desired by the user. In an alternative embodiment, glue assists (not shown) may be disposed on the sides adhesively joined together. The glue assists are die cut slits that penetrate the surface of the sides that are adhesively joined. The glue assists provide a means for the adhesive to penetrate the dispenser 10 material and aid in forming a more secure bond between the joined sides. The glue assists can be formed in a variety of sizes, shapes and configurations.
  • [0034]
    The attaching means 120 allows the dispenser 10 to be easily repositioned upon a variety of surfaces 124 whenever a user so chooses. However, once attached to a surface 124, the dispenser 10 remains in semi-permanent connection with the surface 124. Dispenser 10 is affixed to the surface 124 in a semi-permanent state because it remains affixed until the user desires it to be repositioned and affixed to another surface, or the user desires to discard the dispenser 10. Once the dispenser 10 is repositioned and affixed to a surface, product 12 may continue to be dispensed through the aperture-forming flaps 80,50.
  • [0035]
    Advantageously, the folded product dispenser 10 can be secured (e.g., hung) in any number of intended positions and/or environments (e.g., a trucking environment) in a temporary or semi-permanent fashion. That is, the dispenser can be secured until such time as product contained within the container is fully dispensed and then the dispenser can be removed from its intended position and discarded. Alternatively, the dispenser 10 can be configured so as to be refillable and reused.
  • [0036]
    Referring back to FIG. 2, the blank 32 as shown is constructed through a die cut means or stamped through a variety of processes known in the art. The blank 32 may be configured into a folded product dispenser 10 through a variety of steps. Preferably the blank 32 is folded along junctures 56, 76 until side 20 is substantially parallel with side 18. The blank 32 is further folded along juncture 28 until flap 44 is proximal to side 18 and substantially perpendicular to side 20. Flap 50 is folded proximal to side 18 at juncture 54, such that side 18 and flap 50 form an angle greater than 90 degrees. The blank 32 is further folded along junctures 64,68 such that flaps 58,60 form an overlay relationship respectively with flaps 44,50. Flap 60 through cutout 70 does not cover aperture 30 of flap 50. The blank 32 is then folded along juncture 98 so that side 14 is substantially parallel with side 16. The blank 32 is further folded along junctures 106,110 such that flaps 100,102 form and overlay relationship respectively with flaps 44,50. The tab 42 may then be adhered to side 20 following a fold along juncture 118. Following attachment of the tab 42 to side 20, the blank 32 may be folded along juncture 92 causing side 24 to be placed in an overlay relationship with side 50 and flaps 58,60,100,102. It should be noted that when flaps 60,102 are placed in an overlapping relationship with sides 24,50 the contoured edges 70,112 allow for aperture 30 to be unimpeded by the flaps 24,50. Such a relationship provides needed support for the downward force of the product 12 while not impeding dispensation of the product 12. Blank 32 is then folded along juncture 88 until flap 84 is placed in an overlay relationship with flap 44. Once this is accomplished side 28 is formed. The blank 32 is finally folded along juncture 94 until flap 82 is placed in an overlay relationship with side 20. It should be noted that tab 42 and flap 82 are configured such that when they are in an overlay relationship with side 20 they do not overlap. After assembly of the dispenser 10 the junctures 48,64,88,106 form a continuous edge 26 of top side 28. Junctures 54,68,92,110 form a continuous edge 22 of bottom side 24.
  • [0037]
    Paper towels 12 preferably would be configured in an overlapping manner to aid in dispensing of the product (see FIG. 5) and would preferably have a maximum count of about 225. The preferred limitation of the product 12 count furthers the compact and easily movable dispenser 10.
  • [0038]
    Tab 42 and flap 82 may be adhered (see FIG. 5) to side 20 through use of a common adhesive (not shown). Adhesives may include a variety of permanent and temporary adhesives suitable for use with the paper materials used to construct the blank 32. A releasable adhesive may be used in between flaps 44,84 in order to maintain direct communication between the flaps while allowing for product 12 to be added from top side 26. In an alternative embodiment, a use-up window (not shown) may be placed in any of the sides 14,16,18,20 to indicate near expiration of the product 12. Such a window may be in the form of an elongated cut out extending partially proximal to the top side 28 to the bottom side 24. Clear plastic material may be used to cover such an indicator in order to prevent contamination of the product 12.
  • [0039]
    The dispenser 10 may have a decorative motif decorated with graphics (not shown) to project the content of the dispenser 10. The dispenser 10 may be configured to dispense folded paper towels, napkins, facial tissue, folded tin foil, folded wax paper, folded non-woven hand towels as the folded product 12. The dispenser 10 can include graphics that that can reflect consumer trends, and the cost effective nature of the dispenser 10 provides more graphical options to the consumer concerned with consumer trends. The dispenser 10 is designed to be mounted on any flat wall surface 124 using an attachment means. For example, the dispenser 10 can serve as a shop towel dispenser in service trucks and inside semi tractor-trailer cabs. The dispenser 10 may also serve as a napkin dispenser at parties on a refrigerator, or in a car at a tailgate party, while advantageously being repositionable after the party or tailgating event. As a further example, the dispenser 10 may be a repositionable hand towel dispenser 10 for children. Advantageously, the dispenser 10 may be repositioned to a desired height as the children grow. Campers and picnickers will find the light-weight repositionable dispenser 10 to be highly useful in the woods or public parks where hand towels or other folded products such as metal foil are not readily available.
  • [0040]
    In general, while the present invention has been shown and described in terms of a preferred embodiment, it is recognized that equivalents, alternatives, and modifications, aside from those expressly stated, are possible and within the scope of the invention.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification221/305
International ClassificationA47F1/04
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/4208, A47K10/424, B65D83/0805
European ClassificationB65D83/08B, B65D5/42D, A47K10/42C