Patent Number: 6,168,012

Title: Bottle carrier

Abstract: A paperboard carrier is provided. The carrier includes a two ply top panel, side walls, and a bottom panel. Apertures in the top and bottom panels allow for the carrier to be applied to a set of bottles. Tabs are formed in the top panel to support the bottles in the carrier. The carrier is provided with many different features, including a tongue which extends upwardly from the edge of the bottom panel apertures. The tongues engage the underside of the top panel to help prevent racking of the carrier relative to the bottles and to help space the top and bottom panels apart. The base of the tabs in the top panel top ply define a circle greater in diameter than the top panel bottom ply apertures, and the tabs engage the bottle at an angle of less than 45.degree.. The tabs surrounding the top panel aperture can be of varying lengths. End panels are provided. The end panels are held substantially perpendicular to the top, bottom, and side panels by locking panels. The locking panels include apertures which are aligned with the bottom panel apertures and are sized to allow a bottle to pass therethrough, so that the bottle will hold the end panel in its position. The side panels can be of multiple plies.

Inventors: Galbierz; Michael A. (St. Louis, MO)

Assignee: Eco-Pak Products, Inc.

International Classification: B65D 71/46 (20060101); B65D 71/40 (20060101); B65D 71/48 (20060101); B65D 075/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018