Patent Number: 6,253,993

Title: Self-erecting container apparatus

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self-erecting container formed from the rapid deployment of flattened, partially articulated and/or pre-glued blanks into an articulated orientation, for the facilitated containment and dispensing of fluid articles. The self-erecting container comprises a bottom panel, two end panels, two side panels, and a pair of corner panels joining each end panel to each side panel. One of each pair of corner panels is affixed to one of opposed side or end panels, forming a container pocket having a substantially collapsed orientation. Upon raising of the end or side panels, respectively, the corner panels cause the respective side or end panels to be automatically be raised relative to the bottom panel, and the container pocket prompted to a substantially upright and expanded orientation. The container further comprises a fluid article holding bag attached to a nozzle, which is inserted into at least one aperture in one of the bottom, end and side panels. The bag may be positioned in the container pocket in either the collapsed or expanded orientations. The container may further include one or more top panels and handle panels, with one or more handle securing elements for stabilizing the handle panels and/or strengthening the container. The container may also include a nozzle guard for securing the nozzle in the aperture, and preventing collapse of the nozzle into the container during filling with fluid articles.

Inventors: Lloyd; Michael M. (Rogers, AR), James; Jeffrey S. (Elmhurst, IL), Wellner; Kerry Donavon (Frisco, TX), Chiera; Karen M. (Elmhurst, IL), Zion; Kenneth J. (Villa Park, IL)

Assignee: Stone Container Corporation

International Classification: B65D 5/66 (20060101); B65D 5/20 (20060101); B65D 5/36 (20060101); B65D 5/46 (20060101); B65D 5/64 (20060101); B65D 5/24 (20060101); B65D 005/24 (); B65D 005/74 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018