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Method for a single carton with a built-in spacer tab

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010682D
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 492K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a single carton with a built-in spacer tab. Benefits include improved productivity, improved design flexibility, and improved cost effectiveness.

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Method for a single carton with a built-in spacer tab

Disclosed is a method for a single carton with a built-in spacer tab. Benefits include improved productivity, improved design flexibility, and improved cost effectiveness.

Description

        � � � � � The disclosed method is a single carton with a built-in spacer tab (see Figure 1). The packaging is comprised of a single piece of die-cut paperboard. Specific cuts and perforated scores, which are unique to this application, enable it to be folded in a specific way. The container is designed to hold and protect a plastic clamshell, which contains the network interface card product (see Figure 2).

        � � � � � The added spacer tab attached to the glue flap of the carton makes this design unique. When pushed in place, the spacer tab holds the small plastic clamshell and prevents sliding inside of the carton, which could result in product damaging excess shock from bumps and drops (see Figure 3). After being folded, the spacer tab is released. The memory of the material causes the spacer tab to spring into position and prevent the clamshell from moving (see Figure 4). The tab can also be pushed out of the way (see Figure 5), enabling a larger clamshell to be placed inside of the carton without interference (see Figure 6). The same carton design can be used for both small and large product form factors. As a result, costs are reduced because only one cutting die is required instead of two. The volume pricing of this single carton design...