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INFLATABLE PACKAGING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026758D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

An inflatable packaging article and method of use are disclosed. Current packing practices in industry employ various packing materials such as vermiculite, or plastic foam to protect packaged goods from damage during shipping and handling. Polystyrene foam is a representative popular choice for packing in either lose particulate/pellet/chip form or as in situ blow molded form fitting monoliths. Disadvantages associated with plastic foams, among others, are there poor biodegradability, flammability, and expense. The improved inflatable packaging article is comprised of an air inflatable plastic bladder which is easily inflated to various sizes and shapes which conforms approximately to the shape of the void volume between a packaged good and an external container. In a preferred embodiment, inflatable packaging bladders can be deflated and reinflated with a simple value means for multi reuse applications. In another embodiment, inflatable bladders are premolded as bellows into existing rigid (cardboard, wood, fiberglass, plastic, metal) containers with the bladders having optional value means for easy accessand inflation and deflation operations. The inflatable packaging article and method minimizes shipping weight, waste disposal volumes and accompanying costs.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INFLATABLE PACKAGING

John L. Ferrante Lois A. Eckstrom Ronald W. Brethen Fran A. Olivett Mary Ann Sergent Harvey J. Hewitt Paul F. Zukoski Robert A. Duffy John T. Finnegan Roger W. LaForce Geoffrey M.T. Foley Susan L. Robinette Brian E. Springett

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.052/249 Int. C1. E04b 01/32

An inflatable packaging article and method of use are disclosed. Current packing practices in industry employ various packing materials such as vermiculite, or plastic foam to protect packaged goods from damage during shipping and handling. Polystyrene foam is a representative popular choice for packing in either lose particulate/pellet/chip form or as in situ blow molded form fitting monoliths. Disadvantages associated with plastic foams, among others, are there poor biodegradability, flammability, and expense. The improved inflatable packaging article is comprised of an air inflatable plastic bladder which is easily inflated to various sizes and shapes which conforms approximately to the shape of the void volume between a packaged good and an external container. In a preferred embodiment, inflatable packaging bladders can be deflated and reinflated with a simple value means for multi reuse applications. In another embodiment, inflatable bladders are premolded as bellows into existing rigid (cardboard, wood, fiberglass, plastic, metal) containers with the bladders having optional value means for easy accessand inflation and deflation op...