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VACUUM JACKET PACKAGING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027268D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a packaging system and method comprising a rigid or flexible housing, an inflatable bladder or cushion residing within the housing which is reversibly fastened to the walls of the housing with known inexpensive fastening means, for example, snap fits joints, and inflation regulating values comprising at least a one-way air inlet and a one-way outlet. When not in use, the bladder is vacuum deflated or shrunk and optionally folded to minimize internal space consumption. When in use, the bladder is wrapped around an object to be shipped and thereafter inflated after being fastened into position within the housing. The inflated bladder conforms to the internal shape of the housing and the external shape of the wrapped object. The system is light weight and reduces shipping costs, requires less space for storage, can be reused numerous times, has superior creep resistant and cushioning characteristics, and can be standardized for many different product lines. The bladder can be constructed from any known suitable gas impermeable and flexiblekonforming material.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

VACUUM JACKET PACKAGING Proposed Classification Charlie D. Doan U.S. C1.206/806

Int. C1. B65d 77/30

Disclosed is a packaging system and method comprising a rigid or flexible housing, an inflatable bladder or cushion residing within the housing which is reversibly fastened to the walls of the housing with known inexpensive fastening means, for example, snap fits joints, and inflation regulating values comprising at least a one-way air inlet and a one-way outlet. When not in use, the bladder is vacuum deflated or shrunk and optionally folded to minimize internal space consumption. When in use, the bladder is wrapped around an object to be shipped and thereafter inflated after being fastened into position within the housing. The inflated bladder conforms to the internal shape of the housing and the external shape of the wrapped object. The system is light weight and reduces shipping costs, requires less space for storage, can be reused numerous times, has superior creep resistant and cushioning characteristics, and can be standardized for many different product lines. The bladder can be constructed from any known suitable gas impermeable and flexiblekonforming material.

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