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(ISC) Corrugated Cardboard Container designed for Cushion Void Space Deflection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130148D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 227K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Cushions need to have room to deflect when a product is dropped, and therefore you can not put items in the void space of the cushions, without damaging the system. A corrugated cardboard carton was designed with 2 flaps that would extend the height of the void space of the cushions. These flaps keep the carton in place, but crush during a drop, allowing the cushions to deflect and protect the product. This allows the designed to decrease the overall size of the package.

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(ISC) Corrugated Cardboard Container designed for Cushion Void Space Deflection

     Currently most accessory containers are put on the outside of cushions, which increases the size of the package, resulting in a higher distribution costs for the product. However, this is necessary in order to ensure that the cushions have enough room for deflection, and reduce the shock experienced by a product when dropped.

     If a typical rectangular corrugated carton is placed into the void space between the cushions (resting on the product), the cushions won't have enough space to deflect and the carton will cause the shock experienced by the product to be increased greatly, resulting in damage to the product.

Void Space between Cushions

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Example of container on outside of cushions

     The 2 flaps on the accessory container extend the full height of the void space in order to keep the carton from moving in transit (which could end up damaging the system as well). However, these flaps are such that they will crush if the system is dropped in the orientation of the accessory container, thus not affecting the shock seen by the product. This allows us to put accessories in the void space without increasing the shock to the product, while safely containing the accessory components inside. If a regular container was used, the cushions would not have enough room to deflect, and thus would end up transferring the shock to the...