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Flexible packaging film pouch with internal stiffener to create an anti-pilfering package

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Paul Grady Russell

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A product packaging system and method. In one embodiment, the present invention is comprised of a backing member to which a product will be adhereingly disposed thereon. The packaging system is further comprised of an adhering material disposed upon the backing material for adhering the product to the backing member. The packaging system is further comprised of a flexible plastic material for encasing the backing member with the product adhereingly attached thereto. The flexible plastic material is sealable and tear resistant. The present invention is further comprised of a sealing component for sealing the flexible plastic material, such that the product and the backing member to which the product is disposed thereon are packaged. In one embodiment, the backing member is relatively rigid in nature and readily recyclable. In one embodiment, the flexible plastic is adapted to receive marketing communication materials and graphics/artwork.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and form a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention:

FIG. 1 is a side angled perspective view of an exemplary prior art plastic clamshell.

FIG. 2A is an illustrated view of a product which is to be packaged, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2B is an illustrated view of the product in FIG. 2A having been pre-wrapped, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2C is an illustrated view of a backing member having an adhesive disposed thereon, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2D is an illustrated view of the product in FIG. 2B disposed upon the backing member of FIG. 2C, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3A is an illustrated view of the product of FIG.

2B.

FIG. 3B is an illustrated view of the product in FIG. 3A having been pre-boxed, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3C is an illustrated view of a backing member, upon which the product in FIG. 3B is to be disposed, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3D is an illustrated view of the product of FIG. 3B disposed upon the backing member of FIG. 3C, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4A is an illustrated view of the product and backing member of FIGS. 2D and 3D disposed within a loading magazine component for packaging thereof, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4B is an illustrated view of the product and backing member subsequent to the completion of the packaging process and disposed within a shipping container, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5A is an illustrated view of multiple instancing of the product in FIGS. 2A and 3A disposed upon the backing member of FIGS. 2C and 3C, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5B is an inverted illustrated view of FIG. 5A, depicting an orientation of the multiple instanced product disposed upon a backing member, in preparation for shipping, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5C is an illustrated view depicting the product and backing member of FIG.

5A and FIG. 5B in a combined orientation for shipping, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing steps in a process for product packaging, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

Claims

1. A product packaging system comprising:

2. A product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said adhering material is interposed between said product and said backing member.

3. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said backing member is relatively stiff in nature, and wherein said backing member is constructed of a readily recyclable and disposable material.

4. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said adhering material is a hot melted adhering material, and wherein said product is disposed upon said hot melted adhering material on said backing member prior to said hot melted adhering material hardening such that the adhesive properties of said hot melted adhering material are no longer present.

5. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said adhering material is non-permanent glue, wherein said non-permanent glue is removable from said backing member and said product, and wherein said backing member and said product are undamaged when said non-permanent glue is removed.

6. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said flexible plastic material is capable to receive laser engraving and marketing communication materials and graphics/artwork for displaying product manufacturing and marketing and communication information.

7. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein said flexible plastic material is capable to utilize standard eye marks for providing registration facilitating correct package sealing and correct package cutting.

8. The product packaging system as recited in claim 1 wherein when said flexible plastic material is transparent such that said product and said backing member are visible when encased by said flexible plastic material, and wherein when said flexible plastic material is opaque said product and said backing member are hidden from view when encased by said flexible plastic material.