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Dokumentenidentifikation EP0283146 27.10.1988
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0283146
Titel Flexible Tasche, insbesondere für Büromaschinen.
Anmelder Ing. C. Olivetti & C., S.p.A., Ivrea, Turin/Torino, IT
Erfinder Bellini, Mario, I-20121 Milan, IT
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 24.02.1988
EP-Aktenzeichen 883015760
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 21.09.1988
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 27.10.1988
IPC-Hauptklasse B41J 29/08

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to a flexible bag, comprising a container of flexible plastics material having an internal sheet and an external sheet which are welded together for defining air chambers capable of being filled with air such as to cause the container to assume a substantially parallelepipedic shape having a base, two opposite side walls, two opposite end walls and an upper opening, wherein the internal sheet and the external sheet are welded in such a way as to form a series of tubes and a series of flexible elastic seams for connecting the series of tubes, and wherein each of the series of flexible elastic seams comprises a series of internal openings for allowing the air to pass between each tube of the series of tubes.

A flexible bag of the above defined type is known from the U.S. Patent No. 4,044,867 wherein air chambers and internal openings are adapted to be inflated with air under pressure. The upper opening can be closed by a hinged cover and a slide fastener mounted on the cover and on the upper edges of the side walls of the luggage. A handle is mounted and secured on a side panel of the luggage. This luggage has the disadvantages that the slide fastener for closing and for opening the luggage is complex in both construction and operation. Moreover the structure and the position of the handle are of limited reliability.

U.S. Patent No. 3,587,794 describes a suitcase of the type comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, end walls and side walls. A side wall is provided with a slide fastener which joins the sidewall peripherally to the top and end walls and which forms part of a bead around the side wall. A pair of handles are secured by rivets to the front and back walls respectively. This suitcase has the disadvantages that the structure of the handles and the fixing rivets cause the suitcase to be of low comfort in use and of limited reliability of rigid parts and semirigid parts on its inner side for fixing a lining formed by two pieces of plastic material.

U.S. Patent No. 4,384,602 describes a flexible bag of the type comprising end panels, bottom panel, side panels and a pair of handles which are pneumatically inflatable. The bag has the disadvantages that it has no cover panel for closing the bag and for protecting the contents of the bag. Moreover the handles are connected to end portions of the side panels through channels which are of reduced sizes and which define critical breaking points.

The invention provides a flexible bag as defined in the characterising portion of claim 1.

A preferred embodiment of this invention is set forth in the following description which is given by way of non-limiting example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

  • Figure 1 is a perspective view of the flexible bag,
  • Figure 2 is a view in section of part of the bag shown in Figure 1 on a reduced scale;
  • Figure 3 is a partial section of some details from Figure 1 on an enlarged scale, and
  • Figure 4 shows a partial section of some details from Figure 1 on an enlarged scale.

Referring to Figures 1 and 2, a flexible bag 11 comprises a container 12 of flexible plastics material having an internal surface 13 and an external surface 14 which are formed by two sheets welded together in known manner per se, to define a sealed chamber 16 which can be filled with low-pressure inflating air. This causes the container 12 to assume a substantially parallelepipedic external shape, having a base, two opposite side walls 15, two opposite end walls 19, and an upper opening 24, such as to provide an internal cavity 17 for housing for example a portable electronic typewriter which is indicated generally by reference numeral 18 and which is partly shown in dash-dotted lines in Figure 2. The container 12 comprises two handles 21 (see Figure 1) and 22 which project from the parallelepipedic shape and which can be used for transporting the container itself and elements, which are generally indicated by reference numeral 23, to permit inflation of the bag when the container 12 is to be used and deflation thereof when the container 12 is not in use. In the latter case, the bag can be re-folded on to itself in such a way as substantially to reduce the bulk thereof in known manner per se.

The upper face of the flexible bag 11 comprises an opening 24 through which the machine 18 may pass. The container 12 comprises two moveable flaps 26, 27 hingeably fastened adjacent the opening 24 to respective upper edges of two opposite sides of the bag 11 and moveable to open and close the opening 24. The flaps may be separably fastened in the closed position as shown in figure 1 by closure means 28 fastened to each flap 26, 27 centrally on the edge of each flap opposite the hinged flap edge. Two handles 21, 22 are fastened to respective flaps 26, 27 at the flap edges adjacent the closure means 28.

The container 12 is made in one piece comprising the internal surface 13 and the external surface 14, the handles 21 and 22, the inflating elements 23, the moveable flaps 26 and 27 and the closure means 28. In particular the two sheets of the container 12 are welded in such a way as to form a series of tubes 31 of cylindrical section (see Figure 2) which are connected together by means of flexible elastic seams 32 having a series of internal openings 33 for allowing the air to pass between each of the tubes 31 thereby to form the sealed chamber 16. Therefore the internal and external surfaces 13 and 14 are formed by the external parts of the tubes 31 and each surface is formed by a series of mutually adjacent semicylinders.

Similarly, the moveable flaps 26 and 27 are each formed by two tubes of cylindrical section which are connected, by means of the junctions 32 and the openings 33, to the body of the container 12 and to the respective handles 21 and 22. Each handle 21 and 22 is also formed by a handle member-shaped tube having the lower ends connected to the respective tube of the movable flaps 26 and 27.

The elements 23 for inflating and deflating the bag 11 comprise a tube portion 36 (see Figure 3) of flexible plastics material which is welded to the external sheet forming the cylindrical tube 31, and a cylindrical plug 37 connected by a strip as at 38, fixed with respect to and in one piece with the cylindrical tube 31. The tube portion 36 and the plug 37 can be pulled out from the external surface 14 of the tube 31 to permit inflation of the container 12 as shown in solid lines in Figure 3 and thus also for deflation thereof and they can be subsequently returned within the surface 14 as shown in dash-dotted lines in Figure 3, in known manner per se.

The closure means 28 of the bag comprise two elastic strips 41 (see Figure 4) and 42 which are each fixed with respect to and in one pieces with the external surface of the tube 31 of the respective movable flaps 26 and 27. Fixedly secured to the strip 41 is a stud 43 while disposed on the strip 42 is a seat 44 capable of engaging with the stud 43 to hold the two movable flaps 26 and 27 in joined relationship, thereby to close the opening 24 of the bag. As will be clearly seen from Figure 1, the closure means 28 are fixed in the intermediate portion of the movable flaps 26 and 27 and are adjacent to the respective handles 21 and 22.

The operations involved in inflating or deflating the flexible bag 11 are very simple. Firstly, the tube portion 36 is pulled out from within the external surface 14, the plug 37 is removed and air is blown through the tube portion 36 into the sealed chamber 16. The air passes through the openings 33 and causes inflation of all the tubes 31, the movable flaps 26 and 27 and the handles 21 and 22. As soon as the bag 11 has assumed the shape shown in Figure 1, that is to say the sealed chamber is nicely taut, the plug 37 is put in and the tube portion 36 which is closed by the plug 37 is pushed into a position within the external surface 14, as shown in dash-dotted lines in Figure 3. The bag 11 now has the cavity thereof ready to house the machine 18. When the machine 18 is introduced into the opening 24, the opening is closed by means of the two movable flaps 26 and 27 and the bag is closed, engaging the seat 44 with the stud 43. The user holds the handles 21 and 22 to transport the flexible bag 11. The machine 18 is protected from shock and impact by virtue of the damping effect of the tubes 31.

When the user is to use the machine 18, he disengages the seat 44 from the stud 43 and opens the opening 24, positioning the movable flaps 26 and 27 with the handles 21 and 22 laterally. He then removes the machine 18. Subsequently, if the bag is to be put away again, the tube portion 36 is pulled to the outside of the external surface 14 and the plug 37 is removed. The air flows out through the tube portion 36 and therefore the bag 11 deflates and becomes flabby, greatly reducing the bulk thereof. As soon as the air has escaped from the sealed chamber 16, the plug 37 is put back in in order to prevent any dirt from getting in, and thus the bag 11 when completely deflated can be put back into any drawer, of minimum size.

It will be apparent therefore that the internal sheet 13 and the external sheet 14 which are closed to each other define a sealed chamber 16 which can be filled with low-pressure air, causing the container 12 to assume a substantially parallelepipedic external shape and being such as to provide the internal cavity 17 for an office machine 18. In addition the specific design configuration provides for the use of tubes 31 of cylindrical section, which are produced by welding from the two sheets and which are connected together by means of seams 32 having internal openings 33 for the air to pass therethrough. That structure makes it possible to produce a simple container 12 which is of reduced size. In addition, when the chamber 16 is inflated, it permits the flexible bag 11 to absorb and damp any impact or shocks during transportation without the machine 18 suffering harm and being damaged.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Flexible Tasche mit einem Behälter (12) aus Kunststoff, der eine innere Lage (13) und eine äußere Lage (14) aufweist, die verschweißt sind, um Luftkammern (16) zu bilden, die derart mit Luft füllbar sind, daß der Behälter (12) eine im wesentlichen quaderartige Form annimmt, die einen Boden, zwei sich gegenüberliegende Seitenwände (15), zwei sich gegenüberliegende Endwände (19) und eine obere Öffnung (24) aufweist, wobei die innere Lage (13) und die äußere Lage (14) so verschweißt sind, daß sie eine Folge von Schläuchen (31) und eine Folge flexibler elastischer Nähte (32) zum Verbinden der Folge von Schläuchen (31) bilden, wobei jede Folge von flexiblen elastischen Nähten (32) eine Folge innerer Öffnungen (33) bildet, die den Durchgang der Luft zwischen allen Schläuchen der Folge von Schläuchen gestatten, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß zwei bewegliche Laschen (26, 27) neben der Öffnung jeweils an oberen Rändern der beiden sich gegenüberliegenden Seitenwände (15) der Tasche angelenkt sind, wobei die Laschen (26, 27) beweglich sind, um die Öffnung zu schließen, jede Lasche wenigstens einen Schlauch der Folge von Schläuchen aufweist, die jeweils eine der sich gegenüberliegenden Seitenwänden der Tasche bilden, jede Lasche einen daran befestigten Handgriff (21, 22) aufweist, jeder Handgriff einen handgriffartig geformten Schlauch aufweist, dessen untere Enden durch flexible elastische Nähte an einem Schlauch einer betreffenden Lasche befestigt sind, und komplementäre Verschlußmittel (28) an jeder Lasche befestigt sind, um die Laschen lösbar in einer Schließlage über der Öffnung der Tasche zu befestigen.
  2. Flexible Tasche nach Anspruch 1,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet,

    daß die Verschlußmittel (28) im mittleren Teil jeder betreffenden beweglichen Lasche (26, 27) angeordnet sind, sich neben den betreffenden Handgriffen (21, 22) befinden und zwei elastische Streifen (41, 42) aufweisen, die jeweils einstückig mit dem äußeren Teil des am äußersten Ende liegenden Schlauches (31) der betreffenden beweglichen Lasche (26, 27) verbunden sind, wobei der erste Streifen (41) einen einteilig mit diesem ausgebildeten Knopf (43) und der zweite Streifen (42) eine Fassung (44) aufweist, die mit dem Knopf in Eingriff bringbar ist, um die beiden beweglichen Laschen zusammenzuhalten und dadurch die Öffnung der Tasche zu schließen.
  3. Flexible Tasche nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,

    gekennzeichnet durch

    Elemente (23) zum Aufblasen des Behälters (12) und zum Herauslassen des Gases aus dem Behälter, mit einem Schlauchteil (36), der einteilig mit dem äußeren Teil eines der Schläuche (31) des Behälters ausgebildet ist und von diesem absteht, und einem Stopfen (37), der mit dem Schlauchteil in Eingriff bringbar ist, um zu verhindern, daß das Gas aus dem aufgeblasenen Behälter entweicht, wobei der Stopfen mit dem Schlauch (31) einteilig durch einen Streifen (38) verbunden ist.
  4. Flexible Tasche nach Anspruch 3,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet,

    daß der Schlauchteil (36) und der Stopfen (37) in den äußeren Teil des Schlauches (31) des Behälters faltbar sind, so daß er darin zurückgesetzt ist, und aus diesem herausziehbar sind, um das Aufblasen des Behälters zu ermöglichen.
  5. Flexible Tasche nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet,

    daß jede bewegliche Lasche (26, 27) zwei Schläuche (31) der Folge von Schläuchen, die jede der sich gegenüberliegenden Seiten der Tasche bilden, aufweist.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A flexible bag comprising a container (12) of flexible plastic material having an internal sheet (13) and an external sheet (14) which are welded together for defining air chambers (16) capable of being filled with air such as to cause the container (12) to assume a substantially parallelpipedic shape having a base, two opposite side walls (15), two opposite end walls (19) and an upper opening (24), wherein the internal sheet (13) and the external sheet (14) are welded in such a way as to form a series of tubes (31) and a series of flexible elastic seams (32) for connecting the series of tubes (31), wherein each of the series of flexible elastic seams (32) comprises a series of internal openings (33) for allowing the air to pass between each tube of the series of tubes, characterised in that two moveable flaps (26,27) are hinged adjacent the opening to respective upper edges of the two opposite side walls (15) of the bag, the flaps (26,27) being moveable to close the opening, each flap comprising at least one tube of the series of tubes forming each opposite side wall of the bag and each flap having a handle (21,22) fastened thereto, each handle comprising a handle-member-shaped tube having its lower ends fastened by flexible elastic seams to a tube of a respective flap, complementary closure means (28) being fastened to each flap for cooperating to separably fasten the flaps in a closed position over the opening of the bag.
  2. A flexible bag according to claim 1, characterized in that the closure means (28) are disposed in the intermediate portion of each respective moveable flap (26,27), are adjacent to the respective handles (21,22), and comprise two elastic strips (41,42) each fixed with respect to and in one piece with the external part of the endmost tube (31) of a respective moveable flap (26,27), wherein the first strip (41) has a stud (43) integral therewith and the second strip (42) has a seat (44) capable of engaging with the stud for holding the two moveable flaps in joined relationship thereby to close the opening of the bag.
  3. A flexible bag according to claim 1 or 2, characterized by elements (23) for permitting inflation and deflation of the container (12) comprising a tube portion (36) integral with and extending from the external part of one of the tubes (31) of the container, and a plug (37) capable of engaging with the tube portion to prevent the gas within the inflated container from escaping, the plug being joined to the tube (31) by an integral strip (38).
  4. A flexible bag according to claim 3, characterised in that the tube portion (36) and plug (37) are foldable into the external part of the tube (31) of the container so as to be set back therein, and are extendable therefrom to permit the container to be inflated.
  5. A flexible bag according to any preceding claim, characterised in that each moveable flap (26, 27) comprises two tubes (31) of the series of tubes forming each opposite side of the bag.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Sac souple constituant un conteneur fait d'une matière plastique souple, comprenant une feuille intérieure (13) et une feuille extérieure (14) qui sont soudées ensemble pour définir des chambres à air (16) pouvant être remplies d'air de manière à faire prendre au conteneur une forme sensiblement parallélépipédique ayant une base, deux parois latérales (15) opposées, deux parois terminales (19) opposées et une ouverture supérieure (24), dans lequel la feuille intérieure (13) et la feuille extérieure (14) sont soudées de manière à former une série de tubes (31) et une série de soudures élastiques souples (32) qui assemblent la série de tubes (31), et dans lequel chacune des soudures de la série de soudures élastiques souples (32) comprend une série d'ouvertures intérieures (33) destinées à laisser l'air passer d'un tube à l'autre de la série de tubes, caractérisé en ce que deux rabats mobiles (26, 27) sont fixés à charnière aux bords supérieurs respectifs des deux parois latérales opposées (15) du sac dans la région adjacente à l'ouverture, les rabats (26, 27) pouvant se déplacer pour fermer l'ouverture, chaque rabat comprenant un moins un tube de la série de tubes qui forment une des parois latérales opposées du sac et chaque rabat portant une poignée (21, 22) qui y est fixée, chaque poignée comprenant un tube mis à la forme d'une poignée, dont les extrémités inférieures sont fixées par des soudures élastiques souples à un tube du rabat respectif, des moyens de fermeture complémentaires (28) étant fixés aux deux rabats pour coopérer pour fixer les rabats de façon séparable dans une position fermée au-dessus de l'ouverture du sac.
  2. Sac souple selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que les moyens de fermeture (28) sont disposés dans la partie intermédiaire des rabats mobiles respectifs (26, 27), sont adjacents aux poignées respectives (21, 22) et comprennent deux languettes élastiques (41, 42), dont chacune est fixe par rapport à une partie extérieure du tube (31) extrême extérieur d'un rabat mobile respectif (26, 27) et d'une seule pièce avec cette partie extérieure, la première languette (41) possèdant un tenon (43) d'une seule pièce avec elle, et la seconde languette (42) comprenant un logement (44) capable de coopérer avec le tenon pour maintenir les deux rabats mobiles dans des positions relatives réunies de manière à fermer l'ouverture du sac.
  3. Sac souple selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé par des éléments (23) destinés à permettre de gonfler et de dégonfler le conteneur (12), qui comprennent une portion de tube (36) d'une seule pièce avec la partie extérieure de l'un des tubes (31) du conteneur, et en saillie sur cette partie extérieure, et un bouchon (37) capable de coopérer avec la portion de tube pour empêcher le gaz contenu dans le conteneur gonflé de s'en échapper, le bouchon étant réuni au tube (31) par une languette (38) venue d'une seule pièce.
  4. Sac souple selon la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que la portion de tube (36) et le bouchon (37) peuvent être repliés dans la partie extérieure du tube (31) du conteneur de manière à pouvoir s'escamoter dans ce tube, et peuvent être mis en extension sur cette partie extérieure pour permettre de gonfler le conteneur.
  5. Sac souple selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que chaque rabat mobile (26, 27) comprend deux tubes (31) de la série de tubes qui forment un des deux côtés opposés du sac.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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