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1. WO1991016245 - SUPPORT ENVELOPPANT A ORIFICES REGLABLES POUR GOULOT DE BOUTEILLE

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A wrap-around carrier for containing bottles having a neck the circumference of which is of a predetermined contour and may vary between a predetermined minimum dimension and a predetermined maximum dimension, comprising:
a top panel;
side panels connected to the top panel along fold lines;
the top panel containing openings for receiving the necks of the bottles;
the openings having arcuate edge portions substantially corresponding in shape to the transverse contour of the bottle necks;
the openings being of a size such that the arcuate edge portions thereof engage an associated bottle neck of minimum circumferential dimension; and
means for causing said arcuate edge portions to be moved radially outwardly by an associated bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension but not greater than the maximum circumferential dimension so that the openings are able to receive and engage such a bottle neck.
2. The wrap-around carrier of claim 1, wherein the means for causing the arcuate edge portions to engage an associated bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension but not greater than the maximum circumferential dimension comprises arcuate fold lines in the top panel located radially outwardly of the openings, each arcuate edge portion being connected to an associated arcuate fold line to form a flap which folds upwardly during relative movement of such a bottle neck through the opening.
3. The wrap-around carrier of claim 2, wherein each arcuate edge portion is connected to its associated arcuate fold line by slits defining end edges of the associated flap.
4. The wrap-around carrier of claim 3, wherein each opening has two flaps having an end edge terminating at the fold connecting the top panel to the nearest side panel.

5. The wrap-around carrier of claim 4, wherein an arcuate edge portion of each opening extends between the end edges terminating at said fold, and wherein at least one further slit extends from said arcuate edge portion into the adjacent side panel.
6. The wrap-around carrier of claim 5, wherein the further slit and one of the end edges terminating at said fold comprise the end edges of a further flap, the further flap being further defined by an arcuate edge portion of the opening and a portion of the aforesaid arcuate fold line, said portion of the arcuate fold line lying in the adjacent side panel.
7. The wrap-around carrier of claim 6, wherein there are two further slits extending from said arcuate edge portion into the adjacent side panel, and wherein said two further slits define the end edges of an additional flap.
8. The wrap-around carrier of claim 1, wherein the arcuate edge portions of the openings comprise a substantially continuous circular opening.
9. The wrap-around carrier of claim 2, wherein the arcuate fold lines are concentric to the arcuate edge portions of the opening.
10. The wrap-around carrier of claim 1, including a bottom panel comprising two flaps connected by a mechanical lock, the mechanical lock including oversized and undersized locking means for further compensating for bottles of varying circumferences .
11. A blank for forming a wrap-around carrier for containing bottles having a neck of predetermined contour the circumference of which may vary between a predetermined minimum dimension and a predetermined maximum dimension, comprising:
a top panel section;
side panel sections connected to the top panel along score lines;
the top panel section containing openings for receiving the necks of the bottles;
the openings having arcuate edge portions substantially corresponding in shape to the transverse contour of the bottle necks;

the openings being of a size such that the arcuate edge portions thereof engage an associated bottle neck of minimum circumferential dimension; and
means for causing said arcuate edge portions to be moved radially outwardly by an associated bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension but not greater than the maximum circumferential dimension so that the openings are able to receive and engage such a bottle neck.
12. The blank of claim 11, wherein the means for causing the arcuate edge portions to engage an associated bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum dimension but not greater than the maximum dimension comprises arcuate fold lines in the top panel section located radially outwardly of the openings, each arcuate edge portion being connected to an associated arcuate fold line to form a flap which folds upwardly during relative movement os such a bottle neck through the opening.
13. The blank of claim 12, wherein each arcuate edge portion is connected to its associated arcuate fold line by slits defining end edges of the associated flap.
14. The blank of claim 11, wherein the arcuate edge portions of the openings comprise a substantially continuous circular opening, and wherein the arcuate fold lines are concentric to the arcuate edge portions of the opening.
15. In a method of forming a wrap-around carrier of the type wherein a carrier blank containing openings in a top panel section is positioned on bottles traveling on a conveyor so that the necks of the bottles extend up through the openings, and the bottles and blank are moved under a stationary rail that holds the blank in position during securement of a bottom panel, the improvement comprising:
providing the openings with arcuate edge portions substantially corresponding in shape to the transverse contour of the bottle necks;
the openings being of a size such that the arcuate edge portions thereof engage an associated bottle neck of minimum circumferential dimension; and arcuate fold lines in the top panel section located radially outwardly of the openings, each arcuate edge portion being connected to an associated arcuate fold line to form a flap which folds upwardly during relative movement through the opening of a bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension but not greater than a maximum circumferential dimension;
the stationary rail acting to force the blank down over bottles the necks of which have a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension.
16. The method of claim 15, wherein each arcuate edge portion is connected to its associated arcuate fold line by slits defining end edges of the associated flap.
17. The method of claim 15, wherein the arcuate edge portions of the openings comprise a substantially continuous circular opening, and wherein the arcuate fold lines are concentric to the arcuate edge portions of the opening.

AMENDED CLAIMS
[received by the International Bureau on 1 October 1991 (01.10.91) original claims 1-3 replaced by amended claim 1;
claims 4-7 renumbered as claims 2-5 (2 pages)]
1. A wrap-around paperboard carrier for containing bottles having a neck the circumference of which is of a predetermined contour and may vary between a predetermined minimum dimension and a predetermined maximum dimension, the carrier being of the type comprising:
a top panel (12);
side panels (22) connected to the top panel (12) along fold lines (16);
the top panel (12) containing openings (36) for receiving the necks of the bottles; and
the openings (36) having arcuate edge portions substantially corresponding in shape to the transverse contour of the bottle necks;
characterized in that:
the openings (36) are of a size such that the arcuate edge portions thereof, when in the plane of the top panel (12), engage an associated bottle neck of minimum circumferential dimension; and
the top panel (12) includes additionally arcuate fold lines (66) located radially outwardly of and concentric to the openings (36), the arcuate edge portion of each opening (36) being connected to an associated arcuate fold line (66) by slits (68,70) to form a flap (72,74) which folds upwardly during relative movement of an associated bottle neck having a circumference greater than the minimum circumferential dimension but not greater than the maximum circumferential dimension, so that the arcuate edge portions of the openings (36) are able to receive and engage such a bottle neck.
2. The wrap-around carrier of claim 1, characterized in that each opening includes two flaps (78), each having an end edge terminating at the fold (16) connecting the top panel (12) to the nearest side panel (22).
3. The wrap-around carrier of claim 2, characterized in that an arcuate edge portion of each opening (36) extends between the end edges terminating at said fold (16), and wherein at least one further slit (76) extends from said arcuate edge portion into the adjacent side panel (22).
4. The wrap-around carrier of claim 3, characterized in that the further slit (76) and one of the end edges terminating at said fold (16) comprise the end edges of a further flap (78), the further flap (78) being further defined by an arcuate edge portion of the opening (36) and a portion of the aforesaid arcuate fold line (66), said portion of the arcuate fold line (66) lying in the adjacent side panel (22).
5. The wrap-around carrier of claim 4, characterized in that there are two further slits (76) extending from said arcuate edge portion into the adjacent side panel (22), and wherein said two further slits (76) define the end edges of an additional flap (80).