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1. WO2020110162 - SYSTÈME D'EMBALLAGE DE HAUTE PROTECTION, À FAIBLE IMPACT ENVIRONNEMENTAL ET RÉUTILISABLE POUR LE STOCKAGE ET LE TRANSPORT DE DIFFÉRENTS TYPES DE MARCHANDISES

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HIGHLY PROTECTIVE, LOW-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND REUSABLE PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF DIFFERENT KIND OF GOODS

TECHNICAL FIELD

PACKAGING SYSTEMS AND CONTAINERS FOR TRANSPORTATION OR CONSERVATION OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS

BACKGROUND ART

At the moment, different materials (paper, cardboard, plastic materials, wood, ...) are used for the packaging of various products intended for shipping or storage.

These boxes are then completed with additional materials (film, strap, disposable fillers, polystyrene, pvc / ppl adhesives, pallets, ...) in order to guarantee external and internal protection of the product transported or stored.

The current technique has several limitations for those who send, for those who transport, and finally for those who receive.

First of all, those who ship are due to costs for the purchase and storage of all these materials, which will then be disposable; those who receive will dispose of these materials by increasing the volumes of domestic / industrial waste.

Furthermore, the frequent possibility that the package does not arrive at its final destination or that it arrives damaged. Situation that translates into significant costs of material loss, refunds and returns.

Those who transport, on the other hand, will have parcel insurance costs.

Finally, with the growing attention towards environmental problems, the costs of all these plastic / non-eco-sustai nable materials are continuously increasing, and the trend is also confirmed for the future.

The present innovation refers in general to the creation of containers intended for the transport of goods of various types and sizes, which will replace the types currently in use and mentioned above.

This innovation is hereafter referred to as ShellPack for convenience.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION

The innovative operating principle is based on a system of pneumatic air chambers placed in the internal walls of the container, for the purpose of protection and insulation of the goods contained, providing a suitable rigidity to the entire structure.

It is important to specify that the volume of packaging, compared to current packaging systems, remains almost unchanged.

One of the objects of the present invention is to improve the packaging methods currently in use. By way of non-limiting example, the use of Shellpack will lead to:

Increased safety and the degree of protection of the materials contained therein, even in the event of flooding of the warehouses

- Reduction of storage and purchase costs of disposable materials

- Use of recycled or low environmental impact materials.

Finally, Shellpack can be folded and reused countless times, allowing for economic savings for those who use it.

Further characteristics and advantages of the invention will appear from the detailed description that follows, made purely by way of example and without limitation, with reference to the attached drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1: General features of the standard format (open view)

(a) Outer surface, made of waterproof material

(b) Valves on the outer surface, one on each side of the device, aimed to inflation and deflation of the integrated pneumatic air chambers

(c) Integrated pneumatic air chambers

(d) Inner surface

(e) watertight zip closure

(f) Electronic control device

(g) handles to facilitate manual transportati on (optional)

FIG.2: General features of the “maxi” format (closed view)

Letters from (a) to ( f) as descrioted above

(h) external support feet for the handling of large formats via machi neri es

FIG.3: General features of the “fragile” format (section view)

Letters from (a) to (g) as descripted above

(i) Inflatable internal separators (optional)

FIG. 4: General features of the standard format (closed view)

Letters from (a) to (g) as descrioted above

FIG. 5: General features of the standard format (section view)

Letters from (a) to (g) as descripted above

FIG. 6: General features of the standard format (top view)

Letters from (a) to ( f) as descrioted above

FIG. 7: General features of the “maxi” format (open view)

Letters from (a) to (g) as descrioted above

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The external side of the casing (a) is made of flexible plastic material (by way of example and not limited to: rubber / latex / PVC / etc) with the aim of contributing to the insulation and protection of the product transported, guaranteeing waterproofi ng and an suitable degree of flotation in case of accidental immersion, in water or other fluids.

On the external walls, one on each side, placed in the position that is optimal for use, there are valves (letter b) for inflating the integrated air chambers.

The internal walls (d) are characterized by the presence of inflatable pneumatic inner tubes (c) integrated in the structure and made with materials that provide the right degree of protection (by way of example and not limited to: pvc / kevlar / cloth / etc) . The inner tubes have the function of protecting the material contained.

These air chambers are inflated, with the gas that is most suitable based on the material transported (air, helium, refrigerant gas, etc.), up to a pressure regulated by the size of the material contained in the device. The air chambers therefore, in addition to immobilizing the transported object, guarantee 360-degree protection (shock / impact), dissipating the energy derived from any accidental impacts that could occur during t ransport .

Once deflated, it can be folded up and stored in a small space, until the next use.

The inflation, and subsequent deflation, of the walls takes place through pistol compressors, portable and non-portable, of variable dimensions depending on the format.

The enclosure is closed by means of a waterproof zip (e) .

The closing system ends its run in the electronic control device (f) integrated in the structure, which monitors its closing and opening.

The device also provides real-time information, by way of non-limiting example, on:

• Limit of inflation of the cushions during the packing phase, through sensors integrated and connected to the control device

• Tracking of the parcel

• Detection of improper openings (attempted thefts) with related ALERT emissions to the control center or App

• Detection of poor handling during transport (overturning, excessive overlapping loads, unsuitable temperature / degree of humidity)

• Precise indication of the time when any damage, tampering or attempted theft occurs

• Cushion pressure monitoring, through integrated sensors connected to the control device

• All the information collected will be managed through a specially developed software or App.

VARIANTS

The model is offered in different versions, of which a non-limiting list is provided below:

• ENVELOPE format, in different size, for small object shipping and documental filing

• CILINDRIC format, in different size, for documents and paper material

• “SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE boxes, for the most common transport needs

(FIG.1, FIG.5)

• MAXI format (square or rectangular) , for large transport (eg: household appliances, ...) (FIG.2, FIG.7)

• SLIM format, in different size, for transporting thin items (eg: TV, pictures, frames, ...)

• DRONE format, for sending via drone. It is equiped with special hooks

• CUSTOM format, in different sizes, for the transport of fragile or precious goods, with possible configuration variations. This format includes the use of additional internal pneumatic separators and can also be tailored on request, according to the transported good (FIG.3)

• COLD format, for the transport of drugs, food, beverages and perishable products. This variant includes the use of materials or refrigerant gases .

Dimensions of each format will be defined according to production necessi ty .

PROCEDURE OF USAGE

By way of non-limiting example, the operating procedures and use of Shellpack are reported below:

- PACKAGING:

The operator will prepare the goods inside the container (deflated), closes the zip by inserting the zip puller inside the case of the electronic device.

The operator, or the action of grafting itself, will be immediately activators of the control system.

The operator, using a compressor, will inflate the inner air chambers of each side, up to a stop signal coming from the control device.

- UNPACKING:

In the presence of the customer, through a secure smart procedure, pincode, password or whatever to be defined in detail, the operator will be authorized by the customer and will unlock the control system.

Then, with the portable gun, he will proceed to empty the air chambers and the subsequent opening of the zip to pick up the product.

Opening of the zip may also be done by the customer who receive the pack.