DISPENSER FOR DISPENSING TISSUE PAPER

- SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB

A dispenser for dispensing tissue paper, in particular kitchen paper, kitchen towels, facial tissues, toilet paper and/or napkins. The dispenser includes an inner core for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed. The inner core has a dispensing opening for dispensing the tissue paper. The dispenser includes an outer shell arranged to receive the inner core. The outer shell has a dispensing opening which is aligned with the dispensing opening of the inner core when received in the outer shell. The outer shell has at least one long side and at least one short side. The outer shell has at least one open side situated perpendicular to the wall carrying the dispensing opening of the outer shell and is situated in the long side. The inner core is insertable into the outer shell in a direction perpendicular to the long side.

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Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO PRIOR APPLICATION

This application is a §371 National Stage Application of PCT International Application No. PCT/EP2009/052986 filed Mar. 13, 2009, which is incorporated herein in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present disclosure pertains to a dispenser for dispensing tissue paper, in particular kitchen paper, tissue towels, facial tissues, toilet paper napkins etc.

BACKGROUND

In the field of dispensers for tissue paper in private homes, different technologies are known.

The predominant technology is based on paperboard boxes that are used to distribute tissue paper, in particular facial tissue papers. The paperboard boxes are also used as the dispensers for the tissue paper and typically include a dispensing opening in the top wall of the box.

The tissue paper itself is typically provided in the form of separate, Z-shaped sheets that are folded together in a concertina fashion such that the dispenser is self-dispensing. In other words, if one sheet is withdrawn from the box, it pulls, at the same time, the subsequent sheet at least partly through the dispensing opening such that also the subsequent sheet can be easily grasped by a user. The facial tissue paper boxes are sold as such typically in retail markets and are disposed of after having dispensed the last tissue paper.

The prior art describes several different solutions to mount or hold these tissue paper boxes. For example, JP 2006-198379 A discloses a tissue paper box holder for use on a side face of e.g. a desk.

JP 40-28589 B1 pertains to an insertion-type stand for the above mentioned paper board tissue paper boxes and has an insertion portion which can be inserted into the paper board tissue paper box on the short side surfaces of the box.

US 2004/0245422 A1 pertains to a tissue paper box holder, into which the paper board tissue paper boxes can be fixedly clamped.

SUMMARY

In the field of tissue paper dispensers for private homes, in particular for dispensing tissue kitchen paper in private kitchens, it is desired to provide a dispenser which is versatile and, at the same time, easy to adjust to different kitchen styles.

Accordingly, it is desired to provide a dispenser for dispensing tissue paper which is highly versatile and easy to adjust to the interior.

According to a first aspect, the dispenser includes an inner core for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed, wherein the inner core has a dispensing opening for dispensing the tissue paper. The dispenser, furthermore, includes an outer shell arranged to receive the inner core. The outer shell has a dispensing opening which is aligned with the dispensing opening of the inner core when the inner core is received in the outer shell. The outer shell has at least one long side and at least one short side. The outer shell also has at least one open side situated perpendicular to the wall carrying the dispensing opening of the outer shell, and is situated in the long side, wherein the inner core is insertable into the outer shell in a direction perpendicular to the long side.

By the provision of these two different structural parts, namely the inner core and the outer shell, the provision of a highly flexible, versatile dispenser is enabled. In particular, it becomes possible to use the inner core as a stand alone dispenser for dispensing the tissue paper received therein, e.g. when placing the inner core on the kitchen table or near the cooker when cooking. Furthermore, it becomes possible to use the inner core in a situation in which it is received in the outer shell. The outer shell may then serve as a holder to fixate the inner core in a certain position in a room. In particular, the outer shell can be fixedly mounted or attached to a wall or to any other surface, e.g. below a kitchen cabinet. The inner core is then, in the situation in which it is received in the outer shell, fixed such that a one-handed dispensing is eased, and is, at the same time, reliably stored away. An additional advantage of the provision of the two different structural parts is that the outer appearance of the dispenser can be easily adapted to the interior of the respective room, in particular by choosing different materials or designs for the inner core and the outer shell.

It is, thus, possible to provide a highly functional and flexible dispenser by means of the inner core and the outer shell.

For hands-free use, the inner core has to be received in the outer shell and the dispensing process can be carried out without any need to hold or fixate the inner core which contains the tissue paper towels.

As the inner core can be inserted into the outer shell in a direction perpendicular to the long side, the insertion can be done quickly and also one-handed, if necessary. Furthermore, an insertion perpendicular to the long dimension of the outer shell i.e. through one of the long sides of the outer shell has the effect that the long side of the inner core is visible. This opens up specific design possibilities by choosing the respective materials. Furthermore, in particular when using a transparent/see-through material for the inner core, the filling status of the inner core can be easily observed.

In a further embodiment, the outer shell has two open sides, in particular on the respective long sides which are perpendicular to the long side of the outer shell which carries the dispensing opening.

In a particular embodiment, the inner shape of the outer shell substantially corresponds to the outer shape of the inner core. This embodiment enables a secure and reliable connection between the inner core and the outer shell in the inserted state. Furthermore, in the inserted/assembled state, a close adherence to the outer shape of the inner core can be a preferred form from an aesthetic point of view as well.

In another embodiment, the outer shell is formed from a band-shaped material, in particular from a metallic band-shaped material, including, for example, aluminium and/or stainless steel, or from a band-shaped plastic material. The band-shaped material has substantially the width of the inner core.

In an additional embodiment, the outer shell is made from an extruded metallic material, including, for example, aluminium and/or stainless steel, or from an extruded plastic material.

The inner core may be provided in the form of a re-closable container having an outer shape which resembles the inner shape of the outer shell. The provision of a re-closable container has the advantage that tissue paper can be filled in and the container be reclosed in order to provide a reliable and rather dust-proof and/or moisture-proof assembly.

In particular embodiments, the inner core is provided in the form of a re-closable container defining a volume for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed. The volume can in particular be arranged to receive loosely stacked tissue paper, such as tissue paper in an interconnected stack and/or tissue paper provided in a tissue paper box. The provision of the volume according to this arrangement and the dimensions implicit to this arrangement has the advantage that different types of tissue papers can be received in, and subsequently dispensed from the dispenser.

Different types of distribution packaging/bundling can be used for distributing the different types of tissue paper. In particular, the tissue papers received in the inner core can be distributed to the end user in the form of a stack of papers simply bundled by a banderole and/or wrapped in a plastic material which will be removed before the papers are placed into the inner core. In a different distribution type, the papers will be distributed in a box, in particular a cardboard box, and the box with the papers will be placed into the volume of the inner core.

When using a box, the box can be provided with openings substantially at the positions where the finger holes of the gripping means of the inner core are such that the level-indicating function of the finger holes can be maintained.

In particular embodiments, the inner core is provided in the form of a basis and a lid, wherein the lid is intended to re-close the inner core. The dispensing opening can sit directly in the lid. Because of the provision of the lid, an easy refilling process becomes possible and, at the same time, a rigid and stable inner core can be achieved.

In an alternative embodiment, the inner core has a lid in a wall which differs from the wall that carries the dispensing opening.

In order to provide a secure attachment of the lid to the basis, the lid is fastened to the basis via a snap-in connection, in particular in the form of an overlapping section of the lid, which carries a locking member which is connectable to a receiving member in the basis. The snap-in connection has the advantage that it can be produced in an efficient manner, on the one hand side, but provides for a secure and reliable closing of the lid compared to e.g. a friction coupling. This is in particular of importance when the inner core of the dispenser is used as a separate stand-alone dispensing device which might be carried by gripping it on the lid or even in the dispensing opening.

In particular embodiments, the inner core has at least one gripping means for gripping the inner core and in order to remove it from the outer shell. In a particular embodiment, the gripping means is provided by virtue of at least one finger hole in a wall of the inner core which is situated perpendicular to the side carrying the dispensing opening. By the provision of the gripping means, a withdrawal of the inner core from the outer shell is eased and a user can use the dispenser one-handed. The provision of finger holes has the further advantage that the finger holes do not extend beyond the outer shape of the inner core and, in addition, allow for observing the filling level of the inner core. The finger holes, thus, serve as a level-indicator for the filling level of the paper to be dispensed which is received inside the inner core.

In another embodiment, the dispensing opening of the outer shell as well as the dispensing opening of the inner core extend in the long direction of the outer shell and the inner core. This arrangement enables making efficient use of the available volume and space of the dispenser.

In another embodiment, the dispenser includes tissue paper having a length, wherein the tissue paper is situated inside the inner core and wherein the length of the dispensing opening of the inner core is shorter than the length of the tissue paper. By the provision of these dimensions, it can be ascertained that the tissue paper is slightly crumbled in the dispensing opening such that it will be able to stand up and be displayed better in order to be gripped.

In another embodiment, the outer shell has at least one indentation for receiving feet of the inner core which have a shape which is complementary to the shape of the indentation. The indentation extends in the insertion direction. In case the inner core is provided with additional feet which improve the stability of the inner core when used alone, these feet can be easily slid into the outer shell when the indentations are provided. The provision of the indentations in the outer shell also might improve the stability of the outer shell/inner core system in the inserted position.

In another embodiment, the outer shell as well as the inner core are made from substantially rigid materials, in particular from a metallic material such as aluminium or stainless steel, or from a plastic material or wood.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

Embodiments of the invention will be described in more detail below with reference to the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic perspective view of a dispenser including an outer shell and an inner core according to a first embodiment;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the outer shell of the dispenser of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the inner core of the embodiment shown in the previous Figures in a closed state;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the inner core of the embodiment shown in the previous Figures with the lid lifted;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the inner core of the embodiment shown in the previous Figures without the lid;

FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram showing the different parts of a dispenser, in particular the outer shell, the inner core and a tissue paper stack according to another embodiment;

FIG. 7 shows a perspective view of a lid of an inner core according to a second embodiment;

FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of a basis part of the inner core of FIG. 7 without the lid;

FIG. 9 shows a perspective view of an outer shell adapted to receive the inner core of FIGS. 7 and 8;

FIG. 10 shows the dispenser of FIGS. 7 to 9 in an assembled state, with the inner core received in the outer shell and fully equipped with tissue paper;

FIG. 11 is a schematic side view, a schematic length view and a schematic top view of the outer shell of FIG. 9;

FIG. 12 is a schematic showing different possibilities of attaching the lid to the basis of the inner core for additional embodiments;

FIG. 13 is a schematic showing different possible shapes of the dispensing opening of the inner core for additional embodiments;

FIG. 14 shows two different possibilities of attaching the outer shell to a surface for additional embodiments; and

FIG. 15 shows different possible outer shapes of the dispenser for additional embodiments.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

In the following, different embodiments of the present disclosure will be described by reference to the attached Figures. Identical or similar features will be denoted by the same reference numerals and repeated description thereof will be avoided.

FIGS. 1 to 5 show a first embodiment of the dispenser 1.

The dispenser 1 includes an outer shell 2 and an inner core 3. The inner core 3 can be received in the outer shell 2, as it is shown in the schematic perspective diagram of FIG. 1.

As can be seen in FIG. 1, the inner core 3 of the dispenser 1 includes a dispensing opening 30 for dispensing tissue paper which is contained inside the inner core 3. The outer shell 2 also includes a dispensing opening 20 which is aligned with the dispensing opening 30 of the inner core 3 when the inner core is received in the outer shell 2. This enables a reliable dispensing process of the tissue paper from the inner core in different applications. A first application includes where the inner core 3 is received in the outer shell 2, and a second application includes where the inner core 3 is used as a stand-alone dispenser, without being inserted into the outer shell 2.

FIG. 1 shows this arrangement of the dispensing openings 20, 30. In particular, the dispensing opening 20 of the outer shell 2 is substantially larger than the dispensing opening 30 of the inner core 3 such that the actual dispensing characteristics of the dispenser 1 are substantially determined by the technical specification and characteristics of the dispensing opening 30 of the inner core 3. In particular embodiments, the dispensing opening 20 of the outer shell 2 does not influence the dispensing characteristics of the dispensing opening 30 of the inner core 3, but simply enables dispensing of the tissue paper through the two aligned dispensing openings when the inner core 3 is received in the outer shell 2.

However, it is also contemplated, in a different arrangement, that the dispensing characteristics of the dispenser 1 can be altered by inserting the inner core 3 into the outer shell 2 in particular by giving the influence of the dispensing opening 20 of the outer shell 2 a heavier weight on the dispensing characteristics. This might be of relevance if it is necessary to change the dispensing characteristics of the dispenser when using it in different applications. For example, a slightly higher friction during the dispensing process might be desired in an application where the dispenser is mounted in an overhead position while the inner core 3 is received in the outer shell 2 compared to a situation in which the inner core 3 is used as a mobile dispenser on a table.

FIG. 2 shows the outer shell 2 in a schematic perspective drawing. The outer shell 2 has two short walls 22, which face one anther and two long walls 24 which likewise face one another. In the upper long wall 24, the dispensing opening 20 is present. In the lower long wall 24, indentations 26 are provided which are intended to receive feet of the inner core 3. As can be seen in FIG. 2, perpendicular to the long top and bottom walls 24, the outer shell 2 has two open sides 28.

Accordingly, the inner core 3 can be slid into the outer shell 2 to be received therein in the sliding direction X as shown in FIG. 2. In particular, the inner core 3 can be inserted into the outer shell 2 through the open long side 28 of the outer shell 2, and in particular in a direction perpendicular to the respective dispensing openings 20, 30.

As will be appreciated, the outer shell 2 is, in the form shown in the Figures, made from an extruded metallic material, in particular an extruded aluminium or stainless steel material. In a different embodiment, the outer shell 2 may be made from an extruded plastic material. In particular, the inner shape of the outer shell 2 corresponds to the outer shape of the inner core 3, as becomes immediately apparent from the Figures, in particular FIG. 1.

In another embodiment, the outer shell 2 is made from a band-shaped material which is bent in the form shown in the Figures. The band-shaped material which may be used to manufacture the outer shell 2 may be provided in the form of a metal band, in particular an aluminium and/or stainless steel band, and in the form of a band made from a plastic material. The band can have the width of the outer shell.

In order to attach the outer shell 2 to a surface, in particular a wall or a surface of a kitchen cabinet, adhesive strips, screws, Velcro fasteners, clips or other fastening means can be used. In particular embodiments, and in order to provide for a jiggle-free attachment, the fastening means are provided at the indentations 26 such that the outer shell 2 rests with the indentations 26 only at the surface.

FIGS. 3 to 5 show perspective views of the inner core 3 in different states. As can be seen, the inner core 3 includes a basis 32 and a lid 34. In FIG. 4, the lid 34 is shown, in a state lifted from the basis 32. Typically, the tissue paper to be dispensed is held in the volume defined by the basis 32 and the lid 34 closes this volume. The dispensing opening 30 is provided in the lid 34.

In order to connect the lid 34 to the basis 32, the lid 34 carries a locking member 340 in the form of an overlapping portion 342, as is schematically shown in FIG. 4. The overlapping portion 342 is intended to overlap with a complementary portion of the basis 32. In order to lock the lid 34 at the basis 32, the lid 34 includes a rib-like projection 344 in the overlapping portion 342. This rib-like projection 344 is intended to be snapped into a groove 324 of the respective complementary locking section 320 at the basis 32.

The inner core 3 can be made from a wooden material, a plastic material, in particular an injection molded plastic material, or a laminate from wooden and plastic materials. In an alternative embodiment, the material used for the inner core 3 is transparent or at least semi-transparent.

Due to the elasticity of the material of the lid 34, the above-described rib-like protrusion 344 of the overlapping portion 342 snaps into the groove 324 when closing the lid such that the lid 34 is securely fastened to the basis 32 of the inner core 3. In particular, the elasticity enables snap locking the lid 34 to the basis 32.

In alternative embodiments, the lid 34 is fastened to the basis 32 by means of positive locking, friction locking, an adhesive, a magnet or other suitable locking mechanisms.

FIG. 5 shows the basis 32 of the inner core 3 alone, with the lid removed. At the inner side walls of the inner core 3, stiffening ribs 326 are provided which, on the one hand, stiffen the side walls against any deformation that might result from gripping the inner core 3 and, on the other hand, serve as a support for the lid 34 in the closed position. Accordingly, the inner core 3 is, with the lid 34 attached, a relatively solid and structurally ridged container which can be gripped with one hand without being deformed by the pressure exerted to the side walls by the gripping hand.

As will be appreciated, in particular when considering FIG. 1, the outer contours of the inner core 3 closely correspond to the inner contours of the outer shell 2 such that only a small gap is present between the two parts of the dispenser 1.

In the long outer wall 36 of the inner core 3, which is perpendicular to the lid and, in particular, perpendicular to the dispensing opening 30, gripping sections 40 are provided which serve to remove the inner core 3 from the outer shell 2. The gripping sections 40 may be provided in the form of through holes, or finger holes, which enable a user to insert a finger in order to properly grip the inner core 3.

In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1 to 5, the finger holes 40 are provided in a paired manner and on both sides of the inner core 3. The paired arrangement of the finger hole 40 has the advantage that the inner core 3 can be gripped with a single hand, in particular by inserting two fingers, for example thumb and index finger, into the finger holes 40 such that the inner core 3 can be securely held by a user by means of the two fingers. The provision of the gripping sections 40 on both sides of the inner core 3 has the advantage that it does not matter in which orientation the inner core 3 is inserted into the outer shell 2 but the user can grip and withdraw the inner core 3 from the outer shell 2 in both possible orientations.

It is immediately apparent that the finger openings 40 in the inner core 3 also may serve the purpose of observing the filling level of the tissue paper present inside the inner core 3. In particular, it is possible to determine whether or not the volume inside the inner core 3 is sufficiently filled with tissue papers such that the tissue papers can be refilled at a suitable time. In this manner, the finger openings 40 can be used as a level-indicator for indicating the filling level of the paper to be dispensed which is contained within the inner core 3.

However, in a certain embodiment, a separate aperture is provided which serves as a separate level indicator, as will be shown in the embodiment of FIGS. 7 to 10 below.

It will be appreciated that the inner core 3 can be slid into the outer shell 2 in the direction X which is perpendicular to the long walls 24. In particular, the inner core 3 can be slid into the outer shell 2 through the open sides 28 of the outer shell 2, wherein the open sides 28 are situated perpendicular to the top and bottom walls 24 of the outer shell 2.

FIG. 6 schematically shows the process of assembling the dispenser 1 on the side of a user. In particular, tissue paper is provided in the form of a tissue paper stack 5, which contains separate tissue paper sheets that are folded in a zigzag manner and which are interconnected such that, when removing the top sheet, the subsequent sheet will automatically be pulled out of the dispensing opening.

The tissue paper sheets used with the dispenser 1 may have any suitable size which fits into the volume defined by the inner core 3. In a certain embodiment, the size and number of tissue paper sheets received in the inner core 3 substantially corresponds to the typical size and number of tissue papers present on a typical kitchen paper roll. In particular, the tissue paper sheets may have a size of 22 cm×22 cm, and 70 to 80 sheets can be fit into the volume defined by the inner core 3.

In a certain embodiment, the dispenser is self-dispensing by the provision of the zigzag sheets which are interconnected.

The papers to be dispensed by means of the dispenser can be provided to the end user in different distributions. In particular, the papers may be provided in the form of a stack of single or interfolded tissue papers which are wrapped by a plastic wrapper and/or a banderole, in particular a paper banderole.

In an alternative form of distribution, the paper to be dispensed will be delivered to the end user in a box, such as a cardboard box, wherein the box is inserted into the volume defined by the inner core. When using this approach, openings can be provided in the box in positions corresponding to the holes, the finger holes and/or the separate level indicating aperture of the inner core such that the level-indicating function can be maintained.

In FIG. 6, the tissue paper stack 5 is inserted into the inner core 3, in particular by opening the lid, inserting the tissue paper stack and reclosing the lid of the inner core 3. The inner core 3 can then be either used as a stand alone dispenser, e.g. on a table, or can be slid, through the long side, into the outer shell 2 which might be attached to a wall or below a cabinet in a kitchen. The dispenser 1 can then also be used in a situation in which the inner core 3 is inserted into the outer shell 2.

FIGS. 7 to 10 show a dispenser 1 in a second embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a lid 34. As is immediately apparent, the construction of the lid 34 is substantially identical to the one shown in the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 5. In particular, a dispensing opening 30 is provided, as well as a locking member 340 including an overlapping section 342 which likewise carries a rib-like projection 344.

The dispensing opening 30 of the lid 34 of the inner core 3 has dimensions in its length which are slightly smaller than the dimensions of the tissue paper to be dispensed through the dispensing opening 30. This has the effect that, once a tissue paper has been withdrawn from the inner core 3, the next tissue paper is slightly crumpled, stands up and can be easily taken by a user.

FIG. 8 shows the basis 32 of the inner core 3 in a perspective view. The technical features shown in FIG. 8 are substantially identical to the ones shown and explained in FIG. 5. However, as the gripping means a handle 40′ instead of the finger holes presented in the previous embodiments is provided. The handle 40′ is situated substantially in the same position as the finger holes in the previous embodiment.

In addition to the handle 40′, a level-indicating aperture 70 is present in a long side of the inner core 3. The level-indicating aperture 70 is intended to show the user the filling level of the tissue paper to be dispensed which is received in the volume defined by the inner core 3. The level-indicating aperture could also be provided in the form of a window or of a transparent section in the long side of the inner core. Depending on the design considerations and on the technical necessities, the (open) aperture or the (closed) window or transparent section approach may be more suitable.

FIG. 9 shows the outer shell 2 in a perspective view, the outer shell 2 having a dispensing opening 20 and indentations 26. At the indentations 26 the outer shell 2 can also be mounted to a wall or to a cupboard or a cabinet, in particular by means of the provision of fastening means, in particular adhesive strips, screws, Velcro-fasteners, magnets, snap-in fasteners or other types of fasteners. The embodiment shown in FIG. 9 substantially corresponds, as to the technical features, to the one described with respect to FIG. 2.

FIG. 10 shows the dispenser 1 in an assembled state. Through the level-indicating aperture 70 in the inner core 3, the filling status of the tissue paper sheets can be easily observed. In particular, in the level-indicating aperture 70, tissue paper sheets 5 are visible.

FIG. 11 shows in a side view, a view onto the small side and a top view the outer shell 2. As can be seen, the dispensing opening 20 of the outer shell 2 is provided in the middle in the width direction and extends in the longitudinal direction of the inner core 2.

FIG. 12 is a schematic of different possibilities of placing the lid 34 to the bottom or basis part 32 of the inner core 3. The second variant shown in FIG. 12 is the one that is chosen for the embodiments shown and described above but the other possibilities could also be used.

FIG. 13 shows different possible shapes of the dispensing opening 30 of the inner core 3. In the embodiments described above, the third dispensing opening shown is used. However, the other dispensing openings have different possibilities and characteristics, in particular with respect to the crumpling and upstanding effects of the dispensed tissue paper.

FIG. 14 shows a schematic of the indentations 26 in the bottom 24 of the outer shell 2. In particular, adhesive strips 60 or screws 62 can be used in order to attach the outer shell 2 to a wall or any other suitable surface. As another solution for attaching the other outer shell to a wall, magnets could be used such that the outer shell can be mounted to any magnetic surface.

FIG. 15 shows schematically different outer shapes that are contemplated to be used for the dispenser. As will be appreciated, the inner shape of the outer shell will closely resemble the outer shape of the inner core, at least with respect to the shape of the plane that is situated perpendicular to the insertion direction of the inner core 3 into the outer shell 2. The different embodiments or shapes shown in this Figure may be chosen according to different design needs or with respect to different characteristics of the tissue paper to be dispensed.

For example, rather conical shapes of the dispenser might improve the upstanding characteristics of the dispensed tissue paper due to the reduced dimensions towards the dispensing opening.

In the embodiments shown, the outer shell 2 can be made from a metal material, such as from aluminium or stainless steel, which is extruded and cut into the respective form. However, other materials can also be used which are rigid enough to perform the function of receiving the inner core, in particular metal band materials, extruded plastic materials, wooden materials and laminates thereof

The inner core can be made from a wooden material, a plastic material or laminates thereof As to the plastic material, a transparent or see-through plastic material might be of particular benefit in some applications. Naturally, the inner core can be made from the same material as the outer shell, depending on specific design considerations.

The material of the inner core and the material of the other outer shell can be separated easily such that a recycling of the dispenser can easily be performed. As to the sizes, it is of particular benefit if the inner core has a maximum width which corresponds to the spread of a typical hand of a user such that the inner core can be easily gripped.

Claims

1. A dispenser for dispensing tissue paper, the dispenser comprising:

an inner core for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed, the inner core having a dispensing opening for dispensing the tissue paper; and
an outer shell arranged to receive the inner core, the outer shell having a dispensing opening which is aligned with the dispensing opening of the inner core when received in the outer shell,
wherein the outer shell has at least one long side and at least one short side, the outer shell having two open sides situated perpendicular to the wall carrying the dispensing opening of the outer shell and being situated in the long side, and wherein the inner core is insertable into the outer shell in a direction perpendicular to the long side.

2. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the outer shell is formed from an extruded metallic material, an extruded plastic material, or a combination thereof.

3. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the outer shell is formed from a band-shaped material, wherein the band-shaped material is made from metallic material, plastic material, or a combination thereof, and wherein the band-shaped material has substantially the width of the inner core.

4. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the inner core, in the plane perpendicular to the insertion direction of the inner core into the outer shell, is provided with an outer shape substantially resembling the inner shape of the outer shell.

5. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the inner core is provided in the form of a re-closable container defining a volume for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed, the volume being arranged to receive loosely stacked tissue paper, tissue paper in an interconnected stack, tissue paper provided in a tissue paper box, or a combination thereof.

6. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the inner core is provided in the form of a basis and a lid, wherein the lid is intended to re-close the inner core, and wherein the dispensing opening is arranged in the lid.

7. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the inner core includes a lid in a wall different from the wall that carries the dispensing opening.

8. The dispenser according to claim 6, wherein the lid is fastened to the basis via a snap-in connection, in the form of an overlapping section of the lid carrying a locking member which is connectable to a receiving member in the basis.

9. The dispenser according to claim 6, wherein the lid is fastened to the basis by positive locking, friction locking, snap locking, at least one adhesive, and/or at least one magnet, or a combination thereof.

10. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the inner core has at least one gripping element for gripping the inner core to remove it from the outer shell.

11. The dispenser according to claim 10, wherein the gripping element is provided in the form of at least one hole, in a long side of the inner core which is situated perpendicular to the long side carrying the dispensing opening.

12. The dispenser according to claim 10, wherein the gripping element is arranged to serve as a level indicator for indicating the level of the remaining tissue paper received in the inner core.

13. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein a level-indicating aperture, transparent section, or a combination thereof is present in a wall of the inner core in order to observe the filling level of the tissue paper received in the volume defined by the inner core.

14. The dispenser according to claims 11, further including a box including the tissue paper to be dispensed, the box having openings in positions corresponding to the at least one hole when the box is inserted into the volume defined by the inner core.

15. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the dispenser comprises tissue paper having a length, wherein the tissue paper is situated inside the inner core, and wherein the length of the dispensing opening of the inner core is shorter than the length of the tissue paper.

16. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the outer shell and the inner core are made from substantially rigid materials, and wherein the substantially rigid materials include a metallic material, a wooden material, a plastic material, a laminate of a wooden material and a plastic material, or a combination thereof.

17. The dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the outer shell has at least one indentation for receiving at least one foot of the inner core of a complementary shape, wherein the indentation extends in the insertion direction.

18. A box comprising tissue paper sheets to be dispensed from a dispenser according to claim 1, the box being configured to be inserted into the volume defined by the inner core.

19. The box according to claim 18, wherein the box includes openings in positions corresponding to a hole, a finger hole, an aperture, a window, or a transparent section in the inner core when the box is inserted into the volume defined by the inner core.

20. The dispenser according to claim 13, further including a box including the tissue paper to be dispensed, the box having openings in positions corresponding to the level-indicating aperture, the window, the transparent section, or combinations thereof, when the box is inserted into the volume defined by the inner core.

Patent History

Publication number: 20110315707
Type: Application
Filed: Mar 13, 2009
Publication Date: Dec 29, 2011
Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB (Goteborg)
Inventor: Stina Kleinhuber (Vasteras)
Application Number: 13/255,537

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: With Transparent Inspecting Or Viewing Means (221/155); With Casing Or Support (221/282)
International Classification: A47K 10/42 (20060101); B65D 83/08 (20060101);