|Title of Invention||
A CONDOM APPLICATOR
|Abstract||A condom applicator (10) is disclosed which comprises a base (12) with a split line (18) across it and two flaps (14) which are connected by flimsy hinges to the base (12). Tubs (16) protrude from the flap (14). The base (12) includes two generally parallel walls (24, 28) and a base (26) which bound a trough (22). The trough receives the hem ring of a condom. There is an opening in the base which is encircled by the inner wall (24). When the flaps (14) are folded over, areas (44) of the flaps (14) cover the trough leaving a gap (G) between the wall (24) and the area (44). The tubs (16) span across said opening. The teat of the condom lies across the opening.|
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
THIS INVENTION relates to condom applicators.
BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION
The problems inherent in the application of condoms, and in known applicators, are discussed in WO 02/069361A1. This PCT specification discloses an applicator which Is an improvement on those disclosed in the art represented by, for example, US specification No. 4,575,491.
The present invention seeks to provide a still further improved condom applicator.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
According to one aspect cf the present invention there is provided a condom applicator which comprises a base comprising at least two separable parts, each part having a section of a trough therein and the trough sections of the parts together defining an upwardly open trough for receiving the hem ring of a condom, the trough having an inner circumferentially extending wall and an outer circumferentially extending wall and at least two flaps having areas which cover the trough whilst leaving a circumferentially extending gap between said inner
circumferentially extending wall and edges of the flaps.
The trough is preferably circular in plan but it can also be oval.
Said applicator preferably comprises two base parts held together by one or more frangible bridges, each part having one half of the trough therein.
Said flaps are preferably connected to said base parts by film hinges.
Said inner and outer walls of the trough preferably diverge so that the trough is wider at its mouth than at its base. Either both walls can slope or one can be vertical 2nd the other can slope.
Said area of each flap can be below the level of the remainder of each flap, there being indefined walls joining said areas and said remainders.
The upper edge of said inner wan 5s preferably at a level above that of said area of the flap whereby said gap is defined between the edges of the naps and the outwardly lacing surface of said inner wall.
Tabs for holding the condom's nipple in a compressed condition can be provided. The tabs can be connected to the flaps by film hinges and can lie across tine opening in the applicator which is bounded by the inner wall of the trough. The tabs can each extend fully across said opening or part way across the opening.
The applicator can comprise two separate parts forming a base and two separate flap parts, there being means for enabling each base part to be secured to one of the flap parts.
In a modification of this form said two base parts are connected together by frangible bridges and the two flap parts are connected together by frangible bridges.
The connecting mean preferably comprises locking tabs which fit into sockets.
According to a further aspect of the present invention there is provided, in combination an applicator as defined above and a condom, the hem ring of the condom being in said trough and the side wall of the condom being in said gap with the nipple end of the condom extending across the opening in the applicator rounded by said inner wall.
According to another aspect of the present invention there is provided a package comprising two pieces of material each piece of material being a laminate of an aluminium foil with synthetic plastics material on each side thereof, said pieces being heat sealed around the edges thereof and there being registering lines of perforations across the outer layers of plastic and nicks in the material at the ends of these lines.
The laminate is preferably polyester, for the outer layer, aluminium and then polythene for the inner layer.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
For a better understanding of the present invention, and to show how the same may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example, to the accompanying drawings in which:-
Figure 1 is a pictorial view of an unfolded condom applicator;
Figure 2 Is a longitudinal section taken along the centre line of the applicator
Figure 3 is a view of a folded condom applicator;
Figure 4 is a section on the centre line of the folded condom applicator of
Figure 5 is a top plan view of one part of a further condom applicator, Figure 6 is a plan view of a further part of the condom applicator, the part being shown invented from its position of use;
Figure 7 and 8 are edge views of the assembled condom applicator;
Figure- 9is a section on the line IX-IX of Figure 3;
Figure 10 is a top pictorial view of the assembled applicator;
Figure 11 is a pictorial view of the assembled applicator in an inverted
Figure 12 is a pictorial view of a packaged applicator; and
Figure 13 and .14 are edge views of the packaged applicator of Figure 12.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Referring firstly to Figures 1 to 4, the applicator 10 comprises a base designated 12, two flaps 14 and two tabs 16.
The base 12 is moulded in two parts 12.1 and 12.2 with a split line 18 between them. To ensure that the parts 12:1 and 12.2 do not separate during packaging of the condom, thin webs (not shown) can bridge the split line 18. These provide insignificant resistance to breaking along the line 18 when such action is required.
The base 12 comprises two planar sections 20 each of which a semi-circular trough 22. Each trough 22 is bounded by a radialiy Figure 4), by a base wall 25 and by a radially outer 24 projects above the level of the section 20. The wall 24 slopes radially inwardly and the wail 28 slopes radially outwardly. Thus the base 26 of the
radially is narrower than the mouth of the trough measured in the
interlocking pins 30 protrude upwardly from the sections 20 and a strengthening rim 32 extends around the outer edge of the lower surface of the base
The flaps 14 are joined to the edges of the parts 12.1, 12.2 remote from, the trough 22 by way of film hinges 34. Each flap comprises a planar area 36.
One edge of each area 35 is joined by the film hinge 34 to the base 12. Strengthening flanges 38 protrude upwardly from the areas 36.
Each flap 14 has a semi-circular depression 40 along its remaining edge. The depression comprises a circumferentially extending semi-circular inclined wall 42 and a semi-circular flat area 44 which are best seen in Figures 2 and 4.
Sockets 45 are provided in the areas 35, the sockets serving to receive the pins 30.
The tabs 15 are connected to the flaps 14 by way of film hinges 48. It the tab 16 are not shown in Figure 3.
The underside of each flap 14 (see Figures 3 and 4) is dimpled at 50 to provide a finger grip.
clips are provided at 52 on the flaps 14.
With the applicator as shown in Figures 1 and 2, the hem ring H Forces 2 and 4) of a rolled condom C is pressed Into the circular trough defined by the two trough halves 22. The closed end of the condom extends across the circular space bounded by the semi-circular inner waits 24 with the nipple at the end of the condom in this space.
The flaps 14 are then displaced through 180° to the positions shown in Figures 3 and 4. The clips 52 are distorted as the flaps reach their fully folded positions and grip the edges of the parts 12.1,12.2 thereby to hold the flaps 14 in place. The depressions 40, due to the inversion of the flaps 14, become raised areas and close-off the upwardly open circular trough which contains the hem ring H. The radially inner peripheries of the areas 44 lie close to the radially outer faces of the inner wails 24 of the trough. The condom extends through the circular gap which remains between said inner peripheries and said radially outer faces.
The tabs are pressed down to the positions shown in Figure 4 and mean the nipplke to prevent air entering ft.
* once the applicator has been removed from its package (as will be
as the applicator is gripped on each side of the split line. Flexing the applicator causes any flimsy connection between the two parts to fail.
H now holds the two parts together.
as the applicator is slid along the erect penis, the condom unrolls from the inner ring and out through the gap between the inner peripheries of the facts and the rapidly outer face of the inner wall of the circular trough.
Turning now to Figures 5 to 10, the applicator 100 illustrated comprises
two parts which have been designated 102 and 104. The part 102 (Figure 5) comprises a trough 106 which is bounded on the inside by a wall 108 which is
substantially oval in plan view and on the outside by an outer wall 110. The outer wall 110 extends generally parallel to the wall 108 and has long side sections 112 which are straight, short straight end sections 114 and curved sections 116 joining the sections 112 and 114.
Gripping handles 118 protrude outwardly from the wall 110.
Inter-locking tabs 120 are provided which protrude upwardly from the wall 110,
The part102 can be moulded in halves, the halves abutting along the for ease of handling, however, it is preferred that the part 102 be as a single component with flimsy, frangible moulded bridges connections
expanding across the centre line L.
The part 104 comprises a wall 122 which matches the wall 110 in 124 in the wall 122 receive the locking tabs120 protruding from the
inwardly of each half of the wall 122 there is a flap 125 which has an inner edge which is of generally semi-oval shape. A semi-circular cut-out 128 is provided in the edge of each flap 126.
Gripping handles 130 protrude outwardly from the wall 122 and match
the handles 118 in shape.
At each end of each handle 118, 130 there is a tab 132 with a circular hole 134 in it. If desired only the part 102 or the part 104, but not both, has tabs 132.
The part 104 can, in the same way as the part 102, be moulded in halves. However it is preferred that it be moulded in one piece with flimsy bridges extending across the fine LI.
strengthening ribs 135, which are on the top faces of the flaps 126 as Figure 10.. are provided.
The name ring H (Figure 9) of a condom C is pressed into the trough bounced by the walls 103 and 110. If the part 102 is moulded in two halves it is the
learn ring which attaches the halves to one another. The nipple of across the generally oval opening,' designated 138 in Figure 5,
Lubricant can be fed into-the trough through the cut-outs 128. The part 104 invented from the position shown in Figure 6, is then pressed down onto the part 102. The tabs 120 enter the sockets 124 thereby connecting the parts 102, 104 together.
The flaps 126 cover the trough in which the hem ring is located (see Figure 9) in the same way that the flaps 14 cover the hem ring trough 22 in Figures 1 to 4.
The inner edges of the flaps 126 lie adjacent the wall 108, there being a gap wide enough for that part of the cylindrical wall of the condom adjacent the nipple to pass through.
As shown at 140 in Figure 9, the handles 118, 130 can have tongues and grooves which inter block to secure the handles together.
The condom is applied by flexing the applicator along the registering 4 and pulling the two halves apart If there are flimsy connections they stags The applicator is slid along the penis causing the condom to unroll and feed out of the trough through said gap.
Once the condom is fully unrolled, the two halves are tilted with respect
Using the handles 118, 130 and simultaneously pulled apart The ■decreases the naps 125 and comes free of the applicator which is now in
two separate valves
in Figures 12 to 14 there is shown a package which contains the applicator of Figures 5 to 10. The package comprises a multi-layered foil. In the preferred form the layers are polyester-aluminium-polythene with laminating
adhesive between the aluminium and plastics material layers on each side thereof.
The foil is manufactured in strip form and rolled. At intervals along the length of the roll there are transverse lines of perforations. Each perforation can be, for example, 1mm long with a gap of 1mm between itself and the next perforation. The perforations are cut partially through the polyester layer but not through the polyethylene or aluminum layers.
At each end of each fine of perforations the foil is cut. The cuts are preferably V-shaped and extend inwardly for, for example, 2mm from the edge of the and the combinations thus extend between the cuts.
The foil strips are fed forward and the applicator placed on the lower of
strips with a line of perforations across the applicator. A heated former ,preferably of aluminium, then produces a substantially square seal S which
To remove the applicator the package is torn along the line of the cuts assist in the commencement of the splitting action.
The foils can be sealed through the holes 134 to located the applicator in the package.
1. A condom applicator which comprises a base comprising at least two
separable parts, each part having a section of a trough therein and the trough sections of the parts together defining an upwardly open trough for receiving the hem ring of a condom, the trough having an inner circumferentially extending wall and an outer circumferentially extending wall and at least two flaps having, areas which cover the trough whilst leaving a circumferentially extending gap between said inner circumferentially extending wall and edges of the flaps.
2-. An applicator as claims in claim 1, wherein said trough is circular in
3. An applicator as claimed in claim 1, wherein said trough is oval in plan view.
4. An applicator as claimed in claim 1, and which comprises two base
one or more frangible bridges, each part having one half of
5. An applicator as claimed in claim 1, 2, 3 or 4, wherein said flaps are
connected to said base parts by film hinges.
5. An applicator as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein said inner
and outer walls of the trough diverge so that the trough is wider at its mouth than at its base.
7. An applicator as claimed in claim 6, wherein both walls of the trough
3. An applicator as claimed in claim 6, wherein one wall of the trough is
vertical and the other slopes.
5- An applicator as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein said area of
is above the level of the remainder of each flap, there being inclined walis
6. An applicator as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the upper
edge of said inner wall is at a level above that of said area of the flap whereby said
between the edges of the flaps and the outwardly facing surface of
An applicator as claimed in any preceding claim and including tabs for holding the condom's nipple in a compressed condition.
12. An applicator as claimed in claim 11, wherein the tabs are connected
to the flaps by film hinges and lie across the opening in the applicator which is counted by the inner wall of the trough.
13. An applicator as claimed in claim 1, and which comprises two separate
base parts forming said base and two separate flap parts, there being means for
enabling each base part to be secured to one of the flap parts.
14. An applicator as claimed in claim 13 with the modification that said two
base parts are connected together by frangible bridges and the two flap parts are
connected together by frangible bridges.
15. An applicator as claimed in claim 13 or 14, wherein said connecting
means comprises baking tabs which fit into sockets.
16. A combination an applicator as defined in any preceding claim and a
ring of the condom being in said trough and the side wall of the said gap with the nippie end of the condom extending across the opening in the applicatior bounded by said inner wall.
17. A package comprising two pieces of material each piece of material
of an aluminium foil with synthetic plastics material on each side said pieces being heat sealed around the edges thereof and there being lines of perforations across the outer layers of plastic and nicks in the material at the ends of these lines.
18. A package as claimed in claim 17, wherein the laminate comprising
polyster consulting the outer layer, polythene the inner layer and aluminium
between these layers.
Dated this 12 day of December 2006
|Indian Patent Application Number||4553/CHENP/2006|
|PG Journal Number||22/2013|
|Date of Filing||12-Dec-2006|
|Name of Patentee||MULDER, Roelof|
|Applicant Address||C101 CAPE QUARTER,72 WATERKANT STREET, DE WATERKANT VILLGE,CAPETOWN 8001, SOUTH AFRICA|
|PCT International Classification Number||A61F 6/00|
|PCT International Application Number||PCT/ZA05/00062|
|PCT International Filing date||2005-05-03|