Container and plastic handle system

Abstract

A package includes a container having a neck finish with at least one left-hand external thread segment, a fitment having at least one left-hand internal thread segment for threaded receipt over the container neck finish and at least one right-hand external thread segment, a closure having at least one right-hand internal thread segment for removable receipt over the fitment, and a handle attached to the container by the fitment. The container neck finish preferably has a transfer ring, and the handle preferably has a collar received over the transfer ring and held in place by the fitment. The transfer ring and the collar preferably have opposed flats to prevent rotation of the handle with respect to the transfer ring. The collar and the fitment preferably have opposed cam lugs that permit threading of the fitment onto the container neck finish over the collar but prevent unthreading of the fitment from the neck finish so that the fitment and handle are permanently attached to the container neck finish.

Claims

1. A package that includes: a container having a neck finish with at least one left-hand external thread segment, a fitment having at least one left-hand internal thread segment for threaded receipt over said neck finish and at least one right-hand external thread segment, a closure having at least one right-hand internal thread segment for removable receipt over said externally threaded portion of said fitment, and a handle non-rotatably received over said neck finish and non-removably captured to said container by said fitment so that the fitment and handle are permanently attached to the container neck finish. 2. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said container neck finish has a transferring, and wherein said handle has a collar received over said transfer ring and held in place by said fitment. 3. The package set forth in claim 2 wherein said transfer ring has an external flat and said collar has an internal flat in engagement with said external flat to prevent rotation of said handle with respect to said transfer ring and said neck finish. 4. The package set forth in claim 2 wherein said collar and said fitment have opposed lugs that prevent right-hand rotation of said fitment and said handle with respect to each other. 5. The package set forth in claim 4 wherein said opposed lugs comprise cam lugs constructed and arranged to permit left-hand threading of said fitment onto said neck finish over said collar and to prevent right-hand unthreading of said fitment from said neck finish. 6. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said fitment has a wall in plug-sealing engagement within said container neck finish. 7. The package set forth in claim 1 including tamper-indicating means between said closure and said fitment. 8. The package set forth in claim 7 wherein said fitment includes a deck having a dispensing opening, a peripheral skirt that includes said internal and external thread segments, and an annular wall extending from said deck within said skirt for plug-sealing engagement within said neck finish. 9. The package set forth in claim 1 wherein said container is of glass construction, and said fitment, said handle and said closure are of plastic constructions. 10. A package that includes: a glass container having a neck finish with a mouth, at least one left-hand external thread segment adjacent to said mouth and a transfer ring extending around said neck finish at a position spaced from said mouth, a plastic handle having a collar non-rotatably received over said transfer ring, said transfer ring and said collar having opposed flats that prevent rotation of said collar and said handle with respect to said container neck finish, a plastic fitment having a deck with a peripheral skirt and an annular wall within said skirt in plug-sealing engagement within said container mouth, said peripheral skirt having at least one left-hand internal thread segment threadably received over said container neck finish non-removably capturing said handle on said transfer ring so that the fitment and handle are permanently attached to the container neck finish, and at least one right-hand external thread segment, and a plastic closure having at least one right-hand internal thread segment removably received over said at least one external thread segment of said fitment. 11. The package set forth in claim 10 wherein said collar and said fitment have opposed lugs that prevent right-hand rotation of said fitment and said handle with respect to each other. 12. The package set forth in claim 11 wherein said opposed lugs comprise cam lugs constructed and arranged to permit left-hand threading of said fitment onto said neck finish over said collar and to prevent right-hand unthreading of said fitment from said neck finish. 13. The package set forth in claim 12 including tamper-indicating means between said closure and said fitment. 14. A plastic handle system for mounting a container having a neck finish with a mouth, at least one left-hand external thread segment adjacent to said mouth and a transfer ring extending around said neck finish at a position spaced from said mouth, said plastic handle system including: a plastic handle having a collar adapted to be non-rotatably received over said transfer ring, a plastic fitment having at least one left-hand internal thread segment for threaded receipt over the container neck finish non-removably capturing said handle on said transfer ring so that the fitment and handle are permanently attachable to the container neck finish, and at least one right-hand external thread segment, and a plastic closure having at least one right-hand internal thread segment for removable receipt over said at least one external thread segment of said fitment. 15. The plastic handle system set forth in claim 14 wherein said collar has an internal flat for engagement with an external flat on the transfer ring to prevent rotation of said handle with respect to the transfer ring and the neck finish. 16. The system set forth in claim 15 wherein said collar and said fitment have opposed lugs that prevent right-hand rotation of said fitment and said handle with respect to each other. 17. The system set forth in claim 16 wherein said opposed lugs comprise cam lugs constructed and arranged to permit left-hand threading of said fitment onto the neck finish over said collar and to prevent right-hand unthreading of said fitment from the neck finish. 18. The system set forth in claim 14 including tamper-indicating means between said closure and said fitment. 19. The system set forth in claim 14 wherein said fitment has a wall inplug-sealing engagement within the container neck finish.
The present disclosure relates to a handle system for attachment to the neck finish of a preformed container, and more particularly to a plastic handle system for attachment to the neck finish of a glass container. BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Molding a handle integrally with a container, particularly a glass container, can be expensive both in terms of mold tooling complexity and in terms of the cost of the material forming the handle. It is a general object of the present disclosure to provide a handle system, preferably a plastic handle system, for attachment to a preformed container, preferably a glass container. The present disclosure embodies a number of aspects that can be implemented separately from or in combination with each other. A package in accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure includes a container having a neck finish with at least one left-hand external thread segment, a fitment having at least one left-hand internal thread segment for threaded receipt over the container neck finish and at least one right-hand external thread segment, a closure having at least one right-hand internal thread segment for removable receipt over the fitment, and a handle attached to the container by the fitment. The container neck finish preferably has a transfer ring, and the handle preferably has a collar received over the transfer ring and held in place by the fitment. The transfer ring and the collar preferably have opposed flats to prevent rotation of the handle with respect to the transfer ring. The collar and the fitment preferably have opposed cam lugs that permit threading of the fitment onto the container neck finish over the collar but prevent unthreading of the fitment from the neck finish so that the fitment and handle are permanently attached to the container neck finish. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The disclosure, together with additional objects, features, advantages and aspects thereof, will best be understood from the following description, the appended claims and the accompanying drawings, in which: FIG. 1 is a fragmentary elevational view of a package that includes a container and a handle system in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure; FIG. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view of the handle system attached to the container neck finish in the package of FIG. 1 ; and FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the handle system and container neck finish in the package of FIGS. 1 and 2 . DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The drawings illustrate a package 10 in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the disclosure as including a container 12 to which a handle system 14 is attached. Container 12 preferably is of molded glass construction and includes a body 16 from which a neck finish 18 integrally extends. Neck finish 18 has an open end that surrounds the container mouth, at least one reverse direction or left-hand external thread segment 20 adjacent to the container mouth, and an external transfer ring 22 spaced from the container mouth. Transfer ring 22 extends at least part way around neck finish 18 and preferably is circumferentially continuous. The term “thread segment” is employed in its usual broad sense to include both single and multiple threads, and both continuous and discontinuous threads. Neck finish 18 preferably is cylindrical. Handle system 14 in the exemplary embodiment of the disclosure includes a handle 24 , a fitment 26 and a closure 28 . Handle 24 , fitment 26 and closure 28 preferably are each of molded plastic construction, such as injection molded plastic construction. Handle 24 includes a circumferentially continuous annular collar 30 that is telescopically received in assembly over transfer ring 22 on container neck finish 18 so that an internal shoulder 31 of collar 30 rests on the upper surface of the transfer ring. Transfer ring 22 preferably has an external flat 32 that is engaged by an opposed internal flat 34 within collar 30 to prevent rotation of handle 24 with respect to container neck finish 18 . A circumferential array of cam lugs 36 are provided around the top surface of collar 30 . Each cam lug 36 has a sloping clockwise facing surface, as viewed from above, and a sharp counterclockwise facing edge. A handle portion 38 extends from collar 30 and may be of any suitable geometry. Fitment 26 includes a deck 40 , which may be flat, conical or of any other suitable geometry. A dispensing opening 41 is formed in deck 40 of fitment 26 . The dispensing opening can be of any suitable geometry. A peripheral skirt 42 extends from deck 40 . Skirt 42 has at least one reverse or left-hand internal thread segment 44 for threaded engagement with external thread segment(s) 20 on neck finish 18 . Skirt 42 also has at least one right-hand external thread segment 46 . Skirt 42 preferably also has an external bead 48 at a position spaced from deck 40 , and cam lugs 50 on the end of skirt 42 spaced from deck 40 . Cam lugs 50 have sharp clockwise-facing edges (as viewed from above) and sloping counterclockwise-facing surfaces that ride over cam lugs 36 on handle 24 as fitment 26 is threaded in a left-hand or reverse direction onto container neck finish 18 . With fitment 26 tightly threaded onto container neck finish 18 , lugs 36 , 50 cooperate with flats 32 , 34 between transfer ring 28 and handle 24 to prevent right-hand rotation of handle 24 and fitment 26 on the container neck finish, and thereby to prevent removal of the fitment and the handle. An annular wall 52 preferably extends from deck 40 in plug-sealing engagement within the mouth of the container neck finish. Closure 28 can be of any suitable geometry. In the exemplary embodiment of the disclosure, closure 28 includes a base wall 52 and a peripheral skirt 54 . Peripheral skirt 54 has one or more internal thread segments 56 for engagement with external thread segment(s) 46 on fitment 26 to secure closure 28 to fitment 26 . Closure 28 preferably also has an annular tamper band 58 frangibly connected to the free end of skirt 54 for engagement with beneath bead 48 on fitment 26 when closure 28 is fully assembled to fitment 26 as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 . Such engagement between tamper band 58 and bead 48 provides tamper indication by frangibly separating band 58 from skirt 54 when closure 28 is first unthreaded from fitment 26 . In the exemplary embodiment, an annular wall 60 extends from the base wall 52 for plug-sealing engagement with dispensing opening 41 of fitment 26 . Handle 24 , fitment 26 and closure 28 may be of any suitable molded plastics such as polypropylene. The container and handle may be provided as a subassembly to a packager, such as by providing an interference fit between collar 30 and ring 32 , as can the fitment and closure. The packager would then fill the container with product and secure the closure/fitment subassembly to the container neck finish. As an alternative, the handle could be provided separately from the container, so that the packager would fill the container either before or after applying the handle, and then secure the closure/fitment subassembly to the container. Of course, the handle, the fitment and the closure could be provided as separate non-assembled elements to the packager, who could fill the container with product, and apply the handle, the fitment and the closure to the filled package. The present disclosure has been presented in conjunction with an exemplary presently preferred embodiment, and a number of modifications and variations have been discussed. Other modifications and variations readily will suggest themselves to persons of ordinary skill in the art in view of the foregoing description. The disclosure is intended to embrace all such modifications and variations as fall within the spirit and broad scope of the appended claims.

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