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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1242283 24.07.2003
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 1242283
Anmelder Fellowes, Inc., Itasca, Ill., US
Erfinder ATKINSON, Peter, Branford, US
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60003467
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB, IT
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 18.12.2000
EP-Aktenzeichen 009907874
WO-Anmeldetag 18.12.2000
PCT-Aktenzeichen PCT/EP00/12900
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001049570
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 12.07.2001
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 25.09.2002
EP date of grant 18.06.2003
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 24.07.2003
IPC-Hauptklasse B65C 9/00

Field of the Invention:

This invention relates to a device useful for applying a label to a truncated CD-ROM disc or the like.

Description of the Prior Art:

Many devices exist for applying a label to a CD or DVD disc or the like. The disc is relatively large in diameter to the label, which is adhered to the center of the disc, and must therefore be guided into place on the disc to assure that it is properly located and adhered. Usually, the label is first printed with indicia on a computer-associated printer, and software is provided to enable various designs and identifying formats to be imprinted on the label prior to adhesion to the disc. The printed label is then laid on a support or base with its adhesive side up and the disc is placed on a moveable post element such as a spindle and brought into contact with the label. The spindle or post is placed through the center of the disc and is also received through the center of the label to locate the centers of the label and disc relative to each other so that the label is adhered to the middle of the disc. Examples of such labeler devices are found in U.S. Patent 5.543.001 and 5,902,446 to Cassilo et al, U.S. Patents5,783,033 and 5,925,200 to Grossman, U.S. Patent 5,951,819 to Hummell and in DE 299 12 369 U.

However, if the label was to cover the entire unwritten side of the disc, such a precision locating device utilizing a moveable locating spindle is unnecessary. For example, recently information concerning an individual and his/her business has been written on a CD-disc utilizing a CD-writer, and provided as a substitute for a conventional business card. The disc can retain substantially more information than a conventional card and can be read on a standard computer. The disc is truncated and oval-shaped and smaller than a standard circular CD-ROM disc to simulate a standard rectangular business card and is inscribed on one side with relevant information. A label bearing some information as to whom the card-disc belongs to is adhered to the entire unwritten face of the disc.

This invention relates to a fixture enabling the label to be applied to the entire, unwritten face of the truncated disc.


In accordance with the invention, a fixture according to claim 1 is provided.

A pair of oppositely disposed cutouts may be provided in the fixture to enable the composite disc and adhered label to be removed from the fixture by inserting the fingers beneath the laminate and lifting it up from the fixture.

A central aperture or a stationary post may be provided in the well of the fixture. The aperture can be used to aid removal of the laminated construction by inserting a finger beneath the fixture through the aperture to dislodge the laminate. A central post, on the other hand, will serve to space the label from the CD disc as one moves toward the other to preclude premature contact between the two, which may result in uneven adhesion or preclude coverage of the disc by the label because of first contact with the label not in proximity to its edge. The cutouts would be sufficient to enable removal of the composite from the fixture.


Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:

  • FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the CD labeler fixture of the present invention;
  • FIGURE 2 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 1 illustrating the placement of a label therein;
  • FIGURE 3 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 2 illustrating the placement of a truncated CD-ROM disc on the label;
  • FIGURE 4 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 3 illustrating the manner of adhering the disc to the label;
  • FIGURE 5 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 4 with the composite disc and label removed from the fixture, and;
  • FIGURE 6 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the fixture of the present invention provided with a central guide post for the label or disc.


Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like numerals indicate like elements throughout the several views, a fixture in accordance with the present invention is illustrated in FIGURE 1 by the numeral 10.

The fixture 10 includes a body 12 formed from plastic or metal, provided with an oval-shaped well 14 sized to approximate the shape of an oval-shaped CD-ROM disc D imprinted with relevant business information normally found on a business card and more about the individual's company and a label L to be printed by a computer and adhered to the disc.

Located at opposite sides of the fixture are trapezoidal-shaped cutouts 16. 18. A centrally located round or circular aperture 20 can also be provided in well 14 opening through the bottom of the well and body 12.

Alternatively, in lieu of a central aperture 20, a centrally located upright cylindrical post 22 can be provided for use as described hereinafter.

In use, a label L can be printed with indicia and placed in well 14 with its adhesive side up, overlying opening 20 (Fig. 2) or slid into the well over post 22. A disc D containing relevant business information is adhered to label L by inserting the same in well 14 overlying label L, as shown in FIGURE 3. The composite or laminated disc can be removed form well 14 by lifting it out of the well by inserting fingers in cut-outs 16, 18 and raising the laminate (Fig. 5).

Opening 20 can also be used to free the laminate from the well 14 by pressing a finger upwardly through the opening. If a central post 22 is provided in the fixture, the disc D can be guided in spaced relation to the label L before contact is made by sliding the disc downwardly over the post until it is proximate to the label and then, applying adhering pressure. This precludes premature contact between the disc and label enabling adhesion of the label on the full face of the disc. As described heretofore, the fixture 10 enables reversal of the placement of the disc and label during use.

  1. Vorrichtung (10) zum Aufkleben eines Etiketts auf eine abgeschnittene CD-ROM-Disk oder ähnlichem, welche aufweist:
    • einen Körper (12);
    • einen Schacht (14) in dem Körper (12) in etwa von der Form der abgeschnittenen CD-ROM-Disk oder ähnlichem, und das Etikett, welches auf die Platte aufzukleben ist, wobei die Platte und das Etikett in dem Schacht (14) in übereinanderliegender Beziehung zum aneinander Haften angeordnet werden können; und
    • mindestens eine Öffnung (20) in dem Körper (12) zum Anheben des aufgeklebten Etiketts und der Disk von dem Schacht (14).
  2. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Öffnung (20) ein zentral angeordnetes Loch durch den Körper (12) ist, welche mit dem Schacht (14) in Verbindung steht.
  3. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die mindestens eine Öffnung als ein Ausschnitt (16, 18) in einer Seitenwand des Körpers (12) gebildet ist.
  4. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 3, wobei sie ein Paar von gegenüberliegend angeordneten Ausschnitten (16, 18) in dem Körper (12) aufweist.
  5. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Ausschnitte (16, 18) in ihrer Form trapezförmig sind.
  6. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei sie einen zentral angeordneten stationären Stiel (22) aufweist, der sich von dem Schacht (14) nach oben erstreckt, um das Etikett zu führen und von der Disk mit Zwischenraum anzuordnen.
  1. A fixture (10) for adhering a label to a truncated CD-ROM disc or the like comprising:
    • a body (12),
    • a well (14) in said body (12) approximating the shape of said truncated CD-ROM disc or the like, and the label to be adhered to said disc, whereby said disc and label can be placed in said well (14) in overlying relation to adhere one to another, and
    • at least one opening (20) in said body (12) for lifting the adhered label and disc from said well (14).
  2. The fixture of Claim 1 wherein said opening (20) is a centrally located aperture through said body (12) communicating with said well (14).
  3. The fixture of Claim 1 wherein at least one opening is formed as a cut-out (16, 18) in a sidewall of said body (12).
  4. The fixture of Claim 3 including a pair of oppositely disposed cut-outs (16, 18) in said body (12).
  5. The fixture of Claim 4 wherein said cut-outs (16, 18) are trapezoidal in shape.
  6. The fixture of Claim I including a centrally located stationary post (22) extending upwardly from said well (14) to guide and space the label from the disc.
  1. Un accessoire (10) pour faire adhérer une étiquette sur un disque cédérom tronqué ou analogue, comprenant :
    • un corps (12),
    • une cavité (14) dans ledit corps (12), approchant la forme dudit disque cédérom tronqué ou analogue, et l'étiquette à faire adhérer sur ce disque, de sorte que ledit disque et l'étiquette puissent être placés dans ladite cavité (14) en relation de recouvrement pour adhérer l'un à l'autre, et
    • au moins une ouverture (20) dans ledit corps (12) pour soulever de ladite cavité (14) l'étiquette et le disque adhérés.
  2. L'accessoire de la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite ouverture (20) est une ouverture disposée centralement au travers dudit corps (12) communiquant avec ladite cavité (14).
  3. L'accessoire de la revendication 1, dans lequel au moins une ouverture est réalisée sous forme d'une découpe (16, 18) dans une paroi latérale dudit corps (12).
  4. L'accessoire de la revendication 3, comprenant une paire de découpes (16, 18) dans ledit corps (12) disposées en vis-à-vis.
  5. L'accessoire de la revendication 4, dans lequel lesdites découpes (16, 18) sont de forme trapézoïdale.
  6. L'accessoire de la revendication 1, comprenant un lardon (22) fixe disposé centralement s'étendant vers le haut depuis ladite cavité (14) pour guider et espacer l'étiquette d'avec le disque.

A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik



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