Structural Features For Vertical Stacking, I.e., Similar Receptacles Patents (Class 206/503)
  • Patent number: 10094260
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a multi-chamber container made of thermoplastic plastic as a service-fluid container for a motor vehicle, which multi-chamber container comprises at least two chambers, which constitute separated volumes that are not in fluid connection with each other, at least not directly, and which are each designed to hold a different service fluid, wherein at least two surrounding walls of the chambers adjoin each other, the chambers are components of a continuous container body combination, the surrounding walls of at least two chambers that adjoin each other are connected to each other in a bonded manner by means of at least one material bridge or in a form-closed manner and/or by means of fasteners, and the connection is designed to independently release under the influence of deformation forces caused by impact such that the container body combination is divided into at least two separate container body parts or two container bodies under the influence of deformation forces caused by impact
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Karsch, Agnes Eberhardt, Brent Jerome Williams
  • Patent number: 10069289
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a cover assembly for an in-floor fitting includes an upper ring, a lower ring connectable to a housing configured to accommodate electrical receptacles, and a flange member clamped between the upper ring and the lower ring. The flange member extends radially outward from the upper ring and lower ring and is configured to support the in-floor fitting on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: Daron Callahan, Richard R. Picard
  • Patent number: 10028596
    Abstract: A product display system (10) suitable for positioning different packaged products for use in a single location, the product display system (10) including at least two trays (12) that are connected to each other by at least one bracket (14), further including a messaging panel (16) which is inserted into either a tray (12) or a bracket (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Barry P. Markwick, Adrienne A. Hershey, Sr., Teuta Elshani, III
  • Patent number: 10017282
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of arranging boxes containing components for transport (shipping units).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dyco Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Yohe, Ronald H. Cordingly, Kevin K. John, Justin L. Mowery, Thomas M. Zurewich, Joshua Jay Gordon
  • Patent number: 9938053
    Abstract: A container, in particular a pallet container, having at least one side wall, a loading opening that can be closed by a flap, and a device for holding the flap in a closed position. The holding device includes a retainer, which is arranged on the side wall or on the flap and which is intended to hold the flap in the closed position and is designed so that the flap is movable to the closed position when a counterforce exerted by the retainer is overcome. The holding device holds the flap in the closed position by latching the flap on the retainer, by latching the retainer on the side wall, or by latching the retainer on a holding member that is provided to receive the retainer and is arranged on the flap or on the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KTP KUNSTSTOFF PALETTENTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Wintrich, Alexander Getting
  • Patent number: 9908281
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to forming shaped thermoplastic articles having smooth peripheries. Many thermoplastic articles have sharp edges formed upon molding or cutting the article from a feedstock sheet. Such sharp edges can damage thin plastic films or flesh which they contact, and smoothing the edges is desirable. Described herein are methods of forming a smooth periphery for such sharp-edged articles by rolling over the sharp edge. The smoothing operation is performed by forming a deflectable flange including a bend region separated from the potentially sharp peripheral edge by a spacer, deflecting a portion of the deflectable flange, and softening at least one bent portion of the deflectable flange to yield a smooth periphery upon cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Converter Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Millard F Wallace
  • Patent number: 9903029
    Abstract: The invention is a bipolar-electrode electrolytic cell (1) which includes a chassis (2), an electrode plate (3) and a plate-shape spacer (4) having a concavity (25) disposing the electrode plate (3), wherein an unit cell (C), which is formed by connecting a plurality of spacers (4) in which the electrode plate (3) is disposed on the concavity (25) so that one plate surface of the electrode plate (3) is directed to one direction, is disposed inside the chassis (2). The bipolar-electrode electrolytic cell (1) includes engaged portions (35, 50 and 51) which are provided on any one of the concavity (25) of the spacer (4) or the electrode plate (3) and engaging portions (10A and 10B) which are formed the other portion with respect to the one portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koki Matsuyama, Yamato Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 9793520
    Abstract: Battery covers and methods for producing battery covers are described. One battery cover described herein includes a single sheet of material formed into a substantially rectangular box shape with an opening formed along one side, the rectangular box shape capable of being folded into a flattened shape for transportation and the material including a flexible laminate of at least one layer of synthetic fiber and a polymer film layer. The material has a thickness and other properties such that when the battery cover is unfolded, the material substantially maintains the rectangular box shape, and when the battery cover is folded into the flattened shape, the material maintains a spring force such that, unless restrained, the battery cover would unfold to the rectangular box shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Carcoustics TechConsult GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Knapp, Gerald Fitzgerald, Axel Boehme, Graydon Stuckey, Tony Rasegan, Lucero Guzman Gaytan, Eric Stuckey
  • Patent number: 9751685
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an extending and separating element (1) to be used in packaging, particularly packaging for automotive parts, such as brake disks and/or drums, clutch disk, wheel hub, or any other parts of similar formats for automotive vehicles. The extending and separating element (1) is intended to be connectable between the base (B) and a cover (T) of packaging (E), so as to allow the appropriate placing of two parts (P) in the same packaging, and provide structural advantages for the aforesaid packaging (E) when assembled. The aforesaid extending and separating element (1) is formed of an intermediary disk (2), which separates a first ring projection (3) from a second ring projection (4), configured to receive the base (B) and the cover (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: JOFUND S/A
    Inventors: Marcos Alexandre Boettcher Sebben, Frederico Prates Vericimo
  • Patent number: 9745100
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of collapsible containers stacked on one another and on a pallet or dolly. Each collapsible container includes a base and a pair of opposed side walls pivotably connected to the base and movable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base. Each collapsible container further includes a rear wall pivotably connected to the base and movable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base. The rear wall may include a pair of opposed flange portions with a lower central portion therebetween. A front wall is pivotably connected to the base opposite the rear wall and is movable between an upright position and a retracted position outward of the container. The pallet accommodates the stack of collapsible containers and has thin outer columns so that the shelving system can fit into existing store refrigerators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Kyle L. Baltz, John B. Zelek
  • Patent number: 9719246
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vapor retarder membrane, intended to be used for improving the airtightness of a building or of a room, comprising at least one active layer having a water vapor permeability which increases with the surrounding relative humidity, said active layer comprising at least 90% by weight of a blend of ethylene/vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer and of a copolyamide 6-6.6 (PA666), the latter having a melting point below 210° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER
    Inventors: Devang Khariwala, Valerio Massara
  • Patent number: 9682799
    Abstract: A container system includes first and second containers. Each of the containers includes a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls extending from the bottom wall. The sidewalls each include a first portion, a second portion, a lug between the first and second portions, with the lug extending substantially perpendicular relative to surfaces of the first and second portions. The sidewalls also each include a sealing rim including a surface that extends substantially perpendicular relative to a surface of the second portion. The second container is nestable in the first container with portions of the lugs of the second container resting on the surfaces of the sealing rims of the first container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig R. Gosen, Katie M. Wazny, Jeffrey J. Zettle, Matthew N. Thurin, David P. Mather, Christopher M. Wlezien, Saad Chaudry, Martin Rathgeber
  • Patent number: 9618520
    Abstract: Microarray compositions suitable for analysis by one or several spectrographic methods are disclosed. In an embodiment, a microarray composition includes a three-dimensional solid support and a plurality of reactive microbeads positioned on the solid support in spatially distinct and addressable locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Vladislav B. Bergo
  • Patent number: 9580204
    Abstract: The invention relates to food and beverage containers and the lids that are used to close such containers. During the manufacturing process, it is desirable to stack the lids one on top of the other before presenting them to the machine that will join the lids to the bodies of the containers. Some lids according to my previous invention have ancillary components attached to their main bodies, such as pull tabs that have raised lifter tips or punch tips. Sometimes, the lids have also certain recesses and/or protrusions below or above the main body of the lids. Such ancillaries and/or recesses or protrusions could disturb the integrity of the stacks. Some experts in the industry indicated that they consider that such a stack could be unacceptably SQUISHY. This invention proposes ways and methods and construction designs, which would eliminate such stacking problems, even in the presence of such ancillaries and/or recesses or protrusions or other similar irregular shapes. The stacks will not be squishy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Gabe Cherian
  • Patent number: 9517858
    Abstract: A chafer wire stand has an upper rim of a closed rectangle and a lower rim of wire metal of similar, but smaller shape. The chafer stand is nestable such that straight wire section extending between the upper and lower rim touch each other when nested and the upper rims of the nested stands are held close to each other. The upper and lower rims are connected by at least two wires substantially identically shaped and bent with each wire being unitary and having a segment thereof attached to the upper rim and extending outwardly therefrom to form a handle element for the chafer wire stand. Each wire is attached to the lower rim and extends therefrom to form two supporting legs for the chafer wire stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Robert J Skvorecz
  • Patent number: 9517859
    Abstract: A stacking clip is provided for vertically attaching two beverage cans together. The stacking clip comprises tabs and ledges used to attach to the lip of a circular rim of a lower beverage can and clipping protrusions used to attach to an undercut region in a concavity of another upper beverage can. Wings are configured to flex inward under an influence of a digit of a user to bias the ledges outward away from the central region of the clip body, detaching the ledges from the rim of the attached beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Oregon Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, Ronald Lee Mellor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9511932
    Abstract: A front-loading, refuse collecting vehicle is provided with a low-profile, front-loadable waste bin (intermediate container) and one or more, side-loading robotic arms. To reduce mechanical stresses along couplings between the vehicle and the combination of the intermediate container and the robotic arm(s), a major portion of the mass of the robotic arm mechanism is situated to the rear of the intermediate container. The intermediate container has a door (e.g. facing the front) and has a section opposite to the door (e.g. between the container and the vehicle), wherein the robotic arm mechanism may be operatively joined to the section so that refuse may be deposited into the intermediate container both through its door and by the robotic arm mechanism. The container also has one or more pockets and/or indents for receiving one or more retractably engageable lift members of a lift mechanism operable to lift the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: THE CUROTTO-CAN, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Curotto, Edward M. Suden, Gideon Gimlan
  • Patent number: 9475609
    Abstract: A pallet adapter kit for aircraft cargo pallets, with a plurality of beams each with a top side and an underside, wherein the beams comprise at least one peg beam which on the underside comprises a first peg receiver and a second peg receiver each for receiving a peg, and on the top side a first beam peg and a second beam peg for engagement in container corners, in particular corners of ISO containers, wherein the first beam peg is arranged offset in relation to the first peg receiver and/or the second beam peg is arranged offset in relation to the second peg receiver in the longitudinal direction of the peg beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Telair International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Huber
  • Patent number: 9409676
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 9408460
    Abstract: A leg assembly for selective attachment to a portable support structure having a base and removable lid said leg assembly. The leg assembly includes a plurality of legs that are selectively attachable to both the base and lid. When attached, the legs extending from the base to the lid thereby supporting the lid. The legs are substantially parallel to one another. The assembly further includes at least one cross member extending between two of the legs to stabilize and prevent lateral movement of the legs. The cross member also abutingly contacts and supports the lid so that the base and lid may function as a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: PELICAN PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 9409688
    Abstract: A tray system for display, storage and transportation of bottles includes a first tray having a plurality of stacking units. Each stacking unit can include a lower receptacle for receiving a neck portion of a first bottle. Each stacking unit can also include an upper receptacle for receiving a base portion of a second bottle to be stacked vertically above a first bottle. The lower receptacle can include a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a sidewall connecting the first end with the second end. The first end forms an opening for receiving a neck of the first bottle into the lower receptacle. The lower receptacle further includes a protective element. The protective element can be attached to the lower receptacle to provide a protective guard between the lower receptacle and a shoulder portion of the first bottle received in the lower receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Polymer Solutions International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Kelly, John A. Spadavecchia, James A. Favaron, Jeff Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9399549
    Abstract: A front-loading, refuse collecting vehicle is modularly provided with a combination of a low-profile, front-loadable waste bin (intermediate container) and one or more, side-loading robotic arms. To reduce mechanical stresses along couplings between the vehicle and the combination of the intermediate container and the robotic arm(s), a major portion of the mass of the robotic arm mechanism is situated to the rear of the intermediate container so that a mass and beam combination is defined where the mass-supporting beam has reduced length. More specifically, hydraulic and/or other relatively massive motor devices of the robotic arm mechanism are mounted to the rear of a refuse-containing wall of the intermediate container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: THE CUROTTO-CAN, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Curotto, Edward M. Suden, Gideon Gimlan
  • Patent number: 9392885
    Abstract: Modular manual lift dispenser security systems and methods store and dispense at least one retail product. The systems and methods have a dispenser body having a floor and walls extending above the floor, wherein the walls of the dispenser body define an interior of the dispenser body that is sized to receive one or more retail products. Further, the systems and methods have a locking lid assembly slidably connected to a top edge of each side wall of the dispenser body via at least one fastener and a pusher paddle located within the interior of the dispenser body, wherein the pusher paddle is spring-loaded and configured to move one or more retail products towards the front wall of the dispenser body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Marketing Impact Limited
    Inventors: Michael Vogler, Joel Pollock
  • Patent number: 9349710
    Abstract: A method for forming a chip package is provided. A first substrate is provided. A second substrate is attached on the first substrate, wherein the second substrate has a plurality of rectangular chip regions separated by a scribed-line region. A portion of the second substrate corresponding to the scribed-line region is removed to form a plurality of chips on the first substrate, wherein at least one bridge portion is formed between adjacent chips. A chip package formed by the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: XINTEC INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Hui Chen, Tsang-Yu Liu, Chun-Wei Chang, Chia-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 9289356
    Abstract: A beverage container is provided for separately storing a liquid apart form an additive until mixing. The beverage container has a vessel for retaining the liquid and a compartment for retaining the additive. The vessel has an open base at an end and a release valve is connected to another end. A base coupler is connected to the open base. The compartment has a connector at each of an open end and an opposing closed end of the compartment. Connecting the closed end and the open end of the compartment to the base coupler selectively separates and mixes the liquid and the additive, respectively. The beverage container has a closure for sealing the open end of the compartment when the liquid and additive are separated. A method for separating storing and mixing a liquid and additive is also provided. A kit assembly for a beverage container is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: BOUCHE BABY INC.
    Inventors: Donna S. Farber, Mark C. Segal, Darryl Michael Farber, Michael Basara
  • Patent number: 9226455
    Abstract: A planter includes a concave container and a separate rim, both formed from a thermoplastic material. The container has a brim extending radially outward from an upper portion of the container. A vertical wall extends upward from the brim. The rim has a top wall with outer and inner side walls extending downward from its edges. The upper surface of the brim of the container comprises a stop inward of the vertical wall such that when the rim is advanced onto the upper end of the container, a lower portion of the inner rim wall confronts the stop to inhibit further advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ATT SOUTHERN INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 9174565
    Abstract: The present invention provides a securement mat for mitigating the migration of loads within a shipping vessel. The securement mat having a length, a width, and a height, and including a first subsection and a second subsection, wherein an area of the second subsection is less than an area of the first subsection. The securement mat has a first fold boundary along the length or width of the sheet and proximate to one edge of the sheet defining a boundary between the first and second subsection, wherein the first subsection exhibits a first incline by folding, along the first fold boundary, the second subsection underneath the first subsection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ECORE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Arthur B. Dodge, III
  • Patent number: 9027755
    Abstract: A food container stacking device comprising: a horizontal member, with a first longitudinal side, a second longitudinal side, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a first corner, second corner, third corner, and fourth corner; the food container stacking device configured to lay on the top surface of a first food container, and further configure to support a second food container on the top surface, thereby allowing for the stacking of the first and second food containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Marlon Jones
  • Publication number: 20150114870
    Abstract: A packing member for packing a cartridge which is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus includes: a frame portion including an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, a first recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge, and a limiting portion, provided in the first recessed portion, for limiting a position of the cartridge with respect to the direction crossing a limiting portion of the cartridge; and a cap portion, provided rotatably connected to the frame portion by a hinge portion, for openably covering the opening. The limiting portion limits the position of the cartridge so that the cartridge is located in a position where a grip portion of the cartridge is remoter from the hinge portion than the center line of the cartridge with respect to the crossing direction and a direction crossing an entering direction in which the cartridge enters the frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Toshiki Fujino, Isao Koishi, Tsutomu Sakaguchi, Masayuki Takeuchi, Taiji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8985018
    Abstract: A container system for containing a plurality of ink pads including a cover and a plurality of bases. The cover defines a cover mounting portion. Each base defines a support surface, a first base mounting portion, and a second base mounting portion. Each of the support surfaces is adapted to support at least one of the ink pads. The cover mounting portion is capable of engaging any one of the first base mounting portions to detachably attach the cover to the plurality of bases. The first base mounting portions are capable of engaging the second base mounting portions to detachably attach at least one of the bases to at least another of the bases. The container system operates in a stack mode and in a single mode. In the stack mode, the cover is detachably attached to one of the plurality of bases, and the one of the plurality of bases to which the cover is detachably attached is detachably attached to another of the plurality of bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Clearsnap Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark G. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8978921
    Abstract: A crate comprises a bottom and two respective pairwise opposing side walls and end walls, wherein the bottom is arch-shaped curving towards the interior of the crate, such that a space between a lower surface of the bottom and a plane defined by a lower end of the crate is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Publication number: 20150014206
    Abstract: Stackable crates (15) for transporting living plant material are disclosed. Methods of using said crates for transporting living plant material are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG
    Inventors: Leo Eland, Ulrich Eberhardt, Piet Van Marrewijk, Lennart Johnsen, Jan Eek, Bregtje Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 8931640
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a stackable packaging unit (1) for the packaging of products (100), the said packaging unit (1) comprising at least one encircling wall (2) provided at least with a corner ridge (3) dividing it into at least two retaining panels (2a) Partially folded down towards one another about the said corner ridge (3) so as to hold the said products (100) to be packaged, at least one end of the said corner ridge (3) being connected to the corresponding edges of the said retaining panels (2a) by at least one inclined centring profile. The stackable packaging unit (1) also comprises an intermediate element. The invention also pertains to a packaging comprising at least one such packaging unit (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.S.
    Inventor: Frédéric Perot
  • Publication number: 20150001119
    Abstract: A connecting device includes an activator, a linkage mechanism, a cam, a guide, a locking bar, a torsion spring, and a spring element. The activator is rotatably connected to a first stackable storage unit. The linkage mechanism is rotatably connected to the activator. The cam is rotatably connected to the linkage mechanism. The guide defines a guiding groove. The locking bar passes through the guide and stays in contact with the cam. The locking bar includes a locking block and a rib. The rib protrudes from the lateral surface of the locking bar. The rib is slidably received in the guiding groove. The torsion spring is pivoted on the locking bar. The spring element exerts a force to the locking bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: MAN-ZHONG WANG
  • Patent number: 8910399
    Abstract: The nesting modular elevators for footwear are a plurality of tapered, progressively wider units that assemble sequentially to one another and attach to the shoe of the wearer. Each unit has a generally oval planform and a hollow interior, permitting each successively smaller unit to be stored compactly within the next larger unit for storage. The base unit has a wide footprint that provides good stability for the assembly when in use. The larger or lowermost unit(s) may be omitted from the assembly when less than maximum height is required. In one embodiment, the units have mating laterally opposed channels and tracks respectively along the upper and lower edges thereof. In another embodiment, the units have mating opposed fore and aft tabs and slots respectively in the upper and lower edges thereof. These systems provide positive engagement of the units with one another, and preclude slippage between units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Hugh N. Ickrath, Kerry D. Ickrath
  • Patent number: 8907214
    Abstract: A method and structure of a system of electrical boxes including differing patterns of interference structures, such as ribs and/or grooves, to prevent identical boxes from being nested but permit non-identical boxes from being nested for more space-efficient storage of electrical boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Publication number: 20140342033
    Abstract: Packages for housing products and methods of using same are provided. The packages may be used to store consumable products and may be customized, contemporary packages that provide easy handling of the packages and increased purchase interest and marketability amongst consumers. In a general embodiment, the packages of the present disclosure include a body defining an interior for housing a consumable product. The body includes a bottom surface having a centrally-located, vertical axis that is substantially perpendicular to the bottom surface, a front surface that is substantially convex with respect to the vertical axis, and a back surface that is opposed to the front surface and is substantially concave with respect to the vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Joel Dean GENAW, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140326630
    Abstract: The stackable food vessel of the present disclosure provides a user with added convenience in storage and uses. The vessel comprises a lid, bowl, main body or shaft, and suction cup. The bowl can be removably connected to the shaft. The suction cup is connected to the shaft in such a way that rotation of the shaft draws the suction cup upward, creating a suction connection with a flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: A2 Product Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis F. Henry
  • Patent number: 8875888
    Abstract: It is a matter of a container assembly with at least one stackable container (1) which has a bottom part (7) and a lid (8) mounted on top thereof Several containers (1) may be so stacked that the lid (8) of the lower container (1) is located between two bottom parts (7). The container (1) is equipped with at least one connecting device (3) which has coupling means (26) mounted movably on the lid (8) of the container (1). The coupling means (26) are movable, for the connection of two containers (1) mounted one above the other, into a connected position relative to the lid (8), in which they are simultaneously in connecting engagement with the bottom parts (7) of both stacked containers (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Koenig, Raimund Schäffer, Timo Kuhls, Lutz Wolle
  • Patent number: 8875875
    Abstract: A stackable package for bedding includes a flexible outer container having an upper end and a lower end, a bottom panel extending along the lower end of the flexible container and side panels extending upwardly from the bottom panel toward the upper end of the flexible container for defining an open end of the flexible outer container. The stackable package includes an insert disposed inside the flexible outer container for reinforcing the bottom and side panels of the flexible outer container, and bedding disposed inside the insert. The side panels of the flexible outer container have upper ends that are joined together for hermetically sealing the bedding inside the flexible outer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Comfort Revolution, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Fux
  • Patent number: 8875876
    Abstract: A stackable package for bedding includes a flexible outer container having an upper end and a lower end, a bottom panel extending along the lower end of the flexible container and side panels extending upwardly from the bottom panel toward the upper end of the flexible container for defining an open end of the flexible outer container. The stackable package includes an insert disposed inside the flexible outer container for reinforcing the bottom and side panels of the flexible outer container, and bedding disposed inside the insert. The side panels of the flexible outer container have upper ends that are joined together for sealing the bedding inside the flexible outer container. At least one of the panels has at least one vent opening formed therein for allowing air to circulate through the package after the package has been sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Comfort Revolution, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Fux
  • Patent number: 8857634
    Abstract: A transport pallet comprising a chassis for supporting goods to be transported, and having feet extending below the chassis for supporting the chassis with a lifting fork space beneath the chassis. The pallet also includes legs provided around the perimeter of the chassis. The legs enable the pallets to be stacked one on another, and have a hollow upper portion and/or a hollow lower portion. Leg extensions are also provided for fitting into the hollow legs to provide separation between the chassis of the stacked pallets. These can be height adjusted. The pallets are generally made of steel or aluminium but can also be made of plastics material having a metal centre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Philip John Fox Harris
  • Publication number: 20140262909
    Abstract: Base for a food container includes a base member having a perimeter and a central region, a retaining ring of height H and width W formed between the perimeter and the central region, and extending upwardly from the central region, and a plurality of recesses in the retaining ring, each recess extending across the width W of the retaining ring from the perimeter toward the central region of the base member. Container further includes a lid having a perimeter configured to engage the perimeter of the base member. Method of making a food container is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Pactiv LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Gartz, Scott Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140263384
    Abstract: Packages for the stable display and storage of foodstuffs. Re-closeable foodstuff package are provided that include a container and a lid. The lid has a base with three feet. The feet support the package when placed horizontally. One of the feet forms a lip in the base of the container that provides stability to the package when it is displayed in a near-vertical position. Additionally, the lip allows the packages to be stacked stably while in a horizontal position to allow for easy shipping of quantities of the packages to stores for sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LAND O'FROST, INC.
    Inventors: Craig IRSCH, William MARION, James Joseph Feeney, II
  • Patent number: 8827313
    Abstract: An intermodal tank container and complementary chassis, and features and methods for use thereof, are disclosed. The intermodal tank container and chassis has an appearance and length substantially similar to a non-intermodal OTR tank trailer, while affording the same capacity as an intermodal tank container. The design of the tank container allows for an improved, lighter design for the chassis and for improved usability of the tank container in intermodal environments such as with rail cars. The reduced weight of the chassis allows for a greater payload while remaining within various applicable legal restrictions for gross vehicle weight, axle weight, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: International Transport Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Haut, Rex Michau
  • Patent number: 8827096
    Abstract: A combination paint can and non-splash lid which eliminates the sump area at the top of the paint can by providing a vertically oriented arcuate interior rim surrounding the opening which leads to the storage container where the paint is stored. The combination also includes a matching lid which can tightly fit onto the vertically oriented rim so that the paint can is able to be tightly sealed but when the lid is removed and paint is dispensed, there is not an interior sump where the paint can land and create problems. The device also contains a matching bottom which is designed to be inter-fit with a top to enable one paint can to be stacked on top of the other paint can and locked in place so that when they are vertically stacked, the upper paint can will not fall away from or off the lower paint can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald E. Macpherson
  • Patent number: 8813960
    Abstract: A latch system for stacked containers includes a plurality of bosses and a latch mechanism. The bosses are coupled to each of the stack containers and may include a pivot boss, a storage boss and a latch boss. The latch mechanism includes a pivot end portion, a flexible mid portion and a latch end portion. The pivot end portion is placed onto the pivot boss to allow rotation of the latch mechanism there about. In one embodiment, the pivot end portion includes a rounded inner diameter to permit both in-plane and out-of-plane rotation of the latch mechanism relative to the container. The latch end portion biasly engages either the storage boss of the same container or the latch boss of another container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Becklin Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Fjelland
  • Patent number: 8807863
    Abstract: A securement device is provided for securing articles such as collapsed shipping racks together for maintaining their stability and alignment. The device includes a tether that is connectable between adjacent shipping racks to secure the racks together, and that provides a clear visual indication that the racks are secured. A securement device affixed to a collapsible shipping rack may further comprise a bracket member and upper and lower pin members coupled to the bracket member, with the tether having first and second opposite end portions and the first end portion of the tether being coupled to one of the upper and lower pin members, and the second end portion being releasably attachable to another securement device of another collapsible shipping rack adjacently stacked relative to the first collapsible shipping rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: TAL International Container Corp.
    Inventors: John Pearson, Michael Chilkotowsky, Lewis Vitalis
  • Patent number: 8800771
    Abstract: A container having a tubular body including a side wall, a bottom wall in the form of a spherical dome projecting to the interior of the container, and an upper wall in the form of an annular spherical dome, inferiorly attached to the side wall by an upper double seam. The bottom wall includes at least one seating region having a predetermined circumferential extension along a plane extending transversely with respect to an axis of the container and being axially spaced inwardly within the side wall of the container, the seating region being configured to be fitted around a respective circumferential extension a upper double seam of an identical and adjacent container inferiorly disposed in a vertical stack, and axially seated on said upper double seam, so as to define a single contact region between two vertically stacked containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brasilata S/A Embalagens Metalicas
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Teixeira Alvares, Silverio Candido Da Cunha
  • Patent number: 8794463
    Abstract: A self-assemblable container, manufactured from ecologic materials such as standard fiberboard, comprising as its main structural elements a bottom, two longitudinal sides and two transverse sides, all of a quadrangular shape and having cauterized perimetrical faces from obtaining the main structural elements by a perimetrical laser cutting process, the main structural elements being assembled together by the insertion of flexible tabs into receiving slots, the sides of two main structural elements which in the assembled container are adjacent each other having one or the other so as to correspond, wherein the container may further comprise an antisagging brace, a lid and/or two transverse laths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Juan José Rio Gonzalez, Santiago Antonio Querol Puig