Having Specified Means For Nesting Instead Of Stacking Patents (Class 206/505)
  • Patent number: 10926913
    Abstract: A vented tri-fold container includes a base, a lid, a divider, two hinges, and at least one vent. The tri-fold container may be configured to be vertically stackable in the open configuration and also when closed. When closed, heat and/or moisture may be vented from the containers even when multiple containers are stacked together. The lid and the divider of the vented tri-fold container may cooperate to form a moisture capture area within the container when the tri-fold container is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Genpak, LLC
    Inventor: Brian S. Allers
  • Patent number: 10921780
    Abstract: Methods of nesting parts for 3D printing and of modularly managing the 3D printing as well as corresponding modules are provided. Methods split received part models into model batches, and repeatedly, set consecutive model batches into printing space(s) that are being gradually filled, by defining, for each part model in the model batch, a roadmap with respect to the occupied space and a set of positioning rules, and independently from the other part models in the model batch, and optimizing, in parallel for the part models in the model batch, a part positioning scheme for the model batch parts. The methods may further manage the allocation of printing spaces with respect to incoming printing requests to incorporate the respective parameters into the parameters of the nesting process. The methods exhibit a high level of process parallelization, at all levels of space and parts' allocation and nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ASSEMBRIX LTD.
    Inventor: Dan Halperin
  • Patent number: 10852063
    Abstract: An example furnace includes a plurality of furnace components that are stacked to form a plurality of furnace chambers therebetween. Each furnace component includes opposing sidewalls and a support wall that extends between the opposing sidewalls, separates adjacent ones of the plurality of furnace chambers, and defines a plurality of channels. A plurality of heating elements are situated in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: IMG-NA, LLC
    Inventors: Elie G. Mordovanaki, Yasir Bilal
  • Patent number: 10703527
    Abstract: A beverage crate includes a base having opposed end edges and opposed side edges. A pair of end walls extending upward from the end edges of the base. A pair of side walls extend upward from the side edges of the base. Each of the side walls includes an upper band portion connected to the base by inwardly-offset columns. The upper band portions each include at least one upper peak protruding upwardly and at least one complementary recess aligned below the at least one upper peak. The upper band portions each include at least one lower peak protruding downwardly and at least one complementary recess aligned above the at least one lower peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Shelby Frances Apps, Suzanne Whitfield Clark, William P. Apps, Crystal Y. Parra, Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 10694895
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base, a motor disposed within the base, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and extending outwardly from the base, the output shaft being rotatable upon actuation of the motor, a bowl mounted on the base for containing food items, a lid for covering the bowl and having an opening therein, at least one storage container receivable within said bowl, and an indexing mechanism engageable with the at least one storage container and being operable to selectively index the storage container within the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Bryan Hotaling, Matthew Naples, John MacNeill
  • Patent number: 10638884
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base, a motor disposed within the base, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and extending outwardly from the base, the output shaft being rotatable upon actuation of the motor, a bowl mounted on the base for containing food items, a lid for covering the bowl and having an opening therein, and a sidewall cleaning mechanism operable to scrape an interior sidewall of the bowl while the lid is engaged with the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Bryan Hotaling, Matthew Naples, John Macneill
  • Patent number: 10450104
    Abstract: A storage tote system includes a body having a peripheral upper edge and hinged latches located at either end the peripheral upper edge. Each hinged latch includes lateral arms having pivot pins. The lateral arms are connected to an upper flange. The upper flange has an engagement tab extending from its lower surface. The storage tote system also includes a lid with an upper surface having complimentary recessed features on opposite ends, and a peripheral, downwardly facing groove. Each hinged latch is configured to be rotated about their pivot pins so that the upper flange is rotated onto the complimentary recessed feature. An aperture formed within the recessed feature of the lid's upper surface receives the engagement tab to securing the lid onto the body. Each hinged latch can also be rotated outwardly, away from the lid in order to disengage the engagement tab without deforming the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BARENTHAL NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hongyuan Han
  • Patent number: 10315066
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus comprises a main body with a cavity that can be selectively covered with a lid. The main body is angled to increase the range of motion of a user of the apparatus. At least a portion of the lid is selectively housed within the cavity. A smaller scale embodiment of the exercise apparatus can be utilized as a sitting apparatus that corrects posture while a user is in a seated position. A method of exercise comprises a variety of steps which can be performed by a user while the user remains on his or her back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Symbas, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Nolz
  • Patent number: 9919838
    Abstract: A highly efficient bakery tray is provided. The tray includes a square base and is configured to stack upon another like tray in any of three or four orientations to provide three or four different product clearance heights between the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 9758993
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container including a pallet, a compartment mounted on the pallet, a material unloading assembly, and a material loading assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Arrows Up, LLC
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Anthony M. Raso, Lyndon Just
  • Patent number: 9145231
    Abstract: A storage container system has a plurality of container bases and lids. Each base has a bottom, a continuous side wall terminating at a top edge, an open top bounded thereby, and an interior storage space. The plurality of bases can be stacked to form a base stack. Each lid has a main panel section, a perimeter skirt, a top side, and a bottom side. Each lid can close off the open top of any of the plurality of bases by connecting a part of the perimeter skirt to the side wall near the top edge. Each lid has a first connecting structure with a lid-to-lid component and a mating lid-to-lid component. Each lid-to-lid component can connect to the mating lid-to-lid component on another of the lids to form a lid stack. Each lid also has a lid-to-base component of a second connecting structure different from the first connecting structure. Each base has a mating lid-to-base component of the second connecting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Brian D. Furlong
  • Patent number: 9108655
    Abstract: A basket for public use includes a substantially upright tapered body for repeatedly moving purchasable items within a store; the body includes an interior space and an open top; the open top permits access to the interior for placing the plurality of purchasable items in the interior. Wheels allow rolling the basket within the store and a telescoping handle provided on a face of the body rollingly pulls the basket. A like-basket is nestable in the basket in a first and a second position; eg the telescoping handles are proximate to each other or the telescoping handles are distal from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ARAVEN, S.L.
    Inventors: Marcos Alcala Sebastian, Maria Isabel Gimeno Verdejo, Jose Antonio Puertolas Salanova
  • Patent number: 9004282
    Abstract: A nestable container and lid are provided. A first container may be received by a second container such that the first container nests in the second container. The lid of the first container is also nestable in the open lid of the second container when the lids of the first container and the second container are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: William Van Ness
  • Patent number: 8997992
    Abstract: The invention relates to a package for flowable goods, in particular liquid, viscous and/or granular comestibles, such as baby food, pudding, sauce, oatmeal or the like. The package comprises a shallow tray and a cover which in closed condition slants towards a bottom wall of the tray thereby providing the package with a substantially wedge-shaped appearance. The package furthermore comprises two support faces to stand on alternately. A first support face is located at the bottom wall of the tray and a second support face is located at a bottom-surrounding wall of the tray, at the higher end of the wedge. During use, the package can be positioned on its second support face for presentation purposes, on its first support face for consumption purposes. During transport, pairs of packages may placed with their slanting covers against each other, in opposite lengthwise direction so that a high end of a wedge-shaped first package borders a low end of a wedge-shaped second package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: N.V. Nutricia
    Inventor: Alexander Josephus Marcius Van Puijenbroek
  • Publication number: 20150068944
    Abstract: A stackable container includes a surrounding wall that has a plurality of recessed parts and a top open end formed with a flange. The recessed parts are indented respectively from inner surfaces of corners of the surrounding wall and protrude outwardly and respectively from outer surfaces of the corners. The recessed parts have respective outer shoulder surface to abut against the annular flange of another similar container to prevent tight contact between the container and the another similar container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Zhong-Hua Zhang
  • Patent number: 8960479
    Abstract: A crate includes a base, a pair of opposed end walls extending upward from the base, and a pair of opposed side walls extending upward from the base between the end walls. Each side wall includes a plurality of side columns extending upward from the base to a side band. Each side band includes a logo portion having a protruding portion protruding upward relative to an upper edge of the side band. Each side band further includes a curved recess formed in a lower edge of the side band, the curved recess complementary to the protruding portion of the logo portion. The protruding portions of the logo portions are offset in opposite directions from a center of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Reehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Ryan C. Meers, William P. Apps, Suzanne Whitfield Clark
  • Publication number: 20150048002
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a beverage container 13, having a circular upper orifice for receiving a removable threaded cap to contain a carbonated drink, a beverage container 10, having a donut shape upper orifice for receiving a removable donut shape seal of aluminum foil to contain a mixed juice, the beverage container 10 nesting on top of the beverage container 13, the removable threaded cap keeping the two nested beverage containers interlocked, and a desired cocktail punch produced through mixing the carbonated drink and juice inside the beverage container 13.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Sheng Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 8950581
    Abstract: This invention relates to a stackable container adapted to be stacked with a second substantially identical container in two positions. The container comprises a container body; and an arm movably connected to the container body. The container body comprising a base and walls extending upwardly from the base. The walls define an interior space and an opening. The arm is movable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the arm provides a support for the second substantially identical container wherein, when stacked, the second identical container is supported above the stackable container with at least part of the interior accessible. In the second position, the arm is positioned to allow the second identical container to nest within the stackable container with the interior space inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Busch Systems International Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Busch
  • Patent number: 8944274
    Abstract: A wastebasket for facilitating reuse of plastic shopping bags includes a first, open topped receptacle; a second receptacle, sized and shaped to receive therein the first receptacle; and a lid. The first, open topped receptacle may be formed unitary with the second receptacle or the first, open topped receptacle may be removable from the second receptacle. The first, open topped receptacle and the second receptacle are cooperatively adapted to form a bag storage compartment generally within the second receptacle and about the outside, upper portions of the first receptacle. The lid is cooperatively adapted with the first, open topped receptacle and the second receptacle to form an aesthetically pleasing closure for the bag storage compartment while simultaneously providing an also aesthetically pleasing opening to the interior space of the first, open topped receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: James Madrid
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140311938
    Abstract: A base and cover assembly including a first base, the first base comprising a first base peripheral wall defining a first base cavity, and a first base lip disposed along a perimeter of the first base peripheral wall; and a first cover separable from the first base, the first cover comprising a first cover peripheral wall defining a first cover cavity, the first cover cavity including a first cover cavity interior side and a first cover cavity exterior side, the first cover including a first cover lip disposed along a perimeter of the first cover peripheral wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Fick, Annie Hill
  • Patent number: 8820530
    Abstract: An airport baggage tub, comprises a molded sheet. The molded sheet further comprises a large radius corner and a slick surface edge. The molded sheet is mechanically coupled to a material region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Marcus Blagg
  • Patent number: 8783482
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular receptacle formed by a plurality of axially-nestable necked containers. The neck of the containers includes a flange which cooperates with a recessed tubular chamber provided in the base of the containers. The flange is housed in the chamber, such that it is free to move radially, but bears axially against a shoulder in one direction. Bosses are provided on a flared section that extends from the neck and said bosses are received in cavities located in a flared pocket that extends from the above-mentioned chamber. The bosses and cavities form members that provide axial and radial stabilization for the nesting arrangement formed when the flange bears against the shoulder and they include inclined lateral-pressure-bearing ramps used to separate two assembled containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BTC Concept
    Inventors: Mohammed Bou Mezrag, Yann-Loig Bassing
  • Patent number: 8763808
    Abstract: A watering can of appropriate shape consist of the main container (5) from which an open spout (6) extends, while the bottom wall (12) and the back edge of the main container continue into the extended can holder (7) with the holder opening (8). The main container widens from its bottom toward the top, while the extended can holder (7) becomes narrower from the bottom toward its top. The extended can holder wall creates a countersink (9) on the external side where into the extended handle of the next stacked can is put into. The open spout (6) has V-shaped cross section enabling the spout (6) to fit into the spout of the previous can during stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Igor Juric
  • Patent number: 8727121
    Abstract: A tray for a food product is thin-walled, unitary, and plastic. The tray comprises a central portion. The central portion comprises a plurality of downwardly extending recesses for receiving at least one of the food products, and a plurality of upwardly extending posts interspersed amongst the recesses. A first set of the posts is positioned on a first side of a horizontal axis of the tray, and a second set of the posts is positioned on a second side of the horizontal axis. The first set of posts and the second set of posts are positioned asymmetrically on either side of the horizontal axis. Each post comprises a plurality of reinforcing ribs extending lengthwise therealong. The reinforcing ribs are integral to the posts. The tray further comprises an outer wall portion extending about the central portion. A plurality of webs extend between the outer wall portion and the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Par-Pak Ltd.
    Inventors: Samir R. Parikh, Sajith Chenat
  • Patent number: 8720687
    Abstract: A tray includes a base having opposed front and rear walls and opposed side walls. The front and rear walls are shorter to provide access to products stored on the tray when in a stacked configuration. The tray includes reinforced intersections between the front and rear walls and side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 8714348
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a consumable beverage container, and more particularly to collectible cups including graphical souvenir, art, or thematic elements presented on the exterior surface of the container that remains exposed upon the nesting or stacking of each unit. While such elements may present a cohesive brand or image presence on each cup, the elements also represent a fragment of a larger design that may only be visible upon proper vertical sequencing and rotational orientation of the various individual units within the particular series or collection of containers. The exact geometry of the containers may be counter intuitively formulated to present a larger exposed surface for the presentation of such elements thereby sacrificing the volumetric savings normally associated with the nesting or stacking of equivalently-sized units in a storage or retail setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Goldar Investments LLC
    Inventor: Rodrigo Vargas
  • Patent number: 8690007
    Abstract: A lid for industrial or commercial large size solid waste containers has a ribbed single layer central portion and a peripheral edge having a hollow double wall boxed configuration. The lids have substantial symmetry so that the lids may be stacked and nested with alternate lids oriented in opposite front-to-back directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Craig V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8684209
    Abstract: A foldable and overlappable carrier box includes a base panel, a pair of first side panels erected along any two facing edges of the base panel, and a pair of second side panels erected along remaining facing edges of the base panel. Each of the first side panels is divided into an upper face and a lower face along a horizontal line, the upper face being foldable downwards, and each of the second side panels is divided into an upper portion and a lower portion along a horizontal line, so that when carrier boxes are stacked in multiple layers by folding the upper face, a lower portion of a carrier box located at an upper position is overlappable with an upper portion of a carrier box located at a lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: National Plastic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung Min Choi
  • Patent number: 8668089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a crate (2) of a system of crates, in particular for transporting fresh fish, which has an opening (16) on the top side, and wherein the edge area as well as the base area of the opening on the top side are designed in such a manner that the base area on the edge of the opening on the top side is laterally and positively placed on an identical crate; thus the crates can be stacked on top of each other such that the upper crate can be inserted into the lower crate, rotated about a vertical axis by 180°, and thus the empty boxes can be stacked into one another (180° stack-nest crate), and said crate is thereby characterized in that the edge area (10) of the opening on the top side is designed, at least in terms of area, in a channel shape and has at least one first through hole (30) which is located on the outer side at the bottom of the crate wall adjacent to the edge area, and in that the base of the crate features a second through hole (30) so that liquid can drain out of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: “Deutsche See” GmbH
    Inventors: André Feldmann, Arne Schultchen
  • Patent number: 8646609
    Abstract: An oil collection tray includes a flange and a tray body which is inclined inward. The tray body has an inner wall which is inclined inward. The tray body has a plurality of spaced vertical recesses formed on an outer wall thereof and a plurality of protruding ribs formed on the inner wall thereof corresponding in position to the vertical recesses. When a number of oil collection trays are piled up, the tray body of the upper oil collection tray is placed into the tray body of the lower oil collection tray. The tray body of the upper oil collection tray extrudes the air O inside the tray body of the lower oil collection tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mei-Miao Chen
  • Publication number: 20140027335
    Abstract: An oil collection tray includes a flange and a tray body which is inclined inward. The tray body has an inner wall which is inclined inward. The tray body has a plurality of spaced vertical recesses formed on an outer wall thereof and a plurality of protruding ribs formed on the inner wall thereof corresponding in position to the vertical recesses. When a number of oil collection trays are piled up, the tray body of the upper oil collection tray is placed into the tray body of the lower oil collection tray. The tray body of the upper oil collection tray extrudes the air O inside the tray body of the lower oil collection tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: MEI-MIAO CHEN
  • Patent number: 8573400
    Abstract: A thermoformed container system with a tray and a lid mounted on the tray, that includes special structures to help two or more containers to stand on their bottom edges when nested together, even though each individual container would be too unstable to stand in isolation. Alternative embodiments of the invention include a product case pack comprising at least two containers with product inside each container, and a method of retail sales display of two or more containers, where the containers are adapted to stand on their bottom edges when nested together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Plastic Ingenuity, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. LaMasney
  • Patent number: 8573399
    Abstract: A material handling device includes a base, a side, a support member, and a resilient biasing member. The side extends from the base and defines a device interior with the base. The support member is disposed within the device interior proximate the side. The support member includes a cam and is rotatable between a material handling device stacking position and a material handling device nesting position. The biasing member is coupled to the side and is configured to engage the cam and thereby urge the support member into one of the stacking and nesting positions. The resilient biasing member is also configured to effect a translation of the support member towards the side as the support member rotates from a position intermediate the stacking and nesting positions to the one of the stacking position and nesting positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Canada Post Corporation
    Inventors: John Ulmer, Hongqiao Li, Kevin McTavish
  • Patent number: 8567601
    Abstract: A starter block and a shingle are utilized to form courses that may be positioned in overlapping fashion on a roof to form a roofing covering system. The particular design of the starter block and shingle result in a roofing product that provides increased durability over previous designs. The starter block may be formed with top and bottom surfaces, opposite side surfaces with tapering heights, and a front surface having a greater height than a back surface of the starter block. When the starter block is coupled to a roof deck, a semi-rigid shingle having a generally planar bottom surface may be placed upon the starter block so that a portion of the shingle extends off of the starter block over the back surface thereof and onto the roof deck to facilitate contact between the shingle and the roof deck at a location more proximal to the starter block back surface than if the same back surface had the same height as the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Turek, Adam Guenther
  • Patent number: 8523000
    Abstract: Multi-compartmentalized container system includes a container having a lid member and a tray member. The lid member includes a plurality of first recesses formed on a bottom surface of the lid member and opening in a first direction, a membrane disposed over the first recesses to retain contents of the first recesses, and at least one second recess formed on an opposite surface to the bottom surface of the lid member and opening in a second direction opposite the first direction. The lid member is releasably lockable to the tray member by placing the bottom surface of the lid member toward the tray member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pactiv Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Publication number: 20130206615
    Abstract: A carrier for carrying at least one beverage container includes a sheet of at least one layer of a polymeric material having an arrangement of at least one aperture for receiving a beverage container, and having a plurality of handle members for grasping by at least one finger or portion of a users hand for carrying the beverage container. A tray configuration is also provided for use with the carrier or in a separate manner, and a dispensing system for use with the carrier is set forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: BLUE SHOE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: BLUE SHOE INNOVATIONS, LLC
  • Patent number: 8459480
    Abstract: A case structure and a method for pre-forming the same are described. The pre-forming method includes the following steps. A first case body and a second case body are supplied. Two side plates of the second case body are bent, such that the two side plates respectively form an initial angle with the bottom plate. The second case body is disposed in the first case body. The two side plates are pulled to respectively come close to two side walls of the first case body, such that the bottom plate forms a curved surface in the first case body. When having an object disposed therein, the case structure overcomes a downward pressure generated by the object through the curved surface, thereby preventing the first case body and the second case body from sagging out of the case structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Kuei-Hua Chen, Jung-Lung Chen, Ming-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8448788
    Abstract: A bowl assembly 1 includes a first bowl 2, a second bowl 3, and a third bowl 4. The first bowl 2 has the largest inner diameter of the three. The second bowl 3 has an outer diameter which is less than the inner diameter of the first bowl 2. The third bowl 4 has an outer diameter which is less than the inner diameter of the second bowl 3. Each bowl has at least one frictional detent mechanism to engage the adjacently placed bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Z Krasznai, Barbara L Schnabel, James A. Sandor, Chi Tong Chan
  • Patent number: 8382730
    Abstract: A surgical fluid basin includes a receptacle member having a lower wall and a peripheral wall extending from the lower wall and arranged about a longitudinal axis, and having an internal chamber within the peripheral wall for reception of fluids. The peripheral wall has at least one terrace defined within the peripheral wall corresponding to a volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The at least one terrace defines an internal rise surface and an internal run surface intersecting the internal rise surface. The internal run surface includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. A plurality of terraces may be defined within the peripheral wall with each terrace corresponding to a predetermined volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The internal run surface defined by each terrace includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Tauer
  • Patent number: 8381909
    Abstract: A tray system is described herein comprising a plurality of trays. Each of the trays comprise generally increasing widths and lengths, and may be alternatively arranged in a stacked configuration, in which a tray with a larger width and length is stacked on a tray with a smaller width and length, or in a nested configuration, in which a tray with a smaller width and length is nested within a tray with a larger width and length. The trays further comprise latches that selectively lock the trays in the stacked configuration and prevent the accidental unlocking thereof when the stacked trays are being lifted or otherwise moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Rolando Hernandez, Jacqueline Gagnon-Volles, Thomas Welsh
  • Patent number: 8353402
    Abstract: A tray for storing and transporting bottles includes a plurality of spaced apart base walls each for supporting a bottle thereon. A plurality of interior columns extend upwardly between the base walls. Longitudinal dividers connect the interior columns. Lateral dividers connect the interior columns to side columns along side edges of the tray. The side columns have tapered mid-portions, such that upwardly-opening windows between side columns are contoured convexly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Publication number: 20120279980
    Abstract: A container includes a base and a pair of opposed side walls extending upward from the base. The pair of opposed side walls include a first side wall and a second side wall. The first side wall includes a lip at an upper portion thereof. A first lid is pivotably connected to the first side wall. The first lid can be selectively snap-fit connected to the lip of the first side wall to retain the first lid in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Gerald R. Koefelda, Simon John Stewart-Smith
  • Publication number: 20120273381
    Abstract: A material handling device includes a base, a side, a support member, and a resilient biasing member. The side extends from the base and defines a device interior with the base. The support member is disposed within the device interior proximate the side. The support member includes a cam and is rotatable between a material handling device stacking position and a material handling device nesting position. The biasing member is coupled to the side and is configured to engage the cam and thereby urge the support member into one of the stacking and nesting positions. The resilient biasing member is also configured to effect a translation of the support member towards the side as the support member rotates from a position intermediate the stacking and nesting positions to the one of the stacking position and nesting positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: CANADA POST CORPORATION
    Inventors: John ULMER, Hongqiao LI, Kevin McTAVISH
  • Patent number: 8297441
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for protecting the surfaces and labels of beverage containers are disclosed. The invention includes a beverage tray having a floor and walls extending from the floor. The beverage tray includes a plurality of dividing sections that divide the beverage tray into beverage sections. Each beverage section may hold a single beverage container. The beverage tray may include a plurality of contact strips positioned within the beverage tray and configured to contact the surface of the beverage container. The contact strips may be placed on the walls of the beverage tray or on the dividing sections of the beverage tray. The contact strips may be applied to existing beverage trays to protect the surfaces and labels of beverage bottles from being damaged by the surface of the beverage trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Pepsico, Inc.
    Inventor: Cherie Eugui
  • Patent number: 8292117
    Abstract: A water holding tank with an approximately rectangular bottom wall and four side walls that are connected respectively to the sides of the bottom wall, each side wall has number of upper support platforms that are arranged periodically along one side of the bottom wall, a number of lower support platforms that are arranged alternately relative to the upper support platforms at a distance from the bottom wall, and a number of connecting walls, whereby each connecting wall connects an upper support platform to a lower support platform while leaving open a passage for water, in which the upper support platforms of a side wall are arranged in mirror positions of the lower support platforms of the opposite side wall relative to a 180° rotation and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Aliaxis Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Guibert, Fabien Yvai, Stephane Kugener, Tony Calton
  • Publication number: 20120199513
    Abstract: A storage container according to the present invention includes a base and a lid hingedly coupled to one another to enable rotation of the lid between a closed position in which the lid is disposed parallel with a bottom wall of the base and an open position in which the lid is rotated with respect to the base between 110 and 230 degrees. A number of hinge assemblies are provided between the base and the lid for rotation of the lid thereabout. The hinge assemblies include a base engaging assembly and a lid engaging assembly for coupling between the base and the lid respectively. The lid engaging assembly includes a receiver configured to engage a pin of the lid for hinged rotation of the lid thereabout. The receiver is configured to enable the lid to break away from the lid as desired or under impact from an external force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Charles E. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8231002
    Abstract: A containment device includes a base, vertical walls extending from the base and an open end for accepting the mailpieces therein. The containment device, furthermore, has a slot formed in at least one of the vertical walls thereof. The containment device also includes a recess extending on an underside of the base between the vertical walls; a lip extending outward from an edge of the vertical walls; detents provided in the lip of opposing vertical walls of the vertical walls; and protrusions extending beyond the base and structured and adapted to mate with detents of a lower container in a stacked configuration of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Publication number: 20120168338
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a food container comprising a lid and a base. The lid and base form three seals, including a locking seal, to prevent the leakage or spoilage of food during transport or temporary storage. Blades on the lid sealing edge and blades on the base sealing edge strengthen said edges, and further reinforce the seals formed between the lid and base. The lid and base, separately or when assembled, are stably stackable requiring a minimal amount of storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Shen Xiong WU, Jian Wen Liang
  • Patent number: RE44754
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tray including a front, a back, a first side, a second side, and a bottom. The tray can include beams extending from the front of the tray and slots defined in the back of the tray. When two trays are stacked in opposite directions with respect to one another, the beams are received by the slots. The tray also includes a domed bottom. The domed bottom has a convex profile with respect to the interior of the tray and can include transverse ribs or longitudinal ribs. The tray also includes drain apertures positioned along the front and back of the tray. The drain apertures can enhance cleaning of the tray by communicating fluid from channels defined by the front and back. The tray also includes a stop for projection for limiting sliding movement of a top tray relative to a bottom tray when two trays are stacked in a similar orientation with respect to one another. The tray also includes handles in the first and second side and a gripping portion on one of the first and second handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Pinckney Molded Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Verna, Douglas T. Cox, Douglas Hood