Corner Lug Or Ear Type Patents (Class 206/512)
  • Patent number: 11059631
    Abstract: Provided is a connectivity system for a utility module, including one or both of: a rigid base portion with at least one engaging tab projecting at a first edge portion of the rigid base portion, and at least one locking receptacle disposed at a second edge portion of the rigid base portion; and a rigid mounting platform comprising an upwardly extending perimetric rim defining a utility module arresting space, the rim being configured with at least one tab arresting receptacle at a first location, and at least one locking latch at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: KETER PLASTIC LTD.
    Inventors: Yaron Brunner, Ayala Vardi Bougay, Oren Hetzroni
  • Patent number: 10536007
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an electrical energy storage unit, a control system, and applications thereof. In an embodiment, the electrical energy storage unit (which may also be referred to as a battery energy storage system (“BESS”) includes a battery system controller and a plurality of battery packs. Each battery pack of the plurality of battery packs has a plurality of battery cells, a battery pack controller that monitors the plurality of battery cells, a battery pack cell balancer that adjusts an amount of energy stored in each battery cell of the plurality of battery cells, and a battery pack charger. The battery pack controller operates the battery pack cell balancer and the battery pack charger to control a state-of-charge of each battery cell of the plurality of battery cells. In an embodiment, the battery cells are lithium ion battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Powin Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Virgil Lee Beaston, Robert Nelson Tyrrell
  • Patent number: 10431781
    Abstract: Systems and methods of handling batteries are provided. In particular, a method for loading battery assemblies within a storage rack using a battery magazine system can be provided. The method can include loading battery assemblies within a battery magazine. The battery magazine can include a first and second sidewall and a traverse wall extending between the first and second sidewalls. The battery magazine can be installed onto a base member using engagement features located on the battery magazine and a corresponding engagement feature located on the base member. Battery magazines can be stacked on top of each other to form battery magazine stacks to be loaded into a rack using a server lift. Each battery magazine can include a battery assembly configured to be received between the first and second sidewalls of the battery magazine. The battery assembly can further include at least one battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Stanley Zanoni, Robert Anthony Oravsky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10322737
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for the storage of objects are provided, such as an adjustable storage device for protecting fragile decorative items, which can include a plurality of adjustable rectangular storage compartments arranged in a rectangular array, a first plurality of elongate structures spaced at intervals and oriented parallel to one another, a second plurality of elongate structures spaced at intervals and oriented parallel to one another, wherein the first plurality of elongate structures is oriented perpendicularly to the second plurality of elongate structures to form an opening for each of the plurality of storage compartments, and a flexible liner disposed across the plurality of storage compartments, wherein the flexible liner extends through each single opening to form sides and a bottom of each storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Shining Sea Trading Company
    Inventor: Jared Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10286542
    Abstract: A storage container including a modular container housing that includes a plurality of housing modules which are placed on top of each other in a vertical direction and are coupled to each other in pairs. Housing modules that are placed immediately on top of each other jointly delimit a slot for an extractable and insertable tray element. Each of the housing modules has a horizontal module wall which runs transversely to the vertical direction and from which a lateral module wall extends upward. At least one slot is laterally delimited by a lateral slot wall which is composed of a combination of an upward-extending upper lateral module wall of a bottom housing module and a downward-extending lower lateral module wall of a top housing module that is placed on the bottom housing module, the lower lateral module wall being coupled to the aforementioned upper lateral module wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TTS TOOLTECHNIC SYSTEMS AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Wolle, Markus Barabeisch
  • Patent number: 10287091
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container unloader having an expandable supporter, a pallet receiver supported by the extendable supporter, and a material director supported by the pallet receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Arrows Up, LLC
    Inventor: C. John Allegretti
  • Patent number: 10062929
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes an accommodating portion that accommodates a battery pack. A communication hole, which connects the outside and the inside the accommodating portion, is formed in one of the side walls of the vehicle body. The battery pack includes battery cells and a sealed case that accommodates the battery cells. The sealed case includes a case main body having an opening and a lid member fixed to the case main body. The lid member has a first releasing portion and a second releasing portion. A connecting portion for connecting a charging plug to the battery pack is inserted in the communication hole. The connecting portion is connected to the battery cells via wires. The first releasing portion and the second releasing portion are arranged to face a wall of an accommodating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Yuki Chujo, Takayuki Kato, Hiromi Ueda, Fumihiko Ishiguro, Naoto Morisaku
  • Patent number: 9707841
    Abstract: A support structure which includes tank formed rack comprising at least two modules affixed to each other via attached bases and a method of reduced weight storage of fuel tanks also for use in motor vehicles wherein the fuel tanks via attached bases are used to form a portion of the rack superstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark Arold, Joseph Hudak, Christopher Jaeger, Tae Kim, Derrin Olischefski
  • Patent number: 9688466
    Abstract: A collapsible container including frame assembly, a lifting mechanism, a retractable side wall, a retractable end wall, a top member, and a bottom member is disclosed. The frame assembly includes rectangular frame members and articulated vertical frame members disposed between the rectangular frame members. At least one rectangular frame member includes a receptacle member. The articulated vertical frame members are positioned and arranged to retract within the frame assembly. The lifting mechanism is positioned and arranged to elevate the rectangular frame members from each other. The retractable side wall is positioned and arranged to retract into a receptacle member. The retractable end wall is positioned and arranged to retract into a receptacle member. The top member is disposed on an uppermost rectangular frame member. The bottom member is disposed on a lowermost rectangular frame member. A method of transporting a plurality of containers is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Elias Jordan Ronstadt
  • Patent number: 9604561
    Abstract: A grip mounting structure for a utility vehicle includes an R.O.P.S. surrounding a riding space provided with a seat, a front-seat central grip provided to the R.O.P.S. and having a holding portion configured to be held by a crew member sitting on the seat, and an additional grip detachably mounted to at least one of the R.O.P.S. and the front-seat central grip and having a holding portion configured to be held by the crew member. The holding portion of the additional grip has a projection amount to the riding space that is larger than a projection amount of the holding portion of the front-seat central grip to the riding space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Maeda, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 9580236
    Abstract: A storage and transport container comprising: a lower front member; a first post attached to the first end of the lower front member; a second post attached to the second end of the lower front member; a floor front member attached to the first post and the second post, and located below the lower front member; a rotatable gate rotatably attached to the lower front member, and lockably attachable to the first post and the second post; a first tab extending from the first post, with a first hole located in the first tab; a first spring loaded gate lock attached to the rotatable gate, the first spring loaded gate lock comprising a first gate locking member configured to generally constantly be forced into a locked position by the spring and configured to slide into the first hole in order to lock the first spring loaded gate lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mobile Shelter Systems AS
    Inventors: Eirik Smedsrud Skeid, Jonas Dovik
  • Patent number: 9120620
    Abstract: A flexible bulk container includes side walls coupled to a bottom wall. The side walls and the bottom wall generally enclose an interior space that is accessible through a top of the flexible bulk container for loading materials therein. A support structure includes elongate frame elements. Each of the frame elements may be attached to at least one of the side walls and is configured to support the at least one of the side walls generally upright so that the flexible bulk container is maintained in a generally open position. Each of the frame elements may be detachable from the respective at least one of the side walls. The flexible bulk containers and the support structures may be used in a waste management system for loading and sorting of bulk waste materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BETTER BAGS INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Robert P. Warren, Michael G. Sirois, Roderick D. Muir, Philip Streets
  • Publication number: 20150060321
    Abstract: A connecting assembly includes a first connecting device, a second connecting device, a guide member, and a locking assembly. The first connecting device defines a first through hole. The second connecting device defines a second through hole, and has a latching member protruding from the inner surface of the second connecting device and extending into the second through hole. The guide member defines a first guiding slot and a second guiding slot coupled to the first guiding slot. The first connecting device is fixed to the guide member. The locking assembly has a bar, a locking block, and a sliding block. The locking block is fixed to the top of the bar. The sliding block protrudes from the lateral side of the bar and is received in the first guiding slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: MAN-ZHONG WANG
  • Patent number: 8950612
    Abstract: A shipping container comprising a cradle portion, including a plurality of upright members, formed of a first material and a basket formed of a second material wherein when a first shipping container is stacked on a second shipping container the load of the first shipping container is transferred through the plurality of upright members of the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Macro Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd T. Turner
  • 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: 8820559
    Abstract: A container for shipping and storing flowable materials includes generally planar walls that form or enclose a generally-box shaped vessel for holding flowable material. The container includes a plurality of corner fittings and optionally a plurality of connecting members that provide a frame structure to support the corner fittings. The corner fittings enable the container to be lifted and to be secured to a transport platform, transport vehicle, and/or another container. The vessel walls may be composed of a material that is not as strong or as dense as the material that forms the corner fittings and/or connecting members. The vessel walls may be corrugated and/or include a support structure overlaid on their exterior surface to increase the strength of the walls. The vessel interior may contain baffles to reduce sloshing and increase the strength of the vessel walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lake Effect Advisors, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Beitler, Rebecca A. Ayers, Christian B. Beaudoin, Ryan Joseph Johnson
  • Patent number: 8794480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) for intermodal transport by air and ship, train and/or motor car, comprising a block-shaped housing (2), which is characterized in that there are provided at the corners of the housing (2) castings (6) which are used for positioning when stacking the container (1) and/or for securing the container (1) during transport, and a plurality of containers (1) can be combined to form transport units (25) the base area of which corresponds to that of a standardized sea cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft—und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Volker Gollnick, Omar Abd El Hakam
  • Publication number: 20140174977
    Abstract: A one-piece container formed from a single unitary blank of corrugated paperboard has a bottom wall, opposed side walls and inwardly inclined opposed end walls. Stacking tabs project upwardly from the end walls and tab locks in the bottom wall receive the stacking tabs of a subjacent container when the containers are stacked on top of one another. A reinforcing corner post extends the full height of the container in each corner. The corner posts are formed by panels extending from opposite ends of the end walls, wherein the panels include a first panel foldably joined to an end of an associated end wall and adhered to an adjacent side wall, a second panel foldably joined to the first panel and extending diagonally across the corner, and a third panel foldably joined to the second panel and adhered to an adjacent side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: David J. McKenna, David J. Kent, Herbert D. Muise, JR., Stanley Lee Fry
  • Patent number: 8752683
    Abstract: A piece of luggage including at least one section of a stiff shell material is provided. The at least one section of the stiff shell material defines a first face of the piece of luggage and has at least one corner. A portion of the at least one section has been removed to define at least one notch proximate the at least one corner. First and second edges of the at least one section adjacent the notch are folded inward relative an inner surface of the at least one section forming first and second sides. The first and second sides define second and third faces of the piece of luggage. The piece of luggage further includes at least one rigid corner piece secured to the first and second sides proximate the at least one notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Scicluna
  • Publication number: 20140158575
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is directed to a shipping container forming a rectangular box shape, comprising a pair of side walls, a front wall and a rear wall coupled to the pair of side walls, a top wall coupled to the side walls and the rear walls, a bottom wall coupled to the side walls and the rear walls. The side walls, the front wall, the rear wall and the top wall form top corners. The sides walls, the front wall, the rear wall and the bottom wall form bottom corners. The shipping container further comprises a set of top corner fitting elements disposed at the top corners of the shipping container, each top corner fitting element having an outer aperture, and a set of bottom corner fitting elements disposed at the bottom corners of the shipping container, each bottom corner fitting element having an outer aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: APL LIMITED
    Inventor: Teow Hua Lee
  • Patent number: 8733572
    Abstract: A box for packaging and transporting products essentially made from plastic, designed to contain, within, different products, such as fruit and vegetables. The box includes a lightweight supporting structure and a package made up by a laminar body that is placed against the inside or outside of the lateral walls and base of the supporting structure, the laminar body being connected to at least one of the elements that make up the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Manuel Ruiz Carmona
  • Patent number: 8714396
    Abstract: An insert for a transport container made of plastic material includes a grid-shaped layout for glasses and the like that includes plastic strips. At least two substantially identical insert parts are provided, which are connected to each other at a distance by at least two height-adjustable support elements. Different inserts can be stacked on one other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Georg Utz Holding AG
    Inventor: Yves Hug
  • Patent number: 8689424
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is directed to a shipping container forming a rectangular box shape, comprising a pair of side walls, a front wall and a rear wall coupled to the pair of side walls, a top wall coupled to the side walls and the rear walls, a bottom wall coupled to the side walls and the rear walls. The side walls, the front wall, the rear wall and the top wall form top corners. The sides walls, the front wall, the rear wall and the bottom wall form bottom corners. The shipping container further comprises a set of top corner fitting elements disposed at the top corners of the shipping container, each top corner fitting element having an outer aperture, and a set of bottom corner fitting elements disposed at the bottom corners of the shipping container, each bottom corner fitting element having an outer aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: APL Limited
    Inventor: Teow Hua Lee
  • Patent number: 8640871
    Abstract: Rugged stackable merchandise tray containers are provided with right-angled mounting tabs at the inner corners of the top panel of two load supporting casing formed at the two ends of the tray container. The right-angled mounting tabs are engageable with rectangular mounting openings formed at the bottom of the bottom panel when two tray containers are stacked one on top of another. The mounting provide resistance to accidental external impact exerted to the stack. At least one trapezoidal shape pull-out tabs are also provided at the edge portion of the bottom panel, which are engageable with aligned mounting slots formed at the top panel of the load supporting casings to provide further securement of the stacked tray containers as well as enhanced resistance to external impact to the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Geoffrey Alan Moss
  • Publication number: 20130270263
    Abstract: A shipping container comprising a cradle portion, including a plurality of upright members, formed of a first material and a basket formed of a second material wherein when a first shipping container is stacked on a second shipping container the load of the first shipping container is transferred through the plurality of upright members of the second container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Todd T. Turner
  • Patent number: 8393470
    Abstract: A tray has a bottom panel, side and end panels and top shoulders at opposed ends of the tray. A separate cover extends across the top and down opposed sides of the tray. The cover has attachment tabs that extend into attachment slots in the tray. The trays may be stacked with an upper tray resting on the shoulders of the lower tray. The cover is a cover for the stack of trays with the side panels of the cover sized for different numbers of trays in the stack. One embodiment has stacking tabs extending above the tray. The cover has cut-outs to accommodate the stacking tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Nicholas A Philips
  • Patent number: 8376168
    Abstract: A container that is convertible between a collapsed configuration and deployed configuration. The container includes a lower base assembly having sides, and an upper base assembly that is removably coupled to the lower base assembly. A plurality of removable supports are removably erected between the lower base assembly and the upper base assembly when the container is in the deployed configuration, and stowed between the lower base assembly and the upper base assembly when the container is in the collapsed configuration. The container may further include a plurality of sidewalls disposed between the supports and the upper and the lower base assemblies. The sidewalls may each be hingedly coupled to a respective side of the base assembly such that the sidewalls are deployable between the collapsed configuration and a deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Container Technologies Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Steve Fielden
  • Publication number: 20130026060
    Abstract: Rugged stackable merchandise tray containers are provided with right-angled mounting tabs at the inner corners of the top panel of two load supporting casing formed at the two ends of the tray container. The right-angled mounting tabs are engageable with rectangular mounting openings formed at the bottom of the bottom panel when two tray containers are stacked one on top of another. The mounting provide resistance to accidental external impact exerted to the stack. At least one trapezoidal shape pull-out tabs are also provided at the edge portion of the bottom panel, which are engageable with aligned mounting slots formed at the top panel of the load supporting casings to provide further securement of the stacked tray containers as well as enhanced resistance to external impact to the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Geoffrey Alan Moss
  • Patent number: 8353417
    Abstract: A multi-purpose floatable container includes a casing, a cap, at least one linkage disc, and at least one buckling bolt. The casing has four corners and each corner has a linking groove, an upper hole, an upper enlarged hole, and a lower hole. The at least one linkage disc is partially and respectively inserted into at least one of the linking grooves. Each one of the at least one linkage disc has four connecting orifices longitudinally defined through the linkage disc. Each one of the at least one buckling bolt is inserted into the top hole of one of the corners, the upper hole, the connecting orifice, and the lower hole for fixing the cap on the casing. The container can be utilized as a single unit for storing objects in the casing. Multiple containers can also be assembled to form a floating platform for diversified purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Pin-Chien Wu
  • Patent number: 8297442
    Abstract: A light-weight stackable beverage crate includes a bottom plate, four side walls forming an interior space for placement of objects, and four vertically extending columns interconnecting the side walls and bottom plate. Each side wall includes a pattern of outer and inner arches interconnected by lateral beams, vertical support beams, and cross-beams. Side walls may include handle recesses. A lateral beam defines an upper edge of the side wall and another lateral beam defines a lower edge of the side wall. An upper end of the column extends above the upper edge of the side walls, and a lower end of the column extends below the lower edge of the side walls. The upper and lower ends of the column are capable of distributing a load force. When stacked, the only load-bearing points of contact between crates above are the upper and lower ends of the columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Patent number: 8245847
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a plastic container configured to hold food or food related products, including cheese. The container includes upper and lower container walls separated by an integral annular stacking bead and an integral container bottom featuring an exterior side having a plurality of annular and radial reinforcing ribs. The lower container wall features vertical ribs defined by smooth curves that span at least ninety-five percent of the lower container height. The stacking bead is inwardly offset from the upper wall of the container in order to facilitate the nesting of the container within the lower portion of another container and to prevent the containers from being wedged within one another when they are nested. The arrangement of the annular and radial ribs on the exterior side of the container bottom provide increased strength to the container and prevent the container from deforming when filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Warren Brent Davis
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8096435
    Abstract: A two-part (1, 2, 102, 118) transporting and vending package (52, 152) for containing and displaying articles (A). The articles are grouped and disposed upon the first part (1), which is augment by the second part (2) to give the package sufficient structural integrity to resist compressive forces being transmitted to the articles when the package is stacked with other such packages. The second part also restricts access to the articles. The package also comprises a releasable retaining means (24, 124) provided to maintain the first and second parts as a unit until access to the articles is required. The retaining means can be manipulated to deprive the package of its initial structural integrity and to provide improved access to the articles to facilitate vending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Alain Saulas
  • Patent number: 8006843
    Abstract: A stackable food and beverage service tray includes a substantially planar tray bottom and a sloping side wall extending upwardly and outwardly from an inner peripheral edge of the tray bottom so as to surround said tray bottom. The tray bottom has an upper floor surface and an underside surface. The tray's sloping side wall has an inner surface and an outer surface with the side wall's outer surface adjoining the tray's underside surface at a peripheral bottom edge of the tray. A raised rib is provided on the inner surface of the sloping side wall. Feet are also provided on the tray's underside surface along the bottom edge of the tray. The tray's raised rib and feet cooperate to define a space between stacked trays through which air can flow to facilitate drying of the stacked trays after they have been washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Gadsen Coffee Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David Bruce McFarland
  • Patent number: 7992738
    Abstract: A pallet container is used to transfer loose cargoes including frame members. The frame member has a rail connected to two posts. Each post is mounted with a nesting. The pallet container has a base frame which is formed by beams; a pair of first side frames and a pair of second side frames respectively formed by the base frame and post members of the invention. Each post member comprising a first post, provided at a corner of the base frame; a second post, spaced from the first post and mounted to the base frame by a reinforced plate, in which a cavity is provided. The pallet container equipped with the post member can be stable to load the frame member by inserting the second post of the present invention into the post of the loaded frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Gao, Jianping Li
  • Patent number: 7975865
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a cargo basket including a frame, the frame including a base, the base including a pair of elongated first and second lower side members, the base including a pair of elongated first and second lower end members, the frame including a floor supported by the base, the frame including four corner posts extending from the base at respective of the four base corners, the frame including an elongated primary side wall supported by the base, the frame including a spaced pair of first and second end walls supported by the base, the frame including a spaced pair of first and second terminal side walls supported by the base, an access portal defined between the pair of terminal side posts, and a pair of gates supported for pivotal movement relative to respective of the terminal side posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Eric P. Marcel
  • Publication number: 20110155614
    Abstract: A universal container locking system for cargo containers. The system includes an actuating mechanism located in the top corner casting of the cargo container, and a locking mechanism located in the bottom corner fitting of the cargo container. The actuating mechanism is coupled to the locking mechanism such that rotation of a pick cone positioned in the top corner fitting from its initial insertion position to an orientation approximately 45° does not cause rotation of the locking cone extending from the bottom corner fitting while subsequent rotation of the pick cone from an orientation of approximately 45° to an orientation of approximately 90° causes the locking cone extending from the bottom corner fitting to rotate approximately 45° from the locked position to the unlocked positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: PECK & HALE, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John L. Szeglin, Peter J. Walker
  • Patent number: 7942282
    Abstract: A retainer for securing together upper and lower shipping containers includes interconnected upper and lower retaining members each adapted to be inserted into a hole in a corner piece of a respective one of the upper and lower shipping containers, and at least one swing member disposed inside the lower retaining member. The upper retaining member has a top end aligned with a bottom end of the lower retaining member along an axial line of the retainer. The swing member includes a lower pivot portion connected pivotally to the lower retaining member, and an upper engaging portion which is proximate to the axial line in a non-engaging position and when the axial line of the retainer is substantially vertical, and which moves away from the axial line in an engaging position when the axial line of the retainer is inclined and non-vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Universal Global Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Yao Hung
  • Publication number: 20110094916
    Abstract: A transport container system includes a stackable crate having a bottom element and four side wall elements which are of a dimensionally and pressure stable structure. Each of the side wall elements has a foldable attachment element connected to it. When folded up, the attachment elements of the four side wall elements will form an attachment which will increase the volumetric capacity of the crates. The attachment elements will each bear on an upper side of the respective side wall element and be retained in the folded up position by guides provided on the side wall elements. When folded down, the respective attachment elements can be integrated into the respective side wall element in such a manner that the attachment elements at least will not protrude substantially over the thickness of the side wall elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Wolfgang ORGELDINGER
  • Publication number: 20100258467
    Abstract: A tray for containers, such as beverage bottles, includes a base and a plurality of interior columns extending upwardly from the base. A plurality of columns extend upwardly along at least a portion of the periphery of the tray. Side walls extend along the sides of the tray and end walls extend along the ends of the tray, the end walls connected to the side walls by corner walls. The corner walls protrude upwardly higher than the side walls and end walls and include an opening at a lower edge thereof for receiving a corner portion of an identical tray nested therebelow. In another, independent feature, dividers and/or the walls include recesses along uppermost edges to reduce the overall footprint of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 7674087
    Abstract: A method used for loading semi-trailer chassis into a container, wherein the container includes a base frame and four frame structures attached to corner posts of the base frame. Four semi-trailer chassis are stacked into the container from bottom to top, where the first semi-trailer chassis is placed upside down, the second semi-trailer chassis is placed right-side up and turned horizontally at a 180 degree angle, the third semi-trailer chassis is placed upside down, and the fourth semi-trailer chassis is placed right-side up and turned horizontally at a 180 degree angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sidong He, Shulin Yang, Feng Wang, Xuezhong Ye
  • Patent number: 7637373
    Abstract: A container configured to support a second identical container in a stacked relationship, comprising a base including a plurality of spaced apart members, the spaced apart members including at least one stacking member, and at least one container support member, wherein each of the at least one container support member is configured for engaging and supporting one of the at least one stacking member of the second identical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Norseman Plastics, Ltd
    Inventor: Edward L. Stahl
  • Patent number: 7621414
    Abstract: A coupling piece for joining two containers (35, 36) that are stacked one atop the other, particularly onboard ships is provided. Such a coupling is provided at corner fittings (43, 44) and each include a stop plate (21) and a coupling projection (22, 23) on each side of the stop plate (21). A first coupling projection (22) can be placed on the corner fitting of one container (36) and the other coupling projection (23) is provided with a locking catch (28, 46, 54) for locking inside a corner fitting of the other container (35). The drawback that front-side openings in upper corner fittings (43, 44) of a container (36) are obstructed by a locking catch of the coupling piece, hindering the use of lashing means is overcome with the coupling piece locking catch (28, 46, 54), when viewed in the longitudinal direction of the containers (35, 36), being arranged laterally on the other coupling projection (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sec Ship's Equipment Centre Bremen GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Bederke
  • Publication number: 20090173661
    Abstract: A two-part (1, 2, 102, 118) transporting and vending package (52, 152) for containing and displaying articles (A). The articles are grouped and disposed upon the first part (1), which is augment by the second part (2) to give the package sufficient structural integrity to resist compressive forces being transmitted to the articles when the package is stacked with other such packages. The second part also restricts access to the articles. The package also comprises a releasable retaining means (24, 124) provided to maintain the first and second parts as a unit until access to the articles is required. The retaining means can be manipulated to deprive the package of its initial structural integrity and to provide improved access to the articles to facilitate vending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Alain Saulas
  • Patent number: 7520384
    Abstract: One-part case for digital records' carriers with possibility of connection with cases of the same type presented in FIGS. 1 and 7 and made of the polymeric material using the technology of injection moulding consists of the lower portion (1) and the upper portion (2) connected by one or more foldable joints (3). The portions of the case are fitted with elements which are used for interpositioning of the cases of the same type, in the form of spherical projections (7) and spherical indentations (8), and with elements for interconnecting of the cases of the same type, in the form of elastic consoles (4) and slots (6). The cases are joined into separable stacks of two or more cases of the same type by pressing the loose ends of the elastic consoles (4) of the open upper case into the slots (6) of the closed lower case. The stacked cases represent a single solid body within which there is no movement of the cases. The stack can be disassembled at any point by stretching the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventors: Zeljko Zajec, Zoran Kefelja, Mladen Sercer
  • Patent number: 7497347
    Abstract: An improved storage unit of the type having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a floor, a pair of side walls, a front wall, a rear wall, and a roof. The roof is translucent, attaches without any puncturing thereto, and has overhanging eaves and bows with centers that are bowed thereat. A ventilation system allows the storage unit to benefit from storing in a climate controlled warehouse and provides airflow when the storage unit is stored outside. The rear wall has a roll-up door. The pair of side walls, the front wall, and the rear wall are attached from the exterior surface and the interior surface is smooth and non-abrasive. The floor is plastic undercoated plywood. Towing brackets front and rear provide a safe, strong, and secure method to attach a winch system of a transport system for maneuvering the storage unit on and off the transport system and to maneuver the storage unit with forklifts or pallet jacks in a yard or warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: William G. Norris, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080308447
    Abstract: A stackable storage crate (10) comprising side elements (13, 14, 15, 16) and a base element (12) wherein at least one of said side elements (13, 14, 15, 16) is provided with an openable panel (30) providing access to storage space within said crate (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Timothy Boland
  • Publication number: 20080217330
    Abstract: A system for shipping produce including a shipping tray adapted to house a variety of different sized produce shipping containers. The produce shipping containers are sized such that when the tray is stocked with each size container only it can be filled and all of its space utilized. A produce shipping container which minimizes interior edges. A produce shipping container which enhances visibility through the top of the container through to the produce contained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: David Franz Baum
  • Patent number: 7422124
    Abstract: A stacking pocket for disposing at a corner of a roof of a shipping container and for holding a caster wheel of an above-stacked shipping container. The pocket includes flat bars, a plate, and a wheel. The plate is triangular-shaped to substantially conform to the corner of the roof of the shipping container, attaches to the corner of the roof of the shipping container, and has a periphery. The flat bars are disposed in a truncated triangular configuration forming an open apex about the periphery of the plate, are attached to the plate, and hold the caster wheel of the above-stacked shipping container therebetween. The wheel is horizontally rotatably attached to the plate and is disposed at the open apex of the flat bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: William G. Norris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7337914
    Abstract: A collapsible box with a pair of opposed, hinged sidewalls in which a lightweight frame structure holds the sidewall in a vertical orientation during assembly and provides load-bearing strength. The frame structure and sidewalls fold over one another, and lie substantially flat, when said box is collapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventors: Martin Spindel, Nadine Cino