Stacking Member Patents (Class 206/821)
  • Patent number: 10638766
    Abstract: Apparatus for orient sausages and methods of orienting sausages. The apparatus has at least one conveyor device with a moveable, in particular circulating, conveyor element on which individual sausages can be placed and transported in a conveyor direction along a path of movement. Two orientation devices are spaced from each other transversely relative to the conveyor direction and which are arranged above the moveable conveyor element, and each having at least one respective guide for laterally guiding the sausages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: VEMAG MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Knodel, Christoph Thelen, Thorsten Meininger
  • Patent number: 9908661
    Abstract: A cargo slide includes a base member, a plurality of adjustable rope members, a plurality of hook members, a plurality of accessory leg members, and a plurality of elevated members. The plurality of adjustable rope members are coupled to a plurality of attachment holes formed in the base member, such that the base member is configured to be pulled from a truck bed toward a tailgate via the plurality of adjustable rope members. The plurality of hook members are connected to the plurality of adjustable rope members, such that the cargo slide is configured to be secured in place in the truck bed when the plurality of rope members are attached to the truck bed via the plurality of hook members. The plurality of elevated members are configured to be stacked on the base member via the plurality of accessory leg members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Carey Homer
  • Patent number: 9040146
    Abstract: A material having a first surface and a second surface is disclosed. The first or second surface comprises a texture. The texture is defined by peaks and valleys such that the textured surface may have an Average Peak to Peak Distance in the range of about 3 mm to about 16 mm, an Average Height Differential of at least 1 mm, and a Surface Topography Index from about 0.1 to about 5. The material may comprise a surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Saeed Fereshtehkhou, Paul Joseph Russo, Wilbur Cecil Strickland, Jr., Nicola John Policicchio
  • Patent number: 8999489
    Abstract: An article of manufacture is disclosed. The article of manufacture comprises a package and a disposable sheet. The sheet has a first surface and a second surface. One of the surfaces comprises a texture. The texture is defined by peaks and valleys such that the one textured surface may have an Average Peak to Peak Distance in the range of about 1 mm to about 20 mm, an Average Height Differential in the range of 1 mm to 3 mm, and a Surface Topography Index in the range of about 0.01 to about 10. The sheet may be contained within the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Saeed Fereshtehkhou, Paul Joseph Russo, Wilbur Cecil Strickland, Jr., Nicola John Policicchio
  • Patent number: 8857615
    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: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Plastic Ingenuity, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. LaMasney
  • Patent number: 8833573
    Abstract: A modular packaging system for shipping and displaying palletized products is provided. The packaging system comprises a plurality of vertically stacked trays for holding the products, corner posts extending between vertically adjacent trays for spacing and supporting the trays, and one or more separate elongated braces located under and supporting one or more of the trays. The ends of the braces extend into openings in the corner posts. The system is strong enough not only to support the weight of the products on the trays and withstand the vibration and impact forces that can occur during shipping, but to withstand the weight of one or more units stacked on top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Sonoco Development, Inc, Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Valentine Tomaszewski, John G. Olmsted, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8733550
    Abstract: Stackable lids for a container each include a top surface facing generally in a first direction and a bottom surface opposite the top surface and facing generally in a second direction. Pivotable wing portions extend from each side edge of the lid and each pivotable wing portion is joined to its respective side edge by a hinge. The wing portions are moveable between engaged and disengaged positions, and an inner surface of each wing includes a tab member configured for detent engagement with a rim of the container. The lid also includes corner portions extending between the side edges. Each corner portion includes a skirt portion extending generally in the second direction. Each corner portion also defines a recessed shoulder configured to receive the skirt portion of another when the lids are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: WKI Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis S. Harvey, Steven M. Grider, Justin M. Smyers
  • Patent number: 8714373
    Abstract: A stackable glide rack includes an elongated member having a plurality of vertical partitions forming at least one row for storing a plurality of beverage containers, multiple protrusions and indentations for allowing a group of individual glide racks to be stacked in a vertical manner and an identification unit for identifying a type of beverage container stored in each row. When so oriented, a plurality of glide racks can provide an increased product selection choices without occupying additional space in a refrigerated display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Devin Danehy
  • Patent number: 8523006
    Abstract: The structurally reinforced container includes a base having a bottom, side walls, corners and a top peripheral edge defining an open top end. A number of ridges are formed in at least one of the side walls and corners. The ridges are in the configuration of at least one arch that has an apex where the apex of the at least one arch is proximal to the open top end of the base. A lid resides in communication with the top peripheral edge of the base to releasably close the top end of the base. The integrated arches provide reinforcement to the base of the container to increase top load resistance without increasing the thickness of the material used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: EasyPak LLC
    Inventor: Marco Tulio Barbier
  • Patent number: 8276753
    Abstract: A packaging structure for containing, transportation, exhibition, and dispensing of products at points of sale, of a type including a cubical three-dimensional frame formed by four angular beams in a rectangular or quadrangular arrangement, attached on their lower and upper ends by angular crossbeams, generating empty windows on all its faces; the angular beams and crossbeams are made of compressed rigid cardboard and have two equal arms defining an “L”, set with their vortexes facing inside this structure; the structure is set on a base or pallet, that the attachment between the angular beams and crossbeams is made through structural corner joints having an orthogonal square shaped flat surface section with round vortex, an upward projecting and fixating perpendicular tab of a substantially trapezoidal section on each exterior side of the vortex; the tabs and square shaped flat surface include holes through which fixating means are placed in order to attach arms of the beams and crossbeams; a rectangular cav
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Power Retailing Group S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Luis Felipe Rego Garcia De Alba
  • Patent number: 7980389
    Abstract: A seat extension tray is described that serves to protect a vehicle seat assembly during shipment, such as for example to an automobile assembly operation. The seat extension tray has a unique configuration adapted to matingly engage a seating surface of the seat assembly. The seat extension tray has a length greater than the maximum width of the seat assembly so that upon securing the tray to the seat assembly, the ends of the tray extend laterally outward beyond the sides of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yohan E. Lee
  • Patent number: 7798346
    Abstract: A sports bottle with concentrate cup removably coupled thereto by a female coupling ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventors: Steven D. Nelson, Leona I. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7780036
    Abstract: A handbasket includes a container and a handle. The container includes an upper rim, a pair of opposed side panels, and a pair of opposed end panels, with each side panel including a generally concave exterior surface. The handle extends between, and is pivotally mounted relative to, the respective opposed end panels of the container. The handle is movable between a first generally vertically upright position relative to the container and a second position. In the second position, a first portion of the handle rests against the upper rim of the container and a second portion of the handle is spaced from the upper rim adjacent the generally concave exterior surface of one of the respective side panels to define a grasping zone for grasping the handle for movement between the first position and the second position of the handle relative to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Splain, Robert D. Peota, Alexandre Hennen, Allan Cameron
  • Patent number: 7661527
    Abstract: Film wrapped stacked containers having a molded transparent plastic tray 1 inserted between containers 6 and containers 5 are structurally stable to facilitate film wrapping. The top side of the tray has protuberances 2 forming groove rings 4 on the top side of the tray. The groove rings 4 acts to locate the bottom of the containers 5 on top of the tray in a preset configuration. The bottom of containers 5 rest within the groove rings. The bottom side of the tray has separation means such as cones 6 or other protuberances that act to separate and position the containers 6 beneath the tray 1. By providing a plastic insert that can be molded to a preset configuration, structural stability can be provided for containers with different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Patent number: 7467714
    Abstract: The container stack includes a plurality of stacked containers and separator elements having open portions, with the outside containers in each level received in an opening. The outside openings engage the outer surface of the outside containers and press the outside containers inwardly to secure the containers in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Slat, Richard C. Darr, James R. Steinke, Michael E. Greyerbiehl, Brett A. Sigurdson
  • Patent number: 7311202
    Abstract: A combinative cabinet includes a cabinet body formed with five sideboards with an open front side. An upper, a lower, a right and a left sideboard are respectively provided with two dovetail-shaped projections spaced apart by a same shaped groove or two same-shaped grooves spaced apart with a dovetail-shaped projection, and an L-shaped groove respectively formed at two rear corners of the upper, the lower, the right and the left sideboard. Then plural sets of two assembled cabinet bodies are combined together by juxtaposing and superposing modes, and this assembling method is repeatedly used for forming a large mass of plural combinative cabinets assembled together with convenience, fastness and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Feng-Kuei Chen
  • Patent number: 7296698
    Abstract: A blank for a stackable shelf and the shelf formed from it. The blank comprises a substantially rectangular shelf member having attached walls. Each of the sidewalls has an integral extension which extends into and is detachable from the shelf member. The height of the integral extension is greater than the height of the side wall. Each of the integral extensions has a transverse score line which divides the extension into an upper and a lower section. The height of the lower section is substantially equal to the height of said side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • Patent number: 7169361
    Abstract: A pipette tip reloading system permits the reuse of a tip holder in a manner which interposes no additional transfer structure between the tip holder and the replacement tips. The reloading system includes a tip transfer tray and a push plate which releases the tips from the tray in a simple and reliable manner. The push plate also helps maintain alignment of the tips on the transfer tray as they are moved into position on the tip holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Molecular BioProducts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Arnold, Jr., Christian Deschenes, Douglas R. Boyer
  • Patent number: 7168567
    Abstract: An inflatable packaging system comprised of an inflation channel that feeds a plurality of inflatable cells prevents buckling of the inflation header as the inflatable cells inflate by relieving stress along a seal line that separates the inflation header from the inflatable cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: William A. Peper, Joseph T. Bartusiak
  • Patent number: 7163104
    Abstract: A tray for a semiconductor device and the semiconductor device are disclosed in which the resist of the semiconductor is not easily separated from the substrate. A tray for semiconductor device has a support section formed as a pocket for carrying the semiconductor device, a pair of first protrusions formed on the opposite sides of the support section, and a pair of second protrusions formed on the opposite sides of the tray on the surface side reverse to the surface side where the support section are provided. The second protrusions are arranged in spaced relation to and in the same direction as the first protrusions. The interval between the first protrusions is larger than the interval between the second protrusions, so that in the case where the tray receives a shock, the semiconductor device comes into contact with the second protrusions earlier than with the first protrusions, thereby making it difficult for the resist of the semiconductor device to come off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Misao Inoke, Yukio Ando, Hideyasu Hashiba
  • Patent number: 7093715
    Abstract: A light weight low depth nestable tray for containers comprising an open lattice floor structure and a wall structure that is contoured to reduce the amount of material used for the tray. The wall structure comprises a plurality of columns interconnecting the floor to a band that is generally spaced above the floor and extends around the periphery. The band is contoured at a number of points along the periphery of the tray to reduce the number of columns as compared to the prior art trays which generally have columns at each of the corners and along the end walls and side walls. The reduction in the number of columns reduces the weight of the tray and therefore is more economical. The contour is V-shaped and the band actually connects directly to the floor at those points. The contoured wall structure provides a lighter tray that can be stacked, nested and handled in the same way as prior trays and while maintaining the structural integrity of the bulkier, heavier trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 6857535
    Abstract: An interlocking device for use with rectangular containers, such as metal ammunition containers having a top lid, is shown. The interlocking device comprises a substantially flat plate, coextensive with the top lid of the containers, and having a set of locking tabs to attach to the top lid. The device also has a set of positioning tabs to engage the bottom of another container, when such containers are stacked. The device is attached to similar devices by a set of interconnection mechanisms, which may be male-female connectors located along each edge of the device, such that the interlocking mechanisms on the front and rear edges of the device are of opposite interlocking design and the locking mechanism on the front edge of one device will demountably interlock with the locking mechanism on the rear edge of another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Edward S. Zuckerman
  • Patent number: 6837374
    Abstract: An interlockable film frame carrier has central and peripheral portions for securely storing a film frame, the film frame supporting a film, a semiconductor wafer disposed on the film. The central portion has structure for supporting the semiconductor wafer and for allowing access to a lower surface of the stored film frame. The peripheral portion of the film frame carrier includes structure for supporting a peripheral portion of the film frame and matable stacking members. When the film frame is stored, two film frame carriers are interlocked by mating the stacking members. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR §1.72 (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: James Nigg, Michael Zabka
  • Publication number: 20040149623
    Abstract: A package includes a first and a second wafer stored therein in a stacked configuration. The first wafer has interconnection conductor material portions extending from a first surface thereof. The interconnection conductor material portions have a maximum height. An interleaf member is located between the first and second wafers. A first recessed portion is formed in the interleaf member, and it has an outer perimeter shape corresponding to an outer perimeter shape of the first wafer. The first recessed portion has a first depth from a top surface of the interleaf member. A second recessed portion is formed in the interleaf member and located at least partially within the first recessed portion, and it has a bottom surface at a second depth from the top surface. The second depth is greater than the first depth. The second depth minus the first depth is greater than the maximum height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Gonzalo Amador, Sandra Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6705655
    Abstract: A double-stack tool rack is constructed to include a base having an upright pivot shaft, a plurality of tool boxes respectively pivoted to the upright shaft and arranged into two stacks, and a carrying handle coupled to the upright pivot shaft of the base at the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Global Industries Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Qinghao Yang
  • Patent number: 6685036
    Abstract: A support or divider element between layers of objects displayed in a stack has two identical sheets, assembled facing in opposite directions. The top sheet of a divider element holds the bottoms of objects in a next upper layer. The bottom sheet of an identical element, facing in the opposite direction, holds the tops of the objects in the next lower layer. The oppositely facing sheets are snapped together by engaging protuberances and hollows. A space between edges of the assembled sheets can receive a printed or decorated band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Hameur S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal de Jenlis, André Le Borgne
  • Patent number: 6662963
    Abstract: A vessel including a vessel body formed of metal and having an approximately cylindrical wall, a bottom and a cover, and a plastic ring provided at each of opposite ends of the vessel body and extending radially beyond the vessel body, with at least one of the plastic rings including a flange ring, a shaped ring which abuts a section of the vessel body, and an intermediate ring which connects the flange ring with the shaped ring and has a neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Schäfer Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Meike, Hans H. Reichmann
  • Patent number: 6648390
    Abstract: A single-stack tool rack is constructed to include a base having an upright pivot shaft, a plurality of tool boxes respectively pivoted to the upright shaft and arranged into a stack for keeping tools and/or accessories, a swivel case pivoted to the base and turned in and out of a bottom open chamber of the base for keeping tool bits, and a carrying handle formed of a handle body and a detachable hand tool and coupled to the upright pivot shaft of the base at the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Global Industries Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Oinghao Yang
  • Patent number: 6612439
    Abstract: A can holder for supporting a smaller can on top of a larger can during shipping in a carton. The can holder fits closely within the raised lip around the cover of the larger can. The can holder has one, two, or three raised cylindrical rings are capable of holding the bottom of a smaller can within one of the rings. When the larger can, the can holder, and the smaller can are placed in a proper sized carton, the lid of the carton holds the smaller can in the ring on the can holder and prevents if from shifting during shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Norman Levine
  • Patent number: 6578724
    Abstract: A connector (10) used in packaging together two aerosol containers (A1, A2) for sale as a unit. A first connector segment (12) attaches to one aerosol container (A1), and a second connector segment (14) attaches to the other aerosol containers (A2). The connector segments grasp adjacent portions of the respective aerosol containers which, in one embodiment are stacked vertically, one above the other, and in other embodiments horizontally in a side-by-side configuration. In two of the embodiments, the connector is formed as a one piece, integral connector. In a third embodiment, the connector segments are separate pieces (12C and 14C) with one piece (12C) attaching to the top, cap portion of the containers, and the other piece (14C) attaching to the base of the respective containers. In each embodiment the containers are handled as a single unit regardless of whether one container or the other, or the connector, is used to move the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: United States Can Company
    Inventor: Edward F. Owens
  • Patent number: 6544640
    Abstract: A method of applying repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheets to moving articles includes aligning a plurality of articles for sequential movement through a sheet application station. Each article has at least two different sheet landing areas defined on a common surface thereof A repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet from a first applicator is applied at the sheet application station onto a first landing area of every other article as it passes the sheet application station. A repositionable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet from a second applicator is applied onto a second different landing area on all of the remaining articles as they pass through the sheet application station. The resultant stack of articles formed in this way does not have all of the note sheets aligned vertically in the stack, thus reducing the overall height of the stack by dispersing horizontally the added thicknesses of the note sheets on the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alden R. Miles, Timothy A. Mertens
  • Patent number: 6484877
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for efficiently packaging wheels includes multiple sheets of supporting and fixing members. A first set of wheels, each wheel having a and engaging a hub hole of one of the sheets, is located between two of the sheets. A first sheet supports a first set of wheels, and a second sheet is supported by the first set of wheels. A second set of wheels is located between the second sheet and a third sheet, each wheel of the second set including a hub engaged with a hub hole of the third sheet or of one of the first two sheets. The hub engagement of each wheel is laterally offset from the perimeter of all of the wheels of adjacent sets of wheels. The packaging includes means for preventing lateral movement of the wheels in each set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, LTD
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Murakami, Akira Kurebayashi, Shigeki Urai, So Kawamura, Kunihiko Iwahara
  • Patent number: 6431436
    Abstract: A stackable archive container (10) is formed from a cardboard sheet, and comprises, when in the stacked state, two side walls (14, 16), a top wall (18), a bottom wall (20) and a rear wall (12), with a closure flap (22) being hinged to the top or bottom wall. Reinforcing bars (41; 58; 64) are provided on the vertical side edges of the side walls and/or the back wall. The bars are typically extruded from aluminum, and have a U-shaped profile that extends the length of the side edges of the side and/or back walls, and embraces the side edges in a snug push fit. The reinforcing bars may have a U-, H- and/or W-configuration. The profiles enable the stacking height of the containers to be increased, and also serve to interconnect adjacent containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Johannes Albertus Antonius Evers
  • Patent number: 6409138
    Abstract: A supporting plate (10) for flexible base supports (12) for electronic circuits is made of a rigid material and includes a plane surface (11). The flexible base supports (12) rest on the plane surface (11). The supporting plates (10) have spacers (16) protruding orthogonally from the plane surface (11) to allow another supporting plate (10) to be positioned on top of the spacers (16), stacking up without interfering with the base support (12) resting on the plane surface (11). The spacers (16) may also be used to laterally position elements of the base support (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Gisulfo Baccini
  • Patent number: 6318556
    Abstract: In order to simplify the process of preparing and packaging of semiconductor chips and the like type of items for transport to customers who use the items in the production of larger devices such as computers and the like, the items are placed in the trays. An o-ring or the like type of gasket is disposed between each of the trays (wherein the upper tray acts as lid for the lower one). This resilient member has a predetermined shape/configuration which maintains a gap or non-sealing condition between the trays sufficient to permit moisture to escape from the trays during baking in an oven. When the interiors of the trays are desiccated, the upper tray is strapped down on the lower tray or trays, with sufficient force as to be deform the gasket to the degree that a hermetic seal is produced at each interface. Stacks of trays can be baked, desiccated, cooled in a dry/desiccated atmosphere, and then strapped together to cause each container to become hermetically sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 6305544
    Abstract: A container system and method for shipping and storing an item is provided. The container system may comprise a storage vessel with an interior compartment, and an access opening at one end. A removable end cap may be releasably and mechanically coupled to the storage vessel at the access opening, fully enclosing the access opening. Mechanical fasteners may also be secured to the storage vessel and removable end cap to form the releasable, mechanical connection. In one embodiment, at least one stacking lug may be provided at the perimeter of the storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Franky Lee Shacklee
  • Patent number: 6186328
    Abstract: A light weight low depth nestable tray for containers comprising an open lattice floor structure and a wall structure that is contoured to reduce the amount of material used for the tray. The wall structure comprises a plurality of columns interconnecting the floor to a band that is generally spaced above the floor and extends around the periphery. The band is contoured at a number of points along the periphery of the tray to reduce the number of columns as compared to the prior art trays which generally have columns at each of the corners and along the end walls and side walls. The reduction in the number of columns reduces the weight of the tray and therefore is more economical. The contour is V-shaped and the band actually connects directly to the floor at those points. The contoured wall structure provides a lighter tray that can be stacked, nested and handled in the same way as prior trays and while maintaining the structural integrity of the bulkier, heavier trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 6142330
    Abstract: A container lid locking ring is provided to secure the lid of a container to the container and lock one container on top of another. The locking ring comprises a cylindrical ring having a first projection for engaging a recess in the lid of a first container and a second projection, having a finger-like projection, for locking about the rim bead of the container. The locking ring further comprises a seat on which an over disposed container may be placed and a third projection, having a finger-like projection, for locking about the bottom rim bead of the over disposed container. The locking ring may further comprise a fourth projection, providing added locking support and sealing capabilities. In the use of the locking ring, containers may have their lids securely locked onto the container and containers may be securely stacked one on top of another for transportation, storage and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Lunt Investments Corporation
    Inventor: Ralph Sacks
  • Patent number: 6142301
    Abstract: An expandable modular container system. A plurality of container modules stacked one on top of the other are coupled together by a plurality of exterior coupling units coupled both to each other in a column and to the container module on opposing sides of the container modules. The container modules can be quickly and securely coupled one on top the other, thereby achieving a stable and space saving arrangement. The coupling units also serve to protect the container module from damage caused by collision between modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Po-Chih Lin, Lenny You, Lionel Luan
  • Patent number: 6119861
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting pipes during their storage and transport includes pipe holders having an operating position in which the pipe holders are disposed in superimposed spaced relationship. Pipes are disposed in the spaces between the pipe holders, the pipe holders having an upper side and a lower side with the upper and lower sides having opposed spaced apart recesses for accommodating the pipes. A clamping device is provided for clamping the pipe holders and the pipes into a clamped unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Thread Guard Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Volkrad W. H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6082539
    Abstract: A tool box includes a base portion with a first recess and a cover with a second recess wherein a locking member is pivotally engaged with the first recess. The locking member has an engaging device. A first rib and a second rib respectively extend from the bottom of the first recess and the second recess so that the engaging device of the locking member is engaged with the second rib to connect the base portion and the cover. When two tool boxes are overlapped, the engaging device of the locking member of the lower tool box can be engaged with the first rib of the upper tool box so as to secure the two overlapped tool boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Pei-Ling Lee
  • Patent number: 6012581
    Abstract: A stacking display for merchandise including a first main panel comprised of a side panel, an upper edge panel, a lower edge panel, an upper floor panel, and a lower floor panel. A second main panel is provided that is comprised of a side panel, an upper edge panel, a lower edge panel, an upper floor panel, and a lower floor panel. A first small panel is provided that is comprised of a side panel having a first side foldably secured to a second side of the side panel of the first main panel. The first small panel includes an upper edge panel, a lower edge panel, an upper floor panel, and a lower floor panel. A second small panel is provided that is comprised of a side panel having a first side foldably secured to a second side of the side panel of the second main panel and a second side foldably secured to a first side of the side panel of the first main panel. The second small panel includes an upper edge panel, a lower edge panel, an upper floor panel, and a lower floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Orazio Ray Galazzo
  • Patent number: 5988385
    Abstract: Stacking frying pans on top of each other tends to damage their non-stick coatings. Accordingly, a frying pan protector comprises a concave dish positioned between two stacked frying pans. The dish is made of a sufficiently yielding material to prevent scratching the non-stick surface on the bottom pan. The top surface of the protector is shaped to conform to the underside of the top frying pan. Spacers projecting from the bottom of the dish elevates it so that it supports the underside of the top frying pan. The spacers also minimize the surface area in contact with the non-stick coating on the bottom frying pan for further reducing the possibility of damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: John Stephens
  • Patent number: 5915557
    Abstract: A transportation ring affixed to a container for the purpose of retaining the container plug on the container during transportation. The transportation ring snaps over the can seam and extends inwardly over the plug curl, but not downwardly below the plug cover portion. The ring is preferably fabricated from a rigid plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Norman Levine
  • Patent number: 5873460
    Abstract: A material spacer is disclosed for stacking warehouse materials such as sheets of drywall or other construction materials. The material spacer is basically an elongated member formed of an expanded high density polystyrene material having a density of approximately 2.5 to 6.0 pounds per cubic foot. Preferably, the material spacer is a rectangular block-shaped member having first and second ends with a pair of opposed support surfaces extending therebetween. The material spacer is at least approximately four feet in length between the first and second free ends. A black or dark resin is preferably used to form the material spacer. In a first embodiment, the material spacer has parallel support surfaces, while in a second embodiment, the material spacer has its bottom support surface angled to accommodate the slope of the bed or deck of a vehicle, e.g., the deck of a rail car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Jay A. Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 5826742
    Abstract: The invention concerns a transport device for dangerous goods containers and a process for securing dangerous goods containers inside a transport container. The transport device comprises an ISO container and a system for securing the dangerous goods containers within it. According to the invention, the system comprises: a first set of moulded units (10) which lie adjacent to one another and form a first receiving surface which completely occupies the floor of the container and has openings (12) into each of which the bottom section of a dangerous goods container (2) fits precisely; and a second set of moulded units (20) with openings (21) into each of which the top section of a dangerous goods container fits precisely and so designed that, when fitted adjacent to one another on the dangerous goods containers on the first receiving surface, they form a second receiving surface which completely occupies an intermediate level of the container parallel to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Friedhelm Hermann Timpert
    Inventor: Friedhelm Hermann Timpert
  • Patent number: 5827745
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading onto a pipettor a plurality of micropipette tips, the pipettor having a plurality of tip pins depending from a head portion, the tips each having an upper, hollow, tapered, generally cylindrical barrel portion and lower, hollow, generally cylindrical aspirating tip portion, both lying along a common vertical axis and being cojoined at a horizontal shoulder, and the tips being frictionally held in a tip package, the apparatus comprising: a horizontal pusher plate to simultaneously engage the shoulder on each of the tips and to simultaneously raise the tips for insertion of the tip pins therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas W. Astle
  • Patent number: 5785328
    Abstract: A stacking member for stacking one hamper cart on another hamper cart is provided that is easily installed, removed, and stored nested with other like stacking members. The stacking member is strong, yet relatively light weight, and functions, among other things, (1) to distribute the weight of the stacked cart evenly and to a major portion of the length of each sides and ends of the upper frame of the supporting cart, (2) index itself for quick installation in the proper position on the upper frame of the supporting cart, (3) orient and index the supported cart on the stacking member, (4) secure the stacked cart on the stacking member to prevent sliding or movement during transport by pinching or gripping the shifting, fixed axis center caster wheels, and (5) allow imprecise transverse placement of the stacked cart on the stacking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Star Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Eckloff
  • Patent number: 5743400
    Abstract: A carrying and/or uniting device (1), designed for mainly parallelepiped-shaped packages (4), having outer fastening tapes (8), provided with glue and designed to fasten the device onto a set of packages (49). The device is subdivided into plurality of longitudinal or horizontal sections (12, 14), which are separated from each other by means of folding indications, designed as perforations or the like and/or tearing-off tapes or the like (11, 16, 18). At least one of these sections is provided with one or several recesses (13) with a carrying and/or information function. The device is close to the tearing-off indication provided with transverse perforations (9) for dividing up and consequently detaching separate packages from a set of packages, which are united by a device. In accordance with the invention the applied device with the carrying function has a rhomboidal open shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Dalwell AB
    Inventors: Finn R. Hansen, Bjorn Bjorge
  • Patent number: 5722540
    Abstract: A can stacking method includes inserting a can stacker insert between each pair of cans in a stack. Each insert has a maximum side to side dimension which is slightly less than the diameter of the cans being stacked and a thickness which is preferably equal to or greater than the combined depth of the peripheral flanges surrounding the top and bottom ends of each can. Each insert, due to its combined thickness and diameter, serves to prevent the cans in the stack from shifting horizontally relative to each other, thus maintaining the can stack in vertical alignment. The inserts can be made in a variety of decorative shapes and styles and can also incorporate indicia such as advertising and inspirational or humorous messages, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: C&L Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda S. Laird, Larry E. Haney, Cynthia Huggins, Jesse A. Huggins