Adjustable Partitions Patents (Class 211/184)
  • Patent number: 10278519
    Abstract: A merchandising tray used for displaying product containers includes a base defining a support surface, and a single side wall divider connected to the base. The single side wall divider has a vertical wall provided with a rearward end and a forward end, a first retaining structure formed between the rearward end and the forward end, and the forward end being formed with a supporting wall having a second retaining structure. The merchandising tray is adapted to be suspended upon a group of like adjacently disposed merchandising trays such that the first retaining structure is engaged with the second retaining structure. A merchandising tray arrangement and methods of using the merchandising trays are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Aisle Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10244873
    Abstract: An adjustable product display system is configured to display a variety of products having different sizes and shapes in relation to a surface of a structure. The adjustable product display system may include a bin assembly having an adjustable length. The assembly defines a retaining chamber. At least one product-supporting insert is selectively positioned in and removed from the retaining chamber. The product-supporting insert(s) is configured to retain at least one of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: iSee Store Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Brenner, Mark Schaefer, Fiona Lee, Emad Ayad, Leonard Velich
  • Patent number: 10239547
    Abstract: A pick cart includes a first end, an opposing second end, a first side and an opposing second side, a plurality of shelves each defined by the first side, the second side, the first side and the second side and a plurality of wheels attached to a bottom of a lowermost shelf of the plurality of shelves. The wheels are configured to make the pick cart mobile. A first extrusion has a length and is mounted to the first side or the second side of each of the plurality of shelves. The first extrusion includes a channel that runs along an entirety of the length of the first extrusion. At least one movable divider is configured to divide each of the plurality of shelves into compartments. Each movable divider comprises at least one slider that is configured to mate with the channel in the first extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilesh Mohan, Brian Edgerton
  • Patent number: 10226137
    Abstract: A merchandise display system can include a pusher extender that increases the pushing surface of the pusher. The pusher extender may define an elongated pusher body having a cavity. The pusher extender may be configured to slide over the pusher wall via the cavity like a sleeve. The pusher extender with an enlarged, substantially planar surface thereby creates an enlarged pushing surface for pushing larger products toward the front of the display system. The pusher extender can also be provided with an angled pusher surface to accommodate larger products. The display system can be mounted to a rear hang bar located towards the back of the shelf. A hanger may be positioned within a cavity formed in the divider and extend the length of the divider. The hook end of the hanger may then be positioned on the hang bar and the entire system may cantilever out from the hang bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 10219639
    Abstract: A product display unit includes a track, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a width adjustment feature. The track defines a longitudinal axis and is configured to support a plurality of products thereon. The first sidewall is disposed adjacent the track. The second sidewall is disposed adjacent the track. The width adjustment feature is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the first sidewall. The width adjustment feature enables a distance between the first sidewall and the second sidewall to be changed. The distance is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Display Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Howard, Marty Lynn Illers
  • Patent number: 10221625
    Abstract: An attachment for a ladder where the attachment includes a superior article carrying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Wilhelm K. Bernhard, Jr., Wilhelm K. Bernhard, III, David F. Bremner, Stephen Warden
  • Patent number: 10206520
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes a divider secured to a support structure and a barrier that is moveable by rotation between a folded position and an upright position without a rotation biasing element. A product positioned in the system can contact the barrier when the product moves toward the forward end of the system and rotate the barrier from the folded position to the upright position. The system may include a rotational mounting structure to which the moveable barrier is connected. The rotational mounting structure may be removably connected to the forward end of the divider. The merchandise display system may be used in conjunction with a product tray which provides for product stored in the product tray to be slid from in the product tray into the product pocket of the merchandise display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Stuart Parsons
  • Patent number: 10199756
    Abstract: An electrical connector for electrically connecting a chip module to a circuit board includes: a body, configured to upward support the chip module, where the body is provided with a plurality of accommodating holes; and multiple terminals, respectively accommodated in the accommodating holes correspondingly. Each of the terminals includes a flat plate portion along a vertical direction and a connecting portion connected to the flat plate portion. An elastic arm is formed by bending and extending from at least one end of the connecting portion so as to abut the chip module or the circuit board. When the chip module presses the terminal downward, a side edge of the elastic arm abuts the flat plate portion. The structure of an elastic arm can be simplified to reduce the processing difficulty thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ted Ju, Chang Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10178909
    Abstract: A merchandising display system can include one or more of a front rail configured to mount to a shelf, a first divider assembly, a second divider assembly, and a central track or floor, and a pusher assembly. In one example aspect, the example merchandising display system can be configured to prevent splaying of the divider assemblies when a row of product is loaded toward the rear of the shelf or when displaying the product in rows on the shelf. In one example, the central track in conjunction with the weight of the product can be configured to maintain even spacing between the first divider assembly and the second divider assembly, such that the first divider assembly and the second divider assembly are maintained in position on the shelf thereby maintaining the product organized in their respective rows on the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Tony Dipaolo
  • Patent number: 10172459
    Abstract: A synchronization system, which includes a synchronization device, is applicable to a slide rail and an opening mechanism. The opening mechanism includes an elastic member and a locking member configured to lock the elastic member. The synchronization device includes a housing and a driving member. The housing is mounted to the slide rail. The driving member is movable relative to the housing. The driving member is configured to drive the locking member to move for unlocking the elastic member, in order to allow the elastic member to release an elastic force to be applied to the slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD., KING SLIDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Hsiu-Chiang Liang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10172481
    Abstract: A merchandising system includes an elongated mounting member having a wall with at least one tooth and a cooperating member having a front end receivable on the mounting member. The cooperating member can include a slot defined in the front end. A lock is received in the slot. The lock includes at least one tooth located at a first end and a resilient member located at a second end. The lock can selectively engage the mounting member so as to retard or permit a lateral movement of the cooperating member in relation to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Fasteners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Walker, Gregory M. Bird, Shane Obitts, Thaddeus Brej
  • Patent number: 10154739
    Abstract: A universal front-facing merchandiser is described having a front rail having a first mating structure and a plurality of integrated pusher and divider assemblies. Each divider assembly includes a second mating structure that corresponds to and mates with the first mating structure to couple the integrated pusher and divider assemblies to the front rail. The mating structures of each pusher and divider assembly and the front rail are movable between a first position where the integrated pusher and divider assembly is coupled to and laterally movable about the front rail and is not removable from the front rail without force being applied to the integrated pusher and divider assembly and a second position where the integrated pusher and divider assembly is secured to the front rail in a desired position in a manner that hinders lateral movement of the integrated pusher and divider assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Retail Space Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Turner, Craig A. Fluegge
  • Patent number: 10145508
    Abstract: A fluid storage tank according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a first outer wall section that forms a front face in the length direction, the width direction and the height direction so as to form a space portion in which a fluid is stored; a plurality of partition plates arranged along the length direction of the first outer wall portion to divide the space portion into the plurality of sub-space portions; and an end portion located between the outermost partition plate of the plurality of partition plates and the first outer wall portion, wherein each of the partition plates is formed with a fluid through hole comprising: a gas through hole located on the top of the partition plate; and a liquid through hole located on the bottom of the partition plate so that fluids between the sub-pace portions are in communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: POSCO, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Ki-Hwan Kim, Sung-Jin Lee, Do-Won Seo, Hyung-Jin Kim, Dae-Jun Chang, Pal G. Bergan
  • Patent number: 10130178
    Abstract: An improved rail mount system which makes it possible to mount new equipment trays onto a component panel without complete disassembly using newly designed hardware. The newly designed hardware makes it possible to lock the nut in place and countersink the screw in such a manner as to prevent the “splitting” or opening of the rail extrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Mark James Landes
  • Patent number: 10118561
    Abstract: A signage storage system for storing signs in a vehicle includes a vehicle that has a trunk. A storage unit is provided and the storage unit is removably positioned in the trunk. The storage unit has a plurality of removable shelves and each of the removable shelves contains an associated one of a plurality of signs. In this way the signs are inhibited from freely moving about in the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Jean Ann James-Moore
  • Patent number: 10111539
    Abstract: A shelf partition for containing and displaying bagged bulk food on point-of-sale shelving has a front panel and an adjustable length side panel. The front panel has at least a translucent front portion. The translucent front portion has a convex outer face adapted to magnify a flat image when the flat image is positioned behind the front portion of the front panel. The adjustable length side panel is connected to the front panel. The front face portion of the front panel and at least a first portion of the side panel are integrally formed as a monolithic and homogenous injection molded piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: POST CONSUMER BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Robert Collette
  • Patent number: 10099363
    Abstract: An adjustable hand tool collecting rack includes a base formed with multiple T-shaped rails thereon. Each rail includes an elongated stub having two opposite sides each having a wing laterally extending therefrom. Multiple partition boards are transversally slidably mounted onto the base, wherein each partition board is vertical relative to the tool supporting surface of the base. Each partition board has multiple T-shaped grooves defined in a sliding side thereof, wherein each T-shaped groove is slidably coupled with a corresponding one of the T-shaped rails. Multiple protrusions laterally extend from two opposite faces of each of the multiple partition boards. Each protrusion has a lower side aligns with a contour of a top portion of a corresponding one of the multiple T-shaped grooves and the lower side of each of the multiple protrusions abuts a top portion of a corresponding one of the multiple rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Chih-Chien Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10041723
    Abstract: The refrigerator has a main body, a storage space in the main body, a storage container located in the main body, and a divider unit mounted in the storage container. The divider unit divides the unit body and storage space disposed in the storage container At least one divider protruding from the unit body, and a holder protruding from the unit body and provided to hang the stored object. The divider unit improves the efficiency of the storage space and can store various types of storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Youl Lee, Ji Hoo Kim, Bok Hyun Jang, In-Sung Hwang
  • Patent number: 9930973
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Joel Barenbrugge
  • Patent number: 9918565
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes a divider secured to a support structure and a barrier that is moveable by rotation between a folded position and an upright position without a rotation biasing element. A product positioned in the system can contact the barrier when the product moves toward the forward end of the system and rotate the barrier from the folded position to the upright position. The system may include a rotational mounting structure to which the moveable barrier is connected. The rotational mounting structure may be removably connected to the forward end of the divider. The merchandise display system may be used in conjunction with a product tray which provides for product stored in the product tray to be slid from in the product tray into the product pocket of the merchandise display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Stuart Parsons
  • Patent number: 9901191
    Abstract: A merchandising tray used for displaying product containers includes a base defining a support surface, and a single side wall divider connected to the base. The single side wall divider has a vertical wall provided with a rearward end and a forward end, a first retaining structure formed between the rearward end and the forward end, and the forward end being formed with a supporting wall having a second retaining structure. The merchandising tray is adapted to be suspended upon a group of like adjacently disposed merchandising trays such that the first retaining structure is engaged with the second retaining structure. A merchandising tray arrangement and methods of using the merchandising trays are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Aisle Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9782017
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying and dispensing merchandise at a point-of-purchase adjacent a display shelf secures at least one divider to a retainer plate affixed to the display shelf. An elongate lock bar extends beneath the divider, along a predominant portion of the length of the divider, and is coupled with the divider for unbiased sliding movement to selectively engage or disengage teeth carried by the lock bar and complementary teeth placed on the retainer plate to secure the divider in a selected location along the retainer plate or release the divider for movement to another selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Henschel-Steinau, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Luberto, Michael D. DeSena, Getachew Kassa, Gary Forman
  • Patent number: 9763556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cutlery rack (21; 41) for a dishwasher (10). The cutlery rack comprises: a support frame (23; 43) surrounding a storage area for the cutleries; a rack bottom (25; 45) with a first and a second side; a first support arrangement (29; 48) for cutleries arranged on said first side of the rack bottom; and a second support (49) arrangement for cutleries arranged on said second side of the rack bottom, wherein the cutlery rack is arranged with either the first or second side of the rack bottom facing upwards. The invention furthermore relates to a dishwasher (10) comprising at least one cutlery rack (21; 41) as defined above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Pontus Kåberg, Rickard Hederstierna, Daniel Mesa
  • Patent number: 9730531
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 9713394
    Abstract: A retail product display unit in one aspect includes a pusher disposed on a pusher rail. The pusher has features to constrain movement of the pusher along a length of the pusher rail. The pusher rail extends from a forward end of the display unit to a rear end of the display unit. The at least one pusher rail comprises a channel in an upper surface thereof for receiving a pusher spring therein as the at least one pusher is moved from the forward end toward the rear end of the display unit. In another aspect, the pusher has at least one roller mounted to a pusher housing opposite the pusher face such that torque generated by application of rearward force applied to the pusher face is transferred to the at least one roller and then to the pusher rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Brugemann USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Malte Bruegmann
  • Patent number: 9700156
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of an extendable divider system. In one embodiment, such a divider system includes a base. A shelf divider extends from a surface of the base, the shelf divider having an extension connector component on at least one free end. A divider extension having a divider connector component configured to mate with the extension connector component is also disclosed. The divider connector component is configured to removably attach the divider extension to the extension connector component of the shelf divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Hance, Darryl Jensen
  • Patent number: 9613484
    Abstract: Described herein are a robotic distribution apparatus, system and method. The robotic distribution system may include a Package Delivery Kiosk (PDK), associated front end and back end package delivery management systems, portals for the consumer and the retailer, portals for the common carrier, sender, and recipient, a package inventory management system, integrated retailer access, a real and automated retailer bidding system and a kiosk for distribution. The PDK includes a distribution kiosk and shelving system. The kiosk and shelving system includes configurable shelves and dividers to enable access to the packages. The shelving system handles packages from a robotic placement mechanism and includes shelves that have receiving apertures. The shelving system further includes dividers that fit into the receiving apertures. Each of the dividers has a receiving slot that allows a robotic gripper arm to grab or handle a package with respect to a slot between a pair of dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen H. Hancock, Norman B. Desrosiers, Eric Fiest, John Rupert
  • Patent number: 9591923
    Abstract: A divider adapted to be mounted on a shelf for segregating items stored or displayed on the shelf, and also a method and system of dividing a shelf for the storage and the display of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Zeidner, Jason T. Eltman
  • Patent number: 9549622
    Abstract: A shelf divider system that includes a shelf base (12) defining a support for multiple products, which base has a front (16) and a rear (18) and multiple parallel elongate slots (50) in the base. The slots extend in a direction from front to rear in multiple sets (53) of at least two aligned slots. An upstanding transversely extending front stop (26) mounted to the base at the front has an upper edge (31) and at or adjacent the upper edge respective seats (46) associated with the sets of at least two aligned slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CHECKMATE INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD.
    Inventors: John Leahy, John Oretti
  • Patent number: 9527613
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse that has a body, tracks attached to opposite sides of the body, and a plurality of support members extending between the tracks. Sliders are located at the ends of tubular supports, the sliders being slidable in the tracks to move the support members. The support members support dunnage for supporting products for storage or shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Donald J. Bazany, Judson A. Bradford, Timothy A. Bublitz, Brian T. Dobrinski, Mark J. Feenstra, Calvin D. Nyeboer
  • Patent number: 9402485
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Joel Barenbrugge
  • Patent number: 9365164
    Abstract: A fastening device for connecting a unit (120) to two mutually spaced headrest bars (101b, 101c) of a vehicle seat (101) has a first coupling element (102,102a) for receiving a second coupling element (103, 103a) arranged on the unit (120) as well as a first fastening element (105) arranged on the first coupling element (102,102a) and a second fastening element (106) movable connected to the first fastening element (105). The fastening elements are used to fasten the first coupling element (102,102a) to the headrest bars (101b, 101c). The first fastening element (105) and the second fastening element (106) are supported on the headrest bars (101b, 101c) and can be moved relative to each other parallel to a connecting line (100) extending approximately horizontally between the centers of the headrest bars (101b, 101c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Kinetix AG
    Inventors: Peter Ackeret, Juergen Skott
  • Patent number: 9171316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering a plurality of products from a vending machine is disclosed. The method generally allows an offer for a package to be output, in which the package defines a plurality of products, including a selected product. An apparatus is also disclosed to carry out the method steps of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Robert R. Lech, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 9138076
    Abstract: An adjustable tray for a merchandise display system may include a retainer for limiting the movement of products loaded in the adjustable tray, a pusher mechanism configured to bias product toward the retainer, a first divider extending from a first panel and second divider extending from a second panel. The spacing between the first divider and the second divider can be configured to be adjusted. The first panel and the second panel can be configured to move to provide additional surface area for the adjustable tray to accommodate different sized products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 9107516
    Abstract: A merchandising system for a displaying a plurality of products is disclosed. The system comprises a base and a pusher member. The base includes a product-supporting surface and a track disposed beneath the product-supporting surface. Thee base defines a longitudinal axis. The pusher member is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the base and is configured to slide longitudinally with respect to the base. The pusher member includes a base-contacting surface and a plurality of legs downwardly depending from the base-contacting surface. Each of the plurality of legs is configured to mechanically engage the track. The track includes a discontinuity to enable the legs of the pusher member to selectively mechanically engage the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Display Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Pichel
  • Patent number: 9057555
    Abstract: Provided is a basket for storing food items in a temperature-controlled environment and a refrigeration appliance including such a basket. The basket includes a substantially-horizontal platform coupled to two or more upwardly-extending walls to form an open container for receiving the food items to be stored in the temperature-controlled environment. A partition is provided for dividing the basket into two or more storage regions. A guide is coupled to at least one of the platform and the walls, and extends substantially parallel to an upper perimeter of at least one of the walls to define a range of adjustment of the partition. A fastener securely couples the partition to the guide to be adjusted to two or more different locations where the partition is to divide the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: William Lee Moody, Michael Bayne, Jeremiah Stamey
  • Patent number: 9010552
    Abstract: A U-shaped adjustable shelving system comprised of a plurality of interconnecting shelf sections including a back shelf section, a right side shelf section and a left side shelf section. The right and left side shelf sections are coupled to the back shelf section with a sliding dovetail arrangement so as to allow adjustment of the right and left side shelf sections relative to the back shelf section in order to change the width of the adjustable shelving system. The back shelf section is adjustable in length to substantially match the width of the space in which the shelving system is to be installed. The adjustable shelving system includes support risers for self-supporting the shelving system above a surface. The adjustable shelf can be easily installed into a variety of cabinets, and allows access to small containers, such as those for herbs and spices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dedee Dart, Phillip Dietz
  • Patent number: 8998005
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 8978904
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam that may define a cam glide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 8967393
    Abstract: The system of the present application includes a display tray assembly having base and center tray sections that are configured to form a gap that receives a side tray section on either side. The side tray sections are configured such that they may move laterally with respect to the base and center tray section in order to adjust the width of the entire display tray assembly to accommodate any size product in a retail environment. In lieu of side tray sections, the display tray assembly may include union tray sections that may engage two separate base and center tray section assemblies in order to create a continuous display tray assembly with adjustable widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Process Retail Group, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Bryson, Terry Berglund, Dowie Soetenga
  • Patent number: 8967394
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Joel Barenbrugge
  • Patent number: 8925745
    Abstract: A shelf-type display module includes a carrier tray assembly including a carrier tray having a top, a bottom, a plurality of tracks and at least one light. The plurality of tracks protrude from the top of the carrier tray and the at least one light is mounted to the bottom of the carrier tray. An insert tray includes a main body having components for holding products for display and components for mating with the plurality of tracks on the carrier tray. The components of the main body that mate with the plurality of tracks on the carrier tray slide along the plurality of tracks from a right side to a left side of the carrier tray or from the left side to the right side of the carrier tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Theisen, William Y. Stafford, Erin L. Zobel, Timothy J. Martell, Benjamin Weshler
  • Patent number: 8915381
    Abstract: A vertical roll wrap tray kit of the present invention includes at least one product tray, a plurality of spacer clips, a plurality of wire dividers and a plurality of push clips. The product tray can be attached to various types of retail display units. The product tray contains two slot walls which are sized to accommodate insertion of the wire dividers. The dividers are used to divide the tray into segments or compartments in which the roll wrap material is stored and displayed in a vertical arrangement. The width of the rows or compartments can be varied based on the diameter of the roll wrap product. Spacer clips are used to hold two adjacent dividers into place. The tray is angled slightly in a backwards direction to avoid accidental removal of the vertical roll wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Emory Brozak, Anthony Santarelli
  • Patent number: 8910802
    Abstract: A multi-component divider including a first divider component and a connection mechanism for a second divider component. The second divider component connects to the first divider component when the first divider component is connected to a base. The second divider component extends above the first divider component, thereby extending the overall height of the divider. The base and multi-component divider can be used in locations where there is limited space between shelves, such as a shelf in a freezer or refrigerated display, or in any application where a higher divider may be preferred, but cannot be installed. The base can additionally include a pusher moveable along a longitudinal direction of the base, wherein the pusher is also adjustable linearly along a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 8893901
    Abstract: A merchandise pusher tray is provided. The merchandise pusher tray includes a base structure. The base structure is configurable for bar or shelf mounting. The base structure includes a pair of load bearing members for supporting a floor of the base structure. The merchandise pusher tray also includes at least one divider mounted to and adjustable in a first direction relative to the base structure. The merchandise pusher tray also includes a pusher mounted to and movable in a second direction relative to the base structure. A locking arm is provided for locking the pusher in a locked position and automatically unlocking the pusher from the locked position upon the exertion of an actuation force against the locking arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O. Nagel
  • Patent number: 8893903
    Abstract: A retrofitting system for shelves includes shelf rack inserts rack inserts each having a product slide plate with rectangular raised edges on a front and on a rear. The raised edge on the front includes a snapped-on U-rail having openings and the raised edge on the rear includes rectangular cutouts disposed opposite from the openings. At least one separating bracket has a front side and a rear side with two parallel and joined cross-bars extending between the front side and the rear side. The front side includes a horizontal pin and the rear side includes an insertion plate that is installed perpendicularly such that the separating bracket is configured to be locked in place at a lateral distance in the product slide plate by the insertion plate being inserted into a corresponding one of the cutouts and the pin being horizontally inserted into a corresponding one of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Rickard Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8875909
    Abstract: A device for transporting objects, in particular fittings, having a frame includes outer walls (2, 3) protruding upwards from a floor at opposite end faces, on which a plurality of receiving hoppers (4) are provided for placing a first end section of an object, and at least one middle wall section (5, 5?) protruding from the floor. A plurality of receiving hoppers (4) is provided thereon for placing a second end section of an object opposite the first end section. At least one middle wall section (5, 5?) is displaceably mounted on a floor guide and can be fixed at different distances from an outer wall (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Gerkensmeier, Reinhard Hampker
  • Patent number: 8854821
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an input-output (I-O) panel is transformed. The I-O panel is configured to couple to an array of first midplane connectors of a first shelf configured according to a first format, where the first shelf has rear access. The I-O panel comprises an array of I-O panel connectors and defines an xy-plane. An array of second midplane connectors of a second shelf is transformed to substantially align the second midplane connectors with the I-O panel connectors. The second shelf is configured according to a second format, where the second shelf has front access. The array of second midplane connectors is arranged in columns defining a midplane column axis and rows defining a midplane row axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brolin
  • Publication number: 20140263133
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a divider including an elongated base member having a first surface configured to abut a shelf and an opposite second surface. A divider wall extends from the second surface of the elongated base member. A recess portion is located along the first surface and is configured to be connectable to a first type of associated rail. An adapter clip is configured to be selectively inserted within the recess portion to allow the divider assembly to be connectable to a second type of associated rail. The adapter clip includes a base member having a first end and an opposing second end. A first support arm extends from the first end and a second support arm extends from the second end. A ridge profile of the clip is configured to be selectively received within a lip of the recess portion of the elongated base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fasteners For Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Walker, Gregory M. Bird, Shane Obitts
  • Publication number: 20140263134
    Abstract: A dual ended or reversible divider includes an elongated base member with a first end and an opposite second end. A divider wall extends away from the elongated base member. A first profile portion is positioned adjacent the first end of the elongated base member and is adapted to engage a first type of rail which can be mounted on a shelf. A second profile portion is positioned adjacent the opposite second end of the elongated base member and is adapted to engage a second type of rail which can be mounted on the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Fasteners For Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Walker, Gregory M. Bird, Shane Obitts, Matthew Grubbs