Sectional Patents (Class 220/4.01)
  • Publication number: 20090001779
    Abstract: An airplane seating apparatus includes a lifejacket container arranged, at least in open and closed states, exclusively on a side of a front boundary area that faces the seating apparatus. The front boundary area is formed by an area which runs through a seat front side perpendicularly to a seat mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: RECARO Aircraft seating GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Klaus Wieland
  • Publication number: 20080277417
    Abstract: A dispenser for relative rapid cooling or heating of the contents of a liquid storage container provides a receptacle for receiving the liquid storage container therein and positioning a thermal transfer portion of the liquid storage container in thermal conductive relationship with a thermal conduction pad associated with the receptacle. Thermal energy is effectively and efficiently transferred from the thermal conduction pad to the liquid in the liquid storage container. The thermal conduction pad is controlled to provide and maintain the desired temperature to the liquid. The liquid is dispensed directly from the container. Various types of containers can be used in the dispenser, with a special bag-in-box container having a inner container and outer box with thermal conduction windows in the box to provide good heat transfer between the thermal conduction pads and the inner container constituting an aspect of the invention. A special rigid container can also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: R. Clay Groesbeck
  • Publication number: 20080197040
    Abstract: Portable and stackable multipurpose containers are disclosed. The containers have an oval base and an oval top in communication with sides of the wall extending perpendicularly from the base. The oval top is slidably positioned to open from both sides, which are perpendicular to the oval sides; the top is slidable. The multipurpose container is adapted for storing nails, screws, and similar items useful to craftsmen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Pei-Ying Lin, Chanwa Nguy
  • Publication number: 20080179334
    Abstract: A method of distributing and mixing a drink includes the steps of: providing a first container body and filling the first container body with a first fluid such that the first fluid is sealingly held within the first container body. The first container body has a first feature that permits the first fluid to selectively flow from the first container body. The method also includes the step of providing a second container body for holding a second fluid. The second container body has a second feature that permits the second fluid to flow from the second container body. The second container body is filled with the second fluid. The first and second container bodies are joined such that the first and second fluids are separated from one another and are sealingly contained within the first and second container bodies, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: Innovative Design Group
    Inventors: Nelson Abramson, Diana Chen, Jordan Roy Nelson
  • Patent number: 7374057
    Abstract: A T-bar clip assembly that securely couples to T-bar structures that are used to construct suspended ceiling is disclosed. The T-bar assembly is configured to support one or more electrical fixtures and provide power feeds to the one or more electrical fixtures. The T-bar clip assembly comprises support brackets that secure to the T-bar structures and one or more housing structures that attach to a portion of the support brackets to form one or more corresponding junction box enclosures. The junction box enclosures provide the power feeds to the one or more electrical fixtures at locations that are substantially flush with support flanges of the T-bar structure, an outer surface of the removable ceiling tiles or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Finelite
    Inventors: Brian S. Hendrickson, Walter Blue Clark
  • Publication number: 20080105677
    Abstract: A container assembly comprises a plastic substrate, at least a portion of which has a textured image, the textured image comprising a substantially two-dimensional image and, a topographical texture aligned with the two dimensional image wherein the topographical texture corresponds to at least one feature of the two dimensional image. The container assembly is configured for assembly to provide a container. A method of manufacturing the container is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: 2089275 ONTARIO LTD.
    Inventors: Harvey Kalef, Alan Litwack, Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Kanevsky Conrad, Helmut Horst G. Conrad, Ron Hills
  • Publication number: 20070295719
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes a housing and a transparent cover, which is joined to the housing by a light ray welding. A front face of the transparent cover is curved and a rear face of the transparent cover includes a welding face portion formed along a circumferential portion thereof. In at least one section of the transparent cover, respective end portions of the front face corresponding to the welding face portion are inclined in different directions, and an angle of the welding face portion with respect to a reference line, which passes through the transparent cover and forms equal angles with respect to the respective end portions of the front face, is closer to a right angle than the angle of each of the end portions of the front face with respect to the reference line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamazaki, Michihiko Suzuki, Ryosuke Yasuda, Haruo Otani
  • Patent number: 7312395
    Abstract: An adjustable electrical outlet box assembly for mounting a duplex receptacle or similar electrical device within a wall. The adjustable box assembly includes a metal outlet box and a bracket that can slide with respect to the box. An adjustment screw, accessible from the front of the assembly, can be rotated to move the box with respect to the stud it is secured to and thereby adjust the face of the outlet box so that it is substantially flush with the wall surface. The bracket portion of the adjustable box assembly, which may be simply stamped and formed from sheet metal, provides a front plate for securing to the front of a stud and a side plate having widely spaced ears for securing to the side of a stud. The adjustment screw engages straps that are bent outwards from the side plate to enable the bracket to slide with respect to the outlet box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7039291
    Abstract: A racking device for arranging various electronic components is described. The rack has a frame for receiving one or more modules that can be positioned in the rack. The modules have a rear wall and a pair of side panels and a top and bottom panel extending from the rear wall. One or more of the modules may have a face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Georgiano, Irwin Math
  • Patent number: 6971517
    Abstract: An attache style toolbox with an outer frame includes two hollow half bodies (10) to hold multiple tools and an outer frame (20) to hold the two half bodies (10). Each half body (10) has multiple strips (12) formed on an outer periphery of the half body (10) and multiple through holes (147) defined inside the half body (10). The outer frame (20) is composed of two shells (22), and each shell (22) accommodates one half body (10) and has two strip recesses (224) mating with the strip (12) on the half body (10). Each shell (22) further has multiple retaining posts (29) extending inward to respectively engage the multiple through holes (147) and be held together by threaded rods. Therefore, the outer frame (20) is firmly combined with the two half bodies (10) to provide protection and attractiveness to the attache style toolbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Kun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 6929147
    Abstract: A modular dispenser of sheet products including an open-ended case (10), a front panel (20), and a rear panel (30) is characterized in that the open-ended case is fitted with first longitudinal ribs (11, 12) by which the front and rear panels are kept in place on the open-ended case. In particular, the open-ended case includes a set of ribs providing the function of guidance, assembly and closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific France
    Inventors: Philippe Guillemette, Jean-Louis Neveu
  • Patent number: 6896410
    Abstract: Flexible and semi-rigid refuse containers are provided for long term storage of refuse in environments where permafrost conditions prevail. The preferred containers are formed from woven fiberglass coated with a UV resistant polymer such as PVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: JPS Converter and Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: H. Landis Carter, Shobha Murari
  • Patent number: 6857533
    Abstract: A motorcycle storage assembly for protecting a motorcycle from the elements of the weather and also from possible theft. The motorcycle storage assembly includes a base member having a top side and a bottom side and being adapted to support a motorcycle thereupon; and also includes mirrored cover members each having a wall and a rim being disposed along a perimeter of the wall with the mirrored cover members being detachably attached to one another about the motorcycle; and further includes an assembly for securely fastening the mirrored cover members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Anthony Jackson
  • Patent number: 6796890
    Abstract: The present invention is a splash shield housing for encompassing wet saws having a trough positioned along the interior of the housing for containing the overspray. The housing can be extended to encompass three sides of a wet saw with the extension maintaining the integrity of the housing. Positioned above the trough on the back side is a splash guard comprised of an extendable retractable impermeable sheet having means for extending and attaching the sheet to the back table lip to prevent any overspray coming back between the table and rear wall trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Edward K Goldrick
  • Publication number: 20040181451
    Abstract: Methods of promoting the sale of a laundry product containing a composition provided in at least two components, wherein the components are located within a multiple-compartment container, a first component located within a first compartment and a second located within a second compartment, whereby the method includes the step of orienting the product such that a multiple-compartment feature is visually observable from the front consumer vantage point. Such methods may also include labeling, advertising, displaying and/or arranging on a store shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christina Lynn Boeckerman, James Charles Theophile Roger Burckett-St. Laurent, Stefano Scialla, Connie Lynn Sheets
  • Publication number: 20040124191
    Abstract: A modular storage box, comprising a base, a first and a second walls, and a lid, capable of increasing its capacity longitudinally by way of the connection, by way of bridge elements, of additional first walls and second walls and bases, the bridge elements being mutually connected by a cross-member, all of the components being connected by way of reversible interlocking elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Applicant: ABM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Dino Colladon
  • Publication number: 20040118843
    Abstract: The present invention is a simulated stone structure having a base with an upfacing planar surface and a continuous groove formed in the surface. A plurality of mutually interlocking wall sections are engaged with the groove to form a continuous wall extending upwardly from the planar surface. The wall sections may be U-shaped with one leg in the groove and the other in contact with the periphery of the base. The wall sections partially overlap each other. s an abutting one of the wall sections. Additional wall sections may be placed atop the first set and interlocked with them. A topper piece may be placed on the additional wall sections for securement thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Henry C. Lisenbee, Thomas Charles Weiss, JoDee Jensen Smith, James Patrick Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20040035865
    Abstract: A container (1) comprising a compartment (4) which is defined by flexible walls and whose volume depends on the relative position of the walls, two opposite side walls (2) being joined along a common connecting portion (5). The container is characterised in that a first gas-filled duct means (11) is arranged in the connecting portion (5) along at least a first side (12) of the container (1). The invention also concerns a method of producing such a container by forming at least one gap in said side walls (2) in connection with the forming of the connecting portion (5) and, in connection with the filling of the container (1), filling each gap with gas and sealing it to form a gas-filled duct (11, 16, 18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Ake Rosen
  • Publication number: 20040031794
    Abstract: A container that is used as a mobile workspace for both civilian and military applications. At least one flat-shaped structural element of the container, e.g., the interior or the exterior wall, the floor or the ceiling, includes surface layers with sandwiched insulation material, and rib-shaped spacers between the two surface layers. According to the invention, the two surface layers, as well as the rib-shaped spacers, may consist of fiber-reinforced plastic material, and the rib-shaped spacers hold a metal profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Hubert Bucher, Albert Fritzsche
  • Publication number: 20030173357
    Abstract: A trash dumpster includes one or more transition elements, e.g., one or more safety ramps, which span from the above-ground dumpster bed adjacent to a side or end opening of the dumpster to the ground or other external surface when the ramp is deployed into an operating position. The ramp provides a step-free pathway extending between the interior bottom surface of the container and the external surface on which a person may more safely carry, wheelbarrow, or drive debris into the dumpster. The ramp may be integral to the dumpster bed, or may be removably attached so as to allow stowage in a compartment located underneath or on the side of the dumpster when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Applicant: RampsAmerica, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Lepine, Richard T. Ross
  • Publication number: 20030141299
    Abstract: A receptacle is fabricated to be folded prior to disposal to minimize waste disposal space. The receptacle includes a first portion including a plurality of fold lines and having a first surface area. The fold lines permit the receptacle to be folded prior to disposal such that the first portion has a second surface area. A fastening mechanism is attached to the receptacle on the first portion. The fold lines are formed to fold the receptacle such that the fastening mechanism maintains the receptacle in a folded position for disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Alex H. Amanat, Paul H. Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 6568550
    Abstract: A plastic container is constituted by upper and lower tank members and a filter. The filter has a cylinder portion, upper and lower flanges fixed to both ends of the cylinder portion respectively. The upper flange of the filter has a cylindrical flange portion engaged with inner surfaces of butt portions of the upper and lower tank members. Further, a clamped portion is formed on an outer periphery of the cylindrical flange portion and is clamped by the butt portions. The upper and lower tank members are fixedly connected by a plastic band which is formed by executing an injection welding on an outer peripheral portion including the butt portions and the clamped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Unisia Jecs Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 6568420
    Abstract: Valve boxes of this invention comprise a housing including an inner chamber that extends axially through the housing from a housing base. The housing chamber includes a diameter that is defined by a housing sidewall surface that extends outwardly from the base, forming a chamber opening. The chamber opening includes a seal surface that is positioned radially inwardly towards the chamber. The valve box further includes a lid that is positioned over the housing chamber opening. The lid includes a concave center section and a seal surface disposed radially therearound. The lid seal surface is positioned radially towards the chamber, and is placed opposite the chamber opening seal surface. An annular seal is interposed between the housing chamber and lid seal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Saint- Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel John Renn, Steven Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6536441
    Abstract: A composite cigar portable structure includes a cigar tube, an end cap, a connecting tube, an elastic plate, a retaining ring, a combination member, and a lighter. Thus, the composite cigar portable structure may contain a cigar tube for receiving the cigar, and a lighter for lighting the cigar. In addition, the cigar tube may be used individually to receive the cigar, and the lighter may also be used individually, thereby enhancing the versatility of the composite cigar portable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Chung Chuan
  • Publication number: 20030052124
    Abstract: A bezel panel mounting system height adjustably disposed within a plastic molded case for supporting panel supported equipment having corner pieces and rails disposed between the corner pieces. Each corner piece has two legs extending from a rounded endpoint which corresponds geometrically with a corner of the case, and having two male members opposite the endpoint on the legs for mating with a female feature on two ends of the rail. The panel is supported on a flat surface of the corner pieces and rails. A crevice is disposed adjacent flat surfaces and outer sides of each rail and corner piece for a gasket. Openings are disposed on the sides and flat surfaces of the rails and corners which correspond to openings in the case and panel to receive retainer devices. O-rings may be disposed on the retainer devices between rails/corner pieces and sides of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Mark Gaydos, Stanley Lewandowski, Robert Milliken
  • Patent number: 6510958
    Abstract: A plastic container comprising two half-shells which are produced by means of injection molding and have parts of the components integrally formed on them during the injection molding. This does away with the need for fastening said components in the plastic container, with the result that the installation process is simplified to a considerable extent. At the same time, installation errors are largely ruled out. The plastic container is suitable for use in motor vehicles, preferably as a fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventors: Peter Andreas Löw, Christian Kochsmeier, Thomas Zapp, Wolfgang Pfahl, Jerome Coulton
  • Publication number: 20030010779
    Abstract: The present invention is a storage device ideally suited for storing a ladder or any elongated object. The storage device of the present invention comprises an elongated storage box having a front wall, rear wall, bottom wall, top wall and a pair of side walls forming a box assembly having an interior storage area. Located on the lower wall and extending beyond each side wall is a flange member that forms an inherent lip. Apertures extend though the flange and are adapted to receive conventional securing devices. This will allow for the device to be secured to any desired object, such the bed of a truck. The front wall is angled for reducing when resistance when the device is secure to a vehicle and when the vehicle is in motion. At least one additional storage compartment can be secured to any wall of the storage box for added storage capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry C. Scott
  • Patent number: 6504093
    Abstract: A cabling apparatus that is easily retrofitted into the cabin of an aircraft for allowing containment and routing of cabling. The cabling apparatus is integrated into an interior compartment of an aircraft and may be adjacent to a seat of the aircraft. The cabling apparatus comprises a cylindrical housing comprising a flexible material with a longitudinal opening along its length, thus providing two opposing edges to the opening. The opposing edges comprise first and second locking connectors for inter-engaging to lock the opening of the cabling apparatus. When the first and second locking connectors are urged into engagement the cabling apparatus is locked in a closed position such that cabling contained therein cannot be removed or accessed. In one embodiment the cabling apparatus is affixed to a cabin floor of the aircraft by a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Edward Cawley
  • Patent number: 6491177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thin-plate accommodating/transporting container including a container body for accomodating and supporting a plurality of thin plates while keeping the interior of the container clean, comprising: positioning means, provided at the container body, for accurately adjusting a placement position of the container body; lid receiving portion which is provided in the container body and to which the lid is attached; and engagement means, provided at the lid receiving portion, for engaging with various types of lids of different attachment methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Kakizaki Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Hyobu
  • Patent number: 6450354
    Abstract: A tool box includes two upper covers each having an upper flange provided an upper clasp and a lower flange provided with a lower clasp which are configured to engage firmly with an upper and lower recesses of the base so as to keep the upper covers firmly engaged with the base, the upper cover being formed with a first groove at the upper flange and a second groove at the lower flange, the upper covers being provided with two parallel tracks a base formed with an upper flange and a lower flange respectively having two first grooves and two second grooves, the base being formed with two parallel tracks, two connecting members for joining together the upper covers with the base, the two connecting members having two parallel tracks, and two detachable containers having an upper raised edge and a lower raised edge configured and dimensioned to be sidably engaged with the grooves of the upper covers and the grooves of the base, whereby the two detachable containers can slide on a top of the base thereby increasi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: James Chien
  • Patent number: 6382447
    Abstract: A packaging container is formed from preformed, rigid base and cover units of U-shaped cross-section, the cover unit configured so that the side walls fit within and are embraced by the side walls of the base unit when assembled as a container. The base unit forms an end closure from first and second closure panels extending from an end of the base unit. The closure panels are separated from the base unit and each other by first and second fold lines. The base unit side walls having mitered corners at a juncture with the first closure panel and the first closure panel side walls have mitered corners adjacent the base unit for forming a square comer when folded. The first closure panel side walls also have mitered corners adjacent the second closure panel and the second closure panel side walls have mitered corners adjacent the first closure panel for forming a square corner when folded to form the end closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Loeschen
  • Patent number: 6365115
    Abstract: A surgical tray comprises a frame made of a synthetic plastic material having a metal plate insert floatably mounted in the frame and forming the tray bottom or floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Poly Vac, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy E. Wood
  • Patent number: 6351858
    Abstract: A process for disposing of human wastes in an efficient and environmentally or pathologically safe manner, a grindable container for collecting human wastes and a crushing machine for said containers. The container is made of a grindable, biodegradable material such as cellulose pulp and is designed to hold human wastes without any leaks or cracks. The container is formed by an upper portion and a lower portion, both comprising corresponding snap-in peripheral engaging flanges for engaging one to the other without the use of gluing products and comprising a anti-slipping surface finish for avoiding slippage of the container during usage and designed for comfortable human skin contact. The crushing machine is designed to be used at any health-care or rest-home center and is adequate for dumping the final product into a sewer system in an environmental caring manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventor: Mario Fernando Toia
  • Publication number: 20020020703
    Abstract: A plastic container is constituted by upper and lower tank members and a filter. The filter has a cylinder portion, upper and lower flanges fixed to both ends of the cylinder portion respectively. The upper flange of the filter has a cylindrical flange portion engaged with inner surfaces of butt portions of the upper and lower tank members. Further, a clamped portion is formed on an outer periphery of the cylindrical flange portion and is clamped by the butt portions. The upper and lower tank members are fixedly connected by a plastic band which is formed by executing an injection welding on an outer peripheral portion including the butt portions and the clamped portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Takiguchi
  • Publication number: 20020005407
    Abstract: The concave design forming unit with the desired form is formed on the surface of the molded component easily in the case of injection molding by using the low melting point metal material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Publication date: January 17, 2002
    Inventor: Tatsuo Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20010038010
    Abstract: A tool box includes two upper covers each having an upper flange provided an upper clasp and a lower flange provided with a lower clasp which are configured to engage firmly with an upper and lower recesses of the base so as to keep the upper covers firmly engaged with the base, the upper cover being formed with a first groove at the upper flange and a second groove at the lower flange, the upper covers being provided with two parallel tracks a base formed with an upper flange and a lower flange respectively having two first grooves and two second grooves, the base being formed with two parallel tracks, two connecting members for joining together the upper covers with the base, the two connecting members having two parallel tracks, and two detachable containers having an upper raised edge and a lower raised edge configured and dimensioned to be slidably engaged with the grooves of the upper covers and the grooves of the base, whereby the two detachable containers can slide on a top of the base thereby increas
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventor: James Chien
  • Patent number: 6273246
    Abstract: A case with two shell bodies (1) which may be assembled to each other transversely to the longitudinal axis of the case, comprises an insert (10) which is arranged parallel to the longitudinal axis of the case. One end of the insert may be inserted into one of the shell bodies (1), which is provided with an opening (13) for snapping-in a latching element (12). The insert (10) comprises an arm (11) which is biased in the direction of the opening (13) and which on the end side carries the latching element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Swatch AG
    Inventor: Moshe Marciano
  • Patent number: 6253948
    Abstract: A stackable nestable container has access openings in at least one of the side and end walls. The access openings are covered by a dispensable panel that can be removed for enabling access to the contents of the container. The container is therefore suitable for use in shipping goods as well as displaying the goods at a retail outlet. Upon return of empty containers, the panels do not need to be replaced and the containers can be stacked in a nested stack, separately from the lids. Then, when the containers are to be used again, new or replacement panels are fit into the access openings. The panels are of a lightweight, inexpensive material and are therefore expendable, and can even be discarded by the user when a need arises to remove or replace the panels. Also, the panels have a wide flat area on which advertising or other indicia can be printed, which is typically displayed on the sides of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Buckhorn, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul J. Ficker
  • Patent number: 6168038
    Abstract: The invention concerns a stackable container consisting of a base box (1) and a lid (18) capable of being transported open in freight traffic and also filled and emptied once it has been stacked, and also of being closed and re-opened. For this purpose, the lid (18) consists of a cover plate (21) and a front wall (19) placed at right angles, said cover plate (21) is inserted, from the base box (1) open front face, into a peripheral groove (31) of the top edge, the base plate (4), has on its front ridge a supporting rim (10) provided with a ribbing (34) oriented upwards, just before reaching its closing position, the lid (18) being located inside the groove (31) widened in the side walls (2) rises slightly and when it drops after reaching its closing position, a projecting part (33) arranged on the inner front wall (19) lower edge (29) is engaged in the supporting rim (10) ribbing (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Johannes Fischer