Sidewalls Vertically Hinged To Each Other Patents (Class 220/4.29)
  • Patent number: 10351295
    Abstract: A container for transporting and storing or presenting goods includes a bottom, a first side wall segment articulated to the bottom and which can be folded about a folding axis parallel to the bottom between a first folding position and a second folding position, and at least one second side wall segment, which is articulated to a side edge of the first side wall segment and which can be pivoted about a pivoting axis perpendicular to the bottom between a first pivoting position pivoted laterally away from the first side wall segment and a second pivoting position. The first side wall segment and/or the second side wall segment have at least one angled side border segment on the side edges facing each other and the two side wall segments are articulated to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Schoeller Allibert GmbH
    Inventor: Maximus Gerardus Maria Van Der Korput
  • Patent number: 9988103
    Abstract: A method is provided for lowering a tailgate of a motor vehicle when that motor vehicle is hitched to a trailer having a component that interferes with the lowering of the tailgate. The method comprises the steps of displacing a section of the tailgate to form a clearance opening in the tailgate, folding the tailgate into a lowered position and accommodating the component of the trailer in the clearance opening when the tailgate is folded and lowered. Various tailgate assemblies for performing the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Alan Mouch, Jeffrey Ronald Bohmer, Sino Johan Van Dyk, William Edward Draper, III, Jay Curtiss Griffith
  • Patent number: 9033183
    Abstract: An extension frame for a transport box or a pallet includes two long sides, and two collapsible transverse sides. An angle piece is formed on one of the transverse sides or on one of the long sides, with the angle piece having a free end forming a hinge with a free end of an adjacent long side or transverse side. The hinge has in the open state and the collapsed state a locking position in which the long side and the adjacent transverse side are engageable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GEORG UTZ HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Yves Hug
  • Patent number: 8919082
    Abstract: The present invention provides a collapsible foam shipping cooler and a process for producing the collapsible cooler. The collapsible cooler includes a linear series of attached side panel sections where each of the adjacent side panel sections are separated by a V groove formed by 45° beveled cuts made in a ends of each of the sections, and an adhesive tape flexible hinge is attached on the side of the panels opposite the V groove. The series of attached side panel sections is movable between a collapsed storage mode and an assembled mode where the series of sections are arranged to form a closed rectangular loop with top and bottom perimeter edges. Top and bottom foam panels contact the top and bottom edges of the closed loop to form a closed insulated cooler which is matingly received in a conventional corrugated box shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Iowa E. P. S. Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank A. Cataldo
  • Patent number: 8915397
    Abstract: A center support structure between a drop door and a side wall of a bulk bin container is provided. The center support structure can be an extension from a lower portion of the drop door contacting the side wall, or an extension of the side wall contacting a lower portion of the drop door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Petersen, Scott Krebs
  • Publication number: 20140319132
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a container that may be repeatedly used for moving and stored in a collapsed position when not in use. The container includes means for both longitudinal and transverse reinforcement of closed opposing flaps that make up the top and bottom portions of the container. In one embodiment is provided a container comprising: a plurality of side walls configured to provide a collapsible container, where each side wall is in operable communication with two other side walls; two foldable flaps in operable communication with each side wall; and at least one securing strip in operable communication with at least one of the foldable flaps, where the securing strip provides structure for releasable attachment with three different side walls and for securing four of the flaps in a closed position to form a container bottom or top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Phea Ram
  • Patent number: 8844740
    Abstract: To obtain a foldable storage box in which an open state can be easily held. When a bottom board (36) in a stored state is transitioned to an open state, a pressing part (62) formed on the bottom board (36) presses one projecting part of a V form of a rotating member (64). The rotating member (64) rotates when the rotating member (64) is pressed, and a rod-form lock member (70) connected with the rotating member (64) rotates so as to extend in a horizontal direction. A leading end part of the lock member (70) is thereby inserted into a recessed pocket part (80) formed on a second side wall board (20B). The lock member (70) is disposed so as to span between a first side wall board (20A) and the second side wall board (20B) when the leading end part of the lock member (70) is inserted into the pocket part 80. In other words, a lock device (60) is disposed in a locked state in which an open state of the side wall boards (20) is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Takehiko Nemoto, Nobuyasu Yamada, Kazuaki Kurita, Masao Wakigami
  • Publication number: 20140251992
    Abstract: A crate includes a base and a plurality of walls defining a crate interior. The plurality of walls are movable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base. The plurality of walls include a front wall having a first portion movable between a retracted, open position and a closed position. A latch selectively secures the first portion in the closed position. The latch includes a cantilevered portion having a free end, the free end having a lower wall portion extending downward and then outward of the crate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Mauricio D. Cavalcante
  • Patent number: 8789715
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls. At least two of the side walls include a rigid first segment and a rigid second segment coupled to the first segment by a pivot to permit the side wall to fold so that the first segment and second segment form an acute angle or are parallel when the container is collapsed. The collapsible container can be configured in a storage configuration for containing objects or a collapsed configuration occupying less volume than the storage configuration for stowing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Shea, Tomohito Hashikawa, Martin Petersen, Angelo Parisi, Hugh Francis, Kelly Schlotterer
  • Publication number: 20140197167
    Abstract: The invention disclosed includes various durable containers constructed from sheet materials including a plurality of living hinges. The containers are configured to snap into an assembled position from a relatively flat position by the application of pressure to one or more sidewalls wherein that pressure deforms the one or more sidewalls into a concave position, thereby holding the container into place until the contain is collapsed once again for storage or cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Mandarin Associates Ltd.
    Inventor: Barro de Gast
  • Patent number: 8777514
    Abstract: The invention concerns a recoverable gabion for use in protecting military or civilian installations from weapons assault or from elemental forces, such as flood waters, lava flows, avalanches, soil instability, slope erosion and the like. The gabion comprises opposed side walls comprising a plurality of side wall elements connected together at spaced intervals by a plurality of partition walls such that spaces between neighboring pairs of partition walls define, together with the side walls, individual compartments of the gabion, adjacent side and partition walls being connected to one another by pivotal connections enabling the gabion to be folded between fully flattened and deployed configurations, wherein at least one of the pivotal connections is a releasable connection which when released allows a side wall element to open with respect to the gabion to allow access from the side of the gabion to any contents of the gabion compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 8714388
    Abstract: A collapsible rectangular container includes a container body having a pair of opposed solid side walls, a pair of opposed foldable side walls hingedly connected to the pair of solid side walls and a base end wall and a top end wall removably and slidably connected to ends of the pairs of solid and foldable side walls when the container body is in an erected position. The base and top end walls are removable from the ends of the container body to permit the body to be collapsed into a flat configuration by folding the side walls inwardly when the base and top end walls are removed. The end walls are slidably received on one of the solid side walls when the container body is in a collapsed position. When the containers are collapsed and/or erected, the containers interlock for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Buchorn, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Miller, David T. Devaney
  • Patent number: 8608003
    Abstract: A knockdown container A having a hook member 4 attached to the sleeve 2 such as to be rotatable in a plane parallel to the surface of the sleeve 2, and a receptacle portion 12 formed in the pallet 1 to retain the hook member 4. Alternatively, a knockdown container A having a hook member 4 attached to the sleeve 2 such that it is accommodated in a cut-out portion 21 formed in the sleeve 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinobu Uno
  • Patent number: 8573433
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 8561824
    Abstract: [Objective] To provide a box that allows easy tasks involved in assembling and disassembling and a novel plate material connecting structure adapted thereto. [Means to solve the problem] An assembly box comprises: a frame 1 (or 10) that is rectangular as seen from the top and whose four sides are formed from plate materials 11a and the like which are square as seen from the front; and a base 2 that has a placement plane 2a for the frame 1 and guides 21 and the like for supporting the plate materials constituting the frame 1 on the placement plane 2a. A first connecting part 111 and a second connecting part 122 (or a first connecting part 121 and a second connecting part 112) are positioned at corners of the frame 1 and have each a detachable locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is configured to separate two connected plate materials by inclining either one of the plate materials at a predetermined or larger angle with reference to the plate material connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nakayama Industry Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Nakayama, Fumio Nakayama, Shinji Ishii
  • Publication number: 20130233851
    Abstract: A modular containment wall system provides secondary containment about one or more liquid storage tanks in a storage area using panel members connected with series to form a perimeter wall about the storage area together with a barrier member spanning the area surrounding by the perimeter wall. Each panel member has a main wall portion and a brace including a triangular gusset panel and a foot panel along a bottom side in which the gusset panel and foot panel of the brace are pivotal together relative to the main wall portion between a working position in which the gusset panel is substantially perpendicular to the main wall portion and a storage position in which the gusset panel is substantially parallel to the main wall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Lester James Thiessen
  • Publication number: 20130228583
    Abstract: A stackable, passive thermally regulated, knockdown shipping container. The container includes (i) a pair of separate and independent interchangeable end panels, each carrying a detachable panel of fragile thermal insulation, and (ii) a plurality of separate and independent sidewall components each having at least two hingedly interconnected structural panels which carry a detachable panel of fragile thermal insulation. The end panels are each configured and arranged with (a) an external set of projections operable for stably supporting the container on a planar surface, and (b) an external set of depressions. The depressions are configured and arranged such that each projection on the panel, if inverted, would nest within a corresponding depression on the panel upon rotation of the inverted set of projections a defined angular distance about a longitudinal axis of the container relative to the set of depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: William T. Mayer
  • Publication number: 20130186890
    Abstract: A portable steel tank panel that interlocks with additional structures (e.g., other tank panels and/or removable hinges) to form a temporary aboveground fluid storage structure is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Steven R. Moody, Matthew L. Moody, James M. Moody
  • Publication number: 20130146591
    Abstract: A collapsible rectangular container includes a container body having a pair of opposed solid side walls, a pair of opposed foldable side walls hingedly connected to the pair of solid side walls and a base end wall and a top end wall removably and slidably connected to ends of the pairs of solid and foldable side walls when the container body is in an erected position. The base and top end walls are removable from the ends of the container body to permit the body to be collapsed into a flat configuration by folding the side walls inwardly when the base and top end walls are removed. The end walls are slidably received on one of the solid side walls when the container body is in a collapsed position. When the containers are collapsed and/or erected, the containers interlock for shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: BUCKHORN, INC.
    Inventor: BUCKHORN, INC.
  • Patent number: 8408411
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable container having a roof, a base, two foldable end walls and two removable side walls. The end walls and side walls of the container are load bearing elements having a twinned wall structure made of rotomolded plastic. The container is collapsed by removing the side walls and inwardly folding the end walls to draw the roof closer to the base. The load bearing capacity of the end walls and the side walls can be increased by arched indentations formed within the twinned wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Nova Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F. Hay, Sherman McKinniss
  • Publication number: 20130068763
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 8376168
    Abstract: A container that is convertible between a collapsed configuration and deployed configuration. The container includes a lower base assembly having sides, and an upper base assembly that is removably coupled to the lower base assembly. A plurality of removable supports are removably erected between the lower base assembly and the upper base assembly when the container is in the deployed configuration, and stowed between the lower base assembly and the upper base assembly when the container is in the collapsed configuration. The container may further include a plurality of sidewalls disposed between the supports and the upper and the lower base assemblies. The sidewalls may each be hingedly coupled to a respective side of the base assembly such that the sidewalls are deployable between the collapsed configuration and a deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Container Technologies Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Steve Fielden
  • Patent number: 8348087
    Abstract: A cold box is provided. The cold box includes an outer bag which is rectangular and has an upper opening, a lid which closes the upper opening of the outer bag, and a thermal insulator which is foldable and is detachably housed inside the outer bag. The thermal insulator is formed from a pouch-covered thermal insulation material. The thermal insulator includes a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls. Each of the side walls has a fixed part disposed adjacent to the rear wall and a turning part disposed adjacent to the front wall. The fixed parts are fixed to side faces of the rear wall, respectively, and the turning parts are rotatably coupled to front faces of the fixed parts, respectively. When the thermal insulator is folded, the front faces of the turning parts face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inoac Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiya Sawaki
  • Patent number: 8308018
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 8292106
    Abstract: Mountable and demountable stackable container having vertical plastic walls and stiff flat bottom, for complementing closets, cupboards, bookshelves, selves, pieces of furniture, storage areas, and other office areas or even directly on the floor, comprising two flat plastic modules having folds as hinges to form a container, the ends of said modules being secured by clamp elements and a stiff flat bottom base, made of wood, for example, that is accommodated in the guide groove located in the plastic modules and that can be secured to said base through tab projections having injected lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Orozco Gavaldon Humberto
  • Patent number: 8292119
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an airtight cooler box having a base panel, a collapsible unitary side panel, and a top panel. The base panel extends orthogonally from the base to form an opening defined by side panel top edges. A top panel having pouches on an inside surface is sized fit the top opening. A rigid base plate rests on a base panel inside surface. A top plate with vent openings is located inside the container under the top panel. Zippered closures on three top edges of the side panel and corresponding top panel three edges close the box. Box inner and outer surfaces include a poly-vinyl chloride material bonded to an aluminum laminate with multiple layers of foam interposed between panel inner and outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Keith A. Kenneally
  • Patent number: 8201702
    Abstract: The invention provides a modular and foldable recycling apparatus for home use. The apparatus contains multiple modules attached in series, which can be separated into individual modules. Each module is made of a foldable frame to hold a container, such as a bag, for the containment, separation and transport of recyclable materials. The apparatus can be folded like an accordion to allow for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Harleman Products, LLC
    Inventor: David P. Harleman
  • Patent number: 8066136
    Abstract: A container includes a plurality of resilient wall panels. Each wall panel is connected to each adjacent wall panel at a hinged connection, and the wall panels are arranged so as to articulate at the hinged connections between a collapsed position and an expanded position defining a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall and defining an upper lip. At least one of the hinged connections between adjacent side walls is an arched hinge. The container also includes a downwardly projecting bracket disposed proximate the upper lip on an exterior side of a side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Brian C. Dais, Sanjay Dhall, Craig R. Gosen
  • Publication number: 20110278287
    Abstract: A foldable case includes a rear board, two side boards pivotally mounted on the rear board respectively, a front board removably mounted between the two side boards, a top cover removably mounted on the rear board and abutting the front board, and a bottom board placed on the rear board and removably mounted between the rear board, the two side boards and the front board. Thus, when the foldable case is folded, the front board, the two side boards, the bottom board, the rear board and the top cover laminate each other so that the foldable case is folded completely to have the minimum volume to facilitate packaging, transportation and storage of the foldable case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Lin
  • Publication number: 20110258972
    Abstract: An airtight cover assembly includes a side panel folded around goods on a pallet presenting top and bottom opening, a top panel with a plurality of pouches positioned on an inside surface above a vented rigid plate, and a bottom panel encloses the pallet. Hook and loop closures secure the panel assembly. Panel inner and outer surfaces of a poly-vinyl chloride material bonded to an aluminum laminate enclose multiple layers of foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: KEITH A. KENNEALLY
  • Publication number: 20110248031
    Abstract: Mountable and demountable stackable container having vertical plastic walls and stiff flat bottom, for complementing closets, cupboards, bookshelves, selves, pieces of furniture, storage areas, and other office areas or even directly on the floor, comprising two flat plastic modules having folds as hinges to form a container, the ends of said modules being secured by clamp elements and a stiff flat bottom base, made of wood, for example, that is accommodated in the guide groove located in the plastic modules and that can be secured to said base through tab projections having injected lugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Orozco Gavaldon Humberto
  • Patent number: 8033411
    Abstract: A container includes a plurality of wall panels. Each wall panel is connected to adjacent wall panels at hinged connections and the wall panels are arranged so as to articulate at the hinged connections between a collapsed position and an expanded position defining a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The container also includes a first latch that is configured to interlockingly engage when the wall panels are in the expanded position and a second latch that is configured to interlockingly engage when the wall panels are in the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Brian C. Dais, Sanjay Dhall
  • Patent number: 8011523
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 7967104
    Abstract: A speaker enclosure, or enclosure, and kit with plural linearly aligned panels connected by flexible couplings are shipped in a parallel stack with all the coupled panels still coupled during shipment, plus additional panels, also stacked parallel. The flexible couplings may be provided by a single sheet of flexible substrate coupled to the linearly aligned panels. One side of the assembled speaker enclosure includes a middle panel of the coupled panels, having at least one flat rabbet joint. The external length of the middle panel is long enough to permit folding of at least one of the outermost of the panels, with flexible substrate and a covering, under the middle panel. The assembled speaker enclosure is held together with a flexible substrate, adhesive, clamps, or preferably, any two thereof. Openings for speakers and connector cups are provided. The kit includes adhesive, instructions, at least one connector cup, and hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Keith Carter
  • Patent number: 7896183
    Abstract: A refuse container comprising a lower member having lower side walls, upper wall sections, a hinge for pivotally mounting the upper wall sections one to the other such that the upper wall sections may be opened and closed, at least one section fastener for securing the upper wall sections together in a closed position, and a wall securing device that provides support for coupling the upper wall sections to the lower side walls. The present invention allows both of the upper walls sections to be releasably attached to the lower side walls using a combination of annular protrusions and recesses, and at least one section fastener that couples the upper wall sections to each other, thereby allowing easy access to the contents of the container such that a trash liner may be easily removed and the refuse container may be easily cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Jimmy B. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7870970
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a base, a top, and opposed side covers arranged between the base and the top. The side covers have a lower section frame pivotally connected to the base and a top section frame pivotally connected to the top, and a central hinge arrangement configured so that the top section frame is pivotally movable relative to the lower section frame. The side covers can thus be selectively positioned between an erected position and a collapsed position. In the erected position, the container presents an interior space. End covers are arranged to be pivotally movable between an upright position for covering respective open ends, and a down position for allowing the side covers to be movable to the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Collapsible Containers Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Michael Fisk
  • Patent number: 7854370
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a plurality of wall panels. Each wall panel is connected to each adjacent wall panel at a hinged connection, and the wall panels are arranged so as to articulate at the hinged connections between a collapsed position and an expanded position defining a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The collapsible container further includes a deformed portion on a side wall disposed across a hinged connection. The deformed portion projects toward an exterior of the collapsible container to releasably lock the hinged connection in a convexly bowed position when the collapsible container is in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Brian C. Dais, Sanjay Dhall
  • Publication number: 20100270298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collapsible container and a hinge used for the collapsible container. The hinge includes an inner hinge, an outer hinge, a first pivoting pin and a second pivoting pin movably and pivotally connected to the inner hinge and the outer hinge. The inner hinge and outer hinge are both provided with pivoting holes, respectively, and the first pivoting pin and the second pivoting pin are respectively inserted into the corresponding pivoting holes to pivotally connected or disconnect the inner hinge with the outer hinge. When one of the first pivoting pin and the second pivoting pin is pulled out, the outer hinge can overturn around the other pivoting pin hence to make the end wall overturn and fold towards inside or outside of the container body. When the first pivoting pin and the second pivoting pin are simultaneously located within the pivoting holes of the corresponding inner hinge and outer hinge, the end wall is fixed to the vertical state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONTAINERS (GROUP) LTD.
    Inventors: Heqing Kong, Shengqi Li, Shufang Yang
  • Patent number: 7784631
    Abstract: The invention provides improved collapsible storage container (10) which has a first pair of folding side gates (11) and a second pair of folding end gates (12), with each gate (11, 12) being pivotally mounted with respect to a pallet base. Each gate (11) has detachably mounted along opposite vertical margins thereof approximately c-shaped posts (22) each of which has a locking flange (23). Each gate (12) has angle members (35) attached to and extending along opposite vertical frame members (30, 31) and forming therewith a flange receiving slot (40) for slidably locating a respective locking flange (23). The gates (11, 12) when in their erect positions interlock with one another along their adjacent vertical margins which enhances the stiffness and rigidity of the container (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Rees Operations Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Arthur Raymond Winn, Trevor Dean Kelly
  • Publication number: 20100181310
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display system having one or more collapsible crates and at least one creative panel that can be employed to display to various types of items, products, goods or information for sale or non-sale display. The collapsible crates of the invention are less expensive to make and ship, and can be reused over and over again, thus, further decreasing shipping costs over the life of the display system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: East West Creative, Inc. DBA Eastwest Marketing Group
    Inventors: Simon Mark Haddad, Zbigniew Marchwiak, Mariusz Kucharczyk
  • Publication number: 20100147838
    Abstract: A portable storage chamber, including a collapsible pen forming the sidewalls of the chamber; and a lid arrangement of the chamber, lockable to enclose a top edge of the pen when the pen is erected; and at least one fitment provided on the chamber and fixable to a floor of a worksite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Barry Whittam, Ray Hanson, Darren Parsons
  • Patent number: 7703632
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and systems associated with a stackable and collapsible container are provided. One structure includes a stackable and collapsible container having at least four non-collapsible, load bearing vertical support members attached to vertical walls of the container and capable of supporting the weight of other containers. A top surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. A bottom surface is included having a number of sections which include a pivotal connection to one another and which are collapsible about the pivotal connection to an interior of the container. The top and the bottom surfaces of the container can be fixedly positioned in a number of collapsed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: George E. Kochanowski
  • Patent number: 7669718
    Abstract: A convertible display fixture comprising: a top portion; a front portion coupled to the top portion; at least one side portion coupled to the front portion; a back coupled to the at least one side portion; a bottom portion coupled to the front portion; wherein the top portion, the at least one side portion, the back portion, the bottom portion and the front portion form a shipping container; and wherein the top portion, the at least one side portion, the back portion and the bottom portion collapse towards the front portion to form a display fixture. In alternate embodiments, the convertible display fixture further comprises a collapsible lock box coupled to the front portion and top portion. Other embodiments further comprise at least one skid and at least one wheel coupled to the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Harry Patty
  • Publication number: 20100012654
    Abstract: A container includes a plurality of walls extending upward from a base. At least one support is movable between a retracted position and a support position. The support is pivotably connected to a first wall such that it can extend further into a mouth of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 7597207
    Abstract: A collapsible goods container has a rectangular base panel (10) with two hinge lines (37,38) extending between the width edges (17,18), parallel to the length edges (15,16) and disposed in the central region of the base panel. A first side wall (11) is hinged to a first length edge (15) of the base panel, the height of the side wall being not greater than one half of the length of a width edge (17) of the base panel. A second side wall (12) is connected to the first side wall (11) by opposed pairs of end walls (13,14) hinged to the side walls, each end wall having a fold line (23) disposed substantially centrally between the first and second side walls and substantially parallel to the common edges of the respective end and side walls. Fasteners (44) are provided to connect together the base panel and the adjacent edge of the second side wall, when the container is fully erected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Shaun David Green
  • Patent number: 7540390
    Abstract: A collapsible cargo container is configurable into an erected condition and a collapsed condition. The container comprises a base, a pair of opposed side walls hinged to the base, a top hinged to the side walls, a front wall hinged to the base, a back wall hinged to the base, flaps hinged to the side walls and top and a door formed in one of the walls. Fasteners secure the flaps to the front and back walls when the container is in the erected condition. The front and back walls are collapsible upon the base and the side walls and top are collapsible upon the front and back walls when the container is in the collapsed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Bublitz, Brian T. Dobrinski
  • Publication number: 20090057191
    Abstract: The pallet container is stackable on similar containers, without resting on the goods within the containers below, preventing damage to the palleted goods. Side panels of the pallet container hinge upon fold onto the base of the stabilize the propellers of a wind machine or alternatively a wind powered generator, and more particularly a system. The invention comprises a transportable and collapsible storage container, sized to receive a pallet of stacked articles. The storage container is stackable, to support a similar container stacked on top, without damage to the palleted contents stored within the container. The load of the storage container stacked above is handled by the walls of the storage container below. Preferably, the four walls of the pallet container hinge at the base of each wall, to fold flat for compact storage. The walls may be solid, slatted, meshed or grate. The walls interlock, when raised from the flat, storage position, to prevent unwanted folding of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Nicholas B. Temple, JR., Gregory P. Berndt
  • Publication number: 20080155929
    Abstract: A construction block is provided that includes at least one base member that includes a plurality of lower side wall receptacles. The construction block further includes a plurality of side wall assemblies. Each of the side wall assemblies includes a plurality of interconnected panels. Each of the panels is hingedly connected to each adjacent one of the panels of the respective one of the side wall assemblies. Each of the side wall assemblies defines a hollow load chamber having an open top and an open bottom. At least some of the panels of each of the side wall assemblies are angled relative to one another. Each of the lower side wall receptacles receives one of the side wall assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Burke A. Herron
  • Patent number: 7296704
    Abstract: A collapsible container is equipped with a global positioning system and a radio transmitter to ease in locating the container when lost. The collapsible container includes some reflective means or bright coloration such that it is easily seen upon open waters. The container may include means for recording when the container has been opened and closed. The container is sealed and substantially watertight and is made up of interchangeable sections including a bottom, at least one side panel capable of collapsing, a top panel, and at least one door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Ferrini
  • Patent number: 7229001
    Abstract: Disclosed is a folding collapsible rectangular storage box in which the rectangular box body has a flexible bottom panel, two short upright peripheral panels and two long upright peripheral panels perpendicularly extending upward from the four sides of said rectangular bottom panel, the two long upright peripheral panels having a respective vertically extending folding line arranged in a diagonal manner so that the box body can be folded into a flat manner by pushing the two long upright peripheral panels toward each other and then respectively turning the two short upright peripheral panels toward the attached two long upright peripheral panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang