Skeleton Framework Patents (Class 220/668)
  • Patent number: 10676267
    Abstract: Systems and methods for making an insulating container having at least one cavity in a lid insulating structure or base insulating structure and having at least one vacuum insulated panel disposed within the at least one cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Christopher M. Keller, Edward Abante, Dustin Bullock, Matthew Neeley, Mark Carlson Rane, James William Sonntag, Dennis Zuck
  • Patent number: 10443885
    Abstract: An air handler having a fan module and a separation partition is provided, in which a case panel may be assembled with a plurality of module frames via a considerably simplified sliding coupling providing excellent hermetic sealing. As such, manufacturing costs may be reduced due to reduction in a number of components, and assembly time may be remarkably reduced due to a reduced number of assembly operations. This advantageously results in reduced labor cost and enhanced air conditioning efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangyuk Son, Junhee Lim, Kyungjung Lee
  • Patent number: 9956920
    Abstract: An apparatus 1 for attaching an article 3 to a vehicle 9, having a first engagement member 24 and a second engagement member 26 spaced from the first engagement member along a longitudinal axis and that is slidable relative to the first engagement member along the longitudinal axis between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The apparatus 1 has a transverse plane extending generally through the apparatus and coincident with the longitudinal axis. The first and second engagement members 24, 26 each have a retaining portion 24b, 26b that is non-perpendicular relative to the transverse plane and configured to be received by respective engagement features 103, 107 on the article 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AEROE SPORTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Patrick David Maguire
  • Patent number: 9302812
    Abstract: This invention relates to a gate or panel for a storage container comprising a rectangular or square infill panel having an inner face and an outer face, an outer perimeter frame adjacent to the outer face of the infill panel, and an infill panel attachment member attached to and extending along at least a pair of opposing margins of the gate, each infill panel attachment member comprising an infill panel retaining flange which extends in a plane parallel to an inner face of the perimeter frame so that the infill panel is retained between the retaining flanges and an inner face of the outer perimeter frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: REES OPERATIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Michael Rees, Ian Sharkey, Matthew Reimers
  • Patent number: 9114928
    Abstract: The present invention provides a jointed liquid crystal glass panel package box, which includes a box body and a plurality of brackets mounted to the box body. The box body includes a frame and a hollow plate arranged inside the frame. The frame includes two opposite first frame members, two opposite second frame members, and four L-shaped connection members connecting between the first frame members and the second frame members. The two first frame members, the two second frame members, and the connection members circumferentially delimit a receiving compartment. The hollow plate is received in the receiving compartment. The brackets are mounted to the two first frame members and the two second frame members. With the frame being formed by jointing the first and second frame members and the connection members, the size is adjustable so as to be fit to packaging of liquid crystal glass panels of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yicheng Kuo, Shihhsiang Chen, Jiahe Cheng
  • Patent number: 8985365
    Abstract: A container structure is disclosed. The container structure may include a container body and two movable supporting units. When the container body is used as a regular container, two movable supporting units has not been extended from the container body; and the covering rod, extending rod, connecting rods of the movable supporting units are conjugated with the horizontal supporting columns and connecting posts respectively to reinforce the structure of the container body, so that the reinforced container body can have a better status to sustain heavier weight. Furthermore, the movable supporting units can extend to expand the space of the container body to receive more items to reduce the transportation costs; and when the container is not used for storage purposes, the expanded space can be used for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Syn Yao Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shan-Chi Chuang
  • Publication number: 20140367397
    Abstract: A basket comprising a body and at least one strap, the body consisting of a bottom and an open top. The body includes ventilation holes which are also used as projection-receiving openings through which locking mechanisms may engage. At least one strap may be connected to the body in a variety of locations, based upon user preference and at least one strap may be adjustable for ease of use. The body also comprises guide slots through which the straps may be fed prior to their connection to the body. The body may also include handles which may be located in a variety of places near or within the top edge of the body. The basket may be used with or without straps, providing the user with versatility of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: United Comb & Novelty Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Audet, Rebecca Foster, Theresa Savoia Scalzi
  • Patent number: 8863978
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pallet container (10), with a thin-walled, rigid inner container (12) composed of thermoplastic material for the storage and transport of liquid or pourable contents, with a trellis tube support casing (14) tightly enclosing the plastic container (12), and with a base pallet (16), on which the plastic container (12) rests and to which the support casing (14) is rigidly connected, wherein the trellis tube support casing (14) is constructed of vertical and horizontal tubes (18, 20) that are welded to each other, with the peripheral horizontal tubes (18) being rigidly connected to each other. The connection of the horizontal tubes (18) is accomplished by a positive clinched joint (24) disposed on the inside of the horizontal tubes (18), wherein the outside of the horizontal tubes (18) is free from any clinched joint deformations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Przytulla, Klaus Peter Schmidt, Detlev Weyrauch, Ernst Wurzer
  • Patent number: 8844760
    Abstract: A vessel for storing pressurized gas. The storage vessel may be manufactured in a variety of predetermined shapes. Plural frame members are interconnected with each other, collectively forming a lattice frame. A network of internal supports is disposed within the interior of the lattice frame, the internal supports being made of a carbon-reinforced composite material. The storage vessel has an outer shell made up of layers of carbon-reinforced composite material sheets enveloping the exterior of the lattice frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CNG Storage Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Hugh L. Horstman
  • Patent number: 8813990
    Abstract: A cargo container and method for transporting hazardous material includes a housing, a frame, and a lid, or, alternatively a door. The frame and housing define an opening and an interior storage space for containing the hazardous material. The lid or door is operatively connected to the frame and covers the opening for inhibiting access to the interior storage space. A first gasket fluidly seals the lid or door for inhibiting hazardous material from moving from the interior storage space to an outer environment. Additionally, the cargo container may include a second gasket, a seal arrangement, and/or a tortuous path for deflecting airborne hazardous materials from the first gasket and further inhibiting hazardous material from moving from the interior storage space to the outer environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Metal Solutions Design & Fabrication, LLC
    Inventor: M. David Berger
  • Patent number: 8763843
    Abstract: A water storage assembly is disclosed including a flexible bladder having a water storage cavity, a water inlet in fluid communication with said cavity, a water outlet in fluid communication with said cavity, and a rigid frame adapted to support said bladder wherein said bladder wherein said bladder is secured to said rigid frame and said bladder is adapted to expand and contract upon flow of said water into and out of said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Graeme Alexander Marett, Andrew Waudby
  • Patent number: 8763971
    Abstract: A system for carrying a respiratory ventilator and respiratory ventilator power supply on a support. The support may be fixed or inclinable, and the device includes at lease one body portion having a first receiver that receives the respiratory ventilator and a second receiver that receives the respiratory ventilator power supply. A coupling is connected to the body portion that attaches the body portion to the support. The coupling is configured to cause the body portion to incline in response to, and generally to the same extent as, inclination of the support in order to present a relatively low profile to the surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Duncan Wilson
  • Patent number: 8689494
    Abstract: The present invention provides cold climatic protection to the hydro tanks and associated fluid conduits present on a frac pad. A modular endoskeleton is provided and covered by a plurality of rip resistant tarps. A heat entrapment canopy results which maintains an inner temperature above freezing even in extreme cold outside temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: TFL Distribution, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew B. Leavitt
  • Patent number: 8640867
    Abstract: A protective and decorative casing for handheld devices such as a cellular phone, mobile computing device, or portable digital media player. The casing comprises a device stand. The casing expands to allow insertion of the handheld device. The casing has an accessory storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Szucs, Anthony Ko, Danny Wen
  • Publication number: 20130001223
    Abstract: A crate includes a base and a plurality of walls including a front wall. The front wall is movable between a retracted, open position and a closed position. In some embodiments, the front wall includes a frame, a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is hingeably connected to the frame and the second portion is hingeably connected to the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Mauricio D. Cavalcante, John Bobel Zelek, William P. Apps, Ryan C. Meers
  • Publication number: 20120037648
    Abstract: Wire formed products are formed of wires of various cross-sectional shapes and sizes shaped and assembled to form containers, holders, dispensers and the like for household and office use. In preferred arrangements, the wire formed product comprises a weldment of frame and connecting wires. The connecting wires form arches that each include an arcuate end extending to spaced legs that overlap with the legs of adjacent wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: SPECTRUM DIVERSIFIED DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Sheldon H. Goodman, Omer I. Sazir, Elizabeth A. Cho
  • Patent number: 8079491
    Abstract: A crate system for transport of items. The system includes a set of U shaped tubes that are mounted in an upright position on beams. A second set of U shaped tubes are also mounted in an upright position on beams. Each assembled set are then mounted on top of one another to form a crate system. The crate system can safely secure and even stack heavy items on top of one another. These crate systems can then be disassembled for packing and shipping back to the original shipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Marty Williams
  • Patent number: 7997441
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a tank container including a base adapted to rest on an external support, an open frame joined to the base in spaced relation to a tank barrel, the frame defining a space about the tank barrel, an open protective structure supported by the frame, the protective structure impeding contact between the flange and an external structural agent, hoist engagement structure adapted to receive hoist rigging, and rigging protective structure supported by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Eric P. Marcel
  • Publication number: 20110186473
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present invention described herein, a shipping capsule is provided comprising a lattice blanket that is expandable and contractible so as to allow size adjustability and a covering layer. In one particularly embodiment, the lattice blanket forms an expandable and contractible sleeve that is received around a product being shipped in the shipping capsule and the covering layer is a polymer film such as stretch wrap. Methods of shipping and packaging a product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony L. Rockwell, Phillip J. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110139797
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the invention provide a vessel for containing or conveying molten metal therein. At least part of the outer surface of the vessel incorporates a web of metal wires embedded in the surface, the wires being mutually overlaid with openings formed therebetween. The refractory material penetrates into the openings. The web may comprise woven metal wires or non-woven wires or both. The web imparts resistance to cracking (or containment of cracks, once formed) and/or resistance to molten metal leakage if cracks develop. The invention also provides metal containment structures containing such vessels, and methods of producing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Eric W. Reeves, James E. Boorman, Richard Scott Bruski
  • Publication number: 20110006058
    Abstract: A cover for concealing utility equipment on real property such as air conditioner condenser units, telephone and electric cabinets, and trash containers, has a modular, rigid and stiff skeletal frame and a filtration layer of fine mesh supported on the vertical faces of the skeletal frame. The cover includes artificial foliage in the form of sprigs that closely simulate the appearance of natural, leafed, shrubbery branches. The sprigs are affixed to substantially vertical rods positioned laterally across the face of the frame. The cover presents an aesthetically pleasing natural foliage appearance that substantially completely blocks the view of the concealed equipment. Lengths and angles between components of the cover and the number of components can be adjusted such that a single cover kit is alone or in combination with supplementary components adaptable to fit objects of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: James J. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 7850390
    Abstract: A frame is comprised of plural frame members, each of which has plural projections and plural recesses in opposed relationship to the respective projections of the corresponding frame member. The frame is assembled by snapping selected ones of the frame members together so that the projections of a selected one or more of the frame members are urged into nesting engagement with the recesses of a selected other one or more of the frame members. Selected ones of the frame members are equipped with locking tabs to maintain the frame members in their assembled configuration and to counteract a force tending to disengage the projections from the respective recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Randall L. Lisbona
  • Patent number: 7726501
    Abstract: A three-dimensional frame structure or support structure for transporting and/or storing at least one object, which has a multitude of support elements, which are or can be joined to one another and extend at least along the outer edges of the frame structure or support structure while defining it. Each support element is made of a multilayered composite of tightly packed sheets or boards made of a corrugated paper or cardboard material, particularly corrugated board. A method for easily and rapidly producing a three-dimensional frame structure or support structure of the aforementioned type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Mondi Technology Investments S.A.
    Inventors: Mark Macqueen, Roman Harrer
  • Patent number: 7624887
    Abstract: Transport packaging, capable of being erected or folded, and when erected serving as a shipper for commercial packaging of goods. The packaging is defined by a structural framework [100] capable of carrying a sheath, film wrap or cover, or other materials of vessel-forming character to hold and protect products to be transported within the framework. The framework when erected provides contents-receptive configuration to protect the packing and its contents against the stresses of filling, storage, distribution, merchandising and use of the packaging. The framework has a plurality of horizontal and vertical members [102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111], wherein horizontal members define lengthwise structural elements and the vertical members define upright structural elements, together defining an exoskeleton having windowed open frame panels of the framework joined pivotally at lower and fixedly/securely at upper corners defined by the upright structural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: D.J. Avery Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Avery
  • Publication number: 20090134171
    Abstract: A modular tank unit for utilizing vessels of opportunity to serve as carriers for transportation and handling of specialty liquids or flowable particulate products or to serve as a terminal ashore receiving and dispensing to truck, rail, barge or other receiving facilities. The modular tank unit has a rectangular intermodal framework of predetermined dimension and tare weight permitting its transportation by cargo vessel, hopper barge and by rail for positioning inland or at shore facilities. A tank may be adapted for other modes of transportation and may be removably secured within the rectangular framework. The modular tank unit in its smaller dimension can be transported empty by rail and can be positioned in the field by portable crane. The modular tank unit defines a pump compartment having a pumping and draining manifold and portable pump and valve assembly for fluid handling, enabling the modular tank unit to be “active” for power energized pumping or “passive” for gravity discharge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Nicholas W. deBerardinis
  • Patent number: 7478734
    Abstract: A volumetric efficient collapsible and tamper proof container for protecting goods contained therein during transportation and storage. The container comprises six walls perpendicularly and hingedly mounted to each other to define a cubic space therein. Long and short elongated pins are passed through openings in knuckle extensions on the sides of the walls and they are cooperatively disposed to offset each opposite tubular member to permit the coaxial alignment of the respective through openings. Locking tubular members are used to keep one or more of the long pins in place. The long pins keep the shorter pins in place. Seal members are used to prevent the removal of one or more of the long pins that are keeping the short pins in place. The other long and short elongated pins are kept in place with locking tubular members that can only be removed when the walls are flat on a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Edgar Hidalgo Vargas
  • Patent number: 7475796
    Abstract: An industrial hopper and support system includes a hopper having a plurality of receivers complementally configured to receive the top ends of legs of a support. The hopper is particularly designed to receive and discharge both solid and liquid material by the mounting of a selected valve, and the receivers include recesses therein which inhibit the spread of the legs and provide a structural connection between the legs of the support when the hopper is mounted thereon. The hopper may be mounted to the legs without the use of tools, but a separate fastener may be used when it is desired to lift both the hopper and its support from above. The support is provided with openings through primary tubular members which align with crossmembers so that forks inserted into the openings pass longitudinally through the crossmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Snyder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darwin Garton
  • Publication number: 20080264939
    Abstract: A reduced material container having a base with sidewalls extending from the base to define a compartment for storing goods. The sidewalls define a plurality of apertures that are covered by a sleeve. A lid removeably seats with the sidewalls. The apertures allow production of a container with a reduced amount of material and energy and has a reduced environmental impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Christopher P. Bray, Donald C. Neitzel
  • Publication number: 20080110907
    Abstract: A modularly constructed object comprising: a frame formed from a mouldable material; and one or more sheets of material, each having at least part of one edge embedded in the frame so that the one or more sheets are held in place by the frame. A method for constructing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Chun Kui Chiu, TAK WANG CHIU
  • Patent number: 7073682
    Abstract: A dishwasher silverware basket is provided with a cage and a back wall which are snap-fit together. The cage includes a front wall, opposite side walls, and a bottom wall. The cage and back wall are both provided with mating hooks and openings which snap-fit together to form the silverware basket. In assembling the cage and back wall, hooks on the cage are fit into openings in the back wall. The cage is then moved toward the back wall so that second hooks on the back wall snap-fit into openings or recesses in the cage so as to form a permanent basket. Finally, the cage is moved downwardly with respect to the back wall so that the hooks on the cage engage with the lower edge portions of the back wall openings. Dividers may be provided in the basket to define compartments therein. The basket can be mounted on the interior surface of the dishwasher door via slots in the back wall, or can be set within a rack in the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Scott D. Raches, Wayne M. VanLandingham
  • Publication number: 20040262320
    Abstract: A secured trash container system includes a container with side walls and an open top end, the side walls including engagement locations, and a protective frame. The frame includes: a base; a plurality of uprights mounted with the base and extending upwardly therefrom, two of the uprights being separated from each other to define an open front side; and a roof supported by the uprights. The base, uprights and roof define a storage cavity wherein the container resides. The roof covers the open top end of the container. The container is configured to pass through the open front side of the frame. In this configuration, the presence of the roof over the open top end of the container can prevent unwanted access to the container, but can permit the container to be emptied in a conventional manner by passing the container through the open front side of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: James Pruett
  • Patent number: 6698612
    Abstract: A woven plastic container for plants is provided having an outside bottom band, a plurality of splints, an inside top band, a plurality of weave strips, and an outside top band. The outside bottom band has an interior surface and an exterior surface. Each splint is spaced apart a predetermined distance from each directly adjacent splint, and each splint is in contact with the outside bottom band interior surface. The inside top band has an interior surface and an exterior surface, with the exterior surface being in contact with each of the splints. Each of the weave strips is woven through the splints, and each of the weave strips is spaced at predetermined distances from each directly adjacent weave strip. The outside top band has an interior surface and an exterior surface, and with the interior surface being in contact with each of the splints. In one embodiment of the invention the container has a base, with the base being attached to the splints and the outside bottom band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventors: Roy W. Krasky, Ray B. Coblentz
  • Patent number: 6662965
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a base and a cylindrical or annular sidewall attached to the base and extending above the base to an open upper end. The sidewall and base define an interior of the receptacle to receive items. The sidewall includes one or more rigid plates spaced along the circumference of the sidewall, and one or more cutouts removed from at least one of the plates to define an ornamental feature in the sidewall. Each cutout is formed by cutting and defined by a cut edge extending along the periphery of the cutout. The cutouts can be torch-cut under automatic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: DuMor, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard M. Dill
  • Patent number: 6604616
    Abstract: A container, incorporated with a multi-functional edge frame arrangement, includes a container body including a base panel and a plurality side panels connected to edge portions of said base panel respectively. The multi-functional edge frame arrangement includes a plurality of edge frames, each having a main frame having a L-shaped cross section and two edge holders provided at two side ends of the main frame. An edge portion of the side panel and an edge portion of the base panel are arranged to securely mount along the edge holders respectively so as to connect the side panel with the base panel. At least one of the edge frames is constructed to form a utility edge frame and the multi-functional edge frame arrangement further includes a mounting unit provided on the utility edge frame and a container accessory including a reinforcing member shaped and sized to fittedly mount on the mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Chun Lung Cheng
  • Patent number: 6467640
    Abstract: A standing box structure with multi-direction opening doors, more particularly, alignment portions that are installed relatively to a front panel and two side panels in the box structure, which is supported by two fixed horizontal bars and fastened by alignment portions that can loosen one side of the box, turn, and open. The present invention provides a special feature of time saving efficient and convenient in the maintenance and installation of wire circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Kuo-Chuan Hung
  • Patent number: 6454111
    Abstract: A receptacle for containing compost is provided which can be easily assembled and disassembled as needed. The receptacle is formed of durable materials creating an attractive appearance to the yard or garden. Metal brackets form the corners and define angularly positioned slots for receiving wooden slats which provide the side walls. The slats can later be removed when compost is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Two One One Partners
    Inventor: Robert A. Berryhill
  • Patent number: 6454112
    Abstract: A cargo container includes two tine tunnels disposed at the top of the container, for receiving the tines of a fork-lift truck. The tine tunnels fit between upper and lower header extrusions and a protection plate is provided to protect the container from the fork tines. Lifting the container at the top, rather than at the bottom, improves loading stability and minimizes container damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Air Cargo Equipment (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Graham John Lawrence Walters, Mark Steven Ford
  • Publication number: 20020121524
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a base and a cylindrical or annular sidewall attached to the base and extending above the base to an open upper end. The sidewall and base define an interior of the receptacle to receive items. The sidewall includes one or more rigid plates spaced along the circumference of the sidewall, and one or more cutouts removed from at least one of the plates to define an ornamental feature in the sidewall. Each cutout is formed by cutting and defined by a cut edge extending along the periphery of the cutout. The cutouts can be torch-cut under automatic control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventor: Howard M. Dill
  • Patent number: 6290082
    Abstract: A pallet container is provided comprising an inner plastic container for transporting liquids. The inner container is secured to a pallet by means of a grid support structure. The intersections of the first and second grid elements are connected by penetrating the second element through the first element. The first and second elements are then connected to one another at one or more positions in the region of the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Royal Packaging Industry Leer N.V.
    Inventors: Maurice Gerardus Maria Van Giezen, Paul Martens
  • Patent number: 6247594
    Abstract: A fluid tank assembly is designed for stacking with similar assemblies. The fluid tank assembly includes a base having a plurality of upright stacking legs, a tank having a liquid-receiving chamber received on and supported by the base, and couplers for connecting the tank to the stacking legs adjacent the upper ends of the latter. The couplers away be provided as fasteners such as bolts and receivers whereby the tank prevents the legs from spreading outwardly. Alternatively, the couplers may be provided as bosses molded into the tank which interfit with corresponding slots on the stacking legs. The tank is preferably permitted to shift relative to the base to accommodate movement during filling and emptying and shifting during transport. The couplers avoid the necessity of separate protective tops or other structure which joins the tops of the legs together, but rather uses the tank as a structural component without imparting significant vertical loads thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Snyder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darwin Garton
  • Patent number: 6161714
    Abstract: A cargo container which has sufficient strength and rigidity. The container includes side walls, a roof and a base, wherein at least the side walls are made of FRP (fiber reinforced plastics) plates, and wherein adjacent two sides of the plates are made of an integrally formed continuous FRP panel. The cargo container is suited for use in an aircraft, ship, freight train or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masashi Matsuura, Nobuhiko Shimizu, Masayoshi Yamagiwa, Hiroshi Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 6098826
    Abstract: A communications equipment housing may be constructed using an upper plate, four vertical members extending downward from the four corners of the upper plate and attach to a lower plate. A front side plate and a rear side plate are attached to the sides of the housing and two lateral side plates are installed on the sides between the front side plate and the rear side plate. Both lateral sides are composed of two main lateral side plates and an auxiliary lateral side plate that is located between the two main lateral side plates. An female groove is formed along an edge of each main lateral side plate in a direction perpendicular to the planes of the top and bottom plates. The auxiliary lateral side plate has projecting male protrusions formed along two lateral edges of the auxiliary plate in a direction perpendicular to the planes of the top and bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae-Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 6076694
    Abstract: A novel and ergonomic trash receptacle comprises an outer container and an inner trash can. The outer container which is mounted on a pedestal is provided with a lockable closure with the trash can being received in the container such that garbage introduced through the doors of the closure falls into the trash can. Vertical side wall assemblies are removably mounted to the container by way of extruded posts provided at the corners of the container and adapted to slidably receive the side wall assemblies. Each side wall assembly can comprise an advertisement which can be accessed, for instance, to change the advertisement or for repair purposes. The outer container or the closure can be provided with ashtrays which can discharge their contents into conduits defined in the extruded posts such as to deposit at the bottom thereof. Doors are provided to access the conduits for periodically removing the ashes and butts which have accumulated in the posts. Frame components of the outer container, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: A.L.R. Envirotech Inc.
    Inventor: Paul-Henri Ragot
  • Patent number: 6029841
    Abstract: A new waste container attachment for mounting to the handle of a lawnmower. The inventive device includes a frame having a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion of the frame defines a top opening. The bottom portion of the frame has a pair of spaced apart elongate side rails and a cross rail extending between the side rails. Each of the side rails is coupled to the top portion. A container member has a base and a perimeter side wall extending around the base. The perimeter side wall defines an upper opening into the container member. The container member is insertable through the top opening of the top portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventors: William A. G. Fotherby, John K. Summerhill
  • Patent number: 6024237
    Abstract: A pallet container (10) has a thin-walled plastic container (12), a support casing (14) made of a wire grating and a bottom pallet (16). In order to improve the falling resistance of such a pallet container (10), some of the vertical rods (18) that form the wire grating of the support casing (14) are prolonged, extend through bores (20) provided in the bottom pallet (16) and are screwed from below against the bottom pallet by a screw nut (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Marten Burgdorf, Dietmar Przytulla
  • Patent number: 6012598
    Abstract: A freight container for transporting a pressurized fluid at a design pressure P, including a tank and mounted within an ISO frame. The tank includes a vessel formed of a material having an ultimate tensile strength S.sub.U. The vessel has a cylindrical shell having an inside radius R.sub.I and a thickness T.sub.s which is less than that of prior art freight containers and substantially equal to: (P*R.sub.I)/(1/3S.sub.u -0.5 P). Such a vessel conforms to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 2. The freight container may be mounted on a transport vehicle, before or after being filled with the pressurized fluid, and transported to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: The Columbiana Boiler Company
    Inventor: Aris Antoniou
  • Patent number: 6003705
    Abstract: A portable bulk storage container having a counterweight mechanism for opening and closing a heavy lid. The container comprises a substantially gas and liquid tight tank secured inside of a frame. An opening is positioned on a front portion of a top of the tank. A lid is pivotally connected to the top of the tank for sealing the opening. A pair of fulcrums or connecting members extend from opposite sides of a rear portion of the lid. A counterweight is attached to each fulcrum. Each counterweight has an elongated lever end which extends away from the rear of the lid such that the counterweight can be used to rotate the lid between closed and open positions. Each counterweight is positioned beyond a side wall of the tank such that the counterweights can be rotated along the side wall of the tank, thereby effectively utilizing the limited amount of space available inside of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Magnum Mud Equipment Company
    Inventor: Chapman H. Burguieres, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5996827
    Abstract: A closable and sealable environmental tank is supported and protected by a frame and has at least four openings, each opening subject to closure by means of screw thread secured elements. One port is a manway, with a removable closure. A second port is arranged to receive a top service adapter assembly having a connector nipple, a valve, and a standpipe or a flow port adapter for bottom discharge service. The third port is adapted to receive top discharge pressurization and pressure control assembly, or a safety blow down adapter for bottom discharge service. The fourth port is on the bottom of the tank and is adapted to receive a drain port adapter assembly, for bottom discharge service comprising at least a delivery tube, a control valve, and a connector nipple, or to receive a blind flange closure for top discharge service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Splane
  • Patent number: 5947313
    Abstract: A molded plastic basket for a shopping cart includes side and front walls formed of a molded gridwork of ribs extending at an angle relative to the upright direction of the basket when it is assembled to a shopping cart chassis. The front and side walls intersect each other along convex arcuate curved corner sections with the gridwork ribs continuously flowing around the corner sections up to a mold parting line provided midway around the curved sections. The ribs of the side walls extend parallel to each other to permit molding of the side walls by a transversely moveable mold section that moves towards and away from the side wall area during molding and the ribs of the front wall likewise all extend parallel to each other in a direction generally perpendicular to the direction of the side wall ribs to enable molding of the ribs of the front wall by another moveable section of a mold that moves in a direction generally perpendicular to the direction of motion of the mold section forming the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Rehrig International, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Roger Kern, Christopher Michael Johnson, Scottlan Ray Henry
  • Patent number: 5941405
    Abstract: A collapsible cargo container for aircraft. The container comprises a base and roof preferably constructed from aluminum and flexible side walls formed from light weight fabric. The roof is releasably supported in the erected position by foldable support posts which extend upwardly from each comer of the container base. The roof is vertically slidable relative to the support posts between the erected position and a collapsed position proximate to the base. In the collapsed position, the flexible walls are stowed between the base and the roof. The support posts are pivotably coupled to the base and may be folded to a collapsed position resting on an upper surface of the roof. The container may further include a pallet extension to conform to the dimensions of below-deck aircraft cargo holds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventors: Peter Bruce Scales, Robert Todd Banks