Fastening Members Patents (Class 220/7)
  • Patent number: 10351296
    Abstract: A foldable container features a base and four lateral walls, with the lateral walls featuring trailing edges with latching elements and one or more ridges that extend from the trailing edge on the internal surface and/or close to the external surface and on lateral edges of the side wall. During stacking, the ridges mesh either between the latching elements and/or between two additional ridges so that stacked containers cannot shift in longitudinal direction. The trailing edges are designed in a step like shape and feature a protruding edge, by means of which a shifting in diagonal direction is also prevented. According to the invention, the containers are deformed less during transport and are easier to fold together. The invention facilitates stacking and folding by robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GEORG UTZ HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Bettina Birchmeier
  • Patent number: 10315801
    Abstract: A collapsible box has a bottom with a plurality of foldable walls, each of which is hinged to the bottom. Each wall is displaceable between a collapsed state and an erected state, in which the walls are connected by locking means. The bottom and the walls in the erected state define a space. The bottom includes a guiding element configured to receive at least a part of an upper rim of another collapsible box stacked underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Frametray Tech AB
    Inventor: Henrik Molander
  • Patent number: 10065763
    Abstract: A container comprising walls. A first wall has a latch connected thereto by a flexible arm at a first lateral end. The latch comprises i) a latch body connected to the flexible arm and resiliently, outwardly movable, the latch body having an interior surface sloped to partially face a second lateral end of the first wall, and ii) a stop contact having a contact surface resiliently movable relative to the latch body. The stop contact is connected to the latch body at a location outward of where a stop contacts the contact surface. A second wall comprising a stop is located at the first lateral end, and is movable on a hinge. The stop is aligned to contact the contact surface as the second wall is rotated from an erected arrangement and to contact the interior surface as the second wall is rotated from the collapsed arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Arena Packaging, LLC
    Inventor: Donald E. Wilcox
  • Box
    Patent number: 9796525
    Abstract: A box includes a floor and at least two pairs of opposing sidewalls extending upwards from the floor in the vertical direction. The sidewalls are arranged foldably with respect to the floor and may be locked with each other in their upfolded position. At least one of the sidewalls includes an unlocking mechanism which is movable between a rest position and an unlocking position in which the locking of the sidewalls is undone. The unlocking mechanism includes at least one pretensioning element which pretensions the unlocking mechanism into its rest position and includes a first end connected to the unlocking mechanism or the sidewall and a second, free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Patent number: 9527644
    Abstract: A device for transporting and installing a compressor is provided. The device includes a container serving to receive the compressor, with at least one removable planar side element, as well as a multipart lifting device which may be disassembled into its individual parts for transportation, and may be arranged in the container and after assembling the individual parts is designed such that the compressor may be fastened to the lifting device and may be lifted by means of the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Karl Schürrle, Jörg Christopher Stapf
  • Patent number: 9493295
    Abstract: A reusable pallet container is disclosed. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a pallet container for holding vehicle windshields for storage, transportation or otherwise is disclosed. The pallet container includes a frame structure defining a base, and a periphery, wherein one or more side restraints are provided to be mounted on-board the pallet container to inhibit movement of windshields internally of the pallet container, wherein at least one of said one or more side restraints comprises a flexible fluid containing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Safelite Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Glover, Al Hoag, Richard Rudyk, Dino Lanno, Bill Howard, Richard Cooke, Ronald Price, Andy Scott, Markus Schmidt, Evan Taylor
  • Patent number: 9327870
    Abstract: A hinge system comprises a first component and a second component. Arranged on the first component, a first pin (314) and a second pin (324) are not on a same axis. The first pin is movably arranged in a first slot (814) on the second component. The second pin is movably arranged in a second slot (824) on the second component. The first component selectively stays in a first position state or a second position state relative to the second component, thus allowing the hinge system to be folded reliably and conveniently. Also a collapsible container comprising the hinge system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Shanghai Hongyan Returnable Transit Packagings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanli Jian, Qingxin Liao, Zuocheng Qian
  • Patent number: 9278775
    Abstract: A crate, such as for transporting egg cartons or other items, includes a base, opposed side walls and a rear wall extending upward from the base. A front wall opposite the rear wall is selectably moveable between a closed position and a retracted, open position. In the retracted position, access to the interior of the crate is provided. In one embodiment, the front wall includes a plurality of pivotably connected sections, such that the front wall can be retracted to provide access to the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Ryan C. Meers, Justin M. Smyers
  • Patent number: 9269432
    Abstract: Memory systems and memory programming methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Emiliano Faraoni, Scott E. Sills, Alessandro Calderoni, Adam Johnson
  • Patent number: 9227754
    Abstract: A folding box includes a rectangular base, two side boards, two end boards, and two mounting apparatuses mounted to each side board. The base includes a bottom plate, two side plates protruding up from two opposite sides of the bottom plate, and two end plates protruding up from two opposite ends of the bottom plate. The side boards are rotatably connected to the two side plates. The end boards are rotatably connected to the two end plates. Each mounting apparatus includes a first inserting member slidably installable on the corresponding side board. A flange protrudes inward from each end of each end board. A protrusion protrudes inward from each flange. Each protrusion defines a latching hole aligning with the corresponding first inserting member. Each first inserting member is inserted into the corresponding latching hole, to connect the side boards to the end boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hai Liu, Ming-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 9187950
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to a system and method of operation for a convertible door system including a door accessible compartment having a moveable dividing wall that substantially divides the compartment into a first and a second sub-compartment. A first door assembly, configured to allow access to the first sub-compartment, is disposed between a first of two opposing sidewalls and the moveable dividing wall. A second door assembly, configured to allow access to the second sub-compartment, is disposed between a second of the two opposing sidewalls and the moveable dividing wall. A first and a second hinge assembly are adapted to rotationally join the first and second door assembly to respective opposing sidewalls. A third hinge assembly is adapted to rotationally join the moveable dividing wall to either the first door assembly or the second door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory A. Tubbs
  • Patent number: 9108758
    Abstract: A container may be configured to be operable between a collapsed configuration and an erected configuration. The container may include a base that supports a first attachment member. The container may include a roof that supports a second attachment member. The first and second attachment members may be spaced apart from each other when the container is in the erected configuration. The first and second attachment members may be configured to allow the roof to be secured to the base when the container is in the collapsed configuration. A hinge assembly that may be used with the collapsible container may include a pivoting component, an attachment member that supports the pivoting component, and a securement member. The attachment member may cooperate with the securement member to secure the pivoting component in an upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: James F. Brennan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9073665
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a movable door assembly, frame, tracks supported by opposite sides of the frame, and a plurality of support member assemblies extending between the tracks. Each support member assembly comprises end members and a tubular support, the end members being movable in the tracks. The support member assemblies support dunnage for supporting products for storage or shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventor: Matthew S. Sanger
  • Publication number: 20150144625
    Abstract: A collapsible bulk bin container with structures for improved strength is provided. The bulk bin container includes wrap-around portions in the short sidewalls with a horizontal top plate and a horizontal rib proximate the top plate. The bulk bin container also includes ramp structure in the long side sidewall and base for lifting and dropping the sidewall when pivoted upright. The upright sidewall and base include surfaces to inhibit or prevent buckling due to compressive loads. The bin can also include post and pocket interlock structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Joachim Banik, Link Jay Greiveldinger, Leslie Allen Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150136765
    Abstract: A stackable bulk bin container having shock absorbing elements is provided. The bulk bin container includes a base portion and four collapsible sidewalls. The base includes feet extending downward. The feet are connected by stringers forming four corner portions. Shock absorbing elements are positioned proximate the corner portions in the base of the container. The shock absorbing elements absorb energy from impacts when the container is stacked on like containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Joachim Banik
  • 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: 9033171
    Abstract: A foldable crate includes a base platform, a pair of longitudinal sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform and a pair of flanking sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform. The flanking sidewalls accommodate a locking mechanism, which includes an actuator, a transmission mechanism and a pair of locking elements, threaded into channels at the top portion of the flanking sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jakov Bobritski
  • Publication number: 20150114959
    Abstract: A collapsible market basket apparatus includes a crate with a bottom having a bottom rectangular frame and a top rectangular frame having strap attachment features on each of four sides. A pair of lateral rotating sides are pivotally attached to opposite lateral sides of the top rectangular frame to rotate downward to a vertical position to engage the bottom rectangular frame. Each lateral rotating side is shaped to fit within a proximate half of the top rectangular frame when pivotally rotated to a horizontal position. A pair of lateral collapsible sides are attached respectively between opposite front and back sides of the top rectangular frame and the bottom rectangular frame. The lateral collapsible sides have an expanded vertical length of the lateral rotating sides. A strap has a latching feature rotatably attached at each end to latch to opposite sides of the top rectangular frame as a carrying strap when the crate is expanded and as a stowage strap when the crate is collapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Linda Fritz
  • Patent number: 9016493
    Abstract: A convertible and folding cooking pan includes a base plate and a plurality of pivotable and adjustable flanges removably coupled thereto. The flanges are moveable from a first substantially flat position to a second substantially upright position. When in the substantially upright position, the flanges are securely connected to define a baking zone with base plate and the flanges. In one embodiment, a plurality of sets of flanges are configured on the base plate to enable the selectable configuration of a first baking zone using the first set of flanges or a second, differently-sized baking zone using the second set of flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Cooksmith, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Friedl, Ryan J. Moreau, Christopher Jon Ostrander, Derick R. Schweppe
  • Publication number: 20150108121
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel apparatus for improving the structural integrity of a folding shipping container in order to improve safety and durability of the shipping container. A foldable shipping container is provided having an improved lower frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: JOSHUA J. KRAFT, ROBERT J. KRAFT
  • Patent number: 8985332
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembled packing case, which comprises a bottom component with a criss-cross underside, corner components embedded to vacant corners of the bottom component, and limiting holes provided at embedding positions between the bottom component and the corner components; wherein the assembled packing case further comprises fasteners inserted into the limiting holes to define the relative position between the bottom component and the corner components; the bottom component and the corner components are set as mortise and tenon structures at the embedding positions, and the mortise and tenon structures limit the relative displacement between the bottom component and corner components in the vertical direction; and the corner components are embedded to the bottom component to form a case body by the mortise and tenon structures. The structure of the assembled packing case is simple and the cost is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-cheng Kuo, Shih Hsiang Chen, Jiaxin Li
  • Patent number: 8978912
    Abstract: A body of a collapsible shipping tote extends around an interior space of the tote while erected. The body has a series of body panels that are respectively foldably connected to one another so that the body can be reconfigured between the erected configuration and a collapsed configuration. The tote has end assemblies that each have an end panel and flaps respectively foldably connected to edges of the end panel. Each of the end assemblies is configured for being moved between an open configuration for opening a respective end of the body while the body is in the erected configuration, and a closed configuration for closing the respective end of the body while the body is in the erected configuration. Fasteners releasably secure the flaps to the body for releasably securing the body in the erected configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Response Holdings Corporation
    Inventor: Brett B. Kraeling
  • Publication number: 20150069055
    Abstract: A bulk bin container having a plurality of first interlocking elements along a bottom portion of the container, and a corresponding plurality of second interlocking elements along a top portion of the container. The interlocking elements help distribute impact forces to a stack of such containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: James Allen Jennings
  • Publication number: 20150060442
    Abstract: A folding box includes a base, two side boards, and two end boards. The base includes a bottom plate, two side plates protruding up from opposite sides of the bottom plate, and two end plates protruding up from opposite ends of the bottom plate. Each side plate defines a number of first receiving slots. Each end plate defines a number of second receiving slots. A first shaft is mounted in each first receiving slot, and a second shaft is mounted in each second receiving slot. Each side board includes a number of first hooks protruding down from a bottom of the side board. Each end board includes a number of second hooks protruding down from a bottom of the end board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: HAI LIU, FU LIAO, GUANG-LONG LI, MING-CHANG LEE
  • Publication number: 20150060443
    Abstract: A folding box includes a rectangular base, two side boards, two end boards, and two mounting apparatuses mounted to each side board. The base includes a bottom plate, two side plates protruding up from two opposite sides of the bottom plate, and two end plates protruding up from two opposite ends of the bottom plate. The side boards are rotatably connected to the two side plates. The end boards are rotatably connected to the two end plates. Each mounting apparatus includes a first inserting member slidably installable on the corresponding side board. A flange protrudes inward from each end of each end board. A protrusion protrudes inward from each flange. Each protrusion defines a latching hole aligning with the corresponding first inserting member. Each first inserting member is inserted into the corresponding latching hole, to connect the side boards to the end boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: HAI LIU, MING-CHANG LEE
  • Publication number: 20150053240
    Abstract: A reusable and washable storage device comprising a plurality of sides and a plurality of hinges. Each the plurality of hinges are placed between at least two of the plurality of sides and comprise an axis of rotation. The plurality of sides rotate about the axis of rotation from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Brice Woodlock
  • Publication number: 20150028028
    Abstract: A plastic corrugated folding container is provided wherein box body assembly can be performed without catching of the latch side panels on column members, the four corners of the box body can be closed tightly, and during folding, lid members, partitioning panels, or similar can be stored. A heating bar set to a prescribed temperature is applied to folding lines of a floor panel, and side panels and latch side panels thereby rise up due to heating and melting. A heating bar set to a prescribed temperature is applied to folding lines in the lower parts of a pair of second side panels, and an engaging piece is bent outwards by heating and melting; an engaging piece of the second side panel is configured to engage with an engaging hole in the latch side panel, and a box body having a floor that does not sag can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: DAIICHI OHMIYA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takamine Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8905254
    Abstract: The invention provides a container which has an erect condition in which it defines a load space within which goods to be transported are receivable and a collapsed condition. The container is configured such that a plurality of like containers, when in their collapsed condition, are receivable in the container for transport together therewith. The container includes a pair of ends, at least one and preferably two sides, which, in the erect condition of the container extend between the ends and a base. The ends, the or each side and the base may be formed of elongate elements. Alternatively, the ends, sides and base may be clad such that the load space is partially or fully enclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mechana CC
    Inventor: Simon John Joubert
  • Publication number: 20140339227
    Abstract: A storage, shipping or instant usage, for food consumption or the like, containment system formed from one sheet of material or combination of materials, wherein the walls thereof fold onto a base to lay flat. The walls are disposed to fold onto the base, out from the base, or onto adjacent folded walls. Further, the folded walls contain a mechanism to stabilize said walls during usage in a box form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Chalifoux
  • Patent number: 8875924
    Abstract: A foldable box includes a floor and two longitudinal and transverse side exterior walls each lying opposite in pairs and foldable relative to the floor, each longitudinal side exterior walls—including a protrusion at a transverse side end extending toward the transverse side exterior walls when upfolded, limiting foldability of the transverse side exterior walls to the outside. Each transverse side exterior wall including a locking mechanism at the outside of the transverse side exterior wall, including when upfolded, a snap-in element movable in a vertical direction relative to the floor surface, latchable with the protrusion. The protrusion and/or the snap-in element includes contact surfaces, inclined relative to the vertical direction when upfolded wherein the locking mechanism opens against a spring pretensioning when exceeding a predetermined inward force acting upon the transverse side exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • 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: 8851288
    Abstract: A collapsible container which includes a rectangular bottom wall and sidewalls pivotally joined to respective outer edges of the bottom wall and is changeable between an assembled state in which the sidewalls are raised from the bottom wall and a folded state in which the sidewalls are folded to be superimposed on the bottom wall comprises a pair of band plate members extending along upper edges of a pair of first sidewalls opposed to each other and a band plate hinge mechanism joining the band plate members near to top surfaces of the first sidewalls so that the band plate members are pivotable between a horizontal posture of protruding from the first sidewalls horizontally inward and a rising posture of rising from the first sidewalls vertically upward. The band plate hinge mechanism is capable of positioning the band plate members in the horizontal posture. The band plate members assuming the horizontal posture are arranged as displaced lower relative to the top surfaces of the first sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sanko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisatoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8820560
    Abstract: A collapsible bin is provided. The bin includes a pair of opposing side panels. The bin further includes a pair of opposing end panels. At least one of the end panels has a first plurality of male interlocking members extending outward a first distance along an upper portion of a first side edge, and a second plurality of male interlocking members extending outward a second distance greater than the first distance along a lower portion of its first side edge. At least one of the side panels includes a plurality of female interlocking members along a first side edge for receiving the first and second pluralities of male interlocking members extending along the first side edge of the at least one side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Nolan
  • Publication number: 20140231425
    Abstract: A hinge system comprises a first component and a second component. Arranged on the first component, a first pin (314) and a second pin (324) are not on a same axis. The first pin is movably arranged in a first slot (814) on the second component. The second pin is movably arranged in a second slot (824) on the second component. The first component selectively stays in a first position state or a second position state relative to the second component, thus allowing the hinge system to be folded reliably and conveniently. Also a collapsible container comprising the hinge system is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNABLE TRANSIT PACKAGINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuanli Jian, Qingxin Liao, Zuocheng Qian
  • Patent number: 8807365
    Abstract: A foldable box includes a floor having a shaft arranged in a base area of an exterior wall area thereof. A guide opening in the fixed exterior wall area and includes a lateral opening section extending from an outside of the fixed exterior wall area inwards. A cam in the base area includes a cam contour which gets into contact with a contact surface of the exterior wall area. When exceeding a boundary angle the shaft is moved inwards. After exceeding the boundary angle a bottom side of the exterior wall is pressed against an internal edge area of the fixed exterior wall area by a force higher than a force by which the bottom side of the exterior wall in the erected vertical position is pressed against a top side of the fixed exterior wall area by the effect of the shaft or the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Patent number: 8807367
    Abstract: A foldable crate includes a base platform, a pair of longitudinal sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform and a pair of flanking sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform. The flanking sidewalls accommodate a locking mechanism, which includes an actuator, a transmission mechanism and a pair of locking elements, threaded into channels at the top portion of the flanking sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jakov Bobritski
  • Patent number: 8807366
    Abstract: A folding assembly box includes vertical corner hinge frames disposed in corners of the box, and vertical middle hinge frames disposed between the vertical corner hinge frames facing each other at both sides thereof. The vertical corner hinge frames are unfolded at an angle to form the respective corners of the box, and are hinged in the opposite direction to the direction where the vertical corner hinge frames are unfolded. The vertical middle hinge frames are unfolded together with the vertical corner hinge frames at both sides thereof, and hinged in the opposite direction to the opposite direction where the vertical corner hinge frames are unfolded. Top and bottom horizontal frames are disposed to connect upper and lower ends of the vertical corner hinge frames facing each other. Panels are inserted between the first top and bottom horizontal frames facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Won Sun Erm
  • Publication number: 20140224795
    Abstract: A reusable, sanitary and folding container includes a base, two folding sidewalls, two folding end walls and latches and hinges. The base includes slots that receive the hinge pins that allow the sidewalls and end walls to fold up and down. These hinge slots are open and provide for water or spray through them to improve the cleaning process of a container after it has been used. The container is formed of a resilient, but light polyurethane/fiber composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: GREENBOX INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: John Parnall
  • Publication number: 20140224794
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to collapsible transport containers with hinged and/or removable side walls to facilitate container collapse, as well as latching mechanisms capable of securing the side walls of such containers to one another and releasing said side walls from one another without the need for tools. Embodiments of the invention are also directed to keeper assemblies that allow said latching mechanisms to guard against inadvertent unlatching and possible unintentional collapse of one or more container side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Midwest Express Inc.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Taniguchi, Maeda Nobuhiro
  • Publication number: 20140209627
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a blow-molded, rigid collapsible container that can be suitable for storage and dispensing systems of practically any size. The rigid collapsible container may be a stand-alone container. The container may be blow-molded as a unitary piece that may include folds or pre-folds that allows the container to collapse into a relatively flat position. In an expanded state, the container may have a generally trapezoidal prism shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Tom, Thea Annette Ellingson, Amy Koland, Dale Gene Mowrey
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8783489
    Abstract: A collapsible cargo container is disclosed wherein end walls are pivoted into the container when empty and locked against the roof, and then side walls buckle via hinges into a folded configuration. The folded configuration is achieved easily with a modified spreader without the need to otherwise disassemble or deconstruct the container, leaving no loose parts or tools. The cargo container preferably constructed with an improved light weight panel that facilitates loading of the container while improving strength and reducing weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Alex Bellehumeur
    Inventors: Alexander R. Bellehumeur, James Woods
  • Patent number: 8770421
    Abstract: A collapsible refuse bin which has two ends walls and two side walls atop a base. The end walls, side walls and base are twinned wall plastic components. The side walls are made of two panels which are pivotally attached to one another along vertical axis. The end walls are pivotally attached to the base. The side walls engage a base along a tongue and groove means. Side walls and end walls have mutually engaging edges. Removal of the side walls followed by folding down the end walls converts the refuse bin to a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nova Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F. Hay, Leslie Kirby, Alan Schrob
  • Patent number: 8757412
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a rectangular bottom wall and a plurality of walls pivotally connected to the bottom wall. The plurality of walls include first and second side walls disposed in facing relation and first and second end walls disposed in facing relation. An access door is provided in the first end wall. The access door is pivotable between a closed position and an open position. The first side wall is collapsible from an upstanding position to a collapsed position overlaying the bottom wall, the second side wall is collapsible from an upstanding position to a collapsed position overlaying the collapsed first side wall, and the first and second end walls are collapsible from an upstanding position to a collapsed position overlaying the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventors: Axel Sommer, Henning Rader
  • Publication number: 20140144909
    Abstract: A foldable crate is disclosed. The foldable crate includes a base platform, a pair of longitudinal sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform and a pair of flanking sidewalls forming a hinged connection with the base platform. The flanking sidewalls accommodate a locking mechanism, which includes an actuator, a transmission means and a pair of locking elements, threaded into channels at the top portion of the flanking sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Jakov Bobritski
  • Patent number: 8727158
    Abstract: A collapsible bin container having a base portion and side walls hingedly connected to the base portion. At least one of the side walls includes an integrally formed hinge lug having a first generally cylindrical portion and a second flat angled portion. The base portion includes a corresponding hinge slot having an opening configured to receive the hinge lug only when the side wall is positioned at a first angle with respect to a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Nolan
  • Patent number: 8720718
    Abstract: A foldable carrying case is described that has an integrated one-piece body of hingeably connected panels, and flexible gussets hingeably connected to the panels. The body is further provided with releasable fasteners. The body converts from a plane configuration to a container configuration, and vice versa. The container configuration is formed by folding the panels and the gussets, and the panels and gussets are connected by the releasable fasteners to prevent the container from unfolding. Also described is a method for making and using such a foldable carrying case. Also described is a kit including such a foldable carrying case and at least one storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Nancy O. Myers, Michael O. Myers, Peter C. King, Lisa A. King
  • Patent number: 8720719
    Abstract: A plastic container includes at least two foldable sidewalls articulated to a container base by at least two hinge connections, each including a hinge bolt or pin for pivoting in a receiving gap of the base frame. The receiving gap has an elongate opening to allow the hinge bolt to move in the receiving gap from a lower to an upper end position. The opening has a length at least corresponding to the thickness of the sidewall which is thus liftable vertically by at least the thickness. At least two guide elements are formed at the sidewall and received in the base frame in recesses which have a nose defined by an upper edge spaced from an upper edge of the base frame by a distance which corresponds to a length of the guide element from a lower edge of the sidewall to a lower edge of the guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Georg Utz Holding AG
    Inventor: Yves Hug
  • Patent number: 8714389
    Abstract: A convertible device that converts between an activity mat and a storage container to capture and store numerous articles. Upon reclosing the activity mat, the articles are recaptured into the storage container. The device includes walls and a base, webbing connected between each adjacent wall pair, and a joint connected between the base and walls so that they are foldable into a third configuration wherein the footprint of the folded device is roughly the size of the base. In the third configuration, the walls are stacked relative to the base. The convertible device may further include two zippers for releasably holding the walls in a rigid and upright position in the first configuration. The webbing can be inwardly biased such that when the walls are urged from the second to the first configuration, the webbing folds toward the interior of the convertible device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: International Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne H. Rothschild, Maxwell Bell Rothschild
  • 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