Abstract: A method of fabricating a tank including placing the tan lid on a support surface such that a surface of the lid faces downwardly, affixing first and second sides and first and second ends along and adjacent to a perimeter of the lid on an opposite surface of the lid, affixing a floor onto an edge of the first and second sides and the first and second ends opposite the lid, inverting the lid and the sides and the ends and the floor such that a surface of the floor faces downwardly, and affixing a cover over a hole formed in the floor. The hole in the floor is formed of a size suitable for allowing a human body to extend therethrough. All interior seams between the lid, the sides and the ends are welded internally. Similarly, all interior seams between the floor, the sides and the ends are welded internally. The cover has a surface which is welded solely externally to the floor.
Abstract: A lidded container for lobsters or like crustacean comprises a container formed of plastics material having sidewalls, endwalls and a bottom wall and a lid formed of plastics material which is adapted to be hingedly secured to the container sidewalls to move between an open position and a close position. The lid has a top wall formed of a series of upwardly projecting ribs defining wells to receive and retain therein ice which, when melted, passes through perforations in the bottom faces of the wells to circulate about the lobsters. The water then exits through apertures in the sidewalls, endwalls and bottom wall of the container.
Abstract: A collapsible container is provided adaptable for use on a standard industry pallet and which includes an option of utilizing a bottom discharge port. The container includes four wall frame members each with a replaceable wall panel attached to the inside surface of each wall frame member so that when the panels are assembled there is a continuous plastic surface on the interior of the container thereby reducing contact of the metal parts of the frame members to corrosive chemicals and further reducing the possibility of tearing or puncturing a plastic inner liner inserted into the interior of the container. The wall frame members are assembled using a rounded post and inverted V notch connecting means positioned along the side edges of the wall frame members which reduces the possibility of snagging or tearing the plastic inner liner when inserting it into the interior of the container.
Abstract: A waste container having a hingedly mounted lid that can be moved between a closed position for covering the container to an open position for providing access to the container. The lid is provided with a groove spaced from the hinge so that when the lid is rotated from the closed position to the open position, any moisture on the lid will flow into the groove where it is directed off of the lid instead of onto the hinge or into the waste container.
September 11, 1998
Date of Patent:
February 1, 2000
Cascade Engineering, Inc., Waste Management, Inc.
Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical procedure kit for performing an angiographic or other medical procedure. The kit comprises a housing having a central compartment and two side compartments that can be filled with supplies and folded over the central compartment to form a sealed kit for shipment and storage. A shelf is supported in the central compartment and includes a number of wells for holding various medical instruments and supplies needed for the particular procedure and also has a sloped surface leading toward a drain hole for draining waste fluids from the shelf and into the central compartment. When a procedure is complete, the used equipment is placed into the housing and the housing is closed, sealed in a plastic bag, and discarded.
Abstract: A drip catch beverage mug (10) comprising a cylindrical bowl (12) having an open top end (14) and a closed bottom end (16) to receive a beverage liquid (18) therein. A structure (20) about the outer circumference (22) of the cylindrical bowl (12), is for capturing any of the beverage liquid (18) spilled out from the cylindrical bowl (12) when a person drinks.
Abstract: A bathroom accessory mountable to a generally vertical flat surface such as glass, mirror, tile, fiberglass or metal. The bathroom accessory makes efficient use of space available in a bathroom.
Abstract: A silverware basket for use in a dishwashing machine, the basket having a bottom wall disposed along the basket bottom. The bottom wall being an offset grid type structure formed by a plurality of parallel longitudinal ribs extending lengthwise across the basket bottom in a first plane and a plurality of parallel, transverse ribs extending across the width of the basket bottom in second plane spaced a predetermined distance below and parallel to the first plane. A plurality of connecting ribs connect the longitudinal ribs and the transverse ribs at the projected intersection points between the longitudinal ribs and the transverse ribs. A plurality of projections extend from the transverse ribs downwardly away from the longitudinal ribs for providing drip off tips for the bottom wall. The plurality of projections align with the plurality of connecting ribs and each of the projections comprise a generally inverted frustoconical body having a fully radiused bottom tip.
Abstract: A flange for a drain pipe extending from the side of a large, flat-bottomed, open container, such as the cockpit of a boat, has its upper portion fitted along the inside of the side of the cockpit, but the lower portion of the flange is bent inwards along the bottom of the drain pipe in an "L" shape to rest tightly against the bottom or deck of the cockpit, which brings the bottom of the drain pipe close to the deck of the cockpit, to drain off as much as possible of the water that builds up in the cockpit due to rain, spray, or other sources.
Abstract: A container for storing or transporting heated food is constructed to keep water condensing from steam in the container from contacting the food item. The container includes a base Upon which the food item rests, and a cover portion which is adapted for placement-over the base to define a food storage chamber in which the food item is housed during storage and transport. Part of the cover portion is provided with a dual wall construction and has an inner wall portion positioned closest to the food storage food chamber and an outer wall portion spaced from the inner wall portion, so as to define a cavity therebetween. One or more openings are formed through the inner wall portion providing gaseous communication between the food storage chamber and the cavity. A series of ribs are provided about the openings to prevent condensate which forms in the cavity from returning through the openings into the chamber where it may otherwise contact the food.
Abstract: A containment apparatus for holding an item such that it is separate from debris, comprising a frame having side walls including a first engaging member and a second engaging member located under the first. A perforated support platform is mounted to the frame at the first engaging member while a receiving tray is mounted at the second engaging member. Debris in the holder passes through platform perforations into the receiving tray and can then be removed efficiently during cleaning. Several embodiments are disclosed which include the tray and platform being individually fixed or removable and side walls of various heights. A plurality of dividers and subdivider may optionally be provided to divide the exterior surface of the platform into a plurality of compartments.
Abstract: Pallet container (1) which can be used as a disposable or reusable container for the transport and storage of liquids has as main components interchangeable plastic container (2), which is equipped with filler neck (3) which can be closed with screw top (4) and discharge connecting piece (5) with drain fitting (6) and drain bottom (7), outer jacket (8) which is made as a lattice jacket, pallet (11) designed as flat bottom tray (12) made of sheet-metal for holding inner container (2) by form-fit, as well as upper frame (13) for stiffening of outer jacket (8) and for the protection of inner container (2).
Abstract: A portable cleaning container assembly having a foot activated valve assembly for selectively opening and closing a drain opening disposed in the bucket bottom wall. A directing member secured to the bucket bottom wall assists in directing the discharging cleaning solution from the drain opening to a floor drain or other drain means.
April 24, 1995
Date of Patent:
April 1, 1997
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Inc.
Doug Hardesty, William A. LaFollette, Jr.
Abstract: A container for transporting particulate matter which is initially in slurry form has a base and a sidewall portion extending upwardly therefrom and is characterized by a downwardly extending, integrally-formed peripheral drainage channel having a drainage opening at a normally lowest point therein. The container bottom is configured to urge liquid from the slurry toward the channel, and the channel is configured to urge the liquid toward the drainage opening. The sidewall portion defines an opening coverable by a lid. A liner may be used to improve the drainage of the liquid from the slurry and from the container, and a plug can be placed in the drainage opening after liquid has drained from the slurry and the container. A supplemental elevating member can be utilized to elevate the slurry with respect to the channel. A method of use of the container is disclosed.
Abstract: An elongate, closed, fiberglass tank of round or oval cross-section is mounted horizontally on a truck frame. An opening is provided in the bottom portion of the tank wall. A fiberglass sump projects downwardly from the opening and is joined with the bottom wall portion along the periphery of the opening. Liquid may drain from the tank compartment through the opening into the sump. The sump has a generally vertical wall segment at one end. The wall segment faces sideways and forms an outlet. The outlet is positioned above the rails of the truck frame. A discharge assembly, comprising a valve and piping, is connected to the vertical wall segment, communicates with the outlet and extends horizontally above the frame to the side of the tank. By incorporating this design, the tank can be positioned close to the frame and its discharge assembly still remains clear of the frame. The center of gravity of the tank is relatively low and the truck is less likely to overturn.
Abstract: A one-piece, octagonal, bulk shipping container with a lock bottom arrangement that includes interlocking inner and outer bottom closure flaps wherein the inner closure flaps have lock tabs that extend downwardly through openings in the outer closure flaps to lock the flaps together and also which extend under lock tongues of the outer closure flaps to function as a cushion for the contents of the container.
December 21, 1994
Date of Patent:
November 12, 1996
Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
Gustave O. Straub, Jeffrey D. Schneider
Abstract: An improved tank bottom configuration formed from a flat metal plate of square or rectangular shape is disclosed. The plate is sheared to provide two adjacent sides which are tapered along their lengths and a notch is cut in each corner portion. By the use of stop and die members, the plate member is deformed to provide a bottom wall portion which slopes downwardly toward one corner and upwardly extending side wall portions which extend around the periphery of the bottom wall portion. A drain opening and a crease are formed in the bottom wall portion, with the crease being aligned with and spaced from the drain opening.
Abstract: The meter pit is formed by a hollow cylindrical wall having a top end and a bottom end with top and bottom openings leading to the interior thereof. The top end has structure forming upper spaced apart slots extending outward from the upper opening with the slots having a radial dimension capable of receiving the bottom lugs of annular lid covers which are located at different radial positions.
Abstract: A refuse container and corresponding lid for storing and transporting goods, wherein the lid is slightly domed and provided with one or more drain channels for conducting accumulated liquid out of a recessed portion of the lid. The container is also provided with handles having a double vertical wall support structure at the point of attachment to the container for increasing the rigidity and vertical and lateral load bearing capacity of the handle. The bottom of the container is shaped to correspond to the lid to allow for vertical stacking and to limit the lateral motion of the stacked containers. The container bottom also contains radially extending ribs which provide additional material to wear away when the container is dragged over floor surfaces. The ribs, which provide a very small contact patch area, reduce friction when the container is dragged over a floor surface. Also, the container bottom is provided with an indented hand grip which assists in the handling of the container.
Abstract: A holder for a frozen confection, such as an ice cream stick, or the like, which serves to hold the frozen confection in an upright position. The holder includes a trough-like upper dish which is slotted to maintain the stick of the frozen confection in an upright position, and which is shaped to catch any drips from the frozen confection as it melts. The dish fits into the open end of a cylindrical base, and it is apertured so that the collected drips from the frozen confection flow into a reservoir which is formed in the upper end of the base. The drips are accumulated in the reservoir to produce a liquid. An upwardly inclined tubular member is fitted into the side of the base and extends into the reservoir to form a drinking straw. An intermediate circular handle is formed in the tubular member.
Abstract: A portable air tank having a safety relief venting assembly formed in the bottom of the tank. The safety relief vent includes a tubular relief frame welded to the exterior of the tank about a relief hole punched in the tank's bottom near one end thereof. The tubular relief frame includes a channel therethrough which aligns with, and surrounds, the hole punched in the bottom of the tank. The legs of the tank are formed to maintain the tank in an angled relation, with respect to a horizontal plane, to ensure that condensation within the tank collects at the relief hole. The venting assembly includes a cup-shaped plug inserted into the relief frame. A concave surface of the cup-shaped plug is directed upward toward the interior of the tank to ensure that condensation collects within the cup. The cup-shaped plug is formed with a thickness substantially half that of the tank's outer wall to ensure that the plug will corrode and fail before any other portion of the tank wall is compromised.
Abstract: A container for storing live bait. The device includes a rectangular container having a dividing assembly extending across an interior thereof to separate the interior into two compartments. The dividing assembly includes a removable screen which permits fluid communication between the compartments while simultaneously separating disparate live bait contained within the compartments.
Abstract: A drum for liquids with a generally cylindrical sidewall and a drainage system in each end wall. One end wall has a peripheral channel opening into a sump from which substantially all the of liquid in the drum can be removed through a dip tube received in the sump and connected to a siphon or a pump. The other end wall has another sump located adjacent the sidewall with a tapered portion extending between them so that when the barrel is turned upside down substantially all of its contents can be drained by gravity through a bunghole in the sump. A plug is removably threaded in the bunghole which preferably overlaps and is generally axially aligned with the sump in the other end wall to facilitate inserting the dip tube.
Abstract: A layered combination of porous material mounted over the edge of a drum to siphon water from the top of the drum over the edge thereof. The porous material is in two spaced layers with a groove between. A nonporous cover makes the groove into a siphon tube to enhance the speed of drainage.
Abstract: A container for the temporary storage and serving of food products such as salads is provided which comprises an outer bowl, and an inner bowl receivable within the outer bowl such that a space is defined between the outer and inner bowls for containing ice or hot packs for cooling or heating the walls of the inner bowl. A drain assembly for selectively draining excess salad dressing or condensed water out of the inner bowl is also provided which is formed in part from a bottom wall portion of the inner bowl and a drain cover plate that is slidably mounted over the wall portion. Both the bottom wall portion of the inner bowl and the drain cover plate include mutually registrable patterns of drain ports which may be slidably moved into alignment when drainage of the inner is desired.
Abstract: An oil field anti-pollution device is formed by a closed end tubular receptacle having a lid and connected by one end wall with the fluid outlet port of a gate valve on the end of an above ground storage tank horizontal drain line remote from the storage tank.
Abstract: An improved drum bottom for facilitating the emptying of drum containers. This invention allows for increased removal of drum contents. This drum bottom employs a sloped channel for drainage of the contents of the drum into a well for removal by a pump.
Abstract: A stackable portable container assembly for storing fluid having a pallet base and a tank having top, middle and bottom portions. The top portion can be integral with the tank or removable from the middle portion. A plurality of cables removably secure the tank to the pallet base. The bottom portion and an upper surface of the pallet base comprise cooperating male and female receptacles which are adopted to cooperate with each other when the tank is mounted to the pallet base. The bottom portion further comprises at least one drain. A drain valve coupled to the drain of the tank to enable the fluid stored in the tank to be removed at a predetermined rate. A lever-operated drain stopper is optionally disposed in the tank to prevent the fluid from flowing through the drain opening.
March 9, 1992
Date of Patent:
November 9, 1993
Stewart Boal, Jr., Susan H. Boal, Philip W. Moore
Abstract: Disclosed is a device for transporting and draining a toilet fixture comprising a generally hollow body containing a water reservoir. The body has a top panel with a toilet mount, a bottom panel with locking casters, a carrying handle, and a drain. Securing bolts are provided for anchoring the toilet to the toilet mount.
Abstract: A condensation tray includes a central main tray body formed from extruded polymeric/copolymeric material and includes a bottom wall, opposite upstanding side walls and a central wall therebetween with the bottom wall including between inner and outer surfaces thereof a plurality of condensation channels/chambers. A coil rests between the central wall and one of the side walls and an outlet from a fan projects through an opening formed between the central wall and the other of the side walls. In this fashion condensation forming adjacent the coil will not adversely effect the fan housing, impeller, motor, mounting or fasteners thereof, and condensation which collects in the condensation channels/chambers chambers can be readily passed through discharge ports of end caps to a drain.
Abstract: A parallelepipedic transport container for moisture emitting goods, particularly fish, said container comprising side walls, end walls, a bottom wall, lifting handles and at least one bevelled substantial vertical corner face, said corner face being provided with at least one draining outlet near the bottom wall, and the lower portion of the bottom wall of said container is externally recessed for secure stacking on top of another container, wherein the recession, at least at the bottom of the at least one bevelled corner face, is formed with a drop nose and said at least one draining outlet is disposed above said drop nose of said bevelled corner face.
Abstract: Water is prevented from entering an electric connection box by providing an additional cover with a drain port out of register with drain ports on a normally-provided bottom cover. Baffles between the drain ports on the bottom cover and the drain port on the additional cover provide additional protection.
Abstract: A disposable fluid container and disposable funnel combination includes a container having a tubular neck protruding from one wall with a removable cap adapted to be secured onto the neck. A separate funnel has a wall portion which generally conforms to the top wall of the container and a generally tubular spout of a size and shape such that, upon inversion of the funnel and placement of the spout over and around the neck of the container, the funnel closely conforms to the container neck and walls.
Abstract: Condiment bottle draining baskets are housewares that allow consumers to drain up to five percent of catsup, thick salad dressing, barbecue sauce, etc. that otherwise can remain stuck in the bottom of bottles. These baskets let consumers invert and fully drain thick liquid condiment bottles so the product flows into the neck and against the inside of the cap ready for immediate use. In the preferred embodiment two baskets flex and hold small, medium, and large household size condiment bottles in an inverted position, one bottle per basket. These wide based baskets can then be placed on counters, in refrigerator doors, and on the dining table. As much as fiver percent of household thick liquid condiments can be reclaimed saving money and, ultimately, reducing the total number of containers thrown into landfills.
Abstract: A container formed of polymer concrete in which minerals such as copper are purified in an electrolytic process. The container includes a bottom and end and side walls for containing a corrosive electrolyte, such as, a sulphuric or hydrochloric acid solution. An overflow box is integrally formed in a first formation extending vertically along one end wall of the cell and an overflow pipe is molded into the first formation and extends from the overflow box outwardly of the cell. A vertical covered inlet chanel or cast-in pipe is provided at the opposite end of the container and extends from its upper to its lower end.
June 14, 1990
Date of Patent:
November 19, 1991
Corrosion Technology, Inc.
John O. Harry, George Verhagen, Rudy E. Small
Abstract: A ventilating system for a garbage container. The container includes a vessel for receiving wastes and a cover. The receiving vessel has walls which are at least over portions thereof provided with air passage openings. An air-permeable intermediate wall is arranged spaced above the vessel bottom for carrying the waste. The intermediate wall is a grate with meshes formed by grate members. The meshes have a width which is substantially greater than the width of the grate members. The walls of the receiving vessel define air inlet openings in the region of the grate. Additional ventilation openings are provided in the walls underneath the opening of the receiving vessel. Spacer members for the wastes are provided on the inner surfaces of the walls of the receiving vessel at least over the portion of the walls which extends vertically above the grate. The cover is provided with air discharge openings.
May 31, 1990
Date of Patent:
July 16, 1991
Fritz Schafer Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
Abstract: A child-resistant molded plastic container lid for open head containers wherein a threaded connection is provided between the container and lid. The lid is provided with at least one and in certain instances with a pair of diametrically disposed resiliently biased locking members, pivotally connected to the closure, which cooperate with locking teeth on the container. The lever arms of the locking members are offset and substantially parallel to each other on opposite sides of the pivotal connection. An elliptical spring is integrally connected to each lever arm and cooperates with portions of a gusset wall enclosing the lever arm to provide continued biasing memory on the locking member. A seal arrangement is also provided between the lid and the container to provide a tight and rigid seal and to reinforce the top of the container and lid to prevent the lid from popping off the container when it is dropped while full of liquid or powder material.
Abstract: In an electric connection box containing a wiring board such as a bus bar circuit board and a surface cover set on the top of the wiring board and assembled inside the box body, the inside bottom surface of the box body is inclined to an angle that allows the downward flow of water droplets, spacers are projectingly installed upwardly on the inclined surface, and a spacing provided between the bus bar circuit formed in the lower surface of the wiring board in contact with the spacers and the inside bottom surface of the box body is greater than the height of the water droplets.
Abstract: A case for receiving a collection of wet and a collection of dry painting tools, comprises first and second case portions which are made of molded plastic and are hinged to each other. A plastic dry tool tray is connected to the first case portion and a plastic wet tool tray is connected to the second case portion. The dry tool tray is removable for opening additional interior storage space and the wet tool tray is hermetically connected to the second case portion for defining a liquid tight sealed interior drainage space. Wet tools are retained in recesses in the wet tool tray which are each provided with a raised lip and drainage opening for drainage liquids from the wet tools into the interior of the second case portion. Retaining lugs, blades or straps are provided for holding tools to the recesses. The case is closed with a combination lock and includes a recessed handle and clock.
Abstract: A drum cover has a short wall portion received in the drum and connected at its outer edge to an edge of the drum body. The cover is provided with two openings or lands which are thrust out of the plane of the cover disk, the lands annularly surrounding the filling openings and lying in planes normal to the drum axis to facilitate connection of pipe stubs or the like thereto, e.g. by welding.
Abstract: A triple sealing outlet for use in plastic containers comprises a first cylindrical surface, preferably threaded, extending from an outer wall of the container; a flat, annular surface perpendicular to the first surface and lying within the wall; and a second cylindrical surface of smaller diameter, parallel to the first surface and perpendicular to the flat annular surface, extending from an inner collar which is part of the inner wall of the container. These three surfaces are adapted to engage and mate with three corresponding surfaces of a connector, or of an appropriately designed valve, to provide fluid tight seals.
Abstract: The invention relates to a bunged vessel of thermoplastic synthetic material having bungs arranged in the head end area. At least one of the bungs is arranged laterally outwardly of the center of the head end with the interior wall surface thereof generally flush with the interior wall surface of the cylindrical part of the shell of the vessel.
April 7, 1988
Date of Patent:
February 6, 1990
Marten Burgdorf, Wilhelm Kuhne, Udo-Hermann Maus
Abstract: A drinking vessel comprises a first vessel member adapted to hold a liquid and a second vessel member associated with, but separated from, the first vessel member to form a barrier against the formation of condensation on the exterior surface of the second vessel member when a cold liquid is contained in the first vessel member. In one embodiment, the first vessel member comprises a removable insert which conforms generally to the configuration of the second vessel member to form a double-walled drinking vessel. Advantageously, a sanitary lip extends downwardly from the top edge of the insert and is proportioned and oriented to prevent a person's lip from contacting the second vessel member when the person takes a drink.
Abstract: An electrical connecting box having improved water discharging properties. The connecting box includes a box body and a bus bar circuit board. The bus bar circuit board is sloped to defined a sloped surface having a predefined angle of inclination from a horizontal plane. This may be done either by mounting the box body at an inclined angle, or by inclining the bus bar circuit board with respect to the box body. A water discharge hole is formed in a bottom plate of the box body.
Abstract: A fuel line adaptor for application to a conventional fuel tank and to the fuel line leaving from the fuel tank. The adaptor includes a housing which has a passageway that leads from the outlet opening of the fuel tank to a drain opening which is closed by a removable drain plug. A feed tube extends through the housing. One end of the feed tube extends above the sludge and water line within the tank and has an inlet opening. The outer end of the feed tube extends through the housing and is operatively connected to the fuel line. A seal is formed between the tube and the housing to prevent sludge and water from reaching the fuel line.
Abstract: A combined package and dish structure for a soap bar product. The structure is formed of four side walls connected to form a box open at the top and bottom, the box being dimensioned to permit the soap bar product to be fitted therein. A plurality of dowels extend between two opposed sides of the box near the bottom thereof. When the structure is used as a package, the soap bar product is positioned in the box resting on the dowels, and a covering is provided for the top of the box. The covering may be included as part of a wrapping for the box. When used as a soap dish, the structure is inverted to permit the soap bar product to rest on top of the dowels.
Abstract: A convector tray including a tray body constructed from polymeric/copolymeric material, the tray body including a bottom wall and upstanding peripheral wall collectively defining a condensation chamber, openings for effecting the passage of air through the bottom wall upon the utilization of the convector tray with an associated fan coil unit, a rigid elongated reinforcing/rigidifying member positioned within the condensation tray along the bottom wall for reinforcing/rigidifying the tray body, and a plurality of condensate passages for conducting condensate generally transverse across the bottom wall and across and beneath the reinforcing/rigidifying member whereby condensate upon the bottom wall will be conducted by the condensate passages toward a drain area to prevent rust, blockage, and fungus growth, and with the elimination of attendant overflow and damage.
Abstract: A portable table top salad bar includes a collapsible base frame made from a plastic material for enclosing six foam or plastic inserts therein. The top opening of the inserts is closed by two dome-shaped lids which are made from a styrofoam or plastic material. A flexible vinyl liner is placed in the open space formed by the inserts for supporting salads and food items thereon. The liner includes a valve which opens to the exterior for draining-off water. The salad bar is constructed and arranged so as to be collapsed to one-half of its full size.