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Publication numberUS20040112777 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/322,214
Publication dateJun 17, 2004
Filing dateDec 17, 2002
Priority dateDec 17, 2002
Also published asCN2702819Y, US20050109650
Publication number10322214, 322214, US 2004/0112777 A1, US 2004/112777 A1, US 20040112777 A1, US 20040112777A1, US 2004112777 A1, US 2004112777A1, US-A1-20040112777, US-A1-2004112777, US2004/0112777A1, US2004/112777A1, US20040112777 A1, US20040112777A1, US2004112777 A1, US2004112777A1
InventorsSteve Huang
Original AssigneeStanley Chiro International Ltd.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tool box with a logo plate thereon
US 20040112777 A1
Abstract
A tool box includes a molded box body and a logo plate mounted securely within a recess formed in an outer face of the molded box body through a shrink-fit process. The recess is confined by a recess-defining wall that has a bottom wall portion and a peripheral wall portion extending from the bottom wall portion to the outer face. The logo plate is retained securely by the peripheral wall portion. The logo plate is fitted into the recess while the molded box body, which is formed through a hot molding process, is still in a hot softened state.
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I claim:
1. A tool box including a molded box body having an outer face formed with a plate-receiving recess that is confined by a recess-defining wall which has a bottom wall portion and a peripheral wall portion extending from said bottom wall portion to said outer face, and a logo plate mounted securely within said plate-receiving recess through a shrink-fit process such that said logo plate abuts against and is retained securely by said peripheral wall portion of said recess-defining wall, thereby preventing removal of said logo plate from said plate-receiving recess, said logo plate being fitted into said plate-receiving recess while said molded box body, which is formed through a hot molding process, is still in a hot softened state.
2. The tool box as defined in claim 1, wherein said peripheral wall portion of said recess-defining wall has a top edge opposite to said bottom wall portion of said box body, and gradually converges from said bottom wall portion toward said top edge, said logo plate having an upper face, a lower face opposite to said upper face, and a peripheral side face that interconnects said upper and lower faces, that conforms to shape of said recess-defining wall, and that abuts against said recess-defining wall.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a tool box, more particularly to a tool box with a logo plate thereon.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] Referring to FIG. 1, a conventional tool box is shown to include a molded box body 1 with a logo 1012 formed on an outer face 1011 of the box body 1.

[0005] Drawbacks associated with forming the logo 1012 on the box body 1 are as follows:

[0006] (1) In case a plurality of inserts corresponding to characters of the logo 1012 are used to form the logo 1012 on the box body 1 during molding of the tool box, relatively high precision is required to mount the inserts in the mold prior to molding, which is laborious.

[0007] (2) In case a printing technique is employed to form the logo 1012 on the molded box body 1, the molded box body 1 must undergo a flame treating process to oxidate the outer face 1011 of the molded box body 1 so as to permit firm adhesion of printing ink to the outer face 1011 of the molded box body 1. In addition, the color of the ink will fade after a period of time.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The object of the present invention is to provide a tool box that has a logo plate thereon. The logo plate can be mounted on the tool box in such a manner as to avoid occurrence of the aforesaid drawbacks during manufacture of the conventional tool box.

[0009] Accordingly, a tool box of the present invention includes a molded box body having an outer face formed with a plate-receiving recess that is confined by a recess-defining wall which has a bottom wall portion and a peripheral wall portion extending from the bottom wall portion to the outer face. A logo plate is mounted securely within the plate-receiving recess through a shrink-fit process such that the logo plate abuts against and is retained by the peripheral wall portion of the recess-defining wall so as to be prevented removal from the plate-receiving recess. The logo plate is fitted into the plate-receiving recess while the molded box body, which is formed through a hot molding process, is still in a hot softened state.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] Other features and advantages of this invention will become more apparent in the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of this invention, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0011]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a conventional tool box;

[0012]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the first preferred embodiment of a tool box according to the present invention;

[0013]FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the first preferred embodiment, with a logo plate removed therefrom;

[0014]FIG. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view of the first preferred embodiment in a hot softened state;

[0015]FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view of the first preferred embodiment in a post-shrinkage state;

[0016]FIG. 6 is a fragmentary sectional view of the second preferred embodiment of a tool box according to the present invention in a post-shrinkage state; and

[0017]FIG. 7 is a fragmentary sectional view of the third preferred embodiment of a tool box according to the present invention in a post-shrinkage state;

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0018] Referring to FIGS. 2 to 5, the first preferred embodiment of a tool box according to the present invention is shown to include a molded box body 10 and a logo plate 20.

[0019] As illustrated, the molded box body 10 includes pivotally connected upper and lower box halves 11, 12. The upper box half 11 has an outer face formed with a plate-receiving recess 13 confined by a recess-defining wall 13W that has a bottom wall portion 131 and a peripheral wall portion 132 extending from the bottom wall portion 131 to the outer face of the upper box half 11.

[0020] The logo plate 20 has an upper face 21 formed with a logo 24, a lower face 22 opposite to the upper face 21, and a peripheral side face 23 interconnecting the upper and lower faces 21, 22. The logo plate 20 is mounted securely within the plate-receiving recess 13 in the upper box half 11 through a shrink-fit process such that the logo plate 20 abuts against and is retained securely by the peripheral wall portion 132 of the recess-defining wall 13W, thereby preventing removal the logo plate 20 from the plate-receiving recess 13. Preferably, the peripheral wall portion 132 of the recess-defining wall 13W in the upper box half 11 gradually converges from the bottom wall portion 131 toward a top edge 130 of the peripheral wall portion 132. During manufacture of the tool box of the present invention, the molded box body 10 is formed by using a hot molding process and the logo plate 20 is fitted into the plate-receiving recess 13 in the upper box half 11 while the molded box body 10 is still in a hot softened state, as shown in FIG. 4. When the hot softened box body 10 is cooled and shrinks, as best shown in FIG. 5, the peripheral side face 23 of the logo plate 20 will abut against the peripheral wall portion 132 of the plate-receiving recess 13 in the upper box half 11, thereby retaining the logo plate 20 in the plate-receiving recess 13.

[0021] Since the logo plate 20 is securely retained in the plate-receiving recess 13 in the upper box half 11 of the molded box body 10 through shrink fit, the drawbacks as encountered during manufacture of the aforesaid conventional tool box can be eliminated.

[0022] Referring to FIG. 6, the second preferred embodiment of a tool box of the present invention is shown to have a construction similar to that of the first preferred embodiment. The main difference resides in that the peripheral side face 41 of the logo plate 40 which interconnects the upper and lower faces 42,43 and which conforms to the shape of the recess-defining wall 33W of the plate-receiving recess 33 in the upper box half 31 of the molded box body 30.

[0023] Referring to FIG. 7, the third preferred embodiment of a tool box of the present invention is shown to have a construction similar to that of the first preferred embodiment. The main difference resides in that a groove 612 is formed in the recess-defining wall 63W of the plate-receiving recess 63 in the molded box body 60. The logo plate 70 has a peripheral edge portion 72 that is fitted in the groove 612.

[0024] While the present invention has been described in connection with what is considered the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is understood that the present invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments but is intended to cover various arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and equivalent arrangements.

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US8336708 *Jul 21, 2008Dec 25, 2012Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.System and container for organizing and carrying tools and tool sets
EP1886770A2 *Mar 14, 2007Feb 13, 2008Ting-Ho YuA tool box with labels
EP1961327A1 *Feb 6, 2008Aug 27, 2008Stratic Lederwaren Jacob Bonifer GmbHBaggage tag
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/349, 206/459.5, 40/312
International ClassificationA45C13/42, G09F23/00, B25H3/02, A45C13/08
Cooperative ClassificationB25H3/02, A45C2005/037, A45C13/42, A45C13/08, G09F23/00
European ClassificationG09F23/00, A45C13/08, B25H3/02
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Dec 17, 2002ASAssignment
Owner name: STANLEY CHIRO INTERNATIONAL LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HUANG, STEVE;REEL/FRAME:013597/0586
Effective date: 20021205