|Publication number||US20060032860 A1|
|Application number||US 10/917,316|
|Publication date||Feb 16, 2006|
|Filing date||Aug 13, 2004|
|Priority date||Aug 13, 2004|
|Also published as||WO2006020781A2, WO2006020781A3, WO2006020781B1|
|Publication number||10917316, 917316, US 2006/0032860 A1, US 2006/032860 A1, US 20060032860 A1, US 20060032860A1, US 2006032860 A1, US 2006032860A1, US-A1-20060032860, US-A1-2006032860, US2006/0032860A1, US2006/032860A1, US20060032860 A1, US20060032860A1, US2006032860 A1, US2006032860A1|
|Original Assignee||Hase Gary M|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (29), Referenced by (8), Classifications (12), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a container, and more particularly, to an insulated container having a lid prop and/or a latch for the lid.
2. Discussion of Related Art
It is known in the art to provide insulated containers for shipping goods in a controlled thermal environment. Such a container is frequently a substantially parallelepiped structure made from rotationally molded, insulated walls. In one such structure, each of the dimensions is approximately between three and four feet, thus providing a structure having a cubic volume of between about twenty-seven cubic feet and sixty-four cubic feet. In such a container, the bottom, four legs, and four walls are typically either formed in one piece or permanently connected to form a unitary structure. The lid or top of the container is a separate piece and either fits securely against the top of the walls, or is hingeably connected to the walls. See, e.g., U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/778,210, the entire contents of which is incorporated herein by reference.
One known use for such a described container is the shipping and/or storage of a variety of temperature controlled products. When using such a container, particularly a container having a dimension of at least four feet in height, it is not difficult to remove products from the container when the container is full and the products are near the top of the container. However, as the container is emptied, the user must lean over into the container to remove the products from the bottom of the container. Having to lean over to remove products from the bottom of the container places the user in an awkward position. As the user's hands are generally used to grasp the item being placed into or removed from the container, should the lid accidentally close, the user will be unable to use his or her hands to defend against a closing lid without releasing or dropping and possibly damaging the products. The alternative to releasing and dropping the gripped products is to accept the force from the lid on the upper part of the user's torso or head area.
Accordingly, it is an object of one aspect of the present invention to provide an insulated container which includes a lid prop which is convenient to use and cheap to install and manufacture and lessens the chances of accidental closure of the lid.
It is another object of another aspect of the present invention to provide an insulated container with a latch for securing the lid in a closed position.
According to one embodiment of the invention, a container includes a body defining a storage space having an opening; a lid that is pivotally mounted to the body, the lid having a closed position wherein the lid prevents access to the storage space, and the lid having an open position wherein the lid provides access to the storage space; a recess arranged in a wall of the body; a plate partially covering the recess, the plate including a slot extending longitudinally through the plate; a lid prop comprising a longitudinally extending member, the lid prop being arranged so that a first end of the lid prop is pivotally engaged to the lid and a second end of the lid prop is engaged in the slot in the plate; wherein when the lid is in the open position the prop may be positioned against an end of the slot thereby preventing the lid from opening beyond a certain limit.
According to another embodiment of the invention, a container includes a base having a bottom and four walls connected to the bottom defining a storage space having an opening at the top to provide a user access to the storage space, the opening being defined by a rim. A first recess having a first depth is formed in the rim and a second recess having a second depth less than the first depth is formed in the rim adjacent the first recess, the first and second recesses define a step between the two recesses. A lid is pivotally mounted to one of the walls and is adapted to fit onto the rim to close at least a portion of the opening. A prop has a first end and a second end and is arranged so that the first end is pivotally secured to the lid and the second end is capable of fitting slidably in the first recess and the second recess and to abut against the step between the first and the second recesses when the lid is in the open position, thereby preventing the lid from closing. The prop is adapted to fit substantially within the second recess when the lid is in the closed position.
According to another embodiment of the invention, a container comprises a body defining a storage space having an opening, a lid that is pivotally mounted to the body and has a closed position wherein the lid prevents access to the storage space and an open position wherein the lid provides access to the storage space, a recess, and a stopper. A lid prop comprises a longitudinally extending member and is arranged so that when the lid is in the closed position the lid prop may be positioned substantially within the recessed area, and when the lid is in the open position the lid prop may be positioned against the stopper thereby discouraging the lid from closing.
According to another embodiment of the present invention, a container comprises a body, a lid being pivotally mounted to the body and having an open position and a closed position, a groove being formed in the container and having a socket formed at a first end of the groove, an elastic having a first end and a second end, the second end of the elastic being fastened to the container, and an object fastened to the first end of the elastic and. The elastic is arranged so that during latching the elastic may be positioned inside the groove and the object positioned in the socket so that elastic tension applies force to the object and the lid thereby maintaining the lid in the closed position.
A first preferred embodiment is illustrated in
The container 100 includes a bottom 120 and four walls 114, 115, 116, 118 having a substantially continuous rim 130. The rim includes a flange 131 extending upward therefrom designed to accommodate a lid 123. The lid 123 fits against the rim 130 and flange 131 defined by the four walls 114, 115, 116, 118.
Preferably, the container 100 has four legs secured to the bottom 120 thereof, three of which (134, 136, 137) are visible in
The lid 123 includes a flange 132 extending downwardly therefrom which is designed to accommodate the rim 130 and the flange 131. Preferably, the lid flange 132 fits around the outside of the wall flange 131 when the lid is in the closed position, but alternatively, wall flange 131 can be on the outer edge of the rim 130 and the lid flange 132 can fit within the inside of the wall flange 131. The walls 114, 115, 116, 118 and the lid 123 are designed such that the rim 130 and the lid flange 132 fit together in a matting configuration to enhance the insulation and stability of the container 100.
As best seen in
A first end 162 of the lid prop 160 is preferably located through a hole 125 in the lid 123 and is secured within the hole 125 with a push cap that is attached to the first end 162 of the lid prop 160. Preferably, the hole 125 is located in the lid flange 132 which extends from the peripheral edge of the lid 123.
A second end 166 of the lid prop 160 is slidably secured within the slot 112 of the plate 111 to enable movement of the second end 166 from one end of the slot 112 to the other end.
The plate 111 includes a slot extension 115. Depending upon the particular desires of a customer, the plate 111 can be mounted in the position shown in
As can be seen in
Another feature of the present invention illustrated in
A second preferred embodiment of the container is illustrated in
A first recess 70 is formed in the wall 14, thereby forming a step 74. See
As seen in
It should be appreciated that, in an alternative embodiment, the first recess 70 could be formed in the wall 14 (as illustrated), and the second recess could be formed in the lid flange 32, or that the container could function with only the first recess 70.
In the embodiment illustrated in
As seen in
It should be appreciated that in alternate embodiments the groove 13 can be formed in the body of the container and the elastic 80 can be held to the lid by a clasp or other device.
When filling the container 10, the lid 23 is opened. In one embodiment, the container 10 is well suited for storing and shipping a variety of temperature controlled products. After the container 10 is filled, the lid 23 can be closed and latched as described herein and the container is ready for shipment.
When unloading the contents of the container 10, the lid 23 is moved to an open position. In the open position, the second end 66 of the lid prop 60 slides within the second recess 72 and passes the vertical step 74 into the first recess 70. When the lid 23 is in the opened position, the second end of the prop 66 abuts against the vertical step 74 thereby preventing movement of the lid 23 toward the closed position. In a preferred embodiment of the container, hinges 52 are formed so as to prevent the lid 23 from opening more than approximately 95 degrees with respect to a plane defined by the opening 17.
In the illustrated embodiments, the lid prop 60 is pivotally mounted to the lid 23 and the rim 30 has the recesses 70, 72. However, in an alternative embodiment, the lid prop 60 can be pivotally mounted to the rim 30 and recesses can be located in the lid 23.
In both embodiments, the lid prop can be arranged so that it neither protrudes into the interior of the container nor extends outwardly from the container walls. Such a design reduces the likelihood of damage to the lid prop and minimizes the influence of outside temperatures on the inside of the container.
Although only preferred embodiments are specifically illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated that many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings and within the purview of the appended claims without departing from the spirit and intended scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||220/831, 220/324, 220/835|
|International Classification||B65D43/24, B65D45/16|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D43/24, B65D43/22, B65D21/0223, B65D81/3818|
|European Classification||B65D43/22, B65D21/02E7D, B65D43/24|
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