Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2835381 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 20, 1958
Filing dateJun 29, 1954
Priority dateJun 29, 1954
Publication numberUS 2835381 A, US 2835381A, US-A-2835381, US2835381 A, US2835381A
InventorsAckermann Edward L, Buck George R, Miles Jr Francis H, Will Henry C
Original AssigneeAckermann Edward L, Buck George R, Miles Jr Francis H, Will Henry C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Crates for packaging ammunition
US 2835381 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

E. L. ACKERMANN ETAL 2,835,381

cRATEs FOR PACKAGING AMMUNITION May 20, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet l Filed June 29, 1954 l Invent nrs,

Ecfw ard L.A\:Kevmar1 Gemge H Emck May 20, 1958 E. L. ACKERMANN E-r AL 2,835,381

CRATES FOR PACKAGING AMMUNITION Filed June 29, 1954 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 CRTES FDR PACKAGING AMMUNITION Application .lune 2.9, 1954, Serial No. 440,302

4 Claims. (El. 20o-65) (Granted under Title 35, U. S. Code (1952), sec. 266) The invention described herein may be manufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes, without the payment of any royalty thereon.

The present invention relates to wooden shipping packages for projectiles, shells and other similar articles.

Primary considerations involved in the conception and design of a shipping container or package are that the package must be simple in construction, -sturdy enough to support the load to Ibe shipped therein, as light as possible `Wit-hin the design limits of the load to be crated, easy to assemble and economical. For an optimum design of packing crate it is deemed advisable to incorporate into the structure detail-s or elements which, for a predetermined load, achieve maximum strength, a decrease in weight of crate as compared with total weight of -crate and contents, a decrease in the volume of warehouse and shipping space occupied by the assembled crate, and a -decrease in the total amount of lumber used to construct the crate. Itis also important that the package "be constructed so that the articles to be shipped can be securely and compactly packed and secured, and easily and quickly removed. Another desirable feature is the ready disassembly lof the package in a manner to permit the re-use of the component parts of the crate or package.

Crates now in use are merely containers and aside from close fitting dimensions, often require the use of iiller materials to assure compactne-ss and to prevent shifting of the load. Some of the more common filler material-s utilized are paper, cardboard, iiber board, excelsior, and supports made yof the same material or of wood, the filler materials being so arranged in the crate to take up the slack occasioned -by the 'loose lit of the material or load to be carried and/or protected.

Wire strapping and steel tension bands are also used in these prior art packages to bind the entire crate after the load has been secured in place rby the usual filler material. If the wire strapping has not been carefully selected to accommodate lthe strain introduced by stretching and drawing of the strap or Wire, the yield point and/ or `tensile strength of the band may be exceeded with the yresult that the tie may 'loosen or the band may break under rough handling. So als'o, the moisture -content of the lumber may have a lbearing lon the ability of the tie vthe lumber making up the crate rnust be carefully considered `and controlled. lf the side pieces or longitudinal slats connecting the crate ends are made tof-resilient material, and if the load usually encased in liber or cardboard containers is so arranged in the crate as to be supported by `and between the ends thereof, the strap may be drawn snciently taut to bow or bend -the slats concaveatent() ICC ly inwardly so that their center portions engage a part of the 'liber container. This results in an anchoring ofthe load Within the box to prevent shifting, and additionally transfers pressures Ifrom the box ends to the load ends with the result that advantage is taken of the columnar strength of the load or material to be shipped thereby enabling the packed crate to better withstand stresses caused by knocking about, dropping and other rough handling. In view of the care with which the band is selected and the moisture content of the lumber in the crate is controlled, expansion or swelling of the resilient sides caused by moisture absorption will merely add to the effect produced by the transfer of stresses to the load within the crate, hence more compactness of load and strength of crate is achieved. iln addition the bowed or inwardly concaved slats act as leaf springs to absorb strains occasioned by dropping and rough handling while the packaged crate is in transit.

An additional safety factor which may be introduced to insure against rough handling and to provide additional protection for the load is to make the packing crate of ytwo half crates allochirally mated in the manner Iof the well known cardboard egg box. This latter construction provides several distinct advantages. The half crates may be manufactured at one location, forwarded `separately to a packing depot, loaded and tied by means of the one band encircling the crate intermediate the ends, it being understood that the longitudinal slats are springy or resilient and will bend inwardly as previously discussed. The -tinal assembly is achieved Without any nailing or hinge setting since the tie wire is depended upon to hold the halves and the load together. When the crate is dropped on one end or corner, the strain is transferred `to the wire or strapping vbut not to the other half in view of the tendency ofthe halves to slide with respect to one another. This is important since oneof the greatest sources of failure of prior art crates is due to cracking or breaking of the end pieces. Additionally, facility in loading and unloading is achieved 'and reuse of the crate is possible since only the strapping wire is destroyed to unload the contents .of the crate.

Accordingly, a primary need compelling the inception of this invention is the provision of a wooden `packing crate for loading and shipping projectiles, shells or the like, which is stronger for a comparable weight of crate, of less weight and volume for a predetermined size of load, and containing less lumber to accommodate the predetermined load, than prior art containers or crates.

In the direction last named, the invention envisages a wooden crate which provides for an interdependence and.

mutual structural cooperation of three important factors contributing toward an increase in strength in the make up of the loaded crate to be shipped, namely (l) the outer wooden structure or crate, (2) the exterior strapping, and (3) the load or material to be crated or shipped.

It is a further aim `to assure the before mentioned increase in strength for a lighter weight container, by supporting the load to be crated between two opposed ends of relatively heavy timber reinforced by thinner springy or resilient side pieces or wood slats connecting the ends, and which in turn are bowed inwardly to press against the outer sides of the load encased in liber containers by a tensioned band transversely encompassing the crate intermediate the ends thereof, wherefor the stresses in the crate are partially transferred to the material crated.

In this connection yet another object of this invention is to provide a woo-den shipping crate or package which is compact and sturdy to withstand rough usage in transit, yet which may be constructed of lighter materials because of the structural cooperation between load, crate and -tensioned band, the entirestructure resulting in a cratewhich is-capableof ready assembly and wherein the load can be 3 securely and compactly packed and unpacked with equal facility.

Still another though secondary achievement sought is a shipping crate which may be .easily assembled to securely and compactly load the vmaterial -to be shipped, and which may be disassembled with equal facility to permit reuse of the crate if desired.

With the above and other objects in view which will become apparent as the following specication develops, reference is made to the drawing forming a part of the specification and wherein,

Figure l is a rear perspective view of the assembled crate fully loaded,

Figure 2 is a front elevation of the loaded crate,

Figure 3 is a section taken on line 3 3 of Figure `2,

Figure 4 is a section taken on line 4 4 of Figure 3, and

Figure 5 is a rear view of a crate in perspective and showing a modification,

Figure 6 is a modification in perspective view of a crate composed of two equally divided halves and with transverse slats.

Figure 7 is a perspective view of a manner of stacking the crates of Figure 6.

Figure 8 is another modification according to Figure 6 and showing longitudinalV slats.

Figures 9 and 10 illustrate Yyet another modification in which longitudinal slats are dovetailed into the opposed crate ends.

Referring again to the drawing wherein the same numerals have been used to designate like or similar parts in the several views and particularly to the modification illustrated in Figures 1-4r eference character 1 designates a wood crate generally, comprising end walls 2 and- 3 of comparatively heavy wood stock, and side walls or slats 4 and 5 of thinner resilient or springy wood composition fastened to the ends 2 and 3 as by nails, screws etc.

The inner faces 6 and 7 of ends 2 and 3 are machined to provide a plurality of circular or cylindrical cavities or wells 8 each merging with parallel slots or recesses 9 of equal depth as cavities 8, and having a length equal to the diameter of cavities 8 and extending to the rear edge 10 of its respective end 2 or 3. The cavities 8 and recesses 9 are arranged to provide easy placement of a container` to be shipped, the only requirement being that each well 8 in one of the opposed ends be allochirally mated with a corresponding well in the other end so that a shipped article may be received therein and supported by the opposed ends of the crate. In the illustrations shown the articles to be shipped are cylindrical containers 11 extending between the opposed ends 2 and 3 and adapt ed to contain a shell or projectile (not shown) it being an important consideration to note that the outer vertical faces 12, 13 of the containers 11 adjacent a side wall 4 or 5 be spaced slightly from the inner face Aof its respective wall for a reason to be later explained. It is to be understood that other shapes of containers may also be used such as square, rectangular, triangular etc., with the shape of well 8 being altered to correspond with the outer configuration of the container to be packed and shipped.

The forward and rear edges of each side wall 4 and 5' intermediatethe ends 2 and 3 are provided with notches or slots 14 for receiving a transverse encircling strapping wire or tensioned band 15. The wire is drawn tight as at 16 in any convenient manner to an extent such that the side walls 4 and 5 bow or bend inwardly concavewise until the inner faces thereof abut the center portions of surfaces 12 and 13 of the containers, wherefor a pressure is exerted against the contents of the crate to materially reduce the tendency of the'load to longitudinal, transverse or fore and aft shifting within the crate. The stripping wire when pulled taut has a two fold effect in addition to anchoring the load. First the bowing of the sides decreases the inside length of the crate between the end pieces and transfers stresses to the end pieces of the containers 11 thereby taking advantage of the columnar strength of the load. Additionally the center portions of the bowed sides are pressed tightly against the opposed vertical surfaces of the two end liber containers thereby greatly adding to the strength of the crate, and enabling the concave sides to act as leaf springs to absorb longitudinal as well as transverse blows directed thereagainst.

In order to further strengthen the crate the rear edges of side walls 4 and 5 are notched adjacent the ends 2 and 3, as at 17, to receive cross wise or transverse slats 13, 19 which are secured to the side walls and ends as by nails or screws as clearly seen in Figure 1.

Figure 5 delineates a modification in which the top end 2 is provided along the edges to be joined to side wall 4 (5 not shown) with a plurality of equally spaced tenons 20 to be received in corresponding mortises 21 formed in the top edges of side walls 4 and 5. In this modiication the upper transverse slat 18, which is secured in place with wood screws after the strapping wire is drawn taut, may be disconnected from the top end 2 by removing the screws, thereby providing for ready removal of the end to enable one to gain ready access to the crate contents without further dismantling, after which the crate may be reloaded and reused, if desired.

In the modification illustrated in Figures 6 and 7, crate 1 is divided into matching half crates 22, 23, each half crate comprising 'opposed comparatively heavy ends 2, 3 joined by side slats 4a, 5a which are springy and resilient thin slats as aforesaid.

The vertical edges of side walls 4a, 5a are provided with transverse slots or notches 14 to receive a tensioned band 15 drawn tight as at 16 to bend the side slats inwardly concavewise. In the same manner as in the species of Figure 1, ber containers (not shown) are packed in side by side relation to extend between the ends 2, 3 and after the tensioned band is tightened, transverse upper and lower slats 18 and 19 are nailed or secured in any convenient manner across the bottom and top edges of the crate. As clearly seen in Figure 7, the opposed slats 18 and 19 are provided with a lateral spacing'such that when a plurality of packed crates are stowed one upon the other, each upper crate is reversed with respect to its subjacent one such that in stowing, a stowage space equal to one thickness only of slats 18 or 19 is lost. Similarly as in the modifications of Figure l, when the tensioned band 1S is tightened, all the ends 2 and 3 are drawn closer together so that they appear against the iiat ends of the fiber containers, and the sides are drawn in to bear against the vertical faces of the fiber containers, wherefor the crate is strengthened by the transfer of stresses to the fiber containers.

In the modification illustrated in Figure 8 the crate is constructed similarly as the crate in Figure 6 with the exception that longitudinal slats 24 parallel to the slatted side walls replace the transverse slats 18 and 19. The tensioned band or Wire 15 encircles the side walls as well as the slats 24, so that all the longitudinal members are bowed inwardly to engage a corresponding vvertical wall of a packed liber container (not shown). This particular crate is not as adaptable as the crate of Figure 6 for stowing purposes, especially since a storage space equivalent to two thicknesses of slats is lost between each pair of crates placed one upon the other.

Figures 9 and l0 represent yet another modification featuring a crate 1 composed of allochirally mated half crates 22, 23 in which the opposed ends 2 and 3 are provided with truncated corners 25 to receive triangular longitudinal support members or slats 26 so that the base Athereof abuts the truncated corner 2S and the remaining two sides complete the rectangle formed by each end 2 4and 3. The opposed ends 2 and 3 are also provided in with the plane 'through the vertical edge of each corresponding end 2 and 3 to present a flush vertical surface. The crate is again encircled by the previously described transverse tensioned band received in slots 14 of each corner slat 26, drawn tight as at 16 to again take advantage of the columnar strength and support of iiber containers 11 received in the crate. in the `illustration shown the crate is intended to accommodate two liber containers with the inner at vertical faces of slats 26 and 2@ arranged to form a cradle to abut the vertical sides of the container received therein. In View of the greater thickness of the support members 26 and 28 it is apparent that a stronger tensioned band is necessary to place the entire crate under stress to transfer a part of strain to the iiber containers. It is also apparent that the overall volume and especially the depth of this crate is smaller for the same diameter fiber container, than the other crates illustrated.

With the above description there has been disclosed a plurality of crates incorporating the sarne essential design features, and varying only in details within the purview and scope of the basi-c design. Each crate illustrated represents a structure which results in a tremendous saving of weight, space and amount of Lumher used as compared with the packed weight of a comparable crate for packing the same weight and size of load, or .packed goods, while at the same time providing a crate which is stronger to withstand rough handling and usage, dropping and knocking about in transit.

Additionally the invention contemplates the use of additional transverse tensioned bands, for example one cach adjacent the ends of the packing crate after the center band has been drawn tight, and other longitudinal straps, to increase materially the strength of the crate and to insure securcness of the packed crate, and to emphasize the characteristics envisioned and described above. p

Numerous other modilications and alteration of the disclosed and illustrated structure will be apparent to a person skilled in the art, and it is obvious that the same may be made without departing from the spirit and scope o the invention as delined in the following claims.

We claim:

1. In combination with a packing crate having end walls and resilient side walls, a load supported by and extending between said end walls, said load comprising a plurality of parallel elongated containers arranged in side by side relation between said side walls, there being a narrow space provided between the vertical face of an end container and its corresponding side wall, a tensioned band encircling said crate and said load intermediate said end walls, said tensioned band being drawn tight to force said end walls into intimate engagement with the ends of said containers and said side Walls into abutting en gagement with the vertical walls of said end containers in the vicinity of said tensioned band.

2. A shipping crate comprising a pair of rectangular box ends, a plurality of oppositely disposed resilient slats secured to the vertical edges of said box ends to form said crate, a plurality of elongated fiber containers re-.

ceived in said crate in side by side relation, each of said containers having opposed ends disposed in abutting engagement with the inner surfaces of said box ends, and a tensioned band transversely encircling said crate intermediate said box ends, said tensioned band being tightly drawn to force said box ends into intimate engagement with the ends of said liber containers and said side walls into abutting engagement with an adjacent parallel surface of said fiber containers.

3. A shipping crate comprising opposed rectangular box ends having truncated corners, a rst plurality of resilient triangular slats secured to each opposed pair of corners of said box ends and completing the rectangular conformation of each box end, each of said box ends having triangular notches formed centrally in one pair of opposed edges, a second plurality of resilient triangular slats received in said notches and secured to said box ends, the bases of said first plurality of slats forming With the confronting faces of said second plurality of slats a receptacle, a container snugly received in each receptacle and extending between said box ends, and a tensioned band encircling said crate intermediate said box ends, said tensioned band being tightly drawn to bend said resilient slats inwardly into abutting engagement with the sides of said containers, and to force said box ends into intimate engagement with the ends of said containers.

4. The crate of claim 3, said crate being formed of two allochirally mated half crates secured together by said tensioned band.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 111,684 Russ Feb. 7, 1871 210,689 Haviland Dec. 10, 1878 435,204 Cadwell Aug. 26, 1890 547,486 Greenstreet Oct. 8, 1895 706,207 Simpson Aug. 5, 1907 958,647 Jones et al May 17, 1910 1,446,100 Morris Feb. 20, 1923 1,782,962 Hobbs Nov. 25, 1930 2,081,821 Kili May 25, 1937 2,275,332 Wilson Mar. 3, 1942 2,371,663 Woodberry et al Mar. 20, 1945 2,405,463 Stivers Aug. 6, 1946 2,620,921 Schaller Dec. 9, 1952 2,676,703 Charman Apr. 27, 1954 FORETGN PATENTS 26,542 Great Britain Dec. 15, 1898 300,878 Italy July 31, 1931 766,575 France Apr. 16, 1934

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US111684 *Feb 7, 1871 Improvement in boxes for packing and transporting sheet-metal cans
US210689 *Sep 28, 1878Dec 10, 1878 Improvement in show-boxes
US435204 *Jan 9, 1890Aug 26, 1890 Shipping-package for butter
US547486 *May 6, 1895Oct 8, 1895 Jason h
US706207 *Dec 31, 1901Aug 5, 1902William H SimpsonBanana-crate.
US958647 *Jul 29, 1909May 17, 1910Jacob M JonesCollapsible box.
US1446100 *Apr 29, 1922Feb 20, 1923Morris William JCrate
US1782962 *Aug 22, 1927Nov 25, 1930Washburn CoBottle holder
US2081821 *Sep 24, 1936May 25, 1937Kiff Arthur LCrate or lug
US2275332 *May 10, 1939Mar 3, 1942Corning Glass WorksInsulator packing crate
US2371663 *Jan 5, 1943Mar 20, 1945Russell George BCrate
US2405463 *Jul 7, 1943Aug 6, 1946Stapling Machines CoBox
US2620921 *May 5, 1948Dec 9, 1952Lorentzen Hardware Mfg CorpBundle package
US2676703 *May 21, 1952Apr 27, 1954Ferro Eng CoPalletized package of stacked articles
FR766575A * Title not available
GB189826542A * Title not available
IT300878B * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3835986 *Jan 30, 1973Sep 17, 1974Smith Corp AComposite package
US4222484 *May 29, 1979Sep 16, 1980The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The ArmyAntipropagation explosive packaging means
US5027951 *Jun 20, 1989Jul 2, 1991Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc.Apparatus and method for packaging of articles
US5205111 *Apr 22, 1991Apr 27, 1993Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc.Packaging method for a level and case
US5372250 *Nov 24, 1992Dec 13, 1994Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc.Level and case package
US5924587 *Aug 11, 1997Jul 20, 1999The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The NavyPerformance oriented shipping container
US6182422May 18, 1998Feb 6, 2001Delkor Systems, Inc.Temporary package and method
US6499596Nov 22, 1999Dec 31, 2002Delkor Systems, Inc.Temporary package and method
US6874633Dec 31, 2002Apr 5, 2005Delkor Systems, Inc.Temporary package and method
US7392905Apr 4, 2005Jul 1, 2008Delkor Systems Inc.Temporary bonded container package and method
US7926651 *Feb 27, 2009Apr 19, 2011Lindenmayer David OBottle box package
US8151979 *Feb 27, 2009Apr 10, 2012Lindenmayer David OBottle box package
US20030150760 *Dec 31, 2002Aug 14, 2003Andersen Dale C.Temporary package and method
US20050167314 *Apr 4, 2005Aug 4, 2005Andersen Dale C.Temporary package and method
US20100176024 *Feb 27, 2009Jul 15, 2010Lindenmayer David OBottle box package
US20100176188 *Jul 15, 2010Lindenmayer David OBottle box package
DE1209023B *Dec 16, 1963Jan 13, 1966Friedrich StuebbePackkasten mit stirnseitigen Verschlussdeckeln fuer Geschosse
U.S. Classification206/3, 206/443, 217/36, 206/446, 206/427
International ClassificationF42B39/00, F42B39/26
Cooperative ClassificationF42B39/26
European ClassificationF42B39/26