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 numberUS2942749 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 28, 1960
Filing dateMar 22, 1956
Priority dateMar 22, 1956
Publication numberUS 2942749 A, US 2942749A, US-A-2942749, US2942749 A, US2942749A
InventorsRosenberg Harold W
Original AssigneeRosenberg Harold W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sectionalized metal chassis for electronic equipment
US 2942749 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


SESTIONALIZED METAL CHASSIS FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT Filed March 22, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. HAROLD W. ROSENBERG /*1. MJA QL 7 A ORNEYS The invention described herein may bemanufactured and used by or for the Governmentof theUnitedStateS of America for governmental purposes without the-pay: ment of any royalties thereon or therefor.

This invention relates to knock-down sectionalized re-. ceptacle constructions and more particularly to such constructions as are utilized in sectionalized metal chassis for electronic equipment.

It has been common, in the past, to provide receptacles of the knock-down type, for many purposes, in order to provide economy of space in storage and shipment, or to provide the user a choice as to the size or natureof-the receptacle he may construct. Similarly, it has been common to provide sectionalized receptacles whereby a plurality of compartments could be arranged withinthe receptacle, as desired. Receptacles embodying these features have been variously employed for many uses as for example desk drawers, storage and shipping receptacles, etc., and have been made of a-wide variety of materials. Similarly, the present invention, while disclosed as made of metal and in conjunction with the specific application to electronics equipment chassis utility, is obviously of general applicability in the receptacle arts and may be made of any suitable material.

Receptacles are often provided with an inwardly directed flange at the open top thereof for purposes of rigidity, for facilitation of securement of internal pieces, for providing sliding or stacking surfaces, or or other purposes. Such receptacles, when formed of knockdown or prefabricated parts, have had the disadvantage that the top surfaces or flanges thereof have not presented smooth level surfaces, by virtue of the double thicknesses of material'formed by the joints between the walls. Where sectionalization of such receptacles was attempted, further disadvantages generally existed in the necessity for the design of special-configuration for the inner partitions in order that proper fit or support could be obtained, and in the fact that the top surfaces of such partitions were not at the level of the remainder of the receptacles.

The present invention provides means whereby prefabricated pieces which areeasily stored and shipped in knock-down form, may be utilized to form receptacles of desirable sizes and in which sectionalization may be achieved by utilization of internal Wall pieces which are identical with the end wall pieces whereby the variety of pieces is minimized, the entire arrangement being such that the finished receptacle hasa-top flange which is level and smooth. A particularillustrative use of the invention is in the use of sheet metal pieces, preformed to the desired shapes, as by bending and cutting, andassembled to form a metallic sectionalized box which may serve as the metal chassis for electronic equipment. In such a usage, the sectionalization' is particularly impcrtaut since his oftennecessary in mounting electronic components for special applications, electrostatic shielding of elements where necessary and in the provision of additional structuralsupportsfor large chassis assembliesl Moreover, the use of a knock-down arrangement tates Paten-t Patented June 28;, 1960 fpr electronic component support and housing provides, the further. advantages that the components, as tube socieets, supports for wiring, etc., may be attachediand'the, wiring connections made on the flattop plate (which would be the bottom surface of a general utility. receptacle) and on the various side walls and compartmentwalls prior to their assembly, so that such operations, may be conducted on flat, open surfacesrather than in the cramped confinement generally present when working in an already assembled chassis receptacle.

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide knock-down sectionalized receptacles in which the assembled receptacles may beforrned of a small variety of types of pieces.

A further object of the inventionis to, provide knockdown sectionalized receptacles in which the assembled receptacles have inwardly directed flanges at the tops of the sidewalls thereof, said flanges being level at the tops, thereof to facilitate stacking or sliding of suchreceptacles on one another.

A still further object of the invention is to provide, knock-down, metallic chassis for electronic equipment, such chassis being characterized in that internal compart-- ment walls are identical with the end walls whereby sectionalization may be achieved with a minimum of types a of 7 components and whereby chassis maybe selec tively built up to a size and compartmentation desired, from such components.

Another object of this inventionis to provideknockdown metallic elements for forming chassis for electronic equipment, whereby the attachment of electronic components and the majority ofthe electricalconnec, tions may be effected on substantiallyfiat pieces prior to assembly of the chassis.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a knock-down compartmented receptacle wherein the inner walls are identical with the outer walls so thata minimum of types'of parts need be used, in which the side and inner walls-of the assembled receptacle are in wardly flanged at the upper edge, and in which said flanges have a common, flat uppersurface.

These and other objects, and many of the attendant advantages of this invention will be, readily appreciated.

as the same becomes better understood by reference to.

the following detailed description whenconsidered in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:

Fig. 1 is an exploded perspectiveview of areceptacle according to the present invention, showing the component parts in the general arrangement in which they are to be assembled.

Fig. 2 is an assembled viewv of a metallic chassis of the present invention.

Referring now to the drawing, it may be seen thatthe receptacle of the present invention may be constructed of three types of pieces, each of which maybe stacked separately for economyof space in storageor shipment. Thus, the specific illustrative embodiment de: picted in the drawings is a metallicchassis for electronic equipment and includes a phantom showing of the -man ner of achievingcompartment-anonif electrostatic-shielding or additional structural support; should be desired: The chassis comprises a fiat rectangular sheet -metal piecel, comprising the top plate of the chassis (which for other general uses would comprise the bottom plate ofa receptacle), a pair of side walls2, each ofalength equalto a dimensionof the wall 1, and formed of sheet metal formed in a U-configuration to, provide longitur dinal flanges 5, 5 extending thefulllength'thereofland apair of lateral pieces 3 formingrthe; end .walls ofgthe receptacle. Theend walls 3 are formed, of rectangular,

' 'side walls or the end walls.

, pieces of sheet metal having'inturned flanges at all four edges thereof. Thus, the longitudinal edges are, turned down to form flanges 8, 8 as shown,'theside edges, be-

1 ing bent toforrn the flanges 7, 7. 'The dimensions of the end walls 3 are sochosen that the flanges 7-, will closely. engage the inner walls of side walls 2 and the flanges '8 will be in planar alignment with the flanges 5 when the side walls are properly attached to the edges of the flat plate 1.

It should be noted that if each of the flanges 7 and 8 described in the preceding paragraph wereto extend the en tire length of end walls 3, said end walls could not be in-- serted betweenlthe side walls 2 without distortion thereof,

which would result in lack of flatness of the resulting top and bottom flanges 5, 5 8, 8 and in lateral distortion of the ends of side wall 2. 'fl'he gist of the present invention as previously stated, resides in the provision of a particular j notch 6 in each of the corners of the end walls 3, whereby such walls can be fitted to the ends of the side walls, be-

tween said walls in a'manner to form level top and bottom flanges and straight side wallsin theresulting receptacle. The notch 6 is formed by removal of the ends of the longitudinal flanges 8 to a distance equal to the thickness of the flanges 5 of the side. walls 2, and by the removal'of a thin strip of material longitudinally of the end wall} at right angles to the edge of the resulting shortened flange 8 to form a depressed support surface 9'to receive the flanges 5 of the side wall 2. The depth of the surfa'ce '9 is determined 'by the thickness of the material and the nature of the bending used in forming the flange 8. r A space is thus formed at each of the corners of the end walls 3 into which the matching ends of the flanges 5 may be fitt ed without distortion of either the,

assembled as described, a receptacle is formed, such receptacle having a level, inwardly turned top flange and sides free from bulging or bowing.

The various pieces or'walls may be secured to one another in any suitable manner. Thus, matching connecting openings, 11, may be formed in the mating surfaces of the' pieces and metal screws, nuts and bolts or other detachable fastening means may be utilized. One specific form of fastening is illustrated in the drawing wherein the inner walls of flanges intended to be disposed internally of the receptacle (as the flanges 5, 7 and 8) are provided with inwardly threaded bushings 10 suitably supported,

as by riveting,'internally of the associated opening, asshown. ,When the pieces are assembled,'with the openings 11 of mating flanges propertly, machine screws are inserted'through the openings 11, and by engagement with bushings 10, maintain the pieces in rigid assembly.

The methodof fabricating the pieces is not the subject 'matter of this invention and any suitable known metalknock-down receptacle arrangement described in the preceding paragraphs has the further important advantage that the end walls 3', are of such configuration that theylmay also be used as internal compartmentation walls, Thus, as shown in the drawings, a panel 3 may be positioned internally of the receptacle to be formed, and

' by virtue ofthe notches 6, it will be positioned between the flanges Sand the side walls of opposed side panels 2 Thus, when the pieces are,

any of the other walls and in which the compartment wall itself provides an upper flange level with that of the other walls. 7 V 1 From the above it way be seen that the present invention provides a novel knock-down receptable which is sturdy and which has a top flange surface ,toadapt it for stacking or sliding arrangements and which is constructed of a number of types of pieces and in which compartmentation may be effected by use of a piece of exactly the type used-for an outer wall. 7 It should further be obvious that such receptacles when made of metallic pieces, are particularly adapted for use as chassis for electronic equipment. The pieces may be made in varieties of sizes to give a'wide selection of sizes and configurations of receptacles and such pieces may be easily stacked for storage or transportation.

Obviously, many modifications and variations of the 7 present invention'are. possible in the light of the above teachings. It is therefore to be understood that the scope of the invention is to be restricted only by the scope and limitations ofthe appended claim and not by the details of the single illustrative example specifically described 7 hereinabove.

when the receptacle is assembled. For a given compartwith the bushings 10 of the compartment wall. It should noted that 'such internal compartmentationdoes not require a 'difierently fabricated piece and, results in a' structure'which does not cause or require deformation of What is claimed is:

A knock-down metallic chassis for electronic equipment which permits attachment of electronic components and the majority of electrical connections to be made on substantially'flat sections prior to assembly of said" chassis, comprising two side wall sections, twoend wall sections, a flat top plate and a flat bottom plate, said wall sections and plates forming a rectangular chassis, said side wall sections have longitudinal edge flanges forming U-shaped channel sections of equal width for the entire length of said side wall sections, said end wall sections also having longitudinal edge flanges forming U- shaped channel sections of the same width as said side Wall sections, the longitudinal edge flanges of said end wall sections terminating short of the ends of said end wall sections a distance equivalent to the width of the longitudinal flanges of said sidewall sections, the ends of said end wall sections having inwardly directed flanges, the

shortened edge flanges of said end wall sections, accommodating the longitudinal flanges of said side wall sections and the inwardly directed flanges at the ends of said end wall sections being removably attachable to the internal" surfaces anywhere along said sidewall sections, the shape of said end wall sections allowing them to be positioned parallel to the ends of said chassis anywhere along, the internal surfaces of said side walls and fastened thereto such that additional end wall sections can be used to form parallel compartments along the length of said chassiswithout the necessity of changing the structural shape of any wall section, at least one inner compartment wall parallel to said end wall sections and of identical construction and size as said end ,wall sections, said top and bottom plates being substantially as wide as the length of said end sections and substantially as long as the length of said side sections and being removably attached to the longitudinal edge flanges of said side and end sections to form a rigid chassis construction.

References Cited in the file of this patent J UNITED STATES PATENTS

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1582655 *Apr 11, 1925Apr 27, 1926Anderegg William EFish-shipping box
US1860833 *Jun 28, 1929May 31, 1932Nat Electric Prod CorpKnockdown box
US2042848 *Jul 28, 1934Jun 2, 1936Bell Telephone Labor IncCabinet
US2091549 *Oct 12, 1934Aug 31, 1937Bell Telephone Labor IncCabinet
US2644602 *Jun 28, 1947Jul 7, 1953Leeds & Northrup CoEnclosure formed by extruded side walls having an integral flange
US2681730 *Jun 16, 1951Jun 22, 1954Ncr CoCash receptacle
US2682964 *Apr 18, 1952Jul 6, 1954Norman F ToadvineTransporting receptacle for baby chicks
US2729530 *Mar 25, 1950Jan 3, 1956Mustee Bernard EHousing for laundry tub units
AU115138B * Title not available
GB165697A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3672531 *Mar 2, 1970Jun 27, 1972Emerson Electric CoReceptacle
US3774984 *Aug 23, 1972Nov 27, 1973Philco Ford CorpCabinet structure
US4482074 *Jan 5, 1983Nov 13, 1984Lalley Donald PMultipurpose container
US4856671 *Jan 11, 1988Aug 15, 1989Paul ReppelSelf-supporting storage container
US5215205 *Nov 9, 1989Jun 1, 1993Behlman David MArticle organizer
US6231141 *Oct 27, 1999May 15, 2001Haworth, Inc.Knock-down vertical file
US6612441 *Dec 3, 2001Sep 2, 2003Ace Packaging Systems, Inc.Knock down container with integral wall
US6644712 *Jul 18, 2002Nov 11, 2003Hassan Rafi-ZadehDisassemblable orthogonal multilevel storage assembly configurable into variable sized storage chambers for vehicle passenger compartments and pickup truck beds
US6761277Mar 4, 2002Jul 13, 2004Dolav Dvir Lahav Plastics ProductsSquare knock-down bin
US20100108669 *Jul 20, 2009May 6, 2010Cheer Yield Enterprise Co., Ltd.Assembly box structure
US20140055018 *Oct 28, 2013Feb 27, 2014Dimitri SheinSheet metal structure
US20140173982 *Dec 26, 2012Jun 26, 2014Yueh-Chun KAKU LUCombinational plant pot
EP0110424A2 *Dec 2, 1983Jun 13, 1984Siemens AktiengesellschaftHousing for electronic equipments
EP0110424A3 *Dec 2, 1983Oct 16, 1985Siemens AktiengesellschaftHousing for electronic equipments
U.S. Classification220/4.28, 220/529, 220/544
International ClassificationH05K5/04
Cooperative ClassificationH05K5/04
European ClassificationH05K5/04