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Publication numberUS3096900 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1963
Filing dateDec 11, 1961
Priority dateDec 11, 1961
Publication numberUS 3096900 A, US 3096900A, US-A-3096900, US3096900 A, US3096900A
InventorsJoseph C Breneman
Original AssigneeRubbermaid Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Container assembly
US 3096900 A
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July 9, 1963 J. c. BRENEMAN CONTAINER ASSEMBLY 2 Sheets-Sheet l Filed Deo. 11, 1961 INVENTOR. JOSEPH C. BRENEMAN BY l ATTORNEYS July 9, 1963 J, c. BRENEMAN 3,096,900

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY Filed Dec. ll, 1961 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 l I l 52 INVENTOR. 60 JOSEPH C. BRENEMAN 42 22 BYQZJ A* Y F O ATTORNEYS United States Patent O 3,@96300 CONTAINER ASSEMBLY Joseph C. Brenemau, Wooster, Ohio, assignor to Rubbermaid Incorporated, Wooster, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio Filed Dec. 11, 1961, Ser. No. 158,449 6 Claims. (Cl. 22u-4) This invention relates to containers and in particular to a refuse container assembly.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide a container `assembly of sturdy and durable construction.

Another object is to provide :a container which serves a dual function of receiving and retaining refuse and providing a holding arrangement for advertising cards.

A fur-ther object is to provide a container, the components of which are easily formed and assembled.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a container assembly having top and bottom end shells spaced by supporting panels each panel being arranged to intert with the end shells and adjacent panels and cooperating with an adjacent panel to form a channel adapted to slidingly receive and retain an edge of an advertising card.

Other objects inherent in the nature of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following description and the drawings.

In the dr-awings:

FIG. l is a perspective View of the improved refuse container assembly; FIG. 2 is a plan sectional view taken along line 2 2 of FIG. l;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken along line 3 3 of FIG. 2 showing the arrangement of a supporting leg member integral with the bottom end shell;

FIG. 4 is a perspective fragmentary enlargement of a corner portion of the container with parts broken away land in section;

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary enlargement of a corner section 'of FIG. 2;

FIG. 6 is a vertical sectional view of the container assembly taken along line 6 6 of FIG. l, illustrating the open position of the cover assembly `or top end shell and access door in phantom lines;

FIG. 7 is an enlarged top plan View of a rear corner section, with the cover assembly or top end shell removed;

FIG. 8 is a fragmentary cross-sectional elevation taken along line 8 8 of FIG. 7.

FIG. 9 is an enlarged fragmentary cross-sectional vieW taken along line 9 9 of FIG. 6; and

FIG. 10 is ran enlarged rfragmentary cross-.sectional view taken along line 10 10 of FIG. 6.

In reference to FIGS. l 'and 2, .the container assembly 10 comprises the following basic components: A top end shell or cover assembly indicated generally 4at 12, a bottom end shell 14, front and back panels 16 and 18, and side panels Ztl yand 22.

The container is preferably fabricated from a suitable plastic such as a plastic styrene or acrylic resin, and each of the basic components may be thermo-formed or produced in a vacuum-forming process. Obviously, however, the components could be pressed out of metal or constructed of any other suitable material.

The bottom end shell y14, as shown in FIGS. l and 6, is preferably formed from a single piece of material with integral supporting leg members 24 embossed in the bottom surface. As may be observed from FIG. 2, the `supporting leg members extend diagonally toward each of the corners from a central convexed area or sump, indicated generally at 26. Each of the supporting leg members are channel-shaped in cross section, -as may be observed from FIG. 3, in order to add rigidity to the bottom end shell and to provide a sufficiently wide surface for promoting stabil-ity of the container in an upright position. The lowermost portion of each supporting leg member is provided with drainage holes 23, and a hole 30 which may serve as an yanchorage point, if desired. Any liquid matter ywhich may become entrapped inside the refuse container may drain `from the convexed area 26 toward the holes 28. The upstanding sides 32 fof the bottorn end shell are arranged to taper outwardly as they extend upwardly a predetermined distance.

The side panels Zti `and Z2 are each provided along the top edge with Ian inwardly projecting lip 34 (FIGS. 7, 9 andlO) and an offset leg portion 36 along the bottom edge (FIG. 4). The side edges 38, 40 of each side panel are rounded, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 5 for example, for a purpose to be described later. Substantially the entire surface of each side panel is inset a predetermined extent `as indicated at 42.

Offset portions 46 and 48 are provided in the surface of the inwardly projecting lip 34 of each .side panel adjacent the rounded side edges 3.8i and 40, respectively, preferably offset ian amount substantially equal to the thickness of the material employed. The top of each side panel is 'greater in width than the bottom so that the assembled container will have an upwardly and outwardly tapering construction. However, the extent of the taper may be varied ras desired, or the taper may be omitted entirely.

The front and back panels 16 and 18 are each provided along the top edge with an inwardly projecting lip 50 and an inwardly offset leg portion 52 along the bottom edge. The `side edges S4 and 56 are each rounded so as to partially conform in overlying engagement to the outer periphery of the side panel rounded side edges 33 and 4t) and extend partially beyond in spaced parallel relation to the side panel inset surface 42 to form marginal channels or grooves 58 and 6i), which serve to retain slidably the edges `of advertising cards 62. The tops of the front and back panels are also greater in width than the bottoms to provide a tapering construction similar to the side panels.

As shown in FIG. 4, the leg portions 52 of the .liront and back panels are notched at their ends 64 to conform to the ends of the offset leg portions 36, so that the leg portions 52 do not extend around the corners with the rounded side edges 54 and 56.

The various components described above are lassembled so that the offset leg portions 36 and 52 of the panels t within the upstanding sides 32 of the bottom end shell 14. The side panels 2i) and -22 are assembled first yand the front and back panels are assembled so that the rounded side edges 54 and 56 wrap around the rounded side edges 33 and 40 of the side panels and seat upon the top edge of bottom end shell 14, as shown in FIG. 4, for example. That portion of the inwardly projecting lip 5h which is adapted to be disposed above each rounded edge of the front and back panels will seat, respectively, in the'oliset portions 46, 48 of the side panel inwardly projecting lip 34 so -as -to fit flush with t-he remaining surface of the `side panel lip 34, as shown in FIGS. 6 and 8.

'Ihe various components may be secured together in 'any `suitable manner, depending upon the nature of the materials employe-d. For example, if the components are [thermo-formed from some type of plastic, then they may be heat fused together at their common junctures, such as where the surfaces of the offset leg portions 36 and 52 come in contact with the ins-ide surfaces of the bottom end shell upstanding sides 32. If fabricated from metal sheetin the components may be riveted, bolted, spot welded or fastened together in any suitable and effective manner.

. 3 The final component for the refuse container assembly is the top end shell or cover assembly 12. This assembly comprises a recessed front surface 66, an opening 68 within the recessed Vfront surface, a gravity functioningaccess door 70' covering the opening, a top surface 72 whichrslopes downwardly from front to back, upstanding side and back surfaces, 74 and 76, respectively, and a flanged peripheral lip 78 which extends outwardly and downwardly from the upstanding side and back surfaces.

The access door 70 is secured above 4the opening 68 by a hinge 80, preferably a piano hinge, which in turn is Secured to an angled projection 82 of the top end shell by a mounting strip 84.- -The angled projection 82 terminates in an offset at lip S6 against which the upper portion of the access door abuts in closed position, as shown in solid line position in FG. 4. Actually the hat lip 86 is only offset with respect to the angled projection and the remainder of the lip presents a continuous iat abutting surface about the periphery of the opening 68 so` that the access door will fit flush thereagainst when in closed position.

The recessed front surface 66 is designed to minimize the admittance ofweather t the inside of the container when the latter is subjected to rain, snow and the like, but is readily accessible to the user. The lip area S8 adjacent the bottom edge of the opening is sloped outwardly and downwardly so as to drain water and the elements away from rather than into the storage area of the container. The angled marginal surface 90 adjacent the lip area is in the same inclined plane as angled projection 82 and terminates in a rearwardly sloping surface 92 which in combination with the lip area `83 and marginal surface 9i) forms a channel-like configuration which provides rigidity for the front surface of the top end shell.

The rearwardly sloping surface 92 serves to provide an anchorage area for a formed channel support 94 which is secured thereto by any suitable method, and which in turn serves as a support for one side of a hinge 96, preferably a piano hinge. The other side of the hinge 96 is secured to the inwardly projecting lip Sil of the front panel 16. This arrangement permits the top end shell or cover` assembly to be pivotally mounted to the front of the container assembly and cooperates with the anged peripheral lip 7S to cover .the top edge of the container completely and in a manner to give additionalstructural rigidity and stability to the entire refuse container assembly.

When it is desired to empty the refuse container as-` sembly, an indented groove (not shown) may be provided in the surface of each side panel 20, 22 to enable a per-j sons fingers to be inserted beneath the flanged-peripheral lip 78l for grasping and pivoting upwardly the'top endy shell to the position shown in phantom lines in FIG. 6.

Advertising matter, in the form of cards, are held iiush with the side panels of the refuse container assembly by the channels or grooves 58 and 60. i

What is claimed'is:

l. A container assembly comprising top and bottom end shells, and pairs of opposing panels forsupporting and spacing apart said end shells, each of said panels having an inwardly projecting lip along the top edge for tting within said top end shell and an offset leg portion along the bottom edge for fitting within said bottom end shell, one of said pairs .of opposing panels having inset surfaces, the other of said pairs of opposing panels having integral side edges-wrapping around edge portions of said one pair of opposing panels and cooperating with said inset surfaces to form channels adapted to slidingly receive the side edges of advertising cards to retain the latter in overlying relation with said inset surfaces.

2. A single-Walled container assembly comprising top and bottom end shells, said bottom end shell being formed with a convex sump and integral leg members having drainage points, and pairs of opposing panels for supporting and spacing apart said end shells, each of said panels adapted to intert with said end shells, one of said pairs of opposing panels having inset surfaces, the other of saidV pairs of opposing panels having side edges wrapping around portions of said one pair of opposing panels and cooperating with said inset surfaces to form channels adapted to slidingly receive the side edges of advertising cards to retain the latter in overlying relation with said inset surfaces.

3. A single-walled thermo-formed plastic container assembly comprising top and bottom end shells, said bottom end shell being formed with a convex sump and integral leg members having drainage points, and panels for supporting and spacing apart said end shells, each of said panels adapted to interlit with said end shells and adjacent supporting panels and to cooperate with an adjacent panel` each having an inwardly projecting at top edge and anoifset shoulder along the bottom edge, said side panel members having rounded side edges and inset flattened 'center surfaces, said front and back panel members having wrap-around side edges adapted to overlap ythe side edges of said side members and part of said inset surfaces so as to form with each side panel member pairs of channels adapted to slidingly receive and'retain advertising cards, and said bottom end shell being formed with a convex sump and integral leg members having drainage points.

5. A single-Walled thermo-formed plastic container assembly comprising top and bottom end shells, and pairs of opposing panels for supporting and spacing apart said end shells, each of said panels having an inwardly projecting lip along the top edge for fitting Within saidV top end shell and an offset leg portion along the bottom edge forftting within said bottom end shell, the' offset leg portions of one pair of opposing panels further adapted to seat upon the edges of said bottom end shell, one of 'said pairs of opposing panels having insetV surfaces, the

i other of said pairs of opposing panels having integral side edges wrapping around portions of said one pair oft opposing panels and cooperating with said inset surfaces to form channels adapted to slidingly receivethe side edges of advertising cards-to retain the latter in overlying relation with said inset surfaces.

6. A single-walled, thermo-formed plastic container assembly comprising top and bottom end shells, said bottom end shell being formed with a convex sump and integral leg members having Adrainage points, and pairs of opposing panels for supporting and spacing apart said end shells, one of said pairs of panels interlitting within the other of said pairs of .panels and entirely within said end shells and having inset surfaces in spaced relation to the other of said panel pairs to form marginal channels adapted to slidingly receive and retain the side edges of advertising cards.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/4.26, 220/DIG.600, D34/8, 220/908, 220/825
International ClassificationB65D6/00, B65F1/16
Cooperative ClassificationY10S220/06, Y10S220/908, B65F1/1607
European ClassificationB65F1/16B