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arch 14, 1967 A. T. PISTONE 3,308,964
BIN DIVIDER Filed Dec. 17, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 E N O T s P T A BIN DIVIDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 17, 1964 INVENTOR. ALFRED T. PISTONE United States Patent Office 3,308,964 Patented Mar. 14, 1967 3,308,964 BIN DIVIDER Alfred T. Pistone, 3785 Grafton Road, Brunswick, Ohio 44212 Filed Dec. 17, 1964, Ser. No. 419,020 9 Claims. (Cl. 211184) This invention relates to storage bins for automotive parts and the like and more particularly to a novel and improved divider for delineating one side of each of two adjacent storage compartments.
In the storage of such things as parts for the manufacturer and/or repair of many kinds of equipments, it is now conventional to use metal storage bins. The typical metal storage bin may have a back, vertical side risers spaced about three feet apart and perhaps one foot in depth, and a series of vertically spaced shelves. It is also conventional to equip such shelves with removable dividers which form partitions that separate the shelf into two or more compartments.
In the storage bin of this invention, the shelf is equipped with an elongated label holder which extends substantially completely across the front of each shelf. This label holder is a channel, open at the front, into which identifying indicia may be inserted to identify the parts in a given compartment by appropriate information such as the name of the part and the part number or size. Due to the novel construction of the divider which will be described presently, the shelf, unlike prior shelves with removable dividers, requires no special formation to accommodate the divider such as holes for receiving locating screws or specially formed grooves or flanges for receiving and retaining the divider. With such prior constructions, there is not only the extra manufacturing expense of making such special provisions for accommodating the divider but in addition some problems are inherently present with any such prior construction. For example, if holes are provided for adjustably bolting a divider in place, moving the divider is slow and time consuming. Small parts may fall through the holes provided for adjustably positioning the divider. Where special grooves or the like have been formed for receiving and engaging a portion of the divider, small parts may become lodged in the grooves and dirt and dust will collect in the grooves.
With the present invention, these difficulties are overcome and certain inherent advantages are provided including great flexibility and quickness in adjusting the position of the divider. The divider of this invention has a vertical wall and a lower horizontally disposed foot portion that engages the shelf to provide alignment and stability of the divider. At the back of the divider, a downwardly extending lip is provided which engages the back wall of a shelf. At the front of the divider, a lip extends downwardly over the top of the label holder and a tab portion projects backwardly up into the label holder.
With the divider of this invention, the operator simply inserts the tab in the label holder at its top, and then, using the coaction of the tab and the label holder as a pivot, brings the divider down until the rearward lip slides over the rear of the shelf clamping the divider in place. For adjustment or removal of the divider, the operator merely reverses this operation by lifting the rearward portion of the divider upwardly until the rearward lip is out of engagement with the shelf and then removing the divider.
This divider in combination with a smooth shelf having a continuous label holder across the front of it is infinitely adjustable throughout the length of the shelf. Any desired number of dividers may be used with any shelf to provide as many or as few compartments per shelf as may be appropriate. In addition, since no special formation of the shelf is required to accommodate the divider, the shelf is constructed so that it is either a smooth shelf or invertable to provide a substantially imperforate tray for small parts and the like.
Another feature of the present invention is the provision of a vertically adjustable divider. In the preferred and disclosed form, the adjustable divider has a base section which clips on the shelf in a manner which has been described above. A top section of the divider engages the base section. This top section has 'spaced vertically disposed walls and a connecting top part. The adjustable top section is constructed of sufliciently resilient material that the inherent resiliency of the top part and its spaced side walls will yieldably engage the vertical wall of the base. Thus, the top section of the partition may be vertically adjustable to any desired position and it will remain there due to its inherent resiliency and frictional engagement of the base.
Another feature of the invention is the provision of an opening in the partition for the receipt and storage of a data bearing card or the like. In the preferred and disclosed arrangement, a pocket is formed in one of the walls of the top section so that the deformation in the wall which provides the pocket and the vertical wall of the base of the divider coact to define an elongated recess in which punch cards or other data bearing devices may be stored. The purpose of this storage is to facilitate maintaining accurate inventory information.
Accordingly, the object of this invention is to provide a novel and improved storage bin construction including a novel and improved divider therefor.
Other objects and a fuller understanding of the invention may be had by referring to the following description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective fragmentary view showing the improved divider of this invention clipped to the invertable shelf of the invention with a phantom showing representing'either an adjusted position of the pictured divider or a second divider;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view of the divider 01 FIGURE 1 on an enlarged scale showing the shelf in side elevation with parts broken away;
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view, on the side of FIGURE 2, of the divider as seen from the line 3-3 of FIGURE 2 with a quantity of data bearing cards in the storage pocket; I
FIGURE 4 is a slightly modified version of the divider shown in side elevation and on the scale of FIGURE 2 with the shelf shown in section; and,
FIGURE 5 is a further modification on a reduced scale. Referring now to the drawings, a storage bin is shown generally at 10. The bin has spaced vertically disposed partition walls, one of which is shown at 12 and a back wall 13. The partition walls 12 are equipped with notches or thelike 14 for receiving and supporting a selected number of shelves 15. The shelves 15 each include end support flanges 17 which project selectively into the desired ones of the notches 14 to support the shelf in a selected vertically adjusted position. The flanges are constructed such that the shelf may be inverted to form a tray as shown in FIGURE 5.
Each shelf has a label holder 18 front thereof.
extending across the The label holder has upper and lower longitudinally extending lips 19 which each extend throughout the length of the shelf. The lips slant toward one another to engage and hold identifying labels.
Each shelf preferably has front, rear, and side vertically disposed flanges 2t), 21, 22, 23 forming, when the shelf is used as a shelf, a reinforcing portion extending around a 90bend formed at 26 at the base of the vertical wall 25..
A foot portion 27 is provided which'is, when-the divider is in use, horizontal and which is normal to the wall 25. ,The foot" portion 27 extends the depth of and engages the shelf 15; Front and rear lips 29, 30 are pro.- vided at the forward and back of the foot 27. In the embodiments of FIGURES 1-4, the lips depend from the foot 27. The front lip 29 angles slightly forwardly overlying the'label holder 18. A tab 31 is provided at the end of the front lip 29. The tab 31 is bent-rearwardly to engage the top one of the lips 19 of the label holder 18. The rearward leg 30'is vertical being substantially normal to the foot 27; The rearward leg30 frictionally engages the rear vertical flange 21' of the shelf15.
In certain circumstances the divider thus far described I will be theentire divider. It'has the advantages over the priorart'of a relatively simple means of connection and infinite selection longitudinally of the shelf'of the position in which it may reside. On installation of the divider, one merely extends the tab 31 under the, upper'one of. the lips 19 to provide a pivot. The rearward, end of the partition is then brought down until the lip 30 frictionally engages the rearward vertical flange '21 and theifoot 27 is.
in abutment with the surface of the shelf.
One of the outstanding advantages of the invention resides in the provision of a'divider which is vertically adjustable. The vertical adjustability is obtainedthrough the. provision of a top divider section 35 which is generally in the shape .of an inverted U. The top section 35 has a toppart 36 from which spaced walls 37, 38 depend.
The walls 37, 38, due to theinherent resiliency of the top part 35, frictionally embrace the ,=opposite sides of the vertical wall 25 of the divider 24.
Thus, in the preferred'adjustable arrangement, thedivider 24 becomes a base for the entire divider and will be.
referred to hereafter as the divider base.
While theusual adjustment will be to raise the rearward portion of the top section 35 relatively to the dividerbase 24, it will be apparent thatthe divider part can be sub.- stantially infinitely adjusted to any selected position so long as sufficient parts of the walls; 37, 38 engage thevertical wall 25 to provide the friction to maintain an adjusted position. Obviously set screws, magnets, or other means couldbe provided to assist in maintaining the top may bereplaced by a chamfer at 44 for ready access to the cards 41.
The divider wall 25 is chamfered at 45 to provide ready access to stored parts. The chamfer 44, in addition to facilitating card access, also facilitates access to the storage compartments.
In the embodiment of FIGURES the wall 25' is slightly smaller in depththan the distance between the front and rear shelf flanges 20, 21. The rearwardlip 30' extends upwardly engaging the inner surface of the rear flange 21. The front lip 29 is spaced above the foot 27 and connected to it by'a lip extension 50. Thus, by. very slight modification of the divider 24 a tray divider 24" is ;provided.
In-the slightly modified, version of FIGURE 4, the notch 43 is supplanted and Although-the invention has beendescribed. in its preferred form with a certain. degree of particularly it is understood that the present disclosure of the preferred form has been made only by way of example and that numerouschanges in the details of construction andv the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from thespirit and the scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed. I
What is claimed is; V
1. In a storage bin, the combination of:
(a) .a shelf having a front and back, a label holder near the. front ofthe shelf, the label holder having a top lip;
(-b) a divider including a wall portion for vertical disposition when the'shelf is horizontal; I
(c). said divider including; forward andrearwardlips extending from the wall portion; and,
((1) said forwarddivider lip extending over the top lip of the label holder and including a tab portion pro-, jecting under said label holder lip to, interlock" the divider: and shelf, and said rearward'lip frictionally engaging theback of the shelf and maintaining the a label. holder. at" the front: thereof, the labelholder; having a top and. bottom lip angled toward, one:
(b) adivider including a wallportion for vertical dis-- position when the member surface is horizontal and a foot portion engaging the member. surface;
(0) said divider including forward. and rearward lips.
extendingf-rorn the wall portion; and,
(d) said forward dividerlip extending over: the top lip of the label. holder. and including a tab portion projecting under said label holder. lip. to:interloick the divider and the member, and said rearwardlip. engaging the back of the member and maintainingthe divider positioned on therncmber.
5. In combination with a storage bin havinga ventically disposed shelf, a divider comprising:
(a) meansconnect'mg the divider to the shelf;
(b) a vertically disposed wall extending upwardlyfrom said means to separate the shelf into. a plurality of compartments; and,
(c) a member connected to said wall and including a vertically disposed portion spaced from the wall, said portion having a distance. between the portion and the wall todefine a card-receiving pocket forthe receipt and storage of cards or the like.
6. In astorage bin including a horizontally disposed:
shelf, a divider assembly comprising:
(a) a base portion removablyconnected' to the: shelf,
and including abase wail extending vertically up wardly from said shelf;'
(b) a top section having a vertically disposed wall substantially abutting said base wall and projecting upwardly therefrom; V (c) said top section including spaced-apart wall portions in frictional engagement'with the opposite sides of said base wall to maintain said top section wall.
in a selected and adjusted position relative-:tosaid base wall.
7. In a storage bin including a horizontally disposed shelf, a divider assembly comprising:
(a) a. base portion removably connected to. the; shelf,
and including a base Wall extending vertically upwardly from said shelf;
(b) a top section having a vertically disposed Wall substantially abutting said base wall and projecting upwardly therefrom;
(c) said top sec-tion including spaced-apart top section wall portions in frictional engagement with the opposite sides of said base wall to maintain said top sectional wall in a selected and adjusted position relative to the base wall; and,
(d) one of said spaced-apart top section wall portions including a deformed section projecting outwardly and spaced from said base wall such that the de formed section and the base wall together define the sides of a card receiving pocket.
8. A divider assembly for dividing a shelf into a plurality of compartments comprising the combination of:
(a) a base support having a bottom surface adapted to be placed in intimate contact with a first surface of said shelf and having first and second edges;
(b) said first and second edges of said base support each having a lip extending beyond said bottom surface of said base support to be contiguous with the edges of said shelf;
(0) one of said lips including a tab portion adapted to project adjacent to and parallel with a second surface of said shelf to interlock said base support to said shelf;
(d) a first wall member mounted onto said base support and extending orthogonally from the top side of said base support between said first and second edges; and,
(e) a second wall member extending orthogonally in a direction away from the top surface of said base support between said first and second edges;
(f) one of said wall members including two parallel portions engaging the other of said wall members to maintain said second Wall member in a selected position relative to said base support.
9. The combination of claim 8 in which one of said wall members includes a deformed section projecting outwardly and spaced from said other wall member such that the deformed section and the other Wall member together define the sides of a bin.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,688,003 10/1928 Darby 2lll84 X 1,736,574 11/1929 Binks 2l1-ll 2,697,631 12/1954 Miller 248-361 X 2,884,139 4/1959 Dunham 2lll84 FOREIGN PATENTS 826,073 12/1959 Great Britain.
CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.
R. P. SEITIER, Assistant Examiner.