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Publication numberUS3341064 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 12, 1967
Filing dateNov 9, 1964
Priority dateNov 9, 1964
Publication numberUS 3341064 A, US 3341064A, US-A-3341064, US3341064 A, US3341064A
InventorsFausto M Ricci
Original AssigneeFausto M Ricci
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 3341064 A
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F. M. RICCI CONTAINER Sept. 12, 1967 Filed Nov. 9, 1964 4 Sh ets-Sheet 4 M Ma M M m V2 7 y, A /M w u u a w I United States Patent 3,341,064 CONTAINER Fausto M. Ricci, 1090 Carolyn Way, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210 Filed Nov. 9, 1964, Ser. No. 409,744 6 Claims. (Cl. 220-97) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A container manufactured of thermoplastic material having a base containing a plurality of vertical openings traversing the base, the base being suspended between end walls and side walls having a depression about their top edge, the side walls having lateral openings therethrough above the base and a cover removably disposed in the depression and forming lateral openings with said side walls allowing circulation of air vertically and laterally through the container.

My invention relates to the improvement in container, and particularly to light weight containers manufactured of expanded polystyrene or other thermoplastic material built for usage in the transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables; and the objects are, first, to provide a container manufactured of thermoplastic or equivalent material suitable for the transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables between wholesaler and retailer; second, to provide a container for the transportation of fruits and vegetables and the like, permitting access of air to the materials to be transported or stored, and permitting accumulated moisture to be eliminated from the container during transportation and storage; third, to provide a container for the transportation and storage of fruits or vegetables and the like, which during transportation and storage may be stacked vertically with other containers of similar construction, and providing for the stability of such stacks by appropriate features embodied in the construction without interference with air circulation through the materials transported or stored; fourth, to provide a light weight container manufactured of thermoplastic or equivalent material, permitting the free circulation of air through the materials transported or stored while permitting the drainage of accumulated moisture from such materials.

Additional objects, together with further advantages derived in utilizing the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description thereof taken together with the accompanying drawings forming a part of the specification, in which FIGURE 1 is a view in the perspective of my container;

FIGURE 2 is a plane view of my container illustrated in FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a fragmentary enlarged cross-sectional view of my container taken on line 3-3 of FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 4 is a plane view of the bottom of a modified form of my container;

FIGURE 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a corner of my container illustrated in FIGURE 1 showing storage connections with a similar container stacked on top of my container;

FIGURE 6 is a modified form of the floor of my container;

FIGURE 7 is a modified form of the floor of my container;

FIGURE 8 is a modified form of the floor of my container;

FIGURE 9 is a modified form of my container providing a modified arrangement for stacking and a modified floor for drainage and aeration;

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FIGURE 10 is a plane view of the container illustrated in FIGURE 9;

FIGURE 11 is an enlarged fragmentary elevational cross-sectional view of a portion of my container illustrated in FIGURE 9;

FIGURE 12 is an enlarged fragmentary cross-sectional view of the floor used in my container illustrated in FIG- URE 9;

FIGURE 13 is a view in the perspective of a modified form of my container having enlarged vent openings disposed in the side walls thereof;

FIGURE 14 is a plane view of the container illustrated in FIGURE 13, partly broken away and using a cover;

FIGURE 15 is an elevational view of the containes illustrated in FIGURE 13 partially broken away and in section and showing the use of a cover; and

FIGURE 16 is an elevational fragmentary view of the container illustrated in FIGURE 13 partially broken away and in section, using a modified form of a cover.

Similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout the several views.

My invention, described in the accompanying drawings, and particularly in the form illustrated in the FIG- URES 1 through 8, comprises generally a base 10 integrally connected to -U-shaped end panels 11, 12, side panels connecting the end panels and the base and corner frame supports of triangular cross-section provided at the junction of the end panels and side panels, all integrally connected and manufactured of thermoplastic material.

The base illustrated in FIGURES 2 and 3 is comprised of vertical transverse sections 13 having a horizontal top portion 14- and upwardly indented lower portion 15 integrally joined alternately to sections 16 having a downwardly indented top portion 17 and a horizontal bottom portion 18.

Openings 19 extend vertically through the first named section and are spaced a predetermined distance apart transversely, and comprise a cone shaped opening 20 joined to a cylindrical opening 21, the cone shaped opening being located in the upwardly indented lower portion 15 of the section 13. The adjacent alternate sections 16 contain vertical openings 22 spaced a predetermined distance apart transversely, and comprise a cone shaped opening 23 centered in the downwardly indented top portion 17 joined to a cylindrical opening 24.

U-shaped end panels 11, 12 are integrally joined to the ends of the rectangular base 10 and extend upwardly therefrom a predetermined distance.

Side panels 25, 26 are integrally joined to the rectangular base 10 and extend upwardly therefrom a predetermined distance, and are integrally joined to the free end of the end panels 11, 12 and form with said end panels a U-shaped cut out 27.

Corner frames upports 28 are provided at the joinder of each side panel 25, 26 and end panels 11, 12, and have a triangular shaped cross-section and are raised above the level of the end panels for a predetermined distance. A triangular shaped indentation 29 provided in the base 10 below each corner frame support 28, and in alignment therewith is provided to receive the raised portion of corner frame support of another container when stacked together for the purpose of transportation or storage. A cylindrical opening 30 extends longitudinally through each corner frame support 28.

A modified form of the base, as illustrated in FIGURE 6 of the drawing, comprises a horizontal top surface 31 having transverse semi-cylindrical parallel channels 32 spaced a predetermined distance apart.

A cylindrical opening 33 is provided in the center of each portion between adjacent channels, and extends vertically downward and having an enlarged diameter 34 at the horizontal bottom surface.

The modified form of my base 10, as illustrated in FIGURE 7, has a top surface as previously described, and shown in FIGURE 3 of the drawing, and a corrugated bottom surface consisting of parallel equally spaced curved ridges 35 and hollows 36, the ridges 35 being positioned below the downwardly indented top portion 17 of the top surface of the base 10, and the hollows 36 being positioned below the horizontal top portion 14 of the base 10. Vertical openings 37, extending from the hollows to the top surface, and vertical openings 38, extending from the downwardly indented top portion 17 to the curved ridges 35 are shaped as previously described in connection with the base as illustrated in FIGURE 3 of the drawing.

A modified form of my base 10, as illustrated in FIG- URE 8 of the drawing, comprises a horizontal top surface 39 and a bottom surface 40 comprising parallel equally spaced horizontal ridges 41 and beveled horizontal grooves 42. Cylindrical openings 43 are countersunk at the horizontal top surface extending vertically through the base to the center of each horizontal ridge 41 and beveled grooves 42 which openings are spaced transversely across the base a predetermined distance apart.

The modified form of my invention, illustrated in FIG- URES 9 to 12 inclusive, generally comprises a base 50 integrally connected to U-sha-ped end panels 51, 52 and extending upwardly therefrom a predetermined distance. Side panels 53, 54 are integrally joined to the rectangular base 50 and extend upwardly therefrom a predetermined distance, and are integrally joined to the free ends of the end panels 51, 52 and form with said end panels a U- shaped cutout 55.

A plurality of U-shaped cutouts 56, 56 are provided at the bottom of each of the side panels and are of predetermined size and position.

The base 50 comprises a horizontal top surface 57 and parallel equally spaced U-shaped channels 58, 58, traversing said base.

The bottom surface of the base 50 comprises raised horizontal portions 59 and parallel equally spaced inverted U-shaped channels 60 traversing said base in alignment with the U-shaped channels 58, 58 provided in the top surface of the base 50.

Cone shaped openings 61, 61 extend vertically downwardly from the U-shaped channels 58 to the inverted U-shaped channels 60 and are spaced transversely across the base a predetermined distance apart.

Corner frame supports 62 are provided at the join-der of each end panel and side panel and extend vertically upwards to the level of the U-shaped cutout provided at the top edge of the side panels. The bottom edge of the side panels and end panels is joined to the base at the top level of the inverted U-shaped channels 60 so that the raised horizontal portions 59 extend downwardly below the level of the bottom edge of said side panels and end panels.

A modified form of my invention, illustrated in FIG- URES 13 to 16 inclusive, comprises generally a container 70 of rectangular shape having end panels 71, 72 connected to side panels 73, 74, a cover 75 fitted into the end panels and side panels and having tranverse ribs 76, 76 spaced a predetermined distance from the ends, and a base 77 rigidly affixed to the end panels and side panels at a predetermined distance from the bottom thereof.

The base 77 is of rectangular shape and has transverse grooves 78, 78 spaced a predetermined distance apart and containing vertical openings 79, 79 spaced longitudinally within the grooves 78 at predetermined intervals.

A depression 80 is disposed at the top of the end panels 71, 72 and side panels 73, 74 to receive the cover 75.

Cutouts are provided in the top and bottom of each side panel, the bottom cutouts being large enough to expose a predetermined area above the base 77.

A modified form of my cover 80, as shown in FIGURE 16 of the drawing, is of narrower thickness than the cover 4 illustrated in FIGURES 14 and 15 of the drawing, respectively, and is of a size to permit its position within the depression provided in the top of the container.

If the cover having transverse ribs is employed, a second container may be deposited in alignment on top of a first container and the transverse ribs will prevent the lateral movement of the second container.

If the modified form of my cover as shown in FIGURE 16 of the drawing is employed, a second container may be vertically aligned on top of the first container with the bottom of the end panels and side panels fitting into the depression removably to prevent lateral movement of the second container.

It is understood that various forms of my invention may be used or utilized embodying the principles of my invention, without departing from the spirit of my invention.

I claim:

1. In a container of the class described including a base having a substantially rectangular shape and having a plurality of parallel equally spaced transverse grooves and a plurality of vertical openings spaced in each groove at a predetermined distance from each other; end panels rigidly affixed to the base and extending below said base for a predetermined distance and having a depression positioned at the top edge thereof; side panels rigidly affixed between said end panels and to said base having a depression along the top edge thereof contiguous to and in horizontal alignment with the depression disposed in said end panels, said side panels extending below said base a predetermined distance and having a plurality of U-shaped cutouts along the top edge and a plurality of inverse U-shaped cutouts along the bottom edge extending a predetermined distance above the base and forming lateral openings above said base, and a cover removably disposed in said depression and forming a plurality of longitudinal openings between said cover and the U- shaped cutouts on the top edge of the side panels.

2. In a container of the class described including a base having a substantially rectangular shape and having a plurality of parallel equally spaced transverse grooves and a plurality of vertical openings spaced in each groove at a predetermined distance from each other, end panels rigidly afiixed to the base and extending below said base for a predetermined distance and having a depression positioned at the top edge thereof, side panels rigidly affixed between said end panels and to said base and extending below said base a predetermined distance having a depression along the top edge thereof contiguous to and in horizontal alignment with the depression positioned in said end panels and having a plurality of U- shaped cutouts along the top edge and a plurality of inverse U-shaped cutouts along the bottom edge, said cutouts extending above said base for a predetermined distance, and a cover of substantially rectangular shape removably positioned in said depression and forming lateral openings between said cover and the U-shaped cutouts positioned along the top edge of said side panels.

3. In a container of the class described including a base having a substantially rectangular shape and having a plurality of parallel equally spaced transverse grooves and a plurality of vertical openings spaced in each groove at a predetermined distance from each other, end panels rigidly affixed to the base and extending below said base for a predetermined distance and having a depression positioned at the top edge thereof, side panels rigidly afiixed between said end panels and to said base and extending below said base a predetermined distance having a depression along the top edge thereof contiguous to and in horizontal alignment with the depression disposed in the end panels and having a plurality of U-shaped cutouts along the top edge and a plurality of inverse U- shaped cutouts along the bottom edge, said cutouts extending above said base for a predetermined distance, and a cover of substantially rectangular shape removably disposed in said depression and forming a plurality of lateral openings below said cover with the U-shaped cutouts disposed in the top edge of the side panels.

4. In a container of the class described including a base of substantially rectangular shape having a plurality of parallel equally spaced transverse grooves and a plurality of vertical openings spaced in each groove at a predetermined distance from each other and traversing said base, end panels extending upwardly from the short sides of the rectangular base, side panels rigidly aflixed between said end panels above the long sides of the rectangular base having a center section extending upwardly in horizontal alignment with the top edge of the end panels and extending downwardly to the base and rigidly aflixed thereto, said end panels and side panels forming a depression about the top edge of the end panels and the center section of the side panels and said side panels forming longitudinal openings above the longitudinal sides of the base on each side of the lower extension of the center section of the side panels, and a cover removably disposed in said depression.

5. In a container of the class described in claim 4 hereof in which each side panel is of narrower widths than each end panel having ends and a center section of equal Width as each end panel, each center section having an upper extension in horizontal alignment with the top edge of the end panels and having an L-shaped depression therein in horizontal alignment with the depression in said end panels and a lower extension affixed to the longitudinal edge of'the base and forming longitudinal openings between the base and the side panels between the ends of the side panel and the lower extension of the centersection of the panel of each side panel and having a cover removably disposed in said depression and forming longitudinal openings between the end sections and the center section of each side panel.

6. A container of the class described including a pair of substantially rectangular vertically disposed end panels each having a top edge and a longitudinal L-shaped depression extending from the center of each end panel to one side thereof; a pair of side panels of substantially rectangular shape and vertically disposed of narrower widths than the end panels and rigidly affixed to and between said end panels so as to form a rectangular openin-g therewith, each side panel having enlarged end section in alignment with the top edge of the adjacent end panel and enlarged center section having an upper extension in horizontal alignment with the top edge of said end panel and a lower extension in horizontal alignment with the lower edge of said end panel, said upper extension and ends of said side panels in horizontal alignment with the top edge of said end panels having an L-shaped depression in alignment with the L-shaped depression in said end panels; a base suspended between and rigidly afiixed to and between said side panels and end panels a predetermined distance from the lower edge of said panels so as to form longitudinal openings between said base and the ends and center sections of the side panels, said base having a plurality of transverse openings extending through said base; and a cover removably disposed in the depression provided by the end and side panels and forming a longitudinal opening between said cover and each end and center section of each side panel respectively.

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THERON E. CONDON, Primary Examiner. GEORGE E. LOWRANCE, Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/512, 220/607, 217/42, 220/913, 220/608
International ClassificationB65D81/26, B65D21/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65D21/0215, B65D81/263, Y10S220/913, B65D81/261
European ClassificationB65D81/26D, B65D21/02E5, B65D81/26C