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.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3815519 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 11, 1974
Filing dateMar 15, 1973
Priority dateMar 15, 1973
Publication numberUS 3815519 A, US 3815519A, US-A-3815519, US3815519 A, US3815519A
InventorsMeyer A
Original AssigneeMeyer A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Snap-on adjustable sliding clip for shelf partitions
US 3815519 A
Abstract
A shelf rail afixed to the front of gondola shelves and provided with slidably supported spring clips, said spring clips slidably inserted in flexible divider rails to hold them at right angles to the shelve rails and stiff grocery divider partitions that are attachable to any one of the divider rails to be adjustably positioned to any desired position to divide one product on a shelf from the next product. Said divider rails being flexible and permitting the divider rail to extend over shelves of differing width.
Images(2)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

United States Patent [191 Meyer 1 1 June 11, 1974 1 SNAP-ON ADJUSTABLE SLIDING CLIP FOR SHELF PARTITIONS [76] Inventor: Alvin H. Meyer, 941 W.

Wrightwood Ave., Highland Park, 111. 60614 22 Filed: Mai-I15, 1973 21 App1.No.:34l,455

[52] US. Cl. 108/61,..211/184' [51] Int. Cl A47b 57/00 [58] Field of Search.. 108/60, 61; 211/184, 43; 40/140, 124.4, 137, 10, 16, 5; 403/73, 116, 162; 52/718 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS I 1,770,325 7/1930 Shehyn 40/124.4 1,919,382 7/1933 Sherwood 40/16 X 5/1943 De1 Camp 52/718 3.094.305 6/1963 Lohrman 40/16 X 3,339,746 9/1967 McCabem, 1. 211/184 X 5/1971 Garfzke 211/184 Primary Exar'hiner-Francis K. Zugel Attorney, Agent, or FirmHoward T. Jeandron [5 7] ABSTRACT A shelf rail afixed to the front of gondola she1ves and provided with s1idab1y supported spring clips, said spring clips slidably inserted in flexible divider rails to hold them at right angles to the shelve rails and stiff grocery divider partitions that are attachable to any one of the divider rails to be adjustably positioned to any desired position to divide one product on a shelf fromthe next product. Said divider rails being flexible and permitting the divider rail to extend over shelves of differing width.

3C1aims', 9 Drawing Figures PATENTEDJUN 1 1 i974 SHEET 10F 2 PATENTEUJUH 11 mm 38153519 sum 2 or 2 I l .LL

This invention relates to a shelf organizer, and more particularly to a shelf organizing system adapted to separate various items, such as the canned, bottled and boxed goods of a super market.

The invention is primarily a means of better organizing the storage space on shelves and providing means of demarcating different products as well as means of retaining price markers and identifying signs. Typical market shelves are so often a hodge-podge of products, due to customers careless handling of the products when removing them from the shelves. The disarray or jumbled stocking by the clerks also contribute to the disorganisation that is found on many market shelves.

It is an object of this inventionto provide improved shelf organizers or more particularly separating panels that are quickly and easily snapped into position wherever needed.

support, said signs being movable along said rail and easily and quickly mounted or removed.

Further objects of this invention shall be apparent by reference to the detailed description and the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a plurality of shelves with rails, connecting rails and separating panels,

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of a portion of a separating panel,

FIG. 3 is a crosssectional view taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 2,

FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of a connecting horizontal and vertical rail, with a separating panel mounted,

FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of a spring clip,

FIG. 6 is a front elevational view of a spring clip mounted in a horizontal rail,

FIG. 7 is a front elevational view of a directional sign mounted in a horizontal rail,

FIG. 8 is a front elevational view of a snap on mounted advertising sign supported by a plurality of spring clips in a horizontal rail, and

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view taken on line 99 of FIG. 8. I

Referring to the drawings and particularly FIG. 1

thereis illustrated a plurality of shelves 10 upon which a quantity of canned goods 11 are displayed. The canned goods are organized or divided into particular groups such as Potted Meats, Deviled I-Iam, Beef, Port, Home Style Hash, Spaghetti, Chili, Meat Balls, etc. Each group is preferably retained separated from any other group to assist the shopper in finding what he wants and obtaining whatever quantity he wants. To assist the shopper in determining the cost of the canned goods, or other products stored on the shelves, each shelfis provided with a price rail 12. The rail 12 (FIGS.

4, 6 and 7) is provided with slidablymountedzspring clips 14 (FIGS. 1 and 5). The spring clip is two spring steel elements l5 and 16 that are retained in a pivotal back to back relationship by a single plastic plug 171 Plug 17 having an enlarged head l8and'stem l9 with a slightly enlarged end 20. The spring clips l4-areprovided with a central aperture 21 through which'the plug 17 is pressed as illustratedThe plug.17will thus retain the two part clip as illustrated in FIG. 5. The rail 12 (FIGS. 6 and 9) is formed with each edge turned back upon itself to form a V groove 22 at the top and bottom of the rail. Into this spacing the clips 14- may bev snapped or fitted and are thus slidable along-the lengthof the strip 12. With the portion 15 of the spring clip 14 mounted in the V- grooves 22 .of the rail 12, the remaining portion 16 may be used to support a pricetag or a directional sign (FIG. 7 Likewise with two spring clips 14 so mounted in spaced relationship as in FIG. 8 a large sign 25 may be supported on the price rail 12.

The sign 25 (FIG. 9) must be provided with a plastic channel 26 glued or cemented to the back-of the sign. Thus the end 16 of the clipsl4 may be snapped or fitted into the plastic channel as illustrated to support the sign 25.

A further application of these elements may beused as illustrated in FIG. 4 wherein'the Spring clip 14 has one side fitted in the rail 12 and the opposite side turned and fitted into a similarly shaped rail 30..

The rail 30 is preferably a flexible plasticrailbut similar in cross section to rail, 12. This rail 30 is used to stretch in vertical relation to the shelves l0 and held to the edge of the shelves by the spring clips 14. The rail 30 is primarily to support a divider element 31 that extends from the front of the shelf to the rear (FIG. 1) thus segregating one product from another on'the particular shelf chosen. The rail 30 (FIGS. 2, 3,'and 4) is used to support a reinforcing element 34- that is T- shaped in FIG. 3 with the head of the T fitted into the V groove 22A. While the element 34 may have an extended metal loop 32 with the ends 33 and 36 rigidly welded or affixed to the T head. A two sheet partitionor divider element 31 is mounted one sheet 35 on each side of loop 32 and both sheets stapled together as illustrated. Thus using the flexible channel 30 (FIG. I) to hold partition 31 which may be supported between shelves as illustrated. Whenever it is desirable to retain a definite positioning of the partition, a strip of sealing, tape may be wrapped around the T-shaped head 31 and.

the channel 30. The partition 31 may be cut to fit any shelf as desired.

It is to be understood that this device is designed primarily for grocery shelves, however, it may be modified in size for separating other products that are stored or stacked on shelves. Although a combination ofmetal l. A shelf organizer system, comprising a plurality of shelves, a first C-shaped channel forming a rail secured along the front edge of each shelf with its open edges facing outward, a rectangular disc to fit into said channel, the ends of said C shaped rails bent inward to form a holding channel for said rectangular shaped disc, said disc sprung slightly to snap into said channel, said disc pivotally affixed to a similar second disc and both discs having their engaging edges bent outward away from each other, a second similar C-shaped channel into which said second disc may be snapped to hold said second channel in any juxtaposition to said first channel, said second channel of any desired length according to its use.

2. In a device according to claim 1 in which said second channel extends vertically from shelf to shelf and in which additional pivotally' connected discs are used at each shelf that said second channel passes, said piv otally connected discs snapped into both first and second channels to retain the second channel in any desired, adjustable position along the length of said shelves, to provide markers for said shelves.

3. In a device according to claim 2 in which said second channel slidably supports the base of an inverted T-shaped element and the stem portion of said T- shaped element is affixed to a divider panel, said divider panel being of a size to lit the space between shelves and movable to any position along the first C- shaped channels to provide a divider between stock that is displayed upon said shelves.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1770325 *Nov 18, 1926Jul 8, 1930Aurelien Shehyn JosephLoose-leaf-sample system
US1919382 *Dec 9, 1932Jul 25, 1933Lyon Metal Products IncDetachable meter device
US2318840 *Aug 27, 1940May 11, 1943Cinch Mfg CorpMolding and like fastener and installation thereof
US3094305 *Jul 2, 1962Jun 18, 1963Prec Parts Co IncDisplay clip
US3339746 *Aug 16, 1965Sep 5, 1967Merlin Mfg CorpWall mounted book holder
US3579710 *Sep 9, 1968May 25, 1971Gartzke S Refrigeration IncTraversable hardware in guideway for shelf or drapery use
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US6041720 *Nov 13, 1997Mar 28, 2000Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US6409132Apr 30, 1999Jun 25, 2002Display Edge Technology, Ltd.Attachment bracket for a rail
US6574911 *Jan 18, 2002Jun 10, 2003Genmar Ip LlcTackle organizer
US6622410Feb 19, 1999Sep 23, 2003Illinois Tool Works Inc.Attachment bracket for a shelf-edge display system
US6964235May 17, 2002Nov 15, 2005Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7152536Feb 3, 2004Dec 26, 2006Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7299934Dec 18, 2006Nov 27, 2007Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7389886Jul 6, 2006Jun 24, 2008Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7404494Feb 3, 2005Jul 29, 2008Rtc Industries, Inc.Kinetic inertial delivery system
US7451881Mar 13, 2007Nov 18, 2008Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7497341Nov 26, 2007Mar 3, 2009Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7497342Oct 25, 2005Mar 3, 2009Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7621409Sep 20, 2007Nov 24, 2009Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7628282Apr 24, 2006Dec 8, 2009Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7661545Feb 1, 2005Feb 16, 2010Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7669722Mar 3, 2009Mar 2, 2010Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US7792711Feb 3, 2004Sep 7, 2010Rtc Industries, Inc.System for inventory management
US7823734Apr 25, 2006Nov 2, 2010Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US7891503Aug 21, 2006Feb 22, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7922010Dec 8, 2009Apr 12, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US7931156Mar 16, 2007Apr 26, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with retaining wall
US8025162Jul 14, 2010Sep 27, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US8047385Aug 31, 2010Nov 1, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8056734Oct 23, 2007Nov 15, 2011Rtc Industries, Inc.Merchandising system with flippable column and/or item stop
US8096427Feb 21, 2011Jan 17, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US8113601Jul 1, 2009Feb 14, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8127944Nov 1, 2010Mar 6, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8136682Sep 23, 2011Mar 20, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8210363Sep 23, 2011Jul 3, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8235222Jan 27, 2011Aug 7, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8235227Sep 12, 2011Aug 7, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8312999Jun 8, 2007Nov 20, 2012Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8360253Mar 2, 2012Jan 29, 2013Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8413823Jul 9, 2012Apr 9, 2013Rtc Industries, Inc.Product securement and management system
US8453850Jan 22, 2009Jun 4, 2013Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8469205Jan 29, 2013Jun 25, 2013Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8550262Aug 3, 2011Oct 8, 2013Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8627965Mar 9, 2007Jan 14, 2014Rtc Industries, Inc.Multi-component display and merchandise systems
US8662319Jan 16, 2012Mar 4, 2014Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system
US8727179Oct 1, 2010May 20, 2014Rtc Industries, Inc.Merchandise dispensing apparatus providing theft deterrence
US8739984Jul 5, 2012Jun 3, 2014Rtc Industries, Inc.Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8746468Mar 20, 2009Jun 10, 2014American Gasket Technologies, Inc.Merchandise display and pusher device
US8812378Jul 29, 2011Aug 19, 2014Rtc Industries, Inc.System for inventory management
US20090056891 *Aug 31, 2007Mar 5, 2009Kevin Mitchell WiwiArray of paper towel products
EP2460443A1 *Dec 6, 2011Jun 6, 2012Bertocco S.r.l.A device for delimiting display spaces on shelving in distribution centres
WO1999025229A2 *Nov 13, 1998May 27, 1999Hardy Stephen NGondola shelf display system
WO2012054033A1 *Oct 21, 2010Apr 26, 2012The Procter & Gamble CompanyModular shelf system
Classifications
U.S. Classification108/61, 211/184
International ClassificationA47B57/00, G09F1/00, A47B57/58, G09F1/10, A47F5/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09F1/10, A47F5/005, A47B57/585
European ClassificationG09F1/10, A47B57/58C1, A47F5/00D1