US 3815519 A
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.
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  Inventor: Alvin H. Meyer, 941 W.
Wrightwood Ave., Highland Park, 111. 60614 22 Filed: Mai-I15, 1973 21 App1.No.:34l,455
 US. Cl. 108/61,..211/184'  Int. Cl A47b 57/00  Field of Search.. 108/60, 61; 211/184, 43; 40/140, 124.4, 137, 10, 16, 5; 403/73, 116, 162; 52/718  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.
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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.