|Publication number||USRE33596 E|
|Application number||US 07/399,903|
|Publication date||May 28, 1991|
|Filing date||Aug 29, 1989|
|Priority date||Oct 15, 1987|
|Publication number||07399903, 399903, US RE33596 E, US RE33596E, US-E-RE33596, USRE33596 E, USRE33596E|
|Inventors||Jan S. Ennis|
|Original Assignee||Ennco Display Systems, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (13), Classifications (14), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Technical Field
This invention relates to a device for selectively securing display items to a wall or the like and more particularly to a means for quickly securing a cup-like attachment to a slotted support wall, whereby the display may be readily and easily moved or altered.
2. Background Art
The need for flexibility and adaptability in terms of display makeup at the point of purchase display locations is well known and recognized. The display must, in fact, emphasize the product as opposed to overwhelming it, must make the displayed items as attractive as possible and further must be of a non-permanent nature i.e. the retailer must have the ability to either change the products being displayed or the particular location or configuration of the display.
In order to achieve the versatility needed, retailers and others who use point of purchase display have adopted universal unobstrusive support systems such as vertical slot walls to accept shelving brackets or the like. The slot walls permit unskilled persons to quickly and easily move shelf support brackets to new and different locations and configurations.
Some items are more attractively displayed on supports other than shelves and an accommodation should be made for alternate displays.
Prior art patents known to the inventor include U.S. Pat. No. 683,248 granted to Chase which discloses a structure for holding a hook in the slot of a slotted molding.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,831,808 granted to Esseff discloses a fastener for holding a support member of a rack in a slot.
With the above noted prior art in mind it is an object of the present invention to provide a fastener means whereby a display rod or the like may be quickly and easily secured to a slot wall.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a display rod which will accommodate a plurality of display items which and wherein the rod may be quickly and easily secured at either end in a slot wall allowing the person in charge of the display to mount display rods at various angles and locations.
Still a further object of the present invention is to provide an easily removable mounting cup for supporting display rods such that the cut may be quickly and easily installed and removed permitting a rapid change of display configuration.
Still a further object of the present invention is to provide a display rod mounting cup wherein the cup is placed against the exterior surface of the slot wall and a captured T-nut which is capable of passing through the slot is inserted and is rotated through 90 degrees and compressed against the interior of the slot wall, securing the cup in place.
FIG. 1 is an environmental view showing the inventive mounting cups in use supporting a display rod such as would be used for spectacles.
FIG. 2 is a sectional view along lines 2--2 of FIG. 1 depicting the interrelationship of the various elements.
FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the securement means itself.
FIG. 4 is a detail view of the frame support.
FIG. 5 is a view of a second embodiment of the securement means.
As seen in FIG. 1, a display rod, in this case illustrated as a wide, U-shaped acrylic rod 2 having legs 4 and 6 and including outwardly projecting inverted V-shaped supports 8 to support a spectacle frame 10, is shown mounted to a horizontal slot wall. Legs 4 and 8 are inserted and secured to the quick release securement means 12 which is held in position spanning a slot 14 in a slot wall 16.
Reference is now had to FIG. 2 where it can be seen that the acrylic rod 2 is held in position within the cup designated as 12, by means of a set screw 18 passing through a reinforced portion 19 of the sidewall of the cup 12. The bottom of the cup is formed including an axially projecting ring 20 which seats against the wall 16 surrounding a central reinforced portion 22 which includes a central bore coaxially with a cup 12. A T-fastener 26, having arms 28 and a stem 30 said arms having a first thickness adjacent the stem and a lesser thickness at the ends, is of such a dimension that when parallel to the slot 14, it will pass therethrough and when secured in position by screw 24 projecting through the bore in portion 22, it will abut the inner surface of wall 16 holding the cup 12 in position.
As seen more clearly in FIG. 3, the cup 12 includes a thickened wall portion 19, 20 at locations subjected to greater stress and the T-fastener is preferably a unitary molded element of predetermined dimensions to fit well with the particular slot wall.
As seen in FIG. 5, a second alternate embodiment of the cup is shown wherein the side wall .[.33.]. .Iadd.32 .Iaddend.is of sufficient thickness to not require the additional reinforcing as at 19 in FIG. 3.
Thus, as can be seen, the present invention provides a quick and easy means to secure and to alter displays utilizing slot walls as a support means. The securement is inexpensive and may be used by persons of average skill.
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|U.S. Classification||211/105.2, 403/361, 411/84, 248/902, 403/263, 248/231.41|
|International Classification||A47F7/02, A47F5/08|
|Cooperative Classification||A47F7/021, Y10T403/4694, A47F5/0846, Y10T403/7039|
|European Classification||A47F7/02B, A47F5/08B4|
|Dec 26, 1996||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|May 18, 1997||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|