(12) United States Patent
Bennett et al.
(io) Patent No.: US 6,789,686 B2 (45) Date of Patent: Sep. 14,2004
(54) RACK WITH DIVIDED BASE PLATE FOR STACKING FLAT ARTICLES
(75) Inventors: Jason Bennett, Hong Kong (CH); Qing Wang, Dong Guan (CH)
(73) Assignee: Sunhing Millennium Limited,
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/141,181
(22) Filed: May 9, 2002
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2002/0179550 Al Dec. 5, 2002 (30) Foreign Application Priority Data
May 9, 2001 (DE) 201 07 825 U
(51) Int. CI. A471 7/00
(52) U.S. CI 211/40; 211/189; D6/407
(58) Field of Search 211/40, 41.12,
211/189, 346.3; 248/346.3; D6/407
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* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Robert W. Gibson, Jr.
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Burns, Doane, Swecker &
A rack for stacking flat articles, in particular cases for CDs and other disc-type information carriers, has a stand part and a base part. The stand part is provided with substantially horizontally aligned compartments for accommodating the flat articles. The base part is formed by a base plate which can be connected with the stand part and the base area of which is larger than the projection of the stand part on the base plate. The base plate can be removed for packing purposes, and is divided into base plate parts which are of such a size that at least in one transverse dimension they do not project over the width of the stand part. Accordingly, the cross-section of packaging for the entire rack does not exceed, or exceeds only to an insignificant extent, the cross-section of the stand part. With uniform length and uniform cross-sectional shape, the packaging can be stacked very satisfactorily and can thus be conveyed in large bundles, for example on pallets shrink-wrapped in film or in suitable pallet containers.
9 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets