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Jan. 309 1962
S. TAPPER
CONTAINERS WITH SLIDE COVERS
Filed Feb. 2, 1960
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INVENTOR
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United rates Patent
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Patented Jan. 30, 1962
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side wall 2. On the under portion of 1 along the line
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where 1 and 2 meet is a channel 3, which traverses the
Samuel Tapper, 440 Baldwin Road, Maplewood, NJ.
Filed Feb. 2, 1960, Ser. No. 6,252
3 Claims. (Cl. 220-41)
entire length of the slide cover. Along the lower edge
of 2 and facing inward is ?ange 4 which traverses the
entire length of the said edge of 2. The con?guration
CONTAINERS WITH SLIDE COVERS
of FIG. 1 is made to conform to the con?guration of the
This invention relates to containers, and more particu
top area and side wall of the co-operating container
larly to containers with slide and snap-on covers.
shown in FIG. 2.
The object of my invention is to create a new, useful
In FIG. 2, running lengthwise along the top edge of
and practical slide cover for a rectangular container that 10 side wall 7 is ?ange 6, said ?ange rising above the plane
can also be snapped on and thereby be fastened to one
of the top of said container. Lower on 7, and directly
edge of the container, leaving the opposing edge free.
below 6, running parallel to 6 and the plane of the top
A further object of this invention is to provide a con—
of said container is an undercut 8. Slide cover and con
tainer with a slide cover that can be stopped at any of
tainer can be joined together in two ways, either by slid
several locations. This objective would be most useful 15 ing cover on from one end of the container, or by plac
where the container was divided into a series of indi
ing the cover on the container so that channel 3 is
vidual cells, such as would be used for tablets or cap
directly over ?ange 6, and pressing down on the top of
sules.
the cover.
Such pressure would cause the side wall 2
The important features of this invention are the co
of the cover to bow outward until ?ange 4 of cover
operating conformations of the slide cover and con 20 snaps under undercut 8 on container wall.
tainer, together with the ?exibility that permits the slide
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a slide cover consist
ing of a top 9 and one side wall divided into three parts,; _
stops are useful, such cover stops would be regulated
10, 12, 12'. Between 12 and 10 is a space 15, and be
by a series of recesses and bars along the operating side
tween 12’ and 10 is another space 15'. The purpose of
wall of the container acting in concert with a spring tab 25 15 and 15' is to allow 12 and 12’ to move independently
cover to be snapped on.
In the case where a series of
located at either end of the slide cover.
It is important to note that although the slide cover
from 10, thus providing separate spring action. As in
FIG. 1, on the under surface of 9, and adjoining the
in my invention is fastened to and slides freely length
side wall, of which 10 is a part, is a channel 11. Along
wise along one edge of the container, it cannot move
the bottom edge of 10, and facing inward is ?ange 14.
upwards or across the container. Also, pressure applied 30 On the lower portion of 12 and facing inward is a raised
to the top, as would be normal when the thumb is placed
area 13. A similar raised area 13’ is placed on 12".‘
on the top of the cover to move it, does not cause a‘
12 and 12' are separated from 10 so that the slide cover
tightening in the looking or sliding areas. The cover
remains continuously locked onto its co-operating con
responds as though it were a free moving top panel rest
tainer while said slide cover is being moved in either‘
ing loosely on the container.
‘ 35 direction.
It should also be noted that while applicant shows
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of one form of container
only rectangular shaped containers, the novel and unique
in my invention and shows a rectangular container with
method of joining cover to container permits the use of
an open top. Along one side wall, rising above the plane
odd shaped containers because ‘all the guiding mecha
of the top of said container and traversing its entire
nism employed by applicant in his invention is con?ned 40 length is ?ange 17. Directly below and parallel to 17,
to one wall of the container.
Where a measure of resistance to sliding movement
of the cover is advantageous, the cover unit shown in
and above the bottom edge of said side wall is a series
of vertical bars '19, 19', 19" etc. and recesses therebe
tween. The lower end surfaces of the said vertical bars
FIG. 3 can be combined with the container unit shown
are all in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the
in FIG. 2. The result would be a slide cover and con 45 top of the container. When FIG. 3 is joined to FIG. 4,
tainer wherein the slide cover would be gently held in
' either by sliding it on from one end or by snapping it
position anywhere along the line of movement of the
onto the container from above, 14 of FIG. 3 ?ts under
said cover on its co-operating container, and would not
the lower extremities of bars 19, 19', 19", etc. and thus
interfere with the fastening mechanism employed to hold
elfectuates the locking action. When the slide cover is
the cover on the container.
50 moved to the right from a closed position, 12 (FIG. 3)
Referring to the ?gures of the drawing:
will ?are outward as 13 passes over 19 and will resume
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the slide cover, with
its original position when 13 falls between two bars 19
and 19'. In this way any number of stopping positions
out provision for individual stops, showing end, top and
side areas.
are provided.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of container, together 55
FIG. 5 is a cross-section of FIG. 2 through A—A and
with the slide cover shown in FIG. 1 attached, said slide
shows how slide cover and container ?t together.
cover being in a partially opened position.
FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view showing how the slide
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a slide cover with two
raised areas, one on each of two individual spring seg
ments of the side wall of said slide cover.
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the container showing
conformation along one side wall adapted to receive the
slide cover shown in FIG. 3, showing a series of bars
and recesses therebetween.
cover (FIG. 3) assembles with its co-operating container
(FIG. 4). Here it is seen that ?ange 14 on the center
section of the depending side wall of the slide cover
snaps under the lower ends of the bars on the side wall
of the container to hold the slide cover and container
together.
I claim:
FIG. 5 is a cross-section through A—A in FIG. 2, 65
1. A container and slide cover combination wherein
showing more clearly how slide cover and container form
the container has a ?ange projecting upward and ex
an interlocking unit.
tending along the entire length of the top edge of one
FIG. 6 is a cross~sectional view showing the container
side wall, said side wall having an undercut along its
appearing in FIG. 4 assembled with its co-operating slide
entire length, said undercut being parallel with the plane
cover in FIG. 3.
70 of the top of the container ‘and placed directly below
A more detailed description is as follows:
the aforementioned ?ange, but above the bottom edge
In FIG. 1 the slide cover consists of a top 1 and a
of the container, and a co-operating slide cover having
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a top and one side, there being a longitudinal channel
tainer, and wherein the conformation of the under area
recessed in the under surface of the top portion of the
of the top of the slide cover, the channel in said top,
said cover, said channel being de?ned by the said under
the inside area of the center ,portion of the side wall of
surface of the cover and the depending side wall, said
the slide cover, and the inward directed ?ange on the
channel being of a size and conformation to slideably
side wall of the slide cover conform to the conforma
accommodate the aforementioned ?ange in the above
tion of the plane of the top of the container, the upward
disposed ?ange on the top edge of the aforementioned
mentioned container, and there being a ?ange on the
lower edge of the slide cover side wall, said ?ange ex
side wall of the container, the outer surfaces of the ver
tending in an inward direction, and wherein the con
tical bars of the container, the lower end surfaces of
formation of the under surface of the top of the cover, 10 said series of bars on the side wall of the co-operating
the inner surface of the cover side wall, and the in
container, and wherein one of said narrow end segments
ward directed ?ange on the side wall of the slide cover
of the side wall of the slide cover ?exes outward and
conform to the conformation of the plane of the con
then returns to rest as the inward directed raised area
tainer top, the upward disposed ?ange along the longi
on the inward facing surface of the said narrow end
tudinal edge of the container top, the container side wall 15 segment passes over any vertical bar on the side wall of
the co-operating container.
down to the aforementioned undercut, and said undercut
of the co-operating container to effectuate a fastening
3. A container and slide cover combination wherein
the container has a ?ange projecting upward and ex
and lateral sliding action between the cover and the con
tainer.
2. A container and slide cover combination wherein
the container has a ?ange projecting upward and ex
tending along the entire length of the top edge of one
side wall, there being on the surface of said side wall
tending along the entire length of the top edge of one
side wall, said side wall having an undercut along its
entire length, said undercut being parallel with the plane
of the top of the container, and a co-operating slide
cover having a top and one depending side wall, there
being a channel at the junction of the top and side wall,
of the container a series of vertical bars de?ning recesses
therebetween, and the area of the side wall below the 25 said channel projecting upward into the under surface
lower ends of the vertical bars also being set back from
of said top and conforming to the conformation of the
the plane of the outer surfaces of said vertical bars, the
aforementioned ?ange on the container edge, and Where
lower ends of said vertical bars being in a straight line
in the side wall of said slide cover is divided into three
par-ts, namely, a center portion and two end segments,
parallel to the plane of the top of the container, and
wherein there is a co-operating slide cover having a top 30 the center portion accounting for the greater part of the
and one depending side, there being a channel at the
length of the cover side wall, and the two end segments,
junction of the top and side wall, said channel projecting
one on either side of the center portion, being narrow
upward into the under surface of said top and conform
and separated from the center portion by open areas to
ing ‘to the conformation of the aforementioned ?ange
enable each of the said end segments to ?ex independ
on the upper edge of the container side wall, and where 35 ently from the center portion of the cover side wall,
in the depending side wall of said slide cover is divided
the said center portion having an inward directed ?ange
into three parts, namely, a center portion and two end
along its lower edge, said inward directed ?ange abut~
segments, the center portion accounting for most of the
ting the aforementioned undercut on the side wall of the
co-operating container in a manner to prevent vertical
length of the side wall, the two end segments, one on
either side of the center portion, being narrow and sepa 40 movement of the slide cover and to allow lateral slide
rated from the center portion by open areas to enable
motion of said slide cover, and wherein each end seg
each of said end segments to ?ex independently from
ment of said slide cover side wall has a small convex
shaped raised area on its inward facing surface, said
the center portion of the cover side wall, the said center
small raised area causing its respective end segment to
portion having an inward directed ?ange along its lower
?ex outwardly while making contact with and exerting
edge, and wherein each narrow end segment of said slide
pressure upon the contiguous side wall of the co~operat
cover side wall has a convex shaped raised area on its
ing container to retard lateral movement of the slide
inward facing surface, each raised area being so placed
cover.
upon its respective end segment of the cover side wall
that each such raised area caused its respective end seg
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
ment to ?ex outwardly when said raised area slides over 50
a vertical bar while moving from one vertical recess to
UNITED STATES PATENTS
another to interrupt lateral movement of the slide cover
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Tomczak ___________ __ Aug. 23, 1949
as‘ said slide cover is moved upon the co-operating con
2,708,026
Duell ______________ __ May 10, 1955
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