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Патент USA US3064858

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Nov. 20, 1962
Filed May 18, 1959
United States
Patented Nov. 20, 1962
‘ of the side wall b and is then folded over to form a
Edward Honsley, Stourport-on-Severn, and Alfred Walter
Burford, Wollaston, Stourbridge, England, assignors to
Climps Limited, Stourport-on-Severn, England
Filed May 18, 1959, Ser. No. 814,052
Claims priority, application Great Britain June 5, 1958
1 Claim. (Cl. 217—69)
narrow channel g which can be slidably interengaged
with the channel e of a plate d on an end wall by rela
tive movement of the two walls a, b in their respective
planes. When
portion f1 lying
be substantially
plate d, and the
thus interengaged the part of the end
against the edge of the side wall b will
in prolongation of the portion d2 of the
channels cannot be disengaged by move
ment in any direction other than in the planes of the
This invention relates to packing cases, or other box 10 walls owing to the wall b abutting against the edge of
the wall a. However, even if the plates were not at
like containers, and has for its object to provide means
whereby the adjacent walls of the container can be readily
interconnected and disconnected to admit of the walls
being stored or transported in a ?at condition when out
of use.
tached to the walls in this relative position abutment of
the base of the channel g against the shoulder d4 would
prevent disengagement of the channels except by rela
15 tive longitudinal sliding movement.
According to the invention means for interconnecting
The top wall 0 and the bottom wall each have secured
near each of their longitudinal edges a pair of spaced
plates h similar to the plates 1‘ and on the side walls b
tainer comprises a pair of plates adapted to be secured
are plates i similar to the plates d. The plates i may be
to the pair of walls respectively, one of said plates being
doubly cranked to provide an end portion which extends 20 secured in cruciform relationship to the complementary
in a plane parallel to, but offset from the main portion
plates f (as shown). Alternatively they may be formed
integrally with the plates 1‘ by forming a composite plate
of the plate, said end portion being folded over at its
having two different types of end portions extending at
extremity to form a narrow channel, and the other plate
right angles to one another.
having an end portion bent through an angle and folded
over at its extremity to form a complementary narrow 25
In order to form the case the bottom wall (not shown)
is ?rst placed on the ground, and by relatively sliding
channel, the arrangement being such that the channels
the side walls b in a longitudinal direction the plates i on
can be slidably interengaged by relative movement of
the latter are interconnected with the plates h on the bot
the plates in their respective planes, and when thus inter
tom wall. The end walls a can then be moved vertically
engaged the end portion of said other plate lies substan
tilally in prolongation of the main portion of said one 30 downwards to engage the plates d with the plates 3‘ on
p ate.
the side walls to form a rigid open-topped box-like struc
ture. After ?lling the case the top Wall c can be slid
vIn the accompanying drawings, FIGURE 1 is a per
spective view illustrating an example of the invention as
longitudinally to engage its plates h with the upper of
the second series of plates I on the side walls. Finally,
applied to a wooden packing case, whilst FIGURE 2 is
a perspective view illustrating separated plates shown 35 a band j may be passed around the end walls and top
in FIGURE 1, and to an enlarged scale.
and bottom walls, thereby holding all the walls from
relative movement.
In the illustrated example of the invention, the case
By the present invention a packing case can readily
comprises a pair of similar end walls a, a pair of side
be assembled from three pairs of walls which can be
walls b, and similar top and bottom walls 0, only one
40 disconnected for transportation or storage when not in
wall in each case appearing in the drawings.
Each end wall a incorporates at each vertical marginal
use. Moreover, standardised plates may be used on a
wide variety of different packing cases, or other box-like
edge a batten a1 which is disposed at the outer side of
a pair of adjacent walls of a packing case or other con
the case. Secured by screws, nails, rivets or other means
near the top and bottom respectively of each batten are
a pair of plates d, each formed from a piece of rectangu
lar strip or sheet metal. One end of the plate d is doubly
cranked in opposite directions as shown to provide an
Having thus described our invention, What we claim
45 as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A packing case having six sides with said sides form
ing 8 trihedral corners and with 3 sides at said corners
being disposed at 90 degrees to one another, said case
end portion d1 which extends parallel to, but in a plane
offset from the main portion d2 which is secured to the 50 further including the combination of at least 8 ?tting plate
batten al. The end portion d1 extends beyond the outer
means separate from one another and each mounted at
edge of the batten a1 and is folded over at its extremity
one of said corners, each of said ?tting plate means com
prising a ?rst, second, third and fourth hook member,
said ?rst hook member being elongated and being at
channel being directed towards a shoulder d4 formed by
the cranked part of the plate d. The extremity d3 is 55 tached to one of said sides and having a reversely bent
spaced from the shoulder d4 by a distance slightly more
hook portion disposed in parallel slightly o?'set relation
to the length of said ?rst hook member and with said
than the thickness of the plate, and the edge of the ex
reversely bent portion projecting toward the forward edge
tremity may be radiused or inclined towards its corners.
of said one side, said second hook member being elon
Each side wall b of the case has secured near each of
d3 to form a narrow channel e, the open side of this
are located respectively near its top and bottom edges
for engagement with the plates d on an end wall as Will
gated and having a ?at reversely bent hook portion dis
posed laterally of the length of said second hook mem
ber with said hook portion of said second hook member
be described. Each plate f has an end portion f1 which‘
is bent at right angles to lie against the vertical edge
being mounted in sliding interlocking relation with the
reversely bent portion of said ?rst hook member, said
its vertical edges a pair of complementary plates 1‘ which
second hook member being attached to a second one of‘
said sides, said third hook member being elongated and
having a central portion connected to said second hook
member in overlapping right angle relation, with a stepped
in ?ush and parallel relation to said third one of ‘5am
sides, with said reversely bent hook portion of said fourth
bent hook portion opposite said stepped portion and
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
hook member being mounted in sliding interlocking rela
tion with the reversely bent portion of said third hook
portion mounted in ?ush relation to said second one of 5 member.
said sides, said third hook member having a reversely
projecting toward a third one of said sides, said reversely
bent portion of said third hook member being disposed in
parallel slightly o?set relation to the length of said third 10
hook member, and said fourth hook member being elon
gated and having a reversely bent hook portion lying in .
Vaughan _____________ __ July 3, 1906
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a plane perpendicular to the length of said fourth hook
member, said fourth hook member being mounted on and
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