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Title:
CASTER ASSEMBLY FOR A LUGGAGE CASE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/169478
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention concerns an assembly for securing luggage case casters (2), skis, and other transportation aids of a suitcase (3) acting against a ground. An adapter (6) is formed of a separate holder (7) and has coupling means (5). Said coupling means is/are co-operatable with supplementary coupling element/elements situated on a caster holder for a caster housing or another holder for another transportation aid. The adapter is arranged receivable in and /or is connectable with a separate or integrated corner bottom part (8) of the luggage case in question, said adapter being arranged interlockable and connectable with surrounding caster holder/holder as well as corner bottom part (8).

Inventors:
KRUEGER, James (Tennvägen 14, ONSALA, SE-439 34, SE)
GROU, Robert (Trondheimsgatan 12, GÖTEBORG, SE-418 77, SE)
Application Number:
SE2018/050255
Publication Date:
September 20, 2018
Filing Date:
March 15, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SCANDINAVIAN TRAVEL INNOVATION AB (Björklundabacken 10, Hovås, SE-436 57, SE)
International Classes:
A45C5/14
Domestic Patent References:
WO2014117305A12014-08-07
Foreign References:
US4422212A1983-12-27
US4332052A1982-06-01
US5365635A1994-11-22
GB1407025A1975-09-24
US4026570A1977-05-31
US20040163208A12004-08-26
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CEGUMARK AB (P.O.Box 53047, S GÖTEBORG, SE-400 14, SE)
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Claims:
C l a i m s

1. Assembly (1) for securing luggage case casters (2) , skis, and other transportation aids of a suitcase (3) acting against a ground, an adapter (6) being formed of a separate holder (7) , that said adapter (6) has coupling means (50) , that said coupling means (50) is/are co-operatable with supplementary coupling element/elements (52) situated on a caster holder (51) for a caster housing (4) or another holder for another transportation aid, that the adapter (6) is arranged receivable in and/or is connectable with a separate or integrated corner bottom part (8) of the luggage case (3) in question, said adapter (6) being arranged interlockable and connectable with surrounding caster holder (51) /holder as well as corner bottom part (8) ,

c h a r a c t e r i z e d i n

that the adapter (6) has a plurality of pegs (12)

projecting perpendicularly from the upper part (15) thereof, which are receivable in mating recesses (11) of the corner bottom part (8) and which pegs (12) form receivers for fixing screw (18) in assembled parts, the corner bottom part (8) having through openings (11) for the receipt of the pegs (12) of the adapter (6) as well as that cylindrical feet (13) being arranged to surround the pegs (12) from the interior (3B) of the luggage case and be fastened by through screw (18) in the adapter (6) , the caster housing (4) in turn being arranged to be fastened by screw (19) from the interior (3B) of the luggage case via through reception holes (54, 55) in the corner bottom part (8) and the adapter (6) as well as screw reception holes (56) in sockets (57) of the caster housing (4) .

2. Assembly according to claim 1, wherein the adapter (6) and the caster holder/holder (51) have paired, essentially parallel grooves (28, 29) at mutual distances (A, B) from each other.

3. Assembly according to claim 2, wherein the grooves are male-shaped and female-shaped, respectively, on common part, the holder 7 and the caster housing 4, respectively.

4. Assembly according to claim 3 , wherein the caster housing (4) that is provided with female- shaped grooves (28) and the caster housing (4) that is provided with male-shaped grooves (29) , respectively, also has transverse female-shaped and male-shaped, respectively, end groove (26, 27) in the two parts, which transverse end grooves (26, 27) are co-operatable with each other when the parts are in entirely inserted position.

5. Assembly according to claim 1, wherein the adapter (6) is receivable with the main part thereof in a congruent recess (53) of the corner bottom part (8) .

6. Assembly according to any one of the above claims, wherein the corner bottom part (8) is formed of a separate part or consists of an integrated corner part (3A) of a luggage case (3) in question.

7. Assembly according to claim 1, wherein the openings (11) are situated at mutual distances from each other, along the circumference of the corner bottom part and of the adapter, respectively.

8. Assembly according to any one of the above claims, wherein the parts (8, 7, 4) of the assembly (1) consist of plastic material, such as polypropylene, ABS, and/or nylon.

9. Assembly according to any one of claims 1- 8, wherein the corner bottom part (8) has a border (22) which extends along approximately half the circumference portion of the corner bottom part.

10. Assembly according to claim 9, wherein the border (22) extends in an arched manner along the corner bottom part on elevated level from the primarily flat reception portion (23) of the same as well as from a lower level (25) at the respective end portions (9, 10) of the body.

Description:
CASTER ASSEMBLY FOR A LUGGAGE CASE

Technical Field

The present invention concerns an assembly for securing luggage case casters, skis, and other

transportation aids of a suitcase acting against a ground. An adapter is formed of a separate holder and has coupling means. Said coupling means is/are co-operatable with supplementary coupling element/elements situated on a caster holder for a caster housing or another holder for another transportation aid. The adapter is arranged receivable in and/or is connectable with a separate or integrated corner bottom part of the luggage case in question, said adapter being arranged interlockable and connectable with surrounding caster holder/holder as well as corner bottom part.

Technical Background

Fastening and securing of, e.g., casters of suitcases, is provided using varying fastening parts having fitting sizes for intended casters, etc., and luggage cases. Thus, numerous parts are required to get the casters, etc. , to fit to the correct luggage case and with the correct desired sizes of the same. Particularly in vacuum forming of luggage cases manufactured from plastic material, there are problems to provide means for securing to the proper shell of the luggage cases in vacuum forming. This is however facilitated in injection moulding of luggage cases.

"US 4,422,212", "US 4,332,052", "US

5,365,635", "GB 1407025 A", "US 4,026,570 » ,

"US 20040163208" and "WO 2014117305" are different examples of fastening devices according to prior art to fasten casters to suitcases.

Summary of the Invention

Therefore, the main object of the present invention is primarily to solve said problems to be able to, by few parts, fasten casters, etc., to manufactured luggage cases so that the means therefor can be used in any one of the luggage cases desired, but also in luggage cases manufactured by vacuum forming. Another object is also to provide a robust fixing where it is relatively easy to replace casters or another transportation aid.

Said object is achieved by means of an assembly for securing luggage case casters, skis, and other transportatibn aids of a suitcase acting against a ground, an adapter being formed of a separate holder. Said adapter has coupling means and is/are co-operatable with supplementary coupling element/elements situated on a caster holder for a caster housing or another holder for another transportation aid. The adapter is arranged receivable in and/or is connectable with a separate or integrated corner bottom part of the luggage case in question. Said adapter is arranged interlockable and connectable with surrounding caster holder/holder as well as corner bottom part. The adapter has a plurality of pegs projecting perpendicularly from the upper part thereof, which are receivable in mating recesses of the corner bottom part and which pegs form receivers for fixing screw in assembled parts, the corner bottom part having through openings for the receipt of the pegs of the adapter as well as that cylindrical feet being arranged to surround the pegs from the interior of the luggage case and be fastened by through screw in the adapter, the caster housing in turn being arranged to be fastened by screw from the interior of the luggage case via through

reception holes in the corner bottom part and the adapter as well as screw reception holes in sockets of the caster housing.

The fact that the screws fasten the caster housing from the interior of the luggage case means that they are protected from tampering in ordinary use of the luggage case and accordingly allows a reliable fixing. Furthermore, the solution of pegs and cylindrical feet means, among other things, that the fixing will be robust.

Preferably, the adapter and the caster holder/holder have paired, essentially parallel grooves at mutual distances from each other.

According to a preferred variant of the invention, the grooves are male-shaped and female-shaped, respectively, on common part (the holder and the caster housing, respectively) .

According to a further variant of the invention, the caster housing that is provided with female-shaped grooves and the caster housing that is provided with male-shaped grooves, respectively, also has transverse female-shaped and male-shaped, respectively, end groove in the two parts, which transverse end grooves are co-operatable with each other when the parts are in entirely inserted position.

Furthermore, the adapter is preferably receivable with the main part thereof in a congruent recess of the corner bottom part.

The corner bottom part is preferably formed of a separate part or consists of an integrated corner part of a luggage case in question. According to a further variant of the invention, the openings are situated at mutual distances from each other, along the circumference of the corner bottom part and of the adapter, respectively.

Preferably, the parts of the assembly consist of plastic material, such as polypropylene, ABS, and/or nylon.

Suitably, the corner bottom part has a border which extends along approximately half the

circumference portion of the corner bottom part.

According to a preferred variant, the border extends in an arched manner along the corner bottom part on elevated level from the primarily flat reception portion of the same as well as from a lower level at the respective end portions of the body.

Brief Description of Figures

The invention is described below in the form of a preferred embodiment example, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which

Fig. 1 shows in perspective obliquely from above a caster housing having holder received thereon,

Fig. 2 shows an exploded view of the assembly,

Fig. 3 shows a side view of the caster housing with luggage case feet separately shown,

Fig. 4 shows parts included in the

assembly in extended position,

Fig. 5 shows the parts in position

prepared for assembling,

Fig. 6 shows the parts as seen from the under side, and Fig. 7 shows in perspective obliquely from below an exploded view of the assembly.

Detailed Description of Examples of Embodiments

An assembly 1 for the securing of casters 2, skis, runners, and other suitable and possible

transportation aids acting against a ground comprises an adapter 6 which is formed of a separate part 7 and which has one or more coupling means 50. Said coupling means 50 is/are arranged co-operatable with one or more

supplementary coupling element/elements 52 situated on a caster holder 51 for a caster housing 4 or another holder for another transportation aid.

A caster housing 4 arranged on a suitcase 3 comprises a rotatable mounting 14 intended for said luggage case casters 2. An adapter 6 is formed of an intermediate holder 7 which is situated between a said caster housing 4 and a suitcase 3 and which is

interlockable with a corner bottom part 8. A said adapter 6 is arranged to allow to be used for the interlocking of identical caster housings 4, etc., intended for different luggage case types, and/or luggage case sizes, or on suitcases 3 manufactured by vacuum forming.

Said corner bottom part 8 is shape-adapted to the integrated corner part 3A of an intended luggage case and which has at least one arc-shaped end portion, preferably two arc-shaped end portions 9, 10. The corner bottom part 8 has a plurality of recesses/openings 11 on the respective upper and under side 8A, 8B thereof and which are shape-adapted for the receipt of upwardly projecting pegs 12 of the holder 7 and cylindrical feet 13 receivable between the luggage case 3 and the corner bottom part 8 for the bolting of the assembly by fixing screw 18, respectively.

Said recesses/openings 11 are situated at mutual distances from each other, along the circumference and upper part 15 of the corner bottom part 8 and of the holder 7, respectively, and the pegs 12 as well as the feet 13 have screw holes 16, 17 for the receipt of the fixing screws 18 for said feet 13 and pegs 12.

Furthermore, the corner bottom part 8 is arranged to be boltable to said holder 7 by means of separate screws 19, which are received in holes 20, 21 therefor in the corner bottom part 8 and in the holder 7, respectively.

Said corner bottom part 8 has at the top a border 22 which extends along approximately half the circumference portion of the body for the co-operation with the corner 3A of a said interlockable luggage case 3. This border 22 extends in an arched manner along the corner bottom part 8 on elevated level 24 from the

principal flat reception portion 23 of the same as well as from a lower level 25 at the respective end portions 9, 10 of the body.

Depending on the size of the luggage case 3 that is intended to be provided with casters 2 of standard size and intended kind, an assembly 1 according to the present can be utilized by the fact that the adapter 6 thereof can be interlocked with an intended corner bottom part 8 of correct size to fit the luggage case 3 to the same, between the luggage case 3 and the holder 7. Thereby, caster housings 4 of one and the same kind and size can be utilized for several different sizes of luggage cases and for luggage cases of different types. The holder 7, which is arranged to be placed between caster housing 4 and intended corner bottom part 8, is arranged to fit to be possible to be interlocked with desired suitable mating corner bottom part 8.

In desired mating positions, the parts are interlocked by the intended screws being arranged to screw together the above-mentioned parts with each other in order of priority as counted from below.

As is clearly seen in Figs. 4-7, the holder 7 with the paired coupling means 50 thereof is arranged to be possible to be interlocked with the

supplementary coupling elements 52 likewise arranged in pairs, which are arranged on a caster housing 4 or on another holder for another suitable transportation aid, e.g. skis or runners if the luggage case is desired to be provided with such ones for pulling purpose, by being possible to be displaced in relation to each other in the longitudinal direction 60 of the coupling means. Coupling means 50 and coupling elements 52 are preferably formed of paired, essentially parallel grooves 29, 28 at mutual distances A, B from each other, which are male-shaped and female-shaped, respectively, on common part.

Furthermore, the adapter 6 is arranged receivable in and/or eonnectable with a separate or integrated corner bottom part 8 for a luggage case 3 in question. In doing so, said adapter 6 is arranged

interlockable and eonnectable with surrounding caster holder 51 as well as corner bottom part 8.

In addition, the part that is provided with female-shaped grooves and the part that is provided with male-shaped grooves, respectively, also has

transverse female-shaped and transverse male-shaped, respectively, end grooves 26, 27 in the two parts. These transverse end grooves are co-operatable with each other when caster housing 4 and the holder 7 are in entirely- inserted position, as is shown in Fig. 1.

Furthermore, the adapter 6 has a plurality of pegs 12 projecting perpendicularly from the upper part 15 of the holder 7, which pegs 12 are receivable in mating recesses 11 of the corner part 8 and which pegs 12 form receivers for fixing screws 18 in assembled parts.

The adapter 6 is in that connection receivable in a congruent recess 53 of the corner bottom part 8, which in turn is formed of a separate part or which consists of an integrated corner part 3A of a luggage case 3 in question. Said corner bottom part 8 has through openings 11 for the receipt of the pegs 12 of the adapter 6. Cylindrical feet 13 are arranged to surround the pegs 13 from the interior 3B of the luggage case and be fastened by through screw 18 in the adapter 6. Said openings 11 are situated at mutual distances from each other along the circumference of the corner bottom part 8 and of the adapter 6, respectively.

The caster housing 4 is in turn arranged to be fastened by screw 19 from the interior 3B of the luggage case via through reception holes 54, 55 in the corner bottom part 8 and in the adapter- 6 as well as in screw reception holes 56 in the socket 57 of the caster housing 4.

Preferably, the caster housing 4, the holder 7, and the corner bottom part 8 of the assembly 1 consist of plastic materials of a suitable kind, such as polypropylene, ABS, and/or nylon.

The corner bottom part 8 has a border 22, which extends approximately along half the circumference portion of the corner bottom part and this border 22 extends in an arched manner on elevated level from the primarily flat reception portion 23 of the same as well as from a lower level 25 at the respective end portions 9, 10 of the body.

The function and nature of the invention should have been clearly understood from the above- mentioned and also with knowledge of what is shown in the drawings but the invention is naturally not limited to the embodiments described above and shown in the

accompanying drawings. Modifications are feasible, particularly as for the nature of the different parts, or by using an equivalent technique, without departing from the protection area of the invention, such as it is defined in the claims.

The arrows in the drawings show how the different parts are assembled by being di'splaced in relation to each other as well as being lowered down toward each other.