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Title:
COLLAPSIBLE REUSABLE DRY OR LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINERS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/005205
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Collapsible reusable watertight carrying cases are provided in sizes varying from small containers without wheels to large sealable container bins on wheels, to provide large quantities of water or other supplies and cargo. The cases are assembled or disassembled from a joined flat space-saving configuration to a functioning case and vice-versa. The sides of the cases are erected progressively by hand by interlocking self sealing reciprocating channel and channel engaging members elements at the corners. The panels also disassemble progressively by being manually pulled apart. When folded into a flat storage or shipping configuration, the panels stay together, resisting unfolding by virtue of snaps which are either molded into the panels or bonded to them. The carrying cases are resistant to water, dirt, bacteria, molds, allergens, and inclement weather.

Inventors:
RYAN, Gregory, Joseph (17 India Place, Amity Harbor, NY, 11701, US)
Application Number:
US2017/064484
Publication Date:
January 03, 2019
Filing Date:
December 04, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ALLPILLARS INC. (17 India Place, Amity Harbor, NY, 11701, US)
International Classes:
B65D43/16; B31B50/26; B62B3/02; B65D1/22; B65D1/40; B65D1/46; B65D21/02
Foreign References:
US20150076143A12015-03-19
US6929125B12005-08-16
US20110297702A12011-12-08
US4546874A1985-10-15
US20140166665A12014-06-19
US4896786A1990-01-30
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WALKER, Alfred, M. (225 Old Country Road, Melville, NY, 11747, US)
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Claims:
I CLAIM:

1 . A watertight collapsible storage and transport container comprising:

a substantially rectangular bottom panel;

two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines;

a cover panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said cover panel having a recess adjacent each comer thereof;

said panels being constructed of watertight plastic material;

said side panels having releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels having elongated male channel engaging members extending along and on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male channel engaging members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart, and forming watertight joints between adjacent side panels;

in said assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said cover panel swiveling between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said sides folded inwardly, and said cover panel folded over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage.

2. The watertight, collapsible storage and transport container as in Claim 1 further comprising a chassis frame with wheels or casters.

3. The watertight collapsible storage and transport container of Claim 1 further comprising a spout with a release valve mounted on said bottom panel for dispensing liquid contained within said cart.

4. The collapsible cart as in Claim 1 , wherein said container is stackable in both of said assembled and collapsed configurations.

5. The collapsible container of C laim 2, wherein said folded panels form a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage, said cover panel in a closed position allowing wheels from a container stacked thereon falling into recesses of the container below, whereby said recesses in said cover panel are adapted to received wheels from a container stacked thereon for ease of storage.

6. The collapsible container of Claim 2 in which said metal frame includes a braking system for engaging all wheels simultaneously.

7. The collapsible container of Claim 6 in which said braking system includes a braking pedal which has a wheel lock position when fully depressed preventing wheels from rotating or swiveling regardless of the direction said wheels are pointing.

8. The collapsible container of Claim 6 in which said braking system includes a separate brake release pedal for unlocking said braking pedal and said wheels.

9. The collapsible container of Claim 1 in which each side panel is constructed of insulating material for keeping contents of said container either hot or cold for an extended period of time.

10. The collapsible container of Claim 1 in which said bottom panel is contoured so liquid contents of said container can empty completely

11. The collapsible container of Claim 1 further comprising said container having sub-compartments formed by interval divider walls connected together by self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge U-shaped channels engageable with reciprocating self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge channel engaging members

12. The collapsible container of Claim 1 1 wherein said cover seals said sub- compartments thereunder.

13. The collapsible container of Claim 3 further comprising said spout being provided in a protective bubble enclosure portion at a lower surface of said cart, with a protectively covered manually operable spout activator being provided on an exterior surface thereof, and a protectively covered threaded discharge end being recessed within an exterior surface of said bubble enclosure portion.

14. The collapsible container as in Claim 2 further comprising respective hitches being provided at opposite ends of said collapsible container for moving said collapsible container from opposite front and rear ends thereof.

15. The collapsible container as in Claim 1 further comprising a foldable collapsible pocket handle positioned on at least one panel of said container, said pocket handle open at the bottom, providing a recess for the user to insert the fingers of the user's hand therein, to carry said container;

wherein for storage and shipping, said at least one pocket is collapsible to a substantially flat configuration, so that said pocket handle does not extend substantially outward from said at least one panel of said container; wherein said flattened configuration of said pocket handle being capable of being pushed flat against said at least one panel of said container, by virtue of one or more push- in foldable dimple lines being provided on at least a portion of said pocket handle.

16. The collapsible container as in Claim 15 wherein said collapsible pocket handle is an attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle.

17. The collapsible container as in Claim 16 wherein said attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle is attached to said at least one panel of said container by an adhesive embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer provided.

18. A method of forming and using a watertight collapsible storage and transport cart comprising the steps of:

forming said cart from a substantially rectangular bottom panel, upwardly extending two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines, and a cover panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said cover panel having a recess adjacent each corner thereof, said panels being constructed of plastic material used to store food and water;

forming said box cart into an assembled configuration by folding said side panels upwardly forming a top opening, swiveling said cover panel between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening, and using releasable attacliments along side edges of adjoining side panels for securing corners of said box cart; said rel easable attachments comprise self-sealing self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending U-shaped channels mounted on adjacent, adjoined edges of said side panels, whereby said channels on said adjacent, adjoined edges of said side panels are interlockable with self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members for securing any contents; said box cart; and

forming watertight joints between adjacent side panels using releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, forming said earner cart, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels each having male members on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart;

providing said bottom panel with a metal frame supporting a wheel adjacent each corner thereof; in said assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said cover panel swivel ing between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said sides folded inwardly, and said cover panel folded over said side panels, said folded panels forming a fiat, compact assembly for stacking and storage; and

providing a spout with a release valve mounted on said bottom panel for dispensing liquid contained within said cart.

19. The method as in claim 18, further comprising the step of stacking said cart with other carts in both of said assembled and collapsed configurations.

20. The method as in claim 18 further comprising the step of stacking a plurality of said carts in either or both the assembled and folded configurations by placing an upper box cart over a lower box cart with the wheels of the upper box cart dropping into the recesses i the lower box cart.

21. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of providing said braking system with a braking pedal which has a wheel lock position when fully depressed preventing wheels from rotating or swiveling regardless of the direction said wheels are pointing.

22. The method of claim 21 further comprising the step of providing said braking system with a separate brake release pedal for unlocking said braking pedal and wheels.

23. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of providing constructing each side panel of insulating material for keeping contents of said cart either hot or cold for an extended period of time.

24. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of contouring said bottom panel so liquid contents of said cart can empty completely.

25. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of folding all of said panels within a perimeter confines of said metal frame and so as to not protmde outside of said perimeter confines of said metal frame.

26. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of providing said spout within a protective bubble enclosure portion located at a lower surface of said cart, and providing a manually operable spout activator on an exterior surface thereof, and a recessing a protectively covered threaded discharge end of said spout within an exterior surface of said bubble enclosure.

27. The method as in claim 18 further comprising the step of providing respective hitches at opposite ends of said collapsible cart for moving said collapsible cart from opposite front and rear ends thereof.

28. The method as in claim 18 comprising the step of providing said cart with sub- compartments formed by interval divider walls connected together by self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge U-shaped channels engageable with reciprocating self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge channel engaging members.

29. The method as in Claim 18 further comprising the step of positioning a foldable collapsible pocket handle on at least one panel of said container, said pocket handle open at the bottom, providing a recess for the user to insert the fingers of the user's hand therein, to carry said container;

wherein for storage and shipping, said at least one pocket is collapsible to a substantially flat configuration, so that said pocket handle does not extend substantially outward from said at least one panel of said container;

wherein said flattened configuration of said pocket handle being capable of being pushed flat against said at least one panel of said container, by virtue of one or more push- in foldable dimple lines being provided on at least a portion of said pocket handle.

30. The collapsible container as in Claim 29 wherein said collapsible pocket handle is an attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle.

31. The collapsible container as in Claim 30 wherein said attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle is attached to said at least one panel of said container by an adhesive embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer provided.

32. A method of transporting cargo carrying collapsible carts comprising the steps of:

marking said carts with printed and/or electronically bar-coded identifiable indicia identifying a customer destination on each one of said carts;

stacking said carts when filled by merchandise by placing circular rotating transporters mounted on a bottom panel of an upper cart in corresponding recesses in a top panel of a lower cart;

loading or offloading stacks of said carts onto or from a bed of a vehicle by rolling said lower cart of a each stack of carts up or down a ramp extending from an edge of said bed to a platform; unloading said merchandise from said calls after offloading said carts containing said merchandise associated with said printed and/or electronically bar-coded customer identifiable indicia, thereby obviating the need for use of cargo supporting pallets and associated mechanized fork lifts; and

transporting empty carts by collapsing and stacking the collapsed carts by placing said circular rotating transporters of one collapsed cart onto said recesses of said top panel of another collapsed cart.

each of said carts is comprised of two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines, said top panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said top panel having one of said recesses adjacent each corner thereof, said bottom panel having a metal frame supporting a circular rotating transporter adjacent each comer thereof;

in an assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said top panel swivel ing between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said side panels fold inwardly, and said top panel fold over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage wherein all of said panels fold within perimeter confines of said metal frame; and, said side panels having releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels having elongated male members extending along and on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on

06 April 2018 (06.04.2018)

I CLAIM:

1. A watertight collapsible storage and transport container comprising:

a substantially rectangular bottom panel;

two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines;

a cover panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said cover panel having a recess adj cent each corner thereof;

said panels being constructed of watertight plastic material;

said side panels having releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side p nels having elongated male channel engaging members extending along and on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male channel engaging members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart, and said male channel members filling completely respective female molded channels for forming watertight joints between adjacent side panels without use of any separate or intervening sealing members;

in said assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said cover panel swiveling between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said sides folded inwardly, and said cover panel folded over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and torage.

2, The watertight, collapsible storage and transport container as in Claim 1 further comprising a chassis frame with wheels or casters.

3. The watertight collapsible storage and transport container of Claim 1 further comprising a spout with a push button release valve mounted on said bottom panel for dispensing liquid contained within said cart.

4. The collapsible cart as in Claim 1, wherein said container is stackable in both of said assembled and collapsed configurations.

5. The collapsible container of Claim 2, wherein said folded panels form a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage, said cover panel in a closed position allowing wheels from a container stacked thereon falling into recesses of the container below, whereby said recesses in said cover panel are adapted to received wheels from a container stacked thereon for ease of storage.

6. The collapsible container of Claim 2 in which said metal frame includes a braking system for engaging all wheels simultaneously.

7. The collapsible container of Claim 6 in which said braking system includes a braking pedal which has a wheel lock position when fully depressed preventing wheels from rotating or swiveling regardless of the direction said wheels are pointing, said push button and spout being on an opposite side of said cart from said braking pedal.

8. The collapsible container of Claim 6 in which said braking system includes a separate brake release pedal for unlocking said braking pedal and said wheels,

9. The collapsible container of Claim 1 in which each side panel is constructed of insulating material for keeping contents of said container either hot or cold for an extended period of time.

10. The collapsible container of Claim 1 in which said bottom panel is contoured so liquid contents of said container can empty completely

11. The collapsible container of Claim 1 further comprising said container having sub-compartments formed by interval divider walls connected together by self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge U-shaped channels engageable with reciprocating self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge channel engaging members.

12, The collapsible container of Claim 11 wherein said cover seals said sub- compartments thereunder.

13. The collapsible container of Claim 3 further comprising said spout being provided in a protective bubble enclosure portion at a lower surface of said cart, with a protectively covered manually operable spout activator being provided on an exterior surface thereof, and a protectively covered threaded discharge end being recessed within an exterior surface of said bubble enclosure portion.

14. The collapsible container as in Claim 2 further comprising respective hitches being provided at opposite ends of said collapsible container for moving said collapsible container from opposite front and rear ends thereof.

15. The collapsible container as in Claim 1 further comprising a foldable collapsible pocket handle positioned on at least one panel of said container, said pocket handle open at the bottom, providing a recess for the user to insert the fingers of the user's hand therein, to carry said container; wherein for storage and shipping, said at least one pocket is collapsible to a substantially flat configuration, so that said pocket handle does not extend substantially outward from said at least one panel of said container;

wherein said flattened configuration of said pocket handle being capable of being pushed flat against said at least one panel of said container, by virtue of one or more push- in foldable dimple lines being provided on at least a portion of said pocket handle.

16. The collapsible container as in Claim 15 wherein said collapsible pocket handle is an attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle.

17. The collapsible container as in Claim 16 wherein said attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle is attached to said at least one panel of said container by an adhesive embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer provided.

18. A method of forming and using a watertight collapsible storage and transport cart comprising the steps of:

forming said cart from a substantially rectangular bottom panel, upwardly extending two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines, and a cover panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said cover panel having a recess adjacent each comer thereof, said panels being constructed of plastic material used to store food and water;

forming said box cart into an assembled configuration by foldi g said side panels upwardly forming a top opening, swiveling said cover panel between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening, and using releasable attachments along side edges of adjoining side panels for securing corners of said box cart; said releasable attachments comprise self-sealing self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending U-shaped channels mounted on adjacent, adjoined edges of said side panels, whereby said channels on said adjacent, adjoined edges of said side panels are interlockable with self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members for securing any contents; and

forming watertight joints between adjacent side panels using releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, forming said cart, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels each having male members on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart, said male channel members filling completely respective female molded channels for forming said watertight joints between adjacent side panels without use of any separate or intervening sealing members;

providing said bottom panel with a metal frame supporting a wheel adjacent each corner thereof;

in said assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said cover panel swiveling between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said sides folded inwardly, and said cover panel folded over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage; and

providing a spout with a release valve mounted on said bottom panel for dispensing liquid contained within said cart.

1 . The method as in claim 18, further comprising the step of stacking said cart with other carts in both of said assembled and collapsed configurations.

20. The method as in claim 18 further comprising the step of stacking a plurality of said carts in either or both the assembled and folded configurations by placing an upper box cart over a lower box cart with the wheels of the upper box cart dropping into the recesses in the lower box cart.

21. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of providing said braking system with a braking pedal which has a wheel lock position when folly depressed preventing wheels from rotating or swiveling regardless of the direction said wheels are pointing,

22. The method of claim 21 further comprising the step of providing said braking system with a separate brake release pedal for unlocking said braking pedal and wheels.

23. The method of claim 1 S further comprising the step of providing constructing each side panel of insulating material for keeping contents of said cart either hot or cold for an extended period of time.

24. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of contouring said bottom panel so liquid contents of said cart can empty completely.

25. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of folding all of said panels within a perimeter confines of said metal frame and so as to not protrude outside of said perimeter confines of said metal frame.

26. The method of claim 18 further comprising the step of providing said spout within a protective bubble enclosure portion located at a lower surface of said cart, and providing a manually operable spout activator on an exterior surface thereof, and a recessing a protectively covered threaded discharge end of said spout within an exterior surface of said bubble enclosure.

27. The method as in claim 18 further comprising the step of providing respective hitches at opposite ends of said collapsible cart for moving said collapsible cart from opposite front and rear ends thereof.

28. The method as in claim 18 comprising the step of providing said cart with sub-compartments formed by interval divider walls connected together by self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge U-shaped channels engageable with reciprocating self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending edge channel engaging members.

29. The method as in Claim 18 further comprising the step of positioning a foldable collapsible pocket handle on at least one panel of said container, said pocket handle open at the bottom, providing a recess for the user to insert the fingers of the user's hand therein, to carry said container;

wherein for storage and shipping, said at least one pocket is collapsible to a substantially flat configuration, so that said pocket handle does not extend substantially outward from said at least one panel of said container;

wherein said flattened configuration of said pocket handle being capable of being pushed flat against said at least one panel of said container, by virtue of one or more push- in foldable dimple lines being provided on at least a portion of said pocket handle.

30. The collapsible container as in Claim 29 wherein said collapsible pocket handle is an attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle.

31. The collapsible container as in Claim 30 wherein said attachable retrofit pocket gripping handle is attached to said at least one panel of said container by an adhesive embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer provided.

32. A method of transporting cargo carrying collapsible carts comprising the steps of:

marking said carts with printed and/or electronically b r-coded identifiable indicia identifying a customer destination on each one of said carts; stacking said carts when filled by merchandise by placing circular rotating transporters mounted on a bottom panel of an upper cart in corresponding recesses in a top panel of a lower cart;

loading or of loading stacks of said carts onto or from a bed of a vehicle by rolling said lower cart of a each stack of carts up or down a ramp extending from an edge of said bed to a platform;

rmloadmg said merchandise from said carts after offloading said carts containing said merchandise associated with said printed and/or electronically bar-coded customer identifiable indicia, thereby obviating the need for use of cargo supporting pallets and associated mechanized fork lifts; and

transporting empty carts by collapsing and stacking the collapsed carts by placing said circular rotating transporters of one collapsed cart onto said recesses of said top panel of another collapsed cart.

each of said carts is comprised of two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines, said top panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said top panel having one of said recesses adj cent each corner thereof, said bottom panel having a metal frame supporting a circular rotating transporter adj cent each corner thereof;

in an assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said top panel swiveling between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;

in a collapsed configuration, said side panels fold inwardly, and said top panel fold over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage wherein all of said panels fold within perimeter confines of said metal frame; and, said side panels having releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels having elongated male members extending along and on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said male members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart.

Description:
COLLAPSIBLE REUSABLE DRY OR LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINERS

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to waterproof, collapsible, foldable and/or reusable containers or carrying cases with self sealing reciprocating channel edge fasteners to facilitate water tightness, for transporting liquids or dry cargo.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The prior art reveals patents describing collapsible, foldable, and/or reusable containers or carrying cases.

In US Patent Number 9,550,602 of Ryan, there is disclosed a collapsible, foldable, reusable container/carry case where the sides are connected together with jointing pairs of spherical nibs.

In US Patent Number 9,694,837 of Ryan, there is also disclosed a collapsible, foldable, reusable container/cany case with arrays of connecting nibs, as well as a wheeled frame for transport.

US Patent numbers 6,293,418 of Ogden, 4,491,231 of Heggeland, et a!., 4,820,383 of Shchamorov, 5,450,962 Uitz, 8,261 ,923 of Blanchard, 7,048,135 of Smyers, and US Patent Application Publication number 2012/0091 133 of Escarpa Gil, show molded plastic containers or boxes that are assembled or disassembled with the use of a variety of latches and hinges.

US Patent number 5,016,753 of Henderson shows a variable height telescoping packaging system. US Patent Application Publication number 2008/0190923 of Rovira Fontinals, et al. describes foldable container with a rigid base which may include wheels. L¾ Patent number 4,503,973 of Anderson discloses a corrugated cardboard box with a rigid base incorporating reinforcing plates with wheels or casters,

US Patent numbers 4,804,136 of Hall, 4,901,91 1 of Drexhage, 5,295,632 of Zink, 5,913,474 of Chu, 5,996,885 of Chu, 6,427,907 of Espinoza, 6,460,724 of Bradford, 6,474,541 of Chu, 6,547,127 of Bradford, 6,564,993 of Wassink, 6,651,875 of Chu, 6,688,516 of Ussen, and 6,824,042 generally incorporate foldable sections of corrugated cardboard or similar plastic panels with plastic or metal molded reinforcing elements. OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

However, the above noted prior art does not reveal watertight collapsible reusable carrying cases of a wide variety of sizes with watertight inducing channeled edge connectors that can be constructed of molded plastic panels, with integral fittings or of corrugated plastic panels, with attached molded fittings that assemble by progressively engaging the side edges and fold on living hinges integral with the flat sections, for storing and transporting food, water and vital supplies to remote regions without sophisticated food and water supply utilities.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide different sized carrying boxes or containers to encase different types of personal property, living room, bedroom furni ure etc., etc..

It is also an object of the present invention to make a water tight container from a template including a bottom wall, to which are attached on single edges four side, front and rear panels, one of which has a top cover attached at a common edge therewith, where the joined edges prevent water leakage by virtue of their tight channeled configurations.

It is furthermore an object of the present invention to provide a collapsible, foldable cargo carrying-collapsible, reusable push/pull cart which can be identified to hold cargo of one specific customer, and which can be manually rolled out of a transport vehicle with other cargo carrying push/pull carts associated with the customer, thereby obviating the need for weighty cargo stacking pallets and burdensome heavy machinery needed to unload cargo from pallets.

It is also an object of the present invention to provide collapsible, reusable and seal able watertight containers which can be shipped with liquid or dry goods cargo.

Other objects will become apparent from the following description of the present invention.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention includes several common features from Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, which are used to create collapsible reusable carrying cases in sizes varying from small food containers to large push cart bins on circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels. Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 disclose different sized collapsible containers or cases which may be assembled or disassembled with arrays of linearly extending rounded nibs going from a joined flat space-saving pre-assembled configuration to a functioning assembled container case or wheeled cart, and vice-versa.

As in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, although several different embodiments are also included in the present invention, all of the collapsible reusable carrying cases share these common attributes. All parts that make up a carrying case do not separate from the carrying case. No parts other than an optional top cover can be removed and in some embodiments the top cover is also inseparable from the cany case by a joinable folding edge. Rigid plastic panels are used for constructing the cases; these may vary from synthetic materials, such as polyvinyl chloride to polypropylene or other such

therm oplastic resins. No tools are required for assembly or disassembly. The sides of the cases are erected progressively by hand by interlocking elements at the corners. The panels also disassemble progressively by manually pulling apart. When folded into a flat storage or shipping configuration, the panels stay together, resisting unfolding by virtue of snaps which are either molded into the panels or bonded to them. Because of the carrying case material and the way it is constructed, it is resistant to water, dirt, bacteria, molds, allergens, and inclement weather. This extends the life of the product and insures that it can be reused over and over again for a number of years.

As also disclosed in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, the carrying cases of this invention offer low first cost relative to their durability as compared with other alternatives. For example, cardboard cartons may be less expensive but their durability is lacking, while plastic cases as in the prior art often require heavy panels and metal hinges and latches. For businesses that use multiple carrying cases to ship their products, these carrying cases can be labeled with a specific digital bar code to identify the owner. Depending on the size, the customer can mail the carrying case back to the company (perhaps free of charge) after the customer takes his product out of the carrying case. He or she would then be credited for sending it back. Alternatively, he or she can take the empty case back to the store of purchase and get a refund of their deposit. Because these cases do not need to be recycled (like cardboard boxes), they are a Green Friendly Product. After a case of this invention has deteriorated from normal wear and tear after many use cycles, it can be sent back to the manufacturer and refurbished by spraying a coat of the material from which it was made. Plastic or fabric tape can be used to reinforce or rejuvenate fold lines. This process rejuvenates the case to its original serviceable form adding years of service life. Depending on size, the method of choice to construct these cases is of molded panels with integral fittings or of corrugated plastic panels (such as polypropylene) with features such as edge fittings bonded to the panels. Folding of molded panels is achieved by incorporating living hinges in the mold at the fold lines. Corrugated polypropylene can be folded using methods long used for cardboard boxes, namely creating fold lines by pressing a tool edge in the desired location; the corrugations are crushed forming a fold line if the l ine is orthogonal to the cormgations while one or two con-ugations are flattened if the line is along the direction of the corrugations.

Unlike the previously disclosed carry cases or carts of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, where the edges of these cases are assembled progressively from base to top edge by engaging nibs which protrude at right angles to each panel on the inside at each comer, in the present invention, the co-planar engagement elements are U-shaped or J-shaped self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending channels with reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members which are self-sealing, obviating the need for additional seals adjacent to the joining lengthwise extending arrays of rounded nibs of Ryan '602 and Ryan '839. The corners are separated to collapse the container by just pulling apart a corner progressively from top edge to bottom by hand. Like in Ryan '602 or Ryan '837, the U-shaped or J-shaped channels do use an inverted U-shaped captive locking pin, which is used to lock the side panels at the top edges at each corner; The U-shaped watertight channels do use a captive conjoining U-shaped locking safety pin made of hard rubber or hard plastic (not metal, like Ryan '602 and Ryan '837) but with equal lengths of both legs, not one leg shorter then the other, like in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837..

The carrying case boxes of the present invention do not the need for the 1/8" diameter reinforcing steel rods of Ryan '602 and Ryan' 837. Instead, the collapsible carry boxes of the present invention use thicker molded plastic for strength on the attached cover, edges and anywhere else this reinforced thicker molded plastic is needed to strengthen the carrying case.

Collapsed cany cases with panels snapped together with the U-shaped or J-Shaped channels and channel engaging member of the present invention can be stacked horizontally or stored vertically. Carry cases can have rectangular side panels which result in straight vertical sides when assembled, or the side panels can be trapezoidal which results in inwardly sloped sides for more ease in filling or emptying cases with contents. The latter also nest compactly when empty. The watertight collapsible reusable carrying cases of the present invention can be provided in a wide variety of sizes with watertight inducing channeled edge connectors that can be constructed of molded plastic panels, with integral fittings or of corrugated plastic panels, with attached molded fittings that assemble by progressively engaging the side edges and fold on living hinges integral with the flat sections, for storing and transporting food, water and vital supplies to remote regions without sophisticated food and water supply utilities.

Also, the collapsible reusable carrying cases of the present invention can be made into different sizes to encase different sizes and types of personal property , including, for example, living room, bedroom furniture etc.

For loading the cargo into the carrying cases, first the user lays opened the carrying case on the floor, and then slides or lifts the cargo, which may be personal property, onto the lower center panel of the carrying case, and then the user closes up the sides and attaches the top cover over the earning case, to protect the personal property, or other cargo, from intrusion by water, moisture or flood damage. These type of collapsible carrying boxes are watertight and made from U channel connections. These collapsible carrying cases are a big advantage from ordinary pre-assembled shipping boxes, since the personal property, or other cargo, can easily be protected and put inside the box, because the sides of the carrying box open up and lay flat, so that personal property or other cargo can be put onto lower center panel and then be closed up within the assembled, closed carrying box. Ordinary shipping or storage boxes do not have this functionality, and it would be much more difficult, if not impossible with large personal property, or other cargo items, to put these large items inside an ordinary sized preassembled box.

As also disclosed in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, in a non- watertight box, the present invention may be a tote box with hand-hold cutouts on two opposing sides.

Additionally, all carrying cases have attached covers to them. The carrying boxes are fitted with this attached cover, which is hinged (at a fold line) to the top edge of one of the sides of the carry box. This embodiment can be made in a wide variety of sizes with or without hand holding cut-out holes, depending if water tightness is needed.

Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 also disclose a push/pull cart which can be of substantial dimensions (such as a tub 3' high, 3.5' long and 3' wide) with an integral bottom steel frame and four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels for easier maneuverability. This push cart of Ryan '602 and Ryan'837 describes a cover hinged at a fold line with four cut-outs to accommodate the circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels of a cart stacked above (whether assembled or flattened). The cut-outs prevent the circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels from causing a stack of push caits from sliding off one another. Using a particular sequence of folding and snapping the panels together when collapsing a tub, the push cart is transformed into a compact flat shape attached to the bottom frame. In yet another embodiment, the push cart is fitted with a fail-safe central-locking brake system. The brake is engaged by a foot pedal which is pushed down into a latched position providing both auditory (a click) and tactile (through the foot) feedback of having achieved the locked state. The brake is disengaged by a brake release pedal which unlatches the brake pedal whereby it rises. The brake pedal engages four separate brake elements on all four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels which keeps each circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheel, from rotating or swiveling.

As in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, the container or cart of the present invention is heiglit adjustable by means of a plurality of fold lines which separate respective side panels and the cover panel into respective half panels.

Although Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 disclose a carry case which is air and water tight is preferably made in small sizes (as for storage of food items) using molded transparent plastic panels, the carry case of the present invention does not require the extra resilient seal which is bonded to one of each pairs of mating side edges adjacent to a row of engagement nibs of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837. When assembled, the engaged nibs of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 second side compress the resilient seal rendering the edge sealed. The nib profile is such that it biases the comer to pull the sides together when the nibs are engaged. The seal does not alter the method of assembly or disassembly. A cover is attached to one side at the top edge at a fold which acts as a hinge (as in the first embodiment).

As in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, the cany cart of the present invention requires the linear seal along all four cover edges adjacent to the overhanging lip but a short distance away leaving a groove which engages and compresses the seal against the inner surface of the top edges of the three sides thereby sealing the cover to the sides when pressed down.

As in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, the present invention uses a molded top cover of more resilient plastic with a continuous integral seal on all four edges; which could be made of a variety of thermoplastic elastomers or even silicone. In Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, this cover is sized such that the seal engages the top edges of all four sides; the seal is effected by pressing down whereby both the inner and outer container side surfaces are captured in the groove of the integral seal. Since this molded cover of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 is separate, it is attached to the back side of the container loosely at the top edge by a strip of elastomenc tape so as not to interfere with the proper alignment and engagement or disengagement of the cover.

In one embodiment of the present invention, a food, water and vital supplies storage and transport cart is configured to perform two distinct functions. The different features to the carts will be obvious for their intended functions.

A first function of the cart is to store, transport, and dispense water and/or other liquids, preferably up to approximately 30 gallons of water, especially where no public water supply is available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes. This cart has substantially the same basic features as the collapsible, reusable, carrying case push/pull cart noted above, but the added strength and waterproo features clearly distinguish its use to transport, store, and disburse water and other vital supplies to remote geographic locations.

Unlike the separate seals required for the array of connecting nibs as in Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, the present invention uses self-sealing J- or U-shaped channels to join the parts of the present invention. Its comer sides connect and pull apart by using molded self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending J-channels or U-channels with reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members on the edges. The J-channels or U- channels provide a good seal for water tightness. They are preferably made of springy vinyl plastics that grip the male edge portions of adjacent panels tightly in a water tight seal. While other vinyl plastics can be used, preferably the U-channels and panels are made of thermoplastic polyethylene (i.e. UHMW ultra high molecular weight polyethylene or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The UHMW plastics have long chains, with molecular mass of about 3.5 to 7.5 million anvu. UHMW polyethylene (and other polyolefins) are good for water tightness, because they do not absorb water readily. Typical watertight panels include those sold under the brand name COROPLAST©. Optionally the male edges of adjacent panels inser able within the J-channels or U-channels can be coated with elastomeric silicone seals to improve water tightness. The plastic material used is also biocompatible and is made to store food and water. This cart of the present invention that is being used to transport and dispense water optionally includes a push button spout on one lower side of cart to dispense the supply of water. The push button and spout area is preferably about 1 and one half inch lower than the rest of the bottom floor of the cart and is preferably about 3 inches in diameter, with output pipes of between about ½ to 1 ½ inches in diameter. The cart optionally has theraial protection to i such as foam included or gel walls, keeping its contents either hot or cold longer than most transport equipment. The cart is constructed to hold approximately 300 lbs. of water (35 gallons) , preferably up to 400 pounds of water (48 gallons) as well as being water tight. In the optional embodiment of the present invention for a cart with a spout, the contour of the bottom of the cart is pitched downward toward the spout, so water can empty into the spout when a rubber or other release button is pushed in, which pushing lifts the plug up (covering the hole) in bottom of cart for water to drain out from. Both ends of the plug and button are attached as one solid piece. Pushing one end in (with the rubber button provided on the outside) lifts the plug on the inside of cart. The optional spout on the bottom of the cart where the water comes out of will, has a standard size diameter of a garden hose fitting which can be easily attached to the spout. Both the push button on the outside, and the outside pour area of the optional spout, have threads on them to screw on a protective cap so as not to engage the rubber button or spout. The protective caps could be made of hard rubber/plastic which will only unscrew if first pushed in and held in before the threads start to unwind the cap. This is a safety feature so water isn't dispersed unintentionally. Other water tight panel connections known to those skilled in the art of water transport can also be used.

A second distinguishable feature to this cart is there is optionally provided a second preferably welded hook (hitch) to the opposite end of the cart chassis to hook up the cart from either end with a hitch to pull it. The optional push button and spout are located on the opposite side of the cart from the brake pedals. Just below that hook is provided the push button and underneath that is the spout. On the opposite brake pedal side of the cart is located the additional hook (hitch).

While other embodiments of the present invention are carried without wheels, in this embodiment, the four wheels to this cart are required to be bigger and stronger, approximately the size of the wheels used on hospital gumeys, such as, for example, four to six inches in diameter, so that they are able to be used on uneven dirt roads and rock surfaces in remote geographical regions where no public water supply is available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes. The optional wheel wells on the top covers of these carts are reinforced with thicker plastic mold to hold the 300 to 400 lbs. of weight. These carts, when filled with water or other supplies, can be pushed up a portable ramp onto either a table or on top of another cart, and then stabilized by putting the brake pedal on (which makes the cart stationary). When stabilized in place, the user goes to the opposite end of the cart and unscrews both safety caps (on the push button and on the spout) and dispenses water by pushing in the robber or other elastomeric push button, to open the spout for dispensing water or other liquid therethrough.

This innovative cart to transport, store, and disperse water is be very valuable to smallholder fanners, or other rural areas, especially living in third world countries where water is a vital essential to their living, where these areas are without modem day plumbing or irrigation systems for their fanning. These carts can easily transport water from their water source (rivers, lakes) and either can be pushed or pulled with a bicycle, moped or motor bike back to a farm or village in need of water, where no public water supply is available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes. These types of bicycles are an important tool to use especially if the roads are not accessible to motor vehicles. This is a very common occurrence from natural disasters, such as drought or severe storms, or acts of war. In certain emergency situations these carts can be filled with water, wrapped with certain coverings and parachuted out of planes to certain target areas where much needed relief is necessary.

The watertight carts are beneficial to a lot of places in the world today where the people still have to walk miles carrying maybe one gallon of water at a time back to their village habitat. The carts can also be utilized in remote recreational camping areas without public water supplies.

These push/pull carts can also be used to transport large amounts of water on trucks or small commercial vehicles (vans, pickup trucks).

The water supply carts can also be stacked on top of one another, acting as space savers. These carts can be identified and tracked by bar-coding, indicating its owner and either transport the owner's product, whether the water cart is or leased to companies to use as a means of transporting their products.

These water carrying carts also collapse down (folded) when not in use, stack on top of one another made into an easy space saver (and can easily store in a trunk of a car). The carts can be easily transported to an area where the carts will be used over and over again. These carts are made to last for a number of years, and life expectancy calculated and estimated after testing in the simulated and/or real time use environments.

Two other vital uses for this cart are to transport food (harvested crops from smallholder farmers) to market or to transport vital emergency supplies (medical supplies) to disaster areas. The watertight construction and thermal protection of these carts keep the contents safe and dry.

Currently, smallholder fanners lose up to one third of their harvested crop from spoilage, because they do not have the right transport container to get their product to market before spoiling. These thermally protected carts help solve the farmer's problem of spoilage. Obviously the spouts on these carts are made to use for water. The cart that is used for food or emergency supplies do not need a spout, plus the bottom of the cart does not need to be pitched for water flow, but it may be optionally provided with a drain hole at the bottom of the cart, in case of moisture inside the cart when transporting food or medical supplies instead of w r ater.

Another use for the carts is to supply water for toilets where no public water supply is available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes.

In an alternate embodiment, a collapsible, foldable cargo carrying reusable push/pull cart is identified with text or bar-coded indicia that the cargo carrying

collapsible, reusable push/pull cart holds cargo of one specific customer. Multiple cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts can be organized within a truck transport trailer, and multiple cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts identified with a single drop-off customer can be manually rolled out of a transport vehicle, with other cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts associated with the customer, thereby obviating the need for weighty cargo stacking pallets and burdensome heavy machinery needed to unload cargo from the pallets.

In a preferred embodiment, a watertight container with walls connected by U- shaped or J-shaped channels may be provided as a container without a wheeled chassis, and as a cargo-carrying container box, where the self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending U-shaped or J-shaped channels engage with mating self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention can best be understood in connection with the accompanying drawings. It is noted that the invention is not limited to the precise embodiments shown in drawings, in which:

Prior Art Figure 1 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective view of an assembled collapsible tote box constructed in the manner of this invention.

Prior Art Figure 2 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective view of the tote box of figure 1 with all panels flattened to a collapsed configuration.

Prior Art Figure 3 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a close-up perspective detail of a comer reinforcing (inverted U) locking pin with one captive leg which keeps it attached to the collapsible container.

Prior Art Figure 4 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a close-up perspective detail of an inside comer of the tote box of Figure 1 showing one embodiment for closure of joints, such as the engagement of a line of nibs protruding at right angles from the surfaces of adjacent sides.

Prior Art Figure 5 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows an enlarged side

crossectional view of an edge joint showing the fit of nibs of Figure 4 with their profile clearly outlined.

Prior Art Figure 6 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective detail of adjacent edges of sides of a carrying case when in a flat collapsed configuration showing the addition of a linear seal to seal the comer w r hen assembled.

Prior Art Figure 7 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows an enlarged side

crossectional detail (as in Figure 5) with the addition of the linear seal of Figure 6 showing the seal sealing the crossed engaged rows of nibs.

Prior Art Figures 8A, 8B, and 8C show three views of a transparent air and watertight food container built according to this invention; 8A is a perspective view with the lid closed, 8B is a perspective view with the lid open showing the four-sided gasket, and 8C is a side elevation showing the elastomeric cover hinge.

Prior Art Figure 9 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective view of a collapsible produce carrying case of larger dimensions than that of Figures 8 with external handles, but which shares the air and water-tight sealing of the smaller containers.

Prior Art Figure 10 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective view of a push-pull cart attached to a bottom metal frame with circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels; it is constructed with rows of nibs on the edges and folding sides so it can be collapsed and then folded compactly atop the metal frame. It is shown with the optional central braking system.

Prior Art Figure 1 1 of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837 shows a perspective view of the push-pull cart of Figure 10 showing the front end with tow loop.

Prior Art Figures 12A-12E show the steps involved in collapsing and then folding the push-pull cart of Figure 10. Figures 12A-12D illustrate the four steps required to fold the push-pull cart to a compact configuration shown in Figure 12E.

Prior Art Figures 13A-13D pertain to the optional central braking system. Figure 13A shows the metal subframe with braking components attached. Figure 13B is a side detail of the brake pedal subassembly. Figure 13C is a side view of a ring brake element, while Figure 13D is a top view.

Prior Art Figures 14A-14C illustrate how the push-pull cart of Figure 10 is stackable in either an assembled or collapsed configuration.

Prior Art Figures 15 A - 15G show an alternate embodiment where a push cart is height adjustable by means of a plurality of fold lines, which separate respective side panels and the cover panel into respective half panels when folded along the respective fold lines.

Prior Art Figure 15H shows the cart of Figure 15G when re- folded into a collapsed configuration atop metal base with cover panels atop.

Prior Art Figure 151 shows a stack of collapsed carts with casters of upper carts nested in cover panel indentations.

Figure 16 is a perspective view of the present invention for a water storage and dispensing cart, constructed of folding sides, joined by U- or J-channel joints, which extend laterally along the edges of adjacent panels, for use where no public water supply i s available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes.

Figure 17 is a perspective view of the water storage and dispensing cart of Figure 16, shown in an unfolded configuration.

Figure 17A is a close up detail end view of a panel of the cart of Figures 16 and 17, showing depth of the U-channel, taken along view lines 17A-17A of Figure 17.

Figure I7B is a close up detail end view of an adjacent panel to that of Figure 17A, taken along view lines 17B-17B of Figure 17. Figure 17C is a close up perspective detail of an inside corner of the cart, taken along circle dashed line "17C" of Figure 17,whosn in an open position.

Figure 17D is a close up perspective detail view of the inside corner of Figure C, shown in a closed position where the U-channel is mated with another panel.

Figure 17E is a close up detail crossectional view of two joined panels, showing the fit of the U -channels of Figures 17, 17C and 17D.

Figures 18A-18D show as optional central braking system. Figure 18A shows the tnetal subframe with braking components attached. Figure 18B is a side detail of the brake pedal subassembly. Figure 18C is a side view of a ring brake element, while Figure 18D is a top plan view thereof.

Figures 19, 20 and 21 depict an alternate embodiment for stackable cargo carrying container carts in general (preferably without a water spout), where the carts are stacked in a delivery truck as shown for smoother delivery to customers, and wherein:

Figure 19 is a perspective view of a collapsible cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull cart.

Figure 20 is a perspective view in partial crossection, showing multiple related cargo caixying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts stacked within an interior of a trailer of a transport truck,

Figure 21 is a side elevation view in partial crossection of an array of multiple sets of cargo carrying carts stacked by customer destination, and showing a set of cargo carrying carts being manually unloaded on an exit ramp, without the use of weighty storage transport pallets and without the need for heavy machinery to move the stacked cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts.

Figures 22, 22A, 22B, 22C 22D and 22 E are perspective and detail views of a watertight foldable, reusable cargo container without wheels or casters where the panel walls are connectable by self-sealing U-shaped or J-shaped channels and reciprocating channel engaging members, shown unfolded.

Figure 23 is a perspective view of the watertight container of Figure 23 shown assembled.

Figure 24 is a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the container of

Figure 22, shown with an optional foldable collapsible side pocket handle.

Figure 24A is a close-up detail view of an optional attachable side pocket gripping handle, which depending upon the weight of the cargo, can be sold separately and can be attached by strong adhesives embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer, such as those used to mount pictures to a building wall, or the pocket gripping handle can be attached by other attachments known to those skilled in the art of packaging boxes.

Figure 24B is a close-up detail view in side cross section, showing an adhesive layer and backing layer shown being removed from the adhesive layer.

Figure 24C is a right side detail view of the handle, shown being pushed inward to a flattened configuration by the hand of a user.

Figures 25, 25A and 25B show an optional collapsible container with collapsible interior dividers that form sealed sub-compartments within the collapsible container.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

As shown in the Prior Art of Ryan '602 and Ryan '837, Figure 1 shows a collapsible tote box 1 with cover 7 and hand holes 11 in opposite end panels 3. A bottom 17 (shown in Figure 2) and two side panels 5 complete the carrying case in the form of this tote box 1. Optional reinforcement rods can be attached (or molded over) at top edges 12. Indentations 9 on the top of cover 7 are in registration with molded feet on the bottom (not shown) to permit stacking of assembled tote boxes 1 while resisting sliding sideways.

Prior Art Figure 2 shows a collapsed view of tote box 1 showing the location of rows of assembly nibs 15 at adjacent panels. Lines 19 denote fold lines which may be living hinges if box 1 is molded or actual folds if corrugated plastic panels are used.

Prior Art Figure 3 shows a captive inverted U-pin 21 used to reinforce the corner at the top. The longer leg is captive (not detachable) but permits lifting of pin 21 out of contact with adjacent panel 3 or 5 and also permits rotation for disassembly and assembly.

Prior Art Figure 4 is a detail showing the engagement of the rows of nibs 15 attached to adjacent panels; these are used to progressively assemble and disassemble tote box 1.

Prior Art Figure 5 shows a crossection detail of the two rows 15 of adjacent orthogonal nibs 25 as engaged. The profile of each nib 25 is shown with dome section at distal end, smaller neck, and wider base attached to box panel 3. These nibs 25, in most cases, would be molded separately in strips 15 which are then attached along the edges of the box. This permits them to be molded of a flexible material, such as a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) or silicone which is more flexible than the material of the tote box, a more rigid resin such as polypropylene, polycarbonate, PVC, etc. It is noted that the engagement at the neck of each nib 25 causes the nibs to actually pull the panels together at the comers. In an alternate embodiment of Prior Art Figures 6 and 7, the carrying cases are required to be air and water-tight. The linear seal or gasket 37 shown added around the base of a line of nibs 25 of one of a pair of adjacent nib lines in Figure 6 before assembly will seal that edge after assembly of sides 31 and 33 as they are progressively interlocked from bottom panel 35. Figure 7 is a crossectional view showing crossed engaged nibs 25 deforming linear seal 37 locally to effect the seal.

A small collapsible water tight food container 45 is shown in Prior Art Figures 8A- 8C. It is made of transparent panels with a transparent cover 49 both for aesthetics as well as utility to be able to view and identify the contents. To insure air and water-tightness, edges 53 are assembled from sealed nib lines as shows in Figures 6 and 7. Fold lines 55 are molded living hinges. Cover 49 is made of a transparent TPE or silicone with integrally molded gasket 65 along all four edges capturing and sealing the top edge of all four rigid side panels. For extra sealing insurance, extra sealing can be added inside cover 49 at the comers. Flaps 57 around all four edges of cover 49 have male protrusions 61 which fit into and lock within molded recesses 60 molded into the sides in registration. These locks keep cover 49, seal 65 and the top edges of container part 47 in intimate contact. Elastomeric hinge 67 (see Figure 8C) attaches cover 49 to container 47 in such a manner so as not to interfere with the proper alignment, engagement or disengagement of cover 49 which must be pressed down vertically. Recesses 59 in cover 49 are in registration with molded feet 58 to prevent stacked containers 45 from sliding off each other.

Prior Art Figure 9 shows a larger collapsible produce carrying case or tote 75 with external handles 79. The construction is similar to that of food container 45 also being air and water-tight although not necessarily transparent. Cover 78 may be molded with integral seal, or a rigid cover with attached resilient seal within may be used to seal with the top edges of container 77.

Prior Art Figure 10 is a side and back view of the push-pull cart 85 of this invention. It is attached to a metal subframe 89 with four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels 91 for ease in moving in any direction with minimal resistance. Elements of the optional central braking system are shown and will be described later in more detail in Figures 13A-13D. Container section 86 is assembled as described in previous embodiments using strips of engagement nibs at all four upright edges. The bottom is attached to the metal frame in a permanent fashion. Cover 87, which is hinged at a fold line to the back side, has four recesses 93 on the top to accept four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels 91 of a push-pull cart which may be stacked atop in either the assembled or folded down configuration to prevent sliding off. Figure 1 1 shows the front of cart 85 revealing tow loop 95.

In Prior Art Figures 12A-12D, push-pull cart 85 has side panels which cannot be folded backwards at the bottom hinge lines because of attached metal bottom frame 89. A four step folding procedure of the collapsed cart is shown in Prior Art Figures 12A-12D. In step 1 of Figure 12A one sees one end being folded inward toward the bottom which will place outside surface snap 92 facing up. Also shown are mating snap 94 on the opposite end panel, and snaps 96 on the inside surface of cover 87 and mating snaps 97 on the outside of the opposite side panel. In step 2 of Figure 12B the other end panel is folded inward and snapped into 92 via inside snap 94. In Figure 12C a fold line 98, only used in the collapsed configuration, is revealed. In step 3 side panel is folded inward at 98 placing outside snaps 97 face up. hi Figure 12D fold line 99 is revealed on the opposite side; it is only used in the collapsed configuration. In step 4 cover 87 with a portion of the attached side are folded inward at line 99 wherein inside snaps 96 are mated with snaps 97 thereby completing the fold sequence resulting in the compact snapped together configuration shown in Figure 12E. In the folded embodiment shown in Figures 12D and 12E, further fold lines (not shown) can be provided so that all of the panels 87, etc., are folded within the confines of the perimeter of chassis frame 89 of cart 85, to prevent damage to panels 87 of adjacent carts 85 or other fixed objects.

Item numbers 100 and above are reserved for optional brake subsystem

components. Some of these may be seen on Prior Art Figures 10 and 1 1. Although many variations are possible, Figures 13A-13D show (in schematic fashion) one workable implementation. The braking system is engaged on all four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels simultaneously (components will also work on single circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels) by pressing down on a brake pedal until it is latched in the down position. This engagement prevents circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels from rotating or swiveling regardless of the direction they were pointing at the time. The brake is simultaneously released from all four double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels by pressing the release pedai which releases the brake pedal latch permitting the return spring to lift up the brake pedal. The action is fail-safe in that a defective pedal return spring or gear or rod will not release the brake action once it is latched; this will prevent the push-pull cart from careening down a slope.

Prior Art Figure 13A shows bottom metal frame 89 detached from container section 86 for clarity. Brake pedal 100 and release pedal 101 are shown at the rear of cart 85; brake rod 103 goes from housing 107 to housing 105 through the brake pedal assembly gear 118 (shown in Figure 13B). Housings 105 (also shown in Figures 10 and 1 1) contains a ring brake element as depicted in Figures 13C and 13D. Housings 107 as also shown on Figures 10 and 1 1 include ring brake elements as in 105, but they also have a pair of meshed bevel gears (preferably molded plastic) to extend the action of brake rod 103 synchronously to extension rod 109 and onward to front brake rod 1 1 1 (shown at the front in Figure 11). Figure 13B illustrates the side view of brake pedal assembly 100. Rigid chassis 115 is pivoted at 1 16 and pulled up to the "brake not applied" position by robust extension spring 1 19. The front of chassis 1 15 is configured as a sector of internal gear 117 which is meshed with pinion gear 1 18 which turns brake rod 103. Rubber pad 120 is at the distal end. Gear 118 is sized to turn 180 degrees over the excursion of brake pedal 100 over its rotation from up position to bottom latched position (latch not shown). In this manner, the rotary- motion of brake rod 103 which operates on the two rear double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels is conveyed along the side via extension rod 109 through meshed bevel gears (not shown) in rear housing 107 and then onward through brake rod 1 11 at the front through front meshed bevel gears in 107 to operate the front two double caster ring brakes.

The operation of the ring brake elements 128 above each double caster is illustrated in side view 13C and top view 13D. Caster 91 (depicted as a single caster for clarity) with arm 125 and swivel ball bearing 126 is shown under ring brake element 128 which is centered on swivel axis 127. The bottom edge of ring brake 128 may have a ring of high friction material. Ring brake element 128 is housed in a cylinder housing (not shown) to restrict its movement to the vertical direction. The end of the operating brake rod is machined into a semicircular cam 130 and penetrates the side of 128 inside a square hole. A compression spring (not shown) exerts downward force 131 atop ring brake 128 forcing it down in contact with the top of caster 91 unless cam 130 is turned with its flat side downward within hole 129 which action lifts it out of contact releasing the braking force, "flat side down" position of all cams 130 coincide with the up (brake released) position of brake pedal 100. The top view of ring brake element 128 of Figure 13D shows how it's being centered over the swivel axis 127 of dual caster 91 permits action regardless of caster swivel position. The redundancy of having 4 separate local braking springs atop the 4 ring brake elements is also a safety feature. While tow loop 95 is shown in Figure 1 1 by itself on frame 89, in an alternate embodiment, two further tow loops 95 or protruding rubber bumpers (not shown) can be provided on the frame 89's side with brake pedals 100, 101 in an area spaced apart on each side of brake pedals 100, 101 to act as a bumper for brake pedals 100 and 101.

Prior Art Figures 14A-14C illustrate the stackability of cart 85 in either the assembled or collapsed configurations. In Figure 14A two assembled carts 85 are shown stacked atop one another with casters 91 of the top cart nestled in recesses 93 in top cover 87 of the lower cart 85. Although not limited to a stack of two assembled carts 85, in most cases space limitations or difficulty in lifting to greater heights make such stacks impractical. In Figure 14B, a stack of three collapsed carts 85 is shown. It is practical to stack two to seven or more collapsed carts 85 as shown, again with casters 91 immobilized and captured within recesses 93. Note that by stacking collapsed carts 85 in alternating rotations as shown, a stable stack results with no tendency to topple sideways. In Figure 14C, two collapsed carts 85 are shown stacked atop an assembled cart 85. This type of stack configuration is possible since with either collapsed or assembled carts 85, the method of stacking with casters nestled within recesses 93 in covers 87 is the same.

Optionally, further fold lines (not shown) can be provided so that all of the panels of cart 85 can fold within the perimeter confines of chassis frame 89, to prevent damage of adjacent carts 85 or fixed objects.

Prior Art Figures 15A -151 show an alternate embodiment where a push cart 185 supported on frame 189 having a plurality of wheeled circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels 191 , tow loop 195 and brake pedals 201, 202, is height adjustable by means of a plurality of fold lines 198, 198a, 199 and 199a, which fold lines 198, 198a, 199 and 199a separate respective side panels 186 etc into respective joined but foldable pairs of half panel s 186a/186b, 186c/186d, 186e/186f and 186g/186h when folded along the respective fold lines 198, 198a, 199 and 199a. The cover panel 187 is likewise separated by cover fold line 188 into a pair of respective half panels 187a/l 87b, when folded along the respective fold line 188.

Prior Art Figure 15A shows push cart 185 unfolded and closed by cover 187.

Figure 15B shows push cart 185 unfolded and opened by opening of cover 187. Figure 15C shows push cart 185 unfolded and but where open cover 187 is folded in half along fold line 188 between cover half panels 187a and 187b. Figure 15D shows push cart 185 unfolded and but where open cover 187 is folded in half along fold line 188 between cover half panels 187a and 187b, which are flush against each other during further folding sequence. Figure 1 E shows push cart 185 itself beginning to be folded into a smaller height size wherein half panels 186c and 186d are folded along fold line 198a. Figure 15F shows the folding down in the height reduction sequence of the remaining half panels 186e/ 186f, 186a/186b and 186g 186h, until flush with each other in the final reduced height configuration of Figure 15G with all folded side panels tucked inside the cart.

Where they may inadvertently open during use, facing folded panels are snapped together using pairs of strategically placed snap fasteners (not shown).

In the transformational sequence of cart 185 from full height to half-height as shown in Figures 15A-15G, the direction as well as the sequence of folding is important. For example, the folding of cover flaps 187c, 187d, and 187e upward over the top of cover 187 in Figure 15B must be followed to support the further folding shown in Figures 1 5C- 15F.

In Prior Art Figure 15G the cover 187 half-panels as well as the upper halves of the side panels have been folded inside the half-height container as shown. Push cart 185 can be used in this configuration (without a cover) when it is useful to do so. To collapse push cart 185 to a flat configuration as shown in Figure 15H from half-height configuration of Figure 15G, folded side and cover panels are unfolded from within cart 185. Then side corner edges are detached progressively from the top to the metal frame at bottom by separating nibs. Now the spread-out but still attached panels are folded in a different sequence to achieve the collapsed configuration shown in Figure 15H. Note that both panels of cover 187 now appear at the top of the collapsed cart 185. Carts are simply stacked as shown in Figure 151 with circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels 191 nestled within cover indentations 193 to prevent upper carts from sliding off the next lower cart in the stack. A stable stack of seven or more carts is easily possible. It is further noted that respective carriers of carts 185 of Figure 15A to Figure 15G can be provide with U-pins 21 , which can act as safety pins to reinforce respective carriers of adjacent panels of cart 185, as shown in Figure 3.

With respect to the embodiment shown in Prior Art Figure 151, when carts 185 are stacked, there are not protruding parts extending outward from the perimeter of the chassis frame 189, other than the brake pedals 201, 202 which extended outward in a plane lower than the plane of the chassis frame 189, and the tow loops 195, which act as bumpers between adjacent carts 185. Therefore, other than tow loops 195, all of the parts of carts 185 are within perimeter confines of the chassis frame 189, and the brake pedals 201 , 202 are recessed under the respective frame 189 of an adjacent cart 185. As a result, there is no risk of damage to all of the folded-down panels 187a, 187b, etc., shown in Prior Art Figures 15A through 15G. Furthermore, when all the panels 187a, 187b, etc., are unfolded and in a position of upright use, as in Figures 15A, filled with contents, there are also no protruding parts other than tow loop 195 and recessed brake pedals 201 , 202. Therefore, in shipment of multiple carts 187 filled with contents, all of the upri ght panels 187a 187b are protected from damage during shipment. While tow loop 195 is shown in Figure 15H by itself on the frame of cart 185, in an alternate embodiment, a further tow loop 195 (not shown) can be provided on the frame 189's side with brake pedals 201, 202, in an area adjacent to and overlapping brake pedals 201 , 202, to act as a bumper for brake pedals 201,202.

Figures 16-18D show one optional embodiment of the present invention for a watertight storage cart 386 for transporting water, food or other cargo. While the cart 386 can store and transport any cargo or shipment, to any location, it can optionally also transport water supplies or other cargo to remote geographic areas, where no public water supply is available, or is temporarily unavailable because of weather disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis or earthquakes.

Cart 386 stores, transports and dispenses up to approximately 30 gallons of water or an equivalent volume for dry transportable cargo. This cart 386 has the same basic features as the carts of Figures 1-15, but the added features clearly distinguish its use to transport, store, and disburse water. Its comer sides will connect and pull apart using molded J -channels or U-channels on the edges. The J -channels or U-channels give it a good seal for water tightness. The plastic material used is made to store food and water. When the cargo is liquid or water optionally it can have a spout 350. The cart 386 that is being used to transport and disburse water has the spout 350 with push button 351 on one lower side of cart to disburse the water. The push button and spout area 350 should be about one and one half (1 1/2) inch lower than the rest of the bottom of the cart 386 and should be about three (3) inches in diameter. Caps 350a and 351a cove the spout 350 and push button activator 351. The cart 386 has thermal protection to it, with insulated foam or gel panels, keeping its contents either hot or cold longer than most transport equipment. Being able to hold approximately 300 lbs (35 gallons), preferably 400 lbs. (48 gallons) of water as well as being water tight, the contour of the bottom 384 of the cart 386 must be pitched so water can empty into the spout when the rubber button 351 is pushed in which lifts an interior plug up (covering the hole) in bottom of cart for water to drain out from. Both ends of the plug and button 351 are attached as one solid piece. Pushing one end in (rubber button on outside) lifts the plug on the inside of cart. The spout 310 on the bottom panel 384 of the cart where the water comes out of is a standard size diameter of a garden hose which can be easily attached to the spout 350. Both the push button 351 on the outside and the outside spout opening 350 have threads on them to screw on a protective cap 350a or 351a so as not to engage the rubber button 351 or spout350. These protective caps 350a and 351a are made of hard rubber/plastic which will only unscrew if first pushed in and held in before the threads start to unwind the cap 350 or 351 a. This is a safety feature so water isn't dispersed unintentionally.

Cart 386 includes a bottom base floor 384, preferably optionally pitched toward a water dispensing spout 350, with two upwardly foldable end panels 310, 312 and two side panels 314, 316. While other mirror image connections may apply, Figure 17, 17A, 17B, 17C, 17D and 17E show male insertion walls 310a, 310 b insertable in channels 316a, 316b of adjacent walls and 314a, 314b of adjacent panels 314 and 316. A joinable cover 387 is attached to side panel 316 at a common edge.

For transport of dry cargo, the bottom base floor 384 need not be pitched.

The cart 386 also has hook (hitch) 395 on the opposite ends of the cart 386's chassis to hook up the cart 386 from either end with a hitch to pull it. The push button 351 and spout 350 will be on the opposite side of the cart 386 from the brake pedals 400 and 401. The four wheels 391 to this cart will need to be bigger and stronger maybe the size of the wheels used on hospital gurneys. They need to be able to be used on uneven dirt road and rock surfaces.

The indented wheel wells 393 on the top covers 387 of carts 386 need to be reinforced with thicker plastic mold to hold the 300 to 400 lbs. of weight. These carts 386 filled with water can be pushed up a portable ramp onto either a table or on top of another cart, put the brake pedals 400, 401 on (which makes the cart stationary). Then at the opposite end of the cart 386, thereunder unscrews both safety caps 350 and 351a and dispenses your water by pushing in the rubber button 351 to open spout 350 for pouring water therethrough.

Figure ISA shows bottom metal frame 389 detached from container section 386 for clarity. Brake pedal 400 and release pedal 401 are shown at the rear of cart 385: brake rod 403 goes from housing 407 to housing 405 through the brake pedal assembly gear 418 (shown in Figure 18B). Housings 405 contains a ring brake element as depicted in Figures 13C and 13D. Housings 107 as also shown on Figures 18C include ring brake elements as in 405, but they also have a pair of meshed bevel gears (preferably molded plastic) to extend the action of brake rod 403 synchronously to extension rod 409 and onward to front brake rod 41 1). Figure 18B illustrates the side view of brake pedal assembly 400. Rigid chassis 415 is pivoted at pivot point 416 and pulled up to the "brake not applied" position by robust extension spring 419. The front of chassis 415 is configured as a sector of internal gear 417 which is meshed with pinion gear 418 wliich turns brake rod 403. Rubber pad 420 is at the distal end. Gear 418 is sized to turn 180 degrees over the excursion of brake pedal 400 over its rotation from up position to bottom latched position (latch not shown). In this manner, the rotary motion of brake rod 403 which operates on the two rear double circular rotating transporters, such as casters or wheels is conveyed along the side via extension rod 409 through meshed bevel gears (not shown) in rear housing 407 and then onward through brake rod 411 at the front tluougli front meshed bevel gears in 407 to operate the front two double circular rotating transporters, such as or wheel, ring brakes.

The operation of the ring brake elements 428 above each wheel 391 is illustrated in side view 18C and top plan view 18D. Wheel 391 with bracket 392 and swivel ball bearing 426 is shown under ring brake element 428 which is centered on swivel axis 427. The bottom edge of ring brake 428 may have a ring of high friction material. Ring brake element 428 is housed in a cylinder housing (not shown) to restrict its movement to the vertical direction. The end of the operating brake rod is machined into a semicircular cam 430 and penetrates the side of 428 inside a square hole. A compression spring (not shown) exerts downward force 431 atop ring brake 428 forcing it down in contact with the top of wheel 391 unless cam 430 is turned with its flat side downward within hole 429, which action lifts it out of contact, releasing the braking force. The "flat side down" position of all cams 430 coincide with the up (brake released) position of brake pedal 400. The top view of ring brake element 428 of Figure 1 D shows how it is being centered over the swivel axis 427 of wheel 391 permits action regardless of wheel swivel position. The redundancy of having four separate local braking springs atop the four ring brake elements is also a safety feature.

Two hitch tow loops 395, with or without protruding rubber bumpers (not shown) are provided on the frame 389's side with brake pedals 400, 401 in an area spaced apart on each side of brake pedals 400, 401 to act as a bumper for brake pedals 400 and 401.

For added stability, the spout 350 can be configured within an enclosed sturdy shallow molded bubble portion 355, of injection molded polyethylene or polycarbonate, with only the female hose connection exposed, and the push button activator 351 also exposed. Such a bubble enclosure portion will protect the water di spending spout plumbing from damage incurred over rough terrain and rubble. Elastomeric silicone seals can also optional be used to improve water tightness at the edges of the bubble enclosure portion.

Figures 19, 20 and 2 1 depict an alternate embodiment for stackable cargo carrying container carts 586 in general (preferably without a water spout), where the cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push- pull carts 586 are stacked on a floor "F" within a delivery truck "T", as shown for smoother delivery to customers.

Figure 19 shows a collapsible cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull cart

586.

Figure 20 shows an array of multiple related cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 stacked upon a floor "F" within an interior of a trailer of a transport truck "T", and where the stacked sets of cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts are arranged side by side in a plurality of rows, such as three rows shown.,

Figure 21 shows the array of multiple sets of cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 stacked by customer destination indicia "A", "B", "C", "D' etc, where the indicia may be text, images, customer logos, geographic or GPS addresses or electronically scanablc bar-coded strips related to a particular destination of a particular customer, and showing a set of cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 being manually unloaded on an exit ramp, "R" without the use of weigiity storage transport pallets and without the need for heavy machinery to move the stacked cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts. The set of carts being unloaded are identified with indicia "D" identifying a particular destination of a particular customer associated therewith. Figure 21 further shows ease of manual unloading by a worker holding a pulling rod 670, having a hook or other grasping fastener at a distal end thereof, engageable with a hitch 595 of cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull cart 586. Each customer's diverse delivery supplies are organized in one or more cargo carrying container carts 586 from the set of carts identified as "D", which saves labor and money by avoiding weighty cargo holding pallets and heavy machinery needed to move the pallets and cargo carried thereon.

This is a vital function for the cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push pull cart 586 is mat they can be filled with individual items for each individual delivery of customer destination indicia "A","B","C", or "D", etc. mat cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 are being delivered to. All delivery companies whether delivering items in a Tractor Trailer or a Step Van to their customers, can be placed inside a cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 and rolled onto the truck T (by a ramp "R" or lift gate). Then each cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 can be taken off and unloaded from the truck "T" the same way and delivered to the customer associated with customer destination indicia "A", "B", "C" or "D", etc.. Instead of the driver having to unload each item himself, when he gets to the customer's destination stop., the driver will just deliver one or more cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 full of items associated with that customer destination indicia "A", "B", "C" or :"D", etc., when he gets to the customers destination stop.

This will save a huge amount of delivery time. The normal delivery time for most products can be cut in half The cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push pull carts 586s can be preloaded the night before the scheduled delivery and loaded onto the truck "T" in the array shown in Figure 21, according to the scheduled stops the driver needs to make. This saves the driver a good amount of delivery time, thus saving the delivery company a lot of money.

Figure 19 shows cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 for transporting cargo or other supplies to commercial trucking destinations, as shown in the storage array of carts "A","B","C" or "D" etc. Cart 386 stores, transports and delivers commercial cargo in up to approximately 4 to 6 cubic feet of storage space of water. This cart 586 has the same basic features as the carts of Figures 1-15, but uses wheels 591 instead of casters. While the cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts can be any of the carts shown in Figures 1-15, preferable the cargo carrying collapsible, reusable push/pull carts 586 shown in Figure 19 have corner sides will connect and pull apart using molded J-channels or U-cham els on the edges. The J-channels or U-channels give it a good seal for water tightness. The cart 586 has thermal protection to it, with insulated foam or gel panels, keeping its contents either hot or cold longer than most transport equipment. Cart 586 may include the joinable walls of the embodiments shown in Figures 1 -15 with vertical arrays of nibs, or they may have U-channel or J-channels, such as shown in the water carrying embodiment of a collapsible reusable push/pull cart 386 of Figure 16- 18.

Cart 586 has a bottom base floor (not shown) with two upwardly foldable end panels 512 and two side panels 514.

The cart 586 also has hook (hitch) 595 on the opposite ends of the cart 586's chassis to hook up the cart 586 from either end with a hitch or manual push/pull rod 670 shown in Figure 21. The four wheels 591 to this cart will need to be bigger and stronger maybe the size of the wheels used on hospital gurneys.

Carts 586 also have top cover 587 and lower chassis frame 609, and wheel support flange brackets 592 supporting wheels 591 to cart 586. Brake housings 605 and 607 are supplied to the wheels.

Figures 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D and 22E show container case 786, preferably without the wheeled chassis, which stores, transports and dispenses up to approximately 30 gallons of water or an equivalent storage volume for carrying dry cargo items, which may be mailings, documents, books, gift items, stationary items, office supplies, manufacturing supplies, packages, small appliances, electrical and electronic components, tools, instruments, clothing, mechanical parts, communications devices, etc. . Its comer sides will connect and pull apart using molded J-channels or U-channels on the edges. The J-channels or U-channels give it a good seal for water tightness. The plastic material used is made to store perishable items, such as food and water, or dry cargo items as aforesaid. The container 786 has thermal protection to it, with insulated foam or gel panels, keeping its contents either hot or cold longer than most transport equipment.

Container 786 includes a bottom base floor 784, with two upwardly foldable end panels 710, 712 and two side panels 714, 716. While other mirror image connections may apply, Figure 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D and 22E show male insertion walls 710a, 710 b insertable in U-shaped or J-shaped channels 716a, 716b of adjacent walls and 714a, 714b of adjacent panels 714 and 7 16. A joinable cover 787 is attached to side panel 716 at a common edge. The opposite edge of each self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending U-shaped or J-shaped channel involves reciprocal self sealing lengthwise extending channel engaging members. Figure 23 depicts an alternate embodiment for stackable, cargo carrying containers 786 in general (preferably without a water spout), where the cargo carrying collapsible, reusable containers 786 are stackable.

The containers 786 shown in Figure 23 have corner sides will connect and pull apart using molded J-channels or U-channels 716a, 716b of Figure 22 on the edges. The J- channels or U-channels give it a good seal for water tightness. The container 786 has thermal protection to it, with insulated foam or gel panels, keeping its contents either hot or cold longer than most transport equipment.

Container 786 may include the joinable walls, such as the self sealing U-channel or J-channels and reciprocating channel engaging walls, such as shown in the collapsible reusable container 786 of Figures 22A-22E.

Container 786 has a bottom base floor with two upw r ardly foldable end panels 712 and two side panels 714. These end panels and side walls can connect and disconnect in the embodiments shown in Figures 22 and 23-23E herein with container 786.

Containers 786 also have top cover 787 and an optional lower chassis frame, such as shown in Figures 16-21, and wheel support flange brackets supporting wheels or casters to container 786. Brake housings similar to those in Figures 6-21 may be optionally supplied to the wheels or casters.

Figure 24 shows an alternate embodiment for a container 786 with an optional foldable collapsible pocket handle 779 on one or more panels of container 786. In use, the handle 779 is generally open at the bottom, providing a recess for the user to insert the fi ngers of the user's hand therein, to carry the container 786. However, for storage and shipping, the pocket handles 779 are collapsible flat, so that they do not extend

substantially outward from the side of the container. This flattened configuration of the pocket handle 779 is achieved by pushing the pocket handle 779 fiat against a respective wall panel (side, front, rear or top) of the container 786, by virtue of one or more foldable push-in dimple lines 779d that intersect at intersecting point 779e, on each left and right side regions of the pocket handle 779, so that each pocket 779 can be pushed in and collapsed against the respective wall panel or panels of the box container 786. For example, Figure 24 shows the criss-cross pattern of intersecting folding dimple lines 779d, where, for example, the sides of the pocket handle 779 collapse to a flattened shape, similar to the flattened folding of a typical open gift tote bag with a criss-crossed pattern of intersecting side fold lines 779d that intersect at intersecting point 779e, on the opposite left and right sides of the gift tote bag. Other methods to flatten pocket 779 can be utilized.

The pocket 779 can be placed on any part (top, front, rear or sides) of the container 786. Optional protrusions 758 on the bottom of container 786 mate with recesses 759 on top cover 778 of container 786.

Figures 24A, 24B and 24C show an optional attachable retrofit side pocket gripping handle 779a , which depending up the weight of the cargo, can sold separately and can be attached by strong adhesives 779b embedded thereto, with a removable backing layer 779c, such as those used to mount pictures to a building wall, or the pocket gripping handle 779a can be attached by other attachments known to those skilled in the art of packaging boxes. Handles 779a can also have fold line dimples similar to those shown in the handle 779 of Figure 24. Other configurations for flattening pocket 779a can be utilized.

Figure 24B shows the pocket 779a in side cross sectional view, showing the adhesive layer 779b and the backing layer 779c being removed from the adhesive layer 779b, in the direction of the arrow shown. Figure 24B also shows the criss-cross pattern of intersecting folding dimple lines 779d, that intersect at intersecting point 779e, where, for example, the sides of the pocket handle 779 collapse to a flattened shape , similar to the flattened folding of a typical open gift tote bag with a criss-crossed pattern of intersecting side fold lines on the opposite left and right sides of the gift tote bag.

Figure 24C shows the pocket handle 779 being pushed inward to a flattened configuration by a finger of the hand of a user. The dashed line shows the outline of the pocket handle 779 in an open use position, and the directional arrows show the flattening of the pocket handle 779 against a panel of the container 786. The flattened fold lines 779d intersect at intersection point 779e, against the inner wall of pocket handle 779a, adjacent to a respective wall panel of container carry box 786.

Figures 25, 25A and 25B show optional container 800 with channel joined edges 853, 847 with collapsible fold down dividers 1 101 , 1 102, 1103, 1 104 and 1 105 forming sealed sub-compartments 1000, 1001, 1002 and 1003 that also are joined by joinable sets of self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending U-shaped channels and self sealing reciprocating lengthwise extending channel engaging members, together with removable or joinable top cover 857, that seals the sub-compartments 1000, 1001 , 1002 and 1003 located thereunder, when top cover 857 is closed. Figures 25, 25A and 25b also show container 800 made of transparent panels with a transparent cover 849 having handle 1200, both for aesthetics as well as utility to be able to view and identify the contents. To insure air and water- tightness, edges 853 are assembled from the self sealing lengthwise extending U-shaped channels 847 with reciprocating channel engaging members 847a. Fold lines 855 are preferably molded living hinges. Cover 849 is made of a transparent TPE or silicone with integrally molded gasket 865 along all four edges capturing and sealing the top edge of all four rigid side panels. Flaps 857 around all four edges of cover 849 have male protrusions 861 which fit into and lock within molded recesses 860 molded into the sides in registration. These locks keep cover 849 and the top edges of container part 847 in intimate contact. Elastomeric hinge 867 attaches cover 849 to container 800 in such a manner so as not to interfere with the proper alignment, engagement or disengagement of cover 849, which must be pressed down vertically. Recesses 859 in cover 849 are in registration with molded protrusion feet 858 to prevent stacked containers 800 from sliding off each other.

In the foregoing description, certain terms and visual depictions are used to illustrate the preferred embodiment. However, no unnecessary limitations are to be construed by the terms used or illustrations depicted, beyond what is shown in the prior art, since the terms and illustrations are exemplary only, and are not meant to limit the scope of the present invention.

It is further known that other modifications may be made to the present invention, without departing the scope of the invention, as noted in the appended Claims.