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Title:
MODULAR CONTAINER FOR WALL MOUNTING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/145160
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A container for wall mounting comprises a generally rectangular base unit having open front and back sides, the back side being adapted to receive a rear closure plate and rear fixings for wall mounting and the front side being adapted to receive a front closure plate, a side of the base unit being further adapted to be fastenable to an adjacently-mounted base unit.

Inventors:
HACKETT, Kavin (Arnold Plastics Limited, Regal CloseNorthampton, Northamptonshire NN3 6LL, GB)
GROSSMAN, Howard (156-158 High Street, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3HF, GB)
Application Number:
GB2015/050916
Publication Date:
October 01, 2015
Filing Date:
March 26, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CENTURION INFINITY LIMITED (156-158 High Street, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3HF, GB)
International Classes:
E04H13/00; A61G17/08
Domestic Patent References:
WO2005019567A12005-03-03
Foreign References:
GB2318501A1998-04-29
US20110126480A12011-06-02
GB1329476A1973-09-12
US5625933A1997-05-06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SCOTT & YORK (45 Grosvenor Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3AW, GB)
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Claims:
Claims

A container for wall mounting comprises a generally rectangular base unit having open front and back sides, the back side being adapted to receive a rear closure plate and rear fixings for wall mounting and the front side being adapted to receive a front closure plate, a side of the base unit being further adapted to be fastenable to an adjacently-mounted base unit.

A container as claimed in claim 1 wherein the front closure plate comprises a plurality of independent layers including a printable layer adapted to receive a coloured or grayscale image.

A container as claimed in claim 2, wherein the independent layers include a sealing layer comprising a resilient, water-resistant, elongate member arranged to register with the perimeter of the open front side of the base unit and further arranged to be compressed against the open front side to substantially prevent water ingress to the interior of the base unit.

A container as claimed in claim 2 or 3, wherein the base unit includes a plurality of male or female interference-fit base unit fasteners mounted around the inner periphery of the open front side and the front closure plate includes corresponding respective female or male front fasteners mounted in registry with the base unit fasteners and wherein the front closure plate is held in place by bringing the base unit and front fasteners together.

A container as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the unit includes at least one aperture in a side wall adapted to permit the passage of a fastener to fasten the base unit to an adjacent base unit.

A mounting grid for the container of any preceding claim arranged to be mountable to a wall and arranged to be adjustably engageable with the said rear fixings.

A plurality of the containers of any preceding claim, mounted in a common plane, the containers being grouped into at least two sets, the containers of each set carrying different colour-contrasting surfaces on the printable layer.

8. A plurality of containers as claimed in claim 7 wherein the containers of the sets are arranged to carry pixels of an image such that when mounted together in the common plane they form a predetermined image which is larger than the dimensions of a container.

9. A plurality of containers as claimed in claim 8, wherein at least one of the containers is arranged to carry more than one pixel of the predetermined image.

10. A container constructed and arranged as described herein with reference to the drawings.

1 1 . A wall-mounting grid constructed and arranged as described herein with reference to the drawings.

Description:
MODULAR CONTAINER FOR WALL MOUNTING

This invention relates to a container for wall mounting. Fans of sports clubs such as soccer, rugby, football, cricket and baseball are known to request the scattering of their ashes on the grounds of their favourite team. As the volume of these requests increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to meet the fans wishes.

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to allow sports fans to associate their ashes with their favourite club or team in a better way than has been possible hitherto.

According to a first aspect there is provided a container for wall mounting comprising a generally rectangular base unit having open front and back sides, the back side being adapted to receive a rear closure plate and rear fixings for wall mounting and the front side being adapted to receive a front closure plate, a side of the base unit being further adapted to be fastenable to an adjacently-mounted base unit.

In a second aspect there is provided a mounting grid for the container of the first aspect, which is arranged to be mountable to a wall and arranged to be adjustably arrangeable with the said rear fixings.

In a third aspect, the invention comprises a plurality of the containers of the first aspect , which are mounted in a common plane and which are grouped into at least two sets, the container to each set carrying different colour-contrasting surfaces on the printable layer.

The invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the drawings in which :-

Figure 1 is a perspective view of an assembled container;

Figure 2 is a view showing the container of Figure 1 disassembled; Figure 3 is a front elevation of a container of Figure 1 ; Figure 4 is a section along a line B-B of Figure 3; Figure 5 is a side elevation of the container of Figure 1 ; Figure 6 is a plan view of the container of Figure 1 ;

Figure 7 is a perspective view of the plurality of the containers mounted in a common plane;

Figure 8A is a view of a horizontal mounting bars for a mounting grid for the containers of Figure 1 ;

Figure 8B is an exploded view of part of Figure 8A; and

Figure 8C is a view of a vertical mounting bar for a mounting grid for the containers of Figure 1 .

With reference to Figures 1 and 2, a container for wall mounting 2 has a base unit 4 having an open front side 6 and an open rear side 8. The base unit is typically formed from folded, 1 .5 mm aluminium but may be constructed from other materials such as injection moulded, UV resistant plastics. A rear closure 10 may be fastened to cover the open rear side 8 and this also may typically be formed from aluminium or other suitable planer materials.

At the front of the base unit, a UV-stable, clear over laminate 12 may be mounted to protect a printable layer 14 which is typically a digitally printed vinyl layer. The printable layer 14 may then be mounted on an aluminium composite dibond material 16 which forms a supporting substrate for the vinyl and clear laminate layers 14 and 12. The supporting composite substrate 16 typically has male fasteners 18 generally in each corner. These cooperate with female fasteners 20 which are held by locating apertures 22 formed around the periphery of the open front side 6 of the base unit 4. A sealing gasket 23, typically of a rubber or foam elastomer- resilient type material is arranged to be sandwiched between the supporting substrate 16 and the periphery 24 of the open front side of the base unit 4. Thus when the fasteners 18 and 20 come together, the gasket is compressed between the periphery 24 and the supporting substrate 16 and forms a weather tight seal for the interior of the container. For additional security, a generally rigid security panel such as PVC Foamex 26 may be inserted inside the supporting substrate 16.

To complete the construction, a picture frame such as an A5 or A4 snap frame 28 which allows insertion of a photograph or other memento, is mountable into the rear interior of the container adjacent the internal surface of the rear closure 10.

A person's ashes may be held in the container 2 in a separate inner container (not shown) which may be filled by an undertaker before the inner container is inserted inside the base unit 4 to rest on its inner lower surface. The inner container may have a club crest, a national flag, some details of the deceased and/or another custom design formed on its outer surface.

With reference also to Figure 3 and 4 it will be seen that the security panel 26 is held on a stepped ledge 30 formed around the periphery of the open front side 6. Similarly the rear closure 10 and snap frame 28 are held against a stepped ledge 32 formed in the rear open side 8 of the base unit 4.

With reference to Figures 5 and 6, the assembled fasteners 18 and 20 can be seen engaging the front closure layers and fixing them into the base unit 4.

With particular reference to Figure 5, apertures 34 formed in the side walls of the base unit (although they could be formed in top and bottom walls as well or in the alternative) are provided to allow fasteners to be passed between adjacent base units to fix base units together in a grid arrangement.

With reference to Figure 7, a grid of containers adjacent one another, may be formed and mounted on a flat surface, such as a wall. A group of containers may be pre-assembled off- site into a sub-grid. For example, a full grid may have 600 containers, whereas a preassembled, sub-grid 36 might be a 5x5 array of twenty-five containers.

By choosing appropriate content for the printable layer 14, the grid may create a large image. The content of the printable layer 14 may form a single pixel of the image or may form a more complex part of the complete image. In order to make sure that this effect is of high quality it is important that the containers may be mounted in a common plane without excessive gaps or excessive differences in the levels of the front surfaces formed by the clear over laminate 12.

Accordingly, the grid of Figure 8 allows mounting of the boxes on different wall surfaces and allows accommodation to be made for uneven wall surfaces. With particular reference to Figures 8A and 8B, horizontal bars 38 which are preferably formed from powder-coated aluminium, have a plurality of fixing holes 40 which allow fasteners such as screws, to be passed through and fixed into a host wall structure. The bar 38 also carries threaded studs or pegs which are spaced to meet corresponding apertures in the base unit 4. With reference to Figure 8b, the base units are mounted to the bars 38 using different thickness washers such as nylon washers 42. These are passed over the studs, the base unit is then mounted against the studs and washers and fastening nut 44 or decorative nut 46 (which covers the end of the stud) are put in place. By varying the thickness of the washer 42, adjustment may be made for variations in the position of the bar 38 once mounted to a wall. This allows the front faces of the container to be aligned correctly and also allows the adjacent walls of the base units to be fastened together without unnecessary gaps.

With reference to Figure 8c, once the grid is mounted, side finishing panels 48 are mounted to the grid to cover the side reveal. These may be mounted using the apertures 34 formed in the side walls of the base unit. Alternatively they may be fastened behind the mounted bars 38.

Similarly, a top finisher and rain channel 50 is mounted above the grid and is provided with slots 52 which co-operate with the fastenings for the top rail 38; allowing the top cover to be held behind the top rail 38. The top cover 50 has a return lip 54 at its front edge which serves to direct water which falls on to the top of the grid 36, along to an edge where it may run off. The upper ends of the vertical side finisher 48 may have an angled top designed to fit under the top cover 50. Similarly, the ends of the vertical side finisher 48 may also be arranged to interlink so that several lengths may be used to form a single side finisher. The skilled person will, of course, understand that although Figure 8c shows a right-handed side finisher, an equivalent part may be used for the left hand of the grid 36.