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Title:
PANEL WITH A FASTENING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/175701
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a set comprising a panel (2) and a fastening device (1) for securing a furniture component, such as a hinge, an interior fitting, a carrying device or a slider,to the panel (2). The fastening device(1) comprises an element (11) with a first element surface (12) comprising a protruding part (8) which protrudes from the first element surface(12). The panel comprises an edge surface (4) and a panel surface (3), which comprises an insertion groove (7). The fastening device (1) is configured to be assembled to the panel with the first element surface (12) facing the panel surface (3). The edge surface (4) comprises an edge groove (5) and a flexible tongue (6) is arranged in the edge groove (5). The protruding part (8) is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove (9) and comprises a recess (9) and the flexible tongue (6) is configured to cooperate with the recess (9) for a locking of the fastening device (1) to the panel (2).

Inventors:
BOO CHRISTIAN (SE)
DERELÖV PETER (SE)
PÅLSSON AGNE (SE)
Application Number:
SE2016/050368
Publication Date:
November 03, 2016
Filing Date:
April 26, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VÄLINGE INNOVATION AB (SE)
International Classes:
A47B95/00; A47B88/04; F16B12/26
Domestic Patent References:
WO2013080160A12013-06-06
WO2013080160A12013-06-06
Foreign References:
US20120145845A12012-06-14
DE2635237A11978-02-09
US20120145845A12012-06-14
DE2635237A11978-02-09
Other References:
See also references of EP 3288422A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ENGSTRAND, Ola (Välinge Innovation AB, Prästavägen 513, Viken, SE-263 65, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

A set comprising a panel (2) and a fastening device (1 ) for securing a furniture component, such as a hinge, an interior fitting, a carrying device or a slider, to the panel (2), the fastening device (1 ) comprising an element (1 1 ) with a first element surface (12) comprising a protruding part (8) which protrudes from the first element surface (12) and the panel comprising an edge surface (4) and a panel surface (3) comprising an insertion groove (7), the fastening device (1 ) is being configured to be assembled to the panel with the first element surface (12) facing the panel surface (3), characterized in that the edge surface (4) comprises an edge groove (5), that a flexible tongue (6) is arranged in the edge groove (5), that the protruding part (8) comprises a recess (9), that the protruding part (8) is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove (9), that the flexible tongue (6) is configured to cooperate with the recess (9) for a locking of the fastening device (1 ) to the panel (2).

2. The set as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the insertion groove extends from the panel surface (3) to the edge groove (5).

3. The set as claimed in claim 1 or 2, wherein the insertion groove is a bottom- ended groove, such as a bottom ended drill hole, comprising a bottom surface

(13) which is positioned at a distance from the edge groove (5).

4. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the element (1 1 ) comprises two or more of said protruding part and the panel surface (3) comprises two or more of said insertion groove (7), preferably arranged linearly, wherein each of the protruding parts is configured to be inserted into one of the insertion grooves.

5. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the edge groove (5) is a longitudinal groove that extends in a longitudinal direction of the edge surface (4). 6. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the edge groove extends from the edge surface (4) to the insertion groove (7).

7. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the edge groove (7) is a bottom-ended groove, comprising a bottom surface (14) which is positioned at a distance from the insertion groove (7). 8. The set as claimed in claim 7, wherein the flexible tongue (6) is arranged at the bottom surface (14) of the edge groove (5).

9. The set as claimed in claim 7 or 8, wherein the flexible tongue is arranged between the recess and the bottom surface (14) of the edge groove in a locked position of the fastening device (1 ) and the panel. 10. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the fastening device and the panel are configured to be automatically locked together when the protruding part (8) is inserted into the insertion groove (7) and the first element surface (12) is arranged against panel surface (3).

1 1 . The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the protruding part (8) is rotatable relative the element (1 1 ) in order to unlock the fastening device (1 ) from the panel (3).

12. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the protruding part (8) extends from the first element surface, through the element (1 1 ), and to a second element surface (15). 13. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein a second element surface (15) comprises a fastener (24) for securing the furniture component.

14. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the insertion groove (7) is adjacent the edge surface (4). 15. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the edge surface (4) is essentially perpendicular to the panel surface (3).

Description:
PANEL WITH A FASTENING DEVICE

Technical Field of the invention

The present invention relates to a fastening device for connecting a furniture component to a panel.

Technical background Furniture components are known that are fixed to e.g. a furniture panel by screws. A drawback with the known systems is that it time consuming to assemble the furniture components to the furniture.

The above description of various known aspects is the applicant's characterization of such, and is not an admission that any of the above description is considered as prior art.

Summary of the invention

It is an object of certain embodiments of the present invention to provide an improvement over the above described techniques and known art. Particularly to reduce the time for assembling and to provide a to provide a tool-less assembling.

At least some of these and other objects and advantages that will be apparent from the description have been achieved by a first aspect of the invention that comprises a set comprising a panel and a fastening device for securing a furniture component, such as a hinge, an interior fitting, a carrying device or a slider, to the panel. The fastening device comprises an element with a first element surface comprising a protruding part which protrudes from the element surface. The panel comprises an edge surface and a panel surface. The edge surface is preferably essentially perpendicular to the panel surface. The panel surface comprises an insertion groove. The fastening device is being configured to be assembled to the panel with the first element surface facing the panel surface. The edge surface comprises an edge groove and a flexible tongue is arranged in the edge groove and the protruding part comprises a recess. The protruding part is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove and the flexible tongue is configured to cooperate with the recess for a locking of the fastening device to the panel.

An advantage of the invention may be that the fastening device may be locked to the panel without tools. The insertion groove preferably extends from the panel surface to the edge groove. The insertion groove may be a bottom-ended groove, such as a bottom ended drill hole, comprising a bottom surface which is positioned at a distance from the edge groove.

The element may comprise two or more of said protruding part and the panel surface may comprise two or more of said insertion groove. The insertion grooves are preferably arranged linearly. Each of the protruding parts is configured to be inserted into one of the insertion grooves.

The edge groove may be a longitudinal groove that extends in a longitudinal direction of the edge surface and edge groove may be covered by e.g. an edging.

The edge groove preferably extends from the edge surface to the insertion groove. The edge groove is preferably a bottom-ended groove, comprising a bottom surface which is positioned at a distance from the edge groove. The flexible tongue may be arranged at the bottom surface of the edge groove. The flexible tongue may be arranged between the recess and the bottom surface of the edge groove in a locked position of the fastening device and the panel.

The fastening device and the panel are preferably configured to be automatically locked together when the protruding part is inserted into the insertion groove and the element surface is arranged against panel surface. The protruding part is preferably rotatable relative the element. The fastening device is preferably unlocked from the panel by a rotation of the protruding part relative the element. The rotation may force the flexible tongue out of the recess. The protruding part may extend from the first element surface, through the element, and to a second element surface. The protruding part may comprise a grip device, such as a recess or a wing, at the second element surface.

The second element surface may comprise a fastener for securing the furniture component. The core of the panel may be a wood-based core, preferably made of MDF, HDF, OSB, WPC, plywood or particleboard. The core may also be a plastic core comprising thermosetting plastic or thermoplastic e.g. vinyl, PVC, PU or PET. The plastic core may comprise fillers. The panel may be provided with a decorative layer, such as a foil or a veneer, on one or more surfaces. The panel may also be of solid wood.

Brief description of the drawings

The present invention will by way of example be described in more detail with reference to the appended schematic drawings, which shows embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 1 shows a 3D-view of an embodiment of the invention during assembling.

FIG. 2A shows a 3D-view of an embodiment of the invention during assembling.

FIG. 2B shows an embodiment of a flexible tongue of an embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 3A-D show an embodiment of an assembling of an embodiment of the invention. FIGS. 4A-D show in different views an embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 5A-B show an embodiment of the invention before and after assembling, respectively.

FIG. 6A-C show in different views an embodiment of a flexible tongue of an embodiment of the invention. FIG. 6D shows an embodiment of the locking device adapted to the flexible tongue in FIG. 6A-C Detailed description

An embodiment of the invention is shown in FIG 1 . The embodiment comprises a panel 2 and a fastening device 1 for securing a furniture component, such as a hinge, an interior fitting, a carrying device or a slider, to the panel 2. The fastening device 1 comprises an element 1 1 with a first element surface 12 comprising two protruding parts 8 which protrudes from the element surface 12, even though the element surface may comprise one or several protruding parts. The panel comprises an edge surface 4 and a panel surface 3, which is the main surface of the panel. FIG 1 shows only a part of the panel in a 3D-view. The whole panel is shown in a 3D-view in FIG. 2A. The panel surface comprises a row of insertion grooves 7 adjacent the edge surface 4. The panel surface may comprise one or several insertion grooves. The fastening device 1 is configured to be assembled to the panel with the first element surface 12 facing the panel surface 3. The edge surface 4 comprises an edge groove 5 and a flexible tongue 6 is arranged in the edge groove 5. The edge groove 5 is a longitudinal groove that extends in a longitudinal direction of the edge surface 4. The edge groove may extend along essentially the whole edge surface 4. FIG 2A shows that also an opposite edge surface may comprise an edge groove. The protruding part 8 is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove 9 and comprises a recess 9. The flexible tongue 6 is configured to cooperate with the recess 9 for a locking of the fastening device 1 to the panel 2. The edge groove is preferably covered by a covering element 10, such as an edge band or a veneer layer, after an insertion of the flexible tongue in the edge groove 5. The insertion grooves may be bottom ended drill holes with a diameter of about 3 mm to about 10 mm. The insertion grooves may be arranged in a line and at a centre-to-centre distance of about 20 mm to about 50 mm. The drill holes may have furniture standard diameter of 5 mm or 3,2 mm that may be arranged at a standard centre-to-centre distance of 32 mm. The protruding part may be of a cylindrical shape, such as a rod, with a diameter that essentially corresponds to the diameter of the drill hole. The protruding part may comprise a polymeric and/or metallic material. An embodiment that comprises protruding parts with a small diameter may comprise three or more protruding parts in order to increase the strength of the fastening device.

An embodiment of the flexible tongue 6 is shown in FIG. 2B. The embodiment comprises a first essentially straight edge, which is configured to cooperate with the recess 9 on the protruding part 8, and a second edge that comprises flexible protruding parts 61. The protruding parts are preferably arranged against a bottom surface 14 of the edge groove 14, see FIG 3A. The flexible tongue may comprise a friction connection 63, preferably at an outer tip of one or more of the flexible protruding parts 61 .

FIGS. 3A-D show an embodiment of the fastening device 1 and a cross cut of an embodiment of the panel 2 during assembling of the fastening device 1 to the panel 2. The fastening device 1 is displaced in a direction which is essentially perpendicular to the panel surface 3. The insertion groove 7 extends from the panel surface 3 to the edge groove 5. The insertion groove 7 is a bottom-ended groove, such as a bottom ended drill hole, comprising a bottom surface 13 which is positioned at a distance from the edge groove 5. The edge groove 5 extends from the edge surface 4 to the insertion groove 7. The edge groove 7 is a bottom-ended groove, comprising a bottom surface 14 which is positioned at a distance from the insertion groove 7. The flexible tongue 6 is arranged at the bottom surface 14 of the edge groove 5. The fastening device and the panel are configured to be automatically locked together when the protruding part 8 is inserted into the insertion groove 7 and the first element surface 12 is arranged against panel surface 3.

The protruding part 8 is in FIG. 3B partly displaced into the insertion groove 7 and a guiding surface at an outer edge of the protruding part 8 is cooperating with a guiding surface at an outer edge of the flexible tongue 6.

The protruding part 8 is in FIG. 3C displaced further into insertion groove 7 and the flexible tongue 6 is in FIG. 3C pushed against the bottom surface 14 of the edge groove 5 by the protruding part 8.

The flexible tongue 6 is configured to spring back and into the recess 9 of the protruding part 8 when the protruding part 8 is displaced to a locked position which is shown in FIG 3D. The flexible tongue 6 is arranged between the recess 9 and the bottom surface 14 and a locking surface of the flexible tongue 6 cooperates with a locking surface of the recess 9 for the locking of the fastening device to the panel. FIG. 4A-D show an embodiment of the fastening element in a first side view, a top view, a 3D-view and a second side view, respectively. The embodiment comprises two fasteners 24 at a second surface 15 of the element 1 1 . The fasteners may be used for locking a furniture component, such as a hinge, to the fastening element. Other embodiments may, depending on the furniture component, lack a fastener or comprise one or several fasteners. The protruding part 8 is rotatable relative the element 1 , as is shown in FIG 4B. The fastening device 1 is preferably unlocked from the panel 2 by a rotation 23 of the protruding part 8 relative the element 1 1 . The rotation 23 may force the flexible tongue 6 out of the recess 9. The protruding part may extend from the first element surface 12, through the element 1 1 , and to a second element surface 15. The protruding part 8 may comprise a grip device 22, such as a recess or a wing (not shown), at the second element surface 15.

FIG. 5A-B show in 3D-views an embodiment comprising a first of said fastening device 1 attached to a first end of a connecting element 50 and a second of said fastening device 1 attached to a second end of the connecting element 50. A furniture component 51 , such as a slider may be attached to the connecting element. FIG 5A shows the embodiment before assembling and FIG 5B shows the embodiment in an assembled configuration. A flexible tongue 6 is arranged in a first and a second of said edge groove 5, respectively, and a covering element 10 is attached to a first and a second of said edge surfaces as is shown in FIG 5B. The first fastening device is configured to be locked to the panel at a first edge of the panel 2 and the second fastening device is configured to be locked to the panel at an opposite second edge of the panel 2. The panel comprises a first row of said insertion grooves 7 the first edge and a second row of said insertion grooves at the second edge. The embodiment may further comprise a third of said fastening device 1 at the first edge. A furniture component, such as a hinge, may be attached to the third fastening device.

FIG 6A-C show in a top view, a side view and a 3D-view, respectively, an embodiment of the flexible tongue 6. The flexible tongue comprises a recess 62 which comprises a first flexible wall 65 and a second flexible wall 66 at a first and a second edge, respectively, of the flexible tongue. The first and the second flexible wall are configured to be displaced by the protruding part 8 during assembling of the fastening device 1 to the panel 2. The flexible tongue 6 may comprise one or several of said recesses 62. The first and/or the second edge of the flexible tongue may comprise a protrusion 64 that may facilitate the displacement of the first flexible wall 65 or the second flexible wall 66 during the assembling. An outer surface of the protrusion 64 is configured to cooperate with the bottom surface 14 of the edge groove 5. The flexible tongue 6 may comprise one or several of said protrusion 64. The flexible tongue may further comprise one or more a friction connections 63. The flexible tongue 6 may cooperate with an embodiment of the fastening device, shown in FIG. 6D, that comprises a protruding part which comprises a first of said recess 9 at a first side and a second of said recess 9 at a second side. The first flexible wall is configured to cooperate with the recess at the first side and the second flexible wall is configured to cooperate with the recess at the second side for the locking of the fastening device 1 to the panel 2.