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Title:
PANEL WITH A SLIDER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/171607
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a set comprising a panel 8 and a slider 1, such as a drawer slider. The slider comprising a slider surface 15 and the panel comprising a panel surface 16. The slider is being configured to be assembled to the panel with the slider surface facing the panel surface 16. The panel surface 16 is provided with an insertion groove10 and an undercut groove 9, which are of a longitudinal shape. A strip 4 protrudes from the slider surface, and the strip is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove 10 and the undercut groove 9 by an angling motion 42.

Inventors:
DERELÖV, Peter (Lärkvägen 4 A, Helsingborg, 252 84, SE)
Application Number:
SE2016/050333
Publication Date:
October 27, 2016
Filing Date:
April 18, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VÄLINGE INNOVATION AB (Prästavägen 513, Viken, SE-263 65, SE)
International Classes:
A47F5/08; A47B47/00; A47B57/10; A47F5/00
Foreign References:
US5360121A1994-11-01
EP0675332A21995-10-04
EP0362968A11990-04-11
US5360121A1994-11-01
EP0675332A21995-10-04
EP0362968A11990-04-11
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 (8) and a slider (1 ), such as a drawer slider, the slider comprising a slider surface (15) and the panel comprising a panel surface (16), the slider is being configured to be assembled to the panel with the slider surface (15) facing the panel surface (16), characterized in that the panel surface (16) is provided with an insertion groove (10) and an undercut groove (9), which are of a longitudinal shape, that a strip (4) protrudes from the slider surface, and that the strip is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove (10) and the undercut groove (9) by an angling motion (42).

2. The set as claimed in claim 1 , wherein a first strip surface (31 ) at an outer strip part (52) of the strip (4) is configured to cooperate with an outer surface (32) of undercut groove (9) for locking the slider (1 ) to the panel (8).

3. The set as claimed in claim 2, wherein a first angle (33), which is between the outer surface (32) of undercut groove and the panel surface (16), is an acute angle, preferably in the range of about 15° to about 50, more preferably about 30°.

4. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims 2-3, wherein a second angle (34), which is between first strip surface (31 ) and the slider surface (15), is an acute angle, preferably in the range of about 15° to about 50, more preferably about 30°.

5. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims 1 -4, wherein an outer surface (35) of the insertion groove (10) is configured to cooperate with a second strip surface (37) at an inner strip part (50) of the strip for locking the slider (1 ) to the panel.

6. The set as claimed in claim 5, wherein the outer surface (35) of the insertion groove (10) is arranged opposite to the undercut groove (9).

7. The set as claimed in claim 5 or 6, wherein the outer surface (35) of the insertion groove (10) is arranged at the opening of the insertion groove (10). 8. The set as claimed in any one of the claims 5 - 7, wherein a third angle (36), which is between the outer surface (35) of the insertion groove (10) and the panel surface (16), is an acute angle or an essentially perpendicular angle, preferably in the range of about 60° to about 90°, more preferably about 80°.

9. The set as claimed in any one of the claims 5 - 8, wherein a fourth angle (38), which is between the second strip surface (37) and the slider surface, is an acute angle or an essentially perpendicular angle, preferably in the range of about 60° to about 90°, more preferably about 80°.

10. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein a locking element (12) protrudes from the slider surface (15) and the panel surface comprises a locking groove (7), preferably a hole, such as a drill hole, wherein the locking element is configured to cooperate with the locking groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove (10).

1 1 . The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the strip is provided with protruding parts (13), at an upper an/or lower surface, and/or at an outer edge, wherein the protruding parts are configured to cooperate with a surface of the insertion groove or the under cut groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove (10).

12. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein an intermediate strip part (51 ) is extending between the inner strip part and the outer strip part (50, 52) of the strip (4), wherein a fifth angle (40), which is between intermediate strip part and the inner strip part, is an acute angle, preferably in the range of about 40° to about 90°, more preferably about 60°.

13. The set as claimed in claim 12, wherein the intermediate strip part (51 ) comprises an edge part, which is configured to be arranged at the greatest distance from the opening of the insertion groove, wherein the edge part is configured to be arranged at a distance from a bottom surface of insertion groove (10).

14. The set as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the undercut groove (9) comprises an upper groove surface (39) and the outer strip part (52) comprises an upper strip surface (45), wherein the upper groove surface (39) and the upper strip surface (45) are configured to cooperate for locking the slider (1 ) to the panel (8).

15. The set as claimed in claim 14, wherein the upper groove surface (39) and upper strip surface (45) are configured to have a tight fit during the locking of the slider to the panel.

Description:
PANEL WITH A SLIDER

Technical Field of the invention

The present invention relates to a fastening device for connecting a runner, such as a drawer runner to a panel, such as a building panel, a wall panel, furniture component or the like. Technical background

Drawer sliders are known that are fixed to e.g. furniture by screws. A drawback with the known systems is that it time consuming to assemble the sliders 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 the strength of the locking system is improved by embodiments of the invention.

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 slider, such as a drawer slider, the slider comprising a slider surface and the panel comprising a panel surface, the slider is being configured to be assembled to the panel with the slider surface facing the panel surface. The panel surface is provided with an insertion groove and an undercut groove, which are of a longitudinal shape. A strip protrudes from the slider surface, and the strip is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove and the undercut groove by an angling motion.

A first strip surface at an outer part of the strip may be configured to cooperate with an outer surface of the undercut groove for locking the slider to the panel. A first angle, which is between the outer surface of undercut groove and the panel surface, may be an acute angle, preferably in the range of about 15° to about 50°, more preferably about 30°.

A second angle, which is between first strip surface and the slider surface, may be an acute angle, preferably in the range of about 15° to about 50, more preferably about 30°.

An outer surface of the insertion groove may be configured to cooperate with a second strip surface at an inner strip part of the strip for locking the slider to the panel. A load on the slider may normally be at least partly carried by the outer surface, and the load presses the strip surface against the outer surface.

The outer surface of the insertion groove may be arranged opposite to the undercut groove.

An outer surface of the insertion groove may be arranged at the opening of the insertion groove. A third angle, which is between the outer surface of the insertion groove and the panel surface, may be an acute angle or an essentially perpendicular angle, preferably in the range of about 60° to about 90°, more preferably about 80°.

A fourth angle, which is between the second strip surface and the slider surface, may be an acute angle or an essentially perpendicular angle, preferably in the range of about 60° to about 90°, more preferably about 80°.

A locking element may protrude from the slider surface and the panel surface may comprise a locking groove, preferably a hole, such as a drill hole, wherein the locking element is configured to cooperate with the locking groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove.

The strip may be provided with protruding parts, at an upper and/or lower surface, and/or at an outer edge, wherein the protruding parts are configured to cooperate with a surface of the insertion groove or the under cut groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove. An intermediate strip part may be extending between the inner strip part and the outer strip part of the strip, wherein a fifth angle, which is between intermediate strip part and the inner strip part, is in the range of about 40° to about 90°, more preferably about 60°.

The intermediate strip part may comprise an edge part, which is configured to be arranged at the greatest distance from the opening of the insertion groove, wherein the edge part may be configured to be arranged at distance from a bottom surface of insertion groove.

The undercut groove may comprise an upper groove surface and the outer strip part may comprise an upper strip surface, wherein the upper groove surface and the upper strip surface may be configured to cooperate for locking the slider to the panel.

The upper groove surface and upper strip surface are preferably configured to have a tight fit in an assembled and locked position of the slider to the panel. A load may be applied such that a moment force is obtained that presses the upper surface against upper groove surface. A play between the upper groove surface and upper strip surface may cause a movement of the slider in relation to the panel, the insertion groove and the under cut groove, when a load is applied or a load is being displaced. The movement may overtime cause damages to the panel, the insertion groove, the undercut groove or the slider. The strip, the groove and the under cut groove are preferably configured such that there is a play between the upper groove surface and upper strip surface during an assembling of the slider to the panel and until the assembled and locked position has been reached.

The strip may be provided with a friction connection, such as protruding parts, at an upper an/or lower surface, and/or at an outer edge, wherein the protruding parts are configured to cooperate with a surface of the insertion groove and/or the under cut groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove. The friction connection may be an alternative or a complement to the locking element and the locking groove. The slider may comprise parts comprising a metal, produced of e.g. bent metal sheets. The slider may also comprise parts comprising a polymer, produced e.g. by injection moulding.

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. The slider may, as an alternative, be a fixed carrying device for e.g. a shelf or other furniture component.

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 an embodiment of the invention during assembling.

FIG. 2A shows an embodiment of the invention and FIG 2B an enlargement of the encircled area of FIG 2A.

FIGS. 3A-B show parts in the enlargement in FIG 2B. FIGS. 4A-D show an embodiment of an assembling of an embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 4E-F show an enlargement of embodiments during assembling of embodiments of the invention.

FIGS. 5A-B show an embodiment of a slider. FIGS. 5C shows an enlargement of an embodiment in an assembled and locked position.

FIGS. 6 shows an embodiment of the invention comprising a friction connection.

FIGS. 7 shows an embodiment of the invention comprising a slider comprising two strips and a panel comprising two insertion grooves. Detailed description

An embodiment of the invention is shown in FIG 1 during assembling and in an assembled position in FIG. 2A. FIG 2B shows an enlargement of the encircled area of FIG 2A, which shows a schematic drawing of a panel 8 and a slider 1 . The embodiment includes a set, which may be a part of a furniture or kitchen furnishing, comprising a panel 8 and a slider 1 , such as a drawer slider. FIG 3A shows the slider parts of FIG 2B and FIG 3B shows the panel parts of FIG 2B. The panel may be of a rectangular shape and arranged such that it extends in a vertical direction. The slider may comprise an inner part 3, which is assembled to the panel, and an outer part, which is configure to be connected to a drawer (schematically shown in FIG 2B). The outer part is displaceable relative the inner part. The slider comprises a slider surface 15 and the panel comprising a panel surface 16, as is shown in FIGS. 3A and 3B, respectively. The slider is configured to be assembled to the panel with the slider surface 15 facing the panel surface 16. The panel surface 16 is provided with an insertion groove 10 and an undercut groove 9, which preferably are of a longitudinal shape in a length direction of the slider, and may extend over essentially the entire panel.

The panel surface 16 is provided with an insertion groove 10 and an undercut groove 9, which are of a longitudinal shape and the strip 4 protrudes from the slider surface 15. The strip is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove 10 and the undercut groove 9 by an angling motion 42 (see FIG. 4A-D) when the slider is assembled to the panel.

A first strip surface 31 at an outer strip part 52 of the strip 4 cooperates with an outer surface 32 of undercut groove 9 for locking the slider 1 to the panel 8. A first angle 33, which is between the outer surface 32 of undercut groove and the panel surface 16, is an acute angle of about 30°. The first angle may be in the range of about 15° to about 50°.

A second angle 34, which is between first strip surface 31 and the slider surface 15, is an acute angle of about 30°. The second angle may be in the range of about 15° to about 50°.

An outer surface 35 of the insertion groove 10 is configured to cooperate with a second strip surface 37 at an inner strip part 50 of the strip for locking the slider 1 to the panel. The outer surface 35 of the insertion groove 10 is arranged opposite to the undercut groove 9. The outer surface 35 of the insertion groove 10 is arranged at the opening of the insertion groove 10. A third angle 36, which is between the outer surface 35 of the insertion groove 10 and the panel surface 16, is an acute angle of about 80°. The third angle may be an essentially perpendicular angle or in the range of about 60° to about 90°. A fourth angle 38, which is between the second strip surface 37 and the slider surface, is an acute angle of about 80°. The fourth angle may be an essentially perpendicular angle, or in the range of about 60° to about 90°.

An intermediate strip part 51 is extending between the inner strip part and the outer strip part 50, 52 of the strip 4. A fifth angle 40, which is between intermediate strip part and the inner strip part is an acute angle of about 60°. The fifth angle may be in the range of about 40° to about 90°.

The intermediate strip part 51 comprises an edge part, which is configured to be arranged at the greatest distance from the opening of the insertion groove. The edge part is configured to be arranged at distance from a bottom surface of insertion groove 10. The slider comprises a vertical strip part 53 that comprises the slider surface 15.

The first surface 15 of the slider may comprise a locking element 12 and the second surface of the panel may comprise a locking groove 7, preferably a hole, such as a drill hole. The locking element is configured to cooperate with the locking groove for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove.

When the drawer 27, schematically shown in FIG 2A, with a load F1 is pulled out and the outer part 2 is displaced relative the inner part 3 a moment is created with an upwardly directed moment force F2 on the inner part of the slider. The undercut groove 9 comprises an upper groove surface 39 and the outer strip part 52 comprises an upper strip surface 45. The upper groove surface 39 and the upper strip surface 45 are configured to cooperate for locking the slider 1 to the panel 8. The upper groove surface 39 and upper strip surface 45 are configured to have a tight fit during the locking of the slider to the panel.

FIG 4A-D show an assembling of an embodiment of the slider 1 and the panel 8. The slider is displaced 41 in an angled position against the panel and the strip is inserted into the insertion groove and the undercut groove. An angling motion and a displacement motion downward positions the inner strip part into the insertion groove and the second strip surface 37 of the inner strip part 50 against the surface 35 of the insertion groove. FIG 4E shows an embodiment of the slider during the assembling. The angling motion is carried out around an edge 44 between the undercut groove and the insertion groove. The under cut groove is wide enough for having a play between the upper strip surface 45 and the upper undercut groove surface 39 during the angling motion until the strip part is in the locked and assembled position. The play may facilitate the assembling and disassembling.

FIG 4F shows another embodiment of the slider during the assembling. The angling motion is carried out around an edge 44 between the undercut groove and the insertion groove. The under cut groove is configured such that the upper strip surface 45 is displaced along the upper undercut groove surface 39 during the angling motion. The play may provide a more secure locking of the slider to the panel.

FIG 5A shows a 3D-view of an embodiment the slider and FIG 5B shows a side view of the embodiment. The embodiment comprises a strip 4 that extend along the whole longitudinal length of the inner part 3 of the slider 1. The embodiment of the locking element 12 in the FIGS. 5A-5B has a length direction in a vertical direction. The length direction may be in other directions. A length direction in a horizontal direction may be an advantage for and embodiment that is configured to be inserted into a drilled hole during the assembling of the slider 1 to the panel 8. The locking element 12 may be produced by punching and bending a part of the inner part 3.

The upper groove surface 39 of the undercut groove may extend parallel or essentially parallel to the upper strip surface 45, as is shown in FIG 5D, in order to obtain a larger cooperating surfaces for the locking. This may be an advantage for some weaker panel material.

FIG 6 shows an embodiment of the slider 1 , which comprises an embodiment of a friction connection at the strip 4. The friction connection cooperates with a surface of the under cut groove 9, for preventing the strip from being displaced along the insertion groove. The friction connection may comprise protruding parts 13 at an upper an/or lower surface of the strip, and/or at an outer edge, wherein the protruding parts are configured to cooperate with a surface of the insertion groove.

FIG 7 shows an embodiment of the slider 1 , which comprises two strips and the panel comprises two insertion grooves. Other embodiments may comprise three or more strips and three or more insertion grooves.