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Title:
RACKING SYSTEM AND COUPLER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/208640
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A wall mounting system comprising at least one wall mount articulable to a wall, and at least one coupling member; the mounting portion comprises two parallelly disposed side walls with a locking portion at a distal end thereof, for snug insertion into the locking slot of the wall mount; and the coupling member is configured with an obstructing plunger slidingly displaceable within a space between side walls, between a locked position, at which the plunger at least partially projects into the first locking recess, and an unlocked position at which the plunger is retracted into the space and out of the first locking recess. And a tolerance cancelation mechanism for a wall coupling member articulable to a wall mount, comprising a pivotal fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape with a wall engaging arc surface for bearing against a wall surface.

Inventors:
BRUNNER YARON (IL)
SHANY IZHAR (IL)
PARIZER URI (IL)
VARDI-BOUGAY AYALA (IL)
BARTON GEORGE (US)
Application Number:
IL2020/050433
Publication Date:
October 15, 2020
Filing Date:
April 12, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KETER PLASTIC LTD (IL)
MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORP (US)
International Classes:
H05K7/14; A47B57/40; A47B57/42; A47B96/02; F16M13/02
Foreign References:
US20130146551A12013-06-13
US20110174939A12011-07-21
US20090236482A12009-09-24
US20180153312A12018-06-07
US5538213A1996-07-23
GB2449934A2008-12-10
GB2110076A1983-06-15
US20130068903A12013-03-21
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DE VRIES, David (IL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1. A coupling member having at a proximal side a utility portion attachable to a utility module, and at a distal side mounting portion attachable to a wall mount, said mounting portion comprises two parallelly disposed side walls with a locking portion at a distal end thereof, configurable for snug arresting within a locking slot of a wall mount; said side walls comprise a first locking lug with an associated first locking recess, and a second locking lug with an associated second locking recess, disposed in register with one another, said first locking recess is deeper than said second locking recess;

wherein the coupling member is further configured with an obstructing plunger slidingly displaceable within a space between the side walls, between a locked position, at which the plunger at least partially projects into the first locking recess, and an unlocked position at which the plunger is retracted into the space and out of the first locking recess.

2. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein articulation or detaching of the coupling member from the wall mount takes place by displacing the coupling member so that the first locking recess encounters a first narrow edge of a rectangle locking slot of the wall mount, thereby facilitating tilting of the coupling member so that an opposite narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot can swing over the second locking lug, into or out of the second locking recess, i.e. into respective articulation or detaching from the wall mount.

3. A coupling member according to claim 2, wherein displacing the coupling member so that the first locking recess encounters a first narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot can be facilitated only when the plunger is at the retracted, unlocked position.

4. A coupling member according to claim 2, wherein the distance between respective edges of the first locking lug and the second locking lug is greater than the length of the rectangle locking slot, whereby the coupling member is barred from axial displacement.

5. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein at the locked position the obstructing plunger is disposed within the top locking recess thus preventing lateral displacement of coupling member so that the first locking recess displaces towards encountering with the edge of the locking slot of the wall mount, thus prohibiting engagement with or disengagement from, the wall mount, respectively.

6. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein at an articulated position the narrow edges of the locking slot are received within the first locking recess and the second locking recess, respectively, wherein a portion of a front wall face and a portion of a back wall face of the mounting wall are disposed between respective walls of the first locking recess and the second locking recess, thereby providing axial support oriented in both forward and backward direction.

7. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein for use in conjunction with a an E-track mounting system.

8. A coupling member according to claim 1, attachable to a wall mount disposed at any desired orientation selected from vertical orientation, horizontal orientation, inclined orientation, ground mounted orientation and celling mounted orientation.

9. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the length of the second locking lug is similar to the obstruction depth of the obstructing plunger.

10. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the distance between the second locking lug and the first locking recess is similar to the distance between the second locking recess and an obstruction depth of the obstructing plunger.

11. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein at the locked position of the obstructing plunger, a lateral face thereof extends between the first locking lug and the first locking recess.

12. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is configured a sliding rod having a round cross section.

13. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is configured with a chamfered distal end.

14. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the obstructing plunger slidingly supported over a support surface within the space between the side walls of the coupling member.

15. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is configured for displacing substantially normal to the mounting wall of the wall mount.

16. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is biased into its locked position. 17. A coupling member according to claim 16, wherein the biasing the obstructing plunger into its locked position is facilitated by a biasing element disposed within the coupling member.

18. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is manipulated by an axially displaceable manipulating member disposed at a distal portion of the coupling member.

19. A coupling member according to claim 18, wherein the manipulating member is a trigger-like member.

20. A coupling member according to claim 19, wherein the biasing element of the obstructing plunger is articulated to the manipulating member.

21. A coupling member according to claim 20, wherein the trigger-like manipulating member is axially displaceable within a finger-safe opening.

22. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the side walls of the coupling member are configured with a front wall portion, assuming a U-like shaped section.

23. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein at the locked position a distal end portion of the obstructing plunger projects into a support opening configured at a front wall portion extending between side walls of the coupling member.

24. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the side walls of the coupling member are integral or integrated with one another.

25. A coupling member according to claim 1, wherein the at least proximal facing edges of one or both of the first locking lug and the second locking lug are chamfered.

26. A coupling member according to claim 1 , wherein the obstructing plunger is normally biased into the locked position.

27. A tolerance cancelation mechanism for a wall coupling member articulable to a wall mount, the wall coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion. 28. A wall mounting system comprising a wall mount and at least one designated coupling member articulable thereto, said wall mount comprising one or more locking slots disposed at a front wall surface thereof; said coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member and said locking portion bears against the front wall surface of the wall mount, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion, at which the locking portion is spaced form the front wall surface of the wall mount.

Description:
RACKING SYSTEM AND COUPLER

TECHNOLOGICAL LIELD

The present disclosure is concerned with a wall mounting system, and more particularly it is concerned with an E-track coupling/fastener mechanism for a racking system. The disclosure is further concerned with a coupler for used in conjunction with an E-track system.

BACKGROUND ART

References considered to be relevant as background to the presently disclosed subject matter are listed below:

- US2,970,358

- US6,948,691

- US8,028,845

- US8,985,922

Acknowledgement of the above references herein is not to be inferred as meaning that these are in any way relevant to the patentability of the presently disclosed subject matter.

BACKGROUND

E-Track is a versatile mounting system that can be mounted vertically or horizontally on any carrying wall surface, for anchoring and fastening thereto different utility modules, such as storage and display facilities, load bars, fastener straps, cargo securing arrangements, and the like. The system can be used for erecting truss systems, scaffolding, stages, different enclosures, etc.

E-track Systems provide reliable articulation and are fit for withstanding heavy loads, and yet are easily attachable and detachable from a wall mount, offering great versatility and modulation whereby a wide variety of bars, straps, beams and the like can be articulated with the wall mount. US2,970,358 discloses a fastening mechanism employed to connect releasably a strap or webbing to an anchor member.

US6,948,691 discloses a mounting apparatus is provided for mounting a computer server in a server rack structure. The server rack defines a first and second mounting apertures. A slide is provided having a bracket mounted to one end thereof. The bracket includes a first wall abutting the rack, and a second wall transverse to the first wall. A portion of the bracket extends into the first mounting aperture. A latch is mounted on the second wall of the bracket. The latch is movable between a first position wherein the latch extends into the second mounting aperture, and a second position wherein the latch does not extend into the mounting aperture. The latch cooperates with the portion of the bracket extending into the first mounting aperture to limit vertical movement of the bracket with respect to the rack.

US8,028,845 discloses, by one of its aspects, a rack for an E-track, comprising: a member; said member having a clip portion; said clip portion having a wall, said wall having a bottom indent and a top indent; whereby said top indent and said bottom indent are capable of being removably secured to an E-track wherein said clip has a shoulder that is capable of contacting said wall; said shoulder is capable of biasing toward a clip portion distal side further comprising said clip having a clip spring receiving member that extends from said clip towards said wall; said clip having a neck that extends upwardly from said shoulder; said wall having a wall spring receiving member; whereby a spring may be disposed on said clip spring receiving member and said wall spring receiving member, and said spring capable of biasing said shoulder against said wall; and said clip portion having a clip portion distal side and a clip portion proximal side; said clip portion proximal side being disposed between said clip portion distal side and said member; and said neck may be capable of being pulled away from said clip portion distal side.

US8,985,922 discloses a rack having a member; the member having a clip portion; the clip portion having a wall, the wall having a bottom indent and a top indent; whereby the top indent and the bottom indent are capable of being removably secured to an E- track. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

According to a first aspect of the present disclosure there is provided a wall mounting system comprising at least one wall mount articulable to a wall, and at least one coupling member; the at least one wall mount has a mounting wall configured with rectangle locking slot; the at least one coupling member has at a proximal side a utility portion attachable to a utility module, and at a distal side a mounting portion attachable to the wall mount; said mounting portion comprises two parallelly disposed side walls with a locking portion at a distal end thereof, for snug insertion into the locking slot; said side walls comprise a first locking lug with an associated first locking recess, and a second locking lug with an associated second locking recess, disposed in register with one another, said first locking recess being deeper than said second locking recess;

and wherein the coupling member is further configured with an obstructing plunger slidingly displaceable within a space between the side walls, between a locked position, at which the plunger at least partially projects into the first locking recess, and an unlocked position at which the plunger is retracted into the space and out of the first locking recess.

A second aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a coupling member having at a proximal side a utility portion attachable to a utility module, and at a distal side a mounting portion attachable to a wall mount, said mounting portion comprises two parallelly disposed side walls with a locking portion at a distal end thereof, configurable for snug arresting within a locking slot of a wall mount; said side walls comprise a first locking lug with an associated first locking recess, and a second locking lug with an associated second locking recess, disposed in register with one another, said first locking recess is deeper than said second locking recess;

wherein the coupling member is further configured with an obstructing plunger slidingly displaceable within a space between the side walls, between a locked position, at which the plunger at least partially projects into the first locking recess, and an unlocked position at which the plunger is retracted into the space and out of the first locking recess.

The arrangement is such that articulation or detaching of the coupling member from the wall mount takes place by displacing the coupling member so that the first locking recess encounters a first narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot, thereby facilitating tilting of the coupling member so that an opposite narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot can swing over the second locking lug, into or out of the second locking recess, i.e. into respective articulation or detaching from the wall mount.

However, the arrangement is further such, that displacing the coupling member so that the first locking recess encounters a first narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot can be facilitated only when the plunger is at the retracted, unlocked position.

The distance between respective edges of the first locking lug and the second locking lug is greater than the length of the rectangle locking slot, whereby the coupling member is barred from axial displacement, i.e. prevented from articulation or detaching from the wall mount, respectively.

The arrangement is such that at the locked position the obstructing plunger is disposed within the top locking recess thus preventing lateral displacement of coupling member so that the first locking recess displaces towards encountering with the edge of the locking slot of the wall mount, thus prohibiting engagement with or disengagement from, the wall mount, respectively.

At an articulated position the narrow edges of the locking slot are received within the first locking recess and the second locking recess, respectively, wherein a portion of a front wall face and a portion of a back wall face of the mounting wall are disposed between respective walls of the first locking recess and the second locking recess, thereby providing axial support oriented in both forward and backward direction.

The at least one wall mount is configured with a receiving space disposed behind the mounting wall, wherein upon attaching thereto a coupling member the locking portion extends through the locking slot with the first locking lug and the second locking lug disposed within said receiving space.

According to yet an aspect of the present disclosure there is a tolerance cancelation mechanism, for use with a wall mounting system, such as an E-track coupling system, and configured for eliminating or substantially reducing freedom degree between a wall mount and a designated coupling member articulable thereto. The tolerance cancelation mechanism can be used in conjunction with a variety of E-track coupling systems and is not restricted to the wall mounting system disclosed herein or to any other configuration.

According to the disclosure there is a wall coupling member articulable to a wall mount, the wall coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion.

According to a specific configuration the wall engaging arc surface is defined by at least a first radii and a second radii, wherein said first radii originates at the pivot point and said second radii is longer than said first radii and originating at an imaginary point extending behind said pivot point.

The wall engaging arc surface of the fastener member is eccentrically pivotal about the pivot point, whereby the fastener member is swingable between the at leas one locked position at which the locking portion projects beyond the proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member and gradually into the unlocked position at which the locking portion retracts from the proximal bearing wall portion.

The proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member is defined as a most proximal wall surface of the wall coupling member, facing a wall mount.

According to yet an aspect of the disclosure there is a wall mounting system comprising a wall mount and at least one designated coupling member articulable thereto, said wall mount comprising one or more locking slots disposed at a front wall surface thereof; said coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member and said locking portion bears against the front wall surface of the wall mount, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion, at which the locking portion is spaced form the front wall surface of the wall mount.

The arrangement is such that upon articulating a coupling member with a locking slot of a wall mount the tolerance cancelation mechanism is activated allowing the wall engaging arc surface so slide over a front wall surface of the wall mount, bearing against it and thus eliminating or substantially reducing freedom degree between therebetween, wherein further the eccentric wall engaging arc surface is pivoted into the locked position entails greater contact force and enhanced tolerance cancelation. Any one or more of the following features, designs and configurations can be encompassed in any of the aspects of the present disclosure, solely or in various combinations thereof.

• The wall mounting system according to the present disclosure can be used in conjunction with a so-called E-track mounting system;

• The coupling member according to the present disclosure can be used in conjunction with a so-called E-track mounting system;

• The at least one wall mount can extend on a wall mountable rack;

• The at least one wall mount can be a singular article integral with or attached to a carrying wall, stationary or mobile;

• The at least one wall mount can be configured over a utility module, such as tool boxes, work benches, etc.;

• The at least one wall mount can be articulable to a wall at any desired orientation, e.g. a vertical orientation, at a horizontal orientation, inclined, ground mounted, celling mounted, etc.;

• At an articulated position the at least one coupling member is disposed substantially normal to the mounting wall of the wall mount;

• The length of the second locking lug can be similar to the obstruction depth of the obstructing plunger;

• The distance between the second locking lug and the first locking recess is similar to the distance between the second locking recess and an obstruction depth of the obstructing plunger;

• At the locked position of the obstructing plunger, a lateral face thereof can extend between the first locking lug and the first locking recess;

• At a vertical mounting orientation the coupling member can be disposed such that the first locking lug is disposed above the second locking lug and wherein the second recess rests over the second narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot;

• The obstructing plunger can be configured a sliding rod having a round cross section;

• The obstructing plunger can be configured with a chamfered distal end; • The obstructing plunger can be slidingly supported over a support surface within the space between the side walls of the coupling member;

• The obstructing plunger can be configured for displacing substantially normal to the mounting wall of the wall mount;

• The obstructing plunger can be axially displaceable along an axis normal to a proximal wall of the first locking lug;

• The proximal wall of the first locking lug can be parallel and coplanar with the proximal wall of the second locking lug;

• The obstructing plunger can be biased into its locked position;

• Biasing the obstructing plunger into its locked position can be facilitated by a biasing element disposed within the coupling member;

• The obstructing plunger can be manipulated by an axially displaceable manipulating member disposed at a distal portion of the coupling member;

• The manipulating member can be a trigger-like member;

• The biasing element of the obstructing plunger can be articulated to the manipulating member;

• The trigger-like manipulating member is axially displaceable within a finger-safe opening;

• The side walls of the coupling member can be configured with a front wall portion, assuming a U-like shaped section;

• At the locked position a distal end portion of the obstructing plunger can project into support opening configured at a front wall portion extending between side walls of the coupling member;

• The side walls of the coupling member can be integral or integrated with one another;

• At least proximal facing edges of one or both of the first locking lug and the second locking lug can be chamfered, to facilitate easy attaching and detaching from the wall mount;

• The utility portion of the coupling member can be integral with or detachable attachable to a utility module;

• The utility module can be a shelving system, a support rack, a belt, a harness, cargo securing arrangements, load bars, structure frames, etc.; • The tolerance cancelation mechanism can be a cam-like mechanism, displaceable between at least one locked position and an unlocked position;

• The cam-like mechanism of the tolerance cancelation mechanism can be continuously pivotally displaceable, between respective angular positions, whereby the wall engaging arc surface displaces over the wall surface to hereby tighten contact therebetween and cancel tolerances therebetween;

• The tolerance cancelation mechanism can be an automatic mechanism, whereby the fastener member can be configured for spontaneous displacing into the locked position;

• The fastener member can be pivotally articulated to the wall coupling member over a horizontally extending pivot axis, whereby the fastener member is configured for spontaneous displacing into the locked position under force of gravity;

• The fastener member can be spring biased into the locked position, whereby articulating the wall coupling member on a wall mount requires momentarily displacing the fastener member into the unlocked position;

• The fastener member can be configured for manually displacement into the unlocked position;

• The pivot axis can be disposed at any orientation with the fastener member non-biased or biased into any of its respective positions;

• The fastener member can be configured with a manipulating grip for manually pivotal displacing it between the respective closed and open position;

• The manipulating grip can be one or more finger grips laterally extending from a side wall of the fastener member;

• The manipulating grip can be a recessed portion configured at a sidewall of the fastener member;

• The manipulating grip can be a gripping surface configured at a bottom surface of the fastener member;

• The fastener member can have a U-like shaped cross section;

• The fastener member can have an L-like shaped cross section;

• The tolerance cancelation mechanism can be configured with a clicking arrangement, wherein one or both of a surface of the fastener member and a facing surface of the coupling member is configured with one or more projections, and the other one or both of the surface of the fastener member and a facing surface of the coupling member is configured with corresponding depressions, whereby pivotal displacement of the fastener member generates light clicking motion;

• An inside wall surface of the fastener member can be configured with one or more relief surfaces for overcoming lateral projection from a surface of the coupling member;

• At least a portion of the wall engaging arc surface can be configured with friction enhancing arrangement, for enhancing arresting of the fastener member at a locked position;

• The friction enhancing arrangement can be roughening of at least a portion of the wall engaging arc surface; such roughening can be for example knurling, ribs, projections, depressions, etc.;

• Contact of the wall engaging arc surface with a front wall surface of the wall mount can be along a line or lines or a surface.

EMBODIMENTS

In the following, embodiments of the present disclosure are described by means of numbered embodiments. These numbered embodiments are intended as an addition to the above disclosure and are not limiting.

1. A wall mounting system comprising at least one wall mount articulable to a wall, and at least one coupling member; the at least one wall mount has a mounting wall configured with rectangle locking slot; the at least one coupling member has at a proximal side a utility portion attachable to a utility module, and at a distal side a mounting portion attachable to the wall mount; said mounting portion comprises two parallelly disposed side walls with a locking portion at a distal end thereof, for snug insertion into the locking slot; said side walls comprise a first locking lug with an associated first locking recess, and a second locking lug with an associated second locking recess, disposed in register with one another, said first locking recess being deeper than said second locking recess;

and wherein the coupling member is further configured with an obstructing plunger slidingly displaceable within a space between the side walls, between a locked position, at which the plunger at least partially projects into the first locking recess, and an unlocked position at which the plunger is retracted into the space and out of the first locking recess.

2. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein the wall mounting system is used in conjunction with an E-track mounting system.

3. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 2, wherein the at least one wall mount is a singular article integral with or attached to a carrying wall, stationary or mobile.

4. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein the at least one wall mount extends on a wall mountable rack.

5. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein the at least one wall mount is configured over a utility module.

6. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein the at least one wall mount is articulable to a wall disposed at an orientation selected from a vertical orientation, a horizontal orientation, an inclined orientation, a ground mounting orientation, and a celling mounted orientation.

7. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein at an articulated position the at least one coupling member is disposed substantially normal to the mounting wall of the wall mount.

8. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 7, wherein at a vertical mounting orientation the coupling member is disposed such that the first locking lug is disposed above the second locking lug and wherein the second recess rests over a second narrow edge of the rectangle locking slot.

9. A wall mounting system according to embodiment 1, wherein the at least one wall mount is configured with a receiving space disposed behind the mounting wall, wherein upon attaching thereto a coupling member the locking portion extends through the locking slot with the first locking lug and the second locking lug disposed within said receiving space.

10. A tolerance cancelation mechanism for a wall coupling member articulable to a wall mount, the wall coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion.

11. A wall mounting system comprising a wall mount and at least one designated coupling member articulable thereto, said wall mount comprising one or more locking slots disposed at a front wall surface thereof; said coupling member comprising a tolerance cancelation mechanism comprising a fastener member pivotally articulated at a pivot point to a portion of a wall coupling member; said fastener member configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape having a wall engaging arc surface, wherein the fastener member is pivotable between at least one locked position at which a locking portion of the arc surface extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member and said locking portion bears against the front wall surface of the wall mount, and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion, at which the locking portion is spaced form the front wall surface of the wall mount.

12. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the wall engaging arc surface is defined by at least a first radii and a second radii, wherein said first radii originates at the pivot point and said second radii is longer than said first radii and originating at an imaginary point extending behind said pivot point.

13. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the wall engaging arc surface of the fastener member is eccentrically pivotal about the pivot point, whereby the fastener member is swingable between the at leas one locked position at which the locking portion projects beyond the proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member and gradually into the unlocked position at which the locking portion retracts from the proximal bearing wall portion.

14. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the proximal bearing wall portion of the wall coupling member is defined as a most proximal wall surface of the wall coupling member, facing a wall mount.

15. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the arrangement is such that upon articulating a coupling member with a locking slot of a wall mount the tolerance cancelation mechanism is activated allowing the wall engaging arc surface so slide over a front wall surface of the wall mount, bearing against it and thus eliminating or substantially reducing freedom degree between therebetween, wherein further the eccentric wall engaging arc surface is pivoted into the locked position entails greater contact force and enhanced tolerance cancelation.

16. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, being an automatic mechanism, whereby the fastener member is configured for spontaneous displacing into the locked position.

17. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is pivotally articulated to the wall coupling member over a horizontally extending pivot axis, whereby the fastener member is configured for spontaneous displacing into the locked position under force of gravity.

18. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is spring biased into the locked position, whereby articulating the wall coupling member on a wall mount requires momentarily displacing the fastener member into the unlocked position.

19. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is spring biased into the unlocked position, whereby articulating the wall coupling member on a wall mount requires momentarily displacing the fastener member into the locked position.

20. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is configured for manually displacement into the unlocked position.

21. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the pivot axis is disposed at any orientation with the fastener member non-biased or biased into any of its respective positions.

22. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is configured with a manipulating grip for manually pivotal displacing it between the respective closed and open position.

23. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the manipulating grip is one or more finger grips laterally extending from a side wall of the fastener member.

24. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the manipulating grip is a recessed portion configured at a sidewall of the fastener member. 25. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the manipulating grip is a gripping surface configured at a bottom surface of the fastener member.

26. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member has a U-like shaped cross section.

27. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member has an L-like shaped cross section.

28. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the tolerance cancelation mechanism is configured with a clicking arrangement, wherein one or both of a surface of the fastener member and a facing surface of the coupling member is configured with one or more projections, and the other one or both of the surface of the fastener member and a facing surface of the coupling member is configured with corresponding depressions, whereby pivotal displacement of the fastener member generates light clicking motion.

29. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein an inside wall surface of the fastener member can be configured with one or more relief surfaces for overcoming lateral projection from a surface of the coupling member.

30. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein at least a portion of the wall engaging arc surface is configured with friction enhancing arrangement, for enhancing arresting of the fastener member at a locked position.

31. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the friction enhancing arrangement is roughening of at least a portion of the wall engaging arc surface; such roughening can be for example knurling, ribs, projections, depressions, etc.

32. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11 , wherein contact of the wall engaging arc surface with a front wall surface of the wall mount is along a line or lines or a surface.

33. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the wall engaging arc surface has a gradually decreasing radii length, from a top portion to a bottom portion.

34. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the wall engaging arc surface has a generally smooth surface. 35. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 10 or 11, wherein the fastener member is a cam-like mechanism, displaceable between at least one locked position and an unlocked position.

36. The tolerance cancelation mechanism of embodiment 35, wherein the cam-like mechanism is continuously pivotally displaceable, between respective angular positions, whereby the wall engaging arc surface displaces over the wall surface to thereby tighten contact therebetween and cancel tolerances therebetween.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In order to better understand the subject matter that is disclosed herein and to exemplify how it may be carried out in practice, embodiments will now be described, by way of non-limiting example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 us a perspective proximal (front) view of a rack system according to an example of the present disclosure;

Fig. 2 is a perspective distal (back) view of a wall mount rack fitted with coupling members according to an embodiment of the disclosure;

Fig. 3A is an enlarged perspective back view of a portion of the rack system, with the coupling member at a locked position;

Fig. 3B is the same as Fig. 3A, with an enveloping shelve removed from the coupling member;

Fig. 3C is a cross section along line III - III in Fig.3B;

Fig. 3D is a planar view of Fig. 3C;

Fig. 3E is a close up perspective front view of a portion of the rack system, with the coupling member at a locked position;

Fig. 4A is the same as Fig. 3A, with the wall mount rack removed;

Fig. 4B is the same as Fig. 4A, with the enveloping shelve removed from the coupling member;

Fig. 4C is front, top perspective view of the coupling member of the present disclosure, at a locked position, isolated from other elements;

Fig. 4D is a back, top perspective vie of Fig. 4C; Fig. 5A is a perspective back view of a portion of the rack system, with the enveloping shelve removed from the coupling member, and with the coupling member at an unlocked position;

Fig. 5B is a front perspective view of Fig. 5A;

Fig. 6A is a an enlarged perspective back view of a portion of the rack system, with the coupling member at an unlocked position;

Fig. 6B is the same as Fig. 6A with the wall mount rack removed;

Fig. 6C is the same as Fig 6B, with the enveloping shelve removed from the coupling member;

Fig. 6D is a back vertical section taken along line VI - VI in Fig. 5A;

Fig. 6E is the same as Fig. 6D, however at a front view;

Fig. 6F is front, top perspective view of the coupling member of the present disclosure, at a locked position, isolated from other elements;

Fig. 6G is a back, top perspective vie of Fig. 6F;

Figs. 7A to 7D are perspective back views illustrating consecutive steps of detaching a utility module, namely a shelve system from a wall mount rack;

Fig. 8A is a perspective view of a coupling member according to the present disclosure, wherein the utility module is an integrated a fastening strap;

Fig. 8B is a perspective view of a coupling member according to the present disclosure, wherein the utility module is configured at a distal end with a utility module articulation member; and

Fig. 9 illustrates the rack system of Fig. 1, with a utility module detachably attached to the rack system;

Fig. 10A is a perspective view of a rack system configured with a tolerance cancelation mechanism, according to an aspect of the disclosure, the system illustrated at a locked position;

Fig. 10B is an enlargement of the portion marked 10B in Fig. 10A;

Fig. IOC is the same as Fig. 10B, with a support shelve removed for sake of clarity;

Fig. 10D is a planar side view of Fig. IOC;

Fig. 10E is a proximal perspective view of a portion of only the wall coupling member with the tolerance cancelation mechanism at the locked position;

Fig. 10F is a planar side view of Fig. 10E; Fig. 10G is a proximal perspective view of one only the wall coupling member articulated to a wall mount;

Fig. 11A is a side, partial image, of the rack system configured with a tolerance cancelation mechanism, at an open position;

Fig. 1 IB is a perspective view of a fastener member of the tolerance cancelation mechanism;

Fig. 12 is a sectioned view along line XII - XII in Fig. 10E;

Fig. 13A is the same as Fig. IOC, however with the tolerance cancelation mechanism at the unlocked position;

Fig. 13B is a planar side view of Fig. 13A;

Fig. 13C is the same as Fig. 13B, with the mounting rack removed;

Fig. 13D is a proximal perspective view of a portion of only the wall coupling member with the tolerance cancelation mechanism at the unlocked position;

Fig. 14A is a perspective view of a rack system configured with a tolerance cancelation mechanism, the system illustrated at a rack-mounting position;

Fig. 14B is an enlargement of the portion marked 14B in Fig. 14A, with a support shelve removed for sake of clarity;

Fig. 14C is a planar side view of Fig. 14B;

Fig. 14D is a proximal perspective view of a portion of only the wall coupling member with the tolerance cancelation mechanism at the rack-mounting position;

Fig. 15A is a perspective view of a rack system configured with a tolerance cancelation mechanism, the system illustrated at a rack unmounting position;

Fig. 15B is an enlargement of the portion marked 15B in Fig. 15 A, with a support shelve removed for sake of clarity;

Fig. 15C is a planar side view of Fig. 15B;

Fig. 15D is the same as Fig. 15C, with the mounting rack removed; and

Fig. 15E is a proximal perspective view of a portion of only the wall coupling member with the tolerance cancelation mechanism at the rack unmounting position.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

In Fig. 1 of the drawings there is illustrated a wall mounted rack system generally designated 10, comprising a pair of parallelly disposed wall mountable mounting racks 12 of the so-called E-Track configuration, each configured with a central longitudinal projection 14 having a front wall face 16 with a receiving space 18 there behind, and further said front wall face 16 is configured with a plurality of rectangle locking slots 22.

Each slot has a pair of longitudinal edges 26 (often folded in sheet material, e.g. parallel disposed flaps 29), and a first narrow edge 28 and a second narrow edge 30. The flaps 29 are spaced apart within the receiving space 18 and are disposed so as to snugly accommodate a locking portion of a coupling member, as will be described herein after. Side shoulders 31 of the mounting rack 12 facilitate articulation same to any surface.

Whilst in the illustrated example the wall mount is one of many locking slots 22 disposed on a vertically disposed mounting rack 12, it should be appreciated that other configurations are possible too, e.g. a single wall mount attachable to, or integral with any bearing wall surface. Furthermore, the wall mount, either a rack or a single mount, can be disposed at any desired orientation, e.g. vertical orientation, horizontal orientation, inclined orientation, ground mounted orientation and celling mounted orientation.

An exemplary utility module is illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, namely a shelving/rack member generally designated 40, configured as a carry support member, thus provided with carrying handles 44 and at least at a top face thereof there is configured a multi location modular articulating system 46. However, it is appreciated that a coupling member according to the present disclosure can be used in conjunction with a variety of utility modules, wherein the racking/shelve system disclosed herein is a mere example.

Disposed within side wall portion 50 of the shelve 40 there is a load bar 60 integrally configured with a coupling member 70, seen isolated in Figs. 4C, 4D, 6F and 6G. The load bar 60 is a mere example and in the illustrated example it is removably received within the side wall portion 50 of the shelve 40, though it can just as well be used as a plain shelf support bar, mounting bar for different purposes, etc. Thus, load bar is a form of a utility module which in the illustrated example is integrally configured coupling member 70.

The coupling member 70 received within a distal end of the load bar 60, and comprises two parallelly disposed side walls 72 with a locking portion 75 at a distal end thereof, for snug insertion into any one of the rectangle locking slots 22 of the mounting racks 12, whereby the external width W of the side walls 72 corresponds with the distance between the flaps 29. The side walls 72 are formed out, in the present example, as a uniform unit with a front wall portion 74 therebetween, imparting the structure a U-like cross section, with a space 76 disposed between the side walls 72.

The locking portion 75 is configured with a first locking lug 80 projecting upwards and associated with a first locking recess 82, and a second locking lug 84 projecting downward and associated with a second locking recess 86, where said first locking recess 82 and second locking recess 86 are disposed in register with one another,

1.e. having a distal wall 88 and 90 respectively of each of the first locking lug 80 and the second locking lug 84 aligned with one another.

It is also seen that the first locking recess 82 has a depth Di deeper than the depth D2 of said second locking recess 86 (when measured from the respective end most portion).

The coupling member 70 is further configured with an obstructing plunger 96 slidingly displaceable within the space 76 extending between the side walls 72, said obstructing plunger 96 being slidingly displaceable between a locked position (as in Figs.

2, 3 and 4), and an unlocked position (as in Figs. 5 and 6). At the locked position the obstructing plunger 96 projects into the first locking recess 82, above an innermost wall thereof 83, whilst at the an unlocked position the plunger is retracted into the space 76 and out of the first locking recess 82. At the locked position a chamfered distal end 97 of the obstructing plunger 96 projects through an opening 99 at the front wall portion 74, thereby supporting the plunger.

The obstructing plunger 96 is secured at a proximal end thereof within a closed trigger like manipulating member 100 fitted for only sliding displacement within the load bar 60 and comprises a biasing member in form of a coiled compression spring 102 bearing at a proximal end against a spring support 104 within the load bar 60, and at opposed, distal end, is mounted on a support boss 106 of the manipulating member 100 and bears there against. The like manipulating member 100 is configured with a secured/closed finger grip aperture 110, whereby sliding manipulating of the obstructing plunger 96 from its normally locked position to the open position is carried out by inserting one's finger into the finger grip aperture 110 of manipulating member 100 and pulling it backwards against the biasing effect of the spring 102. The secured/closed finger grip aperture 110 offers safety in the sense that the risk of pinching a user's finger is educed. It is seen throughout the examples illustrated herein that at least a finger grip portion of the manipulating member 100 extends in register with a corresponding opening 129 in the side wall portion 50 of the shelve 40 and 131 in the coupling member 70

The minimal length Lmin between the respective inner most wall portions of the first and second locking recesses 82 and 86 is shorter than the maximal length Lmax between the ends of the first locking lug 80 and the second locking lug 84, however wherein the minimal length Lmin is smaller than the length of the locking slot 22, whilst the maximal length L max is greater than the length of the locking slot 22. Thus, the locking portion 75 cannot be inserted into a locking slot or removed therefrom by axial displacement, but special maneuvering is required, as will be described hereinafter with reference to Figs. 7 A to 7D.

Further appreciated, at the normally locked position, wherein the obstructing plunger 96 is disposed within the first locking recess 82, it in fact increase the minimal length, giving rise to an effectively 'locked length' L lock wherein L min < L lock < L ma . Thus the arrangement is such that articulation or detaching of the coupling member 70 from the mounting racks 12 takes place by displacing the coupling member so that the first locking recess 82 encounters the first narrow edge 28 of the rectangle locking slot 22, thereby facilitating tilting of the coupling member 70 so that the second narrow edge 30 of the rectangle locking slot 22 can swing over the second locking lug 84, into or out of the second locking recess 86, i.e. into respective articulation or detaching from the wall mount. However, displacing the coupling member 70 such that the first locking recess 82 encounters the first narrow edge 28 of the rectangle locking slot 22 can be facilitated only when the obstructing plunger 96 is at the retracted, unlocked position.

The arrangement is such that at the locked position the obstructing plunger is disposed within the top locking recess thus preventing lateral displacement of coupling member so that the first locking recess displaces towards encountering with the edge of the locking slot of the wall mount, thus prohibiting engagement with or disengagement from, the wall mount, respectively.

Turning now to Figs. 7A to 7D it will be explained how a shelve 40 is detached from a supporting mounting rack 12. It is appreciated that the shelve 40 is articulated to two mounting rack 12, whereby unlocking of the coupling member 70 members should be performed simultaneously, e.g. using he two index fingers of the individual. For sake of clarity reference hereinafter is made to manipulating a single coupling member 70. At a first stage, the manipulating member 100 is retracted by introducing a finger into the finger grip aperture 110 and displacing it against the biasing effect, in direction of arrow 140, into the unlocked position (Fig. 7A), resulting in corresponding retraction of the obstructing plunger 96 into the unlocked position. Now only can detaching take place.

At a second stage, the shelve 40 is displaced upwards, in direction of arrow 144 (Fig. 7B), whereby an innermost wall thereof 83 of the first locking recess 82 encounters the first narrow edge 28 of the locking slot 22.

At a third stage, the shelve 40 is tilted upwards, in direction of arrow 146 (Fig. 7C) whereby the second locking lug 84 is free to swing out from the locking slot 22, from the second narrow edge 30 of locking slot 22, and finally wherein the shelve 40 can be removed (148 in Fig. 7D).

It is appreciated that mounting a shelve (or any other utility module configured with a coupling member according to the disclosure, takes place in a reverse sequence of operations, however wherein attaching the coupling member to the mounting rack or other wall mount, is possible only upon displacing the obstructing plunger into its retracted, unlocked position.

Fig. 8A illustrates a coupling member according to the present disclosure, generally designated 150, configured with a hosing portion 152 having at a distal end thereof a locking portion 156 similar to locking portion 75 disclosed hereinabove, and at a proximal end (utility portion) it is integrally configured with a securing belt 160 having a locking buckle 162 at its free end. A manipulating member 164 is configured for manipulating the obstructing plunger 166 as disclosed herein before.

In the example of Fig. 8B a coupling member according to the present disclosure, generally designated 170, is configured with a hosing portion 172 having at a distal end thereof a locking portion 174 similar to locking portion 75 disclosed hereinabove, with a manipulating member 176 is configured for manipulating the obstructing plunger 178 as disclosed herein before and at a proximal end (utility portion) it is integrally configured with a utility module attachment generally designated 180 and configured for articulation thereto any utility module (not shown).

The example of Fig. 9 illustrates the wall mounted rack system 10 of Fig. 1, with a shelve 40 articulated to the mounting racks 12 and with a container 45 detachable articulated to the multi-location modular articulating system 46 at a top face of the shelve

40.

Further attention is now directed to Figs. 10 to 15, directed to yet an aspect of the disclosure, concerned with a tolerance cancelation mechanism for use in conjunction with a coupling member of a rack system. Whilst the following drawings make reference to a particular rack system, it is appreciated that the tolerance cancelation mechanism of the present disclosure can be used with other rack systems as well, setting as an example the rack mounting system exemplified herein before with reference to the preceding drawings.

It is further appreciated that the wall mount can be of any shape and size, applicable over any surface, at any orientation, and can be configured with any one or more mounting/locking slots.

The wall mounting rack system generally designated 200 (Fig. 10A) comprises two parallelly disposed wall mountable racks 202, each configured with a plurality of elongate mounting slots 204. A pair of wall coupling members 208 is provided (Fig. 10G), one of which is articulated to the respective wall rack 202, and a support shelve 210 mounted over both wall coupling members 208 and secured thereto. US8,028,845 discloses a rack mounting system similar to that illustrated in Figs. 10 to 15, however is devoid of the tolerance cancelation mechanism as will be disclosed hereinafter.

A tolerance cancelation mechanism generally designated 220 is provided, comprising a fastener member 222 pivotally articulated at 224 to the wall coupling member 208 about a horizontally disposed axle 226 (Fig. 1 IB).

The fastener member 222 is a bifurcated-like element (best seen in Fig.1 IB), embracing between its two parallelly extending side walls 223A and 223B a portion of the wall coupling members 208.

configured with an asymmetric sector-like shape, defined between at least a first radii R 1 and a second, greater radii R 2 (R 2 > R 1 ) shown in Fig. 11 A, wherein the first radii R 1 extends from the pivot point 224, and the second radii R 2 extends from an imaginary location 228 behind (and above) the pivot point 224.

The fastener member 222 is configured with a wall engaging arc surface 230 (an arc, though non symmetric and disposed along said at least one pivot radii 224 and at least one imaginary radii extending from an imaginary origin 228), such that a top portion of the wall engaging arc surface 230 has a longer radii than a lower portion thereof. Further, the wall engaging arc surface 230 is generally smooth and however has a locking portion of the arc surface configured with several friction/grip enhancing ribs 232 projecting from the smooth surface 230, the purpose of which will be discussed hereinafter.

It is further seen that the fastener member 222 comprises on its side wall with a manipulating grip in the form of a lateral projection 238 (on both sides thereofjwith roughened top portion, for manually pivotal displacing it between the respective closed and open position, to be discussed hereinafter. More so, a bottom wall surface 240 of the fastener member 222 is configured with roughening, so as to form an under-grip for manipulation the fastener member 222 into the unlocked position (to be discussed hereinafter).

The fastener member 222 is pivotally articulated to the wall coupling members 208 and is so positioned that it is pivotable between a locked position (Figs 10A to 10G; 12) and an unlocked position (Figs. 13 to 115). At the locked position a locking portion (friction enhancing ribs 232) of the arc surface 230 extends beyond a proximal bearing wall portion 250 of the wall coupling member 208 (best appreciated in Fig. 10F, wherein the dashed line marked X is an imaginary extension of the proximal bearing wall portion 250) and an unlocked position at which the locking portion does not exceed said proximal wall portion. At the unlocked position the locking portion (friction enhancing ribs 232) of the arc surface 230 extends behind (or flush with) the proximal bearing wall portion 250 (best appreciated in Figs. 13B and 13C, wherein the dashed line marked X is an imaginary extension of the proximal bearing wall portion 250).

The proximal bearing wall portion 250 of the wall coupling member 208 is a surface which at an assembled position can bare against a wall surface 251 of the wall mountable racks 202. Also noted, in Fig. 11B, an inside surface of the side walls 223A and 223B is configured with ribs 254 which at the assembled position are disposed in tight proximity over a laterally projecting bulge 258 projecting from side wall surface of the wall coupling member 208, such that pivotal swinging of the fastener member 222 between its respective locked position and unlocked position entails a clicking sound associated with mild distinct angular positions.

The arrangement is such that the fastener member 222 acts as a cam-like mechanism, wherein the wall engaging arc surface 230 is configured for following the wall surface 251 of the wall mountable rack 202, whereby the arc surface 230 roles over the wall surface 251, until obtaining maximum angular pivot thereof, obtaining maximum tolerance cancelation. Any such location, where the fastener member 222 is barred from further pivotal displacement is referred to as a locked position. However, wherein each such locked position is a relevant location and can change depending on clearance between the coupling member 208 and the wall mountable rack 202.

In the illustrated example the cam-like mechanism (i.e. wall engaging arc surface 230) is continuously pivotally displaceable, between respective angular positions, whereby the wall engaging arc surface displaces over the wall surface to thereby tighten contact therebetween and cancel tolerances therebetween.

The tolerance cancelation mechanism is provided so as to eliminating or substantially reducing freedom between the wall coupling members 208 (and respectively any element supported thereby, such as a rack/shelve 210 or any other utility) and between the wall mount (racks 202), thus to provide a stable a shake free articulation therebetween.

The arrangement is such that upon articulating of a coupling member 208 with a locking slot 204 of a wall mount 202, the tolerance cancelation mechanism 222 is activated, allowing the wall engaging arc surface 230 so slide over the front wall surface 251 of the wall mount 202, bearing against it and thus eliminating or substantially reducing freedom degree between therebetween, wherein further the eccentric wall engaging arc surface 230 is pivoted into the locked position (i.e. in a downwards direction as indicated by arrow 260) entails greater contact force and enhanced tolerance cancelation.

Mounting a coupling member 208 over a wall mount rack 202 takes place by positioning a bottom indent 261 over a bottom edge of the elongate mounting slot 204. Then, while pressing an arresting clip 263 (Figs. 14A to 14D), the top locking recess 265 (now vacant from obstructing portion 267) is introduced into the elongate mounting slot 204, and the arresting clip 263 is released. Once the coupling members 208 are leveled into the horizontal position, the tolerance cancelation mechanism 220 is automatically activated and drops down (in direction of arrow 260) into the locked position, whereby the friction enhancing ribs 232 encounter the wall surface 251 of the wall mountable racks 202 and bear there against. Enhanced tolerance cancelation cab be facilitated by further pressing the friction enhancing ribs 232 against the wall surface 251 by applying downwards directed force over the lateral projection 238. Once the fastener member 222 bears against the wall surface 251, at the locked position, any tolerances ('freedom of motion') between the coupling members 208 and the wall mount rack 202 is eliminated. Disengaging a coupling member 208 from the wall mount rack 202 takes place in a reverse sequence of operations. Namely, first the tolerance cancelation mechanism 220 is deactivated into its unlocked position, by pivotal displacing the fastener member 222 in a counter clockwise direction (i.e. against the direction indicated by arrow 260). This is facilitated by pressing upwards against the bottom wall surface 240 of the fastener member 222 or by elevating the fastener member 222 through lateral projection 238, whereby the locking portion 232 of the arc surface 230 unlocks and disengages from the wall surface 251, enabling detaching the wall coupling member 208 from the wall mountable racks 202.