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Title:
A SET OF PANELS, A METHOD FOR ASSEMBLY OF THE SAME AND A LOCKING DEVICE FOR A FURNITURE PRODUCT.
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/125292
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method, a locking device and a set of panels (1), preferably for a furniture product, including a panel (2) and an adjacent panel (3), wherein the panel (2) includes a groove (21) and at least a first hole (22) connected to the groove (21) via an opening (23), the adjacent panel (3) includes a first edge (31) that is configured to be arranged in the groove (21) of the panel (2) and a second hole (32) that is configured to be arranged at the opening (23) when the first edge (31) is arranged in the groove (21), and the panel (2) includes a locking device (4) configured to lock the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) in the groove (21) of the panel (2), wherein the locking device (4) is configured to be arranged in the first hole (22) of the panel (2), the locking device (4) includes a locking pin (41) and a flexible element (42), the flexible element (42) is configured to, when flexed in a first direction (A), move the locking pin (41) from a locking position to a mounting position and to, when flexed back, move the locking pin (41) from the mounting position to the locking position, at least a part (41a) of the locking pin (41) is configured to, in the locking position, extend into the groove (21) through the opening (23) of the panel (2) and to be at least partly arranged in the second hole (32) of the adjacent panel (3) when it is arranged in the groove (21) and the locking pin (41) is configured to, when moved to the mounting position, be moved in the first direction (A) away from the groove (21), such that the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) is free to be arranged in the groove (21) of the panel (2).

Inventors:
DERELÖV, Peter (Lärkvägen 4 A, HELSINGBORG, 252 84, SE)
Application Number:
SE2018/051320
Publication Date:
June 27, 2019
Filing Date:
December 14, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VÄLINGE INNOVATION AB (Prästavägen 513, VIKEN, SE-263 65, SE)
International Classes:
F16B12/20; F16B5/06; F16B21/08
Foreign References:
DD228872A11985-10-23
DE9417168U11995-02-09
DE202017101856U12017-04-27
US20040165946A12004-08-26
US3742807A1973-07-03
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ENGSTRAND, Ola (Välinge Innovation AB, Prästavägen 513, VIKEN, SE-263 65, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A set of panels (1), preferably for a furniture product, comprising a panel (2) and an adjacent panel (3), wherein

the panel (2) comprises a groove (21) and at least a first hole (22) connected to the groove (21) via an opening (23),

the adjacent panel (3) comprises a first edge (31) that is configured to be arranged in the groove (21) of the panel (2) and a second hole (32) that is configured to be arranged at the opening (23) when the first edge (31) is arranged in the groove (21), and

the panel (2) comprises a locking device (4) configured to lock the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) in the groove (21) of the panel (2), wherein the locking device (4) is configured to be arranged in the first hole (22) of the panel (2),

the locking device (4) comprises a locking pin (41) and a flexible element (42),

the flexible element (42) is configured to, when flexed in a first direction (A), move the locking pin (41) from a locking position to a mounting position and to, when flexed back, move the locking pin (41) from the mounting position to the locking position,

at least a part (41a) of the locking pin (41) is configured to, in the locking position, extend into the groove (21) through the opening (23) of the panel (2) and to be at least partly arranged in the second hole (32) of the adjacent panel (3) when it is arranged in the groove (21), and

the locking pin (41) is configured to, when moved to the mounting position, be moved in the first direction (A) away from the groove (21), such that the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) is configured to be arranged in the groove (21) of the panel (2).

2. The set of panels (1) according to claim 1, wherein the locking device (4) comprises a cylinder (43) comprising a top and bottom base (44, 45) and a surface (46) connecting the top and bottom base (44, 45) and wherein the flexible element (42) and the locking pin (41) is connected to the cylinder (43).

3. The set of panels (1) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein in the flexible element (42) is a flexible lever (42) that in a first end (42a) is connected to the cylinder (43) and in a second end (42b) is connected to the locking pin (41).

4. The set of panels (1) according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the flexible element (42) is an extension of the surface (46) of the cylinder (43).

5. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein locking device (4) comprises one or more locking projections (47) configured to lock the locking device (4) against a wall (24) of the first hole (22) of the panel (2) in at least a direction that is parallel with a depth (D22) of the first hole (22).

6. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein one or more of the flexible elements (42) is configured to lock the locking device (4) against the wall (24) of the first hole (22) of the panel (2) in at least a direction that is parallel with the depth (D22) of the first hole (22).

7. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the one or more of the flexible element (42) comprises the locking projection (47).

8. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the locking pin (41), when the locking device (4) is arranged in the first hole (22), extend in at least a direction towards the opening (23) and the groove (21).

9. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the flexible element (42), when the locking device (4) is arranged in the first hole (22), extend in at least a direction that is parallel the opening (23) and the groove (21).

10. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the flexible element (42), when the locking device (4) is arranged in the first hole (22), extends in at least a direction away from the opening (23) and the groove (21).

11. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the locking pin (41) comprises a first inclined surface (48) that is configured to interact with a wall (33) of the second hole (32) of the adjacent panel (3) to lock the adjacent panel (3) in the groove (21).

12. The set of panels (1) according to claim 11, wherein the first inclined surface (48) of the locking pin (41) is configured to interact with the wall (33) of the second hole (32) to press the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) downward in the groove (21).

13. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the locking pin (41) is configured to interact with the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3), when the locking device (4) is arranged in the first hole (31) and the adjacent panel (3) is moved downwards into the groove (21), such that the locking pin (4) is moved from the locking position towards the mounting position.

14. The set of panels (1) according to claim 13, wherein the locking pin (4) comprises a second inclined surface (49) configured to interact with the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3).

15. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the locking device (4) comprises an unlocking tab (50) configured to be moved in the first direction (A) away from the groove (21) to move the locking pin (41) from the locking position to the mounting position.

16. The set of panels (1) according to claim 15, wherein the unlocking tab (50) is connected to the locking pin (41).

17. The set of panels (1) according to claims 15 or 16, wherein the unlocking tab (50) extends outside the first hole (22) when the locking device (4) is arranged in the first hole (22).

18. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the locking device (4) comprises a heel (51) configured to, when the adjacent panel (3) is arranged in the groove (21), interact with the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) and to limit a maximum distance (Dmax) between the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) and the locking pin (41).

19. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the first hole (22) is a circular hole, a circular segment (25) of the first hole (22) extend into the groove (21) with a height (h) of the circular segment (25) and a chord (c) of the circular segment (25) define a width (w) of the opening (23).

20. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the second hole (32) is a circular hole, a groove that is parallel to the edge or a recess.

21. The set of panels (1) according to any of claims 2-20, wherein a largest diameter (dL) of the cylinder (43) is substantially equal to the diameter (dH) of the first hole (22).

22. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein, in the locking position, the part (41a) of the locking pin (41) extend through the opening (23) into the groove (21) with a length (hP) that is 5-25% of the largest diameter (dL) of the cylinder (43), preferably the length (hP) is 10-15% of the largest diameter (dL) of the cylinder (43).

23. The set of panels (1) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the panel (2) and the adjacent panel (3) is one of a bottom piece of a drawer, a frame and a back piece of a furniture product.

24. A locking device (4) for a furniture product in accordance with any of claims 1-23.

25. A method for assembly of a set of panels (1) in accordance to any of claims 1-23, comprising the step of:

a) inserting the locking device (4) into the first hole (22) of the panel (2), b) moving the locking pin (41) from the locking position to the mounting position, c) inserting the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) into the groove (21) of the panel (2), and

d) moving the locking pin (41) from the mounting position to the locking position, such that at least a part (41a) of the locking pin (41) is arranged in the second hole (32) of the adjacent panel (3).

26. The method according to claim 25, the method comprises the further steps of

e) moving the locking pin (41) from the locking position to the mounting position to unlock the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) in the groove (21), and f) removing the first edge (31) of the adjacent panel (3) from the groove (21) of the panel (2).

Description:
A set of panels, a method for assembly of the same and a locking device for a furniture product.

TECHNICAL FIELD

Embodiments of the present invention relate to panels that may be arranged perpendicular to each other and locked together with a mechanical locking device. The panels may be assembled and locked together to obtain a furniture product, such as a bookshelf, a cupboard, a wardrobe, a box, a drawer or a furniture component.

BACKGROUND ART

A furniture product provided with a mechanical locking device is known in the art, as disclosed in WO 2014/072080. The furniture product comprises a first panel connected perpendicular to a second panel by a mechanical locking device comprising a flexible tongue in an insertion groove and a pin that is inserted into the mechanical locking device to move the flexible tongue.

Embodiments of the present invention address a need to provide an easier assembling and/or an increased locking strength of the panels.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of at least certain embodiments and aspects of the present invention to provide an improvement over the above described techniques and known art.

A further object of at least certain aspects of the present invention is to facilitate assembling of panels configured to be assembled without the need of using any tools.

A further object of at least certain aspects of the present invention is to facilitate

disassembling of panels configured to be assembled and disassembling without the need of tools.

A further object of at least certain aspects of the present invention is to facilitate assembling of panels configured to be assembled with a locking device that is easy to manufacture and to use. A further object of at least certain aspects of the present invention is to facilitate assembling of panels configured to be assembled with a locking device that is in one piece.

At least some of these and other objects and advantages that may be apparent from the description have been achieved by a set of panels, preferably for a furniture product. The set of panels comprises a panel and an adjacent panel. The panel comprises a groove and at least a first hole connected to the groove via an opening. The adjacent panel comprises a first edge that is configured to be arranged in the groove of the panel and a second hole that is configured to be arranged at the opening when the first edge is arranged in the groove. The panel comprises a locking device configured to lock the first edge of the adjacent panel in the groove of the panel. The locking device is configured to be arranged in the first hole of the panel. The locking device comprises a locking pin and a flexible element. The flexible element is configured to, when flexed in a first direction, move the locking pin from a locking position to a mounting position and to, when flexed back, move the locking pin from the mounting position to the locking position. At least a part of the locking pin is configured to, in the locking position, extend into the groove through the opening of the panel and to be at least partly arranged in the second hole of the adjacent panel when it is arranged in the groove. The locking pin is configured to, when moved to the mounting position, be moved in the first direction away from the groove, such that the first edge of the adjacent panel is free to be arranged in the groove of the panel. By a set of panels in accordance to this the adjacent panel and the panel could be locked to each other in an effective way and in an easy way. The locking device exerts a force to the adjacent panel that locks the adjacent panel and the panel together in a good way. The locking device does not need any tools to be used. Further, the locking device is a single piece that is easy to use. Further, by only having a single piece locking device the manufacturing of the locking device could be made in one step and thus reduce the cost for the locking device. The set of panels also involves the advantage of that the adjacent panel does not need to be machined in a complicated manner, since a hole could be accomplished in an easy and cost efficient manner.

According to an aspect, the locking device comprises a cylinder comprising a top and bottom base and a surface connecting the top and bottom base and wherein the flexible element and the locking pin is connected to the cylinder. According to an aspect, the flexible element is a flexible lever that in a first end is connected to the cylinder and in a second end is connected to the locking pin.

According to an aspect, the flexible element is an extension of the surface of the cylinder.

According to an aspect, the locking device comprises one or more locking projections configured to lock the locking device against a wall of the first hole of the panel in at least a direction that is parallel with a depth of the first hole.

According to an aspect, the one or more of the flexible elements is configured to lock the locking device against the wall of the first hole of the panel in at least a direction that is parallel with the depth of the first hole.

According to an aspect, the one or more of the flexible element comprises the locking projection.

According to an aspect, the locking pin, when the locking device is arranged in the first hole, extend in at least a direction towards the opening and the groove.

According to an aspect, the flexible element, when the locking device is arranged in the first hole, extends in at least a direction that is parallel the opening and the groove.

According to an aspect, the flexible element, when the locking device is arranged in the first hole, extends in at least a direction away from the opening and the groove.

According to an aspect, the locking pin comprises a first inclined surface that is configured to interact with a wall of the second hole of the adjacent panel to lock the adjacent panel in the groove.

According to an aspect, the first inclined surface of the locking pin is configured to interact with the wall of the second hole to press the first edge of the adjacent panel downward in the groove.

According to an aspect, the locking pin is configured to interact with the first edge of the adjacent panel, when the locking device is arranged in the first hole and the adjacent panel is moved downwards into the groove, such that the locking pin is moved from the locking position towards the mounting position. According to an aspect, the locking pin comprises a second inclined surface configured to interact with the first edge of the adjacent panel.

According to an aspect, the locking device comprises an unlocking tab configured to be moved in the first direction away from the groove to move the locking pin from the locking position to the mounting position.

According to an aspect, the unlocking tab is connected to the locking pin.

According to an aspect, the unlocking tab extends outside the first hole when the locking device is arranged in the first hole.

According to an aspect, the locking device comprises a heel configured to, when the adjacent panel is arranged in the groove, interact with the first edge of the adjacent panel and to limit a maximum distance between the first edge of the adjacent panel and the locking pin.

According to an aspect, the first hole is a circular hole, a circular segment of the first hole extends into the groove with a height of the circular segment and a chord of the circular segment defines a width of the opening.

According to an aspect, the second hole is a circular hole, a groove that is parallel to the edge or a recess.

According to an aspect, a largest diameter of the cylinder is substantially equal to the diameter of the first hole.

According to an aspect, the part of the locking pin extends, in the locking position, through the opening into the groove with a length that is 5-25% of the largest diameter of the cylinder, preferably the length is 10-15% of the largest diameter of the cylinder.

According to an aspect, the panel and the adjacent panel is one of a bottom piece of a drawer, a frame and a back piece of a furniture product.

At least some of the above identified and other objects and advantages that may be apparent from the description have been achieved by a locking device for a furniture product in accordance with the above. At least some of the above and other objects and advantages that may be apparent from the description have been achieved by a method for assembly of a set of panels in accordance to the above. The method comprising the step of inserting the locking device into the first hole of the panel, moving the locking pin from the locking position to the mounting position, inserting the first edge of the adjacent panel into the groove of the panel, and moving the locking pin from the mounting position to the locking position, such that at least a part of the locking pin is arranged in the second hole of the adjacent panel.

According to an aspect, the method comprises the further steps of moving the locking pin from the locking position to the mounting position to unlock the first edge of the adjacent panel in the groove, and removing the first edge of the adjacent panel from the groove of the panel.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and other aspects, features and advantages of which embodiments of the invention are capable of, will be apparent and elucidated from the following description of embodiments of the present invention, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which

Fig 1 is a perspective view of a set of panels according to an aspect of the invention in an unassembled state.

Figs 2A and 2B are a cross sectional view of a set of panels in an assembled state and an enlargement of the locking device in the locking position. Fig 3 is a cross sectional view of a part of a panel disclosing a groove and a hole.

Fig 4 is a view from above of a part of a panel disclosing the groove and the hole.

Fig 5 is a cross sectional view of a part of an assembled set of panels disclosing the adjacent panel in the groove and the locking device in the hole.

Figs 6A-6D disclose a locking device according to an aspect from four different angles. Figs 7A-7D disclose a locking device according to an aspect from four different angles.

Figs 8A-8D disclose a locking device according to an aspect from four different angles. Figs 9A-9C disclose a cross sectional view of a set of panels according to an aspect in the mounting position, an intermediate position between the mounting and locking position and in the locking position.

Fig 10 is a cross sectional view of a part of a set of panels in an assembled state comprising the locking device in fig 8a-8d in the locking position.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Aspects of the present disclosure will be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings. The set of panels and their parts disclosed herein can, however, be realized in many different forms and should not be construed as being limited to the aspects set forth herein. Like numbers in the drawings refer to like elements throughout.

The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular aspects of the disclosure only, and is not intended to limit the disclosure. As used herein, the singular forms "a", "an" and "the" are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

In the drawings and specification, there have been disclosed exemplary aspects of the disclosure. However, many variations and modifications can be made to these aspects without substantially departing from the principles of the present disclosure. Thus, the disclosure should be regarded as illustrative rather than restrictive, and not as being limited to the particular aspects discussed above. Accordingly, although specific terms are employed, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense only and not for purposes of limitation, for example, definition of dimensions such as width or breadth or height or length or diameter depends on how exemplary aspects are depicted, hence, if depicted differently, a shown width or diameter in one depiction is a length or thickness in another depiction.

It should be noted that the word "comprising" does not necessarily exclude the presence of other elements or steps than those listed and the words "a" or "an" preceding an element do not exclude the presence of a plurality of such elements. It should further be noted that any reference signs do not limit the scope of the claims, that the example aspects may be implemented at least in part by means of both hardware and software, and that several "means", "units" or "devices" may be represented by the same item of hardware. When the word "about" is used in this specification in connection with a numerical value, it is intended that the associated numerical value include a tolerance of +/- 10% around the stated numerical value.

The different aspects of the invention disclosed herein can be combined with the other aspects described herein. Two or more aspects can be combined.

An embodiment of the present invention as shown in figure 1, to which now is referred to, disclose a set of panels 1. The set of panels 1 are preferably for a furniture product. The set of panels 1 comprises a panel 2 and an adjacent panel 3. The panel 2 and the adjacent panel 3 are arranged to be connected to each other and be perpendicular to each other. The panel 2 and the adjacent panel 3 each preferably comprises four edges, an outer surface 5,6 and an inner surface 7,8. The outer and/or the inner surfaces may comprise a decorative layer (not shown).

An embodiment of the panel 2 is disclosed in figs 3, 4 and 5. The panel 2 comprises a groove 21 and at least one hole 22. The hole 22 is connected to the groove 21 via an opening 23. The groove 21 has a depth D21 and a width W. The groove 21 runs, according to an aspect, parallel to an edge of the panel 2. The length of the groove 21 is, according to an aspect, equal to or larger than the length of a first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 that should be arranged in the groove 21. The circumference of the hole 22, according to an aspect, overlap the extension of the groove 21. A plane that defines the connection between the hole 22 and the groove 21 is defined as the opening 23. The hole 22 has a depth D22. According to an aspect, the hole 22 is a through going hole (not shown). Depth D22 may be the same or substantially the same as depth D21; alternatively, depth D22 may be greater than depth D21.

According to an aspect, the hole 22 is a circular hole 22, as disclosed in figs 3 and 4. A circular segment 25 of the hole 23 overlaps with the groove 21. Put another way, the circular segment 25 extends into the groove 21. The hole 22 extends into the groove 21 with the height h of the circular segment 25. A chord c of the circular segment 25 that extends into the groove 21 is another way to describe the opening 23. The length of the chord c of the circular segment 25 defines a width w of the opening 23. The hole 22 has a diameter dH.

The groove 21 has walls 24,29 and a bottom 26. The hole 22 has wall 27 and a bottom 28. The hole 22 defines an axis B. The adjacent panel 3 comprises a first edge 31, as disclosed in figs 1, 2A, and 2B. The first edge

31 of the adjacent panel 3 is configured to be arranged in the groove 21 of the panel 2. The thickness T of the adjacent panel 3, at least at the first edge 31, is equal to or smaller than the width W of the groove 21 of the panel 2. The adjacent panel 3 comprises a second hole 32. The position of the second hole 32 is such that it is configured to be arranged at the opening 23 of the panel 2. According to an aspect, the second hole 32 is configured to interact with a locking device 4 to lock the adjacent panel 3 to the panel 2. The second hole 32 has a wall 33. According to an aspect, the second hole 32 is a through going hole 32. According to an aspect, the second hole 32 has a bottom (not shown). According to an aspect, the second hole 32 is a groove that runs parallel with the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel (not shown).

The panel 2 comprises the locking device 4. The locking device 4 is configured to lock the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 in the groove 21 of the panel 2. Put another way, the locking device 4 is adapted to lock the adjacent panel 3 to the panel 2. By lock is meant that that the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is restricted from moving out of the groove 21 of the panel 2. Put another way, the locking device 4 increases the force in at least one direction that has to be exerted to the adjacent panel 3 in comparison to the force that has to be exerted to the adjacent panel 3 to remove it from the groove 21 without the locking device 4. For example, the increased force may be at least twice as great, or at least five times as great.

The locking device 4 is disclosed in more detail in figs 5 and 6A-8D. The locking device 4 is configured to lock the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 in the groove 21 of the panel 2. The locking device 4 is configured to be arranged in the first hole 22 of the panel 2. The locking device 4 comprises a locking pin 41 and a flexible element 42. The flexible element 42 is configured to, when flexed in a first direction A, as disclosed in fig 9B, move the locking pin 41 from a locking position to a mounting position. The flexible element 42 is configured to, when flexed back, move the locking pin 41 from the mounting position to the locking position. At least a part 41a of the locking pin 41 is configured to, in the locking position, extend into the groove 21 through the opening 23 of the panel 2 and to be at least partly arranged in the second hole

32 of the adjacent panel 3 when it is arranged in the groove 21. The locking pin 41 is configured to, when moved to the mounting position, be moved in the first direction A away from the groove 21, such that the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is free to be arranged in the groove 21 of the panel 2.

According to an aspect, the locking pin 4 comprises a first inclined surface 48. The first inclined surface 48 is configured to interact with the wall 33 of the second hole 32 of the adjacent panel 3 to lock the adjacent panel 3 in the groove 21. The first inclined surface 48 is inclined downwards, such that the base of the first inclined surface 48 is lower than than the tip of the first inclined surface 48. When the locking pin 41 is inserted into the second hole 32 the inclined surface 48 will make contact with the wall 33 of the second hole 32 and the force exerted from the flexible element 42 in combination with the inclination will interact and press the adjacent panel 3 downwards in the groove 21. According to an aspect, the first inclined surface 48 comprises ridges 53, as disclosed in fig 1C, to increase the friction between the first inclined surface 48 and the wall 33. The ridges 53 create a ribbed pattern on the first inclined surface 48.

According to an aspect, the locking pin 41 is configured to interact with the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3, when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 31 and the adjacent panel 3 is moved downwards into the groove 21, such that the locking pin 41 is moved from the locking position towards the mounting position as is disclosed in figure 9B. When the adjacent panel 3 is inserted into the groove 21 the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel will make contact with the locking pin 41 in the locking position as is disclosed in fig 9A. As the adjacent panel 3 is moved further downwards into the groove 21 the first edge 31 will exert a force onto the locking pin 41. The locking pin 41 that is connected to the flexible element 42 will transfer the force to the flexible element 42 and the flexible element 42 will flex in the direction A away from the groove 21. The locking pin 41 connected to the flexible element 42 will move together with the flexible element 4 in the direction A away from the groove 21 from the locking position towards the mounting position. When the locking pin 41 is moved to the locking position the adjacent panel 3 could have moved further downwards in the groove 21. When the adjacent panel 3 is moved further downwards into the groove 21 the second hole 32 of the adjacent panel 3 will be arranged at the locking pin 41. The flexible element 42 exert a force opposite direction A towards the groove 21 on the locking pin 41 as it strives to flex back to its initial position. When the second hole 32 is at the locking pin 41 the flexible element 42 will press the locking pin 41 towards the second hole 32 and at least a part 41a of the locking pin 41 will enter into the second hole 32 and lock the adjacent panel 3 to the panel 2.

According to an aspect, the locking pin 4 comprises a second inclined surface 49 configured to interact with the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3, as disclosed in figs 6A-8D. The second inclined surface 49 will reduce the force needed from the adjacent panel 3 to move the locking pin 41 from the locking position towards the mounting position.

According to an aspect, the locking device comprises a body 43. According to an aspect, the body 43 is a cylinder 43. The cylinder 43 comprises a top base 44, a bottom base 45 and a surface 46. The surface 46 is connecting the top and bottom base 44, 45. The flexible element 42 and the locking pin 41 are connected to the cylinder 43.

According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 is a flexible lever 42 that in a first end 42a is connected to the cylinder 43 and in a second end 42b is connected to the locking pin 41, as disclosed in figure 7 and 8. According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 is an extension of the surface 46 of the cylinder 43, as disclosed in figs 7A and 8A. Put another way, the flexible element 42 may extend from the bottom base 45 of the cylinder 43 towards the top base 44.

According to an aspect, the flexible element 42, extends in at least a direction that is parallel the opening 23 and the groove 21 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22, as disclosed in figs 6A-6D.

According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 extend in at least a direction away from the opening 23 and the groove 21 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22, as disclosed in figs 6A-6D. According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 extend in at least the direction A from the opening 23 and the groove 21 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 extends in an inclined direction from the cylinder 43. According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 extends in an oblique direction from the cylinder 43.

According to an aspect, the locking device 4 comprises one or more locking projections 47 configured to lock the locking device 4 against the wall 27 of the first hole 22 of the panel 2 in at least a direction that is parallel with a depth D22 of the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the locking projections 47 extend in the radial direction from the surface 46 of the cylinder 43. According to an aspect, the locking projections 47 each have an inclined surface 47a as disclosed in fig 7C. The inclined surface 47a is inclined downwards towards the bottom base 45. When the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22 the locking projections 47 will interact with the wall 27 of the first hole 22 and act as barbs and restrict an upward movement of the locking device 4 in the first hole 22.

According to an aspect, the locking projections 47 extend further in the radial direction of the cylinder 43 than the largest diameter dL of the first hole 22. When the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22, the locking projections 47 make contact with the walls 24 of the first hole 22 and bend upwards. If a upward force is exerted on the locking device 4 the locking projections 47 will act as barbs and lock the locking device 4 with a high force in the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the locking projections 47 are adapted to cut into the wall 27 of the first hole 22 when the locking device is moved from the mounting position towards the locking position. The locking projections 47 will exert a force against the wall 27 of the hole 22. If the force exceeds a value, depending on the material of the locking device 4 and the wall 27, the locking projections 47 of the locking device 4 will cut into the wall 27.

According to an aspect, the one or more of the flexible elements 42 is configured to lock the locking device 4 against the wall 27 of the first hole 22 of the panel 2 in at least a direction that is parallel with the depth D22 of the first hole 22.

According to an aspect, the locking projections 47 are positioned at different positions over the surface 46. The number of locking projections 47 needed depends on the force that the locking device 4 should be able to resist without being moved upwards or disassembled from the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the locking device 4 comprises fifteen locking projections 47 arranged in three different directions on the surface 46, as disclosed in figs 7A-7D and 8A-D.

According to an aspect, the one or more of the flexible element 42 comprises the locking projection 47, as disclosed in figs 6A-D. The flexible element 42 is configured to function as both a flexible element 42, moving the locking pin 41 between the mounting and locking position, and as a locking projection 47, locking the locking device 4 in the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 and the locking projection 47 is an integrated part 42, 47. According to an aspect, the locking pin 41 extends in at least a direction towards the opening 23 and the groove 21 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22, as disclosed in figs 2A, 2B, 5, 9A-9C, and 10. According to an aspect, the width of the locking pin 41 is smaller than the width w of the opening 23.

According to an aspect, the locking device 4 comprises an unlocking tab 50, as disclosed in figure 8A-8D and 10. The unlocking tab 50 is configured to be moved in the first direction A away from the groove 21 to move the locking pin 41 from the locking position to the mounting position. According to an aspect, the unlocking tab 50 is connected to the locking pin 41.

According to an aspect, the unlocking tab 50 extends outside the first hole 2 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22. According to an aspect, the unlocking tab 50 is arranged flush to an upper opening of the first hole 22 when the locking device 4 is arranged in the first hole 22. A user of the set of panels 1 can reach the unlocking tab 50 and move it in a direction away from the groove 21 and the unlocking tab 50 will move the locking pin 41 from the locking position to the mounting position. The locking pin 41 will in turn move the flexible element 42 and after the force on the unlocking tab 50 is released the flexible element 42 will flex back and move the locking pin 41 back to the locking position. According to an aspect, the unlocking tab 50 is used to camouflage the locking device 4 and the first hole 22 to hide the mounting of the set of panels 1 to each other in a pleasant way.

According to an aspect, the locking device 4 comprises a heel 51 configured to, when the adjacent panel 3 is arranged in the groove 21, interact with the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 and to limit a maximum distance Dmax between the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 and the locking pin 41. As the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is moved downwards in the groove 21 to the position where the second hole 32 is arranged at the locking pin 41, the first edge 31 should not be moved further downwards. If the first edge 31 is moved further downwards it could arrange the second hole 32 too low in the groove 21 and the locking force between the locking pin 41 and the second hole 32 could be reduced. The heel 51 will make contact with the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 and if the first edge 31 is moved further downwards the locking device 4 will move together with the adjacent panel 3 and the desired position between the second hole 32 and the locking pin 41 is achieved. According to an aspect, the first hole 22 is a circular hole. A circular segment 25 of the circular shape of the first hole 22 extend into the groove 21 with a height h of the circular segment 25 and a chord c of the circular segment 25 define a width w of the opening 23.

According to an aspect, the second hole 32 is a circular hole, a groove that is parallel to the edge, or a recess.

According to an aspect, the largest diameter (dL) of the locking device 43 is substantially equal to the diameter dH of the first hole 22.

According to an aspect, the cylinder 43 is an eccentric cylinder 43. By eccentric cylinder 43 is meant that the cylinder 43 has different lengths of its axis in different directions. According to an aspect, the eccentric shape of the cylinder is one or a combination of a snail shape, an elliptic shape, an egg shape or a drop shape.

The locking device 4 may, according to an aspect, be made of one or a mix of a metal or a polymer material, such as a thermoplastic material, preferably with a reinforcement, such as glass fibre. The locking device may be produced by injection moulding.

According to an aspect the cylinder 43 is a hollow cylinder 43.

According to an aspect, the largest diameter dL of the locking device 4 is substantially equal to the diameter dH of the first hole 11. Put another way, the largest diameter dL of the locking device 4 is the longest distance along a line between two points on the surface 46. According to an aspect, the largest diameter dL of the locking device 4 is the longest distance along a line between two points on the surface 46 and including a central point of the cylinder 43. By having the diameter including the largest diameter dL of the locking device 4 being designed to correlate with the diameter of the hole 22, the locking device 4 can be arranged in the first hole 22 and held in position in the hole 22 by friction between the wall 27 of the first hole 22 and the locking device4.

According to an aspect, the locking device 4 is configured to be moved between the mounting position and the locking position by a user or a machine inserting the adjacent panel 3 in the groove and the first edge 31 and the locking pin 41 interact or that the locking pin 41 is moved by the user, for instance via moving the unlocking tab 50. In the mounting position the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is free to be arranged in the groove 21 of the panel 2. The first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is arranged in the groove 21 by moving the adjacent panel 3 toward the panel 2, as shown by the arrow in figure 9a, and inserting the first edge 31 into the groove 21.

According to an aspect, the locking pin 41 does not extend through the opening 23 into the groove 21 in the mounting position.

In the locking position the part 41a of the locking pin 41 of the locking device 4 extends into the groove 21 through the opening 23 and lock the adjacent panel 3 in the groove 21, as disclosed in figure 5. In the locking position the adjacent panel 3 is locked against the panel 2 and the locking pin 41 is arranged in the second hole 32. According to an aspect, the locking pin 4 is arranged to, in the locking position, lock the adjacent panel 3 to the panel 2 by pressing it against the wall 24 of the groove 21. The part 41a that extend into the groove 21 makes contact with the adjacent panel 3 and press it against the wall 24 of the groove 21. The part 41a of the locking pin 41 extends through the opening 23 with a length hP, as disclosed in figure 5. According to an aspect, the part 41a of the locking pin 41 extends, in the locking position, through the opening 23 into the groove 21 with a length hP that is 5-25% of the largest diameter dL of the cylinder 41. According to an aspect, the part 41a of the locking pin 41 extends, in the locking position, through the opening 23 into the groove 21 with a length hP that is 10-15% of the largest diameter dL of the cylinder 41.

According to an aspect, the radial direction of the cylinder that the part 41a of the locking pin 41 extends into the groove 21 in the locking position substantially corresponds to the height h of the circular segment 25. Put another way, the direction of the height h of the circular segment 25 is the same as the direction of the length hP of the part 41a of the locking pin 41.

According to an aspect, the length of the part 41a of the locking pin 41 that extends into the groove 21 through the opening 23 is configured to gradually increase when the locking device 4 is moved from the mounting position to the locking position. This gives a user of the locking device 4 tactile feedback of that the adjacent panel 3 is tighter and tighter locked in the groove

21. According to an aspect, the adjacent panel 3 comprises further edges that are configured to be locked against further panels 2.

According to an aspect, the panel 2 comprises two or more holes 22 and a corresponding number of locking devices 4 configured to be arranged in each hole 22. According to an aspect, the panel 2 comprises two or more grooves 21.

According to an aspect, the panel 2 and the adjacent panel 3 is one of a bottom piece of a drawer, a frame, an enforcement panel and a back piece of a furniture product.

According to an aspect, the flexible element 42 is configured to flex a distance in the direction A that is equal to or longer than the length hP of the part 41a of the locking pin 4 that extend into the second hole 32 in the locking position.

Hereafter a method for assembly and disassembly of the set of panels 1 according to the above will be described with reference to figs 9A-9C.

When a user should assembly the set of panels 1 the following step is performed. The locking device 4 is inserted into the first hole 22 of the panel 2. The locking pin 41 is moved from the locking position to the mounting position while the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is inserted into the groove 21 of the panel 2. The locking pin 41 is then moved from the mounting position to the locking position, such that at least a part 41a of the locking pin 41 is arranged in the second hole 32 of the adjacent panel 3. The set of panels 1 is now locked to each other.

According to an aspect, the locking device 4 is inserted into the first hole 22 in a factory by another user or by a machine. Thus the steps of the method could be divided to be performed by different users or by a machine.

After the set of panels 1 are assembled and the user, or another user, would like to disassembly the set of panels 1, the following steps are performed. Moving the locking pin 41 from the locking position to the mounting position unlocks the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 in the groove 21. When the locking pin 41 is moved towards the mounting position the part 41a of the locking pin 41 that was arranged in the second hole 32 is moved out of the second hole 32 and the lock between the panel and the adjacent panel is unlocked. Thereafter the first edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 is removed from the groove 21 of the panel

(2).

According to an aspect, the above steps are repeated and the set of panels 1 is assembled again. According to an aspect, the panel 2 and/or the adjacent panel 3 is locked to another adjacent panel 3 and/or panel 2.

According to an aspect, the groove 21 of the panel 3 has a width W that is equal to or smaller than the width T of the adjacent panel 3 and the largest diameter dL of the locking device 3 and that is larger than the width T of the adjacent panel 3 and the smallest diameter of the locking device 3. According to an aspect, the edge 31 of the adjacent panel 3 and the locking device 4 is configured to be arranged in the groove 21 and the locking device 4 is moved in the groove 21 between the mounting position and the locking position.

According to an aspect, the set of panels 1 are one of a bottom piece of a drawer, a frame and a back piece of a furniture product.

According to an aspect, the set of panels are resilient panels. The resilient panels may comprise a core comprising thermoplastic material. The thermoplastic material may be foamed.

The thermoplastic material may comprise polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyester, polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyurethane (PU), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyacrylate, methacrylate, polycarbonate, polyvinyl butyral, polybutylene terephthalate, or a combination thereof. The core may be formed of several layers.

The aspects described above may comprise a decorative layer, such as a decorative foil comprising a thermoplastic material. The thermoplastic material of the decorative layer may be or comprise polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyester, polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyurethane (PU), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyacrylate, methacrylate, polycarbonate, polyvinyl butyral, polybutylene terephthalate, or a combination thereof. The decorative foil is preferably printed, for example by direct printing, rotogravure, or digital printing. According to an aspect, the decorative layer may comprise a veneer or a paper sheet, such as a melamine-formaldehyde impregnated paper sheet, such as a direct pressure laminate or a high pressure laminate (HPL). The aspects described above may comprise a wear layer such as a film or foil. The wear layer may comprise thermoplastic material. The thermoplastic material may be polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyester, polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyurethane (PU), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyacrylate, methacrylate, polycarbonate, polyvinyl butyral, polybutylene terephthalate, or a combination thereof.

The aspects described above may comprise panels composing a wood base core, such as HDF, MDF, plywood, particleboard, OSB or masonite.