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Title:
STACKABLE CONTAINER TO BE HUNG FROM A SUPPORT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/008610
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A stackable container for containing and transporting objects, especially newly washed clothes, is provided with one or more retractable hooks (6, 8, 10), to be hung from a support, such as a balcony railing or any other support, in order to help the user when both putting the objects into the container and taking them out of it. The container has a diagonal rear wall (4), where the one or more hooks (6, 8, 10) are to be anchored to the support, and a spacer (1) on its base to move the centre of gravity of the container inwards away from the support, thus keeping the container itself in a horizontal position with respect to the support from which it is hung.

Inventors:
CAMPANI, Giovanni (Cola di Rienzo 2, Milano, 20144, IT)
Application Number:
IT2018/050116
Publication Date:
January 10, 2019
Filing Date:
June 26, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CAMPANI, Giovanni (Cola di Rienzo 2, Milano, 20144, IT)
International Classes:
D06F95/00; A47G7/04; B65D21/02; B65D25/22
Foreign References:
EP1198984A22002-04-24
US5531238A1996-07-02
US4475306A1984-10-09
US2672988A1954-03-23
FR2510349A11983-02-04
US20140224681A12014-08-14
FR2658710A21991-08-30
US4940232A1990-07-10
US5540501A1996-07-30
EP1297739A12003-04-02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
STAMERRA, Valentina (Viale Giovanni Paolo II 11, Lecce, 73100, IT)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Container of any material and shape, useful to contain and transport different types of objects, improved to be hung from any type of support, capable of supporting any weight, designed to be stacked into containers of a similar shape, consisting of:

- two side walls (4) designed to distance the container from the support from which it is hung and move its centre of gravity inwards, allowing the container to keep a horizontal position with respect to the support surface from which it is hung;

- a spacer consisting of a supporting arm (1) coupled to two series of gauge blocks (2 and 3) and rotatably connected to a central component (5) placed on the rear side of the container;

- one or more retractable hooks (6, 8, 10) which can be anchored to any support surface and may be hidden in the container itself;

characterized by the fact that:

- the said side walls have interior angles at the base, the first angle being an angle of between 75° and 85° and the second angle being an angle of between 105° and 95°, where the smallest angles are placed on the rear side of the container where the said walls have a volume varying from a minimum of 0.5 centimetres to a maximum of 20 centimetres (4); - the said supporting arm (1) is rotatably connected to a central pivot (5) provided with two or more snap-in anchorage points, so that, when the supporting arm is in an opening position, the said supporting arm protrudes from the container, extending to a length equal to, or longer than, the length and width of the base of the container, while it extends to a length equal to, or shorter than, the length and width of the base of the container when it is in a closing position.

- the said L-shaped hooks (8) are retractable hooks, placed on the highest part of the container - a hook on the right and a hook on the left

-, have the same length of the side walls of the container and can be hidden in a guide rail (9) running along the side walls of the container itself.

2. Container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that the smallest angles of the side walls (4) create a slope sloping towards the support from which the container is hung, so that this sloping shape distances the container from the said support and acts as a counterweight when the container is in use.

3. Improved container according to claim 2 characterized by the fact that the volume (4) added on the slope and the irregular angles according to claim 1 move the centre of gravity of the container inwards, stabilizing the container horizontally when it is in use.

4. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that the central pivot to which the supporting arm of the spacer is rotatably connected is provided with at least two anchorage points (5), symmetrically coupled to a snap-in component placed on the said supporting arm, where the anchorage points allow to regulate the length of the supporting arm (1) depending on the selected anchorage point.

5. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by a false bottom provided with an opening running along the lowest part of the rear wall of the container, the false bottom having no lower surface, with the spacer placed on the highest surface of the false bottom of the container thanks to a blocking component situated on the said highest surface of the false bottom itself.

6. Improved container according to claims 4 and 5 characterized by a central component (5) rotatably connected to the spacer (1) which, when in use, can rotate 90 degrees, protruding from the opening in the container and adhering to the support from which the container has to be hung, the spacer being extendible thanks to the snap-in component described in claim 4.

7. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that, in a second version of the container, the hooks can be placed on the container thanks to a vertical hinge provided with a moving internal component (7) situated inside a fixed external element (6), the vertical hinge allowing for the hooks to be retracted and rest on the right and left side walls of the container, where two series of gauge blocks keep the hook in a closing position, against the right and left side walls of the container.

8. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that, in a third version of the container, the hook (10) is provided with a hinge (11) placed longitudinally with respect to the long side, with the said long side showing an opening where the hook (10) is hidden after rotation.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 20 NOV 2018 (20.11.2018)

Claims

1. Container of any material and shape, useful to contain and transport different types of objects, improved to be hung from any type of support, capable of supporting any weight, designed to be stacked into containers of a similar shape, consisting of:

- a container body having a front wall, a rear wall, a base surface and two oblique side walls (4) designed to distance the container body from the support surface from which it is hung and move the centre of gravity of the container inwards, allowing the container to keep a perpendicular position with respect to the support surface from which the container body is hung;

- a spacer consisting of a supporting arm (1) coupled to two series of gauge blocks (2 and 3) and rotatably connected to a central component (5) placed on the base surface of the container;

- one or more retractable hooks (6, 8, 10) which can be anchored to any support surface and may be hidden in the container body;

characterized by the fact that:

- the said side walls have interior angles at the base, the first angle being an angle of between 75° and 85° and the second angle being an angle of between 105° and 95°, where the smallest angles are placed on the base surface of the container where the said oblique walls have a thickness varying from a minimum of 0.5 centimetres to a maximum of 20 centimetres (4);

- the said supporting arm (1) is rotatably connected to a central pivot (5) provided with two or more snap-in anchorage points, so that, when the supporting arm is in an opening position, the said supporting arm protrudes from the container body, extending to a length equal to, or longer than, the length and width of the base of the container body, while it extends to a length equal to, or shorter than, the length and width of the base of the container body when it is in a closing position.

- the said L-shaped hooks (8) are retractable hooks, placed on the highest part of the container body - a hook on the right and a hook on the left -, have the same length of the side walls of the container and can be hidden in a guide rail (9) running along the oblique side walls of the container body itself.

2. Container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that the smallest angles of the side walls (4) create a slope sloping towards the support from which the container is hung, so that this sloping shape distances the container from the said support and acts as a counterweight when the container is in use.

3. Improved container according to claim 2 characterized by the fact that the thickness (4) added on the slope and the irregular angles according to claim 1 move the centre of gravity of the container inwards, stabilizing the container horizontally when it is in use.

4. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that the central pivot to which the supporting arm of the spacer is rotatably connected is provided with at least two anchorage points (5), symmetrically coupled to a snap-in component placed on the said supporting arm, where the anchorage points allow to regulate the length of the supporting arm (1) depending on the selected anchorage point.

5. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by a false bottom provided with an opening running along the lowest part of the rear wall of the container, the false bottom having no lower surface, with the spacer placed on the highest surface of the false bottom of the container thanks to a blocking component situated on the said highest surface of the false bottom itself.

6. Improved container according to claims 4 and 5 characterized by a central component (5) rotatably connected to the spacer (1) which, when in use, can rotate 90 degrees, protruding from the opening in the container and adhering to the support from which the container has to be hung, the spacer being extendible thanks to the snap-in component described in claim 4.

7. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that, it is provided with a second variation of hooks that are placed on the container thanks to a vertical hinge provided with a moving internal component (7) situated inside a fixed external element (6), the vertical hinge allowing for the hooks to be retracted and rest on the right and left side walls of the container, where two series of gauge blocks keep the hook in a closing position, against the right and left side walls of the container.

8. Improved container according to claim 1 characterized by the fact that, it is provided with a third variation of hooks (10) provided with a hinge (11) placed longitudinally with respect to the long side, with the said long side showing an opening where the hook (10) is hidden after rotation.

Description:
STACKABLE CONTAINER TO BE HUNG FROM A SUPPORT

DESCRIPTION

DESCRIPTION of a patent for an industrial invention titled: Improved container to be hung from any type of support.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The field of this invention pertains to movable containers, used at home to contain and transport objects - especially newly washed clothes - and provided with one or more retractable hooks, to be hung from a support, such as a balcony railing or any other support, in order to help the user when both putting the objects into the container and taking them out of it.

BACKGROUND ART

This invention relates to an improved container for the transportation of objects that can be hung from a support, such as a backrest, a railing, a balcony railing and so on, by means of one or more retractable hooks. At home and in public places such as laundries and dry-cleaners, but also coffee bars, bakeries and restaurants, it is often necessary to put objects into containers so that they can be moved elsewhere afterwards. Just to make some examples, newly washed clothes are usually taken out of the washing machine and put into a container before being hung out to dry, dishes are often put into a container before being put back on their respective shelves, and so on.

Objects are usually put into receptacles, containers and/or bags to be placed near the users, who will be required to make a great physical effort in the absence of a surface that allows them to maintain correct posture.

This invention aims at improving the already existing containers so that they can be hung from different types of supports - such as railings, backrests, balcony railings, staircases, and so on - at home, in the workplace and in public places.

The already existing containers and bags used to contain and transport objects such as newly washed clothes usually cannot be hung at eye level.

This invention aims at improving the already existing partial solutions to this problem.

Two patents contribute to the prior art relating to devices to hang containers or bags by means of both hooks and other fixed components to be used together with the device itself. Patent [US 2014 0224681] describes a device allowing a container to be hung from a door, while patent [FR2658710] allows a container to be hung from a wall. However, these containers are not easily adjustable to different types of supports and cannot bear heavy weights, risking to be overturned.

A different device patented in the United States [US4940232] relates to a complete structure to hang bags and containers.

Patent [US5540501] needs to be mentioned as well, as it relates to a bag to be hung from a hook by means of a ring attached to the bag itself. Here the difference lies in the fact that the said hook is not part of the bag itself, but it is fixedly attached to the device coupled to it. Furthermore, the invention does not solve the problem of easily moving the surface where the container should be placed depending on the user's needs.

Patent JPH 10211033 relates to retractable hooks which, however, despite being L shaped and thus adjustable also to supports with no openings, cannot be extended and are not provided with the suitable devices preventing overturning.

Some of the containers already existing pertain to the field of balcony flower boxes. Patent EP1297739 relates to a balcony flower box provided with a clamp hook directly attached to the container itself. However, once hung, these containers are not stable, cannot be adjusted to supports of different height and thickness, can tilt forward due to the weight of the objects they contain or can overturn in the absence of a hooked handle, or an appropriate or fixedly attached support.

All things considered, prior art includes different types of basic containers designed to be laid on a surface.

A second category of devices relates to fixed or semi-fixed structures coupled to a container, so that the latter can be attached and/or fixed to the structure itself. A third category includes containers provided with hooked or fixed clasps, such as balcony flower boxes and any other container provided with hooks.

This invention aims at solving all the previously mentioned problems. DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS.

This invention relates to a container having a perfected shape and an improved position of the centre of gravity, provided with extendable upside-down L-shaped brackets, adjustable to different supports without the help of any other fixed or appropriately designed structures to be coupled to it.

This invention also aims at creating a container having bigger dimensions and capable of supporting heavy weights without overturning, although being provided with upside-down brackets instead of the cup hooks usually featured by L-shaped hooks.

Despite the presence of improved elements that can solve the previously mentioned technical problems, this invention keeps the aesthetically pleasing and functional features of other ordinary stackable boxes and containers.

In order to reach the aforementioned aims and solve the problems listed above, an improved container useful to contain and transport different types of objects - such as newly washed clothes - and having innovative and specific features is described below.

90 The above-mentioned aims and advantages, as well as other advantages arising from this invention, will be made clearer in the description below. This description illustrates the best way to design the improved container, but it is not intended to limit or restrict the scope of the invention in any way. With reference to the attached boards:

95 - Figure 1 is an axonometric projection - top view

- Figure 2 is an axonometric projection - bottom view

- Figure 3 is a side perspective view

- Figure 4 is a bottom perspective view, with a focus on the spacing mechanisms

100 - Figure 5 is a rear side perspective view, with a focus on the version of the container provided with side flush hooks

- Figure 6 is a rear side perspective view, with a focus on the version of the container provided with side retractable hooks

- Figure 7 is a section view with a focus on the version of the container 105 provided with a single flush hook.

In particular, Figures 3 and 10 show the volume of the container, which can vary from 0.5 to 20 centimetres, as indicated by number (4). Figures 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 show the spacer (1), while Figures 5, 6 and 7 illustrate three ways in which the L-shaped hooks work. 110 The two side walls of the container are parallelogram shaped, while the front and rear walls, as well as the bases, are rectangular shaped.

The interior angle a at the base of the said parallelogram is an angle of between 75° and 85°, while the interior angle β at the base of the parallelogram is an angle of between 105° and 95°.

115 The parallelogram slopes towards the support from which the container should be hung, which means that the container features a sloping rear wall, so that its sloping shape distances it from the support from which it is hung and acts as a counterweight capable of avoiding a possible overturning due to the detachment of the L-shaped hooks described

120 below.

The novelty of this invention lies in the diagonal wall of the container (4) which - on the side where the hook has to be anchored to a support - acts as a spacing element to move the centre of gravity of the container inwards, from e to e thus keeping the container itself in a

125 horizontal position with respect to the support from which it is hung.

This shape allows for the resultant force (r), obtained by combining the weight of the objects inside the container (i) and the constraint (c), to act at an angle a at the base, against the support from which the container is hung, stabilizing the container horizontally.

130 In such cases, the improved container can also be used without the spacer (1, 2 and 3). The spacer (1, 2 and 3) is attached to the improved container thanks to a component that allows the spacer itself to be retracted and hidden at the base of the container, in a false bottom better described below.

135 The improved container consists of:

- a supporting arm (1) rotatably connected to a first series of gauge blocks (2) useful to move the improved container into a closing position, where the spacing arm is placed just before the first series of gauge blocks (2) and joined to a second series of gauge blocks (3)

140 useful to move the improved container into an opening position, where the spacing arm protrudes from both the second series of gauge blocks (3) and the container itself, in order to allow for the container to distance the support from which it is hung.

- a first series of gauge blocks (2) placed on the front surface of the rear 145 false bottom of the container.

- a second series of gauge blocks (3) placed on the said surface.

- a central pivot allowing for the spacer to rotate and protrude from an opening in the container, so that the spacer itself can perform its function.

150 The gauge blocks are provided with an area capable of accommodating the supporting arm - in a closing position in the first series of gauge blocks (2) and in an opening position in the second series of gauge blocks (3). Figure 2 illustrates the opening position and shows the series of gauge 155 blocks for the closing position.

Figure 4 describes the closing position.

The spacer can be extended thanks to multiple movements, so that its length can be adjusted depending on the distance to be kept from the support where the container is hung.

160 As shown in Figures 2 and 4, the container has a false bottom provided with an opening running along the lowest part of the rear wall of the container, with the false bottom having no lower surface.

The spacer (1) is placed on the highest surface of the false bottom of the container.

165 Through a pivot or any other similar central component, the spacer can rotate and protrude from the opening in the container, in order to perform its function, distancing the container from the support from which the container itself is hung even more than just the parallelogram shape does.

170 This mechanism allows the spacer (1) to rotate 90 degrees.

The most suitable shape for the spacer is a T shape, but other different and aesthetically pleasing shapes may also be used.

The most suitable version for the central component consists of an eyelet provided with at least three anchorage points, so that, when the 175 device is in use, the length of the supporting arm (1) can vary depending on the selected anchorage point.

The spacer (1) stabilizes the container in a horizontal position with respect to the vertical axis of the wall, railing, backrest or any other support from which it is hung, thus preventing an incorrect slope from 180 causing objects - such as newly washed clothes, dishes and/or other similar things - to fall to the ground.

This improved container is also provided with L-shaped hooks.

The L shape allows for the hooks to be anchored to any type of support, while the usual C shape allows for the hooks to be anchored only to 185 walls and supports having openings, such as railings.

The said hooks are retractable hooks.

In one version of the improved container (Figure 5), they are placed on a vertical hinge so that, when the moving internal component (7) rotates to the fixed external component (6), the hooks are retracted and can rest

190 on the right and left side walls of the container.

Here, two other series of gauge blocks keep the hook in a closing position against the right and left side walls of the container.

In another and more suitable version of the container, the said hooks are retractable (Figure 6) and placed on the highest part of the container - a

195 hook on the right and a hook on the left - where the said hooks (8) have the same length of the side walls of the container and can be hidden in a guide rail (9) running along the side walls of the container itself. They can be hidden in the guide rail or taken out from it.

In another version of the container (Figure 7), a single hook (10) is 200 provided with a hinge (11) placed longitudinally with respect to the long side, with the said long side showing an opening where the single hook (10) is hidden after rotation.

In order to be anchored to not only supports having openings, such as railings, but also to supports with no openings, such as backrests and 205 other similar supports, the said hooks are not C shaped, but L shaped.

This means that the hooks are not hooked to the support, but they are placed in position by overlapping.

In order to prevent overturning due to either the weight of the objects inside the container or an uneven support surface, the container is

210 parallelepiped shaped (4) or provided with a spacer (1)

The improved container to be hung from a fixed or movable support through an L-shaped hook can be placed near the users at a height allowing the users to maintain correct posture, without damaging their health or causing tiredness and fatigue.

215 The aforementioned spacer, placed on the rear side of the container, can be adjusted to both the shape and the width of different supports and allows for the container to be kept in a balanced position even when supporting considerable weight. The spacer prevents the L-shaped hooks from being detached from any type of support. The container can 220 be further improved through the addition of a triangle-shaped component placed on the whole rear surface of the container itself, acting as a counterweight capable of distancing the container from any support, avoiding a possible overturning due to the detachment of the reshaped hooks.

225 When the container is not in use, both the L-shaped hooks and the spacer can be retracted and hidden, so that the container keeps the aesthetically pleasing and functional features of ordinary stackable boxes and containers.

This invention can be realized in any shape and material, and it can be 230 provided with dividers of different dimensions or smaller containers to be inserted in the main container and used for specific purposes.

The most suitable materials for the realization of this invention are strong plastic materials, but any other material may also be used.

This invention may be realized in any shape, and the attached boards 235 are for illustrative purpose only.

This invention may be of any dimensions in order to support any weight.

Further explanations may be added to this description in order to clarify potentially confusing and obscure passages.