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Title:
CURBSIDE BIN SECUREMENT APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/150772
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Curbside bin securement apparatus has a wheeled bin having a body rearwardly engaging a sideways wheel supporting axle and having a recess within a base thereof from front to rear and a magnet switch housing located within the recess, the magnetic switch housing has a magnetic switch at a front thereof. The magnetic switch has a rotatably engaged diametrically magnetised magnet member, the magnet member rotatable through 90° between a non-attracting orientation and a pedal exposed from a rear of the housing. A mechanical linkage rotatably couples the pedal to the magnet member such that depressing the panel rotates the magnetic member to the non-attracting orientation such that the bin can be secured to a baseplate in use when the magnet member is in the attracting orientation.

Inventors:
PERETZ GAD (AU)
Application Number:
PCT/AU2020/050031
Publication Date:
July 30, 2020
Filing Date:
January 22, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
PERETZ GAD (AU)
International Classes:
B65F1/14
Domestic Patent References:
WO2018027279A12018-02-15
Foreign References:
US9010562B12015-04-21
US20150360862A12015-12-17
EP0360494A11990-03-28
US9905094B12018-02-27
US8807579B22014-08-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ACTUATE PATENTS (AU)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Curbside bin securement apparatus comprising a wheeled bin comprising a body rearwardly engaging a sideways wheel supporting axle and having a recess within a base thereof from front to rear, and a magnet switch housing located within the recess, the magnetic switch housing comprising a magnetic switch at a front thereof, the magnetic switch comprising a rotatably engaged diametrically magnetised magnet member, the magnet member rotatable through 90° between a non-attracting orientation wherein a magnetic field thereof is not created under the magnetic switch and an orthogonal attracting orientation wherein the magnetic field thereof is created under the magnetic switch, and a pedal exposed from a rear of the housing, mechanical linkage rotatably coupling the pedal to the magnet member such that depressing the panel rotates the magnetic member to the non-attracting orientation and a baseplate for curbside securement such that the bin can be secured to the baseplate in use when the magnet member is in the attracting orientation.

2. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein the magnet switch housing comprises a structural support defining spaced apart apex apertures and wherein the linkage comprises a fulcrum pin which rotatably locates and across the apex apertures, the linkage comprising at least one proximal lever coupled to the pedal and a distal lever coupled to the magnetic switch.

3. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the linkage comprises switching linkage comprising an aperture engaging and axle coupled to the magnet member and a slot which slidably engages a fastener engaged through a distal aperture of a distal end of the distal lever.

4. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the at least one proximal lever comprises a pair of proximal levers.

5. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the at least one proximal lever and the distal lever are angled downwardly with respect to the fulcrum pin.

6. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the pedal is angled upwardly at a juncture from the proximal lever.

7. Apparatus as claimed in claim 6, wherein the juncture locates under the axle.

8. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the structural support is injection moulded plastic.

9. Apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein the structural support comprises a plurality of fastener apertures which collocate with a plurality of fastener apertures of the recess for the insertion of fasteners in alignment therethrough.

10. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein the magnet member is biased to the attracting orientation.

11. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein the baseplate comprises a convex upper surface and wherein the magnetic switch comprises a corresponding concave undersurface such that the magnetic switch can engage the baseplate at various angles.

12. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein the baseplate has a length greater than a width of the magnetic switch.

13. Apparatus as claimed in claim 12, wherein the length is greater than the width by more than 100 mm.

14. Apparatus as claimed in claim 12, wherein the baseplate has a length of between 220 and 260 mm.

15. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein the convex upper surface comprises a plurality of recessed fastener apertures therein.

16. Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a spacer plate which locate under the baseplate to elevate the baseplate.

17. Apparatus as claimed in claim 16, wherein this baseplate comprises a cross-section informing with that of the baseplate.

18. The method of securing a wheeled bin to a curb, the method comprising affixing a magnetically attractive baseplate to the curb and wherein the wheeled bin comprises a body rearwardly engaging a sideways wheel supporting axle and having a recess within a base thereof from front to rear, and a magnet switch housing located within the recess, the magnetic switch housing comprising a magnetic switch at a front thereof, the magnetic switch comprising a rotatably engaged diametrically magnetised magnet member, the magnet member rotatable through 90° between a non-attracting orientation wherein a magnetic field thereof is not created under the magnetic switch and an orthogonal attracting orientation wherein the magnetic field thereof is created under the magnetic switch, and a pedal exposed from a rear of the housing, mechanical linkage rotatably coupling the pedal to the magnet member such that depressing the panel rotates the magnetic member to the non-attracting orientation and wherein the method comprises locating the magnetic switch above the baseplate in the attracting orientation such that the magnetised magnet member thereof magnetically attracts the baseplate.

19. The method as claimed in claim 18, further comprising depressing the pedal so as to rotate the magnet member to the non-attracting orientation and pulling rearwardly on upper rearward handles of the wheeled bin to pivot the bin about the axle to lift the magnetic switch from the baseplate.

Description:
Curbside bin securement apparatus

Field of the Invention

[1] This invention relates generally to apparatus for securing a wheeled bin to a curb.

Summary of the Disclosure

[2] There is provided herein curbside bin securement apparatus which comprises a wheeled bin having a body, typically of plastic, which rearwardly engages a sideways wheel supporting axle such that the bin can be wheeled about. However, the present body is shaped to have a recess within a base thereof from front to rear. The apparatus further comprises a magnet switch housing secured within the recess.

[3] The magnetic switch housing has a magnetic switch at the front and a pedal accessible at the rear.

[4] The magnetic switch has a rotatably engaged diametrically magnetised magnet member rotatable through 90° between a non-attracting orientation wherein a magnetic field thereof is not created under the magnetic switch and an orthogonal attracting orientation wherein the magnetic field thereof is created under the magnetic switch. Depressing the pedal acts on a mechanical linkage to rotate the magnet member to the non-attracting orientation.

[5] As such, the bin may be placed atop a baseplate and magnetically attracted thereto. However, for the release of the bin, the pedal may be depressed so as to disengage the magnetic switch, allowing the bin to be pulled rearwardly by the upper rear handles thereof for removal.

[6] Other aspects of the invention are also disclosed.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[7] Notwithstanding any other forms which may fall within the scope of the present invention, preferred embodiments of the disclosure will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

[8] Figure 1 shows a bottom perspective exploded view of curbside bin securement apparatus in accordance with an embodiment;

[9] Figure 2 shows magnetic switch housing in accordance with an embodiment;

[10] Figure 5 - 8 show various views of the apparatus;

[11] Figure 3 and 4 illustrates the rotating of a magnet member of a magnetic switch of the magnet switch housing between non-attracting and attracting orientations;

[12] Figure 9 illustrates the securement of the wheeled bin to a baseplate fastened to a curb;

[13] Figures 10 shows the baseplate in further detail; [14] Figure 11 shows the base plate with a spacer thereunderneath in accordance with an embodiment;

[15] Figures 12 and 13 illustrate the way in which the apparatus can be engaged to a raised curb at an angle or a recessed curb in an embodiment;

[16] Figure 14 shows the engagement of the magnetic switch to the baseplate in further detail;

[17] Figure 15 illustrates lateral spacing tolerance of the elongate baseplate in embodiments;

[18] Figure 16 illustrates the engagement of the magnetic switch to the curb at various angles; and

[19] Figure 17 illustrates the engagement of the magnetic switch to the baseplate in further detail.

Description of Embodiments

[20] Curbside bin securement apparatus 100 comprises a wheeled the bin 103 comprising a body 104 rearwardly engaging a sideways wheel supporting axle 105. The body 104 may have a recess 106 within a base 107 thereof from front to rear.

[21] Magnetic switch housing 108 locates within the recess and which may be secured therein using a plurality of fasteners 109.

[22] The housing 108 may comprise structural support 110 which may be plastic, and injection moulded. The housing 108 comprises a magnetic switch 111 engaged at a front thereof. The magnetic switch 111 may be received within correspondingly shaped engagement 112 and fastened thereto using fasteners 103.

[23] The magnetic switch 111 comprises a rotatably engaged diametrically magnetised magnet member 113 therein. With reference to Figures 3 and 4, the magnet member 113 can rotate through 90° between non-attracting orientation as shown in Figure 4 wherein a magnetic field thereof 114 is not created under the magnetic switch 111 and an orthogonal attracting orientation shown in Figure 3 wherein the magnetic field thereof 114 is created under the magnetic switch 111.

[24] A pedal 115 is exposed from a rear of the housing 108 so as to extend rearwardly behind the body 104 of the wheeled bin.

[25] A mechanical linkage rotatably coupled the panel 115 to the magnet member 113 such that depressing the pedal in the manner shown in Figure 4 rotates the magnetic member 113 to the non attracting orientation.

[26] The apparatus 100 further comprises a magnetically attractive baseplate 116 which is secured to a curb 117 in use.

[27] As such, in the manner illustrated in Figure 9, the wheeled bin 103 may be magnetically secured to the baseplate 116 wherein the magnetic member 113 is in the attracting orientation of Figure 3 such that the magnetic field 114 there underneath magnetically attracts the baseplate 116. [28] Removal of the wheeled bin 103 may comprise depressing the pedal 115 with a foot such that the magnetic member 113 rotates to the non-attracting orientation of Figure 4 such that the magnetic field 114 thereof is not created thereunderneath such that there is no magnetic attraction between the magnetic member 113 and the baseplate 116.

[29] With one foot depressing the pedal 115, the rearward handles 118 may be pulled rearwardly to pivot the wheeled bin 103 about the axle 105 while the foot secures the axle 105 in place. Once the front of the base 107 is lifted away from the baseplate 116, the pedal 115 may be released and the wheeled bin wheeled in the normal manner.

[30] The magnet member 130 may be biased towards the attracting orientation. In this regard, a compression or tension spring may act on the linkage between the pedal 115 and the magnet switch 111.

[31] The structural support 110 may comprise longitudinal side plates 118 rising from a base plate 119 thereof to apex apertures 120. Additional support members 121 may locate therebetween and which may be secured to the side plates 118 by a transverse plate 122. The additional support members 121 terminates in apex apertures 123 which align with the apex apertures 120 of the side plates 118.

[32] The mechanical linkage 124 may comprise a fulcrum pin 125 which lies across the apex apertures 120, 123. The pedal 115 may be manufactured from a folded metal sheet 126 and which may have a grip 127 formed on an upper surface thereof. A pair of proximal levers 128 may extend from the pedal 115 to the fulcrum pin 125. A distal lever 129 may extend from the opposite side of the fulcrum pin 105 towards the magnet switch 111.

[33] A slotted switching linkage 130 may comprise an aperture 131 which engages an axle 135 of the magnet member 113 and a radial slot 134 which engages a distal aperture 132 at a distal end of the distal lever 121 by way of connections fastener 133.

[34] With reference to figure 3 and 4, the distal lever 129 and the proximal levers 128 may be angled downwardly with respect to the fulcrum pin 129 for leverage. The linkage 130 engaged at a distal end of the distal lever 129 allows the magnet member 113 to rotate through 90° when the distal lever 129 rises under action of the pedal.

[35] Furthermore, the pedal 115 may be upwardly angled with respect to the proximal levers 128 at a juncture 136 which may fit underneath the axle 105.

[36] The base 119 of the support 110 may comprise a plurality of fastener apertures 137 corresponding with a plurality of fastener apertures 138 within the recess 106 for the receipt of the fasteners 109 therethrough. [37] The magnetic switch 111 may comprise front and rear housing portions 139 which may be made of magnetic material, such as stainless steel such as grade 2205 or similar. This grade of stainless steel is magnetic, resistant to corrosion and provides high strength. The magnetic switch 111 may further comprise a central housing portion 140 which may be non-magnetic, such as aluminium to control the direction of the magnetic field and be resistant to corrosion.

[38] The magnet member 113 may comprise neodymium, ferrite (ceramic) or Sumerian cobalt. Noedymium has low corrosion resistance, high demagnetisation resistance, high holding force and medium cost. Ferrite has high corrosion resistance, low the magnetisation resistance, low holding force and low cost. Sumerian cobalt on the other hand is high corrosion resistance, medium the magnetisation resistance, medium hold in force high cost. As such, in a preferred embodiment, neodymium is used for the high holding force and medium cost. The housing 139, 140 thereabout may be sealed to reduce corrosion thereof.

[39] With reference to Figure 17, the magnet switch 111 may have a concave undersurface profile which conforms with a convex upper surface profile of the base plate 116. As such, with reference to Figure 16, the magnet switch 111 may engage the base plate 116 at various angles providing curb slope tolerance.

[40] The undersurface 17 may be formed by two protrusions 141 which may be formed by the front and rear housing portions 139. With reference to Figure 1, these protrusions 141 may engage through corresponding slots of the base 119 of the support 110.

[41] The baseplate 116 may comprise recessed apertures 143 within which corresponding fasteners 114 screwed into the curb 117 there underneath.

[42] With reference to Figure 15, the plate 116 may be elongate, such as comprising a length of approximately 240 mm in length. As such, with the magnet switch 111 comprising a corresponding width of 75 mm in embodiments, the length of the baseplate 116 allows approximately 165 mm of sideways adjustment.

[43] In embodiments shown in Figure 14, a spacer 144 having a cross-section corresponding substantially with that of the baseplate 116 may be secured there underneath to elevate the baseplate 116 away from a recessed curve 117.

[44] As such, the upper curvature of the baseplate and the utilisation of the spacer 114 there underneath in certain scenarios allows the wheeled bin 103 to engage a raised curb 117 at an angle shown in Figure 12 or a recessed curve 117 is shown in Figure 13.

[45] The foregoing description, for purposes of explanation, used specific nomenclature to provide a thorough understanding of the invention. Flowever, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that specific details are not required in order to practice the invention. Thus, the foregoing descriptions of specific embodiments of the invention are presented for purposes of illustration and description. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed; obviously, many modifications and variations are possible in view of the above teachings. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical applications, they thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the invention and various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. It is intended that the following claims and their equivalents define the scope of the invention.