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Title:
SYSTEM FOR HOLDING A CONTAINER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/141230
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A system for holding at least one container, comprising: at least one holder configured to grip said container; and a retracting mechanism having a base portion mountable to a fixed location, and a distal end connectable to said holder; wherein said holder is displaceable by said retracting mechanism between a normally retracted position and an extended position, so that the length of said retracting mechanism is increased more at said extended position than the length at said retracted position.

Inventors:
ABRAMOV REFAEL (IL)
Application Number:
PCT/IL2017/050102
Publication Date:
August 24, 2017
Filing Date:
January 29, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
PESAHOV SHMUEL (IL)
International Classes:
A45F5/00; A47J43/28; A47J47/16
Foreign References:
US6467736B12002-10-22
US5971238A1999-10-26
US20040026556A12004-02-12
US20020162918A12002-11-07
US1692098A1928-11-20
US2517829A1950-08-08
Other References:
See also references of EP 3416523A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LITVAK, Dima (26A Habarzel Street, 37 Tel-Aviv, IL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1. A system for holding at least one container, comprising:

at least one holder configured to grip said container; and

a retracting mechanism having a base portion mountable to a fixed location, and a distal end connectable to said holder; wherein said holder is displaceable by said retracting mechanism between a normally retracted position and an extended position, so that the length of said retracting mechanism is increased more at said extended position than the length at said retracted position.

2. A system according to Claim 1, wherein at the extended position said holder is spaced from the base portion to an extent greater than at said retracted position.

3. A system according to Claim 1 or 2, further comprising a housing constituting said fixed location, so that the base portion is mountable to said housing.

4. A system according to Claim 3, wherein said housing comprises a cage having at least one opening at its bottom for allowing the holder to pass therethrough between its retracted and extended positions, so that at said retracted position, at least a portion of the holder is disposed within said cage.

5. A system according to Claim 4, wherein said housing comprises a stopping element configured for delimiting movement of the holder with respect to the housing when being displaced from its extended position to its retracted position.

6. A system according to Claim 5, wherein said stopping element has a stopper bottom surface configured to engage said at least one holder at its retracted position, and an opposite stopper top surface.

7. A system according to Claim 5 or 6, wherein said stopper bottom surface is plane.

8. A system according to Claim 5 to 7, wherein said stopping element constitutes an upper portion of said cage.

9. A system according to any one of Claims 5 to 8, wherein said base portion of the retracting mechanism is mountable to said stopping element.

10. A system according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said retracting mechanism comprises a spring wound reel constituting said base portion and a cable wrapped thereon, having said distal end connectable to the holder.

11. A system according to Claim 10, wherein said cable has a length of at least the length of said retracting mechanism at the extended position.

12. A system according to Claim 10 or 11, when dependent on Claim 5, wherein said stopping element further comprises a passage extending between said stopper bottom surface and said stopper top surface, so that said spring wound reel is disposed at said stopper top surface and said cable passes through said passage.

13. A system according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said holder has one or more side walls extending from a holder bottom to a perimetric holder rim, and defining together a holder interior space configured for receiving a bottom portion of said container via said holder rim, so as to grip said container at an upside down position of the container.

14. A system according to Claim 13, wherein said distal end is connectable to a center of said holder bottom.

15. A system according to Claim 13 or 14, wherein said holder comprises a gripping mechanism configured for arresting said container to said holder.

16. A system according to Claim 15, wherein said one or more side walls have an internal surface constituting said gripping mechanism by having shape and size corresponding to a shape and a size of the bottom portion of the container and by having a friction coefficient allowing frictionally introducing and engaging the bottom portion of the container so as to grip the container.

17. A system according to any one of Claims 13 to 16, wherein said holder interior space has a first sub-space in proximity to said holder rim and having a first diameter Dl and a consecutive second sub-space having a second diameter D2 which is smaller than Dl.

18. A system according to any one of Claims 2 to 17, further comprising a mounting arrangement extending from the housing for mounting the housing to an external element.

19. A system according to any one of the preceding claims, further comprising a pour spout mountable to an opening of said container.

Description:
SYSTEM FOR HOLDING A CONTAINER

TECHNOLOGICAL FIELD

The presently disclosed subject matter is related to the field of systems capable of holding containers, in particular, containers for dispensing substance.

BACKGROUND

Containers such as bottles are used in many fields. One of these fields is alcoholic liquids served in a bar. In this field there are stationary bottle holders called 'bar butles' in which a plurality of bottles are disposed upside down without the ability to be retracted. In order to serve the liquid within the bottle, the user has to activate a pour spout, which thereby allows the liquid to flow from the bottle. The bottles in the 'bar butles' are non-retractable, and therefore may not be convenient for use by a bartender.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

According to one aspect of the presently disclosed subject matter, there is provided a system for holding at least one container, comprising:

at least one holder configured to grip said container; and

a retracting mechanism having a base portion mountable to a fixed location, and a distal end connectable to said holder.

The holder is displaceable by said retracting mechanism between a normally retracted position and an extended position, so that at the extended position the length of said retracting mechanism is increased more than the length at said retracted position. Particularly, said holder can be spaced from the base portion to an extent greater than at said retracted position. The term 'container' refers hereinafter to any receptacle capable of accommodating goods, or any other substance such as liquids, and can be, for example, a bottle configured for containing various types of liquids (e.g., alcoholic liquids).

The presently disclosed subject matter can be used in various fields in which containers including liquids are used. By using the presently disclosed subject matter, the liquids can be supplied to a user upon demand in a convenient manner. These fields include, for example, a bar, or a kitchen, and the user can be, for example, a bartender or a cook. When used in a bar by a bartender, a container in the form of a bottle can be mounted to the holder above the workspace (e.g., the table of the bar) and above the sightline of the bartender. When the bartender intends to use the bottle in order to serve its liquid, he can pull the bottle by his hand towards the workspace. Once accomplishing this operation, the bottle will automatically revert to its normally retracted position. The above described structure and intended use of the presently disclosed subject matter allows for saving workspace while providing visual contact between the bartender and a client. In addition, the automatic operation of the retracting mechanism saves time, which is a very important factor during the bartender's or the cook's work.

The system can further comprise a housing constituting said fixed location, so that the base portion is mountable to said housing.

The housing can comprise a cage having at least one opening at its bottom for allowing the holder to pass therethrough between its retracted and extended positions, so that at said retracted position, at least a portion of the holder is disposed within said cage.

The housing can further comprise a stopping element configured for delimiting movement of the holder with respect to the housing when being displaced from its extended position to its retracted position. The stopping element has a stopper bottom surface configured to engage said at least one holder at its retracted position, and an opposite stopper top surface. The stopping element can constitute an upper portion of the cage, wherein the base portion of the retracting mechanism can be mounted to the stopping element.

The retracting mechanism can comprise a spring wound reel constituting said base portion and a cable wrapped thereon, having said distal end connectable to the holder. The stopping element can further comprise a passage extending between said stopper bottom surface and said stopper top surface, so that when the spring wound reel is disposed at said stopper top surface the cable can pass through said passage.

The holder can have one or more side walls extending from a holder bottom to a perimetric holder rim, and defining together a holder interior space configured for receiving a bottom portion of said container via said holder rim, so as to grip said container at an upside down position of the container. The distal end of the retracting mechanism can be connectable to a center of said holder bottom. The above structure of the holder and, particularly, the fact that the distal end of the retracting mechanism can be connected to the center of the holder bottom allows gripping the container at an upside down position while in the normally retracted position.

The holder can further comprise a gripping mechanism configured for arresting said container to said holder. The clamping can be done by tightening mechanism which, upon activation, tightly grasps the container, for preventing its movement with respect to the holder. One or more side walls have an internal surface which can constitute the gripping mechanism by having shape and size corresponding to a shape and a size of the bottom portion of the container and by having a friction coefficient allowing frictionally introducing and engaging the bottom portion of the container so as to grip the container. The above structure of the gripping mechanism prevents the container from slipping out of the holder while it is held upside down.

The holder interior space can be configured with a first sub-space in proximity to said holder rim having a first diameter Dl and a consecutive second sub-space having a second diameter D2 which is smaller than Dl. This structure of two sub-spaces allows using a single holder for holding two containers different in width.

The system can further comprise a mounting arrangement extending from the housing for mounting the housing to an external element.

The system can further comprise a pour spout mountable to an opening of said container in order to control the flow of the liquid in the container in case it is upside down.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

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

Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a system for holding a container according to one example of the presently disclosed subject matter;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged isometric view of a holder of the system of Fig. 1, without a container received therein;

Fig. 3A is an upper isometric view of a system according to another example of the presently disclosed subject matter;

Fig. 3B is a bottom isometric view of the system shown in Fig. 3A;

Fig. 3C is an upper isometric view of the system shown in Fig. 3A, with its housing cover being transparent;

Fig. 3D is a cross-sectional view of the system shown in Fig. 3A taken along a plane D-D;

Fig. 4A is another example of a holder, in accordance with another example of the presently disclosed subject matter; and

Fig. 4B is a cross-sectional view of the holder of Fig. 4A taken along a plane E-

E.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

Reference is now made to Figs. 1 and 2 in which a system 1 for holding a container in the form of a bottle 10 is shown, in accordance with one example of the presently disclosed subject matter.

The system 1 comprises a holder 20 configured to grip the bottle 10 at an upside down position, and a retracting mechanism 30 connected to the holder 20. The bottle 10 contains an alcoholic beverage, and the system 1 can be used by a bartender in a bar above a workspace (not shown) and the sightline of the bartender. When the bartender is willing to use the bottle 10 in order to serve its liquid, he can pull the bottle 10 together with its holder 20 by his hand towards the workspace, and then to use the bottle. The bottle 10 is configured with a pour spout 50 mounted to an opening 12 thereof in order to control the flow of the liquid from the bottle 10 when being used by the bartender. Once accomplishing serving the liquid, the bartender can lift and release the bottle 10, which in turn will automatically revert to its normally retracted position by the operation of the retracting mechanism 30, as explained below.

The holder 20 is a structure of a peripheral round side wall 21 extending from a holder bottom 22 to a perimetric holder rim 23, and defining together a holder interior space 25. The interior space 25 is configured for receiving a bottom portion (not shown) of the bottle 10 via the holder rim 23, so as to grip the bottle 10 at its upside down position by a gripping mechanism 26.

The gripping mechanism 26 is a friction based mechanism consisting of an internal surface 21a of the side wall 21, characterized by a high friction coefficient and is shaped and sized corresponding to the shape and the size of the bottom portion of the bottle 10. This structure of the gripping mechanism 26 prevents the bottle 10 from slipping out of the holder 20 while gripping the bottle 10. For example, the gripping mechanism 26 can be made of a rubber material.

The retracting mechanism 30, shown in Fig. 1, has a base portion in the form of an enclosure 31 mountable to a fixed location (not shown), and a cable 33 extending from the housing and having a distal end 32 connected to the holder 20. In particular, the distal end 32 is connected to a center of the holder bottom 22. The enclosure 31 has a spring wound reel (not shown) enclosure 31 on which the cable 33 is wrapped.

The holder 20 is displaceable by the cable 33 and the spring wound reel of the retracting mechanism 30 between a normally retracted position (shown in Figs. 3A-3D with respect to three of four containers) and an extended position (shown in Fig. 1). As is clearly understood from the drawings, the length of the retracting mechanism 30 is increased at the extended position more than the length at the retracted position. In particular, at the extended position, the holder 20 is spaced from the enclosure 31 to an extent greater than at the retracted position.

In accordance with another example of the presently disclosed subject matter shown in Figs. 3A to 3D, there is provided a system 100 which includes a plurality of systems 1. Instead of holding only one bottle by a single holder as suggested by the system 1, the system 100 is provided with a plurality of holders 20a-d for holding a plurality of bottles lOa-d, respectively, while each of the holders 20a-d is displaceable between a retracted position and an extended position.

The system 100 has a housing 110 (best seen in Fig. 3C), constituting a fixed location to which a plurality of enclosures 31a-d are mounted. The housing 110 comprises a rigid cage 111 (shown in Figs. 3C and 3D) and a stopping element 114 received therein and supported by the rigid cage 111. The rigid case 111 is structured of rigid frame members and a top member 115.

The stopping element 114 has a plurality of openings 112a-d with interior spaces 113a-d defined by the openings 112a-d, for accommodating the holders 20a-d together with the bottles lOa-d, at their retracted position. The interior spaces 113a-d have respective stopper bottom surfaces 114a-d configured for delimiting movement of the holders 20a-d when being displaced from their extended position to their retracted position. The stopping elements 114a-d are made of a soft material, such as soft foam, which functions as a shock absorber for the holders 20a-d, when they come in contact with the stopping element 114 and enter into their corresponding interior spaces 113a-d.

The top member 115 has a plurality of passages 118a-d extending between an exterior of the top member 115 and the stopper bottom surfaces 114a-d, so that enclosures 31a-d are disposed above the top member 115 and the cables 33a-d pass through the passages 118a-d.

The system 100 further comprises a mounting arrangement 130 extending from the top member 115 of the housing 110 for mounting the system 100 to an external element such as a ceiling (not shown).

The system 100 further comprises a housing cover 140 that surrounds the housing 110. The housing cover 140 constitutes a decorative element, the exterior surface of which can be used for advertising or any other informing purposes.

Reference is now made to Figs. 4 A and 4B, showing another example of a holder 220 configured with an interior space 225 having a first sub-space 225a in proximity to a holder rim 223 and having a first diameter Dl and a consecutive second sub-space 225b having a second diameter D2 which is smaller than Dl. This structure of two sub-spaces allows using a single holder 220 for holding two types of bottles having two different diameters, i.e., of a diameter Dl, and of a diameter D2.