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VACUUM-FORMED TOOL PALLET

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024240D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Tool pallets are traditionally used in the casehggage industry for organizing tools in attache tool kits. Conventionally, these pallets have been manufactured by covering a tool board with vinyl and sewing on pockets. This is an extremely expensive manufacturing process which yields generic pallets. Custom pocket-layout designs are expensive because once a manufacturer has tooled up, it is expensive to change.

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KEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

VACUUM-FORMED TOOL PALLET Proposed Louis W. Shaffer Classification

U.S. Cl. 206/386 Int. Cl. B65d 19/00

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Tool pallets are traditionally used in the casehggage industry for organizing tools in attache tool kits. Conventionally, these pallets have been manufactured by covering a tool board with vinyl and sewing on pockets. This is an extremely expensive manufacturing process which yields generic pallets. Custom pocket- layout designs are expensive because once a manufacturer has tooled up, it is expensive to change.

By vacuum forming these pallets with the use of dies matching the tools to be stored, they can be manufactured at a cost savings of at least 50 percent as compared to the conventionally manufactued pallets described above. In addition, these low-cost, vacuum-formed pallets are lighter in weight than conventionally manufactured pallets, are washable and tear resistant and are available with custom pocket-layout designs.

Figures 1 and 2 show front and side views, respectively, of a pallet 10 manufactured by the vacuum-forming process. Soft, flexible ABS 12 is vacuum formed to form tool pockets 14 and is then bonded onto a stiff ABS foam-core panel 16. The flexible ABS is then wrapped around the panel to form a document pocket 18 on the back of the tool pallet.

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