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INTERLOCKING CONTAINER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026017D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In the copying industry supplies are stored in individual containers. The containers are plastic bottles which are then further enclosed in cardboard containers for shipping. The cardboard containers are not required if the bottles interlock with one another. The bottles may be secured with a strap. Each bottle has four sides designed to securely mate with an adjacent bottle. Two sides are constructed with multiple dimples that are recessed. The other two sides protrusions that mate with the dimples. The multiple dimples on one bottle mate with the protrusions on another bottle to interlock the bottles and prevent lateral, vertical and rotational motion between bottles. Each bottle has a pair of ribs designed to accommodate a shipping strap or elastic band. The ribs also provide structural rigidity to the walls of the bottles to adequately withstand the compression of the shipping band. An additional recessed dimple on the bottom of each bottle mates with the cap of an adjacent bottle to facilitate stacking.

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(EROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INTERLOCKING CONTAINER Proposed Classification
P. Timothy Carroll U.S. c1.355/3 Int. C1. G03g 15/00

In the copying industry supplies are stored in individual containers. The containers are plastic bottles which are then further enclosed in cardboard containers for shipping. The cardboard containers are not required if the bottles interlock with one another. The bottles may be secured with a strap. Each bottle has four sides designed to securely mate with an adjacent bottle. Two sides are constructed with multiple dimples that are recessed. The other two sides protrusions that mate with the dimples. The multiple dimples on one bottle mate with the protrusions on another bottle to interlock the bottles and prevent lateral, vertical and rotational motion between bottles. Each bottle has a pair of ribs designed to accommodate a shipping strap or elastic band. The ribs also provide structural rigidity to the walls of the bottles to adequately withstand the compression of the shipping band. An additional recessed dimple on the bottom of each bottle mates with the cap of an adjacent bottle to facilitate stacking.

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