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"ICE-CREAM CONE SYSTEM" EXPANDABLE TRANSPORT MODULE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026408D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A hanging collapsible-expandable transport module for transporting articles within a vehicle is disclosed. The module has a plurality of trays 1 that are suspended by chains 2 or equivalent flexible connectors from an upper cap 3, as shown in Fig. 1. The trays are spaced apart by gravity and supported by the chain from the upper cap. The number of trays may vary. The hanging module may be collapsed when not in use or expanded when in use to fully accommodate articles to be transported.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

"ICE-CREAM CONE SYSTEM" -

EXPANDABLE TRANSPORT
MODULE
Brian W. Dennis

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Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.410/034 Int. C1. B60p 07/12

FIG. 1

FIG. 2

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 16, No. 5 SeptembedOctober 1991 335

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"ICE-CREAM CONE SYSTEM" - EXPANDABLE TRANSPORT MODULE(Cont'd)

A hanging collapsible-expandable transport module for transporting articles within a vehicle is disclosed. The module has a plurality of trays 1 that are suspended by chains 2 or equivalent flexible connectors from an upper cap 3, as shown in Fig. 1. The trays are spaced apart by gravity and supported by the chain from the upper cap. The number of trays may vary. The hanging module may be collapsed when not in use or expanded when in use to fully accommodate articles to be transported.

The module is placed in a hanger frame mechanism or elevator, Fig. 2, that is operated by twin powered screws 4 to raise and lower the hanging module. When the trays are to be loaded, an operator fills the uppermost tray to full capacity, then secures the load by sandwiching the loaded tray with the topmost tray support using the elevator. The process is repeated until the module is completely full. The module is unloaded by repeating the steps in the reverse order to the loading steps.

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