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Inclined Chutes for Box Storage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000091506D
Original Publication Date: 1968-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coutts, DR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Merchandise storage units for vertical storage of uniform boxes 17 for shoes, garments, drugs, tobacco products, etc., includes tilted side walls 10, a back wall 11 tilted back with the top edge 12 behind bottom edge 13. Walls 10 and 11 form chutes 14 open at the tops 15, for insertion of boxes 17, and open at the fronts 16. The entire structure is tilted back by an angle phi of from 1 degree to 3 degrees from vertical to align boxes 17 with back wall 11.

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Inclined Chutes for Box Storage

Merchandise storage units for vertical storage of uniform boxes 17 for shoes, garments, drugs, tobacco products, etc., includes tilted side walls 10, a back wall 11 tilted back with the top edge 12 behind bottom edge 13. Walls 10 and 11 form chutes 14 open at the tops 15, for insertion of boxes 17, and open at the fronts
16. The entire structure is tilted back by an angle phi of from 1 degree to 3 degrees from vertical to align boxes 17 with back wall 11.

Side walls 10 are tilted to one side by an angle theta in order to insure engagement of the boxes 17 with one side wall 10 so different size boxes can be used in the same chute 14. Angle theta is determined by the point of widest flareout from vertical of lid 18 relative to the base edge of the box. Thus the lower edges 19 of lids 18 of the boxes 17 do not touch side walls 10. Removable, nonsecured lids, as in shoe boxes, are not inadvertently removed by friction.

Restrainer bars 20 prevent box 17 above the lowest box being removed or being withdrawn inadvertently. Resilient guide blades 21 are firmly secured to bars 20 and prevent boxes 17 from resting on bars 20 by urging boxes 17 rearwardly. Ledges 22 on the base of side walls 10 support boxes 17 in chute 14, and yet permit free access to the lower surfaces of boxes 17 resting on ledges 22 without touching such ledges. Inclined boxes 23 can be stored with lids 24 and bottom surfaces against confronting side walls 10 which retai...