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Converting Shipping Container to Work Surface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108796D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 121K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feustel, J: AUTHOR [+9]

Abstract

This device is a combination shipping or carrying package which can embody protective features necessary to protect the carried device from electrostatic discharge (ESD) or physical damage, and further to serve as a two-level work surface with the surfaces having unique features to protect the device while it is being worked on.

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Converting Shipping Container to Work Surface

       This device is a combination shipping or carrying package
which can embody protective features necessary to protect the carried
device from electrostatic discharge (ESD) or physical damage, and
further to serve as a two-level work surface with the surfaces having
unique features to protect the device while it is being worked on.

      The significant features of this device are:
1. The volume of the material from which the container/workstation is
made need not be conductive to achieve ESD protection.  In fact, the
preferred embodiment is made of corrugated box material.  The
exterior surface 1 and the interior surface 2 (Fig. 1) are both
treated with conductive material having an appropriate resistance for
the application, and they are electrically connected together by
having the conductive surface treatment extend to areas where the
interior and exterior surfaces overlap and contact each other, such
as the corners 8 (Fig. 1) or where fasteners may penetrate both
surfaces 9 (Fig. 2).
2. The polyurethane foam material 10 (Fig. 2) is treated to be
conductive throughout its volume for the ESD protection application.
This material has electrical continuity to the exterior and interior
box surfaces 1 and 2 (Fig. 1) by virtue of its proximity and or
bonding to the adjacent surfaces 11 (Fig. 2), as an example.
Indented areas, surface texture, and other topographies may be built
into the foam to form nests for parts, containment and discharge
mechanisms for tools, and contact areas to discharge parts placed in
those areas, as to bring them to equal potential with other elements
being used at the work station.
3. During transport, the small flaps 1, 2, and 4 are inserted into
slots 5.  This helps to secure the cover 3 (Fig. 1).
In the workstation application, a strong and secure pedestal is
formed by the following: The cover is folded back, and the sides...