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Mounting Mechanism for Electronic Shelf Edge Labels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115492D
Original Publication Date: 1995-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 112K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Addison, DH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Electronic shelf edge labels are beginning to be installed into many supermarkets. Each supermarket seems to have a different type of shelf edge channels. The electronic labels must attach to the shelf edge. Currently, one manufacturer has a half dozen different types of mounting mechanisms. Even with this assortment of mounting mechanisms, it is frequently necessary to install new channel extrusions before the labels can be installed. The cost of these new extrusions and the proliferation of mounting mechanisms is very expensive. It is desirable to have a single design that: 1. can be mounted in at least two different angles so that the labels mounted on the top shelves can be easily viewed. 2. will accommodate the wide variety of shelf edge extrusions widths and types. 3.

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Mounting Mechanism for Electronic Shelf Edge Labels

      Electronic shelf edge labels are beginning to be installed into
many supermarkets.  Each supermarket seems to have a different type
of shelf edge channels.  The electronic labels must attach to the
shelf edge.  Currently, one manufacturer has a half dozen different
types of mounting mechanisms.  Even with this assortment of mounting
mechanisms, it is frequently necessary to install new channel
extrusions before the labels can be installed.  The cost of these new
extrusions and the proliferation of mounting mechanisms is very
expensive.  It is desirable to have a single design that:
  1.  can be mounted in at least two different angles so that the
       labels mounted on the top shelves can be easily viewed.
  2.  will accommodate the wide variety of shelf edge extrusions
widths
       and types.
  3.  will not slide in the shelf edge extrusion, since it would then
       be under a different product and mislead the shopper.
  4.  can sustain normal abuse by shoppers pressing buttons on the
       label and accidental dropping of product on the label.
  5.  must be easily removed by employees and difficult, if not
       impossible, to remove by the shopper.
  6.  does not require a tool to install the label.
  7.  has a clamping force that is small so that the shelf edge is
not
       over stressed.

The disclosed satisfies all of these requirements in a simple,
inexpensive mechanism.

      This invention has two main functional features - the angle
accommodation and the clamp.  The present embodiment consists of 5
parts - 3 sheet metal parts and 2 wire forms, one of which is a
spring.

      The Figure shows the back of the Label (1) an exploded view of
the mounting mechanism.  To accommodate two differ angles the Bracket
(2) attaches to the Bracket Pivots (1a) at the top and through the
Brace (3) at the bottom.  Brace (3) pivotally attaches to the lower
part of Label (1).  The Brace (3) either snaps in to the lower
latches (2a) at area (3a) or in area (3b).  When attached to area
(3a), Brace (3) is in the position shown and the label angles upward
at 24 degrees.  When attached to area (3b), Brace (3) is pivoted flat
against the back of Label (1) and the label angles downward at 6
degrees for good visibility to the top shelf edge.

      To clamp Label (1) to a wide variety of shelf edge channels,
Upper Clamp (2b) and Lower Clamp (4c) are forced apart by Spring (5).
Upper Clamp (2b) and Lower Clamp (4c) engage the upper and lower
channels of the shelf edge channels - not shown.  Referring again to
the Figure, Lower Mount (4) is slidably attached between Slide (6)
and Bracket (2) so that upper and lower clamps (2b) and (4c) will
separate if Spring...