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Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


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.