Title:
Pallet for conveying goods
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A pallet for conveying goods is configured from a conveyor base, supports provided standing on the conveyor base and such that they can be tilted over on the conveyor base, and a cover portion provided between adjoining supports. The cover portion is stored in a folded-up state in a space between two adjacent supports when they have been tilted over on the conveyor base. Furthermore, the pallet for conveying goods is provided with a lid that covers an upper edge portion of the supports erected on the conveyor base. When collecting the pallet, the lid covers supports that have been tilted over on the conveyor base and cover portions that have been folded up.



Inventors:
Shibagaki, Yoshiki (Osaka, JP)
Ikawa, Shinji (Nara, JP)
Okuda, Sukio (Nara, JP)
Application Number:
11/447992
Publication Date:
12/14/2006
Filing Date:
06/07/2006
Assignee:
Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D6/00
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Primary Examiner:
CHEUNG, CHUN HOI
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BIRCH, STEWART, KOLASCH & BIRCH, LLP (FALLS CHURCH, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A pallet for conveying goods comprising: a conveyor base, supports provided standing on the conveyor base and such that they can be tilted over on the conveyor base, and a cover portion provided between adjoining supports, wherein the cover portion is stored in a folded-up state in a space between two adjacent supports that have been tilted over on the conveyor base.

2. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 1, wherein the supports are provided such that they can be tilted over towards a center portion of the conveyor base, using each corner portion of the conveyor base as a fulcrum of rotation.

3. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 1, wherein in the cover portion, a folding line is formed such that the cover is folded up in combination with a tilting over operation of the supports.

4. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 1, wherein the space between a portion of the adjacent supports is in an open state with no cover portion, and this open portion is an opening for inserting or removing goods stored on the conveyor base.

5. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 1, wherein a lid is provided that covers an upper edge portion of each support erected on the conveyor base, and when collecting the pallet, the lid covers the supports that have been tilted over on the conveyor base and the cover portions that have been folded up.

6. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 5, wherein the lid is formed in a shape that can cover the conveyor base, and in an inside face edge portion, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports the upper edge portion of each support due to the upper edge portion of each support erected on the conveyor base being inserted.

7. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 1, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

8. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 2, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

9. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 3, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

10. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 4, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

11. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 5, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

12. The pallet for conveying goods according to claim 6, wherein in each corner portion of the conveyor base, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support by the bottom edge portion of the support in an erected state being inserted, and a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided that supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can tilt over, and in this tilt-over mechanism portion, a sliding mechanism portion is provided that is slidable in the vertical direction of the support in an erected state.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(a) on Patent Application No. 2005-168368 filed in Japan on Jun. 8, 2005, the entire contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.

The present invention relates to pallets for conveying goods used when transporting a medium or large-sized electronic device such as a digital compound machine.

Pallets for conveying goods for transporting medium or large-sized electronic devices such as digital compound machines have been proposed in the conventional technology.

A storage container disclosed in JP H5-16940A (referred to below as “Patent Document 1”) is configured from three members: a pallet, a body, and a lid. The body is formed in cylinders, and each corner portion has a folding line for a mountain-like fold, and an approximately center portion in the widthwise direction of a pair of sides among two groups of facing sides has a folding line for a valley-like fold. The body can be folded up into a flat shape at these folding line portions. When storing goods, the body is unfolded into the cylinders and placed on the pallet, goods such as a digital compound machine are stored from a top opening portion of the body, the lid is placed on top, packing the digital compound machine. On the other hand, when the container is collected after conveyance, the body is folded up flat and loaded on the pallet, then covered with the lid and collected. That is, this storage container achieves an improvement in collection efficiency because it is collected with the body folded up.

Furthermore, a box pallet disclosed in JP 2002-68186A (referred to below as “Patent Document 2”) is configured with a pallet body, configured from a vertical frame and a lateral frame, configured in a dual-tube shape configured from an outer pipe and an inner pipe that can respectively be extended or contracted. Thus, the size of the pallet body is adjustable according to the size of the article to be stored. Furthermore, a support storage portion for storing supports removed from the pallet body is provided in the pallet body, so that when the pallet is collected, the size of the pallet body can be minimized, and the supports are stored in the support storage portion. In this manner, the box pallet achieves an improvement in collection efficiency by adopting a structure in which the supports are removed and stored in the pallet body when the box pallet is collected.

According to the pallets for conveying goods disclosed in above Patent Documents 1 and 2, it is possible to convey medium or large-sized electronic devices in a well-protected state, without harming them.

However, when collecting the pallet after conveyance, with the pallet for conveying goods in Patent Document 1, the pallet is collected by removing the body from the pallet and folding it up flat, and afterward, placing the folded body on the pallet and covering it with the lid. That is, because collection work is performed with the pallet and the body in a separated state, depending on the circumstances of the collection work, it is possible that the pallet will be covered with the lid with someone having forgotten to place the body on the pallet. For example, when collecting a large number of pallets for conveying goods that have finished conveyance, when work to respectively separate the pallet, the body, and the lid, work to fold up the body, work to place the folded body on the pallet, work to cover them with the lid, and the like have been performed with a division of labor, the possibility of the problem described above occurring is particularly high.

Furthermore, the pallet for conveying goods in Patent Document 2 has a structure in which when the pallet for conveying goods is collected, supports are removed and stored in the pallet body. That is, because collection work is performed in a state with the pallet body and the supports separated, there is a particularly high probability of forgetting to store the supports, which is a problem. Further, with the pallet for conveying goods in Patent Document 2, when the pallet for conveying goods is reassembled after being collected, the supports need to be attached to the pallet body one by one, so assembly work takes time, which is a problem.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention was made to address the problems described above, and it is object thereof to provide a pallet for conveying goods in which, by integrating the members that configure the pallet for conveying goods as much as possible, assembly work for transporting goods and folding-up work when collecting the pallet for conveying goods after the goods are transported can be easily performed, and in which the problem of forgetting to collect members when performing fold-up work can be reliably prevented.

In the pallet for conveying goods of the present invention, configured from a conveyor base, supports provided standing on the conveyor base and such that they can be tilted over on the conveyor base, and a cover portion provided between adjoining supports, the cover portion is stored in a folded-up state in a space between two adjacent supports that have been tilted over on the conveyor base.

According to the present invention, the conveyor base and the cover portion, which are constituent members of the pallet for conveying goods, have an integral structure, so folding up work can be smoothly performed when collecting the pallet for conveying goods, and it is possible to prevent a risk of forgetting to collect the supports.

In this case, the supports are provided such that they can be tilted over towards a center portion of the conveyor base, using each corner portion of the conveyor base as a fulcrum of rotation. Thus, without the supports protruding from on top of the conveyor base, it is possible to tilt over the supports and fold them up compactly.

Furthermore, in the cover portion, a folding line is formed such that the cover is folded up in combination with a tilting over operation of the supports. Thus, in combination with the tilting-over action of the supports the cover portion can also be simply folded up. Furthermore, the cover portion that has been folded up can be simply unfolded in combination with the action of erecting the supports.

Furthermore, according to the present invention, the space between a portion of the adjacent supports is in an open state with no cover portion, and this open portion is an opening for inserting or removing goods stored on the conveyor base. In this way, by making it possible to load goods from the side of the conveyor base, it is possible to easily store a medium or large-sized electronic device, which has both weight and bulk, on the conveyor base, or to remove it from the conveyor base.

Furthermore, in the pallet for conveying goods of the present invention, a lid is provided that covers an upper edge portion of each support erected on the conveyor base, and when collecting the pallet, the lid covers the supports that have been tilted over on the conveyor base and the cover portions that have been folded up. Furthermore, this lid is formed in a shape that can cover the conveyor base, and in an inside face edge portion, an insertion groove portion is formed that supports the upper edge portion of the supports by the upper edge portion of the supports erected on the conveyor base being inserted.

By using a lid that covers each support that has been tilted over on the conveyor base and each cover portion that has been folded up in this way, it is possible to adopt a flat box-like shape for the pallet for conveying goods. Thus, when loading on a truck or the like, the pallet for conveying goods can be stably loaded without cargo collapsing even when stacked in several steps.

Furthermore, the pallet for conveying goods has a structure in which, when transporting goods, the upper edge portion of the erected supports are inserted in and held by an insertion groove portion formed in an inside face edge portion of the lid. Thus, in the supports, the lower edge portion is held inserted in the insertion groove portion provided in the conveyor base, and the upper edge portion is held inserted in the insertion groove portion provided in the lid, so in a state in which goods are held stored, even if a shock is received from outside, the supports can adequately fulfill the function as a support without being simply laid over.

Furthermore, with respect to the tilt-over mechanism of the supports, in each corner portion of the conveyor base, a tilt-over mechanism portion is provided in which an insertion groove portion is formed that supports a support when the upper edge portion of the support erected on the conveyor base is inserted, and supports the bottom edge portion of the support such that it can be tilted over, and this tilt-over mechanism is provided with a slide mechanism portion in which the bottom edge portion of the erected support is sidable in the vertical direction.

When such a configuration is adopted, when storing goods, by inserting the bottom edge portion of the erected supports in the insertion groove portion of the conveyor base, the supports can be securely held erected, and so it is also possible to insure a sufficient strength for holding the stored goods.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an entire perspective view of a pallet for conveying goods according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2(a) is a plan view of the pallet for conveying goods shown in FIG. 1, and FIG. 2(b) is a side view of the pallet for conveying goods shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3(a) is a plan view of a conveyor base, FIG. 3(b) is a front view of the conveyor base, FIG. 3(c) is a side view of the conveyor base, and FIG. 3(d) is a bottom view of the conveyor base.

FIG. 4(a) is a detail view that shows a partial enlargement of the structure of a tilting-over mechanism, FIGS. 4(b) and 4(c) are perspective views that show a state in which a support is installed such that it can slide vertically, and FIG. 4(d) is a perspective view that shows how the support tilts over.

FIG. 5(a) is a plan view that shows a state in which the supports and the cover portion are completely folded up, and FIG. 5(b) is a side view thereof.

FIG. 6 is a side view of a pallet for conveying goods in a state with the lid removed.

FIGS. 7(a) to 7(c) are explanatory diagrams that respectively show a cover portion in which folding lines have been formed, in the midst of being folded up in combination with a tilting-over action of the supports.

FIG. 8 is a plan view that shows a cover portion in which folding lines have been formed, in the midst of being folded up in combination with a tilting-over action of the supports.

FIG. 9(a) is a front view of a lid, FIG. 9(b) is a cross-sectional view of a lid, and FIG. 9(c) is a bottom view of a lid.

FIG. 10 is an entire perspective view of a pallet for conveying goods that shows a state in which goods are packed.

FIG. 11 is an entire perspective view of a pallet for conveying goods when collected.

FIG. 12 is a side view of a pallet for conveying goods when collected.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Below follows a detailed description of an embodiment of the present invention with reference to the accompanying figures.

FIGS. 1 to 12 show a pallet for conveying goods according to an embodiment of the present invention.

This pallet for conveying goods is configured from a conveyor base 1, 20 four supports 3 provided standing at corner portions of the conveyor base 1 such that they can be tilted over on the conveyor base 1, a cover portion 6 provided between adjacent supports 3, and a lid 8 placed on top edge portions 38 of the supports 3 provided standing that covers the conveyor base 1.

In the present embodiment, the conveyor base 1 is formed in a rectangular shape with sufficiently strong wood and resin, or with a light metal (such as stainless steel), and a pair of cavity portions 12a and 12b for inserting a fork are formed in respective side face portions 11 of the conveyor base 1. That is, as shown in FIG. 3(d), a grid-like groove portion 13 is formed on a bottom face portion of the conveyor base 1, and opening portions in each side face portion 11 of the groove portion 13 become the fork insertion cavity portions 12a and 12b. Viewed oppositely, nine foot portions 14 aligned in three vertical rows and three horizontal rows are formed on the bottom face portion of the conveyor base 1, and the spaces between these foot portions 14 become the fork insertion groove portions 13.

On the other hand, in a top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1, in each corner portion of the top face portion 18, a tilt-over mechanism portion 40 that supports the vicinity of a bottom edge portion 31 of a support 3 such that it can be tilted over is provided. FIGS. 4(a) to 4(d) show the tilt-over mechanism portion 40 partially enlarged. FIG. 4(a) is an exploded perspective view, FIGS. 4(b) and 4(c) are perspective views that show a state in which the support 3 is installed such that it can slide vertically, and FIG. 4(d) is a perspective view that shows how the support tilts over.

The tilt-over mechanism portion 40 is a hinge structure in which two rotating plates 42 and 43 are rotatable via a support pin 41, which is the fulcrum of rotation. The rotating plate 42 on one side is fixed to the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1 by a fastener 44 such as a screw. On the other hand, a support body 45 in the shape of a triangular post provided standing vertically is formed integrated with the rotating plate 43 on the other side. The support body 45 is an orthogonal isosceles triangle when viewed from above, and two side faces 46 and 47 that meet at a right angle are respectively disposed parallel to the side faces 11 of the conveyor base 1 that meet at a right angle. Furthermore, in the side faces 46 and 47 that meet at a right angle, a screw hole 48 is provided for attaching a fastener 49 such as a screw for supporting the support 3.

On the other hand, the support 3 is made of metal such as stainless steel or iron, formed bent in an L shape in a lateral cross section, and oblong elongated holes 32a and 33a are formed in the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3.

In the support 3 with such a shape, two side plates 32 and 33 of the support 3, which meet at a right angle, are provided with their inside face affixed to the side faces 46 and 47 of the support body 45, which meet at a right angle, and in this state the support body 45 is attached by screwing a fastener 49 into each screw hole 48 of the support body 45 via elongated holes 32a and 33a. At this time, because a screw insertion hole for each side plate 32 and 33 of the support 3 is formed in the elongated holes 32a and 33a, as shown in FIGS. 4(b) and 4(c), the support 3 has a structure in which it can slide in the vertical direction only a length prescribed by the elongated holes 32a and 33a. However, in order to make the support 3 slidable, it is necessary to fasten the fastener 49 with some slack, without fastening completely. Furthermore, in order to prevent over-fastening, it is preferable to adopt a configuration in which the screw-in depth of the fastener 49 is prescribed in advance, and the fastener 49 cannot be screwed 20 in further than that depth. In the present embodiment, a screw is used as the fastener 49, but the present invention is not limited to such a configuration.

In other words, the sliding mechanism portion cited in the claims is configured by an engaging relationship of the fastener 49 screwed into the screw hole 48 of the support body 45, and the elongated holes 32a and 33a formed in the side faces 32 and 33 of the support 3.

On the other hand, an insertion groove portion 19 for inserting the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3, formed in an L shape when viewed from above, is formed in each corner portion of the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1 that faces the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3.

Because the tilt-over mechanism portion 40 has this sort of structure, when storing goods, the bottom edge portion 31 of the erected support 3 is inserted in the insertion groove portion 19 of the conveyor base 1 (the state shown in FIG. 4(c)). Thus, the support 3 can be securely erected and held by the conveyor base 1. Furthermore, when folding up, the support 3 in an erected state is pulled up, and the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3 is removed from the insertion groove portion 19 (the state shown in FIG. 4(b)). Further, when the support 3 is tilted over in the direction of the center portion of the conveyor base 1 (i.e., a direction diagonal to the conveyor base 1) in this state, as shown in FIG. 4(d), due to the hinge structure of the tilt-over mechanism portion 40, the support 3 is smoothly laid in toward the center portion of the conveyor base 1.

FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b) show a state in which the supports 3 provided in each corner portion of the conveyor base 1 are completely tilted over on the conveyor base 1, i.e., a state in which they are completely folded up. In the present embodiment, the conveyor base 1 is formed in a square shape, and each support 3 is tilted over in the diagonal direction toward the center portion of the conveyor base 1. A cover portion 6 described below is housed in a triangular (more precisely, an isosceles triangle when viewed from above) space S between supports 3 that have been tilted over.

Here, because the support 3 is formed in an L shape in a lateral cross-section, it has a thickness L1. Thus, in a state in which the support 3 is completely tilted over on the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1, it is taller than the top face portion 18 by at least that thickness L1. Accordingly, the space S has at least the height of the thickness L1. In FIG. 5(b), the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3 is disposed somewhat higher on the structure of the tilt-over mechanism portion 40, and the height of the space S from the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1 is L2 (>L1). For example, by forming a concave portion in the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1, and providing the tilt-over mechanism portion 40 in this concave portion, it is possible to suppress the height of the space S to thickness L1 of the support 3.

The cover portion 6 is comparatively hard, and is formed with material flexible enough that it can be folded up along the folding lines described below. In the cover portion 6, both left and right edge portions are respectively fixed to each side plate of adjacent supports 3 along approximately the entire length in the heightwise direction of the cover portion 6, and the cover portion 6 as a whole is formed in the shape of a square or a rectangular shape that is longer in the lateral direction or a rectangular shape that is longer in the vertical direction. However, in the present embodiment it is formed in a rectangular shape that is longer in the lateral direction.

In the cover portion 6, the folding lines are formed such that in combination with the tilting-over action of the adjacent supports 3, the supports 3 are folded up in the isosceles triangle-shaped space S (see FIG. 5(a)).

FIG. 6 shows the form of these folding lines, and is a side view in which the cover portion 6 is viewed from outside.

That is, in the cover portion 6, two folding lines 71 and 72 are formed that join folding points r1 and t1 in positions in the vicinity of both left and right edge portions of the bottom edge groove of the cover portion 6, and folding points r2 and t2 in positions somewhat separated in the left-right direction from the center portion in the left-right direction of the upper edge groove, with straight lines and intersect in an X shape. Furthermore, two folding lines 73m and 74m are formed that join the folding points r2 and t2 of the upper edge groove and folding points r3 and t3 provided somewhat further outside of the folding points r1 and t1 of the bottom edge groove.

A folding line 71 is divided in two at an intersection point p. A mountain fold folding line 71m is formed from the folding point r1 to the 10 intersection point p, and a valley fold or mountain fold folding line 71mv is formed from the intersection point p to the folding point r2. Likewise, a folding line 72 is also divided in two at the intersection point p. A mountain fold folding line 72m is formed from the folding point t1 to the intersection point p, and a valley fold or mountain fold folding line 72mv is formed from the intersection point p to the folding point t2. Furthermore, folding lines 73m and 74 are both for mountain folds.

The folding lines 71mv and 72mv, can be folded in either direction depending the user's method of folding such that when one of them is for a mountain fold the other is for a valley fold.

A triangular face (A) formed by the folding point r1 and the intersection point p and the folding point t1, has a shape (an isosceles triangle shape) that fits in the triangular space S formed between supports 3 that have been tilted over.

For the sake of convenience in the following description, a triangular face formed by the folding point r2 and the intersection point p and the folding point t2 is referred to as a face (B), a quadrilateral face formed by the folding point r1 and the intersection point p and the folding point t2 and the folding point r3 is referred to as a face (C), an approximately triangular face formed by the folding point r3 and the folding point t2 and the side installed to the support 3 is referred to as a face (D), a quadrilateral face formed by the folding point t1 and the intersection point p and the folding point r2 and the folding point t3 is referred to as a face (E), and an approximately triangular face formed by the folding point t3 and the folding point r2 and the side installed to the support 3 is referred to as a face (F).

Following is a description of the procedure for folding up the cover portion 6 of the above configuration.

FIGS. 7(a) to 7(c) and 8 show the cover portion 6 in which the above sort of folding lines have been formed, in the midst of being folded up in combination with the tilting-over action of the supports 3.

That is, in a state in which a support 3 is erected and held by inserting the bottom edge portion 31 of the erected support 3 into the insertion groove portion 19 of the conveyor base 1, the cover portion 6 is in a state stretched approximately flush with the column 3.

From this state, the supports 3 are pulled upward, the bottom edge portion 31 of the support 3 is removed from the insertion groove portion 19 (see FIG. 4(b)), and the support 3 is laid over in the direction of the center portion of the conveyor base 1 (see FIGS. 4(d) and 8).

Thus, the cover portion 6 is folded up such that its top edge portions come together. As shown in FIG. 7(a), due to this folding-up action, a force in the direction of arrow x1 acts on the folding points r2 and t2, and as a result, the folding lines 71m and 72m are folded in, and the folding lines 73m and 74m are folded out. That is, the face (C) and the face (D) are folded down such that they meet on the back face, and the face (E) and the face (F) are folded down such that they meet on the back face. At this time, in the midst of folding up, while the folding lines 71mv and 72mv are folded somewhat outward, the face (B) is in a state folded in a U-shaped curve in the center portion thereof.

As shown by the white arrow in FIG. 7(b), when one of the faces (E) or (F) folded together is folded up such that it lies on top of the face (A) in the folded-together state, as shown in FIG. 7(c), the folding line 71mv is folded outward, the folding line 72mv is folded inward, and the curved face (B) returns to a flat state and is affixed to the face (C).

Afterward, as shown by the white arrow in FIG. 7(c), when the other face (C) or face (D) folded together is folded up such that it lies on top of the face (A), as shown in FIG. 5(a), it is folded up and stored in the triangular space S formed between the supports 3 adjacent to the cover portion 6. As described above, the space S has a height corresponding to the thickness L1 of the support 3, and so the cover portion 6 folded up, even if it is somewhat thick, can be adequately stored in the thickness L1 of the support 3.

On the other hand, when the cover portion 6 that has been folded up in this way is unfolded, the tilted-over supports 3 may be simply erected.

Thus, the cover portion 6 also is pulled up by the supports 3, and naturally unfolded.

As shown in FIGS. 1 to 5(a), in the present embodiment, one of the four sides of the conveyor base 1 is not provided with the cover portion 6, and is in an open state. That is, an open portion 91 is used as an opening for inserting or removing goods stored on the conveyor base 1.

Furthermore, as shown in FIGS. 9(a) to 9(c), the lid 8 is formed such that it can cover the conveyor base 1, and in each side face portion 81 thereof, a pair of fork insertion cavity portions 82a and 82b are respectively formed at positions that correspond to the pair of fork insertion cavity portions 12a formed in each side face portion 11 of the conveyor base 1.

Furthermore, an L shaped insertion groove portion 86 is formed in each corner portion 84 of the inside face of the lid 8. That is, square protrusions 85 are provided in each corner portion 84 of the inside face of the lid 8, and an L shaped gap formed between two side faces 81 facing the protrusion 85 and the lid 8 is used as the insertion groove portion 86.

That is, the pallet for conveying goods according to the present 10 invention has a structure in which, when goods are transported, the upper edge portion 38 of the support 3 is inserted in and held by the insertion groove portion 86 formed in the inside face portion of each corner portion 84 of the lid 8. In each support 3, the bottom edge portion 31 is inserted in and held by the insertion groove portion 19 provided in the conveyor base 1, and the top edge portion 38 is inserted in and held by the insertion groove portion 86 provided in the lid 8. Accordingly, even if a shock is received from outside in a state in which goods are stored and held in the pallet for conveying goods, the support 3 can adequately fulfill the function as a support without being simply laid over. It is preferable that, as shown in FIG. 10, when conveying, the lid is prevented from coming loose by attaching two rubber-like bands 95 across the pallet for conveying goods.

As shown in FIGS. 11 and 12, when the pallet is collected, the lid 8 is used to cover the supports tilted over on the top face portion 18 of the conveyor base 1 and the cover portions 6 that have been folded up. At this time, the two rubber bands 95 used also when conveying are attached across and integrally combined with the pallet for conveying goods when it is in a folded up state. Thus, a flat box-like shape can be used for the pallet for conveying goods, and when loading on a truck or the like, the pallet for conveying goods can be stably loaded without cargo collapsing even when stacked in several steps.

In the above embodiment, a description was given with the direction of a diagonal line pointing toward the center portion of the conveyor base 1 used as the tilt-over direction of the support 3, but when it is necessary to use the height of the space S from the thickness of the support 3, the tilt-over directions of the supports 3 may be offset from each other such that those directions approach each side of the conveyor base 1.

The present invention may be embodied in various other forms without departing from the gist or essential characteristics thereof. The embodiments disclosed in this application are to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not limiting. The scope of the invention is indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description, and all modifications or changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claims are intended to be embraced therein.