Title:
Collapsible storage rack
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A collapsible storage rack includes a plurality of sustain plates, a plurality of fix rods respectively combined with two ends of all the sustain plates, an upper support rod and a lower support rod are fixed to support the two ends and an intermediate portion of the sustain plates, a plurality of support blocks respectively sandwiched by each upper and each lower support rod, and a plurality of elongate pins respectively passing through the sustain plates, the upper support rods, the support blocks and the lower support rods with a stopper engaging the pin to tighten the pin for keep those components stably. Then the storage rack is collapsible to become minimized dimensions for saving the space for package, storing and transporting to lower those cost, without using any tool for assembly and disassembly. So its components are replaceable easily in case of damage.



Inventors:
Hung, Fa (Richmond, CA)
Application Number:
11/333448
Publication Date:
07/19/2007
Filing Date:
01/18/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B47/00
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Primary Examiner:
NOVOSAD, JENNIFER ELEANORE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (ELLICOTT CITY, MD, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A collapsible storage rack comprising a plurality of sustain plates, a plurality of fix rods, a plurality of upper support rods, a plurality of lower support rods, a plurality of support blocks and a plurality of elongate pins: Said each sustain plate provided with an reinforcing plate combined under said sustain plate, said sustain plate having a plurality of insert holes and pin holes, said each reinforcing plate having a pin hole corresponding to said pin hole of said sustain plate; Said each fix rod provided with an open space for one of two ends of all said sustain plates and all said reinforcing plates to extend therein, a pin hole corresponding to said pin hole of said sustain plate, and slots in a lower wall; Said each upper support rod provided with an reinforcing rod, two slots respectively in two sides, an U-shaped upper position member provided and having a first sidewall with a U-shaped lower end and a second sidewall of a bent lower end, said first and said second sidewall of said upper position member respectively passing through down said two slots of said support rod, said upper rod and said reinforcing rod both provided with a pin hole corresponding to said pin hole of said upper support rod, said second sidewall of said upper position member provided with a slot for a stopper to pass through; Said lower support rod provided with a reinforcing rod, said lower support rod and said reinforcing rod all having slots to correspond to each other, said slots being passed through respectively by a first sidewall and a second sidewall of a U-shaped lower position member, said lower support rod and said reinforcing rod all having a pin hole corresponding to each other, said second sidewall of said lower position rod provided with a slot for a stopper to pass through; Said support block composed of four support plates combined with one another by fitting and forming said support block, a first one of said four support plate provided with slots for said first sidewall of said upper position member and said lower position member to pass through, a second one of said four support plates provided with slots for said second sidewall of said upper and said lower position member to pass through, said second support plate having slots to corresponding to said slots of said second sidewall of said upper and said lower position member; Said each elongate pin passing through said hole of said fix rod, said hole of said sustain plate, said hole of said reinforcing plate, said hole of said upper position member, said hole of said reinforcing rod, said hole of said upper support rod, and an center hollow space of said support block, and finally through said reinforcing rod and said lower support rod to engage with an annular groove formed in a lower end of said pin so that said pin may keep stably all those components together.

2. The collapsible storage rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said sustain plate, said upper support rod, said lower support rod, and said support plates of said support block are all corrugated and able to be superposed on one another for convenience of collapsing.

3. The collapsible storage rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein a U-shaped position bar is used for passing through said holes of said sustain plates, said upper support rods, said lower support rods, and said four support plates of said support blocks after those components are collapsed and superposed on one another, minimizing the dimensions of said collapsed storage rack.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to a collapsible storage rack, particularly to one completely collapsible when not used, for saving the space for package, storing and transporting, lowering transporting cost, needing no tools in assembling or disassembling it. Thus its components are easily replaceable in case of damage, very innovative and practical.

2. Description of the Prior Art

In storing or transporting a large batch of goods, the goods are always placed on various kinds of storage racks after lifted high by lift trucks so that the goods may not become wet to be damaged. Moreover, lift trucks can save much time needed in transporting, loading and unloading, simplifying those works, and avoiding manual work as can as possible or any loss or damage caused by falling down.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A collapsible storage rack in the invention includes a plurality of sustain plates, a plurality of fix rods respectively combined with two ends of each sustain plate, an upper support rod and a lower support rod fixed respectively under the two ends and an intermediate portion of the sustain plates, a support block sandwiched between each of the upper and the lower support rods, and a plurality of elongate pins passing through the sustain plates, the upper support rods, the support blocks and the lower support rods for keeping them stably in place. In this way the collapsible storage rack is assembled and also disassembled easily without using any tools by superposing those components one on another, as they are all shaped as corrugated. The collapsed storage rack can save the space for package, storing and transporting, and moreover, the components are easily replaceable when damaged or broken.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

This invention will be better understood by referring to the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a collapsible storage rack in the present invention;

FIG. 2 is another exploded perspective view of the collapsible storage rack in the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the collapsible storage rack in the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a side view of the collapsible storage rack in the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the collapsing storage rack in the present invention; and,

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the collapsible storage rack in the present invention, showing it completely collapsed.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

A preferred embodiment of an collapsible storage rack in the present invention, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, includes a plurality of sustain plates 1, a plurality of fix rods 2, a plurality of upper support rods 3, a plurality of lower support rods 4, a plurality of support blocks 5 and a plurality of elongate pins 6 as main components combined together.

Each sustain plate 1 is corrugated, having a plurality of insert holes 12 and a pin hole 13, and an reinforcing plate 11 is fixed under each sustain plate 1, having a pin hole 111 to face to the pin hole 13 of the sustain plate 1.

Each fix rod 2 is provided with an open space 21 for each of the two ends of each sustain plate 1 and each reinforcing plate 11 to insert therein, an insert strip 22 corresponding to the insert hole 12 of the sustain plate 1 and fixed in the open space 21, a hole 23 corresponding to the hole 13 of the sustain plate 1, and a slot 24 bored in the bottom wall.

Each upper support rod 3 is corrugated, with a reinforcing rod 31 installed in the upper support rod 3, having a slot 32 respectively in two sides of an upper wall for a first side wall 331 with a U-shaped lower end and a second side wall 332 with a bent lower end of a U-shaped upper position member 33 to pass through. The upper position member 33 has a hole 333 to correspond to a hole 311 of the reinforcing rod 31. Further, the second sidewall 332 of the upper position member 33 is provided with a slot 334 for a stopper 35 to fit therein.

Each lower support rod 4 is also corrugated, with a reinforcing rod 41 installed on the lower support rod 4, having two slots 42 to correspond to two slots 411 of the reinforcing rod 41. Then a lower position member 43 has a first sidewall 431 and a second sidewall 432 respectively fitting in the slots 42 and 411 of the lower support rod 4 and the reinforcing support rod 41, and the second sidewall 432 has a slot 433 for a stopper 45 to pass through to engage with the elongate pin 6.

The support block 5 is composed of four support plates 51, which are combined with one another to form the post-shaped support block 5. A first one of the four support plates 51 is provided with slots 511, 512 to correspond to the first sidewalls 331, 431 of the upper and the lower position member 33 and 43. A second one of the four support plates 51 opposite to the first one is provided with two slots 513 and 514 to correspond to the first and the second sidewall 332 and 432 of the upper and the lower position member 33 and 34, and two slots 515 and 516 to correspond to the slots 334 and 433 of the upper and the lower position member 33 and 43.

Each elongate pin 6 extends in the hole 23 of the fix rod 2, the hole 13 of the sustain plate 1, the hole 111 of the reinforcing plate 11, the hole 333 of the upper position member 33, the hole 311 of the reinforcing plate 31, and the hole 34 of the upper support rod 3, and then through the hollow interior of the support block 5, protruding down out of the hole 412 of the reinforcing rod 41 and the hole 44 of the lower support rod 4. Further, the pin 6 has an annular groove 61 in a lower end to engage with a hole 621 of a stopper 62 and thus kept in place stably.

In assembling, as shown in FIGS. 2, 3, 4 and 5, first, the upper position rod 3 together with the reinforcing rod 31 and the upper position member 33 is inserted in the open space 21 of the fix rod 2, with the first sidewall 331 and the second sidewall 332 passing through down the slots 24 of the fix rod 2. Then the first sidewall 331 of the upper position member 33 hooks the slot 511 of the first support plate 51, with the second sidewall 332 of the upper position member 33 inserting in the slot 513 of the second support plate 51, and with the slot 334 of the upper position member 33 facing the slot 515 of the second support plate 51. Then the stopper 35 is inserted in the slots 334 and 515 and then turned in an angle to let the stopper 35 immovable. Then the first sidewall 431 and the second sidewall 432 of the lower position member 43 are respectively inserted though the slots 42 and 411, with the first sidewall 431 further hooked with the slot 512 of the first support plate 51, with the second sidewall 432 further inserted in the slot 514 of the second support plate 51, with the stopper 45 hooked with the slot 516 of the slot 433 of the lower position member 43 and with the slot 516 of the second support plate 51 in place. Thus the upper and the lower position member 33 and 43 sandwich the four support plates 51 of the support block 5 in place stably, not letting the latter fall off. Next, all one ends of the sustain plates 1 together with the reinforcing plates 11 are inserted in the open space 21 of the fix rod 2, letting all the insert strip 22 fit in the holes 12 of all the sustain plates 1. Then the elongate pins 6 are inserted respectively through the holes 23, 13, 111, 333, 311, 34, 412 and 44, and then hooked with the stopper 62. In the same way, the intermediate portion of all the sustain plates 1 is sandwiched by the upper support rod 3, the support block 5 and the lower support rod 4 in place stably. Then the collapsible storage rack is finished in its assembly.

In addition, FIG. 6 shows the collapsed condition of the collapsible storage rack, utilizing the corrugated shape of the sustain plates 1, the upper support rods 3, the lower support rods 4 and the support plates 51 for superposing them one on another, and with a U-shaped position rod 7 is used to pass through the holes of those components and keeping them in place, minimizing the needed space for package, storing and transporting the collapsible storage rack in the invention.

The invention has the following advantages, as can be seen from the foresaid description.

1. Its components are combined together by means of fitting with one another, speeding the assemblage or disassembling.

2. Its components are combined together by means of fitting with one another, needing no tool, enhancing its convenience.

3. The sustain plates, the upper support rods, the lower support rods all have the reinforcing means, upgrading their strength, for placing goods of various shapes and large weight on the sustain plates.

4. When not in use, it can be collapsed, and the components can be superposed one on another owing to corrugated grooves, minimizing its collapsed dimensions for saving space and cost for package, storing and transporting.

5. Its components are easily collapsible, subsequently replaceable in case of damage, and lowering potential waste of material resource.

While the preferred embodiment of the invention has been described above, it will be recognized and understood that various modifications may be made therein and the appended claims are intended to cover all such modifications that may fall within the spirit and scope of the invention.





 
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