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US4880214: Cushioning and protecting members

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Emiko Sukai ·
Assignee(s) Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner ·
Primary Examiner Robert J. Oberleitner ·
Application Number US7028402
Filing date 03/20/1987
Issue date 11/14/1989
Predicted expiration date 03/20/2007
U.S. Classifications 267/136  · 206/594  ·
International Classifications F16M 100  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 267136;152;153;141;141.1;166;167;248;286;292;80;140.3 ·
Foreign Priority JP6146437[U] - 03/29/1986 · JP61203136 - 08/29/1986 ·
3 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A cushioning and protecting member for cushioning and protecting articles packed in a case is provided that includes a plurality of cushions having a variety of shapes and which can be compressed by pressure. The protecting member further includes a supporting plate which attachably or detachably supports the cushions. The cushions are compressed from a state in which they are in contact with the article or case body and, further, the cushions can be attached and detached from the supporting plate to thereby facilitate re-use of the cushions.

Independent Claims | See all claims (3)

  1. 1. A cushioning and protecting device to be disposed between a case and an article to be contained in the case, comprising:a substantially planar supporting plate having opposed first and second surfaces and including a plurality of spaced-apart holes extending therethrough;a plurality of cushions insertable in said spaced-apart holes, said cushions protruding from said first and second surfaces when said cushions are inserted in said supporting plate, each of said cushions comprising a tubular film having a first seam and a second seam, said second seam being spaced longitudinally from said first seam and being substantially perpendicular to said first seam; andsaid supporting plate being insertable between the article and the case, said cushions engaging said article and said case when said supporting plate is inserted between the article and the case.
  2. 3.3. A cushioning and protecting device to be disposed between a case and an article to be contained in the case, comprising:a substantially planar supporting plate having opposed first and second surfaces and including a plurality of spaced-apart holes extending therethrough;a plurality of spherical cushions insertable in said spaced-apart holes, said cushions protruding from said first and second surfaces when said cushions are inserted in said supporting plate, each of said spherical cushions including a ring disposed about its outer circumference for engaging the case and the article; andsaid supporting plate being insertable between the article and the case, said spherical cushions engaging said article and said case when said supporting plate is inserted between the article and the case.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US1538737 PATRICK O'FLYNN O'Flynn May 1925
US1808136 HOLED TITE PACKING CORP Gray Jun 1931
US3195686 JOHNSON RICHARD M Johnson Jul 1965
US3226285 MENCHER ALEXANDER Iovenko Dec 1965
US3327041 SYLVANIA ELECTRIC PROD Clune et al. Jun 1967
US3356209 CORNING GLASS WORKS Pezely, Jr. Dec 1967
US3399797 TAINER TECH CORP Freeman Sep 1968
US3546055 MAURICE SPERTUS Spertus Dec 1970
US3667593 PENDLETON JOHN M Pendleton Jun 1972
US3701465 MAGNAVOX CO Richter Oct 1972
US4287265 McKnight Sep 1981

Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
DE2140728PINEAU AFeb 1972
FR1207269METALASTIK LTDFeb 1960
SU1176112KOVPAK OLEG FAug 1985