US 9,809,350 B2
Configurable shipping crate assembly
Richard F. Unger, Sauk Centre, MN (US); Robert Michael Lattin, Minneapolis, MN (US); and Randy A. Radloff, Lakeville, MN (US)
Assigned to THERMO KING CORPORATION, Minneapolis, MN (US)
Filed by THERMO KING CORPORATION, Minneapolis, MN (US)
Filed on Jun. 24, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/191,911.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/186,094, filed on Jun. 29, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0376057 A1, Dec. 29, 2016
Int. Cl. B65D 19/12 (2006.01); B65D 8/00 (2006.01); B65D 6/16 (2006.01); B65D 6/26 (2006.01); E04C 3/00 (2006.01); B65D 21/02 (2006.01); F16M 13/02 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 15/24 (2013.01) [B65D 9/12 (2013.01); B65D 9/24 (2013.01); B65D 21/0215 (2013.01); E04C 3/00 (2013.01); F16M 13/02 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A shipping crate assembly, comprising:
a plurality of first support members;
a plurality of brackets, each bracket including:
a bracket member having first and second non-identical parts, the bracket member being a metal plate, the bracket member including a connection line along which the first and second non-identical parts are joined, the first and second non-identical parts extending perpendicularly from each other;
a foot secured to the bracket member, the foot being secured along the connection line; and
a second support member made of metal and secured to the bracket member via a pin, wherein the second support member is rotatable about the pin, the second support member including one or more fixtures for securing the second support member in a fixed location,
wherein each of the plurality of brackets receives an end of two of the plurality of first support members, wherein a top surface of a first of the two of the plurality of first support members is disposed at a vertically different height from a top surface of the second of the two of the plurality of first support members, and a bottom surface of the first of the two of the plurality of first support members is disposed at a vertically different height from a bottom surface of the second of the two of the plurality of first support members.