US 9,809,366 B2
Stackable trays for jugs, stacked arrangements and stacking methods
Sidney Scott Prince, Hamilton (CA); Lee Scott Hoover, Toronto (CA); and Antonino Cugliari, Brampton (CA)
Assigned to PARMALAT CANADA INC., Etobicoke (CA)
Filed by Parmalat Canada Inc., Etobicoke (CA)
Filed on Dec. 20, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/136,802.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/751,377, filed on Jan. 11, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/787,960, filed on Mar. 15, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/892,630, filed on Oct. 18, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2014/0197064 A1, Jul. 17, 2014
Int. Cl. B65D 71/70 (2006.01); B65D 1/36 (2006.01); B65D 21/04 (2006.01); B65D 21/02 (2006.01); B65B 21/02 (2006.01); B65B 5/06 (2006.01); B65D 1/40 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 71/70 (2013.01) [B65B 5/068 (2013.01); B65B 21/02 (2013.01); B65D 1/36 (2013.01); B65D 1/40 (2013.01); B65D 21/023 (2013.01); B65D 21/0231 (2013.01); B65D 21/048 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A stackable tray comprising:
a first surface to support a bottom of one or more jugs;
a plurality of load transfer structures extending from a second surface opposite the first surface, to engage a plurality of jugs arranged below the second surface and transfer at least a portion of a load on the first surface to handles of the plurality of jugs, wherein each load transfer structure of the plurality of load transfer structures has a shape comprising: a first recess to receive an upper portion of a jug of the plurality of jugs; and at least two channels, wherein, each of the at least two channels extends from the first recess outward along the load transfer structure to a periphery of the load transfer structure, and wherein the at least two channels are configured to engage a handle of the jug in a respective one of different orientations of the jug and to transfer the portion of the load on the first surface to the handle of the jug; and
walls extending from the first surface, wherein the walls define a plurality of jug receiving cells to receive bottom portions of a second plurality of jugs, each jug receiving cell corresponding to a respective load transfer structure of the plurality of load transfer structures and comprising a second recess having a shape complementary to the shape of the respective load transfer structure, and wherein, in each jug receiving cell, the first surface comprises a first surface portion that forms a seat and a second surface portion that forms a center portion, the first and second surface portions being substantially co-planar and discontinuous.