US20070074981A1 - Conversion tray for media storage container - Google Patents

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US20070074981A1
US20070074981A1 US11528706 US52870606A US2007074981A1 US 20070074981 A1 US20070074981 A1 US 20070074981A1 US 11528706 US11528706 US 11528706 US 52870606 A US52870606 A US 52870606A US 2007074981 A1 US2007074981 A1 US 2007074981A1
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    • G11B33/00Constructional parts, details or accessories not provided for in the preceding groups
    • G11B33/02Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon
    • G11B33/04Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers
    • G11B33/0405Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers for storing discs
    • G11B33/0411Single disc boxes
    • G11B33/0422Single disc boxes for discs without cartridge
    • G11B33/0427Single disc boxes for discs without cartridge comprising centre hole locking means
    • GPHYSICS
    • G11INFORMATION STORAGE
    • G11BINFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
    • G11B23/00Record carriers not specific to the method of recording or reproducing; Accessories, e.g. containers, specially adapted for co-operation with the recording or reproducing apparatus Intermediate mediums; Apparatus or processes specially adapted for their manufacture
    • G11B23/02Containers; Storing means both adapted to cooperate with the recording or reproducing means
    • G11B23/023Containers for magazines or cassettes
    • GPHYSICS
    • G11INFORMATION STORAGE
    • G11BINFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
    • G11B33/00Constructional parts, details or accessories not provided for in the preceding groups
    • G11B33/02Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon
    • G11B33/04Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers
    • G11B33/0405Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers for storing discs
    • G11B33/0411Single disc boxes

Abstract

A conversion tray is adapted to fit within a media storage container to convert the media storage container into a container adapted to hold a media cartridge. The conversion tray fits within the storage chamber of the media storage container and interlocks with the media storage container to provide a stable media storage configuration. The tray may be configured to hold a pair of media cartridges within the space designed to hold a single CD or DVD.

Description

    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This application claims the benefit of to U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/723,892, filed Oct. 5, 2005. The disclosure of the application is incorporated herein by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    1. Technical Field
  • [0003]
    The present invention generally relates to media storage containers and, more particularly, to a device that converts a disc-holding media storage container to one that holds a Universal Media Disc® media storage container. Specifically, the present invention relates to a media storage tray used to convert a lockable media storage container used for discs such as CDs and DVDs to one that holds a Universal Media Disc® media storage container.
  • [0004]
    2. Background Information
  • [0005]
    Video tapes and DVDs have dominated the media rental market for the past 20 years. Rental companies have thus invested significant sums in rental storage containers and display shelving designed from video tapes and DVDs. Some of these rental establishments have invested in lockable media storage containers that allow the establishment to lock the recorded media in a container on a display shelf. As media is being released on the Universal Media Disc® cartridge, media rental establishments are asking for methods for displaying the Universal Media Disc® cartridges in their existing rental containers. One such known container is sold under the SECURE CASE trademark by the assignee of the present application. The CD and DVD version of the SECURE CASE product is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,474,470 at drawing FIGS. 27-53.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0006]
    In one configuration, the present invention provides a conversion tray configured to retain at least one Universal Media Disc® cartridge. The tray may be inserted into a standard rental container to allow the container to be converted from a video tape or media disc (CD or DVD) configuration to hold the Universal Media Disc® cartridge. The tray may be configured to hold a pair of Universal Media Disc® cartridges.
  • [0007]
    In another configuration, the present invention provides a conversion tray that interlocks with the disc hub of a disc-shaped media storage container to locate and secure the conversion tray within the storage container.
  • [0008]
    In another configuration, the present invention provides a conversion tray that interlocks with the nest of the media storage container to locate and secure the conversion tray within the storage container.
  • [0009]
    In another configuration, the present invention provides a conversion tray having at least one chamber configured to retain a Universal Media Disc® cartridge wherein the chamber sits above the disc nest when the conversion tray is inserted into the media storage container.
  • [0010]
    In another configuration, the present invention provides a conversion tray for converting a lockable media storage container from holding one type of recorded media to another type of recorded media while still allowing the lock to fully function to lock the container.
  • [0011]
    In another configuration, the invention provides a tray having an opening that allows a portion of the nest to extend through the side of the tray. The opposite side of the tray may have a rounded protrusion that seats an opposite side of the nest wall to help position and interlock the tray with the container.
  • [0012]
    These configurations may be used alone or in combination.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0013]
    FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a lockable media storage container with the conversion tray of the invention inserted into the base of the container.
  • [0014]
    FIG. 2 is a section view taken along line 2-2 of FIG. 1.
  • [0015]
    FIG. 3 is a section view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 1.
  • [0016]
    FIG. 4 is a section view similar to FIG. 2 showing the lid closed.
  • [0017]
    Similar numbers refer to similar parts throughout the specification.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0018]
    The conversion tray of the present invention is indicated generally by the number 2 in the accompanying drawings. Conversion tray 2 may be inserted into the storage compartment of a known media storage container 4 to convert container 4 from holding a disc-shaped item of recorded media (such as a CD or DVD) to holding a Universal Media Disc® cartridge or other cartridge-based item of recorded media.
  • [0019]
    The exemplary media storage container 4 includes a container body having a base 6 adapted to hold a disc-shaped item of recorded media on a disc retaining hub 8 that projects upwardly from a flat bottom wall 10. The container body defines a storage compartment when disposed in a closed configuration. The container also includes a circular nest wall 12 disposed around hub 8 with a finger access recess 14 that provides a break in nest 12 where a user's finger may access the edge of a disc held on hub 8. A pair of retaining clips 16 project upwardly from bottom wall 10 adjacent the front wall 18 of base 6. Base 6 also includes a pair of side walls 20 disposed perpendicular to front wall 18. Nest 12 has a height above bottom wall 12 that is less than the height of walls 18 and 20. A back wall 22 is hinged to bottom wall 10 with a lid 24 hinged to back wall 22. A front wall 26 and side walls 28 are connected to lid 24 and are configured to nest inside walls 18 and 20 of base 6 when lid 24 is closed. The configuration of container 4 and the lock that holds the lid closed is described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,474,470 and is incorporated herein by reference.
  • [0020]
    Tray 2 includes a body having elements disposed on and between three layers referred to as the upper 52, intermediate 54, and lower 56 layers in this description. Lower layer 56 is designed to rest against or adjacent to bottom wall 10. An outer flange 50 may be used to laterally locate tray 2 within base 6. Intermediate layer 54 is configured to rest on the upper surface of nest 12. Upper layer 52 is configured to be disposed below and spaced from the inner surface of lid 24 when lid 24 is closed as shown in FIG. 4. Tray 2 holds items of recorded media between intermediate 54 and upper 56 layers.
  • [0021]
    Tray 2 is configured to locate intermediate layer 54 on top of nest 12 so that the items of recorded media held by tray 2 are disposed above the upper surface of nest 12 and under lid 24 when lid 24 is closed. Tray 2 includes at least one or, as shown in the drawings, a pair of media nests 60 disposed between intermediate 54 and upper 52 layers. Each nest 60 is configured to closely surround the outer perimeter edge of the item of recorded media and, in the exemplary embodiment, closely surround the outer perimeter edge of a Universal Media Disc® cartridge. Nests 60 have locking fingers 62 that are configured to snap fit over the outer edges of the recorded media. These locking fingers 62 have a height that is less than one-quarter of the height of nests 60. Fingers 62 are flexible and have rounded or angled upper and lower surfaces to allow the item of recoded media to be forced down into nest 60 and then pulled from nest 60. When tray 2 is formed from a vacuum-formed method, the resiliency of the material allows the fingers to be flexed back out of the way while the recorded media is being pushed down into nest 60 and then snapped back over the outer edge of the recorded media. Each nest 60 also defines a pair of recessed finger access depressions that allow the user to grasp opposed locations of the outer edge of the item of recorded media.
  • [0022]
    At least the upper (the nest 60 disposed closest to the top of FIG. 1 and to the right of FIG. 2) nest 60 has a first locating projection 66 that projects from the lower surface (disposed at intermediate layer 54) of nest 60 from the intermediate layer 54 to the lower layer 52. Projection 66 is configured to fit within finger access recess 14 as shown in FIGS. 2 and 4 to locate and laterally retain tray 2 within base 6.
  • [0023]
    Tray 2 also defines a hub lock 70 that defies an opening sized to snap fit or slidingly receive a portion of hub 2. Hub lock 70 at least laterally retains tray 2 with respect to base 6. When a snap-fit connection is formed, hub lock 70 also prevents tray 2 from falling out of base 6 even when base is turned upside down. The snap fit connection may be made under the projections of hub 8 that are designed to retain a CD or DVD.
  • [0024]
    In the exemplary embodiment of the invention, tray 2 further includes a pair of opposed second locating projections 72 extending from intermediate layer 54 to lower layer 56. Each second locating projection has a broad flat bottom with a curved outer sidewall adapted to fit just within nest 12 to laterally locate and retain tray 2 within base 2. Second locating projections are disposed on opposite sides of hub lock 70. Each sidewall that nests just inside nest 12 may encompass an arc length of 5 to 75 degrees (when measured from the center of hub 8) with each wall encompassing at least a 70 degree arc in the exemplary embodiment.
  • [0025]
    Tray 2 may also include feet 74 and 76 that project from intermediate layer 54 to lower layer 56. Each foot 74 and 76 has a flat lower surface that may be connected to the inner surface of bottom wall 10. The connection may be formed with an adhesive, a mechanical connector, or a weld. Feet 74 or 76 may have edges or corners that engage the outer portion of nest 12. In the exemplary embodiment of the invention, the lower inner corners of feet 74 and the inner upper corners of feet 76 are disposed to engage outer portions of nest 12. Feet 74, 76 and projections 72 thus cooperate to laterally locate tray 2 within base 6.
  • [0026]
    Tray 2 also may have a sidewall 84 that also engages the outer surface of nest 12. In the exemplary embodiment of the invention, sidewall 84 has an outwardly curved portion 80 that cooperates with the outer sidewall of projection 72 to trap a portion of nest 12. The opposite sidewall 86 of tray 2 depicts an alternate mechanism to trap nest 12. Sidewall 86 defines a nest opening 82 that allows a portion of nest 12 to project through sidewall 86. Opening 82 also allows tray 2 to fit within base 6 while providing a gap between wall 86 and wall 18. This gap provides space to receive the inner ends of the lock (see U.S. Pat. No. 6,474,470) that is used to lock lid 24 in the closed position.
  • [0027]
    Tray 2 may thus be inserted into container 4 to convert container from one that holds a single DVD to one that holds a pair of media cartridges such as those described above.
  • [0028]
    In the foregoing description, certain terms have been used for brevity, clearness, and understanding. No unnecessary limitations are to be implied therefrom beyond the requirement of the prior art because such terms are used for descriptive purposes and are intended to be broadly construed.
  • [0029]
    Moreover, the description and illustration of the invention is an example and the invention is not limited to the exact details shown or described.

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  1. 1. In combination, a media storage container and a conversion tray;
    the media storage container having a container body having open and closed configurations; the closed configuration of the container body defining a storage compartment;
    the container body having a first disc retaining hub adapted to retain a disc-shaped item of recorded media; and
    the conversion tray being disposed within the storage compartment of the container body; the conversion tray having a media cartridge storage chamber adapted to hold a media cartridge.
  2. 2. The combination of claim 1, wherein the conversion tray defines a hub lock that engages a portion of the first disc retaining hub to hold the conversion tray to the container body.
  3. 3. The combination of claim 2, wherein the hub lock snap fits to the retaining hub.
  4. 4. The combination of claim 1, wherein the container body includes a nest; the media cartridge storage chamber of the conversion tray being disposed above the nest of the container body.
  5. 5. The combination of claim 4, wherein the conversion tray defines a nest opening; a portion of the nest disposed in the nest opening.
  6. 6. The combination of claim 4, wherein the nest defines a finger access recess; the conversion tray having a projection disposed within the finger access recess to support the conversion tray within the container body.
  7. 7. The combination of claim 4, wherein the conversion tray includes a first pair of locating projections; each of the locating projections having a curved wall that engages the nest to support the conversion tray within the container body.
  8. 8. The combination of claim 7, wherein the base of the container body includes a bottom wall having an inner surface; each of the locating projections including a flat bottom wall that engages the inner surface of the bottom wall of the base of the container body.
  9. 9. The combination of claim 7, wherein the conversion tray includes second pair of locating projections; each of the locating projections having a curved wall that engages the nest to support the conversion tray within the container body.
  10. 10. The combination of claim 9, wherein the first pair of locating projections engage an inner portion of the nest and the second pair of locating projections engage an outer portion of the nest.
  11. 11. In combination, a conversion tray and a media storage container for a disc-shaped item of recorded media; the media storage container having a container body configurable in open and closed configurations; the closed configuration of the container body defining a storage compartment; the media storage container having a disc retaining hub adapted to retain the central opening of a disc-shaped item of recorded media; the conversion tray engaging the disc retaining hub to interlock the conversion tray with the media storage container; the conversion tray disposed within the storage compartment when the container body is in the closed configuration.
  12. 12. The combination of claim 11, wherein the container body has a nest that surrounds at least a portion of the disc-shaped item of recorded media; the conversion tray defining a chamber adapted to retain a media cartridge; the chamber being disposed above the nest.
  13. 13. In combination, a conversion tray and a media storage container for a disc-shaped item of recorded media; the media storage container having a container body configurable in open and closed configurations; the closed configuration of the container body defining a storage compartment; the media storage container having a nest adapted to surrounds at least a portion of the disc-shaped item of recorded media; the conversion tray interlocking with the nest to interlock the conversion tray with the media storage container; the conversion tray disposed within the storage compartment when the container body is in the closed configuration.
  14. 14. The combination of claim 11, wherein the conversion tray defines a chamber adapted to retain a media cartridge; the chamber being disposed above the nest.
  15. 15. In combination, a media storage container and a conversion tray;
    the media storage container having a container body having open and closed configurations; the closed configuration of the container body defining a storage compartment;
    a lock for the media storage container; the lock engaging the container body to lock the container body in the closed configuration; the lock having a lock element projecting into the storage compartment when the lock is locking the container body in the closed configuration;
    the container body having a first disc retaining hub adapted to retain a disc-shaped item of recorded media;
    the conversion tray being disposed within the storage compartment of the container body; the conversion tray having a media cartridge storage chamber adapted to hold a media cartridge; and
    the conversion tray disposed in a location that does not interfere with the lock.
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