US20150164241A1 - Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System - Google Patents

Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20150164241A1
US20150164241A1 US14109029 US201314109029A US20150164241A1 US 20150164241 A1 US20150164241 A1 US 20150164241A1 US 14109029 US14109029 US 14109029 US 201314109029 A US201314109029 A US 201314109029A US 20150164241 A1 US20150164241 A1 US 20150164241A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
pusher
support
wire
rack
assembly
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US14109029
Inventor
Thomas O. Nagel
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Southern Imperial Inc
Original Assignee
Southern Imperial Inc
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F1/00Racks for dispensing merchandise; Containers for dispensing merchandise
    • A47F1/04Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs
    • A47F1/12Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from the side of an approximately horizontal stack
    • A47F1/125Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from the side of an approximately horizontal stack with an article-pushing device
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F1/00Racks for dispensing merchandise; Containers for dispensing merchandise
    • A47F1/04Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs
    • A47F1/12Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from the side of an approximately horizontal stack
    • A47F1/125Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from the side of an approximately horizontal stack with an article-pushing device
    • A47F1/126Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from the side of an approximately horizontal stack with an article-pushing device the pushing device being urged by spring means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F5/00Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features
    • A47F5/01Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features made of tubes or wire

Abstract

A pusher rack system is provided. The system includes a rack and one or more pusher assemblies removably attached to the rack. The rack includes one or more wire support frames supported by vertical supports. The pusher assembly includes a connection arrangement for removably attaching the pusher assembly to the wire support rack to longitudinally fix the position of the pusher assembly relative to the rack while simultaneously allowing for lateral adjustment of the pusher assembly relative to the rack.

Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    This invention generally relates to shelving systems, and more particularly to shelving systems which incorporate one or more pusher assemblies thereon.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    Pusher assemblies are generally known in the art as a viable way to automatically front face product in a variety of settings. While pusher systems are typically employed in the conventional retail environment for facing cosmetic items, etc., they may also be utilized refrigerated cases or the like. An exemplary embodiment of such a pusher assembly may be seen at U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/288,058 filed on Nov. 3, 2011, assigned to the instant Assignee and herein incorporated by reference in its entirety.
  • [0003]
    Walk-in coolers, which may be employed in the food service setting to store bulk food supplies for later preparation, or be employed in the warehouse setting for the storage of refrigerated or frozen goods, etc., typically employ a rack system therein. Unfortunately, the conventional pusher assembly is not readily configured to mate with the rack system of a walk-in cooler. As a result, one must either forego the use of a pusher assembly and its attendant advantages of front facing product toward a leading edge of a shelf, or alternatively undergo a complex retrofit of existing shelving to ensure that it will adequately and securely receive a pusher assembly. Therefore, there is a need in the art for a pusher assembly rack system that may be readily employed in the context of a walk-in cooler or otherwise.
  • [0004]
    The invention provides such a pusher assembly rack system. These and other advantages of the invention, as well as additional inventive features, will be apparent from the description of the invention provided herein.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0005]
    In one aspect, a pusher assembly rack system is provided. Embodiments of the pusher assembly rack system advantageously provide for the use of one or more pusher assemblies in a rack of a walk-in cooler or otherwise. Embodiments according to this aspect include a plurality of vertical supports and at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports. The at least one wire rack includes an outer peripheral wire formed into a generally rectangular shape having a pair of longitudinally extending edges in opposed-spaced relation and a front edge and a back edge in opposed-spaced relation and extending laterally between the pair of longitudinally extending edges. A plurality of laterally extending wires are joined to and extend between the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire. A first connection element is joined to an underside of the at least one wire rack adjacent one of the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire. A second connection element is joined to the underside of the at least one rack adjacent the other one of the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire. The pusher assembly rack system also includes at least one pusher assembly for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one rack. The at least one pusher assembly includes a connection arrangement operable to connect the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack such that the at least one pusher assembly is laterally adjustable between the pair of longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire of the at least one wire rack, and longitudinally fixed between the front edge and the back edge of the outer peripheral wire of the at least one wire rack.
  • [0006]
    Each of the plurality of vertical supports include the plurality of slotted openings formed through a back wall thereof for attaching the at least one wire rack to the plurality of vertical supports.
  • [0007]
    The first and second connection elements each include front and rear forwardly facing pins. The plurality of vertical supports includes a first, a second, a third, and a fourth vertical support. The front forwardly facing pin of the first connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the first vertical support. The rear forwardly facing pin of the first connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the second vertical support. The front forwardly facing pin of the second connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the third vertical support. The rear forwardly facing pin of the second connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the fourth vertical support. In certain embodiments, the plurality of slotted openings of each vertical support includes two linear rows of slotted openings.
  • [0008]
    The at least one pusher assembly includes a base structure for supporting items loaded into the pusher assembly. The base structure includes a pair of support bars in opposed-spaced relation, and a pair of support elements extending laterally between the pair of support bars. One of the pair of support elements is proximal to a front end of each of the pair of support bars. The other one of the pair of support elements is proximal to a back end of each of the pair of support bars. A wire support frame is mounted to the pair of support bars and extends over a top of each of the pair of support elements.
  • [0009]
    The connection arrangement includes a connection portion of each of the pair of support bars. The connection portion of each support bar includes a plurality of discreet connection points for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack. The plurality of discreet connection points of each connection portion of each support bar includes a forwardly opening notch, a downwardly opening notch, and a shoulder.
  • [0010]
    In another aspect, a pusher assembly for a rack is provided. The pusher assembly is advantageously adapted to quickly mate with a rack that includes a plurality of vertical supports and at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports. The pusher assembly is configured for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one wire rack. The pusher assembly includes a connection arrangement operable to connect the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack such that the pusher assembly is moveable in a direction parallel to the front edge of the at least one wire rack and fixed relative to movement along a direction perpendicular to the front edge of the at least one wire rack.
  • [0011]
    The pusher assembly also includes a base structure having a pair of support bars in opposed-spaced relation. A pair of support elements extend laterally between the pair of support bars. One of the pair of support elements is proximal to a front end of each of the pair of support bars. The other one of the pair of support elements is proximal to a back end of each of the pair of support bars. A wire support frame is mounted to the pair of support bars and extends over a top of each of the pair of support elements. A pusher is slideable along the base structure toward and away from a front stop connected to a front end of the base structure. A pair of side barriers are moveable in a direction that is perpendicular to a direction of movement of the pusher.
  • [0012]
    The connection arrangement is provided by a connection portion of each of the pair of support bars. The connection portion of each support bar includes a plurality of discreet connection points for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack. The plurality of discreet connection points of each connection portion of each support bar includes a forwardly opening notch, a downwardly opening notch, and a shoulder. The pusher of the pusher assembly includes a locking arm for selectively locking the pusher relative to the base structure to prevent movement of the pusher relative to the base structure.
  • [0013]
    Each one of the pair of side barriers includes a divider wall and front and back wire extension elements connected to the divider wall. The front wire extension element of each side barrier is received in the support element mounted proximal to the front end of each of the pair of support bars. The rear wire extension element of each side barrier is received in the support element mounted proximal the back end of each of the pair of support bars. Each of the pair of support elements includes a pair of tension clips for holding the respective front or rear wire extension element in a fixed position.
  • [0014]
    In certain embodiments, each divider of each side barrier is a metal plate element. In yet another aspect, a method for installing a pusher assembly on a rack is provided. The rack includes a plurality of vertical supports and at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports. The pusher assembly is configured for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one wire rack and includes a connection arrangement for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack. The method comprises receiving a wire of the at least one wire rack in a forwardly opening notch of the connection arrangement, and rotating the pusher assembly about the wire received in the forwardly opening notch in order to receive a second wire of the at least one wire rack in a downwardly opening notch of the connection arrangement and also abut a third wire of the at least one wire rack with a shoulder of the connection arrangement.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0015]
    The accompanying drawings incorporated in and forming a part of the specification illustrate several aspects of the present invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention. In the drawings:
  • [0016]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a pusher rack system according to the teachings of the present invention;
  • [0017]
    FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a rack of the pusher rack system of FIG. 1;
  • [0018]
    FIG. 3 is a rear perspective view of the pusher rack system of FIG. 1;
  • [0019]
    FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a pusher assembly of the pusher rack system of FIG. 1;
  • [0020]
    FIG. 5 is another perspective view of a pusher assembly of the pusher rack system of FIG. 1;
  • [0021]
    FIG. 6 is a partial view of a bottom of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4;
  • [0022]
    FIG. 7 is a partial view of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4, shown in cross section;
  • [0023]
    FIG. 8 is a partial view of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4, shown in cross section;
  • [0024]
    FIG. 9 is a partial view of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4, shown in cross section;
  • [0025]
    FIG. 10 is a partial perspective view of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4;
  • [0026]
    FIG. 11 is another partial perspective view of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4; and
  • [0027]
    FIGS. 12 and 13 are side views of the pusher assembly of FIG. 4, schematically showing the installation thereof with the rack of FIG. 2.
  • [0028]
    While the invention will be described in connection with certain preferred embodiments, there is no intent to limit it to those embodiments. On the contrary, the intent is to cover all alternatives, modifications and equivalents as included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0029]
    Turning now to the drawings, an exemplary embodiment of a pusher assembly rack system is shown at FIGS. 1-12. With specific reference to FIG. 1, the pusher assembly rack system 20 includes a frame-like rack structure 22 herein referred to as rack 22, with a plurality of pusher trays 24 installed thereon. As will be explained in greater detail below, the current configuration shown in FIG. 1 advantageously allows for one or more pusher trays to be employed in a rack system within environments such as walk-in coolers or the like. Such a configuration also advantageously allows for the lateral adjustment of pusher assemblies 24 relative to rack 22 for customization purposes. Additionally, and as will also be explained in greater detail below, each pusher assembly 24 is longitudinally held in place relative to rack 22 to provide a stable mounting for the pusher assembly 24. Rack system 20 shown in FIG. 1 may be readily employed in environments such as walk-in coolers or the like, storage and front facing of bulk goods. However, it would be readily recognized by those skilled in the art that the teachings of the invention herein may be applied to other context not limited to walk-in cooler-type environments.
  • [0030]
    As stated above, rack system 20 includes a rack 22 with a plurality of pusher trays 24 mounted thereto. All four pusher trays 24 are shown on an upper-most shelf of rack 22, and four pusher trays 24 are shown on a lower-most shelf of rack 22. It will be readily recognized that fewer pusher trays 24 may be included on any of the shelves of rack 22. Furthermore, the number and location of the shelves shown in FIG. 1 is not in any way limiting on the invention. Fewer or greater shelves may be utilized, and they may be situated at various locations along rack 22.
  • [0031]
    Rack 22 includes a plurality of vertical supports 26 which are generally spaced apart at the four corners of a rectangular pattern. A plurality of shelves in the form of wire support frames 28 (also referred to herein as wire racks) are supported by vertical supports 26. The location of wire support frames 28 may be readily reconfigured as described below. Each pusher tray 24 is configured to carry a linear row of products 30 as schematically represented in FIG. 1. As is generally understood by those skilled in the art, each pusher assembly 24 is operable to bias the linear row of products 30 (i.e. from right to left or along direction 32) towards a front edge of each wire support frame 28. This ensures that products 30 carried by pusher trays 24 are situated at the front edge of wire support frame 28 to provide easy access thereto.
  • [0032]
    Turning now to FIG. 2, wire support frame 28 will be described in greater detail. Wire support frame 28 includes an outer peripheral wire 40 of a generally rectangular shape. A plurality of lateral wire members 42 are connected to and extend between longitudinally extending edges of outer peripheral wire 40. Each of lateral wires 42 are situated parallel to front and back edges of outer peripheral wire 40 as illustrated. A pair of rack connection elements 44 are mounted to an underside of wire support frame 28. Rack connection elements 44 allow for the rapid installation of wire support frame 28 to vertical supports 26. (See FIG. 1). Each connection element 44 includes front and rear forwardly extending connection pins 46 for mounting wire support frame 28 to vertical supports 26.
  • [0033]
    More specifically, and turning now to FIG. 3, each vertical support 26 includes a plurality of slots 52 formed through a back wall 54 of each vertical support 26. It will be recognized that in the view shown in FIG. 3, a portion of outer peripheral wire 40 of upper and lower-most wire support frames 28 has been removed to expose the ends of lateral wire members 42 to illustrate the mounting configuration of each pusher assembly 24 relative to wire support frame 28. Also shown in FIG. 3 is the interaction between front and rear connection pins 46 of each connection element 44 relative to supports 26. Taking as an example upper-most wire support frame 28, it can be seen that the front-most connection pin 46 (i.e. connection pin shown on the right-most side of the illustration of FIG. 3), is received one of slotted openings 52 of vertical support 26. The same configuration is true for the rear-most connection pin 46 of the upper-most wire support frame 28 shown in FIG. 3. Although not illustrated, connection element 44 situated on the other side of the upper-most wire support frame 28 shown in FIG. 3 exhibits an identical mounting configuration with vertical supports 26.
  • [0034]
    As can also be seen from FIG. 3, each vertical support 26 includes a plurality of slotted openings 52 which are arranged in two linear rows. Each wire support frame 28 is positionable in any one of slotted openings 52 to provide clearance for different heights of products carried by rack system 20.
  • [0035]
    Turning now to FIGS. 4-12, and particularly FIG. 4, pusher assembly 24 will be described in greater detail. Pusher assembly 24 includes a base structure 60 and a pair of moveable side barriers 62 (See also FIG. 5) which are mounted to base structure 60 and moveable relative to base structure 60 along directional axis 64. Such adjustment capability allows for pusher assembly 24 to accommodate product of differing widths, which may include retail merchandise of a greater width than the width of base structure 60. Pusher assembly 24 also includes a pusher 66 mounted to base structure 60 and moveable relative thereto along directional axis 68. As described above, pusher 66 is operable to bias a linear row of product 30 forward, i.e. along directional axis 68 from right to left FIG. 4.
  • [0036]
    Base structure 60 includes a pair of support bars 70. Support bars 70 are in an opposed-spaced relation as shown in FIG. 4. Each support bar 70 includes a connection portion 72, which as will be described in greater detail below, permits for the connection of pusher assembly 24 to the remainder of rack system 20. Each connection portion 72 includes a forwardly opening notch 74, a downwardly opening notch 76, and a shoulder 78. Each of the aforementioned elements contacts one of lateral members 42 shown for example in FIGS. 1 and 2 and discussed below.
  • [0037]
    Base structure 60 also includes a wire support frame 86 (See FIG. 5) mounted generally on top of support bars 70. Wire support frame 86 include a plurality of longitudinally extending wires 88, commonly connected to front and rear laterally extending wires 90 as shown. Base structure 60 also includes a pair of support elements 92 positioned between support bars 70. As described in greater detail below, support elements 92 receive portions of side barriers 62, and allow for the adjustment thereof relative to base structure 60. It will be recognized that only a single side barrier 62 is illustrated in FIG. 4 for purposes of clarity.
  • [0038]
    Turning now to FIG. 5, pusher assembly 24 is shown in a perspective view. As can be seen in this figure, pusher assembly 24 also includes a removable front stop 94 which may also incorporate additional structures such as a label holder 98. Front stop 94 is received on upturned ends 96 of outer-most longitudinally extending wires 88. Each side barrier 62 includes a divider 102 and front and back wire extension elements 104. The front-most wire extension element of each side barrier 62 passes through apertures 106 formed in support bar 70 and extends into passages 108 of the front-most support element 92 which are aligned with apertures 106. The same mounting configuration exists for the rear-most wire extension elements 104 shown in FIG. 5 relative to the rear-most support element 92 shown therein.
  • [0039]
    Turning now to FIG. 6, front-most support element 92 will be described in greater detail with particular attention made to its interaction with side barrier 62. It will be recognized that the following description applies equally well to rear-most support element 92, and for purposes of brevity, such an additional description is not provided. As stated above, support element 92 includes passages 108 which align with apertures 106 formed in support bar 70. The front-most extension wire 104 of each side barrier 62 extends into passages 108 through apertures 70. Each support element 92 also includes a rotatable pin 110 with a tension clip 112 depending therefrom. Each rotatable pin 110 is positioned between passages 108.
  • [0040]
    Turning now to FIG. 7, the aforementioned configuration is shown in cross-section at FIG. 7 relative to the left-most tension clip shown in FIG. 5. Pin 110 is received in collar 116 of each support element 92. Tension clip 114 includes a generally hook-shaped end which extends into an exposed portion 114 of each passage 108 to clamp against wire extension element 104 received thereby. This clamping force restricts movement of wire extension element 104, and thus its respective divider 102, relative to base structure 60. As a result, tension clips 112 function to lock each side barrier 62 in its adjusted position. Turning now to FIG. 8, a similar cross-section taken through the right-most tension clip shown in FIG. 5 is illustrated therein. As shown in this view, tension clip 112 includes a hook portion which depends inwardly into an exposed portion 114 of passage 108 to provide a clamping force against wire extension element 104 to restrict movement thereof relative to passage 108. Each tension clip 112 may be readily unsnapped from its connection to its respective wire extension element 104 to allow for the adjustment of side barrier 62. Once adjusted, tension clips are snapped once again through exposed portion 114 against wire extension element 104 received thereby to lock side barrier 62 in place.
  • [0041]
    Turning now to FIG. 9, each support element 92 includes shoulders 118 which extend into apertures 106 to fix the position of support element 92 relative to support bar 70. Additionally, pin 110 may also include a shoulder 120 which extends through an aperture 122 formed between apertures 106 for additional mounting purposes. Additionally, a pin or other fastener may extend through aperture 120 into support element 92 to provide additional mounting thereof.
  • [0042]
    Turning now to FIG. 10, pusher 66 will be described in greater detail. Pusher 66 includes a generally upright wall 124 which defines a contact face 126 which will contact a rear-most one of a row of product 30 (See FIG. 1). A plurality of notches 28 are formed proximal a bottom region of wall 124. Notches 128 receives longitudinal wires 88 of wire support frame 86 of base structure 60. Longitudinal wires 88 are freely slideable relative to notches 128 to promote the smooth movement of pusher 66 relative to base structure 60. An opening 130 is formed between the two inner-most notches 120 through which an uncoiled portion of a coil spring 132 extends. This uncoiled portion 132 may connect to a front portion of pusher assembly 24, e.g. the front-most lateral wire 90 of wire support frame 96. Other connection points are possible which will result in the coil spring 130 attempting to recoil itself into pusher 66 causing pusher 66 to move forward towards the point of connection of spring 132 to pusher assembly 24. Turning now to FIG. 11, a rear side of pusher 66 is illustrated. As shown in this view, the remainder of spring 132 is shown in its coiled configuration supported by a bottom wall 140 of pusher 66. Additionally, pusher 66 may include a locking arm 142. Locking arm 142 includes two hook portions 144 which lock against rear-most lateral wire 90. Such a configuration advantageously allows pusher 66 to be locked in place for purposes of loading product into pusher assembly 24.
  • [0043]
    Turning now to FIG. 12, the process of installing pusher assembly 24 relative to wire support frame 28 will be described in greater detail. As shown in this view, only lateral wire members 42 are shown for purposes of clarity. To install pusher assembly 24, forwardly opening notch 74 is aligned with the left-most lateral wire member 42. Pusher assembly 24 is then moved generally along direction 150 until lateral wire 42 is fully seated in forwardly opening notch 74 as shown. Thereafter, pusher assembly 24 is rotated about the left-most lateral wire 42 generally in rotational direction 152 until downwardly opening notch receives the lateral wire member 42 positioned between the left and right-most lateral wire members 42 of FIG. 12. Simultaneously, shoulder 78 makes contact with right-most lateral wire member 42 to fully seat pusher assembly 24 on rack 22. Referring momentarily back to FIG. 1, such a mounting configuration allows for the lateral adjustment of pusher assembly 24 relative to rack 22 along wire support frame 28. Such a configuration is particularly advantageous where it will be necessary to ensure there is enough clearance for later adjustment of side barriers 62 to accommodate wider product. Despite this lateral adjustment, pusher assembly 24 is fixed longitudinally relative to rack 22 to prevent movement thereof generally along direction 32 relative to rack 22. As a result, a stable configuration is achieved.
  • [0044]
    As described herein, embodiments of the present invention advantageously provide a pusher assembly rack system that may be readily implemented in walk-in coolers or other areas it is desirable to incorporate one or more pusher assemblies on a rack-style shelving unit.
  • [0045]
    All references, including publications, patent applications, and patents cited herein are hereby incorporated by reference to the same extent as if each reference were individually and specifically indicated to be incorporated by reference and were set forth in its entirety herein.
  • [0046]
    The use of the terms “a” and “an” and “the” and similar referents in the context of describing the invention (especially in the context of the following claims) is to be construed to cover both the singular and the plural, unless otherwise indicated herein or clearly contradicted by context. The terms “comprising,” “having,” “including,” and “containing” are to be construed as open-ended terms (i.e., meaning “including, but not limited to,”) unless otherwise noted. Recitation of ranges of values herein are merely intended to serve as a shorthand method of referring individually to each separate value falling within the range, unless otherwise indicated herein, and each separate value is incorporated into the specification as if it were individually recited herein. All methods described herein can be performed in any suitable order unless otherwise indicated herein or otherwise clearly contradicted by context. The use of any and all examples, or exemplary language (e.g., “such as”) provided herein, is intended merely to better illuminate the invention and does not pose a limitation on the scope of the invention unless otherwise claimed. No language in the specification should be construed as indicating any non-claimed element as essential to the practice of the invention.
  • [0047]
    Preferred embodiments of this invention are described herein, including the best mode known to the inventors for carrying out the invention. Variations of those preferred embodiments may become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon reading the foregoing description. The inventors expect skilled artisans to employ such variations as appropriate, and the inventors intend for the invention to be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein. Accordingly, this invention includes all modifications and equivalents of the subject matter recited in the claims appended hereto as permitted by applicable law. Moreover, any combination of the above-described elements in all possible variations thereof is encompassed by the invention unless otherwise indicated herein or otherwise clearly contradicted by context.

Claims (20)

    What is claimed is:
  1. 1. A pusher assembly rack system, comprising:
    a plurality of vertical supports;
    at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports, the at least one wire rack including:
    an outer peripheral wire formed into a generally rectangular shape having a pair of longitudinally extending edges in opposed spaced relation and a front edge and a back edge in opposed spaced relation and extending laterally between the pair of longitudinally extending edges;
    a plurality of laterally extending wires joined to and extending between the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire; and
    a first connection element joined to an underside of the at least one wire rack adjacent one of the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire; and
    a second connection element joined to the underside of the at least one rack adjacent the other one of the longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire;
    at least one pusher assembly for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one rack;
    wherein the at least one pusher assembly includes a connection arrangement operable to connect the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack such that the at least one pusher assembly is laterally adjustable between the pair of longitudinally extending edges of the outer peripheral wire of the at least one wire rack and longitudinally fixed between the front edge and the back edge of the outer peripheral wire of the at least one wire rack.
  2. 2. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of vertical supports includes a plurality of slotted openings formed through a back wall thereof for attaching the at least one wire rack to the plurality of vertical supports.
  3. 3. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 2, wherein the first and second connection elements each include front and rear forwardly facing pins.
  4. 4. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 3, wherein the plurality of vertical supports includes a first, a second, a third, and a fourth vertical support, wherein the front forwardly facing pin of the first connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the first vertical support, the rear forwardly facing pin of the first connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the second vertical support, the front forwardly facing pin of the second connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the third vertical support, and the rear forwardly facing pin of the second connection element is received in one of the slotted openings of the fourth vertical support.
  5. 5. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 4, wherein the plurality of slotted openings of each vertical support includes two linear rows of slotted openings.
  6. 6. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 1, wherein the at least one pusher assembly includes a base structure for supporting items loaded into the pusher assembly, the base structure comprising:
    a pair of support bars in opposed spaced relation;
    a pair of support elements extending laterally between the pair of support bars, one of the pair of support elements proximal to a front end of each of the pair of support bars, the other one of the pair of support elements proximal to a back end of each of the pair of support bars;
    a wire support frame mounted to the pair of support bars and extending over a top of each of the pair of support elements.
  7. 7. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 6, wherein the connection arrangement includes a connection portion of each of the pair of support bars.
  8. 8. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 7, wherein the connection portion of each support bar includes a plurality of discrete connection points for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack.
  9. 9. The pusher assembly rack system of claim 8, wherein the plurality of discrete connection points of each connection portion of each support bar includes a forwardly opening notch, a downwardly opening notch, and a shoulder.
  10. 10. A pusher assembly for a rack, the rack including a plurality of vertical supports and at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports, the pusher assembly configured for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one wire rack, the pusher assembly comprising a connection arrangement operable to connect the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack such that the pusher assembly is movable in a direction parallel to the front edge of the at least one wire rack and fixed relative to movement along a direction perpendicular to the front edge of the at least one wire rack.
  11. 11. The pusher assembly of claim 10, the pusher assembly further comprising:
    a base structure including:
    a pair of support bars in opposed spaced relation;
    a pair of support elements extending laterally between the pair of support bars, one of the pair of support elements proximal to a front end of each of the pair of support bars, the other one of the pair of support elements proximal to a back end of each of the pair of support bars;
    a wire support frame mounted to the pair of support bars and extending over a top of each of the pair of support elements;
    a pusher slidable along the base structure toward and away from a front stop connected to a front end of the base structure; and
    a pair of side barriers movable in a direction that his perpendicular to a direction of movement of the pusher.
  12. 12. The pusher assembly of claim 11, wherein the connection arrangement is provided by a connection portion of each of the pair of support bars.
  13. 13. The pusher assembly of claim 12, wherein the connection portion of each support bar includes a plurality of discrete connection points for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack.
  14. 14. The pusher assembly of claim 13, wherein the plurality of discrete connection points of each connection portion of each support bar includes a forwardly opening notch, a downwardly opening notch, and a shoulder.
  15. 15. The pusher assembly of claim 11, wherein the pusher of the pusher assembly includes a locking arm for selectively locking the pusher relative to the base structure to prevent movement of the pusher relative to the base structure.
  16. 16. The pusher assembly of claim 11, wherein each one of the pair of side barriers includes a divider wall and front and back wire extension elements connected to the divider wall.
  17. 17. The pusher assembly of claim 16, wherein the front wire extension element of each side barrier is received in the support element mounted proximal to the front end of each of the pair of support bars, and wherein the rear wire extension element of each side barrier is received in the support element mounted proximal the back end of each of the pair of support bars.
  18. 18. The pusher assembly of claim 17, wherein each of the pair of support elements includes a pair of tension clips for holding the respective front or rear wire extension element in a fixed position.
  19. 19. The pusher assembly of claim 16, wherein each divider of each side barrier is a metal plate element.
  20. 20. A method for installing a pusher assembly on a rack, the rack including a plurality of vertical supports and at least one wire rack mounted to the plurality of vertical supports, the pusher assembly configured for front facing a linear row of products toward a front edge of the at least one wire rack and includes a connection arrangement for connecting the pusher assembly to the at least one wire rack, the method comprises:
    receiving a wire of the at least one wire rack in a forwardly opening notch of the connection arrangement;
    rotating the pusher assembly about the wire received in the forwardly opening notch;
    receiving a second wire of the at least one wire rack in a downwardly opening notch of the connection arrangement; and
    abutting a third wire of the at least one wire rack with a shoulder of the connection arrangement.
US14109029 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System Abandoned US20150164241A1 (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US14109029 US20150164241A1 (en) 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System

Applications Claiming Priority (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US14109029 US20150164241A1 (en) 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System
PCT/US2014/070382 WO2015095070A1 (en) 2013-12-17 2014-12-15 Pusher assembly and pusher assembly rack system

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20150164241A1 true true US20150164241A1 (en) 2015-06-18

Family

ID=53366931

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US14109029 Abandoned US20150164241A1 (en) 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 Pusher Assembly and Pusher Assembly Rack System

Country Status (2)

Country Link
US (1) US20150164241A1 (en)
WO (1) WO2015095070A1 (en)

Cited By (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20150230628A1 (en) * 2014-02-19 2015-08-20 Southern Imperial, Inc. Retail Shelf
US9713394B1 (en) * 2016-02-02 2017-07-25 Brugemann USA, Inc. Modular retail product display unit with improved pusher

Family Cites Families (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US6015051A (en) * 1997-08-28 2000-01-18 L&P Property Management Company Shelf assembly with pusher having memory characteristic and method of use
US6866155B2 (en) * 2002-08-16 2005-03-15 Trion Industries, Inc. Product display rack
US7395938B2 (en) * 2005-02-18 2008-07-08 Jo A. Merit Method and apparatus for selective engagement of shelf divider structures within a shelf management system
US20080190871A1 (en) * 2007-02-14 2008-08-14 Johanson James E Self facing display
US8746468B2 (en) * 2008-03-21 2014-06-10 American Gasket Technologies, Inc. Merchandise display and pusher device

Cited By (3)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20150230628A1 (en) * 2014-02-19 2015-08-20 Southern Imperial, Inc. Retail Shelf
US9486090B2 (en) * 2014-02-19 2016-11-08 Southern Imperial, Inc. Retail shelf
US9713394B1 (en) * 2016-02-02 2017-07-25 Brugemann USA, Inc. Modular retail product display unit with improved pusher

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
WO2015095070A1 (en) 2015-06-25 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US3501020A (en) Bin construction
US8360253B2 (en) Product management display system with trackless pusher mechanism
US8376154B2 (en) Modular gravity actuated rolling shelving assembly
US3815519A (en) Snap-on adjustable sliding clip for shelf partitions
US6491173B1 (en) Wire basket system
US6935523B2 (en) Modular display rack system
US7201281B1 (en) Adjustable modular merchandise pusher system
US6648151B2 (en) Shelf insert
US6886699B2 (en) Merchandising system
US20030010732A1 (en) Adjustable forward feeding display system
US5720230A (en) Sliding pull-out shelf
US6866156B2 (en) Adjustable width product display system
US5449076A (en) Facing device
US20010002658A1 (en) Merchandising display track device of multiple-piece construction
US6357609B1 (en) Adjustable display shelf
US6302036B1 (en) Shelving system, shelf support, and shelf
US8556092B2 (en) Stand alone divider for shelving
US8016139B2 (en) Glide system with adjustable dividers and modular floor members
US4697712A (en) Bracket for a grid-type rack
US3229823A (en) Display assembly
US7395938B2 (en) Method and apparatus for selective engagement of shelf divider structures within a shelf management system
US5785189A (en) Display shelf device having a rigid structure
US6021908A (en) Extensible display shelf
US5439122A (en) Product display rack
US7121104B2 (en) Adjustable shelf system for refrigerated case

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
AS Assignment

Owner name: SOUTHERN IMPERIAL, INC., ILLINOIS

Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:NAGEL, THOMAS O.;REEL/FRAME:031800/0648

Effective date: 20131212

AS Assignment

Owner name: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., ILLINOIS

Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SOUTHERN IMPERIAL, INC.;REEL/FRAME:036089/0804

Effective date: 20150706