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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1652648 08.06.2006
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001652648
Titel Kunststoffpalette
Anmelder CGR System S.R.L., Montecassiano, IT
Erfinder Rivi, Giuliano, 42019 Scandiano, IT
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 28.10.2005
EP-Aktenzeichen 051101525
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 03.05.2006
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 08.06.2006
IPC-Hauptklasse B29C 45/17(2006.01)A, F, I, 20060330, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B65D 19/00(2006.01)A, L, I, 20060330, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to a plastic pallet.

Plastic pallets have long been manufactured and used instead of wooden pallets, by being more practical and reusable.

Currently used plastic pallets are produced using a conventional injection molding process, and, when finished, have solid sections, and twelve joints in the injected plastic material which invariably result in break points and weakening of the pallet.

Given the above characteristics, known pallets have the drawbacks of being heavy, and of having weak points corresponding to said break points.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a plastic pallet designed to solve the problems of the known art in a straightforward, low-cost manner.

According to the present invention, there is provided an injection-molded plastic pallet, characterized by comprising hollow sections and at most four joints in the injected plastic material.

According to the present invention, there is also provided an injection molding method for producing plastic pallets, characterized by comprising a step of injecting plastic material through a single injection inlet located in the centre of a mold of the pallet; and a subsequent step of injecting gas through two injection inlets located close to and on opposite sides of said injection inlet of the plastic material.

A number of non-limiting embodiments of the invention will be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

  • Figure 1 shows a top view in perspective of a first embodiment of the pallet according to the present invention;
  • Figure 2 shows a top view in perspective of a second embodiment of the pallet according to the present invention.

Number 1 in Figure 1 indicates as a whole a pallet in accordance with the present invention.

Pallet 1 comprises a rectangular lattice top surface 2, in turn comprising an inner portion 3 with larger openings, and a peripheral portion 4 with smaller openings and surrounding inner portion 3.

Pallet 1 comprises nine parallelepiped-shaped spacer members 5 formed in one piece with surface 2 and located respectively at the corners 2a and centre 2b of surface 2, and at the mid-point 2c of each of the four sides 6 of peripheral portion 4.

Pallet 1 comprises three supporting surfaces 7, only one of which is shown in Figure 1, and each of which extends from the respective bottom ends of three spacer members 5, with which it is formed in one piece. More specifically, supporting surfaces 7 comprise two outer supporting surfaces extending along the two long sides 6, and one inner supporting surface extending parallel to the other two and through centre 2b.

Substantially rectangular lateral openings 8 are thus formed, each of which is defined laterally by two adjacent spacer members 5, is defined at the top by a portion of a respective long side 6, and is defined at the bottom by a portion of a respective supporting surface 7.

Number 9 in Figure 2 indicates as a whole a further pallet in accordance with the present invention.

Any identical parts of pallets 9 and 1 are indicated using the same reference numbers with no further description.

Pallet 9 comprises six arc-shaped members 10 formed in one piece with the rest of pallet 9, and each extending between a portion of a respective long side 6 and two adjacent spacer members 5. Substantially segmental lateral openings 11 are thus formed, each defined by a respective arc-shaped member 10 and by a portion of a respective supporting surface 7.

Pallets 1 and 9 described above are produced by an injection molding method comprising a first injection step, in which the plastic material is injected by an injector 12 through a single injection inlet A formed at the centre of spacer member 5 located at centre 2b of top surface 2; and a second injection step, in which gas is injected by two injectors 13 through two respective inlets B formed on opposite sides of inlet A and at the same spacer member 5.

A plastic pallet is thus formed comprising hollow sections and with only four joints in the material, thus making the pallet lighter and stronger than those of the known art.

Additional strength is also provided by arc-shaped members 10 of pallet 9.


Anspruch[en]
An injection-molded plastic pallet (1; 9), characterized by comprising hollow-section members. A pallet as claimed in Claim 1, characterized by comprising arc-shaped members (10) formed in one piece with the rest of said pallet (9), and each of which extends between a portion of a respective long side (6) of a top surface (2), and two adjacent spacer members (5) extending from said top surface (2); each of said arc-shaped members (10) forming, together with a portion of a respective supporting surface (7), a segmental lateral opening (11). An injection molding method for producing plastic pallets as claimed in Claim 1 or 2, characterized by comprising a step of injecting plastic material through a single injection inlet (A) located in the centre of a mold of the pallet; and a subsequent step of injecting gas through two injection inlets (B) located close to and on opposite sides of said injection inlet (A) of the plastic material.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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