• US 20110226656A1
  • Filed: 03/18/2010
  • Published: 09/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/18/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A container for receiving frangible items comprising:

  • a sheet of polymer formed into;

    a base portion having a plurality of item-receiving cavities for supporting frangible items;

    at least one cover portion having at least one item-covering concavity for covering the frangible items, the cover portion having a generally flat top wall and peripheral walls concurrently defining the at least one item covering concavity;

    a first hinge between the base portion and the cover portion for rotating the cover portion onto the base portion to hold the frangible items captive in the item-receiving cavities;

    at least one abutment spacer formed at an edge between the peripheral walls and the top wall, the at least one abutment spacer comprising an abutment surface projecting into the concavity from one of the peripheral walls, and support walls relating the abutment surface to the top wall, with at least one of the support walls being in an acute angle relation with the top wall;

    at least one alignment channel in at least one of the peripheral walls defining an alignment protrusion through the sheet of polymer, the alignment channel/protrusion being oriented vertically for guiding the nesting of an upper one of the cover portion descending into a lower one of the cover portion, by the alignment protrusion of the upper one received in the alignment channel of the lower one, when a stack of the containers in an opened state is formed, whereby a spacing between nested containers is defined by the abutment spacers of the upper one seated on the abutment spacers of the lower one.

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