US 10,889,407 B2
Convertible pallet for use as a cart
Gregory M. Soehnlen, North Canton, OH (US); Daniel P. Soehnlen, Canton, OH (US); and Alexander Campana, Lorain, OH (US)
Assigned to CREATIVE EDGE DESIGN GROUP, LTD., Canton, OH (US)
Appl. No. 15/323,190
Filed by CREATIVE EDGE DESIGN GROUP, LTD., Canton, OH (US)
PCT Filed Jul. 6, 2015, PCT No. PCT/US2015/039245
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Dec. 30, 2016,
PCT Pub. No. WO2016/004435, PCT Pub. Date Jan. 7, 2016.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/020,879, filed on Jul. 3, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2017/0137171 A1, May 18, 2017
Int. Cl. B65D 19/42 (2006.01); B62B 3/02 (2006.01); B62B 5/00 (2006.01); B62B 5/04 (2006.01); B65B 11/00 (2006.01); B65D 19/00 (2006.01); B65D 71/00 (2006.01); B65D 71/06 (2006.01); B65D 85/80 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 19/42 (2013.01) [B62B 3/02 (2013.01); B62B 5/0093 (2013.01); B62B 5/049 (2013.01); B65B 11/00 (2013.01); B65D 19/0024 (2013.01); B65D 71/0088 (2013.01); B65D 71/06 (2013.01); B65D 85/80 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00024 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00273 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00288 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00323 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00333 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00781 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A convertible pallet for supporting and transporting associated product received thereon, the pallet comprising:
a substantially planar support member having an upper surface for receiving the associated product thereon and a lower surface configured to receive an arm from an associated lift assembly;
at least first and second wheels mounted to the lower surface;
a convertible support surface movably mounted to at least one of the upper and lower surfaces, the convertible support surface having (i) a first position where the convertible support surface receives loads imposed on the upper surface and transfers the loads directly to an associated surface, and (ii) a second position where the wheels extend outwardly from the lower surface for engagement with the associated surface so that loads imposed on the upper surface are transferred to the associated surface through the wheels and for converting the pallet into a movable cart; and
first and second guide pins configured for operative receipt in first and second grooves, respectively, the first guide pin extending from one of the support member and convertible support surface, and the first and second grooves provided on an other of the support member and convertible surface, wherein the first and second grooves are dissimilarly shaped, the first groove is L-shaped and the second groove includes an arcuate region between the ends, and each end of each of the first and second grooves includes an offset that receives the guide pin when the convertible support surface is oriented in one of the first and second positions, and the first guide pin configured for receipt in the first groove and the second guide pin configured for receipt in the second groove whereby ends of the first and second grooves define stop positions for the respective first and second positions of the convertible surface.