Maryland's Defense Patent Database

The defense community in Maryland is an R&D powerhouse.

Use this database to see the innovative patents that are poised for commercialization.

Automatically interlocking pallets, and shipping and storage systems employing the same

Patent image
NSWCIHD

Shipping and storage containers, racks, and pallets including automatic interlocking mechanisms are provided. An embodiment of the automatically locking pallet includes a pallet frame including a forklift tine opening, a pallet platform, a locking component movable into and out of a locking arrangement with an interface fitting of a storage assembly when the automatically locking pallet and the storage assembly are stacked, and an actuator operatively connected to the locking component. The actuator may be activated by a forklift tine entering the forklift tine opening to move the locking component out of the locking arrangement.

Inventors: 
Heinrichs, Mark Anthony; Fabula, Donald Edmund; Boyd, Eric Robert
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Handling and Transportation
FIle Date: 
2006-03-20
Grant Date: 
2010-06-22
Grant time: 
1,555 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
28
Claim count percentile rank: 
11
Citations percentile rank: 
3
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US NAVY