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1. WO2012054971 - SHELF DIVIDER SYSTEM

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Shelf divider system Field of the Invention The present Invention relates generally to shelving systems for displaying products in a retail and to gravity feed where the shelves are downwardly angled to convey items to the front of the The shelving systems generally Include which are fitted to the shelves to organise products into discrete straight One aspect of the invention relates to a shelf divider which in one form includes a slip also known as a having a multiplicity of spaced parallel ribs aligned front to rear of the mat to provide a gliding or slip surface down which Kerns can slide under In a second the invention relates to roller Background of the Invention A wide variety of devices has been developed to display and merchandise Prior art includes fiat shelves with separators or dividers to present products in straight rows for better shelf US patent discloses a divider with lateral stabiliser feet that is extendable longitudinally for deeper Further alternatives have included front and rear tracks attached to the shelf to which longitudinal tracks are attached to move product forward as disclosed in international patent publication These arrangements were further improved by angling a flat shelf fitted with dividers to create a broad genus of gravity feed such flat shelf surfaces had a poor of friction and products did not slide A further as disclosed in US design patent involved glides with slip They facilitated the gravity feed but had the disadvantage of having a fixed This was further improved by gravity feed glides that had adjustable front and rear fitments to accommodate products of varying as in US patent An alternative showcase Involved the combining of the glide and the divider into one separator device as disclosed in the earlier US Datent Here the upright device has two lateral base protrusions with fine longitudinal ribs on their upper surfaces to gravity feed Channels to gravity feed Items are created when two such devices are placed side by side on an open shelf Ribs under the front and rear engage in a selected pair of slots arranged in two rows at the front and rear of the shelf The ability to gravity feed is improved but product has to be taken off the shelf to the divider devices Include front lateral flanges that provide stops at the shelf front to prevent forward movement of items off the product has to be taken off the shelf to reconfigure the US patent discloses an alternative configuration in which a discrete stop extends across the front of the shelf and each divider clips to the A further advance involved the development of an integral slip mat to which independent dividers are This mat has a Crosshatch of interlocking lateral and transverse ribs into which protrusions on the base of the divider A known system Includes a mat that can be adjusted to accommodate a wide variety of shelf sizes by first piercing the top membrane of the mat and then snapping off the The system also has dividers with weakened sections to allow them to be shortened for shallower these dividers are difficult to align in the longitudinal channels in the and when engaged In the channels are difficult to rendering realignment of products on the shelf slow and time Systems of this general kind are for in US patents and It would be advantageous if a system could be provided that permitted an operator to quickly and easily and align dividers without any need to clear product from the Within the genue of gravity feed systems it is known to move product forward by means of Disclosures include US patents and Prior art for both retail and industrial application has included single roller tracks which when aligned in parallel can bias product from the rear to the front of a Such systems have the disadvantage that they are complex and costly to and are designed to be fitted to specialised It is an object of a eecond aspect of the invention to provide a roller assembly that at least in part Improves on prior art Reference to any prior art in the specification is and should not be taken an acknowledgment or any form of suggestion that this prior art forms part of the common general knowledge in Australia or any other jurisdiction or that this prior art could reasonably be expected to be understood and regarded as relevant by a person skilled in the Summary of the invention In a first the invention provides a shelf divider system that includes a shelf base defining a support for multiple which base has a front and a rear and multiple parallel elongate slots in the The slots extend in a direction from front to rear in multiple sets of at least two aligned An upstanding transversely extending front stop mounted to the base at the front has an upper edge and at or adjacent the upper edge respective seats associated with the sets of at least two aligned A plurality of dividers each have a bottom edge with a more rearward rearwardly extending protrusion and a more forward depending tab and a front edge with an upper forwardly extending whereby each divider is selectively releasably engageable with any of the sets of at least two aligned slots by locating the rearwardly extending protrusion under a rear edge of a rear slot and pivoting the divider downwardly to locate the tab means in a front slot and the forwardly extending protrusion in an associated seat on the front whereupon the divider is not disengagabie except by reversing the pivoting In an embodiment the shelf base is an integral slip mat having a multiplicity of spaced parallel ribs aligned front to rear to provide a slip surface along which products may which ribs define the elongate slots between The integral slip mat may further have plural support beams below the slip surface extending transversely to and being integrally joined to the whereby to define the multiple sets of at least two aligned The rearwardly extending protrusion of each divider preferably locates under a shoulder of a first support beam of the plural support The integral slip mat may further include at least one transversely extending fracture line of reduced thickness segments adjacent respective said first support The dividers may then include dividers of different lengths to accommodate different depths of the slip mat before and after fracture of the slip mat along the or each fracture The tab means preferably includes at least one slotted tab and the Integral slip mat may then include formations on a second support beam of the plural support beams that deepen the slots adjacent the second support beam for firmly seating a slotted tab pressed onto the second support The slip mat may have plural second support beams to match different slotted tab locations on dividers of different The upstanding transversely extending front stop is preferably mounted to the slip mat by releasable slidable engagement with an outstanding integral rail at the front of the slip The seats on the upstanding transversely extending front stop may comprise respective notches in the upper edge of the the divider is not slidable from front to rear or when the tab means is located In the front slot and the forwardty extending protrusion is located in its associated seat on the front The forwardly extending protrusions advantageously each have a downturned or return portion for firmly locating the upstanding transversely extending stop between the downturned or return portion and the front edge of the In its firet aspect the invention further provides a shelving system including a shelf divider system as In one the shelving system may include a shelf that comprises the shelf base of the In another embodiment the shelving system may include a shelf for receiving the shelf base of the in which case the shelf base is an integral slip mat having a multiplicity of spaced parallel ribs aligned front to rear to provide a slip surface along which products may which ribs define elongate slots between In its first the invention also provides a divider for a shelving system having a bottom edge with a more rearward rearwardly extending protrusion and a more forward depending tab and a front edge with an upper forwardly extending Each divider is selectively releasably engageable with a set of at least two aligned slots in a shelf base by locating the rearwardly extending protrusion under a rear edge of a rear slot and pivoting the divider downwardly to locate the tab means in a front slot and the forwardfy extending protrusion in an associated seat on an upper edge of an upstanding transversely extending stop mounted to the shelf base at its The Invention still further in its first an integral slip mat that includes a multiplicity of spaced parallel ribs aligned front to rear of the mat to provide a slip surface along which products may Plural support beams below the slip surface extend transversely to and are integrally joined to the whereby to define multiple elongate slots between the ribs arranged in multiple sets of at least two aligned At least one transversely extending fracture line of reduced thickness segments is provided adjacent respective first support beams of the plural support and formations on at least one second support beam of the plural support beams deepen the slots adjacent the second support beam for firmly seating a slotted tab of a divider pressed onto the second support Preferably only a single pivoting downward motion required to engage the divider in Preferably the front tab includes two small lateral which lock underneath the rails when pushed down to prevent upward movement of the The downwardly projecting tabs preferably have straight front and rear do not Include a hooked such that they can be lowered straight down into the slots without requiring forward or backward sliding to one or more slip mats can be joined together front to rear to create a deeper As the depth of the slip mats can be different depths of slip mats can be joined together to create a variety of different depth The fracture lines may be located such that predetermined depths of slip mats can be which correspond to different dividers of standard Such standard depths of slip mat are 480mm and Advantageously the fracture lines are spaced at 50mm increments from the front of the slip At least the lower portion of the rear edge of the divider is preferably forwardly such that the rearward projection can be engaged under the rearmost support beam with the front of the divider raised upwardly without the rear wall of the supporting shelf interfering with the the slip mat assembly can be attached to the shelf by screws or other According to a second the invention is directed to a shelf a moulded mat for placement on a supporting the mat having a plurality of walls running from the front to the rear of the mat and defining a plurality of the wails including spaced a plurality of stub rollers having a stub at each the plurality of stub rollers positioned in the channels with the stubs engaged in the a plurality of longitudinal locking members positioned over said walls to lock said stub rollers In said Each wall preferably includes two longitudinal members spaced apart to define a small and them between advantagenguely the looking member are habing two upper outwardly extending arms and a downwardly extending tab or The tab or tabs may engage in the gap between the two longitudinal with the upper arms extending over the longitudinal members to lock the stub rollers into the The downwardly extending tab or tabs on the locking members are preferably a plurality of tabs divided by The moulded mat preferably includes a plurality of spaced support beams extending transversely to the The slots on the locking members preferably align with the support the tabs Include lateral or a on either which lock underneath the walls on either side to prevent such that the locking members are simply required to be pushed down into a locking the notches in adjacent walls are each mat includes at least six channels of As used except where the context requires otherwise the term and variations of the such as and are not intended to exclude other integers or Brief description of the drawings The Invention will now be further by way of example with reference to the accompanying In Figure 1 is an Isometric top view of a shelving system Incorporating a shelf divider system that le an embodiment of the first aspect of the present Figure 2 is an Isometric top front view of one of the slip mats shown In Figure 1 Figure 3 is an enlargement of part of Figure Figure 4 is an underneath view of the slip Figure 5 Is an isometric top rear view of the slip Figure 6 is a depleting an Intermediate stage In the Installation of a divider on the slip Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 6 showing the divider fully Figures 9 and 10 are respective fragmentary Isometric enlargements of regions B and C In Figure Figure 11 is a on the line in Figure Figure 12 is an isometric top view of a shelving system according to a second aspect of the present Figure 13 is a of the shelving system of Figure Figure 14 is an isometric partially exploded view of the shelving system shown in Figure Figure 15 is a fragmentary front view of a portion of Figure and Figure 16 is a close up view of a section of Figure Detailed description of embodiments of the invention Figures 1 to 11 show a shelving system which includes a flat tray shelf 22 fitted with a shelf divider system 11 according to an embodiment of the first aspect of the Shelf divider system 11 includes an array of shelf bases in the form of integral slip mats 12 each having a plurality of spaced parallel ribs 14 from the front 16 to the rear 18 of the mat Extending perpendicular to the ribs are eupport beams 20 that are spaced along the depth of the mat The support beams 20 are located underneath the ribs 14 and in effect hold the ribs above the surface of the supporting shelf The supporting shelf 22 Is a gravity feed it is typically placed at a forward downward so that items can easily slide to the front 16 of the shelving The ribs 14 therefore provide an upper slip surface of the shelf down which items placed thereon The slip mat 12 slides into a channel 25 at the rear of the supporting shelf 22 to hold the slip mat 12 In The slip mat or mats can be fastened to the shelf 22 by screws or other fastening Ribs 14 define elongate slots 50 between the while support beams which lie below the slip divide slots 50 into multiple sets 53 of at least two six or aligned slots Shelf divider system 11 further includes an upstanding transversely extending front stop 26 mounted to slip mat 12 at Its front to prevent items from falling off the front of the and a plurality of dividers 28 are illustrated In Figure that are selectively releaeably engageable with the slip mat 12 to divider the shelf into channels 30 so that various items can be stacked next to each other on the shelf and remain in Stop 26 also provides a face for labelling or if Stop 26 seen In Figures 6 and is generally having a base 27 and an upright transversely elongate wall 29 with a castellated upper edge 31 that defines a series of evenly spaced rectangular notches 46 associated and In alignment the sets 53 of aligned slots 50 in the Base 27 has a rear edge 27a of that slldably engages a 60 on the front of the slip mat 12 whereby to firmly mount the stop 26 to the Each divider best shown In Figures 6 and is a generally rectangular panel and includes a front generally straight vertical edge an upper edge a bottom edge 36 and a rear edge The rear edge 38 includes a lower portion 40 that is forwardly At the rear of bottom edge 36 Is a downwardly and rearwardly extending protrusion 42 that creates a At the upper edge is another hook 44 that is a forwardly extending The rear hook 42 engages underneath a rearmost support beam 20a of the slip with the front hook 44 engaging in a notch 46 on the front stop as shown in Figure 1 and more clearly seen in Figures 7 and The bottom edge 36 of the divider 28 also includes a plurality of spaced downwardly projecting tabs 48 that sit within the slots 50 defined between the rails 14 and the support beams Tabs 48 have straight front and rear edges so that they slot straight down into slots In prior art each of these tabs would be such that the divider is slotted downwards held horizontally and then slid vertically backwards to engage the hooks under similar support The tabs 48 in the present embodiment do not act to stop the divider from being lifted but simply act to prevent sideways bowing and movement of the divider when Items are pushed against the forwardmost tab 48a may include two small lateral protrusions which lock underneath the rails 14 on either side to assist in preventing upward movement of the but a simple downward pivoting and pushing of the divider locks it in place without any sliding movement In contrast to the downward movement and then rearward sliding of a typical divider of the prior the present invention requires the divider to be readied for insertion with the front edge 32 up and the rear edge 38 The rear hook 42 is inserted underneath the rearmost support beam 20a stage depicted in Figure and the front edge 32 is lowered down in a with the tabs 48 slotting into the slots 50 as the front edge 32 is When fully the frontmost tab 48a slots in and the front hook 44 is automatically lined up with and seated into the correct corresponding notch 46 in the front Each notch 46 is therefore a seat for a hook This makes It easy for a single operator to quickly insert dividers 28 into the shelves from the front 16 of a shelving system The sloped section 40 on the rear edge 38 of the divider 28 makes the insertion of the rear hook 42 as the rear edge 38 does not abut against the rear wall 23 of the supporting shelf 22 during By having a single hook at the rear and a single hook at the the divider 28 is simple and easy to both Install and remove for the dividers can be lifted and without any need to clear the shelf of It will be seen in Figures 6 and 7 that tabs 48 are provided in two forms a simple rectangular tab 48a at the and centrally slotted or twin tabs 48b further Slotted tabs 48b are positioned to engage and receive respective transverse support beams as seen In Figure these particular support beams include vertical formations 80 4 and that deepen the slots 50 adjacent the support beams for more firmly seating the slotted tabs There are then at least two subsets of support those with trains of formations 80 and those defining an underlying shoulder 51 engaged by rear hooks the latter arrangement is depicted in detail in Figure It will be appreciated that the effect of the various locating engagements when the divider is in Its Installed position is that the divider is not disengageable for removal except by reversing the aforedescribed the divider is not slidable in the direction or when in its installed To further ensure forwardly extending protrusion 44 has a downturned or return portion 45 for firmly locating the upstanding transversely extending 6top between the downturned or return portion 45 and the front edge 32 of the As can be seen from the a number of slip mats 12 can be placed next to each other to fill the width of the supporting shelf In the embodiment shown in Figure three slip mats are placed next to each other to fill the supporting shelf The join lines 54 can be seen between the adjacent slip mats The joining of adjacent slip mats 12 is achieved by one side having upward hooks 56 that slot underneath an outermost rail 14a on the other side of the adjacent slip The outermost rail 14a extends the full height of the slip rather than just sitting on top of the support beams 20 as to the intermediate ribs and includes cut out sections 58 in Figure to accommodate the hooks A number of slip mats 12 can also be joined front 16 to rear The rear 18 has a number of spaced downward tabs 82 that each create a channel 64 behind the The tabs slot over the 60 on the front of the slip mat 12 positioned behind with the tab 62 slotting Into the channel 68 behind rib 60 and the rib 60 slotting into the channels In the embodiment shown in Figure 1 two rows of slip mats 12 are with the join line being shown by reference numeral the shelving system 10 shown in Figure 1 includes a slip mat assembly made up from six individual slip mats joined both side by side and front to In the case where slip mats 12 are joined front to the rearmost support beam 20a that the rear hook 42 of the divider 28 engages is the rearmost support beam 20a of the rearmost slip mat Dividers 26 of different lengths are therefore provided to correspond with the standard depth of supporting shelves Such standard depths of supporting shelves are 505mm and A single slip mat 12 corresponding to a supporting shelf of depth 305mm will have a depth of approximately To avoid making slip mats in six different the slip mats 12 can be cut to shorter Fracture lines of reduced thickness segments such as notches 70 in ribs are provided across each mat The notches 70 are spaced along the ribs 14 at set positions and align with a support beam 20 located underneath the ribs The notches 70 are either located directly in line with the rear edge of the support beam 20 as shown in Figure or are across the support beam but once the mate is cut along a fracture line the majority of the support beam 20 The resultant lesser depth slip mat therefore has a successive rearmost support beam for engagement by a divider 28 of length corresponding to the subsequent shortened depth of the slip mat Shorter depth slip mats 12 can then be joined to a standard depth front slip mat 12 to create a variety of standard dimensions to fit corresponding standard depth supporting Because the notches 70 for cutting the slip mat 12 are aligned with support beams when the slip mat is cut at any of the fracture lines 71 a rearmost support beam 20 will always remain that is positioned to align correctly with the rear of the supporting shelf to provide the required shoulder for engagement by the rearwardly extending hook 42 on the For a shelf of depth a slip mat would be created from a slip mat of with a slip mat of 205mm joined to the rear with 5mm being the overlap in the join A siip mat of 280mm depth would include four fracture lines 71 of with the first 71a being spaced 50mm from the front 16 of the slip The second line of notches 70b is spaced a further at 100mm from front The third line of notches 70c is spaced a further at 150mm from front 16 and the fourth line of notches 70d is spaced a further at 200mm from front This fourth line of notches 70d Is therefore spaced from the rear 18 of the slip mat by for a supporting shelf of a single slip mat of depth 280mm is with a divider of For a supporting shelf of 355mm a slip mat of 280mm is used with a second slip mat cut to creating a slip mat assembly of with a divider of for a supporting shelf of depth a slip mat cut to 100mm is joined to the rear of a 280mm slip mat to create a slip mat assembly of with a divider of For a supporting shelf of depth a slip mat cut to 150mm is joined to the rear of a 280mm slip mat to create a slip mat assembly of with a divider of for a supporting shelf of depth a slip mat cut to 200mm is joined to the rear of a 280mm slip mat to create a slip mat assembly of with a divider of for a supporting shelf of depth 570mm two full 280mm slip mats are joined together to make a slip mat assembly of with a divider of As the notches 70 for cutting the slip mats 12 are always located with a support beam each of the cut lengths of slip mats joined to the rear of the front slip mat 12 will still provide the required rearmost support beam for engagement by the rearwardly extending projection The embodiment shown in Figure 7 has a front slip mat 12a of 280mm depth with a second slip mat 12b joined to the The second slip mat 12b is of 100mm with the divider being of 400mm length to fit a supporting shelf 22 of 405mm length or In an embodiment not the shelf base is not a slip mat but a a metal from which are punched multiple sets of aligned slots for engagement by the dividers in a similar fashion to the interengagement depicted in Figures 6 and A second aspect of the invention is shown in Figures 12 to which show a shelf assembly 200 of the roller gravity feed The assembly 200 includes at least one moulded mat 210 that is placed on a supporting shelf The supporting shelf 212 has a front channel 214 for receiving a front upright member 218 that includes spaced notches The supporting shelf 212 also Includes a rear channel A divider 221 is provided to define channels 223 into which items are The divider 221 includes a front hook 225 for engagement with the notches 218 in the front upright The moulded mat 210 has a front 222 and a rear with the rear 224 of the mat 210 sitting In the rear channel 220 in the supporting shelf The mat 210 has a plurality of spaced walls 226 running from the front 222 to the rear 224 of the Between the walls 226 channels 232 are Each wall includes two longitudinal members 228 spaced apart to define a small gap 230 there The longitudinal members 228 include spaced notches 234 for receiving the stubs 236 of stub rollers A line of stub rollers 238 are abutted against each other down the channels The notches 234 in adjacent longitudinal members 228 are offset so that adjacent rollers are not aligned but offset This assists the items to roll down the Longitudinal locking members 240 are provided that are in as shown in Figure The locking members 240 have two upper outwardly extending arms 242 and a downwardly extending tab 244 with cut outs 246 to accommodate the support beams 248 on the mat that extend transversely to the walls The locking members 240 slot over the walls with the tab 244 slotting Into the gap 230 between the longitudinal members The two arms 242 sit over the longitudinal members 228 locking the stubs 236 of the rollers 238 into the notches The tabs 244 include lateral protrusions 250 at their lower which lock underneath the longitudinal members 228 on either This locks the stub rollers 238 into the mat 210 so that they cannot be The mat 210 Includes a plurality of channels 232 defined by walls In the embodiment the mat includes six channels creating a mat of approximately 300mm In the embodiment shown in Figure three mats 210 are joined next to each other to fill the supporting shelf Adjacent mats 210 can be joined together by slotting upwardly extending hooks running along one edge underneath the outer wall 226 on the opposite edge of the adjacent similar to that shown in the first aspect of the preeent The assembly method for the shelf assembly 200 is quick and as it simply requires the dropping in of the rollers 23B into the channels with a quick brush of a hand over the surface slotting the stubs 236 Into the notches Once all of the rollers 238 have been the locking members 240 are simply slotted in by pushing them down In between the locking the tabs 244 into the slots with the lateral protrusions 250 locking Underneath the longitudinal members According to the present a mat could be provided that corresponds to the entire width of the supporting such that a whole assembly could be placed on a supporting This assembly also allows for retrofitting to existing with the mats 210 being placed on top of the shelf and secured with Existing roller systems require specialised shelves and cannot be insufficientOCRQuality