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1. WO2020109495 - CONTENEUR DE STOCKAGE POUR SYSTÈME AUTOMATISÉ DE STOCKAGE ET DE RÉCUPÉRATION

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CLAIMS:

1. Storage container (6) for storing product items (5; 5 a) in an automated storage and retrieval system (1), wherein the storage container (6) comprises:

- a base (6B);

- two first parallel side walls (6S1);

- two second parallel side walls (6S2) perpendicular to the two first parallel side walls;

- a top opening (6TO);

- two side openings (6SO), to allow one or more items to be unloaded from the storage container (6) or loaded into the storage container through one of the side openings at an unloading station (10) or at a loading station (10a);

wherein the storage container (6) is provided with a restraint which is arranged to restrain movement of the one or more items (5; 5a) from exiting through one of the side openings (6SO) during transportation of the storage container (6) to the unloading or loading station (10; 10a).

2. Storage container (6) according to claim 1 , where the restraint comprises a lip (6G) protruding upwardly from the base (6B) at a lower edge of one of the side openings (6SO).

3. Storage container (6) according to claim 2, where the lip (6G) is continuous, intermittent or broken.

4. Storage container (6) according to any one of claims 2 - 3, where the lip (6G) is movably connected to the base (6B), and where the lip (6G) is configured to be in one of the following positions:

- an elevated position arranged to restrain movement of the one or more items from exiting through one of the side openings (6SO) during transportation of the storage container to the unloading or loading station;

- a lowered position arranged not to restrain movement of one or more items at the unloading or loading station.

5. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims 2 - 3, wherein the lip (6G) is inclined or curved in a direction perpendicular to the first parallel side walls (6S1) to allow product items (5; 5a) to be pushed over the upwardly protruding member (6G) at the unloading or loading station.

6. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the restraint comprises a friction increasing material (6mat) for increasing friction between the one or more product items and the upper surface (6F) of the base (6B).

7. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the restraint comprises a profile (6pro) provided in the upper surface (6F) of the base (6B).

8. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the restraint comprises an elevatable floor (6PS) movably connected to the storage container (6) between:

- a lower position, arranged to restrain movement of the one or more items from exiting through one of the side openings during transportation of the storage container to the unloading or loading station; and

- an upper position, arranged not to restrain movement of one or more items from exiting through one of the side openings at the unloading or loading station.

9. Storage container (6) according to claim 8, where the elevatable floor (6PS) comprises apertures and where the storage container (6) comprises friction increasing members positioned in the apertures, where;

- in the lower position, the elevatable floor (6PS) is vertically aligned with, or lower than the friction increasing members;

- in the upper position, the elevatable floor (6PS) is higher than the friction increasing members.

10. Storage container (6) according to claim 8 and 2, wherein:

- in the lower position, the elevatable floor (6PS) is lower than the upwardly protruding lip (6G);

- in the upper position, the elevatable floor (6PS) is vertically aligned with, or higher than the upwardly protruding lip (6G).

11. Storage container (6) according to any one of claims 8 - 10, wherein the elevatable floor (6PS) is movably connected to the base (6B) of the storage container (6) by means of one or a plurality of legs, wherein the one or plurality of legs are accessible from below the storage container (6).

12. Storage container (6) according to claim 11, wherein the one or plurality of legs (6L) comprises a stop (6ST) for limiting the vertical movement of the elevatable floor (6PS) in relation to the base (6B).

13. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the storage container is made of moulded plastic.

14. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the storage container comprises an array of moulded ribs, allowing the load of the product items carried by the base (6B) to be transferred into the side walls and further to the top of the side walls.

15. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the storage container comprises an upper vehicle connection interface (6CI).

16. Storage container (6) according to any one of the above claims, where the storage container comprises lower and upper stacking interfaces (LSI, USI) for allowing the storage container to be stacked in a stack together with other storage containers.