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Modular refrigerated merchandise display system

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Modular refrigerated merchandise display system


A merchandise display system including one or more display units. The merchandise display system may include a base unit having a refrigeration unit that cools one or more display units. The refrigeration unit may be removable from the base unit. The one or more display units may attach to another display unit or a base unit. The display units may be stackable on top of one another or may abut the back side of another display unit. The display units may also be configured to attach to the base unit. The one or more display units may include a plurality of shelves and one or more doors, which allow access to display units.
Related Terms: Doors Refrigerated Merchandise Display Refrigeration Unit

Inventors: Emad Jafa, Antonio Jose Fernandes Ribeiro, José Roberto Montero, Jose Miguel Gutierrez, José Merced Alvarado González, Daniel Fredievich Yrigoyen Tokareva, Orlando José Guevara Hernández, Moisés Lavoignet Garcia, Julio Héctor Valenzuela Hernández
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130002099 - Class: 312109 (USPTO) - 01/03/13 - Class 312 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130002099, Modular refrigerated merchandise display system.

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FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates generally to a modular refrigerated display system for storing and dispensing merchandise.

BACKGROUND

Commercial refrigerators have had the same design and construction for many years.

Commercial refrigerators are typically large heavy boxes that have failed to keep up with design trends and consumer expectations. Because of the large size, commercial refrigerators are often under-utilized and only partially filled. The walls of commercial refrigerators are generally formed from two thin steel plates with insulating polyurethane foam injected between them. This construction makes the commercial refrigerators heavy, time-consuming to build, and difficult to recycle. Additionally, many of the commercial refrigerators have negative impacts to the environment because of the type of refrigerant and compressor used.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

An object of this invention described herein is to provide a light weight modular refrigerated merchandise display system that may be customized depending on the amount of space required. Another object of the invention is to provide visual access of the merchandise within the display system to a customer from one or more angles. Another object of the invention is to provide an easily accessible and replaceable refrigeration unit.

In one aspect of the invention, a merchandise display system includes one or more display units. The one or more display units may include at least one shelf and at least one door for accessing the display unit. The merchandise display system may include a base unit. The base unit may be removable from the merchandise display system. The base unit may also include a cooling system configured to cool the one or more display units and a sensor system configured to sense environmental parameters within the one or more display units. The one or more display units may be attached to the top of the base unit. In at least one embodiment, the merchandise display system includes a plurality of display units attached one on top of each other with the lowermost display unit attached to the top of a base unit.

In another aspect of the invention, a merchandise display system includes one or more display units. In at least one embodiment of the invention, the merchandise display system includes a plurality of display units positioned back to back. In this embodiment, each of the display units includes a plurality of top doors and a plurality of bottom doors. Each display unit may further include a plurality of shelves. The plurality of shelves may be movable within the merchandise display system. Each of the display units may also include a refrigeration unit, which may be removable from the display unit.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a merchandise display system in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2a is a perspective view of a base unit and a display unit in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2b is a perspective view of a base unit;

FIG. 3 is an alternative embodiment of the merchandise display system of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the merchandise display system in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective front view of the merchandise display system of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6a is an exploded perspective view of the shelving system in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6b is a perspective view of the shelving system of FIG. 6a; and

FIG. 7 is a perspective partial side view of the merchandise display system of FIG. 4.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 3, the merchandise display system according to one embodiment of the present invention is indicated generally at 10. The merchandise display system 10 may be of a modular construction and include a plurality of display units 100 and a base unit 200. The display units 100 and base unit 200 may be made of any suitable material, such as plastic or metal. In one embodiment, the display units 100 are hollow structures filled with a foam-based insulation material, which may reduce the weight of the merchandise display system 10. In one embodiment, the base unit 200 is also a hollow structure filled with a foam-based insulation material, which may reduce the weight of the merchandise display system 10.

The display units 100 and base unit 200 may be any suitable size or shape. In one example, as illustrated in FIG. 1, the display units 100 and base unit 200 are generally cube shaped. Alternatively, as illustrated in FIG. 3, the display units 100 and base unit 200 may be generally trapezoidal. Any suitable shape is contemplated within the scope of this invention, such as a rectangle, circular, or oval shape. The display units 100 and base unit may be the same shape or different shapes.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130002099 A1
Publish Date
01/03/2013
Document #
13173351
File Date
06/30/2011
USPTO Class
312109
Other USPTO Classes
312116
International Class
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Drawings
8


Doors
Refrigerated
Merchandise Display
Refrigeration Unit


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