Patent Number: 6,332,547

Title: Indexable gravity flow shelving system

Abstract: An indexable gravity flow shelving system provides resilient comb members along the front and rear rails of each inclined shelf to removably and releasably secure track members to the inclined shelf. Each resilient comb includes a row of downwardly-extending tangs that define slots therebetween to receive elongated flow ribs extending the length of the upper surface of each track member. The tangs contact the sides of the elongated flow ribs and prevent transverse movement of the track members. The spacing of the tangs allow for the shelving system to be used effectively with track members besides track members having elongated flow ribs. The resilient comb members deform and rebound to readily allow for rearrangement of track members within each inclined shelf. The resilient comb members can cooperate with price tag moldings along the front and rear rails of the inclined shelf. The price tag moldings provide means for mounting labeling indicia in close proximity to columns of product units stored on the shelf, as well as means for receiving stop plates along the front and, if desired, the rear of the shelf to prevent unwanted spillage of product units. A desirable alternate embodiment utilizes adapter means to allow retrofitting an existing cantilevered gondola-type shelf with resilient comb members to form front and rear track interface means and convert the existing shelf into an indexable gravity flow shelf.

Inventors: Shaw; Kenneth Alfred (Lombard, IL), Massett, Jr.; Henry J. (Evergreen Park, IL)

Assignee: B-O-F Corporation

International Classification: A47F 1/00 (20060101); A47F 1/12 (20060101); A47F 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018