Greif. has filed a patent for a pallet base designed to reduce storage space and costs in transporting Intermediate Bulk Containers. The innovative design includes a deck structure with a load area and foot structures, along with runner structures that engage using a snap-fit mechanism. GlobalData’s report on Greif gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Greif, Extrusion-based additive manufacturing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Greif's grant share as of January 2024 was 63%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Pallet base for intermediate bulk container with snap-fit mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Greif Inc

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240034512A1) describes a pallet base for an Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), specifically a caged IBC tote. The pallet base includes a deck structure with a load area to support the IBC container, at least one foot structure, and at least one runner structure designed to engage with the foot structure using a snap-fit mechanism. The foot structure is hollow, allowing for stacking of pallet bases, and features an opening for insertion of another foot structure from a second pallet base. The runner structure includes engagement regions with hooks to secure the foot structure and prevent lateral movement.

Furthermore, the pallet base incorporates reinforcement structures, a grid pattern with through holes, and cage connection regions for attachment to a cage. The runner structures run parallel to the bottom surface of the deck structure, forming multiple rows that allow forklift insertion for lifting. The patent also covers an IBC container comprising the described pallet base, cage, and container, as well as a method of assembly involving attaching the runner structure to the deck structure, placing the cage, joining them, and positioning the container on the load surface. Additionally, individual claims are made for the runner structure and deck structure of the pallet base. These innovations aim to enhance the stability, stackability, and functionality of IBC pallet bases, offering potential benefits in storage and transportation efficiency for various industries.

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