Pricer has been granted a patent for a support arrangement in a retail environment. The arrangement includes a unit with recesses and a support device with attachment protrusions that secure the unit to a wall or shelf. A releasable locking device maintains the connection between the unit and support device. The patent claims a male/female configuration for the locking device. GlobalData’s report on Pricer gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Support arrangement for attaching a unit in a retail environment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Pricer AB

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11670196B2) describes a support arrangement for a unit used within a retail environment. The arrangement includes a unit with a casing having a flat rear side, with at least three recesses formed in a predetermined pattern. These recesses have a shoulder that extends around at least a section of the recess.

The support arrangement also includes a support device with a flat support body that can be secured to a wall, shelf, or support structure. The support device has attachment protrusions that correspond in number and shape to the recesses in the unit. These attachment protrusions have support surfaces that bear against the shoulders of the recesses to keep the unit attached to the support device.

To maintain the attachment, a releasable locking device is included. This locking device has a male/female configuration and consists of a male element, a female element, and a release element. The male and female elements are positioned between the rear side of the unit and the flat support body, while the release element extends parallel to the support body outside of it. The release element can release the connection between the male and female elements, allowing the unit to be detached from the support device.

The patent also mentions that the recesses and attachment protrusions can be arranged in a pattern that allows the unit to be secured to the support device in two different positions, 90 degrees apart. The support body of the device can have a rectangular, circular, or oval shape with smaller dimensions than the unit.

Additionally, the patent describes variations in the number and arrangement of recesses and attachment protrusions, including at least four recesses arranged in a square pattern. The female element of the locking device can be a recess in the rear side of the unit, while the male element is a resilient protrusion in the support body. The release element can be moved between a first position, where the unit is attached to the support device, and a second position, where the unit is released. In the second position, the release element forces the resilient male element into a non-engagement position with the female element. The release element is resiliently arranged in the support device, returning to the first position when no force is applied.

The patent also mentions that the unit can be an electronic shelf label or a camera.

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