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Indicating storage bin

Image Number 2 for United States Patent #3942851.

A storage bin is pivotly mounted relative to a housing so as to remain in a neutral position when empty and to be positioned at an angle with respect to a horizontal plane when either in a working position or in a storage position. When in the working position free access to the interior of the bin is possible since the forward end of the bin is tipped downwardly and the material in the bin is at the forward end. When in the storage position the front end of the bin is tipped upwardly with the material being at the rear of the bin. Indicating markers on the cabinet and the front end of each bin may be used when the bins are in the storage position for providing an approximation of the quantity of material in each bin. Since the bin will be horizontal and the front surface thereof will be readily visible, by providing a different color on the front surface of the bin and, optionally, on the bottom surface of each bin, means will be available for providing a rapid, visual indication of the approximate contents of each bin merely by glancing at the entire cabinet. In the alternative embodiment of this invention the bottom wall of the storage bin is stepped to provide a plurality of transversely and upwardly extending internal shoulders that permit an indication of a "low" quantity of articles therein when the articles are relatively lightweight and might not have sufficient mass to tip the bin. An external lip at the forward end of the bin may be used in cooperation with the indicator markers on the cabinet to provide a quick quantitative analysis of the inventory.The aforementioned Abstract is neither intended to define the invention of the application which, of course, is measured by the claims. Nor is it intended to be limiting as to the scope of the invention in any way.

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