Patents Assigned to Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10980337
    Abstract: A system and method for communicatively pairing a mobile communication device and a furniture item, such as a desk or table, includes placing the mobile communication device in a communication zone associated with the furniture item. In response to placing the mobile communication device in the communication zone, a communication link is established between the mobile communication device and a communication circuit of the furniture item. A user interface is then displayed on a display screen of the mobile communication device to show a preset height, such as a standing or sitting height, for the furniture device. When a user selects the preset height, an actuator adjusts the furniture item to the specific height. The communication circuit may use any available wireless communication protocol or circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gibson, Christopher Hoyt, Nicolas Milani, Kurt Dykema, Dave Moelker, Jared Thomas
  • Patent number: 10886681
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes a track having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends. The track defines a channel extending along the longitudinal axis. A plurality of power cables is positioned within the channel. A electrical hub is movably coupled to the second end of the track. The electrical hub is electrically connected to the plurality of power cables and includes a power receptacle. The electrical hub is movable relative to the second end of the track to change a position of the power receptacle relative to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Brian David Alexander, Peter James Keyzer, Jeffrey Dennis Roetman, Raymond Hugh Riner, Gordon Frank Chapman
  • Patent number: 10874220
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a backrest and a seat connected to the backrest. A suspension material is connected to the backrest or the seat. The suspension material has a first zone with a first stiffness and a second zone with a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness. Also included are methods of creating different zones in the suspension material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: John F. Aldrich, Brock Walker, Jeff Bruner, Adwait Bhagwat, Ethan McGraw, Don Chadwick
  • Patent number: 10856662
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a frame and a membrane attached to the frame. The membrane includes elastomeric filaments. The membrane includes different regions with different stiffness. The membrane may form a part of a seat or a backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, Carola Eva Marianne Zwick, Roland Rolf Otto Zwick, Andrew Keith Hector, John Fredric Aldrich
  • Patent number: 10842266
    Abstract: A furniture system includes an elongated chase having a body extending from a first end to a second end. The body has an upper surface and a lower surface. A first leg is coupled to the lower surface of the body and a second leg is coupled to the lower surface of the body and spaced apart from the first leg. Power cables are positioned within a cavity of the body, the power cables configured to connect to a building's power supply. A modular power unit is coupled to the lower surface of the body. The modular power unit includes a power outlet electrically coupled to the power cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: John Matthai, Joshua DeWys, Joel Ruiter, Michael Katje, Peter Keyzer, Michael A. Johnson, Taiyoh Afrik
  • Patent number: 10820706
    Abstract: A body support structure includes a frame and a membrane attached to the frame. The membrane includes elastomeric filaments. The membrane includes different regions with different stiffness. The membrane may form a part of a seat or a backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, Carola Eva Marianne Zwick, Roland Rolf Otto Zwick, Andrew Keith Hector, John Fredric Aldrich
  • Patent number: 10758035
    Abstract: A method of communicatively pairing a first furnishing item with a second furnishing item, the method including impacting the first furnishing item against the second furnishing item. The method also includes generating a first output with a first sensor of the first furnishing item in response to an impact between the first furnishing item and the second furnishing item and generating a second output with a second sensor of the second furnishing item in response to the impact between the first furnishing item and the second furnishing item. The method further includes receiving, by a controller, the first output, receiving, by the controller, the second output, and pairing a first communication circuit of the first furnishing item with a second communication circuit of the second furnishing item in response to receiving the second output within a predetermined time of receiving the first output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gibson, Christopher Hoyt, Nicolas Milani, Kurt Dykema, Dave Moelker, Jared Thomas
  • Patent number: 10750873
    Abstract: A furniture system includes an office productivity structure (OPS). The furniture system also includes a sensor coupled to the OPS, the sensor operable to detect a parameter of the OPS and generate an output signal indicative of the parameter; and a processor coupled to the sensor. The processor is operable to receive the output signal generated by the sensor, determine, based on the output signal, an operation condition of the OPS, when the operation condition is determined to be within a satisfactory range, determine an estimated time before servicing is needed, and when the operation condition is determined to be outside a satisfactory range, send a service alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Hoyt, Daniel Rucker, Joseph Doran, Brian Alexander, Adam Daley-Fell
  • Patent number: D897292
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: John Matthai, Joel Ruiter
  • Patent number: D897962
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Naoto Fukasawa, Keiji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: D901921
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gr√ľndl
  • Patent number: D903382
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: John Matthai, Joel Ruiter
  • Patent number: D903392
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Brock Walker, Mark Goetz
  • Patent number: D907423
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Eric D. Cross, Martin Potrykus, Mugi D. Yamamoto, Armin Sander
  • Patent number: D911753
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Gartland
  • Patent number: D911761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventor: Sathishkumar Sampath
  • Patent number: D911762
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventor: Joel Graham Van Faasen
  • Patent number: D917946
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Jesse Hill, Sathishkumar Sampath
  • Patent number: D919577
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Brian David Alexander, Peter James Keyzer
  • Patent number: D920024
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Jesse Hill, Sathishkumar Sampath