Patents Assigned to Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Patent number: 10159363
    Abstract: A food shield has shield panels that are location adjustable and angularly adjustable in respect of support posts coupled to a buffet table or cart. For vertical or location adjustment of a shield panel in relation to a post, a bracket assembly includes outer and inner collar portions, a grip element positioned between the outer and inner collar portions, and a tightening element that tightens the connection of the assembled collar against support posts. A lever is set to lock the outer and inner collar portions to one another, and pulled to release the collar portions. For angular adjustment, each bracket assembly includes an indexing base, a rotatable arm assembly with an indexing hub, and a removable or retractable coupling element. The bracket assembly further has clamps that engage the shield panel at or near each of the front and rear panel edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Kenneth Shawn Christianson, Brian Christopher Powell
  • Patent number: 10159339
    Abstract: A shelving system includes brackets attached to support posts to hold the shelves above a horizontal support surface, such as a ground or floor. The support posts have a plurality of spaced apart projecting pins extending from opposite sidewalls thereof. The brackets each have a flange that defines holes to receive respective ones of the projecting pins. Each bracket is further secured to a support post with a C-shaped locking clip having first and second arms with hook-shaped fingers that hook around respective pins on opposite sidewalls of the support post. One of the arms of the C-shaped locking clip holds the bracket flange against the inner sidewall of the support post and the hook-shaped finger of such arm mates with one of the pins received in one of the holes of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Christopher Powell, Eric Christopher Yocum, David U. Ezeani, David Neal Schucker, Tim Oliphant
  • Patent number: 10106968
    Abstract: A work table is converted to a portable sink by joining the work table to a faucet spigot for connection to a water source. A removable water plate has a rear wall that extends upwardly from the upper surface of the water plate. The water plate further defines an opening that directs liquid(s) (e.g., water) to a drain. The rear wall of the water plate is removably insertable into a space or gap in a back wall of the table or work surface to mount the water plate between the faucet spigot and the work surface. A cassette defining an internal compartment that leads to a drain may be mounted to a back surface of the back wall of the work table. When a cassette is so mounted, the rear wall of the water plate then may be held inside the cassette, slidably engaged between a rod support inside the cassette and an internal wall of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Reese
  • Patent number: 9790674
    Abstract: A work table is converted to a portable sink by joining the work table to a faucet spigot for connection to a water source. A removable water plate has a rear wall that extends upwardly from the upper surface of the water plate. The water plate further defines an opening that directs liquid(s) (e.g., water) to a drain. The rear wall of the water plate is removably insertable into a space or gap in a back wall of the table or work surface to mount the water plate between the faucet spigot and the work surface. A cassette defining an internal compartment that leads to a drain may be mounted to a back surface of the back wall of the work table. When a cassette is so mounted, the rear wall of the water plate then may be held inside the cassette, slidably engaged between a rod support inside the cassette and an internal wall of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Reese
  • Patent number: 9723935
    Abstract: A food shield has shield panels that are location adjustable and angularly adjustable in respect of support posts coupled to a buffet table or cart. For vertical or location adjustment of a shield panel in relation to a post, a bracket assembly includes outer and inner collar portions, a grip element positioned between the outer and inner collar portions, and a tightening element that tightens the connection of the assembled collar against support posts. A lever is set to lock the outer and inner collar portions to one another, and pulled to release the collar portions. For angular adjustment, each bracket assembly includes an indexing base, a rotatable arm assembly with an indexing hub, and a removable or retractable coupling element. The bracket assembly further has clamps that engage the shield panel at or near each of the front and rear panel edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Kenneth Shawn Christianson, Brian Christopher Powell
  • Patent number: 9326621
    Abstract: A food shield has shield panels that are location adjustable and angularly adjustable in respect of support structures (posts) that are coupled to a mounting surface, such as a surface of a buffet table or cart. For vertical or location adjustment of a shield panel in relation to a post, a bracket assembly includes outer and inner collar portions, a grip element positioned between the outer and inner collar portions, and a tightening element that tightens the connection of the assembled collar against support posts. For angular adjustment, each bracket assembly includes an indexing base, a rotatable arm assembly with an indexing hub, and a removable or retractable coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Kenneth Shawn Christianson, Brian Christopher Powell
  • Patent number: 8141724
    Abstract: A double sided bin holder assembly comprises four upstanding posts and at least one horizontal H-shaped frame including two spaced apart parallel side bars and at least one middle bar connected between the side bars. A collar is positioned at each end of the side bars for adjustable connection to the upstanding posts. At least one upwardly extending flange on the middle bar functions to receive and support a plurality of bins with undercut portions thereon that fit over the upwardly extending flange on the middle bar on the H-shaped frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Northam, Eric C. Yocum
  • Patent number: 8113678
    Abstract: A retail shelving assembly comprises a plurality of upright posts, each post having upper and lower portions. At least one horizontally disposed shelf if releasably and adjustably connected to the posts. At least some of the posts comprise transparent light transmitting material, and a light source is associated with those posts for illuminating the posts to thereby produce a decorative and eye catching affect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard K. Babcock, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Patent number: 8025163
    Abstract: A wall mounted shelving unit comprises a pair of shelf supporting wall mounting brackets, each including an upright rear segment and an upright front segment with horizontal crosspieces extending between and connected to the rear and front segments of each bracket. Each crosspiece includes a pair of spaced apart upwardly extending loops or a pair of spaced apart downward extending troughs, and a rear segment of each bracket includes loops for attachment to a wall. Wire shelves rest on the crosspieces, and the upwardly extending loops engage wires on the shelves to prevent relative movement between the shelves and the brackets. Alternatively, the shelf includes downwardly extending shelf trusses that rest in the troughs of the crosspieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Eric C. Yocum
  • Patent number: 7992731
    Abstract: A shelving unit comprises a plurality of upright support posts and shelves having multiple corners with multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for releasably connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure comprises a two piece base segment and a substantially frictionless outside interlocking segment. The two piece base segment includes a housing fixedly connected to a shelf corner and a substantially frictionless inner liner within the housing. The outside interconnecting segment includes outwardly extending flanges that engage vertically oriented opposed undercut slots on the inner liner to facilitate interconnection of the base and interlocking segments. Both segments include partial frusto conical surface portions that engage a frusto conical clamping sleeve on the support posts to facilitate releasable connection of the shelf to the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. Mcallister, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Publication number: 20110017102
    Abstract: A retail shelving assembly comprises a plurality of upright posts, each post having upper and lower portions. At least one horizontally disposed shelf if releasably and adjustably connected to the posts. At least some of the posts comprise transparent light transmitting material, and a light source is associated with those posts for illuminating the posts to thereby produce a decorative and eye catching affect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO.,INC.
    Inventors: Leonard K. Babcock, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Publication number: 20100288716
    Abstract: A double sided bin holder assembly comprises four upstanding posts and at least one horizontal H-shaped frame including two spaced apart parallel side bars and at least one middle bar connected between the side bars. A collar is positioned at each end of the side bars for adjustable connection to the upstanding posts. At least one upwardly extending flange on the middle bar functions to receive and support a plurality of bins with undercut portions thereon that fit over the upwardly extending flange on the middle bar on the H-shaped frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Paul E. Northam, Eric C. Yocum
  • Publication number: 20100155353
    Abstract: A wall mounted shelving unit comprises a pair of shelf supporting wall mounting brackets, each including an upright rear segment and an upright front segment with horizontal crosspieces extending between and connected to the rear and front segments of each bracket. Each crosspiece includes a pair of spaced apart upwardly extending loops or a pair of spaced apart downward extending troughs, and a rear segment of each bracket includes loops for attachment to a wall. Wire shelves rest on the crosspieces, and the upwardly extending loops engage wires on the shelves to prevent relative movement between the shelves and the brackets. Alternatively, the shelf includes downwardly extending shelf trusses that rest in the troughs of the crosspieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, Eric C. Yocum
  • Publication number: 20090212511
    Abstract: A skate for a storage device for use with a floor track system comprises an elongate inverted U-shaped channel member having front and rear end portions. Front and rear wheels within the channel member are journaled thereto for rotation along the rails of the floor track system. A storage device is mounted on a pair of parallel skates for movement along the rails. An anti-tipping bracket is secured to the channel member, and the anti-tipping bracket includes a framework outwardly extending from the front end portion of the channel member to prevent forward tipping of the storage device by engaging forward support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Paul Northam, Eric Yocum, William L. Bartz, JR.
  • Patent number: 7568436
    Abstract: A shelving system comprises a plurality of upright support posts, a shelf having multiple corners and adjustable multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure includes a base segment movably and adjustably connected to the shelf and an outside segment releasably secured to the base segment. The base segment is adjustable with respect to the shelf for proper alignment and connection of the corner structures to the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, William L. Bartz, Jr., Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Patent number: 7404354
    Abstract: A rotisserie arrangement comprises a spit rod, a diverter pan and a ring assembly. The spit rod includes a single projecting pin at one end thereof and a pair of projecting pins at the other thereof. The diverter pan includes a bottom wall with upwardly extending side and end walls, and each end wall includes a hook portion. The ring assembly includes an annular groove and an end plate with a pair of spaced apart openings in the plate to receive the pair of pins on that end of the spit rod. The hook portions of the diverter pan hook over the single pin of the spit rod and the annular groove of the ring assembly. When the spit rod is secured to the spit wheels of a rotisserie, the diverter pan remains bottom wall down during rotisserie rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Powell, Margaret A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7367262
    Abstract: A spit holder assembly comprises a longitudinally oriented hollow body having a triangular cross section and opposite ends, and an outwardly directed transverse flange connected to the body between the opposite ends thereof. A lower portion of the body on one side of the transverse flange comprises a base constructed and arranged to fit within an opening in a worktable with the flange functioning as a stop. An upper portion of the body on the other side of the flange includes at least a pair of spaced apart longitudinally oriented slots constructed and arranged to receive and hold a spit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Powell, Kenneth E. Reese
  • Publication number: 20080092787
    Abstract: A shelving system comprises a plurality of upright support posts, a shelf having multiple corners and adjustable multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure includes a base segment movably and adjustably connected to the shelf and an outside segment releasably secured to the base segment. The base segment is adjustable with respect to the shelf for proper alignment and connection of the corner structures to the posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Larry McAllister, William L. Bartz, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Publication number: 20070138362
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf system comprises a plurality of shelf supporting brackets and a generally planar shelf having an upright back wall. Each bracket includes a lower vertical portion for attachment to a wall, and an outwardly extending horizontal portion for supporting the shelf. Each bracket further includes an upper vertical portion terminating in a down-turned shelf retaining tab arranged to receive the upright back wall of the shelf to thereby releasably secure the shelf to the brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Larry McAllister, William Bartz, Kenneth Christianson
  • Publication number: 20070017385
    Abstract: A spit holder assembly comprises a longitudinally oriented hollow body having a triangular cross section and opposite ends, and an outwardly directed transverse flange connected to the body between the opposite ends thereof. A lower portion of the body on one side of the transverse flange comprises a base constructed and arranged to fit within an opening in a worktable with the flange functioning as a stop. An upper portion of the body on the other side of the flange includes at least a pair of spaced apart longitudinally oriented slots constructed and arranged to receive and hold a spit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Brian Powell, Kenneth Reese