Patents Examined by Sasha T Varghese
  • Patent number: 8696074
    Abstract: A safety lock system for cabinet drawers that provides a lock mechanism that in a locked position prevents any drawer from opening and in an unlocked position allows only one drawer to be opened at any one time. The system includes a slide wedge-ended member attached to each drawer, an inner cabinet wall and a support member both of which include vertically aligned T-shaped slots for receiving interlock pieces. Each interlock piece includes an upper protrusion and a lower protrusion and a spacer bar connecting the two protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Romaen, Edward Karl Freimuth
  • Patent number: 8678528
    Abstract: A drawer slide assembly control mechanism including a cabinet rail and a drawer rail is provided, the control mechanism including a drawer latch bracket associated with one of the drawer and the drawer rail and having an engagement tab extending outwardly therefrom, and a shock-absorbing sub-assembly. The shock-absorbing sub-assembly includes an elongate bracket member associated with the cabinet rail and capable of limited linear movement along a portion of the cabinet rail, a movable latch associated with the elongate bracket member and cooperating with the engagement tab of the drawer latch so as to move in concert with movement of the drawer rail over at least a portion of a length of the drawer rail, and a shock absorber associated with the elongate bracket member and cooperating with the movable latch for damping movement of the movable latch at least during a closing stroke of the drawer rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Grass America, Inc.
    Inventors: Georg Domenig, Manfred Peer, Jeffery Morgan
  • Patent number: 8661647
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a data storage device to a chassis includes a main body and two reinforcing members. The main body includes a top surface, a sidewall depending from the top surface, and a supporting wall extending upward from the top surface. Each of the two reinforcing members includes a reinforcing plate, a first fixing plate extending from an edge of the reinforcing member, and a second fixing plate extending from another edge of the reinforcing member. The first fixing plate is fixed on the supporting wall. The second fixing plate is fixed on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 8646856
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bottom-mounted slide. The bottom-mounted slide includes a movable member, stationary members and a ball housings. First raceways are formed in both lateral sides of the movable member. Each stationary member has second raceways which are respectively connected to the first raceways by corresponding balls to guide the movable member. The balls roll along the corresponding first and second raceways. The ball housings are provided between the movable member and each of the stationary members. The ball housings support the balls. A depressed part is provided in a predetermined portion of each of the lateral sides of the movable member between the corresponding first raceways. The depressed part is inserted into a hollow space defined inside the first raceways of the corresponding end of the movable member. Therefore, the stability can be increased by improvement of roll-forming and reduction of horizontal moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Segos Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon Sik Park, Hyun Ho Cha
  • Patent number: 8622494
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for use in a refrigerator includes a glass panel having a central region and a perimeter region, with the perimeter region having an upwardly turned spill prevention lip. The upwardly turned spill prevention lip is upwardly turned relative to the central region via a glass forming process. The upwardly turned spill prevention lip includes upwardly turned lip portions at the front, rear, left and right sides of the glass panel. The central region of the glass panel includes a storage portion. The upwardly turned spill prevention lip circumscribes the periphery of the central region to limit spillage of liquid over the sides of the glass panel. The shelf assembly may include a pair of support rails bonded at lower surfaces of the left and right sides of the glass panel and having attachment elements configured to mount the shelf assembly at the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Donnelly Corporation, Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan D. Picken, William Beckman, David E. Nestell, R. Scott Repp, Kevin J. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8622492
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism for a quick release device of a slide assembly includes an opening in the rail and a positioning member located corresponding to the opening. The rail has a first contact portion adjacent to the opening which has an open portion and a reception portion communicating with the open portion. The positioning member includes a base, a resilient arm, a restriction portion and a second contact portion. The base is fixed to the rail. The resilient arm is connected between the base and the restriction portion. The restriction portion has a first contact end located corresponding to the open portion. The second contact portion is connected to the restriction portion. An substantially enclosed area is defined between the first contact end and the reception portion. The second contact portion contacts the first contact portion of the rail such that the first contact end is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8622490
    Abstract: A water cooler with a rapidly detachable exterior panel. A water cooler with a detachable panel may have a wrapper with at least one detachable panel, and the wrapper may have multiple apertures to receive fasteners that may receive corresponding rear surface projections located on the rear surface of the panel. A water cooler with a detachable exterior panel may have a wrapper with at least one detachable panel, and one or more tensioning devices to cause the exterior panel to be placed in frictional and removable engagement against the wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: MTN Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun Yen Wang
  • Patent number: 8622488
    Abstract: A vertically retractable shelf system comprises a shelf frame and a track assembly. The shelf frame comprises a rectangular frame. The track assembly comprises a roller slide assembly, disposed on the left and right sides of the shelf frame, to allow the shelf frame to slide vertically along the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Ronnie Kilby, Cindy Kilby
  • Patent number: 8616665
    Abstract: A door bin for a refrigerator includes a metallic main body, a first endcap positioned at a first side of the main body, a second endcap positioned at a second side of the main body, an upper rail connecting an upper front corner of the first endcap to an upper front corner of the second endcap, and a glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew G. Czach, Matthew E. Herr, Scott E. Roales, Michael S. Seeley
  • Patent number: 8594882
    Abstract: A damage detection system for a vehicle, a machine, and/or another type of structure may comprise a processor, and a plurality of connected transmitters communicatively connected to the processor. The plurality of connected transmitters may be adapted to be attached directly to a vehicle, a machine, and/or another type of structure. Each of the plurality of connected transmitters may be independently configured to only send a coded damage signal to the processor when at least one neighboring transmitter is damaged, and not to send a damage signal to the processor if no neighboring transmitter is damaged. The processor may be programmed to identify a vehicle location of any transmitter which sends a damage signal indicating that at least one neighboring transmitter is damaged. The damage detection system may analyze the damaged area and report potentially affected sub-systems to users of a vehicle, machine, or other structure equipped with the damage detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Daniel D. Wilke
  • Patent number: 8594883
    Abstract: A technique and apparatus of displaying a vehicle's information on a display device are provided and include measuring a set of diagnostic and state values of the vehicle, comparing the set of measured values with a set of related predetermined values, the set of predetermined values being within a preset range for operation of the vehicle, displaying on a video image a graphical depiction of the present measured value, and displaying on the same video image, a graphical depiction of the measured set of values in comparison to the related predetermined set of values, with the comparison changing color of a certain portion of the graphical depiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Harry M. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8583297
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for the optimization of the mass of a satellite. The method includes: a step of calculation of an elliptical second orbit obtained by rotation of a first orbit about an axis connecting the periapsis and the apoapsis, the elliptical second orbit being associated with a second maximum eclipse duration less than a first maximum eclipse duration; a step of determination of a maneuver enabling the satellite to move to the second orbit; and a step of calculation of a second battery mass making it possible to maintain the satellite in operation during the second maximum eclipse duration and of calculation of a mass of fuel necessary to effect the maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Vincent Martinot, Olivier Fratacci, Hervé Sainct
  • Patent number: 8565970
    Abstract: A method of controlling a pump supplying a fluid to a transmission includes sensing a requested power and an excess power for a powertrain. The requested power substantially meets the needs of the powertrain, while the excess power is not part of the requested power. The method includes sensing a triggering condition in response to the ability to convert the excess power into heat in the transmission, and determining that an operating temperature of the transmission is below a maximum. The method also includes determining a calibrated baseline and a dissipation command for the pump. The calibrated baseline command is configured to supply the fluid based upon the requested power, and the dissipation command is configured to supply additional fluid and consume the excess power with the pump. The method operates the pump at a combined command, which is equal to the calibrated baseline command plus the dissipation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Karl Andrew Sime, Brian L. Spohn, Besim Demirovic, Ryan D. Martini, Jean Marie Miller
  • Patent number: 8556358
    Abstract: The embodiments of the instant invention comprise a lightweight, robust electronic rack enclosure. The embodiments are comprised of an outer chassis, an inner chassis, bottom vibration isolators, and top vibration isolators. The outer chassis is comprised of an outer chassis door, two outer chassis side assemblies, an outer chassis top panel, an outer chassis bottom panel, and an outer chassis back panel. The inner chassis is comprised of two inner chassis side assemblies, an inner chassis top panel, and an inner chassis bottom panel. Each outer chassis side assembly is comprised of a flat outer chassis side panel, one or more diagonal reinforcing members, one or more horizontal reinforcing members, and one or more vertical reinforcing members. Each inner chassis side assembly is comprised of an inner chassis flat side panel, and one or more inner chassis side panel horizontal supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignees: Frontier Electronic Systems Corp, Allred & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Lyndal W. Fitzgerald, Jimmie B. Allred, III
  • Patent number: 8538641
    Abstract: In a system in which two or motors drive a common load, respective continuously variable transmissions are installed between each individual motor and a respective individual load in the form of a wheel group, the respective continuously variable transmissions providing a differential speed drive operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 8538624
    Abstract: A system and method for transmitting data via a transmission path between a tachograph arranged in a vehicle, and a data processing device which is remote from the vehicle. To improve data protection, the transmission takes place via a first path section of the transmission path, which path section is arranged between the tachograph and a communication controller arranged in the vehicle, and a second wireless path section of the transmission path, which path section is arranged between the communication controller and the data processing device. The tachograph in response to an encryption request signal sent from the data processing device to the tachograph encrypts data sent from the tachograph to the data processing device. The data is transmitted in encrypted form from the tachograph to the data processing device both via the first path section and via the second path section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lindinger, Gunnar Schmidt, Denis Smolin
  • Patent number: 8532871
    Abstract: A vehicle operating device includes: a voice operation unit (3) for recognizing an uttered voice and outputting a voice recognition result; a spatial operation unit (2) for recognizing a movement performed within a predetermined space and outputting a spatial recognition result; a main processing unit (4) for executing a processing corresponding to the voice recognition result and the spatial recognition result; and a display unit (5) for displaying an image generated in accordance with an instruction from the main processing unit, the image being superimposed on an actual scene that can be viewed through a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Company
    Inventors: Reiko Okada, Kiyoshi Matsutani, Atsushi Kohno, Fumitaka Sato, Yuta Kawana, Wataru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8529000
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for a refrigerator comprises upper and lower frames wherein the upper and lower frames enclose a peripheral edge of a supporting plate, each frame includes a groove to receive a sealing member, and the frames are preassembled through locking parts, and then fusion-bonded in the preassembled state. Accordingly, a waterproof effect and durability of the shelf assembly are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, In Yong Hwang, Woo Yeol Yoo, Jong Eun Chae, Sun Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 8515616
    Abstract: A method for providing diagnostic assistance to a driver of a vehicle when calling a call center following a diagnostic warning being displayed on the vehicle instrument panel. Upon establishing the call, indicator data representative of the warning is automatically sent to the call center where it is used to select one or more diagnostic tests targeted to particular vehicle systems associated with the warning. The test is carried out at the vehicle and the resulting diagnostic data sent back to the call center. The call is then switched to an advisor at the call center and the received diagnostic data is used to aid the advisor in providing the diagnostic assistance to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Carl J. Hering, Ryan M. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8496306
    Abstract: The opening mechanism includes a fixing member, a movable member, a locking member, a first resilient member and a second resilient member. The fixing member is fixed to a first rail and has a guide portion, a stop and a room. The movable member is movably connected to the fixing member and has a first leg, a second leg and an engaging portion. The first leg slidably contacts the guide portion and the second leg extends into the room. The locking member is pivotably connected to a second rail and includes a locking portion. The first and second resilient members respectively provide a force to a third rail and the movable member. When the second rail is forcibly pulled out relative to the first rail, the movable member is moved and pivots at an angle so that the locking portion is disengaged from the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Yi-Syuan Jhao, Chun-Chiang Wang