Patents by Inventor Darrell L. Metz

Darrell L. Metz has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180027980
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress foundations generally include a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate seat section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate seat section at another end. The intermediate seat section includes spaced apart upper and lower panels, wherein the lower panel is hingedly connected to the head and back section and slideably engaged with side frame members of the foundation, and wherein the upper panel is stationary and hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. A linear actuator is operatively coupled to a linkage assembly to independently effect inclination or declination of the head and back section relative to the intermediate seat section and is further operative to effect an increase or decrease in a length of the intermediate seat section by movement of the lower panel relative to the upper panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Darrell L. Metz, Jeffrey M. Woodall
  • Patent number: 8745785
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a person support assembly, and a siderail. The person-support assembly is coupled to the frame and is configured to rotate about a first rotational axis with respect to the frame between a first position and a second position. The siderail is movably coupled to the person support assembly and configured to move therewith. The siderail is in a first angular orientation with respect to the frame when the person support assembly is in the first position and in a second angular orientation with respect to the frame when the person support assembly is in the second position. The first angular orientation is substantially the same as the second angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, David W. Hornbach, Terry J. Stratman
  • Patent number: 8640287
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes a patient-support deck movable from a use position to a stowed position. The patient-support deck is configured to engage receivers of the patient-support apparatus to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism. A storage structure is configured to support the patient-support deck in a stowed position. The storage structure is configured to deflect under load to prevent damage to the storage structure or patient-support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Wukusick, Kenneth L. Kramer, Jerome E. Reckelhoff, Francis C. Ganance, Robert Cooks, Jr., Robert M. Zerhusen, Mark E. Haufler, Darrell L. Metz, Kenneth Q. Rudolf, Stephen M. Holl, Richard W. Chance, David W. Hornbach, John P. Biondo, James K. Findlay, David W. Hensley
  • Patent number: 8590074
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a frame and a transport assembly supporting the frame. The transport assembly is configured to selectively move relative to the frame between a transport position and a brake position. A portion of the frame frictionally engages a portion of the transport assembly in the brake position to affect a brake application that resists the transportation of the frame. The portion of the frame is disengaged from the portion of the transport assembly in the transport position to allow for transportation of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Darrell L. Metz, John M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8458833
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a lower frame, a lift mechanism, a drive mechanism, and an upper frame. The lower frame includes a lift drive configured to at least one of expand and contract the lift mechanism. The lift mechanism is pivotably coupled with the lower frame to rotate about a rotational axis. A drive mechanism is coupled between the lift mechanism and the lower frame. The drive mechanism is configured to rotate the lift mechanism about the rotational axis. The upper frame is supported on the lift mechanism and responsive to the rotation of the lift mechanism to rotate a patient about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Darrell L. Metz, Jonathan D. Turner, Terry J. Stratman
  • Patent number: 8410943
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus includes a frame, a plurality of sensors, and a controller. The plurality of sensors are configured to determine a person's position relative to the frame. The controller is operatively coupled to the sensors. The controller determines whether an exit condition has been met. A light source is operatively coupled to the controller. The light source is activated by the controller when the controller determines that the exit condition has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, Jonathan D. Turner, Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 8387179
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a first siderail, and a second siderail. The frame includes a first support section and a second support section. The first support section is configured to pivot between a first support position and a second support position with respect to the second support section. The first siderail is coupled to the first support section and configured to move therewith. The second siderail is coupled to the frame and is configured to move along the frame between a first position and a second position. The second siderail is configured to be positioned adjacent to the second support section in the first position, and adjacent to the first support section and below the first siderail in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, David W. Hornbach, Terry J. Stratman
  • Patent number: 8353071
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is convertible between a conventional bed position, having a generally horizontal sleeping surface upon which a person lies in a supine position, and a chair egress position, allowing a person to exit the support from a sitting position. The patient support comprises a deck and a foot panel removably coupled to the deck. The foot panel may allow a low seated height while the bed is in the chair egress position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, David W. Hornbach, Darrell L. Metz
  • Patent number: 8327480
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes receivers for supporting a patient-support deck. The patient-support deck is configured to engage the receivers to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis C Ganance, Robert Cooks, Jr., Kenneth L Kramer, Jerome E Reckelhoff, Peter M Wukusick, Robert M Zerhusen, Mark E Haufler, Darrell L Metz, Kenneth Q Rudolf, Stephen M Holl, Richard W Chance, David W Hornbach, John P Biondo
  • Patent number: 8267206
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 8239986
    Abstract: A siderail assembly includes a frame, a link mechanism coupled to the frame and movable between first and second positions, and a panel coupled to the linkage and movable therewith between a first position and a second position. The link mechanism is configured to provide compound motion such that the siderail panel follows specific path. The siderail may include electronic controls to limit the movement of the linkage based on the position of the siderail assembly and various portions of a patient-support apparatus on which the siderail may be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Heimbrock, David W. Hornbach, Brian T. Wiggins, Darrell L. Metz
  • Publication number: 20120144585
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes a patient-support deck movable from a use position to a stowed position. The patient-support deck is configured to engage receivers of the patient-support apparatus to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism. A storage structure is configured to support the patient-support deck in a stowed position. The storage structure is configured to deflect under load to prevent damage to the storage structure or patient-support deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Francis C. Ganance, Robert Cooks, Kenneth L. Kramer, Jerome E. Reckelhoff, Peter M. Wukusick, Robert M. Zerhusen, Mark E. Haufler, Darrell L. Metz, Kenneth Q. Rudolf, Stephen M. Holl, Richard W. Chance, David W. Hornbach, John P. Biondo, James K. Findlay, David W. Hensley
  • Publication number: 20120137438
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is convertible between a conventional bed position, having a generally horizontal sleeping surface upon which a person lies in a supine position, and a chair egress position, allowing a person to exit the support from a sitting position. The patient support comprises a deck and a foot panel removably coupled to the deck. The foot panel may allow a low seated height while the bed is in the chair egress position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, David W. Hornbach, Darrell L. Metz
  • Publication number: 20120047652
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a person support assembly, and a siderail. The person-support assembly is coupled to the frame and is configured to rotate about a first rotational axis with respect to the frame between a first position and a second position. The siderail is movably coupled to the person support assembly and configured to move therewith. The siderail is in a first angular orientation with respect to the frame when the person support assembly is in the first position and in a second angular orientation with respect to the frame when the person support assembly is in the second position. The first angular orientation is substantially the same as the second angular orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, David W. Hombach, Terry J. Stratman
  • Publication number: 20120047653
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a first siderail, and a second siderail. The frame includes a first support section and a second support section. The first support section is configured to pivot between a first support position and a second support position with respect to the second support section. The first siderail is coupled to the first support section and configured to move therewith. The second siderail is coupled to the frame and is configured to move along the frame between a first position and a second position. The second siderail is configured to be positioned adjacent to the second support section in the first position, and adjacent to the first support section and below the first siderail in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Darrell L. Metz, David W. Hornbach, Terry J. Stratman
  • Patent number: 8117697
    Abstract: A patient-support apparatus includes a patient-support deck movable from a use position to a stowed position. The patient-support deck is configured to engage receivers of the patient-support apparatus to support the deck in a cantilevered configuration. The patient-support deck may be secured to the patient-support apparatus by a locking mechanism. A storage structure is configured to support the patient-support deck in a stowed position. The storage structure is configured to deflect under load to prevent damage to the storage structure or patient-support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis C Ganance, Robert Cooks, Jr., Kenneth L Kramer, Jerome E Reckelhoff, Peter M Wukusick, Robert M Zerhusen, Mark E Haufler, Darrell L Metz, Kenneth Q Rudolf, Stephen M Holl, Richard W Chance, David W Hornbach, John P Biondo, James K Findlay, David W Hensley
  • Publication number: 20120023674
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a lower frame, a lift mechanism , a drive mechanism, and an upper frame. The lower frame includes a lift drive configured to at least one of expand and contract the lift mechanism. The lift mechanism is pivotably coupled with the lower frame to rotate about a rotational axis. A drive mechanism is coupled between the lift mechanism and the lower frame. The drive mechanism is configured to rotate the lift mechanism about the rotational axis. The upper frame is supported on the lift mechanism and responsive to the rotation of the lift mechanism to rotate a patient about the rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Darrell L. Metz, Jonathan D. Turner, Terry J. Stratman
  • Publication number: 20120012408
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 8074309
    Abstract: A bed 14 has a base frame 32, an elevatable frame 34 and a telescopable column 36 having a base segment 36a connected to the base frame 32 and a terminal segment 36e connected to the elevate able frame 34. Each column circumscribes a lift chain assembly 100 which includes a magazine 102 and a lift chain 160 with a terminal link 240. The magazine 102 is connected to either the base frame 32 or the elevate able frame 34 and the terminal link 240 is connected to the other of the base frame 32 and the elevate able frame 34. The magazine 102 comprises left and right magazine covers 104, 106 each having an outer face and an inner face 112, 114 with grooves 120. The lift chain 160 has left and right rollers 238 that project into the grooves. The lift chain assembly 100 also includes a gear train 320 extending from a gear train drive shaft 334 to a gear train output shaft 338 and a motor 278 having an output shaft 314 connected to the gear train drive shaft 334.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen E Hutchison, David W Hornbach, Darrell L Metz
  • Patent number: 8051931
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus