Patents by Inventor Karl J. Dobler

Karl J. Dobler 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).

  • Patent number: 9568697
    Abstract: A demarcation device is disclosed. The demarcation device mounts on top of a cable tray. When mounted on the to of a cable tray the demarcation device is above a length of the cable tray and the bottom edge of the demarcation device is parallel with a top edge of the cable tray and a cable path in the cable tray remains un-obstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: David G. Gallegos, III, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20150201516
    Abstract: A demarcation device is disclosed. The demarcation device mounts on top of a cable tray. When mounted on the to of a cable tray the demarcation device is above a length of the cable tray and the bottom edge of the demarcation device is parallel with a top edge of the cable tray and a cable path in the cable tray remains un-obstructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David G. Gallegos, III, Karl J. Dobler
  • Patent number: 7614672
    Abstract: A mechanical assist apparatus is provided for biasing an access cover relative to a housing. The mechanical assist apparatus comprises a user-engageable lever, an arm rotatably coupled to the user-engageable lever at a first joint, and a sled rotatably coupled to the arm at a second joint offset from the first joint, wherein the sled comprises a biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Patent number: 7325846
    Abstract: A mechanical assist apparatus is provided for biasing an access cover relative to a housing. The mechanical assist apparatus comprises a user-engageable lever, an arm rotatably coupled to the user-engageable lever at a first joint, and a sled rotatably coupled to the arm at a second joint offset from the first joint, wherein the sled comprises a biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Patent number: 6976745
    Abstract: A snap-on sliding track assembly and method including a rail assembly and a slide assembly adapted to be securely mounted to each other without loose hardware and tools. The rail assembly has a latch and a plurality of standoffs. The slide assembly has a latch receptacle adapted to engage the latch and a plurality of standoff openings. The slide assembly includes a standoff opening for each corresponding standoff. The sliding track assembly is assembled by positioning the slide assembly standoff openings onto the standoffs of the rail assembly. The slide assembly is slid relative to the rail assembly to secure the slide assembly to the rail assembly. A lock mechanism is automatically engaged upon the sliding action of the slide assembly relative to the rail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith
  • Patent number: 6962397
    Abstract: A track assembly, adapted to be mounted in a housing, having first and second rail members aligned with one another and allowed limited relative longitudinal movement with respect to the other. The joined first and second rail members have a mounting bracket attached to distal ends of the rail members. A spring, positioned between the rail members, provides a force extending the distance between the distal ends of the rail members. A locking mechanism interacts with the rail members and has a locked position resisting inward movement of the distal ends. The method of installing the track assembly in a rack is accomplished by compressing the track assembly to reduce its overall length prior to positioning it between opposing rack members. The track assembly is released to securely engage the opposing rack members and locked in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Robert J. Hastings
  • Patent number: 6882540
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an enclosure for mounting one or more electronic units to a substrate, such as a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Conn, Daniel T. Thompson, Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20040223308
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an enclosure for mounting one or more electronic units to a substrate, such as a printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Kevin D. Conn, Daniel T. Thompson, Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20040222647
    Abstract: A mechanical assist apparatus is provided for biasing an access cover relative to a housing. The mechanical assist apparatus comprises a user-engageable lever, an arm rotatably coupled to the user-engageable lever at a first joint, and a sled rotatably coupled to the arm at a second joint offset from the first joint, wherein the sled comprises a biasing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20040217073
    Abstract: A rail system is described for use in a rack. The rail system comprises a rail having a self-locking mechanism to lock the rail to a rack. Additionally, the rail comprises a length adjustment mechanism that enables selective length adjustments based on the depth of the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Daniel T. Thompson, Kevin D. Conn
  • Publication number: 20040164208
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting cables. In some embodiments, the cable support system comprises a first member and a movable pin. The first member may be secured to a cable support arm. The first member also may be adapted to be disposed against a second member. The second member may be secured to a movable device or a fixed member. The first member may be adapted to prevent transverse displacement of the first and second members when the first member is displaced laterally to a first position relative to the second member. The movable pin may be adapted to block lateral displacement of the first and second members, when the first member is displaced in the first position relative to the second member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Erik R. Nielson, Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler, Daniel T. Thompson, Kevin D. Conn
  • Publication number: 20040080247
    Abstract: A track assembly, adapted to be mounted in a housing, having first and second rail members aligned with one another and allowed limited relative longitudinal movement with respect to the other. The joined first and second rail members have a mounting bracket attached to distal ends of the rail members. A spring, positioned between the rail members, provides a force extending the distance between the distal ends of the rail members. A locking mechanism interacts with the rail members and has a locked position resisting inward movement of the distal ends. The method of installing the track assembly in a rack is accomplished by compressing the track assembly to reduce its overall length prior to positioning it between opposing rack members. The track assembly is released to securely engage the opposing rack members and locked in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Robert J. Hastings
  • Patent number: 6702412
    Abstract: A track assembly, adapted to be mounted in a housing, having first and second rail members aligned with one another and allowed limited relative longitudinal movement with respect to the other. The joined first and second rail members have a mounting bracket attached to distal ends of the rail members. A spring, positioned between the rail members, provides a force extending the distance between the distal ends of the rail members. A locking mechanism interacts with the rail members and has a locked position resisting inward movement of the distal ends. The method of installing the track assembly in a rack is accomplished by compressing the track assembly to reduce its overall length prior to positioning it between opposing rack members. The track assembly is released to securely engage the opposing rack members and locked in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Robert J. Hastings
  • Patent number: 6693798
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an enclosure for mounting one or more electronic units to a substrate, such as a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Conn, Daniel T. Thompson, Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Patent number: 6603661
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system to mount a group of fans on the system board of a computer server. The mounting system allows for the fans to be installed or removed as a group or as individual components without the use of tools. The fans are preferably hot-pluggable, or capable of being installed or removed without having to turn off the server. Therefore, an entire group of fans can be removed from a server without using any tools or having to power down the system. The fans can also be removed and installed as individual units, without effecting the other fans in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kelly K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20030112601
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system to mount a group of fans on the system board of a computer server. The mounting system allows for the fans to be installed or removed as a group or as individual components without the use of tools. The fans are preferably hot-pluggable, or capable of being installed or removed without having to turn off the server. Therefore, an entire group of fans can be removed from a server without using any tools or having to power down the system. The fans can also be removed and installed as individual units, without effecting the other fans in the group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Kelley K. Smith, Karl J. Dobler
  • Publication number: 20030052581
    Abstract: A track assembly, adapted to be mounted in a housing, having first and second rail members aligned with one another and allowed limited relative longitudinal movement with respect to the other. The joined first and second rail members have a mounting bracket attached to distal ends of the rail members. A spring, positioned between the rail members, provides a force extending the distance between the distal ends of the rail members. A locking mechanism interacts with the rail members and has a locked position resisting inward movement of the distal ends. The method of installing the track assembly in a rack is accomplished by compressing the track assembly to reduce its overall length prior to positioning it between opposing rack members. The track assembly is released to securely engage the opposing rack members and locked in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Robert J. Hastings
  • Publication number: 20030052580
    Abstract: A snap-on sliding track assembly and method including a rail assembly and a slide assembly adapted to be securely mounted to each other without loose hardware and tools. The rail assembly has a latch and a plurality of standoffs. The slide assembly has a latch receptacle adapted to engage the latch and a plurality of standoff openings. The slide assembly includes a standoff opening for each corresponding standoff. The sliding track assembly is assembled by positioning the slide assembly standoff openings onto the standoffs of the rail assembly. The slide assembly is slid relative to the rail assembly to secure the slide assembly to the rail assembly. A lock mechanism is automatically engaged upon the sliding action of the slide assembly relative to the rail assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith
  • Patent number: 6129429
    Abstract: A rack serviceable computer chassis for housing multiple computer modules. A rectilinear housing receives at least one module containing electrical components associated with a computer system which includes a planar right panel, a planar left panel, a planar bottom panel, a stationary planar top panel for covering non-rack serviceable components, and a sliding top panel integral to the housing for effectuating access to the at least one module and electrical components. The sliding top panel is located above the stationary top panel while in an open position. The rack serviceable chassis further includes a means for sliding the sliding top panel between the open position and a closed position, a means for supporting the sliding top panel while in the closed position, and a means for transitioning the sliding top panel between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas T. Hardt, Joseph R. Allen, Bonnie E. Prichep, Karl J. Dobler
  • Patent number: 6052281
    Abstract: An electronic component chassis with a first side, a second side, and having a preferred airflow therebetween. The first side of the electronic component chassis includes an insertion slot for receiving a removable component that is to be inserted into the electronic component chassis. The insertion slot is automatically closed by an airflow control door when the removable component is not housed by the electronic component chassis. By closing the insertion slot, the preferred airflow between the first side and the second side is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas T. Hardt, Joseph R. Allen, B. Tod Cox, Bonnie E. Prichep, Karl J. Dobler