Patents by Inventor Theodore M. Haan

Theodore M. Haan 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: 9518387
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly includes a frame assembly that includes at least one vertical frame member and at least one horizontal frame member, wherein the frame assembly is configured to define a door opening, a door member slidably operable between a closed position, wherein the door member is at least partially located within the door opening, and an open position, wherein the door member is at least partially removed from with the door opening to allow ingress and egress through the door opening, and a support assembly that includes a sliding support member that slidably supports the door member between the open and closed positions, and at least one mounting arrangement coupling the sliding support member, wherein the at least one mounting arrangement allows vertical adjustment of the sliding support member with respect to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Geister, Theodore M. Haan
  • Patent number: 9238911
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship. The panel wall system including a frame assembly having a trim member disposed thereon. The trim member includes a channel having a hollow body portion and first and second open ends disposed about a hollow middle portion. Seal members are received in the first and second open ends to seal the channel of the trim member while leaving the middle portion accessible for coupling to components of the panel wall system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: David Michael Kerley, Theodore M. Haan
  • Patent number: 9045896
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly. The seal members further include pierceable body portions that can be pierced by various engagement structures to engage the frame assembly through the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150107171
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly includes a frame assembly that includes at least one vertical frame member and at least one horizontal frame member, wherein the frame assembly is configured to define a door opening, a door member slidably operable between a closed position, wherein the door member is at least partially located within the door opening, and an open position, wherein the door member is at least partially removed from with the door opening to allow ingress and egress through the door opening, and a support assembly that includes a sliding support member that slidably supports the door member between the open and closed positions, and at least one mounting arrangement coupling the sliding support member, wherein the at least one mounting arrangement allows vertical adjustment of the sliding support member with respect to the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Ryan Geister, Helmut Petrat, Theodore M. Haan, Andreas Borchhardt
  • Patent number: 8959859
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8955271
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly includes a frame assembly that includes at least one vertical frame member and at least one horizontal frame member, wherein the frame assembly is configured to define a door opening, a door member slidably operable between a closed position, wherein the door member is at least partially located within the door opening, and an open position, wherein the door member is at least partially removed from with the door opening to allow ingress and egress through the door opening, and a support assembly that includes a sliding support member that slidably supports the door member between the open and closed positions, and at least one mounting arrangement coupling the sliding support member, wherein the at least one mounting arrangement allows vertical adjustment of the sliding support member with respect to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Ryan Geister, Helmut Petrat, Theodore M. Haan, Andreas Borchhardt
  • Publication number: 20140075853
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly includes a frame assembly that includes at least one vertical frame member and at least one horizontal frame member, wherein the frame assembly is configured to define a door opening, a door member slidably operable between a closed position, wherein the door member is at least partially located within the door opening, and an open position, wherein the door member is at least partially removed from with the door opening to allow ingress and egress through the door opening, and a support assembly that includes a sliding support member that slidably supports the door member between the open and closed positions, and at least one mounting arrangement coupling the sliding support member, wherein the at least one mounting arrangement allows vertical adjustment of the sliding support member with respect to the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Ryan Geister, Helmut Petrat, Theodore M. Haan, Andreas Borchhardt
  • Publication number: 20140075871
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140075868
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship. The panel wall system including a frame assembly having a trim member disposed thereon. The trim member includes a channel having a hollow body portion and first and second open ends disposed about a hollow middle portion. Seal members are received in the first and second open ends to seal the channel of the trim member while leaving the middle portion accessible for coupling to components of the panel wall system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: David Michael Kerley, Theodore M. Haan
  • Publication number: 20140075867
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly. The seal members further include pierceable body portions that can be pierced by various engagement structures to engage the frame assembly through the seal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20090091226
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly comprises a housing including a pair of sidewalls, a rear wall, and a top wall that cooperate with one another to form a storage area, and a base assembly supporting the housing. The base assembly includes a top wall and a bottom wall that mate together to form an interior space, and a plurality of corner support brackets supporting the top wall from the bottom wall. The storage cabinet assembly further includes a drop-in drawer arrangement, and a drawer interlock assembly adapted to prevent multiple drawers from being simultaneously moved to an opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Bradley D. Youngs, Daniel N. Phillips, Theodore M. Haan, David J. Battey, Michael G. Barney, Koryn L. Smith, Michael J. Feldpansh, Bruce W. DuVail, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090091228
    Abstract: A pedestal system includes a cabinet having a bottom wall, a top wall, a pair of sidewalls, and a rear wall that cooperate to define a forwardly-opening aperture that slidably receives a plurality of drawer assemblies therein. The pedestal system further includes interchangeable face plates for covering the drawer assemblies, an attachment system for attaching a drawer lock/interlock assembly that locks the drawer assemblies in a closed position and prevents multiple drawer assemblies from being simultaneously opened, and a drawer divider for segmenting an interior space of each drawer assembly. The drawer lock/interlock system includes a cam assembly that allows a constant force to be applied to each drawer assembly while opening each drawer and activating the lock/interlock assembly. The pedestal system further includes an attachment system for attaching the pedestal system to a free-standing partition system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Paul L. Tupper, Peter J. Battey, John Hanna J. Hasbany, Marcus J. Cole, Theodore M. Haan, Bruce W. DuVall, JR., John L. McCrackin, Nancy A. Funk, David J. Battey, Angela Simon
  • Patent number: 7481503
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly includes a housing including a pair of sidewalls, a rear wall, and a top wall that cooperate with one another to form a storage area, and a base assembly supporting the housing. The base assembly includes a top wall and a bottom wall that mate together to form an interior space, and a plurality of corner support brackets supporting the top wall from the bottom wall. The storage cabinet assembly further includes a drop-in drawer arrangement, and a drawer interlock assembly adapted to prevent multiple drawers from being simultaneously moved to an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Youngs, Daniel N. Phillips, Theodore M. Haan, David J. Battey, Michael G. Barney, Koryn L. Smith, Michael J. Feldpaush, Bruce W. DuVall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7469979
    Abstract: A pedestal system includes a cabinet having a bottom wall, a top wall, a pair of sidewalls, and a rear wall that cooperate to define a forwardly-opening aperture that slidably receives a plurality of drawer assemblies therein. The pedestal system further includes interchangeable face plates for covering the drawer assemblies, an attachment system for attaching a drawer lock/interlock assembly that locks the drawer assemblies in a closed position and prevents multiple drawer assemblies from being simultaneously opened, and a drawer divider for segmenting an interior space of each drawer assembly. The drawer lock/interlock system includes a cam assembly that allows a constant force to be applied to each drawer assembly while opening each drawer and activating the lock/interlock assembly. The pedestal system further includes an attachment system for attaching the pedestal system to a free-standing partition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Tupper, Peter J. Battey, John Hanna J. Hasbany, Marcus J. Cole, Theodore M. Haan, Bruce W. DuVall, Jr., John L. McCrackin, Nancy A. Funk, David J. Battey, Angela Simon
  • Patent number: 6471312
    Abstract: A storage apparatus includes a storage unit defining a front opening, and a closure member configured to cover the front opening. The closure member is attached to the storage unit for movement between open, intermediate and closed positions. The storage apparatus further includes a dampening element operably coupled to the closure member and the storage unit. The dampening element provides enhanced resistance to the movement of the closure member during a final phase of the opening and closing movements of the closure member while not providing enhanced resistance during an initial phase of the opening and closing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Coffey, Richard S. Hand, Theodore M. Haan, Russell T. Holdredge
  • Patent number: 5377949
    Abstract: A breakaway accessory mounting assembly for supporting rearview mirrors or other accessories on vehicles includes a coupler for installation on a base of the type secured to the inside windshield surface or another vehicle panel. The coupler has a support for mounting the rearview mirror or other accessory and a spring clamp retaining band extending around the coupler, preferably within a corresponding shaped recess, at a position spaced from and independent of the accessory support for releasably holding the coupler on the base until an impact force causes the assembly to release from the base. The spring clamp retaining band includes a pair of converging, inwardly angled, spaced spring flanges which project from the coupler to resiliently engage the base sides and allow both sliding installation and release of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Edward R. Adams, Wayne Vandenbrink
  • Patent number: 5330149
    Abstract: A breakaway accessory mounting assembly for vehicles for supporting rearview mirrors and other accessories includes a base mounted on a vehicle panel surface such as a window, and a coupler engaging the base and having a support mounting the rearview mirror or other accessory. Retaining means such as a wire or stamped metal spring, or a resilient plate extend between the base and coupler and allow installation by slidably receiving the coupler on the base in a lateral direction followed by rotation of the coupler with respect to the base to an installed position about a predetermined first axis without further lateral sliding movement. The retaining means also resiliently hold the base and coupler together in the installed position, and allow release of the coupler from the base in three different separation modes when a predetermined force is imposed on the coupler or supported mirror or other accessory. Positioning means are provided to position the coupler in the installed position on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Wayne Vandenbrink, Stephen J. Forbes, Dennis J. TenBroeke
  • Patent number: 5100095
    Abstract: A windshield mounted, vehicular accessory mounting assembly is adapted to be small and compact and to reduce occupant injuries upon impact. The assembly includes a base and a coupling member releasably mounted on the base. The coupling member includes a support for mounting a vehicle accessory such as a rearview mirror. A breakaway fastening assembly extends through an aperture in the base to allow separation of the coupling member and vehicle accessory from the base should an impact occur. A series of projections extend between the periphery of the base aperture and the coupling member and are received in corresponding recesses to position the coupling member, provide a stable, three point connection, and prevent its rotation unless it separates from the base. The assembly may also include a swivel support arm to allow adjustment of the accessory position and to further reduce injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Wayne Vandenbrink, Larry R. Magnuson, Robert L. Bingle