Concurrent Horizontal And Vertical Movements Patents (Class 108/138)
  • Patent number: 10413055
    Abstract: A motorized desktop stand unit having a main surface assembly designed to accommodate a monitor or laptop and a secondary surface assembly designed to accommodate a keyboard. The desktop stand unit also has a frame assembly having an upper frame and a lower frame. An elevation mechanism is provided between the upper frame and lower frame. A switch provided in the main surface assembly, when actuated, causes the elevation mechanism to adjust the space between the upper frame and lower frames, changing the height of the main surface assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Versa Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Laudadio, Aryan Jafari
  • Patent number: 10406678
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus (1) and a method for handling articles and comprises an upper suspension (3) with at least three rotatably driven positioning arms (5), where the positioning arms (5) each comprise at least two arm sections (7, 9) that are swivelable relative to each other and operated independently of one another. A manipulator (32) comprises one or more clamping jaws (34, 36) and is mechanically coupled to the positioning arms (5) such the manipulator can be positioned by movement of one or more of the positioning arms (5). At least one drive shaft (12) is linked non-rotatingly to the manipulator, such that the manipulator is rotated by movement of the at least one drive shaft (12). Rotation of the at least one drive shaft (12) also controls the one or more clamping jaws (34, 36) via the at least one actuating shaft (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Westermeier, Josef Unterseher, Manuel Kollmuss, Marco Ehberger, Michael Hartl, Peter Zeiner
  • Patent number: 10174993
    Abstract: A refrigerator having improved space utilization includes a main body, a storage room formed inside of the main body, a center frame provided at the center of the storage room to be spaced apart from both side walls of the storage room and having a guide elongated in a front-rear direction of the storage room and a plurality of shelves detachably coupled to the guide so as to be movable along the guide, the plurality of shelves including a first shelf and a second shelf positioned under the first shelf while the second shelf moving along the same guide as the first shelf in an inverted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: June Hyuck Choi, Byeong Soo Kim, Cheol Woong Seo, Hyun-Il Lee, Sang Woon Jeon, Yeon Jin Jo
  • Patent number: 10111518
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an adjustable ergonomic workstation that includes first platform and a second platform that is coupled to and positioned below the first platform, wherein the first platform may be moved between at least a lowered position and a first raised position and wherein the coupling of the second platform to the first platform includes a tilt adjustment assembly wherein the second platform may be adjusted between at least a first angular position and a second angular position relative to the first platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Nicholas Leonard Blackburn
  • Patent number: 10107502
    Abstract: A multi-function outdoor patio table is described, the table including a base surrounding a contained space and a tabletop coupled to the base by a movement assembly. The tabletop is moveable relative to the base between open and closed positions to provide selective access to a functional/storage device within the base, such as a fire pit or an ice bucket. The movement assembly includes a slide rail assembly, a pivot linkage assembly, or the like such that a tabletop surface defined by the tabletop is disposed in a substantially horizontal orientation at both of the open and closed positions and also during movement of the tabletop between the open and closed positions. Thus, the tabletop surface can continue to be used in all configurations of the multi-function outdoor patio table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Plank and Hide
    Inventors: Erik Mueller, James Postell
  • Patent number: 10088661
    Abstract: An adjusting mechanism of a sample holder is provided. The adjusting mechanism includes a base with drives arranged thereon, and a carrier that is adjustable by means of the drives and is designed to receive the sample holder. A coupling element for each drive, which coupling element is designed to connect the base and the carrier. Each coupling element has at least one linear degree of freedom and also a rotary degree of freedom. The carrier is linearly movable, by means of the coupling elements, along a respective movement axis directed from the coupling element to the carrier. Also provided is a microscope that includes such an adjusting mechanism, along with a method for adjusting the orientation of a sample holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Kalkbrenner, Saskia Pergande, Tobias Kaufhold
  • Patent number: 9942302
    Abstract: A mobile device is provided. The mobile device includes: a display; a communicator configured to communicate with a terminal apparatus which displays items classified into a plurality of groups in a form of a list; and when the mobile device is connected with the terminal apparatus for communication, a controller configured to hop over the groups of the items displayed on the terminal apparatus according to a touch manipulation which is performed on a screen of the display. Accordingly, the mobile device can provide various services by being interlocked with the terminal apparatus mounted in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-ho Rhee, Il-ku Chang, Jae-hwan Kim, Sang-gon Song
  • Patent number: 9924793
    Abstract: An adjustable desk platform can include: an upper platform defining a substantially planar work surface; a base located beneath the upper platform, the base defining a bottom surface without legs that is adapted to sit on an existing desk; first and second sets of arms coupling the upper platform to the base, wherein the first and second sets of arms are adapted for movement of the upper platform substantially in parallel with the base between a fully raised position and a fully lowered position; and a user-operable locking mechanism associated with the upper platform, the locking mechanism adapted to releasably lock the upper platform in the fully raised position, and in at least one intermediate position between the fully raised position and the fully lowered position. Other features and embodiments are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Varidesk, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel G. Flaherty, David Patton, Sheng C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9892947
    Abstract: A chamber monitoring system may include a parallel architecture in which a single sensor control system is coupled to a number of different processing chamber control board sensor lines. In an illustrative embodiment, a single rotation sensor such as a tachometer may reside in a central control unit remote from the processing chambers such that rotation data may be processed by a single system and thereafter routed according to a variety of different network communication protocols to the main system controller, a factory interface, or both. In this and other embodiments, pull-up networks in the central control unit and the chamber control boards are matched so as to reduce electrical signal anomalies such as crowbar effects. The central control unit may be programmed via a main system controller to operate according to user defined parameters, which in turn may enable the system to differentiate between certain operating states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Vern Schauer, Raphael Dascoli, Shivan Bhargava
  • Patent number: 9840331
    Abstract: A deployable table assembly including a table, first and second non-parallel static rails, and first and second hinges attaching the table to the first and second non-parallel static rails, wherein the first and second hinges configured to travel along the first and second non-parallel static rails to move the table between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the table when in the deployed position is forward of and vertically lower than the table when in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Druckman, Ian L. Frost
  • Patent number: 9668571
    Abstract: An adjustable-foldable desk to be mounted on top of stationary desks, tables and counters with no attachments. Desk comprises leg(s) assemblies on left and right sides whereby connect desktop to the base of the desk. Spring-loaded buttons at upper portion of the leg(s) assemblies allow to release the engagement of the desktop in order to adjust the tilt of the desktop. Also, spring-loaded buttons at lower portions of the leg(s) assemblies allow to release the engagement of the leg with the base in order to swing the leg and substantially desktop in order to adjust the height of the desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Kamran Ghobadi
  • Patent number: 9635929
    Abstract: A foldable table has a base, a lifting device, an adjusting assembly, and a supporting board. The adjusting assembly is pivotally connected with the lifting device and has an adjusting board, an adjusting rack, an adjusting slider, and a connection arm. The adjusting board is pivotally connected with the lifting device. The adjusting rack is mounted on the adjusting board and has an engaging side provided with multiple teeth. The adjusting slider is moveably mounted on the adjusting board and has an engaging block and two resilient elements. The engaging block is pivotally mounted on the adjusting slider and has an engaging post selectively engaging with one of the teeth on the adjusting rack. The supporting board is pivotally connected with the adjusting board and is pivotally connected with the top end of the connection arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 9554644
    Abstract: An adjustable desk platform can include: an upper platform defining a substantially planar work surface; a base located beneath the upper platform, the base defining a bottom surface without legs that is adapted to sit on an existing desk; first and second sets of arms coupling the upper platform to the base, wherein the first and second sets of arms are adapted for movement of the upper platform substantially in parallel with the base between a fully raised position and a fully lowered position; and a user-operable locking mechanism associated with the upper platform, the locking mechanism adapted to releasably lock the upper platform in the fully raised position, and in at least one intermediate position between the fully raised position and the fully lowered position. Other features and embodiments are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Varidesk, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel G. Flaherty, David Patton, Sheng Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9504316
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a desktop assembly and height adjustment frame mechanism that facilitates height adjustment of a desktop. The desktop assembly and height frame adjustment mechanism includes a desktop assembly having upper and lower platform surfaces; and a frame adjustment mechanism for adjustably supporting the desktop assembly. The frame adjustment mechanism further includes: an upper support frame, including a left upper bracket and a right upper bracket; a base support frame, including a left lower bracket and a right lower bracket; an X-shaped support frame that pivotally connects the upper support frame and the base support frame, wherein the X-shaped support frame further includes a pair of left and right first pivot legs pivotally interconnected at the center to a pair of left and right second pivot legs; a pair of hydraulic cylinders which facilitate raising and lowering the upper and lower platform surfaces; and a pair of locking levers pivotally attached to the upper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Henry Streicher, Huaijie Ma
  • Patent number: 9278041
    Abstract: An examination table designed to provide a technician or practitioner easy access to various regions of a patient's body. Specifically, the examination table includes a lower support structure, an upper support structure, and an examination passageway. The upper support structure has a sliding access panel disposed on a side of the upper support structure such that the examination passageway is provided when the sliding access panel is repositioned at various measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Oakworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Riach
  • Patent number: 9277809
    Abstract: An adjustable desk platform can include: an upper platform defining a substantially planar work surface; a base located beneath the upper platform, the base defining a bottom surface without legs that is adapted to sit on an existing desk; first and second sets of arms coupling the upper platform to the base, wherein the first and second sets of arms are adapted for movement of the upper platform substantially in parallel with the base between a fully raised position and a fully lowered position; and a user-operable locking mechanism associated with the upper platform, the locking mechanism adapted to releasably lock the upper platform in the fully raised position, and in at least one intermediate position between the fully raised position and the fully lowered position. Other features and embodiments are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Varidesk, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel G. Flaherty, David Patton, Sheng Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9273761
    Abstract: A xy? precision alignment platform is provided. The alignment platform includes three power units and three moving platform. Two of the power units can drive a third moving platform moving in X or Y direction. The other power unit has a worm which can drive an arcuate teeth arrangement disposed between the second moving platform and the third moving platform to drive the third moving platform rotating. Whereby, since the worm is arranged to drive the arcuate teeth arrangement laterally, the alignment platform is thin and the rotative movement of the third moving platform can be precisely controlled. Additionally, each power unit may be electrically connected to a controller for respectively driving and controlling each power unit. When only the rotation of the third moving platform is required, only one of the power units needs to be driven, thus simplifying the operation of the alignment platform and improving the work efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Mau-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 9049923
    Abstract: A powered height adjustable desktop having a base with a fixed peripheral wall defining a cavity and a cover defining a horizontal work surface. A lift mechanism supports the cover relative to the base. The lift mechanism includes a linkage with at least one pair of lift arms pivotably connecting each side of the base to a respective side of the cover and a powered actuator attached to the base and operatively connected to the linkage. The actuator selectively activates the linkage to rotate the lift arms from a relatively horizontal position to at least one substantially fixed upright position, thereby raising the work surface from a sitting height to a standing height. At the sitting height, the cover rests upon the peripheral wall to fully enclose the cavity. At the standing height, the cover is spaced above and offset forward of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Stand Tall, LLC
    Inventors: Nico Vincent Delagey, Brandon Daniel Johnson, Todd Allison Ferrell
  • Patent number: 8979735
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a controller for remotely controlling an implantable device that is used to adjust a gastric band, and the controller transmits a telemetric signal to the implantable device. The apparatus further comprises a table that provides support for the controller. A rail is oriented in a first direction with respect to the table, and a tray is slidably coupled to the rail. The tray receives the controller, and the rail moves the tray and the controller in the first direction with respect to the table. The apparatus further comprises a roller coupled to the rail. The roller aids in moving the rail, the tray, and the controller in a second direction with respect to the table. The apparatus further comprises an attachment mechanism for securing the controller to the tray. The apparatus locates the controller in a desired location with respect to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Augarten
  • Patent number: 8960105
    Abstract: A portable desk sized to receive and support a conventional laptop computer or other objects such as a book. The device has a flat rigid rectangular desktop, a pair of curved lower legs connected to a pair of curved upper legs. The lower legs have a support surface for supporting the desk top in a stable position on a surface and a pitch angle locking system for adjustably changing the pitch angle of the desk top using manually operated stoppers connected to the lower legs that engage notches on the curved upper legs for locking the desktop in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Lira
  • Patent number: 8671853
    Abstract: An adjustable desktop workspace is disclosed having a base having a lower platform, an upper platform, and two pivoting arms mounted between the two. Each pivoting arm has a front and rear bracket. A locking lever on each arm fixedly engages the platform in an upright position at a variety of levels above the lower platform. There are also two stabilizing bars to limit side-to-side relative movement, and a biasing spring between the front and rear brackets to aide moving the upper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8575791
    Abstract: A manufacturing-process equipment has a platform assembly, a measurement feedback assembly and a laser-working assembly. The platform assembly has a base and a hybrid-moving platform. The base has a mounting frame. The hybrid-moving platform is mounted on the base and has a long-stroke moving stage and a piezo-driven micro-stage. The long-stroke moving stage has a benchmark set and a driving device. The piezo-driven micro-stage is connected to the long-stroke moving stage and has a working platform. The measurement feedback assembly is securely mounted on the platform assembly and has a laser interferometer, a reflecting device and a signal-receiving device. The laser-working assembly is mounted on the platform assembly, is electrically connected to the measurement feedback assembly and has a laser direct-writing head, a controlling interface device and a positioning interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: National Formosa University
    Inventors: Wen-Yuh Jywe, Jing-Chung Shen, Chin-Tien Yang, Chien-Hung Liu, Jau-Jiu Ju, Chia-Hung Wu, Chun-Chieh Huang, Lili Duan, Yuan-Chin Lee
  • Patent number: 8505470
    Abstract: A portable desk sized to receive and support a conventional laptop computer or other objects such as a book The portable desk has a flat rigid rectangular desktop, a pair of curved lower legs connected to a pair of curved upper legs. The portable desk lower legs include a support surface for supporting said desk top in a stable position on a surface. The upper and lower legs have a pitch angle locking system for adjustably changing the pitch angle of the desk top using manually operated stoppers connected to the lower legs that engage notches on the curved upper legs for locking the desktop in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Lira
  • Publication number: 20130181490
    Abstract: A self-leveling apparatus, a tray table for use with a seat comprising such an apparatus, and a method of maintaining a horizontal level of a mounting member are provided. The self-leveling apparatus comprises: a gear train rotatable about a fixed reference point, the gear train comprising a first gear fixedly mounted to the reference point; a rotatable last gear, and an odd number of rotatable intermediate gears meshing between the first gear and the last gear; and a mounting member adapted to be coupled the last gear, the mounting member having a surface capable of being positioned horizontally; wherein the last gear is further adapted to rotate locally about its axis an equal and opposite amount to a system rotation by the gear train about the reference point, thereby maintaining the surface horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
    Inventor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
  • Publication number: 20130112118
    Abstract: The design of a high precision optical table with six degrees of freedom. The table will be for use with surface optical table applications as well as other engineering experiments. It will provide a surface with rock solid stability and rigidity to support demanding research applications. The flatness of the table is an outstanding <±0.004 inch flatness over two square feet, and is combined with several frequency damping measures both in the work surface and the base of the optical table. Experimental apparatus' mounted on the work surface can be positioned and oriented anywhere in three-dimensional space within the limits of travel via high precision X-, Y-, and Z-axis motion stages, specifically three jacks and three slides arranged in a 3-point kinematic fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Alex K. Deyhim
  • Patent number: 8336840
    Abstract: There is provided a braking device for braking a support member, which connects a main body of an equipment at one end thereof and a sub-body of the equipment at an opposite end thereof. Such a device includes a support bracket, a shaft, first and second plates, a pressing member, and a movable member. The support bracket is mounted on the main body of the equipment. The shaft is connected at both ends on the main body of the equipment. The first plates are disposed around the shaft and movable relative to the shaft. The second plates are disposed around the shaft and alternately positioned between the first plates. The pressing member presses the first and second plates in a braked position. The first and second plates are spaced apart from one another in an unbraked position. The movable member moves the pressing member between the braked and unbraked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Sik Song, Dong Jun Oh, Ghi Young Kim
  • Publication number: 20110219988
    Abstract: A table having adjustment means is provided, wherein the work surface may be raised or lowered, widened or narrowed, tilted at a desired angle, or so that the shape may be altered. The adjustable table utilizes a series of slots, holes and bolts, allowing the components of the table to slide in various directions, providing multi-dimensional adjustment capabilities by simply loosening the attachment means (preferably bolts and nuts), sliding the components to their desired position, and then tightening the attachment means to fix the components in that position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Jim O. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7878129
    Abstract: A swing-out workbench extension for a workbench includes a rectangular swinging platform and four swinging upright members having equal lengths and each pivotably connected at the lower ends thereof to the rectangular platform, two on each side thereof. The four swinging upright members are pivotably mounted on the underside of a bench top of a workbench so that the rectangular swinging platform is movable between a stored position hanging below the bench top and an upper extended position generally adjacent a bench top. The rectangular platform extends at all times in a generally horizontal plane whereby tools mounted on the rectangular swinging platform are retained thereon, and a latch is provided for releasably locking the rectangular swinging platform in the upper extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Meyer
  • Patent number: 7841569
    Abstract: A keyboard support mechanism containing a novel articulating arm mechanism for permitting vertical movement of the keyboard shelf. The articulating arm mechanism has six major components: (1) a mounting bracket, (2) a mounting bracket support in combination with a swivel bracket, (3) a shelf bracket, (4) an upper arm, (5) at least one side arm, and (6) at least one stopping means. The upper arm links the shelf bracket and the mounting bracket; the side arm and the stopping means cooperate to keep the shelf bracket (and hence the keyboard shelf) at a constant angle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Humanscale Corporation
    Inventors: George Mileos, Robert King
  • Patent number: 7841570
    Abstract: A keyboard support mechanism containing a novel articulating arm mechanism for permitting vertical movement of the keyboard shelf. The articulating arm mechanism has six major components: (1) a mounting bracket, (2) a mounting bracket support in combination with a swivel bracket, (3) a shelf bracket, (4) an upper arm, (5) at least one side arm, and (6) at least one stopping surface. The upper arm links the shelf bracket and the mounting bracket; the side arm and the stopping surface cooperate to keep the shelf bracket (and hence the keyboard shelf) at a constant angle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Humanscale Corporation
    Inventors: George Mileos, Robert King
  • Patent number: 7717383
    Abstract: An adjustable support mechanism is assembled from: a first bracket that can attach to the underside of a desk; a second bracket that can attach to a keyboard platform; a pivotally coupled connecting member; and a linking member. In one embodiment of the present invention, pivotal movement of the connecting member relative to the first bracket causes the linking member to move the second bracket in a corresponding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Edwin Robin Russell
  • Patent number: 7654208
    Abstract: An adjustable work surface comprises first and second decks that are pivotally connected by pivot arms. The pivot arms are located and configured so that the second deck can pivot relative to the first deck between a storage position and an extended position where the two decks are in substantially the same plane. The pivot arms are located and configured so that the upper surfaces of both decks are substantially parallel both in the storage position and the extended position. Preferably the forward wall of the first deck and the rear wall of the second deck are configured so the first deck supports the second deck in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jim W. Patten
  • Patent number: 7618103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a supplementary shelf assembly for a refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Ju Kim
  • Patent number: 7585033
    Abstract: A multi-functional table comprises an adjustable second support surface recessed below the upper support surface which extends outward therefrom for use as by a person seated adjacent to the table. When not in use, the second support surface is stored beneath the upper support surface of the table, requiring no additional storage or space requirements for the second support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Gary W. Holt
  • Publication number: 20090206221
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a keyboard support for movably supporting a keyboard with respect to a work surface of a workstation. The keyboard support includes a workstation engaging member adapted to be attached to an underside of the work surface, a keyboard engaging member for supporting a keyboard, and a linkage assembly mechanically coupling and providing relative movement between the workstation engaging member and the keyboard engaging member and thereby between the keyboard and the work surface. The keyboard support also includes a braking assembly adapted to allow relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in an unlocked position and to prevent relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in a locked position. The braking assembly comprises a roller assembly carried on a connector of the linkage assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: WORKRITE ERGONOMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Derek TIMM, Giancarlo A. GIUSTINA, Matthew R. VARGAS
  • Patent number: 7575205
    Abstract: The inventive adjustable keyboard support assembly includes a mounting unit and an adjustable keyboard tray. The mounting unit has an elongated track having opposing first and second ends and opposing top and bottom surfaces; and (b) first means and second means for attaching the mounting unit to the work surface. The first means includes a generally c-shaped clamp having opposing first and second ends, a first substantially horizontal region adjoining a second substantially vertical region, a side flange extending from the second region at the first end of the clamp, and a center flange extending from the second region between the first and second ends of the clamp. The center flange is attached to the first end of the track. The adjustable keyboard tray can be attached to the mounting unit by slidingly engaging it to the bottom surface of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 7523905
    Abstract: A keyboard support for movably supporting a keyboard with respect to a work surface of a workstation. The keyboard support includes a workstation engaging member adapted to be attached to an underside of the work surface, a keyboard engaging member for supporting a keyboard, and a linkage assembly mechanically coupling and providing relative movement between the workstation engaging member and the keyboard engaging member and thereby between the keyboard and the work surface. The keyboard support also includes a braking assembly adapted to allow relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in an unlocked position and to prevent relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in a locked position. The braking assembly comprises a roller assembly carried on a connector of the linkage assembly. The roller assembly is biased against a wedge affixed to a vertical side of the keyboard engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Workrite Ergonomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Timm, Giancarlo A. Giustina, Matthew R. Vargas
  • Patent number: 7256891
    Abstract: An apparatus for analyzing a population of particles is set forth. The apparatus includes an emitter adapted to generate a beam of electromagnetic radiation, such as from a laser, and a particle chamber disposed in a path of the electromagnetic radiation beam. The apparatus also includes a sensor to detect electromagnetic radiation scattered by or otherwise received from the particle chamber. A sensor alignment unit supports the sensor along a detection axis and allows adjustment of the position of the sensor along orthogonal axes lying in a plane that is generally perpendicular to the detection axis. In one embodiment, the sensor alignment unit includes a first support platform and a first adjustment mechanism disposed to adjust the position of the first support platform along a first orthogonal axis. The sensor alignment unit also includes a second support platform that supports the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Domack, Santos E. Vargas
  • Patent number: 7198239
    Abstract: A keyboard support mechanism containing a novel articulating arm mechanism for permitting vertical movement of the keyboard shelf. The articulating arm mechanism has six major components: (1) a mounting bracket, (2) a mounting bracket support in combination with a swivel bracket, (3) a shelf bracket, (4) an upper arm, (5) at least one side arm, and (6) at least one stopping means. The upper arm links the shelf bracket and the mounting bracket; the side arm and the stopping means cooperate to keep the shelf bracket (and hence the keyboard shelf) at a constant angle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Ergo View Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: George Mileos, Robert King
  • Patent number: 7140306
    Abstract: An auxiliary table plate device with an elevation adjusting device includes two linkages at two sides; one end of each linkage being connected to an auxiliary table plate; and another end of each linkage being connected to a twisting element; the twisting element rotating as the twisting element is driven by a telescopic pressure pump so as to drive the linkages; thus the auxiliary table plate connected to the linkages rotating to change the elevation of the auxiliary table plate; when the pump stops, the auxiliary table plate being fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Chao Ken Chen
  • Patent number: 7072105
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for positioning a biological sample analysis plate on an observation device comprising an observation lens and a chassis having a plate support assembly [20]. This assembly comprises a first frame [21] and a second frame [22] able to slide in a plane perpendicular to the observation axis, assumed to be vertical, with the first and second frames each able to move in a direction perpendicular to the direction of movement of the other frame; and a third frame [23] supported by the second frame [22] by means [30] used to maintain said third frame in a plane perpendicular to the observation axis, while leaving the movement free in a vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: TROPHOS
    Inventor: Michel Delaage
  • Patent number: 7048236
    Abstract: A vertical adjustment apparatus is described for use in the field of workstation design. The vertical adjustment apparatus is attachable to a workstation and operates to selectively raise and lower a device, such as a keyboard, such that the device may be utilized by a user in a seated position, as well by the user in a standing position, such that the apparatus allows the device to be elevated to a 95th percentile standing elbow rest height. A locking means for to selectively lock an upper tray at a predetermined height above a base tray is also described. The apparatus may include a power means for adjusting the height of the upper tray over the base tray. A method of adjusting a device for use by a user in a seated and in a standing position is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Neutral Posture, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E Benden, Jerome J Congleton, Christopher A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6883764
    Abstract: A keyboard support mechanism containing a novel articulating arm mechanism for permitting vertical movement of the keyboard shelf. The articulating arm mechanism has six major components: (1) a mounting bracket, (2) a mounting bracket support in combination with a swivel bracket, (3) a shelf bracket, (4) an upper aim, (5) at least one side arm, and (6) at least one stopping member. The upper arm links the shelf bracket and the mounting bracket; the side arm and the stopping means cooperate to keep the shelf bracket (and hence the keyboard shelf) at a constant angle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Humanscale Corp.
    Inventors: George Mileos, Robert King
  • Patent number: 6854401
    Abstract: A working table includes a housing, a board slidably received in the housing, and a casing secured to the board and moved in concert with the board. A post is slidably engaged through the housing and the casing and has a rack, a spindle is rotatably secured in the housing and slidably engaged through the casing, to guide the casing to move relative to the housing. A gear is rotatably secured in the casing and engaged with the rack of the post, and a worm is slidably engaged on the spindle and engaged with the gear, in order to move the post up and down when the spindle and the worm is rotated relative to the casing and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Kun Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 6796319
    Abstract: A portable cooler is disclosed having wheels at one end, a pop-up tray table on top and an umbrella stand located at the wheeled end of the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventors: Samuel F. Patarra, Anthony Battaglia
  • Patent number: 6631687
    Abstract: A keyboard tray apparatus comprising an articulating arm coupled to a table at one end and a keyboard tray at the other. The keyboard tray apparatus provides: (a) a hook and slot system for removably coupling the keyboard tray to an articulating arm with ease; (b) a reversible mouse pad capable of being removably coupled with a spring-biased ball detent to either side of a keyboard tray; and (c) a keyboard tray having a forward two-sleeve set and a rear two-sleeve set and capable of mating with a mouse pad in a forward position or in a rear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: William T. Knighton
  • Patent number: 6565056
    Abstract: An axial urging mechanism includes a support device, a connecting seat, a pivotal shaft, and a pressing device. The support device provides two opposite lateral walls with connecting ends. The connecting seat has two opposite wing ends disposed between and adjacent to the connecting ends. The pivotal shaft passes through the connecting ends and the wing ends and provides a limit device at the inner wall surface of the respective wing end to press against the inner wall surface. The pivotal shaft has a thread screw section with a positive sense and a reversed sense at two ends thereof respectively. The pressing device includes two follower levers, each follower lever having a lever base with a thread screw hole engaging with the respective thread screw section and the inner wall surface of the respective follower lever is attached to the respective connecting end of the support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Chih Lin
  • Patent number: 6536728
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard support assembly, which generally includes a housing comprising a first side panel having a first guide rail system and a second side panel spaced from the first side panel and having a second guide rail system. The assembly further includes a generally U-shaped member comprising a support member with first and second ends, a first side arm attached to the first guide rail system and extending from the first end of the support member, wherein the first side arm comprises at least one notch, and a second side arm attached to the second guide rail system and extending from the second end of the support member, wherein the second side arm comprises at least one notch. The first and second side arms have rotatable and slideable connections with the guide rail system of their respective side panels. A keyboard platform is rotatably attached to the support member of the U-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joel K. Hagglund, Kenneth J. Kirchhoff, James E. Nash
  • Publication number: 20030042380
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard support assembly, which generally includes a housing comprising a first side panel having a first guide rail system and a second side panel spaced from the first side panel and having a second guide rail system. The assembly further includes a generally U-shaped member comprising a support member with first and second ends, a first side arm attached to the first guide rail system and extending from the first end of the support member, wherein the first side arm comprises at least one notch, and a second side arm attached to the second guide rail system and extending from the second end of the support member, wherein the second side arm comprises at least one notch. The first and second side arms have rotatable and slideable connections with the guide rail system of their respective side panels. A keyboard platform is rotatably attached to the support member of the U-shaped member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joel K. Hagglund, Kenneth J. Kirchhoff, James E. Nash
  • Publication number: 20030037711
    Abstract: A keyboard tray apparatus comprising an articulating arm coupled to a table at one end and a keyboard tray at the other. The keyboard tray apparatus provides: (a) a hook and slot system for removably coupling the keyboard tray to an articulating arm with ease; (b) a reversible mouse pad capable of being removably coupled with a spring-biased ball detent to either side of a keyboard tray; and (c) a keyboard tray having a forward two-sleeve set and a rear two-sleeve set and capable of mating with a mouse pad in a forward position or in a rear position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: William W. Knighton