Including Means For Securing A Corner Of Shelf To A Vertical Tubular Post Patents (Class 108/147.12)
  • Patent number: 10299590
    Abstract: A shelf frame assembly is provided. The shelf frame assembly can include a beam connector, a length beam, and an end beam. The beam connector can have a first flexible protrusion and a second flexible protrusion. The first flexible protrusion may be an interior beam indexing feature. The length beam can be configured to receive the first flexible protrusion. The end beam can be configured to receive the second flexible protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMETRO INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, David A. Reppert
  • Patent number: 9010703
    Abstract: A kit for mounting one or more appliances on a pole, the kit comprising a central ring for being mounted around a pole and having a through-hole, a fitting surface and a support surface, and a carrier having a base part and at least one support arm extending from said base part for supporting one or more appliances, wherein said base part is adapted to be fitted on said support surface and has a through-hole adapted for being fitted around said fitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Acronimus Technology, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Tresserras Picas, Javier ViƱas Garcia De Falces, Antonio Fargas Angrill
  • Patent number: 8622355
    Abstract: The present disclosure could generally provide a system for use with a furniture or desk assembly having an extendible leg assembly and retaining system. In one embodiment, the system could be easily and safely adjustable, while maintaining a particular height and overall structural integrity of a furniture or desk system to, for example, withstand considerable weight and pressure exerted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Paragon Furniture LP
    Inventors: Steven Pryor, Robert L. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8376157
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of vertical posts and horizontal traverses. The horizontal traverses are coupled to the vertical posts by means of a bifurcated collar that are placed on each vertical post. Each horizontal traverse includes an end piece which is configured to couple to both halves of the bifurcated collar. Each half of the bifurcated collar comprises a wedge shaped design such that when a load is placed on the traverse, forces are applied to the bifurcated collar that squeezes each half of the collar together more tightly around the vertical post. The traverses may be coupled to one or both sides of the vertical post to allow the shelving system to be extended as far as the user desires in any lateral direction. The shelving system may also be extended in a perpendicular or other angular direction by means of a wedge shaped corner connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Charles W. Jarvis, Johannes Le, Fred Gates, Jorge Baez, Herbert Hense
  • Patent number: 8376156
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of pultruded vertical posts and horizontal traverses. The horizontal traverses are coupled to the vertical posts by means of a bifurcated collar that are placed on each vertical post. Each horizontal traverse includes an end piece which is configured to couple to both halves of the bifurcated collar. Each half of the bifurcated collar comprises a wedge shaped design such that when a load is placed on the traverse, forces are applied to the bifurcated collar that squeezes each half of the collar together more tightly around the vertical post. The traverses may be coupled to one or both sides of the vertical post to allow the shelving system to be extended as far as the user desires in any lateral direction. The shelving system may also be extended in a perpendicular or other angular direction by means of a wedge shaped corner connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Charles W. Jarvis, Johannes Le, Fred Gates, Jorge Baez, Herbert Hense
  • Patent number: 8186282
    Abstract: A table includes a base and a plurality of legs supporting the base. The base is vertically adjustable relative to each of the legs and relative to a support surface, upon which the legs are configured to rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Step2 Company, LLC
    Inventors: John D. Sinchok, Thomas Joseph Manion, Daniel R. Simpson, Michael T. Carnahan
  • Patent number: 8042477
    Abstract: A shelving system includes one or more shelving units. Each shelving unit has posts each post having one or more indents, connectors with slots for mounting the post and one or more shelves. Each shelf has protrusions on a periphery to insert into one of the connector slots. Each shelving unit and shelving system can be assembled, disassembled, and adjusted without the use of tools or other components. The shelving units can be assembled together to create a multiple shelving unit system without the use of tools or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Organize-it-All Inc.
    Inventor: James Lee
  • Patent number: 7992731
    Abstract: A shelving unit comprises a plurality of upright support posts and shelves having multiple corners with multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for releasably connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure comprises a two piece base segment and a substantially frictionless outside interlocking segment. The two piece base segment includes a housing fixedly connected to a shelf corner and a substantially frictionless inner liner within the housing. The outside interconnecting segment includes outwardly extending flanges that engage vertically oriented opposed undercut slots on the inner liner to facilitate interconnection of the base and interlocking segments. Both segments include partial frusto conical surface portions that engage a frusto conical clamping sleeve on the support posts to facilitate releasable connection of the shelf to the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. Mcallister, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Patent number: 7568436
    Abstract: A shelving system comprises a plurality of upright support posts, a shelf having multiple corners and adjustable multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure includes a base segment movably and adjustably connected to the shelf and an outside segment releasably secured to the base segment. The base segment is adjustable with respect to the shelf for proper alignment and connection of the corner structures to the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Metal Masters Foodservice Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry N. McAllister, William L. Bartz, Jr., Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Patent number: 7429142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tray plug that includes a base portion; a plurality of towers extending upwardly away from the base portion; a secondary base portion contiguous with the underside of the base portion; and a means for securing the plug to a display structure, whereby the tray plug can be quickly secured and subsequently removed from a display such as a point-of-purchase display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron S. Reike, James E. Johanson, Keith E. Antal, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20080092787
    Abstract: A shelving system comprises a plurality of upright support posts, a shelf having multiple corners and adjustable multi-component corner structure at each corner of the shelf for connecting the shelf to the posts. Each corner structure includes a base segment movably and adjustably connected to the shelf and an outside segment releasably secured to the base segment. The base segment is adjustable with respect to the shelf for proper alignment and connection of the corner structures to the posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: METAL MASTERS FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Larry McAllister, William L. Bartz, Kenneth S. Christianson
  • Patent number: 7040835
    Abstract: A support system that can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily to allow easy mobility and compact storage. The support system comprises of a supported member and a supporting member. The supported member defines two holes that will engage the engagement portion of the supporting member to securely retain the supporting member in desired position and support the supported member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Sun
  • Patent number: 6767019
    Abstract: A versatile and ergonomic utility cart is provided. The utility cart can be constructed to various heights, depending upon the length of support posts secured between a top and bottom shelf. The cart can be any shape or design: triangular; rectangular; octagonal and so forth. A vertically adjustable tray support arm mounts a support tray in close proximity to the utility cart. The tray support arm includes a vertical member which is inserted through the top shelf and into the support post and is frictionally secured thereto by a spring-loaded wedge assembly. An articulated arm is rotatably mounted to the vertical member at one end and rotatably mounted to a support tray at an opposite end. The interior of the utility cart between the top and bottom shelves may be left exposed and accessible or may be enclosed by a plurality of panels and door assembles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Hendrik R. van Hekken
  • Patent number: 6726040
    Abstract: A sectional rack that can be assembled without using any tool and type of fastener includes oblong-sectioned vertical posts having horizontal slots symmetrically provided on two opposite sides, and externally, gradually, downwardly expanding connecting members adapted to firmly attach to the vertical posts through engagement of ribs provided on inner wall surfaces of the connecting members with the horizontal slots on the vertical posts, and horizontal shelves having an internally gradually downward expanded short sleeve provided at each corner and being adapted to connect to the vertical posts by seating the short sleeves over the connecting members attached to the vertical posts. Further, channels are optionally hung on the vertical posts to support drawer-type baskets thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Protrend Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 6626605
    Abstract: Several embodiments of the present invention provide a pole connector assembly for connecting adjacent pole sections in order to construct a pole. Preferably, these pole connector assemblies have two inserts connected together by a fastener. Each of the two inserts is received within an open end of a respective pole section. The fastener is preferably received within an aperture in each of the inserts in order to connect the pole sections together. In some preferred embodiments, each insert has at least one projection that extends into the pole section within which the insert is received. Preferably, the projection can be deflected in order to engage (or more fully engage) the insert within its corresponding pole section. Preferably, the projection can be deflected by the fastener and/or by one or more internal surfaces of the pole section as the insert is inserted within the pole section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Douglas R. Dean, Peterjohn R. C. Walters
  • Patent number: 6364139
    Abstract: A two-part shelf-holder for supporting shelves on connecting members fixed around vertical posts of a sectional rack. The shelf-holder includes a fixed part fixedly connected at one end to a corner of the shelf and a movable part pivotally connected at one end to the fixed part via a vertical pivotal shaft. The fixed part is formed at another end with a curved case defining a side opening. The movable part is formed at another end with a curved cover adapted to close the side opening of the case. A free end of the case is formed of a dovetail mortise and a free end of the cover is formed of a dovetail tenon for fitly engaging with the dovetail mortise of the case. Two ends of the pivotal shaft are extended through two long holes provided on upper and lower sides of the movable part, so that the movable part could be moved linearly relative to the fixed part to engage or disengage the dovetail tenon with or from the dovetail mortise so as to close or open the two parts of the shelf-holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Pro Trend Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 6357611
    Abstract: A sectional rack is constructed from multiple vertical supporting posts, horizontal shelves and connecting members. The supporting posts have a non-round cross section and the shelves have short sleeves provided at every corner thereof. Each supporting post is provided on its outer surface at a portion facing inward toward the rack with a plurality of equally spaced grooves. Each connecting member is adapted to firmly mount on the supporting post by engaging ribs provided on inner surface of the connecting member with the grooves on the supporting post. An outer surface of the connecting member opposite to the ribs is downwardly and outwardly inclined; and an inner surface of the sleeve of the shelf facing the inclined outer surface of the connecting member is correspondingly inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Protend Co., LTD
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 6334456
    Abstract: A large multi-level tent that has an interior divided into two levels. The tent is a ¾ sphere that is supported by shaped tubes, a set of braces, and a top band. The platform has polyvinylchloride (PVC) posts to secure the platform to the ground. Each post extends upward to the full desired height for a two level living space. Metal brackets are secured to the vertical posts at each floor location. These brackets hold 2×4 horizontal wooden frame members. The frame members are reinforced with additional wood framing, similar to deck construction. Each deck is then covered with plywood sheathing to form a “floor” surface. After the platform is built, the tent is constructed around it. The tent has frame, which is covered by a canvas outer covering that is attached to all the tent frame elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher Nevak
  • Patent number: 6318572
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a multifunctional knockdown rack structure, mainly comprising a main shaft and a plurality of inserting members, wherein the main shaft forms by stamping a plurality of ring edges at many sections on the surface of the tube member of the main shaft; the inserting member has an opening with a diameter slightly smaller than that of the tube member of the main shaft, and forms an interior hollow that exactly fits into the ring edge, and there are a blocking section and a supporting section respectively at the upper end and lower end of the interior hollow that fit into the tube member of the main shaft. The upper end and lower end respectively fit in the blocking section and the supporting section; such supporting section is coupled to the interior hollow having a anti-pressure section at an appropriate distance (this section is one empty section having no restrictions).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Yung Lin Lai
  • Patent number: 6311856
    Abstract: A display stand assembly comprising a plurality of display stand modules joined together. Each display stand module comprises an upper and lower base or spanner having a plurality of spanner members generally bisecting each other medially. A plurality of vertical uprights extends between the end portions of the spanner members of the upper and lower spanners and are joined to the ends of the upper and lower spanners with a plurality of wedges. A portion of each wedge fits around a clover defined on the vertical uprights and a bracket attached to each spanner member end slides over and attaches to each wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. Battaglia, Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 6286694
    Abstract: A display stand including a plurality of vertical uprights defining a plurality of holes. Four vertical uprights are joined together and a shelf is attached thereto with a first set of clips fixedly attached to a first end of the shelf and a second set of clips slidably attached to the second end of a shelf. The first set of clips are first engaged with holes defined in the vertical uprights. Next, the second end of the shelf is lowered into position substantially at the same height as the first end of the shelf, whereby the second set of clips is slid from the first position flush with the first end of the shelf to the second position extending into the holes defined in the vertical uprights in order to support the shelf within the vertical uprights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. Battaglia, Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 6257426
    Abstract: A shelf engagement mechanism includes supports, taper sleeves, shelves, and rings. A plurality of annular engagement grooves are formed on a surface of each support and are arranged at predetermined longitudinal intervals. Each taper sleeve has a projection formed on an inner surface thereof and is attached to the support such that the projection is fitted into one of the annular engagement grooves. Each taper sleeve is tapered such that a diameter of an outer profile increases from a first end toward a second end. A ring is provided at each of four corners of the shelf. The ring is tapered such that a diameter of an inner profile increases from the first end toward the second end so as to be coincident, partially or entirely, with the outer profile of the taper sleeve. The ring is fitted onto the taper sleeve, which, in turn, is fitted onto the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Fujiei Inc.
    Inventors: Hideaki Masunaka, Seiji Kondo
  • Patent number: 6253933
    Abstract: A rack with adjustable shelving may be assembled and disassembled through the engagement of plural locating pieces along the length of support rods and the securing of each locating piece to the rod by a holding piece which also has at least one retaining seat for engagement by a retaining piece carried on a corner of a rectangular shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Hsin Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 6250594
    Abstract: A device to adjust the height of panels, more particularly, the height of working tables includes at least one console (12) which is mounted to a stand and fitted with at least two vertical translational lifting elements (14). A lid or cover (13) is screwed on the console (12). An opening is formed between the console (12) and the lid or cover (13) which is adapted to receive a profile section of a frame. The profile section is clamped between the lid and the console when the lid is screwed to the console. The lifting elements (14) are located in holes (121) in the console (12). The lifting elements (14) are inserted in the holes (121) in such a way that they can not rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Joachim Niehaus
  • Publication number: 20010004064
    Abstract: A display stand assembly comprising a plurality of display stand modules joined together. Each display stand module comprises an upper and lower base or spanner having a plurality of spanner members generally bisecting each other medially. A plurality of vertical uprights extends between the end portions of the spanner members of the upper and lower spanners and are joined to the ends of the upper and lower spanners with a plurality of wedges. A portion of each wedge fits around a clover defined on the vertical uprights and a bracket attached to each spanner member end slides over and attaches to each wedge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: June 21, 2001
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. Battaglia, Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 6247770
    Abstract: Specially designed articles of furniture for use in conference and office settings which include a plurality of uniquely configured supporting legs, one or more article support structures disposed centrally of the supporting legs and a novel connector member for interconnecting the support structures of the legs. The connector member also enables the quick and easy interconnection of the polygonal panels that make up certain of the article support structures of the apparatus. The articles of furniture can be used to support and transport a wide variety of devices such as audio and video equipment, slide projectors, overhead projectors and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Virco Mfg. Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Glass
  • Patent number: 6238758
    Abstract: A flexible plate device has a plastic plate and two connection bars. Two sets of spaced linear grooves are formed on two ends of the plastic plate. Each of the connection bars is disposed on the respective end of the plastic plate and enclosed by the respective set of the spaced linear grooves. Each of the connection bars has a threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Patent number: 6220464
    Abstract: A display stand assembly comprising a plurality of display stand modules joined together. Each display stand module comprises an upper and lower base or spanner having a plurality of spanner members generally bisecting each other medially. A plurality of vertical uprights extends between the end portions of the spanner members of the upper and lower spanners and are joined to the ends of the upper and lower spanners with a plurality of wedges. A portion of each wedge fits around a clover defined on the vertical uprights and a bracket attached to each spanner member end slides over and attaches to each wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. Battaglia, Rafael T. Bustos