Including Shelf-supporting Bracket Patents (Class 108/147.17)
  • Patent number: 9635958
    Abstract: The present application provides a shelf assembly for a display case. The shelf assembly may include a shelf, a pair of shelf brackets with a shelf bracket pocket, and a support rail with a pair of tabs. The support rail extends between the pair of shelf brackets and the tabs of the support rail fit with the shelf bracket pockets of the pair of shelf brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC
    Inventors: Chera Selvan Neelagantan, Satish Kumar Jatashanker Singh, Randall Booker
  • Patent number: 9332864
    Abstract: Reinforced shelf for metal shelving unit, particularly for the shelving units whose shelves (B1, Bn) are provided, on the side facing the public, with electronic labels and/or other peripherals, and wherein the shelf on its bottom side has plate reinforcement (T1, Tn), parallel to each other and to the front and rear side (LA, LP) of the shelf itself, characterized in that in correspondence or at the ends of the reinforcements (T1, Tn) there are provided at least a pair of apertures (1, 10) for the passage and support of wiring (D), necessary to connect means (P1) on the rear side of the shelves, to means (P2) on the front side of the shelf (B1, Bn) for supporting and displaying goods. The apertures (1, 10) are sufficiently distant from the angular bent and ribbed areas of the reinforcements (T1, Tn) so as not substantially modify the characteristics of bend strength and torsion resistance of the reinforcements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Cefla Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Massimo Poggi, Eros Nanni
  • Patent number: 9173506
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a wall mounted storing construction or system that could hold a number of storing means. The storing means used may be shelves, hangers for different clothes, such as trousers or coats, shoe holders, rods etc. or for different combinations of these storing means. The storing system comprises uprights (1) and brackets (3), wherein the brackets (3) are mounted in the uprights (1). The brackets (3) are to receive the storing means, such as shelves (15). Each bracket (3) has a general u-from with an upper part and two walls, having ears (10) to be received in openings (22) of the uprights (1). The walls of brackets (3) are pressed together in the area of the ears (10) to allow the ears (10) of the brackets (3) to be pushed into the uprights (1). The uprights (1) are fixed to the wall. The upper end of each upright (1) is mounted on a horizontal assembly rail (2), being fixed to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Benny Andersson, Lars Almblad, Mats Lundqvist, Sofia Wiktorsson
  • Patent number: 8234983
    Abstract: A post and beam furniture construction has a number of support posts and a plurality of beams that interconnect the posts. Accessories, including storage shelves and cabinets, and work surfaces are releasably supported by the posts at various positions relative to the shelf length and the post spacing. Support brackets interconnect accessories and posts. Each post has at least two accessory support rails extending along the post length. A support bracket engages a selected rail. Spaced support bracket receptacles extend along a length of the accessory and a support bracket engages a selected bracket receptacle. The beams may be removed from respective posts without moving the posts and may also be length adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Travis M Randolph
  • Patent number: 8172347
    Abstract: A variable shelf assembly includes a mounting member mounted in a storage compartment of a refrigerator, a shelf support member coupled to the mounting member such that the shelf support member is vertically movable, a shelf mounted on the shelf support member, and a lifting unit to lift the shelf support member. The mounting member and/or the shelf support member has a plurality of cool air circulation holes through which cool air circulating in the storage compartment passes. The lifting unit includes a driving gear, a driven gear rotatable by the driving gear, a screw shaft coupled to the driven gear, at least one moving member movable by the rotation of the screw shaft, and at least one rotary link having one end rotatably coupled to the moving member and the other end rotatably coupled to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Dae Yeop Park, Myung Ju Sim
  • 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: 8020822
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf assembly having a plurality of ribs, a rib cam associated with each rib, and a support beam having a substantially I-shaped profile. The rib cam has a transversely extending slot including a floor. Each rib has a shelf-retaining surface, a T-shaped downwardly-opening aperture, and two inwardly extending opposing rib cam flanges. The beam has two upper beam flanges and two annular channels. The upper beam flanges slide into the upper recesses of the aperture such that the rib is captured on the beam, and each rib cam flange extends into a respective one of the channels. The rib cam slides into one of the channels with one of the rib cam flanges captured in the slot. In the channel, the rib cam is rotatable around its longitudinal axis between an unlocked position and a locked position in which the slot floor bears down on the rib cam flange thereby locking the flange to the support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Goldin, Steven Goldin
  • Patent number: 7971943
    Abstract: A food storage device for storing a food product, a shelf positioned at least partially within the housing, and a coupling assembly coupling the shelf to the housing and adjustable (e.g., infinitely) to position the shelf in one of a plurality of different angles relative to the housing. Preferably, the housing comprises a frame creating a surface coupled to the coupling assembly, and a translucent panel coupled to the frame to facilitate viewing food product positioned in the housing. In one embodiment, the coupling assembly comprises a magnetic assembly including a magnet secured to the shelf and magnetically coupled to the housing. Preferably, the magnetic assembly further comprises a magnet holder secured to the shelf, wherein the magnet is secured to the holder. In this embodiment, the magnet can be secured to the magnet holder by an intermediate material (e.g., plastic) positioned between the magnet and the magnet holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hatco Corporation
    Inventor: John F. Quella
  • Patent number: 7896177
    Abstract: A versatile support system, kit and methods of construction are disclosed. The support system comprises rail members, corner members and shelf brackets with each of the shelf brackets having an opening configured to selectively receive a fastener to couple a back portion of the shelf brackets to a surface of an outer portion of the rail members. The corner members have multiple arms selectively received and secured within an open inner region of a portion of each rail member. The versatile support system has improved load bearing capability and provides numerous load bearing structures with ease of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis R. Toma
  • Patent number: 7757615
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes a shelf assembly is provided. The shelf assembly includes a shelf panel, pivot mount, and an over-center extension/retraction assembly. The shelf panel is coupled to the vehicle and is movable between stowed and use positions. The pivot mount is coupled to the shelf panel and to a wall located on the vehicle. The shelf panel pivots with respect to the pivot mount between the stowed and use positions. The over-center extension/retraction assembly is coupled to the pivot mount and is engagable with the shelf panel to assist moving the shelf to at least the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Utilimaster Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest M. McDonald, II, Eugene A. Dylewski, II, John E. Knudtson
  • Patent number: 7726615
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved shelf system which is characterized by the following features: an anchoring pot is provided which can be inserted in a fixed and captive manner into a corresponding bore of a shelf bottom, said bore facing the shelf bottom support; a slot opening and a screw path for a locking screw, which is offset relative thereto and runs diagonally, are provided in the anchoring pot; a portion of an anchoring section that is part of the shelf bottom support can be inserted into the slot; and the locking screw can be twisted in such a way that the shelf bottom support is directly or indirectly fixed at least in a non-positive and preferably a positive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Josef Rutz
  • Patent number: 7611111
    Abstract: A device has removable, height-adjustable and positionable shelves. The device includes a pair of vertical struts inside of which suitable brackets of associated boards, can run. The vertical struts, have respective “racks” positioned in a back part of the struts, on which suitable toothed wheels are engaged that are located in a middle part of a rear end of each bracket. A lower end of each bracket a suitable toothed sliding back is located which, when the associated bracket is positioned in a normal horizontal position, i.e., at a right angle to the respective vertical strut, is engaged to a relative portion of the respective rack, but when the bracket is raised by being inclined upwardly at its front part, rotating around the associated toothed wheel, the sliding block is disengaged from the rack, thus being able to run freely vertically along the associated vertical strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Baron Industries S.r.l.
    Inventors: Francesco Costa, Luca Fava, Luigi Maniago, Adriano Pessot, Roberto Santarossa
  • Patent number: 7513470
    Abstract: A personal computer, video monitor or other electronic equipment mounted directly on a camera tripod by a tray offering a cantilever technique of support by having a rear end supported by two clamps individually positioned at the same height on two of the tripod legs, and a front end locked by a third clamp at a higher elevation on the remaining leg of the tripod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Jason E. Lomberk
  • Patent number: 7337730
    Abstract: A shelf assembly includes a shelf adapter bracket defined by a U-shaped shelf bracket member in legs of which are vertically disposed opposing slideways into which open a plurality of vertically spaced slots. A shelf includes a pair of shelf support brackets each having a pin which move in the slideways and seats in the slots to effect selective vertical adjustment of an associated shelf. The shelf adapter bracket has hooks for engaging in slots of conventional refrigerator trackways. The shelf includes lateral stabilizing ribs, a lubricity block, and a stop nose which engages a stop in a bight wall of the shelf bracket member to prevent inadvertent/accidental downward shelf movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Bienick, Vincent L. Ramik
  • Patent number: 6966267
    Abstract: A shelf assembly includes a pair of shelf brackets secured to a rim which carries a planar support. The shelf brackets include oppositely directed pins spaced a predetermined distance from each other which correspond to a plurality of slots in a pair of mirror image adapter brackets each having a vertical slideway associated with the slots. The adapter brackets have hooks for engaging slots in vertical shelf tracks of a refrigerator compartment to effect “coarse” vertical adjustment of the shelf assembly. However, the shelf can be “fine tuned” vertically adjusted by moving the pins of the shelf brackets along the sideways and into selected pairs of the adapter bracket slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Bienick
  • Patent number: 6962116
    Abstract: A shelf assembly includes a pair of shelf adapter brackets each defined by first and second shelf bracket members, one of which includes vertically disposed opposing slideways into which open a plurality of vertically spaced slots and the other of which includes a plurality of supporting projections which move in the slideways and seat in the slots to effect selectively vertical adjustment of an associated shelf. The shelf may include shelf brackets having hooks for engaging in slots of one of the bracket members or can be integrally formed to define one of the first and second bracket members. Another embodiment includes a shelf having an injection molded rim with hooks at rear corners thereof for engaging one of the shelf support members. Each shelf assembly prevents inadvertent/accidental disengagement of an associated shelf from the adapter brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Bienick, Vincent L. Ramik
  • Patent number: 6729242
    Abstract: A checkout console for use with a counter-top or conveyor belt point-of-sale checkout stand. The checkout console can support a cash drawer, printer, keyboard, and other such peripheral equipment, and can be mounted so that the top shelf is above a bar code scanner. By positioning the console between the cashier and the customer, twisting and turning be the cashier is greatly reduced. The console, once mounted, is vertically adjustable on demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Philip S. Kerber
  • Patent number: 6688240
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of shelves each having spaced front and rear hooks projecting from each side edge, each rear hook being spaced forwardly from the rear edge of the shelf, and a support framework for adjustably supporting the shelves at spaced intervals. The framework has a pair of support posts located on each side of the shelves, each pair of support posts comprising a front support post located adjacent the front hooks of the shelves and a rear support post located adjacent the rear hooks of the shelves. Each support post has a series of vertically spaced openings for receiving the shelf hooks. The posts are positioned so they are much less vulnerable to damage, and can be made out of light material with an open configuration. Brackets attach to the shelf to allow the easy addition of useful accessories to the standard shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: V. John Ondrasik
  • Patent number: 6578498
    Abstract: A furniture accessory kit is designed to support portable computers in office partition systems of the type having slat wall panels on which detachable office amenities, such as paper trays, etc. can be hung. A horizontal shelf accessory supports a portable computer thereon, and includes a connector that detachably mounts the shelf to an associated slat wall panel in a cantilevered horizontal orientation. The shelf has a wire trough to mange wiring associated with the portable computer. A sleeve-shaped accessory unit with a hollow interior for retaining computer accessories therein is configured to be hung on the slat wall panel directly above the shelf. A wire management device to retain wires associated with the portable computer is configured to be hung on the slat wall panel near the shelf and the accessory unit. A security devices for securing the portable computer to the slat wall and which is configured to be hung on the slat wall panel near the shelf and the accessory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Gregg R. Draudt, William C. Stewart, Andrew H. Carlson, Russell P. Whitaker, Mark D. Swets, Joseph D. Ruedinger
  • Patent number: 6540093
    Abstract: A window shelf system includes a pair of elongate shelf mounting tracks, each track defining a plurality of notches. An upper support arm is attached to the back side of each track adjacent a top thereof, each upper support arm having a downwardly extending flange for insertion between an upper trim molding segment and a wall such that the mounting tracks may be hung from the trim typically mounted to a wall above a window. Shelf support arms releasably mate with the notches for selectably determining a height for supporting a shelf board thereon. Length-adjustable lower support arms are attached to back sides of respective tracks adjacent a bottom thereof for displacing lower ends of the tracks from the wall. Each mounting track includes a telescopic support leg which may be extended to support the weight of the system and articles placed on the shelf board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Cindy A. Shumway
  • Publication number: 20030051643
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a ventilated shelf to a vertical support such as a wall including a support bracket having a first end adapted to be secured to the vertical support at a point spaced vertically from the attachment of a rearward rod of the shelf to the vertical support structure. The first end includes a first end reinforcing rib functionally positioned so as to strengthen the first end portion and to substantially prevent the first end portion from bending. The support bracket also has a second end for lockingly engaging and supporting a front support rod of the shelf. The second end includes a support face for supporting the shelf against rotation in a first direction towards the vertical support structure and a gripping portion for engaging the front support rod of the shelf and inhibiting rotation of the shelf in a second direction towards the vertical support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Lee Remmers
  • Patent number: 6526897
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of shelves each having spaced front and rear hooks projecting from each side edge, each rear hook being spaced forwardly from the rear edge of the shelf, and a support framework for adjustably supporting the shelves at spaced intervals. The framework has a pair of support posts located on each side of the shelves, each pair of support posts comprising a front support post located adjacent the front hooks of the shelves and a rear support post located adjacent the rear hooks of the shelves. Each support post has a series of vertically spaced openings for receiving the shelf hooks. The posts are positioned so they are much less vulnerable to damage, and can be made out of light material with an open configuration. Brackets attach to the shelf to allow the easy addition of useful accessories to the standard shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: V. John Ondrasik
  • Publication number: 20020104466
    Abstract: A shelving system, shelf support and shelf are disclosed that are adjustable vertically, horizontally and angularly for better product presentation and maintenance. Brackets are disclosed which allow depth or horizontal adjustment and another bracket is disclosed which gives shelf support and allows easier horizontal adjustment. The brackets also permit easier and more reliable vertical and shelf angle adjustments for better product presentation. Shelf assemblies are disclosed which include adjustable product stops and dividers. Other shelf and product presentation features are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Tim Carson, John Ondrasik, Jeffery Nicholson, Raymundo Calderon, Bennie Reed Downing
  • Patent number: 6322178
    Abstract: The portable workstation includes a frame having an adjustable mounting mechanism, which permits the case to be mounted on a variety of telecommunication equipment racks and other field structures. When mounted on the rack, the workstation provides a horizontal surface for working on fiber optic cables or other telecommunication equipment. A smooth, clean surface for working on fiber optic cables is an essential requirement for users of the workstation. The workstation includes a drawer for storing tools, instruments, and supplies required for working on fiber optic cables or copper wire. The drawer slides in and out of the frame when the workstation is mounted on the rack to provide convenient access to the contents. The frame of the workstation is formed from extruded metal and includes an internal channel for the drawer and an external channel for securing the adjustable mounting bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Dominique
  • Publication number: 20010042495
    Abstract: A modular, low cost pallet and shelf assembly and a method for assembling the assembly is disclosed. The shelf assembly comprises a plurality of support members arranged so as to releasably accept a pallet therebetween, each vertical support member comprising a plurality of apertures disposed therethrough, wherein each aperture is configured so as to accept and releasably hold tabs inserted through the aperture, and a plurality of pallet securing members, each pallet securing member comprising at least one pallet securing member tab releasably securable within a vertical support member aperture and a securing surface for restraining the pallet between the vertical support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Jeffrey Salmanson, Jon R. Dickey
  • Patent number: 6302036
    Abstract: A shelving system, shelf support and shelf are provided that are adjustable vertically, horizontally and angularly for better product presentation and maintenance. Brackets are provided which allow depth or horizontal adjustment and another bracket is provided which gives shelf support and allows easier horizontal adjustment. The brackets also permit easier and more reliable vertical and shelf angle adjustments for better product presentation. Shelf assemblies are provided which include adjustable product stops and dividers. Other shelf and product presentation features are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Carson, V. John Ondrasik, Jeffery Nicholson, Raymundo Calderon, Bennie Reed Downing
  • 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: 6240857
    Abstract: A removable shelf assembly for use with a tripod or easel having three legs, including a shelf with at least two boot-shaped cutouts formed in the back edge of the shelf and a pair of support arms, provides a convenient work and storage surface for the tripod or easel user. The removable shelf assembly mounts onto the tripod by attaching the shelf to two of the tripod legs at the cutouts, and attaching the support arms to the same two tripod legs with clamps pivotally mounted at the ends of the support arms. Hooks and holders are also optionally provided with the shelf to facilitate convenient placement of tools and materials adjacent to the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Jeanne W. Elizer
  • Patent number: 6168032
    Abstract: A shelf construction for use in gondola systems having spaced vertical uprights comprises a shelf floor which is removably mounted to front and rear rails. The rails are in turn supported by shelf brackets projecting from the uprights. The front and rear rails are provided with horizontal slots to accept the shelf floor and vertical slots along their lengths to accommodate shelf dividers which can be used to segregate product placed on the shelf. The shelf brackets are preferably tilted forwardly downwardly, the shelf floor having a low-friction surface to allow arrayed and displayed products to migrate towards the front edge of the shelf, making them more accessible for observation and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Milton J. Merl