With Housing Patents (Class 108/33)
  • Patent number: 11078670
    Abstract: A modular platform for configuring gutter guard systems is disclosed and claimed herein. Such gutter guard systems are designed and arranged to be positioned across the opening of a rain gutter to prevent debris from entering the rain gutter. The modular platform includes a number of interchangeable components. Select interchangeable components can be assembled to form a gutter guard system for use with a specific rain gutter based on the rain gutter's style, size, color, and the mechanism used to secure the rain gutter to a structure and/or roofline. In one embodiment, the components of a modular platform for configuring gutter guard systems include a number of main bodies, a number of front receivers, a number of rear receivers, a number of screens, a number of clips, and a number of brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: LeafFilter North, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Gori
  • Patent number: 11034377
    Abstract: A retractable steering column assembly includes a retractable portion. The assembly also includes an electric actuator mechanism for translating and tilting the retractable portion throughout a plurality of regions, each of the regions defining distinct manual adjustment restrictions and tilt position boundaries of the retractable steering column assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Keyur R. Patel, Edward A. Cana
  • Patent number: 10843801
    Abstract: An interior configuration for an aircraft, comprising a bed positioned adjacent to one side of a fuselage on a floor of a cabin within the aircraft; and a movable table positioned in relation to the bed so that the movable table may be positioned over at least a portion of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Malek, Louis Joseph Gagnon-Seguin, Bruno Miron, Philippe Andre Eugene Erhel, Tim Michael Fagan
  • Patent number: 10814797
    Abstract: A portable electronic device support assembly for a vehicle comprises a housing for placement, a link arm slidably coupled to the housing at a first end of the link arm, and a device support configured to receive a portable electronic device and rotatably coupled to the link arm at a second end of the link arm. The link arm and device support are movable between stowed and deployed positions. A latching mechanism configured to resist movement of the link arm in the deployed position, the latching mechanism comprising a latch movably coupled to the link arm. The latch is resiliently biased such that the latch engages a recess in the housing when the link arm is in the deployed position. An interaction between the device support and the latching mechanism retracts the latch from the recess as the device support rotates relative to the link arm when moving towards the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Thain, Phil Bunn
  • Patent number: 10639971
    Abstract: A vehicle furniture system having an article of furniture and a carriage configured to carry the article of furniture between first and second positions within a body portion of a vehicle when the carriage is coupled to the body portion of the vehicle, the vehicle furniture system comprising a first actuator configured to deploy the article of furniture from the carriage when the carriage is in at least one of the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus Hoggarth, Stephen De Saulles
  • Patent number: 10583740
    Abstract: A multipurpose dashboard for use in a vehicle includes an instrument panel disposed within the vehicle. The multipurpose dashboard also includes driving controls mounted to the instrument panel. The driving controls are configurable into a driving position for a user driving mode and configurable into a non-driving position for a non-driving mode. The non-driving position is disposed away from the driving position. The multipurpose dashboard also includes a workstation mounted to the instrument panel. The workstation is configurable into an accessible position during the non-driving mode and configurable into a stowed position during the user driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Fabien Ory
  • Patent number: 10513852
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a bracket for use with a gutter guard system, the bracket includes a first wall; a second wall arranged generally parallel and spaced apart from the first wall; a slot at least partially defined by the first wall and the second wall; and a third wall. The third wall includes a first portion extending from a first end of the second wall at an approximately fifty-five degree angle relative to the second wall; a second portion extending at an approximately one hundred twenty-one degree angle relative to the first portion; and a third portion extending at an approximately one hundred fifty degree angle relative to the second portion. A fourth wall connecting a first end of the first wall and the second wall can further define the slot. The slot is arranged to removably secure the bracket to a rear receiver of the gutter guard system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Gori
  • Patent number: 10486572
    Abstract: A portable, tray and carrying case apparatus is disclosed. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a tray adapted for being placed in at least a working position and a stowed position; a carrying case for storing or stowing the tray when not in use; a support arm secured to the carrying case and adapted for being placed in an elevated position whereby the tray may be placed in the working position; a support arm locking mechanism for locking the support arm in the elevated position relative to the carrying case; and a tray locking and support bracket assembly for locking the tray in the working position relative to the support arm and for providing support to the tray when the tray is in the working position and being used by a user. The portable, tray and carrying case apparatus may further include a handle and/or an apparatus stabilizing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: James Smythe, Leah Tillery
  • Patent number: 10443244
    Abstract: A main body for use as an interchangeable component with a modular platform for a gutter guard system is disclosed herein. The main body includes a front edge, a rear edge, a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of water management features. The rear edge is generally parallel to and spaced apart from the front edge. The top surface and bottom surface are disposed between the front edge and the rear edge, and the top surface and bottom surface are positioned opposite to each other. In one embodiment, the water management features include a plurality of apertures that form passages through the top and bottom surfaces of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Gori
  • Patent number: 10427577
    Abstract: Interior trim assemblies for motor vehicles are provided. In one example, an interior trim assembly for a vehicle interior of a motor vehicle includes an interior trim panel. The interior trim panel has a first outer surface for facing the vehicle interior and a second outer surface on a side opposite the first outer surface. The interior trim panel has an opening formed therethrough. A deployable support sub-assembly is coupled to the interior trim panel. The deployable support sub-assembly includes a support layer and a first moveable arm that is configured to move the support layer from a stowed position adjacent to the second outer surface of the interior trim panel through the opening to a deployed position adjacent to the first outer surface of the interior trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Jorge Sequi, Daniel Vander Sluis
  • Patent number: 10322259
    Abstract: An example system for mitigating motion sickness within a vehicle is provided. The system includes a motion sickness mitigation device (MSMD) integrated into the vehicle and configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses upon actuation. The system also includes a controller operatively connected to the MSMD. The controller is configured to: obtain signals indicative of a potential motion sickness condition; determine whether a motion sickness conditions exists based on the signals; and, in response to determining that a motion sickness condition exists, actuate the MSMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Olivia Stoneman, Cristin L. Colling, Marlow D. Hudson, Alexander Rivera
  • Patent number: 10308362
    Abstract: Described are tray table assemblies having a table body (114) and a biasing mechanism (144). The table body can be movable between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration. The table body in the stowed configuration can be positioned so that at least a portion of the table body can be situated within a cavity (142) defined along a downwardly projecting lip (140). The table body in the deployed configuration can extend transverse to the orientation of the table in the stowed configuration. The biasing mechanism can bias the table body into the cavity in the stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Trimble
  • Patent number: 10280557
    Abstract: The present application relates to a stand garment steamer (1). The stand garment steamer (1) has a base unit (2), a support (19) extending from the base unit (2), and a treatment board (14) with a treatment surface (17) against which fabric is positionable. The treatment board (14) is supported and spaced from the base unit (2) by the support (19). A tilting mechanism (20) connects the support (19) to the treatment board (14), the tilting mechanism (20) being operable to allow the treatment board (14) to be fixed in multiple operating orientations between vertical and horizontal positions. A reversible generator is in the base unit (2), and at least one vent (18) is in the treatment surface (17) through which air and/or steam from the reversible generator is passable. A fluid pathway (47) fluidly connects the reversible generator and the at least one vent (18) irrespective of the operating orientation of the treatment board. This stand garment steamer improves ironing experience of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Pooi Yeow Kuan, Yong Jiang, Yuqi Wang, Berkay Bircan
  • Patent number: 9938016
    Abstract: A supporting device for an interior layout assembly of an aircraft cabin, a related assembly and method are provided. The device includes a stationary frame; a table that can be deployed relative to the frame between a retracted position and a horizontal deployed position; a mechanism for guiding the movement of the table relative to the frame between the retracted position and the deployed horizontal position. The guide mechanism defines at least one bearing point for the table during its passage from the retracted position to the deployed horizontal position, the bearing point having a globally invariable position relative to the frame, the table being configured to pivot on the bearing point while moving laterally away relative to the bearing point, by sliding on the bearing point, to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Nicolas Hance
  • Patent number: 9844299
    Abstract: The motorized charcoal grill is a commercial grade transportable charcoal grill that is suitable for cooking large quantities of food. The motorized charcoal grill dedicates specific areas for automatic rotisseries, roasting racks, a side grill for quickly cooking small quantities and one or more ovens. The motorized charcoal grill is mounted on heavy duty casters so it can be moved easily. The motorized charcoal grill comprises a master pit, a side pit, a one or more ovens, a frame and a drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Hector Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9776723
    Abstract: The present invention provides a table arrangement 100 for use in an aircraft seat module, the table arrangement comprising a first table element suitable for being movably mounted to a mounting structure of the aircraft seat module, the first table element being provided with a first table surface, a second table element provided with a second table surface substantially parallel to the first table surface, wherein the second table element is mounted to the first table element, such that the second table element is moveable from a first position with respect to the first table element to a second position with respect to the first table element, the second position being transformed from the first position within the plane of the second table element. The present invention also provides an aircraft seat module, an aircraft and a method of deploying a table arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats UK Limited
    Inventors: Robert Gow, Paul Morgan
  • Patent number: 9770097
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are foldable tables and methods for using the same. The foldable table can include at least one support member having a first and a second elongate support segments. The first support segment can be attachable to a platform. The second support segment can be slidably coupled to the first support segment along an elongate direction. The support member can be extendable between a contracted configuration and an extended configuration. In one example, at least one adjustable leg can be coupled to the support member and can be movable between a storage position and a support position. In one example, the foldable table includes a plurality of hingedly coupled tabletop panels. The first and second tabletop panels can be movable between a folded configuration and a deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason A. Ehrreich, Christopher M. Damm, David R. Leeder
  • Patent number: 9765524
    Abstract: A gutter debris preclusion device for use with a gutter having a support structure being substantially rigid; a screen having a plurality of apertures and being disposed on the support structure; and, a fastener member disposed on the support structure and having a barrier member and a protective film removably attached to the barrier member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GutterGlove, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Lenney
  • Patent number: 9549610
    Abstract: A picnic table storage system includes a collapsible table that has a deck and a system of collapsible legs. A frame is provided and the frame may be suspended from a vehicle. A box is slidably coupled to the frame such that the box may be positioned beneath the vehicle. The collapsible table is insertable into the box such that the collapsible table is stored within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Rodney Gettel
  • Patent number: 9516946
    Abstract: A desktop storage cabinet adapted to sit on a desktop and support a privacy panel. The storage cabinet includes an integrated horizontal slide pocket along its back open at least a first end of the storage element and adapted to receive and support a privacy panel which extends from within the slide pocket outwardly beyond the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: John R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 9428118
    Abstract: A retractable workstation that is mounted within the dashboard of a vehicle is provided. In the retracted position the workstation is hidden from sight, while in the extended position it provides a convenient and ergonomic desk for use by the front seat passenger. The retractable workstation includes a desktop and may additionally include a rear desk organizer and/or an integrated display screen and/or an integrated keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Dore Rawlinson
  • Patent number: 9211952
    Abstract: A folding table system includes a table and a removable extension, together with a rigidification element slidably mounted within a cavity made in the table such that a portion of the rigidification element can be inserted in a housing made in the removable extension so as to rigidify the assembly formed by the table and the removable extension. The removable character of the removable extension in particular allows the system to be deployed by passing around possible obstacles by an appropriate conformation of at least one edge of the abovementioned assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus SAS
    Inventor: Bernard Rumeau
  • Patent number: 9038549
    Abstract: A height adjustable table, which has a constant-force counterbalance mechanism integrated into a top assembly of the table is disclosed. The height adjustable table can include a top assembly supported by a base assembly, which can include right and left telescoping leg assemblies. The top assembly can include a work surface supported by a housing. A counterbalance mechanism, which can include a spring coupled to a snail cam pulley, can be mounted within the housing. A synchronized lift mechanism, which can include at least two bands operatively engaged with a pulley system disposed within the right and left telescoping leg assemblies, can be operatively coupled to the snail cam pulley such that the counterbalance force provided by the counterbalance mechanism is transmitted to the synchronized lift mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Humanscale Corporation
    Inventor: Hamid Zebarjad
  • Publication number: 20140102337
    Abstract: The present invention describes a beach table assembly that provides securement of the table into the sand. The table has a single leg with a removable threaded attachment that is configured for insertion into the distal end of the leg and is adapted for securement into the beach sand. The table surface has hinges that enable rotation of table ends for the opening and closing of the planar sides of the table, wherein the table sides are supported by arms located underneath the table surface and are locked into place by locking pins on the table leg. The table further has pockets for the storage of suntan lotion, magazines, books, etc., and sunken upper surfaces adapted for the holding of beverages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Carolyn Ralph, James Ralph
  • Publication number: 20130098276
    Abstract: A support platform in a wall-mounted cabinet. The platform is deployable from the cabinet, optionally onto a supporting surface, while remaining attached to the cabinet, typically for temporary use of the platform and subsequent re-storage of the platform in the cabinet during periods when the platform is not being used, or during periods when a support supporting the platform is needed for a different use. The cabinet serves to store the platform, and to restrain movement and location of the platform in typical use, while allowing far manipulation of the proximal end of the platform to disconnect the platform from the cabinet and/or to re-connect the platform to the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Phillip W. Trinko
  • Patent number: 8418282
    Abstract: “The Fold Up Dormitory” is intended for use in situations where living and working quarters for a small or large number of people are required on short notice or irregular intervals. The apparatus is made of wood, steel and premanufactured hardware, and comprises components for sleeping, working and storage of small items. It is mobile, simple to operate and offers many options to those who use it. The apparatus comprises: a central core; a pair of folding frames, each pivotally connected to the central core on opposite sides thereof, for rotation about vertical frame-to-core axes of connection; a bed platform pivotally connected to a first side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal bed-to-core axis of connection; a desk surface pivotally connected to a second side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal desk-to-core axis of connection; and storage shelving within the central core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael E. Luft-Weissberg
  • Publication number: 20110247527
    Abstract: A working table including a partition separating a housing into a dust compartment and an air compartment, two side fences and a rear casing extended from a table top, the casing includes a chamber and a number of apertures communicative with the dust compartment of the housing, a filter member attached to the partition, a vacuuming device disposed in the air compartment of the housing, and a perforated platform adjustably attached to the table top and tiltable relative to the table top and the housing at a selected inclined angle for allowing the users to suitably work on top of the table top and the perforated platform without worrying the outwardly flying dusts and contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Kun Yi Lin
  • Publication number: 20110169387
    Abstract: The invention provides a storage furniture unit (20) for use in conjunction with a furniture item (40) providing a worksurface (42), the storage furniture unit (20) having a first storage portion (22) which is arranged below the worksurface (42) in use, and a second storage portion (24) which is arranged above the worksurface (42) in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: FC Brown (Steel Equipment) Limited
    Inventors: Christopher John Fowler, Alexander James Forsyth
  • Publication number: 20110162561
    Abstract: Table designed to be set up in a passenger railway vehicle and positioned between at least two seats facing each other, the said table comprising at least two folding trays, each tray facing a seat and comprising a first portion hinged to a second portion at an edge characterised in that it comprises a fixed housing positioned above the plane defined by the trays when they are in a horizontal unfolded position, the said fixed housing being capable of receiving the trays when they are in a vertical folded back position in which the first and second portion are arranged vertically against each other, the second portion being hinged to the fixed housing at an edge opposite the edge cooperating with the first portion of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Societe Natinale Des Chemins De Fer Francais-SNCNF
    Inventor: Frédéric Moronval
  • Publication number: 20110146541
    Abstract: A storage assembly adapted to be secured to a work surface includes an enclosure defining an interior, wherein the enclosure is adapted to be secured around an opening in the work surface. A platform is disposed within the enclosure, and a cover is connected to the enclosure and configured to enclose the interior of the enclosure. The cover is movable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the cover in the closed position forms a top wall for the enclosure, and wherein the cover in the open position exposes the platform. A movement control arrangement is connected between the enclosure, the platform and the cover. The movement control arrangement and the enclosure have cooperating guide slot structure for receiving and guiding the platform, and enabling raising and lowering of the platform within the enclosure in response to movement of the cover between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Dennis G. Griepentrog, Timothy G. Hornberger
  • Patent number: 7836890
    Abstract: A breast-board system, components and methods of use therefore. A generally U-shaped wrist support with a flattened bottom and rounded post like tops that may be used as either a cupping-support or as a grasping-post is mounted on a post atop a tiltable breast-board. A second support having a generally U-shaped cross section mounted on a supporting framework extends from a base, which is rotatably mounted to the tiltable breast-board near the edge thereof. The base includes a portion extending over the edge of the breast-board, and, a slidable locking mechanism on the bottom surface, which may be retracted to slide the mechanism out of a recess located on the breast-board. The support may then be rotated to a desired position and the slidable locking mechanism actuated to engage with a desired recess on the breast-board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Diacor, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn N. Waterman
  • Publication number: 20100050908
    Abstract: A fishing platform includes a first half casing, a foldable sitting arrangement, a second half casing, and a securing mechanism. The foldable sitting arrangement is adapted to be disposed on the first half casing. The second half casing comprises a plurality of compartments adapted to store a plurality of articles associated with a fishing activity. The securing mechanism is adapted to removably secure the first half casing to the second half casing in a stacked arrangement of the first half casing and the second half casing for allowing the fishing platform to attain one of an open state and a closed state. The first half casing and the second half casing are capable of being placed juxtaposed to each other on a shore area with the sitting arrangement in an unfolded state for allowing an individual to be seated for fishing in the open state of the fishing platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Johnny Moore, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100011996
    Abstract: A portable receptacle is provided comprising a body and a cover. The cover is removable form the body. The body is collapsible into a position suitable for stacking and/or shipping. The cover can be folded. A plurality of covers can be created for a single body. Each cover can include a message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Craig Marwood, Erich Genseberger
  • Patent number: 7559285
    Abstract: Stacking distribution transformers for shipping and storage includes providing a first pallet on top of which a first distribution transformer is attached and a second pallet on top of which a second distribution transformer is attached. Two side supports are attached to opposite sides of the second distribution transformer such that upper support surfaces of the two side supports extend above an upper surface of the second distribution transformer. The first pallet is placed on the side supports above the second distribution transformer, and the first pallet is secured to the side supports. A center support may be attached to the first pallet and to the second pallet on a side of the second distribution transformer different from the sides of the second distribution transformer to which the side supports support are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Smith, James D. Barlow
  • Publication number: 20090026330
    Abstract: A portable supporting apparatus for a portable multimedia device includes a support housing and a mounting arrangement. The support housing includes a multimedia connector for detachably connecting with the portable multimedia device. The mounting arrangement is provided underneath the support housing, and includes a plurality of supporting legs, each having a predetermined shape, pivotally and downwardly extended from the support housing, wherein supporting legs are adapted to move between an idle position, and a mounting position where each of the supporting legs is pivotally moved to form a predetermined angle of inclination with respect to the support housing so as to bias against an external object for frictionally retaining a position of the support housing with respect to the external object, such that the portable multimedia device is capable of being securely supported by the external object through the portable supporting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Hung Hi Law
  • Publication number: 20090007823
    Abstract: A work table includes a housing for supporting a working machine and having four corner areas, four leveling screws adjustably threaded to the corner areas of the housing, four lock nuts engaged with the leveling screws for selectively securing the leveling screws to the housing, four foot members attached to the leveling screws for stably engaging with a supporting surface, and four wheel devices attached to each of the corner areas of the housing for selectively engaging with the supporting surface, either of the foot members may be adjusted higher or lower than the wheel devices for allowing the housing to be moved to any required positions or to be stably supported on the supporting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Ben Yu
  • Publication number: 20080276840
    Abstract: A device for accommodating objects, in particular for use in an airplane, comprising a housing, which has an access opening, as well as a door which is connected to the housing by at least one hinge so as to be pivotable between an open position and a closed position. The hinge defines a pivot axis for pivoting the door. The access opening is at least partially clear in the open position of the door and the access opening is at least partially closed off by the door in the closed position of the door. The door is lockable relative to the housing in its closed position. The door, in its closed position, is movable in a direction which extends substantially parallel to the pivot axis between a locked position and an unlocked position. The door, in its locked position, is locked relative to the housing, and the door, in its unlocked position, is pivotable about the pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Driessen Aerospace Group N.V.
    Inventors: Laurentius Petrus Joseph Van Loon, Cornelis Petrus Maria Portegies, Peter Hendrik Beets
  • Publication number: 20080163799
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety workbench having a working chamber enclosed by a housing and a housing front side, which has a work opening, which is closable by an adjustable front pane, the front pane having at least one additional cleaning position, in which it is situated at least partially below a closed final position, in which the work opening is completely covered, in such a way that a cleaning opening is formed between pane top edge and housing. The front pane is easier and safer to clean than the previously known safety workbenches due to this additionally provided cleaning position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Olaf Broemsen, Christoph Noll, Edmund Frickel
  • Publication number: 20080060559
    Abstract: The disposable utensil rest includes a base plate having an upper surface and a lower surface, and a raised peripheral rim formed on the upper surface of the base plate. In use, the head of a cooking utensil may be positioned against the upper surface of the base plate with a handle portion of the cooking utensil being supported on the raised peripheral rim to protect a surface upon which the disposable utensil rest is mounted. The base plate and the raised peripheral rim are formed from a disposable material, allowing the disposable utensil rest to be disposed of after use. A dispenser dispensing a utensil rest from a stack of disposable utensil rests may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Susan M. Holland-Hinrichs
  • Patent number: 7323270
    Abstract: A modular multi-stack fuel-cell assembly in which the fuel-cell stacks are situated within a containment structure and in which a gas distributor is provided in the structure and distributes received fuel and oxidant gases to the stacks and receives exhausted fuel and oxidant gas from the stacks so as to realize a desired gas flow distribution and gas pressure differential through the stacks. The gas distributor is centrally and symmetrically arranged relative to the stacks so that it itself promotes realization of the desired gas flow distribution and pressure differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignees: FuelCell Energy, Inc., United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Pinakin Patel, Willam Urko
  • Patent number: 6854217
    Abstract: A workstation includes at least one vertical wall that is pivotable between an open and a closed position. In the closed position, wires that are behind the pivotable wall are concealed from view. In the open position, easy access is provided to the wires for re-arranging or changing the wires. The pivotable vertical wall includes at least one horizontal work surface that extends forwardly. A stationary vertical wall may be positioned adjacent the pivotable wall and may provide partial support for another horizontal work surface that extends forwardly from the stationary wall. The stationary wall may include a pivotable panel that allows easy access to wires positioned behind the stationary wall. A top shelf may extend across both the pivotable and stationary walls and include apertures positioned behind the plane defined by the two walls so that wires can be inserted through the apertures to the space behind the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Nucraft Furniture Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Bockheim, William Frederick Schacht, Linda Elizabeth Chesser Schacht, Scott E. Carpenter, Michael G. Fedrigo
  • Publication number: 20040149176
    Abstract: A table with a first work surface and a second lower work surface on a trundle table assembly. The first work surface having a table lip extending upward around the perimeter of the table while the trundle table assembly work surface does not have a lip on either end. The trundle table assembly providing a second and lower work surface so that caregivers can avoid lifting heavier children or children in wheelchairs to the height necessary to clear the table lip around the first work surface. One use for the table with trundle table assembly is a diaper changing table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Sabre Group, Inc. The
    Inventor: William C. Walton
  • Patent number: 6484645
    Abstract: A hinge for wings such as ironing board supports the board off a support (3) on pairs of link (2, 3) which engage (29, 30) to limit angular movement beyond a working disposition. The board (24) may be folded and collapsed into a wall mounted cover (28). The wall mounted unit might be fitted to a height adjustment mechanism (118). The links (2, 3) may be combined with a means (63) increasing the angular extent of the folding action to collapse the folded board (80) into a drawer unit (84). The board may be mounted to a turntable (101) to allow for angular movement. The board (24) may be supported on supports (35) attached to sliding tracks (34) to enable movement to a storage position in a cabinet (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Intellec Pty Limited
    Inventor: Garry William Allen
  • Publication number: 20020066392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a personal computer system in a vehicle, a system for supporting a utility station relative to a base, a flexible support mechanism, a console for retractably supporting a utility station in an automobile, and a method for supporting an object. The flexible support mechanism includes a plurality of links connected together to form a chain of links, a plurality of connectors for connecting the links, and a locking mechanism for selectively locking the links together to rigidize the support mechanism. The systems include a flexible support mechanism and a utility station. The flexible support mechanism is connected to the utility station and a base. The base may be provided in a console or housing. A computer may be provided in the utility station. The system may also include a movable connection point where the support mechanism connects to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Henry D. Calam, Douglas Lovett
  • Publication number: 20010052309
    Abstract: A hinge for wings such as ironing board supports the board off a support (3) on pairs of link (2, 3) which engage (29, 30) to limit angular movement beyond a working disposition. The board (24) may be folded and collapsed into a wall mounted cover (28). The wall mounted unit might be fitted to a height adjustment mechanism (118). The links (2, 3) may be combined with a means (63) increasing the angular extent of the folding action to collapse the folded board (80) into a drawer unit (84). The board may be mounted to a turntable (101) to allow for angular movement. The board (24) may be supported on supports (35) attached to sliding tracks (34) to enable movement to a storage position in a cabinet (32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Applicant: Merchant & Gould P.C.
  • Patent number: 6161486
    Abstract: A foldable and extendable bench for allowing users with limited space to have a full size work bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Andrew P. Boots
  • Patent number: 6053117
    Abstract: A retractable work table assembly for use with a housing such as an electrical panel is disclosed. The housing is mountable on a bracket to which a table member is slidably attached. The table member is formed from a flat plate which can have side panels around the perimeter to form a trough. The table member is attached to the upper end of the bracket via a biasing member, and is slidably movable between a retracted position in which the table member is positioned behind the housing, and an extended position in which the table member is positioned extending from the housing at a right angle. The table member can have a retaining member mounted on the flat plate for engaging the housing to retain the table member in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel H. Daoud
  • Patent number: 6029581
    Abstract: A pivotable work table for use with an electrical junction box is disclosed. The work table has a table member which is pivotally movable between a retracted position within the junction box and an extended position in which the table is oriented perpendicular to the box. The table member is hingedly connected to one or more retention pins which extend from the table member and slidably engage one or more respective bosses attached to the junction box. Coil springs coaxially disposed around the retention pins provide biasing forces which draw the table member toward the bosses and maintain the table member in either the retracted or extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel H. Daoud
  • Patent number: 5947032
    Abstract: A portable cooler includes an open-topped container having a cover and wherein the cover defines a hollow cavity therein for removably receiving and holding a table within the cavity. The table is provided with folding legs at one end, and the other table end is configured to be matingly received and supported by either one of two handles of the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Cady D. Meier
  • Patent number: 5570642
    Abstract: An ironing board for mounting to a structure, such as a wall or door, and which is pivotally attached to a frame. The ironing board pivots between a vertical position when stored and a horizontal position when in use. The mounting frame is configured as an inverted, U-shaped structure with vertically oriented legs positioned on opposite sides of the ironing board. The ironing board can be vertically displaced while in its horizontal position, so as to permit the easy placement and removal of an ironing board cover. The frame is mounted to a door or wall through a bracket which has protruding members formed thereon designed to engage with corresponding slotted keyways in the mounting frame. Vertical adjustment of the frame is achieved by engaging appropriate slotted keyways with the protruding members. In one embodiment of the invention, the bracket has a hook portion formed thereon which extends over the top of a door for supporting the mounting frame therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: David Lehrman