About Plural Axes Patents (Class 108/4)
  • Patent number: 10483603
    Abstract: A vehicle including a traction battery pack, a conduit system, a sensor, an emitter, and a control system is provided. The conduit system may provide a path for coolant to enter and exit the pack and includes a conduit. The sensor may measure conditions of the pack and conduit system. The emitter may be arranged with the conduit to form a peristaltic pump. The control system may activate the pump based on sensor signals to adjust a conduit portion to influence a flow rate of the coolant flowing therethrough. The emitter may be an electromagnet to output a magnetic field. The emitter may be a voltage emitter or electric field emitter. The sensor may measure a flow rate of at least a portion of the conduit system or a temperature of the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert
  • Patent number: 10426570
    Abstract: A medical positioning apparatus including a telescopic member extending between first and second ends and having an adjustable length; a support member for receiving an object; a base member securable to a base; a first joint mechanism movably securing the support member to the first end of the telescopic member; a second joint mechanism including a housing with a top portion directly rotationally connected to the second end of the telescopic member, and at least one side portion directly rotationally connected to the base member and movably securing the base member to the second end of the telescopic member, a locking device operatively connected to the first and second joint mechanisms and the telescopic member, the locking device operable between a locked position and a released position; and a lock activation device to unlock the locking device biased in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guillaume Chauvette, Charles Sévigny
  • Patent number: 10070719
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a computing device at an elevated position is provided. The stand may support a laptop computer at a height such that a screen of the laptop computer is at or near eye-level of a user. The stand may include support arms and cross-members attached to the support arms to provide an offset to the support arms. Mounting points may be attached to ends of the support arms. The mounting points may be engageable with a base of the screen of the laptop computer such that a chassis of the laptop computer is suspended from the base of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: James D. Olander
  • Patent number: 9927312
    Abstract: A motion base for displacing a force measurement assembly is disclosed herein. The motion base includes a base assembly; a support structure configured to be coupled to the force measurement assembly; a rotatable coupling device, the rotatable coupling device rotatably coupling the support structure to the base assembly; and an actuation system, the actuation system including one or more actuators operatively coupled to the support structure, the one or more actuators configured to displace the support structure relative to the base assembly. In one or more embodiments, greater than 50% of the weight of the support structure is supported by the rotatable coupling device. Also, in one or more embodiments, the motion base may be used for displacing objects other than a force measurement assembly, such as for displacing a flight simulator or a virtual reality simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Benjamin Robert Hoffman, Sasan Ghassab
  • Patent number: 9642761
    Abstract: A patient table includes a table top, lower frame and intermediate frame. The intermediate frame is arranged between the table top and the lower frame, and it is pivotally connected to the lower frame by a lower joint of the intermediate frame so as to pivot in relation to the lower frame and it is further pivotally connected to the table top by an upper joint of the intermediate frame so as to pivot in relation to the table top. The patient table also has a lower actuator, which at its lower end is pivotally connected to the lower frame by a lower joint of the lower actuator and at its upper end to the table top or the intermediate frame by an upper joint of the lower actuator, and an upper actuator, which at its lower end is pivotally connected to the lower frame or the intermediate frame by a lower joint of the upper actuator and at its upper end pivotally connected to the table top by an upper joint of the upper actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Lojer Oy
    Inventor: Teuvo Keisala
  • Patent number: 9625081
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a computing device at an elevated position is provided. The stand may support a laptop computer at a height such that a screen of the laptop computer is at or near eye-level of a user. The stand may include support arms and cross-members attached to the support arms to provide an offset to the support arms. Mounting points may be attached to ends of the support arms. The mounting points may be engageable with a base of the screen of the laptop computer such that a chassis of the laptop computer is suspended from the base of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: James D. Olander
  • Patent number: 9557002
    Abstract: A convertible stand/table may be converted for use alternately as a table or a stand, and in particular, a stand suitable for use in mounting, securing, holding, or otherwise retaining or mounting one or more items for viewing and/or use by an individual, including, for example, a tablet or other portable computing device. Further, in some configurations, a magnetic mounting pad, including a suction cup surface and at least one permanent magnet, may be used to mount a portable electronic device such as a tablet on an inclined and magnetically-attractive surface, with the suction cup surface, e.g., provided by a microsuction layer, adhered to the back of the portable electronic device, and with the permanent magnet attracted to the magnetically-attractive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Helping Hands International Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Chi Shing Wong, Hiroshi Ono
  • Patent number: 9468290
    Abstract: A foldable lectern assembly includes a reading material support surface pivotedly connected to a case. A support bar is arranged to support the reading material support surface in inclined and horizontal positions. The foldable lectern assembly has a table top configuration and a standup configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Jacob Roth
  • Patent number: 9309635
    Abstract: A bridge lifting support bracket is disclosed, which comprises a supporting mechanism, comprising a bracket having a depressed area at a face thereof and a lifting portion disposed at two sides of the bracket, respectively; and at least two jacks, disposed on a bottom face of the lifting portions, respectively. As such, a space for receiving a jack properly is secured by digging out a space of a concrete protection layer of a lower structure and using a supporting mechanism cooperating therewith when only a small space or a closely tight bonding with no seam existing between a bridge and a pier, whereby a lifting process of the bridge may be safely performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: CHINA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ching-Lung Liao, Min Chao, Chung-Yue Wang, Jin-Chung Ma, Chin-Yu Wang, Wu-Peng Peng
  • Patent number: 9167900
    Abstract: Seat furniture includes a frame which is adjustable such that the height and inclination of the seat supported by the frame can be easily and rapidly varied. The seat furniture includes a seat platform, which is supported by an adjustable frame, in which two pairs of legs are integrated, the height-adjustment devices of which have locking devices which are operated by operating elements located near the seat platform. When the front operating device is operated, the movable locking devices of the front pair of legs are released. The height of the front pair of legs can then be varied. The set of the corresponding rear elements functions in the same manner. Articulated hinges integrated in the frame permit each adjustment while the support area on the floor does not change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Tile Geismar, Arne Julian Ehrhorn
  • Patent number: 9046215
    Abstract: A support device, applicable for holding up an electronic device in different directions, the support device includes a base and a curved sliding bracket. The base includes a fixing part. The curved sliding bracket is slidably assembled on the base in a curve direction. The electronic device is adapted for being fixed on the curved sliding bracket. The base includes a sliding rail, where the curved sliding bracket is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jhao-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 8931419
    Abstract: A writing table or a desk includes a frame, a worktop, four hinged axes, a first pivotal panel, a second pivotal panel being wider than the first panel, two limit stops, and a rotatable handle. The worktop is attached via a first axis to the first panel connected via a second axis with the frame. The worktop is attached via a third axis to the second panel connected via a fourth axis with the frame. A first limit stop is secured on a first side of the frame and limits the rotation of the first panel. A second limit stop is secured on a second side, being opposite to the first side, of the frame and limits the rotation of the second panel. The handle is immovably mounted on the first panel to provide moving the worktop by one hand of a user of the writing table or the desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Evgeny Yur'evich Kuvakin
  • Patent number: 8871419
    Abstract: The toner for electrostatic image development has excellent charge properties, by which excellent toner particle size-controlling ability is achieved, and moreover the sharpening of a particle size distribution is achieved. The toner is composed of toner particles containing a binder resin. The process has an aggregating step of adding an aggregating agent containing a transition element into an aqueous medium of dispersed fine binder resin particles to aggregate the fine binder resin particles, and an aggregation-stopping step of adding an aggregation stopper composed on a sulfur atom-containing compound exhibiting a reducing action on the aggregating agent. The aggregating agent is a salt of a bivalent or higher metal selected from Sr, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saburou Hiraoka, Tomomi Oshiba, Mikihiko Sukeno, Tomoko Mine, Hitomi Motani, Tatsuya Nagase, Ken Ohmura
  • Publication number: 20140261092
    Abstract: An improved motion platform configuration having a particular alignment configuration of the components which include a plurality of active devices, such as linear actuators, and a plurality of transducers, such as passive transducers. The particular alignment configuration of components simplifies computations that are based on the output signals from the transducers, thus providing better support for high speed motion platform applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Alan Sywak
  • Publication number: 20140102336
    Abstract: A writing table or a desk includes a frame, a worktop, four hinged axes, a first pivotal panel, a second pivotal panel being wider than the first panel, two limit stops, and a rotatable handle. The worktop is attached via a first axis to the first panel connected via a second axis with the frame. The worktop is attached via a third axis to the second panel connected via a fourth axis with the frame. A first limit stop is secured on a first side of the frame and limits the rotation of the first panel. A second limit stop is secured on a second side, being opposite to the first side, of the frame and limits the rotation of the second panel. The handle is immovably mounted on the first panel to provide moving the worktop by one hand of a user of the writing table or the desk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Evgeny Yur'evich Kuvakin
  • Patent number: 8667903
    Abstract: An adjustable table assembly provides a plurality of adjustable support surfaces positionable in a selectable configuration as desired by a user. The assembly includes a medial panel having a first side and a second side. A first slot extends into the first side of the medial panel. A first side panel is coupled to the medial panel. The first side panel is slidably inserted into the first slot whereby the first side panel is selectively extendable from the medial panel. A first side pivot hinge is coupled between the medial panel and the first side panel. Thus, the first side panel is pivotable relative to the medial panel. A plurality of legs is coupled to the medial panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin S. Goltry
  • Patent number: 8545341
    Abstract: An eight-directional controlled dynamic plate based on one-point allows a central portion of a forward side of the dynamic plate with feet of the golfer being positioned thereon to be connected in one-point to the swing plate body, and the dynamic plate to be inclined in eight directions including a forward, a rearward, a leftward, and a rightward direction and four edge directions, so that the dynamic plate is to be positioned corresponding to an inclination surface and an inclination angle of actual outdoor golf course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: RD-Tek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Song Hwan Choi
  • Publication number: 20120186496
    Abstract: The present invention provides a moving apparatus capable of efficiently utilizing work space on a desk, and stabilizing an operating load. The present invention includes a placing portion to place a personal computer, a moving portion to move the personal computer from a use position for using the personal computer to a non-use position different from the use position, and a fixing device to detachably fix the moving portion to a desk. The position of the placing portion is determined by the length of an extension mechanism. The positioning operation to determine the length of the extension mechanism is performed by an operating device that transfers the displacement magnitude of an operating portion to an action portion by hydraulic pressure. The operating load is stabilized because the displacement magnitude is transferred by hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: FUMOTO GIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki YAMAMOTO, Ryouhei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8112836
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism of a bed comprising height adjustable lifters that are mounted between the undercarriage and patient surface frame. The first lifter is arranged so that its axis intersects the longitudinal axis of the frame. The first lifter is connected to frame oscillatingly around the longitudinal axis of the frame and in a sliding way in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the frame. The second and the third lifters are interconnected with an arm, oriented transversally to the longitudinal axis. The arm is oscillatingly connected to the frame and is connected at one end to the second lifter both oscillatingly around an axis, in parallel with the longitudinal axis of the frame and in a sliding way transversally to the frame. The other end the arm is connected to the third lifter, oscillatingly around the axis, in parallel with the longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Linet spol. s.r.o.
    Inventors: Milan Tesar, Vladmir Kolar
  • Patent number: 8091895
    Abstract: Target positioning system with a rectangular flat table top member having downwardly disposed side walls and three primary legs to support the table top member. Two primary legs are hingedly attached to the left and right rear corners of the table top member. One primary leg is hingedly attached under the center front portion of the table top member. Each leg has a telescoping secondary leg member that is capable of being affixed to the to the primary leg member to adjust the height of the primary leg member. The table top member left and right side walls include slots for receiving a strap. The strap can be adjusted in length to hold a standard archery target cube. The flat table top member includes upwardly facing flange located at the rear edge of the table top to prevent the target block from being thrust backward during target practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Kenneth Allen
  • Patent number: 8065951
    Abstract: A motion platform/simulator uses pumps coupled to servo-controlled electric motors to pump fluid directly into and out of rubber bellows-type actuators. Peristaltic or gear pumps may be used in conjunction with linear transducers/encoders. The fluid can be a gas such as air or one of many non-toxic fluids, even water, as the pump or actuators require no lubrication from the working fluid. In the preferred embodiment, a mechanical pivot such as a U-joint is situated between the platform and the ground surface, and each transducer is located immediately adjacent an actuator. A reservoir or reservoirs may be provided to supply and receive fluid to and from the actuator(s) through the pump(s) or, alternatively, the pump(s) may be coupled between two actuators, thereby eliminating the need for a fluid reservoir. A pump may be coupled between two stacked actuators or different actuators located at different points on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: P.I. Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Hetherington, Michael Hetherington
  • Publication number: 20100031855
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable, adjustable, and foldable desk for using laptop computers or reading books in bed. The apparatus comprises a flat upper panel attached to leg assemblies at first lockable joints, and joint locks. The flat upper panel is freely rotatable about the first lockable joints on unlocking the first lockable joints for adjusting angle of the flat upper panel. Each of the leg assemblies comprises leg segments interconnected at second lockable joints. The leg segments are freely rotatable about the second lockable joints on unlocking the second lockable joints for adjusting height of the leg assemblies. The joint locks lock the first lockable joints and the second lockable joints. Each joint lock comprises a first friction plate, a second friction plate, a washer, and a locking button. The locking button locks the first friction plate, the second friction plate, and the washer using a pushing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Xunlin Zhu
  • Publication number: 20090188410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dynamic seating device with a seat plate (1), which is mounted by means of a bearing head (5) on an under-frame with a height-adjustable column (14) or on a bearing surface. In order to automatically ensure natural movements of the user at the same time with free mobility, according to the invention it is proposed that the seat plate (1) comprises a recess (8) arranged in its centre, becoming larger from its top side towards its lower side, that a bush (19) is passed from below and secured through the recess (8) in the seat plate (1), that the bush (19) rests on the bearing head (5) of a support pin (6), wherein the bearing head (5) is shaped spherically or hemispherically, so that a common rotating and swivelling point arises above the seat plate (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Jürgen Billich
  • Publication number: 20090151605
    Abstract: Disclosed is a table with a table top which is connected via a table leg to a pedestal which can be placed on the ground. Between the table top and the pedestal is arranged a swivel joint, by means of which the table top is pivotable relative to the pedestal about at least one swivel axis aligned perpendicular to the lengthwise extension of the table leg. The table has a catch device adjustable between an open position and a closed position for the swivel joint by means of which the table top is fixable in different swivel positions relative to the pedestal. The table top is connected so that it is rotatable about a rotation axis oriented more or less perpendicular to its horizontal plane and is drive connected to the catch device so that said catch device is adjustable between the open position and the closed position by turning the table top about the rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Martin Buhler
  • Patent number: 7530542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a adjustable mounting assembly. There is a need for a simple adjustable and lockable mounting assembly. A mounting assembly adjustably supports a platform relative to a base. The assembly includes a plurality of adjustable length legs. Each leg has a first end pivotally coupled to the base and a second end pivotally coupled to the platform. An arm projects transversely away from each leg into the space surrounded by the legs. A locking or clamping device is located in the space surrounded by the legs and pivotally receives an inner end of each arm. The clamping device including a tension adjust member which can be tightened to prevent relative movement between the arms, and thus, the legs. The clamping device includes first and second plates which form a plurality of apertures therebetween. Each aperture pivotally receives a pivot ball on the inner end of each arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Dean Arden Boyce, Randall Craig Machnoiz
  • Publication number: 20090050027
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a first machine assembly, a second machine assembly having a pushing part and a first locking part, and a connection mechanism. The connection mechanism connecting the first and the second machine assemblies includes a body, a driven element having a second locking part and a third locking part, and a fourth locking part disposed on the body. Two ends of the body are pivoted to the first assembly and the second assembly respectively. The driven element is movably disposed on the body. When the second assembly is at a first position and the connection mechanism is at a second position, the second assembly is located above the first assembly, the pushing part and the first locking part are far from the connection mechanism, and the fourth locking part locks the third locking part to restrict the relative movement between the driven element and the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 7415932
    Abstract: A foldable support structure serving as a work surface having apertures that may differ diametrically for support of containerized articles, such as beverages. The foldable support structure has three hinged planar sections with the center section having the aforementioned apertures and the left and right sections incorporating means for fixedly engaging each other. Mating straps extend substantially from a hinged joint and from a section base whereby said foldable support can be suspended from a structure, such as a motor vehicle seat. Tongue and slots positioned on opposing section ends provide means for selectively varying the pitch of the work surface. The device can be used as a free standing table for bed or beach having selectively engageable locking mechanisms positioned on the four corners of the center section and normally in a disengaged position so that the left and right sections are free to move to a user selective engagement between tab and slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Van Huynh Ngo
  • Publication number: 20080149000
    Abstract: An adjustable table has a pair of substantially parallel legs pivotally mounted to a base and extending upwardly to connect pivotally to a table top support to thus enable the table top support to cant between a forward-leaning posture and a rearward-leaning posture. A table top is rotationally mounted to the table top support to enable the table top to rotate relative to the base. The table top can have an upper panel that extends horizontally relative to a lower panel. The table top can also have a tilting mechanism to tilt the upper panel of the table top relative to the lower panel. Telescopic legs can furthermore provide height adjustment. This table can adopt multiple configurations and postures, thus providing an ergonomic, adjustable table for a variety of uses and applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Janic Normand, Raymond Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7364129
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible stand includes first, second and third substantially rectangularly shaped and rigid panels hinged together so as to be movable between a closed position and an open position. Flexible straps extend between the panels to prevent them from fully opening. Hooks located adjacent the top edge of the first panel allow the stand to be suspended from a horizontally arranged support such as the handle of a piece of luggage or the back of an airplane seat. When so suspended, the panels are in partially opened positions with respect to each other so that the first panel can function as a desk, computer support or a head rest. The second panel includes a plurality of openings formed therein for holding a drinking cup or a pen or other writing utensil. In lieu of suspending the stand, rigid rods or bars movable into position between the panels can maintain them in their open position. Feet at the bottom of the third panel allow the stand to sit on a desk or table or other horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Levari, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7090104
    Abstract: A combination table and support member assembly for use in connection with a trailer hitch mounted onto a vehicle, where the support member and table can be joined in various configurations to vary the table height when in use and to vary the lateral separation distance between the rear of the vehicle and the table and vertical components of the support member when in use or in transport to allow for sufficient distance to enable utilization of the tailgate, rear door or hatchback of the vehicle. Extension members may also be utilized to alter the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph A. Dorety
  • Patent number: 6969033
    Abstract: An omni-positional camera mount for the photographing of small objects (24). The mount has a support (4) to hold an object to be photographed. A first frame (9) is pivotally mounted to the support such that the first frame can pivot on a first pivot axis (12). A second frame (15) is mounted to the first frame (9) such that the second frame can pivot on a second pivot axis (18) which is at right angles to and passing through the first pivot axis. A camera stage is on the second frame. The support (4) can include a turntable and a mounting post. The turntable (4) rotates on a axis which passes through the meeting point (20) of the first and second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Garrath van der Linden
  • Patent number: 6681703
    Abstract: A tiltable table 10 is shown having (in this embodiment) two tilt positions to which top 20 and base 30 are repeatably repositionable. Support parts 32, 34, 36 and 38 provide a kinematic support in both of the two positions. Further embodiments provide more than two tilt positions. Positions are held by magnetic attraction, here, magnets, 40 and 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Renishaw PLC
    Inventors: Peter J Wells, David R McMurtry
  • Patent number: 6398656
    Abstract: A universal joint comprises a first rotation guide member, a second rotation guide member guided by the first rotation guide means to be rotatable, and a third rotation guide member guided by the second rotation guide member to be rotatable. The first, second and third rotation guide means being operatively connected through connection members so as to provide three degrees of rotational freedom. The first, second and third rotation guide members are preferably swiveling bearings having rotational center lines, respectively, which intersect each other at one point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: THK Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Michioka, Takasi Hatanaka, Tadashi Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 6161809
    Abstract: A support device comprising two superposed platforms connected by two electrically controlled jacks of adjustable length and by an upright of constant length forming on these platforms the apices of triangles, device characterized in that the jacks and the upright are rigidly fixed on one of the platforms, so-called upper platform, by an articulation assembly comprising a universal joint and a pivot pin, each pivot pin being located parallel to the opposite side of the triangle defined on this platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventors: Laurent Mahy, Felix Touret
  • Patent number: 5960531
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a drill press including a vertical support post, a pivot assembly supported upon the support post, the pivot assembly being pivotable about a vertical axis defined by the post, a table supported on the pivot assembly, a head supported by the post at a location above the table, a rotatable chuck supported by the head, an induction motor driving the chuck; and a detent mechanism disposed between the pivot assembly and the post for identifying when the table is in a central location under the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Ludwin Mora, Michael L. O'Banion, Richard K. Pallo, Robert P. Welsh
  • Patent number: 5765273
    Abstract: A drill press including a vertically disposed support post and a pivot assembly supported upon the support post is disclosed. A table is supported on the pivot assembly. The pivot assembly is pivotable about a first substantially horizontal axis, with the table pivoting about the first horizontal axis jointly with the pivot assembly. The table also is pivotable relative to the pivot assembly about a second substantially horizontal axis. The pivot assembly also may be pivoted around a vertical axis defined by the post and may be raised and lowered along the vertical post. A clamp plate is adjustably secured to the table and a telescoping extension arm is fixably secured relative to the table by the clamp plate. A guide fence is slidably disposable along the upper surface of the table and may be secured at various locations. A clamp may be adjustably secured either directly to the table or to the guide fence to vertically clamp a workpiece on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Ludwin Mora, Michael L. O'Banion, Richard K. Pallo, Robert P. Welsh
  • Patent number: 5549522
    Abstract: A practicing device includes an upper plate, a lower plate and at least one adjusting device disposed therebetween, a support extending from the lower plate and a stand extending from an under side of the upper plate so as to be rotatably received in the support with a distal end of the stand, the adjusting device including a first base disposed to the lower plate and a second base disposed to the upper plate, a cup having a bottom with a stand extending therefrom and an open top, a worm gear disposed in the cup and having a threaded hole defined therein for a threaded rod threadedly engaged therethrough, a first ball formed to a distal end of the stand for being rotatably received in the first base and one end of the threaded rod having a second ball formed thereto for being rotatably received in the second base, a motor-driven worm screw laterally extending through the cup and engaged with the worm gear so as to lift or lower the threaded rod to adjust the upper plate corresponding to the lower plate such t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: Po-neng Chang
  • Patent number: 5345632
    Abstract: A medical examination table comprises a pedestal to which an end of a rocker is hinged. An underframe is fixed rotationally to the other end of the rocker. By acting on the two axes of rotation, the table may enable motions that are as different as a simple raising motion and tilting motions of various amplitudes in one direction or another. The advantage of the invention is that it provides a simplification of the industrial-scale manufacturing of tables with or without a rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric CGR S.A.
    Inventors: Rene Langenaeken, Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 5277129
    Abstract: A work table or office desk having two pairs of support arms which are pivotable attached on a cross brace of the table frame. The support arms comprise two support arm halves which enclose each one of two rails of the cross brace by grooves such that the support arm is captively maintained, but can be adjusted at a preset pivot angle. A definite lockable setting of the support arms in the set pivot position is obtained in a simple manner where at least one support arm half of each support arm is provided with a denticulation in the area of the groove, the segment element has a counter-denticulation which is in engagement with the denticulation of the support arm half, and a pre-stressed resilient element, in a loosened state of a bolt connection holding said support arm halves together, pulls the support arm halves together and adjustably maintains a functional connection of the denticulation and the counter-denticulation by a limited resilience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Dyes GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Korb
  • Patent number: 5174225
    Abstract: A table is provided having a table top, a table base and coupling means for removable and tiltable coupling said table to said base. The coupling means being releasable and comprising two pair of spring biased elements and receptacles arranged so that the table may be tilted in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Colby Metal, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Reise, Thomas L. Scheller
  • Patent number: 5086710
    Abstract: The invention relates to a table with a table frame and a tabletop, which is settable in both height and inclination by a control device. Varying the height and inclination of the tabletop with a simple control device and a support frame is accomplished by providing that the control device has two support devices. The two support devices are pivotally attached to the support frame in the upper region of the middle cross member of the support frame about transversely extending pivot shafts. The support devices on the underside of the tabletop are supported on the tabletop about transversely extending pivot shafts, but are guided adjustably within the depth of the tabletop. The control device selectively raises the support devices individually or in common upward in the direction of the tabletop or lowers them individually or in common downward in the direction of the support frame, in the course of which platform-shaped pivot shafts of the support devices move toward or away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Dyes GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Korb
  • Patent number: 5027989
    Abstract: A comprehensive needlework unit is provided that includes a work table, a detachable frame that holds the stitched fabric and a light source. The components are all mounted to separate pivotal arms that attach to an upright stand mounted to a base plate. The frame has two rollers with the fabric mounted between them. The rollers can be loosened or clamped down when it is desired to advance or lock in the fabric. The work table contains holders for scissors and scrap material as well as for pins and needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: David L. Nevius
  • Patent number: 4712444
    Abstract: A mounting device (10) includes first (28) and second (32) levers that are disposed between a base plate (12) and a mounting plate (20) and that are attached to the base plate by flexible metal hinges (36a and 36b). First (56a) and second (56b) adjustment devices extend through the base plate (12) and selectively adjust the angles of inclination of the levers (28 and 32). The levers (28 and 32) each change the angular inclination of the mounting plate (20) about one axis by a smaller angle than the angular change received by that (28 or 32) lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Lindon L. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4653717
    Abstract: A light weight inherently stable and rigid projector stand for multi-axis projection of images onto a common screen by magazine loaded slide projectors, maximizing close proximity of the projection axes, with improved magazine access, and direct support of each projector for pitch axis and roll axis and yaw axis adjustment, the stand being also adjustable for pitch, roll and yaw and unison adjustment of the multiplicity of projection axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Daedalus Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darryl K. Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 4593626
    Abstract: A mechanism for providing precise (microradians) angular adjustment for h resolution adjustable mounts and platforms used to design optical elements. The mechanism includes temperature-controlled rods having internally embedded heater elements and thermistors attached to a stable platform. The heaters and thermistors are attached to a proportional control circuit which accurately and precisely regulates rod temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: John Kouroupis, John J. Chino
  • Patent number: 4553483
    Abstract: A worktable, especially an office table, which includes two side legs, at least one support bar which connects these legs, and a table-top. Also provided are rigidly interconnected support, connecting and fastening structures which permit different height positions and inclinations of the table-top with the aid of simple tools. The connecting, support, and fastening structures save space, and give the table the necessary stability and freedom from vibration. For this purpose, the fastening plates have holes which are equally spaced from, and are rotationally symmetrical to, the middle point of the plate. The bars have at least two fastening and support surfaces for the table-top and are eccentrically connected with the fastening plates in such a manner that in different rotary positions of the two plates, the fastening and support surfaces of the bars are located at different levels or height positions. The table legs have threaded holes arranged to correspond with the fastening holes of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Assignee: Planmobel Eggersmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Arno Votteler, Max Lanuzzi, Fredi Dubach, Herbert Schreiner
  • Patent number: 4440096
    Abstract: An adjustable, split top table for accommodating word processing equipment and the like comprises a base support, a main frame connected to the base support and two independently movable table tops (front and rear) adjustably secured to the main frame. A first lead screw is mounted between the main frame and the front table top so as to slope forward at an acute angle to the vertical. A second lead screw is mounted between the main frame and a front section of the rear table top and parallel to the first lead screw. A third lead screw is pivotally mounted between the main frame and a middle section of the rear table top. Drive means are coupled to the lead screws to independently raise and lower the first table top, raise and lower the rear table top and tilt the rear table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Haskell of Pittsburgh, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Rice, Peter T. Young
  • Patent number: 4434721
    Abstract: A drafting table having spring-balanced lifting and tilting movement features is provided with an anti-snap device which prevents the table top from tilting so quickly to the full-vertical position that it hits its stops and rocks the entire table over. The anti-snap device comprises a flexible strap which is wrapped about and fixed to cylindric members on which the table top lifts and tilts. The flexible strap becomes tight as the table top reaches its fully vertical position, but tightening of the strap is resisted by the tilt springs, which are pulled to one side by the strap. Resistance to the tightening of the strap requires more force to tilt the top to its full vertical position, increasingly slowing the tilting movement near the end of tilting travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: Huey Company
    Inventors: Huey G. Shelton, Leonard N. Zack
  • Patent number: 4374497
    Abstract: A balanced adjustable support in which the plane of the support surface for an object or piece to be machined can be altered with great precision. The adjustable support comprises a table, a base, a central leg rigidly fixed to the base and jointed to the underside of the table, and four corner telescopic legs, the length of which is adjustable by means of a pneumatic jack. Each end of each of the legs is fixed to the base and to the underside of the table with a ball and socket joint immobilized by means of a pneumatic joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1983
    Inventor: Pierre Harmand
  • Patent number: 4359121
    Abstract: A lift truck hood mechanism and method for operation thereof in which a cover is provided for the truck power source compartment and is movable from a substantially horizontal closed position to a substantially vertical opened position at the rear of the compartment. The rearward end of the cover is raised and guided in a linear path by hand or by rollers operating in tracks in the rear support members of the overhead guard assembly. The cover is pivoted about a transverse axis midway between the forward and rearward ends of the cover, and is moved toward the support members as the one end is raised. Torsion bars may be used to assist in moving the cover and to secure the cover in the open position. The operator's seat has a hinged mounting bracket and is movable between positions over the top of the front of the cover to hold the cover closed and against the steering wheel permitting the cover to be opened. A locking device prevents accidental movement of the rear of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: John S. Messner, Louis A. Haddock