Having Means For Supporting An Electrical Component (e.g., Wire, Output Jack, Etc.) Patents (Class 108/50.02)
  • Patent number: 10786074
    Abstract: A monitor support assembly includes a base and an upright frame structure i-s spaced forward to the rear of the base that extends vertically upward from the base. The frame structure includes first and second vertical members and a top frame member that extends horizontally between the first and second vertical members. A shroud assembly is mounted to the upright frame structure and includes a first central wall member and first and second additional wall member extending from the first and second lateral edges in the same direction. The first central wall member and the additional wall members form a receiving space. A mounting plate mountable to the rear surface of a displays screen is releasably supported by the upright frame structure within the receiving space. A depth dimension of the receiving space is sufficient to accommodate a display screen mounted via the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Brett Kincaid, Mark Spoelhof, Mark Schoolmeester, Duck Young Kong, John Allen, Hyun Yoo
  • Patent number: 10779638
    Abstract: A table arrangement includes a height adjustment mechanisms for movement of one or more height adjustable tabletops. When more than one tabletop is present, each of the tabletops can be independently moveable. Embodiments of the table arrangement can be configured so that a user can manipulate an actuation mechanism to have the tabletop automatically moved to a pre-selected position without the user having to manually control the actuation mechanism to cause the tabletop to move to that pre-selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Lee
  • Patent number: 10381808
    Abstract: An electrical power or data system for height-adjustable furniture includes a self-retracting cord section that extends and retracts in response to an upper furniture portion raising and lowering with respect to a lower furniture portion, such as to limit or avoid entanglement of the cord with other objects in the vicinity of the furniture. The system includes an electrical power or data cord having an input end portion and an output end portion, with the retracting cord section disposed between the input and output end portions, and with an electrical power or data connector at the output end portion and configured for mounting along the upper furniture portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Robert L. Knapp
  • Patent number: 10381944
    Abstract: Presently disclosed embodiments are directed to an adjustable-speed drive comprising a transformer module and an inverter module configured for installation in either of a side-by-side or stacked configurations. The disclosed embodiments utilize a modular design for the transformer and inverter modules. Thus, the adjustable-speed drive is capable of being installed in either of a side-by-side configuration or a stacked configuration. This modular design allows for installation at a site in accordance with the space limitations of any given location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Collette, John T. Kelley, Enrique Martinez
  • Patent number: 10348072
    Abstract: A floor cable channel is provided for positioning a cable line element on an underlying surface and for protecting the cable line element. The floor cable channel includes a first channel element and a second channel element for receiving the cable line element and a connection element connecting the first channel element to the second channel element. The connection element allows a rotational movement of the first channel element relative to the second channel element. The floor cable channel can be brought into a transport position in which the channel elements are parallel to each other and into an operating position in which the channel elements are arranged along their longitudinal axes. In the operating position, the first and second channel elements are in contact at their mutually facing front faces to provide a self-locking of the channel elements relative to each other in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Race Result AG
    Inventors: Konstantin Gaiser, Nikias Klohr
  • Patent number: 10236643
    Abstract: An electrical furniture assembly has: (i) a furniture assembly comprising: (A) a base, (B) a transverse member, and (C) a coupler for coupling the base to the transverse member; and (ii) an electrical hub configured to selectively reside within the furniture assembly. The electrical hub features: (A) an electrical outlet assembly; (B) a securement panel; and (C) a spring-biased installation clip. The electrical hub is selectively secured at least partially within a transverse member of a furniture assembly and may be plugged into an external power source to supply power to various electronic devices conveniently used by a user sitting on the furniture assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE LOVESAC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn Nelson, David Underwood, Brian Kuchler, David M. Cowan
  • Patent number: 10080434
    Abstract: A modular laboratory furniture assembly having a work surface with front legs and back leg members, each of the back leg members being configured for coupling to corresponding back leg members of a second work surface positioned in a back to back position to the back leg members and each being securable to two back leg members of the second work surface forming a combined vertical elongated service cavity therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BEDCO, Division of Gerodon Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Bedard, Pierre Poirier
  • Patent number: 10039376
    Abstract: A configurable workstation for communication equipment has a primary support assembly and may have one or more secondary support assemblies behind the primary support assembly to define separate zones that are automatically adjustable in elevation by a motor drive system independently of one another and in synchronization with each other. The primary support assembly may have a work deck, an equipment rack, or a conference table. Each secondary support assembly has an equipment rack. The zones are separated by gap regions permitting recessed positioning of equipment and heat dissipation from a base of the workstation in which computer equipment may be stored. The configurable workstation allows operators to see and be seen, and facilitates ergonomically beneficial positioning of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Nova-Link Limited
    Inventor: Antonius A. Vander Park
  • Patent number: 9999295
    Abstract: Many traditional consoles struggle with changing user needs. Many existing technical furniture and consoles are custom manufactured, but may be expensive and/or cumbersome to design and assemble. According to some embodiments, there is provided a console support structure that includes two or more leg structures horizontally spaced apart. Each leg structure includes a respective base and at least one respective vertically adjustable support mounted on the base. For each adjacent pair of leg structure, a respective elongated lateral support structure extends between and interconnects the first and second leg structures. At least one work surface may be mounted on and supported by the vertically adjustable supports of the leg structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Evans Consoles Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Game, Matko Papic, Carlos Renderos
  • Patent number: 9781996
    Abstract: A computerized desk with a touch screen including a base unit, a pair of telescopic front legs attached to a bottom surface of the base unit, a pair of hollow back legs attached to the bottom surface of the base unit, and a pair of apertures disposed through a front surface of one of the pairs of back legs. A touch screen is disposed within a top surface of the base unit, a first central processing unit is attached to the bottom surface of the base unit, at least one USB port is disposed on the base unit, and an audio port is disposed on the base unit. A second central processing unit disposed proximal to the first central processing unit is in wireless communication with the first central processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Amanda Thompson
  • Patent number: 9775430
    Abstract: A mobile computer workstation is disclosed and generally includes a base assembly, a power supply, a column assembly, a tray assembly, a monitor support assembly and a tray controller. The power supply can be housed in the base assembly. The column assembly is linearly extensible and extends upward from the base assembly. The column assembly can carry the tray assembly and monitor support assembly. The workstation can be optionally configured with a variety of storage solutions for any of a number of work environments and tasks. The tray assembly can house a computer that is integrated into the workstation. The tray controller provides a measure of security for the workstation by allowing access to the workstation and control over its features only by authorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHPOINT MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Fouad Geries Abu-Akel, S. N. K. Gupta Anumalasetty, Christopher M. Radvanyi, Carey Roberts, Robert R. Steele, Karl Haiden, John Zelena, Johnson Lin, Nick Blackburn, Robert Sobie
  • Patent number: 9743758
    Abstract: An improved worksurface for home and office furniture constructions. The improved worksurface generally includes a plurality of vertical openings disposed along at least a portion of the periphery of the worksurface, where the vertical openings are adapted to support removable and interchangeable accessories. The accessories can include shelving units, support stands, storage baskets, swivel arms, docking cradles, and display mounts, for example, each being positionable at multiple locations along the periphery of the worksurface. The vertical openings are optionally disposed within a recessed portion extending adjacent a rear edge of the worksurface. In use, a user can reposition the accessories as desired, providing enhanced flexibility and customization over existing constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross S. Johnson, Duane Danz, Bryan R. Gingrich, Dave Emery, Todd Zeilinger
  • Patent number: 9706840
    Abstract: A desk apparatus is provided with a pair of leg members, each having two main leg member parts that are installed on a floor surface and extend in a vertical direction and that are connected to each other by means of a crosspiece portion at upper portions of the main leg member parts, and a pair of inner connecting rods and a pair of outer connecting rods that extend along a width direction and connect the upper portions of the pair of leg members. The inner connecting rods are connected together by bridge members so as to constitute connecting units. The connecting units are attachable to and detachable from a top plate support, and a first top plate unit is attachable to and detachable from the top plate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: OKAMUR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Waku Tsuchiyama, Masayuki Kuroe, Haruyuki Kagaya
  • Patent number: 9572475
    Abstract: An appliance that conducts a useful cycle of operation on an article comprises a treating chamber receiving the article and having an access opening. A first closure element selectively closes at least a first portion of the access opening, and a second closure element movable relative to the first closure element selectively closes at least a second portion of the access opening. An operative device can be coupled to the second closure element. A cable providing at least one of electrical or data communication to the device is routed through the first closure element to the second closure element and is operatively connected to the device on the second closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Gephart, Andrew T. Middleton, Blayne C. Smith, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 9516945
    Abstract: An improved worksurface for home and office furniture constructions. The improved worksurface generally includes a plurality of vertical openings disposed along at least a portion of the periphery of the worksurface, where the vertical openings are adapted to support removable and interchangeable accessories. The accessories can include shelving units, support stands, storage baskets, swivel arms, docking cradles, and display mounts, for example, each being positionable at multiple locations along the periphery of the worksurface. The vertical openings are optionally disposed within a recessed portion extending adjacent a rear edge of the worksurface. In use, a user can reposition the accessories as desired, providing enhanced flexibility and customization over existing constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross S. Johnson, Duane Danz, Bryan R. Gingrich, Dave Emery, Todd Zeilinger
  • Patent number: 9420901
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-voltage plug and play display system that separates a load support system (e.g., brackets and gondola uprights) from a conductive system. Three embodiments include: (1) an elongate vertical electrically-insulated conductive metal strip disposed on the surface of a gondola that works with a shelf connector to supply electric current to a lighting device; (2) an elongate vertical electrically-insulated conductive metal strip contained in an upright that fits inside the gondola upright that works with a shelf connector; and (3) a transmitter (TX) strip placed on the gondola surface, or remotely, to transfer power to receiver(s) to provide electric current to a lighting device. In all three embodiments, lower voltage DC current such as DC 12V converted by an adaptor is supplied to the conductive strip or transmitter TX strip. Lighting devices include LED devices. All three embodiments work for new, or for retrofitting existing, gondola systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Sungal Corp.
    Inventor: Yeyang Sun
  • Patent number: 9364080
    Abstract: A furniture accessory includes a bracket having first and second retaining elements, a basket having first and second fastening elements that fasten the basket to the bracket by the retaining elements, wherein the basket is swivelable about a first and second axes, a slider movably mounted on the bracket for locking the first and second fastening elements with the first and second retaining elements, wherein the slider locks the first and second fastening elements with the first and second retaining elements, the slider locks the second fastening element with the second retaining element when in a first release position such that the basket may be swivelled about the second swivel axis, and wherein the slider locks the first fastening element with the first retaining element when in a second release position such that the basket may be swivelled about the first swivel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Josef Rutz
  • Patent number: 9333640
    Abstract: A rotary joint includes an input member and an output member rotatably sleeved on the input member. The input member defines a through hole extending along a vertical axis of the input member. A plurality of mounting portions circumferentially protrudes from an outer surface of the input member. Each two adjacent of the plurality of mounting portions form a first receiving groove. A plurality of transmission holes is defined in the input member. An opening of each transmission hole away from the end surface of the input member is formed in a sidewall of the first receiving groove. An output member is rotatably sleeved on the input member. Sidewalls of the first receiving groove and an inner wall of the output member cooperative form a channel. An outlet is defined in the inner wall of the output member. The invention also discloses a worktable using the rotary joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gui-Hai Su
  • Patent number: 9254035
    Abstract: A cable assembly for use in an opening formed in a table top, the cable assembly comprising a substantially horizontal deck member, the deck member forming a plurality of cable passing openings, each cable passing opening dimensioned to freely pass the intermediate portion of a cable, a separate cable passing through each of the cable passing openings, each cable having a distal end located at a height below the deck member and a proximal end located at a height above the deck member, the proximal end for linking to a video source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Lewis Epstein, Brett Kincaid, Hyun Yoo, Suzanne Stage, Lukas Scherrer, Larry Cheng
  • Patent number: 9167894
    Abstract: A workstation is disclosed including a tabletop, a frame, a support coupled to the tabletop and the frame for supporting the tabletop vertically above the frame, and a powered rotator coupled to the frame. The powered rotator may be configured to move the support and the tabletop horizontally along an arcuate path with respect to a user position. The user position and a center of curvature of the arcuate path may each be disposed away from a forward edge of the tabletop. A method of moving a tabletop of a workstation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: SPARX SMART PODS INC.
    Inventors: Léon DesRoches, Nancy Lee Black
  • Publication number: 20150144034
    Abstract: A video source control assembly for use with at least a first display screen and a plurality of video source devices, the control assembly including a deck member forming a top surface and at least one cable passing opening, a switching device, a plurality of control cables, each control cable including first and second ends, each first end linkable to at least one source device and the second end linked to the switching device to provide video content thereto and a separate housing mounted to an intermediate portion of each of the control cables so that flexible portions of the associated control cable extend from the housing to each of the first and second ends, a separate selection button mounted in each of the housings that provides a control signal to the switching device causing the switching device to modify the content presented on the display screen, wherein, the portion of each cable between the housing and the second end passes through the cable passing opening and the housing has dimensions such t
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Lewis Epstein, Brett Kincaid, Hyun Yoo, Suzanne Stage, Lukas Scherrer, Larry Cheng
  • Patent number: 9010256
    Abstract: A keyboard and mouse support having a keyboard platform with an elongate slide that extends laterally across the keyboard platform from left to right, the elongate slide having a left end and a right end, a mouse platform, a pivot that pivotally connects the mouse platform to the keyboard platform, which pivot slides and pivots in the elongate slide, and a radial position fixation mechanism for setting at least one radial position of the mouse platform with respect to the keyboard platform, and wherein the radial position fixation mechanism is located on both the left and right sides of keyboard platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Thaddeus Brennan
  • Publication number: 20150096473
    Abstract: The invention is related to a table device (1) comprising a tabletop (2) with an upper side (3) and an underside (4), and also at least one table leg (5) connected to the tabletop (2). An inductive charging device (10) is arranged between the upper side (3) and the underside (4) of the tabletop (2) in the direction of the height (H). The table device (1) further comprises a control device (20) that is connected in a communicating manner to at least one touch panel (21) on the upper side (3) of the tabletop (2), which is arranged between the upper side (3) and the underside (4) of the tabletop (2) in the direction of the height (H), wherein cableless control signals (S) can be emitted from the control unit to external electrical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Wieland LEUKEL, Tobias WALTER, Sven SCHALL
  • Publication number: 20150096472
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to console furniture and related features. A support structure is provided for supporting a work surface, the support structure comprising a frame defining an interior space, a frame brace receivable into the interior space of the frame, a support for supporting the work surface, and at least one fastening mechanism for extending between the frame brace and the support to clamp the frame therebetween, thereby securing the support about the frame. A console with a height adjustable work surface is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: EVANS CONSOLES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matko Papic, Richard Game, Carlos Renderos, Nathan Edward Stone
  • Patent number: 8991775
    Abstract: Kiosks for supporting an electronic device, where the kiosks include a stand, a swivel mechanism roratably coupled to the stand, and a frame mounted to the swivel member and configured to support the electronic device. In some examples, the swivel mechanism includes a fixed member coupled to the stand and a swivel member rotatably supported by the fixed member. The swivel member is configured to rotate relative to the fixed member between a first position, which orients the frame in a first orientation, and a second position, which orients the frame in a second orientation. In some examples, swivel mechanism includes a position selection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Mel White, Kevin Carty, Yevgeniy Ponomarenko
  • Patent number: 8967054
    Abstract: A modular desking system for an open plan office environment provides a variety of highly stable and variously configurable component parts which can be modularly combined with one another to provide a wide variety of desking styles and sizes. The user may decide among many options for linking various desking system assemblies with one another to create a larger desking assembly well suited to various open-plan office spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Henriott, Keith E. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 8960102
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Alan E Rheault, Karl J Mead, George K Vangelatos
  • Patent number: 8943978
    Abstract: A modular, customizable, versatile, easy to use, easy to install, aesthetically pleasing surface mountable enclosure is presented. In one or more embodiments, the enclosure includes a modular housing that is configured to be gangable with one or more other housings to provide a range of sizes and configurations. In one or more embodiments, the modular housing is configured to accept a variety of interchangeable cassettes or modules that provide a variety of cable and power connections or other resources. In one or more embodiments, the modular housing includes an articulating lid mechanism that is configured to smoothly open and slide neatly out of the way while occupying a reduced volume than the lid mechanisms of the prior art. In one or more embodiments, the enclosure includes cam driven mounting clamps that allow the enclosure to be quickly and easily secured to a table top or other mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: RGB Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Soper, Osbaldo Rodriguez, Davy Nget
  • Patent number: 8939296
    Abstract: A vertical lift system provides an ergonomic system for raising and lowering a lift carriage which contains non-slidable and/or slidable shelves. By having interchangeable modular raceways providing electrical, liquid, vacuum, gas and/or data delivery systems, equipment and appliances can be easily connected to these delivery systems without interfering with the up/down movement of the vertical lift carriage. The vertical lift system also includes a height adjustable work surface which can be raised/lowered based on an individual's personal preference. Some of the shelves can be manually extended or electronically controlled. The vertical lift system also allows the monitoring, processing and collecting of data from multiple pieces of equipment. The vertical lift system can connect to local and global networks and systems, such as the Internet or other communication systems or networks, other shared equipment, and can monitor alarm and environment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Rand D. Weyler, Stephenie K. Strogney, Richard R. Curran
  • Patent number: 8925469
    Abstract: A work surface includes a grommet and door assembly that provides for routing of utility lines through an opening in the work surface. The door pivots in first and second opposite directions about first and second axes, respectively, to first and second open positions. Magnetic connectors retain the door during pivoting about the first and second axes, and also retain the door in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Bennie, Brett R. Kincaid, Duck Young Kong, James L. Rozema
  • Patent number: 8910580
    Abstract: A wall mount cabinet assembly safely mounts a flat screen television to a wall while also providing storage space for additional items. The assembly includes a frame having a first side positioned opposite a second side. A plurality of shelves is coupled to the frame and extends between the first side and the second side of the frame. A first side of each of the shelves extends outwardly of a front side of the frame. The plurality of shelves comprises at least two shelves wherein an uppermost one of the shelves is configured to support a flat-screen television positioned on the uppermost one of the shelves and a bottommost one of the shelves is configured to store items thereon. A plurality of mounting brackets is coupled to the frame and the shelves wherein the mounting brackets are configured for mounting the television to a wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Stetforme Cockrell
  • Patent number: 8905496
    Abstract: A work station comprises a mounting bracket adapted to be mounted to a surface. An upper arm and a lower arm are mounted to the mounting bracket for pivoting motion about a first vertical axis. A track is pivoted to the upper arm and the lower arm about a second vertical axis where the track supports a vertically displaceable carriage. The carriage may support a monitor and work platform where the work platform supports a key board tray. A lift system supports the carriage for vertical movement. Work station mounting systems are also provided for movably supporting a work platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Roddy Burgess, Ian Cunningham, Robert Grant McRorie
  • Publication number: 20140331901
    Abstract: A mobile furniture system includes a work surface and a framework assembly, which includes a pair of vertical frame members to support the work surface. The frame members extend above the work surface. At least one utility service line is routed through the framework assembly. A rotatable support may be operatively coupled to each frame member. The rotatable support includes a housing and a rotatable wheel. At least a portion of each of the rotatable supports is in vertical alignment with one frame member. A pair of leg members is operatively coupled to the work surface and is spaced from the pair of frame members. Another rotatable support is coupled to each leg member. A movable foot may be coupled to each of the frame members and to each of the leg members to support the system in a stationary configuration upon a lowering movement of the movable foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Scientific LLC
    Inventors: David A. Seefeldt, Michael A. Holzer, Robin E. Hecker
  • Publication number: 20140331900
    Abstract: A user interface support apparatus for securing wireless computer peripherals (WCP) such as a keyboard and a pointing device is disclosed. The user interface support apparatus comprises a board comprising (i) a keyboard area on a top surface of the board and configured to secure a keyboard and (ii) a pointing device area on a top surface of the board. The user interface support apparatus also comprises a pointing device support structure secured to the pointing device area of the board and operable in a first mode or a second mode. In the first mode, the pointing device support structure in conjunction with the pointing device area of the board stores the pointing device. In the second mode, the pointing device support structure provides a planar surface on which to operate the pointing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: John Edward Schweiter, JR.
  • Patent number: 8875637
    Abstract: An access door which opens and closes an opening that extends through a surface by which access is provided through the surface as, for example, to communication and power outlets, wires, cables, cable raceways, switches and the like behind the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Inscape Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Sherman, David Parshad, Ivan Liu
  • Publication number: 20140312754
    Abstract: A worksurface assembly includes a base having an interior, a first support column supported by the base, a first worksurface coupled to the first support column and cantilevered outwardly from the base, a second support column supported by the base and a second worksurface coupled to the second support column and cantilevered outwardly from the base. A cable guide including a plurality of links is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: SAM HECHT, Phillip Von Lintel, Ralph James Farrer, Paul Gartland, Noel Carrillo, Andrew Squires, Martin P. Bloomfield, John F. Aldrich
  • Publication number: 20140299025
    Abstract: Work surface with interactive area or access to a computerised device, with application in laboratories, clean rooms, environments where there is a risk of explosion and health spaces, including controlled environment concerning aseptic conditions, chemical, thermal and/or mechanical resistance. It comprises a work surface with top plate (1) and a supplementary plate (3), with normal use in a laboratory; touch detection system (2, 6), incorporated inside of a suitable enclosure (5); a screen (7) and other components inside the enclosure (5) under the work surface; supporting components (4, 8). Use on countertops, fume hoods, laboratory furniture, or vertical panel, with use of aseptic materials or easy to decontaminate, or in environments with fewer restrictions, or in hospital areas, in situations where the users have to work wearing gloves and simultaneously make registers, in areas of high chemical and/or thermal loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Laborial, Soluções para Laboratório A.S.
    Inventor: José Carlos Moita Gorgulho Soares Branco
  • Publication number: 20140285720
    Abstract: A method of selecting video source devices to drive first and second presentation spaces provided by at least one display screen in a collaborative workspace, the method comprising the steps of providing a control assembly that includes a plurality of control interfaces, each control interface including a separate selectable control associated with each of the presentation spaces, associating at least first and second video sources with first and second of the control interfaces, respectively, for each of the control interfaces, when a selectable control is selected, providing video information from the video source device associated with the control interface used to make the selection to the presentation space associated with the selectable control such that a plurality of video images from at least first and second different video source devices can be presented simultaneously in the presentation spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Lewis Epstein, Brett Kincaid, Hyun Yoo, Suzanne Stage, Lukas Scherrer, Larry Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140261100
    Abstract: An office furniture system for use in an open plan office environment, the furniture system configured as a “hybrid” system including features of both traditional partition systems and contemporary desking or benching systems. In one configuration, one or more work surfaces each include an electronic services bracket mounted beneath the rear edge(s) thereof, and access covers for providing selective access to electronic service modules mounted to the bracket and disposed within a raceway space beneath the rear edges of the work surfaces. The work surfaces may be associated with a partition system or, alternatively, may be associated with a desking arrangement. In another configuration, at least one electronic services module is mounted beneath a horizontal frame member of a partition, and work surface mounting brackets are used to mount one or more work surfaces on one or both sides of the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KIMBALL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jay M. Henriott, Keith E. Metcalf, Samial K. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140238277
    Abstract: Modular laboratory workbenches and work surface accessories are provided. Modular laboratory workbenches may include a spine structure including multiple modules with core passageways for routing utilities. At least one spine structure module may include circuit breakers behind a panel for local electrical power control. The spine structure may include a top with angled faces that provide power outlets, gas terminals, and other utilities. Between angled faces, an accessory support structure may be provided that supports a backsplash in a center channel and provides accessory slots on both sides of the center channel to receive and support interchangeable accessories including monitor arms, tablet arms, gas turrets, supplemental lights, etc. Cantilever brackets of various heights may attach to the spine structure and support work surfaces that are translatable to provide access to the utilities provided on the angled faces of the spine structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: NOVARTIS INSTITUTES FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventor: NOVARTIS INSTITUTES FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, INC.
  • Patent number: 8783193
    Abstract: An operator desk system including an operator desk, two display/monitor stands arranged on an operator desk in order to carry one display/monitor each, wherein each display stand includes individual motorized inclining means the inclining means being arranged to change the inclination of the corresponding display stand in a synchronized motion in relation to each other, independent of the location of the displays on the operator desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ABB AB
    Inventor: Pierre Scharing
  • Patent number: 8726814
    Abstract: A convertible work station is operable to convert between an operating configuration and a storage configuration. The work station comprises: right and left base shoulder elements; right and left horizontal base members for supporting the work station on a surface, pivotally connected to the shoulder elements and constrained to pivot along a horizontal plane and lockable in position relative to the shoulder elements; right and left first support members spaced apart from each other and having first and second ends and the support members being pivotally connected to the respective right and left shoulder elements at their first ends and constrained to pivot in one direction. The support members are lockable in position relative to the shoulder elements. A work station component is pivotally connected to the second ends of the right and left support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Salvatore Matteo
  • Patent number: 8720348
    Abstract: A bilateral rotation apparatus including a support member, a first connecting rod hingedly connected to one side of the support member in a longitudinal direction to be rotated along a locus of an arc, a second connecting rod hingedly connected to an opposite side of the support member in the longitudinal direction to be rotated along a locus of an arc, and connecting members disposed on an upper side of the support member is provided. The bilateral rotation apparatus is provided to a panel of furniture to open a wiring cap for wiring operation independently in one direction or in an opposite direction, thereby eliminating restriction on a wiring direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Koas Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Gyun Roh
  • Patent number: 8701568
    Abstract: A worksurface assembly includes a support structure and a top portion that is movable relative to the support structure. The worksurface assembly may include a mounting rail configured to support various accessory units. A utility supply system is provided, and the top portion of the worksurface assembly may be moved to provide access to the utility supply system. A mechanism provides for controlled movement of the top portion of the worksurface assembly relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Miller, Robert J. Battey, Todd T. Andres, John R. Hamilton, Daniel N. Phillips, Jamie L. Payne, Brian L. Bultsma, Daniel R. Tatman, Mark T. Slager, Kurt R. Heidmann, James D. Houda, David J. Dekker, Michael P. Kelley
  • Patent number: 8695510
    Abstract: A table arrangement having a guide rail structure secured to the table adjacent the underside of the table top. A carriage is movable along a guide structure from a retracted position under the table top to an extended position disposed adjacent one table edge. A supporting frame is hingedly carried on the carriage and mounts a flat-panel video monitor thereon, the latter being storable directly under the table top when the carriage is in the retracted position. Movement of the carriage to the extended position causes the supporting frame and monitor to project beyond the adjacent table edge, whereupon the supporting frame and monitor can be swung upwardly about the hinge axis into an upright use position wherein the monitor protrudes above the table top adjacent the one edge, and the monitor screen fronts onto the region above the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Johnson, Bryan Gingrich
  • Patent number: 8689705
    Abstract: A furniture kit including first and second spaced apart leg members including front and rear end portions and a frame space between facing surfaces, a first furniture assembly including a first rigid furniture component having first and second ends and having front and rear portions, wherein (i) a first furniture configuration is configurable that includes the first furniture assembly supported between the leg members and generally within the frame space with the front and rear portions of the first furniture assembly adjacent the front and rear end portions of the leg members, respectively, and (ii) a second furniture configuration is configurable that includes the first furniture assembly supported between the leg members and generally within the frame space with the front and rear portions of the first furniture assembly adjacent the rear and front end portions of the leg members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, David C Eberlein
  • Patent number: 8677911
    Abstract: A lower housing portion and an upper housing portion define an internal technology box that holds a lap top computer such that the base of the laptop is securely held in the technology box while the screen extends above the work surface. The technology box is located remotely from the work surface/keyboard stack. The upper housing may be moved from a closed use position to a partially open, forward position allowing a user to access the power button of laptop and to a fully open position where the laptop may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Grant McRorie
  • Publication number: 20140060395
    Abstract: A table includes a base and a table top that is movably disposed at the base and is movable relative to the base between a generally centered position, where the table top is generally centered at the base, and an extended position, where the table top is extended from the base. A braking device may be operable to retain the table top relative to the base in selected positions between the generally centered position and the extended position and to allow for movement of the table top relative to the base between the generally centered position and the extended position. The braking device may include a braking element that engages a braking rail to limit movement of the table top relative to the base. The table tops of two separated tables may be selectively joined when extended towards one another and separated when centered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Joel T. Ruiter, Robert J. Bockheim
  • Publication number: 20140053759
    Abstract: A pull-out tray assembly includes a pull-out tray moveable between a closed position and an open position. A front of the tray moves downwardly and a rear of the tray moves upwardly as the tray is moved from the closed to the open position. Likewise, a front cavity is opened and a rear cavity is closed as the pull-out tray is moved from the closed position to the open position. In one embodiment, the pull-out tray assembly includes a slide mechanism pivotally supporting the pull-out tray at a first location on the tray and a track guiding the tray at a second location on the tray. In various embodiments, at least one of a power outlet and communication port is coupled to the pull-out tray. A worksurface assembly incorporating the pull-out tray is also provided, together with a method of using the pull-out tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: JOHN MATTHAI, LEON RANSMEIER
  • Patent number: 8654517
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described relating to mounting chassis for the assembly and support of display devices. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a mounting chassis for an interactive display device. The mounting chassis includes a plurality of sides defining an opening, wherein the plurality of sides including a lip extending into the opening, the lip being configured to support an electronic display panel. The chassis also includes one or more display panel fastening features disposed on the plurality of sides, and one or more integrated stand mounts integrated into one or more of the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Curt Aumiller, Bernie Schultz, Rajesh Dighde, John Stephen Campbell, Franklin Willard Bradshaw, II