Mechanical Actuator Tilts Surface Patents (Class 108/7)
  • Patent number: 11241783
    Abstract: A motorbike stand is provided. The motorbike stand has a top portion pivotably connected to a base portion along one end of the top portion; one or more adjustable segments associated with another end in such a way that an angle of incident defined by the base portion and top portion is linearly adjustable; and one or more magnetic portions provided along the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: James Michael Burry
  • Patent number: 11096598
    Abstract: A system for measuring central venous pressure is provided comprising a device for measuring jugular venous pressure in communication with a patient inclination controller via a processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mespere Lifesciences Inc.
    Inventor: Xuefeng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10772780
    Abstract: A mobile medical office may include a desk platform including a desk surface, and a telescoping swivel arm including a fixed portion and a telescoping portion, the fixed portion operably attached to a frame and the telescoping portion pivotably attached to the desk platform such that the desk platform is adjustable from a) a collapsed configuration in which the desk platform is in a position substantially perpendicular to a seating support to b) a deployed configuration in which the desk platform is in a position substantially parallel the seating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Robertson
  • Patent number: 10201914
    Abstract: A material loading apparatus includes a movable material support surface that is pivotally mounted to the frame. The loading apparatus also includes a first link that extends between the support surface and the frame and is pivotally connected to the support surface at a first end of the first link and pivotally connected to the frame at a second end of the first link. The loading apparatus also includes a second link that extends between the support surface and the frame and is pivotally connected to the support surface at a first end of the second link and pivotally connected to the frame at a second end of the second link. The loading apparatus also includes an actuator that is pivotally connected to the frame and configured to move the support surface between a generally horizontal position and a generally vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Park Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Schlough, Kevin Matz
  • Patent number: 10112627
    Abstract: An air spring includes: an upper surface plate; a lower surface plate opposing the upper surface plate; an elastic film airtightly coupling a peripheral portion of the upper surface plate and a peripheral portion of the lower surface plate to each other to form an air chamber inside the air spring; the air chamber connected to the lower surface plate; and an exhaust passage forming body at which an exhaust passage is formed. The exhaust passage includes an exhaust passage inlet and an exhaust passage outlet. The exhaust passage inlet is open to an outside of the air chamber when a clearance between the upper surface plate and the lower surface plate in an upward/downward direction falls within a predetermined allowable range and is open to an inside of the air chamber when the clearance exceeds an upper limit of the predetermined allowable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiichiro Kamura
  • Patent number: 10092090
    Abstract: A multi-task table includes at least one board and an apparatus for adjusting the elevation and angle of the board. The apparatus includes an elevating unit, a tilting unit, a control panel, a setting module, a calculating module and a central control module. The elevating unit is used to move the board. The tilting unit is used to tilt the board. The control panel is used to show data about a user. The setting module is used to receive and store the data via the control panel. The calculating module is used to calculate values of elevation and angle of the board suitable for playing games, writing, reading and stand. The central control module is used to control the elevating unit, the tilting unit, the control panel, the setting module and the calculating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TCT Nanotec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-I Chen
  • Patent number: 9782319
    Abstract: A universal reclining armrest system for use with an articulated examination chair. The system includes an armrest adapter having a universal aperture for receiving a post portion of an armrest assembly. The armrest adapter further includes a splined peg for coupling to a pivoting mechanism of an articulated chair. The pivoting mechanism enables the chair to move throughout an operable range of motion while maintaining a fixed rotational position of an attached armrest adapter. The armrest assembly further includes an adjustable joint to provide 360° of rotational adjustment to the armrest relative to the fixed position of the armrest adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medical Technology Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mike Bradfield, Brad Baker
  • Patent number: 9369083
    Abstract: A building body with solar tracking device includes a top tent supported on the building body. The top tent includes at least one set of intersection section where multiple beams in different directions intersect each other. A support assembly of the solar tracking device is mounted on an upper side of the intersection section or in a position corresponding to the upper side of the intersection section. A solar generation module is mounted on the support assembly, whereby the top tent provides a sufficient strength for supporting the solar tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignees: Big Sun Energy Technology Incorporation
    Inventor: Chia Ching Luo
  • Patent number: 9362863
    Abstract: A building body with solar tracking device includes a top tent supported on the building body. The top tent includes at least one set of intersection section where multiple beams in different directions intersect each other. A support assembly of the solar tracking device is mounted on an upper side of the intersection section or in a position corresponding to the upper side of the intersection section. A solar generation module is mounted on the support assembly, whereby the top tent provides a sufficient strength for supporting the solar tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: Big Sun Energy Technology Incorporation
    Inventor: Chia Ching Luo
  • Patent number: 9038544
    Abstract: A tiltable support apparatus (tilt device) for variably adjusting the height of any one of the four sides of a portable table that is optionally with an electronic device or as a pilot's kneeboard. The tilt mechanism is a flat, flexible layer that can be rolled into a rolled elevating device. An attachment system releasably attaches the tilt mechanism to the adjacent structures such as parts of the table, of an electronic device case, or of a thigh/lap attachment for a kneeboard. The attachment system further allows for attachment with variable increments of tilt possible. In one embodiment, the tiltable support apparatus is a multilayer device containing the flat, flexible layer as a middle layer securely but reversibly attached to upper and lower layers of a case. The case is easily insertable under an object to be tilted and easily stored when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Braden Coffin
  • Patent number: 8869712
    Abstract: A precision tilting platform used for static calibration of seismometers includes a base, a worktable, a rotary part, a driving part, a measuring part and supporting frames. The rotary part includes a shaft, a driving arm, a rotary table and a clump weight. The driving part includes a linear motor, a sliding table, a pair of linear guides and sliders and a grating scale. The readhead of the grating scale is fixed with the base and sends out a signal of zero position when the worktable is horizontal. The sliding table contacts the driving arm. When the linear motor is moving forward, the rotary part rotates toward the positive direction. When the linear motor is moving backward, the rotary part rotates toward the negative direction under gravity of the clump weight. The measuring part includes a laser interferometer and a reflector to obtain the tilting angle of the worktable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Zhejiang University
    Inventors: Wen He, Guanhua Xu, Shushi Jia
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8819879
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment table comprises a frame and a treatment platform that is mounted on the frame and adapted to support at least a portion of the body of a patient. A preferred treatment table also includes an arm support section which is mounted on the frame. The arm support section comprises an arm support that is moveable by a patient on the table independently of the treatment platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Encore Medical Asset Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Day, Ken Bolam, Jeff Powe, Rainer Teufel
  • Patent number: 8671618
    Abstract: A product server for holding and displaying food products is disclosed. The product server has a front customer side, a rear employee side and a breath guard. The breath guard comprises a cover on a cabinet of the product server that is moveable between a lowered position covering the food products and a raised position in which the cover serves as a breath guard and allows access to the food products. Upright side panels are provided adjacent opposite ends of the product server. The breath guard extends between the upright side panels as it moves between its raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Yingst, Frederick A. Deluca
  • Patent number: 8616136
    Abstract: A work station comprises a work platform that may be mounted on a movable carriage. The work platform may support a keyboard tray on a drawer where the drawer may be moved between a retracted position and an extended position. The tray is mounted for pivoting motion in a first direction and a second direction between a lowered position and a raised position. A gear is operatively connected to the tray such that rotation of the tray causes rotation of the gear. A pawl is biased into engagement with the gear to prevent movement of the tray in the second direction to lock the tray in an angular position when the tray is moved in the first direction. A latch disengages the pawl from the gear when the tray reaches the fully raised position to allow the tray to move in the second direction to the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Roddy Burgess, Jacob Connelly, Robert Grant McRorie
  • Patent number: 8359982
    Abstract: A support table device comprises a base for being positioned on a surface, a table member for supporting articles thereon; and an articulating arm mounted at one end to the base. The table member is pivotally mounted to the articulating arm at the other end thereof. The articulating arm comprises at least two arm segments joined about an arm joint therebetween for relative pivotal movement. The articulating arm and table are movable between a stowed position, with the table member being near the base and a deployed position with the table being away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Martin Lebel, Eric Lebel
  • Patent number: 8336840
    Abstract: There is provided a braking device for braking a support member, which connects a main body of an equipment at one end thereof and a sub-body of the equipment at an opposite end thereof. Such a device includes a support bracket, a shaft, first and second plates, a pressing member, and a movable member. The support bracket is mounted on the main body of the equipment. The shaft is connected at both ends on the main body of the equipment. The first plates are disposed around the shaft and movable relative to the shaft. The second plates are disposed around the shaft and alternately positioned between the first plates. The pressing member presses the first and second plates in a braked position. The first and second plates are spaced apart from one another in an unbraked position. The movable member moves the pressing member between the braked and unbraked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Sik Song, Dong Jun Oh, Ghi Young Kim
  • Patent number: 8312820
    Abstract: A mount for carrying a display and like devices. The mount includes a base and a support pivotally coupled to the base. The support includes a mounting surface to carry at least one device. At least one rail constrains movement of the base along a horizontal plane. A pivot actuator is configured to pivot the support between a vertical position and a horizontal position. The mounting surface is substantially orthogonal to the horizontal plane in the vertical position. In the horizontal position, the mounting surface is substantially parallel to the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: A.F.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Rotlevi, Vinci George Mathews
  • Patent number: 8291830
    Abstract: An improved folding table is distinguished by the following features: a locking means is provided, by means of which the table top (5) can be locked in the work or use position thereof and in the storage position thereof, the locking means can be unlocked by means of a disengagement means (15), as well as the hand-actuatable disengagement means (15a), a further foot-actuatable or shoe-actuatable disengagement means (15b) is provided, and the at least one further foot-actuatable or shoe-actuatable disengagement means (15b) is provided on the underside of the table on the table half which is lower than the pivot axis of the table top (5) and/or is lower than the hand-actuatable disengagement means (15a) when the table top (5) is pivoted into the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Josef Rutz
  • Publication number: 20120255465
    Abstract: A transforming project table, white erase board, and office partition all-in-one powered by a drive system is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Noe Vargas Hernandez, Jose Gabriel Davila Rangel, Angel Ernesto Delgado
  • Patent number: 8186280
    Abstract: A load bearing robotic turntable includes a first rotating sine table, a second rotating sine table, and a rotating and tilting workpiece table. A motor rotates the first rotating sine table. The second rotating sine table is rotatable with respect to the first rotating sine table to change a tilt of a top surface of the second rotating sine table. The workpiece table is rotatable with respect to the second rotating table to present different faces of a workpiece mounted to the workpiece table. A first actuator cooperates with the second sine table to change the tilt of the top surface of the second sine table with respect to the horizontal. A second actuator cooperates with the workpiece table to rotate the workpiece about a tilted axis. Rotation and changes to the tilt are obtained solely by positions of the actuators and rotation of the first sine table by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Dean Stoops
  • Publication number: 20120073476
    Abstract: This invention relates to a drop leaf table angular adjustment mechanism. The leaf and tabletop are pivotally connected with a hinge, in which a positioning ratchet plate with multiple angular positioning ratchet teeth to the underside of the tabletop hinge. On the rear of the leaf hinge set, there consists of a positioning plate with a curvature slot. The positioning ratchet plate and positioning plate are pivotally connected with a pivot bolt to form a mechanism for the providing the leaf angular lean adjustment. On the backside of the positioning plate there is a ladle-shape pawl on the downside of the positioning ratchet plate, wherein the pawl engages with any of the ratchet teeth of the positioning ratchet plate to obtain a relative stop position between the tabletop and leaf. The operation which releases the pawl from engagement can adjust the leaf to an arbitrarily lean angle adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Hsiu-Chen Lai
  • 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: 8104787
    Abstract: A material handling cart to assist one person in handling large sheets of material such as sheets of plywood and easily transport said sheets to a machine for machining or other operations. With the tilting table feature in the vertical position it will easily transport a large sheet of material through a walkthrough door 32 inches or wider. Arriving at said machine or workbench, two of the four casters can be locked, the table tilted flat and said material can be slid off the cart into the machine or onto the bench. It was designed for the home workshop or small cabinet shop, but obviously would work well in many other applications. It is also convenient for unloading materials from a pickup truck and transporting to a storage rack or other storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Chris Lyman Haley
  • Patent number: 8056487
    Abstract: A tilting table device includes a first rotary member which is rotated by a rotation amount equivalent to that of a tilt shaft when rotation of the tilt shaft is transmitted; a second rotary member which has an axis parallel to that of the first rotary member and is rotated by a rotation amount equivalent to or substantially equivalent to that of the first rotary member in a direction opposite to that of the first rotary member when the rotation of the first rotary member is transmitted; two retaining members respectively provided at the first and second rotary members, in which when the center of gravity of a table is located at an uppermost position or a lowermost position, the retaining members are located on or near a line connecting rotation centers of the first and second rotary members, the retaining members are located at equivalent or substantially equivalent distances respectively from the rotation centers, both the retaining members are provided inside or outside the two rotation centers; and an ur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Tsudakoma Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuru Omori
  • Publication number: 20110168062
    Abstract: A work station with a built-in electric mechanical lift that will allow a user to adjust a work support member to a more ergonomically correct position (similar to a tilted drafting station) includes primary and, preferably, secondary work support members. A lifting structure urged by an actuator engages the primary work support member for pivoting from a position coplanar with the second work support member to a position at an angle relative to the secondary work support member. One or more structural support members are positioned to support the primary and secondary work support members, the lifting structure, and the actuator. The lifting structure includes first and second lifting arms pivotably connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Dellavecchia
  • Patent number: 7958673
    Abstract: A product server for holding and displaying products. The product server has a front customer side, a rear employee side and a breath guard. The breath guard comprises a cover attached to the product server that is moveable between a lowered position covering the products held by the product server and a raised position in which the cover serves as a breath guard and allows access to the products. The cover is sufficiently transparent to allow viewing of the products from the customer side of the product server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Yingst, Frederick A. Deluca
  • Publication number: 20100307869
    Abstract: A universal platform device includes a support member and at least one base member having a first surface configured to be positioned on a primary surface. The base member can be pivotably coupled to the support member, and includes a plurality of gaseous cells at least toward the first surface and flexible regions at least between the respective gaseous cells. The weight of the object or person being supported on platform device deforms the flexible material and the gaseous cells. Upon deformation of the flexible regions and gaseous cells, the shape of the mating portion substantially conforms to the shape of the primary surface. The gaseous cells at the mating portion expand to form numerous suction cups and the base member clasps on to the primary surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Edward Richard Hazuka, II, Michael Paul Chaffeur, William J. Ponte, SR.
  • Patent number: 7836890
    Abstract: A breast-board system, components and methods of use therefore. A generally U-shaped wrist support with a flattened bottom and rounded post like tops that may be used as either a cupping-support or as a grasping-post is mounted on a post atop a tiltable breast-board. A second support having a generally U-shaped cross section mounted on a supporting framework extends from a base, which is rotatably mounted to the tiltable breast-board near the edge thereof. The base includes a portion extending over the edge of the breast-board, and, a slidable locking mechanism on the bottom surface, which may be retracted to slide the mechanism out of a recess located on the breast-board. The support may then be rotated to a desired position and the slidable locking mechanism actuated to engage with a desired recess on the breast-board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Diacor, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn N. Waterman
  • Patent number: 7798070
    Abstract: A top plate is supported while being greatly projected forward of leg bodies, which forms a large lower leg space under the top plate. Upper ends of left and right leg bodies (2) having, at their lower ends, base legs (2a) that are directed in a front-rear direction are connected by lateral connection rods (3) that are directed in a left-right direction and have a non-circular cross-section. Rear end sections of at least a left and right pair of top plate support bodies (4) directed in the front-rear direction are fixed to the lateral connection rods (3) so as to project forward. The lower surface of the top plate (26) is installed on the top plate support bodies (4) such that the most part of the top plate (26) is located forward of the lateral connection rods (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Okamura Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Ooba, Kenji Nakamura, Teru Kikuchi, Hidetaka Sekikawa
  • Patent number: 7753323
    Abstract: A diving board lift assembly for lifting a diving board from a substantially horizontal diving position to a substantially upright position is provided. The diving board having a diving end and a hinged end with the hinged end hingedly connected to a diving board support member. To raise the diving board, an actuator is rotated in a clockwise direction which rotation causes a portion of the top assembly to the lift mechanism to make contact with and raise the diving board to a near vertical position. To lower the diving board to its original position, the actuator need simply be rotated in a counter-clockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: David Volk
  • Patent number: 7753629
    Abstract: A tilt table for use with a milling machine. The tilt table includes at least one pivot support attachable to the milling machine. The tilt table includes a table top pivotally attached to the at least one pivot support. The table top has two ends. The tilt table includes at least one movement assembly attached to at least one end of the table top to move the table top about the at least one pivot support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph W. McCulloch
  • Patent number: 7721658
    Abstract: A computer workstation includes a worksurface horizontally moveable from a first worksurface position to a second worksurface position. At least a portion of the worksurface rotates about a horizontal axis as the worksurface is moved from the first worksurface position to the second worksurface position. A monitor support is moveable horizontally and vertically and moveably coupled to the worksurface. The worksurface or the monitor support is moveable in response to a movement of the other of the worksurface and the monitor support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Seeley, Joel R. Dral, Jeffrey A. Weber, John F. Aldrich, Douglas M. VanDeRiet
  • Patent number: 7707946
    Abstract: An adjustable work surface support for use with a primary work surface and a secondary work surface comprising primary work surface connector; secondary work surface connector; a parallelogram link support comprising a support bar mounted to the primary work surface connector to define a first axis; and a pair of parallel arms, each arm attached at one end to the support bar and a second end attached to the secondary work surface connector to define a second axis; a connecting plate; attached adjacent one of the parallel arms to the primary and secondary work surface connector; having a first pivot point rotatable about the first axis and a second pivot point being rotatable about the second axis; such that when the arm is pivoted about the first axis, an angular position of the secondary work surface with respect to the primary work surface is substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Baral Holdings Corp.
    Inventor: Jose M. Lima
  • Patent number: 7703400
    Abstract: Table with a top which can pivot around a lockable pivot axis characterized in that each of two centrally located table legs is connected at the top end by a mounting assembly to a frame part, which carries the table top. A force-transmitting device is provided in at least one of the frame parts. A handle is connected to the force-transmitting device, and the pivot axis can be released by actuating the handle against the force of at least one spring to allow the table top to pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: WINI Büromöbel Georg, Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rico Möckel
  • Patent number: 7677678
    Abstract: A wheelchair accommodating system and method for providing an ergonomically suitable environment for users having a motor skill limitation and users without a motor skill limitation is provided. The system includes a height adjustment system, a depth adjustment system, and a tilt adjustment system that can be selectively actuated by a user to adjust the position of a platform of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Spectrum Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Mosel, Jonathan F. Riggs
  • Patent number: 7640696
    Abstract: A product server for holding and displaying products. The product server has a front customer side, a rear employee side and a breath guard. The breath guard comprises a panel attached to the product server and moveable between a lowered position preventing access to products held by the product server and a raised position allowing access to the products. The panel being sufficiently transparent to allow viewing of the products held in the product server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Thomas E. Yingst
  • Publication number: 20090301357
    Abstract: A tiltable lift and a method for using it to aid the unloading of a pallet. The tiltable lift comprises a lift mounted atop a tiltable platform. A pallet load of pallet load elements, such as containers, cartons, boxes, trays, or bundles, deposited on the lift is tilted. A wall extending upward from the platform receives a side of the tilted pallet load, which is urged against the wall by gravity. The lift lifts the pallet load along the wall to position the topmost layer of the pallet load at a top end of the wall for easy access and removal of pallet load elements from the pallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: LAITRAM, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Fourney, Stephen Wargo
  • Publication number: 20090133608
    Abstract: A tilting device is disclosed. The tilting device may include: an arm, on which a tilt-shaft is formed; a tilt-base coupled to the tilt-shaft in a manner that allows tilting; a pulley rotatably coupled to the tilt-base; a wire, which is wound around the pulley, and of which either end is coupled to either side of the arm on opposite sides of the tilt-shaft; and a driving unit, which drives the pulley. An embodiment of the invention enables tilting operations using a smaller driving device, and also allows manual operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Jun, Han-Jin Park, Tae-Ho Yun, Dong-Su Moon, Kyung-Su Park, Jung-Kyu Yim, Dong-Won Choi
  • Publication number: 20090120330
    Abstract: A load bearing robotic turntable includes a first rotating sine table, a second rotating sine table, and a rotating and tilting workpiece table. A motor rotates the first rotating sine table. The second rotating sine table is rotatable with respect to the first rotating sine table to change a tilt of a top surface of the second rotating sine table. The workpiece table is rotatable with respect to the second rotating table to present different faces of a workpiece mounted to the workpiece table. A first actuator cooperates with the second sine table to change the tilt of the top surface of the second sine table with respect to the horizontal. A second actuator cooperates with the workpiece table to rotate the workpiece about a tilted axis. Rotation and changes to the tilt are obtained solely by positions of the actuators and rotation of the first sine table by the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Dean Stoops
  • Publication number: 20090111600
    Abstract: A golf driving range platform (20) having: a base plate (22) having a lower surface (21) and an upper surface (23), the base plate lower surface (21) being provided to rest on a ground; a lower wedge (26) having a lower surface (27) and an upper surface (28) inclined relative to each other by a first predetermined angle (29), the lower wedge lower surface (27) being disposed above said base plate upper surface (23) and supported thereon, the lower wedge (26) being rotatable relative to said base plate (22) about a first rotation axis (40) extending substantially perpendicular to the base plate upper surface (23); an upper wedge (30) having a lower surface (31) and an upper surface (32) inclined relative to each other by a second predetermined angle (33), the upper wedge lower surface (31) being disposed above said lower wedge upper surface (28) and supported thereon, the upper wedge (30) being rotatable relative to said base plate (22) and said lower wedge (26); a top plate (34) having a lower surface (35) an
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: John Harold Crossley
  • Publication number: 20090078166
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a hinged track plate apparatus for removing debris from tires. The apparatus includes a base plate a width and length substantially greater than a thickness of the base plate. In addition, a track plate assembly is hingably attached to the base plate at an edge and disposed above the base plate. The track plate assembly includes a plurality of track plates connected to a plurality of track supports, with each track plate having a length substantially greater than a height and thickness of the track plate. The track plate assembly can be moved away from the base plate about the hingably attached edge. Further, a lifting ram is hingably connected to the base plate and the track plate assembly. The lifting ram is capable of moving the track plate assembly away from the base plate when the lifting ram is extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Dana Prest, Jeffery S. Mitchell, Bruce R. Degler
  • Patent number: 7490807
    Abstract: A embodiment of a stand includes a base, a support, and a biasing member. The biasing member provides a biasing force to urge the support to a first position relative to the base from a second position relative to the base. When in the second position the support is allowed to rotate on a pivot, and when in the first position the support is prevented from rotating on the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Souza, Dennis R. Esterberg, David L. Smith, Jeffrey Scott Bakkom
  • Patent number: 7487729
    Abstract: A console (10) is disclosed which comprises a console top (12), a first member (14), and a second member (16) coupled to the first member (14) via a mechanism. The mechanism (17) is movable between a first configuration in which the first member (14) closes a recess (18) in the console top (12), and a second configuration in which the first member (14) extends away from the console top (12) and the second member (16) is arranged such that it can support a load while the mechanism (17) is retained in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventors: Martin Philip Riddiford, Michael Andrew Nairn
  • Patent number: 7478601
    Abstract: A robotic turntable includes a first rotating table, a second rotating table, and a workpiece table. A motor rotates the first rotating table. The second rotating table is coaxial with the first rotating table and rotationally positionable relative to the first rotating table. The workpiece table is rotationally fixed with respect to the second rotating table and is tiltably positionable with respect to the second rotating table. A first actuator cooperates with the second table to change the rotational position of the second table with respect to the first table. A second actuator cooperates with a lever attached to the first table to change the tilt of the workpiece table. Changes to rotation and tilt are obtained solely by the positions of the actuators and rotation of the first table by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Dean Stoops
  • Patent number: 7387284
    Abstract: A fastening mechanism is mounted on a suction cup including a pivotal ball in a receptacle and having surface recesses, a leg secured to the ball, and a channel open to both the external and the receptacle, the channel having an intermediate enlargement. The mechanism includes a shank in the channel and having an exposed end, a rod extended from the other end of the shank and inserted in the recess, a shoulder proximate the rod, and a resilient member compressed between the shoulder and an internal wall of the channel. Pulling the shank to clear the recess and compress the resilient member, pivoting the ball by rotating the leg until a predetermined angle thereof relative to the suction cup is obtained, and releasing the shank to cause the compressed resilient member to expand to push the shoulder will insert the rod in the adjusted recess and fasten the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Ta Shuo Chang
  • Publication number: 20080072801
    Abstract: A convertible workstation system is disclosed that may be retrofitted into an existing desktop/work surface for supporting and pivoting a flat panel display such as a liquid crystal display (LCD) from a closed position to an open, viewable/usable position in front of a user. The system includes an actuator to initiate movement of a support panel, and is configured such that further movement of the support panel toward the open position after initiation by the actuator is carried out independently of further movement or other manipulation or control of the actuator. A spring may be provided to assist in moving the support panel towards such open position after the actuator has initiated such movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Korber, Michael G. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 7347410
    Abstract: A device for lifting an item such as an article of furniture to gain access underneath for performing a variety of tasks. The device comprises a horizontal actuating beam attached via a hinge member to one or more horizontal support beams that are affixed to the object frame. The horizontal actuating beam is also connected to the one or more horizontal support beams by one or more biasing members. The horizontal actuating beam includes a pivoting axle at one end that is attached to the one or more horizontal support beams and a wheel at the other end that presses downward on a surface and acts as a support point when the front of the object is raised up off of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Titan Products, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Neil Atkinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7331544
    Abstract: A deployable receptacle includes a tray for supporting an object thereon and being movable between a storing position and a deploying position. The tray stores an object thereon when the tray is disposed in the storing position and deploys the object therefrom when the tray is disposed in the deploying position. A lever is coupled to the tray for moving the tray between the storing position and the deploying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anthony A. Harrington, Paul M. Wojciechowski
  • Publication number: 20080037213
    Abstract: Provided herein is a computer stand that can include a platform, a support mechanism, and a cooling mechanism. The platform can have a substantially planar portion and can be configured to support a computing device. A support mechanism can be included and configured to elevate at least one end of the platform above a work surface. The cooling mechanism can be configured to facilitate heat dissipation from a computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Edgar Diego Haren