Surface Adjusting Link Spaced From Axis Patents (Class 108/9)
  • Patent number: 11052755
    Abstract: A capless fuel door assembly including a body pivotally supported within a housing of the vehicle between closed and opened positions. The body includes an exterior projection exhibiting an angled slide. A spring is secured to the housing and includes an extended portion supported against an end stop location of the projection defining a first end of said angled slide in order to exert the body in the closed position, with opening of the body about the pivot causing a decrease in the closing force as the spring portion displaces along said angled slide to a second end to achieve the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Martinrea International US Inc.
    Inventor: Sorin Stancu
  • Patent number: 10912399
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a stand that includes a base; a back operably connected to the base; and at least one extendable side support, wherein the at least one extendable side support is configured to slidably move horizontally in relation to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Mathew Cianchino
  • Patent number: 10457184
    Abstract: A cart assemblies and methods of use for supporting and positioning a work piece during manufacturing. The cart assembly includes a table with a work surface configured to support the work piece. The table is connected to a base that is configured to move the table along a work floor. A lift mechanism adjusts the elevation of the table above the work floor, and a tilt mechanism adjusts an angle of the table relative to the work floor. The lift and tilt mechanisms may be used separately or simultaneously to adjust the position of the table as needed. The cart assembly also includes a trolley. The trolley is configured to receive and support the work piece away from the base. This provides for access to additional sections of the work piece during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Curtis L. Hall, Jr., Jeffrey Lee Sherman, Jeremy Potthast
  • Patent number: 10400943
    Abstract: A height adjustable stand comprising: a concave quadrilateral linkage comprising first, second, third and fourth links in successive pivoting-only connection, an internal angle greater than 180° between the second and third links, the first link defining a minimum length of a base of the stand; a first convex quadrilateral linkage comprising fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth links in successive pivoting-only connection, the fifth link being an extension of the second link where the second link connects to the third link, the sixth link being the same as the third link; and a second convex quadrilateral linkage comprising ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth links in successive pivoting-only connection, the ninth link comprising the seventh link and an extension of the seventh link where the seventh link connects to the eighth link, the tenth link being an extension of the fourth link where the fourth link connects to the third link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cutter Technologies Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Choon Meng Lau
  • Patent number: 10292900
    Abstract: An embodiment of the support structure includes a back plate, a central part adapted to recite an automatic compression/decompression unit, and a front includes two legs coupled between the central part and the back plate. The support structure is arranged to automatically compress or decompress a patient's chest when the front part is attached to the back plate and when the compression/decompression unit is received in the central part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Sebelius, Per Bergström, Jan Hampf
  • Patent number: 9936825
    Abstract: A display fixture having a plurality of display panel assemblies that can each be independently pivoted between and held in either a horizontal and a vertical position may be easily configured for use as either a shelving unit or a display rack or a combination shelving unit and display rack by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Streater, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, Wayne Lee Jensen, David W. Linn, Jessica Andrea Mieritz
  • Patent number: 9615678
    Abstract: A display fixture mounted on wheels and having a panel that can be pivoted between a horizontal and a vertical position may be easily position and configured for use as either a table or a gondola style store fixture to display merchandise by a single person in a store. Latch and stop assemblies may be provided to lock the panel in either the vertical or the horizontal position and to stabilize the fixture against tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Streater LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Lindblom, David W. Linn, Wayne Lee Jensen, Jessica Andrea Mieritz
  • Patent number: 9516947
    Abstract: A configurable furniture system and method are disclosed. The system and method include one or more panels, each of the panels having one or more working edges. One or more hinges successively connect the panels together at the working edges. The system is able to convert from a folded configuration into a functional configuration, which may be a chair, desk, lounge, table or stool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Taylor
  • Patent number: 9216679
    Abstract: This embodiment relates generally to the Footrest system (200) to brace a rower under rowing stress when rowing a watercraft (32), which allows an operator (316) to row watercraft (32) in a safe, ergonomic, efficient, comfortable, and convenient manner. The footrest (200), enables the counteraction of oaring forces imparted by rower, while allowing footrest system (200) to meaningfully adjustable in several independent axis and angle relative to operator (316) location in watercraft (32). An inner guide system (204) can trap foot board (210) in a secured fore and aft position, or allow it to slidably travel within watercraft (32). An outer guide system (202) can trap foot board (210) in a desired angle. The footrest system (200) also allows the movement and trapping of foot board (210) in a flat position and in a negative angle and backward position so it can be a meaningful and comfortable leg rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Barnitus A. Wong
  • Publication number: 20150114269
    Abstract: A tilting board for a human being operated includes an operation plate, a base plate rotationally connected to the operation plate, a sliding rail fixed on the base plate, and an adjustment member. The sliding rail is fixed on the base plate and defines a plurality of pairs of opposite slots. One end of the adjustment member abuts against the operation plate and the other end of the adjustment member is positioned between one of the pairs of opposite slots. The degree of incline of the tilting board can be changed by moving the adjustment member from the pair of opposite slots to another one of the pairs of opposite slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: GANG-TAO FAN, MU-GEN YUAN, MU-RUI PENG
  • 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: 8661989
    Abstract: An adjustable desk includes a desk board, a supporting unit, and a first adjusting unit. The desk board includes front and rear ends. The supporting unit disposed between the desk board and the ground includes a first leg pivotally connected with the front end. The first adjusting unit mounted between the desk board and the first leg includes a screw shaft, at least one linkage, and at least one level. The linkage is engaged screwedly with screw shaft. The level pivotally connected between the linkage and the rear end. While the screw shaft is rotated, the linkage is moved axially between two ends of the outer screw portions to drive the level pivoting with respect to the screw shaft. The desk board is pivoted with respect to the first leg to adjust a slope angle formed between the desk board and the supporting unit steplessly without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sing-Bee Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Tsai, Te-Ju Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8544808
    Abstract: The ventilation support for laptop computers provides support for a laptop computer on an uneven or soft surface to allow improved air circulation for the cooling of the laptop computer. The ventilation support for laptop computers includes a flat, planar panel generally matching the bottom surface dimensions of the laptop computer. A front edge of the panel is hinged to the front edge of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. One or more collapsible support members join a rear portion of the panel to a rear portion of the bottom surface of the laptop computer. The collapsible support members will support the laptop computer above the panel in the open position during use, but readily collapse to allow the panel to be placed into the closed position for storage. The collapsible support member(s) may be rigid and unitary, or articulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Saad
  • Patent number: 8424465
    Abstract: A slant board for viewing, reading, or working an object at a convenient angle is provided. The slant board includes a table. The table includes an inner face, an outer face, and a plurality of struts, each strut pivotally coupled to the inner face along respective lateral pivot axes. The slant board also includes a base pivotally coupled to the table to define a tilt angle therebetween. The base includes a plurality of stops for engaging the struts. At least two struts have different lateral pivot axes and/or different lengths. Each of the plurality of struts is engageable with at least one of the plurality of stops to provide a range of tilt angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Epifanio Villanueva Florendo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8424464
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a surface panel for supporting objects in a first workspace. The surface panel includes a removable plug having a first flat surface and a second surface comprising rectilinear fingers for supporting devices in a generally upright position. A frame having a top side and a bottom side holds the surface panel above the top side and enables the surface panel to be positioned at a plurality angles relative to the frame. Appendages joined to the frame and deployable from the frame enable the frame and the surface panel to be supported a distance above a surface, where the distance is sufficient for enabling a second workspace between the frame and the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Norman Korpi
  • Patent number: 8322290
    Abstract: A multi-use table includes a tabletop; a pair of legs carried by the tabletop; and a mouse pad having a mouse pad body carried by the tabletop, a track ball mouse carried by the mouse pad body and an interface cable connected to the track ball mouse. The multi-use table can include a tilting tabletop having a tab, which is removably inserted into a slot within a table base. An angle support assembly is hingeably coupled to a center lower surface of the tilting tabletop. The angle support engages with a feature within the table base such that the tilting tabletop remains at an angle. An anti-slip material can be disposed upon the top surface of the tabletop for securing a laptop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Giancarlo Mignano
  • Patent number: 8205561
    Abstract: A frame includes a pair of parallel arms that are transversely spaced apart from one another. A first brace interconnects the parallel arms at their respective leading ends and a second brace interconnects the parallel arms at their respective mid-lengths. A table has a first end hingedly connected to the second brace. A first and second plurality of teeth is provided along an extent of the first and second arms, respectively. First and second support struts hingedly interconnect the table to preselected teeth when the table is in a first angular position relative to the frame. First and second book supports are slideably mounted on the table and lockable into any selected position. The parallel arms are releasably attached to the armrests of a conventional wheelchair. The support struts are disengaged from the teeth to enable folding the table into a horizontal storage position where it overlies the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Rick Bierworth
  • Patent number: 7938069
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting upon an underlying surface has an adjustable backing plate structure. The backing plate structure has a main backing plate, first and second connecting racks extending from respectively opposite sides of the main backing plate, and a supporting member connected to the first and second connecting racks. The support member is in the form of a roller and is movable between a first position extending in parallel spaced relation to an end of the main backing plate and a second position contacting a bottom surface of the main backing plate. Each of the first and second connecting racks has a locating end received in a slot of the main backing plate so as to be adjustably slidable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Yun-Chi Hu
  • Publication number: 20100050907
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable heat-dissipating pad for a portable computer conforms to the ergonomics and includes: a plate provided with a guiding slot and fixing troughs, both sides of the guiding slot being provided with a plurality of positioning regions; a support provided with a positioning post, the positioning post passing through the guiding slot with the support being detachably assembled in the guiding slot of the plate to support the plate; and a supporting pad passing through the fixing trough and connected to the bottom of the plate, thereby preventing the articles on the plate form sliding. With the positioning post of the support being positioned in the positioning region in a multi-stage manner, the plate on the support can be positioned at a plurality of angles. Furthermore, the supporting pad can support the elbow of a user and conform to the ergonomics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Chia-Jung WU
  • Patent number: 7647872
    Abstract: An extension table apparatus with automatic height adjustment and folding capability. This apparatus is primarily designed for use with portable or stationary frame-mounted woodworking equipment such as planers, joiners, drum sanders and power saws. With one end of the table attached to a height-adjustable surface such as a planer bed, the apparatus uses a leveling assembly extending beneath the table to support and maintain the other end of the table. Simple lever principles and strategically located pivot points keep the table coplanar with the planer bed as it is raised or lowered. The leveling assembly transfers most of the weight of the workpiece and table to the floor, instead of the machine. The apparatus attaches only to the machine permitting mobility of the apparatus and machine. The design of mounting brackets, length of parts and pivoting action allows folding of the apparatus to facilitate storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Lee Pitchford
  • Patent number: 7395765
    Abstract: A rotatable table includes a shelf unit which is mounted on a support structure and a rotatable unit having a work surface which may be rotated from a horizontal position to a vertical position. The rotatable unit may be placed in (1) a horizontal position, (2) specific detent angular positions, (3) other angular positions selected by the user, and (4) a storage position wherein the work surface is vertical. A truss assembly guide which slidably receives a truss assembly makes the various angular positions possible. In an embodiment of the invention, the entire rotatable table is vertically positionable on the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Mitchell K. Dorfman
  • Patent number: 7374137
    Abstract: A directional support structure for use with solar panels, flat satellite antennas, and the like items that are directed toward a point in space. The support structure includes a mounting plate with an extension tube extending outwardly therefrom, pivotally secured to a mounting bracket permitting rotational azimuth alignment of the mounting plate. At least one locking turnbuckle is attached between the extension tube and the mounting bracket to provide locking and vertical adjustable alignment of the mounting plate. The base member includes an attached first flange positioned along an upper end of the base member, an attached flaring positioned on the lower end of the mounting bracket, and an unattached second flange positioned over the flaring, securable to the first flange with fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Wayne Staney
  • Patent number: 7078069
    Abstract: A sprayable cookware release composition includes an oil, a propellant, and a cookware release agent having lecithin treated with an alkali and a fatty acid at the same time or treated with a mixture of an alkali and a fatty acid. A variety of alkali and fatty acids can be used to treat the lecithin, including more than one alkali and more than one fatty acid. Suitable alkali for treating the lecithin include sodium and potassium sorbate, sodium and potassium carbonate, sodium and potassium bicarbonate, sodium and potassium acetate, sodium and potassium hydroxide, and mixtures thereof. Suitable fatty acids for treating the lecithin include oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and mixtures thereof. The cookware release agent and oil are mixed, and the mixture is dispensed from the aerosol container by the propellant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: ConAgra Grocery Products Company
    Inventor: Linsen Liu
  • Patent number: 7073449
    Abstract: A reading tray for mounting on an aircraft seat includes: (a) a substantially planar top side and bottom side; the top side being substantially parallel to the opposite, bottom side; (b) a space in the center of the top side extending partially through the tray; (c) a support panel that is removably insertable in the space; and (d) an arm support assembly connected to the support panel for supporting the support panel in an open, inclined position, or in an alternate, closed position wherein the support panel fits closely within the space with an upper face of the support panel flush with the top side of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Marc Calvin Pipkin
  • Patent number: 6941876
    Abstract: A reading table includes a tabletop is connected to a frame for pivotal movement up and down among selected inclined positions. The frame is supported on front and back legs, the front legs being connected for pivotal movement between “normal” forward positions and “pushed-back” positions when the table is pulled into a chair and over its seating surface. The table also includes a pair of props, shorter than the front legs, to act in place of the front legs by standing upon the seating surface when the table is pulled in over the seating surface. The legs and props are telescoped for height adjustability among a discrete number of snap lock positions. Left and right levers are pivotally mounted on left and right ends of the frame, each of them spring-biased up against a ratchet on the underside of the tabletop to releasably support the tabletop at a selected incline relative to the frame. A crossbar is slidable up and down on the tabletop to position objects such as a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Louis M. Traino
  • Patent number: 6877806
    Abstract: A folding tray assembly is provided and includes a support member and a tray member, whereby the tray member is pivotably supported by the support member and moveable relative thereto between a use position and a stowed position. The folding tray assembly further includes a locking mechanism operable to selectively lock the tray member to the support member in one of either the use position or the stowed position. The locking mechanism is housed within the tray member such that the mechanism is not visible or accessible by an occupant, but rather remotely actuated by a handle or lever. In addition, the tray assembly eliminates external supports by providing support within the tray member, thereby providing an open space below the tray member and giving the tray assembly a generally L-shape in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: E & E Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Cutshall, Joe Parker, Lawrence Scott
  • Patent number: 6832560
    Abstract: A work table includes a frame with a vertical central column as well as a base and a work surface, which is fastened to a support element. The height and angle of the work surface are adjustable. A joint seating device is provided on an upper end of the central column and a swivel arm is arranged in a pivoting manner about a horizontal axis of the joint seating device. The swivel arm contains another rotary joint, about whose horizontal axis the support element and the work surface connected with it are arranged in a pivoting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Sedus Stoll AG
    Inventors: Mathias Seiler, Martin Pabst
  • Patent number: 6682240
    Abstract: A self-positioning device for a keyboard includes two protrusions adapted to be respectively formed on opposite sides of a corresponding leg, two stops each formed on a corresponding one of the protrusions, and two sectorial bosses adapted to be formed on a corresponding one of the recessed seats to correspond to the two protrusions. Each sectorial boss has a first edge and a second edge to selectively abut a corresponding one of the two stops. The selective abutting of the stops to the first and second edges enables support of the keyboard on a plan surface horizontally and inclinedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Behavior Tech Computer Corporation
    Inventor: Kuan-Nan Chou
  • Patent number: 6540457
    Abstract: A multi-section cover device is used to conceal a slide way for a work piece support of a machining apparatus, and includes a fixed shield member connected to the work piece support, a first movable shield member pivotally coupled to the first shield member, and a second movable shield member pivotally coupled to the first movable shield member. The first movable shield member has a roller unit for rolling contact with the slide way. A pair of link arms are pivotally connected to the second movable shield member, and have shield supporting edges for supporting a top wall of the second movable shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Yih Chuan Machinery Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-San Lai
  • Patent number: 6530631
    Abstract: A bookcase 12 has an easel 14 pivotally attached to the back of the bookcase housing 12. The easel 14 is attached to the bookcase 12 using friction supports 16 having additional support members or hinges 24 having hinge pins 32 therein. At least one support member 16 is provided for fixedly holding the planar work surface 14 at the desired angle. Also provided is a raised edge element 26 for supporting work materials 18 upon the planar work surface 14 when in an angled position. Additionally, there is provided a centrally positioned removable rail 28 that can support additional work materials 18. The bookcase 12 has a plurality of shelves 22 mounted therein along with a plurality of casters 20 fixedly attached to its underside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 6435460
    Abstract: A folding detachable stand for a portable tool that is used on a job site. The stand has front and rear legs connected in a scissor relationship on right and left sides. Rear braces extend from an intermediate portion of the rear legs to a central portion of a platform or a central portion of a portable bending brake. Quick connect pins and brackets are used to assemble elements of the stand together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Van Mark Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Van Cleave, Eugene G. Eichhorn
  • Patent number: 6431987
    Abstract: A spherical swivel includes a base assembly having a clevis and a ball joined to the clevis. A swivel eye is movably joined to the ball. An elastomeric band positioning device includes an elastomeric band that is secured at opposite ends to the base assembly and is further secured to the swivel eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Tushar, Paul J. Leska, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6408769
    Abstract: A steering-wheel table has a tabletop (1) with a top seat (3) on a bottom forward portion of the tabletop and two bottom seat members (5) that pivot down from proximate a rearward portion of the tabletop to rest on low portions of a steering wheel (2). For tilt-adjustable steering wheels, the two bottom seats can have fixed distances from the tabletop. For non-tilt steering wheels, the two bottom seats can be at variable distances from the tabletop. The top seat can be a catch bracket in a catch pocket in a bottom of the tabletop and the two bottom seats can be on a support leg (4) that folds into a storage pocket (8) in a bottom of the tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Jane D. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6302032
    Abstract: The drawing horse and multi-task work station is adapted to support a planar board for use by a user. The station includes a generally rectangular, three dimensional central frame structure having a width small enough to be straddled by the user. Planar, rectangular end frame structures are mounted on either end of the central frame structure. The end frame structures include upwardly extending frame portions with a pair of extending end posts thereat. In one embodiment, the work station is provided with a removable drafting board system having pivotal end support elements, supporting the drafting board thereon, mounted to left and right side cross support beams. The cross support beams are removably mounted on the end posts of the end frame structures with end post caps. The caps are at either end of the cross support beams. In another embodiment, the station includes a tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Ernest J. Ranspach
  • Patent number: 6286440
    Abstract: A school, home or commercial desk that can be used for traditional tasks and yet provides readily available access to computer equipment. The computer in a desk (10) is comprised of a desk body (24) that houses the internal components of a standard computer; a desk top (12) that houses the flat panel screen (18) beneath a view panel (20) that is mounted flush with the surface of the desk top (12); a keyboard tray (14) that holds the standard computer keyboard; and a support system of four adjustable legs (42). The desk top (12), keyboard tray (14), and legs (42) are all adjustble to suit the users specific ergonomic needs. The desk body (24) consists of a front panel (28), back panel (30), right side panel (32),and left side panel (34), bottom panel (36), and top panel (38) that give the computer in a desk (10) its shape, support and access to available, installed computer components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Craig Jyringi
  • Patent number: 6152525
    Abstract: A child safety seat comprising a seat body and a base, is adapted to be secured on a vehicle seat by a lap strap of a vehicle seat belt. A front foot is pivotally mounted on the front part of the seat body so as to be movable between a first position and a second position in which it projects downwardly from the seat body to a greater extent that when in its first position so as to compress the front part of the vehicle seat cushion. This reduces the extent of angular movement of the child seat which can take place subsequent to installation, for example during an accident, before the front foot abuts against the rigid structure of the vehicle seat with the maximum possible compression of the seat cushion trapped therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Britax-Excelsior Limited
    Inventors: Shaun Carine, David Lovie
  • Patent number: 6113052
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lightweight and inexpensive portable desk useful as a support for an article, a book, a magazine, a lap-top computer, a drawing, a photograph, a painting, writing utensils, and the like. The portable desk comprises just two integral components, a desk member and a leg member. Some unique features of the portable desk of the present invention include: 1) a capacity to vary the tilt angle according to the needs of a particular user and work setting and 2) the leg member serves as a base to support the desk member and includes a projection that allows for efficient storage/transportation of the portable desk. Thus, the portable desk of provides several working configuration at various inclinations and can be assembled in a securely connected compact storage/transportation configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Luigi Gentile
    Inventors: Luigi Gentile, Bradford T. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 6003452
    Abstract: A scamp and scamp housing comprising a base with casters and a telescoping column attached to the base with a locking mechanism, and wherein an additional locking mechanism secures a podium to the column at a predetermined attitude, and wherein the housing includes two "U" shaped frames with a desktop attached to the top ends of the "U" frames, a shelf attached near the base of the "U" frames, and a slot provided in the shelf to accommodate the column of the scamp, such that the base of the scamp fits underneath the shelf, and the podium of the scamp fits underneath the desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: BBT Group
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: 5896817
    Abstract: A computer desk with a fixed or variable angle sloping works surface. The desk includes four legs, preferably telescoping to provide variable desk height, secured to a table top. A work surface panel is secured to the table top at an angle of from about 30 to 60.degree.. Cut-outs are provided in the panel for receiving a computer monitor and, if desired, other components. A number of horizontal bar-like rails are secured to the panel for preventing items such as papers, files, components such as keyboards, from sliding down the panel and keeping the items readily visible and within easy reach. Optimally, horizontal inverted "T" cross section slots cooperated with inverted "T" cross section on the rails. Various platforms for other components, such as a mouse pad, may be secured to the panel in the same manner as the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Carl M. Hancock
  • Patent number: 5871191
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting bracket for the installing of a level table surface by use of an adjustable mounting system. The wall mounting bracket includes a bracket having a wall end and a table end and an adjustable bracket system for the bracket on the wall. An adjustable table mounting bracket is provided for mounting a level table on the bracket, even where the wall is not true or perpendicular to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Sidney L. Cohn
  • Patent number: 5862761
    Abstract: A scamp and a scamp housing with a scamp having a base with casters, a telescoping column attached to the base, a locking mechanism to secure the telescoping column at a predetermined height, a podium hingedly attached to column, and a locking mechanism to secure the podium at a predetermined attitude, and the scamp house being composed of two "U" shaped frames with a desktop attached to the top ends of the "U" frames, a shelf attached near the base of the "U" frames, a slot provided in the shelf to accommodate the column of the scamp such that the base of the scamp fits underneath the shelf and the podium of the scamp fits underneath the desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Balt, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: 5845586
    Abstract: A computer workstation that has an adjustable keyboard support is described. The workstation has a base having an upper end, a lower end, and a leg assembly. There is top having a bottom surface attached to the upper end of the base. A keyboard support having a longitudinal axis is pivotally attached to the top. The workstation is designed so that the keyboard support can be adjusted in height as well as angularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Balt, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: 5735218
    Abstract: A school desk (1) having a frame (7) and a desk top (2) with a flat writing surface (3). The desk top (2) is pivoted at its rear edge (11) and movable between a first position in which the writing surface (3) is horizontal and a second position in which the writing surface (3) is inclined. A releasable latch maintains the writing surface (3) inclined. The latch takes the form of two linkages (16, 18) each having a first link (16) and a single common link (18) which form an over-center toggle mechanism. The latch is releasable by fingers passed through an aperture (5) in the desk top (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Sebel Furniture Limited
    Inventor: Michael Andrew Fewchuk
  • Patent number: 5671091
    Abstract: An improved computer graphic work station is disclosed of the type that includes a digitizer for allowing an artist or other user to input a drawing into a computer, and an imaging device to produce an image of the drawing as it is being drawn. A beam splitter reflects at least a portion of the produced image to the eye of the user. The position and orientation of the beam splitter may be varied by a user relative to the imaging device in order to allow the user to align the workstation by causing the reflected image to appear, in the user's eye, to be substantially coincident with the drawing. Once aligned, the user may adjust the position and orientation of the digitizing surface without upsetting the alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Marshall M. Monroe, Eric C. Haseltine, William G. Adamson
  • Patent number: 5649491
    Abstract: A tilt table is supported on one side of a base frame so as to be swung up about rollers allowing movement away from one side of a base frame. A pair of links are pivotally connected to the underside of the table and to the other side of the base frame table to tilt up as its one side rolls away from the base frame one side. A pair of air spring actuators is mounted in a space between cross pieces and fixed to the links and base frame to operate the tilt table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Knight Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James Zaguroli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5624375
    Abstract: A tilt mechanism for use with an infant care apparatus such as an incubator to place and retain the infant care apparatus in a desired tilt angle. The tilt mechanism includes two sets of crossed links, each set forming an X between the links. One end of each link is rotatable affixed to a fixed base and the other end rotatably affixed to the infant care apparatus. A locking device is used that allows the infant apparatus to be manually moved by means of the crossed link sets to the desired angle and then locked into that position. With this mechanism, the entire infant apparatus is tilted rather than only some internal bed or infant platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Ohmeda Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Dykes, Robert M. Simenauer
  • Patent number: 5601014
    Abstract: A lift and tilt table has a two arm linkage between the load bearing deck and the base. A single extensible cylinder acting between one of the arms and the deck causes the arms to rotate as the cylinder is extended to lift and tilt the table relative to the base. A pivotal connection between one of the arms and the base is slidable along the base from a forward position to an intermediate position and can be locked in the forward position. When the pivotal connection is locked, extension of the cylinder will cause the arms to rotate to simultaneously tilt and lift the deck relative to the base. When the pivotal connection is unlocked, extension of the cylinder will cause the arms to rotate to sequentially tilt and then lift the table relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Vestil Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jay B. Stevens, Richard K. Gronczewski, Bradley R. Holloway, William H. Yeakle
  • Patent number: 5555819
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a tiltable work surface. The adjustment mechanism includes an adjustment bar having notched flanges. The notches are selectively engageable with pins projecting from a support to selectively fix the work surface at a desired degree of tilt. In this way, the user can easily and quickly adjust the tilt angle of the work surface by simply lifting up on, and then releasing, the adjustment bar to selectively engage the desired pair of notches with the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Metamorphosis Design & Development
    Inventor: Edwin P. Lochridge
  • Patent number: 5469793
    Abstract: A counter-balanced tiltable platform (10) is provided for receiving and supporting a load such as a camera. The arrangement includes a base (11), an intermediate support (13) mounted on the base to move in a vertical direction with respect to the base, a pivot mechanism (15) for mounting the platform on the intermediate support to tilt about a horizontal axis in either direction from a normal position, a mechanism for positioning a load on the platform with its center of gravity over the horizontal axis when the platform is in said normal position and a link and bell crank lever arrangement (25, 27, 31) acting through the intermediate support to raise the support and thereby the platform in response to tilting of the platform in either direction from the normal position to maintain the center of gravity of the loaded platform in a constant horizontal plane and thereby to counter-balance the loaded platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Vinten Group plc
    Inventor: Richard A. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 5413051
    Abstract: A drawing table includes two parallel stands, two top supports pivoted to the stands at the top and supported on short horizontal rods on the stands by a second adjusting device being controlled to adjust the angular positions of the top supports on the stands, a drawing board mounting frame having a front side pivoted to two parallel top supports and a rear side connected to the stands by a first adjusting device being controlled to adjust the angular position of the drawing board mounting frame on the top supports, two lifting gears mounted on an upper cross rod between the stands and respectively connected to the drawing board mounting frame and a cross rod between the top supports, and two tie rods mounted on a bottom cross rod between the stands and respectively connected to either short horizontal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Chin JWU Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chu Tseng