Swiveling Patents (Class 16/104)
  • Patent number: 11118386
    Abstract: A guide carriage for displaceably supporting a furniture part on a guide rail, includes a chassis having at least one pivotally mounted running wheel and at least one connecting portion for connecting the guide carriage to the furniture part. At least one positioning device is provided for positioning the connecting portion relative to the chassis in at least one linear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Rupp, Ingo Gasser, Franz Kohlweiss
  • Patent number: 10876340
    Abstract: A guide system for guiding a movably mounted furniture part, in particular a folding or folding-sliding door, includes a longitudinal guide rail, at least one guide device via which the furniture part is movable in a longitudinal direction along the longitudinal guide rail, and at least one support on which the furniture part is mounted in an articulated manner. The at least one support is movable in a direction extending transversely to the longitudinal direction of the longitudinal guide rail, and the at least one support has a receiver for receiving the guide device and the support is movable in the mounted position into a transfer position in which the receiver is arranged adjacent to the longitudinal guide rail. A compensation device compensates for a height difference between the receiving device and the longitudinal guide rail is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Rupp, Christian Hauer, Hermann Haemmerle, Ingo Gasser
  • Patent number: 10711497
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheel assembly having an elongate housing configured to engage with and support a sliding panel element. The housing has a first subassembly having a first pair of wheels, the first subassembly being configured so as to allow rocking of the first pair of wheels. The housing also has a second subassembly having a second pair of wheels, the second subassembly being configured so as to allow rocking of the second pair of wheels. The first and second subassemblies are independently vertically adjustable with reference to the housing. The present wheel assemblies may be of the type used to support a sliding door or similar, on a surface such as a track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Craig Lang
  • Patent number: 10385600
    Abstract: A horizontal garage door assembly includes a plurality of panels, which are pivotally connected at adjacent side edges. A top rail receives the plurality of panels and includes a first straight portion, a curved portion, and a second straight portion. A motor is positioned at a first end of the first straight portion, a tensioning mechanism is disposed on a first panel, a gear mechanism is positioned at a second end of the first straight portion. A connecting band connects the motor, the gear mechanism, and the tensioning mechanism to form a loop along a length of the top rail. The motor drives the connecting band such that the plurality of panels moves between a closed position, in which the plurality of panels is substantially received in the first straight portion, and an open position, in which the plurality of panels is substantially received in the second straight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Tyler Malejko
  • Patent number: 10323447
    Abstract: An adjustable guide device, which serves for guiding a sliding element, such as a sliding door, with a mounting body that is mountable on the floor, a guide member that is pivotally connected to the mounting part and is designed for interacting with the lower side of the sliding element, and a locking element, with which the connection between the mounting part and the guide member is fixable or releasable. The guide member comprises a guide body and a guide foot, which are connected with one another, which guide body comprises a guide column that is aligned along a guide axis (y) and which guide foot is seated on an upper side of the mounting body and is pivotally connected by a joint element to the mounting body so that the guide foot can be turned around a pivot axis (x), which is distant from the guide axis (y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Gregor Haab, Sascha Justl, Peter Ettmüller, Nejib Yezza
  • Patent number: 10280668
    Abstract: A roller with a Delrin plastic injection to coat the steel shaft wherein the plastic coated shaft eliminates the metal-to-metal contact that creates the noise. The new and improved Delrin plastic coated shaft will be 1 mm larger than industry standard shafts because 10-11 mm industry standard shafts are too loose in the hinge barrels which allows the rattling. This improved roller shaft is 12 mm at finished thickness to reduce the extra space. A roller wheel connected to a roller shaft being a portion of a hinge affixed to a garage door, the roller wheel adapted to roll within a track of a garage door, the roller wheel including at least one ball bearing and a collar retained in a circumferential cylindrical middle cover seal and the circumferential cylindrical middle cover seal covered with a steel cover, the steel cover covered with 50-90 durometer soft urethane plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10280667
    Abstract: A roller with a Delrin plastic injection to coat the steel shaft wherein the plastic coated shaft eliminates the metal-to-metal contact that creates the noise. The new and improved Delrin plastic coated shaft will be 1 mm larger than industry standard shafts because 10-11 mm industry standard shafts are too loose in the hinge barrels which allows the rattling. This improved roller shaft is 12 mm at finished thickness to reduce the extra space. Closing the gap between the roller shaft and hinge barrel will eliminate the metal-to-metal contact resulting in a very quiet, rolling garage door. By keeping the finished thickness at 12 mm on the new shaft, the roller will still work on new and old garage door hinges and fixtures. This makes the new and improved roller shaft a truly universal product that will work on 90% of garage doors in service and almost all new models. This is a long over-due improvement to garage door rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10260264
    Abstract: A tensioning assembly for winding a winding system includes a support bracket connectable to a fixed frame, a collar portion removably mountable onto a shaft of the winding system proximate to the support bracket, a ratchet wheel, and a pawl component. The collar portion is removably secured onto the shaft. The ratchet wheel is securely mounted onto the collar portion and is rotatable therewith. The ratchet wheel has a plurality of teeth and a plurality of corresponding recesses. The pawl component is operatively mountable on the support bracket and is moveable with respect to said support bracket, the pawl component having an extremity being positioned, shaped and sized with respect to at least one recess of the ratchet wheel for allowing rotation of the shaft along a winding direction, and for blocking rotation of the shaft along an unwinding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Yannick Funk
  • Patent number: 10220382
    Abstract: An isolator comprises a manipulation chamber isolated from the external atmosphere, a door for opening and closing a portal formed on the manipulation chamber, a linear guide mechanism for guiding a linear motion of a front-side edge of the door along the portal, and a rotation guide mechanism defining a rotation of the door about an axis coinciding with the front-side edge. The door is closed by positioning the front-side edge at the front side of the manipulation chamber, and the door is opened inward into the manipulation chamber by moving the front-side edge toward the back side while rotating the door about the front-side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Kanjun Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9879460
    Abstract: A sliding door arrangement with a sliding door, a rail guiding a sliding motion of the door, and an attenuation and retraction device. The attenuation and retraction device includes a lid with a slot that is open towards the rail. The door includes a pin having an end adapted to enter the slot for interacting with attenuation and retraction device when the pin reaches an entry point of the attenuation and retraction device. The lid includes ramp portion adapted to interact with the pin such that the pin reaches further into the slot after passing the entry point as the door approaches an end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Elfa International AB
    Inventor: Peter Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9869115
    Abstract: A sliding door for use with a rail system, having a rail, which guides a sliding motion of the door, and an attenuation and retraction device, which brakes the sliding motion of the door at a brake position in the vicinity of a door end position and retracts the door to the end position. The sliding door includes a pin, which is slideably attached to the door, slideable between a pin retracted position and a pin extended position, a tip of the pin interacting with the attenuation and retraction device. The door further includes a wheel carried by a wheel holder, which is arranged to move the wheel between a wheel retracted position and a wheel extended position. A transmission mechanism interconnects the wheel holder and the pin such that a movement of the wheel, towards the wheel extended position, urges the pin towards the pin extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Elfa International AB
    Inventor: Peter Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9850703
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a movable barrier assembly that includes a screen garage door that may be remotely operated to open and close an entry to a garage, thereby facilitating ventilation, and preventing debris such as leaves, insects, etc. from entering the garage. In an exemplary embodiment, a screen assembly includes a first track running substantially parallel to a second track on which a garage door travels. A movable barrier operator that actuates the garage door and screen door may include a first motor to operate the screen door, and a second motor to operate the garage door. In exemplary embodiments, a single control unit is configured to operate both motors and thus operate each movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Maryam Alirezaei
  • Patent number: 9546511
    Abstract: A hinge for a multi-panel door includes a first bracket, a second bracket pivotally coupled to the first bracket, and a carrier link carrying a roller adapted to engage in a door track. The first bracket is adapted to be operably attached to a first panel of the multi-panel door, the second bracket is adapted to be operably attached to second panel of the multi-panel door, and the carrier link is pivotally attached to one of the first bracket or the second bracket. The carrier link is selectively positionable in a plurality of pre-defined positions, such that at each of the pre-defined positions, the roller is disposed at a different position relative to the first bracket and the second bracket so that the roller can be spaced apart a variety of different distances from the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Jay S. Dittmer
  • Patent number: 9394734
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for garage doors having two leaf assemblies and a central tubular supporting member. A sleeve member is coaxially mounted within the supporting member and in turn it coaxially houses a roller shaft extending beyond the supporting member. The shaft has a roller mounted at one end. A push nut fastener mounted to the shaft member and the sleeve member abuttingly mounted to one end of the inner sleeve member. The leaf assemblies' movement is constrained along the tubular supporting member. The sleeve is made of a self-lubricating plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Stealth Hardware Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Berger
  • Patent number: 8046872
    Abstract: A carriage for fitting a suspendable door on a rail is described. The carriage includes a housing and at least one running roller disposed on the housing. The running roller is positioned to engage the rail. An installation plate is included that is adapted to be connected to the suspendable door. A suspension bolt is connected between the housing and the installation plate. A portion of the suspension bolt engages a bearing disposed at one end of either the housing or the installation plate. The bearing permits at least angular displacement if the suspension bolt with respect to either the housing or the installation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hettich-Heinze GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Burgess, III, Joerg vom Dorp, Michael Leidner
  • Patent number: 6647896
    Abstract: A railway car door (10) includes a substantially planar door (14) and a pair of elongated support members (18) which are rotatably mounted to the door. A drive mechanism (50) is operatively associated with the railcar door for imparting rotational forces on the support members. A pair of greaseless crank (22b) and roller hanger assemblies (26) movably support the door member on a track (24). Each crank assembly includes a crank pin (96) having a shaft portion 100 with a peripheral recess (114) closely embraced by a self-lubricating sleeve (116). Each roller hanger assembly includes a housing (102) having a well or channel (106) with at least one self-lubricating annular member or washer (120) disposed at the bottom wall (122) thereof. The peripheral recess (114) of the crank pin shaft portion with sleeve (116) are closely rotatably received in bore or channel (106) with the outer terminal end face (124) of the crank pin shaft portion placed in engagement with the at least one annular member or washer (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: YSD Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot J. Nottingham, Robert Jackson
  • Patent number: 6290040
    Abstract: A soft handle for luggage including a soft grip tube, a fabric strap, an arcuate bracing rod, and two fastening bases. The fabric strap is put through the soft grip tube such that the unexposed portion of the fabric strap is braced by the arcuate bracing rod, and that two exposed ends of the fabric strap are fastened to the luggage frame by the two fastening bases in conjunction with a plurality of rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Wei-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 6233888
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes an outer frame, panel members disposed within the outer frame, slidable rail units, pivot linking units, and locking members. The outer frame has top and bottom frame members formed with slide grooves. Each of the slidable rail units includes an upper rail disposed between the top frame member and an upper edge portion of a respective one of the panel members, and a lower rail disposed between the bottom frame member and a lower edge portion of the respective one of the panel members. Each of the upper and lower rails is provided with a rolling ball unit which extends slidingly into the slide groove unit in a respective one of the top and bottom frame members. The pivot linking units connect the upper and lower rails to adjacent ones of the upper and lower edge portions of the panel members such that the panel members are pivotable relative to the upper and lower rails about vertical axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: I-Shan Wu
  • Patent number: 5884363
    Abstract: A hinge for a sectional overhead door. The hinge having first and second hinge parts. The second part has side flanges and a connecting base. The first part has a body and an integral sleeve of a length greater than the distance between extremities of the flanges. The side flanges have opposed apertures. The sleeve is received by the apertures as the side flanges are configured to extend substantially at right angles to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kalford Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David John Tofts
  • Patent number: 5295281
    Abstract: This invention relates to a support and guide element for movable, suspended door and wall elements. The support and guide element is designed so that a smooth movement can be securely executed, even in the vicinity of junctions and intersections. This is achieved because four support rollers are fastened to a square support roller cage block, but where only two of the four support rollers support the weight of the door or wall element in the running direction of the door or wall element. The other two support rollers are oriented at right angles to the running direction, and, during movement of the door in the running direction, only come into contact with the roller rail at a junction or intersection. Above the running rollers there are guide rollers, which guarantee secure guidance of the wall element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Herbert Kordes
  • Patent number: 5181296
    Abstract: A multidirectional carrier and track generally comprising a disc, a track, and structure on the track defining a disc supporting surface. The disc is supported for rotation about an axis. The disc is in engagement with the disc supporting surface and has first and second ball bearing assemblies. The ball bearing assemblies have inner and outer races, the inner races mounted adjacent one another along the axis. The disc also has an outer cylindrical rim portion, the rim portion have an inner-facing surface, an outer-facing surface and upper and lower surfaces, the inner-facing surface engaging the outer races and the lower surface contacting the track. Structure on the inner-facing surface defines axially spaced faces projecting radially inward towards the axis in step-wise fashion, forming two axially-facing shoulders projecting from the inner-facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Hufcor, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Williams
  • Patent number: 4943110
    Abstract: A system for accessing interior portions of a curtainside truck trailer including a flexible curtain, upper and lower roller assemblies secured to the curtain for engagement with upper and lower rails mounted on the truck trailer for supporting the curtain during expanding and contracting movement along the rails. A support panel is mounted between upper and lower longitudinal edge portions of the truck trailer, and a latching mechanism is connected to the support panel which includes a shaft with a vertical axis of rotation, a latch attached to the shaft engagement with a keeper attached to the curtain. An operating member is attached to the shaft for rotating the shaft about its longitudinal axis and engaging the latch and keeper. A latch guide is captively engaged by the latch and attached to the support panel for guiding movement of the latch into engagement with the keeper. A spring biased locking mechanism for locking the latching mechanism and securing the curtain in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: John V. Pastva
  • Patent number: 4573286
    Abstract: A device for suspending and guiding an oblique-displacement sliding door, especially for railroad cars, comprises a rolling element which is attached to the door by means of a connecting member (4) and comprises two rollers (Gs, Gi) mounted within a tubular guide track (6). The rolling surfaces (6a, 6b, 6c, 6d) of the guide track (6) are located in oppositely-facing relation on each side of the connecting member (4) and at an oblique angle with respect to this latter. The profiles of the two rolling surfaces and of the two rollers are adapted to each other so as to prevent translational displacement of the rolling element (2) in a plane transverse to the guide track (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Faiveley Entreprises
    Inventors: Michel Favrel, Jean-Francois Penanhoat
  • Patent number: 4427244
    Abstract: A wall-unit furniture assembly comprises a stationary wall unit comprising a grouping along each of a pair of perpendicular walls. A front rail and a rear rail are supported parallel to each other on the upper edge of these groupings and run via arcuate corner sections around the corner between the two groupings. A rear sliding door is suspended on the rear rail by means of a roller trolley and a front sliding cabinet is suspended on the front rail by means of further such roller trolleys. These trolleys are provided at the extreme rear side corners of the door and cabinet so that they can move around the corner, and the door can slide behind and past the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Inventor: Erna Castagna
  • Patent number: 4302865
    Abstract: A multi-directional canted wheel carrier with shiftable control arm for supporting operable wall panels from upper and/or lower supporting tracks, with the control arm engaging a track slot or guideway and supported from the carrier for shifting when necessary between a leading and a trailing relationship to the panel supporting bolt to facilitate multi-directional movement of the carrier through track intersections. The carrier includes a single canted wheel or multiple canted wheels, and the bearings and tilt body structure of the canted wheel assembly provide efficient multi-directional movement of the carrier with minimum force requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Assignee: Panelfold, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy E. Dixon, William M. Mack, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4141106
    Abstract: A canted wheel carrier for supporting operable wall panels from upper and/or lower supporting surfaces to enable multi-directional movement of the panels and facilitate negotiation of angle turns and intersections without switches or curves in the supporting surfaces with a minimum of frictional resistance thereby reducing the force which must be applied to the panels to move them to a desired location and reducing frictional wear. The invention includes a top or bottom canted wheel carrier with or without a guide member or with a single or multiple canted wheels which engage a top or bottom supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Panelfold, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy E. Dixon
  • Patent number: 4115900
    Abstract: In a device of this type, the tubular member which receives the track roller shaft is attached to the door plate supporting ears by an arm which is bolted to the ears. Thus the tubular member can be rotated about the bolts to adjust its distance from the hinge plates. As a result, an adjustable unit is provided which is easy to install and set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Inventor: Arthur Mihalcheon