Hinge Patents (Class 16/221)
  • Patent number: 10358864
    Abstract: A shutter assembly includes a frame with a pair of elongate side members and a pair of elongate cross members extending between the side members. The first side member includes an inwardly-facing frame surface in a region between the pair of cross members and further includes a frame-ledge extending inward beyond the inwardly-facing frame surface. The shutter assembly includes a shutter panel having a first stile pivotally coupled to the first side member of the frame, the shutter panel configured to swing between a closed position and an open position relative to the frame. The first stile includes a shutter recessed surface, and a shutter-ledge extending outwardly beyond the shutter recessed surface. For light-blocking purposes the shutter assembly is configured such that the shutter-ledge is positioned adjacent to the frame-ledge when the shutter panel is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Houston Shutters, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Blackburn, Jennifer Baur
  • Patent number: 10329759
    Abstract: A method of installing a panel member on a frame assembly includes the steps of providing a panel member having inner and outer surfaces and providing one or more positioning assemblies on the inner surface of the panel. The positioning assemblies each having an adjustable positioning member adapted to engage a portion of the frame assembly. The method further includes setting the positioning members to determine a registration point for the panel member along the frame assembly. One or more driving assemblies are then provided on the inner surface of the panel, each having a biasing member adapted to engage a portion of the frame assembly to drive the panel member towards the registration point on the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, Mark T. Slager, Marvin C. Knauf, Allen C. Hager, Steven Keith Meek
  • Patent number: 10334090
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first housing, a second housing, a first hinge that is flexible and connects the first and the second housings, and a display panel that is continuously flexible. The first hinge overlaps with a first housing wall of the first housing and a second housing wall of the second housing. The first housing includes a first magnetic body. The second housing includes a second magnetic body. When the first hinge is in an open state, causing the first housing and the second housing to be disposed side-by-side, a magnetic force in a first direction is produced between the first magnetic body and the second magnetic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10327346
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus may include at least two rotation shafts arranged substantially parallel to one another. The apparatus may include at least two fixing members. At least one fixing member of the at least two fixing members may be disposed at each side of the at least two rotating shafts. The apparatus may include at least two sliding members. A least one sliding member of the at least two sliding members may connect at least one rotating shaft to at least one fixing member. Each of the at least two sliding members may be disposed on opposite sides of the at least two rotating shafts. In response to the at least two rotation shafts rotating, a distance between the two or more rotating shafts and the at least two fixing members changes in a lengthwise direction. An electronic device and method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Ran Zhang
  • Patent number: 10169929
    Abstract: A system for operating a fleet of off-road vehicles may include a network. A plurality of sensors operatively associated with the fleet of off-road vehicles and connected to the network sense information related to the operation of a plurality of off-road vehicle systems. A processing system operatively connected to the network collects sensor data from the off-road vehicles; combines sensor data from the vehicle systems in accordance with a user-defined event; determines whether the collected and combined sensor data are inside or outside defined limits of the user-defined event; produces an alarm signal for a user when the collected and combined sensor data are outside the defined limits of the user-defined event; and recommends modification of the operation of vehicles for which an alarm signal has been produced. A display system operatively associated with the processing system displays at least information relating to the recommended modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, D. Bradley Brown, Don Robert Manifee, Connie DeeAnne Puckett
  • Patent number: 10104790
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal comprises a flexible display; a first body positioned at a rear of the flexible display, the first body connected to the flexible display; a second body positioned at the rear of the flexible display, the second body connected to the flexible display and spaced apart from the first body, the second body movable with respect to the first body; a hinge assembly positioned at the rear of the flexible display, the hinge assembly located between the first body and the second body, the hinge assembly connecting the first body and the second body; and a hinge cover positioned at a lateral side of the hinge assembly, the hinge cover between the first body and the second body, wherein the hinge cover has a thinner thickness toward a central portion of the hinge cover from both ends of the hinge cover in a direction from the hinge cover toward the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Haklim Lee, Jongbeom Han, Sunglyong Cha
  • Patent number: 10069284
    Abstract: An irrigation control box can include a housing base having a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a top sidewall, a bottom sidewall, and a back wall. The box can include at least one hinge post. An offset hinge assembly can include a hinge assembly frame defining a hinge assembly interior, a first attachment structure positioned at least partially within the hinge assembly interior and configured to releasably attach to the at least one hinge post, and a rotational attachment point. A facepack can include at least one hinge point configured to mate with the rotational attachment point. In some cases, the facepack is configured to rotate about rotational attachment point of the offset hinge assembly with respect to the housing base when the housing base and facepack are each attached to the offset hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Paul
  • Patent number: 10027275
    Abstract: An object is to provide a technique capable of making the appearance of the entire roof on which a solar cell module is laid more beautiful. In a solar cell module that includes a front side transparent plate, a rear face sealing plate made of glass, and a solar cell sealed between the front side transparent plate and the rear face sealing plate, the area of the rear face sealing plate is made larger than the light receiving area of the solar cell and the area of the front side transparent plate. That is, the glass plate that seals the rear side of the solar cell expands to the outer side with respect to the front side transparent plate located on the front face of the solar cell module. A surplus region in which neither the solar cell nor the front side transparent plate is present is formed on the front side of the rear face sealing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stefan Friedrich, Yuta Minami, Thomas J Moran, Fumihiro Tanikawa
  • Patent number: 10026236
    Abstract: A method of operating a fleet of off-road vehicles may include: Collecting sensor data from the off-road vehicles, the sensor data being related to the operation of a plurality of vehicle systems; combining sensor data from the vehicle systems in accordance with a user-defined event; determining whether the collected and combined sensor data are within or without defined limits of the user-defined event; producing an alarm signal for a user when the collected and combined sensor data are without the defined limits of the user-defined event; and modifying the operation of vehicles for which an alarm signal has been produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, D. Bradley Brown, Don Robert Manifee, Connie DeeAnne Puckett
  • Patent number: 9980063
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are systems and methods for integrating a living-hinge in a hearing instrument. A system may include a living-hinge cover for a momentary, multi-function switch. The living-hinge switch may be used for volume adjustment. The system may be used to prevent debris ingress or rattling sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Curtis Johnson
  • Patent number: 9921613
    Abstract: A biaxial hinge has a first hinge portion which includes a first A hinge shaft, a second A hinge shaft, and a first radial direction coupling unit for coupling the first A hinge shaft and the second A hinge shaft. The biaxial hinge also has a second hinge portion which includes a first B hinge shaft and a second B hinge shaft, and a second radial direction coupling unit for coupling the first B hinge shaft and the second B hinge shaft. The biaxial hinge also has an axial direction coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kem HongKong Limited
    Inventor: Ryuta Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 9897136
    Abstract: A hinge of low profile design includes a bearing seat member made of a non-deformable metal and providing an axle hole and a mating connection part that is fastened to a first panel member, a pivot shaft including a disc-shaped head pivotally coupled to the axle hole, a stem extended from the disc-shaped head and suspending outside the axle hole and conical riveting portion located at the distal end of the stem and riveted to a through hole of a second panel member, and a washer mounted around the step and stopped between the bearing seat member and the second panel member for allowing relative rotation between the first panel member and the second panel member smoothly and stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwit Precision Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-De Wu, Chih-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9889036
    Abstract: A joint orthosis includes upper and lower members, and a joint mechanism. The joint mechanism includes a shielding cover and at least one of modular front and rear inserts. Each of the modular front and rear inserts is disposed to limit movement of a joint of a human body in a flexion/extension direction. The shielding cover is removably attached to a mounting frame of the joint mechanism and is configured to conceal and prevent access to the at least one or the modular front and rear inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Plus Meditech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yueh-Hua Chiang, Fu-Lin Chuang, Chien-Min Fang
  • Patent number: 9759476
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance comprises a cabinet, at least one door, and at least one hinge allowing the door to rotate about an axis for opening and closing, and further comprising at least one bracket configured to support the hinge, and at least one flexible tubular element inserted on one side in the cabinet and on the other side in the door. The flexible tubular element is configured to exit through a top wall of the cabinet, and is further configured to enter a cavity of the door by passing through a slot formed in the top wall of the door. The slot partially surrounds the hinge, and the slot is partially under the bracket when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Indesit Comppany S.p. A.
    Inventor: Valter Bazzucchi
  • Patent number: 9669140
    Abstract: A drying rack includes a first rack, a second rack and a movable core member. The second rack is pivotally connected with the first rack. The movable core member includes a receptacle configured to receive an associated cleaning device. The movable core member is operatively connected for pivotal movement with and pivotal movement with respect to each rack so as to change a relative location of the receptacle with respect to at least one of the first rack and the second rack based on a relative position of the first rack with respect to the second rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Charles Paradise, Shelley Palazzolo, Troy Phipps
  • Patent number: 9617782
    Abstract: A hinge for coupling a movable element to a frame that defines an opening that receives the movable element. The hinge includes a frame interface assembly adapted to attach to the frame at one or more attachment points. The frame interface assembly includes a frame leaf and a sealing member, the frame leaf defines a mounting face adapted to abut an exterior surface of the frame and a plurality of spaced apart knuckles. The sealing member defines an attachment point liquid barrier sealing face abutting an interior surface of the frame opposite the mounting face. The hinge further includes a sash leaf adapted to attach to the window sash, with the sash leaf defining one or more knuckles, and a pin assembly including a hinge pin extending through the knuckles of the frame leaf and the knuckles of the sash leaf to couple the frame leaf and the sash leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Derek Ronald Gramstad
  • Patent number: 9507384
    Abstract: A folding device provides a top case having magnetic elements at a top magnetic section and a bottom case having a groove and magnetic elements around the groove at a bottom magnetic section. As the top magnetic section of the top case is disposed at the bottom magnetic section of the bottom case, the top case is configurable at one of a folded position and at least two opened positions with respect to the bottom case. When the top case is at the first opened position, a first stopper and a first magnetic element at the groove of the bottom magnetic section maintain the top case at the first opened position; when the top case is at the second opened position, a second stopper and a second magnetic element at the groove of the bottom magnetic section maintain the top case at the second opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Che-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 9415285
    Abstract: A breakaway basketball rim assembly that deflects from a rest position to a displaced position in response to sufficient forces imposed on the rim. The rim assembly may have a fixed portion coupled to a backboard and a movable portion with a basketball rim. The basketball rim may pivot without the forces to activate the breakaway feature. The rim assembly may also have one or more leveling mechanisms to level the basketball rim assembly in a horizontal position relative to the backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Jim Jolly
  • Patent number: 9242484
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a pivotal member provided on a casing so as to pivot between a closed position in which the pivotal member covers at least a part of the casing and an open position in which the pivotal member is away from the closed position, a tray member disposed so as to pivot with respect to the casing and to be pressed to the open position by a pivoting motion of the pivotal member toward the open position, and a resetting device that cancels the pressing force of the pivotal member when the pivotal member is made to pivot toward the closed position, to thereby reset the tray member to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Oizumi
  • Patent number: 9201472
    Abstract: A rotary mechanism includes a supporter and a bracket. The supporter includes a body, a pivot hole structure and a guiding portion. The pivot hole structure and the guiding portion are disposed on the body. A slot is formed on the pivot hole structure. A top of the guiding portion is a cam structure. The bracket pivots to the supporter. The bracket includes a frame, a constraining portion and a pivoting portion. A bottom of the frame contacts against the guiding portion and slides relative to the cam structure. The constraining portion and the pivoting portion are disposed on the frame. The constraining portion can contact against the body to constrain rotation of the bracket relative to the supporter. The pivoting portion slidably pivots to the slot. The pivoting portion moves along the slot to contact the constraining portion against the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Kuang-Wen Chen, Chun-Chiang Lai, Yu-Hsin Huang, Fu-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 9025329
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body, a supporting arm, at least one first hinge, a first coupling member and at least one second coupling member. The first hinge is connected between the first body and the supporting arm. The supporting arm can rotate relatively to the first body through the first hinge. The first coupling member is disposed in the first body. The second coupling member is disposed in the supporting arm. When the second coupling member moves to at least one predetermined position, the first coupling member and the second coupling member are attracted by each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Pei-Yang Sung
  • Publication number: 20150107051
    Abstract: A rotating shaft housing structure of rotating members, including: a main body; rotating shafts for the rotating members; and a common recess which is provided in the main body, wherein the rotating members are attached to the main body via the respective rotating shafts so as to be rotatable, and the rotating shafts are housed alongside each other in the common recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Otoya Sakai, Tetsuhiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8999474
    Abstract: A device includes at least one built-in flexible portion (1) between two stiffer portions (10) that are made of a stiff composite material, the flexible portion (11) being suitable for forming a flexible hinge and made of a flexible material including a reinforcing armature that includes at least one connecting layer (13) common to the material(s) forming each stiff portion (10). The device has end surfaces (20) that oppose each other when extended, the opposing end surfaces being arranged to be suited to serve as a longitudinal compression abutment while enabling the thus-made hinge to fold back at least in a direction away from the extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
    Inventor: Christophe Casteras
  • Publication number: 20150091322
    Abstract: A tailgate hinge is part of a tailgate assembly and is attached to the rear sill of a pick-up truck bed. The tailgate hinge includes a stationary hinge bracket and a pivotal hinge bracket that are connected by a hinge pin. The pivotal hinge bracket includes a detachment slot. The hinge pin has a pair of flats that permit the hinge pin to pass through the detachment slot when the tailgate is at a predetermined angular orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Hausler, Andrew Kammerzell, John Comiez, Daniel Clatterbuck
  • Patent number: 8976536
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing that includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion coupled at a first end. The apparatus further comprises a bulkhead secured to a second end of the second housing portion, and a handle pivotally secured to a second end of the first housing portion. The bulkhead includes a distally extending pin and a spring latch. The handle has a hole that is sized and positioned to selectively receive the distally extending pin and allow the handle to close only with the first and second housing portions in a closed position. The handle also has a hook that is captured by the spring latch in response to the handle being closed. A torsion spring may be used to bias the handle to an open position where the handle can be easily grabbed when the handle has not been latched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael D. French, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150059127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid which is pivotably attached by a link at a filling spout (1) of a windshield washing water container. The invention proposes to provide the link with pinions which are received in support eyelets with an intermediary space there between. During injection molding the intermediary space is filled by slides of an injection molding tool so that the lid is injection moldable in one step together with the filling spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: FRANK SOMMER, Andreas Massold
  • Patent number: 8968474
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes: a chamber including a body having an open portion and a door for blocking the open portion; a substrate supporter connected to the door; and a door operating means including a rotation shaft for straightly moving and rotating the door, the door and the body separated in parallel from each other by straightly moving the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jusung Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Young Lim, Do-Hyung Kim, Ju-Ill Lee
  • Patent number: 8964363
    Abstract: A holding apparatus includes a base, a clamp portion protruding from the base, a fixed clamper, and a rotatable damper. The rotatable clamper includes a fixed arm and two resisting arms extending from the fixed arm toward the fixed damper. An adjustment portion includes an angle adjusting member and a locking member. The angle adjusting member includes a base body, a depressible member protruding from the base body, two side arms protruding from opposite ends of the base body, and two resisting portions protruding from the side arms. The two resisting portions resist on the two second resisting arms. The angle adjusting member includes a hook extending from a second bottom of the base body. The locking member includes a main body and at least one locking protrusion protruding from the main body. Each locking protrusion is engagable with the hook to prevent the rotatable clamper from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Hui Hu, Qing-Qing Zheng, Shuang-Hong Xiao, Mei Zhou, Ke-Xin Tang, Kun-Chih Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8944394
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a hinge for movably connecting a first panel to a second panel, the hinge comprising first and second spaced apart hinge members, each hinge member being connectable to the respective first and second panels; and a connector located between the hinge members, the connector having a pin member which connects the hinge members together to permit selective movement of the first panel relative to the second panel about multiple axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Maax Bath Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Berger
  • Publication number: 20150000081
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pinless attachment system includes a first structure having oppositely facing recesses separated by a web region. Pairs of recesses form pivot bar bearing surfaces, and a transverse pivot axis passes through the web region at a midpoint between these pairs of bearing surfaces. A second structure defines an interior pivot channel between its distal tip and a proximal shank. The tip is separated from the shank by a gap to allow the web region of the first structure to pass through the gap while the interior pivot channel is brought into bearing registration with the pivot bar. The pivot channel receives the portion of the web region separating the first and second recesses. Surface portions of the pivot channel frictionally engage at least a portion of a pivot bar bearing surface while the second structure is pivoted relative to the first structure about the transverse pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: John Richard Bell
  • Publication number: 20140373283
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism and mattress for use with a child containment device. A first mattress panel is pivotally coupled to a second mattress panel by a hinge mechanism, and is thereby convertible between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The hinge mechanism defines a limit point beyond which pivotal motion is prevented in at least one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Eric A. LANGE, Sean ZOU, Simon LIAO
  • Publication number: 20140367056
    Abstract: A hinge assembly connecting adjacent panels of an accordion shutter includes a hinge member having a pair of curved arms and a pair of panel connection members each having a pivot shaft. The pivot shafts are received within the corresponding curved arms and retained for rotation therein with the tips of the curved arms received in arm receiving channels of the panel connection members. The adjacent panels may be oriented at an angle of less than 180° with respect to each other when both panel connection members are rotated to positions wherein the tips of curved arms are engaged by the closed ends of the arm receiving channels. The base of the hinge member also has a pair of shoulders, and the adjacent panels are oriented approximately parallel when the panel connection members are rotated to positions wherein the panel connection members are engaged by the shoulders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: James V. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140317881
    Abstract: A hinge element has at least one planar structure made of a thermoplastic material. Following a stretching process, the thermoplastic material undergoes a shrinking process under the effects of heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Universitat Kassel
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Heim, Nina Lieven, Angela Ries, Dominik Sennhenn
  • Publication number: 20140304945
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide an attaching structure for a door of a working vehicle, by which the door is readily mounted. With respect to an attaching structure for a bonnet 51 rotatably held so as to block an opening portion 65 disposed in an engine compartment of a backhoe 100, the attaching structure includes the pivot holding member 53 that includes a pivot 52 configured to be provided in any one of the side of the bonnet 51 or the side of the backhoe 100 and configured to be the center of rotation of the bonnet 51, a shaft tube 531 configured to be provided in other one of the side of the bonnet 51 or the side of the backhoe 100 and configured to allow the pivot 52 to be inserted and rotatably hold the pivot 52, and a receiving portion 532 configured to support the pivot 52 when the pivot 52 is inserted into the shaft tube 531.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Guillaume Multon, Christophe Caboret
  • Publication number: 20140298615
    Abstract: A hinge kit can be provided. The hinge kit can comprise a first hinge and a second hinge. The first hinge can include a first plate having a first knuckle coupled to the first plate and a second knuckle spaced apart from the first plate. The first hinge can further include a second plate having a first knuckle and a second knuckle coupled to the second plate and a third knuckle spaced apart from the second plate. A first pin can be fixedly coupled to the first hinge. The second hinge can include a first plate having a first knuckle and a second knuckle coupled to the first plate and a second plate having a first knuckle and a second knuckle coupled to the second plate. The second hinge can further include a second pin removably coupled to the second hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy D. GOUGE, Jan ETTRICH
  • Publication number: 20140263306
    Abstract: A container may be configured to be operable between a collapsed configuration and an erected configuration. The container may include a base that supports a first attachment member. The container may include a roof that supports a second attachment member. The first and second attachment members may be spaced apart from each other when the container is in the erected configuration. The first and second attachment members may be configured to allow the roof to be secured to the base when the container is in the collapsed configuration. A hinge assembly that may be used with the collapsible container may include a pivoting component, an attachment member that supports the pivoting component, and a securement member. The attachment member may cooperate with the securement member to secure the pivoting component in an upright orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: James F. Brennan, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140252196
    Abstract: Disclosed is a music stand that includes a column with a first segment having at least one positional slot and a second segment having a protrusion configured to be received in each of the positional slots. When the protrusion is received in one of the positional slots, the protrusion can prevent relative translation of the first segment and the second segment in at least one direction, thereby defining a unique extension. The music stand also includes a support selected from a rack and a pedestal that is fixed relative to said column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Abady
  • Publication number: 20140252935
    Abstract: A storage cabinet includes a frame assembly having a forward facing surface and defining an interior configured to store items; a door assembly having a lateral surface; and a hinge assembly pivotally coupling the frame assembly to the door assembly such that the door assembly is moveable from a closed position to a plurality of open positions. The hinge assembly includes a frame component mounted to the forward facing surface of the frame assembly; and a door component mounted to the lateral surface of the door component and configured to rotate relative to the frame component upon rotation of the door assembly relative to the frame assembly. The hinge assembly is configured to enable a user to remove the door assembly from the frame assembly by lifting the door in a vertical direction only when the door assembly is moved from the closed position at least a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: BELDEN INC.
    Inventor: Michael Wray McAdoo
  • Publication number: 20140211424
    Abstract: Disclosed are a hinged connector and a video display assembly containing an attachment panel having a front surface and a back surface, with a video display attached to the front surface and at least one hinged connector attached to the back surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: REVOLUTION DISPLAY, INC.
    Inventors: John DE CLERCQ, Robbie THIELEMANS, Tony VAN MOORLEGHEM, Jeremy HOCHMAN
  • Publication number: 20140196254
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable flexible display device. A foldable flexible display device according to the present invention includes: first and second plates having a predetermined area; a hinge member for connecting the first plate and the second plate; and a flexible display screen attached to the tops of the first plate and the second plate and the hinge member, in which the hinge member folds the first plate and the second plate and the flexible display screen while folding with smooth curvature. According to this configuration, the operation for folding or unfolding the screen of a flexible display device can be smoothly operated and damage to the display screen can be prevented, resulting in remarkable improvement in reliability of a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: In-Sung Song
  • Publication number: 20140168878
    Abstract: A rotary mechanism includes a base, a supporting component, a bridging component, a guiding component and a shaft. The base includes a guiding structure. The guiding structure includes a first area, a curvature of the first area is increased from a front end to a rear end of the first area. The bridging component includes a pivot hole and a guiding slot. The guiding component passes through the base and is movably disposed inside the guiding structure. Two ends of the guiding component are respectively disposed on the supporting component and the pivot hole, and the supporting component can rotate relative to the bridging component via the guiding component. The shaft passes through the base and is movably disposed inside the guiding slot. The guiding component moves along the guiding structure, and the supporting component can rotate relative to the base via the bridging component and the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shan-Wei Jheng
  • Patent number: 8752727
    Abstract: A hinge pin lock for a molded plastic container includes a locking tab molded with an upper rim of the container and connected to the upper rim by a living hinge. The locking tab is pivotable from an open position to a locked position. A channel is formed in the upper rim and is sized to receive a hinge pin of a container lid. The channel includes engagement structure that secures the locking tab in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Niemann
  • Publication number: 20140157546
    Abstract: A connection mechanism connecting the main body and display of an electronic device includes an arm, a first hinge connecting the main body with the arm, a second hinge connecting the arm with the display, and a magnetic element disposed on the arm for exerting a magnetic attraction force on the display. When the arm rotates in a first direction relative to the main body with an included angle between the main body and the display smaller than a critical angle, a first torque opposite to the first direction is provided by the first hinge. When the arm continues rotating relative to the main body with the included angle between the main body and the display exceeding or equaling the critical angle, a second torque opposite to the first direction is provided by the first hinge, wherein the second torque exceeds the first torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Hsin-Tsung HO, Ming-Yen WU, Chao-Di SHEN, Yan-Lin KUO
  • Publication number: 20140150212
    Abstract: An appliance lid hinge assembly has a channel housing including first and second spaced-apart side walls and a transverse face walls, a cavity located between the first and second side walls and a slot having first and second slot portions respectively located in said first and second side walls. The channel housing is pivotally connected to a cam via a rivet or other pivot fastener at a pivot point. A biasing element acts between the housing and the cam in order to control the movement of housing relative to the cam about the pivot point. Alternatively, a damper can be used to control movement of the housing relative to the cam about the pivot point. A snubber subsystem can also be added to provide further damping resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Mansfield Engineered Components, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Collene, Nicholas R. SirLouis
  • Publication number: 20140150345
    Abstract: A hinge assembly comprising first and second hinge plates mounted for relative rotation about a pivot. The first hinge plate comprises a mount for coupling to a door component and the hinge assembly is arranged to permit a degree of relative linear movement between the second hinge plate and a door component coupled to the mount, independent of the relative rotational position of the first and second hinge plates within their range of relative rotation about the pivot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Spencer Price
  • Publication number: 20140137372
    Abstract: An opening and closing mechanism has an apparatus body 2 and an opening and closing member 3 that opens and closes by rotating with respect to the apparatus body 2, and also has a rod-like metal shaft member 8 that is mounted in the apparatus body 2. The opening and closing member 3 is rotatably supported about the metal shaft member 8 through insertion of the opening and closing member 3 between a guiding surface 7a1 having a circular arc surface shape provided in the apparatus body 2, and a surface 8a of the metal shaft member 8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yamashita, Toshiharu Kawai
  • Patent number: 8724306
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to a hinge assembly. An example of the hinge assembly includes a pair of active hinges and a pair of passive hinges. The hinge assembly may be utilized in portable computing devices such as notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C Ashcraft, Peter M On, Michael Delpier
  • Publication number: 20140123436
    Abstract: A support for a flexible display of a portable electronic device includes: a first hinge element coupled to a second hinge element in a side-by-side arrangement, the first hinge element having: a display-receiving surface extending at least partway along a length of the first hinge element, the display-receiving surface for coupling to the flexible display; and a guide coupling the first hinge element to the second hinge element and guiding movement of the second hinge element relative to the first hinge element along a path between a first stop and a second stop, the first stop for limiting movement in a first direction and the second stop for limiting movement in a second direction; a neutral plane associated with movement of the first hinge element relative to the second hinge element is external to the support and located adjacent to the display-receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Philip Riddiford, Julia Allwright
  • Publication number: 20140115828
    Abstract: A hinge structure includes a base, a rotating member and a resilient member. The base includes a cylinder and a piston slidably mounted in the cylinder. Both the resilient member and increasing air pressure in the cylinder below the piston act as a cushioning module to make the rotating member move more and more slowly to the end of the closed position, to cushion the closing of the rotating member and any object it carries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: FENG-KUN CHENG, CHIH-CHUNG CHAN
  • Publication number: 20140029174
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a base, a cover rotatably connected to the base and a dampening mechanism. The dampening mechanism includes an engaging component secured to the base and a dampening component secured to the cover. When the cover is opened, the engaging component contacts with the dampening component for dampening the movement of the cover relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HUNG-CHI CHANG, CHIA-SHOU CHANG, YAO-CHE PENG