Latch Hinge Patents (Class 16/231)
  • Patent number: 10568296
    Abstract: A generally hollow plastic molded pen front provides multiple operating positions of the door having sets of interdigitating hinge knuckles on the door and door jamb on both the left and right side. The door also may be swung in or out, and one or more stops can be provided for any of four configurations—left hinged swing in; left hinged swing out; right hinged swing in; right hinged swing out. With the stops removed, the door may be swung both in and out. In one embodiment a J-shaped latching rod secures both the upper and lower portions of the door when latched and a J-shaped hinge rod cooperates on the other side and can use some of the same holes as the latching rod. In another embodiment, a pivoting handle works to secure the door in a catch channel for all six configurations. Other integrated features provide a choice of feed opening sizes and a guard that minimizes feed and water contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: L.T. Hampel Corp.
    Inventors: Lance T. Hampel, Edward G. Wolk
  • Patent number: 10443258
    Abstract: Swimming pool cleaning apparatus may include a cleaning unit intended to be immersed in a swimming pool and at least one liquid filter circuit between at least one liquid inlet and at least one liquid outlet via a filter chamber removable from the body of the cleaning unit. The filter chamber may include a cover and a filter basket. The cover may include components for fastening the filter basket and locking the filter chamber to the body of the cleaning unit. The locking component may be releasable and, when released, may cause an extraction handle to be deployed from the filter chamber and urged toward a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE
    Inventors: Philippe Blanc Tailleur, Faustine Munoz, Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 10279710
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a passenger compartment having at least one vehicle seat and a fixation element fixing a child seat with a counter-fixation element. A flap with a front side and back side that can be moved between a closed position and an open position, so that the fixation element is inaccessible for the counter-fixation element in the closed position of the flap, and the fixation element is accessible for the counter-fixation element in the open position of the flap. The flap is mounted in such a way that, in the open position of the flap, a back side of the flap forms a ramp for the counter-fixation element to mechanically guide the counter-fixation element to the fixation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Roman Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 10256572
    Abstract: A socket includes a first base member that includes a module mount unit allowing a module including an imaging device and an object to be placed thereon and an electric connector that electrically connects the imaging device to an external apparatus, a second base member having an opening, and an engagement unit that causes the first base member to be engaged with the second base member under a condition that the module placed on the module mount unit is sandwiched by the first and second base members. When the first base member is engaged with the second base member by the engagement unit under a condition that the module placed on the module mount unit is sandwiched by the first base member and the second base member, the electric connector is electrically connected to the imaging device, and the object receives illumination light from a light source through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Hirose, Yoshihisa Kato, Hiroyuki Mori, Taichi Sato, Yoshihide Sawada, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10189382
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly having a seat portion, a tether wire and a tether cover assembly. The seat portion has a passenger receiving surface with at least a portion of the passenger receiving surface coinciding with a first plane. A resilient cushioning material of the seat portion defines a recessed area open to the passenger receiving surface. The tether wire for securing child seat is located within the recess. The tether cover assembly has a housing defining a door opening, a first door and a second door installed within the recessed area. The first and second doors are pivotal about respective first and second pivot axes for movement between respective closed positions concealing the tether wire, and open positions exposing the tether wire. In their respective closed positions the first and second doors coincide with or are parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sammons
  • Patent number: 10112745
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for selectively providing or preventing access to areas, enclosed spaces or volumes, or for controlling the position of a pivot or hinge assembly. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a selectively actuated or actuate-able hinge which is controlled at least in part by a shaped memory alloy (SMA) filament or filaments. Application of electrical current to the filament causes changes in the physical properties thereof, thereby allowing “ratcheted” rotation of a portion of the hinge relative to other portions. In one variant, the hinge can be remotely operated, such as via wireless or wireline communication with a remote entity such as a computer or smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Autosplice, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Foshansky, Kenneth Krone
  • Patent number: 10085373
    Abstract: A header assembly for mounting upon a front end of a harvester combine's feeder house, the header assembly incorporating a central header which is adapted for fixed attachment to the feeder house front end; the header assembly further incorporating a lateral header and a pivot joint positioning an oppositely lateral end of the lateral header over the lateral end of the central header, the pivot joint being adapted for facilitating movements of the lateral header between a mowing position and a transport position, the lateral header cantilevering laterally over a crop edge upon pivoting to the mowing position and extending rearwardly upon counter-pivoting to the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Neal Nuss
  • Patent number: 10011383
    Abstract: A method for converting a wrapping machine into a transport condition, said wrapping machine comprising a wrapping machine frame, as well as a circular guide mounted on the frame, whereby, in order to convert the wrapping machine into a transport condition, the circular guide mounted on the wrapping machine frame is tilted with respect to the wrapping machine frame. The invention relates also to such a wrapping machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Yrjo Suolahti, Janne Koskela
  • Patent number: 10000902
    Abstract: Dock mounting brackets have dock connections and fixed post mounting connections. A removable section of each bracket allows the removable mounting pipe bracket to be removed from the main dock bracket, which greatly reduces the weight of the dock or pier when installing or removing it from a lake or river. The removable mounting pipe bracket helps when reinstalling the dock the following year because the removable mounting pipe bracket is already adjusted to the correct height, saving installation time in the water. In cold climates, docks or piers are removed each year due to ice conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jan Martin Huml
  • Patent number: 9872422
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement for use in a field. The agricultural tillage implement including a frame section and a plurality of wing sections. The frame section has a pull hitch extending in a travel direction. Each of the plurality of wing sections are coupled to the frame section and/or a wing section. The wing sections each have an articulated portion pivotal about an axis substantially perpendicular to the travel direction. The wing sections include a first wing section and a second wing section. The articulated portion of the first wing section pivoting independent of the articulated portion of the second wing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9695636
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a door frame assembly that includes a frame that defines an opening therein for allowing access therethrough. The door frame also includes a door pivotally coupled to a first vertical wire of the of the frame for pivoting the door between an open position and a close position. The door frame further includes a first coupling mechanism and a second coupling mechanism. The first coupling mechanism releasably couples the door to the frame and is formed by a first horizontal wire. The first horizontal wire forms a hooked end protruding outward toward the door and spaced inwardly of the frame to intersect with the opening. The second coupling mechanism releasably couples the door to the frame. The second coupling mechanism includes a portion configured to limit movement of the door relative to the frame until the second portion is pivoted in a direction toward the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones, Stew Kerr
  • Patent number: 9554497
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction, which may be a telescoping pull hitch tube, and a tool bar coupled with and extending transverse to the pull hitch tube, and a plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections coupled with the main frame section. Each of the plurality of wing sections have at least one pivotal wing front shank frame. A main shank frame straddles the pull hitch tube. The main shank frame, the pivotal wing front shank frames, and the wing sections articulate from an operating configuration to a transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9554678
    Abstract: A dispenser including a rear housing member and a front housing member that are connected by way of a first hinge so that the front housing member is openable relative to the rear housing member in order to fill a space defined by the front housing member and the rear housing member with at least one stack of sheet products. The front housing member and the rear housing member also include components for forming a second hinge. The first hinge allows the front housing member to open from a first side of the rear housing member in a first rotational direction, and the second hinge, when formed, allows the front housing member to rotate in an opposite direction from an opposite side of the rear housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Rodney Wilson
  • Patent number: 9533555
    Abstract: A clamp to secure a tonneau cover to a frame of a cargo box includes a first clamp member coupled to the tonneau cover and has a first clamping surface. A second clamp member is coupled to the tonneau cover and has a second clamping surface. A ramp mechanism can include at least one ramp surface between the first and second clamp members shaped to cause lateral translation of the second clamping surface toward the first clamping surface in response to axial movement of the second clamp member toward the first clamp member as the clamp moves from an unclamped position to a clamped position. When in the clamped position, the first clamping surface of the first clamp member can be in opposed relationship to the second clamping surface to apply a clamping force therebetween, which can reinforce and prevent permanent deformation of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Extang Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome J. Facchinello, Charles A. Fabros, Brian P. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 9516796
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement includes a main section including a hitch extending in a travel direction, a plurality of foldable wing sections coupled with the main section, a plurality of ground engaging tilling elements, a plurality of wheel assemblies and a control system. The tilling elements are coupled to the main section and wing sections. Each of the wheel assemblies include an actuator. The wheel assemblies include a first plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the main section and a second plurality of wheel assemblies associated with the plurality of wing sections. The actuators of the first plurality of wheel assemblies being independent of the actuators of the second plurality of wheel assemblies. The control system is configured to actuate the actuators to control a depth of tilling elements in each of the sections when the implement is in a field mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch, James W. Henry, Eric J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9169682
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a transportable load carrying platform having a pivot mounting for attachment to a base frame and pivot arm for attachment to an end wall. Cooperative lock means are provided on the pivot mounting and pivot arm and configured to engage one another when the arm is pivoted towards the mounting. Once locked in position, the pivot arm and mounting cannot be pivotally separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Reynard
  • Patent number: 9018543
    Abstract: A rotary mechanism includes an accommodating slot structure, a supporting arm, a pivoting portion and a resilient component. The accommodating slot structure is disposed on the bezel. The accommodating slot structure includes a pivot hole structure and an opening structure, respectively formed on the lateral surface and a bottom of the accommodating slot structure. The supporting arm is disposed on the door. The pivoting portion is disposed on the surface of the supporting arm. The pivoting portion is disposed inside the pivot hole structure, so that the supporting arm is rotatably disposed inside the accommodating slot structure. The resilient component is movably accommodated inside the opening structure. A first end of the resilient component is resiliently connected to the lateral surface of the accommodating slot structure. A second end of the resilient component points the surface of the supporting arm, to prevent the pivoting portion from separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Zhong-hui Mao, Ru-Feng Wu
  • Publication number: 20150084493
    Abstract: In one example, a connector includes: first and second pins protruding from opposite sides of a panel or a frame; first and second receivers on opposite sides of the other of the panel or the frame to receive the first and second pins; a first distance between the receivers shorter than a second distance between the protruding ends of the pins such that the first pin may be inserted into the first receiver and then the second pin inserted into the second receiver but both pins may not be inserted simultaneously into the receivers; and a movable retainer integral to the panel and the frame to retain the pins in the receivers The retainer is movable between a first position to limit axial travel of the pins in the receivers and a second position to not limit axial travel of the pins in the receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Inigo Oraa Gil, Carolina Cabo Parra, Joseba Ormaechea Saracibar
  • Publication number: 20140328014
    Abstract: A connecting assembly between first and second bodies of an electronic device is provided. The connecting assembly includes a guiding member fixed to the second body and pivoted on a side of the first body along an axis, a guiding portion, an engaging member fixed to the first body, an engaging portion fixed to the second body, and a restoring member between the guiding member and the first body. When the second body is assembled to the first body, engagement between the guiding member and the guiding portion allows the guiding member to rotate relative to the first body along the axis from a first to a second position. The restoring member restores the position of the guiding member to the first position relative to the first body to establish engagement between the engaging member and the engaging portion. An electronic device having the connecting assembly is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Hao Lan, Kun-Hsin Liu, Yao-Tsung Yeh, Hong-Tien Wang, Jui-Che Hsu, Shih-Chin Chou
  • Patent number: 8876062
    Abstract: Latching or locking deployment hinges are provided that include a shape-memory alloy (SMA) pre-load device configured to induce a pre-load across a contact interface of the latching hinge in a direction substantially perpendicular to the hinge pivot axis when the latching hinge is in a closed condition. The hinges may be sprung or actuated using a powered drive mechanism. Some implementations may feature a sprung latch/hook that is tensioned using the SMA pre-load device. Some other implementations may feature a multi-bar linkage that is tensioned using the SMA pre-load device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventor: Varouj G. Baghdasarian
  • Patent number: 8851346
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle load carrier box (10) attachable to a surface of a vehicle (13) for transporting a load on the vehicle (13). The vehicle load carrier box (10) comprises a base member (20) defining a storage void, a lid (40) pivotally connected to the base member (20) and moveable between an opened and closed position. A flexible safety material is arranged inside of the vehicle load carrier box (10) and adapted to secure the load inside of the vehicle load carrier box (10) by overlapping the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Gunther Fritsche, Andreas Blank, Alexander Emmerling
  • Publication number: 20140259526
    Abstract: A quick coupling furniture hinge for a quick arrangement of a door of a furniture element onto a base furniture element, wherein the hinge comprises a hinge pot arranged in the furniture door and a hinge arm pivotably fastened thereon. The hinge arm is provided with a mounting assembly fixed in the hinge arm, via which mounting assembly the hinge arm is fastened to a base mounting panel that is fixed on the base furniture element, so that the pivotable assemblies co-operate independently from each other with each complementarily shaped element arranged on the base mounting panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LAMA D.D. DEKANI
    Inventors: Carlo Migli, Valter Svara
  • Publication number: 20140202082
    Abstract: The gate latching device of this invention is optionally a one piece design, although it could be constructed by interconnecting several individual components. An alley post channel blank is formed in such a manner that it has protruding slotted tabs for bolting the post bracket to the floor. This feature allows the alley post bracket to be a direct replacement of the conventional post design for updating existing applications. The formed bracket is also optionally formed from one piece of steel and is provided with appropriate mounting holes installed. The formed bracket is optionally free from protruding tabs that can cause injury to personnel and livestock. A latch security plate activates automatically when the gate is closed. As soon as the gate is closed it is secure. The latch security plate can be applied in other applications, including wall brackets, feeder brackets, back to back brackets and other similar applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Marting Manufacturing of Iowa, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140167584
    Abstract: A rotary mechanism includes an accommodating slot structure, a supporting arm, a pivoting portion and a resilient component. The accommodating slot structure is disposed on the bezel. The accommodating slot structure includes a pivot hole structure and an opening structure, respectively formed on the lateral surface and a bottom of the accommodating slot structure. The supporting arm is disposed on the door. The pivoting portion is disposed on the surface of the supporting arm. The pivoting portion is disposed inside the pivot hole structure, so that the supporting arm is rotatably disposed inside the accommodating slot structure. The resilient component is movably accommodated inside the opening structure. A first end of the resilient component is resiliently connected to the lateral surface of the accommodating slot structure. A second end of the resilient component points the surface of the supporting arm, to prevent the pivoting portion from separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Zhong-hui Mao, Ru-Feng Wu
  • Patent number: 8656556
    Abstract: A foot lock roller assembly and apparatus is disclosed. The foot lock assembly preferably includes a cylinder, a mounting plate, and a lock bar that is particularly suitable for attachment to a device such as a gangway having a stationary base and a pivotable access. The cylinder is preferably attached to the pivotable access of the gangway by the mounting plate and includes a first and second sleeve and a clip for attaching the sleeves to the cylinder. The lock bar is preferably attached to the stationary base of the gangway. When the pivotable access of the gangway is raised the second sleeve of the cylinder is inserted into an opening in the lock bar and secures the gangway device in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aluminum Ladder Company
    Inventor: Ronald W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8453304
    Abstract: An arrangement for covering a machine having a machine frame, includes a covering device adapted to be attached to the machine frame above the machine. The covering device has opposite sides corresponding to opposite sides of the machine frame. Hinges are respectively connected at the opposite sides of the covering device about which the covering device can be selectively swiveled to an open or a closed position relative to the machine. Each one of the respectively arranged hinges at opposite sides of the covering device is selectively coupled to the machine frame and has a parallel-extending swiveling axis. Respectively the non-selected hinge that does not form the swiveling axis for opening the covering device is arranged to be detachable from the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Simon Kunz
  • Publication number: 20130081331
    Abstract: Described herein is a hinge and latch system that can be employed as a hinge, a latch, or both a hinge and a latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Peter Vullings
  • Patent number: 8272527
    Abstract: An assembly for covering an opening formed in a pressurized tank of an agricultural vehicle includes a cover having a first compression surface and a second compression surface. A hinge assembly is included that has a hinge arm rotatably coupled to the tank intermediate its ends. The hinge assembly further includes a hinge link rotatably coupled to the hinge arm at one end and rotatably coupled to the first compression surface at the other. A latch assembly is provided that has a latch arm rotatably coupled to the tank intermediate its ends. The latch assembly further includes a latch link rotatably coupled to the latch arm at one end and releasably engaging the second compression surface at the other. Accordingly, rotating the hinge and latch arms results in a first and second pressure engaging the cover along the first and second compression surfaces to secure the cover to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Rodney Samuel Horn
  • Patent number: 8272101
    Abstract: A door hinge comprises a first hinge element fastenable to a door frame and a second hinge element fastenable to a door leaf and includes first and second hinge blade. A first pivot axis is connected, when the door hinge is in a first operating condition, to first and second hinge elements such that the second hinge blade is pivotable relative to the first hinge element, in a first pivot direction, for unblocking a door aperture. The first pivot axis is decoupled from the first or the second hinge element when the door hinge is in a second operating condition. A second pivot axis is connected to the first and second hinge elements such that said first and second hinge elements are pivotable relative to one another, in a second pivot direction which is opposed to the first pivot direction, for unblocking the door aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Konstantin Wagner, Sergej Moiseenko, Sebastian Fritzsche
  • Patent number: 8220888
    Abstract: An object is to provide a storage in which a door can be attached using a similar hinge without any trouble even at a time when the door is rotated in reverse and attached, the storage includes a main body; a pair of upper and lower hinges attached to the main body; and a door having one side rotatably supported by both the hinges to openably close an opening, at least one of the hinges has two attachment portions which cross each other at right angles in a corner and which are attached to the main body, and two pivot support portions raised from both the attachment portions and provided with a rotary shaft rotatably supporting the door, and both the attachment portions and both the pivot support portions have a shape which is symmetric with respect to a line passing through the corner and forming an angle of 45° with respect to both the attachment portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tamayama, Hideki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8161601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door hinge system which includes an integral exposed vertically oriented pin as a portion of a doorframe bracket, and a central latch bracket as engaged to a door. The pivotal manipulation of the door engages the latch of the central latch bracket to the pin, to secure the door to the doorframe. The central latch bracket includes a channel for receipt of the pin which is securely and releasably retained in the channel by the leading cam edge of the latch and safety slide. Disengagement of the latch from the pin enables a door to be easily separated from doorframe for re-hanging at a future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Industrilas AB
    Inventors: Benkt-Ake Alfredsson, Jasmin Insanic
  • Publication number: 20120073082
    Abstract: A foot lock roller assembly and apparatus is disclosed. The foot lock assembly preferably includes a cylinder, a mounting plate, and a lock bar that is particularly suitable for attachment to a device such as a gangway having a stationary base and a pivotable access. The cylinder is preferably attached to the pivotable access of the gangway by the mounting plate and includes a first and second sleeve and a clip for attaching the sleeves to the cylinder. The lock bar is preferably attached to the stationary base of the gangway. When the pivotable access of the gangway is raised the second sleeve of the cylinder is inserted into an opening in the lock bar and secures the gangway device in the raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8136203
    Abstract: A hinge arrangement of a door for closing off an opening, such as a housing opening, a partition opening, a wall opening, or the like, having at least one pivot pin connected to the door and oriented vertically in the direction of the housing, wherein the pin can be engaged in a pivot pin receptacle on the housing. The pivot pin can be moved from a retracted position, in which the pivot pin is not engaged in the pivot pin receptacle, by vertical displacement into an extended position in which the pivot pin is engaged in the pivot pin receptacle and is rotatably supported therein. A releasable, spring-loaded locking device acts on the pivot pin and holds the pivot pin in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Rittal RCS Communication Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Samuel Klassen, Reimar Claes
  • Patent number: 8123871
    Abstract: A machine for washing surgical and/or medical instruments (1), includes a washing tank (2) designed to receive surgical and/or medical instruments (1) and a door (4) positioned facing the tank (2) so that it can be used to seal the tank or provide access thereto. The door (4) is mounted to a bilateral hinge designed to enable the door to be opened: to a first loading position on the loading side (5) of the machine, in order to provide access to the tank on the loading side (5) and prevent the tank from being accessed on the other side; and to a second unloading position on the opposite unloading side (6) of the machine, in order to provide access to the tank on the opposite unloading side (6) and prevent the tank from being accessed on the loading side (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lancer Industrie
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Brieussel, Nathalie Foglieni Guillaud
  • Patent number: 8020254
    Abstract: A hinge assembly has a pintle, a rotating bracket, a sliding bracket, a mounting bracket, a compression assembly and an elastic member. The rotating bracket is mounted rotatably around the shaft and has a latching portion. The sliding bracket is attached securely to the pintle and has a track. The mounting bracket and a latching arm. The latching arm selectively presses against the latching portion to hold the hinge closed. The compression assembly is mounted around and expands when the pintle is rotated to close. The elastic member is compressed by expansion of the compression assembly so automatically rotates the pintle to open. Therefore, with the hinge mounted in an electronic device, when the latching portion is slid out of the latching arm, the hinge is forced to open by the elastic member and compression assembly so a cover pops up and is opened easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yu-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 7909125
    Abstract: A dual pivoting hood support mechanism includes a first support mounted on the vehicle near a rear end of the hood, a second support mounted on the vehicle forward of the first support, a first arm coupled to the rear end of the hood, and a second arm pivotally coupled to a central portion of the hood. The first arm is releasably and pivotally coupled to the first support, and the second arm is releasably and pivotally coupled to the second support. The hood can be pivoted rearwardly about the first support to a fully raised position by uncoupling the second arm from the second support. The hood can also be placed in a service position wherein the rear end of the hood is higher than the front end of the hood and when the first arm is uncoupled from the first support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Eric Albert Keen
  • Patent number: 7814621
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door hinge that allows a door to stay closed without the use of additional hardware. Conventional hinges merely support the door they are mounted on. The unique features of the hinge of the present invention allow a door to remain closed due to the integral strike and catch components of the hinge itself. This eliminates the time and expense for installation of traditional mechanical or magnetic closure systems on the non-hinge end of the door and frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Todd F. Radke
  • Patent number: 7761958
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door hinge system which includes an integral exposed vertically oriented pin as a portion of a doorframe bracket, and a central latch bracket as engaged to a door. The pivotal manipulation of the door engages the latch of the central latch bracket to the pin, to secure the door to the doorframe. The central latch bracket includes a channel for receipt of the pin which is securely and releasably retained in the channel by the leading cam edge of the latch and safety slide. Disengagement of the latch from the pin enables a door to be easily separated from doorframe for re-hanging at a future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Allegris Corporation
    Inventors: Benkt-Ake Alfredsson, Jasmin Insanic
  • Patent number: 7748767
    Abstract: A tonneau cover is mounted to the cargo area of a pickup truck by a hinge mechanism positioned at the forward end of the pickup truck cargo area. The hinge assembly has two major components. The first component is a mounting plate that is affixed to each sidewall of the cargo area near the forward extent of the cargo area. The mounting plate includes an alignment mechanism and a mechanism for clamping the second component onto the mounting plate. The base plate also includes slots for engagement by the clamping mechanism of the mounting plate. The articulating mechanism is configured to open the tonneau cover in a nearly vertical direction initially, prior to rotation of the tonneau cover to an open position. An installer can reach in from the side of the truck cargo area and engage the clamps to secure the removable component to the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Industrial Machining Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Terhaar, David J. Terhaar
  • Publication number: 20100123263
    Abstract: The present invention is a twinsheet door which includes a first door portion and a second door portion connected to the first door portion. The twinsheet door of the present invention is manufactured using a thermoforming process, during which a vacuum shapes the first door portion and the second door portion such that one or more closed sections are created when the first door portion is thermally bonded to the second door portion and simultaneously a vacuum is applied to form the first door portion and said second door portion. The closed section formed between the first door portion and second door portion provides additional strength and rigidity to the twinsheet door. Additionally, the forming of the closed section between the first door portion and the second door portion and the bonding between the first door portion and second door portion is achieved during a single manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Lewis, Adolfo Enrico Milani, Randy R. Rhoades, Christopher S. Klem, Duane C. Junkin, Keijo J. Huotari
  • Publication number: 20100095481
    Abstract: A locking hinge for outside doors to help prevent unwanted entry, specifically for anyone wanting additional security. This invention has two or more hardened steel pins going thru hinge pin during manufacture of hinge to prevent door from opening when pins are inserted, while removing pins allows door to open freely. This invention has an alignment guide on the top of the center pin that holds the two parts of the hinge together. Invention has a warning sign above the existing door knob to inform people inside if the door is locked or unlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Larry Paul Stefka
  • Publication number: 20100090428
    Abstract: A roll-out cart includes a lid and a cart body supported on wheels. The cart body is comprised of a base wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls that cooperate with each other to define a cart interior. The lid is attached to the cart body with a hinge connection and is moveable between an open position to provide access to the cart interior and a closed position to prevent access to the cart interior. A latch is pivotally mounted to the lid to lock the lid in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Ryan C. Meers, Kyle L. Baltz
  • Publication number: 20090320240
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a pivot shaft, a first leaf, a fixing leaf, a restricting member, a deformable member, two limiting blocks, and a fastening member. The rotatable leaf is non-rotatably connected to the pivot shaft and the fixing leaf is rotatably connected to the pivot shaft. The restricting member and the deformable member are rotatably sleeved on the pivot shaft. The restricting member defines two positioning grooves. The deformable member includes a base plate and two protrusions extending substantially perpendicularly from the base plate. The limiting blocks are partially received in the positioning grooves and connected to the deformable member. When the rotatable leaf is rotated, the limiting blocks slide out of the positioning grooves to press the base plate of the deformable member such that the deformable member becomes elastically deformed. The fastening member is fixed on an end of the pivot shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen)CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JIN-XIN WANG, LIAN-CHENG HUANG, JIAN LI
  • Patent number: 7610067
    Abstract: Disclosed is a swing hinge module for a portable communication device, which includes a first housing; a second housing opened from and closed onto the first housing by a hinge about a first hinge axis; a third housing disposed between the first and second housings, the third housing being rotated about a second hinge axis, which is separated from the first hinge axis and follows a vertical direction, so as to be disposed parallel to the first and second housings, the third housing folded or unfolded about a third hinge axis perpendicular to the second hinge axis; and a swing hinge module connecting the third housing to the first housing, so that the third housing can be rotated about the second and third axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Woo-Chul Cho, Yong-Jae Kim, Sang-Gook Kim
  • Publication number: 20090255089
    Abstract: An over-center latch assembly has a base for attaching the over-center latch assembly to a first part of a unit. The first part of the unit is moveable to a second part of the unit. A handle is rotatably coupled to the base by a hinge. A pivot is coupled to the handle such that the pivot traverses about the hinge. The pivot is configured to receive a hasp. A stop surface is coupled to the base whereby rotation of the handle about the hinge is limited by the stop surface. A hinge bearing is coupled to the hinge. The hinge bearing enables an increased quantity of latch/unlatch cycles of the over-center latch assembly before failure of the over-center latch assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Supan Boonmatun
  • Publication number: 20090229191
    Abstract: The invention relates to means and methods for maintaining a gutter assembly either in the upward, rain-gathering position or in the downward position under the eaves, where it can be cleaned with a water jet. In the downward position, the gutter assembly remains protected from snow and ice sliding from the roof Brackets fixated to magnetic latches attached to the fascia support the gutter. Closed magnetic latches maintain the gutter assembly in the upward position. Open magnetic latches maintain the gutter assembly in the downward position. Transition from the upward to the downward position, or vice versa, is achieved from the ground by means of a hook and a U-shaped fork attached to a pole. If the gutter is left in the upward position in winter, snow and ice sliding from the roof will push it to the downward position without damaging it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Dimitri Petrov
  • Patent number: 7574773
    Abstract: A hinge construction is for connecting two components. The hinge construction includes a first securing part which can be fixed on a first of the two components, a second securing part which can be fixed on the second component, and a hinge part. The hinge construction further includes a first coupling device for the rotatable coupling of the first securing part to the hinge part, and a second coupling device for the pivotable coupling of the hinge part to the second securing part. The second coupling device, in order to set a distance between the two components, includes two corresponding, curved coupling surfaces, which run parallel to the pivot axis and of which a first is provided on the hinge part and the second is provided on the second securing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joerg-Uwe Dahl, Ludvik Godesa
  • Patent number: 7552981
    Abstract: A left and right hand convertible door enclosure. An apparatus operatively connects to an enclosure and to a door so as to allow the door to convert between left and right hand. The apparatus includes a pair of front corners of a top wall of the enclosure having a pair of blind bores therein, respectively, a pair of side edges of the door being formed into a pair of tubes, respectively, a pair of front corners of a bottom wall of the enclosure having a pair of locking apparatuses, respectively, a pair of front edges of a pair of side walls of the enclosure being formed into a pair of recesses, respectively, and a hinge pin. The hinge pin enters one of the pair of tubes of the door and comes to rest in an associated blind bore in the top wall of the enclosure and in an associated locking apparatus on the bottom wall of the enclosure, depending upon the door being used as a right hand or a left hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Tuniewicz, Gilbert D. Talamo
  • Patent number: 7547056
    Abstract: The present invention is a swing and fold down tailgate mechanism which includes an inner panel, a first handle supported by the inner panel operably associated with a first latch and a second latch, a second handle supported by the inner panel operably associated with the first handle and a third latch. The present invention also includes a hinge member operably associated with the first handle and the second handle for providing hinged support of the tailgate such that the tailgate pivots in a drop down direction and alternatively in a swing open direction. When the first handle is actuated, the first and second latch will release and the second handle will be deactivated, allowing the tailgate to pivot using the third latch and hinge. When the second handle is actuated, the second and latch will release and the first handle will be deactivated, allowing the tailgate to pivot about the first latch and hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Magna International
    Inventors: Miguel Waldner, Herbert Gruber, Rich Boatright
  • Patent number: 7516515
    Abstract: A refrigerator incorporates a dual swing door including a dual hinge mechanism. The dual hinge mechanism includes a lock bar having a first end portion and a second end portion joined by an intermediate portion. Each of the first and second end portions includes first and second lobe elements. The hinge mechanism also includes a hinge plate having a first end section and a second section joined by an intermediate section. Each of the first and second end sections include a wedge member and a rudder member. The hinge plate further includes first and second hinge pins, mounted to corresponding ones of the first and second end sections, that define left and right pivot axes for the door. The rudder and wedge members interact with the first lobes to automatically force one of the second lobes into engagement with a respective hinge pin to establish a desired hinge axis for pivoting of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Leimkuehler, Chad J. Rotter