Pivotal Adjustment Patents (Class 16/239)
  • Patent number: 10800018
    Abstract: A crimping tool includes a base, a press handle, a slide module, a link and a fixed fix shaft. The base has two first side walls and to sliding space is defined therebetween. One end of the press handle is pivoted at an end of the base. The slide module is slidably accommodated in the sliding space and has a guiding groove. Two ends of the link are pivoted at the press handle and the slide module separately. The fix shaft is disposed across the two first side walls and inserted in the guiding groove. When the press handle drives the slide module sliding in the sliding space through the link, the guiding groove of the slide module will be guided and restricted by the fix shaft. Therefore, the guiding grooves will not be damaged and get dirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KAUW YEHI INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Yen
  • Patent number: 10694624
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain multiple housing portions. The housing portions may be coupled together using hinges. The hinges may include hinges based on a three-bar linkage, hinges based on a four-bar linkage, hinges with slotted members, hinges formed from flexible support structures, and hinges based on flexible housing structures. Flexible displays may be mounted to the housing portions overlapping the hinges. When the housing portions in a device are rotated relative to each other, the flexible display may bend. The hinge may be configured to allow the flexible display to be placed in a front-to-front configuration in which an active side of the display faces itself or a back-to-back configuration. Engagement structures may be used to help the housing grip external objects and to hold the housing portions together. The hinges may be provided with rotational detents to help hold the flexible display in desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Andrew J. M. Janis, Teodor Dabov
  • Patent number: 10606007
    Abstract: A hinge structure (2202) for pivotally mounting a first telecommunications element (2256) to a second telecommunications element (2224/2210) includes a hinge pin (2203) provided on the first element (2256) and a hinge pin receiver (2204) provided on the second element (2224/2210). The hinge pin (2203) defines a notch (2206) separating the pin (2203) into two pin halves (2205). The hinge pin receiver (2204) defines two sets of opposing surfaces (2214), the two sets (2214) separated by a divider (2212), the divider (2212) configured to be accommodated by the notch (2206) when the hinge pin (2203) is inserted into the hinge pin receiver (2204), wherein each opposing surface set (2214) defines a slot (2213) for receiving each pin half (2205).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Pieter Vermeulen, Johan Geens, Peter Claes
  • Patent number: 10348919
    Abstract: A covering structure for cable adaptable for connecting between a first and a second electronic modules that are electrically connected via a cable. When the first electronic module is pivoted relative to the second electronic module to be opened, a portion of the cable is exposed outside the first and the second electronic modules. The covering structure for cable includes a cover, a first shaft, and a second shaft. The first shaft is disposed on one side of the cover and pivoted to the first electronic module; the second shaft is disposed on an opposite side of the cover and pivoted to the second electronic module. The first electronic module is opened/closed relative to the second electronic module and drives the cover such that the cover covers a portion of the cable that is exposed outside the first and the second electronic modules when being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Huan Sung, Sung-Po Lin, Chung-Hsin Wei
  • Patent number: 10336348
    Abstract: The invention provides a bracket for mounting external equipment to the underside of rolling stock, the bracket comprising first and second plates, and at least one joining member disposed between the first and second plates; wherein the joining member(s) are joined to the first plate by a plurality of joints and joined to the second plate by a plurality of joints. The invention also provides a rolling stock assembly comprising a bracket, a method for mounting external equipment to an underside of rolling stock, and a method for manufacturing a bracket for mounting external equipment to the underside of rolling stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Perpetuum Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Rushton, Adam Wasenczuk
  • Patent number: 10244920
    Abstract: A hinge for doors of electric household appliances equipped with a decorative front panel mounted slidably relative to the door in a direction at a right angle to an axis of rotation of the door, including a first element fixable, in use, to the frame of the electrical household appliance and a second element pivoting on the first element through a respective first pin and fixable, in use, to the door, so that the door can be opened and closed by tilting relative to the frame of the electrical household appliance, a tie rod pivoting on the second element and having a respective first cam profile engaging with a guide member integral with the first element, elastic means which are operatively coupled to the tie rod to apply in use a retaining action on the door during the movement of the door from a closed position to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NUOVA STAR S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Vanini
  • Patent number: 10146259
    Abstract: A dual-screen electronic device includes a first display module, a second display module, and at least one connector. The first display module is rotatably connected with the second display module by the at least one connector to enable the dual-screen electronic device to switch between an opened state and a closed state. In the opened state, the first screen and the second screen are in a single plane to cooperatively form an extended screen. In the closed state, the first display module and the second display module are folded together, and the first screen laminates to the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Bing Wu
  • Patent number: 10131896
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to compounds useful in stabilizing thrombin activity, thrombin compositions comprising the compounds, methods of using the compounds and methods of identifying compounds capable of stabilizing thrombin activity. The compounds are preferably isolated peptides comprising or interacting with the gamma loop of thrombin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.
    Inventors: Nadav Orr, Yair Pilpel, Sivan Doron
  • Patent number: 9696765
    Abstract: In one example, a double-track guided hinge for an electronic device. The hinge includes a bent lever arm having an arm pin adjacent one end, an arm pivot, and a curved slot adjacent the other end, the curved slot extending towards the arm pivot. The hinge also includes an angled slot slidably engaged with the arm pin. The hinge further includes a rotatable connector block having a block pivot and a pin radially offset from the block pivot, the offset pin slidably engaged with the curved slot A carrier moveably attached to the lever arm at the arm pivot and to the connector block at the block pivot, is linearly moveable responsive to rotation of the pivot connector block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Senatori, Hong Insun
  • Patent number: 9438755
    Abstract: A scanner includes: platen glass, a housing, and an upper left frame (and an upper right frame) which is formed around the platen glass. An engagement section at which the upper left frame engages with the housing is configured to include a hook and a loop member. The hook includes a first inclined portion that allows engagement with the loop member to be performed when the upper left frame is attached to the housing in a vertically downward direction and a second inclined portion that allows the loop member to be disengaged from an engaged state between the hook and the loop member when the upper left frame is shifted with respect to the housing in a second direction intersecting with a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 9338901
    Abstract: A slide type electronic apparatus according to the present invention has a first body 1, a second body 2, and a slide module 3. The slide type electronic apparatus has a plurality of screws 8 whose forefront portions are screwed into a slide portion 32 of the slide module 3 through an inside of the first body 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kitaura, Keisuke Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9294597
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for mobile phones, and similar sized electronics devices, with flexible displays, which allow suitable viewing sizes for different applications. The embodiment devices combine, into one compact package, the benefits of a small carry size with those of a large display. An embodiment mobile phone with a flexible display includes a first part having a first surface and a first edge, and a second part having a second surface and a second edge. A rotatable hinge couples the first edge of the first part is coupled to the second edge of the second part. The flexible display of the mobile phone is a continuous flexible display which has a back surface disposed on the first surface of the first part and on the second surface of the second part. The viewing surface of the flexible display is opposite to the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Tan, Kiran Vanjani, Jorge Fabrega Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9215818
    Abstract: A hinge structure is provided. The hinge structure includes a fixing base, a pivot unit and a supporting element. The pivot unit includes a shaft, wherein the shaft passes through the fixing base, and the shaft is moved in a predetermined direction between a first shaft position and a second shaft position relative to the fixing base, and the predetermined direction is perpendicular to an extending direction of the shaft. The supporting element includes a first connection portion and a second connection portion, wherein the first connection portion and the second connection portion are respectively located at two ends of the supporting element, and the second connection portion pivots on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Chih Chen, Chen-Yi Liang, Chun-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 9140045
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hinge (10) which includes a mounting flange assembly (12) pivotally coupled to a strap assembly (15). The mounting flange assembly has a lower hinge flange (18) which includes a cam recess (19) having multiple pivot pin mounting holes (25). A cam follower (30) mounted to the mounting flange assembly includes a cam portion (35), seating plate (34) configured to nest within the flange recess, and a mounting post (38). A pivot pin channel (44) extends through the seating plate. A pivot pin (45) is mounted to one of the three pivot pin mounting holes depending upon the desired offset of the strap assembly. The hinge includes three different cam followers each having a unique configuration and positioning of the cam portion, cam follower mounting post, and position of the pivot pin channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl M. Finkelstein, Brett A. Mitchell, Jeffrey E. Underwood
  • Publication number: 20150086322
    Abstract: A truss hinge that includes a number of different labeled parts, where connections between the two different parts can constrain the truss to different angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: James Kempf, Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 8967569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support structure. A main hinge of the structure is installed with a stop mechanism, so when an object to be supported is placed at a higher location while being in an unfolding state, the object to be supported is restrained from being rotated from a vertical state to a horizontal folding state, thereby preventing falling due to the unstable gravity center; when a connection unit is folded towards a base, an upper end of a first auxiliary connection member links the stop mechanism to rotate for gradually altering the stopping location, so the object to be supported is enabled to be horizontally folded; as such, the object to be supported can be maintained in a stable state during the folding process, thereby preventing the occurrence of falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jarllytec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Tsun Hsu
  • 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: 20140355374
    Abstract: A portal ultrasound imaging apparatus having an adjustable hinge assembly, which includes a key having a narrower end and an end wider in the circumferential direction of the hinge assembly. The key is movable in a slot in an axial direction of the hinge assembly to a locked position, where the side surfaces of the key presses against the walls of the slot to eliminate circumferential gaps between the key and the slot. When at the locked position in the slot, the key can be pushed towards the opposite of the axial direction to an unlocked position where an angular lock of the hinge assembly is released, allowing the hinge assembly to be adjusted to a desired angular coupling. The key can then be pushed in the axial direction back to the locked position in the slot to prevent change in the coupling angle of the hinge assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Minjin Huang, Feng Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140345085
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism includes a first driving component, a second driving component and a pivot shaft. The first driving component includes a first pivoting portion and a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion is disposed on the first pivoting portion. The second driving component includes a second pivoting portion, a second connecting portion, a positioning portion, a rotary unit and a rotary shaft. The second connecting portion is disposed on the second pivoting portion. The positioning portion is disposed on the second connecting portion. The positioning portion includes a slot structure, and the rotary unit is disposed inside the slot structure. The rotary shaft passes through the rotary unit, and two ends of the rotary shaft respectively pivot to inner walls of the slot structure. The pivot shaft is disposed between the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shun-De Bai
  • Patent number: 8851432
    Abstract: A base assembly removably and adjustably receives a tool and includes a base and a wall extending outwardly from the base. First and second openings are disposed in the wall. First and second cutouts are disposed in the wall to receive the tool. A pivot pin is removably received by the first and second openings. The tool is removably disposed on the pivot pin. A locking ring is disposed on the pivot pin. The locking ring is in a locked position to prevent movement of the pivot pin and in an unlocked position to allow movement of the pivot pin, thereby allowing the tool to be easily moved between positions and securely locked in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark A. Chiasson, Henry Maxwell, Thomas R. Faucher, John Lefavour, Richard Robicheau
  • Publication number: 20140259528
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge set and a method for making it improves mounting of a deck lid to a motor vehicle body by permitting mass production adjustments without distortion or multiplication of the parts installed. A hinge set bracket with spaced flanges receiving a pivot strap and pivot therebetween is formed with a substantially vertical slot in each flange. At least one insert having a collar and a stem, reinforces the spacing between the support flanges, as the pivot pin compressionally engages the flanges. Preferably, two inserts having a collar and a stem have a combined length that reinforces the predetermined spacing within a predetermined tolerance when compression is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: M & C Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Duffy, John R. Beckwith, David J. Smallwood
  • Publication number: 20140182083
    Abstract: A method and system for mounting and adjusting a vehicle door rotatably connected to a vehicle body by upper and lower hinges with hinge holes. The upper and lower hinges are positioned to the vehicle body and the vehicle door by aligning the hinge holes to corresponding receiving holes. The vehicle door is temporarily mounted to the vehicle body by inserting cam bolts into aligned pairs of the hinge holes and the receiving holes. The vehicle door is adjusted to a desired position relative to the vehicle body by rotating the cam bolts. The desired positioned is secured by inserting mounting bolts into empty aligned pairs of the hinge holes and the receiving holes and replacing the cam bolts with mounting bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Mazzei
  • Patent number: 8756763
    Abstract: A vehicle door hinge for a passenger or driver side vehicle door. The hinge has a chassis mounting plate securely fastenable to the vehicle frame, a swingarm securely fastenable to the vehicle door, a bi-directional rotation mechanism connecting the chassis mounting plate to the swingarm and allowing rotation of the swingarm in a substantially horizontal plane and in a substantially vertical plane, first and second bearing surfaces positioned to rotate with the bi-directional rotation mechanism and to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the substantially horizontal plane, and not to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the substantially vertical plane, and a spring attached at one end to the swingarm and at the other end to the vehicle frame or to the chassis mounting plate, for counter-balancing the weight of the vehicle door when the swingarm is rotated in the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Vertical Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Demetrius Calvin Ham
  • Patent number: 8746006
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises: a body having a storage chamber; a door for selectively shielding the storage chamber; a hinge coupling portion for hinge-coupling the door to the body; and a height control unit for lifting up or lowering the door by repeatedly opening and closing the door. Since the door has a controllable height by being opened and closed, a moment arm becomes longer than when using the conventional tool such as a spanner. This may allow the height of the door to be controlled by using less force. Since the height of the door is controllable at a user's eye height, the user may control the height of the door more rapidly and precisely without errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seok-Ro Kim
  • Publication number: 20140075719
    Abstract: A vehicle seat articulation mechanism comprising a first member intended to be connected to the seat part, a second member intended to be connected to the backrest, about an axis of articulation, reduction gearing arranged between an input member and the second member, a piezoelectric motor having a rotor connected to the reduction gearing to drive the rotation of the second member with respect to the first member through the reduction gearing, in which the reduction ratio of the reduction gearing is greater than or equal to 150, and in which the nominal rotational speed of the piezoelectric motor is less than 500 revolutions/min. Seat comprising such a mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Faurecia Sieges d'Automobile
    Inventors: Nicolas Navatte, Thierry Pera, Ignacio Alvarez, Jean-Marc Judic
  • Patent number: 8555464
    Abstract: A hinge assembly may include a hinge bracket, a pivot member and a hinge arm. The hinge bracket may be adapted to be mounted to a frame member of a vehicle. The pivot member may be connected to the hinge bracket and may be pivotable relative thereto. The hinge arm may be connected to the pivot member and may be pivotable about a longitudinal axis of the pivot member. The hinge arm may be linearly adjustable in a first direction relative to the hinge bracket and linearly adjustable in a second direction relative to the hinge bracket. The first and second directions may be substantially perpendicular relative to each other. The hinge arm may be adapted to be coupled to a closure panel of the vehicle to move the closure panel relative to the frame member between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Sean A. Bannon
  • Patent number: 8549708
    Abstract: A long stroke tilting hinge module for the portable terminal includes a main body which is vertically formed with an elongated hole-shaped moving hole; a cover which is slid and tilted on an upper surface of the main body; a main lever of which one end is hinged to the main body and the other end is rotatably hinged to the cover; a sub-lever of which one end is hinged to the main body and the other end is rotatably hinged to the cover; a moving shaft which is inserted into the moving hole so that one end of the sub-lever is hinged to the main body; a cam which is coupled to the moving shaft; a support member which is coupled to the main body and contacted with an outer surface of the cam; and a spring which presses the moving shaft toward the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Khvatec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Ho Kim, Se Kyu Kim, Hee Choun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130232727
    Abstract: A casement window hinge protects against sash sag by providing a guide arm that substantially fills the space between the sash and the window frame when the window is closed. This space-filling guide arm may be produced with lightweight thermoplastic material whose pivoting connection to the sash arm may be strengthened through a wood screw providing an axis for the pivot that may be stabilized within the sash into which the screw is driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jack C. La See
  • Patent number: 8505167
    Abstract: Provided is a portable terminal including a first housing, a second housing, and a hinge apparatus rotatably coupling the first housing and the second housing. The hinge apparatus includes a hinge housing fixed to the first housing, a hinge member fixed to the second housing and coupled to the hinge housing, the hinge member rotating around a hinge axis which extends perpendicular to a surface of the first housing, an interference protrusion provided on one of the hinge housing and the hinge member, and a stopper groove formed in the other of the hinge housing and the hinge member wherein the hinge member rotates around the hinge axis while being spaced apart from the hinge housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-Tae Kim, Sang-Joon Park, Jong-Woo Kim, Seok-Gyu Lee
  • Patent number: 8478368
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a cap body and a hinge assembly. The cap body is movably attached to the main body, and the hinge assembly is disposed between the main body and the cap body. The hinge assembly includes a sliding portion and a rotating portion connected to each other. When the cap body and the main body are totally overlapped, the cap body is selectively to rotate or to slide with respect to the main body over the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chang-Hwang Chiou, Ching-Shih Chen, Yun-Long Tun
  • Patent number: 8332001
    Abstract: A sliding mechanism and a portable electronic device using the same are disclosed. The sliding mechanism includes a base plate, a siding plate, a connecting plate and a support plate. The sliding plate is slidably assembled with the base plate and located upon the base plate. The connecting plate is hinged to the sliding plate and configured to be located above the corresponding sliding plate when in a closed configuration or be rotated to form an angle with the sliding plate. The support plate with two ends thereof rotatably couple with the connecting plate and the base plate. The support plate is configured to be operatably laid on the base plate in a closed configuration or form an angle with the base plate to support the corresponding connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Jing-Zhen Guo
  • Patent number: 8291548
    Abstract: A diagonal motion door hinge for a vehicle door includes an upper door connection plate having a second motion assembly pivotally mounted to the upper door connection plate. The axis of rotation of the second motion assembly is perpendicular to the upper door connection plate. A first motion assembly is mounted to the second motion assembly at a first motion hinge. The first motion assembly is adapted to connect to an upper portion of a vehicle door. The lower door connection plate includes a lower door connection plate stopper and a lower shock connection. The lower door connection plate stopper has a lower door double motion stopper surface. A point of contact between the ballpoint and the lower door double motion stopper surface is offset from a horizontal motion hinge pin axis to provide a first diagonal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Patent number: 8259443
    Abstract: A tilting mechanism includes a fixing plate, a sliding plate, a swing member rotatably connecting to the fixing plate and the sliding plate; The tilting mechanism includes a first connecting plate rotatably connecting to the fixing plate, a second connecting plate rotatably connecting to the sliding plate, and a hinge having a pivoting portion and a fixing portion rotatably connecting to the pivoting portion, the pivoting portion is secured with the second connecting member and the fixing portion is secured with the first connecting member. The disclosure includes a portable electronic device using the tilting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Kun-Tsan Wu, Wei-Shan Hu, Chuan-Bao Hong
  • Patent number: 8250711
    Abstract: A space-saving slide cover lifting structure consisting of a pair hinges, a pair of sliding rail holders, a pair of plastic slide guides, a pair of sliding rails, a pair of gears and a pair of gear racks is disclosed. The gear racks are respectively accommodated in the sliding rails to reduce space occupation, minimizing the width of the assembly of the gear rack and the respective sliding rail. The arrangement of the plastic slide guides prohibits direction contact between the metal sliding rails and the sliding rail holders, avoiding friction noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lianhong Art Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia Hui Chen, Che-Hsien Lin
  • Patent number: 8250708
    Abstract: A hinge includes a fixing frame, a rotating frame, a support, and a connecting member. The rotating frame is pivotally joined to the fixing frame. The support includes a first connecting portion for joining to the base and a second connecting portion. The connecting member is mounted between the rotating frame and the support. Furthermore, the connecting member is operably moved between an extended position and a retracted position in response to two opposite pivoting directions of the rotating frame with respect to the fixing frame. In addition, the support moves away from the rotating frame in response to the connection member moving from the retracted position to the extended position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Leohab Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Publication number: 20120204492
    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: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: MAAX BATH INC.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Berger
  • Patent number: 8234754
    Abstract: A hinge module includes a first hinge part; and a second hinge part confronting the first hinge part. The first hinge part includes a slot; and an annular groove surrounding the slot and formed in a recessed shape in relation to the second hinge part, and an annular gasket inserted into the annular groove and projecting to the second hinge part side. The second hinge part includes a cylindrical projection non-removably inserted into the slot while freely moveable in a longitudinal direction of the slot; and a sliding surface formed around periphery of the cylindrical projection and on which the gasket slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shigeru Yamaguchi, Shingo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8234752
    Abstract: A sliding and rotating hinge module for supporting a display screen or the like, includes a bracket, a slider and a support member. The slider is capable of sliding movement relative to the bracket and the support member is capable of pivotal movement relative to the slider. A drum is rotationally supported by the bracket. A constant force spring is attached to the drum at one end and to the slider at the other end. The constant force spring is biased to wrap around the drum, the constant force spring unwrapping from the drum as the slider moves toward the retracted position. The constant force spring biases the slider toward the extended position. A damping mechanism damps the rotational motion of the drum relative to the bracket for smooth, non-abrupt movement of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn E. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20120194978
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism includes a fixing member, a rotary member, a rotary member, an adjusting member and a support member, all of which are interconnected. The rotary member is capable of being positioned in a preset manner to form an acute angle relative to the fixing member, the adjusting member is capable of being positioned in a preset manner to form an acute angle relative to the rotary member; and the support member is capable of being positioned in a preset manner to form an obtuse angle relative to the adjusting member. An electronic device using the hinge mechanism is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LIAN-CHENG HUANG, ZHEN-YU YANG
  • Publication number: 20120167342
    Abstract: A hinge includes a base, a crank, a bottom board, a crank engagement seat, and a fixed seat. The crank is pivotably connected to the base. The bottom board includes at least one retaining portion, a first rivet hole and a vertical elongated hole. The crank engagement seat is connected to the crank and located between the fixed seat and the bottom board. The crank engagement seat includes first and second through-holes and a second rivet hole. The fixed seat includes first and second adjusting holes. A first adjusting member is extended through the first adjusting hole and the first through-hole into the first rivet hole. A second adjusting member is extended through the second adjusting hole into the second rivet hole. The bottom board and the crank engagement seat can be slightly moved in the vertical direction. The crank engagement seat can be slightly moved in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Yi Tai Wu, Hsin Hung Lin, Shu Hua Lin, Shu Jiuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8201305
    Abstract: A hinge construction, suitable for a wing mirror unit for a motor vehicle, includes a first hinge part configured for mounting on the motor vehicle and a second hinge part, pivotably connected with the first hinge part via a base shaft. The second hinge part is configured to support a mirror support. In an embodiment, the base shaft is translatably connected with one of the hinge parts, the other hinge part is arranged pivotably about the base shaft, and the hinge parts cooperate via a track guide, which causes the hinge parts upon pivoting to rotate relative to each other, and a straight guide, which cases the hinge parts upon pivoting to translate relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Paulus Gerardus Maria van Stiphout
  • Patent number: 8186013
    Abstract: A double motion door hinge for a vehicle door includes an upper door connection plate having a second motion assembly pivotally mounted to the upper door connection plate. The axis of rotation of the second motion assembly is perpendicular to the upper door connection plate. A first motion assembly is mounted to the second motion assembly at a first motion hinge. The first motion assembly is adapted to connect to an upper portion of a vehicle door. The lower door connection plate includes a lower door connection plate stopper and a lower shock connection. The lower door connection plate stopper has a lower door double motion stopper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Patent number: 8171866
    Abstract: A safe of the swing and slide type has a closing stile which has a landing surface for the safe door and a pocket for housing the closing edge of the door. That edge is outwardly turned to prevent the insertion of a pry bar between the door and the hook of the closing stile. The pocket has a ramp face which guides the closing edge of the door during the slide open and slide closed phases. In different variants, a ramp face is provided on the door also; a second ramp face is provided on the hook of the closing stile; a door seat is incorporated into ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lokaway Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Brett Dunstan
  • Patent number: 8156612
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable hinge provided with a first member provided with a case portion holding an approximately disc-shaped gear member having a non-circular through hole as to freely rotate, a second member having a fitting shaft portion detachably inserted to the through hole of the gear member, a wedge-shaped window portion formed on the case portion, and a floating wedge member, movably disposed within the wedge-shaped window portion, in which one side face is a toothed face to engage with the gear member and another side is a contact face to contact a wedge face of the wedge-shaped window portion, to restrict the gear member from oscillation in one direction against the case portion by the engagement of the toothed face with the gear member and the contact of the contact face and the wedge face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Koyo Giken Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadanobu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8151417
    Abstract: A vehicle door hinge for a passenger or driver side vehicle door. The hinge has a chassis mounting plate securely fastenable to the vehicle frame, a swingarm securely fastenable to the vehicle door, a bi-directional rotation mechanism connecting the chassis mounting plate to the swingarm and allowing rotation of the swingarm in a horizontal plane and in a vertical plane, first and second bearing surfaces positioned to rotate with the bi-directional rotation mechanism and to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the horizontal plane, and not to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the vertical plane, and means for counter-balancing the weight of the vehicle door when the swingarm is rotated in the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Vertical Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Demetrius Calvin Ham
  • Patent number: 8139994
    Abstract: In order to reduce a number of parts and required costs, and to improve operability during assembly and maintenance, the automatic original cover closer comprises hinge portions having a supporting member which supports the original cover to be opened and closed with regard to a main body of an office equipment and a driving portion automatically driving the supporting member of the hinge portions. The automatic original cover closer is characterized in that the supporting member is rotatably supported via a rotation shaft on a mounting member attached to the main body, that the driving portion comprises a driving motor and a driving force transmitting mechanism for transmitting a rotation drive force of the driving motor to the rotation shaft, and that the rotation shaft is adjusted so that its rotation drive force can be transmitted to the supporting member via a shaft engaging members fixedly attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Katoh Electrical Machinery Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Naokazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8128298
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide for a method and apparatus for moving a cover of a device relative to a base of the device to provide access to an interior space. An indication to open a cover coupled to a base is received. Responsive to receiving the indication, the cover is sequentially pivoted around a first pivot and a second pivot to provide access to the interior space while maintaining the cover within a footprint of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roger Guy Fowler, Dean Frederick Herring
  • Patent number: 8112844
    Abstract: A hinge having a base with a planar surface; a sliding plate having a planar surface; a revolving member located adjacent to a longitudinal edge of the base, the revolving member being capable of revolving and projecting from the base; a dampener located in the base for restraining movement of the revolving member to retain the revolving member in its revolved and projected position; a first joint for coupling the revolving member to the sliding plate, and a plurality of guides arranged longitudinally and transversely in the sliding plate, wherein in a first mode of operation, the sliding plate is slidable over the base in the longitudinal or transverse directions of the base, wherein in a second mode of operation, the sliding plate is substantially slid over the base to a position in the transverse direction of the base, the sliding plate is pivotable about the longitudinal edge of the base to a configuration such that the planar surface of the sliding plate forms an oblique angle relative to the planar surf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Seah Seang Yong, Kin Fui Chong, Wei Lit Leung
  • Patent number: 8104141
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable hinge in which a pair of floating wedge members are disposed as to be rotation symmetric for 180° around a first axis as an axis of symmetry, and each of wedge faces of four wedge-shaped window portions is serially formed on an arc around a second axis as a center, eccentric from the first axis and rotation symmetric for every 90° around the first axis as the axis of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Koyo Giken Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadanobu Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20120005859
    Abstract: A strap hinge for connecting a leaf to a frame so as to pivot about a hinge axis includes a first joint hinge with a first fastening part and a first hinge part. A second joint hinge with a second fastening part and a second hinge part is connected to the second joint hinge so as to pivot about the hinge axis. The second hinge part is configured so as to tilt about a tilt axis extending approximately parallel to the hinge axis. The tilt axis is defined by at least one contact surface, which is curved in a circle-like shape. The at least one contact surface is arranged on the strap hinge receiving element and is configured to abut against a respective counter contact surface arranged on the second fastening part. The respective counter contact surface is curved in an approximately complementary manner to the at least one contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Dr. Hahn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tibor Herglotz, Ingo Steinfeld