Including Means To Move Hinged Members Patents (Class 16/242)
  • Patent number: 11281260
    Abstract: The description relates to devices and device adjustment. One example can include a first portion that defines a cam pivot. The example can also include a height adjuster comprising a wedge and a positioning loop positioned over the cam pivot, such that rotation of a cam on the cam pivot to contact one cam follower of the positioning loop that moves the wedge toward another component or to contact an opposite cam follower of the positioning loop that moves the wedge away from the another component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Michael Ravenscroft, Kevin Chen, Jason Dale Brown, Anthony George Picardo, Anthony Ernest Hillyerd, Brian David Bitz, David Michael Lane
  • Patent number: 11072954
    Abstract: A door hinge is disclosed having a frame hinge part and a leaf hinge part, which are pivotable in relation to one another about a pin on a pivot axis. The frame hinge part has an upper and lower housing, the leaf hinge part has a middle housing, insertable between the upper and the lower housing. The pin is insertable into the lower, the middle, and the upper housing, and rotatably mounted in the upper and lower housings. Two eccentricities are provided in the middle housing of the leaf hinge part. The middle housing can be clamped in a rotationally-fixed manner with the pin, so that the leaf hinge part is pivotable in relation to the frame hinge part about the pin. In the non-clamped state, the leaf hinge part is adjustable by means of the two eccentricities in two dimensions transverse to the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Hasler
  • Patent number: 10955085
    Abstract: A building block includes a plurality of panel elements that are each rotatable relative to each other one of the plurality of panel elements; a connecting pin that passes through and rotatably connects the plurality of panel elements to each other; and a plurality of connectors, each connector rotatably attached to a respective panel element, where each one of the panel elements includes at least on locking feature configured to create a releasably fixed connection between adjacent panel elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Yehoshua Katz
  • Patent number: 10863786
    Abstract: A neckwear includes a neckband and a neckband module and may further include one or more fastener members and one or more display segments for coins, medals or bars. The neckband is connected to said neckband module, and said one or more fastener members pivotably connects said neckband module and said one or more display segments. Also provided for a neckwear are a hermetically sealed neckband module or display segment, a display segment configured to be intra-changeable, display inserts for a neckband module or display segments, torso segments, and a neckband module with a member of a fastener to accommodate interchangeable display segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: PATUGA LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Pandolfino
  • Patent number: 10738498
    Abstract: A deployable mast structure (100) is disclosed, comprising a body configured to adopt a tubular shape when the mast structure is in a deployed configuration, and a plurality of openings (102) formed in a wall of the body so as to define a plurality of integral tape-spring hinges (103) in the wall of the body, the plurality of openings being configured so as to permit the body to collapse along its longitudinal axis into a stowed configuration when the tape-spring hinges are buckled. In the stowed configuration, the integral tape-spring hinges are configured to exert a force which urges the structure towards the deployed configuration. Since the mast structure collapses along its longitudinal axis, the structure only occupies a small volume in the stowed configuration. A method of fabricating the deployable mast structure from a layered composite material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OXFORD SPACE SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Juan Reveles, Vincent Fraux, Yoshiro Ogi
  • Patent number: 10612721
    Abstract: A building block includes a plurality of panel elements that are each rotatable relative to each other one of the plurality of panel elements; a connecting pin that passes through and rotatably connects the plurality of panel elements to each other; and a plurality of connectors, each connector rotatably attached to a respective panel element, where each one of the panel elements includes at least on locking feature configured to create a releasably fixed connection between adjacent panel elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Yehoshua Katz
  • Patent number: 10609855
    Abstract: An implement for an agricultural vehicle including a toolbar and a pair of marking devices pivotally connected to the toolbar. Each marking device includes at least one arm configured for pivoting between a stored position and an operational position, and a retention device supported by the toolbar and configured for providing a magnetic retention force which magnetically retains the at least one arm in the stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Johnathon R. Dienst, Patrick Dinnon, Michael J. Connors, Brent Elwing, Brian J. Anderson, Chad M. Johnson, Travis L. Harnetiaux
  • Patent number: 10480228
    Abstract: A hinge supporting apparatus is provided, which includes a connection member configured to hinge-connect a door to a main body, a cam member configured to vary an installation position of the connection member in order to control a gap between the main body and the door, and a fixing member configured to fix the connection member to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-ho Kim, Cheon-seok Ko, Sung-cheul Park
  • Patent number: 10138664
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge assembly for connecting a moving part to a frame includes a first part secured to the frame and including an insert channel, and a second part secured to the moving part and including a shaft. An eccentric insert is positioned in the insert channel and is rotatable in the insert channel. The eccentric insert includes an offset channel at an end facing the second part, and the shaft of the second part is disposed in the offset channel. By rotating the eccentric part in the insert channel, a relative position of the moving part to the frame can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Bender
  • Patent number: 9866944
    Abstract: The external sound headphones are a set of headphones with two earphones. Each of the earphones is formed with a port. The port is opened and closed with a hinged cover. When the hinged cover is opened, the port allows external sounds to pass freely through the earphone while the external sound headphones are in use. The port allows the wearer to monitor their environment while listening to the external sound headphones. The external sound headphones comprise a headband, a plurality of sliders, a plurality of earphones and a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Hyman Wright
  • Patent number: 9775471
    Abstract: A temporary barrier for enclosing a bathing enclosure such as a bathtub-shower combination or simply a shower enclosure uses a frame that sits atop a front surface of the enclosure such as on the top of the bathtub and abuts each of the opposing outside walls of the enclosure. A pair of sliding shower doors is slidably disposed within the frame, or alternately, a pair of doors is pivotally attached within the frame, or one door pivotally attached with a fixed panel next to the pivoting door. A pair of tensioning mechanisms is attached, one each to each of the horizontal members of the frame, in order to securely wedge the frame between the outside walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: James Weatherly
  • Patent number: 9534624
    Abstract: An adapter for mounting an implement to a working arm of a working machine includes an acentric hole for an implement attachment. The adapter comprises a base element having one or more movement restricting formations, a shaft having a threading, and a nut for tightening the adapter to the implement attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: R 'N D Universal Oy
    Inventor: Niilo Rautionmaa
  • Patent number: 9194166
    Abstract: Some implementations provide a hinge that includes a first wing, a second wing, a coupling pin, and a locking pin. The first wing includes a first knuckle and a second knuckle. The first knuckle includes a first hole. The second knuckle includes a second hole and a first locking hole. The second wing includes a third knuckle and a fourth knuckle. The third knuckle includes a third hole. The fourth knuckle includes a fourth hole. The coupling pin is configured to couple the first wing to the second wing through the first, second, third and fourth knuckles. The locking pin configured to limit the hinge in a particular position when the locking pin is inserted into the first locking hole of the second knuckle. The locking pin configured to lock the hinge in a particular position when the locking pin is inserted into the locking hole of the second knuckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Peter H Spiegel, Lori Kirshner
  • Patent number: 8948678
    Abstract: A scanning apparatus and an image forming apparatus having the same. The scanning apparatus includes: a main body having a scanning unit; a cover to open and close upon an upper surface of the main body; a hinge unit disposed on one of the main body and the cover so that the cover is rotatable with respect to the main body; a hinge accommodating unit disposed on the other of the main body and the cover to accommodate the hinge unit so that the cover is movable in an upward and downward direction with respect to the upper surface of the main body; and a movement restricting unit disposed on at least one of the hinge unit and the hinge accommodating unit to restrict a movement of the cover in the upward and downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dae-Lim Shin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8941554
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an anti-backlash component. In one embodiment, the anti-backlash component includes a housing, the housing comprising a first threaded opening and a second opening, a bolt coupled to the housing through the first threaded opening and the second opening, the bolt comprising a spherical end, a nut coupled to the bolt and an exterior side of the second opening of the housing and a socket coupled to the spherical end of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Pro Band International, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Andrew Christie
  • Patent number: 8881346
    Abstract: A hinge device has a base, a body removably provided at the base, and a mounting member rotatably connected to the body. The base has a base member, a first movable member disposed at the base member such that the first movable member is movable in a first direction and non-movable in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and a second movable member disposed at the first movable member such that the second movable member is movable in the second direction and non-movable in the first direction, and the body removably attached to the second movable member. A first position adjustment mechanism is provided between the base member and the first movable member. The first position adjustment mechanism adjusts position of the first movable member with respect to the base member in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Oshima, Shingo Takamatsu, Ken Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8826857
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a plasma processing assembly may include an upper process body coupled to a hinge body and a lower process body coupled to a base hinge member. The hinge body can be pivotally engaged with the base hinge member. A self locking latch can be pivotally engaged with the base hinge member. When the hinge body is rotated around the first axis of rotation, the protruding latch engagement member can contact the self locking latch and can rotate the self locking latch around the second axis of rotation opposite to the bias direction. The self locking latch can rotate around the second axis of rotation in the bias direction and can block the hinge body from rotating around the first axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Greg Sexton
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8707517
    Abstract: A hinge for a folding door, in particular for movable furniture parts, has at least one abutment part with a first section for securing the hinge to a furniture part and a second section which is at an angle thereto and is adjustable in length. The adjustment in length of the second section is performed using a transmission device for converting a rotary movement into a longitudinal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Claus Hofer
  • Publication number: 20130298352
    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: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: David Mazzei
  • Publication number: 20130152340
    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: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Sean A. Bannon
  • Patent number: 8387212
    Abstract: A device for fastening an object, preferably a hinge, to an extruded profile. The device includes a sliding block that is connected in a known way with the a hinge arm via webs on the upper surface of the block, and having one lateral surface on the bottom side ended by a longitudinal snap tooth, and another lateral surface ended in an undergrabbing prong. The fastening device includes at least one pair of resilient elements. The resilient elements are arranged in cutouts formed on the bottom side of the sliding block symmetrically with respect to the main axis of the hinge. The resilient element is arranged in the cutout in a way to protrude from the said the sliding block in the area of the lateral wall of the sliding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lama D.D. Okovje—Montazni Sistemi—Orodja—Trgovina
    Inventors: David Pecar, Danjel Kozlovic, Valmi Valentic
  • Patent number: 8281458
    Abstract: A hinge for doors, windows, or the like, comprising, a first hinge element and a second hinge element, which have, respectively, a first cylindrical articulation portion and a second cylindrical articulation portion, wherein the first articulation portion has an external diameter smaller than the external diameter of the second articulation portion; a hingepin, which defines a hinge axis; an adjustment device, which is associated to one of said articulation portions and can be actuated for displacing said hinge elements with respect to one another in a direction substantially transverse to said hinge axis; and a covering sleeve, provided externally to the first articulation portion and having an external diameter equal to the external diameter of said second articulation portion, wherein the covering sleeve is mounted so that it can turn with respect to the first articulation portion about an axis that is eccentric with respect to said hinge axis and can be displaced with respect to the first articulation por
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Savio S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 8276241
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Kunshan Huhua Metal Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi Tai Wu, Hsin Hung Lin, Shu Hua Lin, Shu Jiuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8270169
    Abstract: A translating hinge includes a translation element which provides translational movement between two objects coupled by the translating hinge and a rotating assembly coupled to the translation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paquette, Scott R. Cheyne
  • Publication number: 20120063072
    Abstract: A tilting hinge is disposed on a fixed housing and includes a rotating shaft, a bearing, and a movable piece. The rotating shaft includes a protrusion. Meanwhile, a lower half of the rotating shaft has a spiral curved surface. The bearing is provided with a spiral groove following the lower half of the rotating shaft, and the rotating shaft is biased toward the groove on the bearing by use of presser bar springs. Tilting of the movable housing causes the protrusion on the rotating shaft to slide on a surface of the groove on the bearing, and a rotation center of the rotating shaft to move upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Junichi MURAKOSO, Tomoyuki Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8079114
    Abstract: A height adjustment device for a hinge having one hinge leaf that can be snapped into or inserted into a receiving part mounted on a door leaf or on a door frame, and with a height adjustment mechanism in the receiving part which has abutment against an edge of the hinge leaf. The height adjustment mechanism has a slide that is limitedly movable in the receiving part, and a rotatable height adjustment member. The slide has a portion for abutment against an edge of the hinge leaf. The height adjustment member has a plurality of radially directed, angularly separated arms of different lengths, wherein an end portion of such an arm is adapted to engage with an adapted engaging portion of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Creative Research & Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Bror Fries, Frank W. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20110232033
    Abstract: A hinge for mounting a door-panel or window sash to a fixed jamb element has two leaves pivoted together about an axis. One of the leaves is adapted for attachment directly to an edge of one of the elements. A housing is recessed in the other of the elements and has a pair of generally parallel and vertical side walls with inner faces defining a horizontally open cavity. A bar is shiftable in the cavity horizontally perpendicular to the side walls and vertically. At least one fastener releasably securing the other of the leaves to the bar. A pair of spindles extending perpendicular to the side walls in the cavity are threaded into the bar and have opposite ends bearing on the inner faces of the side walls so that rotation of the spindles shifts the bar perpendicular to the side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas BARTELS
  • Patent number: 8011065
    Abstract: A hinge is mounted between a cover and a base of an electronic device. A lid covers the hinge and is attached securely to the base. The hinge has an arced surface and a rotating shaft. When the cover is pivoted to a certain angle, the rotating shaft abuts the arced surface to lift up the cover so the cover is selectively distant away from the lid. Therefore, the shape of the electronic device does not need to be disfigured and the cover still does not bump against the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chi Chen, Chia-Hsiang Chen, Weiming Chen
  • Publication number: 20110197394
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are active material based closure hinge assemblies, latch assemblies, and alignment methods. In one embodiment, a closure assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a first hinge portion having one end attached to a closure, a second hinge portion attached to the first hinge portion having one end attached to a vehicle body, and an active material configured to provide the first hinge portion with up to six degrees of freedom relative to second hinge portion upon receipt of an activation signal and less than or equal to two degrees of freedom in the absence of the activation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: John A. Cafeo, Alan L. Browne, Gary L. Jones, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110107555
    Abstract: A hinge comprises a first leaf, a first plate, at least one sleeve coupled to the first plate, a second leaf having a second plate and an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is configured to move and retain one of the first leaf and the second leaf relative to the other of the first leaf and the second leaf at a plurality of positions in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the axis while the second plate extends substantially parallel to the first plate and while the first plate and the second plate are mounted to structures being pivoted by the hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Chad M. Buchanan, Matthew J. Alles
  • Patent number: 7900400
    Abstract: The present invention corrects sash sag in casement windows by implementing an adjustable hinge. The adjustable hinge includes a sash arm, a support arm, a retaining clip and an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism serves a twofold purpose. First, it allows one to adjust the hinge for sash sag, and it also secures the support arm to the track of the adjustment hinge. The adjustment mechanism includes a threaded support post and a threaded member. The threaded support post has a circumferential groove which is used to receive the arms of a retaining clip. The sash arm is mounted to the track of the adjustable hinge via a shoe block. The sash arm has a protrusion located on its bottom surface. The protrusion serves as a movement restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Tong Liang, David Chen
  • Publication number: 20110041288
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge comprising: a) two hinge bodies for attaching respectively to a window or door frame and a window or door leaf; b) a revolving pin suitable for mutually articulating the hinge bodies; c) a member for adjusting shared positions of the hinge bodies in a direction generally perpendicular to the axis of the pin. The adjustment member includes a sleeve, associated axially with the pin, defining an external lateral coupling surface with a corresponding housing defined in a first of the hinge bodies. The sleeve is pivotally engaged with the housing-such that, while remaining in relatively constant contact with the walls of the cavity during any rotation to change its position, it may occupy substantially any position required along a limited length of the perpendicular adjustment direction. A reversible locking member is also provided for locking the sleeve in positions it occupies inside the housing upon a thrusting action in a defined or selected locking direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Sergio Pacini
  • Patent number: 7870642
    Abstract: There is disclosed an anti-sag hinge (10) which includes a mounting flange assembly (12) pivotally coupled to a strap assembly (15). The mounting flange assembly includes a mounting flange (16) having four mounting holes (17) therethrough. The strap assembly includes a strap (31) extending from a cylinder portion (32). The strap includes four elongated mounting holes (42), a screw adjustment flange (43) having a threaded screw hole (44) therein. The strap also includes a moveable adjustment bracket (50) mounted for lateral movement relative to the underlying strap. The adjustment bracket also includes an adjustment screw mounting flange (52), a adjustment screw (53) extending through an adjustment bracket mounting hole (54) and threaded into screw adjustment flange screw hole. Lastly, the adjustment bracket includes four mounting holes (56) extending therethrough and generally in alignment with strap elongated mounting holes (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl M. Finkelstein, Brett A. Mitchell, Thomas A. Thorsen
  • Patent number: 7870972
    Abstract: The Sliding Safety Hinge Assembly (SSHA) minimizes the degree of personal injury or discomfort that could result from accidental closure of the lid of a box, i.e. “toy box”, by pinching a finger between the lid and box, particularly as the obstruction approaches the side or rear of the box near the hinge. A traditional hinge attached to the lid and rear of box carcass provides a fixed pivot point such that a severe pinch point exists due to the leverage of the lid. The SSHA reduces this potential by a sliding design such that the hinge element normally fastened to the rear of the box is rather installed on a slide assembly allowing free sliding motion in the vertical plane at the rear of the box. The SSHA assembly would include a slide, pivot and counter weight device to reduce the weight of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis James Elefante
  • Patent number: 7861378
    Abstract: A hinge plate for concealed placement between door frame and door panel, has two mounting bases that can be set into recesses in the door frame and in the door panel, and hinge brackets that work together in pairs, which are connected to rotate about a vertical axis of rotation. On the mounting bases, in each instance, the end of one hinge bracket is mounted to rotate about a vertical axis of rotation, and the end of the other hinge bracket is guided to move longitudinally. The hinge brackets are structured as connection elements having the same construction, which have a U shape with a connecting stay and vertically oriented shanks The hinge brackets are joined together in the manner of a plug-in connection, and are connected to rotate at the connecting stays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Simonswerk, Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
    Inventor: Hubert Neukötter
  • Publication number: 20100242227
    Abstract: An adjustable door hinge includes a receptor base and a panel leaf adjustably secured to the receptor base and at least partially defining a vertical adjustment opening and a horizontal adjustment opening. An adjustment transfer element is at least partially contained within the vertical adjustment opening and a vertical adjustment element is rotatably connected to the adjustment transfer element. Rotation of the vertical adjustment element adjusts a position of the panel leaf to any position between a first position and a second position. A horizontal adjustment element is rotatably connected to the horizontal adjustment opening. Rotation of the horizontal adjustment element adjusts a position of the panel leaf to any position between a third position and a fourth position. Vertical and horizontal adjustment of the hinge may be performed independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Gary Tagtow, Tracy Lammers, Matt Coplan
  • Patent number: 7735194
    Abstract: A sash locator for locating a casement window sash relative to a sash arm, includes an abutment structure disposed at a selected disposition relative to the sash arm such that positioning the sash proximate the sash arm with a selected portion of the sash abutting the abutment structure disposes the sash relative to the sash arm in a desired disposition for affixing the sash to the sash arm. A method of sash location relative to a sash arm is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Bruzek
  • Patent number: 7698783
    Abstract: A hinge for a door is disclosed. The hinge comprises a receiver assembly having a slot, a door leaf having a retaining spring biased away from the door leaf, the door leaf being dimensioned for insertion into the slot and a retaining device associated with the receiver assembly for releasably engaging the retaining spring to releasably retain the door leaf in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: George E. Heid
  • Patent number: 7698782
    Abstract: An example furniture hinge includes a carrier arm, a door fitting having a recessed cup that is rotatably disposed on one end of the carrier arm, and an end plate adjustably connected to another end of the carrier arm. A mounting plate that attaches to a furniture body includes a wall portion. An eccentric element laterally adjustably attaches the end plate to the wall portion. The end plate includes an anchoring element for engaging behind the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: Horst Lautenschlager
  • Publication number: 20100077564
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus to facilitate equipment position adjustment is disclosed. One embodiment of a system includes, a hinge apparatus having a through-hole, a rotate-able portion and a body portion. The system further includes, equipment having a first portion coupled to the rotate-able portion of the hinge apparatus, a second portion coupled to the body portion of the hinge apparatus, and an electrical wire that facilitates function of the equipment. The electrical wire is disposed in the hinge extending through the through-hole. The hinge apparatus is operatively configured such that the electrical wire remains intact during when the rotate-able portion of the hinge rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Espresso Fitness Corp.
    Inventors: Mohammed Saier, Jean-Michel Thiers, John Fisher
  • Publication number: 20100050380
    Abstract: A hinge structure for a lid of an in-vehicle console box includes a storage box having an opening, a lid having a front end and a rear end, and a hinge member having a rotation axis. The hinge member is disposed between the storage box and the lid so the lid rotates around the rotation axis to open and close the opening. A slide mechanism is located between the lid and the hinge member so the lid can move in the directions of the front end and the rear end in relation to the hinge member when opening and closing the lid. A converting mechanism converts a turning force for rotating the lid around the rotation axis to a linear force for sliding the lid in the directions of the front end and rear end so the lid moves in the direction of the rear end when being opened, and in the direction of the front end when being closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Fujiwara, Yukihiro Sanma
  • Patent number: 7594690
    Abstract: A vehicle having a closure system that includes a closure structure, a body structure component, and a hinge pin. The closure structure is configured to pivot with respect to the body structure component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Gregory Thomas Hedderly
  • Patent number: 7591044
    Abstract: A hinge for furniture of the “frame” type comprises a base portion to be mounted to the frame of the piece of furniture and a portion for fastening to the furniture door and articulated on the base portion. The base portion comprises a lower element intended for fastening to the furniture frame, and an upper element supporting the articulation to the portion fastening the hinge to the door. The lower and upper elements are connected to each other for mutual-sliding movement in a direction longitudinal to the hinge, means for controlled adjustment of the sliding movement being present close to one end of the base portion. The two base elements are made of cut-out sheet metal and means for sliding constraint in the adjustment direction are present between them, said means comprising half-punched pins projecting from side walls of one of the two elements for sliding fitting into corresponding slots in the other element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Carlo Migli
  • Patent number: 7587788
    Abstract: A horizontally adjustable hinge is disclosed. The hinge comprises a base member having a slot and a channel generally perpendicular to the slot, an adjustment nut disposed in the channel, the adjustment nut having a generally circumferential recess and a threaded axial bore, the adjustment nut being rotationally fixed within the channel, a screw threadably engaged in the threaded axial bore and axially fixed relative to the base member and a leaf for insertion into the slot. The leaf has a slot dimensioned to receive the circumferential recess, wherein rotation of the screw moves the adjustment nut axially in the channel, thereby moving the leaf in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: George E. Heid
  • Publication number: 20090199362
    Abstract: A hinge wing comprises a cup intended for being fixed in a hole of a furniture component, the wing being provided with a pair of expandable teeth arranged on opposite sides of the cup, said teeth being fixed on an eccentric lever of the wing, by rotating which the teeth are moved in an opposite direction to the direction of insertion of the cup into the respective receiving hole, the wing comprising for each tooth a cam that, upon rotation of the eccentric lever, causes the respective tooth to expand against a side wall of the receiving hole of the cup to fix the cup to the furniture component. Each cam is formed with a cam element of yieldable material interposed between a side wall of the cup and the respective tooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Adelchi Ferrari
  • Patent number: 7550658
    Abstract: A front fallboard, a rear fallboard and a hinge connected between them form in combination a fallboard assembly connected between side arms of a piano cabinet by means of a pair of rotary connectors, and each of the rotary connectors includes a front metal plate connected to the side surface of the front fallboard, a rear metal plate connected to the bottom surface of the side art defining a recess and a rotary damper; since the recess is wider than the rear metal plate already combined with the rotary damper, the rear metal plate is movable on a virtual plane defined by a fore-and-aft direction and an up-and-down direction; while a worker is seeking the optimum positions of the rotary connectors, self-tapping screws keep the rear metal plates in the recesses so that the worker drives woodscrews into the side arms through main holes or auxiliary holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takamitsu Suzuki, Akira Nakamura, Akio Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7530142
    Abstract: A hinge is provided for connecting two flap portions of a folding flap, and there is a gap between the flap portions. The hinge includes two hinge portions, each of which can be fixed to a flap portion. At least one of the hinge portions which is mounted displaceably with respect to a mounting plate is held in a first position by a force-exerting holding device and is movable into a second position after the force is overcome and the holding device is released or unlatched, with the gap between the flap portions being increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Sutterlütti, Helmut Fitz
  • Patent number: 7516516
    Abstract: A three-dimension adjustable hidden furniture door hinge is designed to include a travel member that can be fixed onto the door, an adjustable member that can be fixed onto the door frame and an arm segment connects these two members, the adjustable member includes three tiers of boards, a base board in the lower tier can be fixed onto a door frame, a middle board in the middle tier that can slide up and down on top of the base board, and an adjustable board in the upper tier on top of the middle board that can slide back and forth; there are matching grooves and directional tabs formed on the boards; three cam screws are used to provide up-down, back-forth, and left-right position adjustment, there is no need to loosen up other screws, the entire adjustment process is simple, quickly and energy saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Zhiyong Wu