Screw-operated Patents (Class 16/245)
  • Patent number: 10330367
    Abstract: A refrigerator door hinge bracket mechanism (40) has a door mounting assembly (45) and a base mounting assembly (46). The door mounting assembly includes a hinge mounting plate (49). The base mounting assembly includes an adjustment mechanism (52) which has a U-shaped adjustment plate (50) coupled to the hinge mounting plate, a threaded lower adjustment bar (55) with a threaded lower adjustment block (56) and which has a top camming surface (58), a threaded upper adjustment bar (60) with a threaded upper adjustment block (61) which has a lower cam following surface (63) configured to mate with camming surface. The upper adjustment block includes opening (64) therethrough which aligns with an opening (65) extending through adjustment plate and a hole (66) in the hinge mounting plate. A threaded bolt (67) passes through the three holes to mount the adjustment mechanism to the hinge mounting plate with adjustable movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VIKING RANGE, LLC
    Inventors: Jemsheer Thayyullathil, David Hensel, Philip Carbone
  • Patent number: 10295246
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a position of a door on a housing of a household refrigeration appliance to change a placement of the door while located on the housing, includes separating a door leaf of the door from a front flange of the housing in a depth direction of the household refrigeration appliance by a gap in a closed state of the door. A tool is inserted into the gap and a readjustment element, which can be accessed through the gap, is readjusted by using the tool in such a way that the position of the door relative to the housing is changed in dependence on the readjustment of the readjustment element. A household refrigeration appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Heisswolf, Simon Kraemer, Alfred Raab, Christian Schmid
  • Patent number: 10053204
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a height of a ceiling panel in an aircraft and a corresponding method is disclosed. The system includes an arm and at least one ceiling support latch, wherein each of the at least one ceiling support latches is attached to the arm. The system further includes an adjustable fitting attached to the arm, wherein the adjustable fitting includes (i) a first sliding block attached to the arm, (ii) a second sliding block attached to a support structure, and (iii) an adjustment screw. Adjustment of the adjustment screw forces the first and second sliding blocks to move relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy Todd King, Kenneth G. Davis, Matthew R. Thomas, Mark J. Nadvornick, James R. McCune, Jason W. Mullins
  • Patent number: 9752817
    Abstract: A panel adjustment mechanism for an appliance includes an adjustment bracket having a first lateral adjustment mechanism extending from a first side of the adjustment bracket. A vertical adjustment mechanism extends from a second side of the adjustment bracket. A door panel abutment surface is positioned perpendicular to the first and second sides of the panel adjustment bracket. A bracket housing defines an adjustment region and includes first and second flanges, wherein the first lateral adjustment mechanism extends through a lateral adjustment slot defined in the first flange, wherein the vertical adjustment mechanism extends through a vertical adjustment slot defined within the second flange, wherein the operation of at least one of the lateral adjustment mechanism and the vertical adjustment mechanism moves the panel adjustment bracket between a plurality of positions within the adjustment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Patent number: 9725189
    Abstract: An interior component carrier system for use in assembly of aircraft interior components in an aircraft includes a retaining system with at least one retaining element. A first connection device for connecting the retaining element to a first aircraft interior component and a second connection device are provided on the retaining element. On the retaining element a structural retainer is provided for fastening the retaining element to an aircraft structure. The interior component carrier system includes a hinge connectable to a second and a third aircraft interior component such that the third aircraft interior component is pivotable about a longitudinal axis of the hinge relative to the second aircraft interior component. The second connection device mounted on the retaining element is configured to be connected to the hinge and/or to a region of the second or third aircraft interior component, that is adjacent to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Umlauft, Dirk Humfeldt, Thomas Helck, Mathias Schwenger
  • Patent number: 9719299
    Abstract: A gate comprises a spring-loaded hinge arrangement defining a rotational axis. A gate structure having a first support arm connected to a first end of the hinge arrangement is also provided. The gate structure is rotatable about the rotational axis. A spring-loaded hinge arrangement includes an outer hinge tube fixedly connectable to an adjacent structure and an inner hinge tube received in the outer hinge tube. The inner hinge tube has a first portion and a second portion movable with respect to each other, the second portion of the inner hinge tube being fixed with respect to the outer hinge tube and the first portion of the inner hinge tube being fixed with respect to the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Safe Rack, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Honeycutt, Carson Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 9546509
    Abstract: In the case of a hinge having a body hinge part which can be preassembled on a body and a door hinge part which can be preassembled on a door leaf, wherein the hinge parts are connected to each other in an articulated manner, provision is made for the body and door hinge parts to have respective flange parts fastenable onto a surface, and a height- and depth-adjusting device is arranged in the body flange part and has at least one first fastening element which can be used to fix the set height and depth position of the door leaf in relation to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: PRÄMETA GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Siekierka, Roman Pyschik
  • Patent number: 9249613
    Abstract: The invention relates a method for making a window, where the sash is connected to the frame by a pair of hinges, each comprising a first hinge part connected to the sash and a second hinge part connected to the frame. The sash is made from a plastic material by molding, and that one or more functional elements are attached to the sash during the molding thereof. The functional elements can include a stay arm having a base member, which is attached to the sash bottom member, and the first hinge parts. Also, the frame may be made by molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Lars Kristensen, Kristian Ørnsvig Nielsen, Peter Sønderkær
  • Patent number: 9115524
    Abstract: A closure dampening bumper includes a base, a pair of guide walls extending from the base, and a plurality of beams extending from outer surfaces of the guide walls. The base is operable to define a stop-bumper for a moving structure, such as a gooseneck. The guide walls extend from the base and have respective inner and outer surfaces. The inner surfaces taper outward from one another. The distance between the inner surfaces increases from the base to respective distal ends of the guide walls. The guide walls are operable to receive the moving structure between the inner surfaces. The guide walls guide the moving structure to the base. The beams extend from the outer surfaces of the pair of guide walls. The beams elastically deform to dampen the energy associated with the moving structure during passage between the inner surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Sytek, Tiffany L Frederick, Christopher J Duke
  • 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: 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: 8800110
    Abstract: A gate-hinge bracket for fastening to a gate post has a J-bolt and a mounting plate. The J-bolt has an elongated threaded shank and a generally perpendicular pintle. The mounting plate has an internally-threaded socket for coupling with the threaded shank portion of the J-bolt. It further has a plurality of fastener openings for fastening it to the gate post by fasteners. Thus, the J-bolt can be twisted relative to the stationary mounting plate until the pintle portion is aligned on a chosen axis. Optionally there is a lock nut on the threaded shank between the pintle and the mounting plate in order to lock the pintle in a fixed position. Optionally the gate post is tree trunk or slice thereof bored with an enlarged clearance bore for the shank of the J-bolt, as well as with pilot holes for fasteners like lag screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas R. Stephenson
  • 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: 8739367
    Abstract: In accordance with the disclosure, in various door constructions, a projection of a door leaf is inserted in a hollow of a doorframe, height of the door leaf is minutely adjusted, and an interval between the door leaf and the doorframe is adjusted, which results in easy fastening of the door leaf and the doorframe and reduced construction time. In addition, the door leaf is completely fastened to the doorframe through the locking mechanism, the door leaf is prevented from being twisted in long use, thereby increasing its durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jang-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 8720008
    Abstract: A hinge for use with an insulated door of a walk-in freezer, refrigerator or cooler including a hinge base adapted to be attached to the frame of said freezer, refrigerator or cooler, a hinge blade pivotally coupled to the hinge base and a wall that extends across the hinge base which has a U shaped clearance opening. Fastening screws located in clearance openings in the hinge blade and threadedly coupled to a door mounting plate adapted to be securely attached to the insulated door for slidably or securely coupling the hinge blade to the door mounting plate, and a micro adjust screw having a threaded shaft located in the U shaped clearance opening and threadedly coupled to the door mounting plate, wherein turning the micro adjust screw slides the door mounting plate horizontally along the hinge blade to provide door lift or rotation to compensate for frame or mounting misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy David Dodge, Matthew James Vassallo
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8683652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a furniture hinge comprising a base plate, which is designed to be fastened to a furniture body, and a hinge arm that is mounted so as to be movable by an adjustment device in a controlled manner relative to the base plate within a predetermined adjustment range, wherein the adjustment device prevents the hinge arm from falling from the base plate by displacement. The furniture hinge has a fall guard for the hinge arm which prevents the hinge arm from falling relative to the base plate upon uncontrolled displacement of the hinge arm caused by failure of the adjustment device, and the hinge arm is mounted so as to be movable relative to the base plate within the predetermined adjustment range despite the fall guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Dominik Hagspiel
  • Patent number: 8656557
    Abstract: An example hinge assembly includes a movable insert that supports a gate. The insert includes a bearing assembly that is movable relative to support structure to provide for alignment and adjustment of the gate structure. An adaptor is supported by the bearing assembly and provides for attachment of a gate component. The adaptor may be configured to insert within a hollow interior portion of a plastic or vinyl fence component. The adaptor may also include features for mounting traditional materials such as wood or steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Turnstyle Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Stull
  • Publication number: 20130305488
    Abstract: A hinge for use with an insulated door of a walk-in freezer, refrigerator or cooler including a hinge base adapted to be attached to the frame of said freezer, refrigerator or cooler, a hinge blade pivotally coupled to the hinge base and a wall that extends across the hinge base which has a U shaped clearance opening. Fastening screws located in clearance openings in the hinge blade and threadedly coupled to a door mounting plate adapted to be securely attached to the insulated door for slidably or securely coupling the hinge blade to the door mounting plate, and a micro adjust screw having a threaded shaft located in the U shaped clearance opening and threadedly coupled to the door mounting plate, wherein turning the micro adjust screw slides the door mounting plate horizontally along the hinge blade to provide door lift or rotation to compensate for frame or mounting misalignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Timothy David Dodge, Matthew James Vassallo
  • Patent number: 8578556
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an auto-return apparatus of a glass door, comprising a clamping base, a damper and a misalignment adjuster. The clamping base is secured onto the glass door and comprises a securing axle. The securing axle comprises an eccentric cam and the damper is received within the clamping base and abuts the eccentric cam of the securing axle to provide resisting force for door opening and closing. The misalignment adjuster comprises a moving plate and a securing means. The moving plate comprises a long slot provided for the securing means to pass therethrough and a mounting slot provided for the securing axle to be connected thereto such that the moving plate moves together with the clamping base along the extending direction of the long slot and relative to the securing means in order to achieve the objective of adjusting misalignment of the glass door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Leado Door Controls Ltd.
    Inventor: King-Sung Yu
  • Patent number: 8578558
    Abstract: A hinge support includes a brace, a trestle, and a positioning device. The brace includes a base wall and a first side wall, a second side wall, and a positioning wall that extend from the base wall. The first side wall has a first sloped surface, and the second side wall has a second sloped surface. The trestle includes a top wall and a third side wall, a fourth side wall, and a support wall that extend from the top wall. The third side wall has a third sloped surface, and the fourth side wall has a fourth sloped surface. The positioning device is supported by the support wall and positioned to abut the positioning wall to mount the trestle to the brace. The third sloped surface slides along the first sloped surface and the fourth sloped surface slides along the second sloped surface under control of the positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sub-Zero, Inc.
    Inventors: Arturo J. Bonomie, Michael G. Wisniewski, Shawn W. Fogel
  • Publication number: 20130283566
    Abstract: A device for use in a door assembly that is positioned in a cabinet and defines a pivot axis. The device includes a base member adapted to be fixedly secured to the cabinet, an intermediate member slidingly engaged with the base member, and a cover connected to the intermediate member and having a hinge pin socket therein. The intermediate member includes a transversely extending adjustment screw associated therewith that defines a first axis. Rotation of the adjustment screw causes the intermediate member and cover to move in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: ANTHONY, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Robert Wach, John Michael Roche, Sesha Madireddi, Raghujit Kunapuli
  • Patent number: 8490246
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge easily operable to adjust the position of a swinging door vertically and/or horizontally within a door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Samuel Waddell
  • Patent number: 8413299
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Simonswerk GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Bartels
  • Patent number: 8407867
    Abstract: A clamp for an elongated tube style white such as a versa tube. The clamp has one fixed side that holds the versa tube's mounting structure therein. The other side of the clamp is movable, and pivots between an open position and a closed position. In the closed position, the lamp is held into place, and in the open position the lamp can be removed. A single screw that holds the clamp into the open or closed position is knurled and hence the device can be removed without any tools. The two sides of the clamp occupy different longitudinal positions so that they can be placed directly next to each other, and one opened without moving or disturbing the other since the two sides are in different longitudinal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Chris Conti
  • Patent number: 8347459
    Abstract: A hinge (1) has a carcass-side hinge portion (4) which can be pre-mounted on a furniture carcass (2) and a hinge portion (6) which can he pre-mounted on a door wing (3), the hinge portions (4, 6) being joined together in an articulated manner and at least one of the hinge portions (4, 6) having height adjustment means (10) and/or a lateral adjustment means (5). The hinge portion (6) mounted on the door has a hinge cup (8) in which the height adjustment means (10) are arranged, and at least one locking element (17) for immobilising the door wing (3) in relation to the furniture carcass (2) at the set vertical position of the door wing (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: PRÄMETA GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rolf Heisig
  • 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: 8205298
    Abstract: A hinge includes a base receiving a coupling device detachably mounted onto a mounting seat. An outer resilient plate includes an end pivotably mounted onto the base. A fixed seat is pivotably mounted onto the other end of the outer resilient plate. A buffer device includes a connecting member, a buffer, and an inner resilient plate. Each of a first pivot hole of the connecting member, an end of the buffer, and an end of the inner resilient plate is pivotably mounted onto the base. The other end of the buffer is pivotably mounted onto a second pivot hole of the connecting member. The other end of the inner resilient plate is slideably mounted onto an arcuate slot of the connecting member. The inner resilient plate further includes a fulcrum pivot hole intermediate the ends thereof. The fulcrum pivot hole is pivotably mounted by a pivot to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Kunshan Hu Hua Metal Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin-Hong Lin, Shu-Hua Lin, Shu-Juan Lin, Shu-Jun Du
  • Patent number: 8159732
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of use for adjusting a sliding guide rod for an imaging device of a flatbed scanner to improve scanner skew misalignment comprising an attachment member movably mounting the sliding guide rod at one end thereof to one side of the flatbed scanner so as to allow skew-adjusting movement of the sliding guide rod at an opposite end thereof relative to the flatbed scanner and a skew adjustment assembly attached to an opposite side of the flatbed scanner and movably coupling and supporting the opposite end of the sliding guide rod to the opposite side of the flatbed scanner and being actuatable to cause the sliding guide rod to undergo skew adjustment relative to the flatbed scanner to correct scanner skew misalignment of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Chengwu Cui, Adam Christopher Kelty, Charles Brandon Langrel
  • Patent number: 7971319
    Abstract: A hinge for doors or windows may include two parts that are rotatable about a hinge axle. A catch device, arranged inside of the hinge, may have a catch element and a catch recess. The catch element may engage the catch recess in a catch position. Both the catch element and the catch recess may be arranged along the hinge axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: KL-Beschläge Karl Loggen GmbH
    Inventors: Hugo Becker, Rudolf Wiemer, Martin Frielingsdorf
  • Publication number: 20110099754
    Abstract: An example hinge assembly includes a movable insert that supports a gate. The insert includes a bearing assembly that is movable relative to support structure to provide for alignment and adjustment of the gate structure. An adaptor is supported by the bearing assembly and provides for attachment of a gate component. The adaptor may be configured to insert within a hollow interior portion of a plastic or vinyl fence component. The adaptor may also include features for mounting traditional materials such as wood or steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Edward J. Stull
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7841049
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first swinging member, a second swinging member that has a barrel at one end, a pivot pin inserted through the barrel to pivotally secure the second swinging member to a proximal end of the first swinging member, a guide member, which has a first end inserted through an oblique guide slot on the barrel and pivotally coupled to the pivot pin and a second end provided with a transversely extending screw hole, and an adjustment screw transversely inserted through the proximal end of the first swinging member and threaded into the screw hole of the guide member for allowing rotation by a user to bias the second swinging member relative to the first swinging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sallas Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Wang
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 7694389
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable hinge is disclosed. The hinge comprises a housing for attachment to a first structure. The housing has a housing cavity and an opening into the cavity. The cavity has an upper portion, a lower portion and a retaining portion forming a channel defining the upper portion and the lower portion. The hinge further includes a first leaf extending through the cavity opening and into the cavity upper portion, threaded nut rotationally fixed to the first leaf, and an adjustment mechanism disposed in the housing cavity. The adjustment mechanism comprises a jack screw extending between the upper cavity portion and the lower cavity portion. The jack screw has a threaded portion threadably engaging the nut in the upper cavity portion and a geared portion disposed in the cavity lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Gary M. Erickson, Scott J. Rote, Scott Zeeb, Todd K. Ellerton, Michael D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7685678
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator having a height-adjustable door. The body of the refrigerator has at least one storage space having a front opening. The door is coupled to the body so as to cover/uncover the storage space, and a hinge hole is formed on the bottom surface of the door. A hinge frame is fixed to a front surface of a lower portion of the body and has a hinge shaft inserted into the hinge hole so as to rotatably support the door. The hinge shaft is covered with a hinge bush, a part of which is inserted into the hinge hole. The hinge bush has a flange portion on its lower end for supporting the bottom surface of the door. A height adjustment screw is screw-coupled to a screw hole of the hinge frame so as to travel vertically. The upper end of the height adjustment screw abuts the bottom surface of the hinge bush so that, when rotated, the height adjustment screw lifts/lowers the hinge bush, in order to adjust the height of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sun Nam Moon, Myung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7653967
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a compact hinge capable of a vertical, a horizontal, and an overlay adjustment, comprised of a cup portion and a hinge arm with one end pivotably connected to the cup portion and the other end slideably connected to a fastener plate. The fastener plate further comprises a first semi-planar surface for contact with a cabinet frame and a second semi-planar surface for slideable engagement with the hinge arm to accomplish the horizontal adjustment. The first and second semi-planar surfaces are interconnected by a deformable hinge section that allows for an elastically resilient connection at one end and an adjusting screw at the other end for a horizontally arcing movement relative to each resulting in an overlay adjustment. The fastener plate further comprises an elongated aperture in the first semi-planar surface through which the vertical adjustment is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Lowe, Udhaya Bhaskar Nallamottu
  • Publication number: 20090276976
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first swinging member, a second swinging member that has a barrel at one end, a pivot pin inserted through the barrel to pivotally secure the second swinging member to a proximal end of the first swinging member, a guide member, which has a first end inserted through an oblique guide slot on the barrel and pivotally coupled to the pivot pin and a second end provided with a transversely extending screw hole, and an adjustment screw transversely inserted through the proximal end of the first swinging member and threaded into the screw hole of the guide member for allowing rotation by a user to bias the second swinging member relative to the first swinging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 7603746
    Abstract: A three-way adjustable butt hinge for a door is adjusted vertically in a door frame by inserting an allen wrench in a vertical adjustment screw at the top of the hinge pin. Turning the wrench moves the screw in either direction, pushes on the hinge pin and raises or lowers the door as necessary. A pin has an eccentric shaft with upper and lower sections offset on parallel axes. Lateral adjustments are effected by loosening a side-mounted set screw and turning the eccentric shaft as necessary to move the door either in or out or side to side in the frame. The lateral set screw holds the hinge pin integral with the sash hinge. The door is removed from the frame by simply lifting the door sash hinge and pin from the complementary pin receiver on the frame hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: G-U Hardware, Inc.
    Inventors: Julius von Resch, Jan M. Huml
  • Patent number: 7594300
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge fixture that includes a base plate for adjustable fixation to an article of furniture, a connecting plate assembly including a generally U-shaped cross-section formed by a top portion and a pair of spaced apart side walls, and an adjustment screw operable to move the connecting plate assembly relative to the base plate about a curved region of the connecting plate assembly. The connecting plate assembly has a projection through a curved region to a lower portion of the projection positioned between the side walls and generally parallel to the top portion. The curved region is elastically deflectable to permit the lower and top portions to move relative to each other. The lower portion is adjustably connected to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Udhaya Bhaskar Nallamottu
  • Patent number: 7594301
    Abstract: An adjustable hinge assembly for a vehicle closure is disclosed. The adjustable hinge assembly includes an adjustment pin received in a hinge pin and is adjustable to cause the closure to become flush with adjacent vehicle body structure. The adjustable hinge assembly may be employed with a deck lid of a vehicle to allow for a flushness adjustment of the deck lid relative to adjacent vehicle quarter panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Krajenke, Richard J. Lange, Anthony J. Radman, Thomas F. Bowles, Alvin N. Standard, Todd A. Granger
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7543356
    Abstract: A snap hinge for supporting closure elements, comprising a first articulated quadrilateral and a second articulated quadrilateral, which share a first lever and a second lever and have, as their base element, respectively a plate for coupling to a component designed to be fixed and a plate for fixing to a closure element, at least first elastic elements which act on at least one of the articulated quadrilaterals, and a device for fixing the coupling plate to the component, and a complementary plate, which is adapted to be superimposed on the coupling plate, elements for anchoring the complementary plate to the component, elements for the rectilinear guiding of the coupling plate so that it slides alternately along a direction which is substantially parallel to the plane formed by the component, the elements being formed in the complementary plate, and elements for actuating the coupling plate so that it slides along the guiding elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Arrigo Zetti
  • Patent number: 7516517
    Abstract: A hinge device where height adjustment, depth adjustment and side adjustment are permitted, wherein a hinge flap is adjustably supported by a rotatable pin with a polygonal flange, the hinge for side adjustment having an adjustable screw body fastened into the door frame for abutment with the rear side of the hinge, and where depth adjustment is provided by allowing a tongue on the hinge flap to form rotatable engagement with a double-headed adjusting screw that is insertable into the door frame parallel to the plane of the hinge flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: FRIP AB
    Inventor: Bror Fries
  • Patent number: 7509708
    Abstract: A hinge for detachably anchoring a door to a frame of a piece of furniture includes a mounting and adjustment assembly mounted on the frame, a hinge cup attached to an arm and upper plate, and a locking mechanism attached to the upper plate. An embodiment of the mounting and adjustment assembly includes a base/mounting plate, an adjustment plate and a connecting plate. An embodiment of the locking mechanism is spring actuated to facilitate installation and removal of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: ATC Hardware Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Todd F. Radke, Ronald M. Hartt
  • Patent number: 7500286
    Abstract: A hinge, particularly for doors, having a support element (11, 12) for a hinge-pin (13), the support element having a hinge-plate (11) for installation in a door casing, and a lower sleeve (12) which is designed to support a hinge-pin (13). The hinge-pin (13) supports an upper sleeve (14), which is connected to an upper hinge-plate (15), for connection with the door leaf. On the hinge-pin (13) is arranged at lest one sleeve (23), particularly of a plastic material. The sleeve (23) has an axial hole (25), for a part (19) of the hinge-pin (13), where the hole (25) is eccentrically located in relation to the axis of the sleeve and to its outer surface, as the sleeve (23) is arranged to be pivotable in the accommodating sleeve (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Ole Gunnar Soviknes
  • Publication number: 20080307606
    Abstract: A hinge (3, 3?) with a frame part (4, 204) and a door part (5), which door part exhibits a holding box (8, 8?) for installation on a door (1) or equivalent, and a hinge leaf (7, 207) that is detachably attachable to the box, which box comprises a lateral recess (19) for the hinge leaf, and a receiving part (20, 20?, 220) for the hinge leaf present inside the box. In order to permit the simple and reliable lateral adjustment of the door and its simple installation and removal and the positive fixing of the position of the hinge leaf in the receiving part, the box (8, 8?) is capable of being caused to move relative to the receiving part (20, 20?) by the actuation from the outside of an adjustment device (32) for the purpose of providing lateral adjustment of the box and the door in the plane of the door, perpendicular to the axis (A) of the hinge, and the hinge comprises a spring-actuated snap element (39, 239) for the detachable attachment of the position of the hinge leaf (7, 207) in the receiving part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: ASSA AB
    Inventor: Benny Karlsson
  • Publication number: 20080209679
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable hinge is disclosed. The hinge comprises a housing for attachment to a first structure. The housing has a housing cavity and an opening into the cavity. The cavity has an upper portion, a lower portion and a retaining portion forming a channel defining the upper portion and the lower portion. The hinge further includes a first leaf extending through the cavity opening and into the cavity upper portion, threaded nut rotationally fixed to the first leaf, and an adjustment mechanism disposed in the housing cavity. The adjustment mechanism comprises a jack screw extending between the upper cavity portion and the lower cavity portion. The jack screw has a threaded portion threadably engaging the nut in the upper cavity portion and a geared portion disposed in the cavity lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Gary M. Erickson, Scott J. Rote, Scott Zeeb, Todd K. Ellerton, Michael D. Smith