Comprising Nested Open Curved Portions Attached To Hinged Members Patents (Class 16/355)
  • Patent number: 10544591
    Abstract: A device for protecting a furling awning mounted on a vertical surface includes a top cover having a back panel, a top panel, and opposed top end panels, as well as a bottom cover having a bottom panel, a front panel, and opposed bottom end panels. The bottom cover is arrangeable with respect to the top cover between an open condition, in which an opening is defined opposite the vertical surface, through which the awning can unfurl from the vertical surface, and a closed condition, in which the opening is closed and the top and bottom covers cooperate to define an enclosed interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Randy A. Leon
  • Patent number: 10309137
    Abstract: A hinge structure is adapted to connect two objects for the two objects rotating with respect to each other. The hinge structure includes a first member, a second member, a third member, and an elastic assembly. The first and the third members are respectively assembled to the two objects. The second member pivoted to the first member rotates about an axis relative to the first member. The third member pivoted to the second member rotates about the axis relative to the second member. In a first state, the second member is accommodated in a recess of the first member. In a second state, the second member moves with the third member and at least a portion of the second member is moved out of the recess. The elastic assembly connected between the first and the third members constantly moves the second member into the recess to maintain the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Wu, Yan-Lin Kuo
  • Patent number: 10279964
    Abstract: A container, comprising a hinge component that can secure a lid component of the container with a container component of the container, is presented. The hinge component can comprise a pin component and base component. The pin component can be associated with the lid component and the base component can be associated with a wall of the container component, or vice versa. The pin component can comprise one or more protruding portions extending from one or more smaller portions that can be associated with respective ends of the protruding portions along the pin component. The pin component can be removably attached to the base component by inserting one or more protruding portions of the pin component into one or more respective base slot components of the base component, the base slot component(s) retaining the protruding portion(s) therein to attach the lid component to the container component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INCREDIBLE SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Ted E. Bloom
  • Patent number: 10066429
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are hinge devices having reduced or minimized free play. Specifically, disclosed herein are hinge devices having surface elements positioned on a surface of a hinge component to reduce or eliminate any free play present between interacting hinge components. In one or more embodiments, the hinge includes a first hinge component having a first guide and a second hinge component having a second guide, wherein the second hinge component is rotatably mounted on at least one surface of the first hinge component such that the first guide is positioned within the second guide or the second guide is positioned within the first guide. At least one surface element is disposed on a surface of the first guide or the second guide to provide a reduction in free play at a location of the at least one surface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Clark Park, Brian Bitz, Brett Andrew Tomky
  • Patent number: 9964998
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism with multiple preset positions is described. According to various embodiments, the hinge mechanism enables a support component to be adjustably attached to an apparatus, such as a computing device. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism utilizes preset hinge positions that enable the support component to be placed at different preset positions. For instance, the hinge mechanism is configured such that an attached support component tends to “snap” into various preset positions. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism includes an emergency escape position that enables the support component to be rotated beyond normal operating positions without damaging the support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Park, Yi-Min Huang
  • Patent number: 9903593
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cooktop, at least one cooking element mounted to the cooktop, and a grate including a surface portion for supporting a cooking vessel and at least one cup member. The grate is mounted to the cooktop with the at least one cup member being interengaged with locating structure on the cooktop such that the grate can be selectively lifted vertically from the cooktop or pivoted relative to the cooktop. Upon pivoting through a predetermined angle, the grate is prevented from being lifted vertically based on the at least one cup member becoming interlocked with the locating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel B. Breneman, Michael A. Kahwaji, Andrew C. Kubasiak, Jason Scott Lind
  • Patent number: 9759242
    Abstract: A hinge device includes two rotation units and a base capable of relatively rotating; one radial side of the base is formed with an arc-shaped recess in which an axial connection part is formed, one axial side of the arc-shaped recess is formed with an action space; the rotation units are respectively disposed in the action space and the arc-shaped recess, and axial sides thereof are respectively formed a first axial connection part and a second axial connection part and an arc-shaped structure and an arc-shaped channel, each axial connection part is connected to each other for allowing the rotation units to respectively move along the action space and the arc-shaped recess for being rotated in or out of the base; the rotation units can only be in contact at the axial side for forming a sequentially rotating status but also at a radial lateral circumference for synchronously rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JARLLYTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Tsun Hsu
  • Patent number: 9617776
    Abstract: A motor driven door assembly is provided, the motor driven door assembly includes a door frame, a motor assembly connected to the door frame and having a motor directly connected to a first portion of a door hinge, and a door connected to the door hinge. The door hinge includes a second portion supported by a bearing assembly that carries substantially all of the door's weight, and the motor directly drives the door hinge to open or close the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: VERITAS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: David P. Farrell, Robert J. Farrell
  • Patent number: 9593704
    Abstract: A device for connecting two construction components (10, 12) that are have engagement structures (16) on two connection surfaces (14) that are facing each other, in which the components (10, 12) have at least two pairs of oppositely disposed circular arc-shaped engagement structures (16) each of which extends over an angle of not more than 180° and has at least one open end, the engagement structures being arranged such that the center of the circular arc of the engagement structure of one pair is different from the center of the circular arc of the engagement structure of each other pair, and at least two connectors (22) are provided, each of which has engagement structures (24) complementary to the engagement structures (16) of one pair and adapted to be inserted in a rotary movement into the two engagement structures (16) from the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Ulrich Leiseder
  • Patent number: 9512655
    Abstract: A hinge structure including a fixing member, a rotating member and an extension member is provided. The rotating member is pivotally disposed on the fixing member, and the extension member is pivotally disposed on the rotating member, wherein the fixing member and the extension member are adapted to be fixed at two parts respectively. After the rotating member rotates relative to the fixing member along a rotating axial direction and the extension member rotates relative to the rotating member along the rotating axial direction, an included angle between the extension member and the fixing member presents an acute angle, so that the two parts are adapted to stand on a platform. The extension member and the fixing member are adapted to increase the included angle through an external force exerted towards the platform, until the included angle presents 180 degrees and the two parts construct a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Yan-Lin Kuo
  • Patent number: 9457615
    Abstract: A paint tray includes a body having a base portion and sidewalls forming a paint well. Each sidewall has an upper top portion. The upper top portions collectively define an upper rim of a mouth of the well. A barred shaped member is hingedly connected to the upper top portion of a first sidewall such that the barred shaped member pivots relative to the body between first and second positions. In the first position, the barred shaped member is disposed within and surrounded by an inner perimeter of the upper rim of the mouth of the paint well. In the second position, the barred shaped member extends away from the upper rim and neither extends over nor within the mouth of the paint well. The paint tray is fabricated out of a molded material, and preferably comprises molded plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ZIBRA, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sherman
  • Patent number: 9447620
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism with multiple preset positions is described. According to various embodiments, the hinge mechanism enables a support component to be adjustably attached to an apparatus, such as a computing device. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism utilizes preset hinge positions that enable the support component to be placed at different preset positions. For instance, the hinge mechanism is configured such that an attached support component tends to “snap” into various preset positions. In at least some embodiments, the hinge mechanism includes an emergency escape position that enables the support component to be rotated beyond normal operating positions without damaging the support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Park, Yi-Min Huang
  • Patent number: 9375080
    Abstract: A modular display case includes a base, a top, and foldable outer wall extending therebetween. The base, top, and foldable outer wall collectively provide an internal cavity configured to receive objects for display. The foldable wall includes a door to allow objects to be inserted into or removed from the internal cavity and the door may open right or left. The modular display and pedestal is formed by hand without fasteners or with minimal fasteners and may fold flat for packaging, shipping, storage, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Athanasi Glekas
  • Patent number: 9366064
    Abstract: A hinge structure for connecting an electronic device and a stand includes a housing mounted to the housing, a cover covering the housing and a lifting member mounted to the stand, wherein a gap is formed between the lifting member and the cover, the lifting member includes an eccentric block movably disposed in the housing, a guiding member is disposed on one end of the eccentric block and includes a arced groove through which a pin movably extending, a positioning pin is positioned in a limiting groove; in another embodiment, the lifting member includes an eccentric block having a arced plate movably disposed in a rear groove and a lateral groove of the housing, whereby the hinge structure is smoothly operated in a small gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LIANHONG ART CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Hui Chen, Tzu-Yu Lin, Jih-Nan Tai, Yen-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 9300782
    Abstract: A communication structure for both personal communication services and broadly disseminated communication services is described. The communication structure includes a communication unit having telecommunication capability enabling a user of the communication structure to communicate to a remote individual. The communication structure also including multiple displays capable of displaying text, image, video data and further including non-digital advertising surfaces for displaying static images and a speaker system for broadcasting messages. The multiple displays and non-digital advertising surfaces allowing for communication with individuals within visual range of the communication structure. The multiple displays having synchronization capability, allowing for coordination of the text, image and video data displayed. The communication structure being connectable to other communication structures and the multiple displays of the multiple communication structures also having synchronization capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: VE Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Francois Badeau, Andrew Mack
  • Patent number: 9194164
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge joint mechanism. The hinge joint mechanism comprises a fixed component including a plurality of curved portions and at least one straight portion; a movable component including a plurality of curved portions and a plurality of straight portions; said hinge joint mechanism provides a relative rotation between the two surfaces of the hinge joints to rotate the movable component by a desired amount relative to the fixed component. The hinge joint mechanism of the invention provides a proper sealing in the joints to avoid liquid or any such kind of material to move across it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: SIMPRI INVESTMENTS LIMITED, INDIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Sudipto Mukherjee, Anoop Chawla
  • Patent number: 8863360
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge joint mechanism. The hinge joint mechanism comprises a fixed component including a plurality of curved portions and at least one straight portion; a movable component including a plurality of curved portions and a plurality of straight portions; said hinge joint mechanism provides a relative rotation between the two surfaces of the hinge joints to rotate the movable component by a desired amount relative to the fixed component. The hinge joint mechanism of the invention provides a proper sealing in the joints to avoid liquid or any such kind of material to move across it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Simpri Investments Limited
    Inventors: Sudipto Mukherjee, Anoop Chawla
  • Publication number: 20140293534
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for rotatable component attachment is described. In at least some implementations, the hinge mechanism enables a support component to be adjustably attached to an apparatus, such as a computing device. For example, the hinge mechanism can be employed to rotatably attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated via the hinge mechanism to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. For example, the kickstand can be positioned to support the computing device in a typing orientation such that input can be provided via an associated input device. As another example, the kickstand can be positioned to enable viewing and/or interaction with the computing device, such as in a portrait viewing orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Kabir Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 8763206
    Abstract: The hinge includes an tubular element, a pair of curved beams which are arc-shaped, and a pair of positioning pins. Two curved through holes are formed in the tubular element and are aligned in parallel to each other, the pair of positioning pins are fixed on two opposite sidewalls of the tubular element, each of the pair of curved beams defines a protrusion on an external surface thereof. The pair of curved beams respectively slide in the two curved through holes and the two protrusions are configured to limit a position where the pair of curved beams are in the two curved through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Tao Gong
  • Publication number: 20140173851
    Abstract: The hinge includes an tubular element, a pair of curved beams which are arc-shaped, and a pair of positioning pins. Two curved through holes are formed in the tubular element and are aligned in parallel to each other, the pair of positioning pins are fixed on two opposite sidewalls of the tubular element, each of the pair of curved beams defines a protrusion on an external surface thereof. The pair of curved beams respectively slide in the two curved through holes and the two protrusions are configured to limit a position where the pair of curved beams are in the two curved through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: HAI-TAO GONG
  • Patent number: 8720009
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge for pivotable connection of two components (1, 2), consisting of at least one first round hinge element (3, 4) at the first component (1) and at least one corresponding second round hinge element (5, 6) at the second component (2), which hinge elements (3, 5; 4, 6) are connected together to be rotatable about the center axis. The first hinge element (3, 4) is a bearing sleeve (7, 8) with a longitudinal gap, by way of which an insertion sleeve (11, 12), similarly provided with a longitudinal gap (13, 14), as second hinge element (5, 6) can be rotated into place in its entirety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Schneider Kunststoffwerke GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Schneider
  • Patent number: 8579008
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a hinge member and two adjacent panels. The hinge member is elongated with an inner surface that is slightly dished. There is an entry slot in the center of the inner surface extending inwardly into the member, the entry slot diverging into two curved branch slots extending in opposite directions. Each panel has a curved hinge element at each side of the panel with one hinge element curved in one direction and the other hinge element curved in the other direction, both hinge elements also curved toward each other. The hinge elements of the adjacent panels are mounted in the hinge member, the hinge elements passing together into the central slot and then diverging from each other into the branch slots. The panels can be moved in the slots between a folded position where they are almost parallel and an unfolded position where they are against the inner surface, almost aligned, and extending away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Dynamic Closures
    Inventor: Mike Svenson
  • Patent number: 8191204
    Abstract: A selective compliance hinge, apt to define a turning pair with a default axis of rotation (A), allows to obtain a selective compliance turning pair, hence with the advantages typical of such applications but providing the best precision and movement repeatability, and comprises a connecting element (3) compliant between a first and a second body (1, 2), and characterized by that each of said bodies (1, 2) has a first and a second extension (11, 21), respectively, said extensions (11, 21) comprising respective surfaces (111, 211) conjugate therebetween, so that said surfaces (111, 211) slide one relative the other remaining adjacent therebetween and defining a rotary motion taking place substantially about said default axis of rotation (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Universita' Degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
    Inventors: Nicola Plo Belfiore, Massimiliano Scaccia, Francesco Ianniello, Massimiliano Presta
  • Patent number: 8032987
    Abstract: One end portion of a connecting member 31 is connected to a first housing 1 such that the connecting member 31 is rotatable about a first rotation axis L1 fixed in position with respect to the first housing 1. The other end portion of the connecting member 31 is connected to a second housing 2 such that the connecting member 31 is rotatable about a second rotation axis L2 fixed in position with respect to the second housing 2 and extending parallel to the first rotation axis L1. The first housing 1 and the second housing 2 are located in different locations in a direction of the first and the second rotation axes L1, L2 such that a top surface 1a of the first housing 1 and an undersurface 2b of the second housing 2 are located generally on a same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., PKM Corporation, Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Oshima, Shinichirou Koshikawa, Ryou Niimi, Hisashi Fukai, Manabu Hasegawa, Kenta Naganuma
  • Patent number: 7963436
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interlining elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Ryszard K. Mikolajczyk, Taurris D. Baskerville
  • Patent number: 7895712
    Abstract: A door hinge for a motor vehicle comprises a column console that can be arranged on a column of a door frame, a door console that can be attached to a motor vehicle door assigned to the door frame, wherein the door console and the column console are pin-jointed together via a hinge pin and the door console or column console is formed from two releasably connected partial units, which rest against each other at assigned contact areas. In order to provide a separable motor vehicle door hinge with an at least two-piece door or column console, which enables a dimensionally accurate restoration of an original installation position even after a separation, it is provided that the contact surfaces on the door and/or column console are formed by delineated partial surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Group ISE Industries Hainichen GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Krumbiegel, Daniel Thierbach
  • Patent number: 7861376
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge, particularly for movable furniture parts (1), comprising: at least seven rotational pins; at least two stop parts (2, 3) for fastening to furniture parts (1) or the like, and; a linear damping device for damping an opening and/or closing movement of the hinge. This hinge is designed in such a manner that all components (8, 9) of the linear damping device (7) execute a motion relative to both stop parts (2, 3) during the opening and/or closing movement of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Fitz, Harald Sutterlütti
  • Publication number: 20100325840
    Abstract: A selective compliance hinge, apt to define a turning pair with a default axis of rotation (A), allows to obtain a selective compliance turning pair, hence with the advantages typical of such applications but providing the best precision and movement repeatability, and comprises a connecting element (3) compliant between a first and a second body (1, 2), and characterized by that each of said bodies (1, 2) has a first and a second extension (11, 21), respectively, said extensions (11, 21) comprising respective surfaces (111, 211) conjugate therebetween, so that said surfaces (111, 211) slide one relative the other remaining adjacent therebetween and defining a rotary motion taking place substantially about said default axis of rotation (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Nicola Pio Belfiore, Massimiliano Scaccia, Francesco Ianniello, Massimiliano Presta
  • Publication number: 20100328273
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprises an assembly adapted to rotatably couple a first housing and a second housing, said assembly adapted to rotate said first housing and said second housing with respect to each other between a closed configuration and at least one open configuration, said assembly comprising an inner ring coupled with said first housing and an outer ring coupled with said second housing, said inner ring slidably coupled with said outer ring in a circumferential direction, said outer ring movable through a first opening in said first housing, said inner ring movable through a second opening in said second housing when said first housing and said second housing rotate with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Travis Tom
  • Patent number: 7555816
    Abstract: A toolbox has a novel reverse deadbolt for a latch and hinge. The latch engaging mechanism has attached deadbolts or latching rods which are linearly opposed to each other. Each latch rod mechanism has a hook on the end. This hook effectively reverses the direction of the deadbolt. Thus, when engaged the deadbolt locks around the receiver pins and moves inward. The hinge has a first engaging face that is generally concave radially around a longitudinal axis, and a second engaging face that is generally convex radially around the longitudinal axis. The engaging faces rotate relative to one another around the longitudinal axis in cooperation sufficiently close to allow water to enter them. A passage in the second element is disposed to drain fluid from a fluid communication with the engagement between the engaging faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Eric L. Walker
  • Patent number: 7411153
    Abstract: A hinge arrangement for a welder enclosure includes a door panel having at least one hinge at one end that is engagable in a slot of a base to allow the door panel to move between a maximum closed position to a maximum open position. The hinge and slot arrangement of the door panel and base allow the door panel to open and close through a rotation point from a maximum open position to a maximum closed position, and also allows complete removal of the door panel at certain positions between the maximum open position and the maximum closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7387410
    Abstract: A luminaire assembly including a hinge member connected to a structure, a support member, a light source, and an outer shell. The support member is secured to the hinge member to be pivotable between a lighting position, in which electrical components are concealed, and a maintenance position, in which the electrical components are exposed. The light source is supported on a front side of the support member and is operational in the lighting position. The outer shell is secured to the hinge member such as to be pivotable between a closed position, in which the outer shell conceals the light source while being able to allow light from the light source to pass therethrough, and an opened position, in which the outer shell allows access to the light source. A hinge member and method for accessing the electrical components are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignees: C.E.I.T. Corp., C.E.I.T. Enterprises
    Inventor: Michel Sibout
  • Patent number: 7051404
    Abstract: The self-locking hinge (24) includes a first plate (28) hingedly connected to a second plate (30). Fasteners (24) are provided on the plates to secure them to a member, such as a easel strut hinge (24) of picture frame back (20). A locking structure is connected to the first plate (28) and the second plate (30) for maintaining the second plate (30) in the substantially open position relative to the first plate (28). The locking hinge (24) includes a protrusion (36) on the first plate (28) that removably engages with a free edge (34) of the second plate (30). The hinge (24) also includes a structure for maintaining the second plate (30) in rotating arrangement with the first plate (28) when the plates (28, 30) are hingedly secured to one another in a rolled pinless fashion. Locking lugs (40) are used to maintained the second plate (30) rolled about the first plate (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Craft, Inc.
    Inventor: Armand E. Roy
  • Patent number: 7013530
    Abstract: The invention concerns a removable linking device 1 between a first element 3 and a second element (2). It comprises a reception cradle (13) delimited by the first element (3), on the one hand, and a connecting means (20) integral to the second element (2) on the other hand, the said means (20) being connected to the cradle (13) on one side by holding means (21) and, on the other, by a flexible means (22) which can be eliminated to allow the separation of the two elements. The cradle (13) delimits a reception space (14) in which the connecting means (20) is inserted. The cradle (13) delimits a reception wall (15) of the holding means (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Sagem SA
    Inventor: Jean-François Lallemant
  • Patent number: 6941700
    Abstract: An awning-type insulated glazing assembly includes an insulated glazing having a first glazing pane and a second glazing pane mounted parallel to and spaced from the first glazing pane. The first glazing pane has a marginal portion extending beyond the second glazing pane in at least a first direction in a plane of the first glazing pane. A mounting hinge defines a hinge axis and is secured to the insulated glazing for hingedly mounting the insulated glazing for awning-type movement about the hinge axis. A window regulator is secured to the insulated glazing for controlling the awning-type movement of the insulated glazing about the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Kobrehel, Todd E. Cripe, Darren M. Grumm, Natvar H. Soni, Daryl F. Dankert, LeRoy C. Schmuck
  • Patent number: 6941616
    Abstract: The improved pinless hinge assembly (24) includes a first hinge plate (28) having a curled edge (28a) defining a center roll having a longitudinal axis (P) with an aperture (42) in the first hinge plate (28). A second hinge plate (30) having a free edge (30a) curled about the center roll. A locking lug (40) extends from the free edge (30a) of the second hinge (30) and is routed first through the first aperture (42) in the first hinge plate (28) and then through the second aperture (44) in the second hinge plate (30). The locking lug (40) is engaged in a seat (46) in the second hinge plate (30) to maintain the free edge (30a) of the second hinge plate (30) curled about the center roll when the first hinge plate (28) rotates relative to the second hinge plate (30) about the longitudinal axis (P). A pair of locking lugs (40) may be also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Craft, Inc.
    Inventor: Armand E. Roy
  • Patent number: 6899157
    Abstract: A sectional door D having a plurality of panels (35), a first hinge leaf (44) formed on one edge of a panel and a second hinge leaf (42) formed on a second edge of the panel, wherein first and second hinge leaves on adjacent panels interrelate to form a hinge pivotally joining the panels, and a strengthening member (50) having a body portion (51) adapted to capture the hinge leaves and attachable to the panels near at least one of the first hinge leaf and the second hinge leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Wayne-Dalton Corp.
    Inventor: Willis J. Mullet
  • Patent number: 6862858
    Abstract: For securing a fitting to any point of an extruded section by a clamping device, the extruded section has two spaced apart parallel webs between which a holding part of the fitting can be inserted which is supported on the edge faces of the webs facing one another. The holding part has support flanges which can contact the outer sides of the webs. The holding part is provided with at least one bore in which a pin carrying the clamping element is rotatably held such that as a result of its turning the clamping element engages at the inner sides of the webs and tensions the support flanges against the outer sides of the webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Arturo Salice S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 6829861
    Abstract: An awning-type insulated glazing assembly includes an insulated glazing having a first glazing pane and a second glazing pane mounted parallel to and spaced from the first glazing pane. The first glazing pane has a marginal portion extending beyond the second glazing pane in at least a first direction in a plane of the first glazing pane. A mounting hinge defines a hinge axis and is secured to the insulated glazing for hingedly mounting the insulated glazing for awning-type movement about the hinge axis. A window regulator is secured to the insulated glazing for controlling the awning-type movement of the insulated glazing about the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Atwood Mobile Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Kobrehel, Todd E. Cripe, Darren M. Grumm, Natvar H. Soni, Daryl F. Dankert, LeRoy C. Schmuck
  • Patent number: 6810938
    Abstract: A pivoting bracket for connecting adjacent panels of an articulated door. The pivoting bracket has a generally cylindrical base and an arm rigidly connected to and extending from the base. The arm has a mounting face on a base side which is generally parallel to a tangent to the base. A recess extends into at least one end of the base, generally co-axially therewith, for receiving a guidewheel shaft. The pivoting bracket interacts with adjacent articulated door panels to mount the panels to a guide track and allow articulated movement without requiring or modifying a conventional hinge. The arm has a first part proximal the base and a second part distal the base. The second part is securable to an upper articulated door panel. The base extends into a channel provided on a rearward face of a lower articulated panel. The base form of the arm pivots and interlocks itself relative to the channel while the door articulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony G. Aquilina
  • Patent number: 6772905
    Abstract: A case includes a case body, a case cover and a hinge structure. The hinge structure includes a first joint extended from a rear panel of the case body, a supporting arm having a front biasing surface and a rear biasing surface, and second joint which is extended from the rear wall of the case cover and has a holding slot to define a closed stopping surface and an opened stopping surface. The supporting arm is shaped and sized to slidably fit into the holding slot. Therefore, the supporting arm is slid outwardly from the holding slot until the rear biasing surface is biased against the closed stopping surface to close the case body with the case cover, and the supporting arm is slid into the holding slot until the front biasing surface is biased against the opened stopping surface to open the case body with the case cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Chun Lung Cheng
  • Patent number: 6772482
    Abstract: A Brush Seal element 10 has a backing plate 11 designed to project into a gap 12 between a fixed sleeve 13 and a shaft 14 and a bristle array 15 comprising a pack of bristle layers which is held in the sleeve 13 by support 16. The bristle 15 and non-linear portion 17, 18, which define cavities 19 and 20 between the array 15 and the plate 10. These cavities can become filled with high pressure fluid so that there is a substantial pressure balance across the array 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Cross Manufacturing Co. (1938) Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Francis Crudgington
  • Patent number: 6726271
    Abstract: A public transit vehicle has a vehicle body having a roof defining an interior ceiling surface, two side walls each extending longitudinally of the vehicle including an upper side wall portion connecting to the roof and a row of windows underneath the upper portion, a central aisle and two rows of seats each on a respective side of the aisle and along the side wall at the windows. Each window comprises an outer pan attached into the window opening in the frame and a pane structure pivotally mounted in the pan. The pan is formed by four sides each of which is integrally defined by a web bridging the width of the frame, an exterior flange projecting outwardly and an interior flange projecting inwardly with the pan held in place by adhesive between the exterior surface of the frame and the exterior flange and between the web and the corresponding surface of the frame. The pan is thus imperforate to prevent moisture penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: New Flyer Industries Limited
    Inventors: William H. Stanton, Gary Blaine Penelton, Glenn Campbell
  • Patent number: 6691370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a unique door hinge which does not employ pin receiving knuckles which are normally us in more conventional hinges. The unique hinge, provides two hinge leafs, the first of which has a flat web which terminates at an open end loop which is coextensive with the web and defines a space for matingly receiving a head portion which is at the termination of the web of the second leaf. The head portion is rotatable within the loop portion and is segmented by longitudinally spaced spaces for receiving plastic bearings which facilitate rotation of the hinge and support the movable hinge leaf relative to the fixed hinge leaf of a normally mounted door hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Markar Aritectural Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley R. Tatara
  • Patent number: 6662405
    Abstract: A detented and dampened hinge mechanism with push-pull and pull-push operation is disclosed. The present invention relates generally to a hinge mechanism that includes a first arm and a second arm that are pivotally connected to one another such that the arms can be moved relative to one another between a closed position and an open position. A damper is fitted into a cutout of the second arm such that the damper can engage with a length of teeth of the first arm when the hinge mechanism moves between the open and closed positions. Biasing means is fitted between hooks or bosses of the arms, and biases the first and second arms toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Fabrice Vitry
  • Patent number: 6648052
    Abstract: Sectional doors for garages, industrial warehouses and the like are formed by panels joined together in an articulated manner by hinges. Advantageously, the bottom edge of each panel is provided with a tapered lug which, at the end of the rotation during closure of the door, abuts against the inclined flank of the edge of an underneath panel. The abutment thus formed ensures the correct vertical alignment of the panels, thereby providing the door with a smooth operation and appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Brement Brevetti Metecno SpA
    Inventors: Gustavo Marzari Chiesa, Renzo Boschello
  • Publication number: 20030200628
    Abstract: The invention relates to a unique door hinge which does not employ pin receiving knuckles which are normally us in more conventional hinges. The unique hinge, provides two hinge leafs, the first of which has a flat web which terminates at an open end loop which is coextensive with the web and defines a space for matingly receiving a head portion which is at the termination of the web of the second leaf. The head portion is rotatable within the loop portion and is segmented by longitudinally spaced spaces for receiving plastic bearings which facilitate rotation of the hinge and support the movable hinge leaf relative to the fixed hinge leaf of a normally mounted door hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Stanley R. Tatara
  • Patent number: 6633749
    Abstract: In a folding mobile wireless device, at least one of contact portions of connecting portions which come in contact with a coupling pin has a higher strength than a portion other than the contact portion or a housing provided with the connecting portion including the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignees: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Koritsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kubo, Masao Kobayashi, Suguru Suzuki, Teruo Nanmoku, Hidehiro Yanagibashi, Toshihisa Ubukata
  • Patent number: 6601637
    Abstract: A hinge for assembling window covers is disclosed, along with associated window cover systems, including single blind systems and dual blind systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew J. Toti
  • Patent number: 6546595
    Abstract: A hinge includes a first member, a second member, and a pivot housing. The pivot housing includes an inner housing and an outer housing. The inner housing is fixedly coupled to the first member. The outer housing is fixedly coupled to the second member. The hinge distributes forces acting upon the hinge between the inner and outer housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Moeller Marine Products
    Inventor: O. C. Huse