Having Plural Hinge Axes (e.g., Multiple Pintle) Patents (Class 16/366)
  • Publication number: 20120309470
    Abstract: A dual-axis hinge device in a portable apparatus is provided, in which a first hinge unit has a first driving cam for rotating upon a first hinge axis along with rotation of a second housing, and a second hinge unit having a second driving cam adapted to be engaged with the first driving cam rotating upon a second hinge axis parallel to the first hinge axis, while reciprocating along the second hinge axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Seok PARK, Kwang-Su SEO
  • Patent number: 8307512
    Abstract: One end portion and the other end portion of the first link 51 are respectively rotatably connected to a first housing side attachment member 11 and a second housing side attachment member 21. Upper and lower side portions of one end portion of the second link 61 are respectively rotatably connected to the first and second housing side attachment members 11, 21. Upper and under side portions of the other end portion of the second link 61 are respectively rotatably connected to the first and second door side attachment members 31, 41. One end portion and the other end portion of the third link 71 are respectively rotatably connected to the second housing side attachment member 21 and the second door side attachment member 41. The first, second and third links 51, 61, 71 are arranged to be spaced from one another in the direction of rotation axes thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Osaki
  • Publication number: 20120279014
    Abstract: A multi-pivot pin system has a hinge assembly having a plurality of housings formed within the hinge assembly. A channel is formed through each housing wherein an outer diameter center-line of the hinge assembly is off-set from a center-line of an inner diameter of the channel. A rotating device is positioned in each channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Anders Carlsson, Nicklas Ericsson
  • Patent number: 8302262
    Abstract: A hinge device of a plane monitor is capable of manually rotating a plane display in lateral horizontal direction, manually inclining (tilting, laying) in longitudinal direction, or manually adjusting the height in vertical direction, being simple in structure and easy in manual operation. The structure includes a mechanism for supporting a plane display in lower part, and rotating it manually in lateral horizontal direction, in which the rotary mechanism in the lateral horizontal direction includes horizontal rotary position holding means, and transmitting means for transmitting rotary motion in lateral horizontal direction of the plane display to the horizontal rotary position holding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Simotec Inc.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Katsumata, Takayuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8296905
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism includes a first rotation assembly, a second rotation assembly substantially parallel to the first rotation assembly, a brace member, a connection shaft partially received in the sliding slot, a first connection member, and a second connection member. The first rotation assembly includes a first pivoting shaft and a first bracket sleeved on the first pivoting shaft. The first bracket includes a mounting portion eccentrically formed on one end of the first bracket. The second rotation assembly includes a second pivoting shaft and a second bracket sleeved on the second pivoting shaft. The second bracket includes a mounting portion eccentrically formed on the second bracket. The brace member defines a sliding slot. An end of the first connection member is eccentrically connected to the first pivoting shaft, and the other end of the first connection member is connected to the connection shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Zheng Zhang, Lian-Cheng Huang, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 8296904
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes an axel and a conversion adapter including a hollow column and a hollow protrusion pole. The hollow column communicates with the hollow protrusion pole. A pivoting element is rotatably connected to the conversion adapter, and includes a first side plate and a connection plate. A positioning pole is protruded from the first side plate. A protrusion ring and a guide pole are protruded from the connection plate. A rotation element is rotatably placed over the axel. The protrusion ring is rotatably placed over the protrusion pole. The rotation element is rotatably placed over the guide pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Yan Yang
  • Patent number: 8291548
    Abstract: A diagonal motion door hinge for a vehicle door includes an upper door connection plate having a second motion assembly pivotally mounted to the upper door connection plate. The axis of rotation of the second motion assembly is perpendicular to the upper door connection plate. A first motion assembly is mounted to the second motion assembly at a first motion hinge. The first motion assembly is adapted to connect to an upper portion of a vehicle door. The lower door connection plate includes a lower door connection plate stopper and a lower shock connection. The lower door connection plate stopper has a lower door double motion stopper surface. A point of contact between the ballpoint and the lower door double motion stopper surface is offset from a horizontal motion hinge pin axis to provide a first diagonal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Patent number: 8272104
    Abstract: A liftable slide cover mounting structure consisting of two hinges, two metal sheet bracket mechanism, two sliding rails, two gears, two gear racks and two supplementary support mechanisms. Subject to the use of the sheet plate bracket mechanisms to hold the sliding rails instead of zinc alloy sliding rail holders, the weight of the liftable slide cover mounting structure is minimized. Further, when the cover panel is opened from the base member, the sheet plate bracket mechanisms are forced into engagement with the supplementary support mechanisms to support the cover panel in position for enabling the user to operate the display screen of the cover panel positively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lianhong Art Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia Hui Chen, Che-Hsien Lin
  • Publication number: 20120227217
    Abstract: A portable apparatus includes a base rotatable member having a chamber and a compartment, a cover rotatable member having a space and a cavity, one or more anchors engaged in the chamber of the base rotatable member and having a curved channel formed in an arm, the cover rotatable member includes a pivot shaft engaged in the channel of the arm for pivotally connecting the rotatable members together, a linking device includes two coupling devices attached to the rotatable members and pivotally connected together with a pivot axle for connecting the coupling devices together and for solidly and stably coupling the rotatable members together, and for receiving and protecting the linking device and the anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Hsin Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 8256064
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator and/or freezer with a door or flap for closing the appliance interior, with a hinge, by means of which the door or flap can be swivelled relative to the body of the appliance, wherein the hinge includes means for producing a closing force acting in closing direction of the door or flap, and with a damper which at least over a part of the closing movement of the door or flap applies a force directed against the closing movement of the door or flap, wherein the means for producing a closing force include an eccentric and means which exert a force that acts on the eccentric and is dependent on the opening angle of the door or flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hausgeraete Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Blersch, Oliver Weidelener
  • Patent number: 8250712
    Abstract: A hinge having a plurality of movable axes enabling eccentric movement of an object connected to the hinge, and a connection member with a first hinge axis for enabling a first object to rotate about the first hinge axis, the connection member including a plurality of movable axes enabling eccentric movement of the object. The plurality of movable axes includes a central axis, a second hinge axis and a third hinge axis, and when the hinge or connection member moves with respect to the second hinge axis and the third hinge axis, the central axis moves. The hinge or connection member can be used in a portable terminal having a main body housing, where the folder rotates with respect to the first hinge axis towards or away from the main body housing, and the folder can rotate with respect to the first hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin-Soo Kim, Young-Ki Kim, Shin-Chul Kamg
  • Patent number: 8246098
    Abstract: A tailgate for the bed of a pickup truck has a generally U-shaped tailgate frame that is adapted to be coupled to the bed of the pickup truck and is pivotable about a first axis between a generally vertical closed position and a generally horizontal open position. A door assembly is coupled to the tailgate frame and is pivotable about a second axis generally normal relative to the first axis for movement between a closed position proximate the tailgate frame and an open position away from the tailgate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Danny C. Cheung, Kenneth M. Hartlaub
  • Publication number: 20120192381
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism includes a first rotation assembly, a second rotation assembly substantially parallel to the first rotation assembly, a brace member, a connection shaft partially received in the sliding slot, a first connection member, and a second connection member. The first rotation assembly includes a first pivoting shaft and a first bracket sleeved on the first pivoting shaft. The first bracket includes a mounting portion eccentrically formed on one end of the first bracket. The second rotation assembly includes a second pivoting shaft and a second bracket sleeved on the second pivoting shaft. The second bracket includes a mounting portion eccentrically formed on the second bracket. The brace member defines a sliding slot. An end of the first connection member is eccentrically connected to the first pivoting shaft, and the other end of the first connection member is connected to the connection shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HAN-ZHENG ZHANG, LIAN-CHENG HUANG, JIAN LI
  • Patent number: 8228678
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus having a first case, a second case, and a two-axis hinge mechanism. Positional misalignment between both cases can be easily prevented without relying only on dimensional precision of the components of the two-axis hinge mechanism. The portable electronic apparatus has a hinge (4) for interconnecting the first and second cases so that they can be opened and closed about a first rotation axis (X) and at the same time interconnecting the first and second cases so that they can pivot about a second rotation axis (Y). The hinge (4) has a first case fixing component (122) fixed to the first case, a first connection component (452) connected to the first case fixing component (122) so as to be rotatable about the second rotation axis (Y), and a second connection component (461) connected to the second case so as to be rotatable about the first rotation axis (X). The first connection component (452) and the second connection component (461) are connected to each other with a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Hasegawa, Motonori Imamura
  • Patent number: 8225459
    Abstract: A multi-link hinge for a door includes a fastening element that is securable to a furniture body. A pivotable door bearing is movable with respect to the fastening element. The pivotable door bearing defines an opened position, a closed position, and a pivot range between the opened position and the closed position. Several levers are connected to one another in a scissored arrangement. The levers connect the fastening element to the pivotable door bearing. A spring is operably disposed between the fastening element and the pivotable door bearing. The spring is pre-tensioned to bias the pivotable door bearing into the closed position. A linear damper is operably disposed between the fastening element and the pivotable door bearing. The linear damper dampens a closing movement of the door bearing. The multi-link hinge may be employed to prevent slamming of refrigerator doors, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hettich-Oni GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter-Hermann Waltemate, Helmut Hunger
  • Patent number: 8220125
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly aid for positioning a hinge (1) on a door arrangement part (12) in a reproducible manner, said assembly aid comprising a clamping screw (22) having a screw shank (23) and a screw head (21), and an adjusting element (20) which is applied to a part (17) of the hinge (1) in a positively locking manner. The adjusting element (20) radially engages with said screw shank (23) and can be axially fixed to the door arrangement part (12) by means of the clamping screw (22). The invention also relates to a method for the reproducible positioning of a hinge (1) on a door arrangement part (12) whereon a positioning axis (30) is provided. The aim of the invention is to provide an assembly aid and a method that enable a hinge to be precisely positioned in a simple and reproducible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Edscha AG
    Inventors: Joerg Paulus, Georg Dell
  • Patent number: 8205299
    Abstract: A hinge and spring assembly is provided for supporting at least one synthetic enclosure access door's on an enclosure. The enclosure has at least a first wall and at least one second wail, the second wall being formed in part by the access door. The access door has a mounting rib integrated therein. The hinge and spring assembly comprises a primary support element having at least one first hinge member and a spring support member. A door mounting member is secured to the mounting rib of the synthetic enclosure access door and comprises a spring mounting member and a second hinge member. The second hinge member of the door mounting member is movably attached to the first hinge member of the primary support element to form an articulating hinge joint. At least one spring member has first and second ends, the first end being secured to the spring support member of the primary support element, and the second end bend secured to the spring mounting member of the door mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Jeremy Thomas Sims
  • Patent number: 8196265
    Abstract: A concealed door hinge has first and second leaf assemblies fittable into respective mortises in an edge of the door and in the door frame. The first leaf assembly has a body, mounting tabs at ends of the body and securable to the door frame or to an edge of the door, and an insert shiftable in the body in a first horizontal direction perpendicular to a face of the assembly. The body is also shiftable relative to the tabs in a second horizontal direction transverse to the horizontal direction and parallel to the face. A swivel mechanism is connected between the second leaf assembly and the insert of the assembly. Adjusters engaged between the insert, the body, and the tabs can relatively secure the insert and body in any of a plurality of positions offset relative to one another in the horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Simonswerk GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Neukoetter, Nicolas Liermann
  • Patent number: 8186013
    Abstract: A double motion door hinge for a vehicle door includes an upper door connection plate having a second motion assembly pivotally mounted to the upper door connection plate. The axis of rotation of the second motion assembly is perpendicular to the upper door connection plate. A first motion assembly is mounted to the second motion assembly at a first motion hinge. The first motion assembly is adapted to connect to an upper portion of a vehicle door. The lower door connection plate includes a lower door connection plate stopper and a lower shock connection. The lower door connection plate stopper has a lower door double motion stopper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Publication number: 20120124773
    Abstract: A mechanism for installing a door or other similar closure device with rotary and translational motion, of the type comprising the following elements to be associated with a leaf first pivoting means, which form a first vertical axis (11) for the pivoting of the leaf (12), in a central region thereof, to means for translational motion arranged so as to slide in a corresponding guide (13) associated with the upper stringer (14) of the frame (15) of the door; second pivoting means, whose axis is parallel with respect to the axis of the first pivoting means, for the articulation of two arms (16, 17), a first upper arm (16) and a second lower arm (17), which are both pivoted by means of a first end (21, 22) thereof to the frame (15) of the door or window proximate to a jamb (18) so as to form a second rotation axis (20), third pivoting means, which are formed by the second ends (23, 24) of the arms (16, 17), which are hinged to the leaf (12) so as to form a third rotation axis (26) that passes through the leaf
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Sandro Saccon
  • Patent number: 8166706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vault door mechanism that assists a user in opening or closing the door. A hold-open arm and hinge plate pivotally interconnect the door to a surrounding frame and are fixed in place by an associated locking mechanism. The locking mechanism stops the door in the partially opened position prior to being fully opened or closed, thereby assisting the user in handling the door. The details of the present invention, and the manner in which they interrelate, will be described in greater detail hereinafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: U.S.F. Fabrication, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Slimak, Marvin Lopez
  • Patent number: 8162386
    Abstract: A cab for a construction machine includes hinges that swingably mount the door to the wall. Each of the hinges includes a first member secured to a first cut-out portion of the wall, a second member secured to a second cut-out portion of the door, an interposed member interposed between the first and second members, and first and second pivot shafts pivotally respectively coupling the first and second members to the interposed member. The cab further includes first and second stoppers that regulate first and second angles of the interposed member with respect to the first and second members, respectively, and a bolt member arranged in the second stopper to move in its axial direction to adjust the second angle. An imaginary surface corresponding to an outermost part of each of the hinges is substantially coplanar with exterior surfaces of the wall and the door, when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihide Namura, Hirokazu Sugimoto, Koudou Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20120084944
    Abstract: A holding element for adjusting a lid (4) of a piece of furniture between a closed position and an open position has a first fitting part (1) that is connectable to the body (2) of a piece of furniture. A second fitting part (3) is connectable to the lid (4). A first support arm (5) is pivotably fastened around a first body axis (7) to the first fitting part (1) and is pivotably fastened around a first lid axis (8) to the second fitting part (3). A second support arm (6) is pivotably fastened around a second body axis (9) to the first fitting part (1) and is pivotably fastened around a second lid axis (10) to the second fitting part (3). A lever (19) is pivotably fastened around a pivot axis (20) to the first fitting part (1). An adjustment arm (26) is pivotably connected to the lever (19) at a distance from the pivot axis (20). The adjustment arm (26) is pivotably fastened around a third lid axis (28) to the second fitting part (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Toplifter Beteiligungs-und Vertriebs- GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Artur Hirtsiefer
  • Patent number: 8151414
    Abstract: A frictionless self-driven articulation designed to be mounted between two neighboring elements, including two cylindrical fittings rotationally driven through the action of a leaf spring, the ends of the leaf spring being fixed respectively to each of the fittings. The articulation includes means of retaining the fittings and load transfer means separate from the retention means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Yannick Baudasse, Stephane Vezain
  • Publication number: 20120047685
    Abstract: A rotational hinge including a first casing linkage; a second casing linkage; a hinge linkage; and a synchronization linkage, wherein the synchronization linkage is coupled to the first casing linkage and the second casing linkage to synchronize a fixed rotational axis and a moving rotational axis that provides one or more degrees of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
    Inventors: Yawei Ma, Ichiro Yamada, Mi Zhou
  • Publication number: 20120047686
    Abstract: The present application relates generally to joining two parts mechanically such that movement of the two parts relative to each other is enabled. In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, a joint mechanism is configured to connect two apparatus portions. The joint mechanism comprises a main arm and a control arm configured to be connected to a first apparatus portion at their one pivot points, and configured to be connected to a second apparatus portion at their other pivot points. The pivot points are configured to enable movable connection between the two apparatus portions, and at least one of the pivot points comprises a movable pivot point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mika Antero Hautamaki, Timo Vilho Juhani Herranen
  • Patent number: 8108016
    Abstract: A portable communication device includes a base assembly, a flip assembly and an intermediate assembly operatively coupled to the base assembly and the flip assembly by a dual sliding flip hinge assembly. The dual sliding flip hinge assembly is configured to facilitate sliding motion of the intermediate assembly along a first direction and along a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. The dual sliding flip hinge assembly further facilitates rotation of the intermediate assembly upon sliding along the second direction. The base assembly, flip assembly and intermediate assembly may be configured to include respective displays and/or touch-input devices to provide a portable communication device with increased display area and/or control area with a smaller footprint often associated with conventional clamshell or slider portable communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: David W. Gaddy
  • Publication number: 20120000723
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge assembly (1) for connecting two vehicle parts (2, 3) to a vehicle that is capable of crab steering, has articulated frame steering and comprises articulating vehicle axles. It comprises four structural elements (4, 5, 6, 7) which are connected to each other by four hinge connections (8, 9, 10, 11), the hinge centers of which are arranged in a common plane in a basic state, in such a manner that they form a frame which is substantially rigid with respect to thrust forces in that plane. Two of the structural elements (4, 6) forming opposite sides of the frame which is substantially rigid with respect to thrust forces can in each case be rotated about a rotational axis (D1, D2) located in said plane with respect to the respective other three structural elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: AMMANN SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Christoph Anliker, Lino Giovanoli
  • Patent number: 8087129
    Abstract: A parallel opening hinge (1) comprises a first track (3), a second track (5) and at least two pairs of pivotally connected crossing links (7, 9), wherein each pair of crossing links (7, 9) is mounted to the tracks (3, 5) via a fixed pivot (13, 17) and a movable pivot (15, 19) in each track (3, 5), wherein a connector (23) joins two movable pivots (15) in a track (5) such that the movable pivots (15) move together. Improved opening of a parallel opening vent can thereby result. Other improved features of a parallel opening hinge are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Securistyle Limited
    Inventor: John F. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8082629
    Abstract: A parallelogram hinge for vertical-movement doors includes a first plate designed to be fastened to the furniture flank, a second plate designed to be fastened to the door and two superposed arms pivotally mounted to the plates to form an articulated parallelogram. A spring for movement balancing is connected to the upper arm at an intermediate position between the arm extremities hinged to the plates and is connected to the first plate at a point below the pivot point of the lower arm on the first plate. This enables very reduced bulkiness in the direction of the furniture depth, achievement of a great opening angle and better operation of the spring embodied by a gas piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Agostino Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Migli
  • Publication number: 20110308041
    Abstract: A locking hinge that includes a first hinge element including a body defining a first hole and a second hinge element including a body defining a second hole. The locking hinge also includes a dowel assembled through the first hole in the first hinge element and the second hole in the second hinge element defining a hinge joint axis permitting translation of the second hinge element relative to the first hinge element along a first axis and a second axis, and rotation of the second hinge element relative to the first hinge element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Leonard Le, Keith R. Burrell, Thomas L. Kehl, Epifanio P. Gonyea
  • Patent number: 8054615
    Abstract: A pivot apparatus adapted to connect a host and a display includes a rotary base having a first part and a second part, a connecting plate, a pivot component, a first connecting rod and a hook. The first part is embedded at the host. The second part has a rotary shaft embedded at a first edge of the connecting plate. The pivot component is pivotally connected between a rear surface of the display and a second edge of the connecting plate. The first connecting rod is slidably disposed at the connecting plate and has at least a locking hole. The hook is disposed at the rear surface and passes through the connecting plate to be slidably disposed in the locking hole. The hook is used to interfere with the first connecting rod to restrict the rotation of the display by the pivot component relative to the connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: San-Feng Lin, Yuan-An Hsu
  • Publication number: 20110265288
    Abstract: A two-stage dual-pintle hinge mainly includes at least one connecting element which has two apertures run through by a first axis and a second axis in the same direction. The first axis and the connecting element form a first pivot displacement, and the second axis and the connecting element form a second pivot displacement. The first and second axes have respectively a first anchor portion and a second anchor portion. The connecting element has a corresponding third anchor portion. During the first pivot displacement, the first anchor portion and the third anchor portion form an anchor relationship and drive the second pivot displacement of the connecting element and the second axis. During the second pivot displacement, the second anchor portion and the third anchor portion form an anchor relationship to stop pivoting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Yung-Chang CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20110258811
    Abstract: A hinge assembly with two pivot axes is provided for a folding frame. One pivot axis, a working pivot axis, allows the outer wing frame to rotate while in operation to follow the ground contours by rotating relative to the adjacent frame section without creating any interference between adjacent tools mounted to the frame sections. The second pivot axis is a folding pivot axis above the frame and about which the outer wing frame rotates to fold the outer wing into the transport position. This hinge assembly when used on a five section implement frame allows the outer wing frame to both follow the ground contour and to fold into an acceptable transport position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Stanley R. Borkgren, William D. Graham, Xinzhan Z. Yang
  • 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: 8032988
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism and an electronic device using the same are provided. The rotating mechanism is disposed at the electronic device. The electronic device includes a first casing and a second casing. The rotating mechanism includes a first gear and a second gear. The first gear is coupled to the first casing. The second gear is coupled to the second casing. The second gear is engaged with the first gear, and then the first casing is capable of rotating relatively to the second casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: ASUSTek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Chung Lai, Hung-Chang Hung
  • Patent number: 8024838
    Abstract: A vertically opening vehicle door hinge has a base member secured to a chassis at bolt slots disposed as elongated openings on the base member. A primary swivel member is swivel mounted to the base member so that the primary swivel member swivels on the plane defined by the base member. The primary swivel member has a primary swivel axis normal to the point defined by the base member. The arm is swivel mounted to the primary swivel member at a secondary swivel. The secondary swivel has an secondary swivel axis of rotation normal to the primary swivel axis. The arm is mounted to a door of the vehicle. The arm has an extended position corresponding to an open vehicle door and a retracted position corresponding to a closed vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Publication number: 20110221319
    Abstract: In one example, we describe a case (otherwise known as a sleeve, holder, portfolio, jacket, or shell) for an electronic device, such as a tablet computer. This case allows the user to protect and personalize their tablet computer. This case has the unique property of allowing the user to position the device for viewing in either portrait or landscape mode. This is an increasing useful function as media (such as videos) are engaging the users for longer periods of time. This case does not require the user to hold the device in the desired orientation. In another example, we describe a distinct hinge, with a stop that limits its rotational travel allowing the user to prop the tablet computer up, at a viewing angle. In another alternative, this friction hinge can have an angular zone of travel, where little or no friction is encountered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: David John Law, Ryan Hill Mongan
  • Patent number: 7987558
    Abstract: A hinge includes a first mounting part defining first and second ends, a second mounting part defining third and fourth ends, a first articulated lever defining fifth and sixth ends, a second articulated lever defining seventh and eighth ends, a third articulated lever defining ninth and tenth ends, and a fourth articulated lever defining eleventh and twelfth ends. The fifth end pivotally connects between the first end and the second end. The sixth end pivotally connects to the tenth end. The ninth end pivotally connects to the fourth end. The third end pivotally connects to the eleventh end. The second end pivotally connects to the seventh end. The eighth end pivotally connects between the ninth end and the tenth end. The twelfth end pivotally connects between the seventh end and the eighth end. A protective plate covers at least a portion of the plates and levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Hettich-Oni GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Beckmann, Cord Rommelmann, Andreas Kleemann, Eduard Thielmann, Dieter Waltemate
  • Patent number: 7975433
    Abstract: A security door construction has a pair of door hinges fixed to the door, a pair of frame hinges fixed to the frame and a pair of intermediate hinges by combined links which allow the door hinge to swing outside the plane of the door opening when the door is opened through 180°. Slide motion of the door is imparted by a door handle and a reaction rod which acts against a link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Lokaway Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Brett Dunstan
  • Patent number: 7971320
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for opening and closing a door that provides access to the interior of a motor vehicle body is disclosed. The hinge assembly includes a body-side hinge strap secured to the body and providing a first axis, a door-side hinge strap secured to the door and providing a second axis spaced laterally from the first axis, a hinge mid-strap supported on the body-side hinge strap to pivot about the first axis and being pivotably supported on the door-side hinge strap at the second axis, and a lockout bracket secured to the door-side hinge strap and secured to the hinge mid-strap at a location between the first axis and second axis for preventing the door from pivoting about the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Fain, Arthur S. Hipkiss
  • Patent number: 7966698
    Abstract: A modular hinge for mechanically connecting first and second parts of a handheld electronic device, said modular hinge comprising at least two hinge elements, each hinge element comprising an arm and a boss with a through hole for receiving wiring for electrically connecting the first and second parts, said arm being rotatably mounted on said boss, and wherein the hinge elements are mounted on a bracket with said through holes in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Ricky William Barnett
  • Patent number: 7966699
    Abstract: Shutter (or door) fitting for fastening a furniture shutter (or door) in a pivotable manner on a basic cabinet structure, having at least one actuating arm, which is provided for moving the furniture shutter, and having at least one shutter-mounted fitting part, which can be connected to the actuating arm, characterized in that the shutter-mounted fitting part has a rotation-prevention means for temporarily fixing the pivoting position of the at least one actuating arm, preferably in the fully open position thereof, wherein the rotation-prevention means, in a first operating position, arrests the at least one actuating arm in its pivoting position relative to the shutter-mounted fitting part and, in a second operating position, allows the actuating arm to pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Fredi Dubach, Harald Brunnmayr
  • Publication number: 20110146029
    Abstract: First and second FPC fixing members 12, 13 are fixed within a boss 6 on a second axis Y, and one end of the second member 13 projects to the back of a hinge base 8. An FPC wiring fixing section 26 is fixed on the back of the base 8 on a first axis X. The fixing members pass an FPC 25 from the base 8 side to the side of a monitor 3 to hold the FPC linearly on the axis Y, and are turned integrally with a monitor mounting base 14. The fixing members curve outside the axis Y the FPC 25 that is led out in the direction orthogonal to the axis Y from the one end on the base 8 side of the second member 13 to have a deflection allowance, and fix the FPC to the base 8.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Tetsuro Nagami, Manami Hamada, Tadashi Kamimura
  • Publication number: 20110152024
    Abstract: A mechanical power communicating device and a modular system of a host and a mechanical power communicating device for communicating a mechanical power service. A first component of the mechanical power communicating device communicates a mechanical power service from host to a second component of the mechanical power communicating device or to a functional device. The mechanical power communicating device may be a functional device, an adapter for coupling a functional device to a host, or a functional unit of an adapter and a functional device. The mechanical power communicating device may include a first component having a first interface connectable to the host, the first component pivotally connected to a second component having a second interface connectable to the functional device. The modular system may include a host having differently oriented mechanical power service interfaces and the mechanical power communicating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven J. Kuehl
  • Patent number: 7963002
    Abstract: A hinge comprising two pivoting elements adapted to hingedly join two articles, each pivoting element including attachment means for attaching to an article; wherein when attached to the two articles the hinge is rotatable with respect to the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Rolling Hinge Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas James Hanigan
  • Patent number: 7963001
    Abstract: A door hinge has a bottom bracket and a bottom bracket mounting rib extends from the bottom bracket. A piston has a piston housing and a piston extension connecting in telescopic connection to the piston housing. The piston housing is connected to the bottom bracket at a bottom bracket mounting rib ball joint. The door bracket extension extends from the door bracket. A connection between the door bracket extension and the piston connector is a door bracket extension ball joint. An intermediate connector is connected to the door bracket at an intermediate door bracket joint, wherein the intermediate door bracket joint is a swivel joint. The top bracket is connected to the intermediate connector at a top bracket axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Publication number: 20110131762
    Abstract: A duplex hinge having two pivot points. In one embodiment, the hinge is used between sections of multi-sectional farm implements to allow flex during field operations as well as folding for road transport. One pivot point is active both when folding and during field operations. The other pivot point is active during field operations but rigid while folding for road transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: AGCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nelson J. Palen
  • Patent number: 7950109
    Abstract: A vehicle rear door unsequenced articulating mechanism including one or more articulating hinge assemblies having one or more hinge arms pivotally mounted to a vehicle C-pillar at one end thereof via a C-pillar hinge mount and pivotally mounted to a vehicle rear door at another end thereof via a door hinge mount. The hinge arm may include a generally U-shaped profile between the ends thereof for permitting unsequenced articulation of the rear door up to 180° from a rear door closed position. The door hinge mount may include a door check engageable with a stop on the hinge arm, for limiting pivotal movement of the vehicle rear door to a first intermediate open position from the rear door closed position, upon pivotal movement of the door check relative to the hinge arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian N. A. Elliott, Justin T. Johnson, Jason Falenski, Craig Blust
  • Patent number: RE42492
    Abstract: This invention describes a novel two way hinge for motor vehicle doors that hinges open at a 20 degree angle, then rotates upward 45 degrees. The motor vehicle door is maintained in the open position by a shock absorber/piston arrangement that is common in the automotive industry. The invention described herein can be installed by an aftermarket shop and/or sold as an easily installed kit. The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of existing hinges by allowing greater access for ingress and egress from existing motor vehicle doors in tight parking situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Vertical Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Baum