Pintle Or Pivot Concealed In Hinged Member Patents (Class 16/379)
  • Patent number: 10648098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plastic part (1) with selective metallization comprising at least one first non-metallized portion (7) made from a first plastic material that cannot be metallized by electroplating and at least one second metallized portion (9) made from a second metallizable plastic material, the first plastic material being a mixture of polycarbonate and of a semiaromatic polyester and the second plastic material being a polyamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO SECURITE HABITACLE
    Inventors: Olivier Renaud, BenoƮt Delande
  • Patent number: 10018403
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a door including a rotation part protruding outward from a side surface of the door, and a protection member configured to face a side surface part of the door and having at least some parts disposed between the rotation part and the main body when the door is closed, such that a user's finger is prevented from being caught between the main body and the door during rotation of the door. No magnet is installed in the gasket, a separate magnet member is provided while spaced apart from the gasket, thereby reducing the thickness of the gasket, improving the energy efficiency of the refrigerator. A seating member for seating a hot pipe thereon is provided in a partition wall of the refrigerator, thereby minimizing cool air of a storage chamber leaking to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jee-Hoon Lee, Jea Won Lee, Yong Soo Kyong, Yang-Yeol Gu
  • Patent number: 9803410
    Abstract: A hydraulic hinge comprising a fixed element anchorable to a stationary support structure and a movable element anchorable to a closing element. The fixed and movable elements are mutually coupled in such a way that the latter rotates with respect to the former about a first longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position. One of the fixed element and the movable elements includes at least one working chamber defining a second longitudinal axis, which comprises at least one portion which includes: a plunger member sliding along the second axis and a working fluid to hydraulically dampen the movement of the movable element. The plunger member is mutually connected with one of the fixed element and the movable element so that the rotation of the latter corresponds to the sliding of the former and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: OL.MI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ivano Miglioranzo
  • Patent number: 9519272
    Abstract: A wristwatch including a case including a band attachment section having an attachment hole, a band including a coupling hole in one end portion located coaxially with the attachment hole of the band attachment section, a coupling member inserted into the coupling hole of the band and the attachment hole of the band attachment section and coupling the band with the band attachment section, and a fixing member fixing the coupling member to the attachment hole of the band attachment section or the coupling hole of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Maruyama, Junichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8627547
    Abstract: A self-closing invisible hinge for returning a door to its closed position from its opened position including a self-closing structure in which the closing force can be selectively adjusted externally at the hinge and in which the self-closing structure is compact. The self-closing invisible hinge further having an embedded wiring system for providing electrical communication between an area on or in the door and an area adjacent a mounting structure supporting the door, such as a building electrical and/or communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kok Leong Soh
  • Patent number: 8234753
    Abstract: A hinge assembly may be provided to hingeably couple two substrates together to allow one of the substrates to pivot about the center plane of the other substrate. The hinge assembly may include two separable hinge components that are manufactured from lightweight materials and that are configured to provide up to about 180 degrees of swing for a door or other hingeably-coupled substrate. Polymer bushings may be employed to preclude the need for lubrication of the hinge assembly, and a spring loaded tab may be provided on a hinge pin of the hinge assembly to provide for ease of installation, removal or replacement of a hingeably coupled substrate. Flow channels with injection ports may be defined within each of the separable hinge components of the hinge assembly, and configured to evenly distribute injected bonding material around the components of the hinge assembly while they are positioned within respective substrate cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P.
    Inventor: Jay W. Cook
  • Patent number: 7836555
    Abstract: An internal hinge for a fire-resistant enclosure is provided. The internal hinge includes a cabinet end and a door end. The cabinet end is pivotally coupled with a bracket mounted on the enclosure and the door end is fixedly coupled with a door of the enclosure. The hinge includes first, second, third, and fourth segments. The first segment extends linearly from the cabinet end of the hinge. The second segment extends from the first segment in a generally curved path wrapping around the cabinet end approximately 90 degrees. The third segment extends linearly from the second segment and at an angle relative to the first segment. The fourth segment extends linearly from the third segment to the door end of the hinge and is perpendicular to the first segment. The internal hinge of the present invention allows the door of the enclosure to open approximately 147 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: John D. Brush & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kelvin H. Wildman
  • Patent number: 7721389
    Abstract: An internal hinge (34) for a fire-resistant enclosure is provided. The internal hinge includes a cabinet end (36) and a door end (38). The cabinet end is pivotally coupled with a bracket (64) mounted on the enclosure and the door end is fixedly coupled with a door (32) of the enclosure. The hinge includes first, second, third, and fourth segments (72, 74, 76, 78). The first segment extends linearly from the cabinet end of the hinge. The second segment extends from the first segment in a generally curved path wrapping around the cabinet end approximately 90 degrees. The third segment extends linearly from the second segment and at an angle relative to the first segment. The fourth segment extends linearly from the third segment to the door end of the hinge and is perpendicular to the first segment. The internal hinge of the present invention allows the door of the enclosure to open approximately 147 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: John D. Brush & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kelvin H. Wildman
  • Patent number: 7721912
    Abstract: A hinge assembly incorporates a substantially straight hinge pin for securing a lid to a container. At least one end of a hinge line is initially closed via a plastic wall. The substantially straight hinge pin is secured in the hinge line via passing the hinge pin through the plastic wall. Subsequently, residual axial and radial stresses caused by passing the hinge pin through the wall cause the opening to contract, thereby retaining the pin. By providing a hinge assembly including a substantially straight hinge pin, the assembly process can be more easily automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventor: Henning Rader
  • Publication number: 20100115729
    Abstract: A concealed door hinge for installation between a door edge and a door frame has two leaf assemblies that can be recessed in the door frame and in the door edge. Each assembly has a pair of longitudinally spaced housing ends each formed with a throughgoing screw-mounting hole for securing the housing end to the edge or frame and a hollow middle part extending longitudinally between and fixed to the housing ends. A swivel mechanism has at least two parts that interconnect the leaf assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Hubert NEUKOETTER
  • Patent number: 7676888
    Abstract: A hinge for wings or doors, in particular of electrical appliances, having a first element, a second element and a rocker lever for connecting the first and second elements; the lever pivots on the second element and has a first arm integral with the first element to render the first and second elements movable relative to one another with a tilting action between a closed position and an open position; the second element consisting of a substantially box-shaped body containing both elastic parts, inserted between the second element and a second arm of the lever to apply an elastic action on the lever, and a damping device, for applying a damping action on the lever during the reciprocal motion of the first and second elements, when the closed position is almost reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Nuova Star S.p.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Vanini
  • Publication number: 20090100640
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for use with a notebook computer includes hinge a pintle, a pivoting device, and a friction-providing device. The pivoting device is pivotally installed on the pintle and includes a first supporting member, a second supporting member and a sleeve. The first supporting member includes a connecting portion and a pivotal portion into which the pintle inserts. The second supporting member is mounted to the first supporting member and includes a pivotal arm parallel to the pivotal portion. The sleeve is disposed between the pivotal portion and the pivotal arm and the pintle is receivable in the sleeve. The friction-providing device is disposed in the sleeve and intermediate between the pintle and the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Jr-Jiun Chern
  • Patent number: 7223096
    Abstract: A lighter comprises a lighter housing, a gas container for storing liquid inflammable gas, a combustion device connected to the gas container, and an igniter for igniting inflammable gas in the combustion device. The housing includes an upper cover and a case, wherein one side of the upper cover includes a protuberance forming a small hole thereon; a connector disposed below the protuberance of the upper cover for connecting the upper cover and the case, wherein the connector includes a recess portion coupling with the protuberance and having transverse holes on both sides of the recess portion; and a bolt for rotationally connecting the protuberance and the recess portion; wherein the case has at its edge port a longitudinal groove connected to the connector and having an opening at the edge port of the groove to couple with the protuberance of the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Chi Lam Wong
  • Patent number: 6895638
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a hinge assembly for notebook computers capable of keeping a screen of a monitor connected face-to-face with a main system of the notebook, and such hinge assembly also can keep an included angle between the monitor and the main system from zero degree (i.e. closed status for stacking the monitor and the main system) to 180 degrees (i.e. horizontally aligned status of the monitor and the main system). Furthermore, the monitor can continue to be turned over until the screen of the monitor faces the back of the main system, and then further till the monitor and the main system are in the back-to-back contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: First International Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Shui-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 6151756
    Abstract: A hinge having a housing with a flush mountable flange. A hinge member having pivotally connected upper and lower portions with the lower portion pivotally connected within the housing. A portion of the lower portion is engageable with a slot in the housing for locking the lower portion in an upright position. Upon unlocking the lower portion from the housing the hinge member can be pivoted into a flush relationship with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Accon Marine, Inc.
    Inventor: John Czipri
  • Patent number: 5971515
    Abstract: A security safe that incorporates a cabinet (20) formed of sheetmetal, including a front (22) and a door jamb (30). A door (42) for the safe is also formed of sheetmetal and has a jamb stop (48), box section (50) with a front flange (52) into which a series of hinge knuckles (58) are formed. A continuous hinge leaf (60) is plug welded (62) to an inside surface of the cabinet front and a hinge pin (64) unites the knuckles to the hinge leaf. The cabinet door jamb hinge knuckles and hinge leaf extend continuously the full height of the door. The hinge combination is completely hidden within the cabinet forming a secure barrier, as no access to the hinge is provided from the outside, nor is it at all visible, even when the door is open. This arrangement forms a secure barrier preventing unauthorized entry and in the event the door is forcibly jimmied and bent inwardly, the hinge remains totally inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: Steven J. Baker, William A. Horn
  • Patent number: 5682642
    Abstract: A detent device is provided for securing a door to a frame having an opening therein. The detent device includes a sleeve having a cavity therein, an elongated plunger mounted within the cavity of the sleeve, and a spring mechanism connected to the sleeve and the plunger. The spring mechanism yieldably urges the plunger to an extended position from a retracted position. When a door is inserted into a door opening, the plunger of the detent device moves into the retracted position and then returns to the extended position in a detent receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventor: Daryl A. Michael
  • Patent number: 5450633
    Abstract: A toilet seat, more especially for a toilet with an upwardly extending flush cistern on the rearward region thereof, has an upwardly pivotable seat ring, possibly an upwardly pivotable lid, and a back plate portion which is fixedly connected to the seat ring extending therefrom on the side of its pivot axis which is remote from the the seat ring, whereby the back plate portion is pivotable with the seat ring. The spacing in respect of height of the pivot axis of the seat ring from the underside thereof at least substantially corresponds to the spacing between that pivot axis and the rearward end of the back plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventor: Axel Semmler
  • Patent number: 5297313
    Abstract: A pivot hinge assembly to pivot glass structures such as shower doors. The assembly includes a first hinge member having a pivot pin projecting therefrom and secured thereto. The pin is generally cylindrical but contains two opposing flat surfaces. The pin protrudes into a bore in a central block which joins two flat plates which clamp the glass between them. The block has four bores which contain pressure assemblies to press on the flat surfaces of the pivot pin and bias the hinge assembly to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Lalique Hinge Co. Inc.
    Inventor: Gavin Brin
  • Patent number: 5265309
    Abstract: A hinge assembly comprises a pair of continuous extruded channel members, one of which has an axially aligned tubular portion and the other an axially aligned keyway. The members are united by hinge clips having a leg insertable in the keyway and a gudgeon plate having an opening depending from the leg, and a hinge pin which passes through the gudgeon plate opening and the tubular portion. The keyway may be hidden within the other member, which may be transversely slotted to provide an access opening for the leg where this is to be supported intermediate the axial ends of the member. Similarly the tubular member may be transversely slotted to provide an access opening for the gudgeon plate. The other member may include one or more axially aligned extensions which form a labyrinth seal with the one member, making the hinge assembly particularly suited for use in shower doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Waterline Products Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Fred J. Oille
  • Patent number: 5199218
    Abstract: A hinge for mounting a wooden gate to a wooden fence post. This hinge features a protected pivot point so as to minimize deterioration of the pivot point by weathering, lips that coact with the fence post so as to counter act gate sagging over time and thus maintain the gate in a square orientation and a design that limits the gate opening or swing to one direction only. The hinge is comprised of a non-moving stirrup member mounted in a notch cut into the fence post and a moving stirrup member that is attached to the gate. The pivot pin of the hinge is mounted within a notch in the fence post so that it is protected from the elements. The notch in the fence post also supports the non-moving stirrup member of the hinge so as to minimize gate sagging. The simplicity of the hinge design provides a gate hinge that is inexpensive to manufacture and simple to assemble and install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Donald E. McQuade
  • Patent number: 5172452
    Abstract: A hinge for use with a fire door has a blade in which there are formed a number of screw holes and a larger opening. The larger opening is filled with an intumescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Jebron Limited
    Inventor: Peter E. Brown
  • Patent number: 5111550
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hinged fluid passage assembly having seal members which allow fluid to flow from a first component to a second component hinged thereto through a passage between seal members extending from the components and the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: George F. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 5079798
    Abstract: The improved glass hinge assembly includes a first hinge component in the form of a glass clamp having a spaced pair of flat, parallel vertical walls interconnected by a connector block therebetween, the walls and connector block defining a peripheral glass-receiving space. The block is notched out in the rear so as to receive a pivot block connected to and projecting forwardly from the front end of a second hinge component of the assembly, which second component can be a glass clamp similar to the first glass clamp or a flat wall bracket disposed perpendicular to the pivot block. A hinge sub-assembly interconnects the two hinge components through the connector block of the first hinge component and the pivot block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventors: Anthony Burke, Richard Dawson
  • Patent number: 5075928
    Abstract: A concealable architectural hinge assembly has a mounting bracket with a U-shaped body which seats within a recess in the door jamb and a pair of flanges at its outer ends which extend along a face of the jamb. The mounting portion of one hinge leaf is secured to the bracket base wall and its knuckle portion is along its side edge in the direction of door opening movement, and it extends angularly outwardly to provide an offset barrel portion. The second hinge leaf has a generally U-shaped body with its mounting portion disposed against the edge of the door. It has a displacement or center portion which extends toward the other side edge of the first hinge leaf, and its arm portion extends substantially parallel to its mounting portion. The knuckle portion of the second leaf extends angularly from the plane of the arm position to provide an offset barrel portion aligned with that of the first leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: Louis G. Bobrowski
  • Patent number: 5056194
    Abstract: A hinge for use in serving carts to secure a pivotable door to the housing of the cart has a first pintle mounted in lugs provided in one vertical marginal portion of a sidewall forming part of the housing of a cart, a second pintle mounted in lugs extending from one vertical marginal portion of the door, and leaves which have holes or bores for both pintles and alternate with the lugs. At least one of the pintles is non-rotatably connected to the respective lugs or to the leaves. If the second pintle is non-rotatably connected to the leaves, it is pivotable with the leaves between a closed position and a position in whichis it coplanar with the sidewall carrying the first pintle, thereupon with the leaves to a position at right angles to and outwardly adjacent the sidewall, and thereafter to a fully open position which it reaches by pivoting about the axis of the second pintle and relative to the leaves. The sidewall and the door shield the leaves and the pintles in each position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Romay AG
    Inventor: Thomas Huber
  • Patent number: 5044044
    Abstract: A hinged structure comprises a forward body and a rear body each having a surface face and a channel. A first hinge link and a second hinge link are employed to pivotably and slideably connect the forward body and the rear body and to provide movement of the bodies between an open position and a closed position. The first hinge link has a fixed end pivotably affixed to the forward body and a sliding end pivotably and slideably affixed to the rear body. The second hinge link has a fixed end pivotably affixed to the rear body and a sliding end pivotably and slideably affixed to the forward body. The sliding ends of the hinge links are pivotably and slideably affixed to their respective bodies by a pin engaging a hinge slide fitted within the channel of the respective body. Means can be used to secure the rear body to the forward body when the hinge is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Gen-Fold Corporation
    Inventors: John L. Young, David B. Burns, Joseph Mastroianni
  • Patent number: 5031274
    Abstract: A floor door lock for restricting movement of a pivotal or sliding door relative to a floor, which inserts a lock pin into a pin-receiving opening in the floor. The door carriers an adapter fixed to its bottom side, the adapter having a chamber (42) therein, a pivotal arm (44) pivotally connected to the housing within the chamber, the lock pin connected to the bottom of the pivotal arm, and blocking means (46) for bearing against the arm (44) to retain the lock pin in the door-locking position in the receiving opening in the floor. The adapter arrangement also allows the door to be converted from a sliding door to a pivotal door, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Dorma - Glas Gesellschaft fuer Glastuer
    Inventor: Peter Eutebach
  • Patent number: 5027474
    Abstract: A concealed self-closing hinge for mounting a door for swinging on a fixed frame. The door member of the hinge includes a cup which is concealed within a pocket formed in the inner side of the door. A durable plastic cam on the arm of the frame member of the hinge receives a hinge pin which is disposed in slots in the cup. A leaf spring is supported by the base of the cup and is bowed around a bridge to bear against and ride on the cam to effect the self-closing action and also to hold the hinge pin assembled in the slots in the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Amerock Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Bowers
  • Patent number: 4993109
    Abstract: A three-position hinge, for mounting a leaf portion to a center portion of a folding table so as to be pivotable between upward, horizontal, and downward positions closely spaced to the center portion, includes a first mounting plate secured to one horizontal surface of the center portion, a recess formed adjacent the first mounting plate recessed into the center portion, a first pivot member integral with the first mounting plate having a pivot pin positioned in the recess, a second mounting plate secured to the leaf portion, and a second pivot member integral with the second mounting plate and provided with a pivot sleeve which is coaxially mounted on the pivot pin. The pivot axis of the pivot pin is positioned equidistant from the upper and lower plane surface and the lateral edge of the center portion in order to maintain the close spacing in the three positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Kenneth V. Stevens
  • Patent number: 4979264
    Abstract: A concealed hinge for switching boxes which is unhingeable, the hinge having a first and second hinge part. The first hinge part having a bearing eye attached to an inside of a door leaf. The second hinge part surrounds the first hinge part in the shape of a U and is connectable to a vertical frame member of the box. The second hinge part has two bearing eyes on ends of a U-shaped member. The hinge parts are connected by a bearing bolt arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 4977642
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door, especially an all glass door, with a bearing recess provided which extends perpendicularly to a vertical edge of the door. The bearing recess has a side opening for the insertion of pivot pin at the end which is closest to the vertical edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Casma S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Marinoni
  • Patent number: 4956940
    Abstract: An improved bottom offset door pivot is disclosed which comprises an elongated threshold and a door pivot body. The threshold has a keyway formed therein in a direction generally parallel to the axis of elongation of the threshold. The door pivot body has a pivot spindle projecting upwardly therefrom for pivotably mounting a lower portion of a door to the pivot body. The pivot body further has a hook formed thereon configured to mechanically hook into the keyway in the threshold. A flange formed on the lower surface of the pivot body engages a groove formed in the upper surface of the threshold. The flange is disposed relative to the pivot spindle such that when the flange engages the keyway, the pivot spindle is properly offset with respect to the threshold. In the disclosed embodiment, when the lateral edge of the pivot body abuts the vertical door jamb, the pivot spindle is properly offset with respect to the doorjamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Assignee: Kawneer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles P. Touton, III
  • Patent number: 4930184
    Abstract: A hinge assembly means for connecting a float to a base includes a male member means connected to one of the base and the float having a cylindrical outwardly extending boss and a female member means connected to the other of the base and the float having a cylindrical, inwardly-extending recess. A resilient, rubber-like bearing sleeve means encircles and engages the outer circumference of the boss and is of a thickness to fit between the boss and the recess to rotatably attach the recess about the outer circumference of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Donald J. Kristmanson
  • Patent number: 4928350
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hinge construction of two mounting plates and a substantially U-shaped center link which connects the axes of pivot of the two plates. The link and plates contain stop mechanisms which determine their respective limits of pivot. In addition, the hinge contains a means for restraining the rotation of only one of the mounting plates around its corresponding link arm to insure a pattern of motion that is always consistent, and allows for the hinge to be mounted with a very narrow gap between the members being joined. The hinge of the present invention can be variably constructed to conform to a number of alternative uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: James C. Morgan
  • Patent number: 4875252
    Abstract: A self-closing invisible hinge for returning a door to its closed position rom its open position including a self-closing structure in which the closing force can be selectively adjusted externally at the hinge and in which the self-closing structure is compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignee: Universal Industrial Products., a Division of Core Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Falconer, James C. Sneddon
  • Patent number: 4873745
    Abstract: A concealed hinge for switching boxes which is unhingeable, the hinge having a first and second hinge part. The first hinge part having a bearing eye attached to an inside of a door leaf. The second hinge part surrounds the first hinge part in the shape of a U and is connectable to a vertical frame member of the box. The second hinge part has two bearing eyes on ends of a U-shaped member. The hinge parts are connected by a bearing bolt arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 4821374
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is disclosed which is particularly well suited for vehicle accessory application such as for vehicle sun visors for example. A hinge assembly according to the present invention includes a rod member interconnected with the vehicle interior or other fixed member. A generally hollow elongated sleeve member is interconnected with a movable member and is adapted for longitudinally receiving the rod member for relative rotation therewithin. A resilient biasing member, which is preferably a leaf-type spring, is received within the sleeve member for resiliently biasing the rod member laterally against the interior surface of the sleeve member in order to provide a frictional relative rotational engagement between the rod member and the sleeve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Irvin Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Gavagan
  • Patent number: 4765024
    Abstract: A recessed hinge wherein a socket is installed in the pivotable door of a piece of furniture and an arm is attached to a stationary wall of the piece of furniture. The socket contains a pintle which connects the socket to the arm, and the socket has an open side which is concealable by a closure pivotally connected to the arm by a pin which is parallel to the pintle. The closure overlies the open side of the socket in the closed position of the door, and it arrests the door when the latter reaches its fully open position. Two extensions of the closure extend into the socket and engage abutments in the socket when the door is closed. The closure can be made of an elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Assignee: Oni-Metallwarenfabriken Gunter GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Deppendorf, Manfred Grossmann
  • Patent number: 4758855
    Abstract: There is disclosed a shaft holding structure for holding a metallic shaft embedded at its both ends in an article of resinous material by insert-molding in which at least one end of said metallic shaft extends into a void formed in said resinous material, said void having a sectional area larger than that of said metallic shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Tamamura, Hiroshi Maeno
  • Patent number: 4722179
    Abstract: A hinge for a watchband, bracelet or the like which includes adjacent interconnected elements defining therebetween a cylindrical or a spherical chamber, a cylindrical or spherical housing in the chamber, a pair of connecting studs pivotally connected to each other within the housing and projecting outwarding therefrom through cross-bores, the studs being connected to the links and the cylindrical or spherical housing totally hiding the connection through gaps at top or bottom sides of the links in any position of relative articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventor: Bernard Tesch
  • Patent number: 4692838
    Abstract: A fire panel includes a housing with a rectangular opening and rectangular door covering said opening. The door is attached to the panel with a attaching elements which comprises a pair of tracks spanning the opening, each track having a t-shaped channel, and a pair of truss-headed screws attached to the door. The heads of the screws slide in the channels in the tracks permitting the door to be slid from one side of the opening to the other without detaching the door from the housing. The door permits ease of service while meeting Underwriter's Laboratories safety requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Emhart Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Merchant
  • Patent number: 4682429
    Abstract: A trouser press comprising an upright press plate, a press plate pivotally movable with respect thereto, and a clamping means for attaching one press plate to the other press plate. The press plates are mounted in a support frame, which frame comprises free spaces for the mounting of the clamping means, as well as two mutually spaced hinge arms. The hinge arms of the frames are coupled in pairs to a hinge support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Inventor: Cornelis E. G. Okkerse
  • Patent number: 4658473
    Abstract: A concealed hinge between the lid and chest of a freezer has a hook shaped support bracket with a leg and bight. The bracket leg is mounted within one wall of the chest and the bight defines substantially diametrically opposed first and second pivots. A mounting structure is provided to pivotably secure the lid to the first pivot of the support bracket. A fixed point is defined within the lid and a compression spring member is provided between the fixed point and the second pivot of the bracket. The bracket leg is mounted within the chest wall by plastic components which function as a thermal barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Truth Incorporated
    Inventor: Anthony C. Schema
  • Patent number: 4629265
    Abstract: An improved cabinet door mounting arrangement is disclosed, which allows removable mounting of one or more doors on a common hinge pin without requiring removal of the hinge pin from a cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: American Locker Group Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard J. Chester
  • Patent number: 4509229
    Abstract: A concealed hinge assembly for use with doors, hinged plates or the like comprises a mounting plate and a projecting base member connected to the mounting plate. A hinge bracket is screw-connected to said base member adjacent to one end of said hinge bracket and at its other end is so connected to one side of a pot-shaped member that the one end of the hinge bracket enters the pot-shaped member during the closing movement. A slider which is biased by two parallel coiled compression springs is guided in the pot-shaped member in a radial plane and carries a cam, which during the closing movement cooperates with a projection or the like carried by the hinge bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: Arturo Salice, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 4482186
    Abstract: An article of furniture includes frame members, a seat member supported on the frame member, a concealed joint for pivotally coupling two frame members to each other, and an attachment for coupling the seat to the frame members. The two frame members include truncated bores for concealing the joint. The pivotal joint includes a pair of connecting members which are received in the truncated bores in fixed relationship to the frame members. Each connecting member has an opening for receiving a bearing member. A retainer is inserted through the bearing member and engages both connecting members to prevent lateral separation of the frame members. Each connecting member is independently rotatable on the bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Abra Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Gomes
  • Patent number: 4422214
    Abstract: Over-center hinge for a cabinet door, having a supporting-wall-related part which can be fastened to the supporting wall of a cabinet, and a door-related part joined pivotingly to the supporting-wall-related part by a linkage mechanism and constructed as a plug-in cup. In the peripheral wall of the cup a tongue biased toward the interior of the cup by a compression spring is mounted for pivoting over a given angle. On its contour surface projecting slantingly into the interior of the cup a contact surface provided in the area of the linkage end of the supporting-wall-related part, slides during a portion of the opening and closing movement between the hinge closed position and dead center position and urges the door into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1983
    Assignee: Karl Lautenschlager KG
    Inventors: Karl Lautenschlager, Gerhard Lautenschlager
  • Patent number: 4400848
    Abstract: A door hinge for furniture is made up of a box-like part designed to be set within or inset into a recess in a door from its back side, and has a spring-powered or pressed bolt for acting on a cam face at the end of an L-like support arm. The arm is fixed to the body or frame of a piece of furniture so that in one (or two) positions where the cam face has an inwardly offset of cut-out portion, the bolt will be responsible for a detent effect to keep the door in a shut position or in shut and or open positions. The L-like support arm is fixed to the body of the piece of furniture by way of a base or mounting plate having a guiding mounting ledge for cooperating with one leg of the support arm. The one leg portion has a wedging face and is responsible for guiding the support arm parallel to itself for changing the height of the arm. The arm is mounted on the base plate in position for normal use by a metal screw or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Inventor: Alfred Grass
  • Patent number: 4397064
    Abstract: A hinge for pivotally mounting a door leaf on a cabinet with a box-like carcass having one open side, narrowed by a frame formed by strip-like frame members projecting each at right angles from a carcass wall toward an opposite carcass wall. The hinge has a door-leaf-related hinge part fastenable sunkenly in the back of the door leaf and, a frame-related hinge part which is pivotingly coupled by a link mechanism with the door-related hinge part. The frame-related part has a mounting piece fitted and mounted into the frame member recess and a block jointed by the link mechanism to the door-leaf-related hinge part and displaceably disposed in this recess parallel to the front side of the frame and at right angles to the end face of the corresponding frame member. The block is joined to the mounting part by a screw element whose threaded shank is in engagement with a counter-thread in the block and is held in the mounting piece rotatably but undisplaceably in the longitudinal direction of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Assignee: Mepla, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Lautenschlager, Gerhard W. Lautenschlager