Parallel Sections Patents (Class 16/390)
  • Patent number: 10800313
    Abstract: A cargo assist can help a user in loading, unloading, and/or transporting items in a vehicle. The cargo assist can include a cargo assist arm. A cargo carrier can be operatively connected to the cargo assist arm and can be selectively disconnected therefrom. The cargo assist arm can be selectively movable between at least a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the cargo assist arm can be located entirely within a cargo space of the vehicle. At least a portion of the cargo assist arm and at least a portion of the cargo carrier can be received within a recess defined within a first lateral side wall of the cargo space. In the deployed position, the cargo carrier and a portion of the cargo assist arm can extend through an access opening to the cargo space and can be located outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Frederick, Scott P. Robison, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10758038
    Abstract: An article of furniture can include a flipping actuation mechanism. A privacy screen apparatus can also be connectable to the article of furniture. The flipping actuation mechanism and the privacy screen apparatus can each be configured to facilitate flipping and stacking or nesting of tables or other types of articles of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Pavel Ruzicka, Mark P. Scafini
  • Patent number: 10703055
    Abstract: A clamping system for securing a composite charge in position relative to a forming mandrel includes an upstream hinge clamp and a downstream hinge clamp for clamping opposing ends of the composite charge in respective position relative to a mandrel upstream end and a mandrel downstream end during forming of the composite charge onto the forming mandrel. Each one of the hinge clamps is configured to fold a corresponding end of the composite charge from a generally approximately flat configuration to an angled configuration during forming of the composite charge onto the forming mandrel. At least one of the hinge axes is oriented approximately parallel to a folding axis located proximate an intersection of a mandrel top portion with at least one of opposing mandrel side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: The Boeing Company, Applus Servicios Tecnologicos
    Inventors: Brian G. Robins, Derek Willis, Jordi Brufau Redondo, Maria Clemencia Corzo Rueda
  • Patent number: 10519670
    Abstract: A gutter fastening system for a building allows a downspout extension to be selectively attached to an elbow joint of a downspout. A plurality of mounting members that can be screws are screwed through the downspout and/or the downspout extension. A flexible elastic piece that serves as a linkage member is then placed on a first portion of the screws and secures the downspout extension to the downspout. The elastic piece is selectively removable from the downspout and the downspout extension allowing the downspout extension to be removed from the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Wade Hennings
  • Patent number: 9038244
    Abstract: A hinge for transport cases, trunks, suitcases and the like, comprising two elements which are mutually articulated about a common axis and are both able to rotate with respect to the common axis. Each element is delimited by two parallel walls and has a total width that is equal to the width of the channel delimited between the stiffening ribs of the transport case, suitcase or trunk on which it will be installed. Each element is associable with the stiffening ribs of the respective transport case, once it is inserted between the ribs, without requiring any mechanical machining of the surfaces of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: G.T. LINE-S.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimo Tonelli, Alessio Concettoni
  • Patent number: 8938858
    Abstract: A sandwich mechanism is disclosed that has to opposing members that form a pocket into which material such as downspout sheet metal can be inserted. The opposing members clamp onto the downspout and can be secured into place using a screw that passes through the opposing members and the inserted downspout. Two sandwich mechanisms may be coupled together using a brace or a hinged member. The hinged member will permit a user to independently articulate the coupled pieces of downspout or downspout extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Lance D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8935830
    Abstract: A downspout hinge system where a plurality of downspout hinges are used as a one-size-fits-all solution for downspouts of a variety of sizes. The system of hinges utilize a first downspout hinge and a second downspout hinge coupling a downspout to a downspout extension. The downspout hinges are coupled to opposing surfaces of the downspout, including opposing sides of the same horizontal surface. Alternatively the downspout hinge may be coupled to opposing lateral sides of a downspout. Alternatively a downspout hinge may couple to more than one surface of the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Lance D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8887356
    Abstract: A hinge is disclosed that can allow a downspout extension to rotate from a horizontal position to a vertical position to allow people to easily access these areas about the downspout extension. In some instances, the hinge includes a first plate positioned on the inner wall surface of a downspout and a second plate positioned on an opposing outer wall surface of the downspout. The first and the second plates can be substantially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lance D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8806716
    Abstract: A quick assembly hinge for joining first and second panels. The hinge comprises a first wing portion securable to the first panel, a second wing portion securable to the second panel, a pin mounted to the first wing portion and a hook mounted to the second wing portion. The pin is generally parallel to the first panel when the first wing portion is secured thereto. When the second wing portion is secured to the second panel, the opening of the hook bowl is directed downwardly toward the bottom surface of the second panel. With the panels generally co-planar and their respective edges adjacent to one another the hook is receivable over at least a portion of the pin. As the first panel is rotated upwardly to form a generally a right angle with the second panel the pin is rotatable within the hook bowl preventing the lateral and vertical displacement of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rhinokore Composites Manufacturing Partnership
    Inventors: Troy Ducharme, Blake Ducharme
  • Patent number: 8572829
    Abstract: An apparatus and respective method for replacing a damaged center console hinge system. Initially, a portion of each of the original hinges is removed, leaving a portion of each base to form a respective registration section. A first hinge replacement member is placed over the first registration OEM hinge section. The first replacement hinge pin is inserted into a hinge receptacle of the OEM armrest cover. A pin of a second replacement hinge member is subsequently inserted into the opposing hinge hole in the OEM armrest cover and the replacement member is placed over the second registration OEM hinge section. Threaded fasteners, adhesive, or any other mechanical fastener are then used to secure the replacement hinge assembly to the center console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Rodriguez
  • 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: 7665187
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus includes a first hinge section with a pair of oppositely positioned flange sections connected to the first hinge section. A second hinge section is provided with a pair of oppositely positioned flange sections connected to the second hinge section and a hinge device moveably connects the first hinge section and the second hinge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: James E. Elowsky
  • Patent number: 7484771
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket is provided with profiled parts (2, 3), a hinge (4) between the profiled parts (2, 3) and with a duct (7, 8) for accommodating media lines (9). The duct (7, 8) is formed of a flexible material. A fastening device (5, 6) for the duct (7, 8) is present on the top side and/or the underside of the profiled parts (2, 3) in such a way that it can be guided over the hinge (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Dräger Medical AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rainer Haehner, Axel Mummert
  • Patent number: 6836933
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door hinge with a hinge axis includes a first hinge part and a second hinge part. The first hinge part has a first arm and a second arm axially spaced from the first arm with the hinge axis passing through the first arm and the second arm. The second hinge part includes a continuous strip of material having a first end, a second end, and a bent section between the first end and second end. The bent section is disposed between the first arm and second arm about the hinge axis. The first end has a first section and the second end has a second section. The first section and second section are parallel and fixed relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: EDSCHA North America
    Inventors: Wojciech Janczak, Craig Spalding, Jonathan Smith
  • Publication number: 20040231106
    Abstract: A butt hinge having a pair of hingedly interconnected hinge arms for mounting a gate to a post in which each of the hinge arms is substantially U-shaped so that each arm can be secured to three faces of the gate or post lumber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Paul B. Shire
  • Patent number: 6718595
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for garage doors with relatively loose tolerance for the leaf assemblies and the central supporting member. A sleeve is rotably mounted over the supporting member and a folded portion of the leaf assembly journals the sleeve for a substantially frictionless linkage. The sleeve is made of a self-lubricating plastic material to reduce noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Allen Berger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6648398
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coupling a vehicle body panel partition for pivotal movement between an upright and a retracted position. A mounting includes hinge sets formed from two hinge leafs, each hinge leaf being used to retain one of the alternate ends of the torsion rod pin extending through aligned pivot portions on each pin leaf. Preferably, each hinge set is integrally formed with the torsion pin by retainers holding ends of the torsion pin with respect to each of the leafs. In the preferred embodiment, a return bent end of the torsion pin is received in an extended support member while the other end is retained in a returned bent portion of the second leaf, each end extending in a radial direction aligned at an angle to the direction of the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: M&C Corporation
    Inventor: Michael John Duffy
  • Patent number: 6619723
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coupling a vehicle body panel partition for pivotal movement between an upright and a retracted position. A mounting includes hinge sets formed from two hinge leafs, a hinge leaf being used to retain one of the ends of the torsion rod pin extending through aligned pivot portions on each hinge set. Preferably, each hinge set is integrally formed with the torsion pin by retainers holding ends of the torsion pin with respect to one leaf of each of the hinge sets. In the preferred embodiment, a return bent end of a common torsion pin is received in a first leaf of one of at least two hinge sets, while the other end of the rod is bent and retained in a second leaf of a second hinge set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: M & C Corporation
    Inventor: Michael John Duffy
  • Patent number: 6269520
    Abstract: A hinged bracket assembly comprising two elongated brackets one of which is placed inside the other with the same orientation and the two brackets being pivotally attached together on one end of the assembly. A table having a plurality of benches attached thereto comprises a plurality of the hinged bracket assemblies attached to the frame of the table and each of the benches is attached to one of the bracket assemblies to enable each bench to be rotated close to the table or away from the table in order to provide wheelchair access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: George Kovalchek
  • Patent number: 6039419
    Abstract: A preassembled, foldable entertainment stand for a computer printer and the like is disclosed having a folded and erect configuration wherein a vertical back panel pivotally carries a plurality of vertical shelf panels. The shelf panels fold upwardly to a generally vertically position disposed near the front surface of the back panel while a top shelf panel folds upwardly to overlay the rear surface of the back panel. A pair of side panels are pivotally carried by the back panel. Panel hinges with displaced pivots secure the top panel and the side panels to the back panel so that the top panel lies flush against the back panel and the side panels fold generally flat over the shelf panels when the stand is folded for a compact folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Decolam, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Brown, Marion O. Fogle, Thomas F. Salley
  • Patent number: 5890339
    Abstract: A pitch break connector is provided. The pitch break connector has an outside and inside rigid member. Each member has a first generally U-shaped channel defined by a spine member between first and second legs. Each member has a first and a second pivot end portion. A hinge pivotally connects the inside and outside members through the pivot end portions in a generally longitudinally opposing position. In this configuration, the first and second end portions of the inside member can be pivotally accepted into a cavity defined by the generally U-shaped channel of the outside member when the members are pivoted about the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Alpine Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Willis
  • Patent number: 5890782
    Abstract: A student carrel construction system including a pair of hinge members each being flexible along the longitudinal axis thereof and having a first and second board receiving slot on either side of the longitudinal axis thereof, each of the board receiving slots being defined by a pair of sidewalls that are coated with an adhesive and covered with a peel off cover member; and at least three desk clips, each of the desk clips including a first surface, coated with an adhesive and covered by a peel off cover member, a desk top contact ledge extending perpendicularly from one end of the first surface, a curved portion curving under and past the one end of the first surface, and a desk bottom contact ledge extending in a direction substantially parallel to the desk top contact ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Virginia Ann Alberts
  • Patent number: 5595426
    Abstract: A locker door retrofit assembly is disclosed which is adapted for replacing door assemblies on metallic or other lockers with a plastic door assembly. The locker door retrofit assembly may include a plastic jamb hinge that covers the existing hinge and a plastic jamb lock that receives a plastic door assembly when in a closed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Compression Polymers Group
    Inventors: John C. Wolff, Scott R. Gardner, Delbert P. Keisling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5588181
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a strip shaped like a lower case h which attaches to a supporting surface and a generally U-shaped clamping member. The end of one of the legs of the clamping member attaches to the end of the top leg of the h. This attachment location forms the point of rotation of the hinge. The U-shaped strip has ribs down the inner sides of the legs. Along the base of the legs of the U, there are holes. To install, a sheet of glass is place in the slot formed by the legs of the U. A threaded screw is inserted through the holes in the first leg of the U. When the threads of the screw reach the hole on the opposed side, they engage the threads there. The screw is turned until the head of the screw reaches the base of the hole in the first side of the U. As turning continues, the screw begins pressing the legs of the U together. This presses the ribs firmly again the glass, thereby providing a firm hold on the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Michael R. Sutton
  • Patent number: 5426822
    Abstract: A hinge structure having a leaf having knuckles so formed that leaves having two identical such knuckle structures can be joined together to form a hinge, rather than requiring knuckle structures that are not identical. The hinge structure can have plates to hold beams in alignment to form a structure that is initially pivotal but, with the addition of other beams or structures, can be rigid and with the beams at any desired angle relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventor: Richard L. Weir
  • Patent number: 5370254
    Abstract: Hinge and latching mechanism for containers having a cover and a base includes a latch which, at its upper portion, is shaped to hook over a strike integrally disposed on the cover. The lower portion of the latch rotates about a pin located between a pair of feet which are provided with hooks to engage a flange extending from a lip on the base. The hinge includes a body and two legs and the former is also shaped to securely engage a second strike also located on the cover. Each leg has a foot which is also hooked to engage the flange of the base. To further secure the hinge and latch, each hook is fastened together and to the container. This structure ensures that hinge and latching mechanism are especially adapted for heavy duty applications while still being light in weight and small in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Hardigg Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Hardigg, George R. Havrilla, Stanley W. Lewandowski, Jr.
  • 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: 5243737
    Abstract: There is described an improved hinge including first and second spaced apart tangs, an aperture formed through each of the two tangs to be in axial alignment with one another, and a third tang disposed between the first and second tangs. A resilient grommet is supported by and extends axially through the third tang, spacing it from the first and second tangs. The grommet has a cylindrical aperture formed therethrough for axial alignment with the apertures formed through each of the first and second tangs. A hinge pin is inserted through the aperture in the first and second tangs and the cylindrical aperture through the grommet, thereby interconnecting the first, second and third tangs in hinged relationship about the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Innovation & Development Partners Inc./IDP Inc.
    Inventor: Markus Dainat
  • Patent number: 5210888
    Abstract: A cot--tent includes bedding and a tent for covering the bedding. The tent and bedding are supported on a frame which includes a pair of hollow tubular legs, an upright U-shaped tent support, and a pair of hinge members. The tent support and legs are pivotally attached to the hinge members. Each hinge member comprises a pair of interconnected opposing panel portions. Support plugs are inserted in the ends of the tubular legs to strengthen the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: Michael A. Canfield
  • 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: 5067200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge suitable for use in cabinets with inset doors. The hinge can be installed and adjusted on the door at the installation site. The hinge, is fully adjustable and will compensate for a cabinet and door distortion. The hinge has hinge wings which are concealed when the door is in the closed position. The hinge which employs a split cabinet wing into which the door wing folds on closing. Having the wings so configured results in reduced separation between the door and the mounting surface on which it is mounted.The hinge is suitable for a door closure unit wherein the dual catches are employed in the vicinity of the corners into which the door swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventors: Norman L. Stowell, Brian D. Stowell, Gregory T. Stowell
  • 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: 4984333
    Abstract: A separable hinge connection comprising a leaf member and a pin means, the leaf member has a first hooked end which with a bridge overlying a body part of the leaf member couples the leaf member to the door and permits predetermined limited movement between the leaf member and the bridge and a second hooked end for releasable engagement with a hinge pin of the pin means, first and second stops on the pin means respectively limit rotational movement of the door and prevent vertical movement of the door for all but the final portion of the door opening movement, first and second restraining means respectively prevent and restrain the second hooked end from disengagement from the hinge pin, the second restraining means has a height above which said leaf member can be raised when the door is in said last portion of the door opening movement thereby allowing the leaf member to pass over the said second restraining means to uncouple the leaf member from the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Inventor: Ladislav S. Karpisek
  • Patent number: 4864688
    Abstract: A hinge structure includes two sections, each of which incorporates a flange structure attached to a cylindrical pin holding part. The pin is secured in one of the cylindrical parts and the other cylindrical part removably receives the pin. The flange structures for attaching the hinge to a door and to a door jamb include parts of L-shaped cross section extending tangentially from the cylindrical parts with the attaching flanges either forming part of the outboard section or forming part of an additional L-shaped part attached to the outboard edges of the first L-shaped parts. One embodiment includes an additional bend for attachment to a grooved or notched door jamb. Another embodiment includes an elongated rod with eyebolts affixed in grooves near its ends for attachment to a jamb and having flanges located adjacent the eyebolts for attachment to the door. This embodiment leaves the decorated rod exposed along the height of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Mary E. Gerber
  • Patent number: 4745657
    Abstract: A hinged support bracket for a drain trough is disclosed having a harness member which nests above a bracket member. Both harness and bracket members are joined by a hinge mechanism at their forward extremities, thereby permitting the harness member, containing the drain trough, to be forwardly rotated at least 180 degrees of circular arc, causing inversion of the trough and the discharge of any debris contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: Lloyd H. Faye
  • Patent number: 4675942
    Abstract: A hinge pin support for wooden beams having two members which when mounted on opposite sides of a wooden beam can support a hinge pin between them, and which are attached to the beam by a plurality of nail like projections which are formed integrally with each member. The member may also include interengaging projections and grooves for locating the members relative to each other to ensure that the hinge pin support means of the members can be correctly aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Les Maisons Quebco Inc.
    Inventor: Romeo Julien, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4671731
    Abstract: A portable hoist is provided for lifting, transporting, and depositing loads onto a platform, such as a work bench, or into a vehicle, such as a pick-up truck. The portable hoist comprises a mounting for attachment to the a wall of a vehicle or a work bench, an upright support structure connected to the mounting by a hinge connection which allows for swinging movement of the support structure about its vertical axis, and a boom pivotally secured at one end to the upper end of the support structure such that the free end of the boom can be raised and lowered. A hydraulic operator acting between the support structure and the boom serves to raise and lower the boom. A sheave is carried at the free end of the boom and a hoist line connected to the support structure loops over the sheave and carries a hook assembly for attachment to the load to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Burton C. Harlan
  • Patent number: 4656691
    Abstract: An improved hinge for supporting a door on a door jamb wherein the jamb leaf of the hinge is provided with an extended part having a buck pin that is offset from that part of the leaf aligned with a door edge so that the pin is insertable in an aperture provided in the strongest part of the wall behind the door jamb. The jamb leaf is secured to the door jamb by screws located at the extended part of the leaf, i.e., outside the area covered by a closed door, and a protective cover is provided to prevent access to the screws after the leaf is secured to the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Inventor: Mark L. Allen
  • Patent number: 4631634
    Abstract: A circuit breaker panelboard modular assembly employs a plurality of interdependent molded plastic and metal parts to multifunctionally adapt breakers of different ratings for electrical connection within the panelboard enclosure. Anti-turn connector connects the line strap terminal. Captive bolts or plug-in connections are employed to attach the breakers to the power bus. A novel concealed hinge construction is used to connect the panelboard door to the panelboard housing and the breakers are individually identified within the housing by extruded plastic circuit markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rodney D. Raabe, Joseph J. Mrowka, Jon P. McCuin, Joseph F. Noonan
  • Patent number: 4557097
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tetrahedral beam that can be compactly stowed, sequentially deployed, and widely manipulated to provide a structurally sound yet highly maneuverable truss structure. The present beam is comprised of a plurality of repeating units comprised of tandem tetrahedra sharing common sides. Tetrahedra are comprised of fixed length battens 12 joined by joint 14 into equilateral triangles called batten frames. Apexes of adjacent triangles are interconnected by longerons 16 having mid-point folding hinges 20. Joints 14 are comprised of gussets 24,34 pivotably connected by links 25. Joints 14 permit two independent degrees of rotational freedom between joined adjacent batten frames, and provide a stable structure throughout all stages of beam deployment, from packaged configuration to complete deployment. The longerons and joints can be actuated in any sequence, independently of one another. The present beam is well suited to remote actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Martin M. Mikulas, Jr., Robert F. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4554706
    Abstract: A hinge mounting plate suitable for fastening to a furniture frame is U-shaped and is laterally slideable onto the furniture frame. A distance compensating plate is provided at one of the two parallel side flanges of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Assignee: Julius Blum Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Erich Rock, Helmut Rupprechter
  • Patent number: 4485544
    Abstract: The manufacture of two hingedly connected components of a toggle latch by simultaneously press-forming two strips of metal feeding into a multi-phased die wherein the last operation comprises the folding of lugs on a component about an end portion of the other component so that oppositely projecting bosses on that end portion becomes homed in openings in the respective lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Inventor: Henricus J. Van Ryswyk
  • Patent number: 4439888
    Abstract: A door and a substantially concealed hinge are provided, particularly for cabinets. The hinge is designed to be substantially hidden in a wedge-shaped recess in a hinge edge of the door. The recess can be made by a single pass of a cutting tool relative to the door or vice versa. The hinge includes a first hinge wing and a second hinge wing connected by a knuckle. The first hinge wing has a first portion extending outwardly from the knuckle in a generally radial direction and a second portion structurally integral with the first portion, extending at an angle relative to the first portion, and having openings for mounting the first hinge wing on the door frame. The second hinge wing has a third portion extending generally radially-outwardly from the knuckle at a narrow, included angle relative to the plane of the door and to the second hinge portion when the hinge is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Merillat Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Orville D. Merillat
  • Patent number: 4366598
    Abstract: A hinge structure for pivotally connecting a hood or bonnet of an automobile to the automobile for selectively opening and closing an automobile engine compartment of a front body structure of the automobile including a first hinge bracket having one end portion rigidly secured to a stiffening plate which is in turn secured to the hood, and a second hinge bracket having one end portion rigidly secured to a radiator shroud which is in turn secured to the front body structure. The other end portions of the respective first and second hinge brackets are pivotally connected by means of a hinge pin. Each of the first and second hinge brackets is of generally a U-shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayathugu Harasaki, Nobuaki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 4316236
    Abstract: A mounting structure for boards that can be equipped with electronic devices has structurally identical, adjacent frames, which are linked to each other on right angle lugs and can be flipped open like the pages of a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ernst-Friedrich Lechner, Otto Meusel, Meinhardt Muller