With Antifriction Means Patents (Class 16/87.8)
  • Patent number: 11297966
    Abstract: Certain embodiments describe a privacy or cubicle curtain system and a carrier utilized by the system. For example, certain embodiments can be directed to a breakaway carrier. The breakaway carrier can include a first holder comprising one or more first legs and/or a second holder comprising one or more second legs. The breakaway carrier can include a central leg located between the first holder and second holder. The breakaway carrier can include a chain having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is located in the first holder and the second end is located in the second holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: EMEH, INC.
    Inventor: Alberto Alonso
  • Patent number: 9702186
    Abstract: A stacking panel covering for an architectural opening includes a headrail and a plurality of suspended from the headrail. The panels form an overlapped stack at one end of the headrail when the stacking panel covering is opened, and cover the architectural opening when the stacking panel covering is closed. The panels are piggybacked on those adjacent thereto, so that they stack, one behind the next, when the stacking panel covering is opened, and so that each pulls the next adjacent thereto as the stacking panel covering is being closed. The panels themselves may be planar, or convexly curved in a horizontal direction and substantially straight in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 9410317
    Abstract: The invention provides lattice-configured panel fixtures that include a plurality of rods joined together in a predetermined pattern, articles for supporting the panel fixtures from a support structure, and automated systems and methods for manufacturing the panel fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Arktura LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kilian, Kevin Kane, Chris Kabatsi
  • Publication number: 20140026359
    Abstract: Example trolleys and hangers for washdown curtains are disclosed herein. An example trolley disclosed herein includes features that simplify manufacturing and promote liquid runoff to avoid bacterial growth. Some example trolleys comprise U-bolts, shoulder screws and acorn nuts. In some examples, a frame of the trolley has a nestable V-shape profile that makes the frame readily blanked and formed from sheet metal with minimal waste. In some examples, an example trolley disclosed herein has a pair of rollers that are horizontally offset to a point from which the curtain hangs so that the weight of the curtain tilts the trolley to promote liquid runoff from the trolley's frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Borgerding, Timothy J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8533910
    Abstract: The present application discloses means for vertically mounting curtains for easy traverse utilizing an easily mountable bendable track for providing an adjustable path for traverse and flexible carriers which are readily affixable to the bendable track at any point in its length and traverse the bendable track under the load of a supported curtain with a minimum of noise. It discloses a bendable track with both a top and a bottom rib, each of which has a horizontal ledge and a curved profile extending from each ledge away from the main body of the rail and a roller free carrier which can be elastically expanded to snap over the lower horizontal ledge of the track. It further discloses that the surface of the horizontal ledge as well as the ends of the carrier are made of materials having a low coefficient of sliding friction such as exhibited by ABS, nylon, PVC and polyacetal and that the ends of the carrier have a surface with an arcuate surface which is adapted to ride on the lower horizontal ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: In Pro Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew G. Bennett, Roger W. Lehrkamp
  • Patent number: 8505163
    Abstract: The hook device contains a base, at least a first wheel, a second wheel, a third wheel, and at least an elastic hook element. The base has a first wall and, extending respectively from two lateral edges of the first wall, a second wall and a third wall. The wheels are positioned on the walls, respectively. Along the edge between the first and second walls, an extension piece with a curved outer edge is extended for the configuration of the elastic hook element. The wheels are embedded in a first, second, and third grooves of a column, respectively. The base's three wheels, together with the corresponding configurations of separate grooves, enable the base to be reliably mounted on and moved along the column. The elastic hook element, with its elastic and buffering mechanism, provides multi-stage buffering and thereby is capable of withstanding a significant degree of wind impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Ruei-Hsing Lin
  • Publication number: 20120144625
    Abstract: The hook device contains a base, at least a first wheel, a second wheel, a third wheel, and at least an elastic hook element. The base has a first wall and, extending respectively from two lateral edges of the first wall, a second wall and a third wall. The wheels are positioned on the walls, respectively. Along the edge between the first and second walls, an extension piece with a curved outer edge is extended for the configuration of the elastic hook element. The wheels are embedded in a first, second, and third grooves of a column, respectively. The base's three wheels, together with the corresponding configurations of separate grooves, enable the base to be reliably mounted on and moved along the column. The elastic hook element, with its elastic and buffering mechanism, provides multi-stage buffering and thereby is capable of withstanding a significant degree of wind impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: RUEI-HSING LIN
  • Publication number: 20120011681
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive carriage (1) for a sliding curtain (R), including: a first carriage portion (20) known as the front carriage, which can move along a rail by means of at least one load wheel (25, 26) mounted to said first carriage portion and rotating about an axis of rotation (Y20, Y?20); and a second carriage portion (21) known as the back carriage, which can move along the rail (10). The carriage (1) also includes at least two independent hinge means (20d, 22) for connecting a component (21, 25) of the carriage with respect to a rigid body (20a) of the first portion of the carriage (20). The first and second portions of the carriage (20, 21) are connected by a hinge (22). The invention further includes means (21b, 21b?, 21c?, 22b) which allow the hinge (22) to be mounted in at least two positions with respect to one (21) of the first and second portions (20, 21) of the drive carriage (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Rich Scharf, Scot Cochran
  • Patent number: 7788769
    Abstract: A drapery carrier comprising a carrier body with first and second coaxially joined wheels on opposite sides of the carrier body, and bearings entrapped within the drapery carrier between raceway seat portions of the wheels. An axial finger extends from the first wheel and is engagingly held within an axial bore of the second wheel. Respective outer circumferential wheel surfaces of the first and second wheels define first and second wheel outer diameters of the first and second wheels, and the bearing center-to-center orbit diameter is less than the first and second wheel outer diameters. Three embodiments of a carrier strip hold a plurality of the drapery carriers prior to and during insertion within a drapery track, and permit easy insertion of the drapery carriers into the track by sliding the track onto the drapery carriers while they are held by the carrier strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Joe D. Wicker, Yu-Ting Kao
  • Patent number: 7757347
    Abstract: A drapery carrier comprising a carrier body with first and second coaxially joined wheels on opposite sides of the carrier body, and bearings entrapped within the drapery carrier between raceway seat portions of the wheels. An axial finger extends from the first wheel and is engagingly held within an axial bore of the second wheel. Respective outer circumferential wheel surfaces of the first and second wheels define first and second wheel outer diameters of the first and second wheels, and the bearing center-to-center orbit diameter is less than the first and second wheel outer diameters. Two embodiments of a carrier strip hold a plurality of the drapery carriers prior to and during insertion within a drapery track, and permit easy insertion of the drapery carriers into the track by sliding the track onto the drapery carriers while they are held by the carrier strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Joe D. Wicker
  • Patent number: 7653966
    Abstract: A sliding rail assembly (20) for a sliding panel (22), movable along a track (24) between open and closed positions, includes a runner (26) and a glide (28) for sliding engagement along the runner (26). The runner (26) is adapted to extend from the track (24). The glide (28) has an interior surface (64) disposed about the runner (26) and an exterior surface (62) adapted to extend from the sliding panel (22). A layer of polymeric material (48) is secured by an adhesive (90) to either one of the interior surface (64) of the glide (28), the runner (26), or both for facilitating sliding movement of the glide (28) along the runner (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: Don Quinn, Robert C. Martineau, Jeff V. Sawyers
  • Publication number: 20090255086
    Abstract: A drapery carrier comprising a carrier body with first and second coaxially joined wheels on opposite sides of the carrier body, and bearings entrapped within the drapery carrier between raceway seat portions of the wheels. An axial finger extends from the first wheel and is engagingly held within an axial bore of the second wheel. Respective outer circumferential wheel surfaces of the first and second wheels define first and second wheel outer diameters of the first and second wheels, and the bearing center-to-center orbit diameter is less than the first and second wheel outer diameters. Three embodiments of a carrier strip hold a plurality of the drapery carriers prior to and during insertion within a drapery track, and permit easy insertion of the drapery carriers into the track by sliding the track onto the drapery carriers while they are held by the carrier strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Joe D. Wicker, Yu-Ting Kao
  • Patent number: 7137171
    Abstract: A new and useful traverse rod structure, designed to maintain or improve the functionality of a traverse rod, while improving the aesthetics of the traverse rod is provided. The traverse rod is designed to improve the functionality of the rod, while minimizing the risk of damaging the aesthetic features of the traverse rod as the hanging object is manipulated. Still further, the traverse rod is designed with an attractive and aesthetic external appearance. In addition, the traverse rod is designed to be efficient to assemble and operate. In its preferred form, a traverse rod comprises (a) a longitudinally extending tube having an opening extending along the tube, (b) a longitudinally extending track located within the tube, the track comprising a pair of substantially co-planar track sections with a gap therebetween, and (c) one or more moveable carriers each of which is configured to engage a wall covering. Each moveable carrier has a follower extending through the opening in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Exquisite Creations For You, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonja R. Meech, Jesus C. Galindo, Ralph E. Galley, Russell L. Fincher
  • Patent number: 7010830
    Abstract: The invention pertains to the repair of the sliding mechanism of horizontally or laterally sliding glass doors/windows, including shower doors, that are permanently built into a residential or commercial building. Instead of the door/window riding on a metal track using a roller mechanism on a metal rail during the opening and closing process, the door/window rides on strips of either the same or different types of plastic, such as a high density polyethylene plastic, for the same process. Basically plastic is adhered to the current tracking system of the door/window and additional plastic is adhered so a portion of the plastic is under the actual door/window. The door/window slides across the door/window track using the plastic as the main sliding mechanism instead of the rail and roller mechanisms as currently supplied by most door/window manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph William Sirochman
  • Patent number: 7003848
    Abstract: Claimed and disclosed is a fastening device that can fasten itself to a sheet material and at the same time couples itself to an object, comprising a coupling means for slidably coupling the device to a substantially fixed object and an attachment means for attaching the sheet material to the device. The coupling means defines a receiving surface at a first portion, has an extended second portion thereof which is rotatably connected to an attachment means for attaching an object to the device. The coupling means further has a receiving means extending outwardly from the second portion of the coupling means to receive a material. The receiving means having a concavely-shaped first end and an enlarged second end to receive a material. The enlarged second end ensures the material stays securely in the concavely-shaped first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Allure Home Creation Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley Ho
  • Publication number: 20040237253
    Abstract: A device for the sliding and rotating suspension of supported elements (3) of variable dimensions which are constrained between two running profiles (1, 2) to facilitate the sliding motion desired and by a system of adjustable holding profiles (4) and adjustable coupling systems (5, 17, 31, 32) which include rotational and rolling components (9, 12, 14, 19, 20) to facilitate the required sliding and rotation of elements (3) and to variably distribute a variety of loads induced upon the system as required. Required rotation of elements (3) is facilitated by the partial removal of variable lengths of running profiles (35, 36) and by the addition of locking structures (21, 25) and by engaging structures (23, 26), partially comprising the coupling mechanisms (5, 17, 31, 32) to control the availability of rotational motion to the supported elements (3) and to control the availability of horizontal motion as is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Stacey V. Ellison, Ian Clive McPartland, Daniel Nicholas Beattie
  • Patent number: 6698061
    Abstract: Claimed and disclosed is a fastening device that can fasten itself to a sheet material and at the same time couples itself to an object, comprising a coupling means for slidably coupling the device to a substantially fixed object and an attachment means for attaching the sheet material to the device. The coupling means defines a receiving surface at a first portion and has an extended second portion thereof which is rotatably connected to an attachment means for attaching an object to the device. The attachment means comprising two elongated outer members connected by a bridge, a first outer member comprising an extending member on its interior surface and extends toward a corresponding recess disposed on an interior surface of a second elongated outer member. The bridge of the attachment means defines a recess with a sleeve to receive the extended second portion of the coupling means to form the fastening device as claimed and disclosed in the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Stanley Ho
  • Patent number: 6571426
    Abstract: An adjustable hanging rod comprising a main body and at least one gliding rod with a contact element and an adjusting mechanism. The main body has a central gliding groove. The gliding rod is inserted in the gliding groove. The contact element is attached to a far end of the gliding rod for contacting a wall. The adjusting mechanism is mounted inside the main body and further comprises a gliding block, inserted in the gliding groove, a guiding rod, attached to the gliding block, a spring, put on the guiding rod between the gliding block and the gliding rod, and a fixing screw for fixing the gliding block. The position of the gliding block is adjusted, so that the gliding rod extends outward by a suitable length and suitable pressure of the contact element against the wall is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Yin-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 6530120
    Abstract: The hook has a molded plastic body including a rod engaging part formed of arcuate sections with roller bearing receiving cavities. Means for joining the sections are provided. The hook is assembled by placing the roller bearings in the cavities in one of the sections. The sections are then aligned and joined together. The hook body also includes a curtain receiving part, integral with one of the rod engaging part sections. The curtain receiving part includes oppositely inclined portions. The portions meet at a point along the vertical axis of the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Ex-Cell Home Fashions, Inc.
    Inventor: David Samelson
  • Patent number: 6487753
    Abstract: A device for pivotable and slidable suspension of sheets, such as window-panes for glazed verandas or balconies. The device has an upper and a lower rail, which are arranged in parallel with each other. The rails have transversely of their longitudinal direction a hollow section with a longitudinal slot on the side facing the other rail. On each of the sheets, an upper and a lower fixing element are arranged, which via the slots engage the rails. The lower fixing element has in its lowermost portion a spherical part which rests against a sliding surface in the lower rail section to enable both a sliding and a pivoting motion. Both the upper and the lower fixing element are cylindrical in the portion which extends through the slot in each rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Benth Lönnberg