Laterally Overlapping Fabrics And/or Co-elevational Parallel Tracks Patents (Class 160/126)
  • Patent number: 9820601
    Abstract: A solar shading device includes a head rail that slidably supports leading runners having fabric curtains attached thereto, a carrying mechanism that includes a carrying pulley coupled to the leading runners through a belt and carries the leading runners along the head rail on the basis of the rotation of the carrying pulley, a manual drive unit that includes a first shaft coupled to the carrying pulley and serving as a drive shaft, and a suspension part having the manual drive unit suspended therefrom with the carrying pulley and the first shaft coupled together. Further, with the manual drive unit detached from the suspension part, the suspension part allows an electric drive unit to be suspended therefrom with the carrying pulley and a second shaft coupled together, the electric drive unit including the second shaft as a drive shaft for driving the carrying pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TACHIKAWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Egami
  • Patent number: 9498079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a window treatment mounting assembly, and a kit which includes a window treatment mounting assembly and a window treatment or modular fabric components thereof. In one preferred aspect, a window treatment mounting assembly for mounting a window treatment over a window is provided, where the mounting assembly comprises a longitudinally elongated channel beam for releasably retaining the window treatment; a resiliently compressible retention member for releasably coupling the window treatment to the channel beam in a friction fit; and at least one mounting bracket for supporting the channel beam in a mounting position adjacent the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Carol Ann Sanchuk
  • Patent number: 9359815
    Abstract: A device for actuating a curtain/awning in a double glazing includes a pulley supported by support elements connected to connection elements integrally connected to a wall of the double glazing at the movement group. A ring of cord is partially wound around the pulley and is maintained taught by a tensioning element, it too connected to the wall of the double glazing. By applying a tension to the cord ring, a torque is generated tending to rotate the pulley. The torque is transmitted by suitable transmission elements to the group for moving the curtain/awning. The support elements of the pulley are separated from the connection elements for values of tension applied to the cord ring that are greater than a pre-established limit value. The separation cancels the tension of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: PELLINI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Nicolosi
  • Patent number: 9341235
    Abstract: An attachment flange for buoys and marine fenders. The attachment flange includes an opening therethrough that includes a substantially continuously curved interior surface which engages a line to increase the surface contact area between the opening of the attachment flange and the line. The opening of the attachment flange further includes rounded edges which reduce the abrasion and localized stress applied to the line. The curved surface with the rounded edges enables the attachment flange to receive less concentrated forces applied thereto, which may extend the life of the attachment flange or may reduce the required reinforcement needed for a given application. The features disclosed herein also reduce the abrasion and concentration of force applied to the line coupled to the attachment flange which helps to prevent line wear and failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Polyform U.S., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jan Beyer-Olsen
  • Patent number: 9119497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a window treatment mounting assembly, and a kit which includes a window treatment mounting assembly and a window treatment or modular fabric components thereof. In one preferred aspect, a window treatment mounting assembly for mounting a window treatment over a window is provided, where the mounting assembly comprises a longitudinally elongated channel beam for releasably retaining the window treatment; a resiliently compressible retention member for releasably coupling the window treatment to the channel beam in a friction fit; and at least one mounting bracket for supporting the channel beam in a mounting position adjacent the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Carol Sanchuk
  • Patent number: 8763673
    Abstract: A retractable cellular shade is illustrated in various embodiments to consist of a support structure that could assume numerous forms including cellular material, flexible sheets of material, tapes or ribbons, or flexible monofilaments or similar cords of natural or synthetic fibers with the support structure supporting a plurality of vanes or slats in various configurations and orientations. The movement of the vanes or slats is totally dependent upon movement of the support structure. The fabric so formed can be incorporated into a covering for architectural openings with the covering including a headrail with means for gathering the fabric material within the headrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kim Jelic, Daniel M. Fogarty, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 8720524
    Abstract: A layered blinds device having a series of screens of evenly spaced rods held in parallel relation to one another that allow users to manipulate light penetration and view transparency as independent variables and a method for doing the same. A spacing mechanism adjusts the spacing between the screens which controls the light penetration while an alignment mechanism adjusts the alignment of the rods which controls the view transparency. The blinds can be adjusted manually or by a tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8534342
    Abstract: A retractable covering for an arched window including a first and a second panel formed of pliable material. A flap of the first panel overlaps a flap of the second panel. The first and second panels together have a generally arch-shaped upper perimeter adapted to be secured to a support structure and have a generally straight lower perimeter. A retracting mechanism moves the first and second panels between a closed position wherein the arched window is substantially covered and an open position wherein the arched window is substantially uncovered. The retracting mechanism includes a first cord secured to the first panel flap, and a second cord secured to the second panel flap. The retracting mechanism having a first operating state to position the first and second panels in the open position and a second operating state wherein the first and second panels are positioned in the closed. The retracting mechanism further includes a cord guide through which at least a portion of the first and second cords extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paul Grossman
  • Patent number: 8316914
    Abstract: Movable partitions and movable partition system include a header assembly and a movable partition. The header assembly may comprise an elongated overhead track including a first channel, a second channel, and a central channel between the first and second channels. A plurality of support bracket attachment features may be included with at least one support bracket attachment feature on each of an outer surface of the first channel and an outer surface of the second channel. A support bracket may be coupled to each of the support bracket attachment features. The movable partition may comprise a plurality of panels connected to one another with hinge-like member and may be suspended from the overhead track. Embodiments of overhead tracks and methods of forming header assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Bell, Tracy M. Knight, Jaren R. Dickenson
  • Publication number: 20120285632
    Abstract: First and second lifting and lowering units are connected to first and second shielding members hung from a head rail, and an operating cord drives the units to lift and lower the shielding members independently. An operating cord is wound around a rotating member. Between a first input shaft to which the turning force of the rotating member is transferred and a first output shaft that can lift and lower the first shielding member, a first clutch of the first lifting and lowering unit is provided, and a first stopper is provided in the first output shaft. Between a second input shaft to which the turning force of the rotating member is transferred and a second output shaft that can lift and lower the second shielding member, a second clutch of the second lifting and lowering unit is provided, and a second stopper is provided in the second output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: TOSO COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kouichi Kataoka, Shin Imai, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7931066
    Abstract: Upper ends of the first fabric and the second fabric are attached to the head rail, respectively, and the first lift cord and the second lift cord suspended from the head rail in a liftable manner are coupled to the first fabric and the second fabric, respectively. The first lift cord is routed into a rear side of the first fabric and the second lift cord is routed into a rear side of the second fabric so as to come over an upper end of the second fabric. An extension member is provided so as to extend downwardly along with a lower edge of a rear portion of the head rail, and the upper end of the second fabric is attached to a front surface of the extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Toso Company, Limited
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Honda, Tomonori Muto, Hiroyuki Someya, Toshiyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 7806159
    Abstract: A window covering having a flexible panel and a first lift cord for raising the flexible panel. A second panel is at least partially coextensive with the flexible panel and a second lift cord is provided for raising the second panel. The flexible panel may have an upper edge and a lower edge where the upper edge is connected to a head rail and the lower edge is disposed below the head rail. The second lift cord may raise the upper edge of the second panel. In one embodiment a third panel at least partially coextensive with a portion of the flexible panel and a third lift cord for raising the top edge of the third panel are provided. The light blocking characteristic of the blind is changed by the placement of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Martin Rossato, Vincent A. Monfalcone, III
  • Publication number: 20090288782
    Abstract: A layered blinds device having a series of screens of evenly spaced rods held in parallel relation to one another that allow users to manipulate light penetration and view transparency as independent variables and a method for doing the same. A spacing mechanism adjusts the spacing between the screens which controls the light penetration while an alignment mechanism adjusts the alignment of the rods which controls the view transparency. The blinds can be adjusted manually or by a tracking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: Paralign LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin R. SPENCER
  • Patent number: 7537041
    Abstract: A layered blinds device having a series of screens of evenly spaced rods held in parallel relation to one another that allow users to manipulate light penetration and view transparency as independent variables and a method for doing the same. A spacing mechanism adjusts the spacing between the screens which controls the light penetration while an alignment mechanism adjusts the alignment of the rods which controls the view transparency. The blinds can be adjusted manually or by a tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Paralign LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7431067
    Abstract: A traverse-type window blind with multiple rods and blinds includes brackets, support rods, sliding hooks, and blind bodies wherein each bracket has an abutment face to be fixed to a sidewall of a window frame and at least two or more support portions sequentially arranged at the other side for the mounting of the support rods thereon respectively. Each sliding hook has a hooked upper portion larger than the support portion thereof to be guided through traverse spaces defining the support portions and hanged onto the support rod thereby so that each blind body suspending between every two sliding hooks can be synchronically moved along the support rod without being interfered in an easy traverse-type operation. Besides, each sliding hook has a protective member mounted to the hooked upper portion so as to avoid direct contact with the surface of the support rod and refrain from any damages caused thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Leslie Nien
  • Publication number: 20080216965
    Abstract: The panel track curtain system includes a plurality of panels each suspended from a substantially rigid slat which is itself suspended from at least one track of the panel track curtain system. The panels at least partially overlap each other when the curtain system is in a closed position, thus defining an overlapping zone between adjacent ones of the panels. The overlapping zone includes an overlapped region of an underlying panel and an overlapping region of an overlying panel. The panels each have at least one aesthetic characteristic on their front surface, and includes a longitudinally extending band that has a width determined by that of the overlapping zone. These bands create a repeating vertical band pattern when the curtain system is closed. This vertical band pattern reduces a level of perceptibility of the overlapped region, which is visible through the superimposed overlapping region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Ian Ellbogen
  • Patent number: 6892783
    Abstract: A nested multiple panel track system supporting a desired window covering provides for a window covering assembly capable of holding even an extremely heavy window covering, and providing an efficient operation therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventors: Paul E. Comeau, William F. Uecker
  • Patent number: 6860064
    Abstract: A selectively positionable covering arrangement comprises a slotted track member mounted to a vertical wall and extending across the top of an opening in the wall, at least first and second cover members one of which is mounted to the track and relatively laterally slidable between a first position wherein the cover members are coplanar with one another and in parallel juxtaposed covering relation with a respective first and second closure members of the opening and into a second position wherein the cover members are in spaced parallel juxtaposed relation with one another and juxtaposed with one of the closure members whereby to uncover the other of the closure members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Melvin N. Bakalar
  • Patent number: 6463984
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly includes a curtain rod and a plurality of inserts coupled to the curtain rod. Distributed about the polygonal cross-section of the curtain rod are surfaces disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and non-coplanar with respect to each other. The inserts are coupled to these surfaces such that the inserts' respective external faces, having a first portion of a hook and loop fastener thereon, are disposed for attachment thereto from different directions. Preferably, the inserts may slide along the curtain rod to be positionable at any desired position. One or more window treatment panels may be attached to the curtain rod via the inserts using hook and loop fastener of a complementary type to the hook and loop fastener on the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Elizabeth Alice Glover
  • Patent number: 6318440
    Abstract: An adjustable window insulated covering for substantially reducing a user's heating and cooling bills. The adjustable window insulated covering includes at least one curtain member having a first layer made of foil material, a second layer made of plastic, and an intermediate layer made of insulating material; and also includes fastening members for fastening the side ends of the at least one curtain member to a window frame. As a first embodiment, the at least one curtain member includes a first and second curtain members which are movably mounted in upper and lower track members which are mounted to the window frame. As a second embodiment, the at least one curtain member is one curtain member which is carried by a roller member which is mounted in a housing which is securely mounted to a top of the window frame. As a third embodiment, the at least one curtain member is one curtain member which is detachably fastened to the window frame over the window with hook and loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventors: Delbert E. Cordrey, Rhodora M. Cordrey
  • Publication number: 20010008176
    Abstract: A curtain rod assembly includes a curtain rod and a plurality of inserts coupled to the curtain rod. Distributed about the polygonal cross-section of the curtain rod are surfaces disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and non-coplanar with respect to each other. The inserts are coupled to these surfaces such that the inserts' respective external faces, having a first portion of a hook and loop fastener thereon, are disposed for attachment thereto from different directions. Preferably, the inserts may slide along the curtain rod to be positionable at any desired position. One or more window treatment panels may be attached to the curtain rod via the inserts using hook and loop fastener of a complementary type to the hook and loop fastener on the inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: July 19, 2001
    Inventor: Elizabeth Alice Glover
  • Patent number: 6192962
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for displaying functional or decorative window treatments which permits one person to form and modify the window treatment without requiring specialized skills or training. The preferred method uses hook and loop type fastening means to secure various window treatment panels to an adjustable telescoping support bar such that a means is attached to all sides of the bar, and a means is attached to a portion of each window treatment panel. The invention permits multiple window treatment panels to be attached to a single support bar in a manner that achieves an overlapping of panels in multiple layers on a single rod. Interchangeable panels permit frequent reconfiguration of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Elizabeth Alice Glover
  • Patent number: 6125909
    Abstract: A traverse rod assembly (10) includes a support rod (12) having a viewing side (32) and an opposite backside (34). A track (26) is connected to the backside (34) of the support rod (12), and the track (26) has a sideways opening (36) hidden from the viewing side (32) of the support rod (12). A set of sliders (28) has a first section (54) slidably disposed within the track (26) and a second section (56) extending from the first section (54) through the sideways opening (36) in the track (26). A curtain support (30) is connected to the second section (56) of each of at least a subset of the sliders (28), and the curtain support (30) is operable to support at least part of a drapery (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Antique Drapery Rod Company
    Inventors: Richard K. Walker, Whitney A. Walker
  • Patent number: 5791013
    Abstract: A free size curtain frame for a two-piece curtain comprises: a pair of mounting brackets fixed to two side members of a windows frame respectively at a top; at least one telescopic tubular stretchable beam for fitting to the width of various windows, mounted on the mounting brackets for hanging a two-pieced main curtain thereon, a positioning clamp adjustably clamped on the beam near a middle having a magnet piece disposed at a lower side thereof, a couple of overlap guiding bars respectively hung on at least two hanging rings nearest to the positioning clamp from adjacent sides respectively having an iron piece disposed at an inner end of a flat portion toward the magnet piece of the positioning clamp, therefore to insure there will be a perfect overlap in the middle of the two-pieced curtain, a spare telescopic beam may also mounted on the mounting brackets for hanging a screen curtain if needed, an additional stretchable beam formed of a rectangular telescopic tube may mounted to a pair of attachable brack
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Jung-Shung Lin
  • Patent number: 5713407
    Abstract: A light controllable drapery system has a first track from which a drapery is hung and a parallel, second track from which vertical vanes are hung. Both the drapery and the vertical vanes are suspended from carriers which are sliceable along their respective tracks. At least one connector connects a carrier on the first track to a carrier on the second track to enable carriers on the first track to move concurrently with carriers on the second track. A pusher is provided on each vane which pushes the drapery along the drapery track when the vanes are moved from an open position to a closed position so that the drapery does not become entangled between the vanes during that movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Ren Judkins
  • Patent number: 5524689
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a two panel drapery lining. Each panel includes a vertical hem formed by folding over one vertical edge of each panel and stitching along a vertical line so as to leave a channel formed between the hem and an opposing portion of the panel. The vertical stitching line includes a gap so as to leave an opening into the channel. A magnetic sealing strip removably is disposable within the channels by insertion into the channel through the opening. When the panels are overlapped, the inner vertical edges may be secured to each other by the magnetic sealing strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Rockland Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Clark
  • Patent number: 5520235
    Abstract: A new and improved mini-blind slide-on attachment with a tail section having an open lower portion. The open lower portion receives a head box of the mini-blind therein. An inner support section is integral with a front wall of the tail section. The inner section serves to receive end caps of curtain rods therein for hanging a curtain therefrom. A hanger section is integral with a bottom portion of the inner support. The bottom portion has a receiving slot formed therethrough. The receiving slot serves to receive drape hangers therein. Two parallel raised ridges are integral with an outer surface of the hanger section. The two parallel raised ridges serve to receive snap-in hooks that hold curtains with rods in pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Edward A. Coleman
  • Patent number: 5309973
    Abstract: A curtain carrier slide structure comprises a hollow body with open top and bottom sides to slidably receive therein a slidable block which is biased by springs toward the top side of the hollow body The carrier slide is slidably mounted on a track to movable therealong. The hollow body comprises two opposite end walls each having an upper recess and a lower recess formed thereon. A bead string having a number of beads secured thereon along the length thereof to define a number of bead gaps between the beads is received within the lower recess to have the end walls of the hollow body engagingly received in the bead gaps so as to have the carrier slide engage the bead string to move therewith along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Su-Chin Huang
  • Patent number: 5109912
    Abstract: A drapery system which allows for rapid hanging and removal of drapes has carriers which are connected to the drape panels using strips of Velcro material. Velcro material is secured to the drape panels at selected areas, such that when joined to the carriers, which also have a Velcro material secured thereto (of a type which will mate with the Velcro material on the panels), the drapes will hang uniformly from the track. The strips of Velcro material on the drape panels can also be used in one embodiment to control the depth and number of folds in the panels. The panels can optionally have pockets in the heading for the connection of the carriers such that the carriers and material to which they are fastened are hidden on both sides of the drapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Leonard Gary
  • Patent number: 5092384
    Abstract: A ready-made cascade and valance curtain set is installed by mounting a valance on a forward curtain rod, and mounting two cascades in spaced relationship on a rearward rod, the cascades being extended over the forward rod to hang in front of the marginal end portions of the valance. Two or more valances may be mounted side-by-side on the forward rod, with an ascot or cravat being draped thereover from the rearward rod so as to hide any gap therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Intrascapes, Ltd.
    Inventor: Madlyn Easley
  • Patent number: 5067542
    Abstract: A ready-made swag and pleated jabot system is provided. The construction is such that installation is facile and yet provides a most attractive window treatment, and the curtain set is ideally suited for sale in pre-packaged condition on a retail basis. An installed, the swag is mounted upon the more rearward of a pair of parallel curtain rods and is draped from that position over the forward rod, to hang in front of the jabots that it supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Intrascapes, Ltd.
    Inventor: Madlyn Easley
  • Patent number: 4960161
    Abstract: A ready-made swag and jabot system has, as installed, at least two laterally overlapped swags mounted upon the more rearward of a pair of parallel curtain rods, draped from that position over the forward rod to hang in front of the jabots that is supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Inventor: Madlyn Easley
  • Patent number: 4881588
    Abstract: A drapery hanger and manipulator is disclosed herein with drapery panels or segments suspended on groups of drapery hook hangers, and a series of carriers slidably actuatable along a track with inter-working structures and mechanisms driven and operated by a single linear drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: Harold L. Madsen
  • Patent number: 4874028
    Abstract: A temporary detachable doorway screen apparatus for a doorway in a dwelling comprises a flexible sheet of screening material shaped to cover the enclosed area within the open doorway. The flexible sheet is made from a flexible polymeric material which allows the entire screen to be rolled up or unrolled for use. The sheet of screen material is provided as a pair of side-by-side screen sections normally separated from one another and overlapping vertically along a central portion of the screen to form an opening along the overlapped portions of the screen sections. An elongated tension rod secured to the top portion of the screen is adjustable in length and applies spring pressure at its ends to the side of the door frame members for frictionally and releasably holding the tension rod above the doorway. This holds the flexible screen in position to cover the doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventors: Carol J. Lynch, Debbie J. Corday
  • Patent number: 4802522
    Abstract: A support for an operating element of a vertical blind assembly when the blind assembly is in an open position. The support is positioned in a stationary manner with respect to a headrail and is adapted to be moved into and out of supporting engagement with the operating element. The supporting means comprises a single arm constructed of flexible material normally disposed in supporting engagement with the operating element and is adapted to be contacted by the travelers of the blind assembly. Such contact will cause the arm to bend out of engagement with the travelers to permit their continued movement along the headrail. The flexibility of the arm permits it to return to its supporting position when not engaged by any traveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4785867
    Abstract: A traverse rod having a lengthwise extending slot at the bottom and forward and rear guide rails along opposite sides of the slot. A master carrier is movable along the rod and includes a carrier body having first and second carrier guide heads extending laterally from opposite sides of the carrier body and the carrier body is adapted to be reversibly mounted in the rod with the first carrier guide head guidably engaging either the forward or the rear guide rail on the rod. A cord engaging means is provided on the first carrier guide head for supporting a traverse cord at a location laterally offset from one side of the carrier body. An elongated arm support bracket is detachably and reversibly mounted on the carrier body so that the arm support bracket can be selectively positioned at either side of the carrier body. A drapery support arm is detachably and reversibly mounted on the arm support bracket so that it can extend from either end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Graber Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Darner
  • Patent number: 4785866
    Abstract: A drapery traverse rod and support assembly including a pulley housing at each end of the rod and a mounting bracket for mounting the pulley housing on a supporting surface. The pulley housing has a bottom wall, upstanding inner and side walls and a front wall and a rod engaging portion for supporting an end of a traverse rod with the rod extending transverse to the inner side wall of the pulley housing adjacent the front wall. The mounting bracket has a rear mounting pad portion and pulley housing support arms extend forwardly from the mounting pad portion and into the pulley housing. The pulley housing support arms have cord guides adapted to guide traverse cords from the end of the rod rearwardly toward the wall, and the mounting bracket has cord guides adapted to guide traverse cords downwardly adjacent the rear mounting pad portion of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Graber Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Darner
  • Patent number: 4770224
    Abstract: A power operated industrial door to enclose a doorway in a building. The door comprises a pair of flexible curtains, one vertical side edge of each curtain being secured to the building adjacent the doorway, while the upper horizontal edge of each curtain is attached to a plurality of trolleys that are mounted for movement on tracks disposed above the doorway. One trolley associated with each curtain is secured to an endless drive cable, while the remaining trolleys are freely mounted on the cable so that operation of the cable will move the curtain between open and closed overlapping positions. The upper edge of each curtain is connected to the trolley in a manner such that the curtain will be uniformly folded when moved to the closed position. Weights, in the form of metal shot, can be positioned in elongated pockets along the movable vertical side edge of each curtain, as well as at the bottom of the curtain to aid in resisting wind loads.This is a continuation of application Ser. No.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Kelley Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Voldeman Dubbelman
  • Patent number: 4694819
    Abstract: A fireplace screen fixture is shown for assembly to the front face of a fireplace opening. This fixture includes a metal frame capable of outlining a fireplace opening, and it has a supporting rod extending transversely across the upper portion of the frame from one side to the other. A plurality of ring members are threaded onto the supporting rod and they are capable of moving along the length of the rod. A pair of wire screen curtains are supported within the frame by being suspended at their upper portions from the ring members. The invention comprises a sheet metal locking strip attached to the vertical mating side edge of each screen curtain so that when these two screen curtains are stretched closed these two locking strips are interlocked with each other as a safety measure to keep logs or wood from falling accidentally through the screen while the fire is burning. Also, the screen curtains are prevented from developing a gap and allowing sparks to enter the room as a fire hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Inventor: Donald L. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 4662422
    Abstract: A support for an operating element of a vertical blind assembly when the blind assembly is in an open position. The support is positioned in a stationary manner with respect to a headrail and is adapted to be moved into and out of supportive engagement with the operating element. The supporting means comprises an L-shaped arm having a short leg and a long leg adapted to be contacted by a movable member and where contact with the member will cause the arm to pivot so that the long arm will move into and out of engagement with the operating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4546809
    Abstract: A unitary dual track for retaining drapery panels each suspended from movable apertured lugs in the tracks. The tracks are offset so as to provide a clearance space which permits fasteners to be inserted through a top wall common to the tracks into a ceiling for mounting thereof, and shield means to bridge said space. An integrally formed master carrier member is slidably retained in each track which includes a plurality of depending lugs each having an aperture for receipt therein of hooks secured to the lead portion of a drapery panel, and a wand for moving the master carrier and the drape panel attached thereto with reduced stress on the lead portions of the drapery panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1985
    Inventor: Elden E. Hadfield
  • Patent number: 4519433
    Abstract: Adjustable drapery traverse rods provided with a motor driven means for moving master carriers utilize a uniformly perforated drive tape and sprocket combination. Because of the perforations in the drive tape, the tape does not form a smooth curve when bent. The drive sprocket is thus adapted to allow the drive tape to lie flush against the sprocket as the tape passes over the sprocket over a wide range of tape tensions and, thereby, to drive the tape smoothly and noiselessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Comeau
  • Patent number: 4492262
    Abstract: A telescoping drapery traverse rod is provided with a motor drive without sacrificing any of the simple consumer installation and adjustment features of conventional draw-cord operated traverse rods. It employes a positive-drive perforated-plastic tape and sprocket combination with the tape being releasably secured to the master carriers in a manner analogous to that of the conventional draw cord arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1985
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Comeau
  • Patent number: 4481998
    Abstract: A device is provided for applying tensile forces to a flexible cord to draw the cord toward the device. The device has a base, a drive wheel rotatably mounted to the base and a pair of traction rollers within the plane of the drive wheel. The cord circumferentially engages the drive wheel and is urged against it in secure frictional engagement by the rollers. In a preferred embodiment, the rollers are carried at opposite ends of a connector link which is mounted for pivotal movement relative to the base. The cord extends around the drive wheel as a loop and two leads of the loop are guided outwardly from the wheel by the rollers. The rollers and the connecting link are arranged such that tensioning one lead of the rope by rotation of the drive wheel causes the corresponding roller to move away from the drive wheel, forcing the other roller and the other lead against the drive wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Inventors: Stanley L. Strandberg, Jerome F. Bloch
  • Patent number: 4438798
    Abstract: A master carrier is structured for lengthwise sliding support on a single drapery rod having two integral, side-by-side and parallel channels, each of the channels having a lengthwise extending slot therein with one of the slots opening downwardly and with cordage being housed in the other channel for operation of the master carrier. The master carrier is composed of at least two parts, one part being slidably supported in the channel housing the cordage and the other being slidably supported in the other channel. Fastening elements are utilized for securing the two parts together. A passageway is provided through that part of the master carrier associated with the cordage so that the cordage can be engaged and adjusted externally of the drapery rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ford, Steven R. Haarer
  • Patent number: 4437505
    Abstract: A drapery or curtain structure having two or more panels adapted to be hung in a suitable known manner, wherein the juxtaposed vertical edges of the adjoining panels are formed having elongated pleats defined by a pair of sections, whereby the pleat sections of each panel are arranged to overlap each other in a locking manner by means of a securing device that is located within each pleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Inventor: Patricia Rodgers
  • Patent number: 4406318
    Abstract: A drapery assembly is disclosed for covering a framed wall opening, the assembly including drapery panels hung on a horizontal traverse rod, the rod having a pair of master slides and means for displacing the master slides between open and closed positions. A pair of insulating liner panels are positioned behind the drapery, the remote side edges of the liner panels being connected with the side portions of the opening frame, and the adjacent side edges of the liner panels being connected with a pair of vertically arranged center support members adapted for sliding movement longitudinally of a horizontal track member secured to the upper horizontal portion of the opening frame. Pivotally arranged brackets connect the center support members with the master slides of the traverse rod whereby movement of the master slides to effect opening and closing of the drapery panels effects simultaneous opening and closing of the liner panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Gwendolyn Cukierski
  • Patent number: 4355677
    Abstract: An improved drapery hanger and manipulator is disclosed herein having drapery panels or segments suspended on groups of drapery hook hangers and a series of carriers slidably actuatable along a traverse track bridge with inter-working structures and mechanisms driven and operated by a linear drive means for independently moving and positioning the carriers and associated panels or segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Inventor: Harold L. Madsen
  • Patent number: 4304174
    Abstract: An improved opening closure system utilizing a plurality of curtains supported in a way to cover the opening with alternate embodiments having primary and secondary curtains acting as a thermal siphon and with fan units as a power air destratifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Assignee: Entropy Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Hickson, Robert S. Dworkin
  • Patent number: RE36195
    Abstract: A new and improved mini-blind slide-on attachment with a tail section having an open lower portion. The open lower portion receives a head box of the mini-blind therein. An inner support section is integral with a front wall of the tail section. The inner section serves to receive end caps of curtain rods therein for hanging a curtain therefrom. A hanger section is integral with a bottom portion of the inner support. The bottom portion has a receiving slot formed therethrough. The receiving slot serves to receive drape hangers therein. Two parallel raised ridges are integral with an outer surface of the hanger section. The two parallel raised ridges serve to receive snap-in hooks that hold curtains with rods in pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Edward A. Coleman