Roll Type Patents (Class 160/133)
  • Patent number: 11227496
    Abstract: Methods and systems including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for obtaining imaging data of a parking lot that includes a set of parking spots, detecting a vehicle enter the parking lot, generating a vehicle recognition model for the vehicle, determining that the vehicle is parked in a parking spot, detecting a customer exit the vehicle, generating a customer recognition model for the customer, determining that the customer has entered a business of one or more businesses affiliated with the parking lot, and providing information related to parking space usage for the parking spot and the business to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Objectvideo Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Madden, Allison Beach
  • Patent number: 11214132
    Abstract: A bidirectional shield system for a roll-up shutter door of an externally accessible vehicle compartment comprises a longitudinally extending shield element and two mounting blocks. The shield element comprises a tray having an open-topped drip catchment reservoir and laterally inwardly projecting locking ears at each end of the shield element. Each mounting block can be fixed to a sidewall of the compartment, has at least one overhanging upper trap projection and carries a pair of latches disposed inferiorly of and spaced from the trap projection. The latches are movable between retracted and extended configurations. With the latches in the extended configuration, the locking ears are trapped between the latches and the trap projections to fix the shield element within the compartment. When the latches are in the retracted configuration, the shield element can move away from the trap projections for removal of the shield element from the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: INNOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Whitehouse, Jaimin Shah, Martin Conte
  • Patent number: 11187030
    Abstract: A roller shutter may include a rotatable drum; a shutter curtain including a series of three or more elongate slats pivotally interlocked in a longitudinal-edge-to-longitudinal-edge arrangement and arranged parallel to the rotatable drum, wherein a first and second longitudinal end portions of each elongate slat may be respectively aligned to form a first side border and a second side border, respectively, of the shutter curtain, wherein the first and second longitudinal end portions of each elongate slat may be respectively provided with at least one eyelet-structure which protrudes therefrom, whereby a first and second rows of eyelet-structures are formed along the first and second side borders; and at least a first cord and a second cord respectively strung loosely through all eyelet-structures of respective row of eyelet-structures, and each cord may be configured to confine all eyelet-structures of the respective row of eyelet-structures within a length of each cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Gliderol Doors (S) Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Lok Yung Wong
  • Patent number: 11156031
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes roll-up coverings of custom length and/or width for architectural openings, and a method of assembling the same. The custom covering includes at least one outer elongate tape, at least one inner elongate tape, and a plurality of slats. The tapes preferably have lengths along central longitudinal axis extending between first ends and second ends of the tapes that are selected to correspond to the custom length of the covering. The slats are preferably transverse to, spaced apart along, and coupled to the tapes at any desired location along the tape lengths to achieve desired spacings of the slats, thereby providing a subassembly of custom length. The slats may have lengths extending between first ends and second ends of the slats, orthogonal to the central axis of the tapes, and selected to provide a custom width of the subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS, INC.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 11078709
    Abstract: A closure apparatus for openings for access to industrial machines includes a door which can move, by virtue of the action of a respective actuator which includes a motorized shaft which supports at least two mutually opposite pulleys for winding flexible elements connected to respective substantially upper and external portions of the door. The actuator includes substantially at an intermediate section of the shaft, at least one third idle pulley for winding at least one third flexible element connected to a substantially upper and central portion of the door. The third pulley is provided with at least one position sensor for detecting an unrolling of the third flexible element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A. IN SIGLA IMA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Eddi Meoni
  • Patent number: 11053732
    Abstract: A roller shade adapted to adjustably cover a structural opening comprising a roller tube assembly having a roller tube and a shade material attached to the roller tube, a pair of longitudinal side panel assemblies adapted to be attached at opposite sides of the structural opening and retain the roller tube assembly therebetween, at least one lateral panel comprising a side wall having an alignment channel recessed in its outer surface, and at least two corner brackets. Each side panel assembly comprises a tensioning assembly adapted to tension the shade material. Each corner bracket comprises a first portion and a second portion orthogonal to the first portion. The first portion is adapted to be attached to one of the longitudinal side panel assemblies. The second portion comprises a substantially flat wall with an alignment tab linearly extending from its terminal end. The alignment tab is sized to fit within the alignment channel of the lateral panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Campagna, Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 10856621
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to automated tightening of a footwear platform including a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, a footwear lacing apparatus can include a housing structure, a spool, and a drive mechanism. The housing structure can include a top section and a bottom section. The spool can include a superior surface, a lace spool under the superior surface and a spool shaft with a keyed connection pin. The spool can also be integrated into the top section of the housing structure. The drive mechanism can couple with the spool via the keyed connection pin on the spool shaft. The drive mechanism can be adapted to rotate the spool to tighten or loosen a lace cable integrated into the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10827804
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to automated tightening of a footwear platform including a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, a footwear lacing apparatus can include a housing structure, a spool, and a drive mechanism. The housing structure can include a top section and a bottom section. The spool can include a superior surface, a lace spool under the superior surface and a spool shaft with a keyed connection pin. The spool can also be integrated into the top section of the housing structure. The drive mechanism can couple with the spool via the keyed connection pin on the spool shaft. The drive mechanism can be adapted to rotate the spool to tighten or loosen a lace cable integrated into the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10731404
    Abstract: In one aspect, a shutter assembly may include a shutter frame having a top rail, a bottom rail, and first and second stiles extending between the top and bottom rails. The shutter assembly may also include two or more louvers extending between the first and second stiles, with the louvers including at least one driven louver. The louvers may be configured to rotate simultaneously relative to the shutter frame. Additionally, the shutter assembly may include a motor positioned within the shutter frame that is rotatably coupled to the driven louver(s) via at least one shaft. Moreover, the shutter assembly may include a clutch configured to rotationally disengage the driven louver(s) from the motor when the louvers are being manually rotated relative the shutter frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Meyerink, Anthony Batte, Dean Grubb
  • Patent number: 10729025
    Abstract: A display device (10) includes a main body (1), a sliding cover (2) and a lock cover structure (3). The main body (1) has a display screen (11) and a perforation (12); the sliding cover (2) is slidably mounted onto the main body (1) and capable of sliding in a moving direction (d1) between a covering position and an exposed position; the sliding cover (2) has a slot (21) corresponding to the perforation (12) when the slot (21) is situated at the exposed position; the lock cover structure (3) is accommodated in the main body (1) and includes a hammer unit (31) and a moving plunger (32); the hammer unit (31) is pivotally coupled to the main body (1) and defines a direction of gravity (d2); and the moving plunger (32) has an end passing through the perforation (12) and the other end connected to the hammer unit (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CAL-COMP BIG DATA, INC.
    Inventor: Ming-Hua Hung
  • Patent number: 10711517
    Abstract: A lifting device of a cordless covering includes a cord reel, a car, a driving module, a connecting cord, and a lifting cord. The cord reel has a cone section, and is pivoted on a headrail for free rotation. The car is received in the headrail for reciprocation. The driving module is received in the headrail to drive the cord reel to rotate in a predetermined direction. The connecting cord has opposite ends connected to the car and the cord reel, wherein the connecting cord is reeled in and out of the cone section of the cord reel when the cord reel rotates in different directions. The lifting cord runs around the car, and then extends out of the headrail to be fastened to a bottom rail. The cord reel and the driving module are helpful to precisely stop and bottom rail at any desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 10688852
    Abstract: A canister comprising: (a) a space configured to receive a tonneau cover so that the tonneau cover is stored within the canister; and (b) one or more track guides that guide the canister relative to a roller track, a bed of a vehicle, a rail extension, a cap, or a combination thereof; and wherein the one or more track guides assist the canister in being inserted into or removed from the bed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RETRAX HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Charles Fargo, Steve Givens, Hunter Craig Eslinger, Jesse Johnson, Michael P. Pare, Matthew James Schuster
  • Patent number: 10604996
    Abstract: A retractable cover for architectural openings having collapsible vanes includes a support structure in the form of a sheet of material, monofilaments, tapes, ribbons, cords, or the like, supporting an upper edge of a plurality of vertically spaced, horizontally extending vanes with the lower edges of the vanes in most embodiments of the invention being connected to operating elements adapted to raise the lower edges of each vane toward the upper edges to define openings or gaps between the vanes through which vision and light can pass in an open condition of the covering. Variations of the covering do not require movement of a lower edge of a vane relative to an upper edge but simply movement of some vanes relative to other vanes. The vanes can be made of materials having different flexibilities and where more rigid materials are used, creased fold lines can be established for desired operability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Marjorie G. Harper, Daniel M. Fogarty, David P. Hartman, Ralph G. Jelic, Kristi K. Kopecky
  • Patent number: 10513884
    Abstract: In one aspect, a roller shade assembly for an architectural opening may generally include a first roller, a second roller and a looped shade extending around the first and second rollers. The looped shade may include at least one outer shade web forming a continuous loop around the rollers. In addition, the roller shade assembly may include an inner shade web configured to be wrapped around the first roller or the second roller such that the inner shade web is positioned within the continuous loop. The inner shade web may be coupled to the outer shade web(s) at a location along an inner perimeter of the continuous loop. Additionally, rotation of the first roller and/or the second roller in an unwinding direction may result in the inner shade web being unwound from the first roller or the second roller along the inner perimeter of the continuous loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Rupel, Toralf H. Strand
  • Patent number: 10465440
    Abstract: A slat for use in a rolling shutter is provided. The slat comprises a hooking track located at a first edge of a body and a receiving track located at a second edge of the body. Illustratively, the hooking track has a hook-shaped profile, and the receiving track comprises a lip member and a guard member defining a space adapted to receive therein an engaging track of an adjacent slat. The hooking track and the receiving track are designed to minimize the space required for the rolling shutter to be retracted around a spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Qualitas Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventors: James V. Miller, Brian Peterson
  • Patent number: 10465442
    Abstract: The disclosure provides roll-up coverings for an architectural opening, and various embodiments of ladder tapes. Embodiments of the roll-up covering include a roller, a first outer elongate tape, a first inner elongate tape and a plurality of slats disposed between the outer and inner elongate tapes. The first inner elongate tape can further defines a plurality of collapsible hinge segments disposed along the length of the first inner elongate tape. The collapsible hinge segments can be configured to collapse in order to decrease the effective length of the first inner elongate tape when the first inner elongate tape is rolled up around the roller. The collapsible hinge segments can further be configured to expand in order to increase the effective length of the first inner elongate tape when the roll-up covering is unrolled from the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 10449838
    Abstract: Shading device for a window pane of an automotive vehicle including a flexible shading structure held on a winding shaft. The shaft is disposed in a vehicle-fixed accommodating region with a passage, through and across which passage the shading structure is displaceable between a rest position wound up on the winding shaft and a shading position covering the window pane. The passage is capable of being closed or exposed via a pivotably mounted closing part. A drive system is provided for displacing the shading structure between the rest position and the shading position, and control kinematics are provided, coupled to the drive system, for forced control of an opening or closing movement of the closing part. The control kinematics include a cable pull arrangement provided with a cable control pulley having at least one cable deflection track eccentric in relation to a rotational axis of the cable control pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BOS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Jonas, Dietmar Elleder, Adrian Bucur, Timo Marzinke
  • Patent number: 10428570
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a motorized door for closing an area (3) at least partially defined by a frame, said Motorized door comprising: (A) a motorized driving mechanism (10) for moving a shutter between an open position (z=1) and a closed position (z=0) in a first direction (?) to close said area defined within said frame and in a second direction (?) to open said area; (B) a detection cell (5, 6) suitable for detecting an accidental event (e1), during the motion of the shutter. The motorized door further comprises a processing unit programmed to trigger a wind related safety function avoiding the yo-yo effect in case strong winds triggered the erroneous detection of an accidental event by the detection cell, said wind related safety function comprising the following steps: (C) a processing unit (CPU): (a) stop the movement of the shutter in the first direction (?), and reverse said movement into the second direction (?) and, after a brief reverse time, ?t, of the order of 0.8 to 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ENTREMATIC BELGIUM NV
    Inventors: Mauro Lorenzani, Juan Jorge Lloret Madrid, Frederic Bostyn
  • Patent number: 10406899
    Abstract: A tonneau cover has rectangular elements pivotally connected together. An automatic latch can be coupled to a first rectangular element end of one of the rectangular elements. A latch actuator can extend from the automatic latch to a first latch-rearward rectangular element. The first latch rearward element can be rearward of the first rectangular element end. Movement of the first latch-rearward rectangular element relative to the first rectangular element end, as the tonneau cover moves between closed and open positions, can move the latch actuator which moves the first automatic latch between the latched and unlatched configurations, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Extang Corporation, TruXedo, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Carter, Jerome J. Facchinello, Kelly Kneifl, Michael R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10385612
    Abstract: A door curtain anti-dropping falling device for a rolling door is provided. The device comprises a worm connected to the output shaft of the door operator, a drive shaft driving the winding shaft, a worm wheel having plural oblique elongated grooves and fixedly mounted on the drive shaft and meshes with the worm, a driven wheel having plural oblique elongated holes and is driven by the worm to move synchronously with the worm wheel, a limiting disk for restricting the driven wheel from moving axially, and plural latching pins extending through the elongated holes and received in the elongated slots. Under the normal operation of the door operator, the latching pins are retained in the center positions of the elongated holes and grooves. When the worm wheel are excessively worn and dislocated from the driven wheel, the latching pins lock the worm wheel and stop the winding shaft from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Chung-Hsien Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10352097
    Abstract: A motorized shade for covering a window, a door, or a wall opening is provided that can be actuated by touching its hem bar. The motorized shade, such as a roller shade, comprises a shade material extending from a top end to a bottom end, a hem bar assembly connected to the bottom end of the shade material, and a shade drive unit operably connected to the top end of the shade material. The hem bar assembly comprises a touch sensing module adapted to detect a user touching the hem bar assembly and transmit a control signal in response to the detected touch. The shade drive unit comprises a motor and a motor control module adapted to receive the control signal and control the motor to open or close the shade material. The control signal can be wirelessly transmitted from the touch sensing module to the motor control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Slivka
  • Patent number: 10344526
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a system includes a lifting device for lifting a motor vehicle, a support structure for mounting the lifting device in a pit, and a carriage for supporting the lifting device from the support structure and being movable within the support structure. The system also includes a cover coupled to opposite sides of the carriage so that the cover extends away from the carriage and continuously between the opposite sides of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: STERTIL BV
    Inventors: Kurt E. Polins, Glenn D. Felpel, Allan Pavlick
  • Patent number: 10329816
    Abstract: A torsion spring counter balancing mechanism for a stacking panel shutter door includes one or more torsion springs one end of the or each torsion spring is fixable to a drive transmission shaft of the stacking panel shutter door, the drive transmission shaft being adapted to raise and lower the or each shutter of the stacking panel shutter door; and the other end of the or each torsion spring is fixable to a separate rotatable member of the stacking panel shutter door; whereby the mechanism is provided with means adapted to enable both the drive transmission shaft and the rotatable member to rotate, during opening and closing of the stacking panel shutter door, in such a manner as to cause respective ends of the or each torsion spring to travel at different speeds during the opening and closing sequence, which permits to keep the same size motor when panel numbers are varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GLIDEROL DOORS (S) PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Lok Yung Wong
  • Patent number: 10301110
    Abstract: A trash container with a shade closure includes a trash can base including an internal cavity and track grooves located internally along sides of an opening of the cavity and the shade closure including a flexible material and a pin connected to an end of the material, with ends of the pin projecting from sides of the shade and with the ends being configured to fit within the track grooves. The container further includes a shade spool portion located along a back edge of the opening and attached to the shade closure comprising a rotational spring configured to rotate the shade closure around the shade spool portion into a spooled configuration and a latch device located along a front edge of the opening and configured to releasably lock the shade into a planar configuration when the pin of the shade closure is pulled out away from the shade spool portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Theodore Bryan Parker
  • Patent number: 10253557
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roller shutter for opening and closing a doorway (12) having a door blade (11), the door blade (11) comprises several rigid shutter elements (13) which are hinged with each other, the shutter elements (13) are guided by side rails (18) at opposed sides of the doorway (12), wherein each shutter element (13) provides an end piece (19) at each horizontally spaced end of the shutter element (13) for spacing layers of rolled up shutter elements (13) apart from each other, each end piece (19) has at least one concave section (27) for coiling the end pieces (19) on a coiling device (14) and/or in layers on top of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY ENTRANCE SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Friedhelm Frede
  • Patent number: 10221619
    Abstract: A lifting device of a cordless covering includes a cord reel, a car, a driving module, a connecting cord, and a lifting cord. The cord reel has a cone section, and is pivoted on a headrail for free rotation. The car is received in the headrail for reciprocation. The driving module is received in the headrail to drive the cord reel to rotate in a predetermined direction. The connecting cord has opposite ends connected to the car and the cord reel, wherein the connecting cord is reeled in and out of the cone section of the cord reel when the cord reel rotates in different directions. The lifting cord runs around the car, and then extends out of the headrail to be fastened to a bottom rail. The cord reel and the driving module are helpful to precisely stop and bottom rail at any desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 10208535
    Abstract: A blind having a blind operating mechanism and a blind control element and having an enclosure for the blind control element, with the element completely enclosed, a connector supporting the enclosure on the blind, and depending downwardly, and a drive device at the lower end of the enclosure for operating the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Norbert Marocco
  • Patent number: 10145172
    Abstract: A roller blind is disclosed which provides horizontal slats for directional shading, enabling the application of a screen fabric which allows a greater portion of visible light to pass therethrough. The disclosed slatted roller blind is free from the usage of ladder cords and is simplistic in design. The disclosed slatted roller blind maintains a compact formation of a roller shade when retracted and has greater resistance to skewing along the longitudinal axis of the roller while being retracted. Furthermore, the disclosed slatted roller blind design is capable of being utilized as an outdoor or indoor blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 10119330
    Abstract: A hardwired and wirelessly controlled motorized window shade system is presented that includes a plurality of motorized window shades that are connected by a cable, such as Ethernet cable, to a power panel and a hardwired control. Motorized window shades are also wirelessly connected to a wireless control through a gateway. This arrangement provides the motorized window shades with the advantage of receiving power and control signals through the cable, as well as giving the flexibility of being controlled through a wireless control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE WATT STOPPER INC.
    Inventors: Darrin Brunk, Brian Baisden, Ben Kutell, Curtis Scott, Sean Scalf, Jon Watts, Joseph Martin Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10113360
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a flexible, roll-up wall are described herein. The wall includes a roller drum having a selectively engageable one-way bearing, one or more power supplies, a motor, a flexible, sound-attenuating sheet, an electromagnet and at least one of a corresponding permanent magnet or ferromagnet, one or more conductive threads, a force meter, and a potentiometer. The motor is coupled to the drum by a transmission. The flexible sheet includes a base fabric and a polymer coating surrounding the base fabric, and is coupled to the roller drum at a first end of the sheet. The one or more conductive threads are woven into the base fabric. At least one conductive thread electrically couples the electromagnet to one of the power supplies. The potentiometer varies the current delivered to the electromagnet based on a force measured by the force meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Andrew Priddis, Jedediah Knight
  • Patent number: 10066436
    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: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 10053909
    Abstract: A triple-shade roller blind includes a reel shaft for reeling a curtain having front and rear shade layers and a plurality of shading strips interconnecting the front and rear shade layers, and an adjusting assembly having a rotatable coupling member journalled on a pivot pin and coupled with the reel shaft to rotate the same, and an adjusting rod extending downwardly of and rotatable relative to the coupling member. A movement converting mechanism is disposed to convert rotation of the adjusting rod into the rotation of the coupling member as well as the reel shaft so as to adjust the distance between the front and rear shade layers and the shading areas of the shading strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: J. Paxton Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Teh-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 10041291
    Abstract: A slat for use in a rolling shutter is provided. The slat comprises a engaging track located at a first edge of a body and a receiving track located at a second edge of the body. Illustratively, the engaging track has a hook-shaped profile, and the receiving track comprises a lip member and a guard member defining a space adapted to receive therein an engaging track of an adjacent slat. The engaging track and the receiving track are designed to minimize the space required for the rolling shutter to be retracted around a spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Nautilus Shutter LLC
    Inventors: James V. Miller, Michael Heissenberg
  • Patent number: 9963890
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rollable platform that may be unfurled in any orientation over exposed floor or ceiling joists. The platform may be constructed of a specific arrangement of support surface panels and underside joint panels to give the platform both (a) rigidity in a direction that is normal to the support surface via gridlock between the support surface panels and (b) foldability and/or rollability in a direction that is normal to the underside joint panels due to hinged interconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Adrian Allen
  • Patent number: 9957749
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing device (11, 35, 41) for sealing a gap (32) between a lintel (30) and a roller shutter (10, 34, 40). The sealing device (11, 35, 41) has a sealing means (23) for arranging at the upper end of a top shutter element (24) of the roller shutter (10, 34, 40). For covering a gap (32) in a functional and/or cost-effective way between a lintel (30) and a roller shutter (10, 34, 40), preferably in case of a completely unrolled door blade (12), the sealing device (11, 35, 41) is characterized in that a swivel mechanism (25, 37, 43) is provided for swivelling the sealing means (23) from a sealing position into a winding position and from a winding position into a sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY ENTRANCE SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Friedhelm Frede
  • Patent number: 9828799
    Abstract: A shutter for protecting an opening. The shutter comprising a plurality of horizontal curtain slats for covering the opening, wherein horizontal refers to a direction when viewing slats from a front surface, and wherein the curtain slats hang freely from a upper region of the opening; an upper transition slat movably affixed to a lower end of a first curtain slat; a lower transition slat movably affixed to an upper end of a second curtain slat; and a horizontal reinforcing member comprising at least an upper and a lower reinforcing slat, wherein the upper reinforcing slat is rotatably affixed to a lower end of the first transition slat and the lower reinforcing slat is rotatably affixed to an upper end of the second transition slat, and wherein the upper and lower reinforcing slats are rotatably joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher J Hall
  • Patent number: 9776721
    Abstract: A holder apparatus for holding an object relative to an airplane cabin window frame can include a structure that locates in opposing window shade channels of the frame, and at least one tray pivotably mounted relative to the structure. A system for holding an object relative to an airplane cabin window can include a holder apparatus with a structure that engages a window frame of the window, and at least one tray pivotably mounted relative to the structure. The structure can engage opposing window shade channels of the window frame in response to rotational displacement of the structure relative to the frame. A method for installing an apparatus in a window can include placing the apparatus between channels of the window, rotating and engaging ends of the apparatus with the window frame channels and displacing it to the bottom of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Donald Wilson Alford
  • Patent number: 9765568
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An example architectural opening covering assembly includes a manual controller operatively coupled to a tube to rotate the tube. The tube includes an architectural opening covering. The example architectural opening covering assembly also includes a motor operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube. A local controller is communicatively coupled to the motor to control the motor. The example architectural opening covering assembly further includes a gravitational sensor to determine an angular position of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Jörg Bohlen, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson
  • Patent number: 9757773
    Abstract: A collector for collecting wash liquid from an engine washing operation include a frame; a height adjustable and expandable droplet separator package connected to the frame, the droplet separator package to receive a flow of wash liquid entrained in an airstream emanating from an engine; a height adjustable and extendable chute with side walls and a scissor lift, the chute connected to the droplet separator package and extending at least partially under an engine to collect liquid exiting the engine; a collector tank connected to the frame to collect liquid from the droplet separator package and the chute; and a drainage pipe connecting at least one of the chute and the droplet separator to the collector tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EcoServices, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Nordlund, Robert M. Rice, Niklas Linderholm
  • Patent number: 9752382
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and article of manufacture for a door assembly for rolling and unrolling, or retracting and extending, a door curtain. The door assembly may include various mechanisms to protect a door curtain from wear and abrasion, as well as muffle noise associated with the operation of the door curtain. The door assembly may comprise a curtain shaft. A door curtain may roll and/or unroll (e.g., open and/or close) on the curtain shaft. The door assembly may further include an insulator shaft, which may receive or hold a door curtain insulator or insulators. A door curtain insulator may attach to the insulator shaft as well as the curtain shaft and/or door curtain itself. In operation, as the door curtain is rolled up, one or more lengths of insulator may be unrolled from the insulator shaft and layered, or interleaved, between consecutive layers of rolled up door curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CORNELL IRONWORKS ENTERPRISES
    Inventor: David Lueker
  • Patent number: 9731584
    Abstract: A retractable cover system includes a frame that provides an opening. A drive system includes a motor operatively connected to a main roller through a first drive element. A resilient member is interconnected between the motor and a second drive element. The main roller is connected to one of the first and second drive elements. A flexible cover is mounted to the main roller and is configured to slide relative to the frame between first and second positions within the opening in response to actuation of the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: BOS AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mickey Alan Hannan, Andrew Charles Stewart, Juergen Josef Salewski, Michael David Uhazie, Huan Tran, Markus Hintennach
  • Patent number: 9715257
    Abstract: An electronic device includes one or more screens, multiple screen protectors moveable between a retracted position and extended position where they extend above the screen to create a gap, and one or more sensors. When the sensor detects a drop event, the screen protectors move from the retracted to extended position, functioning as a shock absorber and preventing the screen from connecting with a surface that the electronic device contacts. In some implementations, the screen protectors may be multiple tabs that may be moved between the retracted and extended positions by one or more motors and/or other actuators coupled to one or more pinions. Such tabs may be formed of various flexible and/or rigid materials such as plastic, plastic film, polyethylene terephthalate or other polymers, metal, thin film metal, combinations thereof, and/or other such materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson B. Manullang, Stephen B. Lynch, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 9689200
    Abstract: A roller blind including a sheet element secured at one end to a roller tube mounted for rotation, and secured at its opposite end to a fixed element located adjacent to the roller tube such that the sheet element defines a return portion located between the two ends; and a roller blind bottom bar located within the return portion, wherein the roller blind bottom bar includes a tubular body and an end cap carried by each end of the tubular body, the end caps including a proximal portion located adjacent to the tubular body, a distal portion spaced from the tubular body, and an outwardly flared portion located between the proximal and distal portions such that the end cap flares outwards from the proximal portion to the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Louver-Lite Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Greening
  • Patent number: 9644424
    Abstract: A motorized shade for covering a window, a door, or a wall opening is provided that can be actuated by touching its hem bar. The motorized shade, such as a roller shade, comprises a shade material extending from a top end to a bottom end, a hem bar assembly connected to the bottom end of the shade material, and a shade drive unit operably connected to the top end of the shade material. The hem bar assembly comprises a touch sensing module adapted to detect a user touching the hem bar assembly and transmit a control signal in response to the detected touch. The shade drive unit comprises a motor and a motor control module adapted to receive the control signal and control the motor to open or close the shade material. The control signal can be wirelessly transmitted from the touch sensing module to the motor control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CRESTRON ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Slivka
  • Patent number: 9637972
    Abstract: A roll-up type industrial door including a flexible sheet or woven fabric forming a curtain for closing a door way having an upper end, a lower end and two opposite side edges. The sheet has a main area and elongate side edge sections that are thicker than the main area. A shoulder is formed where each side edge section meets the main area. A curtain winding mechanism is connected to the upper end of the curtain and is used to raise the curtain. A pair of spaced apart guide channels are also provided and the side edge sections are movable therein. Each guide has one or two elastic members which act as locking blades. The locking blades of each guide form an elongate slot that receives a side edge section of the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Robert Miller, Michael D. Peters, John Whealon
  • Patent number: 9546715
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (32) for manually actuating a piece of closing or sun protection equipment (10), in particular of the blinds or rolling shutters type, including a stationary case (42) having two aligned bearings (44) defining an axis of rotation (200), a worm (34) guided in rotation in the bearings (44) and a driving rod (54) to rotate the worm (34). The worm (34) being passed through by an axial hole (52), the driving rod (54) being able to be inserted in the axial hole (52) by securing the driving rod (54) in rotation with the worm (34). A snapping connection between an elastically deformable staple (56) and a bearing shoulder (64) allows the insertion of the driving rod (54) into the axial hole (52), and blocking the removal of the driving rod (54) inserted into the axial hole (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Sergyl Clerget, Thierry Garby
  • Patent number: 9469982
    Abstract: A grate apparatus for covering a pit defined in a floor of a vehicle wash facility includes a plurality of rigid rung pieces having a first end, a second end, an upper surface and a lower surface. The rigid rung pieces are secured in generally parallel and spaced apart fashion by a plurality of flexible strap members. The flexible strap members are secured to each of the rung pieces by a plurality of fasteners. The grate apparatus is moveable between an unwound position where the first end of each of the plurality of rigid rung pieces rests on one of a pair of spaced apart rails located adjacent the pit and the second end of each of the plurality of rung pieces rests on the other of the pair of spaced apart rails and a wound position wherein the plurality of rung pieces and the plurality of flexible straps are oriented in generally coiled position around a centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Belanger, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Belanger
  • Patent number: 9453371
    Abstract: An electric rolling door including a rail, a rolling door coupled to the rail, a control module connected to the rolling door to drive the rolling door moved along the rail, a rotating member, a sensing module, and a weighting member is provided. The rotating member is pivoted along an axis next to the rail, wherein the axis is parallel to an extending direction of the rail. The sensing module electrically connected to the control module is disposed on the axis and senses a motion of the rotating member. The weighting member freely pivoted to a bottom of the rolling door has a weighting portion and a pressing portion extending between the rail and the rotating member. A first torque generated by the weighting portion relative to the rolling door is greater than and opposite to a second torque generated by the pressing portion relative to the rolling door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: proeasy network solutions co., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsing-Hung Lu
  • Patent number: 9366080
    Abstract: A roller blind is disclosed which provides horizontal slats for directional shading, enabling the application of a screen fabric which allows a greater portion of visible light to pass therethrough. The disclosed slatted roller blind is free from the usage of ladder cords and is simplistic in design. The disclosed slatted roller blind maintains a compact formation of a roller shade when retracted and has greater resistance to skewing along the longitudinal axis of the roller while being retracted. Furthermore, the disclosed slatted roller blind design is capable of being utilized as an outdoor or indoor blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: RE48488
    Abstract: A grate apparatus for covering a pit defined in a floor of a vehicle wash facility includes a plurality of rigid rung pieces having a first end, a second end, an upper surface and a lower surface. The rigid rung pieces are secured in generally parallel and spaced apart fashion by a plurality of flexible strap members. The flexible strap members are secured to each of the rung pieces by a plurality of fasteners. The grate apparatus is moveable between an unwound position where the first end of each of the plurality of rigid rung pieces rests on one of a pair of spaced apart rails located adjacent the pit and the second end of each of the plurality of rung pieces rests on the other of the pair of spaced apart rails and a wound position wherein the plurality of rung pieces and the plurality of flexible straps are oriented in generally coiled position around a centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Belanger, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Belanger