Slidably Mounted Unit Patents (Class 160/214)
  • Publication number: 20140338845
    Abstract: A convertible slide-glide panel privacy (or blind barrier section) system is provided for deck railings or fences. The system may consist of identical panel sections. A first panel section may consist of a stationary panel. Additional identical panel sections may be in an opposite facing orientation with respect to the first panel section and may be configured to slide in-between the most outer stationary structural supports (i.e., an upper railing, a lower railing and posts) of a deck railing or fence in order to either cover or open an existing space or gap between stationary balusters. The stationary panel may be attached directly under an upper railing and attached slide pieces. The sliding path of the additional panel sections may be linear or curvilinear. The sliding panel sections in the system may be constructed from a combination of or individually from composites, wood, metals, glass, lattice, PVC and transparent thermoplastics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Cordell E. Ebeling
  • Patent number: 8498747
    Abstract: A drapery assembly extends and retracts a drape with a powered carrier. The carrier receives both a power signal and a command signal from a controller via an electrically powered surface of a drapery rod. The carrier supports a portion of the drape and moves linearly along the length of the drapery rod in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: George Feldstein
  • Patent number: 8387322
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Patent number: 8322095
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Patent number: 8303056
    Abstract: A cabinet door collapses and slides into a concealed position inside a door compartment of a cabinet. The door has a first wing which is pivotally connected to a second wing and to a vertical door-supporting bar which travel insides the door compartment. The second wing is guided by carriages running in upper and lower continuous guideways that extend inside the door compartment. A device for moving the door-supporting bar includes a stationary toothed belt inside the door compartment, a toothed wheel and guide pulleys carried by the door-supporting bar. The toothed wheel is operatively connected to a torsion spring inside the door-supporting bar. A locking device locks the toothed wheel, when the door wings are in a coplanar closed position, and releases the toothed wheel, when they are in a parallel open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Dada S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Giorgi
  • Patent number: 8261500
    Abstract: A wall panel system including a retractable floor anchor for converting a wall panel assembly between a sliding configuration and a pivoting configuration. The wall panel system includes a sliding wall panel assembly and a pivoting wall panel assembly that may be configured to slide or pivot. A retractable floor anchor configured to be included in the pivoting wall panel assembly includes retractable spindle that is coupled to a base member by a linear actuator. The spindle is rotatably coupled to a door closer included in the retractable floor anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: C.R. Laurence Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Sprague
  • Patent number: 8181689
    Abstract: A telescoping gate can include a frame, a primary gate member connected to the frame in a manner such that the primary gate member can move relative to the frame, and a secondary gate member that is moveable with respect to both the primary gate member and the frame. The primary gate member can include at least one side wall, a top wall extending at an angle from a top of the side wall, and a bottom wall extending at an angle from a bottom of the side wall to create a cavity between the bottom wall, side wall and top wall. The secondary gate member can be located in the cavity of the primary gate member and configured to move relative to the primary gate member and the frame within that cavity. The bottom wall of the primary gate member includes a first roller/rail structure and the secondary gate member includes a bottom wall having a first roller/rail structure configured to mate with the first roller/rail structure of the primary gate member bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Tymetal Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce G. Gill, Douglas J. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8167019
    Abstract: A shade apparatus for a vehicle includes a guide rail mechanism adapted to be arranged along a side portion of an inner periphery of an opening formed in an interior ceiling member of the vehicle, a shade panel mechanism slidably supported by the guide rail mechanism, configured to open and close the opening of the interior ceiling member, and including first and second shade panels, an engaging member arranged at one of the first and second shade panels, and an elastic member arranged at the other of the first and second shade panels and including a fixing portion and a deformable portion. The first and second shade panels move as a unit in the moving direction after one of the first and second shade panels moves relative to the other of the first and second shade panels in the moving direction and the engaging member engages with the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Muranaka, Shinji Sakai, Kazuki Sawada, Kazushige Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20110272104
    Abstract: A telescoping panel assembly comprises a coaxial arrangement of telescoping segments. At least one segment supports at least one associated panel, and at least one of the segments is configured to be mountable to a support surface. The telescoping panel assembly comprises the advantages of both a panel curtain and a telescoping curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Chris Dimitrakoudis
  • Patent number: 8051616
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Publication number: 20110186243
    Abstract: A garage door or garage door segment is provided, and includes a base structure and a cementitious layer on the exterior face of the base structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Graziano Tucci
  • Patent number: 7950438
    Abstract: A screen closure for a garage doorway has a plurality of screened panels movable from an elevated, stored position in which such panels are side-by-side to an extended, operative position in which the panels extend vertically a distance sufficient to close the doorway. Those panels which are at eye level and below when the panels are in their extended position are substantially coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Albert
  • Patent number: 7708049
    Abstract: A door system includes a flexible corrugated closure member guided between door open and closed positions in spaced apart opposed vertical and horizontal sets of guide tracks and further guided by transition guide wheels mounted on an enclosure frame for guiding the closure member between the sets of guide tracks. The transition guide wheels are supported for movement between working and non-working positions to facilitate storage or shipping the door system or an enclosure unit including the door system, as a substantially planar stack of wall, ceiling and floor members forming the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Chris M. Bohmann, Willie Frank Ellis, Mark DeWolfe
  • Patent number: 7624476
    Abstract: An automatic closing assembly for a sliding door has a base, an adjusting device and a housing. The base is mounted on the sliding door and has a mounting bracket and a connecting frame. The connecting frame is mounted on the mounting bracket and has a damper barrel. The adjusting device is connected to the base and has a handle, a screw shaft, and a resilient device. The handle is rotatably connected to the base and rotates the screw shaft. The resilient device moveably engages the screw shaft and is selectively retracted by rotation thereof. The housing is telescopically connected to the base, is mounted around the adjusting device and comprises two tubes connected respectively to ends of the resilient device to transmit a returning force to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Kun-Long Lin
  • Patent number: 7458410
    Abstract: A joining assembly for “ganging” respective doors together such that by movement of one door causes the other doors to follow. A connecting plate and a spacer plate is screwed to the bottom of a primary door while the connecting plate includes a cam follower to ride in a groove in the bottom of a first secondary door. In this manner, both doors are “ganged” together. If other secondary doors are required to be joined with the previous two doors, a connecting angle plate is employed for securing to the secondary door so as to guide the third, fourth, etc. doors. A guide stop, hinge floor guide, and cam follower assembly is mounted to the last door in the multi-door series and the cam follower “tracks” in a floor guide hidden in a “pocket” when a storage pocket is employed in the installation. By ganging these doors, stability is imparted by the weight and mass of the doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Dan Bronner
  • Patent number: 7296608
    Abstract: An industrial sliding door has one or more panel assemblies, each panel assembly having a track panel secured to a header and a swinging panel hinged at the inner edge of the track panel to pivot in either direction about a vertical axis if the swinging panel is impacted by a vehicle such as a fork lift. Both panels can also pivot in at least one direction about a horizontal axis. A rail mounted stationary relative to the doorway at the lower edge of the door holds the lower edge of the door in proximity to the doorway and is disengagable if the door is hit from the opposite side, to permit the door panel assembly to swing about the horizontal axis away from the doorway. The swinging panel is held by a detent in the plane of the track panel in a normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: ASI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Weishar, Joseph M. Endter
  • Patent number: 6805187
    Abstract: A cover can be moved easily for access behind where the cover had been, and easily restored to its original position, without having to unattach and reattach the cover. In one example, cable guides and an edge of a coupled net can be moved in a vertical direction to allow access to shelving without disconnecting them from the shelving structure, and can be moved in the opposite direction to the original position. The cable guides can direct two cables between opposing sides of the shelving structure in that example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Cormark, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Padiak, Thomas M. Conway, Christopher Dominic
  • Patent number: 6684932
    Abstract: In an arrangement for sliding doors, a door leaf comprises a number (n) of interlinked and jointed sections (4:1-4:n) in which adjoining sections are able to rotate around a joint axis (A) from a position in which the sections are in alignment with each other to a relative angled position. The door leaf can slide in the door opening (6) in guides (8, 9), each of which comprising a first and a second interacting guide element (8′, 8″; 9′, 9″) arranged on two opposing end edges (22, 23) of the door leaf and the corresponding sides of the door opening. To obtain a sound insulating door, there is an elastically deformable material between the adjoining and relatively flexible sections (4:1-4:n) to separate the sections from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Alimak AB
    Inventor: Mats Olof Olofsson
  • Patent number: 6681529
    Abstract: An information display system is disclosed. A work environment providing a work area and a workstation including the information display system are also disclosed. The information display system includes a track system adapted to attach to a mounting structure and a plurality of display panels coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure. The display panels are adapted to present information selectively for display by pivotal and translating movement of the plurality of display panels. The track system may include at least one rail. The display panels may be cantilevered away from the track system at a vertical elevation to provide clearance below the display panels for a seated worker. The information display system may include a plurality of containers coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure, with each of the plurality of containers is adapted to include at least one display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Baloga, Carl V. Forslund, III
  • Patent number: 6629386
    Abstract: A furniture system is particularly adapted to support group activities in open plans, and the like. A plurality of columns support an overhead framework on the floor of a building in a freestanding fashion at a predetermined elevation, generally above average user height. A plurality of individual panels are provided, wherein each panel is constructed to permit easy, manual, bodily translation of the same by an adult user. A hanger arrangement is associated with the overhead framework, and cooperates with connectors on the panels to detachably suspend the panels at various locations along the overhead framework. The panels are manually reconfigurable between many different arrangements to efficiently and effectively support different group activities. Preferably, the panels are capable of providing a partitioning function to visually divide at least a portion of the workspace, and/or a display function to facilitate group communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Paul T. Cornell, Robert J. Luchetti, Gregg R. Draudt, Kurt S. Bodden, Linda K. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 6463701
    Abstract: An information display system is disclosed. A work environment providing a work area and a workstation including the information display system are also disclosed. The information display system includes a track system adapted to attach to a mounting structure and a plurality of display panels coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure. The display panels are adapted to present information selectively for display by pivotal and translating movement of the plurality of display panels. The track system may include at least one rail. The display panels may be cantilevered away from the track system at a vertical elevation to provide clearance below the display panels for a seated worker. The information display system may include a plurality of containers coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure, with each of the plurality of containers is adapted to include at least one display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Baloga, Carl V. Forslund, III
  • Patent number: 6374547
    Abstract: An information display system is disclosed. A work environment providing a work area and a workstation including the information display system are also disclosed. The information display system includes a track system adapted to attach to a mounting structure and a plurality of display panels coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure. The display panels are adapted to present information selectively for display by pivotal and translating movement of the plurality of display panels. The track system may include at least one rail. The display panels may be cantilevered away from the track system at a vertical elevation to provide clearance below the display panels for a seated worker. The information display system may include a plurality of containers coupled to the track system for movement with respect to the mounting structure, with each of the plurality of containers is adapted to include at least one display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Baloga, Carl V. Forslund, III
  • Patent number: 6336247
    Abstract: A hanger assembly for a sliding screen door comprises a horizontally mounted track that fits within a standard door header and roller assembly, preferably one roller assembly per side of the screen door. Each roller assembly comprises at least a roller, and preferably two per roller assembly, and a holder that connects the roller(s) to the screen door. The holder includes a connecting bar portion that attaches to the roller(s) and a generally U shaped bracket portion that extends downwardly from the connecting bar portion, whereby the screen door is positioned and held snugly within the U shaped portion. A side of the bracket U shaped portion includes a slot for vertically and/or horizontally adjusting the screen by positioning of attachment means through the slot such as a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Frank Schnoor
  • Patent number: 6234237
    Abstract: A system for suspension in elongated bearing rails (1) of plate-shaped sound-absorbing elements (2) in such a manner that the elements, if desired, can be taken down for cleaning and disinfecting purposes. Sound-absorbing elements (2) are suspended in the bearing rails (1) by wheels (3). In this manner each plate-shaped element (2) can be moved along the carrier rail (1) and taken down at the end of the rail for cleaning and disinfecting purposes, and particular scaffoldings at various locations inside the factory building are no longer required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: HM Akustik A/S
    Inventor: Morten Skands
  • Patent number: 6186444
    Abstract: A sliding pocket door adapted for aircraft use comprising two generally tabular door segments, each laying in a common sliding plane and each attached to a carrier frame which is mounted to an aircraft bulkhead. Each door segment is attached to its carrier frame by unique hinges that allow the door segment to rotate out of the sliding plane while simultaneously dropping along their axes of rotation. This rotation will allow a nondestructive depressurization of the doors, for example, during rapid decompression in the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Charles F. Steel
  • Patent number: 5560416
    Abstract: A shutter for a cabinet includes a plurality of juxtaposed slats with front and rear sides. Each of the slats has longitudinal first and second portions, a longitudinal intermediate portion between the first and second portions, and a pin-and-eye assembly provided on the rear side at the first and second portions for connecting pivotally adjacent ones of the slats. Each of the slats further has a transparent part. The intermediate portion of the transparent part has a convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Jackson Yu
  • Patent number: 5406761
    Abstract: A room partition is made of wall elements, which can be moved and be brought in tight contact, with their vertical front sides, with each other, and with locking elements. The wall elements are movable with the aid of suspension assemblies along a first track (10) and at least along a second track (4), whereby the first track (10) branches from the second track (4), and whereby with the first track (10), along which it can move, is associated a conveying mechanism (12) to which are attached catches (30) that, for the transportation of a wall element along the first track (10) can be brought in detachable engagement with its suspension assemblies. For transition of a wall element between the first and the second track (10,4), each catch (30) can be swung toward or away from a suspension assembly (6) of the wall element present in the branch point (34), in order to be engaged with or detached from this suspension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Huppe Form Sonnenschutzund Raumtrennsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Hobbiebrunken, Rolf Kalischewski, Rolf Brunkhorst, Werner Klein, Bernd-Jurgen Kappe
  • Patent number: 5131449
    Abstract: A folding door storage system for an opening of a closet including a first door panel and a second door panel, which panels are pivotal with respect to one another, and a carrier arrangement which can be moved, in a folded state of the door panels in which they are aligned parallel with one another, together with the door panels into a storage space. In order to achieve a safe guiding and moving of the door panels and in order to be able to use the system also for very large dimensions, the first door panel is mounted for movement transversely with respect to the front side of the closet on a guide rail by means of a guide element, wherein the guide element, in the folded state of the door panels, can be transferred into a second guide rail arranged parallel with respect to an outside wall of the closet. A locking mechanism is mounted on the carrier arrangement, which locking mechanism prevents unintended movements and swivellings of the door panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Weyel KG
    Inventors: Klaus K. Winn, Karl L. Engelbach, Ulrich Franz
  • Patent number: 4882795
    Abstract: A partition, more particularly for a corner shower, contains two door-elements mounted displaceably in an upper guide-rail. In the vicinity of the entrance, the upper guide-rail is curved like the edge of the tub and is connected to two lateral wall elements which are secured to the room and are flat. The purpose of the invention is to achieve reliable sealing and equally reliable guidance combined with a simple design. It is proposed that the guide-rail be curved over its entire length and comprise curved end-parts behind the flat wall-element. No lower guide-rail is provided. Instead, small narrow guide-elements are located outside the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: Heinz G. Baus