Abstract: An apparatus for aiding a user in raising and lowering of a tailgate includes a handle and a connector for connecting the handle to the tailgate to allow for movement of the handle rearwardly relative to the tailgate as the tailgate is initially lowered by the user and forwardly to a position above the tailgate as the lowering of the tailgate is continued. A tailgate lift assembly includes a housing extending along a predetermined length, a spring anchored at one end at a first end of the housing, a connector having a first end affixed to the opposite end of said spring and extending through said housing, and a first fixed guide around which the connector extends. A bumper for covering a corner of a tailgate is also provided.
Abstract: A pull rope free curtain structure contains: a hollow first rod, a second rod, a body including a bottom end mounted on the second rod, and at least one elastic rope assembly. Each elastic rope assembly includes: two driving members accommodated in the first rod; a first control rope winded between the two driving members, and two ends of the first control rope of one of the at least one elastic rope assembly being intersected and inserted through the first rod and being fixed on the second rod via the body; a second control rope winded on two ends of the first rod, the second control rope having two ends fixed on one of the two driving members; a positioning member fitted on a central position of the first rod and retained on a central position of the second control rope.
Abstract: A small container partitioned into two sections—one for housing a pair of retractable cords and the other half for housing a packet containing sanitizing material. Each of the sections have empty spaces therein and are conjoined together via click-and-lock hinges. The empty spaces between two sections when conjoined, they together house the protective covering sleeve. In operation, a user engages a cart handle by attaching the device thereto, and can detach the two sections from each other easily. The two sections when separated deploy the protective covering sleeve over the surface of the handle, providing a sanitary surface for the user to grip.
Abstract: A tensioned roller shade system for installation in an opening, such as a window or a skylight, comprises a frame, a roller tube rotatably mounted between side channels of the frame adjacent a first end of the frame, a conical, grooved spool mounted adjacent the roller tube, and a shade fabric is windingly received around the roller tube. A tensioning cord is operatively coupled between the spool and a fabric end of the shade fabric. The spool has a single groove, which wraps around the spool and windingly receives about the tensioning cord. A pulley is operatively coupled to the frame adjacent a second frame end and windingly receives the tensioning cord. The tensioning cord is adapted to bias the second fabric end toward the second frame end, such that the second fabric end of the shade fabric is adapted to move between the first and second frame ends as the roller tube is rotated.
September 26, 2008
Date of Patent:
February 14, 2012
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
David A. Kirby, Jason C. Killo, David William Petrillo, Fabian Brugger
Abstract: A self-contained tensioned roller shade system that can be easily installed in an opening, such as a window or a skylight. The roller shade system comprises a free-standing frame, a roller tube rotatably mounted between first and second side channels of the frame adjacent a first end of the frame, and a shade fabric is windingly received around the roller tube. A tensioning cord is operatively coupled between the roller tube and a second fabric end opposite the first fabric end, and is windingly received about the roller tube. A pulley is operatively coupled to the frame adjacent the second frame end and windingly receives the tensioning cord. The tensioning cord is adapted to bias the second fabric end toward the second frame end, the second fabric end of the shade fabric adapted to move between the first and second frame ends as the roller tube is rotated.
April 3, 2008
Date of Patent:
November 15, 2011
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
David A. Kirby, Jason C. Killo, David William Petrillo, Fabian Brugger
Abstract: A cord tensioner for the guide cords of a cord-guided window blind with movable rails holding a blind material. The cord tensioner, located at one of the rails, is a helically wound, extension spring with an integral extension limiter, extending axially through the spring, to prevent it from being overextended.
Abstract: A tensioner for securing a tension cord of a tension shade attached to a structure. The tensioner includes a lock component having an inner surface, an outer surface and an aperture extending therethrough. A casing includes an inner surface, an outer surface and an aperture extending therethrough, and an outer periphery defining a cavity for receiving the lock therein. The lock and the casing form a first and second opening and a path there between for receiving a portion of the tension cord. The opening forms an axis substantially perpendicular to an axis defined by the apertures of the lock and casing. A fastener extends through the apertures of the lock and casing to secure the lock and casing to the structure and to fix the location of the tension cord relative to the casing.
Abstract: A braking device for a window screening arrangement includes at least one braking member (11, 12) mounted on the cords (4, 5) of the parallel guidance system. The braking members (11, 12) may be designed as hollow symmetrical bodies having a cylindrical outer shape and engage with the bar (3) at the free end of the free end of the screening body (2) of the screening arrangement.
Abstract: A screen apparatus which has a pair of opposed frame portions provided on the top and bottom sides and a pair of opposed frame portions provided on the right and left sides. One pair serves as screen fitting frame portions, fitting and supporting a screen member in between, contractibly and expandable. The other pair of opposed frame portions forms sliding guide frame portions. The pair of sliding guide frame portions are flexible. The sliding guide frame portions have one end secured to one of the screen fitting frame portions and the other end is bent and slides along the other screen fitting frame portion as the screen member is contracted or expanded to maintain a prescribed distance between the pair of opposed screen fitting frame portions.
Abstract: For a roller blind, particularly for use as a blackout shade, and with a spring-biased roller bar and a blind rolled on the roller bar and having along its lateral edges guide members guided in tracks in guide rails disposed at both sides of the window opening, and a bottom bar, a brake device is provided for retaining the bottom bar in an arbitrary position against the effect of the bias-force by a cord arrangement with a cord which at the bottom of one guide rail is passed through the guide rail, the bottom bar and the other guide rail to a fixture at the top thereof. A friction mechanism acting on the cord two pins is mounted in the bottom bar over which the cord is passed in S-shape. To ensure parallel guidance of the bottom bar in relation to the roller bar the cord arrangement may include two cords mounted in mirror-inversion.
Abstract: A device for transmitting a drive force between a flexible element, such as cord, and a first rotatable, cylindrical body, said flexible element is trained around the casing surface of the body through a pre-determined angle, wherein a second cylindrical body is arranged with a rotating shaft parallel to that of the first, along which the flexible element is trained in opposing direction, said both bodies, preferably provided with at least one groove for receiving said flexible element, are embodied and/or placed such that the bodies rotate without slippage between flexible element and both cylindrical bodies.
Abstract: An electromotively driven sunblind includes a first beam and a second beam which are movable in parallel relative to each other. A motor and a drive shaft having at least one drive roller are disposed within a hollow cavity in the first beam and relative movement of the second beam is effected by at least one flexible operating element. A screen is disposed between the first beam and the second beam which may be of a pleated material.
Abstract: Manual deployment apparatus for speciality, pleated or multi-cellular window covering treatments including uniquely hinged mounting rails and single and/or continuous strand pull cords. The invention consists of apparatus that is used to acquire two modes of pleated or multi-cellular shade fabric deployment over generally curvilinear window openings, but particulary over window openings having circular and segmented shapes. A translational deployment, known as the "Blossom Mode" moves a sculptured shade from its rest position by actuation of a continuous cord that is under constant tension. The shade may be deployed to any extent from the mere movement from the completely stowed position to the fully extended. The second modality, known as the "Fan Mode" contemplates deployment of the multi-cellular shade by commencing with the stowed shade marginally secured between a pair of superimposed, and hingably connected rails.
Abstract: Manual deployment apparatus for specialty, pleated or multi-cellular window covering treatments including uniquely hinged mounting rails and single and/or continuous strand pull cords. The invention consists of apparatus that is used to acquire two modes of pleated or multi-cellular shade fabric deployment over generally curvillinear window openings, but particularly over window openings having circular and segmented shapes. A translational deployment, known as the "Blossom Mode" moves a sculptured shade from its rest position by actuation of a continuous cord that is under constant tension. The shade may be deployed to any extent from the mere movement from the completely stowed position to the fully extended. The second modality, known as the "Fan Mode" contemplates deployment of the multi-cellular shade by commencing with the stowed shade marginally secured between a pair of superimposed, and hingably connected rails.
August 17, 1989
Date of Patent:
June 19, 1990
John T. Schnebly, John A. Corey, Randy Koleda
Abstract: A frame for a retractable blind which can be gathered together, said frame comprises an upper head-rail consisting of a hollow profile, a bottom rail which can be raised and lowered and which forms the bottom of the blind, lateral profiles, corner members connecting the head-rail to the lateral profiles, longitudinal channels in said lateral profiles, draw cords passing through the lateral channels, a plurality of cord passages in said corner parts, all of which are connected to one another via a common space and a sliding surface associated with each cord passage to deflect the draw cords, as they pass from the head-rail to the associated lateral profile.
Abstract: A vertical shade assembly extendable and retractable in a horizontal direction and including a pleated shade member suspended from an upper traversing track, a shade guide mechanism extending through the assembly, and a braking mechanism operatively connected to the shade guide mechanism for creating a braking force to hold the shade member against movement.
Abstract: A motorized blind assembly has top and bottom horizontal end members and a horizontal intermediate blind base member displaceable between the top and bottom members. The ends of a foldable and extensible accordion-like blind are secured, respectively, to the top end member and to the blind base member. An idle pulley is mounted on the bottom end member while a blind drive mechanism is mounted on the top end member; the latter mechanism including a drive friction pulley and a motor assembly able to drive the drive pulley in either of the two directions of rotation. An operating belt winds around the drive and idle pulleys and a mechanism connects the ends of the belt to the base member, this latter mechanism being conceived so that, when the motor assembly is energized, the blind base member moves between the end members causing the blind to fold and unfold. The ends of the belt may alternatively be secured directly to the blind base member.
Abstract: A window shade construction for a window having a generally rectangular window frame comprises a pair of flexible cords running substantially from the top to the bottom of the window and attached adjacent respective top and bottom ends of the window frame. Respective top and bottom header members are coupled for slidable movement along the cords. A pleated shade member has a first end coupled to the top header and an opposite end coupled to the bottom header, such that the pleated shade is expandable and collapsible in accordian-like fashion as the top and bottom headers are moved slidably along the cords.
Abstract: A shade system includes a fixed top rail, a fixed bottom rail and a movable middle rail. A shade is affixed between the top rail and the middle rail and is folded when the middle rail is moved with respect to the top rail by a continuous loop drive system. The shade system of the present invention may be used with any window irrespective of the orientation of the window.
Abstract: An adjustable shade including first and second parallel headrails and an intermediate rail between the headrails with a foldable shade member attached to the intermediate rail and to one of the headrails. The shade member has rows of aligned openings therethrough and the headrails and intermediate rail have openings aligned with the rows of openings in the shade member. Tension cords extend through the rows of openings in the shade member and through the openings in the headrails and intermediate rail to guide the intermediate rail and shade member during movement between open and closed positions. The draw cords are attached to the intermediate rail and extend through the rows of openings in the shade member and through the headrails, and the draw cords have an operating portion that extends between the headrails and which can be grasped to move the intermediate rail in both directions relative to the headrails.
Abstract: A shade construction for a vehicle window having a generally rectangular window frame comprises a pair of flexible cords running respectively from top to bottom edges of the window frame. Substantial portions of these cords are in parallel, spaced apart condition and located adjacent and parallel to opposite lateral sides of the frame. A shade structure comprises a header and a pleated shade member coupled to the header. The pleated shade member is slideably mounted to the pair of cords generally at opposite sides thereof so as to be expandable and collapsible in accordion-like fashion relative to the cords. Mounting structure is provided for slideably mounting the header to the cords, and for directing the cords through the header and into slideable engagement with the pleated shade member.
Abstract: A folding blind, consisting principally of a fixed top and bottom beam, and also a parallel thereto slidable along cords intermediate beam to which a panel of pleated material is fastened, whereby the intermediate beam is divided into a first and a second intermediate beam, in which the second intermediate beam is slidable along cords parallel to or with the first one, so being able to provide on the one side a composite folding blind which consists of more than one folding blind, linked above one another or on the other side a panel of material to be fitted between the fixed top and bottom beam and the first and second intermediate beam respectively, so producing in effect two folding blinds.
Abstract: A pleated fabric is connected between an upper fixed sill and a movable sill. The movable sill is between the upper fixed sill and a lower fixed sill. Two string loops are resiliently secured to the sills and slidably frictionally engaged with the movable sill symmetrical relative to the sills and to a central axis parallel to the direction of movement of the movable sill. The tension in the strings is adjustably set by a single tension spring and a turnbuckle connected between and to the loops. The friction engagement of the strings to the movable sill is set to a friction load having a value which provides smooth operation and tends to keep the movable sill in place at whatever location the sill is moved to regardless the blind orientation relative to gravity.
Abstract: This invention is an improvement over my U.S. Pat. No. 4,326,577 for a window screen arrangement comprising a novel roller combination for winding and unwinding the screen or shade element and at the same time positioning of the entire screen assembly in a desired position vertically on a window to provide partial screening in any part of the window while at the same time permitting additional screening provided by the operation of the screen upon a roller. The method of supporting the screen in the window opening comprises a novel arrangement of cords for support and positioning which permit the foregoing without the use of pulleys, springs, counter-weights, hooks, clamps or other positioning devices to hold the screen assembly in any given location by permitting its roller features to function.
Abstract: A sun blind suitable for installation in, for example, window openings, including window openings having an inclination from the vertical, is disclosed. The sun blind comprises a first bar disposed at the top of the window opening, a second bar movable with respect to the first bar, a foldable sun blinding member attached between the first and second bars and a third bar disposed at the bottom of the window opening. A first cord arrangement is used to move the second bar and thus the sun blinding member. A second cord arrangement is used to guide the second bar and the sun blinding member. A suitable tension means, such as a spring, preferably located in the third bar, applies tension to the second cord arrangement so as to keep the cords of the second cord arrangement taut and thus properly guide the sun blinding member and the second bar with respect to the inclination of the window opening.
Abstract: A sun blind for a window, in particular a window occupying permanently or temporarily a slanting position and optionally being operative to be toppled about a horizontal axis, said sun blind comprising a horizontal profiled top bar fastened to or integrated with the header of the window frame, a horizontal profiled bottom bar operative to be moved with respect to said top bar, a sun blinding portion between said top bar and said bottom bar, lateral guides for guiding the ends of the bottom bar, said guides being provided along or within the side posts of the window frame, at least two cords running through apertures in the sun blinding portion and optionally an additional profiled bar along the bottom sill part of the window frame, whereby said cords serve solely for guiding the bottom bar and the sun blinding portion, while the ends of all cords are fastened to fixed points of the top bar, the bottom bar or the lateral guides of the sun blind.
Abstract: A window screen arrangement comprises a novel roller combination for winding and unwinding the screen or shade element and at the same time providing for positioning of the entire screen assembly in any desired position vertically on a window to provide partial screening in any part of the window while at the same time permitting additional screening provided by the operation of the screen upon a roller. The method of supporting the screen in the window opening comprises a novel arrangement of cords for support and positioning which permit the foregoing without the use of pulleys, springs, counter-weights, hooks, clamps, or other positioning devices to hold the screen assembly in any given vertical location while permitting its roller features to function.
Abstract: An adjustable shade structure embodying an expandable compactible shade member secured to upper and lower shade bars slidable engaged in a parallelogram cord system. The shade structure is supported upon a suitable frame, such as a window or door frame or upon a free standing floor supported frame.