With Supporting Or Journaling Means Or With Roller End Structure Patents (Class 160/323.1)
  • Patent number: 10322197
    Abstract: A self-cleaning retractable partition apparatus includes a tower assembly defining an interior area, and a primary ultraviolet light mounted to bottom and top walls thereof operable to illuminate the interior area. A partition assembly in the tower assembly includes a reel and a flexible panel movable between coiled and uncoiled configurations wrapped about the reel. A mobile base is unconnected to a bottom wall of the tower assembly is movable between a stowed configuration proximate the tower assembly and a deployed configuration positioned away from the tower assembly and includes a grip member coupled to the leading edge of the panel. The partition apparatus includes a guide assembly having an upper guide member complementary to the upper fastener and operable for engaging the upper fastener, the upper guide member including a plurality of spacer segments each having a metallic core and being operable to maintain an angled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Isaiah Maurice Williams
  • Patent number: 10315582
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is disclosed having a flexible cover that is multi-functional in nature and can be configured as a cover for a rear luggage compartment of the motor vehicle as a small item carrier, as an extendible weather protector and as a roof protector for the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Southey, Richard Craven
  • Patent number: 9810019
    Abstract: A roller tube comprising a tube body which defines on its outwardly facing surface one or more blind substrate or shutter substrate receiving portions, wherein the tube body includes a plurality of sound damping elements located circumferentially around its inwardly facing surface, the sound damping elements extending longitudinally along at least part of the length of the tube body and defining a plurality of sound channels inside the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Louver-Lite Limited
    Inventors: Antony Barnes, Andrew Greening
  • Patent number: 9739089
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening is provided. The covering may include a roller, a shade, and an assembly associated with the roller. The assembly may include a biasing element and a retention element. The biasing element may be operably associated with the roller to selectively rotate the roller. The biasing element may be preloaded. The retention element may be associated with the biasing element. The retention element may be operable to release the preload in the biasing element at an extended shade position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HUNTER DOUGLAS INC.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Smith
  • Patent number: 9222305
    Abstract: A winder assembly for controlling the extension or retraction of a window covering, for example a roller blind. The winder assembly includes a spindle having a head, a shaft extending from the head, and a location lug also extending from the head, in the direction of the shaft. The winder assembly further includes a drive mechanism operable to control the extension and retraction of the window covering by rotation of the drive mechanism about the spindle, and a spindle cover. The spindle cover itself includes an opening through which the shaft of the spindle passes, the cover releasably engaging the head of the spindle, and at least one location aperture receiving the location lug to define at least one position of the spindle relative to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ACMEDA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Carmelo Joseph Licciardi Di Stefano
  • Publication number: 20150090410
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus for closing off an opening above, below, or between electronic equipment in a rack. The rack includes a pair of equipment rails. The electronic equipment is mounted to the equipment rails. The apparatus includes a base, a roller shade, and a handle. The roller shade is rotatably connected to the base and includes a free end extending from the base when the roller shade is rotated. The handle is connected to the free end of the roller shade. The base is removably connected to the equipment rails at a first position. The handle is removably connected to the equipment rails at a second position spaced apart from the first position such that the free end of the roller shade is extended to close off the opening in the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Gary L. Zernach, Nathan W. Pascarella, Darron J. Wright, Travis M. Samples, Joseph Allen Dukes, Mark A. Acklin, James N. Fleming, Samuel C. Ramey, Frank J. Graczyk
  • Publication number: 20150075733
    Abstract: A roller shutter that has a carrier and a decorative lining laminated over the carrier. The roller shutter includes at least one stress limiting layer configured to limit stress applied on the decorative lining when bending the roller shutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Hugo Piccin
  • Patent number: 8973644
    Abstract: A rollable screen comprises a rotatable winding tube for a screen mounted for rotation in a stationary mounting assembly and a spring for loading said winding tube in a direction for winding the screen onto the winding tube. A first end of said spring is connected to the winding tube and a second end is connected to a mounting part positioned within the winding tube and connected to the stationary mounting assembly. Said mounting part comprises projecting locking elements for cooperation with corresponding locking members of the mounting assembly and for a rotation relative thereto between a first rotational position in which the mounting part can be inserted in or removed from the mounting assembly, and a second rotational position in which the locking elements and locking members prevent any translational movement of the rollable screen relative to the stationary mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventor: Paulus Johannes Wilhelmus Munsters
  • Patent number: 8967227
    Abstract: A roller curtain fixing bracket assembly includes a left support, a right support, a decoration board and two cover boards covering the left and right supports. A roller curtain device can be installed between the main bodies of the left and right supports. Each of the left and right supports has a plane board main body and several fixing boards protruding from outer edges of the plane board main body. Front edge of each of two fixing boards extending from two sides of the plane board main body is formed with a split. The decoration board has a horizontal panel and a vertical panel. A top end and a certain section of the vertical panel are formed with hook bars inserted and latched in the splits of the left and right supports and assembled therewith. The cover boards serve to conceal the seams between the supports and the decoration board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Tser Wen Chou
  • Patent number: 8967568
    Abstract: An adjustable roller shade bracket comprising a first plate, a second plate and a bracket member. The bracket member is adapted for mounting to a surface. The second plate is rotationally secured to the bracket member. The first plate is releasably securable to an end of a roller tube of a roller shade and slidably secured to the second plate such that the first plate may be slid along the second plate in a first plane. Rotation of the second plate about the bracket member through 90 degrees permits the first plate to be slid along the second plate in a plane perpendicular to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ZMC Metal Coating Inc.
    Inventors: Norman Wills, Philip Ng
  • Publication number: 20150047796
    Abstract: A flexible display apparatus comprises a main body with a casing and a slot, a flexible portion, and a supporting portion. The flexible display portion is received in the casing, and is capable of rolling out from the main body from the slot. The supporting portion is surrounding the main body and capable of unfolding with respect to the main body. While the flexible display portion is rolled out of the casing and being straightened, the supporting portion is straightened under the flexible display portion for supporting the flexible display portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YAO-CHE PENG, CHIA-SHOU CHANG
  • Publication number: 20150027644
    Abstract: A sunshade assembly includes a winding tube, a screen, an adhesive unit and two clamp rings. The screen has a connection portion that is connected to the winding tube and that has two opposite end sections. The adhesive unit is disposed between the connection portion and the winding tube to adhere together the connection portion and the winding tube. The clamp rings respectively clamp the end sections against the winding tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: MACAUTO INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Lin, Hung-Ming YEN
  • Publication number: 20150020984
    Abstract: A system for securing a head rail of a window blind to a window frame has a first end cap configured to be inserted into the head rail. A threaded channel is formed through the first end cap. A second end cap is configured to be inserted into the head rail. Securing devices are formed on a rear surface of the second end cap. An adjustable head member is rotatably attached to the first end cap. A retaining pin extends from the adjustable head member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: JIM FENNELL
  • Publication number: 20150007949
    Abstract: A system for operating and positioning a roller shade may include a roller shade clutch and an idler which are mounted to brackets for attachment to a structure. Each bracket may include a mounting plate, an attachment member slidably mounted to the mounting plate, and a wall or ceiling engaging member mounted to the mounting plate. The roller shade clutch may include a housing having a guard defining a cavity, a chain outlet, and a chain guard spanning the chain outlet, a post extending axially from the housing, at least one torsion spring mounted on and frictionally engaging said post, a sprocket wheel being mounted for rotation over the post and seated within the cavity, a chain guard cover disposed over at least a portion of the chain guard, and a follower cap mounted over the post that is rotatable in conjunction with the sprocket wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph J. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20140352898
    Abstract: A flexible yet durable roll-down curtain is normally stored in a rolled condition, and is unrolled during use. The curtain includes plural, vertically spaced apart rods extending through a width of the curtain. When rolled, the curtain wraps around an elongate, spring-loaded mandrel assembly. The mandrel assembly couples with a pair of mounting brackets mounted at opposing sidewalls of a temperature-controlled compartment. A pair of locking brackets disposed directly opposite one another at opposing sidewalls engage opposing ends of a rod extending through the curtain, to retain the curtain in a deployed position. A flexible side seal provides a sealing engagement vertically along each side edge of the curtain. When deployed, the curtain extends from ceiling to floor, and from sidewall to sidewall, forming a barrier against uncontrolled air movement from a space on either side of the curtain to a space on an opposing side of the curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Kool Pak LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Veatch, Allen Ross Lee
  • Publication number: 20140352897
    Abstract: An architectural covering with a roll tube rotatably connected to mounting brackets at opposing ends and having shade material wrapped around the roll tube. The roll tube has a hollow interior with a motor assembly, a battery tube assembly and a spring assembly positioned within the hollow interior of the roll tube. One end of the architectural covering is mounted to a top loading bracket whereas the opposite end of the architectural covering is connected to a bottom loading bracket. The bottom loading bracket includes a recessed portion having an axel opening and a deflectable clip member that covers the axel opening. As an axel is inserted into the bracket, the clip member deflects allowing the axel to enter the axel slot and the clip member locks the axel into the axel slot. In this way an improved method of installing architectural coverings is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Qmotion Incorporated
    Inventors: Willis J. Mullet, Christopher L. Wysoczynski
  • Publication number: 20140345813
    Abstract: A roller blind system for a rear window of a motor vehicle, having a roller blind, a roller blind shaft rotatable about a main axis and a sheet-like structure which, in a stowed state, is wound on the roller blind shaft and which, in a functional state, is partially unwound from the roller blind shaft, and having an shelf for arranging in the rear region of the motor vehicle. The shelf has front and rear shelf portions separated from one another by a passage slot through which the sheet-like structure is moved during a movement from the stowed state into the functional state. The two shelf portions are connected to one another via a trough body and the roller blind shaft is arranged within the trough body and is rotatably mounted by bearing blocks which are fastened to, or are an integral part of, the trough body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Olaf Buehl, Harry Weinbrenner
  • Patent number: 8893766
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating unit (1) for architectural coverings, in particular roller blinds or shades. The unit (1) includes a stationary base member (37), a rotatable driving member (39), a rotatable driven member (29) and a brake mechanism (71, 73, and 75). The brake mechanism (71, 73, and 75) automatically arrests rotation of the driven member (29) in respect of the stationary base member (37), when not rotated by the driving member (39). The brake mechanism includes a first wrap spring (73), adapted to yield a predetermined minimum brake force, and at least one second wrap spring (75), different in size from the first wrap spring (73) and adapted to yield a supplementary brake force, which together with the predetermined minimum brake force amounts to a predetermined maximum brake force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Jorg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20140311690
    Abstract: A rollo assembly is provided, comprising a winding shaft defining an axis of rotation and a flexible rollo screen of which a first end is attached to the winding shaft, such that the rollo screen by an appropriate rotation of the winding shaft around its axis of rotation may be wound on or off the winding shaft. Part of the rollo screen wound off from the winding shaft extends along a certain path. The winding shaft is movable in a direction perpendicularly to its axis of rotation in such a manner that the part of the rollo screen wound off from the winding shaft always extends substantially along the same path independently from the amount of rollo screen wound off from the winding shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventor: Theordorus Wilhelmus Camps
  • Publication number: 20140311691
    Abstract: A retractable golf cart windshield includes a two piece case design that contains a roll-up plastic windshield. The user can pull the windshield down or roll it up much like a roll-up window shade. The present invention always keeps the windscreen under tension when in use as well as an optional lock/unlock characteristic that allows the end user to add or subtract tension. Another optional feature controls the return speed of the windscreen when it rolls up into the case. The case and roll-up screen cartridge can be supplied as an easily-installed replacement so that a user can easily replace a damaged windshield. The invention can be supplied as a kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Joseph Newell
  • Patent number: 8839841
    Abstract: A mounting system for an architectural covering including a pair of mounting brackets, a roller operably connected to each of the mounting brackets, and an end plug at least partially received within the roller and operably connected to one of the mounting brackets. The end plug selectively transitions between an extended position and a retracted position and includes a sleeve, a plunger received within the sleeve, and a spring at least partially received within the plunger for biasing the plunger away from the sleeve. The plunger includes a center or body section and at least two radially spaced tongues extending from a first end of the center section. In the extended position a first portion of the plunger projects from the sleeve and in the retracted position at least a portion of the first portion of the plunger is received within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventors: Lars Koop, Jörg Bohlen
  • Publication number: 20140251559
    Abstract: A deployable vision obstructer for use in lockdown drills and procedures. A flexible shade is attached to a door surface above a window by means of a mounting assembly connected to a proximal end of the flexible shade. The flexible shade is configurable between a retracted position and a deployed position and is opaque such that when in the deployed position, the flexible shade obstructs the field of view through the window. The flexible shade is rolled up into the retracted position and is held in place by a shade retaining assembly, such that the flexible shade may readily be deployed as needed. An at least one weight is connected to a distal end of the flexible shade, being positioned opposite the proximal end, in order to assist in deploying the flexible shade. Additionally, a security key is coupled to the distal end for locking the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah Marie LOPER
  • Publication number: 20140251558
    Abstract: A support structure for increasing fixing force of a curtain. The support structure includes an insert body including a main body with a central hollow structure and a metal pin body. The metal pin body can be plugged into the hollow structure of the main body. The metal pin body has a protruding cylindrical rod section. The insert body is received in a central socket of the curtain control seat. The curtain control seat has two protruding engagement bodies disposed on two sides of the central socket. The protruding cylindrical rod section of the metal pin body is inserted into the through hole of the fixing bracket and the engagement bodies are correspondingly fixedly engaged with rectangular perforations of the fixing bracket. Accordingly, the fixing force of the curtain is increased and the stability of the curtain sheet is enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tser Wen CHOU
  • Patent number: 8807190
    Abstract: An end cap for enclosing or covering the end of a cassette of a roller blind or a roller shade. The cassette includes a roller having wound thereon a fabric having a bottom bar attached or otherwise secured thereto or thereover. The end cap comprises a wall portion and a bottom bar stop. The wall portion is releasably securable to an end of the cassette. The bottom bar stop is fixed to and extends outwardly from the wall portion and inhibits upward movement of the bottom bar beyond the elevation of the bottom bar stop when the end cap is secured to an end of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Norman Wills, Philip Ng
  • Patent number: 8800634
    Abstract: A device (10) for fastening a window blind with a window blind end piece (12), which has a front surface (13), on which is arranged an axis segment (15). The axis segment (15) interacts with a mounting element (18), which can be rotated about an axis of rotation (44) of the axis segment (15), for opening and/or closing a holding mount (17). An axial guide (47) is provided, which fixes an axial position of the mounting element (18) in relation to the axis of rotation (44) of the mounting element (18) about the axis segment (15). In order to reduce the risk of premature wear and to simplify a change between left-sided or right-sided mounting, the device (10) has a positioning device (48), which is separate from the axial guide (47). The positioning device (48) is provided for the detachable fixing of the mounting element (18) in at least one rotation position of the mounting element (18) in relation to the axis segment (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Gramsch
  • Publication number: 20140190642
    Abstract: A double-roller curtain mount structure includes a fixing bracket, a support rod and two fixing members. The support rod is fitted through and connected with the fixing bracket. The two fixing members are locked on the support rod to fix the support rod on the fixing bracket. The support rod has an internal space. Two roller curtain assemblies can be inserted into the internal space of the support rod from two sides of the fixing bracket to get closer to the fixing bracket so as to shorten the light gaps between the two roller curtains and the fixing bracket and enhance the sunlight shading effect of the roller curtains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Tser Wen CHOU
  • Patent number: 8763676
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roller blind idle end assembly for roller blinds comprising a splined bush, a support bearing and an end pin, wherein the splined bush is supported by the support bearing and rotatable relative thereto in use; the end pin projects from the support bearing and is slidably coupled thereto such that the end pin is adapted to move axially relative to the support bearing and projects therefrom to engage with a receiving element of a mounting bracket; and wherein the end pin is rotationally fixed relative to the support bearing. This assembly reduces wear between an idle end pin and an idle end bracket and the likelihood of failure of the blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Louver-Lite Limited
    Inventors: Antony Barnes, Andrew Greening
  • Patent number: 8757239
    Abstract: A retractable covering for an architectural opening includes a headrail in which a control system is mounted and a fabric suspended from the headrail. The fabric is mounted to be moved laterally between a rolled up retracted position and an extended position across the architectural opening. At least one roller about which the fabric can be wrapped is mounted at an end of the headrail for rotation about a vertical axis, and the system includes a flexible control element that is substantially horizontally disposed for moving the covering between extended and retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Terrence M. Drew, Paul G. Swiszcz, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 8739854
    Abstract: A movable assembly having a counterbalance gear tensioner includes a covering, a rotatable storage roll with a hollow interior that carries the covering, and a counterbalance assembly that is received in the hollow interior to assist in movement of the covering. A gear tensioner is also received in the hollow interior, rotates with the rotatable storage roll, and is coupled to the counterbalance assembly to adjust a tension force of the counterbalance assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Qmotion Incorporated
    Inventors: Willis J. Mullet, Harry E. Asbury
  • Publication number: 20140130991
    Abstract: A device (10) for fastening a window blind with a window blind end piece (12), which has a front surface (13), on which is arranged an axis segment (15). The axis segment (15) interacts with a mounting element (18), which can be rotated about an axis of rotation (44) of the axis segment (15), for opening and/or closing a holding mount (17). An axial guide (47) is provided, which fixes an axial position of the mounting element (18) in relation to the axis of rotation (44) of the mounting element (18) about the axis segment (15). In order to reduce the risk of premature wear and to simplify a change between left-sided or right-sided mounting, the device (10) has a positioning device (48), which is separate from the axial guide (47). The positioning device (48) is provided for the detachable fixing of the mounting element (18) in at least one rotation position of the mounting element (18) in relation to the axis segment (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Hunter Douglas Industries Switzerland GmbH
  • Publication number: 20140130992
    Abstract: A rollo assembly comprises a rollo screen with opposite longitudinal ends and opposite transverse ends, a winding shaft for winding and unwinding the rollo screen at one of said longitudinal ends, a pull beam connected to the other one of said longitudinal ends and two longitudinal guides for cooperation with the transverse ends of the rollo screen and for guiding the pull beam. At least one support member for the rollo screen extends underneath the rollo screen between two opposite longitudinal support member guides. The support member moves in said longitudinal direction along the support member guides when the rollo scrieen moves between its fully wound position and a partially wound off position, and is kept stationary in an end position when the rollo screen moves between its partially wound off position and its fully wound off position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventor: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
  • Patent number: 8695681
    Abstract: A system for operating and positioning a roller shade may include a roller shade clutch and an idler which are mounted to a bracket for attachment to a structure. The bracket may include a mounting plate and a wall or ceiling engaging member mounted to the mounting plate. The roller shade clutch or idler may be releasably coupled to attachment member of the bracket by a locking device. The locking device may comprise an insert having a body portion, a first end that is configured to be secured within a recess formed in a rear facing surface of the clutch, and a second end that is configured to remain extending at least partially beyond the rear surface of the clutch and to be secured by engagement with a slot formed in the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Daniels
  • Publication number: 20140083632
    Abstract: A door curtain apparatus for an automobile includes a suspending rod for winding a door curtain, a shaft installed inside the suspending rod so as to penetrate both ends of the suspending rod, a fixture into which one end of the shaft is inserted, a link member which is coupled to the other end of the shaft, and an adjustment spindle coupled to the link member so as to move the link member up and down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Wan-Su Park
  • Publication number: 20140000820
    Abstract: A screen assembly for a window comprising a screen supported by an elongate support member adapted to be mounted in an upper region of the window opening, a pair of mounting brackets being provided for attachment to respective sides of the window opening adjacent the top face of the window opening, each end of the elongate support member having means for engaging a respective mounting bracket, whereby the mounting brackets may be attached the sides of a window opening such that the support member may be engaged onto the mounting brackets to mount the support member in the window opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: FOURDS LIMITED
    Inventors: Cormac Diamond, Kevin McCullagh
  • Patent number: 8608126
    Abstract: There is disclosed a support for mounting an end of a roller blind to a structure such as a wall, ceiling and window frame. The support includes a first plate for mounting to the end of the roller blind and a second plate adjacent the first plate. The second plate has a central aperture dimensioned to receive the end of the roller blind. The support further includes a bracket for mounting the second plate to the structure. A plurality of vibration absorbing fasteners are provided for mounting the first plate to the second plate and dampening vibrations travelling from the first plate to the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Philip Ng, Norman Wills
  • Patent number: 8590592
    Abstract: A roll blind includes: a safety cord connected to and wound around a chain pulley adapted to rotate the winding rod, the safety cord having a separated lower end so that one side defines a lowering cord for pulling down the blind material and the other side defines a raising cord for rolling up the blind material; a bidirectional clutch unit adapted to raise/lower the blind material, the bidirectional clutch unit being positioned between the chain pulley and a driving shaft of the winding rod, the bidirectional clutch unit having bidirectional protrusions formed on an inner peripheral surface of the chain pulley at an identical interval in a circumferential direction so that, when the lowering or raising cord is pulled, the winding rod rotates together with the chain pulley, the bidirectional clutch unit having a number of rollers positioned between respective bidirectional protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jung-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 8579004
    Abstract: The present application pertains to a system for adjusting the height of a covering, such as window or a wall covering formed of two or more covering segments that are axially aligned. The system includes a link that selectively transmits rotation between two adjacent coverage thereby allowing the two coverings to be controlled, e.g., raised or lowered, simultaneously. The link includes a clutch that allows one of the segments to be rotated with respect to the other so that the bottom end of one of the coverings can be adjusted and aligned horizontally independently of the other. Optionally, the clutch includes an internal member that provides a mechanical advantage while the one covering is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rollease, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Cannaverde
  • Patent number: 8550143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a curtain support assembly to receive a curtain rail for a curtain for separating at least two regions in a cabin of a vehicle, comprising two or more header components for covering a space formed between the curtain rail and a ceiling in the cabin. The assembly according to the invention distinguishes itself from the state of the art in that between the header elements, for the purpose of holding objects, a hollow space is formed that is accessible by way of one or several closable openings to the cabin. In a further improvement, a roller is integrated in the hollow space, by way of which roller the curtain may be rolled up or down and may easily be stowed away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Breuer, Andreas Neumann, Michael Mosler
  • Patent number: 8505865
    Abstract: An end bracket plate for a roller blind. The end bracket plate is releasably securable to the end bracket of the roller blind and releasably securable to the end panel of a head box enclosure. The plate includes one or more outwardly extending flanges which are receivable within one or more openings in the end panel of the head box such that when received within the openings in the end panel the one or more flanges hang the plate and the roller blind secured thereto within the head box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Norman Wills, Philip Ng
  • Publication number: 20130192773
    Abstract: An end cap for enclosing or covering the end of a cassette of a roller blind or a roller shade. The cassette includes a roller having wound thereon a fabric having a bottom bar attached or otherwise secured thereto or thereover. The end cap comprises a wall portion and a bottom bar stop. The wall portion is releasably securable to an end of the cassette. The bottom bar stop is fixed to and extends outwardly from the wall portion and inhibits upward movement of the bottom bar beyond the elevation of the bottom bar stop when the end cap is secured to an end of the cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Norman Wills, Philip Ng
  • Publication number: 20130180666
    Abstract: A roller shade is provided. In some embodiments, the roller shade may include: a roller assembly; an inner portion of the roller assembly having an attaching structure for attaching to a mount; an outer portion of the roller assembly located on the roller assembly radially outward from the inner portion; a slot in the outer portion; and an insert dimensioned to be slidably received into the slot along with a portion of a shade to thereby attach the shade to the roller assembly. A method of attaching a shade to a roller assembly may also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: HomeRun Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Darrin W. Brunk, Richard Scott Hand, Harry Edward Asbury
  • Patent number: 8453708
    Abstract: In order to facilitate mounting of a roller blind one end of the roller blind tube is fitted with a spring-loaded insert (M). To prevent this from being pushed back a grub screw may be used, but it requires tools and precise alignment. According to the invention a releasable pawl-and-ratchet structure (2, 4) is provided in the end plug (1). The release is obtained by rotating the holder (5) of the pawls (2), whereby they are directed into axial grooves (3 or 3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Faber A/S
    Inventor: Kim Rysholt
  • Patent number: 8418742
    Abstract: A shade for architectural openings incorporating a single cord drive featuring automatic braking of the shade when the user releases the drive cord. In a preferred embodiment, an automatic tilt-open mechanism is provided to tilt the shade open when the shade is in the fully extended down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Anderson, Steven R. Haarer, Donald E. Fraser, Robert E. Fisher, II
  • Patent number: 8408486
    Abstract: A length adjustable fitting for blind systems, including a housing and a drive member fitted to said housing; a core component including a core member shaped for engaging a drive portion of said drive member, the core component including a support portion shaped for engaging a support member for supporting said fitting; wherein, the selective adjustment of the drive member relative to the housing moves the core member along an axis to a different position relative to the housing, wherein at each said position, the drive member engages the core member to resist movement of the core member along the axis from said position relative to said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Carmelo Joseph Licciardi Di Stefano
  • Patent number: 8403020
    Abstract: A roller blind device includes a drive shaft and two neighboring roller blinds on the drive shaft that are adapted to be adjustable with respect to each other. At least one of the roller blinds may be uncoupled from the drive shaft without the use of tools. Once uncoupled, the roller blinds may be adjusted with respect to each other. The roller blind may then be coupled to the drive shaft, allowing for the two neighboring roller blinds to be lowered and raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Faber A/S
    Inventor: Ken Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20130062023
    Abstract: A window covering system includes a window blind and a pet curtain. The window blind has an upper region and a lower region. The upper region is coupled to a window frame such that the window blind hangs from the window frame. The pet curtain is coupled to the window blind and extends downwardly past a lower region of the window blind towards a lower portion of the window frame. At least a portion of a dog or cat can move past the pet curtain of the window system to view out of the window without raising the window blinds. The pet curtain includes pass-through features that allow the pet to pass therethrough and that can move back into position after the pet has passed therethrough to substantially cover the window frame or that can be removed from the curtain or reattached to the curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lauren Little
  • Patent number: 8336598
    Abstract: A safety device for a roller blind comprises: a housing, a cover and a locking member, a drive mechanism and an elastic member that are disposed between the cover and the housing. The locking member is disposed between the drive mechanism and the housing, so that when an excessively big pulling force is applied to the bead chain, the bead chain and the drive mechanism will be automatically disengaged from the driven mechanism. Hence, the security of the safety device for the roller blind is considerably improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Rising Sun Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tso-Shn Chang
  • Publication number: 20120318468
    Abstract: This invention provides improved lightweight reinforced roll-up door panels (20) The improvement includes: the panel being formed of an extruded plastic material, such as EX75 Resin ABS, and having upper and lower longitudinal edges (25, 31); the panel having an outer skin (22) and an inner skin (22) spaced from said outer skin; at least one pocket (24) positioned between the skins; and an insert (28) positioned within the pocket. The insert is so configured and arranged as to resist flexural deformation of said panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark J. Szczygielski
  • Patent number: 8322396
    Abstract: In a screening arrangement comprising a top element, a bottom element, and a screening body, the top element includes two end pieces (410) and a spring-biased roller bar mounted on a roller shaft (461). The roller shaft (461) and one of the end pieces (410) constitute an integral one-piece unit formed by molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Hans Gram Andersen, Steffen Stenulm
  • Publication number: 20120285633
    Abstract: A sun shield assembly includes: a spool housing provided with first and second supporting seats; a spool-supporting unit disposed in the spool housing and having first and second studs opposite to each other in an axial direction and coupled to the first and second supporting seats, respectively; a spool mounted rotatably to the spool-supporting unit; and a sun shield member mounted movably on the spool. The first supporting seat includes a casing, and a coupler disposed in the casing and formed with an insert hole. The first and second studs extend into the insert hole in the coupler and the first supporting seat, respectively. The first supporting seat further includes an urging member mounted in the casing to urge resiliently the coupler in a first radial direction relative to the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Lin