Motor Operating Means Or Electric Or Fluid Pressure Control Patents (Class 160/331)
  • Patent number: 11414927
    Abstract: A headrail-mounted motorized actuator for wand-operated venetian blinds has a bracket which attaches to the front of the headrail with a magnet. The bracket has a ferroelectric surface oriented perpendicularly to the headrail. A motor assembly has an output shaft and a second magnet which holds the motor assembly to the ferroelectric surface, so that the output shaft is parallel to the ferroelectric surface. The position and orientation of the motor assembly can be adjusted by moving and rotating the motor assembly on the ferroelectric surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Pradeep Pranjivan Popat
  • Patent number: 11229310
    Abstract: A device for moving objects by a driving cable. The device features two cable spools enabled to wind and unwind the cable on both sides. A remote cable pulley is arranged for guiding, at a remote location (X), the cable. The cable spools are arranged to exert, by means of constant torque springs, a cable pretension force in a direction (T) contrary to the unwinding direction (U) of the spools. Electric driving means are provided to be coupled either to the one or to the other cable spool, thus causing the cable to move from the one to the other cable spool or reversely, in order to move said one or more objects connected to the cable, or to be disengaged from both cable spools in order to enable manual operation of said one or more objects connected to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: IIM HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Kaj Beetstra
  • Patent number: 10494863
    Abstract: A motor-operated drive system for a window covering system including a headrail, a mechanism associated with the headrail to spread and retract the window covering, and a continuous cord loop extending below the headrail for actuating the mechanism to spread and retract the window covering. The drive system includes a motor, a driven wheel that engages and advances the continuous cord loop, and a coupling mechanism for coupling the driven wheel to a rotating output shaft of the motor for rotation of the driven wheel. The drive system includes a channel system for redirecting the continuous cord loop engaged by the driven wheel, or other mechanism for configuring the drive system so that continuous cord loop extends in a substantially vertical orientation. The coupling mechanism includes an engaged configuration in which rotation of the output shaft of the motor causes rotation of the driven wheel, and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Axis Blinds Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Duc Pham, Alan Wing Hor Cheng, Marc Rashad Bishara
  • Patent number: 10329840
    Abstract: An operating mechanism is provided for a screen assembly having an elongate endless pull cord hanging from the screen assembly in a loop. The operating mechanism has a housing having an opening at an upper end thereof. At least a lower portion of the pull cord can pass into the housing to be enclosed therein. A guide means for guiding passage of the pull cord through the housing. The guide means has a locking means adapted to selectively restrain first or second sides of a loop defined by the pull cord. The guide means includes a cord-retaining member engaging a lower end of the looped pull cord. The cord-retaining member is moveable within the housing between vertically spaced first and second positions, the second position being above the first position, the cord-retaining member being biased towards the first position by biasing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Fourds Limited
    Inventor: Cormac Diamond
  • Patent number: 9965047
    Abstract: A keypad capable of being configured with multiple button configurations with buttons of various heights is configured to recognize the button configuration through actuations of the buttons. The keypad is placed in a configuration mode by inputting an unresolvable condition to the keypad. Once in the configuration mode, the buttons are individually actuated in a predefined order to configure the size and function of each button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Kirkpatrick, Douglas Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9962620
    Abstract: A lift system configured to lift an article (e.g., a batten). The lift system includes a first cable configured to be coupled to the article, a second cable configured to be coupled to the article, a drive mechanism coupled to the first cable and the second cable and operable to raise and lower the article, a first loft block including a first loft sheave to redirect the first cable from a first substantially horizontal axis to a first substantially vertical axis, and a guide member to direct the second cable along a second substantially horizontal axis. The lift system further includes a second loft block including a second loft sheave to redirect the second cable from the second substantially horizontal axis block to a second substantially vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Hoffend, III
  • Patent number: 9920560
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, a motor vehicle window assembly includes a guide rail, a movable pane movable along the guide rail between open and closed positions and a defroster. First and second guide rail conductors are carried by the guide rail and adapted to be connected to a power source. First and second movable conductors are each electrically communicated with a respective one of the first and second guide rail conductors, each electrically coupled to the defroster and each movable with the movable pane relative to guide rail when the movable pane is moved between the open and closed positions. To provide power to the defroster, the movable conductors are in contact with the guide rail conductors when the movable pane is in the closed position and during movement of the movable pane between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Ronnie G. Gipson, Kenneth E. Keck, II
  • Patent number: 9909363
    Abstract: We disclose a window blind that includes a security feature. The disclosed window blind includes a plurality of slats, at least one of which includes a hollow core. The hollow core includes at least one pressure sensor, a controller, and a battery. The pressure sensor detects a change in pressure when an adjacent window or door is opened or broken. The controller may be connected to the pressure sensor and to multiple light fixtures and/or audio speakers throughout the building. Program code in the controller may receive instructions which include a defined order in which the controller sends a signal to each of the light fixtures and audio speakers causing them to actuate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Austin Carlson, Emily Brimhall, Terrece Pearman, Jennifer Stevens
  • Patent number: 9670723
    Abstract: A motor-operated drive system for a window covering system including a headrail, a mechanism associated with the headrail to spread and retract the window covering, and a continuous cord loop extending below the headrail for actuating the mechanism to spread and retract the window covering. The drive system includes a motor, a driven wheel that engages and advances the continuous cord loop, and a coupling mechanism for coupling the driven wheel to a rotating output shaft of the motor for rotation of the driven wheel. The drive system includes a channel system for redirecting the continuous cord loop engaged by the driven wheel, or other mechanism for configuring the drive system so that continuous cord loop extends in a substantially vertical orientation. The coupling mechanism includes an engaged configuration in which rotation of the output shaft of the motor causes rotation of the driven wheel, and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Duc Pham, Alan Wing Hor Cheng, Marc Rashad Bishara
  • Patent number: 9598897
    Abstract: A portable barrier retraction device having a drive motor with an addressable drive motor control. The drive motor control is capable of being connected in a serial arrangement with one or more other addressable drive motor controls. The drive motor is in rotational communication with at least one retraction assembly configured to retract or deploy a line in response to rotation of the drive motor. The line is configured to retract or deploy a barrier. The drive motor provides selective rotation in response to an addressed signal from a controller. In addition, retraction systems employing portable retraction devices and methods for assembling the retraction systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Davis, James Fairorth, Michael Tait
  • Patent number: 9384657
    Abstract: A multi-function remote control and cradle system is presented. The remote fits within the opening of a standard light-switch faceplate and is magnetically held within a cradle which is connected to a conventional electrical box in the wall. The remote control includes a dwell function wherein when a button is pressed for less than a predetermined amount of time a first signal is sent, wherein when a button is pressed for more than a predetermined amount of time a second signal is sent. The remote control also includes a plurality of scene buttons wherein when pressed a plurality of architectural coverings are moved to a predetermined position. The remote control also includes a channel selector and a jog function wherein a unique signal is sent for each jog position between a fully open position and a fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Watt Stopper, Inc.
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Harry Edward Asbury, Matthew Warren Kirkland
  • Patent number: 9340396
    Abstract: A lift assembly that includes a base having a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The base defines an outlet positioned closer to the first side than to the second side. The lift assembly further includes a take-up mechanism mounted to the base, and a cable having a stored portion on the take-up mechanism and a free portion extending from the take-up mechanism through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Hoffend, III
  • Patent number: 9320379
    Abstract: A motor-driven carriage (100) for opening/closing a curtain, includes a housing (110) that is provided with two members (124, 126) for suspending the housing from a rail (50), wherein a friction wheel (112), which is driven by an electric motor and which is to contact at least one rolling surface (56, 57) of the rail, is rotatably mounted inside the housing. The carriage (100) also includes a cradle (150) provided with two other members (155, 156) for suspending the cradle from the rail (50), which are separate from the members (124, 126) for suspending the housing (110), as well as elements (153, 154) for coupling to the curtain. The cradle is mounted onto the housing (110) and is driven by the housing when the latter moves along the rail, the housing (110) and the cradle (150) optionally being capable of relative movement there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Remi Sourain, Josiane Dunand, Serge Bruno, Pierre-Emmanuel Cavarec, Fabien Rousseau
  • Patent number: 9303445
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for visual inspection across a barrier such as a fire door. In one embodiment of the present invention, a first movable partition is disposed adjacent, and laterally spaced from, a second movable partition. A first vision panel is disposed in the first partition and a second vision panel is disposed in the second partition in substantial alignment with the first vision panel. The position of the first vision panel is substantially constrained with respect to the position of the second vision panel along a first longitudinal direction. The first vision panel and the second vision panel are enabled to exhibit a desired amount of lateral displacement relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventors: W. Michael Coleman, Michael D. George, E. Carl Goodman
  • Patent number: 9242186
    Abstract: A lift system configured to lift an article (e.g., a batten). The lift system includes a first cable configured to be coupled to the article, a second cable configured to be coupled to the article, a drive mechanism coupled to the first cable and the second cable and operable to raise and lower the article, a first loft block including a first loft sheave to redirect the first cable from a first substantially horizontal axis to a first substantially vertical axis, and an idler sheave to direct the second cable along a second substantially horizontal axis. The lift system further includes a second loft block including a second loft sheave to redirect the second cable from the second substantially horizontal axis block to a second substantially vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Hoffend, III
  • Patent number: 9161649
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic curtain moving device. Thus device can comprise: a pulley operably connected to a motor, the pulley having a groove through which a cord of a curtain travels, wherein the pulley can move in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions; a head capable of movement from a first and a second position; Wherein movement of the pulley in the clockwise direction makes the head move to the first position and make contact with the cord, and movement of the pulley in the counter-clockwise direction makes the head move to the second position and make contact with the cord at a different location than contact at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Hossein Rastegar
  • Patent number: 9038697
    Abstract: An electric curtain opening and closing device includes a curtail rail and a movable body arranged in the curtail rail. The curtain rail has a hollow portion that is hollow extending in a longitudinal direction, and an opening opened in the longitudinal direction on its bottom face. Power supply patterns for supplying electricity are arranged inside left and right side faces that constitute the hollow portion in the longitudinal direction. The movable body has electrodes in contact with the respective power supply patterns, an electric motor receiving electricity through these electrodes to positively or negatively rotate, and a hanging portion for hanging a curtain. The movable body is driven to move by the electric motor. When the movable body is arranged in the hollow portion of the curtain rail, the hanging portion protrudes from the opening of the curtain rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Shigeo Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20150041079
    Abstract: A motor-driven carriage (100) for opening/closing a curtain, includes a housing (110) that is provided with two members (124, 126) for suspending the housing from a rail (50), wherein a friction wheel (112), which is driven by an electric motor and which is to contact at least one rolling surface (56, 57) of the rail, is rotatably mounted inside the housing. The carriage (100) also includes a cradle (150) provided with two other members (155, 156) for suspending the cradle from the rail (50), which are separate from the members (124, 126) for suspending the housing (110), as well as elements (153, 154) for coupling to the curtain. The cradle is mounted onto the housing (110) and is driven by the housing when the latter moves along the rail, the housing (110) and the cradle (150) optionally being capable of relative movement there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Remi Sourain, Josiane Dunand, Serge Bruno, Pierre-Emmanuel Cavarec, Fabien Rousseau
  • Publication number: 20150041078
    Abstract: This motorized carriage for opening/closing a curtain is able to move along a rail thanks to a friction wheel driven by an electric motor and pivot mounted in a casing containing this electric motor. The casing is provided with at least two members for suspending it from the rail or from the rod, which include a support and/or a base element and at least one pivoting roller. The casing is equipped with at least one housing for partially accommodating and reversibly immobilizing each suspension member, so that the pivoting rollers or the shoes of the suspension members are mounted removably on the casing. The support is mounted, removably and via a rotational movement (F4), in the housing. Elements allow the support to be immobilized about its axis of rotation. The movement assembly (E) includes a casing and at least two sets of two suspension members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Perache, Josiane Dunand, Marc Brechemier
  • Patent number: 8950464
    Abstract: A panel curtain system including a number of panels guided by a rail, a control cord endlessly secured to the panels and at least one operating runner secured to at least one panel and securing the control cord. The panel curtain system includes a motorized drive for the at least one control cord and a means tensioning element for tensioning the control cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Coulisse B.V.
    Inventor: Wouter Hendriks
  • Patent number: 8931541
    Abstract: A motor drive unit assembly for a motorized drapery system having a drapery fabric can include a motor having a drive shaft, an output member rotatable about a drive axis, such that rotation of the output member about the drive axis causes the drapery fabric to move, and a clutch member operatively coupled between the drive shaft of the motor and the output member. The clutch member is configured to automatically couple the output member to the drive shaft such that rotation of the motor drive shaft causes the output member to rotate about the drive axis when the motor drives the drive shaft. The clutch member is further configured to automatically decouple the output member from the motor drive shaft so that the output member rotates about the drive axis relative to the motor drive shaft when the output member is manually driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel F. Chambers, Matthew R. Hontz, David A. Kirby, Daniel W. Mistarz, Peter W. Ogden, Jr., James J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8820388
    Abstract: A motorizable shade system and method consists of a header system where the header system includes an integral header attachment connection. At least one cord spool is provided within the header system and is connected with at least one suspension cord and a shade is suspended from the at least one suspension cord. A motor assembly attachment connection is provided in a motor assembly that is conformed to connect with the integral header attachment connection and the motor assembly also includes a motor assembly electrical connector. A power system with a power attachment connection is provided that is conformed to connect with the integral header attachment connection. The power system also includes a power system electrical connector that is conformed to connect with the motor assembly electrical connector. The motorizable shade system operates manually unless and until a motor assembly and power system are connected with the integral header attachment connection and the cord spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Qmotion Incorporated
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Benjamin Bruckner, Darrin W. Brunk, Richard Scott Hand
  • Publication number: 20140048219
    Abstract: A motorized window shade assembly for controlling an amount of light through a porthole. A spring roller is positioned by a first side of the porthole and has a torsion spring for imparting a rotating force to the spring roller. A shade is supported by the spring roller and has a first end fixed to the spring roller and a second end extendable over the porthole. A shade actuator is connected to the shade, the shade actuator having one or more of a pulley and cable for moving the second end of the shade across the porthole. A motor assembly is positioned proximate a second side of the porthole, the motor assembly having a motor which receives operating power from a power source. The motor is releasably coupled to the shade actuator for selectively supplying motor-controlled operation to the shade actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Aerospace Technologies Group Inc.
    Inventor: Byron Knowles
  • Publication number: 20140008028
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic curtain moving device. Thus device can comprise: a pulley operably connected to a motor, the pulley having a groove through which a cord of a curtain travels, wherein the pulley can move in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions; a head capable of movement from a first and a second position; Wherein movement of the pulley in the clockwise direction makes the head move to the first position and make contact with the cord, and movement of the pulley in the counter-clockwise direction makes the head move to the second position and make contact with the cord at a different location than contact at the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Hossein Rastegar
  • Publication number: 20130333849
    Abstract: A window treatment includes mechanisms allowing for easy leveling of a bottom bar of the window treatment without the use of tools and without requiring any portion of the window treatment to be disassembled. The mechanisms allow for incremental adjustment of the amounts of each of two lift cords that extend from the bottom bar to a drive shaft to thus provide fine-tuning adjustment of the levelness of the bottom bar. The mechanisms may be hidden from view on the sides of the bottom bar, such that the mechanisms do not detract from the attractive, aesthetically pleasing appearance of the window treatment. Each lift cord extends from the drive shaft to a pulley of the respective mechanism and wraps around the pulley, such that the amount of the lift cord that extends from the drive shaft to the mechanism may be adjusted in response to rotations of the pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: David A. Kirby, James J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130299103
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening has a horizontal movable rail supported by cords, with a variety of configurations, some of which prevent the horizontal movable rail from skewing, most of which conceal the cords.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Steven R. Haarer
  • Patent number: 8564162
    Abstract: This electro-mechanical actuator is used to operate a curtain mounted to slide along an axis. It comprises a motor (24), a power supply unit (22) for powering the motor and a box (20), the motor (24) and the power supply unit (22) being received in a first housing (L1) that is internal to the box (20). The box (20) forms at least one second internal housing (L2, L?2), separated from the first internal housing by a wall (35, 43) of the box, and in which an electrical or electronic component (28, 50) of the actuator is received that is distinct from the motor (24) and from the power supply unit (22). A removable cover (33, 41) isolates the or each second housing (L2, L?2) from the outside of the box (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Charleux, Scot Cochran, Jean-Michel Perache, Rich Scharf
  • Publication number: 20130269887
    Abstract: An architectural window covering having a programmable electric motor is disclosed. The architectural window covering includes a head rail comprising at least one cavity, a shade coupled to the head rail, a bottom rail coupled to the shade, and at least two tandem stacked motors coupled to the shade via a drive rail such that the at least two motors fit within the at least one cavity of the head rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Skinner, Richard Langille, Philip Chermak
  • Publication number: 20130248125
    Abstract: A window covering has an upper rail and lift cords that extend from the upper rail to window covering material. The lift cords are wound onto respective conical spools when the window covering material is retracted and is unwound from the spools when the window covering material is extended. The conical spools move along a portion of the length of a shaft that couples the conical spools to a spring motor when the window covering material is moved from a retracted position to an extended position. The lift cords are unwound from the spools so that a segment of the lift cord that extends from the spool through a hole in the headrail is positioned adjacent a portion of the spool that has a smaller diameter when the window covering material is in the extended position as compared to when the window covering material is in the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: WHOLE SPACE INDUSTRIES LTD
    Inventor: Tzong-Fu Lin
  • Publication number: 20130233496
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for controlling the position of a covering material includes a motor drive unit having a belt drive. The motor drive includes a motor for rotating a drive shaft to thus raise and lower the covering material and is powered by one or more batteries. The belt drive includes a belt that surrounds a first pulley coupled to the motor and a second pulley, which operates to rotate the drive shaft. The belt drive isolates noise generated by the motor from the gears and parts of the motor drive unit and the motorized window treatment. The belt drive includes rollers for holding the belt on the pulleys, and the belt is sized to reduce the load on the motor, such that the motor draws less current from the batteries. As a result, the batteries have a much longer lifetime than those of a typical prior art battery-powered motorized window treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Peter W. Ogden, JR., Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Publication number: 20130160956
    Abstract: An electric curtain opening and closing device includes a curtail rail and a movable body arranged in the curtail rail. The curtain rail has a hollow portion that is hollow extending in a longitudinal direction, and an opening opened in the longitudinal direction on its bottom face. Power supply patterns for supplying electricity are arranged inside left and right side faces that constitute the hollow portion in the longitudinal direction. The movable body has electrodes in contact with the respective power supply patterns, an electric motor receiving electricity through these electrodes to positively or negatively rotate, and a hanging portion for hanging a curtain. The movable body is driven to move by the electric motor. When the movable body is arranged in the hollow portion of the curtain rail, the hanging portion protrudes from the opening of the curtain rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Shigeo Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20130160955
    Abstract: A motorized carriage for opening/closing a screen moves along a rail by means of a friction wheel that is rotated by a motor and is in contact with at least one running surface of the rail. The contact force between the friction wheel and the running surface can be regulated by a presser means that enables the contact force to be varied according to a resistive force that depends on the load pulled or pushed by the carriage as it moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Pierre-Emmanuel Cavarec, Sebastien Lemaitre, Remi Sourain
  • Publication number: 20130153162
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventor: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
  • Patent number: 8448687
    Abstract: Wire supports for use with a movable partition system comprise a cantilever member configured for connection to a panel of a movable partition. A wire-supporting member through which wire may be inserted is rotatably connected to the cantilever member. Movable partition systems comprise a movable partition comprising at least two sheets of panels extending at least substantially parallel to one another and laterally distanced from one another to define an interior space between the at least two sheets of panels. At least one wire support disposed in the interior space between a proximal end and a distal end of the at least two movable partitions comprises a cantilever member secured to at least one panel of one of the movable partitions and a wire-supporting member rotatably connected to the cantilever member at least partially supporting at least one wire inserted through the wire-supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Saccomanno
  • Publication number: 20130092329
    Abstract: A system comprising a rotatable spool, an engine configured to impart torque on the spool via a drive shaft, a cord attached to the spool, and a curtain attached to the cord is disclosed. Moreover, a method comprises releasing a curtain from a hanging support, and pulling a curtain. Also disclosed is a system comprising a plurality of hangers from which a curtain is capable of being released, a spool to which a cord is attachable, an engine capable of causing the spool to be rotated, and a rim through which the cord is pulled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ALL ACCESS STAGING & PRODUCTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Erik EASTLAND
  • Publication number: 20130075045
    Abstract: A window covering includes a first set of lift cords extending from a headrail to middle rail. The first set of lift cords is extendable between the headrail and the middle rail to a predetermined distance, which defines a lowermost position of the middle rail relative to the headrail. The first set of lift cords is also retractable to a wound position for defining an uppermost position of the middle rail. A second set of lift cords extends from the headrail to the bottom rail and is extendable from between the middle rail and bottom rail to define an extended position of window covering material. The predetermined distance that the first set of lift cords may extend is selected to help prevent children from becoming entangled in the first set of lift cords when the middle rail is lowered away from the headrail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: WHOLE SPACE INDUSTRIES LTD
    Inventor: Tzong-Fu Lin
  • Publication number: 20130068406
    Abstract: An electric sunshade assembly includes a mounting unit including a rail seat that is formed with a slide groove, a sliding unit, a shade unit, and a driving mechanism. The sliding unit includes a gear rack extending slidably into the slide groove, and a guide block engaging fittingly and slidably the slide groove and connected to the gear rack. The shade unit includes a fabric shade hung from the rail seat, and having a hanging edge portion that has a stationary end coupled to the rail seat, and a movable end coupled co-movably to the guide block. The driving mechanism includes a pinion meshing with the gear rack, and driven rotatably to result in sliding movement of the gear rack, thereby driving the fabric shade to move between a contracted state and an extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: PAUL LIN
  • Patent number: 8365796
    Abstract: Movable partition systems include an elongated drive member with fixed, offset ends extending along a track, a partition that is automatically and manually movable along the track, the partition hanging from a trolley disposed at least partially within the track, a motor carried by the movable partition configured to drive a rotatable drive member engaged with the elongated drive member, and a clutch coupled with the motor configured to engage or disengage the rotatable drive member from the motor. Methods of moving a partition along a track include actuating a motor carried by a movable partition to drive rotation of a drive member while a clutch mechanism is engaged, and manually moving the partition along the track while the clutch mechanism is disengaged. Methods of installing a movable partition system include coupling a trolley to a rotatable drive member and placing the trolley within a channel of a track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventors: W. Michael Coleman, John G. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8317159
    Abstract: A lift assembly system and method can include: a funnel-shaped drum having a constant diameter portion and a gradually increasing diameter portion; a cable management system adapted to position a cable in a single layer in a tray; a beam clamp tube receiver adapted to allow a tube to slide relative to a beam and be secured to the beam; a cable keeper and a slack line detector adapted to maintain cables in position about a drum upon loss of cable tension; a horizontally oriented low profile cable adjuster adapted to adjust the length of a cable; an overspeed braking mechanism; a fleet pivot arm pivotable on the end of a tube so as to guide cables along a desired fleet angle; and/or a pull-type load sensor connected between a tube and a drum adapted to sense changes in a load force and adjust movement of a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Hoffend, III
  • Publication number: 20120261078
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment controls daylight entering a space through a window and includes a covering material, a drive shaft, lift cords received around the drive shaft and connected to the covering material, and a motor coupled to the drive shaft. It also includes a spring assist unit for the motor providing a torque that equals the torque provided by the weight on the lift cords at a position midway between fully-open and fully-closed positions, minimizing motor usage and conserving battery life. A photosensor for measuring the daylight outside the window and temperature sensors for measuring the temperatures inside and outside of the window may be provided. The position of the covering material is automatically controlled to save energy, or may also be controlled in response to an infrared or radio-frequency remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Jason O. Adams, Justin J. Mierta, Daniel W. Mistarz, Robert C. Newman, JR., Peter W. Ogden, JR., Jonathan L. Roe, Chen Ming Wu, Justin M. Zernhelt, Edward J. Blair, Andrew Karl Cooney, Soumya Jain, David A. Kirby, Stephen Lundy
  • Patent number: 8286687
    Abstract: A device for closing and opening curtains, which are movable along a rod (1), said rod near its ends being provided with a means for limiting the movement of said curtains. The rod (1) is provided with channels (2) in which an endless toothed belt (3) is received which at the ends of said rod (1) is guided by toothed wheels (7,13) from which one can be driven. Said toothed belt (3) is provided with at least one carrier (4) which can be connected to a curtain and can extend it self downwards through a slot (5) in said rod (1). A connector element (11) is provided which is connected to the rod (1) and extends substantially in line with this and comprises a sideways extending housing (10), in which said drivable toothed wheel (7) is present. The driving of said toothed wheel (7) takes place by means of an electric motor (9), which can be operated by means of a hand switch either by means of a time switch either by means of a light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Forest Group Nederland B.V.
    Inventor: Henricus Wilhelmus Frederikus Bosgoed
  • Publication number: 20120255689
    Abstract: A battery-powered motorized window treatment for covering at least a portion of a window may be adjusted into a service position to allow for access to at least one battery that is powering the motorized window treatment. A headrail of the motorized window treatment may be adjusted to the service position to allow for easy replacement of the batteries without unmounting the headrail and without requiring tools. The motorized window treatment may comprise brackets having buttons that may be actuated to release the headrail from a locked position, such that the head rail may be rotated into the service position. The headrail easily rotates through a controlled movement into the service position, such that a user only needs one free hand available to move the motorized window treatment into the service position and change the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Samuel F. Chambers, David A. Kirby, Peter W. Ogden, JR., James J. Wilson, Justin M. Zernhelt
  • Publication number: 20120234504
    Abstract: An architectural window covering having a programmable electric motor is disclosed. The architectural window covering includes a head rail comprising at least one cavity, a shade coupled to the head rail, a bottom rail coupled to the shade, and at least two tandem stacked motors coupled to the shade via a drive rail such that the at least two motors fit within the at least one cavity of the head rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Skinner, Richard Langille, Philip Chermak
  • Publication number: 20120173024
    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: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: CRESTRON ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: George Feldstein
  • Publication number: 20120138244
    Abstract: A system for suspending a vertical curtain (especially a theatrical curtain) and for driving the curtain to move horizontally (for example, between a position covering a stage and a position not covering a stage). The curtain is suspended directly from a drive chain, along at least a portion of the drive chain, by chain attachment structures. Also, a rotating switch that can be actuated by a switch attachment structure supported by the drive chain. Also, the use of a dedicated encoder sprocket which is separate from the guide sprockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: J. R. CLANCY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark H. Tinklepaugh, Michael S. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120111509
    Abstract: A motorizable tilt shade system includes a header system where the header system includes an integral header attachment connection. At least one cord spool is provided within the header system and is connected with at least one suspension cord. A shade is suspended from the at least one suspension cord and a tilt cord pulley is connected with the at least one cord spool. A tilt cord is connected with the tilt cord pulley and with the shade such that the tilt cord and tilt cord pulley cooperate to tilt the shade. A drive shaft receiver is connected with the tilt cord pulley such that movement of the drive shaft receiver moves the tilt cord pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Yan Rodriquez, Darrin W. Brunk, Richard Scott Hand
  • Publication number: 20120090797
    Abstract: A motorizable shade system and method consists of a header system where the header system includes an integral header attachment connection. At least one cord spool is provided within the header system and is connected with at least one suspension cord and a shade is suspended from the at least one suspension cord. A motor assembly attachment connection is provided in a motor assembly that is conformed to connect with the integral header attachment connection and the motor assembly also includes a motor assembly electrical connector. A power system with a power attachment connection is provided that is conformed to connect with the integral header attachment connection. The power system also includes a power system electrical connector that is conformed to connect with the motor assembly electrical connector. The motorizable shade system operates manually unless and until a motor assembly and power system are connected with the integral header attachment connection and the cord spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Benjamin Bruckner, Darrin W. Brunk, Richard Scott Hand
  • Publication number: 20120073765
    Abstract: A motorized venetian blind system for covering a window of a space comprising a blind drive unit having two motors to provide for independent control of a position of a bottom rail via a lift cord and a tilt angle of a plurality of slats of the blind system. The blind drive unit has a headrail with a side panel and at least one of the motors is between between the side panel and the lift cord. The blind drive unit also has a spring-wrap brake. The blind drive unit is operable to adjust the position of the bottom rail to a preset position, and to adjust the tilt angle of the slats to a preset angle in response to receiving a single digital message (e.g., a preset command).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Hontz, David A. Kirby
  • Publication number: 20120048485
    Abstract: A control module may be used for raising and lowering a window shade. This configuration allows a user to pull the operating cord a predetermined distance to raise the window shade, then release the operating cord until it has retracted, and then pull the operating cord another predetermined distance to raise the window shade again. A brake mechanism is operably connected to a brake release and configured to lock or unlock the drive axle. A clutch is adapted to be mounted on the axle for selectively engaging the cord drum to the axle. The cord drum may rotate independent of the drive axle when a clutch is disengaged from the drive axle. As a result, movement of the operating cord will not cause the window shade to raise while the clutch is disengaged. When the clutch is engaged with the drive axle, the cord drum and adapter sleeve may rotate together to drive the rotation of the drive axle for raising the window shade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Yu Fu-Lai, Huang Chin-Tien
  • Patent number: 8033528
    Abstract: A lift assembly system and method can include a substantially rectangular tube, a motor operably connected to first and second traction drives and a rotatable drum and structurally connected to one end of the tube, a head block fixed to the opposite end of the tube, and a plurality of loft blocks positionable at an infinite number of locations within the tube. An elongate member attached on one end to the drum can be routed through a generally horizontal path from the drum to the first and second traction drives, the head block, and the loft blocks, and then through a generally vertical path from the loft block to an attached article. The elongate member can be wound about the drum to raise the article, and unwound from the drum to lower the article. The system can further include a load-side braking mechanism. The tube can include a compressible material adapted to absorb at least a portion of a horizontal load placed on the lift system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Hoffend, III