With Slide Guides Patents (Class 160/84.06)
  • Patent number: 10914068
    Abstract: Provided is an awning system comprising: a) two vertical tracks; b) two arms, with each arm attached at a first end to one of the vertical tracks, the arm configured to move in a vertical direction and pivot in relation to the track, each arm further configured to be extendible; c) a cross-bar, with each end of the cross-bar attached to a second end of one of the arms; d) a piece of fabric attached at one end to the cross-bar; and e) a holder placed on top of the tracks for holding a second end of the fabric; wherein the awning fabric is configured to be adjusted in both the vertical and the horizontal direction; wherein a user can move the arms vertically and extend the arms to adjust a position of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Infinity Canopy, Inc.
    Inventor: Afshin Shargani
  • Patent number: 10875393
    Abstract: A Jeep® cargo enclosure device is comprised of two [left/right] side-arm panels which allow for mounting of the two-part enclosure panels from the rear and toward the front seats of the vehicle, a single rear sliding cargo panel to enclose the space behind the back seat to the tailgate of the vehicle, a four-section hinged top cover panel to enclose the space in front of the rear sliding cargo panel and up to the front seats of the vehicle, and a single additional forward enclosure panel to discourage access from the front of the vehicle when its doors have been removed. All components of this cargo enclosure device work in accord with and without impediment to all ordinary functions of the Jeep® vehicle while installed, including the operation of the soft-top, the use of the vehicle's back seat, and the ability to carry taller cargo items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Isaac Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9862256
    Abstract: A tarpaulin cover system includes a drive unit for moving the tarpaulin selectively into covering and uncovering positions. The drive unit comprises first and second drive sprockets and a rotatable actuator sprocket with all of the sprockets spaced from and out of contact with each other. An idler sprocket is provided between the actuator sprocket and the drive sprockets. All of the sprockets are interconnected by a chain engaged with teeth with the chain extending partially around each sprocket whereby rotation of the actuator sprocket causes the drive sprockets to move in the intended directions. This motion is transmitted to drive pulleys which drive cables to control the position of the tarpaulin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CRAMARO TARPAULIN SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cramaro
  • Patent number: 9676319
    Abstract: A tonneau cover system is provided for a cargo box of a pickup truck. The cargo box including a sidewall having an inboard side, wherein the inboard side extends downward and includes a lower edge. The tonneau cover system comprises a framework assembly positionable over the cargo box of the pickup truck and a bed rail extender having an engagement surface. The bed rail extender is adapted to attach to the inboard side such that the engagement surface is spaced downward from the lower edge of the inboard side. A clamp assembly is operably coupled to the framework system. The clamp assembly has an engaging member selectively positioned between a latched position and an unlatched position. The engaging member is adapted to contact the engagement surface of the bed rail extender in the latched position to retain the framework assembly to the cargo box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Advantage Truck Accessories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Fink
  • Patent number: 9670721
    Abstract: On large window and door openings frequently made today, the manufacturers of venetian blinds in particular cannot cover the whole opening with just one blind. Therefore, it is necessary to arrange two or more hangings. However, these must be guided on both sides, and therefore a lateral guide between the two jambs of the opening is necessary. Such a guide is, however, undesirable for aesthetic reasons. According to the invention a temporary guide is created for the edges which need not be guided in the jambs and does this by means of a guide arrangement which can be accommodated rolled-up above the elevating device and can be introduced into the door or window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Beat Guhl
  • Patent number: 9470012
    Abstract: There is described a canopy system comprising two or more parallel elongated rods, one or more canopy pieces having two parallel edges, two or more elongated bars connected to each of the two or more parallel elongated rods and attached to each of the two parallel edges of the one or more canopy pieces, and at least one connection mechanism attached to each of the elongated rods having a connector that is capable of being suspended from a support. The elongated rods may include at least one lower cavity having two channels each configured to detachably and slidably receive each of the elongated bars. The lower cavity may have a groove that is configured to detachably and slidably receive an accessory. The elongated rods each may include at least one upper cavity configured to detachably and slidably receive each connection mechanism and a second accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Afshin Shargani
  • Patent number: 9303450
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Steven R. Haarer
  • Patent number: 9255441
    Abstract: There is described a canopy system comprising two or more parallel elongated rods, one or more canopy pieces having two parallel edges, two or more elongated bars connected to each of the two or more parallel elongated rods and attached to each of the two parallel edges of the one or more canopy pieces, and at least one connection mechanism attached to each of the elongated rods having a connector that is capable of being suspended from a support. The elongated rods may include at least one lower cavity having two channels each configured to detachably and slidably receive each of the elongated bars. The lower cavity may have a groove that is configured to detachably and slidably receive an accessory. The elongated rods each may include at least one upper cavity configured to detachably and slidably receive each connection mechanism and a second accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Afshin Shargani
  • Patent number: 9249576
    Abstract: A retractable sun shade, comprising at least one fabric section affixed to a boom, the boom supported and slideably engaged to a track at an intermediate portion of the boom, the track supported by a frame, and at least one flexible drawing element affixed to the boom at the intermediate portion, for drawing the boom in a first direction along the track to extend the sun shade and for drawing the boom in an opposite direction along the track to retract the sun shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SHADEFX CANOPIES INC.
    Inventor: Peter Westgarth
  • Patent number: 9010400
    Abstract: A coupling device of a shading member, includes a frame and two coupling modules. Each coupling module includes a main member fixed to a top or a bottom of the shading member, two positioning members connected to the main member, and two controlling members connected to the positioning members. The positioning members are received in the main member, each of which has a gear to engage a rack of the frame. The positioning members are movable by moving the controlling members to make the gears engage or disengage the racks. As a result, the shading member is able to be assembled or disassembled in an easy way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 9004141
    Abstract: A covering device of an opening of a building includes two parallel rails, a shading member, a main member, and two adjusting units. Each rail has a first side and a second side. The main member is between the rails and is connected to an end of the shading member. The main member has two coupling members to engage the rails at the first sides thereof. The adjusting unit has a stop member to be moved between a first position and a second position. The stop member touches the second side of the rail while the stop member is moved to the first position, and is off the second side of the rail while the stop member is moved to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 8931540
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment can include a headrail that is configured to be mounted to a structure. A covering material can be attached to the headrail and configured to be raised and lowered by a pair of lift cords that are operatively attached to a lift mechanism. The treatment can also include a bottom bar that is attached to an opposite end of the covering material as the headrail. The bottom bar can define a channel, which can house a sliding member that is configured to move along the bottom bar and is coupled to the ends of the lift cords. By sliding along the channel, the sliding member allows the lengths of the lift cords to change with respect to one another such that when a force is applied to the bottom bar the bottom bar will move from an unleveled position to a leveled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Filko
  • Patent number: 8925614
    Abstract: A screen device including first rigid units (24) which constitute an upper slide guide frame portion (15) and second rigid units (17) which constitute a lower slide guide frame portion (16). The upper slide guide frame portion and the lower slide guide frame portion are retractable into the interior of a screen mounting frame (10). Wall portions (18) of the first rigid units are fitted in between the side wall portions of the second rigid units, and the upper slide guide frame portion intersects the lower slide guide frame portion in the interior of the screen mounting frame. Connection of the first rigid units can be released at an arbitrary position in the interior of the screen mounting frame when adjusting the length of the screen device (1), and the upper slide guide frame portion can be taken out from the screen mounting frame, so that an adjustment of the length in the field of installation is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Metaco Inc.
    Inventors: Yasubumi Okachi, Mitsuharu Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140367055
    Abstract: A connecting means provides a connecting passage between a first compartment of a vehicle and a storage means located in a second compartment of the vehicle. The first and the second compartment are separated by a wall. A catering system for a vehicle includes the connecting means. A method provides a sealed connecting passage between a first compartment of a vehicle and a storage means located in second compartment of a vehicle. The connecting means includes a frame, a hatch arrangement for selectively closing and opening a frame aperture with a hatch cover and a bellows arrangement including a flexible bellows. The flexible bellows can be extended from the frame to a storage means located in the second compartment of the vehicle. A continuous passage defined by the flexible bellows and the frame provides a sealed connecting passage between the first compartment and the storage means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Ebeling, Jens Gärtner, Andreas Köhler, Raj Kotian, Ralf Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140284005
    Abstract: A glider unit for pleated curtain comprises a sliding carriage and a fastener. The sliding carriage has a female snap-fit portion provided at its bottom for engaging with the fastener. The fastener has a combining section for fixing with a curtain fabric. The outer edge of the female snap-fit portion is formed as an arc segment, whereby the curtain fabric can be compliant with the arc segment so as to form regularly pleated pattern and smooth fabric surface during the closing of the curtain. Two pulleys pivotally coupled by a shaft are respectively mounted at both sides of each sliding carriage for moving on a curtain track. A plurality of balls are disposed between each pulley and the shaft so as to facilitate the rolling of each pulley without much application of force, so that opening and closing of the curtain can be accomplished in less laborious effort required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicants: UNI-SOLEIL ENT. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YU-TING KAO, JOE DEWAYNE WICKER
  • Patent number: 8813808
    Abstract: A track for an adjustable blind assembly comprises a base and a slot. The base comprises a flange portion and a brace portion, the flange portion extends from the base and is securable to a spaced window pane by a window frame. The slot extends from the base and comprises a channel for a sliding adjuster. The slot comprises a side wall and a back wall extending from the base, a top wall connected to the side wall and the back wall, and a protrusion extending from the top wall, wherein the side wall, the back wall, and at least a portion of the top wall collectively define a hollow tubular cavity. The protrusion, the side wall and a portion of the base define the channel. The channel is open in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Fulton, Matthew White
  • Patent number: 8807191
    Abstract: A track for an adjustable blind assembly is disclosed. One described track for an adjustable blind assembly comprises a track comprising a base and a slot, the base comprising a flange portion and a brace portion, the flange portion extending from the base and securable to a spaced window pane by a window frame, and the slot extending from the base and comprising a channel for a sliding adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Fulton, Matthew White
  • Patent number: 8794296
    Abstract: A window blind includes a retractable shading unit, a headrail connected with an upper end of the shading unit, a bottom rail connected with a lower end of the shading unit, at least one connecting cord extended through the shading unit and having a first end secured on the headrail and a second end secured on the bottom rail, a plurality of limit members mounted in the bottom rail, and a control unit mounted on the bottom rail. The second end of the connecting cord is provided with an elastic section having a length that is changed elastically to correspond to an expansion length of the shading unit. Thus, the elastic section of the connecting cord is extended or loosened when the shading unit is expanded or retracted to prevent from producing noise during movement of the shading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Bamboo Curtain Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Chang Shih, Yang-Hsin Shih
  • Patent number: 8789575
    Abstract: A stringless blind structure includes a mail rail, a secondary rail, a main blind body and a string body. The main rail, the secondary rail and the main blind body are connected and operated through the string body and a string, so the cost of the structure is lower and the it is more convenient and easier to assemble. Also, the string body winds around two connecting units, and is restricted by the string. When the main blind body expands or restores through the movement of the main rail and the secondary rail, the movement is restricted and controlled by the string to achieve the goal of stringless movement to reduce the noise when the blind moves and to further improve the life quality at home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Taiwan Bamboo Curtain Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Chang Shih, Yang-Hsin Shih
  • Publication number: 20140182793
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roman blind fabric on which loops are formed and a roman blind using the same. More particularly, rings for inserting loop cords thereinto are woven integrally with a loop-forming fabric in such a manner as to be formed transversely and longitudinally at the time when the loop-forming fabric is woven, and the loop-forming fabric and a roll-up fabric are provided as a double layer to prevent the loop cord from being wrapped around the neck of a child. Further, the upper end of the loop-forming fabric is fixed to a frame; the upper ends of a roll-up fabric which is placed on the back side of the loop-forming fabric and a plurality of loop cords are fixed to a winding rod; and the lower ends of the loop-forming fabric, the roll-up fabric and the loop cords are fixed to a weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: WINPLUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Woong Byun
  • Patent number: 8695678
    Abstract: The invention relates to a quick-operating door designed for opening and closing an aperture in a partition including: a support structure including in particular two vertical jambs (2) above which is a shaft driven by electromechanical means, each of the two vertical jambs (2) having an outer planar bearing surface (6) and a slideway (5), and a flexible curtain (4) designed to occupy a closed position in which the curtain (4) blocks the aperture and an open position in which the curtain (4) clears access to the aperture, the curtain (4) incorporating at least two transverse reinforcing bars (19) provided, at each of the ends thereof, with a tip in the form of a crank which engages with the guiding slideway in each jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nergeco
    Inventor: Bernard Kraeutler
  • Patent number: 8695677
    Abstract: The inventive door comprises two lateral posts (2), a transversal caisson (3) connecting the top ends of the posts and a curtain (10) movable between the closing position thereof, wherein said curtain closes a void formed by posts (2) and caisson (3) and the opening position wherein said curtain is folded up under the caisson (3). According to the invention, said the curtain (10) consisting of two parallel screens (11a, 11b) defining the boundaries of an air cushion and suspended to the top area of the posts. Said curtain (10) comprises at least one lifting strap (20) connecting the lower part of the curtain (10) to a shaft (21) mounted on the caisson (3) and at least one transversal stiffening means built up on each screen (11a, 11b), the lateral edges of each screen (11a, 11b) are applied to the posts in such a way that a lateral surface tight contact is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nergeco
    Inventor: Bernard Kraeutler
  • Publication number: 20140076503
    Abstract: A curtain assembly comprises a rotatable drive element wherein at least one helical guide structure is formed on, or into, the outer surface of the drive element. A drive attachment element having a structure that communicates with the helical guide structure to move the drive attachment element axially along the drive element when the drive element is rotated. Specific embodiments incorporate either a manual or motor-driven rotation assembly for rotating the drive element. Further specific embodiments involve a helical guide structure that comprises a helical groove and a structure that comprises a tooth that engages with the helical groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: QMOTION INCORPORATED
    Inventors: WILLIS JAY MULLET, DANIEL T. MATTHEWS, MICHAEL D. FOX
  • Patent number: 8590591
    Abstract: A roman shade assembly providing an opaque covering for dwelling openings. The shade assembly includes a planar, flexible shade body with horizontal pleats and pockets extending between opposed edges. A head rail member installed atop a dwelling opening has pulleys and attaches to the upper end of the shade body. A pair of track members is mounted vertically on opposite sides of the dwelling opening. The shade body fits between the track members. Each shade body pocket includes a rigid rod member for horizontal rigidity. Wheeled clip members within each track member attach to the shade body, maintaining the shade body close to the track members. Draw strings attached to a lower end of the shade body pass through grommets in the shade body and through the head rail member pulleys. The draw strings extend interior the dwelling, providing raising or lowering of the shade body from within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Weather Queen Shades, LLC
    Inventor: Carla J. Ingram
  • Patent number: 8584729
    Abstract: A mechanism for operating a dual shade covering a window with a single handle. The mechanism provides a first glide attached by a pulley system to the first shade of the dual shade, and a second glide attached by a pulley system to the second shade of the dual shade. The first glide and the second glide are slidably disposed within a track assembly, and a master glide is disposed in the track assembly between the first glide and the second glide. The master glide engages the first glide to lower the first shade, and is detached from the first glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate. The master glide engages the second glide to lower the second shade, and is detached from the second glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Lauren H Fillmore, Richard Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8579003
    Abstract: A mechanism for operating a dual shade covering a window with a single handle. The mechanism provides a first glide attached by a pulley system to the first shade of the dual shade, and a second glide attached by a pulley system to the second shade of the dual shade. The first glide and the second glide are slidably disposed within a track assembly, and a master glide is disposed in the track assembly between the first glide and the second glide. The master glide engages the first glide to lower the first shade, and is detached from the first glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate. The master glide engages the second glide to lower the second shade, and is detached from the second glide along the track assembly by a disengaging plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Lauren H Fillmore, Richard Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8469078
    Abstract: A horizontally retractable covering for an architectural opening includes a headrail supporting a collapsible panel of material, a fixed rail securable to a side of the architectural opening and to a side edge of the panel, and a movable rail secured to the opposite side of the panel while being movable along the length of the headrail. An improved trolley connecting the top end of the movable rail to the headrail is provided so as to permit uniform gathering of the panel material along the horizontal extent of the trolley for improved aesthetics when the panel is fully extended across the architectural opening. A stabilizing cord system maintains a parallel relationship of the movable rail to the fixed rail to assure desired movement of the movable rail while permitting the aforenoted uniform gathering of the panel material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence M. Drew
  • Patent number: 8365492
    Abstract: A blast resistant window system includes a plurality of anchor members disposed in a wall and first and second mounting bodies at first and second opposite ends of an opening in the wall secured with the anchor members. The first mounting body has a first pair of spaced brackets connected thereto, and the second mounting body having a second pair of spaced brackets connected thereto. First and second energy dampening devices are disposed between the first and second pairs of spaced brackets. First and second restraining cables extend between the first and second mounting bodies across the inside surface of the window pane. These cables have first and second ends connected to the first and second pairs of spaced brackets. The cables are coupled together at the first and second opposite ends of the opening by the first and second energy dampening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Glasslock, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Frest, Ronald Michael Homen
  • Patent number: 8365798
    Abstract: A privacy screen assembly has a first elongated support, a second elongated support, and a privacy screen having a first end operably coupled with the first elongated support and a second end operably coupled to the second elongated support, wherein the first privacy screen is positionable between a retracted position and a deployed position. A support member vertically supports the privacy screen and is positionable between a retracted position, wherein the support member is stored within an interior of one of the first elongated support and the second elongated support in a substantially linear configuration, and a deployed position, wherein a substantial portion of the support member extends from the interior of the elongated support and wherein a substantial portion of the support member exits the interior of the elongated support such that less of the support member is present in the interior of the elongated support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, Adrian Gomez, Allen C. Hager, Kurt R. Heidmann
  • Patent number: 8356652
    Abstract: A retractable sun shade, comprising at least one fabric section affixed to a boom, the boom supported and slideably engaged to a track at an intermediate portion of the boom, the track supported by a frame, and at least one flexible drawing element affixed to the boom at the intermediate portion, for drawing the boom in a first direction along the track to extend the sun shade and for drawing the boom in an opposite direction along the track to retract the sun shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: ShadeFX Canopies Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Westgarth
  • Patent number: 8353325
    Abstract: A retractable shielding apparatus includes an adjusting base, a fixing base, two retractable shields, a shuttle, and a cable. The two retractable shields are assembled to two ends of the shuttle respectively with one corresponding end thereof. The adjusting base and the fixing base are respectively fixed to the opposite other end of the corresponding two retractable shields. The cable adjustably connects the adjusting base, the two retractable shields, the shuttle and the fixing base together. The shuttle is slidably located between the adjusting base and the fixing base and is configured to slide along the path formed by the cable, such that the two retractable shields can be extended or retracted together with the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Sheng Chen, Zhi-Ming Zhao, Zhen-Hua Xu, Hai-Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 8347937
    Abstract: A window blind apparatus having a first magnetically active track, a second magnetically active track, a first rod, a second rod, a first magnet located at the first end of the first rod, and a second magnet located at the second end of the first rod, a third magnet located at the first end of the second rod, a fourth magnet located at the second end of the second rod, and a window covering material adapted to be disposed between the first rod and the second rod, wherein the apparatus is adapted to be used to wholly or partially cover the window over which it is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: No Strings Attached LLC
    Inventor: Mary B. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8316912
    Abstract: In a screen device, a pair of vertical rails 24 arranged on the front and back sides of a screen 8 so as to oppose to each other are connected by connecting members 30 and are fixed between a pair of sliding guide frames 10a and 10b with the intermediary of the screen. The connected vertical rails are integrally slidable in the direction parallel to the direction of sliding movement of a screen mounting frame, so that the screen is restrained from being deflected even when it receives a wind pressure in the closed state when the width in the opening and closing direction is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Metaco Inc.
    Inventor: Yasubumi Okachi
  • Patent number: 8316913
    Abstract: A sliding screen door includes a net formed to be capable of expansion and contraction, and capable of freely opening and closing by horizontal pulling, a net guide is formed to be able to form the net guide into a straight line shape, and a movement of a net holding member that follows the net guide is made smooth, and many of the guiding elements form the net guide for guiding the lower end of the net into an approximately U-shape composed of a bottom portion and rising wall portions, and a mutually and flexibly connected by means of inserting a series of wire members into through holes that follow tip end portions of the rising wall portions, and are formed into a series of guides rails that are serially in contact with each other and a net holding member is provided in the aforementioned guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Seiki Hanbai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Chino, Hirotsugu Toda, Masato Moriya, Yoji Kamosawa
  • Patent number: 8312684
    Abstract: A blast resistant window blind system includes a blind system comprising a plurality of parallel blind slats, a plurality of spaced pane engaging members, and first and second mounting bodies coupled to the pane engaging members and anchor members disposed at first and second opposite ends of said opening, wherein the pane engaging members are secured to the mounting bodies and coupled thereby to the structure. At least one energy dampening device is coupled to the pane engaging members, allowing the pane engaging members to extend a selected amount toward the inside of the structure upon impact of the window pane, wherein the blind system and pane engaging members cooperate to restrain the window pane from being blown into the inside of the structure and conform to the inside surface of the window pane during impact therewith to distribute the restraining force across the window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Scott Gazaway, Christopher Lewis Eder, Norman Axel Mertke
  • Patent number: 8240740
    Abstract: A canopy deployment and retraction mechanism particularly suited to cover the cargo compartment of an elongated vehicle such as a railroad car. Each of a series of tarpaulin-supporting, parallel bows has sliders at each end sliding in a pair of funnel-shaped channels having their flat bases vertically secured to the upper inside lateral wall sections of the compartment. The spacing between the bases of the channels is less than the total length of a bow and its sliders and provides a degree of play in order to accommodate slight variations in the width of said compartment, and allows for self-centering of the cover. The shape of the channels allows for the placement of the cover retraction mechanisms such as cables and sliders within the outer periphery of the container, reducing bulk. The downward slope of the channel lower side further improves the evacuation of debris under the wiping action of the traveling sliders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Lynn Chenowth, Rory H. Chenowth
  • Patent number: 8220521
    Abstract: A device for darkening a cabin window, with a drive shaft (11) for moving a first shading member (6), which is guided in two guide rails (3, 4), for to and fro movement, wherein the drive shaft (11) and the guide rails (3, 4) are combined in a common mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Diehl Aircabin GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Tischer, Erik Martinus Johannes van den Dolder
  • Patent number: 8196638
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to barriers for architectural openings, in particular to a screen apparatus and method for screening off an architectural opening. The screen apparatus includes an elongated overhead frame member, a transverse fixed side frame member, a displaceable side frame member, and an elongated articulated bottom frame member. A screen member extends between the frame members, the screen member being interchangeable between a collapsed condition when the screen is open and an extended condition when the screen is closed by movement of the displaceable side frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony Gerard Roberts, Kevin Burnside, Chris Bonython
  • Patent number: 8176961
    Abstract: A sliding screen assembly (1) with a screen (3), a pull bar (4) for movement between an open and a closed position, a series of guide wires (9,10) which pass through the screen (3) and pull bar (4) to be attached to an adjacent frame (2) of the assembly (1), the assembly (1) including a cassette (30) mounted to the frame (2) for fastening ends of the guide wires (9,10), the cassette (3) having an anchor block (32) to secure the cassette (30) in an associated upper track (7) and/or lower track (8) of the assembly (1) and a fastening mechanism (43) to adjustably secure the wires (9,10) to the cassette (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: RMD Press Co Pty Limited
    Inventor: Stylianos Pelekanos
  • Publication number: 20120043028
    Abstract: There is provided a hanging partition. The hanging partition comprises at least one flexible, hanging panel having a plurality of pleats, each pleat having a hemmed portion. The hanging partition further comprises a plurality of magnets positioned within two or more of the hemmed portions. The hanging partition further comprises a plurality of hanging elements for suspending the hanging panel from a longitudinal hanging device. The magnets are aligned with respect to each other to cause a magnetic attraction between adjacent magnets in order to hold the hemmed portions together when the hemmed portions overlap when the hanging partition is in a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Will J. Roach
  • Patent number: 8082969
    Abstract: A shrinkable and extensible screen is mounted between a pair of screen-mounting frame portions arranged bilaterally to confront each other and at least one being slidably movable. A tension member extending through the screen for supporting it in shrinking and extending directions is routed in the screen-mounting frame portions. The tension member is extracted at the portion close to the central portion from the upper end portion of the slidably movable screen-mounting frame portions, to the outside on the side opposite to the screen mounting side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Metaco Inc.
    Inventor: Yasubumi Okachi
  • Patent number: 8074697
    Abstract: The present invention comprises two sheets of canvas fabric or curtains and means for rolling up vertical strips or bands connected to intermediate crosspieces that move along guides when the strips are taken up. The crosspieces have a hollow cross section with an upper ridge and a lower ridge with holes for the strips to pass through. The crosspieces have, on the outer lateral faces, at least one groove for the fastening, by means of a bead, of bands for joining to the adjacent curtain. The inner faces of the crosspiece have one or more rounded longitudinal projections for guiding the displacement strips. The crosspieces comprise shock-proof elastic element arranged on the upper and/or lower ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Amiserru, S.L.
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Iglesias Ballester
  • Publication number: 20110240233
    Abstract: A pleated roller shade system allows a thin flexible shade fabric, such as, for example, silk, to be wrapped around a roller tube. The system comprises a pleating hembar contained within a hembar pocket of the shade fabric. The hembar is characterized by a non-linear shape, such as a serpentine shape, for causing the shade fabric to hang with a plurality of pleats. The hembar may comprise a plurality of C-shaped hembar sections flexibly coupled to each other. The system may also comprise an elongated pleating assembly mounted parallel to the roller tube and having a fabric-receiving opening that defines a non-linear (e.g., serpentine) path. The shade fabric may be received through the fabric-receiving opening and folded by the pleating assembly, such that the shade fabric is wrapped around the roller tube in folds as the roller tube rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventor: David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 7984744
    Abstract: In a folding screen device pulled in the lateral direction, the widthwise dimension limit of the screen device in the opening and closing direction of the screen is eliminated. A plurality of screen units include movable vertical frame members attached to both ends of a screen expandable in an accordion manner. The vertical frame members are slidable along a lateral frame member of a building opening. Screen guides in the screen units move out and into the interior of the vertical frame member through upper and lower ends thereof in a bent state, and are led along upper and lower ends of the screen in an extended state. A parallel movement mechanism causes the vertical frame members to move in parallel during opening and closing of the screen. The screen units can be arranged in parallel in the building opening by connecting adjacent vertical frame members of the screen units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Seiki Hanbai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuuji Karasawa, Yoji Kamosawa, Masato Moriya
  • Publication number: 20110146918
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a cordless architectural passage covering system, apparatus and method for making the same. The covering may include a support member, a roller attached to the support member, a first material having a proximal portion secured to the roller, whereby the first material can be wound about the roller or unwound therefrom, a second material having a proximal portion secured to the support member and a distal portion secured to a distal portion of the first material, and at least one guide member attached to the second material, whereby the at least one guide member guides the second material about the first material as the first material is wound about the roller or unwound therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: SAFE-T-SHADE
    Inventor: William D. Vestal
  • Patent number: 7963312
    Abstract: A screen is made to be able to be changed in a state in which the screen is made to be detachable from a screen attaching frame portion, a first connector is arranged at one end extracted from the screen of screen tension members penetrating the screen at a plurality of portions in a length direction, the one end is connected to a vicinity of a free end of a slide guide frame portion, other end of a jump member extracted to a screen attaching side is arranged with a second connector, the first connector and the second connector are made to be attachable and detachable to and from each other, and the slide guide frame portion is extracted from inside of the screen attaching frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Metaco Inc.
    Inventors: Yasubumi Okachi, Yuichiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 7954537
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folding door and a shutter guide device. The inventive door comprises two vertical slides (2) and at least one flexible shutter (4) which can be folded in the upper part of the slides and which comprises at least one transverse stiffening bar (12). According to the invention, a guide device (14) is inserted into the extension of at least one stiffening bar (12), thereby forming a guide for the shutter (4) in at least one of the slides (2) in a plane that is offset in relation to the plane of the shutter (4), said shutter (4) being applied against a surface of the slide (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Nergeco
    Inventor: Bernard Kraeutler
  • Patent number: 7942184
    Abstract: A vertical cellular blind includes a headrail having first and second tracks; a fabric carriage including a trolley translatable along one of the tracks and a fabric stem releasable connected to the trolley; a cellular fabric panel connected to the fabric stem; a vertical rail bracket translatable along the other of the tracks in the headrail and including a component angularly adjustable relative to the headrail; a vertical rail attached to the panel and connected to the vertical rail bracket; a cord having ends secured in the headrail and extending through the panel and the vertical rail; and a locking handle in the vertical rail having the cord extended therethrough and releasable pinching means in the handle for engaging the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Springs Window Fashions, LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Cech, Toralf H. Strand, Dag Hammarskjold Cecchetti, Nicholas James Schultz
  • Patent number: 7931070
    Abstract: In a sliding screen door in which a net is formed to be capable of expansion and contraction, and is formed to be capable of freely opening and closing by horizontal pulling, a net guide forms the net guide into a straight line shape in a condition of being led out from a frame member, and a movement of a net-holding member that follow the net guide is made smooth, and many of the guiding elements form the net guide for guiding the lower end of the net and include an approximately u-shape composed of a bottom portion and rising wall portions, and are formed into a series of guide rails that are serially in contact with each other by means of rising wall portions of the adjoining guiding elements, and a net-holding member which is engaged with the guide rails so as to be movable along the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Seiki Hanbai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Chino, Hirotsugu Toda, Masato Moriya, Yoji Kamosawa
  • Patent number: 7922240
    Abstract: A slatted roof for a motor vehicle comprises a plurality of slats connected to one another in a material-bonded manner. The slats are guided laterally in guide rails by pegs and are moveable between a closed position, in which the slats block an opening in the roof, and an open position, in which the slats are pushed and folded together in one region of the roof. Each slat has two first opposed sides and two second opposed sides, and the slats are connected along the second opposed sides. Each first opposed side includes at least two pegs, wherein, for all slats except for an end slat, two of the pegs on each of the first opposed sides are of different dimensions, and wherein two opposed pegs on the first opposed sides of each slat are of identical dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Florian Dorin, Stephan Lange, Roland Brambrink, Ulrich Grosser