Nonplanar, Nonparallel Arrangement Patents (Class 160/88)
  • Patent number: 11274491
    Abstract: Implementations of detachable door systems may include: a first panel having a first end and a second end and a second panel having a first end and a second end. The first end of the second panel is configured to removably couple with the second end of the first panel. A first triangular panel is coupled to the first end of the first panel and a second triangular panel is coupled to the second end of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Ricardo Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10968692
    Abstract: A blind having a blind operating mechanism and a blind control element and having an enclosure for the blind control element, with the element completely enclosed, a connector supporting the enclosure on the blind, and depending downwardly, and a drive device at the lower end of the enclosure for operating the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAXXMAR INC.
    Inventor: Norbert Marocco
  • Patent number: 9556671
    Abstract: The privacy screening and track system is a modularly constructible screen system that provides screen panels on tracks such that screen panels may be optionally opened or closed as might windows be. The system provides corner posts, center posts, and end posts joinable to top and bottom tracks wherein the modularity is continued as desired. The system also provides components that can be cut as needed, even by a novice, such that both manufactured fit and user custom fit are possible. Screens provide translucent views and alternately transparent views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Grimes
  • Patent number: 9227489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a side panel of a vehicle roof that can be opened, which is provided for closing a lateral opening between a cover raised over the vehicle roof and the adjoining vehicle roof and has a pivot mounting which can be attached on the roof side, wherein according to the present embodiments the pivot mounting extends along the side panel and in particular the pivot mounting has a curved or bowed pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Manfred Färber
  • Patent number: 8672015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for security and privacy that is securable to the frame of a window and mountable from the interior of a building. The device comprises a slanted front panel mounted at an angle to allow an open bottom panel and side panels to provide airflow. The panels may be comprised of a mesh screen material to allow airflow when secured in place over an open window, providing airflow and privacy while still providing a level of security for a user. A vertical frame mounts to the rails of a sliding screen along its upper edge, and secures around the bottom of the sliding screen to allow synchronized movement of the two during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Croteau
  • Patent number: 8240323
    Abstract: A rain shielding device for an automobile includes an umbrella holder, an umbrella cloth, and a power accumulator. The umbrella holder includes a first edge column mounted on a vehicle door, a second edge column mounted on a vehicle body, a plurality of main umbrella sticks between the first edge column and the second edge column, and two interlock members. The umbrella cloth is covered on the umbrella holder. The power accumulator includes a movable member, a plurality of auxiliary umbrella sticks, and an energy-storing member. The interlock members move the movable member when the vehicle door opens, and then the movable member interacts with the auxiliary umbrella sticks to push the main umbrella sticks and umbrella cloth unfolding. The energy-storing member stores energy when the umbrella cloth unfolds and releases energy when the vehicle door is closed; thus provides an auxiliary force when the umbrella cloth folds/unfolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ann Show Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chung Lee
  • Patent number: 7588214
    Abstract: A support structure (1) is provided comprising a plurality of curved surfaces A, B hingedly interconnected along their edges such as to provide effective deployment in two separate stages. Preferably, the structure has only two curved surfaces hingedly interconnected at a single non-planar hinge line. In FIG. 1(a), the two sheets A, B are coplanar in that they lie in the same horizontal plane, permitting the structure to be in a flat, first stage deployment position. In Figure (b), the structure is fully deployed in a second stage deployment position by bringing sheet A out of plane through some angle in relation to the position of sheet B, resulting in both sheets becoming curved. The structure has utility in various space-based as well as terrestrial reflective and absorbing applications, and bears definite advantage in terms of weight saving, high stiffness and well-defined surface precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignees: Astrium Limited, Cambridge University Technical Services
    Inventors: Alan M Watt, Sergio Pellegrino, Phillip A. S. Howard
  • Patent number: 7561042
    Abstract: A portal barrier movement alarm includes an apparatus having (a) a first assembly adapted for attachment to the moveable portal barrier; (b) a second assembly adapted for attachment spaced apart from but proximate to the moveable portal barrier; (c) and a vibration inducing ridge and a vibratable prong, the vibratable prong having a vibratable free end, one of the vibration inducing ridge and the vibratable prong being attached to the first assembly and the other of the vibration inducing ridge and the vibratable prong being attached to the second assembly such that the movement of the first assembly with respect to the second assembly causes the vibratable prong to contact the vibration inducing ridge and to thereby cause the vibratable prong to vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Southern California Edison
    Inventor: Steven D. Root
  • Patent number: 6460805
    Abstract: A window apparatus for use within an aircraft interior. This window having at least one shade frame, at least one shade attached to the shade frame at its top and a moveable shade rail attached at its bottom, a first and second lens assembly where the first lens assembly has first lens and the second lens assembly has a second lens, the first and second lenses being mountable to the shade frame such that they form a double convex configuration, and means for moving the shade between a substantially open position and a substantially closed position. The first and second lenses may have the same dimensions and/or be rectangular in shape. The first lens may have a length of at least 40 inches, a width of at least 30 inches, and an area of at least 1200 square inches. The shade may be pleated, tubular in shape, and have means for maintaining the horizontal alignment of the shade rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: MSA Aircraft Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eduardo Sanz, Gilbert Moreno
  • Patent number: 5711568
    Abstract: A retractable cover for a vehicle cargo area includes a roller containing a bungee cord, operative as a retraction mechanism. The covers are fabricated of an opaque cloth or vinyl material, or a transparent or screen material. The covers may be deployed longitudinally across the cargo area, or vertically towards the top of the vehicle. A housing may enclose multiple rollers and provide openings to deploy the covers. The retractable cover is simple and inexpensive, and provides multiple capabilities for varying users' needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventors: D.W. Diem, Roberto Anama
  • Patent number: 4979551
    Abstract: A plurality of support bars are provided with at least one of the bars being movable relative to another of the bars. A plurality of separate webs of pleated material are provided with the opposite edges of each of the webs being secured to adjacent bars. A plurality of tensioning cords are provided, each of the cords extending between adjacent bars to support an associated web. Each of the tensioning cords is tensioned by spring means. When the blind is in closed position, the bars are spread apart and the webs are flattened to define a plurality of sections. The outer peripheries of the pleats of each section lie generally in a plane, the plane of each of the sections being disposed at an angle to the plane of an adjacent section so that each of the planes defines a chord of a curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Siegfried J. Schon
  • Patent number: 4979550
    Abstract: A window blind control apparatus is set forth wherein the apparatus enables selective control in the opening and closing of an associated window blind arrangement utilizing selectively a photo-electric cell, a radio frequency controller, or a manually displaceable slide switch for the opening and closing of the window blind unit that comprises a series of parallel slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventors: Richard G. Long, Merle T. Shelton
  • Patent number: 4951727
    Abstract: A flexible closure device takes a generally arcuate shape in a closed poson to conform to a curved surface when closing an opening in the surface. The device takes a generally planar shape when in an open position thereby occupying a low amount of storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Robert A. Bybee
  • Patent number: 4882795
    Abstract: A partition, more particularly for a corner shower, contains two door-elements mounted displaceably in an upper guide-rail. In the vicinity of the entrance, the upper guide-rail is curved like the edge of the tub and is connected to two lateral wall elements which are secured to the room and are flat. The purpose of the invention is to achieve reliable sealing and equally reliable guidance combined with a simple design. It is proposed that the guide-rail be curved over its entire length and comprise curved end-parts behind the flat wall-element. No lower guide-rail is provided. Instead, small narrow guide-elements are located outside the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: Heinz G. Baus
  • Patent number: 4739955
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for the insulation and interior panels of an aircraft. The mounting assembly includes an upper retainer for securing the upper edge of the cabin panel to the aircraft, and a lower releasable latch assembly which connects the lower end of the cabin panel to the aircraft. The curved aircraft panels, which are made of a resilient bendable material, are installed so that the panels are further resiliently bent into a tensioned state which acts to resiliently engage the panels between the upper retainer and the lower latch assembly. A shock absorber and insulation retainer is attached to the aircraft between the aircraft frame and the cabin panel to prevent vibration of the cabin panel and to secure the insulation between the aircraft panel and the aircraft frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roberto Aquino, Anthony I. C. Kirk, Thomas E. A. H. Webb, John C. Starling
  • Patent number: 4738053
    Abstract: An environmental barrier device which fits between an open door of a building and the door jamb in order to enclose the open space therebetween and through which hoses, electrical wires, tubing, piping, etc., may pass. The device allows access to and egress from the building while in use and yet seals the open space against loss of heat or coolant, and also prevents pets, insects, or the like from passing through the open space during the time the door is necessarily open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Wallis G. Biesenthal
  • Patent number: 4640544
    Abstract: An enclosure adapted for use on a trailer or a vehicle flat bed comprising at least two panels on each side of the trailer, one end of the first panel of each side being hingedly connected to the trailer, or an extension therefrom, the panels being hingedly connected to each other, the other ends of the second panel of each side being connected to a frame assembly which extends across the width of the trailer, the frame assembly being adapted for selective movement along the trailer whereby the panels can be moved from a first position, where they are located along the side of the trailer, to a position where the panels on each side extend across the trailer and are in face to face relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventors: James R. McNamara, Denis L. Piazza
  • Patent number: 4589463
    Abstract: An expandable volume lavatory is enclosed by a three-panel two-position hinged door. When the lavatory is unoccupied, two adjacent panels of the door may be positioned to fit flush with the surrounding wall or enclosure. When occupied, repositioning of the third panel of the door reconfigures the door to increase available lavatory space. The expandable volume lavatory has particular utility in areas where space is at a premium, particularly on board a vehicle such as an aicraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Falcon Jet Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Ryan
  • Patent number: 4443035
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle cab having first and second frames and a window horizontally divided into upper and lower sections. The upper section of the window is pivotally mounted to the top rail of the second frame which is totally surrounded by the first frame. The lower window section is hinged to the bottom of the upper window section and has a guide member on its bottom edge which mates with side guide rails formed in the second frame. The window is opened and closed by hydraulic cylinders which positively position and retain the window in a desired position regardless of the vibration or rocking motion experienced by the vehicle as it traverses over uneven terrain. Furthermore, the entire second frame can be opened by pivoting it about the upper edge of the first frame. In so doing, an alternative escape route is provided for leaving the confines of the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Karl L. Saemann
  • Patent number: 4360053
    Abstract: A fireplace screen having a transparent, air impermeable plate forming the front face held by a frame to two air permeable side faces. The top frame element is removably secured to allow removal of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1982
    Assignee: Buck Stove Corporation
    Inventor: Carrol E. Buckner
  • Patent number: 4060119
    Abstract: A shielding tent wherein a frame is fixed above a window or the like, a winding device for winding up a canvas or window screen is removably fitted to this frame, sliding frames each having a groove guiding and engaging the canvas or window screen are rotatably borne at the upper ends on both ends of the frame, a bottom member removably fitted in the horizontal direction below the window is rotatably connected at the outer end with the lower end of the sliding frame which is inclined outward.As required, side plates are rotatably pivoted to the sliding frames and the frame of the side plates is removably fitted to the bottom member so that the structure may be foldable and may have a pot or the like mounted on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1977
    Assignee: Taiyo Kogyo Company Limited
    Inventors: Ryotaro Nohmura, Eiji Tazaki, Akio Sato