Rotatable Patents (Class 211/115)
  • Patent number: 10779632
    Abstract: A hair extension storage assembly for storing hair extensions includes a hanger that may be suspended from a support. A member is attached to the hanger and the member is suspended from the support when the hanger is positioned on the support. A plurality of slats is provided and each of the slats is pivotally coupled to the member. Each of the slats is selectively positioned in a deployed position having each of the slats being oriented perpendicular to the member. Each of the slats is positioned in a stored position having each of the slats extending downwardly along the member. A plurality of clips is provided and each of the clips is coupled to an associated one of the slats. Each of the clips releasably engages a hair extension thereby facilitating the hair extension to be stored in a vertical orientation without deforming or crumpling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Nakei Roberts
  • Patent number: 9957138
    Abstract: A device and method for lifting cylindrical structures using an overhead crane. The device comprises a lift cap with a lift tab that is the single-point of connection to the crane. The lift cap has a plurality of slots around its perimeter. A plurality of spreader straps are connected to the lift cap at the slots with shackles that permit the straps to slide a limited distance in the slots. The spreader straps hang down from the lift cap and connect it to a lift ring that hangs below the lift cap. The lift ring is comprised of a series of connected spreader bars and is about the same diameter as the grain bin. Slings attached to the spreader bars hang below the lift ring. The loose end of each sling is removably attached to the cylindrical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Tom Schorn
  • Patent number: 9949554
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding and separating the electrical power cords of multiple barber clippers and other barber accessories. The apparatus includes a central pole, at least one hanger attachment holder attached to the central pole and at least one cord separator attached to the central pole. The hanger attachment holder has at least two hangers attached to the underside or perimeter of the hanger shelf for holding barber clippers and other barber accessories. The cord separator is located under the hanger attachment holder, and has at least two recessed areas along the perimeter of the shelf, with each recessed area aligned with the position of a corresponding hanger on the hanger shelf and acting to gather the electrical power cord of a barber clipper or other barber accessory held by the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Dean Sullivan, Richard Earl Harris
  • Patent number: 9620275
    Abstract: A method includes: (1) providing a rotor for a line start interior permanent magnet motor wherein the rotor has rotor bars slots extending axially along a length of the rotor configured to receive rotor bar material, and magnet slots extending axially along a length of the rotor configured to receive magnetic material; (2) disposing rotor bar material in the rotor bar slots; (3) arranging a first end member on an axial end of the rotor; (4) disposing magnetic material in the magnet slots; (5) magnetizing the magnetic material; and (6) arranging a second end member on the rotor opposite the first end member. The step of arranging the second end member on the rotor occurs after magnetizing the magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: David McKinney, William E. Martin
  • Patent number: 8998010
    Abstract: A tiered rotary organizer and display rack. In one embodiment, an organizer rack is provided that includes an upper perimeter support and a lower perimeter support. A plurality of vertical partitions having an upper end and a lower end can be attached to the upper perimeter support near the upper end and attached to the lower perimeter support near the lower end, wherein each of the plurality of vertical partitions supports an article support member that is configured to support an item on the organizer rack. A plurality of upper rack support members are attached to the upper perimeter support, each of the plurality of upper rack support members being configured for attachment to one of a first plurality of elongated hanging supports (e.g., chain, rod, wire, etc.), wherein the coupling of the first plurality of elongated hanging supports to the plurality of upper rack support members is configured to provide a first hanging support of the organizer rack from an above support member (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Lois E. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8534621
    Abstract: An assembly for hanging ladders from surfaces such as ceilings and walls. The assembly includes a first ladder hanger that defines an aperture that receives a first end of the ladder and a second ladder hanger that receives a second end of the ladder. The second ladder hanger includes movable members that can be moved to permit the second end of the ladder to be stored in the storage space and can further retain the ladder in the storage space. In one implementation, rotating members are used to manipulate the ladder hanger into a storage configuration, in another implementation; pivoting members are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Paul W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8231081
    Abstract: The invention is a mount for an electronic display device. The mount comprises a mount member that has a top face and a bottom face. Portions of the mount member are configured to engage portions of a mounting surface within the cockpit of an airplane. The mount also comprises a containment member spaced therefrom the mount member. A joint member is disposed in frictional contact with portions of the respective mount member and containment member. A base member, which can be configured for engagement with a portion of the electronic display device, can be connected to the joint member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Avionics Support Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo L. Fortes, Armand Wong, Robert Alfonso, Alex Rodrigo, Raul Segredo, Stylian Cocalides
  • Patent number: 7686250
    Abstract: The invention is a mount for an electronic display device. The mount comprises a mount member that has a top face and a bottom face. Portions of the mount member are configured to engage portions of a mounting surface within the cockpit of an airplane. The mount also comprises a containment member spaced therefrom the mount member. A joint member is disposed in frictional contact with portions of the respective mount member and containment member. A base member, which may be configured for engagement with a portion of the electronic display device, may be connected to the joint member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventors: Hugo L. Fortes, Armand Wong, Robert Alfonso, Alex Rodrigo, Raul Segredo, Stylian Cocalides
  • Patent number: 7611034
    Abstract: A main frame is formed front and rear components. Each component has a pair of vertically oriented exterior legs and interior legs. A pair of upper connectors have horizontal central and end sections. The end sections are coupled to the upper ends of the exterior legs. Pairs of lower connectors are coupled between the lower ends of the exterior and interior legs. The lower connectors are at an angle to support ties. Upper and lower spacers join the exterior in a major rectilinear configuration. The upper and lower spacers join the interior legs in a minor rectilinear configuration. A generally semicircular finger extends upwardly and outwardly away from the interior legs to receive belts. A swivel assembly includes a hook at the upper end. The swivel assembly includes a vertical leg. The vertical leg is rotatably coupled to the central sections of the upper connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Cristen R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20090101613
    Abstract: The present articulating overhead storage device includes a spine of a predetermined length with an upper and lower end regions. An article holder is releasably connected to the spine to securely and releaseably hold at least a portion of an article, such as athletic equipment, sporting goods, clothing, tools, and/or other articles for storage. The spine is articularly fixed at its upper end region to an anchor plate which in turn is secured to an overhead surface thereby allowing articulation of the spine between a generally horizontal and a generally vertical position. The lower end region of the spine is releasably fixed to a foundation plate which in turn is secured to an overhead surface. In a preferred embodiment, the spine is detachable from the anchor plate. In another embodiment, the lower end region of the spine is releasably attached to a base receiver fixed to and projecting up from a floor stand to allow the spine to remain in a generally vertical position when detached from the anchor plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Lance Botkin
  • Publication number: 20080116154
    Abstract: A rotating shoe rack, comprising a vertical member atop a base, wherein the vertical member further comprises several disk-shaped platforms that serve as supports for pairs of shoes. The disk-shaped platforms comprise dividers to create compartments between the platforms. The vertical member rotates relative to the base to allow a user to access different compartments. Rotational motion is achieved by turning a handle disposed at the top of the vertical member. The apparatus further comprises casters on the base, so that in addition to rotational motion of the vertical member, horizontal motion across a planar surface can be achieved by the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Niloufar Gorman
  • Patent number: 7341767
    Abstract: A system for storing and displaying pom pons is provided with a frame and a plurality of securement members positioned in a spaced-apart relationship with one another along opposite side portions of the frame. The securement members releasably secure the gripping portion of pom pons. A multi-segmented frame may be provided that allows the segments to move independently from one another. Spirit adornment may be provided to the frame as well as shaping the frame itself to exhibit such adornment. Various hanging and ground supports are provided for supporting the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Frank J. Velinsky
  • Publication number: 20070158288
    Abstract: A display rack comprising a horizontally movable trolley mounted on a track and a rotatable shelf mounted to the movable trolley. The track is mounted between a plurality of upright posts in such a manner that the trolley is horizontally movable between the posts. The track may be oriented so that the trolley moves either from side to side or between the back and front of the display. The shelf is mounted is secured to the trolley so that it is rotatable about a vertical axis that is disposed substantially at right angles to the direction of travel of the trolley. The shelf may be positioned either above or below the trolley and, depending upon the shelf's position, the product is displayed on the upper or lower surface of the shelf. The display shelf may therefore be moved horizontally relative to the upright posts and/or rotated to allow for easier access to the products displayed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Applicant: E-B DISPLAY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Michael S. Rotolo
  • Patent number: 7229057
    Abstract: The rotating stem mount has an anchor block and a lag screw extending through the anchor block for mounting the anchor block to a stationary surface. A guide bearing is mounted on a circular shoulder on the anchor block near the base end of the anchor block. The outer race of a thrust bearing is retained to the load end of the anchor block in axial alignment with the anchor block by means of a bearing retainer. A cylindrical housing encloses the thrust bearing, the guide bearing and the anchor block. The housing has a diametrical partition therein in a mid-region thereof. A bolt retains the diametrical partition to the inner race of the thrust bearing. The housing further has an internal circular step in its base end, and that circular step fitly encloses the guide bearing. A stem-like member is mountable to the load end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher N. Cavell
  • Patent number: 7159728
    Abstract: A support arrangement for a hair styling salon has a stanchion for forming a substantially central support member for an annular rim member. The annular rim member has notches along its periphery for accommodating respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair. Each notch is dimensioned to grasp a respective skein of braiding/weaving hair. A radial support arrangement configured as spokes that extend radially from the stanchion supports the annular rim member rotatably and removably on the stanchion. A tray is concentrically disposed with respect to the annular rim member and is vertically adjustably supported on the stanchion. The tray supports beauty products and implements, such as needles and thread, that are used during the braiding/weaving process. An elastomeric portion is annularly configured and arranged to overlie the annular rim, and has a plurality of slit-like notches that grasp resiliently and securely respective skeins of braiding/weaving hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Brenda A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7147116
    Abstract: A compact, portable device for hanging clothes and the like in locations where ordinary drying facilities are not conveniently available. Rigid wires hinged inside a hub and radiating around the hub like the ribs of an inverted umbrella assume a horizontal position for hanging clothes and a vertical position for storage and transport. A wire bent in the shape of a hook is rotatably attached to the center of the hub to facilitate hanging the device during the drying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas Harry Cape
  • Publication number: 20020190016
    Abstract: A spiral tie and accessory rack includes an elongate supporting member that defines both a curved hook portion for supporting the rack from a closet rod and a downwardly extending straight core portion for rotatably receiving and supporting a plurality of annular pole segments thereon. The pole segments each carry at least one support arm and are provided with interlocking, angularly phase-shifted male and female features on their lower and upper surfaces, respectively. When the pole segments are properly stacked around the core portion so as to be mated to one another, the tie support arms are arranged to spiral around the inner supporting member. The rack may be supplied in kit form, and may also be converted to a table-top (standing) rack or a wall-mounted rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Thien Q. Ta
  • Patent number: 6491218
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for more efficient checkout are described. A triangular carousel having a relatively small footprint is employed proximate a bar code scanner and point of sale (POS) terminal so that a checker can efficiently load scanned items into bags, and a customer on the other side of the checkout counter and proximate the bar code scanner can also efficiently load filled bags into his or her shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Dung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6478168
    Abstract: A belt hanger preferably comprising a closed ring member having a plurality of clips attached at intervals along the ring member. Each clip is preferably operable to releasably attach one belt. The clips are maintained at spaced intervals such that the belts are not fully overlapped. The belt hanger further comprises a hook member rotatably mounted along the outer periphery of the ring member for engaging a horizontal closet support rod such that the ring member is supported thereby. The rotatable mounting allows the ring member to rotate relative to the stationary hook member secured to the horizontal support rod. Accordingly, the ring member can be stored in a substantially flattened state until a belt is needed, at which time the ring member can be rotated to allow the user to simultaneously view all the belts hanging on the belt rack and remove only the desired belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Dena C. McNamee
  • Publication number: 20020038788
    Abstract: A method and system for organizing different kinds of clothes hangers into separate groups. The system mounts each hanger on a sloped arm that is opposes and is separated from an opposing sloped arm by a vertically oriented structural member. Each sloped arm, in connection with the vertically oriented structural member, causes the a group of clothes hangers mounted on the arm to cant away from an adjacent group of clothes hangers mounted on an opposing adjacent arm. The canting of one group of clothes hangers away from another group minimizes the likelihood that hangers in one group will become entangled with hangers is another adjacent group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Inventors: Margaret Elizabeth Halleman, Richard Stanley Halleman
  • Patent number: 6273277
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rotating implement storage device to store garden implements and similar tools in garages, tool sheds, or like storage facilities where storage space has traditionally been linear along a wall. The device of the present invention permits more efficient use of limited storage space by providing a suspended, rotating carousel attached to a mounting bracket having a plurality of retaining hooks or brackets about the periphery of the carousel upon which a variety of implements are retained. Preferably, the device is mounted to a solid support and has a swivelling S-shaped rigid shaft from which the rotating storage carousel is suspended thereby allowing the carousel to rotate freely and providing for improved storage of various implements as well as improved accessability to those implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Walter G. Geldenhuys
  • Patent number: 6182839
    Abstract: A turntable storage device which has a turntable and a plurality of storage containers for condiments and other granular materials. The turntable has a base member and a platform that is removably attachable to the base and rotatable on the base member. The base member has an upwardly extending hollow post. The containers are attachable to the turntable by mating projections and receptacles. The turntable storage device is convertible. It is provided with a mounting hub for selectively attaching and removing either a handle or a hanging support member. The hanging support member is adaptable to hang one or more turntables from a shelf, if desired. The support member also is shaped to fit into the hollow post of another turntable, whereby two turntables can be stacked on top of the one another. In one embodiment, a rotary measuring dispenser is mounted in each container for dispensing predetermined quantities of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Robbins Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Stanley Robbins, Rodney W. Robbins, Frans M. Weterrings, Ted A. Bell
  • Patent number: 6029828
    Abstract: A turntable storage device which has a turntable and a plurality of storage containers for condiments and other granular materials. The turntable has a base member and a platform that is removably attachable to the base and rotatable on the base member. The base member has an upwardly extending hollow post. The containers are attachable to the turntable by means of mating projections and receptacles. The turntable storage device is convertible. It is provided with structure for selectively attaching and removing either a handle or a hanging support member. The hanging support member is adaptable to hang one or more turntables from a shelf, if desired. The support member also is shaped to fit into the hollow post of another turntable, whereby two turntables can be stacked on top of the one another. In one embodiment, a rotary measuring dispenser is mounted in each container for dispensing predetermined quantities of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Robbins Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Stanley Robbins, Rodney W. Robbins, Frans M. Weterrings, Ted A. Bell
  • Patent number: 5862925
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hanging plant track system (10) which comprises a track (12) securely fastenable by at least one track fastener (12A) to a bottom of a horizontal surface. The track (12) comprises a left track (12L) having a left track horizontal member (12LA) longitudinally disposed thereon. The track (12) further comprises a right track (12R) securely fastened longitudinally along abutting edges to the left track (12L) by a middle track (12M). The right track (12R) comprises a right track horizontal member (12RA) longitudinally disposed thereon.The hanging plant track system (10)further comprises at least one carriage (14) slidably mounted within the track (12). The at least one carriage (14) comprises a left carriage (14L) having a left carriage horizontal member slot (14LA) longitudinally disposed therein. The left carriage horizontal member slot (14LA) is complimentary in configuration to the left track horizontal member (12LA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: David Grzywinski
  • Patent number: 5683002
    Abstract: An improved hat holder is disclosed wherein a body comprises a plurality of slots based upon by a distance equal to a width of a hat brim. A plurality of hats are conveniently stored by inserting the brim into the slot, and folding down the portion of the hat that sits on top of user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Robert Rayside
  • Patent number: 5601197
    Abstract: A hanger device comprises a plurality of clip assemblies slidable along a support such as a rope or the like. Each assembly comprises a plurality of clamps rotatable about the central axis of the rope by means of a collar rotatably mounted to a base, the base receiving a portion of the rope in longitudinal extension therethrough. Each clamp is further rotatably mounted about a shaft extending from the collar and through a hub associated with the clamp. Each clamp is further pivotal about a pivot pin extending through first and second arms extending from the hub. The plurality of clamp positions, relative to the rope, allows for various articles, such as ball caps, towels, etc. to be displayed in various positions along and about the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Dean Baxter
  • Patent number: 5533632
    Abstract: A motorized accessory holder (12) includes a body (4) having a lower region defining a circumferential track (14). A belt assembly (6), including a continuous loop belt (28) and support arms (34) extending outwardly from the belt, is housed within the body. A drive assembly (8), used to drive the belt along a continuous loop path with the outer ends (38) of the support arms supported by the track, is also housed within the body. Different types of accessory supports (10) adapted to support different types of accessories are removably secured to and hang from the support arms. For example, the accessory supports can be configured to support neckties, earrings, necklaces, belts or even spice jars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Liliana M. Patterson
    Inventors: Liliana M. Patterson, Kenneth A. Tarlow
  • Patent number: 5494177
    Abstract: An improved display rack (10) which allows the use of a pivotable display unit (16) with existing display facilities such as existing shelving (54) or an existing suspended ceiling (62). The improved display rack (10) may be used to display such things as ceiling fan pulls, postcards, greeting cards, keychains, and comic books. The improved display rack (10) comprises a pivotable display unit (16), a lower supporting member (12), and an upper stabilizing member (14). The lower supporting member (12) is attached, at one end, to a bottom portion of the pivotable display unit (16) and, at the other end, engages either a supporting surface, such as the floor, or is attached to the existing shelving (54). The upper stabilizing member (14) is attached, at one end, to the top of the pivotable display unit (16) and, at the other end, is secured either to an existing suspended ceiling (62) or to existing shelving (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Alvin E. Todd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5480075
    Abstract: A wet gear hanger has a vertical support member and a hook support member swivelly connected to an end of the vertical support member. An upper swivel member housing is connected to the vertical support member and an upper swivel member is rotatively inserted in the upper swivel member housing. There is a first upper support member connected to an end of the upper swivel member and a second upper support member connected to another end of the upper swivel member. A first lower swivel member is rotatively inserted in a first lower swivel member housing. There is a second lower swivel member rotatively inserted into a second lower swivel member housing. A third lower swivel member is rotatively inserted into a third lower swivel member housing. A second lower support member is connected to the second lower swivel member. There is an upper support swivel member lock in the upper swivel member. A first lower swivel member lock is located in the first lower swivel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Clegg G. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5437378
    Abstract: A rack includes a plurality of horizontally disposed tie support arms which are rigidly fixed to a central pole. The tie support arms are so arranged as to spiral at least partly around the central pole. A hook is rotatably connected to a top portion of the central pole and is adapted to suspend the central pole from a closet rod. The rack facilitates quick and easy access to any one of a plurality of ties or similar items which are hung from the tie support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Thien Q. Ta
  • Patent number: 5421465
    Abstract: A new and improved rack apparatus for storing flexible elongate items, e.g. suspenders, includes a rectangular frame assembly which has a frame length and which is adjacent to a first plane. An array of first rack members is arrayed along a first side of the rectangular frame assembly which also has a frame length. The first rack members project perpendicularly from the first plane and are adjacent to a second plane which is perpendicular to the first plane. A rotatable hook assembly is connected to a second side of the rectangular frame assembly. The second side has a frame length and is opposite to the first side of the rectangular frame assembly. The overall width of the rack apparatus is less than the frame length. An array of second rack members is arrayed along a cross member which spans a third side and a fourth side of the rectangular frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Kenneth Dunner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5388710
    Abstract: A merchandising display device for fan pulls provides a transparent disk carried by a ceiling fan. The disk has a plurality of hook members depending therefrom for receiving a fan pull. The hook members include a mounting flange fixed to the disk, and a depending hook. The hook defines a slot for receiving the chain attached to a fan pull. A stud centrally of the disk fixes the disk to the light adapter of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Gerald F. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 5265737
    Abstract: A cap rack for storage or display of caps having a bill or visor, such as baseball caps, tennis visors or golf hats, comprises a longitudinal member having a vertical axis and including a plurality of slots formed into the member at a specified angle to the horizontal. A cap can be retained in each slot by the bill of the cap. A hook at the top of the cap rack allows the rack to be suspended from any convenient place. The hook is fixed to the cap rack by a blind swivel connection, allowing the cap rack to be rotated to gain easy access to any single cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: John J. Freeby
  • Patent number: 5191984
    Abstract: A necktie storage rack has an elongated U-shaped hosuing mounted horizontally. An elongated slide with an external shape complementary to the inside of the housing can slide longitudinally in the housing from a retracted position essentially completely within the housing to an extended position with about half of the slide extending forwardly from the housing. Three posts extend downwardly from the slide and a wheel is rotatably mounted on each of the posts. The wheels are designed to elastically snap onto the posts. A number of radially extending legs on the wheel are used for hanging neckties. The entire assembly can be fabricated of injection molded plastic and connected together without any fasteners except screws for supporting the tie rack in a closet. The back of the housing can be secured to a wall and a forward portion of the housing suspended from a closet hanger bar by a pair of side-by-side clamps fastened together by a single screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Richard H. Kon, Stephen J. Jasperson, Torsti T. T. Jerila
  • Patent number: 5127715
    Abstract: A tape case has a hexagonal housing having a planar top surface provided with VELCRO and magnetic fasteners for attaching the housing to an interior ceiling of a motor vehicle. A rotary carousel is mounted on a piston rod for movement into and out of the stationary housing. A push button latching mechanism serves to retain the carousel in a retracted position within the housing. When a user wishes to replace or remove a tape from the storage carousel, the latching mechanism may be released by pushing a single button which lowers the storage carousel from the housing. The carousel is rotatably mounted by a piston rod which is slidably received with a hollow sleeve in the interior of the housing. Air vent apertures are formed in the hollow sleeve for lowering the carousel at a gradual rate of descent and for allowing the carousel to be rapidly moved to a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Inventors: Edwin T. Doyle, Chris L. Bartunek
  • Patent number: 4875593
    Abstract: A rotatable shower caddy which can be securely attached to a shower wall having compartments for the storage of bath products such as shampoo, hair conditioner, soap, shaving cream, razors and the like. The shower caddy is generally cylindrical in shape, constructed of relatively inexpensive, corrosion-resistant, easy to clean materials such as plastic or plexiglass. The caddy is easy to assemble and disassemble for installation, storage and cleaning. In includes top and bottom caps which are connected together by a central, vertical rod and a compartmentalized mid-section which rotates around the central, vertical rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Larry J. Trimble
  • Patent number: 4858772
    Abstract: A shoe and accessory carousel storage unit designed to accomodate men's and women's shoes, ties, belts, necklace and the like. The carousel is stackable in multiple units or can be used individually. The unit is readily convertible from a hook type shoe rack to a multi-shelf unit. Two separate support systems are disclosed for providing rotation to the unit. One approach being the provision of a rotatable base, and the other being the provision wherein the unit or units can be rotatably suspended from conventional closet shelving, either metallic or wooden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Theodore Phillipson
  • Patent number: 4763855
    Abstract: A device for holding a plurality of floss bobbins is described. The invention comprises a floss bobbin holding carrier which has a peripheral surface and a plurality of mounting sites on the surface. A plurality of modular floss bobbins are detachably mounted onto the floss bobbin holding carrier, which are arranged spatially on the peripheral surface of the floss bobbin holding carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Inventor: Maureen DiVincenzo
  • Patent number: 4762237
    Abstract: A storage system including a mounting bracket comprising a horizontal base with a pair of laterally spaced upwardly directed mounting arms integral with the base and resiliently inwardly flexible relative to each other, each mounting arm terminating in spaced relation above the base in a laterally outwardly directed mounting flange for engagement with an overhead structure. A pair of oppositely directed L-shaped supports are integrally formed with the base and depend therebelow for engagement with an enlarged head on the upper end of a tray assembly handle. The tray assembly includes a base axially receiving the lower end of the handle for support therefrom, and a rotatable platform surrounding the handle and bearing-supported on the tray base for rotation relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Brian L. Newton
  • Patent number: 4739912
    Abstract: A hanger is made with a molded plastic body and a metal hook. The body has a vertical hole to receive the shank of the hook. The lower end of the hole communicates with an opening or pocket in the hanger body. The shank of the hook is provided with a diametrically enlarged head, the end of which is tapered. The cylindrical diameter of the shank is less than that of the hole and the diameter of the head is more than that of the hole. The hook is assembled by forcing or plunging the head and shank through the hole until the head seats in the opening. The resilience of the plastic of the hanger body restores the hole to its original diameter and a substantially radial shoulder formed by the top of the head seats against the top of the opening about the end of the hole supporting the body on and for free rotation about the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Klawieter, Robert A. Bredeweg
  • Patent number: 4709838
    Abstract: Apparatus for hanging articles of clothing or the like in a clothes closet or the like by suspension from a hanger rod or the like comprising an elongated vertically extending article hanging means having a plurality of vertically spaced oppositely facing hook portions and being made of one piece of molded plastic material for supporting the articles of clothing or the like; a support means made of one piece of molded plastic material and having a hook portion for mounting on a hanger rod or the like; and swivel means for rotatably connecting the elongated vertically extending article hanging means to the support means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Inventor: Frank P. Campbell
  • Patent number: 4373695
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which facilitates the controlled rotative positioning of a suspended planter. The apparatus is comprised of a cylindrical outer member and an internal member in sliding engagement with said outer member and coaxially positioned therewith. The internal member is provided with two spaced arrays of teeth so arranged that, when one member is upwardly displaced with respect to the other member, bearing means associated with said outer member induce rotative motion of one of said members. Restoring means acting between said members causes said upward displacement when downward force is removed therefrom. Attachment means associated with each member facilitates suspension of the apparatus from an overhead support and suspension of a planter from that member which undergoes rotative motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: Bernard L. Faris
  • Patent number: 4353468
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low cost, lightweight, portable device for storing and displaying hand stamps by attaching clips to the stamps and then clipping the hand stamps to a vertical lattice. The device can be carried from above or supported from above by a hook in its top, supported on a work surface by an attached flat base plate, or rotatably supported at the side of a work surface by an edge clamp which grips the edge of the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Inventor: Lon C. Klingamon
  • Patent number: 4335838
    Abstract: A molded plastic hanger and a clip for use therewith or with other members. The hanger includes a body portion having a diverging pair of arms including slots therein and a crossbar for mounting garment holding clips. A plastic swivel hook is connected to the body portion at a stem. The stem includes a shaft having an annular locking recess in its periphery which is adapted to be received within a mating socket of the hook to connect the hook and body portion to each other while enabling them to be swiveled readily with respect to each other. The clip is arranged for securement to the crossbar of the hanger or to any other rod-like element and is formed of a three piece construction comprising a pair of plastic jaws and a resilient U-shaped member, also formed of plastic, but having a higher tensile strength and resiliency than the plastic of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Assignee: Independent Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Bisk, Gunther Rogahn
  • Patent number: 4312464
    Abstract: This invention comprises a latchable swivel hook garment hanger in which the swivelling hook may be latched in any radial position relative to the hanger body and unlatched to swivel, repeatedly at will; it has a hanger body containing a bore for receiving, through its top end, the elongated shaft portion of the hook member, and, through its bottom end, a latching member, such as a wing bolt, set screw, et.,; the bore is interrupted by a window-like opening in the hanger body; the segment of the hook shaft coming within the window includes a means, such as a flattened portion alone, or a detent in combination with a washer, to limit axial movement of the hook shaft while permitting it to swivel freely. The latching member is axially movable within its bore segment to axially engage or disengage the hook shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventor: Alfred A. Treiman
  • Patent number: 4189124
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which facilitates the controlled rotative positioning of a planter suspended from an overhead support. The apparatus is comprised of two facing toothed members, a vertically disposed pull rod and associated bearing pin, position restoring means acting upon said pull rod, and harness means to maintain the several components in proper spaced alignment. The apparatus is attached to an overhead support, and a planter is attached by tether means to said pull rod. The apparatus causes the planter to undergo controlled horizontal rotative movement when the planter is momentarily pushed upward to remove the downward force acting upon said pull rod, and then released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Inventor: Bernard L. Faris
  • Patent number: 4081139
    Abstract: A simplified, multi-carrier dispenser attachment for shower heads is provided and comprises generally circular support means which are mounted externally of the shower head and which support a spaced plurality of different water soluble substances which may be selectively positioned within the stream of water emanating from the shower head for dissolving therein. In at least one position of the support means, no water soluble substance is disposed in the shower water stream, and a number of adjustment means are provided to enable the ready adjustment in the disposition of the respective substances in the shower water stream to optimize dispensing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Inventor: Joseph J. Migliozzi
  • Patent number: 3938447
    Abstract: The apparatus is used in a trolley conveying system for transporting various types of article, and in particular garments, between different locations. The apparatus comprises and is supported by a top load bar which has a detent plate supported therefrom by means of a yoke structure. The detent plate has a circular opening for accommodating a swivel assembly including an elongated support rod at the bottom thereof for holding articles preferably at either end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1974
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1976
    Assignee: Brodie, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Veale