Shelves Patents (Class 211/153)
  • Patent number: 10602910
    Abstract: A modular washware rack for a dishwasher, including an open frame having an upper level support structure that is configured to accept at least one basket insert from above and support the at least one basket insert at an upper level, the open frame having a lower level support structure, the at least one basket insert being adjustable in height by lifting and removing the at least one basket insert from the upper level support structure of the open frame and then sliding the at least one basket insert along the lower level support structure to support the at least one basket at a lower level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: William Gutkowski
  • Patent number: 10426315
    Abstract: A dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a wash chamber wherein the wash chamber has an access opening, having a first dishrack movably mounted to the tub, a second dishrack, and at least a first and second removable dishrack supported and having corresponding first and second sets of support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Pugh, Michael Kahwaji, William J. Snell, Michael R. Mackay, Ameresh B. Viswanathan, Joseph T. Ferencevich
  • Patent number: 10393390
    Abstract: Oven shelves which can be disassembled and, if desired, fit into ovens having different dimensions. The oven shelves include a sheet having a non-stick layer. The sheet has a loop-shaped border along the length on two opposite sides, into which loop-shaped border the rods (longitudinal rods) fit. Transverse rods are located between the longitudinal rods and ensure that the sheet is tensioned. A support element is optionally provided under the sheet during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: I.C.B. NV
    Inventor: Johan Bergen
  • Patent number: 10359282
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to quickly and accurately determine shelf notch height for a shelving unit. This is particularly advantageous to determine whether shelves in the shelving unit were installed at the correct height and/or for installing shelves at desired heights. In some embodiments, a measurement member is provided with a bottom offset and shelf notch indicator portions. A horizontal position indicator can then be aligned with a desired shelf notch indicator portion and project outwardly therefrom towards a shelving unit to provide a visual indication of the height of a desired shelf notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Greg A. Bryan, Benjamin D. Enssle, David B. Brightwell
  • Patent number: 10296131
    Abstract: A monitoring and controlling apparatus includes a functional cabinet, functional units, and a control cabinet. The functional cabinet includes a plurality of frames and a door at an opening of at least a part of the frames, each frame having a predetermined accommodation size. Each functional unit is detachably accommodated in respective frame and including a circuit and a component for a function of the functional unit. The control cabinet is disposed next to the functional cabinet, and configured to monitor and control the functional units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Atsuo Haryu, Akimasa Nakai, Shinji Sakurai, Susumu Yoshizawa, Katsuya Kasai, Kenichi Hosoya, Eiji Watanabe, Yusuke Tsuboi, Kazuaki Omomo, Toshio Tagawa
  • Patent number: 10294021
    Abstract: A fast unloading folding cargo container has a left frame, a right frame, a rear frame, a bottom frame, and connection members. The left frame and the right frame are rotatably connected to the rear frame via the connection members. Both ends of the bottom frame are formed with locking slots that lock onto the rails on the bottoms of the left frame and the right frame, both sides of the bottoms of the left frame and the right frame include recessed support grooves, and the left frame and the right frame both include a suspension member on the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Zhoumin Ni, Guangwei Wang
  • Patent number: 10180240
    Abstract: Illumination devices with adjustable optical elements configured to provide a variable illumination pattern of an area are described. The adjustable optical elements of the illumination devices can be traversed relative to a surface (e.g., a ceiling of a room) to vary the light distribution and/or intensity to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Quarkstar LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Tien-Man Ng, Ingo Speier, Wilson Dau, Louis Lerman, Hans Peter Stormberg
  • Patent number: 10101079
    Abstract: The invention is a cooling device (1), particularly a domestic refrigerator, having a storage plate (10) for storing an item disposed in the cooling device (1) and a profile (20) disposed on an edge (15) of the storage plate (10) and that the cooling device (1) comprises a profile (20) configured as being on the same level with or a lower level than an upper face (11) of the storage plate (10) when the profile (20) is disposed on the edge (15) of the storage plate (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Dogukan Cetinyol, Bilal Cinici, Tanzer Yildizgöcer, Süleyman Özkan, Laura Ringemann Springer, Sebastian Knöll
  • Patent number: 10035030
    Abstract: An open framework warehouse storage rack system for supporting articles on multi-tiered shelves within the wetting zone of an overhead fire sprinkler system. The storage rack system comprises one or more a longitudinally extending rack arrays. A falling water collection system is combined with some or all of the rack arrays. The falling water collection system includes any one of several water handling features that enhance the wetting of storage articles during a fire. One such feature is a scoop-like longitudinal water catcher that protrudes outwardly beyond the front and/or rear faces of the rack array. Another is a transverse intra-stanchion water diverter. Another is a transverse mid-span water diverter. Another is a gutter formed integrally in an uppermost beam. And another is a vertical flue catcher. The falling water collection system maximizes the amount of water that is applied directly to a fire inside the rack array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Firebird Sprinkler Company LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Pigeon
  • Patent number: 10034587
    Abstract: A pole caddy comprises a pole, one or more collars to each of which is removably attached a cantilevered shelf preferably made of metal wire. Each collar, preferably made of structural plastic, has a downwardly extending tab that runs along the pole. The tab has a contact portion, preferably an elastomer pad, in contact with the exterior of the pole. The weight of the shelf and any articles on the shelf applies force through a brace part of the shelf, to cause the tab to frictionally engage the pole and thus hold the shelf at a desired elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Kenney Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Timothy Elliot
  • Patent number: 10024662
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to quickly and accurately determine shelf notch height for a shelving unit. This is particularly advantageous to determine whether shelves in the shelving unit were installed at the correct height and/or for installing shelves at desired heights. In some embodiments, a measurement member is provided with a bottom offset and shelf notch indicator portions. A horizontal position indicator can then be aligned with a desired shelf notch indicator portion and project outwardly therefrom towards a shelving unit to provide a visual indication of the height of a desired shelf notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Greg A. Bryan, Benjamin D. Enssle, David B. Brightwell
  • Patent number: 10008068
    Abstract: A modular outdoor large item vending system for large items such as propane tanks, liquid petroleum gas cylinders of various sizes and other items that must be stored in and dispensed from a hazardous location compliant system. The vending system can be placed on a store front, parking lot, campsite, or park, and comprises a master module assembly connected to a plurality of add-on module assemblies with each of the master module assembly and the add-on module assemblies having compartments to hold large items which are dispensed from the compartments when a payment is made through a credit card reader interface located on a master module control compartment door face. The large item vending system of the invention is powered by AC current which is turned to DC power by a power supply, or DC batteries charged by AC power and/or solar power, or by other power means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: JALH Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Leonard J. Halsey, Jr., John S. Agor
  • Patent number: 9936801
    Abstract: A transformable balcony table capable of attachment to a balcony rail includes a primary table assembly including a table top having a rear edge and a pair of side edges extending forwardly from the rear edge so as to form an apex opposite the rear edge The primary table assembly includes a mounting portion extending downwardly from the rear edge of the table top and defining a plurality of holes. A first stability member having a proximal end is removably coupled to the bottom surface and extends downwardly and rearwardly to a distal end. A fastener is selectively inserted through the slots of the mounting portion for coupling the mounting portion to the balcony rail. The balcony table includes a first and second leaf selectively coupled to respective side edges of the table top, the leaves transforming the table from two eating places to four.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Allen, Janet Allen
  • Patent number: 9782019
    Abstract: A merchandiser that includes a case defining a product display area and a base defining a compartment below the product display area. The merchandiser includes a shelf coupled to the case within the product display area adjacent the base. The shelf is disposed over the compartment and includes a first portion and a second portion. Each of the first portion and the second portion define a product support area to support food product. Also, the second portion is pivotable relative to the first portion to provide access to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Bhavya Narayanachar, William E. Bries, Michael L. Jones
  • Patent number: 9764692
    Abstract: A shelving unit for supporting objects in a vehicle includes one or more adjustable shelves all extending transversely and horizontally between a pair of upright side panels. A rear vertical rail extends along one edge of each of the side panels and defines a plurality of slot shaped rear apertures. A front vertical rail extends along an opposite and parallel edge of each side panel. Each adjustable shelf includes a pair of shelf sides extending parallel to and adjacent the side panels. A flange extends outwardly from each of the shelf sides with a bolt attaching the flange to a front vertical rail and applying a rearward biasing force to the adjustable shelf. A rear tab extends rearwardly from each of the shelf sides and is angled laterally inwardly to engage a rear aperture in a wedging force-fit in response to the rearward biasing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ranger Design
    Inventor: Gary Beere
  • Patent number: 9664439
    Abstract: A cooling device (1) having a multipurpose shelf (5), used in the door (3) or the body (2), allowing the user to easily enlarge the usable area of the body shelf (4) in line with utilization requirements is described. The shelf can be mounted on the body or the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Alper Mirza, Derya Erturk, Osman Vardar
  • Patent number: 9644885
    Abstract: A spacer is provided for a shelf having a projection partially received within an aperture in a side wall of a cabinet. The spacer includes a conduit portion extending partially about an axis so as to define a channel extending through the conduit portion along the axis and a conduit opening extending radially through the conduit portion providing access to the channel. The channel is adapted to receive the projection of the shelf via the conduit opening. The spacer further includes an insert portion that extends axially from the conduit portion. The conduit portion includes first and second abutment surfaces extending orthogonal to the axis and facing away from each other. The second abutment surface is axially spaced from the first abutment surface. The first abutment surface extends from the axis a greater radial distance than the insert portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9596931
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to basket and rail assemblies. In one example embodiment, a basket and rail assembly generally includes a slide rail, a basket including a plurality of wires, and at least one support configured to be coupled to the slide rail. The support includes at least one groove configured for receiving at least one wire of the plurality of wires of the basket for releasably coupling the basket to the slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Clairson, Inc.
    Inventors: Milind Sahebrao Nimgulkar, Gajanan Ramkishan Muttepawar, Harishchandra Namdeo Dahatonde
  • Patent number: 9585475
    Abstract: A method for restoring the visual appearance of a wire shelf, products employed in the method, and a kit containing the parts used for the restoration are provided for simplifying the process of altering the appearance of a wire shelf construction. The kit preferably includes a top surface covering having adjustable depth dimensions. A profile number is adapted preferably to engage in an edge of the top surface and the top surface and profile members are attached the underlying wire shelf to maintain the assembly in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: John Louis Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Tines
  • Patent number: 9538859
    Abstract: A shelf unit includes a base frame having first and second shelf brackets, lengthwise supports extending from the first shelf bracket to the second shelf bracket and widthwise strips extending between the lengthwise supports. A plurality of shelf skins are spaced apart from each other and mounted to the base frame. Each shelf skin surrounds at least a portion of a top, a bottom and a front of the base frame so that a portion of each widthwise strip of the base frame is exposed between the shelf skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Johnson, Erin L. Zobel, Enzo Vardaro
  • Patent number: 9526355
    Abstract: A welded wire mesh shelf structure is provided for cantilevered racks for warehouse storage. The shelf structure includes a welded wire mesh grid and a nose piece attached to the grid such that a top nose surface is flush with and defines an extension of an upper support plane defined by the wire grid. Fasteners attaching the shelf structure to cantilevered arms are flush with or recessed below the top support plane such that no protruding edge is presented by the nose piece to snag articles sliding on the upper support plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nashville Wire Products Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Robert N. Rollins, Phillip Kent Rollins
  • Patent number: 9439506
    Abstract: Furniture articles have an integrally formed shell that generally has rounded features, the shell diminishing in circumference outwardly from a mounting surface, and a mounting portion configured to secure the shell to the mounting surface. A perimeter edge of the shell defines a mounting plane against which the mounting surface is to be secured. When the shell is secured to the mounting surface, the mounting portion is inaccessible and hidden from view. Furniture includes a shelving unit, a desk unit, a seating unit, and a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Eugene Szekely
  • Patent number: 9429354
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator including a structure to improve sealability of a storage compartment and in turn, help to improve the preservability of food. The refrigerator may include a storage compartment including a front side provided to be opened, a storage member provided inside the storage compartment to be put into or taken out, a storage member cover coupled to the storage member to selectively open or close a storage space of the storage member, and a rail which guides movement of the storage member cover, and includes a step to control a sealing state of the storage space of the storage member according to the movement of the storage member cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo-Young Ha, Deul Re Min, Mi-Sun Park
  • Patent number: 9394052
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to trays typically comprising a composite internal structure, a thermoplastic frame typically located about the composite internal structure, and two cover sheets forming the upper and lower tray surfaces. The composite internal structure may be a corrugated composite structure in some embodiments. In other embodiments, the composite internal structure may comprise a series of composite elements (which might act a beams or struts). The cover sheets may comprise thermoplastic material, and in some embodiments, the cover sheets may comprise composite material (for example the same as for the corrugated composite structure). In some exemplary embodiments, the thermoplastic frame and the composite internal structure may have the same thermoplastic material, and they may be joined together to have a plurality of homogeneous connective attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Reliant Worldwide Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Maslakow
  • Patent number: 9376809
    Abstract: A decking member having a plurality of panels each with first and second side supports. The plurality of panels can each have a plurality of slots forming an open deck of at least 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Prodeck 50, Inc.
    Inventor: William Trover
  • Patent number: 9345342
    Abstract: An earthquake-activated shelf security system has two guide rails attached to both sides of a shelf or pallet rack. At least one retainer is moveably constrained to move along the guide rails by a rotating loop located on each end of the retainer. The guide rail has a retainer rest portion and allows the retainer to rest in a prepared configuration without moving down the rail unless acted upon by a shaking event such as an earthquake. A movable backstop may be provided to allow the user to adjust the sensitivity of the system to earthquakes. A mesh net that rolls down may be provided to provide additional security to items being stored on the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Giselle F Nagy, Michael B Nagy
  • Patent number: 9149119
    Abstract: A novel ventilated shelving cover is disclosed that transforms the appearance of wire shelves to cover the white vertical and horizontal bars with a clean sleek decorative trim (crown molding) giving the shelves a custom made look. While also utilizing a custom insert/liner to enhance the functionality by keep items from tipping or falling through the wire portion of the shelves. This system contains a decorative trim piece, decorative cover, specially engineered clasps and an insert/liner. The system also includes a custom saw and miter to provide “All You Need” to accomplish the transformation of your pantry, linen, bedroom closets or garage shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Customer Motivators, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Hansel, James Cashion
  • Patent number: 9132893
    Abstract: A shelf including a mounting bracket having two arms is provided. The length of the arms and the distance between the arms are adjustable so the shelf may be attached to and project outwardly from various support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Anchor Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith VonDeLinde
  • Patent number: 9113773
    Abstract: A rack assembly for supporting dishes in a dishwasher may comprise a wire frame rack having a plurality of wire elements and a trim assembly having at least one trim element and at least one tolerance adjuster mounted to the wire frame rack. The at least one trim element and the at least one tolerance adjuster may cooperate to alter the effective length of the trim assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: William F. Bartloff, Rexford W. Cordill, Joseph T. Ferencevich, Richard L. Hammond, Matthew J. Herman, Susan K. Schuman-Kerr, Michael S. Seeley, Jeffrey R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9103582
    Abstract: Shelf assemblies, methods for assembling shelf assemblies, and refrigerator appliances are provided. A shelf assembly includes a fixed shelf, the fixed shelf including a pair of guides that each extend along a lateral direction. The shelf assembly further includes a movable shelf slidably mounted to the fixed shelf, the movable shelf including a pair of guides that each extend along the lateral direction. In an extended position, the pair of guides of the movable shelf cantilever from the pair of guides of the fixed shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Ian Nash, Edward Arul Sureshkumar Mathuram
  • Patent number: 9074808
    Abstract: A tower pantry includes a guide mechanism mounted on a bottom of an opened space inside a refrigerating room and a basket attached to the guide mechanism and configured to move forward and backward on the first guide mechanism. The tower pantry also includes frames that are fastened to corners of the first basket and that vertically extend from the first basket. The tower pantry further includes a frame cover fastened on the frames and defining a space that accommodates a large-size beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nami Kim, Taegyeong Kim, Jaeyoul Lee
  • Patent number: 9010552
    Abstract: A U-shaped adjustable shelving system comprised of a plurality of interconnecting shelf sections including a back shelf section, a right side shelf section and a left side shelf section. The right and left side shelf sections are coupled to the back shelf section with a sliding dovetail arrangement so as to allow adjustment of the right and left side shelf sections relative to the back shelf section in order to change the width of the adjustable shelving system. The back shelf section is adjustable in length to substantially match the width of the space in which the shelving system is to be installed. The adjustable shelving system includes support risers for self-supporting the shelving system above a surface. The adjustable shelf can be easily installed into a variety of cabinets, and allows access to small containers, such as those for herbs and spices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dedee Dart, Phillip Dietz
  • Publication number: 20150102002
    Abstract: A modular wire grid rack system is provided that includes a pair of storage racks, each storage rack having a plurality of intersecting wire rods, and a plurality of posts connected to the storage racks and separating the storage racks. An intermediate storage assembly is locatable between the pair of storage racks and includes a retaining element configured to be seated on one of the posts and a shelf arm, in the installed disposition of the intermediate storage assembly, a load imposed on the shelf arm by a supported object urges the angular ends of the channel engaging protrusion of the retaining element to move toward one another, thereby reinforcing the strength and stability of the seating of the retaining element on the respective post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Scott D. Maurer
  • Publication number: 20150090682
    Abstract: A cover for the base of a shelving system includes a first end and an opposing second end, a generally flat base wall formed at the second end, a first sidewall and an opposing second sidewall, a third sidewall and an opposing fourth sidewall, an internal cavity formed by the base wall and the four sidewalls, and a support wall positioned in the internal cavity. The first and second sidewalls extend generally parallel to each other and upwardly from the base wall at a predetermined acute angle with respect to the base wall. The third and fourth sidewalls extend generally parallel to each other and generally perpendicularly upwardly from the base wall. The support wall includes at least one angled support which extends upwardly from the base wall toward the first end at the same predetermined acute angle as the first and second sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: ZENITH PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: David L. WALKER, Alex MIKITA
  • Patent number: 8919585
    Abstract: A decking member can have a plurality of panels each with first and second side supports. The plurality of panels can each have a plurality of slots and optional hooks. A shelving system has a frame and at least one decking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Prodeck 50, Inc.
    Inventor: William Trover
  • Patent number: 8919715
    Abstract: A folding shelf holder is strong and folds easily. A wall side member has a pin as a rotational axis of a shelf side member relative to the wall side member and a rotation limiter limiting rotation of the shelf side member relative to the wall side member. The shelf side member has a long groove for inserting the pin of the wall side member. When the folded shelf side member is opened to be approximately orthogonal to the wall side member and the shelf side member is slid toward the wall side member and in a direction where the long groove extends, the shelf side member abuts, at a back side of the pin, to the rotation limiter of the wall side member, preventing rotation of the shelf side member relative to the wall side member. Then, the shelf side member cannot fold relative to the wall side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Terada
  • Publication number: 20140374368
    Abstract: A shelving system attachable to a shelf to provide one or more storage areas on the shelf. The shelving system includes a shelf assembly configured for attachment to the shelf and one or more divider walls configured for attachment to both the shelf assembly and the shelf. Each of the divider walls is separated a distance from another of the divider walls to provide a storage area therebetween on the shelf. A variety of differently sized divider walls can be used with the shelving system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Phillip C. Crabtree, II
  • Patent number: 8917512
    Abstract: The cabinet information center integrates an array of electronic sensors and controls to both standard and purpose built data center equipment cabinets to improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs and protect assets typically installed within standard equipment cabinets utilized in data centers by providing a common point of information display and cabinet interaction without the need to physically access assets and vital sensory components internal to the equipment cabinet itself. Equipment can include any standard rack mount devices such as servers, storage arrays and networking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Lozon, Tim Hazzard
  • Patent number: 8917513
    Abstract: A cabinet frame enclosure is provided having a first side wall, a second side wall, a first opening and a second opening each in combination defining an interior space for accommodating a plurality of equipment, the equipment being removable through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Hazzard
  • Publication number: 20140368104
    Abstract: A sliding drawer storage rack for cold storage units includes a rack body and a plurality of shelves operatively coupled to the rack body. A drawer defines a storage cavity and is configured to be supported for sliding movement by at least one of the plurality of shelves. A plurality of divider lips extends upwardly from the drawer to divide the storage cavity into a plurality of box receptacles sized to receive a storage box. At least some of the plurality of shelves are defined by opposing first and second L-shaped supports laterally spaced from each other and coupled to the rack body, thereby reducing material use and weight of the storage rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Dennis D. Ward, John P. Hutchinson, Steven A. George
  • Publication number: 20140353268
    Abstract: The specification discloses a method for containing spills on shelving and the like, and the resulting support members made in accordance with the method, by providing the generally flat top surface of a support with a hydrophobic surface which is arranged in a spill containment pattern and which is generally in the plane of the top surface of the support. The majority of the top surface of the support consists of one or more spill containment areas which are of a non-hydrophobic nature and which are bounded by the hydrophobic surfaces, such that spills on the shelving collect in the non-hydrophobic spill containment area or areas and are prevented from spreading by the hydrophobic surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: John Patrick Driver, Matthew McMillin, Bradley M. Nall
  • Publication number: 20140354001
    Abstract: A shelving system includes side members that each define a first channel having a slide disposed therein. A cross member extends between and connects the slides. The cross member defines a second channel having a guide member disposed therein. The guide member defines a third channel and a flange. A container includes side walls having a rail. One of the rails is movably disposed in the third channel. The rails include a first locking element and a second locking element. The handle includes a third locking element that engages the first locking element. The handle is movable between a first position in which the second locking element engages the flange and the container is fixed relative to the guide member and a second position in which the second locking element is spaced apart from the flange and the container can translate relative to the guide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Charles L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 8899426
    Abstract: A half rack includes a main section having a primary platform area, a secondary platform area, a side support edge, and a cutout portion. The half rack further includes a removable section adapted to be removably secured to the main section, wherein a frame of the main section includes a rear crossbar, and an elongated stiffener is provided across a portion of the primary platform area and a portion of the secondary platform area and coupled to the rear crossbar to provide strength to the main section. The main section of the half rack can include flattened areas on first and second side edges of the main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley Owens Dunn
  • Publication number: 20140299562
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a holding device for a bracket in a storage system. The holding device has a connecting part and a holding part, the connecting part being elongated and bent, along a line in the elongated direction to form, in cross-section, a U-shape with a first and a second leg. The first leg is intended to be inserted into a bracket and second leg being connected to the holding part having a holding feature, such as hooks, a box, or a basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ELFA INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Peter Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8851307
    Abstract: A frame for attachment to the periphery of a panel having a main portion, a surrounding wall designed to surround an edge of the panel, and attachment means for attaching the frame relative to the panel having at least one locking element, the locking element being connected to the main portion by a hinge and being movable relative to the main portion between an open position, in which the panel is capable of being inserted into the surrounding wall without interaction with the locking element, and a closed position, in which, when the surrounding wall surrounds the edge of the panel, the locking element is facing a main face of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Pascal Lefevre, Gerard Huchet, Francois Vardon, Beatrice Mottelet
  • Publication number: 20140284295
    Abstract: Storage systems are described comprising wire shelves and brackets, which are configured to increase the storage capacity of a storage rack by utilizing or converting the space between adjacent shelves into additional storage space is provided. In one embodiment, a storage system utilizes a full-width wire rack and a partial-width wire rack to convert a space between a first shelf panel and a second shelf panel on a storage rack into usable storage space. The full-width wire rack comprises a plurality of longitudinal rods, at least one transverse rod interconnected with at least some of the plurality of longitudinal rods, and a plurality of downwardly turned prongs configured to detachably engage a plurality of keyhole-shaped openings in at least one of the first and second vertical support members to detachably connect the full-width wire rack to the storage rack. The partial-width wire rack is suspended from the full-width wire rack by at least one S-shaped bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Silverack, LLC
    Inventor: Harry R. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140283454
    Abstract: An expandable shelf is disclosed for use on a door of a refrigerator, cabinet, or other compartment. The expandable shelf includes a flexible member secured along edges thereof to the panel, such as by means of vertical supports positioned on either side of a horizontal support defining a shelf. The expandable shelf may be used to replace a rigid panel secured to the vertical supports and thereby expand the capacity of the shelf. In use items placed on the shelf may deflect the flexible member and the biasing force of the flexible member may retain the items on the shelf notwithstanding the item being only partially supported by the horizontal support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Allyson Marie Willoughby
  • Publication number: 20140263136
    Abstract: Improved shelves are disclosed for shelving systems comprising one or more such improved shelves and support posts. Elongate elements along the underside of the shelves have post-receiving recesses to receive support posts along the underside of the shelf during storage and shipment. The improved shelves and shelving systems allow greater efficiency in packaging, shipping and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Centrex Plastics, LLC
    Inventors: Terrence Lee Reinhart, Nickolas Lee Reinhart
  • Patent number: 8826898
    Abstract: An oven rack constructed from an expanded or punched metal is provided. The oven rack can be coated with one or more coatings to e.g., protect the metal from discoloration or damage, and/or to provide certain properties to the surface of the rack that may be desirable for cooking operations. An oven appliance incorporating such an oven rack is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Joshua Stephen Wiseman
  • Publication number: 20140239788
    Abstract: An appliance and a rack assembly for the same are provided. The rack assembly includes a geared rack and a pair of gears. The gears of the pair of gears mesh with each other and the geared rack. The rack assembly also includes a shelf and a support link that couples that shelf to at least one of the pair of gears. The geared rack and pair of gears can assist with selectively adjusting a vertical height of the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Darren Allen Turner