Elements Patents (Class 211/183)
  • Patent number: 10391352
    Abstract: A tube rack-out system for use in an exercise machine having: a hollow support structure having an aperture therein; an angled tubular member, the angled tubular member having a first end received into the aperture in the hollow support and a second end that is angled upwardly; and a cover passing over an upper surface of the angled tubular member, the cover being connected onto the hollow support structure. The system enables the mounting of individual rack-outs on a support member and provides a large surface area between the covers and the angled tubular member below the covers, thereby contributing to the long life of the covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Meredith, Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: 10368463
    Abstract: Equipment brackets, rack-mounted equipment systems, and related methods are disclosed. According to one exemplary embodiment, equipment brackets may include at least one front bracket mounted towards a front of an equipment chassis and configured to be fastened to at least one front rail of an equipment cabinet, wherein the at least one front bracket includes an air flow pocket configured to allow air intake to pass through the air flow pocket before being vented through air vents disposed on the equipment chassis, at least one rear bracket mounted behind the at least one front bracket on the equipment chassis, and at least one rear bracket arm including one or more longitudinally extending prongs having at least a first portion recessed within the at least one rear bracket and configured to be fastened to at least one rear rail of the equipment cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Ronald D. Kelley
  • Patent number: 10271453
    Abstract: A chassis rail stabilizer that may be used to securely support a rack mount rail in a server rack, in particular during transportation of the server rack. The chassis rail stabilizer includes a first body with a front face and a back face, and four rail supporting sides. The stabilizer further includes a second body extending off of the front face of the first body and an offset threaded through hole that extends through the first and second bodies. The offset nature of the through hole is such that the stabilizer may be secured to a vertical mounting post in a server rack in one of four orientations. Each orientation causes one of the rail supporting sides to extend downward a different distance to support a top surface of the rail beneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul E. Brennan, Mark Steven Tuck
  • Patent number: 10251482
    Abstract: A bracket device includes a side wall, an end wall and a supporting base. The end wall is bent relative to the side wall. The end wall has a first hole and a second hole. The supporting base has a first base hole and a second base hole. The first base hole and the second base hole are arranged at positions respectively corresponding to the first hole and the second hole of the end wall. Each of the first base hole and the second base hole has a thread feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD., KING SLIDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chun-Yi Ho, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10201107
    Abstract: A cabinet system including a cabinet housing and at least one component for interior fittings, which has a mounting section with a first end and a second end spaced apart from the first end. The component is installed and held on the cabinet housing with a form-fitting connection and under mechanical tension by a supporting section at the first end and a tensioning section at the second end. Mounts are on an interior of at least one of walls, a floor, and a ceiling of the cabinet housing. The mounts are in engagement with structures that are at least partially complementary and located on at least one of the first end and the second end of the component. The at least partially complementary structures are on the supporting section and on the tensioning section. The tensioning section includes a toggle lever having an attachment side and a tensioning side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. Kg
    Inventor: Matthias Müller
  • Patent number: 10099599
    Abstract: A cargo net anchor guard mountable to an aircraft's cargo hold wall adjacent to an anchor clip assemblies. The cargo net anchor guard is configured to block cargo from impacting at least the anchor clip assembly. The cargo net anchor guard has a ramped deflection surface that can deflect moving cargo inwardly away from the wall and into the cargo net substantially without impacting the anchor clip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: William J. Boyer
  • Patent number: 10034539
    Abstract: A connector hub assembly usable as a standalone module or as a component in a work space system. The connector hub assembly optionally includes features for connecting one or more arms of a support frame for supporting a modular workspace system including desk space, cabinet space, view screens, electronic equipment, and/or other workspace system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Steelman, Daniel Birr, Kelly Bazal, Paul Trieu, Mitchell R. Bakker, Zachary Raven, Cara Danis, Evan Aschbrenner, Karl Youngdahl
  • Patent number: 9981320
    Abstract: A shrink fit tool holder assembly has a holder, a tool, and two fastening units. The holder has an axis, an inserting portion, and a fastening hole defined through the inserting portion. The inserting portion has two assembling holes communicating with the fastening hole. Each one of the two assembling holes has an extending axis inclined relative to the axis of the holder. The two extending axes of the two assembling holes are a pair of skew lines. The tool has a shank section inserted in the fastening hole of the holder. The shank section has two engaging grooves. The two fastening units are respectively inserted into the two assembling holes and respectively engage with the two engaging grooves to prevent the tool from sliding or rotating relative to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Ching-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 9930805
    Abstract: A bracket is configured to be mounted to a post of a rack. The bracket includes a side plate, an end plate, a first mounting member and a foolproof device. The end plate is substantially perpendicularly connected to the side plate. The first mounting member is mounted to the end plate. The foolproof device is arranged at a side of the end plate. When the bracket is placed at a first mounting angle relative to the post, the fool proof device does not interfere with the bracket, in order to allow the bracket to be mounted to the post. When the bracket is placed at a second mounting angle relative to the post, the foolproof device interferes with the bracket, in order to prevent the bracket from being mounted to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD., KING SLIDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chun-Yi Ho, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9924611
    Abstract: A connector assembly for securing multiple rails in a computer rack system, the rack system having at least four racks positioned on separate corners to form a front, rear and two sides of a rack frame, and wherein each rack has a plurality of rack openings. The connector assembly comprising two pair of front and rear connectors, each pair being secured to the rack frame against one of the sides defined thereby, and wherein each pair of front and rear connectors are configured to secure thereto a plurality of rails. In addition, each connector, of the front and rear connectors, includes a base plate extending from a top to a bottom, and the base plate of each connector being configured to secure to a plurality of rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: Hoainam James Tonthat, William Beene, James Whitney Wilson
  • Patent number: 9918404
    Abstract: A server sliding rail mounting bracket assembly includes a bracket, a top cover, an elastic member and a swing seat. When mounting, a lever of the swing seat is pushed to move hanging rods of the bracket into respective rectangular or circular mounting holes of the server rack, and the elastic member pushes second guide rods of the swing seat to move forward along respective longitudinal sliding slots of the top cover to further force a top block of the lever into abutment against an inner wall surface of the server rack and to force first guide rods of the swing seat into engagement with first or second engagement portions of the top cover. When dismounting, the lever is pushed inward to disengage the server sliding rail mounting bracket assembly and the server sliding rail assembly from the server rack. Thus, mounting and dismounting can be achieved easily without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GSLIDE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yung-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 9723747
    Abstract: Equipment module support brackets, rack-mounted equipment cabinet systems, and related methods can include at least one equipment module, a rack-mounted equipment cabinet for storing the rack-mounted equipment, and at least one equipment module support bracket installed in the rack-mounted equipment cabinet for supporting the at least one equipment module stored in the rack-mounted equipment cabinet. The support bracket can include a longitudinally extending top face, and at least one aperture disposed on opposite ends of a rear facing longitudinal edge of the longitudinally extending top face. The support bracket can include a height of less than one (1) rack unit (RU) when mounted in the rack-mounted equipment cabinet. The support bracket can include at least one server support bracket for supporting a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Samuel M. Marrs, Alva B. Eaton
  • Patent number: 9708122
    Abstract: A storage and handling system for industrial sheet goods and bar stocks comprises a plurality of vertically stacked slide sets supported in a framework so that a rear half of the framework comprises an storage bay and a front half comprises a utilization bay. A material storage pallet is slidably disposed in each said slide set. The depth of each pallet is designed so that when pushed rearwardly into the storage bay region of the framework, the entire utilization bay is clear and open. As a result, when any one pallet is pulled into the utilization bay, workers can easily access the raw materials stored on that pallet. The system may be paired with a roller cart configured to transfer one of the pallets to and from the framework. The utilization bay is open from above to accommodate a crane-operated load lifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Big Steel Rack LLC
    Inventor: Ronald W Johncox
  • Patent number: 9655442
    Abstract: A set of panels includes a first panel having a first main plane and a second panel having a second main plane. The panels are provided with a mechanical locking device for locking a first edge of the first panel to a second edge of the second panel. The mechanical locking device includes an edge groove at the first edge, wherein an edge tongue of the second edge is insertable into the edge groove. A flexible tongue is arranged in an insertion groove provided in the edge section groove, and cooperates with a tongue groove provided at the edge section of the second panel. The first and the second panels are locked at a junction plane which is extending between the first main plane and the second main plane. The first edge comprises an edge tongue that extends from the junction plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Christian Boo, Peter Derelöv
  • Patent number: 9521776
    Abstract: A chassis rail stabilizer that may be used to securely support a rack mount rail in a server rack, in particular during transportation of the server rack. The chassis rail stabilizer includes a first body with a front face and a back face, and four rail supporting sides. The stabilizer further includes a second body extending off of the front face of the first body and an offset threaded through hole that extends through the first and second bodies. The offset nature of the through hole is such that the stabilizer may be secured to a vertical mounting post in a server rack in one of four orientations. Each orientation causes one of the rail supporting sides to extend downward a different distance to support a top surface of the rail beneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul E. Brennan, Mark Steven Tuck
  • Patent number: 9506210
    Abstract: This patent pertains to secondary containment systems. One implementation includes a support assembly that includes an elongate post member and a stabilization plate. In one instance, a stabilization plate is mounted on the elongate post member to reduce movement of the elongate post member when the stabilization plate is embedded in the ground. Another implementation includes a panel splice assembly including reinforcing members that secure overlapping, corrugated panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Allied Steel
    Inventor: Patrick Southworth
  • Patent number: 9422960
    Abstract: A structural support apparatus comprises a connection bracket comprising, a generally flat, rigid member having opposing generally flat faces and a thickness extending between the flat faces. The rigid member is attachable to a support member. An arm extends from an end of the rigid member and a finger extends from the arm and is receivable in a hollow channel formed in an attachable member of rigid material. The hollow channel is complementary in configuration to at least one of the finger and the arm and a selected recess configuration is formed between the finger, the arm and the end of the rigid member. The recess accommodates one or more lip portions of the attachable member when either the arm or the finger, are received within the hollow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Lortie Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Lortie
  • Patent number: 9398825
    Abstract: A bottle cross frame and method for making a bottle cross. The bottle cross frame provides a metal framework structured to receive four bottles, typically of wine bottle shape and size, and to retain the bottles in a cross shape. The frame includes a top post for receiving a single upside down bottle, as well as two side arms to each receive a single bottle to form the lateral arms of the cross. A base of the cross is formed by positioning a bottle upright between a base pin and a bottom bracket positioned along a stand component. The frame includes a stake stand component and an alternate bracket component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Kresta
  • Patent number: 9388839
    Abstract: A release latch apparatus can include a locking mechanism coupled to a first position of a rocker and a spring mechanism coupled to a second position of the rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin P. Bold, Kevin D. Conn, Keith A. Sauer, Minh H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9370120
    Abstract: A slide assembly used for installing a chassis to a rack includes an engaging member which includes a body portion, a first fastening portion and a second fastening portion. The first and second fastening portions are perpendicularly connected to an end of the body portion. The second fastening portion bends and extends from an end of the first fastening portion. An engaging space is bounded by the second fastening portion and the rack when the slide assembly is installed to the rack. A hook portion of the chassis can be inserted into the engaging space to contact against the second fastening portion so that the chassis is not allowed to be pulled out from the rack when the chassis is installed to the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9328769
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a rail mounted with a bracket device whereby the slide rail assembly can be mounted to a rack. The bracket device includes a first supporting bracket, a second supporting bracket, a third supporting bracket, a mounting bracket, and a connecting member. The first supporting bracket is connected to the rail. The second supporting bracket is movably connected to the first supporting bracket. The second supporting bracket, the third supporting bracket, and the mounting bracket are movably connected and support one another. The mounting bracket includes first and second blocking portions and a slot formed between the first and the second blocking portions. The connecting member passes through the slot and is connected to the third supporting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9254525
    Abstract: A tool holder has a chuck portion with a retaining bore in which a cutting tool can be inserted. The tool has flat surfaces extending from its end, and a circumferential groove at rear ends of the flat surfaces. When the tool is inserted into the retaining bore, first protrusions of the tool holder pass through spaces between the flat surfaces and the inner wall of the retaining bore and fitted in the groove. When the tool is turned, the protrusions move in and engage the side edges of the groove, thus preventing the tool from pulling out of the chuck portion. When the first protrusions are fitted in the groove, second protrusions of the tool holder are located on the flat surfaces. When the tool is turned, the second protrusions are received in ends of the respective spaces, thereby preventing rotation of the tool relative to the chuck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: MST Corporation
    Inventor: Haruki Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 9232865
    Abstract: An end display includes a base, an end panel coupled to a rear of the base, at least one channel mounted to the base and having an open top, a first wall panel and a spanner. The first wall panel is received by the at least one channel when the first wall panel is in a display position and is removed from the at least one channel when the first wall panel is in a storage position. The spanner is mounted to the end panel and includes at least one flange. The at least one flange has a first through hole for receiving a fastener that secures the first wall panel in the display position and a second through hole for receiving a fastener for securing at least the first wall panel in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Q. Trinh, Daniel K. McDowell, Blake M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9180356
    Abstract: A batter's eye or backdrop apparatus and system, and to a free-standing deployable batter's eye apparatus and system, including a panel which may be raised, lowered and/or removed, as desired. The apparatus and system are easy to install and maintain, designed to tolerate design wind loads by changing orientation, shape and/or area presented to winds in response to the winds and/or wind pressures. The batter's eye apparatus is flexible and allows for movement in instantaneous wind modes, thereby reducing the complexity and cost of a support structure for the batter's eye and the batter's eye system. The batter's eye also includes a panel, screen or sheet that may be raised, and lowered closer to the ground to provide further protection against damage due to winds and/or weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Myrland
  • Publication number: 20150136722
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly for a rack system is installed to a chassis. The chassis includes a first chassis and a second chassis. The slide rail assembly includes an outer rail and an inner rail. The inner rail is movably connected to the outer rail. The first chassis of the chassis is installed to the inner rail, and the second chassis of the chassis is movably connected to the inner rail. The second chassis is movable relative to the first chassis to adjust the total length of the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicants: KING SLIDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., KING SLIDE WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: KEN-CHING CHEN, SHUN-HO YANG, CHIH-HSIN YEH, CHUN-CHIANG WANG
  • Patent number: 9016485
    Abstract: A combination rack structure includes a predetermined number of support plates, connecting strips and side frames. Each of the support plates has a rectangular shape. Each of the connecting strips is provided with three holding grooves each longitudinally extended through each of the connecting strips. Each of the connecting strips has a periphery provided with elongate recessed portions each located between any two of the holding grooves. Each of the recessed portions is provided with a plurality of extensions which are perpendicular to an axial direction of each of the recessed portions and are spaced from each other with a proper interval. The extensions are used for holding and resting. Each of the side frames is bent to have a hexagonal shape. The support plates are combined with the connecting strips to construct a hexagonal rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sun Yu Ta Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Hua Liu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150083683
    Abstract: Modular furniture pieces and, more specifically, a system of modular furniture pieces. The modular furniture pieces system comprises a plurality of unitary blocks joined by means of at least one bar. The plurality of blocks which are conjoined and immediate to one another, joined by an equal number of bars, form a cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Eduardo De Leon Vazquez
  • Publication number: 20150076097
    Abstract: A baffle plate assembly for installation in a rack structure is disclosed. In one aspect, the baffle plate assembly is configured to direct cooling air from a front side of the rack structure to cooling air inlet(s) of equipment located directly above the baffle plate assembly, and to block heated air from below or behind the baffle plate assembly from entering the equipment cooling air inlet(s). In one aspect, the baffle plate assembly includes a baffle plate defining a first surface plane, a pair of side plates, and a pair of mounting brackets. The side plates are configured to extend along the baffle plate while the mounting brackets may be attached to the side plates. In one aspect, the baffle plate first surface plane forms an oblique angle with respect to a plane defined by a first plate member of the mounting brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Clifton Cary Powers, Yiu Lam Chan, Chia-Hsing Liao, Ying-Chou Su
  • Publication number: 20150076098
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a support channel according to various aspects of the present technology comprise a support channel having a strengthening ridge positioned along a closed end of an open channel body. The ridge may extend along the length of the channel body to increase a load bearing capacity of the channel body as compared to a similar shaped body without the ridge. The ridge may comprise a rounded protrusion extending outward from the dosed end of the channel, body in a manner that provides additional resistance to loading forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Johnnie Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20150076095
    Abstract: Several embodiments of shelving systems are disclosed in which goods can be shipped to a store and may be ready to display. Customers may select goods from the shelving systems directly. When the goods are depleted, the shelving system may be disassembled into a more compact state for efficient storage and shipping back to the warehouse or supplier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Suzanne Whitfield Clark
  • Publication number: 20150060381
    Abstract: The new adjustable pallet rack stopper assembly facilitates the positioning of a pallet onto or under a pallet rack to prevent damage to a facility caused by the pallet, itself, or by material handling equipment during the pallet positioning process, as well as to prevent general displacement of the pallet while preserving necessary space between the pallet and the facility wall, piping, doors, electrical conduit, or other items adjacent to the pallet rack. The present invention is a compact, highly adaptable, and inexpensively elegant solution to these common problems arising in storage facilities using pallet rack storage systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: ROBERT M CONSAUL
  • Publication number: 20150060382
    Abstract: A blanking panel is provided for blocking an aperture in a rack for mounting multiple hardware components. The panel includes: a frame having a first pair of parallel sides connected orthogonally to a second pair of parallel sides, where at least one of the pairs of parallel sides is adjustable in length; an attachment means provided on at least one of the pairs of parallel sides for removable attachment of the blanking panel to the rack; and a screen formed of a flexible and stretchable material extending between at least one of the pairs of parallel sides where the flexible and stretchable material stretches as the pair of parallel sides are moved apart thereby blocking the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sarah M. Drewery, Colin I. Holyoake
  • Patent number: 8939521
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a spacer device for use with a merchandise display. The merchandise display may include a first upright and a second upright opposite the first upright, a pegboard mounted between the two uprights, and at least one shelf mounted to the two uprights, wherein the configuration includes a gap between a back of the shelf and the pegboard. The spacer device may include two opposing ends. Each of the opposing ends may include a support arm that extends downward towards the gap, a mounting arm that extends downward towards the gap, and a tab that projects outward and away from the mounting arm. The spacer device may also include a gap filler portion extending between the two opposing ends wherein when the device is secured in the gap, the gap filler portion fills the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Barenbrugge
  • Publication number: 20150021286
    Abstract: A storage system including first and second spaced apart side panels, with top and bottom panels extending between the side panels generally adjacent to the top and bottom of the side panels respectively. The storage system additionally includes a plurality of intermediate panels positioned between the side panels and between the top and bottom panels, with the intermediate panels defining a plurality of compartments. The storage system may include at least one partition capable of being folded within at least one compartment to present at least three variations of sub-compartment arrangements within the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael (Zi-Qiang) Lo
  • Publication number: 20140353269
    Abstract: An end display includes a base, an end panel coupled to a rear of the base, at least one channel mounted to the base and having an open top, a first wall panel and a spanner. The first wall panel is received by the at least one channel when the first wall panel is in a display position and is removed from the at least one channel when the first wall panel is in a storage position. The spanner is mounted to the end panel and includes at least one flange. The at least one flange has a first through hole for receiving a fastener that secures the first wall panel in the display position and a second through hole for receiving a fastener for securing at least the first wall panel in the storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Nick Q. Trinh, Daniel K. McDowell, Blake M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8899425
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the disclosed technology, a tool caddy is removably mountable to a fixed portion of an automobile lift. The tool caddy is generally rigid, having a conical section and a cantilevered section. A U-shaped mounting bracket is adapted to be placed atop and/or around any fixed rectangular/square section of the lift. The conical section is shaped to accommodate an impact gun or other similarly sized and/or shaped tool. The cantilevered section has several portals disposed in a surface thereof for holding smaller tools. The tool caddy will secure in place, when it is A) wedged at least partially through the triangular opening of a truss, B) rested atop a rectangular portion of a beam of a truss, or C) slid along a beam until the top plate of the mounting bracket is wedged into a portion of the truss where the triangular section meets the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Erlenbach
  • Publication number: 20140346130
    Abstract: A divider kit for constructing and installing a divider system on a storage rack system of the type having a pair of parallel header elements at a top of a storage volume with a front-to-back depth and a side-to-side length to be divided by the assembled kit comprises components for constructing a plurality of main beams dimensioned to extend between and be supported upon the header elements in a spaced apart relationship and a pair of rails for mounting in a spaced relationship along the side-to-side length upon the main beams. The kit further comprises at least one u-shaped divider with two legs mountable upon the rails and depending therefrom to divide the storage volume into at least two sub-volumes. A variety of differently-sized divider systems may be assembled from the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Joel Sukman, Robert Ernst Langelius, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140305893
    Abstract: A warehouse storage system having a pallet rack unit partitioned into compartments, the pallet rack unit defined by interior area between two vertical upright units operably connected by a first pair and a second pair of horizontal support beams that span a longitudinal distance between the vertical upright units. The pallet rack unit partitioned into compartments by a vertical backing divider that spans at least a portion of the longitudinal distance, which is operably connected to one or more divider panels that operably connect to at least one of the horizontal support beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel F. Beach
  • Publication number: 20140305896
    Abstract: In a panel support array constituted by lower support joists and upper panel rails in a two-tier, two-dimensional arrangement, the array is aligned through the use of V-shaped locking rails extending through apertures in adjacent upper panel rails. The V-shaped locking rails are configured so as to lock at each of the upper panel rails through which the V-rail passes. As a result, the overall support array remains aligned in the proper position despite environmental variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Northern States Metals Company
    Inventors: Michael G. Greenamyer, Greg Huzyak
  • Publication number: 20140263130
    Abstract: Modular furniture is provided. The modular furniture includes joint and furniture components which allow the furniture to be assembled without tools and which provide increased stability and strength to the furniture. The modular furniture also provides increased attractiveness and user customization while using a limited number of different components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Clark Evan Davis
  • Publication number: 20140263137
    Abstract: Improved support posts are disclosed for shelving systems comprising one or more shelves spaced and supported by the support posts. Improved shelving systems comprising such support posts also are disclosed. The disclosed support posts have strengthening ribs extending longitudinally along their inside surface. The improved support posts and shelving systems incorporating the improved support posts have greater strength and rigidity with little added cost or weight of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Centrex Plastics, LLC
    Inventors: Terrence Lee Reinhart, Nickolas Lee Reinhart
  • Publication number: 20140259831
    Abstract: A convertible fixture includes a support structure and a vertical extender. The support structure includes a pair of vertical supports, each defining an open top end. The vertical extender is adjustably coupled with the support structure and includes side arms and a middle bar. The side arms extend substantially parallel to each other and each defines a top end. Each side arm is formed with a single closed shape cross section and is slidably received within a different vertical support of the pair of vertical supports. The middle bar extends between the side arms and includes two substantially parallel rails defining an elongated slot between the substantially parallel rails. The elongated slot extends along a majority of a length of the middle bar. The side arms and the middle bar are formed as a single, unitary component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott DENBY, Joseph R. STUKENBERG, Timothy James MARTELL, Daniel Joseph Noll
  • Publication number: 20140263131
    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: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CUSTOMER MOTIVATORS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Hansel, James CASHION
  • Publication number: 20140263132
    Abstract: An aisle containment apparatus having a pair of spaced apart upper rails and a pair of spaced apart lower rails positioned spaced apart from and below the pair of upper rails. A side blanking panel is secured to one of the pair of upper rails and to one of the pair of lower rails and a ceiling spans between the pair of upper rails. A fixed panel is secured to the pair of upper rails and to the pair of lower rails and a moveable panel is releasably secured to the pair of upper rails and is adjustably positioned along the pair of upper rails so as to position the moveable panel a predetermined distance from the first panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PANDUIT CORP.
    Inventors: Samuel C. Ramey, Samuel M. Marrs, Muhammad Z. Feroz, Darren J. Reigle
  • Publication number: 20140238489
    Abstract: A frame for a solar module that includes at least one solar cell. The solar-module frame has a frame corner having a corner connector made of a first material, in particular made of aluminum, and having a corner element made of a second material, which is different from the first material, in particular made of plastics material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Buettner, Markus Siptroth
  • Patent number: 8807356
    Abstract: A product merchandising outpost system of the present invention is a versatile and adaptable system of construction that allows for the merchandising of virtually any product at retail. The finished product can be custom manufactured to specific size, finish, material and design. The display can be assembled in multiple configurations based on the merchandising requirements. The product can also be used with or without several optional components. The display consists of a square tube frame with pre-punched holes approximately every four inches along the top and bottom horizontal frame members. Multiple frames can be attached together to create several merchandising display configurations using manufactured connectors. Each frame is outfitted with a merchandising panel. A decorative or functional element, such as display headers and decorative fins may also be attached to the outside of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher P. Weigand, Anthony J. Santarelli, John J. Digney
  • Patent number: 8783476
    Abstract: The display fixture system comprises a framework on which a removable cover is secured. Each visible structural member of the framework is covered with a removable cover or cladding in which the vertical members are held in place by the horizontal members. Each vertical and horizontal member is also independently held to the framework by a magnet or other fastener. By virtue of being easily removable, each of the vertical and horizontal members may be decorated according to an easily changeable theme or color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Opto International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Woodley, Michael Grund
  • Publication number: 20140190916
    Abstract: Support systems for supporting useful articles such as shelves, racks, bars or hooks include a support structure that can be attached to the article. The support structure defines a shaped channel, and an insert component of the system is receivable within the channel and has an exterior surface shaped to correspond to the shaped channel. The shaped channel can define one or multiple grooves, and the insert component can have one or multiple ribs that cooperate with the grooves to stabilize the insert component/support structure combination. The insert component can include at least one displaceable rib element for cooperating with a groove of the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Kirk J. Botkin
  • Publication number: 20140175036
    Abstract: A dual function shelf unit has identical support columns, horizontal shelf-supporting beams adjustably-mounted on the columns for vertical shelf adjustment and one or more hooks also mountable on at least one column. The columns have apertures with complementary apertures having opposed inclined edges for accepting a beam-end bracket from either side of the column and tabs for accepting mounting flanges of hooks. Both beam-end brackets and hooks are each mounted in two vertically-spaced apertures. Vertically adjustable shelf and hook storage is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Edsal Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: ANTHONY J. TROYNER, Antonio Luis Escalante, David J. Wojtowicz, Mitch Liss