Elements Patents (Class 211/183)
  • Publication number: 20120267331
    Abstract: An apparatus for suspending at least one object from or above a support surface includes a frame having a first segment, a second segment, a third segment and a fourth segment. The first segment extends generally parallel to the second segment and the third segment extends generally parallel to the fourth segment. The first segment extends generally perpendicularly to the second segment. A web formed by elastic bands extends between the segments of the frame. The web includes at least a first pair of the elastic bands extending generally parallel to each other and at least a second pair of the elastic bands. Opposing ends of each of the first pair of the elastic bands extend around the first and second segments of the frame. Opposing ends of each of the second pair of the elastic bands extend around the third and fourth segments of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle CITTADINO, Kaveh DIDEHVAR, Joseph VACCARO
  • Publication number: 20120261366
    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 is located along a back portion of the retainer rest portion. The position of the rest stop can be adjusted to adjust the sensitivity of the system to earthquakes. The guide rails have retainer stops located at selected positions to keep the retainer from moving past. In one embodiment two retainers are provided and in another embodiment, a mesh is provided to contain items that would otherwise fall through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Giselle Francine NAGY, Michael B. NAGY
  • Publication number: 20120255924
    Abstract: A product display tray and associated mounting bar and bracket. The mounting bar and bracket are configured to minimize space occupied in a front to back direction and enable mounting of a tray in a manner to maximize the number of products displayed. The mounting brackets allow the bar to be turned end for end to adjust the vertical position of the bar by one-half spacing in order to maximize vertical density of the packaging display. The tray has specially configured, rearwardly opening recesses at its back edge to receive the mounting bar while allowing a base of the tray to extend underneath and behind the bar. The tray, bar and brackets are also uniquely designed to enable a tray to be mounted on two adjacent, aligned mounting bars, to maximize horizontal density of the packaging display. Other disclosed features enhance the usefulness and efficiency of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kologe
  • Patent number: 8267262
    Abstract: A pallet rack upright column protection device for the use in preventing and reducing destructive levels of kinetic energy of motion from occurring to a pallet rack upright. The device is made from an assembly of multilateral polymer based elastomeric materials that has a primary external component, and with a synergistic less dense internal component. The device attaches directly to the front and lateral sides of the lower section of a rack upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Rack Armour Limited
    Inventor: Gordon Thelwell
  • Publication number: 20120211455
    Abstract: A self-bearing furniture module or element (1) is described, made of a die-cast aluminium alloy, and comprising: an elongated supporting structure (3) with two ends (5, 7) and equipped with at least one first engaging element (9, 11); at least one bearing component (12, 14) connected to the supporting structure (3) adjacent to the first engaging element (9, 11); and at least one engaging component (16, 18) connected to the supporting structure (3) in a central part thereof at the same distance from the two ends (5, 7); the engaging component (16, 18) is equipped with at least one second engaging element (20, 22) and is adapted to engage a respective bearing component (12, 14) of another furniture module or element through operative coupling of the corresponding first and second engaging elements (9, 11 and 20, 22). A process is also described, for the possible surface finishing of such furniture module or element (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Luciana Doglione, Alberti Pietro
  • Publication number: 20120199038
    Abstract: A system for guiding rails onto a rail train having rail cars with a plurality of vertically spaced rail support shelves includes upwardly opening guide channels extending from funnel members position at the end of the rail car to each shelf in alignment with the outermost rail receiving pockets of each shelf. A guide shoe with a horizontal roller recessed therein and projecting below the bottom of the shoe is mounted on the end of a rail threaded across the shelves and guide channels of the rail support car. An alternative guide shoe further includes vertically extending rollers projecting from the sides of the guide shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds
  • Publication number: 20120199542
    Abstract: A thermochromic indicator is vertically disposed on a rack. Such that the thermochromic indicator is visible from a distance. In some examples, the thermochromic indicator indicates a bulk air temperature and a gradient air temperature. The thermochromic indicator provides a real-time visual of air temperatures of computing equipment and devices housed within a computing facility. The thermochromic indicator may be vertically disposed on a front-face and/or a back-face or a rack. A plurality of thermochromic indicators may be disposed on a plurality of front-faces and/or back-faces of racks of an array of racks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Telect, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Knight
  • Patent number: 8235222
    Abstract: A system for detecting the potential theft of product from a display shelf may comprise: at least one shelf for containing product, a barrier, and an alert device. The barrier may be movable between a closed position and an open position. The alert device may be operatively connected to the barrier by an air switch and a pressurized pneumatic tube connected to the air switch and located adjacent to the first end of the barrier, wherein the alert device detects movement of the barrier and provides an alert indicative of a potential theft of product from the shelf. When the barrier moves from the closed position to the open position, the barrier may engage the pneumatic tubing, thereby compressing the pneumatic tubing, activating the air switch, and sending a signal to the alert device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Publication number: 20120193314
    Abstract: A shielding-type rack upright post includes a first upright plate and a second upright plate which are spaced at an angle, each of the first upright plate and the second upright plate having a plurality of combination holes arranged at intervals vertically, wherein a first shielding plate is spaced at an interval from an external surface of the first upright plate and is parallel to the first upright plate, and a second shielding plate is spaced at an interval from an external surface of the second upright plate and is parallel to the second upright plate. The first and second shielding plates are used for shielding the combination holes of the first and second upright plates, and an end portion of a transverse beam engaged with the combination holes; and also for reinforcing the rack upright post structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: EIKO (PACIFIC) LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Hong Liao
  • Patent number: 8231299
    Abstract: A cover device is used to cover bolts and welded plate edges on a lumber stacking rack to prevent damage to the lumber when it is placed in the stacking rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: David Klauer
  • Publication number: 20120187814
    Abstract: A furniture system comprising a plurality of vertical frame sub-assemblies and a support sub-assembly. The vertical frame sub-assembly includes an upper beam and a lower beam, coupled to each other by way of a plurality of attachment support beams. The support sub-assembly includes a plurality of horizontal support beams that extend between adjoining vertical frame sub-assemblies. Additionally, a plurality of cross bar support beams extend between the at least one of adjoining vertical frame sub-assemblies and horizontal support beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Fryling
  • Patent number: 8220766
    Abstract: A guard for with a furniture element is provided. The furniture element has a perimeter with an edge portion and a bottom surface. The guard includes a movable rail, a support member and a resilient connection member. The movable rail extends along a portion of the furniture element and is spaced apart therefrom. The support member is connected to the rail and the bottom surface of the furniture element. The resilient connection member connects the support to the furniture element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Henry Fuoss
  • Publication number: 20120118844
    Abstract: A corner connector for a shelving display is provided comprising a planar base, an inner and an outer wall on and substantially perpendicular to the base, wherein a receptacle is formed between the inner and outer walls, a post on and substantially perpendicular to the base, and a first and a second end wall at opposing ends of the inner and outers walls, wherein said first and second end walls further define the receptacle. The corner connector further comprises a separator located within the receptacle to define an upper receptacle and a lower receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Batavia Container, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy J. Wians, Jeff A. Waterman
  • Patent number: 8162154
    Abstract: A gravity feed dispenser (50) for containers, in which the dispenser (50) carrying the containers includes a pair of longitudinally extending stringers (80) engaging with shelf rack (20) in snap-fitting relation to secure the dispenser (50) to the rack (20). In another embodiment, the dispenser (50) has sidewalls (52) of transparent plastic for product visibility and is provided with a glide strip (100) which is attached to the floor (54) of the dispenser (50) by hooks (102) temporarily, and permanently by fusion of the glide strip (100) to the dispenser (50) as by sonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: True Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Steven L. Trulaske, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120091086
    Abstract: A storage apparatus comprises a rail adapted to be secured to a surface and an accessory releasably mounted to the rail. The accessory comprises a gripper assembly and a storage device, the gripper assembly includes a gripper mechanism that is movably mounted relative to a support such that the gripper mechanism is movable into and out of engagement with the rail when the accessory is mounted on the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Gregory, Robert J. Warner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120091090
    Abstract: A filler panel for a rack includes two latching regions that mirror each other. The latching regions include a pair of guide posts configured to enter both round-shaped and square-shaped holes and guide the filler panel into a rack. The latching region further includes a pair of locator walls configured to enter square shaped holes along with the guide posts to guide the filler panel into a rack. Each latching region includes one or more latching members having surfaces for engaging a railing of a rack. At least one pair of latching members includes an angled stepped surface configured to engage railings of different thicknesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: ORTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Lars R. Larsen, Chris M. Vacca, Robert R. Adams
  • Publication number: 20120067838
    Abstract: A storage rack system is provided that includes an improved cross bar attachment to create the framing for storage shelves. The cross bars are locked or secured against undesired movement and rolling to create a shelf that properly supports loads. The cross bars extend between the deck beams such that flanges at the ends thereof overlap the top of the deck beams. The flanges include a tab that extends downwardly to engage with an opening on the top of the deck beams. The lateral support further includes a stabilizer that is fastened to the side wall of the deck beams to prevent rolling or dislodgement of either member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: WHALEN STORAGE, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Lawson, Steve Painter
  • Publication number: 20120048818
    Abstract: A storage rack comprising a pair of uprights, with each upright having a plurality of equally-spaced keyhole slots extending along the upright. A plurality of cross braces is mounted on the uprights, each cross brace having a pair of spaced fasteners at each end which are shaped to engage the keyhole slots. The fasteners are spaced a distance equal to the spacing of the keyhole slot, each including a head having a dimension greater than at least a portion of the keyhole slot. A plurality of bins is removably mounted on the cross braces. A center support is provided, secured to and extending from the cross braces, and, in one form of the invention, a tray is located at the top of the uprights. The uprights can be secured to a base stand, or secured to a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Jon Fiscus, Jamie L. Enger
  • Publication number: 20120043290
    Abstract: A length adjustable member (10), including, an outer tubular member (12), an inner tubular member (14) slidably disposed within the outer tubular member (12), a central post (30) fixable at its base with respect to the outer tubular member and extending within the outer tubular member, the inner tubular member being slidable between the outer tubular member and the central post and an actuating means (40) having an upper end and a lower end extending from the top of the inner tubular member, the lower end associated with a releasable locking mechanism (48) and the upper end having a release mechanism (28). The central post includes longitudinally spaced slots (34) and the locking mechanism includes a hinged pawl (50) biased to engage in the slots, whereby activation of the release mechanism causes the locking mechanism to disengage the hinged pawl from a slot allowing the inner tubular member to be slid with respect to the outer tubular member and the central post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventor: Aydin Keyvanloo
  • Patent number: 8119909
    Abstract: A fastening system for fastening a plate within an enclosure for electric installations includes an elongated holder and a support member arranged to be fastened to the holder with a snap-in fastening device. The snap-in fastening device is arranged to fasten the support member detachably to the holder in a direction perpendicular relative to the longitudinal direction of the holder and includes a locking device for fastening the support member to the holder at different points along the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Fibox Oy AB
    Inventor: John-Erik Sonntag
  • Publication number: 20120024811
    Abstract: A rack frame assembly includes a first frame pole, a second frame pole, a linking member, linking post, and a support pole. A first frame pole includes a first support wall and a first through hole. The second frame pole includes a second support wall. The second frame pole is assembled with the first frame pole with the first support wall and the second support wall is located on the same plane. The linking member is located on the first support wall and the second support wall. The linking member includes a second through hole in alignment with the first through hole, and an insert portion. The linking post is located in the first through hole and the second through hole to secure the linking member to the first frame pole. The support pole includes an insert hole with the insert portion located therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: CHEN-LU FAN
  • Publication number: 20120012549
    Abstract: A rack frame includes a support pole, and an auxiliary apparatus. The first support pole includes a first sidewall and a perpendicular second sidewall. The first sidewall defines a first engaging slot including a first insert slot and a first recess slot. The second sidewall includes a second engaging slot. The auxiliary apparatus includes a first side piece, including a first clasp, and a second side piece, including a second clasp. The auxiliary apparatus moves on the support pole, a first position, a second position, and a third position. In the first position, the first clasp is located in the first insert slot. In the second position, the first clasp is located in the first recess slot aligning the second clasp with the second engaging slot. In the third position, the first clasp is located the first insert slot having the second clasp inserted in the second engaging slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: CHEN-LU FAN
  • Publication number: 20110290746
    Abstract: A slide assembly is used for mounting a server. The slide assembly includes a slide and a mounted device. The slide includes a retaining portion. The retaining portion includes a holding member. The mounting device is pivotably attached to the retaining portion. The mounting device includes a spring element and a locking portion. An end of the spring element abuts the holding member. The mounting device is capable of being rotated relative to the retaining portion from a securing position to a release position. In the securing position, the locking portion extends past the retaining portion. In the release position, the spring element is elastically deformed and the locking portion is rotated away from the retaining portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: WEN-HU LU
  • Publication number: 20110284489
    Abstract: A shelf assembly includes a support frame made of a metallic material and an ornamental unit mounted on the support frame. The ornamental unit includes at least one attachment member mounted on the support frame, a plurality of magnets mounted on the attachment member and attracted magnetically to the support frame to attach the attachment member to the support frame, at least one first decorative member mounted on a first side of the attachment member, and at least one second decorative member mounted on a second side of the attachment member. The ornamental unit can be removed from the support frame for replacement to satisfy a user's requirement. The support frame is made of a metallic material instead of a wood material to decrease consumption of the wood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Lin
  • Publication number: 20110278250
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and system for damping vibrational forces from servers and electronic components is provided. Embodiments of the present invention generally provide novel anti-vibration modules adapted for use in existing racks as well as novel anti-vibration racks comprised of composite materials, which reduce the effect of vibration and noise on the components it stores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Mohammad Ghassem Malekmadani
  • Publication number: 20110278251
    Abstract: An apparatus for a pallet rack includes a column including a tubular member for vertical support. A base plate is joined to a bottom end of the column for anchoring the apparatus to ground. A top cap including a u-shaped structure is joined to a top portion of the column for joining to a vertical support of a pallet rack. An angle bracket is joined to the column including a horizontal pivot point for joining, at the pivot point, to an angle brace of the pallet rack, and for enabling the angle brace to pivot in a vertical plane. A horizontal bracket is joined to the column including a vertical pivot point for joining, at the pivot point, to a horizontal brace of the pallet rack, and for enabling the horizontal brace to pivot in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Scott C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8052231
    Abstract: A blanking panel is provided for use with equipment racks or enclosures that house electronic components, and is configured to facilitate installation of the panel with a pair of vertical mounting rails or flanges of a rack or enclosure without the use of tools or other hardware. The blanking panel is constructed of one or more materials and/or defines one or more configurations such that when the blanking panel is installed into a rack or enclosure, portions of a body of the blanking panel interface with a surface of an equipment component or another blanking panel installed above or below the blanking panel to thereby form an air seal there between, which helps to reduce or prevent hot exhaust air from mixing with cooling air within a rack or enclosure, and further helps to reduce or prevent cooling air from bypassing equipment components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James S. Spitaels, Jeffrey Lee Mattlin, William Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20110240581
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that allows for a single panel of the invention to be easily modified, preferably without the use of tools, to fit on a server rack, where the single panel is so modified as to cover the desired amount of open space on a server rack as a single piece, where the panel is preferably fire-rated, and where the modified panel may be easily installed onto the server rack to as to cover any open space thereon, and prevents the circular flow of warm air output from entering the cooler air input of the servers housed on the server rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: COMPUSPACE LC
    Inventor: Laurie Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110240580
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus is provided for mounting a slide rail to a rack post defining a number of through holes. The mounting apparatus includes a mounting bracket and a clipping member. The mounting bracket includes a sliding portion slidably engaged with the slide rail and an end plate perpendicularly extending from a front end of the sliding portion. Two inserting pins extend from the end plate through corresponding through holes of the rack post. The clipping member includes a first end fixed to the mounting bracket, and a second end approaching the end plate. A tab protrudes from the clipping member and is adjacent to the second end of the clipping member. The second end or the tab of the clipping member abuts against a side of rack post opposite to the end plate to avoid the inserting pins to disengage from the corresponding through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
  • Publication number: 20110226715
    Abstract: Storage systems and methods of use of the same are disclosed. The storage systems are configured to be connected to wall structures and to be modular in construction, so as to be able to use a plurality of horizontally disposed hang rails and/or a plurality of vertical standards, and/or modular storage components that are received on a hang rail or a vertical standard, or that may be connected directly to a wall structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Todd Ed Alan Schwartzkopf, Daniel L. Krueger, Jonathan T. Moroney, Aaron J. Schradin
  • Patent number: 8020822
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf assembly having a plurality of ribs, a rib cam associated with each rib, and a support beam having a substantially I-shaped profile. The rib cam has a transversely extending slot including a floor. Each rib has a shelf-retaining surface, a T-shaped downwardly-opening aperture, and two inwardly extending opposing rib cam flanges. The beam has two upper beam flanges and two annular channels. The upper beam flanges slide into the upper recesses of the aperture such that the rib is captured on the beam, and each rib cam flange extends into a respective one of the channels. The rib cam slides into one of the channels with one of the rib cam flanges captured in the slot. In the channel, the rib cam is rotatable around its longitudinal axis between an unlocked position and a locked position in which the slot floor bears down on the rib cam flange thereby locking the flange to the support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Goldin, Steven Goldin
  • Publication number: 20110215064
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a track assembly being of a hollow profile construction and having superior strength and stiffness. All functional components of the track, including joining means between tracks and between the track and end brackets, anti-tilt means, and levelling means, are located either inside or beneath the track. The track assembly upper surface is therefore aesthetically pleasing and free from tripping hazards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Glidestore Freetrack Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Brian Maurice Parker, George Giles Campbell
  • Publication number: 20110204008
    Abstract: A display rack for displaying one or more sheets of posterboard or other similar sheet material has vertical columns supporting vertically spaced apart tiers, each tier having a perimeter frame having side rails secured to and supported by the vertical columns and front and rear rails. Corner guards are secured to the perimeter frame at the intersections of the side rails and the front and rear rails and positioned for respectively receiving a corner of the posterboard, each corner guard having a bottom wall, a side wall, an end wall deployed for holding posterboard on the tier. Corner guards at the rear corners have side walls that taper or flare outwardly. Clips adapt the corner guards for retrofitting to display racks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Steven A. Schulman
  • Patent number: 8002124
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tool rack set fastener, which includes a first fastening structure, which has mounting base fixedly fastened to a vertical wall or upright support and a coupling unit formed integral with the mounting base, and a second fastening structure, which is connectable to a tool rack set to secure the tool rack set to the first fastening structure and has a coupling base connectable to the coupling unit of the first fastening structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Steelworks Hardware, LLC
    Inventors: Pei-Ying Lin, Chanwa Nguy
  • Publication number: 20110180504
    Abstract: Discussed herein is an improved furniture assembly, where stretchers are secured between beams of a shelving assembly using brackets. The stretchers include at least one hollow slot that is sufficiently wide to allow the slot to be slid over a protruding surface of the bracket. In embodiments, the brackets have a protruding surface that is substantially parallel to a base surface of the bracket. The bracket has one or more lock members allowing the bracket to be secured to punches on the beams. The brackets are capable of being secured to the punches without the need for special tools. After the brackets are locked within the beams, the stretcher is connected between the beams by simply aligning the slots of the stretcher over corresponding protruding surfaces of the brackets and sliding the stretcher over the brackets by sliding the slots over the protruding surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: elevations inc.
    Inventors: John M. Riley, Nikolaos Xanthopoulos, William J. McHenry
  • Publication number: 20110155677
    Abstract: A shelving system is disclosed that includes at least one track and at least one standard. The track includes a rearward portion and a forward portion. The standard has an end portion slidably receivable within an opening of the track, such that the position of the standard relative to the track is slidably adjustable along the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: CLAIRSON, INC.
    Inventors: Julio A. Fernandez, Robert P. Kundinger, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110132853
    Abstract: A new method of creating a shelving system is disclosed which utilizes vertical supports in a flexible method of positioning horizontal supports. The method of installing the supports is a twisting “T” slot design which firmly locks the support in place in a manner that provides a high support strength. The supports may be installed in a variety of incremental positions rapidly, and is useful for permanent storage or for displays of items which involve rapid assembly and disassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Michael J. Drobot, Jason C. Boutsayaphat, Adam Belogh
  • Publication number: 20110100867
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a tray that supports candy canes in a side-by-side presentation while maintaining the candy away from the outer walls of the packaging. A template of cardboard stock is cut and folded to define a candy can support tray that is covered by a transparent wrapper or inserted into a box. The tray includes a bottom base and sides that are folded upward and end portions that fold inward with tabs align to create the rectangular tray with an open top. A first end of the tray includes a portion extending downward from the top edge to the base at an oblique angle with orifices receiving ends of the candy canes. At an opposite end of the tray, a second support portion has a portion extending downward at an oblique angle from the end wall to the base of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Clarke STRUTHERS, Kevin McElvain, John Robert Flanyak
  • Publication number: 20110094986
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an auxiliary apparatus of a carrier mounted to a rear portion of a vehicle, including a locking unit fastened to the carrier, the locking unit including a locking pin to be extracted or retracted in response to operation of a switch unit, a rotary plate rotatably coupled to the locking unit, and a fastening member mounted to the rotary plate, the fastening member having at least a fastening hole into which the locking pin is selectively inserted and locked according to the operation of the switch unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Seung Mok LEE, Hee Chan Yang, Dong Eun Cha, Nam Cheol Kim, Kwang Jae Choi, Ju Yong Park, Jo Han Kim, Yong Won Jeong, Kwang Sup Jeong, Jeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 7930812
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing toolless rack mounting rail installation using a pin having a latch. A retention device according to an embodiment of the present invention includes stepped features and a dual locking mechanism that are configured to engage standard apertures of rack systems. The locking mechanism is configured to extend beyond the surface of a pin when in a normal position, but may be depressed to allow the retention device to be easily inserted or removed without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Allen Curnalia, John Geoffrey Gundlach, Daniel Paul Kelaher, Gregory Mark Bennett
  • Publication number: 20110089127
    Abstract: An article organizer providing a plurality of hanger elements coupled to one or more hanger supports each rotatably coupled to a corresponding one or more members one of which mounts in fixed relation to a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Janna Lee Thomas, Paul Roger Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110084041
    Abstract: A storage rack comprises a plurality of slacked supporting ledges each spaced away from each other arranged in pairs on facing sidewalls for receiving plate-type carriers for stored articles. Storage and retrieval of the carriers in the storage rack is provided by a transport device. The supporting ledges are a snaked press fit in the sheet metal of the sidewalls and the sidewalls are secured to upright rack stanchions. To define a storage rack ensuring exact positioning of the supporting ledges, it is proposed that the rack stanchions comprise horizontally protruding pegs engaging cavities in the supporting ledges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Hanel GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl-Bruno Hänel
  • Patent number: 7918352
    Abstract: A product display system and method includes a support and at least one product container supported by the support. The packages are tilted such that the front faces of the tilted packages face at least partially upward, such as toward the illumination source, so as to provide enhanced illumination of the front faces of the tilted packages. The tilted packages may be supported at a support arm or the like, and have a center of gravity located behind a header for suspending the packages from the support arm, causing the packages to angle or tilt with their front faces angled somewhat upwardly, such as toward the illumination source, when suspended from the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: AGS I-Prop, LLC
    Inventors: Ian K. Rosen, Chad Des Jardin
  • Publication number: 20110068074
    Abstract: A modular display system comprises a plurality of block members connected together along edges to form an enclosed display area. Each block member is formed of a pair of planar members removably connected together by magnets secured to each planar member to form a dual-layer arrangement in which the planar members abut each other at mating planar faces. The magnets associated with each planar member align with the magnets of the other planar member in order to secure the planar members together. The aligned magnets, in turn, align with magnets on a neighbouring bock member in order to secure said block members together. In this way, the block members may be assembled into a display enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Dale Harris
  • Publication number: 20110068943
    Abstract: A safety device for a storage rack can include a length of webbing configured to span across a rear side of the storage rack. A sensor device can be coupled to one end of the webbing and a signaling device can be configured to communicate with the sensor device. The signaling device can include a selectively actuatable alert indicator. The sensor device can be operable to sense an increase in tension in the webbing when an item is placed in a position on the storage rack so as to engage the webbing. The sensor device can generate a signal indicative of the increase in tension and communicate the signal to the signaling device. The signaling device can be operable to actuate the at least one alert indicator responsive to the communicated signal so as to provide an indication of a position of the item relative to the storage rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell C. Lane, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110062100
    Abstract: An anti-tip assembly for use with a shelving system movable along a track. The track includes a first flange overhanging a first longitudinally extending channel and a second flange overhanging a second longitudinally extending channel. The anti-tip assembly includes an open ended channel, and a first bracket having a first flange extending into a first open end of the open ended channel, and a second flange extending into the first channel of the track. The anti-tip assembly further includes a second bracket having a first flange extending into a second open end of the open ended channel, and a second flange extending into the second channel of the track. The first and second brackets are slidable inside the open ended channel and coupled together with a maximum spacing therebetween. A biasing member biases the first and second brackets outwardly away from one another within the maximum spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: Capsa Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Webb, Max Pau, Gregory Jimmerson, Ricky Kai-Chi Lam
  • Publication number: 20110062094
    Abstract: A tower rack for holding greeting cards and the like is described. The rack includes a tower assembly structure which includes at least one panel section consisting of one or more side panels. Each side panels is configured with horizontal and vertical slits for holding merchandise trays. A base is configured to fit snugly to the bottom of the tower assembly structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel E. Levine, Fred C. Stancer, III, Alan C. Atwood
  • Patent number: 7900782
    Abstract: An apparatus for slidably storing stemware in an inverted position employs horizontally elongated front and rear track members held by spaced apart support members and an overhead anchoring member, and interactive to receive stemware in a direction orthogonal to the direction of elongation of the track members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Elisa Goserud, Noreen Herlihy
  • Publication number: 20110049074
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a retainer for pallet racks and the like. In particular, this invention relates to a retainer that is easily and quickly attached to the pallet rack and which is used as a safety barrier to prevent pallets from being pushed off the pallet rack and to assist in locating pallets on the rack at the correct depth. A pallet retainer of the present invention includes at least a plurality of spacer members and at least one upright member, wherein each spacer member includes an opening through which the upright member passes and wherein the spacer member positions the vertical member to substantially prevent a pallet being placed to deeply within a pallet bay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Woolard
  • Publication number: 20110049068
    Abstract: A storage rack is provided that exhibits an optical illusion that some of the items stored in the rack have disappeared in all or in part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony B. Potter