Elements Patents (Class 211/183)
  • Publication number: 20090250421
    Abstract: A fixing seat is provided for fixing a rail to a modem/servo carrying and stowing rack and includes a base, retention pawls, a slide buckling member, an operation knob and springs. The base has a front section to which the retention pawls and the slide buckling member provided. The springs are provided rearward of the slide buckling member and the operation knob is formed with the slide buckling member. Thus, by operating the operation knob to drive the slide buckling member and deforms springs, together with the sliding motion of the slide buckling member into a mounting hole defined in the rack, a mounting process is realized wherein the retention pawls are first fit into the mounting hole and then the slide buckling member slides into the mounting hole to engage an opposite edge thereby fixing the rail to the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Chun-Ping Wang, Te-Jeng Chang
  • Publication number: 20090230067
    Abstract: In one aspect, a storage system includes a base comprising a bottom channel, a top channel and a protrusion therebetween, at least one arm having an upturned tab and a rearwardly extending tab, wherein the upturned tab is configured to engage the top channel and the rearwardly extending tab is configured to engage a bottom surface of the protrusion and further wherein the bottom channel is adapted to receive a second arm under the first arm. In another aspect, a storage system may be mountable to a friable substrate and include a base having a plurality of holes for accepting a plurality of drywall fasteners; a plurality of self-drilling drywall fasteners having a crest diameter of at least about ¼ inch; a plurality of arms operatively connected to said base; a shelf; and at least one hook or bin operatively connected to the base at the lower channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin Bruce Shaha, Robert W. Sheldon, Gregory J. Foster, Ronald M. Llanes
  • Publication number: 20090218301
    Abstract: A support and method for supporting equipment within a rack system regardless of its design is disclosed. The base of the support includes a surface capable of supporting the equipment reducing unintended movement of the equipment. Brackets capable of being securely attached to the rack system, regardless of whether it is two-post or four-post in design, are associated with the base of the support. The method of the present invention comprises the steps of selecting a design of rack system, attaching the support of the present system, and placement of the equipment to be supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: ROBERT H. MIMLITCH, III, David Anthony Norman
  • Patent number: 7571823
    Abstract: A plurality of separate display modules are interchangeably installed on a shelf of a cooperating cabinet structure and arranged to provide concavely curved display panels mounting selected arrangements of illuminated sample chips, an interactive video display, and brochure receptacles. The structure is provided with an integral sprinkler water distribution system and may include a two-part chip mounting mechanism which facilitates changing out of sample chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Richardson, Gregory James Warren
  • Publication number: 20090194496
    Abstract: A rack conversion system mounts to an existing storage rack and includes lateral tracks for side to side movement of forward bins and longitudinal tracks for front to rear movement of rear bins. The bins are sized to efficiently store a particular item, for example, paper files. The forward bins are movable side to side along the lateral tracks and reside in front of the rear bin. The rear bins are moveable front to rear along the longitudinal tracks and are normally positioned to the rear to allow the side to side movement of the forward bins. The lateral tracks are preferably mounted below the forward bins and do not interfere with the movement of the rear bins, and the longitudinal tracks are preferably mounted above the rear bins and do not interfere with movement of the forward bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
  • Publication number: 20090194492
    Abstract: An accessory merchandiser for displaying products. The accessory merchandiser includes a modular unit including a plurality of first members and a plurality of second members, wherein the first and second members form a grid structure, a plurality of indicator marks formed on each second member, and a plurality of coupling members configured to removably couple the modular unit to a fixture. The plurality of indicator marks form a marking grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy G. Brasher
  • Publication number: 20090178990
    Abstract: A connecting member for connecting a plurality of frame elements. The connecting member has a core section having a width and two supporting members for supporting frame elements extending in different directions from the connecting member. The connecting member has at least one additional member for supporting a further frame element. The or each additional supporting member is pivotally connected to the core section and moveable between a first position in which the additional supporting member lies within the width of the core section and a second position in which a frame element supported by the additional support will extend in a direction generally perpendicular to a frame element supported by a supporting element of the core section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
  • Publication number: 20090180830
    Abstract: A connection system including a self-adjusting mount for coupling various furniture components together. The connection system can aid in coupling furniture components together with differing manufacturing tolerances. The self-adjusting mount is adapted to receive a connecting member and is capable of simultaneously moving in a first and second directions to couple with the connecting member. The self-adjusting mount may also secure the connecting member, thereby fixing the location of the connecting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: TIM JOHN MACLEAN
  • Publication number: 20090178991
    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: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James S. Spitaels, Jeffrey Lee Mattlin, William Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20090173706
    Abstract: A variable carrier for the installation on two vertical carrier profiles of a rack is disclosed. The vertical carrier profiles of the rack feature openings in a standardized grid. The variable carrier can be fixed on the vertical carrier profiles by means of the openings and features a snap-in device that automatically snaps into one of the openings of a vertical carrier profile during the installation. The variable carrier also features opposite the snap-in device at least one retaining hook that is rigidly connected to the variable carrier and can be hooked into one of the openings of a vertical carrier profile such that the variable carrier can be hooked into the opening by means of the retaining hook and subsequently pivoted in such a way that the snap-in device can interlock with one of the openings of the opposite vertical carrier profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Friedrich Koehler, Lorenz Schelshorn
  • Publication number: 20090166307
    Abstract: A storage system comprises a rail having a protrusion including a first flange and a second flange. An accessory mount for mounting to the rail includes a top hook for engaging the first flange and a resilient bottom hook for engaging the second flange. The rail comprises a back rail portion comprising a substantially planar member and a front rail portion substantially coextensive with the back rail portion and secured to the back rail portion. The protrusion may be symmetrical about the longitudinal axis. The first flange and the second flange define first and second recesses. A method of assembling a support is also provided where a first hook is inserted the first flange and a second hook deforms to engage the second flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID, INC.
    Inventors: Tim Baine, Michael Gregory, Lance Rake, David Starr, Robert J. Warner, JR., Joseph J. Yankello
  • Publication number: 20090159546
    Abstract: A merchandise display system is presented. The display system includes a support frame, a plurality of shelves disposed on the support frame, and a plurality of dividers coupled to each shelf. Each shelf includes a base having a plurality of arcuate surfaces extending continuously as tangent radii from a front end to a rear end of the base. In one embodiment, the arcuate surfaces and the dividers cooperate to define a plurality of lanes. Each lane is dimensioned to accommodate a front to back column of merchandise items. When a merchandise item is placed at the rear end of one of the lanes, the merchandise item traverse the lane by gravity to the forward end of the lane such that the merchandise item is presented to a prospective consumer in a substantially upright and forward facing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: Mechtronics Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony C. Squitieri
  • Publication number: 20090139945
    Abstract: A hanger retainer for securing hangers to a garment-supporting rod. The hanger retainer generally includes first and second side portions spaced apart from each other, a hooked portion extending from at least one of the side portions, and first and second retaining portions extending between the side portions. The hooked portion is designed to hook around a garment-supporting rod such that the first retaining portion is spaced a first distance from the rod, and the second retaining portion is spaced a second distance less than the first distance from the rod. The hanger retainer is rotated about the rod from a first position in which a hanger is received between the side portions on the hanger rod, and a second position in which the hanger is secured to the rod, thereby enabling transport one or more hangers on the rod without concern that the hangers may fall from the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Jacobson, Dorothy Ann Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20090107942
    Abstract: A connection member for connecting boards includes a tubular body having two flanges extending radially outward from an outer surface thereof and the two flanges are located at a distance from two ends of the tubular body. The two ends of the connection member are inserted into holes defined in the boards so as to connect the boards in the longitudinal direction. The connection member may include two parallel tubular bodies so as to connect the boards in the transversal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Kang-Fu Liao
  • Publication number: 20090101603
    Abstract: A rack rail system engageable with a post of a rack. The rack rail system includes a rail assembly and a flange provided on at least an end of the rail assembly. The flange includes a pin insertable into an aperture of the post when the flange is adjacent to the post. The rack rail system further includes a clamp pivotably connected to the flange and movable from an open position and a closed position. The clamp receives both the post and the flange in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: John Charles Hilburn, Stephen Peter Mroz, Joseph Daniel Rico, Jeffrey Alan Verkerke
  • Publication number: 20090084746
    Abstract: A pallet rack stopper assembly includes a stanchion and a bracket interconnecting the stanchion to a rear load beam of a pallet rack to provide a backstop for a pallet placed on the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Sylvain Rioux
  • Patent number: 7506768
    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: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rassmussen, James S. Spitaels, Jeffrey Lee Mattlin, William Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20090065460
    Abstract: A storage (10) is provided with a supporting portion (11) capable of supporting a load (3), a horizontal driving portion (13) capable of moving said supporting portion back and forth in a horizontal one direction, a vertical driving portion (14) capable of moving said supporting portion back and forth in a vertical direction, and a rack (15) having a plurality of putting surfaces, each being capable of transferring said load mutually with said supporting portion, said putting surfaces being disposed at a plurality of stages in the vertical direction to each of which said supporting portion can access by said horizontal driving portion, one or more than one of said putting surfaces being disposed at a horizontal position to which said supporting portion can access by said horizontal driving portion. At least one of said putting surfaces functions as a port for unloading and loading said load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Masanao MURATA, Takashi YAMAJI
  • Publication number: 20090050592
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wall rail system for a shelf system or similar, comprising at least one wall rail which is embodied as a U-shaped profile, comprising a rear part which is secured to a wall, two lateral limbs which are oriented away from the wall, one rear-sided cavity which extends in the longitudinal direction on the side of the rear part which is oriented towards the wall, and at least one connecting element for connecting two wall rails which push against each other in the longitudinal direction, said connecting element being received in a connected state of the two wall rails in the rear-sided cavity. The connecting element reliably connects, fixes, and aligns the rails in relation to each other without engaging in the usable space between the lateral limbs and the rear side of the U-profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Element-System Rudolf Bohnacker GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfram Haarmann
  • Publication number: 20090050591
    Abstract: A mobile data center unit has a mobile weatherized enclosure; a plurality of rack sets within the enclosure, with each rack set being comprised of one or more racks holding rack-mounted data processing equipment. A plurality of guides guide the motion of the rack sets between at least: a first position, that provides access by a person to the front and/or back of the racks in a rack set, and the equipment mounted in the racks; and a second position that does not provide such access. Each rack set is mounted to move as a unit along one or more of the guides. Mobile data center units can have a plurality of cooling or power units and control circuitry for sensing how much cooling or power the mobile data center unit need and selecting how many cooling or power units should be turned on as a result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: David Michael Hart, Murray Kenneth Thomas Stewart
  • Patent number: 7475796
    Abstract: An industrial hopper and support system includes a hopper having a plurality of receivers complementally configured to receive the top ends of legs of a support. The hopper is particularly designed to receive and discharge both solid and liquid material by the mounting of a selected valve, and the receivers include recesses therein which inhibit the spread of the legs and provide a structural connection between the legs of the support when the hopper is mounted thereon. The hopper may be mounted to the legs without the use of tools, but a separate fastener may be used when it is desired to lift both the hopper and its support from above. The support is provided with openings through primary tubular members which align with crossmembers so that forks inserted into the openings pass longitudinally through the crossmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Snyder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darwin Garton
  • Publication number: 20090008347
    Abstract: Hair tree support adapted for holding and organizing sections of precut human or synthetic hair and their packages for use by a hairdresser in braiding or hair extension techniques and the like. The support includes a base, a vertically extending member, and a rotatable top assembly having radial arms equipped with non-slip hooks and non-slip hair rests. Hair baskets with longitudinal slits therein for supporting long hair sections and hair packages passing therethrough are mounted to the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Barbara Bell
  • Publication number: 20090008350
    Abstract: A drying rack comprises at least one substantially flat frame as well as slender bearing elements extending between mutually opposite sides of the frame. The mutually opposite sides of the frame each comprise a profiled section which determines a chamber which ends in a slot-shaped aperture. The bars are introduced into the slot-shaped aperture of each profiled section in such a manner that securing elements are provided in the chamber of each profiled section by means of which in each case one end of the bearing elements is fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Petra Van Bracht
  • Publication number: 20080302747
    Abstract: The lock for a shelving assembly secures the connector ends of the horizontal members to the uprights of the assembly, preventing the horizontal members from being lifted from their attachments to the uprights. The lock comprises a rigid, inflexible lock bar having a peripheral frame surrounding a central passage therethrough, and an opposite distal end with a lock tab extending therefrom. The attachment edge of the lock bar frame is hooked upon a protruding lance tab of the connector end, with the lance tab serving as a hinge or fulcrum for the lock bar. A spring is wedged between the attachment edge of the lock bar frame and the adjacent connector end, urging the distal end of the lock bar toward the connector to engage the lock tab within aligned holes of the connector and upright to which it is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: David W. Nance
  • Publication number: 20080237167
    Abstract: A storage rack comprises a plurality of stacked 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 means of 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: August 24, 2005
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Hanel GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl-Bruno Hanel
  • Publication number: 20080217274
    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: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Allen Curnalia, John Geoffrey Gundlach, Daniel Paul Kelaher, Gregory Mark Bennett
  • Publication number: 20080190877
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a non-adhesive covering for a shelf. In one embodiment, it includes a substantially incompressible polymer-based material with an upper surface comprising an embossed pattern, lays flat upon a shelf surface, has a thickness of 4 gauge or above, and has a PHR in a range of 28 to 42. In another embodiment, it includes a substantially incompressible polymer-based material, lays flat upon a shelf surface, has a thickness of 2.8 gauge or above, and has a PHR in a range of 28 to 42.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Silverman
  • Publication number: 20080156755
    Abstract: A foldable wardrobe support (100) includes a first stand (1) and a second stand (2) faced each other. Each stand has a front post (3) and a rear post (4) upwardly extending therefrom and parallel to each other. Each rear post (4) has two first snap portions (9) formed thereon. A cross structure (5) is attached to the two rear posts (4) of first stand (1) and the second stand (2). The cross structure (5) has two rods pivoted to each other in the middle portions thereof. Each rod includes two opposite ends having a second snap portion formed thereon. Each second snap portion is snapped to a corresponding one of the first snap portions (9) to hold the cross structure (5) in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Chun-song Wang
  • Publication number: 20080149581
    Abstract: A protector for a structural member includes a body having a front portion and opposite side portions that extend from at least part of the front portion to define a channel. The protector is locatable over the structural member so that at least a portion of that member is received within the channel. In one form, the side portions include an inwardly turned lip that defines a constricted throat of the channel. The protector may also include bearing members which are arranged to clamp onto the front base of the structural member. A two part protector is also disclosed with one part forming a base assembly for the structural member. The protector has particular application in storage racking systems and also disclosed are assemblies for use in the support structure of a storage racking system that incorporates the protector, and associated storage racking systems including such assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: DEMATIC PTY LTD
    Inventors: Murray Clarke, Paul Berry, Stephen Celati
  • Publication number: 20080121597
    Abstract: A golf club holder and display adaptable to the desired configuration of the user. The display includes a support member and a cradle, with the cradle being adjustably removable relative to the support member. The support member may accept different numbers and types of cradles, and the user can select the cradles based on the desired display configuration. The golf club holder and display is also adaptable to supporting both right-handed and left-handed golf clubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: Cormack, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodrigo R. Dientsmann, David A. Forte, Walter R. Miranda
  • Publication number: 20080116156
    Abstract: A sectional shelf is provided, which includes a plurality of shelves each having at least two hollow fastening parts and being stacked one by one to form desired shelf compartments, an upper portion of each shelf being opened, a plurality of hollow support members located between the shelves for supporting the shelves, an upper coupling member with one end inserted into an upper end of each support member and the other end inserted into a lower end of each support member, a threaded portion being formed on an upper end of the upper coupling member, and a lower coupling member with one end inserted into the lower end of each support member and the other end inserted into the upper end of each support member, a threaded portion being formed on a lower end of the lower coupling member and threadedly engaged with the threaded portion of the upper coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Moon Sun Park
  • Patent number: 7360659
    Abstract: Components can be received within regions of limited access present in an equipment-supporting rack using an installation fixture including a pair of mounting plates which are pivotally connected to each other by a hinge positioned along lateral edges of the respective mounting plates. One mounting plate includes a bracket for fixed connection to the rack, and the other mounting plate includes a surface for receiving a desired component. Rotation of the mounting plate receiving the component relative to the mounting plate fixed to the rack permits the component to be conveniently accessed when servicing is desired, and returned to the region of limited access during normal system operations. A locking mechanism is preferably provided for securing the component and the mounting plate which receives the component in desired position during normal system operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: Seungyun Yoon, Terry W. Louth
  • Publication number: 20080041804
    Abstract: A shelf cover for open-wire shelving is provided, comprising a semi-rigid sheet adapted to cover the top panel and front panel of the shelving, wherein the sheet further includes an extended portion adapted to wrap under the front panel, the extended portion further including a securing device for securing the extended portion to wires on the front panel. In one embodiment, the extended portion includes a plurality of tabs adapted to fit securely behind the wires of the front panel. In another embodiment, the extended portion includes a plurality of retaining buttons adapted to fit securely between adjacent wires of the front panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Sidney Ward
  • Patent number: 7287350
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label (ESL) holder, including an attachment member portion to be secured to a supporting surface, such as a C-channel, a holder member with protrusions for removably receiving and supporting the ESLs and, optionally, a cover member pivotally carried by the holder member to overly and protect the ESLs. The holder member includes a lip extending from at least one of the top or bottom fingers of the holder formed of flexible PVC material that is flexible relative to the remaining portion of the holder and is compressible for providing a tight fit of the ESL to the holder. The flexible lip is utilized in combination with a backing member which, in one embodiment, is a flexible PVC bead that extends along the length of the holder and, in a second embodiment, includes a relatively broad or wide pad of flexible PVC material that further provides a seal against the battery or other electronics of the ESL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventors: Jacob Fast, Michael G. Lowry
  • Patent number: 7281694
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mounting bracket for mounting a horizontal support member between vertical support columns of an equipment rack. The mounting bracket comprises a base member and a latch. The base member comprises integrated side and end plates, with the side plate being securable to the horizontal support member and the end plate constructed to vertically support the mounting bracket thereon. The latch detachably adjoins the mounting bracket to the vertical support column, and is constructed to be hand-operated to detach the mounting bracket from the vertical support column in response to a tool-less manual manipulation of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Allen, Thomas G. Bumby, Jr., Alan B. Doerr
  • Patent number: 7274573
    Abstract: A method and assembly for mounting power electronics modules in an equipment cabinet, cubicle or other like equipment space. According to the invention, the power electronics modules are mounted in the equipment space (1) with the help of mounting bases (3), such that the mounting bases (3) comprise fixture means (13, 14) for fixing the mounting base in the equipment space (1) and a mounting plate (16) fixed supportedly by the fixture means (13, 14) so that the first end of the mounting plate is situated closer to the fixture means (14) of the first end than the opposite end (11) of the mounting plate (3) from the fixture means (13) of this opposite end, whereby the mounting plate (16) becomes aligned in a slanted position in the equipment space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventor: Pertti Seväkivi
  • Patent number: 7258241
    Abstract: A display holder provides product information to loaders and pickers of products stored on industrial-sized pallet racks in warehouses. The display holder is disposed on a column in a substantially vertical orientation at a height above the floor of the warehouse that is approximately at or near eye level of an operator seated within a fork-lift or like material handling vehicle. The holder displays product information for all goods stored at the various rack elevations adjacent the column of the rack to which the display holder is mounted. Thus, warehouse loaders and pickers can readily determine the particular type of goods stored on the rack adjacent the display holder, and labels can readily be re-applied, as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Amerisourcebergen Drug Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Shay Reid
  • Patent number: 7255236
    Abstract: A shelf assembly having at least one bracket including a top member, a bottom member and a side member. The top member is positioned in opposed spaced relationship with the bottom member. The assembly includes a shelf having at least one mounting edge and at least one trim edge. The mounting edge is adapted for positioning in the space defined by the top and bottom members for support by the bracket. The trim edge has an outwardly projecting tongue having a terminal portion with a terminal geometric configuration. The assembly further includes at least one trim member having a groove with a groove geometric configuration corresponding to the terminal geometric configuration to allow the groove to receive the tongue to join together the shelf and the trim member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Sauder Woodworking Co.
    Inventors: Myrl D. Sauder, Ronald D. Roth
  • Patent number: 7204377
    Abstract: A connection system for a modular structure is provided. The connection system includes a plurality of connector assemblies that connect a first structure module to a second structure module. The connection system additionally includes at least one retaining pin. The retaining pin is used to maintain a respective connector assembly in a locked state, thereby connecting the first and second structure modules in a steadfast manner. Each connector assembly includes a first catch affixed to a first member of the first structure module and a second catch affixed to a first member of the second structure module. The first and second catches are formed to interlock under linear movement of the first structure module relative to the second structure module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Randall L Marion
  • Patent number: 7191907
    Abstract: A safety net system is configured for mounting to a rack having a pair of spaced apart upstanding posts, in which the upstanding posts have open tops and holes formed in side walls thereof. The safety net system includes a pair of spaced apart uprights, upper and lower mounts operably connecting each upright to a respective rack post and an upper element extending between and mounted to the uprights at about an upper portion of the uprights. A net extends between and is mounted to the uprights and mounted to the upper element. The net is removably mounted to the uprights and to the upper elements and the uprights are variably mountable to the rack posts to vary a height of the net above the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Cormark, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Conway
  • Patent number: 7156243
    Abstract: A corrugated decking is provided that has a plurality of top horizontal surfaces, a plurality of bottom surfaces, and a plurality of transition surfaces, each transition surface connecting one of the top horizontal surfaces to one of the bottom surfaces. One of the top horizontal surfaces has a plurality of apertures, the apertures having downwardly sloping flanges surrounding each aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Design Assistance Construction Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Henning, David J. Cross, Bert Y. Culpepper, Jr., Timothy G. Kircher
  • Patent number: 7150361
    Abstract: A restraining cable and rack system comprises material-bay dividers with cable restraints that can be laced-through, end-attached, and adjusted to a variety of heights on vertical bars. Long sticks or sheets of material are stood on-end inside the bays for retail display. The restraining cables are positioned to prevent the retail material from falling out of the bays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Michael J. Calleja
  • Patent number: 7150362
    Abstract: A holder for storing a plurality of fasteners includes a support member having a first side wall, a second side wall, and a plurality of web members positioned therebetween for holding the first and second walls in spaced apart relationship. The support member has a plurality of holes, each having a central aperture and a plurality of wavy slots extending radially outwardly therefrom for forming starburst shaped holes. The wavy slots have support member segments positioned therebetween which are flexible during installation and removal of the plurality of fasteners from the starburst shaped holes. The holder further includes an elongated bracket, a wire tie, or the like for holding differently shaped fasteners to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth Ralph Questiaux, Jared Brian Kile
  • Patent number: 7150363
    Abstract: A base structure of a retainer for a shelving comprising operation section supporters (2) which have plural locking sections (5) formed at prescribed intervals on flat surfaces of a flat and vertically long board-like material and a pair of shelf board supporting members (3) which are in engagement with the operation section supporters (2), slidable in the vertical direction and provided with movable locking pieces (11) removably engaged with the locking sections (5) of the operation section supporters (2), wherein the movable locking pieces 11 are automatically engaged with or removed from the locking sections (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Tamatoshi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tomonari, Kenji Kosugi
  • Patent number: 7137512
    Abstract: A rack system is disclosed for mounting various devices. The rack system comprises at least one front vertical support column and at least one rear vertical support column. A rail is deployed between the front vertical support column and the rear vertical support column. Additionally, a latching system is provided that enables secure engagement of the rail and easy removal of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Minh H. Nguyen, Donald Caballero, Paul E. Westphall
  • Patent number: 7131547
    Abstract: A shelving unit for a wire rack is formed from an essentially flat elongated shelf member with at least one cleat attached transverse to the underside of the shelf member and extending downward between a pair of adjacent support wires of the wire rack, preferably in a frictional fit to prevent movement of the shelf in a sideways, forward and back, or twisting manner. Additional cleats, spaced apart from each other and extending downward between other pairs of support wires are typically used. The shelf unit member may be formed from slats that are spaced apart from each other or in contact with each other in a butt, lap, tongue and grove or other joint arrangement. Each cleat may be formed as two or more spaced apart cleat sections that, when properly sized and positioned, accept differently positioned cental support rods from major wire-rack manufacturers which serve as a stop to prevent the shelf unit from falling from the wire rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Theodore E. Gawel
  • Patent number: 7108143
    Abstract: A sliding rail assembly for wire baskets is provided. The rail of the sliding rail assembly has an enlarged opening in the front so that a wire basket could be guided into the rail quickly and easily. A number of wheel members are installed along the bottom of the rail to provide both support and sliding functions to the wire basket, and much less abrasion and squeaking noise is generated when the wire basket is pushed or pulled along the rail. Specially designed blocking members are installed along the rail so as to prevent the wire basket from being pulled entirely out of the rail, or being pushed too far into the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Ruei-Hsing Lin
  • Patent number: 7104410
    Abstract: A merchandising display shelf track device for receiving a row of articles for sliding movement therealong has non-planar front face members connected to a base wall and sidewalls. Racking forces exerted on the front face members are transferred through the non-planar face members to the base wall and sidewalls to minimize racking. An anti-torsion bar connects the front face members to prevent spreading of the sidewalls and thereby minimize racking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Display Industries, LLC.
    Inventor: Bernard Primiano
  • Patent number: 7086540
    Abstract: A storage cassette (1) for accommodating substrates includes a box-shaped case (10) having a space and defining an entrance for inserting the substrates into the space; and a pair of stopping mechanisms (60) each including a top first locating mechanism (30), a bottom second locating mechanism (50) and a stopper (40) engaged therebetween. The stopping mechanisms are respectively located at opposite sides of the entrance. Each locating mechanism defines a first locating portion, a second locating portion closer to a corresponding side of the opposite sides than the first locating portion, and a connecting means portion interconnecting the first and second locating means. In a first position, the stopper is engaged in the first locating portion, and substrates accommodated in the cassette cannot be displaced; in a second position, the stopper is engaged in the second locating portion, and the substrates can be freely slid out from the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Huang, Ming-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 7086545
    Abstract: A support for a predetermined container having a rim e.g. at its top opening, the support comprising a lid or a supporting ring, constructed to interfit e.g. with the rim of the container, wherein there is a suspender, formed with the lid or supporting ring and deflectable from an as-formed position to an upstanding position in which it is capable of carrying weight of the container. In most cases suspenders extend inwardly of a rim of the lid or supporting ring. Free-ended flexible finger suspenders of synthetic resin, are shown, formed integrally with the lid or supporting ring as a molded unit. The lids or rings are associated with closure surfaces, such as closure portions molded with the lid or ring, closure inserts, or closure films or foils on the container itself. The suspenders are useful to the consumer in enabling improved carrying of the merchandise with other items or in intertwined fusion with the like items, and to the storekeeper in suspending merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Ajava Pinata, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Mannion, Christen A. Bear, John N. Williams, Sue A. Williams