Vertically Adjustable Patents (Class 211/187)
  • Patent number: 10817907
    Abstract: A digital advertisement display stand comprising a product display unit having multiple spaces for supporting, displaying, and advertising goods and services, at least one static display located on the product display unit, at least one live action monitor located on the product display unit with the live action monitor having a touch screen, a central processing unit located in the live action monitor, a memory storage unit connected to the central processing unit, and a long distance wireless data transmission device connected to the central processing unit and at least one offsite control center in wireless communication with the long distance wireless data transmission device of the live action monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Brian B. Walker
  • Patent number: 10441078
    Abstract: A mounting system for adjustably mounting a storage system to a wall is provided. The mounting system includes a horizontal rail to be secured to the wall, a stanchion spaced from the wall, and an adjustable knuckle assembly supporting the stanchion on the horizontal rail. The knuckle assembly is adjustable to move the stanchion toward and away from the wall, enabling the mounting system to accommodate plumb variations in the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: THE STOW COMPANY-HOLLAND, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Jay King, Peter John Beebe, Luke Charles Davis
  • Patent number: 10405674
    Abstract: A low product indicator comprising an upright portion capable of being attached to a pusher or paddle on a conventional merchandiser and having indicia relating to at least one of: a store the conventional merchandiser is displayed in; a product the merchandiser is intended to be stocked with; a product category encompassing the general type of product the merchandiser is intended to be stocked with; and/or advertising. In one form, a product display merchandiser is disclosed comprising a tray, a spring biased pusher slidable within the tray, and a visual indicator comprising at least one light activated by a switch, the switch configured to be actuated when the pusher is within a predetermined portion of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Retail Space Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Michael William Mercier, Daniel Davenport, Matthew Wills, Eric Pollpeter
  • Patent number: 10363952
    Abstract: An order fulfillment cart including a first frame portion, the first frame portion including a first plurality of support members, a second frame portion positioned a distance from the first frame portion, the second frame portion including a second plurality of support members, and a connector, the connector operably coupled to the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein the connector extends diagonally from the first frame portion to the second frame portion, wherein the first plurality of support members and the second plurality of support members are configured to support a plurality of containers between the first frame portion and the second frame portion, is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Green, David Carr
  • Patent number: 10314412
    Abstract: A hinged drawer type shelving apparatus includes a shelf with a first portion and a second portion hinged to the first portion. The first portion is connected between opposing arms that have a guide connected to a rearward portion of the arm. A frame has opposing side members between which the shelf is disposed. Each side member has a channel for directing or guiding movement of the corresponding guide. The shelf moves between a first stored position, where the first and second shelf portions are coplanar with one another, and a second extended position to facilitate restocking of product. In the extended position, the first shelf portion is tilted and non-coplanar with the second shelf portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Retail Space Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Turner, Craig A. Fluegge
  • Patent number: 10235810
    Abstract: The augmented reality e-commerce may maximize limited physical space within a store by providing virtual displays of products in predetermined physical spaces. A virtual shelf blueprint that includes positional information for virtual display locations on a virtual shelf may be received. Subsequently, geospatial sensor scans of multiple reference markers in a real-world may be received. The multiple reference markers may correspond to reference points in the virtual shelf blueprint. The virtual shelf may be mapped to the real-world based on the multiple reference markers, in which the mapping may be performed by assigning positional data of the multiple reference markers to the reference points in the virtual shelf blueprint. The virtual shelf may be populated with one or more 3-dimensional (3D) objects that virtually represent at least one real-world product for viewing via an augmented reality device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: 3D Product Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Darrick Morrison
  • Patent number: 10098458
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a pallet station (1). The pallet station (1) comprises a storage surface in the form of a shelf (5). The shelf (5) is received on support beams (4) arranged between transversal beams (3). Support rails (6) are attached to the shelf (5) by means of hook elements (14, 16). The hook elements (14, 16) used for attaching the support rails (6) are beam hooks (14) and/or net hooks (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Mikael Lindmark, Allan Dickner
  • Patent number: 10045620
    Abstract: A freestanding shelf assembly includes a pair of base frames, a bottom shelf panel, a first pair of support frames, and a plurality of screws. Each base frame has an elongate rail portion extending horizontally between vertical leg portions terminating at a horizontal top portion with a hole therein. The bottom shelf panel has a plurality of holes through its surface and positioned over the pair of base frames such that each hole aligns with a corresponding hole of the base frames. Each support frame has an elongate support portion extending horizontally between vertical leg portions terminating at a horizontal bottom portion having a hole. Each screw passes through respective holes of the first pair of support frames and through respective holes of the bottom shelf panel, and threadably engages respective holes of the base frames, to form the freestanding shelf assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Erich Oehler
  • Patent number: 9992902
    Abstract: A mainframe computer with a supporting rack includes: a rack chassis and a supporting rack. The rack chassis has a first rack, and the first rack has a plurality of first positioning members. The supporting rack is arranged on the rack chassis, and the supporting rack has at least one first corresponding positioning member positioned corresponding to any one of at least one first positioning member. Therefore, the rack chassis and the support rack allow various types of objects (such as: solid state disk, cooling liquid tanks for cooling, hard drive or optical drive and so on) to be easily and conveniently installed onto the mainframe computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Yu-Qing Lyu
  • Patent number: 9992901
    Abstract: A mainframe computer with a supporting rack includes: a rack chassis and a supporting rack. The rack chassis has a first rack, and the first rack has a plurality of first positioning members. The supporting rack is arranged on the rack chassis, and the supporting rack has at least one first corresponding positioning member positioned corresponding to any one of at least one first positioning member. Therefore, the rack chassis and the support rack allow various types of objects (such as: solid state disk, cooling liquid tanks for cooling, hard drive or optical drive and so on) to be easily and conveniently installed onto the mainframe computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Yu-Qing Lyu
  • Patent number: 9861211
    Abstract: A variable shelf organizer system for displaying merchandise thereon including a roller glide floor member, a standard track glide floor member, a plurality of removably adjustable divider members and a front wall member. The divider members and front wall member are engageable with both floor members and when multiple divider members are engaged with either floor member, product channels are formed therebetween for holding and securing products of varying size and shape on either floor member. The roller glide floor member is best suited for heavier packaged products such as six-pack or twelve pack products and the track glide floor member is best suited for standard products. The width of the shelf system may be increased or decreased by joining or detaching similarly constructed floor members in a side-by-side relationship and the length of the shelf system may be increased by attaching one or more floor extension members to the floor members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Presence from Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Donald J. Miller, Jr., Andrew J. Boron, Kent Lee Hanners
  • Patent number: 9646341
    Abstract: An exemplary display system is disclosed, which includes a display wall having a plurality of slots; a plurality of removable shelves, each removable shelf insertable into a slot of the plurality of slots; a plurality of unique identifiers, each unique identifier coupled to a corresponding removable shelf; a fixed shelf having an embedded or attached sensor; and a user-interactive visual display. Various systems display plumbing fixtures. In exemplary embodiments, the unique identifiers are implemented using RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Danze, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Werner, Sharon Overby, Edward Detgen, Brian Fiala, Kevin McJoynt, Mark Abbas, James Stoklosa, Christopher Livaudais, Florian Vollmer, Sandjar Kozubaev
  • Patent number: 9629484
    Abstract: An end cap display panel which can be attached to a larger fixture alongside an end cap display shelf. The end cap panel display attaches directly to a slotted upright of the larger display and shares the pre-existing slots on the vertical upright with the shelf attachment mechanism so that the shelves can be attached, removed or reconfigured without interference from the end cap display panel. The end cap display panel also provides a plurality of trays which can be snap-fit together to form various display configurations for retaining and displaying a plurality of groups of identical greeting cards. The display takes advantage of previously unutilized space while providing a robust, flexible, modular option for the display of greeting cards or other merchandise alongside end cap shelving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Emory Brozak
  • Patent number: 9587346
    Abstract: An automatically controlled washing machine has a machine body and a dispensing mechanism which is arranged in the machine body and intended to dispense powdered, liquid or gel-form laundry treatment media. The dispensing mechanism includes a drawer which is accessible from a front of the machine body via a front handle. The drawer has a guide frame which is connected to the front handle and has at least one window-like recess for insertion of at least one container which accepts laundry treatment media and is connectable to the guide frame. A device automatically feeds laundry treatment medium from the container into a treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: BSH HAUSGERĂ„TE GmbH
    Inventors: Thoralf Greger, Andre Sabalat, Ingo Schulze
  • Patent number: 9546889
    Abstract: A blind rack for storing a plurality of blinds has a support frame including a horizontal frame. A plurality of load bearing arms are connected to the horizontal frame, and the plurality of blinds to be stored on the blind rack are indexable with respect to the horizontal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: USA Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Sue, Casey Sue
  • Patent number: 9386854
    Abstract: A bracket for a wire-frame shelving unit includes a body extending along a longitudinal axis having a first edge and a second opposing edge and a face extending between the first and second edges. A first flange extends from the first edge orthogonally to the face and includes a first shelf securement member defining a first retention surface. A second flange extends from the second edge orthogonally to the face and includes a second shelf securement member defining a second retention surface. The first retention surface of the first securement member is configured to at least partially surround a first wire of the wire-frame shelving unit and the second retention surface of the second securement member is configured to concurrently at least partially surround a second wire of the wire-frame shelving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Wosoba, Robert Lloyd Talbot, Philip Dale Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9351592
    Abstract: A support for storing and displaying elongate articles includes at least one shelf selectively adjustably couplable with a support frame in at least first and second orientations. The at least one shelf includes first locating structure associated with the first orientation and engagable with at least one elongate article placed in contact with the first locating structure to locate the at least one article on the shelf so that a longitudinal axis of the at least one elongate article is aligned in a first direction. The at least one shelf further includes second locating structure associated with the second orientation and engagable with an elongate article when the elongate article is placed in contact with the second locating structure to locate the elongate article on the at least one shelf so that the longitudinal axis of the elongate article is aligned in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Wine Cellar Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Wilke
  • Patent number: 9347703
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes: a refrigerator main body having a cooling chamber; a cooling chamber door for opening and closing the cooling chamber; a shelf assembly provided within the cooling chamber such that a height thereof is adjustable; and a basket provided in any one of the refrigerator main body and the cooling chamber door such that a height thereof is adjustable. A space of the refrigerator main body or the cooling chamber door can be utilized to facilitate receiving and keeping food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongsik Kwon, Sanghun Kim, Seonkyu Kim, Hyokku Kwon, Sungkyong Han, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 9339108
    Abstract: An article support, such as a shelf, is securely attachable at a plurality of locations along a generally vertical support or rail. The article support includes a support-engaging portion having one or more tabs, at least one of which is a locking tab having a forward-extending tooth that engages the vertical support, when the tab or tabs extend through slots in the support. Optionally, a biasing element urges the article away from the support to maintain secure engagement of the locking tab with the support. The resulting shelving system or article support system is resistant to accidental detachment of the article supports from the supports and permits relatively small adjustment intervals for the article supports along the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ALTRIA GROUP DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
    Inventors: Dathan G. Zang, Donald M. Farnquist, II, Benjamin B. Edinger, William J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 9241566
    Abstract: An adjustable shelving assembly includes four corner members of L-shaped cross section, either half of each corner member comprising aperture members each including an upper, larger circle and a lower, smaller, vertical hole overlapping the larger circle thereof; at least one group of four interconnecting members each comprising upper and lower aperture elements and a through hole besides each of the upper and lower aperture elements for positioning the interconnecting member, each aperture element comprising an upper, smaller, vertical hole and a lower, larger circle overlapping the vertical hole thereof; retainers each for fastening the corner member and the interconnecting member; and lock pins each comprising a head including a cut, and a shaft having ridges. The lock pin is fastened in the larger circle of the aperture member and the through hole. The cut is fastened in the larger circle of the aperture member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: E-MAKE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kung-Cheng Chen, Lung-Chuan Huang
  • Patent number: 9242795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage device (1) for storing storage goods (25) in storage spaces (8), comprising at least one storage good carrier (7) which can be supplied with storage goods (25) and which is associated with a stowage space volume (S) that can be occupied by the storage goods (25) at a maximum. The storage device (1) comprises a control station (10), on which the stowage space volume (S) of the at least one storage good carrier (7) can be arranged accessible from outside of the storage device (1). The storage device (1) is equipped with a conveyer unit (5, 6), by which the storage goods carrier (7) can be moved from the control station (10) to the storage spaces (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KARDEX PRODUKTION DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Jungen, Walter Burkart
  • Patent number: 9146001
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for attaching and supporting an audio/visual device. The mounting assembly includes a frame including at least one cross member, at least one side member, and a moving member; and a support assembly including a pair of spaced apart first members and a pair of spaced apart second members. Each second member is attachable to the audio/visual device. The first members are movably coupled to the at least one cross member and the second members are movably coupled to the first members. The moving member is configured to move relative to the cross and side members, such that the size of the frame is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Peerless Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Stifal, James D. Walters
  • Patent number: 9131771
    Abstract: A sliding drawer is coupled to a gondola-style shelving unit by providing mounting brackets and telescoping brackets which are used to couple the drawer to the shelf of a gondola-style shelving unit. Alternatively, the shelf may be eliminated by mounting brackets with the hooks typically found at opposite sides of a gondola-style shelf. Whether the shelf is employed or the hooks are provided on the mounting brackets, the hooks mate with slots in the upright vertical posts of the frame of the gondola-style shelving unit to mount the drawer to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Streater LLC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 9033164
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Edsal Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Troyner, Antonio Luis Escalante, David J. Wojtowicz, Mitch Liss
  • Patent number: 9016214
    Abstract: An article support, such as a shelf, is securely attachable at a plurality of locations along a generally vertical support or rail. The article support includes a support-engaging portion having one or more tabs, at least one of which is a locking tab having a forward-extending tooth that engages the vertical support, when the tab or tabs extend through slots in the support. Optionally, a biasing element urges the article away from the support to maintain secure engagement of the locking tab with the support. The resulting shelving system or article support system is resistant to accidental detachment of the article supports from the supports and permits relatively small adjustment intervals for the article supports along the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Altria Group Distribution Company
    Inventors: Dathan G. Zang, Donald M. Farnquist, II, Benjamin B. Edinger, William J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 9004300
    Abstract: A display rack and display rack shelf. The display rack includes a frame which supports one or more of the shelves. The frame has first, second and lateral sides and defines a plurality of vertically-spaced pairs of horizontally-aligned apertures. The shelf includes first and second end portions. The first end portion includes a movable support element with a single piece cross member and a pair of movable engagers at opposite lateral sides of the shelf for engagement with a selected pair of apertures along the first or second sides of the frame. The single-piece cross member and each movable engager of the movable support element is slidable toward and, alternatively, away from the second end and is rotatable about a corresponding axis to permit setting of the angular position of the shelf. The second end portion side is configured for pivotal engagement with one of the front and rear sides of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chicago Display Company
    Inventor: Jordan Morrell
  • Patent number: 8985352
    Abstract: A modular merchandise display system includes a frame and a plurality of merchandise supporting units. The frame has a pair of spaced apart, parallelly disposed first and second indexing members. Each indexing member has a plurality of openings formed therein. Each merchandise supporting unit has a front side and an opposite rear side, and spaced apart first and second locator protrusions extending outwardly from the rear side. The first and second locator protrusions are respectively receivable in corresponding openings in the first and second indexing members. Each of the first and second locator protrusions includes an open side, and a latch barb received thereby and movable within the locator protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bergdoll, Michael Mongelluzzo, Gary Rein
  • Publication number: 20150060621
    Abstract: A compression lock on a connector for a shelving post has upper and lower, mating collar parts having distal ends encircling more than 180 degrees of the post but separated by a gap through which the post can pass. Each distal end has an axially extending projection with a rounded end and a recess adjoining the projection. The projections of one collar part mate with the recesses of the other collar part to interlock the collar parts around a compression sleeve and form a frusto-conical inner surface that wedges the a mating sleeve against the post to affix a shelf attached to the connector. A tab allows removal of a locking connector, with the connectors stamped out of sheet metal and bent into the frusto-conical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Pro-Mart Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Azad Sabounjian
  • Publication number: 20150060384
    Abstract: A display fixture includes a shelf display including a main body having a front side and a backside, a plurality of shelves coupled to the front side of the main body and adapted to support merchandise and a back support attached to the backside of the main body and extending from the backside of the main body. The display fixture also includes a rack display including a frame having at least one substantially vertical member located on a first side of the rack display, at least one substantially vertical member located on a second side of the rack display and at least one arm coupled to the frame to support hanging merchandise. A plurality of fasteners secure the at least one substantially vertical member to the back support of the shelf display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8950603
    Abstract: A device for supporting consumer products includes a transmission, a first end plate, a second end plate, and a shelf. The transmission includes a worm wheel coupled to a socket; a worm gear engaged to the worm wheel and coupled to a back axle shaft; a first pinion gear coupled to a first end of the back axle shaft; and a second pinion gear coupled to a second end of the back axle shaft. The first end plate is coupled to a first end of a back axle shaft shroud, where the back axle shaft shroud includes a first shelf hook and a second shelf hook. The second end plate coupled to the second end of the back axle shaft. The shelf is coupled to the first and second end plates and includes a first and a second shelf pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ADCO Industries—Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Davis, Clifton Glenn Hampton
  • Publication number: 20150014264
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) comprises a base (12), a plurality of posts (14) attached to the base (12), and a platform (16) defining a surface (18) for supporting at least one mail tray. The platform (16) is coupled to the four posts (14) and is moveable therealong between a first position (20) and a second position (22) (shown in phantom lines) below the first position (20) when a first object (e.g. a full tray) is supported on the surface (18) of the platform (16). As other full trays are stacked on the apparatus (10), the platform (16) is displaced further from the first position (20) until eventually it reaches the base (12). When the full trays are unloaded from the apparatus (10), the platform (16) rises upwards, returning to the first position (20) when none remain on the surface (18). As the platform (16) rises, a space (32) between the platform (16) and the base (12) opens up and is a convenient place to store empty trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Charles Linnell, SR., Michael Charles Linnell, JR., Linda Rose Linnell, Sharon Ann Manning
  • Publication number: 20140367936
    Abstract: A cabinet having a deep shelf with limited access is described and includes at least two opposite sides carrying track means to permit easy adjustment of the shelf between two or more levels by a single person maneuvering only the one accessible end of the shelf. The cabinet can be mounted on wheels to form a cart. One or more such adjustable shelves can be provided. The shelves may be positioned just above the bottom of the cart to provide a maximum depth cart for use, in intermediate positions for use with smaller objects and/or at the very top and/or side of the cart and locked in position to provide a secured interior for the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, III, Merle Arvid Larson, Michael Piontek
  • Patent number: 8910805
    Abstract: A shelving system including brackets and shelves suspended by flexible or rigid straps from various types of shelving. The shelving system includes two frames that may include wire for forming ends of the shelving system. Each frame includes a shelf supporting element including first and second shelf rod receiving elements. A shelf is provided that includes first and second spaced rods. The rod receiving elements are configured to receive and support the rods. In another embodiment, a shelving system includes at least two brackets that are configured to engage a fixed shelf, and at least one rigid strap depending from each bracket. Two frames are each associated with and releaseably attached to one of the rigid straps and include a shelf supporting element including a shelf retaining portion. A shelf is supported by the shelf supporting element and is retained in place with the shelf retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Gregory, Robert John Warner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8905247
    Abstract: There is disclosed a versatile storage and shelving system. A plurality of specialized, sturdy, lightweight, integrally molded main panels (10) are provided, which may be hanged upon a hanger track (16) mounted upon a vertical wall (15). The main panels (10) are shaped to define shelf ledges (26) therein upon which shelves (18, 20) may be easily but securely placed. Defined in the fronts of the panels (10) are one or more wardrobe hooks (22) into which wardrobe rods (14, 14?) may be placed. Special hook bodies (53, 120) for the wardrobe rods (14, 14?) and flange elements (44, 47) for the panel wardrobe hooks (22) promote secure engagement of the wardrobe rods (14, 14?) with respective pairs of panels (10). A wardrobe rod (14?) is telescopically adjustable, and special hook body (120) adds versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Constance Artigues, Eric E. Scott, Dan E. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8905248
    Abstract: The wall mounted bracket support system includes a set of wall-based mounting brackets that are secured to a linear wall surface, and which enable an inner support assembly to attach, and hang there from. The inner support assembly is configured to secure and support an object thereon, and is able to attach to a swiveling tailgate support assembly or simply hang adjacent the linear wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce Wolski
  • Patent number: 8887647
    Abstract: A compression lock on a connector for a shelving post has upper and lower, mating collar parts having distal ends encircling more than 180 degrees of the post but separated by a gap through which the post can pass. Each distal end has an axially extending projection with a rounded end and a recess adjoining the projection. The projections of one collar part mate with the recesses of the other collar part to interlock the collar parts around a compression sleeve and form a frusto-conical inner surface that wedges the a mating sleeve against the post to affix a shelf attached to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pro-Mart Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Azad Sabounjian
  • Patent number: 8881452
    Abstract: A device for a tomato plant having tomatoes and a vine and replaceably supporting from four orthogonal directions and from varying heights relocation of the tomatoes of the tomato plant from lower elevations to higher elevations as the tomato plant grows. The device includes uprights, cross members, and supports. The uprights are held together by the cross members. The supports are operatively and replaceably connected to the uprights, and replaceably support from the four orthogonal directions and from the varying heights the relocation of the tomatoes of the tomato plant from the lower elevations to the higher elevations as the tomato plant grows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas W. Pacholyk, Jill M. Pacholyk
  • Patent number: 8875910
    Abstract: An assembly kit for building a rack includes a plurality of longitudinal members to be arranged vertically, a plurality of cross members to be arranged horizontally, a plurality of node elements that connect the longitudinal members and cross members to each other, and a plurality of rails that accommodate rack bottoms, drawers, and the like. The longitudinal members are provided with holes used to hook in the rails on first lateral surfaces of the longitudinal members facing each other, wherein the holes are T-shaped and include breakouts adjacent to the first lateral surfaces. The rails are longer than the open distance of a front longitudinal member from a rear longitudinal member by the depth of the breakouts and are provided with U-shaped folded edges. The width of the vertically extending section of the T-shaped hole corresponds to the length of the free leg of the U-shaped folded edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Muhlack Kiel GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Wurr, Kay Muhlack
  • Patent number: 8864407
    Abstract: A furniture interconnection system for reversibly joining a board element and an upright element perpendicular to each other in a furniture frame. The joint is formed by a tenon and a mortise, the tenon having a novel irregular hexagon shape, the mortise having a novel irregular quadrilateral shape. The tenon is inserted into the mortise and pivoted in stages on a pair of angles of the hexagon, to form a stable joint without fasteners such as glue, screws, and other similar fasteners. As the tenon pivots inside the mortise, pairs of complementary and supplementary angles interact within the furniture interconnection system to position the tenon to form the stable joint without additional fasteners, allowing the furniture frame to be easily dismantled for moving or reconfiguration without damaging the frame, but forming the reversible joint that is sufficiently sturdy to support the load it was designed to bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Petter Sorum
  • Patent number: 8851300
    Abstract: A roll-out shelving storage rack system includes a frame coupled with a shelf member. The shelf member includes a base support, a shelf support tray, a shelf, and a driver. The base support mounts to the frame, and the shelf support tray engages the base support and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. The shelf engages the shelf support tray and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. The driver is coupled to the base support and the shelf. Activation of the driver moves the shelf from its retracted position to its extended position. Further, when the shelf reaches its fully extended position, the shelf support tray moves from its retracted position to its extended position. The extension of the shelf support tray substantially and completely extends the shelf outside of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Dykstra
  • Patent number: 8833572
    Abstract: A shelf upright extension kit with an elongated bottom extension rail with a transversely extending keyway and first and second extension panels. The extension panels each define a plane having first and second major surfaces, a pair of opposed ends and a pair of opposed edges. Each extension panel is fitted with a key configured and arranged for cooperatively engaging the keyway in the extension rail. The key extends within the plane of the extension panel proximate and parallel with a same edge. Included in the extension panel is a notch in a corner opposed to the key within the plane of the extension panel to allow the top end to fit flush with a bottom end of a side panel and the rear edge of the extension panel to fit flush with a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Real Closet, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Lee Billman
  • Patent number: 8813980
    Abstract: A twin beam shelf including a wood grain support structure defining a first major surface, a second major surface and longitudinally spaced front and rear edges with a rabbet extending along the front and rear edges. The front and rear wood grain beams are configured and arranged for cooperatively engaging the front and rear edges of the support structure to form a flush adhesive joint. The front and rear wood grain beams either extend laterally beyond the second major surface of the support structure or are flush with both surfaces of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Real Closet, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Lee Billman
  • Patent number: 8793876
    Abstract: A method of assembling a portable support structure is disclosed. The method includes positioning a first platform member, then securing a first support member to the first platform member, and then securing a second platform member to the first platform member to form a continuous platform surface. The method includes positioning a plurality of platform members to form a first continuous platform surface, then securing a support member to at least one of the plurality of platform members. The method includes forming a continuous surface from a plurality of platform members, the plurality of platform members including one or more female connectors, aligning one or more male connectors with the one or more female connectors, and engaging the one or more male connectors with the one or more female connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Davis, James Fairorth, Michael Tait
  • Patent number: 8777022
    Abstract: There is disclosed a simple and versatile storage and shelving system. A plurality of specialized, sturdy, lightweight, integrally molded main panels (10) are provided, which may be hanged upon a hanger track (16) mounted upon a vertical wall (15). The main panels (10) are specially shaped to define shelf ledges (26) therein upon which shelves (18, 20) may be easily but securely placed. There are defined in the fronts of the panels (10) one or more wardrobe hooks (22) into which wardrobe rods (14) may be placed. Special hook bodies (53) for the wardrobe rods (14) and flange elements (44, 47) for the panel wardrobe hooks (22) promote secure engagement of the wardrobe rods (14) with respective pairs of panels (10) to promote the stability and security of a completely installed system. Auxiliary panels (80) may be removably connected to the bottoms of main panels (10) to increase versatility of a given system by permitting the additional of more shelves (18, 20) or drawers (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Constance Artigues, Dan E. Jensen, Eric E. Scott
  • Patent number: 8777024
    Abstract: An array of storage receivers such as bins of various sizes supported by a transportable stand to which the receivers may be removably attached. The stand may have a handle for carrying, and wheels for movably supporting the stand and the array of storage receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Teri Kramer
  • Patent number: 8776414
    Abstract: A media display assembly comprises a support and a sign holder. The support defines a substantially vertical section, a substantially horizontal section, and a bent transition section extending between the substantially vertical section and the substantially horizontal section. The support is formed in a substantially L-shape. The sign holder includes a first panel and a second panel sized substantially identically to the first panel. The first panel and the second panel are coupled to one another along a closed edge of the sign holder and define a slot therebetween them for receiving a sign. The second panel of the sign holder is coupled to the substantially vertical section of the support on a side of the substantially vertical section opposite the substantially horizontal section. The second panel of the sign holder extends in a plane substantially perpendicular to the substantially horizontal section of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Clark, Amy M. Bacskai, Robert G. Logan, David Cheney
  • Patent number: 8764031
    Abstract: A cabinet having a deep shelf with limited access is described and includes at least two opposite sides carrying track means to permit easy adjustment of the shelf between two or more levels by a single person maneuvering only the one accessible end of the shelf. The cabinet can be mounted on wheels to form a cart. One or more such adjustable shelves can be provided. The shelves may be positioned just above the bottom of the cart to provide a maximum depth cart for use, in intermediate positions for use with smaller objects and/or at the very top and/or side of the cart and locked in position to provide a secured interior for the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cannon Equipment Company
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, III, Merle Arvid Larson, Michael Piontek
  • Publication number: 20140116972
    Abstract: A shelf apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention includes first and second upstanding posts each having a plurality of horizontally-extending grooves in an external surface thereof, the grooves spaced vertically from one another. First and second shelf support clamps are supported by the first and second posts, respectively. The clamps each have a clamp body received only partially about its corresponding post, and the clamps each include a horizontally-extending protuberance such as a rib received in one of the grooves of its respective post. The apparatus further includes first and second shelf brackets supported by the first and second clamps, respectively, and a shelf supported by the first and second shelf brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Kirk J. Botkin
  • Patent number: 8701901
    Abstract: A shelving system including brackets and shelves suspended by straps from various types of shelving. One bracket for hanging shelves from straps from a solid surface shelf is provided. The bracket includes first and second legs and a connecting portion defining an opening for receiving the shelf. Another bracket for hanging shelves from straps from a wire shelf deck is provided. The bracket includes a plate with first and second edges bent in the same direction, and first and second substantially parallel slots in the plate receive a strap. A shelf for hanging from a plurality of straps is provided. The shelf includes a deck, which may include one or more materials, and a clamp mounted to the deck. A shelving system includes a bracket that engages a fixed shelf, a one strap depending from the bracket, and a shelf releasably attached to the at least one strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gregory, Robert John Warner, Jr., Jean-Luc Camarda, Edgar Montague, Kurt Rampton
  • Publication number: 20140104826
    Abstract: A modular merchandise display system includes a frame and a plurality of merchandise supporting units. The frame has a pair of spaced apart, parallelly disposed first and second indexing members. Each indexing member has a plurality of openings formed therein. Each merchandise supporting unit has a front side and an opposite rear side, and spaced apart first and second locator protrusions extending outwardly from the rear side. The first and second locator protrusions are respectively receivable in corresponding openings in the first and second indexing members. Each of the first and second locator protrusions includes an open side, and a latch barb received thereby and movable within the locator protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SUMMIT PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Summit Plastics, Inc.