Stacked Similar Units Patents (Class 211/188)
  • Patent number: 10100526
    Abstract: An assembly includes a plurality of shelving components and posts. The shelving components include a body, a male portion that extends from a first end of the body and a female portion that defines a void in an opposite, second end. The male portion is narrower and shorter than the body. The female portion is sized and shaped to receive the male portion of another shelving component. The shelving components also include first apertures defined by and extending through the male portion, and second apertures defined by and extending through the female portion. The posts are sized and shaped to be inserted into overlapping apertures of first and second shelving components, the overlapping apertures comprising (i) a first aperture in a male portion of the first component inserted into a female portion of the second component and (ii) a second aperture in the female portion of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Edward A. Knudson
  • Patent number: 10041516
    Abstract: A clamping system includes a housing, a clamping lever pivotally coupled relative to the housing, a clamping arm pivotally coupled relative to the housing and the clamping lever, and an expandable link coupled to the clamping arm. The clamping lever and the clamping arm are rotatable from an open position to a closed position. A method of mounting a device on a substrate using the clamping system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher A. Swan
  • Patent number: 9365246
    Abstract: A railing kit for a utility cart including two side panels, a front panel, and a rear panel, each panel has a top rail and an identical bottom rail. A first, second, third and fourth notch are disposed on each of a respective panel. Each of the first notches engages a respective one of the fourth notches, and each of the second notches engages a respective one of the third notches. At least one pair of beams are disposed on the top and bottom rails in a position perpendicular thereto. A connecting member is disposed on the lower end of each beam, each connecting member is configured to securingly engage and alternately disengage a utility cart slot. A fifth notch is centrally disposed on the upper end of each beam. The railing kit for a utility cart includes additional accessories configured to engage at least one of the fifth notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: David Holt
  • Patent number: 9132973
    Abstract: A cartridge for carrying glass substrate is provided, and the cartridge comprises a pair of side beams each is provided with at least two pillars along a first direction. Each of the pillars is configured with a plurality of fixtures detachably juxtaposed vertically. A plurality of supporting units is arranged between the fixtures of the side beams so as to define a plurality of supporting surfaces vertically. And a plurality of free locking units detachably are secured to the fixtures on the common surface so as to allow the moving of the fixtures on the common surface as a whole. With the provision of the cartridge of the present invention, the damaged glass substrate can be conveniently and effectively removed without tempering other glass substrates which are intact and undamaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiande Li, Chun Hao Wu, Kun Hsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Erqing Zhu, Weibing Yang
  • Patent number: 9101228
    Abstract: A modular shelf system comprising: (i) at least two panels comprising a set of modular inserts of a predetermined size and shape, having holes disposed in said modular inserts; and (ii) means for maintaining said panels substantially parallel to one another at a predetermined distance apart, wherein said holes is dimensioned to accept a plurality of articles to be stored, in a substantially planer form even when placed under a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: One Rack LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kaperst, James Weintraub
  • Patent number: 9010552
    Abstract: A U-shaped adjustable shelving system comprised of a plurality of interconnecting shelf sections including a back shelf section, a right side shelf section and a left side shelf section. The right and left side shelf sections are coupled to the back shelf section with a sliding dovetail arrangement so as to allow adjustment of the right and left side shelf sections relative to the back shelf section in order to change the width of the adjustable shelving system. The back shelf section is adjustable in length to substantially match the width of the space in which the shelving system is to be installed. The adjustable shelving system includes support risers for self-supporting the shelving system above a surface. The adjustable shelf can be easily installed into a variety of cabinets, and allows access to small containers, such as those for herbs and spices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dedee Dart, Phillip Dietz
  • Publication number: 20150076095
    Abstract: Several embodiments of shelving systems are disclosed in which goods can be shipped to a store and may be ready to display. Customers may select goods from the shelving systems directly. When the goods are depleted, the shelving system may be disassembled into a more compact state for efficient storage and shipping back to the warehouse or supplier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Suzanne Whitfield Clark
  • Publication number: 20150053635
    Abstract: A modular storage system capable of mounting storage fixtures such as shelves, drawers, rods, desks, hampers, trash cans and the like in various configurations without the use of tools and fastener hardware. The system includes vertical side panels capable of being mounted to a horizontal support rail, which is attached to a wall, in various configurations allowing the system to be mounted and rearranged against the wall without the use of tools and hardware. The vertical side panels include a plurality of support cleats that mate with the storage fixtures and provide for self-locking of the storage fixtures in the system so that they can be mounted and rearranged without the use of tools and hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory James Ahart
  • Patent number: 8960458
    Abstract: An add-on shelf has a pair of legs at least one of which having a locking structure that is configured to removably lock the leg to an existing structure and a support structure that supports a shelf deck. A void space is positioned between the legs, shelf deck, and existing structure. Alternatively, a width adjustable storage apparatus has first and second sections operable to engage each other in a plurality of adjustable positions each corresponding to a different width of a shelf surface formed by the sections, and first and second supports that engage an existing structure for supporting the first and second sections. The shelf surface is positioned in a generally horizontal plane and the first and second sections do not extend above that generally horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lynk, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Klein, Mark A. Etter, Todd Michael Pickrell
  • Publication number: 20150041420
    Abstract: A collapsible shelving unit includes a support base, a first side wall extending upwardly from one side of the base, and a second side wall extending upwardly from an opposite side of the base. Each of the first and second side walls are comprised of a plurality of rigid panels connected to each other with at least one hinge such that the rigid panels are moveable between a display position where the panels extend vertically to form the first and second side walls and a stowed position wherein at least two of the rigid panels at least partially overlap each other. A plurality of shelves are supported by the first and second side walls such that the shelves can be selectively removed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: John B. Zelek, Suzanne Whitfield Clark, Ryan C. Meers
  • Publication number: 20150001169
    Abstract: A combining structure for shelves has a plurality of bearing portions, connecting rods integrally connected to the periphery of each bearing portion, and each connecting rod extends toward the storage space to form at least one joining end. Multiple vertical supporting tubes are provided having a circumferential wall and two abutting ends, wherein, on the circumferential wall of each vertical supporting tube near the abutting end, at least one avoiding groove is provided. Tubular connectors are provided inside each vertical supporting tube. At least one eccentric socket slot is vertically formed on at least one unilateral position inside each tubular connector, and corresponds to the avoiding groove of the vertical supporting tube, so that the vertical supporting tube can sheathe the joining end of the connecting rod through the eccentric socket slot of the tubular connector, and through the avoiding groove, each vertical supporting tubes can avoid the bearing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-Chi CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140353270
    Abstract: A stackable rack assembly, having a first rack having a first bracket, the first bracket having a first arcuate member having a first end and a second end, and further having a first extension stub cantilevered from the first arcuate member proximate the second end; a second arcuate member having a first end and a second end, and further having a second extension stub cantilevered from the second arcuate member proximate the second end; and, a transverse member connecting the first and second arcuate members together at their respective first ends, wherein the first and second arcuate members are arranged at an acute angle to the transverse member; a second bracket identical to and arranged opposite from the first bracket of the first rack; and, a shelf secured between the first and second brackets; a second rack identical to the first rack, and arranged to lockingly engage the first rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jordan Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140353271
    Abstract: A storage unit includes shelf-support racks and shelves coupled to the racks. Any number of racks and shelves can be used to form a modular storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Eric W Kruse, Larry Voris
  • Publication number: 20140334135
    Abstract: Variable planform shelving systems include a variable support platform and a support surface assembly that is supported by the variable support platform. The variable support platform includes frames that can be repositioned relative to each other to vary the planform of the variable support platform. The support surface assembly provides a support surface for supported items. The support surface assembly is flexible and/or comprised of a plurality of linked panels so that the support surface provided varies in response to variation in the planform of the variable support platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: George Fanourgiakis, Lawrence J. Brucia
  • Patent number: 8857634
    Abstract: A transport pallet comprising a chassis for supporting goods to be transported, and having feet extending below the chassis for supporting the chassis with a lifting fork space beneath the chassis. The pallet also includes legs provided around the perimeter of the chassis. The legs enable the pallets to be stacked one on another, and have a hollow upper portion and/or a hollow lower portion. Leg extensions are also provided for fitting into the hollow legs to provide separation between the chassis of the stacked pallets. These can be height adjusted. The pallets are generally made of steel or aluminium but can also be made of plastics material having a metal centre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Philip John Fox Harris
  • Publication number: 20140251934
    Abstract: A modular shelving system includes at least two elongate U-shaped members, wherein each of the elongate U-shaped members includes: an elongate body member; and first and second parallel elongate leg members extending transversely in the same direction away from opposing ends of the elongate body member with space between the first and second parallel leg members, wherein the length A of the elongate U-shaped member is equal to twice the height B of the first side of the elongate U-shaped member, plus twice the height C of the second side of the elongate U-shaped member, such that A=2B+2C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Shawn Nelson, David Underwood, Spencer Pearson, Justin Kruse
  • Patent number: 8821718
    Abstract: Automated fluid handling system comprising a housing (20) and two or more fluid handling units (26) arranged as interchangeable modular components with an external fluidics section (30) and an internal non fluidics section (32), and wherein the housing (20) comprises a liquid handling panel (22) with two or more of component positions for receiving said interchangeable modular components (26) such that the external fluidics section (30) is separated from the non fluidics section (32) by the liquid handling panel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Johan Blomberg, Mats Lundkvist
  • Patent number: 8739986
    Abstract: A retail cart for use in storing and stocking merchandise and, more particularly, to a mobile polymeric retail cart which is easily assembled and disassembled without the need for tools having opposing forces in its construction lending rigidity to the overall structure and a plurality of slideably received shelving units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Effizient, LLC
    Inventors: Ludwig Klaus Preidt, Karl Ronald Chapel
  • Patent number: 8714652
    Abstract: A frame of rectangular configuration, constructed of structural components and usable in connection with modular furniture. Front and back frame components are interconnected by a pair of side components, and a locking bar member extends between the side components and is movable therealong while remaining essentially parallel to the back component. The locking bar member has a straight edge in alignment with and parallel to a straight edge of the back component, such that when the locking bar member is brought into a relatively close relation to the back component, the straight edges of the back component and the locking bar member can hold therebetween a backrest equipped with cleats in a secure, fixed position, without the need for screws, bolts, pins or other joinder elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ice Magic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Whidden, Lawrence W. Bechtold
  • Patent number: 8668542
    Abstract: A multiple use, light weight, cost-effective, indoor and all-weather outdoor construction toy for stimulating children's imaginations and encouraging physical activity comprises a basic modular unit with open ended cup-like coupling-means on its perimeter for male to female coupling and decoupling to other couple-able units, is described. The coupling-means may be molded as an integral part forming one seamless basic unit. The open bottom end of the coupling means provides for coupling, the open top end prevents the buildup of snow inside the coupling unit. Coupling can be achieved via coupling-means on basic units to each other or through the use of accessory independent coupler-units. The basic unit of the modular toy may be in the form of a saucer, disc, an oval, or in a rectilinear-shape for use as a sled, skiing device, a flotation device, or as fort building modules. Additional accessory parts include skis and inner-tubes, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua D Bruzgul
  • Publication number: 20130292351
    Abstract: A modular shelving and display system includes a plurality of panels connected together by a plurality of fasteners. Each of the panels has a plurality of recesses provided therein, such as one at each of the corners thereof. Each of the fasteners includes a plurality of outwardly extending arms. The arms of the fasteners are inserted within the recesses of the panels to form the modular shelving and display system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Jordan W. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8459476
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for video and audio components. According to one embodiment, the present invention generally comprises carbon fiber composite shelves separated by carbon fiber posts and supported by carbon fiber legs. The posts and legs are secured by studs. Adjacent to at least the bottom surface of each of the shelves at each opening where a stud passes through is a polyurethane ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Mohammad Ghassem Malekmadani
  • Patent number: 8424689
    Abstract: A modular racking system for storing, displaying and dispensing optical contact lenses. The system includes a reconfigurable, vertically-stacked array of modules. Each module is assembled from standard panels and includes a number of tray positions. Removable trays are slidably mounted in the modules, are vertically repositionable within the modules, and are provided in differing product configurations for different types of products or packaging. A contact lens dispensing matrix is defined by various positional indicia within the racking system, to designate various contact lens characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Bryan McConnell, Lucille Levitt, Robert Daniel, II
  • Patent number: 8360255
    Abstract: An integrally formed shelf used for being fastened to another shelf includes a main body, a back plate, and two side plates. The main body includes a first bottom plate and a second bottom plate stacked to each other. The main body has a bottom edge and two side edges, and the two side edges are connected with the bottom edge, respectively. The back plate is connected with the bottom edge, and the back plate includes a first fastening sheet extending from the bottom edge. The two side plates are connected with two sides of the back plate. Part of the respective side plate is sandwiched between the first bottom plate and the second bottom plate, and each of the side plates includes a second fastening sheet extending from the side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Pegatron Corporation
    Inventor: Hong-Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 8240490
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and system for dampening vibrational forces from servers and electronic components is provided. According to one embodiment, the present invention generally provides a rack for dampening vibration including: a top panel, a bottom panel, and two side panels positioned between the top panel and the bottom panel where the top panel, the bottom panel and the two side panels are fiberglass re-enforced plastics; the side panels have grooves along the height of the side panels that extend the full depth of the side panels designed to enable shelves or servers with attached mounts to be positioned along the side panels and pulled in and out of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Mohammad Ghassem Malekmadani
  • Patent number: 8215245
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an article a spaced distance above a support surface and for damping vibration therebetween. The stand includes a support frame having resilient bushings engaged therewith. Each bushing defines a bore into which a first end of one of a plurality of rods is received. The rods extend downwardly from the bushings and abut the support surface. The bores are configured to permit the rods to move more in one horizontal direction than in another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: D Morrison Consulting Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrison, Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 8186523
    Abstract: A stackable rack includes two side supports and a shelf plate between the two side supports. The side supports comprises of at least one support unit. The support unit comprises a rectangular frame and a foot support. The rectangular frame is provided with a cross bar to support the shelf plate. The foot support is bent into trapezoid with an oblate metal ring. The two ends of the trapezoid are close and bent into horizontal foot loops. The inner distance of the horizontal foot loops is a little longer than the width of the rectangular frame. The upper side of the foot support clamps the lower side of the rectangular frame and is fixed by welding. The horizontal foot loops of the support of one support unit can fit over the upper corners of the rectangular frame of another support unit, so as to stack up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Jingsong Liang
  • Patent number: 8133049
    Abstract: A variable modular support system for use in a kiln, as well as a method of constructing such a support system in a kiln, comprises plurality of refractory blocks each having an upper surface and a lower surface and at least one transverse recess in either the upper or lower surface, the plurality of refractory blocks comprising a first base refractory block and a second base refractory block spaced from the first refractory block by a variable and selectable distance. Connecting rods extend from the recess of the first base refractory block or a refractory block stacked thereon to the recess of the second base refractory block or a refractory block stacked thereon, the connecting rods forming a rack or shelf located between the first base refractory block and the second base refractory block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: James Colman Sullivan, Diana Lea Mausser
  • Publication number: 20110233164
    Abstract: A collapsible shelf includes two vertical units, two horizontal units and connecting units for detachably connecting the horizontal units to the vertical units. Each of the vertical units includes two posts and beams extending between the posts. Each of the connecting units includes a hook secured to a related one of the horizontal units and formed with a recess for movably receiving a related one of the posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Wen-Dong CHANG
  • Patent number: 7984680
    Abstract: A knockdown shelf structure includes multiple unit board members, each of which forms first jointing portions and second jointing portions, wherein each first jointing portions is engageable with a corresponding one of the second jointing portions of another unit board member so as to joint and securely couple these two unit board members to form a large span of support board by jointing a large number of unit board members together and wherein each unit board member has a bottom forming third jointing portions; and multiple elevating members, each of which has a top rim structured to be jointable to each of the third jointing portions of the unit board member so as to elevate the unit board member upward, whereby a shelf structure for supporting articles thereon is formed by assembling the unit board members and the elevating members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Everglide Caster Corp.
    Inventors: Li-Chun Tsai, Huei-Ling Liao
  • Publication number: 20110036798
    Abstract: Disclosed is a building unit for a modular rack. The building unit includes a shelf, a frame for supporting the shelf and posts for supporting the frame. The frame includes beams, sleeves provided between the beams and connecting elements each securely disposed in a related one of the sleeves and formed with at least one screw hole. Each of the screws includes a lower section and an upper section driven through the screw hole of a related one of the connecting elements. Each of the posts includes upper and lower discs formed therein. The upper disc includes a screw hole for receiving the lower section of a related one of the screws. The lower disc includes a screw hole for receiving the upper section of a screw of another building unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Po-Ju CHEN
  • Publication number: 20100326941
    Abstract: A rack for providing a lower cost solution for manufacturing and shipping is disclosed. The rack, suitable for use in freezer or cooling components comprises a top element, a bottom element and side elements between said top and bottom elements, linearly arranged, wherein three of said elements are joined together at corresponding edges with a flexible hinge mechanism, a joining mechanism including a catching mechanism and a connecting mechanism, said joining mechanism retaining adjacent ones of said elements in a substantially perpendicular arrangement, each of said elements including at least one of said catching mechanism and said connecting mechanism and adjacent ones of said elements contain alternate ones of said catching mechanism and said connecting mechanism; and a back element linearly attached with a flexible hinge mechanism along an edge of each of said side elements, wherein said back element includes a snap fit retaining mechanism along a top end and a bottom end of each edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Labnet International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 7850023
    Abstract: A device provides for displaying and dispensing retail articles. The device includes a plurality of product support modules that are detachably coupled to one another. Each support module includes a bottom mating portion and a top mating portion, each of which may be operatively coupled to a top mating portion and a bottom mating portion of another support module, respectively. Each support module also include sidewalls that may be operatively coupled to sidewalls of another support module. All of the product support modules of the present invention have a substantially similar profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventor: Edison Rey Silveria
  • Publication number: 20100288717
    Abstract: Shelving system of the kind comprising: a first and a second side supporting member (1, 2) for a plurality of shelves (3), said shelves being implemented with metallic wires constrained therebetween so as to form a net-like structure and comprising a bottom wall (3C) and at least two side walls (3D) parallel therebetween and substantially perpendicular to said bottom wall (3C), said supporting members (1, 2) and shelves (3) comprising, respectively, means (4) and counter means (5) for connecting removably said shelves (3) to said supporting members (1, 2); characterized in that: the connecting means (4) provides: at least a hooking member (5) shaped so as to limit a seat (9) having in section a substantially U shape wherein the connecting counter means (5) provided in each shelf can be inserted, said counter means comprising at the angles of each shelf at least a first substantially filiform and vertical member (10A), said seat (9) of the hooking members (1, 2) is sized so as to allow inserting with fric
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Metaltex Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ivano Morandi
  • Patent number: 7640868
    Abstract: A stand for a stereo speaker. The stand comprises a support and a plurality of isolating and polarizing assemblies that engage the support and allow movement of the speaker relative to the support in one direction more than in another direction and to isolate that movement relative to the floor surface upon which the support rests. Preferably, the stand also includes a shelf and a plurality of rods that engage the assemblies and connect the shelf to the support. A first assembly engages a first end of each rod with the shelf and a second assembly engages the second end of each rod with the support. The assemblies are configured to permit more movement of the rods in a first horizontal direction than in a second horizontal direction. Thus, the assemblies allow the shelf to move back and forth in the first horizontal direction in response to vibrations in the speaker and air movement adjacent the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: D Morrison Consulting Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrison, Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 7516853
    Abstract: An auxiliary shelving system for increasing the capacity and safety associated with conventional storage shelves includes a horizontal top wall having a pair of sidewalls depending therefrom. Each sidewall terminates at a lower edge having an inwardly extending lip. Each lip includes a plurality of pegs that can be inserted into apertures on store shelving or on the top wall of another shelf allowing the devices to be securely stacked. The configuration of the auxiliary shelf enclosures can be varied to include front, rear or lower walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Hector A. Murillo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080302748
    Abstract: An expandable modular shelf system comprises at least one shelf which has a plurality of engaging portions adapted to be engaged with a plurality of joint assemblies correspondingly. Each joint assembly includes two cap members mated together to receive one engaging portion therebetween, a rod connected to one of the cap members, and a connecting member joining the two cap members and the rod in a way to retrain the cap members from detachment. The joint assembly is adapted to further receive at least one shelf, thereby increasing the number of shelves horizontally. The rod is adapted to further receive a joint assembly, whereby the number of shelves can be increased vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Ritter Tsai
  • Patent number: 7448634
    Abstract: A display rack has a longitudinal axis, and includes vertically stacked and coextensive grid members that are removably connectable. Each grid member has a pair of oppositely spaced arms equidistantly spaced from and parallel to the axis and further includes a mesh patterned central body that spans across a distance between the arms. A mechanism is included for supporting the grid members at both a vertically stacked position and a vertically non-stacked position. The grid member supporting mechanism is completely detachable from the grid members and is independently transportable therewith. The arms are connected to each other when the grid members are stacked and are disconnected when the grid members are not stacked. Selected arms have male and female portions. The male portions are telescopically conjoined with the female portions when the grid members are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Bart Raub
  • Publication number: 20080197092
    Abstract: In a storage unit (60) of a rectangular parallel-piped shape which is formed of a pair of horizontal panels (61) and a pair of vertical panels (62) that are connected with one another in an annular fashion, each of said horizontal panels (61) has a fitting groove (70) extending in a lateral direction thereof into which a part of a structural member of a structural body into which the storage unit is built, and each of horizontal panels also has a positioning groove (71) extending in a lateral direction thereof into which a protrusion formed on a horizontal cover covering the one horizontal panel is fitted. As a result, it becomes possible to properly construct a storage space in accordance with the purpose of use of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Naoki Terada, Takashi Kunishita, Hideki Tachikawa, Tetsuya Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7384264
    Abstract: A furnace furniture system comprises multiple shelves supported by a multiplicity of legs, each shelf having multiple openings therethrough. Each leg comprises: (i) at least one modular body having a bottom recess and a top protrusion, the top protrusion adapted to extend through an opening in the shelf and the first protrusion is also adapted to fit within the bottom recess of another leg body; (ii) at least one cap/foot component having a top protrusion that is similar to the leg body top protrusion; and, (iii) means to secure a cap/foot component to an adjacent cap/foot component or leg body; wherein at least one leg comprises a cap/foot component secured to either a first protrusion or a second protrusion extending through an opening in the first shelf and wherein at least one leg comprises a cap/foot component secured to either a first protrusion or a second protrusion extending through an opening in the second shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Schunk Graphite Technology
    Inventors: Charles M. Ego, Marty Benegalia
  • Patent number: 7353958
    Abstract: A shelf unit for a metallic locker including at least one set of legs, and a first shelf lying horizontally in the metallic locker on top of the set of legs. Each leg set includes at least three legs having a foot at their bottom and a head at their top, at least one of the legs being magnetic for attaching to the side wall of the metallic locker. A kit consisting of the components of the shelf unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: It's Academic of Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: David Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20070272641
    Abstract: The invention discloses a multipurpose stereoscopic display shelf comprising two triangular supports and three round-pipe struts. The triangular support defines three corner portions each having a round-pipe connection member disposed fixedly, said round-pipe connection member being a hollow round pipe having at least one connection slots formed on its wall. The round-pipe strut has ends each having at least protrusions capable of being coupled with the connection slots. Coupling of the protrusions with the connection slots enables connection of the round-pipe struts with the round-pipe connection members. The display shelf further comprises at least one intermediate triangular supports, corner portions of which are respectively fixedly provided with an intermediate connection member, said intermediate connection member being a hollow round pipe having openings at its ends and having connection slots formed on its wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Hung Tat Wong, Siu Ming Chu
  • Patent number: 7296698
    Abstract: A blank for a stackable shelf and the shelf formed from it. The blank comprises a substantially rectangular shelf member having attached walls. Each of the sidewalls has an integral extension which extends into and is detachable from the shelf member. The height of the integral extension is greater than the height of the side wall. Each of the integral extensions has a transverse score line which divides the extension into an upper and a lower section. The height of the lower section is substantially equal to the height of said side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • 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: 7137517
    Abstract: A post in post structure comprising a short inner post segment and a pair of hollow outer posts slipped over either end of the inner post segment and affixed to the inner post segment. The post in post structure is particularly suitable for use with a product packaging and display system of the kind having vertically spaced trays supported by outer posts located over openings in each tray and inner posts inserted inside the outer support posts and through the tray openings to lock the system together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Sonoco Development Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lowry, Steven C. Gendreau, Lawrence E. Renck
  • Patent number: 6991115
    Abstract: An add-on storage device for flat objects, particularly CD and/or DVD cases, is made up of box-shaped housing elements which are open at the front and lie against one another with facing side walls. Clip-shaped connection elements are pushed onto adjoining side walls which form a common edge, in a predetermined fastening region from the open housing side and from the opposite bottom side, to engage over the side walls at the inner surface of the housing elements. In the fastening region, the open side at the inner surfaces of the adjoining side walls have a depression and/or elevation, and the connection element has an associated elevation and/or depression. The elevation and/or depression of the inner surface of the side wall forms a positive lock-in connection with the associated depression and/or elevation at the connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Sunhing Millennium Ltd.
    Inventors: Tat-Chi Chow, Wai-Ming Lau
  • Patent number: 6971529
    Abstract: A shelf unit for a metallic locker including at least one set of legs, and a first shelf lying horizontally in the metallic locker on top of the set of legs. Each leg set includes at least three legs having a foot at their bottom and a head at their top, at least one of the legs being magnetic for attaching to the side wall of the metallic locker. A kit consisting of the components of the shelf unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: It's Academic of Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: David Shapiro
  • Patent number: 6880708
    Abstract: A display rack including a plurality of subassemblies which are removably stackably arranged one on top of the other to achieve a particular display rack height. Each subassembly includes a plurality of upright support members and a plurality of shelf members which are adjustably positionable between a substantially flat horizontal orientation and a gravity feed orientation. Each shelf member includes a removably attachable product organizer member which cooperates with the respective shelf members to align and guide products positioned thereon within segregated product channels. The present display rack may also include a plurality of side shelf members which are removably attachable to the side portions of each of the subassemblies for providing additional shelf space, and the present display rack may include a header assembly which is removably attachable to the upright support members associated with the uppermost subassembly forming the present display rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: PFI, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew J. Boron
  • Patent number: 6878342
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaporating liquid samples contained in sample holders mounted within a chamber and by rotated by the rotor during an evaporation process in which the pressure in the chamber is reduced below atmospheric and the sample holders are rotated at high speed so as to exert centrifugal force on the contents of the holders. Heat is supplied to elevate the temperature of the liquid component of the samples to assist in the evaporation process. The temperature of the sample material is continuously or regularly monitored during the evaporation process and temperature signals are transmitted to a remote computing means which is programmed to generate a control signal for controlling the supply of heat to the samples and controlling the evaporation process. The temperature may be sensed by a probe in a sample holder containing an evaporating liquid sample, or in an adjoining sample holder containing a buffer liquid. The rotational speed is also sensed and a speed signal conveyed to the computing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Cole
  • Patent number: 6820757
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a panel having a plurality of support structures, and one or more posts configured to support the panel. One type of support structure includes a pair of opposing beam members having an upper end, a lower end, and an intermediate wall coupling the upper and lower ends Upper and lower ends of opposing beam members define a plurality of orifices, and a terminal end of the upper end includes a downward projection configured to provide strength and rigidity. Another type of support structure includes a set of alternating opposed cavities defined by a pair of side walls, an upper wall, and a lower wall, where a first cavity is defined by the side walls and the upper wall and a second cavity adjacent the first wall is defined by the side walls and the lower wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles William Craft, David Michael Stitchick