Pivoted About Vertical Axis Patents (Class 211/199)
  • Publication number: 20150008201
    Abstract: A foldable garment rack having a collapsible frame that may be mounted on a plurality of wheel assemblies or other support feet. The present foldable garment rack comprises a rigid top frame member pivotally coupled to both a first side frame member and a second side frame member, and a rigid bottom frame member pivotally coupled to both side frame members. Each side member may include a top section and bottom section operably connected by an elbow joint. Each side member may include a locking tube slidingly disposed on the side frame member wherein the sliding lock may have a length sufficient to cover said first elbow joint and a portion of each of said top section and said bottom section of said first side frame member adjacent to said first elbow joint. The foldable garment has an erected position and a folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Lu Zhi Qiang, Sandy Felsenthal
  • Patent number: 8302339
    Abstract: A display system utilizing a graphics box as a primary component is disclosed. The graphics box greatly increases the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of displayed graphics cards. The ability to mass produce the graphics box, use multiple graphics boxes to deliver displays of different size and information content and, especially, the ability to reuse the graphics boxes, means that costs of the disclosed display system are relatively low and are achievable without a decrease in the aesthetic appeal of the entire display. Structures for supporting the graphics box to further increase the flexibility of the display system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Randy Pender, Van Stry Erik
  • Publication number: 20110220604
    Abstract: A collapsible rack includes symmetric support frames composed of vertical bars and horizontal bars and top and bottom frames connected between the support frames in a movable manner. The top and bottom frames are composed of connected movable left and right boards, which have front and rear faces that define recessed channels. Spaced fitting holes are defined in the channels. Straight bars form pegs. The top and bottom frames are of movability to allow the top and bottom frames to be collapsed to a stacked flat configuration when the rack is not in use, so as to facilitate storage and transportation. When the rack is to be used, the top and bottom frames are expanded and the straight bars are set to have the pegs fit in the fitting holes defined in the left and right boards to fix the top and bottom frames in the expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: PEI-CHUAN MA
  • Publication number: 20110155680
    Abstract: A foldable rack includes first and second frame-halves each including at least two horizontal plates, and two upright rods connected pivotally and respectively to front and rear sides of each horizontal plate. Two guide rods are disposed respectively between the upright rods of the frame-halves. Two slide pieces are sleeved slidably and respectively on the guide rods between top and bottom sections thereof, and respectively have a protrusion. Two locking units are disposed respectively on the guide rods between the top and bottom sections thereof. Each locking unit includes a locking element to engage or disengage the protrusion of a respective slide piece so as to prevent or unlock relative sliding movement between one of the slide pieces and a respective guide rod, so that the upright rods of the first and second frame-halves are moved to an unfolded or folded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: ROBERT PONG
  • Patent number: 7874090
    Abstract: At least two upright subassemblies, each with a base, radial positioning members; an outer tubular member, an inner tubular member slidably received in the outer tubular member; a plunger for selective engagement with aperture(s) in the outer tubular member, upper and lower horizontal bars secured to the radial positioning members, and a flexible display secured to each set of upper and lower horizontal bars, the radial positioning members for selective positioning between selected convex, concave, in-line and right angle positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Rodger H. Flagg
  • Patent number: 7669718
    Abstract: A convertible display fixture comprising: a top portion; a front portion coupled to the top portion; at least one side portion coupled to the front portion; a back coupled to the at least one side portion; a bottom portion coupled to the front portion; wherein the top portion, the at least one side portion, the back portion, the bottom portion and the front portion form a shipping container; and wherein the top portion, the at least one side portion, the back portion and the bottom portion collapse towards the front portion to form a display fixture. In alternate embodiments, the convertible display fixture further comprises a collapsible lock box coupled to the front portion and top portion. Other embodiments further comprise at least one skid and at least one wheel coupled to the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Harry Patty
  • Patent number: 6986230
    Abstract: A foldable truss member suitable for commercial displays includes a plurality of side members that are hingedly connected together. The side members include support members and bridging members having extensions. The side members are joined into a foldable structure with a hinge member between the support member and extensions of adjacent side members. The truss includes frictional hinge surfaces that hold the truss member in a deployed configuration. A display structure can be formed by connecting a locking frame between two truss members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Eagle Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph L. Schipani, Richard K. Strayer, Mark Brauer, Paul Miklautsch, Patrick M. Hamilton, Shaohui Qiu
  • Patent number: 5259521
    Abstract: This invention relates to a portable Tack Rack having sturdy framework construction and to a collapsible equestrian Tack Rack which may be readily assembled and disassembled. The Tack Rack includes two (2) rigid rectangular frames connected such that the frames fold one against the other and unfold such that at least one of the frames sit upright from a support surface. A plurality of extendable members lockably connect to the upright frame such that when extended the members are generally parallel to the support surface, and at least one of the members is adapted to adequately support a saddle placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Inventors: Don T. Shaffer, Emmert A. Milyard
  • Patent number: 5074223
    Abstract: A free standing stacking shelf system is provided wherein the stacking elements of each shelf are selectively collapsible or foldable with respect to the shelf and can be selectively locked into a predetermined angular disposition with respect to the shelf element. Each of the stacking elements is substantially U-shaped having first and second legs and a base extending therebetween. The free ends of the legs are pivotally coupled to a respective shelf. A device is provided for selectively locking the legs and hence the stacking element with respect to the shelf in a predetermined orientation. When the legs are unlocked from the shelf element, the stacking elements can be collapsed or folded so as to be closely adjacent to the shelf element thereby significantly reducing the overall height of the shelf for transport and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Clairson International
    Inventor: Lee E. Remmers
  • Patent number: 4759520
    Abstract: A free standing foldable panel structure has a plurality of panel sections which are foldably joined together along their edges. One of each pair of adjacent panel sections has a foldable tab at each end thereof these tabs being adapted to fit into slots formed in the adjacent panel in holding engagement therewith to set the adjacent panels in a predetermined angular position relative to each other. The mating panels can be readily assembled and disassembled and can be utilized as a display board, portable enclosure, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Inventor: Jason Levine
  • Patent number: 4707940
    Abstract: A kit for forming a variable sized bay-shaped display comprises rear well sections coupled together, bay dividers formed of hinged panels, and end caps covering the hinge of the divider to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Trans-World Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Robert P. Franklin
  • Patent number: 4655354
    Abstract: A preassembled, foldable display rack that is movable to and from an open display position and a folded closed position without the assembly or disassembly of any of the component parts thereof, the display rack including a plurality of vertical support members that are pivotally interconnected by cross members, the cross members to which the vertical support members are secured defining a parallelogram and being pivotally movable from the folded closed position to the open display position, each of the cross members having a flexible pad located in an end thereof that is engageable with an adjacent cross member so that when the cross members are pivotally moved from the folded closed position to the open display position, the flexible pads frictionally engage the adjacent cross members to lock the cross members and support members to which they are joined in the open display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Inventor: Maurice Cohen
  • Patent number: 4569143
    Abstract: A display device comprises a plurality of frames each comprising two uprights and two cross members, bounding a rectangular space in which a rectangular flexible sheet is supported in tension by tensioning devices displaced in the corners of the frame. Laterally adjoining frames are pivotally connected together by links and engage one another via masking gear segments mounted on the tensioning devices. Vertically superimposed frames are connected together by connectors each connecting, end to end, the lower end of one upright of an upper frame and the axially aligned upper end of a lower frame. Each connector comprises an upper peg, a lower peg and an axially slidable and rotatable sleeve captive on the upper peg and capable of being screwed down over the lower peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Marler Haley ExpoSystems Limited
    Inventor: Brian C. Bannister
  • Patent number: 4566211
    Abstract: A free-standing or hanging knock-down-type modular display apparatus embodies a plurality of display panel-supporting frames hingedly interconnected side-to-side by one or more flexible and detachable unitary hinge-connectors allowing adjacent frames to be incrementally folded about a vertical axis. The adjacent frames have side-rails, each such rail having an outer peripheral face with openings into which the hinge-connectors may be inserted and detachably engaged. The hinge-connectors comprise a flexible central portion operatively extending between adjacent frames, i.e., from the outer peripheral face of a first frame side-rail, across a connective region between the frames, and into the outer peripheral face of a second adjacent frame side-rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Dahlstrom Display, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Gustafson, D. Richard Dahlstrom
  • Patent number: 4508231
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a wall unit of the type to which shelves and other article supports can be fitted and which can be used, for example, as part of a store display structure. In a preferred embodiment, the unit is made up of an assembly of identical plastic extrusions stacked one on top of the other, in which each extrusion defines a number of laterally directed channels so that the assembly defines an array of parallel channels in the outer surface of the unit. Each channel is designed so that an article supporting element can be engaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Inventor: Reuben Honickman
  • Patent number: 4428136
    Abstract: A display unit for merchandise wherein a plurality of bays are created against a wall or partition. The bays are formed from a series of pairs of angularly arranged vertical panels secured to the wall and spaced from each other; the space between each pair of vertical panels constitutes a bay. The wall is provided with a subsidiary header for placards or the like. Each of the individual panels secured to the wall is provided with a header, the panel header being arranged and curved so that it appears to blend into the principal header on the wall. The plurality of bays increases the surface area available for the presentation of merchandise and provides an automatic separation or groupings of merchandise while nevertheless leaving all of the merchandise visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Trans-World Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Robert P. Franklin
  • Patent number: 4299507
    Abstract: Relative rotational movement is allowed between two longitudinally extending articulated members connected by a joint while at the same time longitudinal relative translation of the members is restrained. Each joint is composed of two substantially identical halves with each half having parallel semi-cylindrical slots provided therein cooperating with the semi-cylindrical slots of the opposite half to form cylindrical apertures for receiving the longitudinally extending articulated members. Each semi-cylindrical slot has a circumferential groove about its periphery. The grooves of cooperating semi-cylindrical slots meet to provide a complete circumferentially extending groove for receiving a pin inserted through the member received in that aperture. In this manner, rotary motion of the longitudinally extending member is allowed to a full 360.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Inventor: Josiah W. Collins, II
  • Patent number: 4288937
    Abstract: A plurality of generally rectangular frames (21) releasably hinged together and having display panels (36) mounted in display areas defined by the frames. Each frame is of tubular metal of rectangular cross section and includes a horizontal top frame member (19), having downturned end portions, and a U-shaped bottom frame member (21), having laterally spaced vertical tubular side frame portions with longitudinal slots. Connector pins (26) make sliding connection between the top frame member and the bottom frame member. Display panels in the display areas are formed with laterally projecting mounting tabs (37) that are received in the slots of the side frame members, and of the connection pins if necessary, to hold the panels in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1981
    Inventor: Gary R. Virsen
  • Patent number: 4155311
    Abstract: A stackable modular shelf apparatus including at least two vertically stackable frame modules and a multi-sided intermediate shelf, in which each frame module includes a plurality of generally rectangular individual frames corresponding to the number of sides on the intermediate shelf and arranged in upright planes along the sides of the shelf with the upright end members on adjacent ends of the frames juxtaposed adjacent the corners of the shelf and connected together by a plurality of connectors. One frame module is stacked on top of the other frame module and the shelf has a generally horizontal peripheral portion interposed between adjacent side members on the frames of the upper and lower frame modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Assignee: Belvedere Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary B. Jackovin
  • Patent number: 4108316
    Abstract: An interconnectible structural support member for use in a support structure. The support member comprises an elongated U-shape tubular member defining opposed side arms and a bridge arm extending across a common end of each of the side arms. Each of the side arms have a free end with one of the free ends having a hinge plug protruding therefrom. The other free end is hollow and receives a hinge plug of a side arm of a further U-shape tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Norman Slater, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman S. Slater
  • Patent number: 4029211
    Abstract: A plurality of upright standards are provided spaced along a horizontal zigzag path and a plurality of pairs of upper and lower horizontal spacing and support members extend between and have their opposite ends pivotally supported from the upper and lower ends, respectively, of pairs of adjacent standards disposed along said path for horizontal swinging of the supports and standards relative to adjacent supports and standards. An articulated connecting link is connected between one standard and the second standard spaced therefrom and the link includes a pair of link sections having one pair of ends pivotally secured together for relative angular displacement about a horizontal axis extending transversely of the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Inventor: Mary L. Marshall
  • Patent number: 3967734
    Abstract: Improved foldable hand delivery cart made up of a main and a pair of side or wing panel sections interlockingly hinged together by means of hinge elements which extend for substantially the entire lengths of the panel sections and simultaneously form structural columnar support components for said panel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1976
    Assignee: Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin G. Morgan, Cal L. Dixon