To Plural Distinct Increments Patents (Class 211/208)
  • Patent number: 5647489
    Abstract: A rack includes a sliding latch member, which operates with one hand and which opens and closes several positions on the rack. The rack holds tubular members such as string trimmers and includes first and second uprights, each of which includes hooks and retaining members for retaining the tubular members on the hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Trimmer Trap, Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Bellis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5570795
    Abstract: A display stand includes multiple support surfaces which can be configured to lie in a single plane to form a table top or in vertically spaced planes to form a multi-tiered display stand. The display stand includes a center section and one or more extensions which substantially surround the center section. The center section is supported by legs which are pivotally attached to the center section. The extensions include locking members disposed along an inner edge thereof for releasably engaging the outer edge of the center section or an adjacent inner extension. When the center section and extensions are locked together, they lie in a common plane to form a table top. When the extensions are disengaged from the center section and each other, the extensions can be lowered so as to rest on the legs in a vertically spaced relationship to one another. The height of the display stand can be adjusted by pivoting the legs inwardly and outwardly relative to the vertical axis of the display stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Mark Colgrove
  • Patent number: 5509541
    Abstract: An improved bracket construction for the storage and display of cylindrically and dish-shaped products in an orientation in which the top thereof is oriented generally vertically includes a pair of horizontal hanging bar units adapted to mount to the vertical standards utilized in conjunction with conventional gondola displays. The hanging bar units include a hanging bar and attachable brackets, the brackets being positionable along the length of the hanging bar and having hooks for engaging the vertical gondola standards. Vertical uprights are mounted to the hanging bars, and support at least one cradle assembly for support of the products. In a preferred embodiment, the cradle assembly includes a horizontal bar which is mounted to the vertical uprights, and at least one product cradle, extending forwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: Milton J. Merl
  • Patent number: 5303830
    Abstract: An assembly for vertically extending a gondola display area which includes a pair of upright extension tubes, each with a single protruding mounting hanger connectable with slotted openings in tubular vertical uprights of the display framework; adjustment and locking brackets fasten to each extension tube, above and below the mounting hanger thereon, for pivotally adjusting and locking the extension tubes in parallel relation to support one or more horizontal cross bars having elongated retention rods for coupling plural detachable merchandise display elements to the crossbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Athena Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek N. G. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 5257703
    Abstract: A rotatable and vertically expandable/contractible merchandise display stand including a base assembly, an intermediate display assembly and a top mounted crown assembly all arranged coaxially about a longitudinally oriented center shaft member. The intermediate display assembly comprises a generally elongated cylindrical hollow shell structure having top and bottom end walls arranged orthogonal to the longitudinal center shaft and a pair of parallel intermediate support members all of which support a pair of overlapping top and bottom half perimeter shell enclosures wherein each perimeter shell enclosure consists of a plurality of vertically oriented, side by side adjacently stacked display panel members. The top end wall is rotatably mounted to the crown assembly and the bottom end wall is rotatably mounted to the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Capo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Ascik, Greg M. Jones
  • Patent number: 5201427
    Abstract: A rack for stacking articles and maintaining stacked articles under compression for compact storage, includes upper and lower cooperating U-shaped members. The U-shaped members each include a horizontal support and a leg extending vertically from opposite ends of the horizontal support. The vertical legs of at least one of the upper and lower members cooperate with the vertical legs of the other of the upper and lower members for vertical adjustment of the upper member relative to the lower member. A device is provided for locking the upper and lower members from relative movement with each other, subsequent to adjustment of the upper and lower members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: MDR Cartage, Inc.
    Inventor: Alvis E. Dowty
  • Patent number: 5199585
    Abstract: A support arrangement for components in shelf systems, particularly for continuous frames in continuous shelf systems. The arrangement includes hanging brackets each of which is provided on the rear side thereof with a group of locking hooks. The arrangement further includes shelf posts with openings for releasably receiving the locking hooks of the hanging brackets. Each hanging bracket has on the rear side thereof near opposite ends of the bracket a support edge each for the components. All locking hooks are constructed as approximately T-shaped double hooks, so that each of the support edges can be placed relative to the shelf posts in an upwardly directed position. The group of double hooks is located on the hanging brackets in such a way that they are asymmetrically offset relative to the two support edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Fritz Schafer Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Gerhard Schafer
  • Patent number: 5193697
    Abstract: A rail element for the reception of article supports with a metallic profile strip (20) having a cross section with at least two legs (2, 3) defining a right angle (4), having openings (5) in one of the legs (2) for the reception of hook-formed brackets of article supports. The openings are provided in an aligned manner at a mutual distance in the main direction of extension of the rail element according to a modular dimension which allows a height-adjustable arrangement of the article supports. In the other leg (3) openings (6) are provided as well and arranged at the same height as the openings (5) in the first leg (2). Both facing openings (5, 6) are connected with a clearance (7, 8) forming a continuous recess which extends over the right angle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Heinz Peter Adams
    Inventors: Reinhold Lubczyk, Andreas Kranz
  • Patent number: 5167191
    Abstract: An upright shelf unit with cantilevered shelves for mounting to the carriage of a mobile storage system. The shelf unit is assembled from a pair of end uprights mounted to the carriage and spaced apart from each other, and at least one interior upright mounted to the carriage between the end uprights, to form pairs of adjacent uprights. Each of the uprights has slots formed therein to accommodate a plurality of shelves. Each shelf has hooks at each end for engaging with the slots of an upright at each end. The interior upright is constructed of a pair of channels facing together. Welded between the two channels is a trapezoidal gusset and above that a rectangular reinforcing member, both having the same thickness. The top end of the gusset and the bottom end of the reinforcing member butt together about halfway up the upright. The width of the reinforcing member and the top end of the gusset are approximately the width of the channels, the thickness being the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Muth
  • Patent number: 5167302
    Abstract: In a truck having a vertically movable goods-receiving portion, a plurality of resilient elements are arranged between an upper beam interconnecting the upper end of a righthand post and the upper end of a lefthand post and lower frames for mounting the vertically movable portion. The lower ends of all the resilient elements are fixed to the lower frames. The upper ends of some of the resilient elements are fixed to the upper beam, and the upper ends of the remaining resilient elements are engageably and disengageably held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soichiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 5163568
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for use to install a shelving accessory such as a drawer, a roll frame or a flipper door, into an office shelving unit comprising two opposite pairs of posts forming together a supporting frame structure. The bracket comprises an elongated plate provided at both ends with two U-shaped end portions. One of these end portions is provided with holes, whereas the other end portion is provided with slots which extend over part of the outer wall and part of the bottom wall of the U-shape. These U-shaped portions and the presence of slots in one of them make it possible to install the mounting bracket in a retrofit manner between one of the sets of posts in which bolts are previously inserted at a required height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Rousseau Metal Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Laurendeau, Denis Martineau
  • Patent number: 5138803
    Abstract: A display panel assembly having a regular series of undercut slots lined with identical channel inserts that improve the appearance and strength of the panel in the slot areas. The channel insert is capable of being installed in a slot from the face of the panel with a resilient snap fit. This assembly procedure allows the panel to be secured with fasteners in the slots and the fasteners to be concealed by the inserts. Additionally, the inserts can be removed from the slots to allow the fasteners to be exposed and removed for demounting of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: Commercial and Architectural Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Grossen
  • Patent number: 5125727
    Abstract: An improved adjustable assembly for supporting a monitor or the like under a transparent window portion of a desk top member or like structure. The assembly incorporates a shelf member which is supported at each lateral end thereof by a side support. The shelf member is preferably so supported by a locking block arrangement for each of a total of four supporting shaft members that outwardly extend from the shelf member. The position of the shelf member in relation to the side support is adjustable for height and tilting purposes. The shelf member and the side supports are formed of wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Nova Office Furniture, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Lechman, Thomas Wegman
  • Patent number: 5092546
    Abstract: A heavy-duty, non-conductive support system for one or more electrical conduits and the like comprises a substantially uprightly positionable support structure and at least one bracket removably interlockable with the support structure. Both elements of the support system are preferably composed of a polymerized, non-conductive material. The bracket includes a conduit receiving portion and an interlocking portion. The interlocking portion includes two spaced apart fingers disposed in a side by side relationship. The support structure includes a central rib having two sides, each of the sides having finger-receiving slots defined therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Douglas A. Wolfbauer
  • Patent number: 5088605
    Abstract: Device for storing dish-type containers such as plates, dishes or serving trays containing a product, with a vertical column which has a base support at the bottom side, the column being triangular or rectangular in cross-section and provided at each side with supporting elements placed at equal intervals above one another. Each supporting element comprises two pin-shaped projections lying in line with each other in the horizontal direction, and a third pin-shaped projection which is longer than the other two projections and lies cenrally between the other two projections at a certain distance from the line connecting the other two projections to each other. The distance from the bottom projection to the connecting line between the two upper projections is adjustable. The base support for the column comprises a flat bottom plate provided with wheels, which plate is provided with one or more fixing elements for detachable accommodation of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: Arnoldus T. B. M. Nales
  • Patent number: 5038539
    Abstract: A work space management system for dividing a space into separate work areas comprising a wall system having a rigid framework formed of rigid rectangular frames rigidly joined together at the edges thereof to form at least one work area, wire management elements secured to the frames for communication and power wiring and a plurality of selectively relocatable modular tiles removably hanging on the frames. Some of the wire management elements are secured to the bottom or baseline of the frames and some of the wire management elements are removably secured to a waistline or midportion of at least some of the frames. The frames can extend to a waist height, a seated height, to a standing or full floor to ceiling height in a modular stepped fashion. Decorative and functional modular tiles are sized to fit on the frames to substantially cover the frames, and are independently and removably mounted thereto. The tiles are of equal height and of variable modular width to cover the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, William E. Stumpf
  • Patent number: 5009042
    Abstract: A modular display system is disclosed which exhibits wall elements having vertical interior profiles arranged in the lateral corner regions. The vertical profiles are connectable among themselves by horizontally oriented profiles, and the face side of which exhibits a covering. In order to render such a system particularlly versatile for demounting and use, it is provided according to the invention that the vertical profiles exhibit, in addition to a first contact surface oriented at right angles to the extension of the wall element for the horizontal profiles, a second contact surface oriented in the direction of extension of the wall element for accommodating connection of identical profiles oriented transversely to the latter. Exterior formally rigid covering parts are attachable to the profiles oriented in the direction of extension of the wall element. The vertical profiles exhibit outwards adjacently to the second contact surface a housing channel oriented in the direction of extension of the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventors: Bruno Sacco, Johann Tomforde, Thomas Abb, Bruno Stenemann
  • Patent number: 4989737
    Abstract: A cantilever racking system comprises vertical pillars formed of two metal sections of steel strip rolled to a cross-section comprising a central web portion bounded by two channel portions. The web portions are secured in facing relationship so that the juxtaposed channel portions form T-shaped slots having inturned marginal edges. Cantilever arms may be clamped in place against the end surfaces defined by channel portions for example by bolts engaging captive nuts engaging with the inturned edges of the metal strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Keith Hancock Structures Ltd.
    Inventor: Leslie J. Chapman
  • Patent number: 4981225
    Abstract: A universal safety net system for a pallet rack employs extension members which are variably adjustable for extending the effective height of the pallet rack support posts. Offset members which include a series of openings for implementing a pre-established offset spacing from the pallet rack are also employed. Adjustable cross brace assemblies are employed to reinforce the offset members and the vertical extender members. Cables are suspended between the offset members and/or extension members to provide a cable framework for supporting the safety net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Sinco, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry A. Cole
  • Patent number: 4981227
    Abstract: A pair of vertical telescoping members are progressively lockable into any relative position to vary the overall length thereof by special locking hardware mounted on the inner member where it is not visible. The hardware includes a locking member movable in part by inertial forces between a released or unlocking position and a locking position where it forms a one way slip clutch with the inner surface of the outer member which permits the inner member to be raised which then preferably shifts the locking member into a release position. The inner member is moved further up or down to its desired position. Whenever the inner member is released, it is preferred that gravity will cause the inner member to move suddenly downwardly a small distance quickly to cause the locking portion of this member to move to its locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Capitol Hardware Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Elwin M. Ingram
  • Patent number: 4928834
    Abstract: A safety lock for securing the end of a horizontal beam to a vertical post in a structural frame for wide span shelving. A tab on the end of the beam forces the side of an open box-shape post with slots in the side to yield during assembly of the beam to the post. When the tab enters a slot on the post side, the side springs back, locking the tab in the slot to prevent the dislodgment of the beam from the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Vesper Corporation
    Inventor: Richard D. Neiman
  • Patent number: 4903847
    Abstract: A library shelf assembly that has been designed to meet seismic code requirements for libraries in the state of California. The novel library shelf assembly has a tubular base support having a pair of right angularly shaped gussets welded to its top surface. The gussets have vertical edges that are spaced from each other a distance equal to the width of the post assembly that is received therebetween. A plurality of pairs of hat-shaped straps have their opposite ends bolted together thereby capturing the post assembly between the respective gussets. Anchor plates are welded on the opposite ends of the tubular base support for securing the base supports to a concrete or other type of floor structure. Conventional shelf brackets have their fingers detachably received in vertically oriented rows of spaced slots in the respective post assemblies. Standard shelves are connected between the respective shelf brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: James C. Duffy
  • Patent number: 4895381
    Abstract: A furniture display cart is provided which allows vertical placement of furniture and display items to maximize warehouse or showroom capacity. The utilization of carts having vertical adjustable frames for three or more furniture items transforms a relatively small floor space into a much effectively larger space thus utilizing the area to its maximum potential. The cart is movable and can be nestled for storage purposes when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Inventor: Clifford B. Farlow
  • Patent number: 4892200
    Abstract: The retailing display assembly is of the upright channel and slidably positionable and releasably anchorable type. The upright channel has an upright rear-wall provided with two columnar arrays of rearwardly struck lanced openings therethrough. The bracket includes a conventional horizontal hanger bar extending rigidly forwardly from an upright web member. The web member is provided with a pair of forwardly extending wings abuttable against the channel member front-walls and is further provided with a pair of downwardly and rearwardly extending tabs that are releasably anchorably protrudable through selectable co-elevational openings of the channel rear-wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Inventor: Joel H. Alperson
  • Patent number: 4887728
    Abstract: An adjustable clothes drying unit including a ceiling mounted support receiving a vertically elongated post slidably therethrough. The post is provided with adjustable pins for engagement with the support in both selectively locking the post in a vertically adjusted position and defining the lower limit of movement of the post. The lower end of the post carries a rotatably mounted drying rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: Francis L. DeRosia
  • Patent number: 4876835
    Abstract: A work space management system for dividing a space into separate work areas comprising a wall system having a rigid framework formed of rigid rectangular frames rigidly joined together at the edges thereof to form at least one work area, wire management elements secured to the frames for communication and power wiring and a plurality of selectively relocatable modular tiles removably hanging on the frames. Some of the wire management elements are secured to the bottom or baseline of the frames and some of the wire management elements are removably secured to a waistline or midportion of at least some of the frames. The frames can extend to a waist height, a seated height, to a standing or full floor to ceiling height in a modular stepped fashion. Decorative and functional modular tiles are sized to fit on the frames to substantially cover the frames, and are independently and removably mounted thereto. The tiles are of equal height and of variable modular width to cover the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, William E. Stumpf, Frank A. Friedman
  • Patent number: 4854535
    Abstract: A shelf mounting system (100) is provided for releasably coupling a display shelf (10) to a substantially vertical planar surface (44) of a vertical support (40). The shelf mounting system (100) includes a bracket member (30) having a substantially vertically directed slot (38) at a first end (37). The bracket member (30) is adapted for coupling to a slotted standard (40) by a pair of hook shaped projections (32and 34) on a second end (39). Shelf mounting system (100) further includes an adaptor assembly (20) wherein an adaptor (22) is fixedly coupled on a first end (21) to a display shelf (10) and releasably coupled to the bracket member (30). The adaptor (20) further includes a pin (28) fixedly coupled within a pair of aligned poles (25 and 27) which engages the slot (38) of mounting bracket (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Russell William, Ltd.
    Inventors: Russell K. Winter, Thomas D. Harvey, Nedim Savas, Richard S. Kain
  • Patent number: 4813552
    Abstract: The extension arms (3) attached to the clothes display stand so as to be vertically adjustable are inclined obliquely downwards at an angle .alpha. of approximately 105.degree. relative to their supporting arrangements (1, 2). They are provided, on their top side, with V-shaped grooves (6), in which clothes-hangers can be suspended in a horizontally and vertically staggered arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Protoned B.V.
    Inventor: Herbert Walter
  • Patent number: 4813550
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding athletic equipment having a stanchion member with a pair of outside standards and an intermediate standard to form a pair of longitudinal openings. A bifurcated member is provided having a pair of brackets. The pair of brackets slidably lodge in the pair of longitudinal openings such that the bifurcated member slidably engages the stanchion member. A support is secured to the stanchion member for supporting and retaining athletic equipment off of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Inventor: Ford Saeks
  • Patent number: 4805787
    Abstract: A hanging compartment support system has a hanger frame including a pair of parallel hanger support rails connected at their ends to a pair of parallel support beams having pin means extending outwardly at opposite ends to be removably positioned in keyhole openings on vertical columns of a main support frame; a second hanger frame is identical to the first hanger frame except for the provision of cantilever support flanges extending from each end of its support beams for resting support on one end of one of the lower flanges of shelf support beams mounted on the main support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: National Service Industries
    Inventor: Mark P. Gillotte
  • Patent number: 4799818
    Abstract: A system for securing a member, such as a shelf, to a vertical support column and holding the member in a desired position on the column includes a rotary sleeve system whose resistance to downward motion is directly proportional to the downward force applied. A conical frustum shaped collar having an integral pin extending inwardly from its inside surface rests on top of a split conical frustum shaped sleeve having configurations in the split to receive the pin in one of two positions, an unlocked position and a locked position. A horizontal portion of the slit may be provided for restricting downward motion of the collar with respect to the sleeve to maintain the split in an open configuration, allowing free movement of the rotary sleeve system up or down the vertical column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: InterMetro Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Michael J. Sudimak, Robert J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 4789071
    Abstract: A device in a plane supported between columns by means of hooks cooperating with the columns in a locking position for adjusting and locking the plane in different positions along the columns. In known devices of this type shifting of the plane from one position to another is troublesome and time-consuming and, further, no change of the distance between the columns is permitted. In order to make this possible the hooks (2) are connected to the plane (5) by means of links (3) articulatedly connected with the plane and pivotally connected with each their link (3) in a hinge (8), said links being pivotable, one before the other, to withdraw the respective hook (2) from locking engagement with the column (1), by which displacement of the plane can take place in one direction as well as the other, a support means (8) being associated with each hook (2) and serving in locking position as a support for the hook against the respective column (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventor: Svante Larsson
  • Patent number: 4789200
    Abstract: A fisherman's boat chair is provided with a tubular support for retaining an umbrella positionable over the chair. The height of the umbrella is adjustable by the selective positioning of a pin through one of a plurality of available through-extending apertures in the support, and the shank of the umbrella is supported by the pin. Velcro strips are used to prevent umbrella rotation and withdrawal from the support after it has been placed in position. The modified chair may also include a quickly removable and attachable beverage holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventor: Richard Munguia
  • Patent number: 4763799
    Abstract: A modular utility cart includes four corner posts, at least one intermediate shelf and a top shelf. The cart incorporates improved structures for securing the intermediate and top shelves to the posts. Specifically, each intermediate shelf is formed with four open collars each for embracing one post. Each collar has a cross-section substantially congruent to the cross-section of the associated post, and has an upper right tubular portion embracing the post, a lower tubular portion having a downwardly outwardly inclined inner surface, and a transition portion between the upper and lower portions. The top shelf, which is mountable in the region of the tops of the posts, is formed with four blind tubular collars, each having a downwardly outwardly inclined inner surface and an inwardly projecting retaining flange at the bottom edge of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: InterMetro Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Cohn, W. Stanley Rosania, Jeffrey W. Rosania, Michael J. Sudimak
  • Patent number: 4757889
    Abstract: A guide height adjuster comprises a block consisting of a plurality of steps of different heights integrally joined together and having a slot formed to allow the passage of a screw across all the steps, a guide holder having a through hole for the insertion of the screw, and a guide to formed as to cover substantially a channel through which components being handled pass, the guide being secured to, and supported by, the guide holder. The guide holder rests on one of the steps and is fastened to the block by the screw so that the guide can be held above the channel. The height of the guide above the channel can be changed by loosening the screw and moving the block with respect to the screw, thereby shifting the guide holder to another block step of a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Assignee: ANDO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Osamu Mitsui
  • Patent number: 4738369
    Abstract: A support for patient monitoring equipment is provided by a vertical column suspended from a ceiling by a carriage assembly mounted for transverse movement on roller assemblies along a pair of parallel ceiling-mounted tracks. The column is stabilized by the roller assemblies which include rollers bearing on the track flanges as well as rollers disposed beneath the tracks effectively preventing rocking movement of the column. In the preferred embodiment, a rotatable sleeve is disposed on the vertical column for mounting of an infusion pump and permits rotation of the pump to any desired facing position. A telescoping tube within the column is selectively positionable between upper and lower positions and carries IV bottle mounting arms on its upper end. The arms may be lowered for attachment and removal of the bottles and raised and locked at an elevated operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Wallace H. Desjardins
  • Patent number: 4655353
    Abstract: A fabricated knock-down merchandise display fixture which includes telescopic, extendible and retractable standard sections for increasing and decreasing the height of the fixture, and including a two piece gravity actuated latch unit mounted on the standards for holding the extendible standard section in selected position. The latch unit is automatically deactivated to permit ready extension of the extendible standard section by merely lifting up on the extendible section to increase the height of the fixture standard and upon release of the extendible section from upward movement, the latch unit is automatically reactivated to hold the extendible section of the standard in its newly extended position. Abutment structure is provided on the standards for limiting the telescopic movement thereof and for guiding the lengthwise movement of the extendible section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Johnson, Edward O. Gandolf, Ronald M. Preksta
  • Patent number: 4645081
    Abstract: The extension column (3) which is telescopically adjustable inside a vertical tube (2) and is optionally rotatable relative to the vertical tube (2) is supported on the latter by a radial and axial pivot bearing arrangement (11, 14) and a height-fixing device comprising a housing (16) and a coupling element (15) preferably in the form of a slide (15) which is supported on a bearing ring (14) which in turn sits on the bearing surface (13) of a support flange (11) supported by the vertical tube (2). The height-fixing slide (15) is mounted in a slide housing (16), which surrounds the bearing ring (14) and the support flange (11), and is against the restoring force of a return spring (27) transferable from a coupled position on the extension column (3) into a release position in which the extension column (3) is freely movable vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: Protoned B.V.
    Inventor: Bernd Korth
  • Patent number: 4627543
    Abstract: A shelving unit employing a corner structure formed by two cooperative clamping members having a wedge relationship therebetween, one of the members being fixedly or removably attached to the shelf and the other being disposed so as to removably surround a support port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: United Steel & Wire Company
    Inventor: Charles W. Nicely
  • Patent number: 4621938
    Abstract: A joint between a vertically oriented hollow section column (1) and a horizontal load-carrying beam (3) in a two-story building structure such as an exhibition stand, which can be rapidly erected and dismantled, includes a straight core (2) fitted into the upper end of the column (1). The quadratic hollow section core (2) has a projecting bolt head (21) at the middle of either side surface. Each side wall of the generally quadratic hollow section column (1) has a central, axial slot (12) on its inside. On its underside the beam carries a dependent guide body, the width of which corresponds to the width of the internal column slot and is guided by this slot. The short end of the beam (3) has a vertically directed Tee slot (32,36) extending upwardly from the central area of the beam for accommodating the head and a portion of the shank of the screw on the core (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: Hennix i Stockholm AB
    Inventor: Gerth Weilow
  • Patent number: 4606467
    Abstract: A display stand having a column extending upwardly from a base wherein vertically spaced holders horizontally support elongate products on the column. Wing panels mounted in spaced relation to opposed sides of the column enhance the appearance of the display stand. A header extends between upper portions of the wing panels and carries advertising for the displayed products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: Tusco Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Lynn E. Everett
  • Patent number: 4600251
    Abstract: A rack for holding dental impression trays includes a rectangular block having apertures therein to receive the handles or tubes extending from the trays and to cantilever the trays from the rack. A paired arrangement of apertures can accommodate a tray having both a handle and tubes. A base supporting the rack upright has wells therein for holding water which, together with a dome enclosing the rack, provide a moist atmosphere for the impression material, where needed. The rack can be free-standing or wall-mounted. One embodiment of the rack adapted for wall-mounting can be inexpensively manufactured of plastic by extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Inventor: James B. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4593826
    Abstract: A display rack in which a plurality of shelves are mounted at desired locations along vertical corner posts by wedge lock elements. Each wedge lock element comprises a two-piece, wedge-shaped insert having outwardly extending projections which are adapted to releasably mount within dimples or detents vertically spaced along the corner posts. The shelves are formed with a sleeve at each corner adapted to fit over the corner posts and into engagement with the inserts. The inserts become wedged between the corner posts and sleeves to prevent downward vertical motion of the shelves relative to the corner posts while permitting easy removal of the shelves by lifting them upwardly from the inserts for disassembly or movement to a new position along the corner posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Assignee: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated
    Inventor: Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 4592286
    Abstract: A shelf support structure for supporting a shelf on support posts having an adjustably positionable support bracket. The bracket has a pair of spaced apart upwardly extending protruding side arms defining respective notches between its associated post and the arms. The invention resides in that the support structure comprises a flat rigid plate member connected to a shelf vertical side wall. The plate member has a pair of vertically extending slotted bores. The pair of side arms of the bracket are receivable in the pair of vertical slotted bores whereby to receive the plate member seated across the notches forwardly of the post associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Assignee: Cari-All Inc.
    Inventor: Antoine Trubiano
  • Patent number: 4592472
    Abstract: A clothesline assembly including an elongate chain, a pair of mounting strip members, and a pair of bracket members. The mounting strip members are preferably permanently secured to upstanding support structures such as walls. The amount of space between the mounting strip members substantially determines the length of chain that can be operably deployed therebetween. The mounting strip members are adapted to releasably receive the proximal ends of the respective bracket members. The respective distal ends of the bracket members are adapted to releasably engage links at opposite ends of the chain. Accordingly, the specific positions chosen for the placement of the bracket members on the mounting strip members substantially determines the height of the chain extending therebetween. Clothes to be dried are placed on conventional clothes hangers and the hangers are suspended from different links of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: Umberto E. Carnera
  • Patent number: 4585130
    Abstract: To form a U-channel storage system, a pair of U-shaped metal channels are disposed and secured a selected parallel distance apart, having paired equal lengths. The paired channels secured with their channel bases turned outwardly opposed, are secured to a flat wall surface, a conventional hand operated upright dolly, a tradesman's utility truck, or the like support means. Multiple open slots are formed in the opposed juxtal channel leg positions in the channel bases, spaced a selected distance apart. Multiple paired supporting stops are secured inside and across the U-shaped channels another selected uniform distance below each slot, providing a paired holding and supporting stop for a rod member of the required length inserted in each juxtal opposed pair of slots. Reels of wire, rolls of electrical conduit, tool boxes, wire caddies having suitable selected length of caddy feet, and other tool and instrumentation devices can be arranged on and held by rod members on the pair of securing U-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Inventor: Mark S. Brennan
  • Patent number: 4552270
    Abstract: A storage system for holding athletic equipment, and particularly for holding bicycles. The storage system includes two vertically adjustable longitudinal support members attached by cross support pieces. The storage system may be disposed between two substantially horizontal surfaces, such as a floor and a ceiling. A mechanism for fine adjustment of the height of the storage system is provided to achieve a tight fit of the storage system between the floor and ceiling and to compensate for non-parallelism therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Inventors: Scott B. Lentz, Howard C. Dale
  • Patent number: 4550835
    Abstract: A tire rack for changing a vehicle tire comprised of two tubular members formed in the shape of an inverted U with the ends of the U-shape adapted to fit into brace members which engage the ground. Mechanical means are provided between the ends of the U-shape and the brace members to vary the vertical height of the rack. The intermediate portion of the U-shape is formed with a reverse U-shape which carries ball members adapted to engage a tire to be changed to facilitate movement of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: India M. Lynch
  • Patent number: 4548327
    Abstract: For locating and supporting ventilated shelves in a closet, a pole assembly having vertically spaced shelf support clips on one side, each of which defines a recess which is open at the top for receiving an edge rod on the front of a shelf. When the pole assembly is placed next to a closet wall, the support clips in the pole assembly may be used to locate the positions for wall-mounted support clips for supporting shelves at the back or channel mounts for supporting shelves at one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: Clairson International Corporation
    Inventor: John Kilkelly
  • Patent number: 4531641
    Abstract: A dish rack and drain board construction including a dish rack supported by integral leg means at a relatively high elevation above and substantially parallel with a sink or support platform and a drain board adjustably mounted for providing an adjustable incline water/debris collection and drainage surface to enable selective rates of draining and/or accommodation with varying sinks and platforms with which the dish rack and drain board may be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Inventor: Gene Archambault