Hinge Elements Joined By Separate Member Patents (Class 220/843)
  • Patent number: 9555539
    Abstract: A tool box contains: a holder, a cover, a first peripheral fence, and a second peripheral fence. The holder includes a first abutting rib extending upwardly from a top end of a peripheral wall thereof. The cover is used for covering the holder, and between the holder and the cover is defined an accommodating space to accommodate tools. The first peripheral fence is arranged around the peripheral wall of the holder. The second peripheral fence is arranged around an outer wall of the cover and includes a contacting face extending inwardly from a bottom end of the second peripheral fence to contact with the first abutting rib of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: I-N-B INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 9290973
    Abstract: A system (20; 302) comprising the unitarily molded single-piece combination of: a first portion (24; 324); a living hinge (22; 322); and a second portion (26; 326) coupled by the living hinge to the first portion and shiftable between a first condition and second condition via rotation about the living hinge. The living hinge comprises: a first end (80) at the first portion; and a second end (82) at the second portion, in the as-molded condition the second end is spaced upward from the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Plastek Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: H Stephen Quinn
  • Patent number: 8584895
    Abstract: An electrical device cover comprises a base with an opening in a back wall of the base sized to receive an electrical device and a lid coupled to the base at a first base end through a hinge, the lid pivotable between and open position and at least one closed position. The base comprises a notch on a base wall extending away from the first base end. A first lid end is hingedly coupled to the first base end such that the first lid end is selectively adjustable with respect to the base toward and away from the second base end. A lid pin extends from the lid towards the notch when the lid is in at least one closed position wherein the lid pin seats in the notch when the first lid end is selectively adjusted toward the second base end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 8439224
    Abstract: A protective cover mechanism includes a housing, a protective cover and a latching piece. The housing includes an opening defined therethrough. The latching piece is assembled to the housing adjacent to the opening and comprises two holding arms. One holding arm defines a first locating portion and a second locating portion. A protective cover comprises a hinged post formed thereon, the protective cover is rotatably assembled to the housing by means of the latching piece with the hinged post held between the two holding arms. The protective cover is configured for selectively covering or exposing the opening of the housing as the hinged post is rotated from the first locating portion to the second locating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Peng-Jin Ge, Yu-Fei Chen
  • Publication number: 20130112701
    Abstract: A storage box includes a box body defining a storage chamber and an access opening and having multiple first engagement portions at one side of the access opening, and a liftable lid, which includes multiple second engagement portions and is pivoted to the box body and biasable relative to the box body between a close position where the second engagement portions are disengaged from the first engagement portions and the liftable lid closes the access opening, and a lifted position where the second engagement portions are engaged with the first engagement portion and the liftable lid is kept away from the access opening to keep the storage chamber in an open status. Thus, the user does not need to hold the liftable lid in the lifted position with the other hand when using one hand to put things in the storage chamber of the box body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Yi-Ra WU, Joe CHANG, Yang LAI, Chuan-Hong WANG
  • Patent number: 8302808
    Abstract: A closure device includes: a main body having first and second shoulders; a door secured rotatably to the main body and having first and second door edges; an engaging member; an engaging mechanism; and a second pivot axle. The first shoulder and the first door edge respectively have a through hole and a first axle hole. The engaging member and the engaging mechanism are disposed respectively at an inner side of the main body. The engaging member includes a first pivot axle extending through the through hole and the first axle hole, and a positioning piece extending radially from the first pivot axle and engaging the engaging mechanism. One of the second shoulder and the second door edge has a second axle hole, while the other of the second shoulder and the second door edge has the second pivot axle extending through the second axle hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hsien Lin, Yung-Feng Lin, Zhong-Hui Mao
  • Patent number: 8267247
    Abstract: A power tool storage case for storing an electric power tool includes an open-topped main body having a storage portion capable of storing an electric power tool, a lid member having an end edge hingedly connected to an end edge of the main body, an outer surface facing upward when an opening of the main body is closed by the lid member, and a sub-storage portion formed in the outer surface of the lid member, and an outer lid for opening or closing the sub-storage portion and having an end edge hingedly connected to the end edge of the lid member, and another end edge engageable or disengageable with the lid member. The main body and the lid member are hingedly connected by at least one shaft, and the outer lid and the lid member are hingedly connected by the same shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Horiyama
  • Patent number: 8251253
    Abstract: An electrical device cover comprises a base with an opening in a back wall of the base sized to receive an electrical device and a lid coupled to the base at a first base end through a hinge, the lid pivotable between and open position and at least one closed position. The base comprises a notch on a base wall extending away from the first base end. A first lid end is hingedly coupled to the first base end such that the first lid end is selectively adjustable with respect to the base toward and away from the second base end. A lid pin extends from the lid towards the notch when the lid is in at least one closed position wherein the lid pin seats in the notch when the first lid end is selectively adjusted toward the second base end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Marcus J. Shotey, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 8104639
    Abstract: An electrical device cover comprises a base with an opening in a back wall of the base sized to receive an electrical device and a lid coupled to the base at a first base end through a hinge, the lid pivotable between and open position and at least one closed position. The base comprises a track and a notch in a side of the track extending away from the first base end. A first end of the lid in a closed position is adjustable generally parallel to the back wall of the base toward and away from a second base end. A lid pin extends from the lid towards the track when the lid is in a closed position. In each closed position the lid pin seats in the at least one notch of the track when the first lid end is selectively adjusted toward the second base end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20120018438
    Abstract: The product container, in particular for spices, is made of opaque material, wherein one wall (2) of the container (1) comprises a viewing window (3) made of transparent material. A dispenser (6) which is secured pivotably on a pivot axis (7) between two limit positions, is shaped and dimensioned so that in one limit position it completely covers the viewing window (3) and in the other limit position completely exposes the viewing window (3). The dispenser (6) is connected in a non-rotatable manner to an closing flap (8), which is pivoted at the same time as the dispenser (6) and closes an outlet opening (5) in one limit position and releases it in the other limit position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: WIBERG Besitz GmbH
    Inventor: Leon Widdison
  • Patent number: 8016147
    Abstract: A lockable container for an article comprises a frame which has an access opening, a closure member which is pivotally mounted in relation to the frame, and a latch member which is axially movable within the closure member between a latched position and an unlatched position. The latch member and the frame are each provided with one or more interengageable detents whereby when the closure member is in a closed position and the latch member is in the latched position the detents are engaged and prevent pivoting of the closure member. Movement of the latch member to the unlatched position causes the detents to disengage and permit pivoting of the closure member. The closure member is provided with a locking member for engaging the latch member to retain it against axial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Malcolm Broadhead, David Frank Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7837051
    Abstract: A method of locking a container is shown, wherein the container is provided with a frame which has an access opening, a closure member which has two opposed long edges and two opposed short edges, and which is pivotally mounted in relation to the frame, and a latch member which is axially movable within the closure member between a latched position and an unlatched position. The latch member and the frame are each provided with one or more interengageable detents whereby when the closure member is in a closed position and the latch member is in the latched position the detents are engaged and prevent pivoting of the closure member. Movement of the latch member to the unlatched position causes the detents to disengage and permit pivoting of the closure member. The closure member is provided with a locking member for engaging the latch member to retain it against axial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Malcolm Broadhead, David Frank Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7784642
    Abstract: The invention is a container lid product that combines a solid-molded hinge with a hollow-molded cover into a unitarily molded product, and a method for manufacturing the container lid product in a single molding operation and in a single mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin Gavin, Eric Monsen, Gordon Eden
  • Patent number: 7188726
    Abstract: A toolbox is disclosed to include a box body, a top cover pivoted to the box body, a plurality of tool holders respectively pivoted to the box body and linked to one another, and an actuating arm coupled between the box body and one tool holder in such a manner that the tool holders are turned out of the box body for arrangement of storage tool members when opening the top cover, or turned into the inside of the box body when closing the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Hung-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 6942117
    Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly (30) includes a closure apparatus (32) formed to include a pump nozzle-receiving opening (36) and adapted to be mounted on an open mouth of a filler neck 24. A cover 40, pivotally mounted to the closure apparatus (32), is movable between a first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to seal the filler neck (24) and a second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to allow access thereto. An overcenter leaf spring (42) normally biases the cover (40) toward its first closed position. A tether (94) coupled to the cover (40) has its other end (96) coupled to a filler neck access door (90) so that as the access door (90) is moved from a closed position blocking access to the filler neck (24) to an open position unblocking access to the filler neck (24), the cover (40) is moved from the first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to the second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Dean C. Foltz
  • Patent number: 6926164
    Abstract: A lockable container for an article comprises a frame (2) which has an access opening (4), a closure member (10) which is pivotally mounted in relation to the frame (2), and a latch member (28) which is axially movable within the closure member (10) between a latched position and an unlatched position. The latch member (28) and the frame (2) are each provided with one or more interengageable detents (8, 34) whereby when the closure member (10) is in a closed position and the latch member (28) is in the latched position the detents (8, 34) are engaged and prevent pivoting of the closure member (10). Movement of the latch member (28) to the unlatched position causes the detents to disengage and permit pivoting of the closure member. The closure member (10) is provided with a locking member (22) for engaging the latch member (28) to retain it against axial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: 5,147,034, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Malcolm Broadhead, David Frank Whitehead
  • Patent number: 6766918
    Abstract: A storage container apparatus comprises a storage portion having a bottom panel, and integral with, and extending upwardly from the bottom panel, a continuous peripheral storage portion side wall terminating with an upwardly facing rim. Downwardly spaced from the rim is an outwardly extending flange. A cover portion has a top panel, and integral with it and extending downwardly a continuous peripheral side wall terminating with an outwardly extending flange. The two flanges lie in mutual contact when the cover portion is in place over the storage portion. One or more circular wire rings fitted loosely through corresponding holes in the flanges and the rings are of such diameter as to enable the cover portion to be placed to one side of the storage portion without overlap of the respective flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Ron Bogdanovich
  • Publication number: 20040129715
    Abstract: A storage container apparatus comprises a storage portion having a bottom panel, and integral with, and extending upwardly from the bottom panel, a continuous peripheral storage portion side wall terminating with an upwardly facing rim. Downwardly spaced from the rim is an outwardly extending flange. A cover portion has a top panel, and integral with it and extending downwardly a continuous peripheral side wall terminating with an outwardly extending flange. The two flanges lie in mutual contact when the cover portion is in place over the storage portion. One or more circular wire rings fitted loosely through corresponding holes in the flanges and the rings are of such diameter as to enable the cover portion to be placed to one side of the storage portion without overlap of the respective flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Ron Bogdanovich
  • Patent number: 6629621
    Abstract: A gauge hatch is provided that has a cover structure that incorporates a pallet/diaphragm combination and that is cooperatively associated with a pressure responsive liquid seal subassembly. The gauge hatch also incorporates a vent neck and a radially adjacent wall that defines with the vent neck a circumferentially extending reservoir. An exterior preferably radially extending arm permits the cover structure to be opened and inclined at an angle relative to the vent neck. Optionally, the cover may be kept in a closed position. The diaphragm normally seats upon the vent neck. A sealing liquid in the reservoir has a closed chamber over the reservoir liquid. When the arm is not held in a cover closed position, and up until a set vent neck pressure is reached, the liquid seal subassembly eliminates low level fugitive vapor emissions escaping from the diaphragm/seat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: The Protectoseal Company
    Inventors: Thomas C. Piotrowski, Martin Clift, Baohai Liu
  • Patent number: 6554150
    Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly (30) includes a closure apparatus (32) formed to include a pump nozzle-receiving opening (36) and adapted to be mounted on an open mouth of a filler neck 24. A cover 40, pivotally mounted to the closure apparatus (32), is movable between a first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to seal the filler neck (24) and a second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to allow access thereto. An overcenter leaf spring (42) normally biases the cover (40) toward its first closed position. A tether (94) coupled to the cover (40) has its other end (96) coupled to a filler neck access door (90) so that as the access door (90) is moved from a closed position blocking access to the filler neck (24) to an open position unblocking access to the filler neck (24), the cover (40) is moved from the first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to the second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Dean C. Foltz
  • Patent number: 6431394
    Abstract: A plastic tote box of the type having a lid. The lid is a two-piece hinged lid, with each piece of the lid being hinged along the top of opposite sides of the box. Each of the lid pieces has at least one hollow channel formed therein. The hollow channels improve the structural integrity of the lid pieces without adding additional lid material. In a box top lid having a substantially planar central area surrounded by a raised peripheral edge, a cut out is formed in the peripheral edge providing a drainage path for fluid which has collected in the central area to flow off the lid without entering the box. A mail slot is formed in a box side for insertion of a packing slip or the like into the box without opening the box lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Jason R. Frankenberg
  • Publication number: 20020104847
    Abstract: There is disclosed a container (10) including a receptacle (12) having an opening (18) and a lid (11) for closing the opening. The container further includes a link (13) which permanently attaches the lid to the receptacle. The link is configured to enable the lid to move between a position in which the lid seals the opening and a position in which the lid is underneath the receptacle and engaged with a ridge (19) extending about the periphery of the base (15) of the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Christian Meyer, Margaret Meyer
  • Patent number: 6318586
    Abstract: A plastic tote box of the type having a lid. The lid is a two-piece hinged lid, with each piece of the lid being hinged along the top of opposite sides of the box. Each of the lid pieces has at least one hollow channel formed therein. The hollow channels improve the structural integrity of the lid pieces without adding additional lid material. In a box top lid having a substantially planar central area surrounded by a raised peripheral edge, a cut out is formed in the peripheral edge providing a drainage path for fluid which has collected in the central area to flow off the lid without entering the box. A mail slot is formed in a box side for insertion of a packing slip or the like into the box without opening the box lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Jason R. Frankenberg
  • Patent number: 6315144
    Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly (30) includes a closure apparatus (32) formed to include a pump nozzle-receiving opening (36) and adapted to be mounted on an open mouth of a filler neck (24). A cover (40), pivotally mounted to the closure apparatus (32), is movable between a first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to seal the filler neck (24) and a second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to allow access thereto. An overcenter leaf spring (42) normally biases the cover (40) toward its first closed position. A tether (94) coupled to the cover (40) has its other end (96) coupled to a filler neck access door (90) so that as the access door (90) is moved from a closed position blocking access to the filler neck (24) to an open position unblocking access to the filler neck (24), the cover (40) is moved from the first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to the second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Dean C. Foltz
  • Patent number: 6315154
    Abstract: A hinge configuration includes: a first member having a plurality of hinge fingers with partially cylindrical surfaces, wherein at least one of these surfaces is upwardly facing and at least one of these surfaces is downwardly facing, and wherein the hinge fingers are spaced apart along an axis of rotation and the surfaces of the hinge fingers are radially aligned along the axis of rotation; a second member having a plurality of hinge fingers with partially cylindrical surfaces, wherein at least one of these surfaces is upwardly facing and at least one of these surfaces is downwardly facing, and wherein the hinge fingers are spaced apart along the axis of rotation and the surfaces of the hinge fingers are radially aligned along the axis of rotation; and a pin including a shaft extending along the axis of rotation, an end head at one end of the shaft, and an intermediate head spaced apart from the end head and extending radially from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Delta Consolidated Industries
    Inventor: J. Parks Newby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6244457
    Abstract: A gauge hatch has a cover structure that incorporates a pallet/diaphragm combination and that is cooperatively associated with a pressure responsive liquid seal subassembly. The gauge hatch also incorporates a vent neck and a radially adjacent wall that defines with the vent neck a circumferentially extending reservoir. An exterior preferably radially extending arm permits the cover structure to be opened and inclined at an angle relative to the vent neck. Optionally, the cover may be kept in a closed position. The diaphragm normally seats upon the vent neck. A sealing liquid in the reservoir has a closed chamber over the reservoir liquid. When the arm is not held in a cover closed position, and up until a set vent neck pressure is reached, the liquid seal subassembly eliminates low level fugitive vapor emissions escaping from the diaphragm/seat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: The Protectoseal Company
    Inventors: Thomas C. Piotrowski, Martin Clift
  • Patent number: 6129233
    Abstract: The collection of household refuse using multichamber refuse containers poses problems if automatic container grippers are used since the section lids of the container can no longer be opened manually before the container is tipped into the vehicle. In particular in the case of multichamber refuse containers having a partition which is attached perpendicularly to the axis of rotation of the container lid in the container, there is the risk that as the refuse is being tipped into the vehicle, the section lids of the container will collide with the partition of the vehicle and therefore will not open completely. The patent specification proposes various means, such as changing the geometry of the axis of rotation of the section lids, or curved control means attached to the refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Rolf Schiller
  • Patent number: 6062385
    Abstract: A multifunctional tool box comprising (a) a central container having an article-holding recess on the top surface thereof and a second article-holding recess on the bottom surface thereof, the center of the front edge of the central container being mounted with a pair of male engaging elements, facing each other, the rear edge corners of the central container being provided with a pair of female connection holes, and a handle being pivotally disposed across the male engaging elements; (b) a top and a bottom edge cover individually provided with an article-holding recess, and the center of the front edge thereof being individually provided with an engaging member and the four corners of the top and the bottom edge cover being disposed with a female connection hole, and the center of the rear edge of the top and the bottom edge cover being provided with a male fastener member, (c) a plurality of connection plates having one surface being provided with two perpendicular protrusions to mount the central container
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Chiung-Hua Cho