Slidable Receiver Patents (Class 224/281)
  • Patent number: 10744958
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for a work vehicle includes a drawer configured to slide between a closed position that blocks access to an interior of the drawer and an open position that facilitates access to the interior of the drawer. The drawer includes a first exterior body panel of the work vehicle, the drawer is positioned such that a second exterior body panel of the work vehicle at least partially surrounds the first exterior body panel while the drawer is in the closed position, and the first exterior body panel is configured to substantially align with the second exterior body panel while the drawer is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: David Melvin Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10703292
    Abstract: A shelving system includes side members that each define a first channel having a slide disposed therein. A cross member extends between and connects the slides. The cross member defines a second channel having a guide member disposed therein. The guide member defines a third channel and a flange. A container includes side walls having a rail. One of the rails is movably disposed in the third channel. The rails include a first locking element and a second locking element. The handle includes a third locking element that engages the first locking element. The handle is movable between a first position in which the second locking element engages the flange and the container is fixed relative to the guide member and a second position in which the second locking element is spaced apart from the flange and the container can translate relative to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEJANA TRUCK AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventor: Charles L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 10596947
    Abstract: A cup holder including a case for receiving a cup, having an opening and a bottom opposite to the opening; a rotational arm including a first arm member rotatably connected to the case, and a second arm member rotatably connected to the first arm member and having a retaining member for holding the cup; and a platform slidably arranged in the case to move between a first position in which the platform is positioned at the opening of the case, and a second position in which the platform is positioned at the bottom of the case, the platform an abutting portion extending downwardly therefrom to abut against the first arm member. When the platform moves from the first position to the second position, the abutting portion abuts against the first arm member to rotate the rotational arm toward the case and the retaining member is disposed inside the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIFCO AMERICA CORP.
    Inventors: Randy Smithson, Akihiko Hirose
  • Patent number: 10591248
    Abstract: An example firearm receptacle includes a mounting structure, a firearm holder, and a door stopper. The mounting structure is configured to be fixably mounted to one of a wall or a door. The door stopper is configured to transition between a deployed position and a stowed position. In the example embodiment, the door stopper is configured to impede the opening of the door when the door stopper is in the deployed position and to allow the opening of the door when the door stopper is in the stowed position. The door stopper is additionally configured to prevent the door stopper from transitioning to the stowed position when a firearm is disposed in the firearm holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Ned Forrest Christiansen
  • Patent number: 10577837
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock (1) for an openable body section of a motor vehicle including: a lever (10) for opening said openable body section intended for allowing the opening of the openable body section; a locking means (12) configured to adopt an operative locking position in which said locking means (12) locks said opening lever (10) and an inoperative position in which said locking means (12) allows the movement of said lever (10); a resilient locking return means (14) configured so as to move said locking means (12) from the inoperative position to the operative locking position; and a triggering means (16) configured so as to adopt an inoperative position in which said triggering means (16) locks the locking means (12) in the inoperative position thereof and an operative unlocking position in which said trigger (16) releases said locking means (12) in order for the later to pass from the inoperative position to the operative locking position, the opening lever (10) including a driving means (11c)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: U-SHIN FRANCE
    Inventors: François Debroucke, Laurent Duriez, Cédric Lamidon
  • Patent number: 10526181
    Abstract: A barrier system for platform lifts to prevent access to an opening once the platform lift is lower than the floor. The system includes a platform lift configured to move in a housing. At least one upright member is receivable in the housing, and is moveable in an up and down direction. A lever is disposed in the housing in a manner in which it will engage with the platform lift as it moves into the housing. The movement of the lever because of this engagement moves the upright member out of the housing to create a barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Toler, Shawn Gilbert Coffman
  • Patent number: 10517394
    Abstract: A habitable motor vehicle includes an interior, an ambience around the vehicle, an opening between the interior and ambience, a door which closes the opening, an insect protection device fastened to the vehicle, a table, and a fastening device which is releasably fastens the table to the vehicle. The insect protection device has an insect protection screen which at least partly closes the opening. The fastening device has coupling members comprising a table coupling member arranged on the table, and a vehicle coupling member arranged on a side of the motor vehicle in a region of the opening. The table and vehicle coupling members are releasably coupled to each other. The table extends from the opening laterally into the ambience when the coupling members are coupled. An intermediate space is formed between the table and the interior having the insect protection screen arranged therein when the coupling members are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: REMIS GESELLSCHAFT FUER ENTWICKLUNG UND VERTRIEB VON TECHNISCHEN ELEMENTEN MBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Dressler, Semsi Hajredinaj
  • Patent number: 10479258
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having an auxiliary stowage compartment for transporting a compact scooter. The motor vehicle having an engine compartment, a passenger compartment, a luggage compartment in addition to the auxiliary stowage compartment. The auxiliary stowage compartment is accessible from the outside of the motor vehicle, and is opened and closed by a cover that is part of the outer skin of the vehicle wherein the additional stowage compartment is configured to receive a compact scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Rainer Souschek, Guenter Hans Grosch, Thomas Gerhards, Tobias Ricke, Alexandra Gatzweiler, Philipp Wolf
  • Patent number: 10442537
    Abstract: A table assembly movable between stowed and deployed configurations. A base portion is attachable to a surface, and a table portion is moveable between retracted and extended positions. The table portion includes upper and lower surfaces. An arm portion has first and second ends, the first end engaging the base portion and the second end disposed within the table portion. The table portion is slidably moveable along a longitudinal axis of the arm portion between the retracted and extended positions, and rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the arm portion between generally vertical and generally horizontal positions when the table portion is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Johnny A. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 10406990
    Abstract: Device holders for vehicles comprises a housing, a claw comprised of a first claw half and second claw half, and a latch for releasably securing the claw within the housing. The holders are secured to a vehicle's A-pillar so as to be just outside of a driver or operator's line of sight, and when secured within the housing are configured so that a visible surface of the claw substantially matches the surrounding trim of the A-pillar in appearance, such as texture and color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aurelien Pierre Christian Delaruelle, Thi Anh Thu Vu
  • Patent number: 10384584
    Abstract: A vessel for a vehicle may include a housing configured for connection with said vehicle and configured to receive a plurality of consumer items. The vessel may include a cover connected to the housing. The cover may include a closed position in which the cover restricts vehicle occupant access to the plurality of consumer items and/or may include an open position in which the cover permits vehicle driver access to the plurality of consumer items. A width of the housing may be less than or substantially equal to a distance between seats of said vehicle. A vessel may include a connecting member connected to the housing and configured to connect the housing with a center console of said vehicle. A vessel may include one or more lights disposed in the housing and configured to illuminate the plurality of consumer items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Cargo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jasper E. Wheeler, Jeffrey C. Cripe
  • Patent number: 10351068
    Abstract: A glovebox assembly includes a housing having an aperture for accessing an interior volume. An inner flap is rotationally coupled to the housing and is operable to a securing position within the aperture that at least partially encloses the interior volume. An outer door is rotationally coupled to the housing and selectively operable to an open position to access the interior volume wherein the outer door is operable independently of the inner flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Moran, Glenn Biddinger, Ryan Kosior, Angela Zaetta, Linneya Knight
  • Patent number: 10330436
    Abstract: A gun safe is provided that has components configured to releasably retain a handgun in the safe. The safe includes a gun ejector mechanism, a gun retaining mechanism, and an activator mechanism. The components positively mechanically secure the gun in a retained condition until the activator effects release of the gun, and then the ejector effects movement of the gun from a retained position to a user access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hornady Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Romeo, David J. Carson
  • Patent number: 10314191
    Abstract: A bent part (42) extends from an edge part of a wall part (41) being parallel to the direction of insertion of a rail part (90a). The bent part (42) has an arm part (42a) extending in a direction crossing the direction of insertion, and a contact surface part (42b) extending from the arm part (42a) in a direction crossing the direction of the arm part (42a). An opening of a slit (43) formed between the wall part (41) and the bent part (42) faces an opening of a cutout (61) into which the rail part (91a) is to be inserted. The contact surface part (42b) is sloped such that the rail part (90a) is slidingly guided into the slit (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fuqiang Han, Naoki Numata
  • Patent number: 10220794
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a vehicle cargo management system includes a body and a plurality of dividers. The body has a first pair of opposing sides and a second pair of opposing sides. The body forms a recess between the first and second pairs of opposing sides. Each side of the first pair of opposing sides includes a groove system, and a plurality of tabs that are configured to move within the groove system. The plurality of dividers are disposed within the recess of the body. Each of the plurality of dividers extends between the first pair of opposing sides, and each of the plurality of dividers is coupled to a respective one of the tabs. Movement of one of the tabs within the groove system causes a respective one of the dividers to move within the recess of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jose Jonathan Salazar Loera, Omar Rene Hernandez Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10150396
    Abstract: A vehicle cup holder assembly is provided herein. A receptacle is assembled to a vehicle console and a light source is coupled to the receptacle. An accessory is coupled to the receptacle and is deployable therefrom to increase the number of available cup holders in which to receive a beverage container. The accessory is configured to luminesce in response to light excitation by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Josh Greiner, Kristin Ann Hellman
  • Patent number: 10124737
    Abstract: A vehicle hook assembly may include a housing having an internal cavity receiving a slidable portion having a hook at a distal end thereof and a rail extending along a side of the slidable portion and at least one depressible knob configured to maintain the slidable portion at a fixed lateral positon relative to the housing in a relaxed state and to allow lateral movement of the slidable portion relative to the housing in a depressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Rodriguez, Enrique Granell Peniche
  • Patent number: 10040401
    Abstract: A locking firearm holder that can be mounted in a vehicle; the holder employs a capture lever to lock or grip against the trigger guard of a firearm, such as a hand gun. The holder exhibits two stable states: a capture lever lock state or a capture lever unlock state. The method of switching between these two stable states is the same in either case: the user pushes against the firearm, along the axis of the firearm. This initial action by the user either locks the firearm in place, or unlocks the holder to allow the user to withdraw the firearm from the holder. The holder includes a withdrawal limiter to prevent premature re-locking as the firearm is being released. The holder includes a lock tab positioned near the locked firearm; the lock tab must be actuated to unlock the holder, thus preventing an accidental unlocking due solely to vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Echo Zulu, LLC
    Inventors: James Thomas Zalusky, Eric James Zalusky
  • Patent number: 10035477
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a vehicle console for use with an electronic device having a cord. The vehicle console can be disposed adjacent a storage area for storing the electronic device. The vehicle console can include a compartment that is defined by a front portion, a bottom portion, and a back portion, the front and back portions being spaced apart so as to define an open area therebetween, the back portion defining an opening that is contiguous with the storage area such that the opening is configured to receive the cord therethrough, the bottom portion defining a channel that is configured to receive the cord. The vehicle console can also include a port disposed at the front portion of the compartment and configured to connect with the cord. The vehicle console can further include a removable cover overlaid across the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Hupman, Neal W. Luginbill
  • Patent number: 9931990
    Abstract: A storage assembly is provided to include a housing; a floor supported on the housing; an arm supported on the floor and elastically retractable between a retracted position and an extended position along a first direction; a drive member supported on the housing and including a cavity with an opening to receive a portion of the arm in the extended position; and a resistance member supported on the housing and including a shoulder at least partially retractably extendable through the opening to support the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Wang, Hallie Ge, Christina Fu
  • Patent number: 9902339
    Abstract: Embodiments of a retractable storage apparatus are described. Some embodiments include a hinge component, a back support disposed on a first side of the hinge component, and a lower support disposed on the first side of the hinge component. Some embodiments include an anchor component that is disposed on a second side of the hinge component, where when the retractable storage apparatus is disengaged, the back support, the lower support, and the anchor component are substantially coplanar and disposed within a mechanism cavity. Similarly, in some embodiments, in response to receiving a force directed into the mechanism cavity, the retractable storage apparatus is engaged such that the back support and the lower support extend from the mechanism cavity to expose the back support and the lower support and the back support and the lower support rotate on the hinge component to receive a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Earnee J. Gilling, Jonathan C. Hall, Cassandra R. Grant
  • Patent number: 9873384
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier apparatus for a vehicle may include a slide carrier configured to slide in a front-rear direction of a rear bumper beam to be drawn in and out of the rear bumper beam, extension supports laterally extended on the slide carrier to load a bicycle, a retainer rotatably provided on the slide carrier, with a stop block having a plurality of angled surfaces and provided on an end of the retainer, and a locking device fixed to the slide carrier and to which the end of the retainer is rotatably coupled, the locking device configured to be selectively stopped by the stop block so that the locking device restricts a rotation of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Jin Young Yoon, Hyun Gyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9834149
    Abstract: A shelving system includes side members that each define a first channel having a slide disposed therein. A cross member extends between and connects the slides. The cross member defines a second channel having a guide member disposed therein. The guide member defines a third channel and a flange. A container includes side walls having a rail. One of the rails is movably disposed in the third channel. The rails include a first locking element and a second locking element. The handle includes a third locking element that engages the first locking element. The handle is movable between a first position in which the second locking element engages the flange and the container is fixed relative to the guide member and a second position in which the second locking element is spaced apart from the flange and the container can translate relative to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company, LLC
    Inventor: Charles L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 9783129
    Abstract: A plurality of example automotive storage containers are disclosed. A first example automotive storage container includes at least a movable front panel and a movable top panel, each of the front panel and the top panel connected with and independently movable with respect to the automotive storage container. Each of the front panel and top panel can move into an open and close position independent of the rest of the automotive storage container. A second example automotive storage container includes at least a movable front panel and a movable top panel, the front panel movably connected to a base of the automotive storage container, wherein when the front panel is positioned in an open position, an interior of the automotive storage container is exposed, and wherein the front panel is movable in the open position to slide into a second position under the base of the automotive storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Roach, Craig Wieland
  • Patent number: 9771026
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention relate to a storage container including first, second and third walls, a first panel having first and second sides, the first side being connected to the first wall, and a second panel having third and fourth sides, the third side being connected to the second side, the fourth side being connected to and movable along the second and third walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Xu
  • Patent number: 9669935
    Abstract: A console for aircraft that is located between two seats which face each other. The console includes an open ledge with a cup holder arrangement. The cup holder arrangement includes two removable holder dividers which can be flipped up or down and held into position by a spring-loaded cam arrangement. The console also includes two inwardly facing surfaces which provide connectors for electronic devices resting on the ledge. A light-emitting face is provided on a back wall of the ledge so that any articles resting on the ledge can be seen in dark environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Headrick, Todd Thisius, Dave Kuhn, Craig Cillessen
  • Patent number: 9624711
    Abstract: A personal security apparatus to house weapons, valuables, and/or items requiring concealment includes a lockable insert mechanism to securely house items and at least one receiving apparatus adapted to mount the insert mechanism into or onto various structures and a lockable access door that provides convenient, rapid access to the items contained in the personal security apparatus and further prevents access by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Craig D. McAlexander
  • Patent number: 9539953
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component includes a base member fixed to a structural member, and a panel member attached to a vehicle compartment inner side of the base member so that its outer peripheral portion is pressed to a lining member from the vehicle compartment inner side. The panel member includes a panel protrusion protruding on a vehicle compartment outer side in the peripheral part of its outer peripheral edge, and the panel protrusion has an insertion hole into which a lock portion formed in the base member or a base fixing member fixed to the base member is inserted, and an auxiliary claw protruding on an outer peripheral edge side. The auxiliary claw engages with the base member to prevent the displacement of the panel protrusion to the vehicle compartment inner side when the outer peripheral portion of the panel member receives a load from the lining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KOJIMA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takatsugu Nagata
  • Patent number: 9511801
    Abstract: A height adjustable floor system for a motor vehicle includes a load compartment floor having front and rear floor members that are pivotally connected together to permit relative rotation about a transverse axis. The load compartment cover can be positioned in upper and lower load carrying positions and be moved between these positions with the aid of a pair of first side supports each having a continuous groove defining a path to be followed by a pair of spaced apart guide members located on left and right sides of the front floor member near to a front end thereof. The rear floor member is used to facilitate the transitioning of the load compartment floor between the two load carrying positions and the first side supports are so configured that in the load carrying positions load is not transferred from the load compartment floor to the guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andy Murray, Daniel Berry
  • Patent number: 9403489
    Abstract: A vehicle dashboard has a fixed structure provided with an outer surface, facing a passenger compartment, and a housing having an opening at said outer surface; the dashboard further has a supporting device provided with a frame, which has a seat for supporting a portable electronic device and is movable between an operative position, in the passenger compartment, and a stowed position, in the housing; the dashboard has a blocking device for retaining the frame in the stowed position; the blocking device is activated/deactivated automatically in response to a signal which is indicative of an authorized closing/opening control executed to close/open the lock of at least one of the side doors of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FCA ITALY S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Angeletti, Massimiliano Baudo, Davide Crepaldi, Carlo Lorenzano
  • Patent number: 9381872
    Abstract: A shelving system includes side members that each define a first channel having a slide disposed therein. A cross member extends between and connects the slides. The cross member defines a second channel having a guide member disposed therein. The guide member defines a third channel and a flange. A container includes side walls having a rail. One of the rails is movably disposed in the third channel. The rails include a first locking element and a second locking element. The handle includes a third locking element that engages the first locking element. The handle is movable between a first position in which the second locking element engages the flange and the container is fixed relative to the guide member and a second position in which the second locking element is spaced apart from the flange and the container can translate relative to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dejana Truck & Utility
    Inventor: Charles L. Hanley
  • Patent number: 9340163
    Abstract: An apparatus adaptable for use within a vehicle that secures a firearm and enables rapid release of the firearm. The apparatus possesses intuitive and accessible controls permitting hands free operation requiring no visual inspection during use so a user can maintain his or her gaze on a perceived threat and rapidly obtain access to the firearm in the ready state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Shane Baker
  • Patent number: 9022263
    Abstract: A medical pod for a vehicle may include a pallet configured to be loaded and unloaded into a cargo area or other area. The pallet may include an upper surface defining a floor structure. A plurality of side walls may extend upwardly from the pallet and may be connected to a roof section to form a container. The medical pod may include a transport system located on the floor structure. A patient restraint system may be positioned within the container and may have a patient support structure that may be coupled to the transport system such that the patient restraint system is movable relative to the floor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Rex Alan Russell
  • Patent number: 8939335
    Abstract: A firearm mount for a trunk or cargo space of a vehicle comprises a firearm mount and a support member. The firearm mount is shaped to receive and lockably secure a firearm. The firearm mount is connectable to the support member, and the support member is positionable within the trunk or cargo space to slidably retract inwardly to a storage position and to slidably extend outwardly to an access position. When installed, the firearm mount and the support member are positioned to suspend the firearm within the trunk or cargo for easy access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Terry L. Setina
  • Publication number: 20150001266
    Abstract: A support system for adjustably supporting an object such as an electronic device is provide for use with existing cup-holders, such as those found on automotive vehicles. The system include preferably a rigid yet flexible cup insert, rigid yet flexible extension member, and a fixed and/or adjustable cradle to support the object, where the extension member may be manipulated to permit adjustment of the cradle (and thus the object supported on the cradle) relative to the user and the existing cup-holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Richard Pluta
  • Patent number: 8905276
    Abstract: Vehicle trunk mounting systems and methods are disclosed. A mounting system comprises a frame adapted to be secured within the trunk and a platform adapted to support a device thereon. The frame comprises a hinge portion and a guide portion. The platform is movably secured within the frame. The frame is rotatable around the hinge portion between a first position in which the platform is substantially horizontal and a second position in which the platform is substantially upright. The platform is slidable within the guide portion when the frame is in the first position. A mounting method comprises mounting the device on the platform, slidably repositioning the platform within the frame, and rotating the frame between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Havis, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Bernert, David Enama, Mark P. Sundy
  • Patent number: 8857684
    Abstract: A tool box assembly for a truck is formed of nested boxes that telescope out to add additional storage space. There is an outer box and one or more inner boxes slidably engaged so that the inner boxes telescope out of the outer box, which is normally fixed to the truck's cargo bed across the width of the truck so that when they slide out, the inner boxes move out horizontally toward the rear end of the truck. The rear wall of each inner box locks in extended telescoped position to fill in the hole in the wall created by its having been telescoped out. Each inner box preferably has a top cover that slides around the bottom and sides of the inner box to close the top opening of the inner box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Slide Out Associates, Trustee for Slide Out CRT Trust
    Inventor: S. Mill Calvert
  • Patent number: 8857881
    Abstract: To easily handle a drawer device for a combined use as a container box and a cup holder to selectively use as the container box or the cup holder without requiring a troublesome operation. A connecting mechanism (80) is provided, which connects both a cup holder plate (50) and a tray (20) in a case wherein both are housed inside a housing (12) from a state wherein both are drawn to the maximum drawn position, and separates a connection between the cup holder plate (50) and the tray (20) in a case wherein the tray (20) is housed inside the housing (12) from a state wherein only the tray (20) is drawn to the maximum drawn position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Kei Shimozaki
  • Publication number: 20140076946
    Abstract: A bicycle rack is configured to support a bicycle in either a substantially horizontal orientation or in an upright, substantially vertical orientation. The bicycle rack includes pivotally and slidably coupled first and second frame members, and three support assemblies. Each support assembly includes a first support member defining a generally upwardly facing bicycle support surface, and a second support member. The first support members are height adjustable to vary a height of the bicycle support surfaces above the plane, and to provide a three-point bicycle support platform configured to support a bicycle in a substantially horizontal orientation. Each second support member includes a releasable clamp member for supporting a bicycle in an upright, substantially vertical orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kyle Ressler, Jill Mohr, John Petersen
  • Patent number: 8651351
    Abstract: A cargo management assembly for a vehicle having a support structure having a utility wall and side supports. A cabinet assembly is operably connected with the support structure. A barrier partition is disposed above the utility wall. A floor member is disposed below the cabinet assembly and the barrier partition. The floor member includes a spare tire access panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Hugh Fowler, Gary R Fulkerson, Randy Michael Freiburger
  • Patent number: 8646667
    Abstract: A roof rack device includes a base with a first through hole disposed on a car roof and two carrier members with a second through hole disposed on the base. The base is provided with pin and control members. The control member has a first buckle portion and a cam which pushes the pin member into the first and second through holes or out of the second through hole. The outer end of each carrier member has a lock seat with a second buckle portion. When the first and second buckle portions are engaged, the cam keeps the pin member in the first and second through holes and the carrier members are retracted. When the first and second buckle portions are disengaged, the cam acts on the pin member to disengage from the second through hole and the carrier members can be extended for dismounting the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: BETO Engineering and Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lopin Wang
  • Patent number: 8622455
    Abstract: A storage compartment configured to attach to a structure, and a method of assembling an instrument panel is provided. The storage compartment includes a base and a cover disposed above the base. The cover includes a first top portion, a second top portion, and a stop. The first top portion is fixedly mounted to the support portion of the base. The second top portion is movable between a retracted position and an extended position, in the retracted position the second top portion is substantially disposed over the first top portion, in the extended position, the second back wall of the second top portion is displaced from the first top portion. Once the second top portion of the cover is moved to the extended position, the stop engages the second top portion so as to prevent the second top portion from moving to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Joseph Quijano, Hisamitsu Tatsunami
  • Patent number: 8613381
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a truck mixer with at least one extension chute which for transport can be received on a holding means in a locked manner, wherein the holding means can be swiveled rotatorily and/or translatorily between a transport position and a removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Liebherr-Mischtecknik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Müller, Martin Wittig
  • Publication number: 20130299537
    Abstract: A firearm mount for a trunk or cargo space of a vehicle comprises a firearm mount and a support member. The firearm mount is shaped to receive and lockably secure a firearm. The firearm mount is connectable to the support member, and the support member is positionable within the trunk or cargo space to slidably retract inwardly to a storage position and to slidably extend outwardly to an access position. When installed, the firearm mount and the support member are positioned to suspend the firearm within the trunk or cargo for easy access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Terry L. Setina
  • Publication number: 20130256350
    Abstract: A slidable tray assembly is provided having an aperture located on the housing near the track of the slidable tray assembly to promote egress of foreign objects out of the track. The housing includes a grid-like assembly to strengthen the overall housing assembly. The grid-like pattern promotes foreign objects to become stuck within the track thereby prohibiting movement of the slidable assembly. Foreign objects enter the tray by means of a gap between the slidable tray and a panel from the interior of the vehicle. The aperture located on the housing is sized in proportion to the gap created between the panel and the slidable tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Joseph Quijano
  • Publication number: 20130228659
    Abstract: A support and protection device for a mobile apparatus includes a mounting frame for receiving a mobile apparatus, and a support seat detachably connected with the mounting frame. The mounting frame has an entrance and a slideway. The support seat has a slide, a locking piece and a support portion. The support portion supports the support seat and the mounting frame. The locking piece is inserted into the entrance, and the slide is slidable in the slideway. Thus, the support and protection device can protect the mobile apparatus, and can also place the mobile apparatus on a horizontal plane so that the mobile apparatus will not be held by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ching-Chang Wang
  • Patent number: 8511733
    Abstract: A panel end cap storage unit is disposed on an instrument panel end cap adjacent a vehicle door and is configured such that the unit is not accessible when the vehicle door is closed. In this way, the present invention provides a nonvisible secure storage unit that is only accessible when the adjacent vehicle door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen Blackmore, Thomas William Pietila, Anthony Ligi, Bhavani Thota
  • Patent number: 8474772
    Abstract: A cup holder is deployed from a recess in a substantially vertical panel behind a substantially planar fold-down door which is pivotable adjacent to a bottom edge. A substantially planar tray member is slidably mounted to a guide frame to move between a collapsed position and an expanded position at respective distances from the inside surface of the fold-down door. A telescoping holder unit with substantially cylindrical sleeve elements slides from a collapsed state to an expanded state in response to movement of the tray member. A top rim of the holder unit is fixed with respect to a cylindrical sleeve element having a largest diameter and is coupled to the tray member. A bottom plate of the holder unit is coupled to the fold-down door. The holder unit accommodates various beverage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John L. Miklas
  • Publication number: 20130134193
    Abstract: A remote deployment gun safe assembly. An exemplary assembly includes a top plate mounted to a package tray in a vehicle, a drawer assembly, a drawer slide mechanism, a deploying mechanism, and a locking mechanism. The assembly is configured to securely conceal a variety of different weapons. Upon activation of a remote switch, the gun safe assembly will unlatch and automatically deploy to expose the weapons for use. In other embodiments, the safe assembly may hold articles other than guns or weapons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Charles L. Mothersele
  • Patent number: 8403190
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tray assembly. The tray assembly may include a tray having a guide slot, a hinge arm including a cam-shaped portion and rotably coupled to the tray, a cover fixed to an end portion of the hinge arm, a drawer box storable in the tray and having a guide pin at a side portion thereof, the guide pin passing through the guide slot of the tray and being movable along the guide slot by selectively engaging with the cam-shaped portion of the hinge arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Woo