Rotating, Vertical Axis Patents (Class 248/131)
  • Patent number: 10221005
    Abstract: A novel thermally insulated enclosure includes an insulated wall and a magnet assembly coupled thereto for mounting the insulated enclosure to ferromagnetic structures. In a particular embodiment, the magnet assembly includes a plurality of magnets coupled to the insulated wall. In another particular embodiment, the magnet assembly is a removable magnetic device that can be connected and disconnected from the insulated enclosure. In another particular embodiment, the magnet assembly is a removable magnet carrier that can be incorporated into the structure of the insulated enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Lewis William James, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10058993
    Abstract: A tool holder assembly for a watercraft and other applications employs a base assembly which is radially expandable to engage the inner surface of a cup holder or similar structure. The upper portion of the tool holder assembly includes a container and a multitude of thin rods which engage and press against tools inserted into the container. A containment net is placed over the projecting top portions of the tools and is secured by clips which engage retainers mounted at the top portion of the container. The tool holder assembly is installed by relative rotation between the upper portion and the base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Acme United Corporation
    Inventors: Richard S. Constantine, Siu-Leung Tang
  • Patent number: 9062812
    Abstract: A holder for supporting a portable electronic device and includes a pedestal and a supporting board. The supporting board includes a resisting portion and at least one resonator portion. The resisting portion is mounted on and has a predetermined angle with a top surface of the pedestal. The resonator portion is connected to an edge of the resisting portion and extends from the edge towards a side contrary to the resisting portion a predetermined distance and then extends towards the resisting portion. The resisting portion and the top surface of the pedestal cooperatively support the portable electronic device. The resonator portion is configured to resonate and guide sounds generated by the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsiung Tsai
  • Patent number: 8888393
    Abstract: An applicator, for a cosmetic liquid, such as nail polish, includes a reservoir and a removable cap sealing an opening in the reservoir. The applicator may be quite small, holding nail polish for a single application to a person's nails, having a number of legs that can opened so that the applicator can rest on a table. Alternately, the applicator may be built to be handled like a pen, with a piston that is driven to supply the liquid. Features are provided for the attachment of two or more such applicators to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Zoya Hajianpour, Babak Sheikh
  • Patent number: 8840073
    Abstract: A leg structure supports in an upright position a container having a piping port in the bottom of the container. The leg structure is provided with fixed legs fixed or removably mounted to the container, a movable leg capable of moving relative to the fixed legs so as to approach and be separated in the horizontal direction from the fixed legs while supporting the container, and the connecting section for connecting the container and the fixed legs to each other such that the container is maintained upright relative to the fixed legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigemitsu Sakairi
  • Patent number: 8789801
    Abstract: A symmetrical, balanced receptacle for storing, displaying or transporting goods, materials, people, plants or animals is suspended from a double-axis gimbal mounted on a framework. The receptacle is attached to the gimbal by adjustable bearings and a locking mechanism holds the receptacle in various positions, tilted forward or back, and swiveled to one side or the other. When the receptacle is unlocked, gravity holds it level, which is especially useful when the device is used to hold or transport cargo on sloping ground, turbulent water or shifting air currents. The framework may be stationary or attached to a wheeled vehicle, water craft, aircraft or other means of transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Alfred Thomas Newman
  • Patent number: 8708219
    Abstract: A mailbox support attaching to a post includes an arm for supporting a mailbox at a given height, an opening for freely allowing the arm to slide over the post, and a tab flexibly extending into the opening and designed to limit movement of the arm relative to the post if the post is disposed within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Charles A. Patterson, Michael Reedy, Victor Hoernig
  • Patent number: 8638321
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a display main body having a display part to display an image, a control part to control the display part and a power supplying part to supply power; a stand part to support the display main body and to accommodate a cable unit transmitting a signal from the power supplying part and the control part; a driving part electrically connected to the cable unit to perform a swivel mechanism of the stand part; and a base part to support the stand part and the driving part, the power supplying part supplying power to the driving part, and the control part controlling the driving part to perform the swivel mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-kyun Lee, Sang-hak Kim
  • Patent number: 8567640
    Abstract: A portable carousel assembly for storing and facilitating access to medicine containers, such as plastic bottles commonly used for prescription or over-the-counter medications. Each medicine bottle is housed in a station that includes an aperture formed in a top plate of a rotatable receptacle. The rotatable receptacle is coupled to a stationary base. An ejection mechanism, such as a lever, cam track or ramp is operable to partially eject a selected medicine bottle from the receptacle so that it can be viewed or removed from the receptacle. The medicine bottle is maintained in the partially ejected condition by grasping means, such as flaps, gaskets, or webbing, or by operation of the cam track or ramp, so that the user need only use one hand to operate the carousel assembly and remove the medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LJC Therapy Services. Inc.
    Inventor: Connie Johnson-Lofton
  • Patent number: 8490859
    Abstract: The rotating mailbox device is provided in varying degrees of complexity, with each embodiment thereof focused on as basic a design as is possible while still retaining the important features of the device. Even the most basic design provides illuminated address, illumination strips within the mailbox assembly, and exterior indicators for indicating mail received via sensing of door opening. Of importance is that the basic design of the device dictates that the dished tray is rotateably affixed directly atop the post and may also be affixed off-center regarding the tray. The direct post-to-tray attachment negates the need for further attachment devices such as horizontal arms, for example. Lateral attachment of the mailbox assembly to the platform elevated section provides for easiest disassembly of part of the device and also for the elevated section to be a floor for the mailbox assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Brett A. Master, Donald A. Bland, Theresa K. Master
  • Patent number: 8424822
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus having a display supported by an arm mechanism is provided. The arm mechanism has a first arm member and a second arm member. A turning mechanism is provided at a base end portion of the first arm member and a turning mechanism is provided at a working end portion of the second arm member. An upper end portion of the first arm member and a lower end portion of the second arm member form a connection section, and an intermediate turning mechanism is provided inside the connection section. Because the arm mechanism is gently curved over its entire structure, no excessive load is applied to the cable passing inside the arm mechanism. The cable extends in the connection section along an outer route having a gentle radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Aloka Medical, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Suda, Takayoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 8387929
    Abstract: An adjustable stand, for supporting a device having a lateral surface defining a number of recessed portions, includes a base, a rotating frame, and two connecting axles. The rotating frame includes a chassis and two opposing arms extending arcuately and upward from the chassis, wherein the chassis is rotatably connected to the base. The two connecting axles are rotatably connected to the two opposing arms, respectively. Each of the two connecting axles includes at least one elastic protrusion fitting into one of the plurality of recessed portions, and connecting the device to the two connecting axles, wherein the at least one elastic protrusion is able to deform to allow the device to rotatably connect with the two connecting axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ze-Bo Lin, Jian-Hui Dai, Shou-Ji Liu, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 8322598
    Abstract: A mailbox mounting bracket is configured for attachment to a post, rail, fence, or the like, to allow a mailbox to be mounted in multiple orientations. The bracket has a top plate with a plurality of holes for mounting to the bottom of a mailbox, a downwardly-extending peripheral ridge with a plurality of holes for mounting to the sides of the mailbox, and first and second downwardly-extending flanges at opposite sides of the bracket each with a plurality of holes for mounting to opposite sides of the post, fence, rail or the like. In another embodiment, the bracket includes two pieces each having a top plate, the top plates being rotatably connected to each other for extra support and versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Architectural Mailboxes, LLC.
    Inventor: Christopher A. Farentinos
  • Patent number: 8196876
    Abstract: A support mechanism includes a bracket and a rotary unit including a base and at least one adjustment subassembly. The adjustment subassembly includes an elastic member and a ball. The elastic member resists the ball to contact the bracket. The bracket is rotatable relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fan Zhou, Ben-Gui Long
  • Patent number: 8157237
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a base portion for placing a display screen portion thereon, a driving source and a transmission gear portion arranged inside the base portion, a display screen support member provided with an engaging member and supporting the display screen portion rotatably in a horizontal plane and rotatably with respect to a vertical plane and a rack plate arranged on the base portion and including a rack gear meshed with the transmission gear portion in a horizontal direction. The display screen support member is rotated in an anteroposterior direction with respect to the vertical plane by a prescribed angle with rotation of the engaging member of the display screen support member engaged with the rack plate following reciprocation of the rack plate in the horizontal plane with normal and reverse rotation of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Toshiharu Hibi
  • Publication number: 20110315522
    Abstract: Disclosed is a centering element for use with container holders or turntables on container processing machines, comprising a centering cone that has a cone-type or taper-type centering surface for receiving and centering each container on the bottom of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Krämer, Lutz Deckert
  • Patent number: 8075424
    Abstract: A sports training device comprising a stand alone unit comprising a ball securing member attached to a telescopic member. The ball securing member comprises a collar, one or more arms attached to the collar, and one or more receiving elements attached to each arm, wherein each receiving element is configured to hold a playing object, such as, a basketball. The collar is adjustably attached to the telescopic member, wherein such attachment effects the variation in the position of each receiving element. Furthermore, the to telescopic member is adjustable in height. The training device, then, allows an athlete to practice throwing a basketball from a variety of positions when received from a variety of heights from the ground of the court.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: John E. Hostetler
  • Patent number: 8061675
    Abstract: A rotatable seat mount apparatus is disclosed. A disclosed apparatus includes a seat mount having a locking arm pivotally mounted within the seat mount. A lever is rotatably coupled to the locking arm so that rotation of the lever causes the locking arm to pivot from a first position in which the seat mount is prevented from rotating and to a second position in which the seat mount is enabled to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Downey
  • Patent number: 8047423
    Abstract: A swing away or pivotable mailbox support includes a lower post anchored in the ground and pivotally connected to an upper post having a horizontally projecting mailbox support arm. The upper post is pivotally movable in response to horizontal loads applied to the support arm. Adjacent connecting ends of the posts have aligned centrally located mounting bores for receipt of a mounting shaft. A bearing and detent assembly is mounted to the connecting ends of the posts to provide support and relative rotational movement between detent-engaged stable rotational positions. A kit including a bearing and detent assembly and a shaft is also provided for converting a stationary mailbox support to a swing away or pivotable support in accordance with the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Robert H. Brecht
  • Patent number: 7997545
    Abstract: This invention is to an apparatus and method using a pivoting support structure to support mail boxes, newspaper tubes, information signage or decorative materials near a road while being less susceptible to damage from passing vehicles. The invention may be attached to a post, pipe or other vertical structure. Even after the apparatus is installed, the invention has an inherent flexibility to change the original starting position of the mail box relative to the road. Furthermore, the invention acts as a self-centering hinge allowing the support structure to swing in excess of 90-degrees to 180-degrees depending upon installation even while supporting single or multiple mailboxes and/or decorative or aesthetic items. The invention then automatically returns the mail box to its original starting position through the cooperative effort of a spring, gravity and inherent hinge design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Rodney W. Holland
  • Patent number: 7992767
    Abstract: A canted swivel for a mailbox to provide an automatic swiveling mailbox arrangement enabling retrieval of mail from the box without entering a nearby thoroughfare with the mailbox having a rest point or balance point facing outward toward the thoroughfare at its balance point as a result of a canted ball bearing swivel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Reed Leadrew Holmes
  • Patent number: 7950610
    Abstract: A display base including a torque limiter capable of inhibiting the number of components from increase and the torque limiter are obtained. This display base includes a driving source turning a display screen portion and a transmission gear portion for transmitting driving force of the driving source to a turning portion. The transmission gear portion includes a torque limiter having a driven gear member integrally provided with a plurality of support sections formed concentrically with rotational axis, a drive gear member fitted onto an outer peripheral surface of each of the support sections of the driven gear member, and a spring member pressing the support sections against the drive gear member by being press-fitted into an inner peripheral surface of each of the support sections of the driven gear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7948111
    Abstract: A vertical axis wind system for use in electrical power generation. The system includes a stationary base including a generator and has an elongate shaft rotatably coupled the base. The elongate shaft extends vertically from a lower end to an upper end along a vertical central axis and engages the generator. At least two arcuate blade assemblies are attached between the lower end and the upper end of the elongate shaft such that aerodynamic forces acting on the at least two arcuate blade assemblies rotate the elongate shaft for the generation of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Analytical Design Service Corporation
    Inventors: Dilip K. Nigam, Mohamed E. M. El-Sayed
  • Patent number: 7881678
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a radio frequency (RF) device for communicating on a wireless network. The device includes an antenna coupled to an RF circuit. The device further includes a body housing the RF circuit and the antenna. The device yet further includes a support member extending from the body. The support member is configured to be coupled to an object. The support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object when coupled to the object. The support member and body are configured to allow the body and the antenna to rotate about an axis when the support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas Menden, Timothy Gamroth, Jerel Scott Jamieson
  • Patent number: 7874537
    Abstract: A swivel device includes a motor as a driving source, gears for transmitting a driving force of the motor, a ring member to which the driving force of the motor is transmitted, and a disk member made of a metal sheet to which the driving force of the motor is transmitted via the ring member. This disk member is integrally provided with eight boss portions that are arranged with equal spaces in the swivel direction. The ring member is integrally provided with a groove portion in a circular pattern into which the boss portions are inserted. In addition, the boss portions of the disk member are inserted in the groove portion of the ring member in a slidable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kameoka, Akihiro Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 7837159
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism and a display device using the same are provided. The positioning mechanism comprises a fixed frame, a first buckling element, a second buckling element and a rotary component. The first buckling element is fixed to a first position of the fixed frame. The second buckling element is fixed to a second position of the fixed frame. The rotary component having a positioning pin is connected to an object and is pivoted to the fixed frame, such that the object and the rotary component are synchronously rotated with respect to the fixed frame. The object is in a first positioning state and a second positioning state when the positioning pin is buckled to the first buckling element and the second buckling element respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Qiada Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Jung Tsuo, Chien-Hung Chen, Cheng-Ping Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7758007
    Abstract: A commercial vehicle seating and operating unit fastened to a support (1) comprises a rotatably supported base plate (2), by means of which the seating and operating unit is supported rotatably about a vertical axis of rotation. The bearing arrangement comprises two cylindrical sleeves, which are disposed one coaxially in the other, a first inner sleeve (19) that is rigidly connected to the commercial vehicle and a second outer sleeve (21) that is rigidly connected to the seating and operating unit, the inner sleeve (19) forming a passage for the penetration of cables, pipes or hosepipes that connect the seating and operating unit to a unit of the vehicle. The bearing arrangement has a limiting device, which limits the rotation of the seating and operating unit about the vertical axis to a preset maximum angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Dipl.-Ing. agr. Andreas Reichhardt
    Inventor: Alfred Link
  • Patent number: 7758005
    Abstract: A rotation apparatus of a flat display including a standard shaft which is implanted and fixed in the base, a clutch plate which is pivotally supported by the standard shaft so as to be able to freely rotate and is driven to rotate by rotation drive means as needed, a standard gear which is attached and fixed to the standard shaft, an idle gear which is attached to the clutch plate to be able to freely rotate and is engaged with the standard gear to roll around the standard gear, and a rotation output gear which is engaged with the idle gear and attached to the clutch plate to be able to freely rotate and orbit the circumference of the standard gear while rotating itself to support the flat display via the supporting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Simontec Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Uemura
  • Patent number: 7753046
    Abstract: The inventions disclosed herein relate to restraint devices for gas tanks. In a first embodiment, the tank retainer includes a bracket for engaging with the collar of a gas tank and a tray for engaging with the base of the gas tank. The bracket is preferably stationary wherein the tank, while supported by the tray, is rotated into engagement with a slot formed into the bracket. The tray preferably includes a channel for receiving and restraining the base of a gas tank. The brackets and trays can be used in combination or independently of one another. The bracket and tray are preferably distinct components of a gas grill; however, it is contemplated that the features of the bracket and tray can be incorporated into other components of a barbecue grill such as the frame members and lower shelf of the grill cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Leonard Zelek
  • Patent number: 7669810
    Abstract: A variable revolving position device capable of facilitating revolving as well as providing a stable support for the display device at the same time. The variable revolving position device comprises a base, a revolving axle and a normal force providing device. The base includes a housing and a bottom, and the revolving axle includes a load bearing end and a friction block, wherein the housing has at least a first friction surface set correspondingly against a second friction surface formed in the upper surface of the friction block. The friction block is disposed in the housing, and is capable of moving along the axis up and down as well as revolving variably. The normal force providing device is disposed between the friction block and the bottom, where the normal force providing device provides a normal force pushing the friction block upwardly along the axis so that the second friction surface contacts the first friction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Chin Fu Chiang, Chih-Kang Peng
  • Patent number: 7568666
    Abstract: A stand quickly and reliably supports an article at a desired location relative to a floor or other support surface for convenient use. The stand includes a base portion that is adapted to engage a support surface. A post portion includes a lower member connected to the base portion, an intermediate member, and a first coupling that prevents axial and rotational movement of the lower member relative to the intermediate member. The post portion also includes an upper member and a second coupling that prevents axial and rotational movement of the intermediate member relative to the upper member. Lastly, the stand includes a platform portion that is adapted to support an article. The lower member, the intermediate member, and the upper member of the post portion are each hollow and provide a passageway that extends from an opening formed through the base portion to an opening formed through the platform portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Air Power Systems Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg L. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7564682
    Abstract: A display is disclosed to include a base, a post coupled to the base through a ball and socket joint for free adjustment at different angles, a holder assembly coupled and movable along the post, a locking device mounted in the holder assembly for locking the holder assembly to the post at the desired height, and a screen pivotally coupled to a pivot member at the holder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventors: Guan-De Liou, Chia-Pine Huang, Li-Li Lai, Stephen Tsai
  • Patent number: 7559457
    Abstract: A mailbox arrangement is provided for mounting a mailbox to a mounting post, featuring a mailbox for receiving mail; a mounting base coupled to the mailbox; a mounting bracket for suitably coupling the mailbox arrangement to a mounting post; and a spring assembly for flexibly and rotationally coupling the mounting base to the mounting bracket in a predetermined relationship, the spring assembly being responsive to a force, for pivoting the mounting base in relation to the mounting bracket in one direction so as to resist and absorb a torque being applied as a result of the force, and for pivoting the mounting base in relation to the mounting bracket in the opposite direction as a result of the torque being stored in the spring assembly so as to return the mounting base and the mounting bracket back to the predetermined relationship when the force is no longer applied, so that when the mailbox is mounted on the mounting post, the mailbox is oriented in a desired position for receiving mail, and so that when th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Webber
  • Publication number: 20090020667
    Abstract: A support for a cylindrically-shaped accessory has a first frame defining a receptacle for a cylindrically-shaped accessory and a connecting assembly. The first frame has a bottom wall and a peripheral bracing wall structure. The bottom wall defines an upwardly facing surface. The peripheral bracing wall structure extends at least partially around a region occupied by a cylindrically-shaped accessory in the upright stored orientation, bearing on the upwardly-facing surface, to thereby limit tipping of the cylindrically-shaped accessory. The connecting assembly has first and second connector parts attachable one each to the first frame and second frame upon which the support can be placed. The first and second connector parts are engagable, each with the other, by relatively translating the first and second connector parts along a connecting line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Ruben Johnson
  • Patent number: 7344113
    Abstract: A tool holder includes a base body having a through hole and a tubular clamp rotatable between first and second positions. The tubular clamp has a plurality of axially extending split parts which extend through the through hole and which define a clamping hole to clamp a cutter. The split parts are resilient to move inward or outward. A plurality of push elements are formed on the base body to push the split parts inward when the tubular clamp is in the first position. The split parts are released when moving from the push elements in the second position of the tubular clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Gau Woei Super Hard Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 7314203
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a base for a top object such as a vanity mirror or other small object with enhanced stability and rotational capabilities. The invention is also easy to manufacture, take apart and put back together, and repair as it has only one screw which holds the entire unit together. While designed for a vanity mirror, and number of other items can be mounted on the top of the invention due to its design which includes a threaded opening at its upper portion which can accommodate screw threads from an attached device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Chi Yau Yue
  • Patent number: 7249704
    Abstract: A mailbox multi-position support system for efficiently providing easy and safe access to mailboxes. The mailbox multi-position support system generally includes a first support member attached to a mailbox post, a rotating member rotatably attached to a first upper horizontal surface of the first support member and a second support member attached to a second upper horizontal surface of the rotating member, wherein a third upper horizontal surface of the second support member attaches to a mailbox, wherein the mailbox rotates about the first support member via the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Cleve H. Smith
  • Patent number: 7204501
    Abstract: A universal retractable step for use with the trailer hitch receptacle on automotive vehicles, wherein the step is movable from a stowed position to a utility position while remaining in the same horizontal plane. The step is readily adaptable to fit different trailer hitch receptacle sizes, as well as vehicles of differing heights, while including items to improve stability and security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventors: Gary Bang, Dan Knodle
  • Patent number: 7195146
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an apparatus, including: a generally horizontal support tray to support a mailbox; a post interface bracket for attachment to a mailbox support post; a spring attached to said generally horizontal support tray and said post interface bracket and disposed so as to return said generally horizontal support tray to its normal position after said generally horizontal support tray is rotated out of position; and a connection pivot bolt connecting said spring and said post interface bracket, said connection bolt being sole method of fixed attachment of said generally horizontal support tray and said post interface bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventors: Tristram C. Dunn, George E. Riehm
  • Patent number: 7032811
    Abstract: A mailbox assembly having a rotatable mailbox attached to a flexible support for securing said assembly within the ground. The support includes a rod having a top end and a bottom end. The support also includes a bottom support plate positioned on the ground surface for stabilizing the mailbox. A mounted stake is attached to the bottom support plate for securing the support underneath the ground surface. A spring is attached between the bottom end of the rod and the bottom support plate, for allowing the support to bend from the spring in any direction upon impact. The mailbox, having an interior cavity, is rotatably secured to the support by a cylinder shaped support plate attached to a circular collar. The rod of the support is sized to fit though the circular collar of the cylinder shaped support plate and is fastened to the inside cavity of the mailbox by a ball. The ball is threaded to accept the rod and hold the cylinder shaped support plate in place against the bottom of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth Paulic, Dimitry Atrkhimovich
  • Patent number: 7014199
    Abstract: A sack cart comprising a frame adapted to support at least two sacks, where the frame is rotatable about a central axis passing through the frame, a rotation mechanism is coupled between the frame and a support surface that enables the frame to be rotated about the central axis, and at least one sack support arm is selectively movable to support the sack on the sack cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Louis J. Hendzel
  • Patent number: 6997425
    Abstract: The invention concern a stand, in particular for a surgical microscope, in which provision can be made, by means of adjustment devices on the stand itself and not on the stand foot (2), for the pivot axis (30) of the carrier arm (11) to be plumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems (Schweiz) AG
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Patent number: 6962271
    Abstract: A dispensing system for returnable bulk shipping containers and more particularly to a apparatus and method for selectively emptying the contents of bulk containers which, when emptied, can be returned to the supplier for refilling. The apparatus comprises a hoist having vertical lift capability. A rotator provided on the hoist provides horizontal rotation capability to a container press. A funnel cap is provided with the container press which is configured to replace the cover of the container, thereby retaining any structural integrity afforded by the cover. The funnel cap includes a selectively operable valve. The funnel cap operates in conjunction with a platen which is used to initially support the container in its upright position. The funnel cap and platen are movable away from one another to enable containers to be inserted or removed therefrom. The funnel cap and platen are movable toward one another to enable a container to be engaged and retained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Sertapak, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Robert Gregson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6959901
    Abstract: A rotatable book holder includes a housing having a chamber to rotatably receive a rotary member which has a number of holes. A pole includes a lower portion secured to the rotary member, and a plate is secured to an upper portion of the pole and includes a number of holes facing toward the holes of the rotary member, to receive shanks of books, and for allowing the books to be rotated relative to the housing in concert with the rotary member, and thus for allowing the books to be easily viewed or read by the users. The housing includes a weight to rotatably support the pole and to increase stability of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Chun Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 6863252
    Abstract: A display monitor support system comprising a vertical post (3) on which an arm (2) is pivotally mounted. The vertical position of the arm (2) relative to the post (3) can be adjusted by fitting an O-ring into one of several annular recesses (12) provided along the length of the post (3), the arm resting on the O-ring and being supported thereby. The arm (2) is preferably in two sections (2A,2B) pivotally connected by pin (6). A universal joint (5) is provided at the end of the arm (2) to which a quick-release mechanism (4) is attached, said mechanism including a mounting plate (98) connected to the monitor (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Bosson
  • Patent number: 6659484
    Abstract: Vehicle-mountable steps with platforms which have stowed and operational (deployed) positions. A latch mechanism positively locks the platform in the selected position. The step is designed for vehicles equipped with a ball-and-receiver type of trailer hitch and is coupled to the receiver of the hitch. The step is easily removed when the hitch is needed for towing but can otherwise be left on the vehicle as the platform of the step is located out-of-the-way beneath the vehicle when the platform is located in its stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel W. Knodle, Gary M. Bang
  • Patent number: 6648289
    Abstract: A mechanism which achieves positional flexibility of a heavy operator console in the horizontal plane, improving ergonomics while avoiding mechanical and safety-related problems arising from moving the operator console relative to a main unit of a scanner. The mechanism comprises four links and two bosses and is installed between the main unit of the ultrasound system and the operator panel, hidden below the latter. Seen from above, the four links resemble the back legs of a frog. The “frog-leg” configuration allows the operator to bring the operator panel up close by pulling it with one hand. The mechanism also allows a heavy CRT monitor to be mounted onto the operator panel and thus follow the latter's movement. When the system is to be moved, the operator panel is pushed back and locks into a compact “parked” position, allowing the handles on the operator panel to be used for moving the entire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Aasulv Toennesland, Louis Morasse, Robert A. Meurer
  • Publication number: 20030173473
    Abstract: A stand for supporting one or more musical instruments that swivels to permit the selected musical instrument to be made available directly in front of the user or in another predetermined selected position and can be locked in position for ready access. The present invention comprises a swiveling support post and a fixed inner support post contained therein. The swiveling support post is selective locked or unlocked in a desired position through employment of a locking swivel assembly. The locking swivel assembly includes a tension spring whose tension force is employed to exert braking pressure thereby locking the outer swivel post in a predetermined selected position. A foot pedal release mechanism is provided which releases the force on the tension spring thereby releasing the braking pressure and allowing free rotation of the outer swivel post. A folding tripod base portion provides support for the entire assembly and folds for ready storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventors: Donald Mackay, Jessie Cochran
  • Patent number: 6560794
    Abstract: A rise assist apparatus comprising a handrail in the form of a convoluted section attached to a vertical pole, and stabilized by a bed frame attachment member and a floor contacting base frame. Alternatively, the rise assist apparatus may be wall mounted, being stabilized by a system of mounted wall brackets. The rise assist apparatus further includes an upper curved, horizontal leveraging handle, which extends from the pole-like support structure. Specifically, the rise assist apparatus allows the user to build momentum by pushing off the upper hand grip, and allows the user to control the momentum by regaining balance, and readjusting posture, by gripping the lower handrail member. Additionally, the user can use the curved grip with one hand, while simultaneously reaching for the handrail during the rising movement thereby allowing the user to support himself or herself as they rise out of bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventors: Kyle R. Allen, Lynn W. Allen
  • Patent number: RE44727
    Abstract: A display monitor support system comprising a vertical post (3) on which an arm (2) is pivotally mounted. The vertical position of the arm (2) relative to the post (3) can be adjusted by fitting an O-ring into one of several annular recesses (12) provided along the length of the post (3), the arm resting on the O-ring and being supported thereby. The arm (2) is preferably in two sections (2A,2B) pivotally connected by pin (6). A universal joint (5) is provided at the end of the arm (2) to which a quick-release mechanism (4) is attached, said mechanism including a mounting plate (98) connected to the monitor (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Colebrook Bosson & Saunders (Products) Limited
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Bosson