Screw Threaded Patents (Class 248/188.4)
  • Patent number: 10376129
    Abstract: A dishwasher with a tub defining a treating chamber, a chassis supporting the tub, and a set of leveling assemblies mounted to the chassis. A leveling assembly can include a leveling foot having a threaded shaft and a nut having a threaded interior and a flexible or moveable portion configured to receive a portion of the threaded shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: William K. Kangas, Thomas M. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10302114
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise a plate, an arm, and an arm fastener. The plate comprises: a plate edge, an arm mounting region, and surface mounting region(s). The surface mounting region(s) is configured to affix the plate to a surface with the plate edge facing a surface terminus of the surface. The arm comprises a leg mounting region. The arm fastener is configured to adjustably hold the arm to the arm mounting region with the leg mounting region extending beyond the plate edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Kramer
  • Patent number: 10123736
    Abstract: A system for monitoring use of knee joint flexibility rehabilitation apparatus comprises a knee joint flexibility rehabilitation apparatus, a sensor and a monitor configured to receive and display a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Xeras Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Malone, Cory R. A. Hallam
  • Patent number: 10080436
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a levelling device, which includes a top part and a lower part, where there in the top part is included a spindle, which includes a thread and an external cylindrical surface, a stop item and a sleeve, which includes at least one internal stop surface and that the spindle includes at least one track in which the stop item is placed. With the invention it is achieved that it is possible to manufacture a levelling device, where the sleeve, as a result of the stop surface on the sleeve and the stop item, which is mounted in the track on the spindle cannot be screwed so high up that parts of the thread on the spindle are exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NGI A/S
    Inventor: Lars Von Lillienskjold
  • Patent number: 10066407
    Abstract: Set comprising a device for slope compensation of a construction surface and a fixing foot having a gripping member, which device comprises a first and second slope compensation element mounted as to rotate with respect to each other, each element presents a range having a predetermined number of positions where each position corresponds to a slope compensation value, the first and second element comprising a first, respectively a second, series of windows applied each time on each of the elements, the windows of said first and second series of windows being arranged such that for each of the positions, where slope compensation value of the first and second slope compensation element corresponds, at least one of the windows of each of the slope compensation elements being positioned such as to be opposite to each other, the windows when positioned opposite to each other serve to engage the gripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Buzon Pedestal International
    Inventor: Claude Buzon
  • Patent number: 10022043
    Abstract: An eye examination device including eye examination optics for examining a patient's eyes. A chin rest assembly accepts the patient's head and maintains the patient's head in a fixed stable position. The chin rest assembly can comprise two spaced apart upright posts for securing to a table, with a forehead rest member being secured to the two upright posts at an upper end, and a chin rest member being secured to the two upright posts below the forehead rest member. The chin rest member can have a chin rest portion which extends forwardly relative to an upright plane extending between centers of the two upright posts and away from the eye examination optics, so that generally only a front of the patient's face coincides with the upright plane when the patient's head engages the chin rest portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Haixin Xue
  • Patent number: 9962311
    Abstract: A knee joint flexibility rehabilitation apparatus having a tubular strut with a support foot and a bracket, a height-adjustment bar translatably and rotatably disposed in the tubular strut, and a padded support bar fixed substantially perpendicularly to the height-adjustment bar, the padded support bar being configured to receive a knee joint posterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Xeras Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Malone
  • Patent number: 9945082
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a bollard base including a top plate, a plurality of spaced-apart anchors each integrally connected to and extending downwardly from the top plate, a plurality of adjustable leg assemblies at least partially connected to the top plate, and a tubular baffle connected to and extending downwardly from the bottom of the top plate, wherein the plurality of adjustable leg assemblies include a plurality of spaced-apart tubular legs integrally connected to and extending downwardly from the top plate, and a plurality of adjustable feet respectively partially insertable into the tubular legs. Various embodiments of the present disclosure also provide a bollard base including a top plate and a tubular baffle connected to and extending downwardly the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Urquhart Connell, Jeffrey R. Juskowich
  • Patent number: 9926709
    Abstract: A mechanism for supporting and positioning a glass floor unit relative to a base utilizing a support positioned to contact the glass floor unit. An adjuster interacts with a receiver fixed to the base. The adjuster includes a contact element which moves the support and exerts a force against the glass floor unit in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: William F. O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 9901168
    Abstract: A leg assembly for a table includes an elongated body portion having a wireway extending along a length of the body portion and configured to receive electrical power and communication lines therein, one or more wire retaining assemblies located within the wireway of the body portion, each of the one or more wire retaining assemblies movable between a first position, wherein electrical power and communication lines are retained within the wireway, and a second position, wherein electrical power and communication lines may be readily removed from within the wireway, and wherein the one or more wire retaining assemblies remain at least partially within the wireway in the first position and in the second position, and a cover member releasably connected to the one or more wire retaining assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse M. Menayan, David C. Eberlein, Mohd Ramdan Rohani, Justin M. White
  • Patent number: 9826834
    Abstract: A foot for a cabinet comprises a body having a longitudinal axis, an upper end and a lower end, a leveler adjustably connected to the lower end of the body and mounting locations. The leveler is adjustable to vary a longitudinal dimension of the foot. The mounting locations are on the body and ferromagnetically couple one or more foundation members in place adjacent the foot. A foot system and other components are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: A-dec, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Hovenden, Joshua D. Vail
  • Patent number: 9810220
    Abstract: A module for an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project is described. The module comprises machinery disposed on a baseplate. The baseplate is coupled with a support structure via adjustable, self-leveling chocks. The chocks maintain a level baseplate surface regardless of whether or not the underside of the baseplate and the support structure are parallel. The chocks reduce and/or eliminate the transfer of the deflection forces from the support structure to the baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Neetin Ghaisas
  • Patent number: 9803730
    Abstract: For the purpose of providing a home appliance device with improved characteristics regarding a simple construction a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed. The device includes at least one first gearing element that is rotatable around a first rotation axis; at least one second gearing element that is rotatable around a second rotation axis which is perpendicular to the first rotation axis; and at least one housing unit at least mostly covering the first gearing element and having at least one housing element that is latched with the first gearing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Aydin Sahin, Tanzer Yildizgoecer, Cahit Oender
  • Patent number: 9766427
    Abstract: A mirror assembly is disclosed. The mirror assembly includes a housing and a mirror that are movable with respect to one another. The mirror assembly includes a plurality of primary adjustment mechanisms. Each primary adjustment mechanism includes a conical washer, a hollow adjuster screw comprising external threads configured to threadedly engage the housing, a wave spring fitting over said hollow adjuster screw, a jam nut seated atop said wave spring, and a spherical head screw configured to threadedly engage the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Barney, Bruce E. Chisholm, Matthew E. South
  • Patent number: 9630086
    Abstract: A jack for leveling a pool table fits under at least one leg of the table. The jack has a circular base disk and a circular upper disk, with a gear wheel disposed between the disks. Opposing surfaces on the disks and the gear wheel have pairs of cooperating circular ramped grooves therein, with each pair of grooves receiving a ball. A worm gear has teeth in geared connection with the teeth of the gear wheel. Turning the worm gear causes the gear wheel to rotate, which causes the balls to roll in their respective pair of grooves, thus creating an axial motion of the gear wheel and upper disk. By selectively turning the worm gear in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, the axial motion may be used to selectively raise or lower the pool table, in order to level the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: John M. Wahe
  • Patent number: 9572429
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a household appliance (1) having a pair of front feet (3) and rear feet (4), each couple of front feet (3) and rear feet (4) being mechanically couplable by an extension shaft (6) being secured within said household appliance (1), said rear feet (4) of said household appliance (1) being formed as individual foot mechanisms (2) having a coupling end (11) introducible into an installation slot (8), the latter being directly exposed to the outside on rear surface of said household appliance (1) whereby a mutually interengaging mechanical relationship is provided between said household appliance (1) and said foot mechanism (2) so that said rear feet (4) of said household appliance (1) are individually removable and externally height adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Tugrul Basesme
  • Patent number: 9546756
    Abstract: A display supporting apparatus includes a supporting unit having an adjustable body which includes two pairs of first adjusting grooves, and a support body which includes two pairs of second adjusting grooves. A first adjustment unit includes two first adjustable members extending respectively and movably through top and bottom ends of the support body and respectively abutting against top and bottom ends of the adjustable body. A second adjusting unit includes two sliding rods each movably extending through one pair of the first adjusting grooves and a corresponding pair of the second adjusting grooves, and two second adjustable members each extending through and rotatable relative to the adjustable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Chin-Jui Hung
  • Patent number: 9416483
    Abstract: Laundry machine leveling devices for a laundry machine are disclosed which employ a screw arrangement having left and right hand threads engaged with a foot arranged such that the machine, the floor, and the foot in contact with the floor does not turn. Using the friction between an elastomeric foot element and the floor permits adjustment of devices disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony Freakes
  • Patent number: 9333779
    Abstract: A printer includes a discharge portion, a platen, a support portion, a female screw, an adjusting member, an engaging member, and a spring. The discharge portion discharges a liquid. The platen has a platen hole, is disposed to face the discharge portion, and supports a printing medium. The support portion is disposed on the opposite side of the platen from the discharge portion and faces the platen. The adjusting member is rotatably attached to the platen by being inserted into the platen hole, and screws into the female screw provided on the support portion. The engaging member is disposed between the platen and the female screw, and engages with the adjusting member. The spring is disposed around the circumference of the adjusting member, between the engaging member and the female screw. The spring generates a restoring force when the spring compressed between the engaging member and the female screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidekazu Komiya
  • Patent number: 9308869
    Abstract: A portable porch configured to at least partially attach to a recreational vehicle (RV) by integrating with a retractable step assembly associated with the vehicle for accessing a doorway in the vehicles's sidewall. The portable porch includes a platform, a plurality of adjustable legs, at least one railing, and a porch stairway for additional functionality and stability. The platform couples to an upper step of the retractable step assembly and at least one of the adjustable legs couples to a lower step in the retractable step assembly. Other features include support rods on the platform for attachment of the porch stairway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: James W. Owens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9247816
    Abstract: A table having independently adjustable legs. The table includes a tabletop having a bubble level thereon for allowing a user to determine if the tabletop is level. The tabletop may further include adjustable side rails that can be used to help prevent objects from falling off of the side of the tabletop. A plurality of legs extends from the underside of the tabletop, wherein each leg includes an upper section and a lower section movably positioned therein. A foot is pivotally connected to the lower end of each leg to enable the table to be positioned on uneven surfaces. Thus, the table allows a user to maintain the tabletop in a level orientation on uneven or sloped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Todd Sorrell
  • Patent number: 9155391
    Abstract: A linear actuator (8) in which a squeeze protection device is arranged, where the device is located in connection with the rear fixture (17) on the motor (10). The squeeze protection device is based on a piezo element (23), which as a module (22) is built into the actuator (8), so that it is passed through by the forces, exerted by the actuator (8). The piezo element (23) is equipped with cables (30), which are connected to a printed circuit board (31) in the actuator (8), where the connections for the actuator (8) are collected, so that the signal from the squeeze protection in an easy manner may be communicated to a control device (6), which can stop the motor (10) or briefly reverse the direction of the movement and thus release a trapped object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Norbert Klinke, Søren Lolk
  • Patent number: 9125486
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Alan E. Rheault, Karl J. Mead, George K. Vangelatos
  • Patent number: 9080751
    Abstract: A floor lamp includes a weighted base, an upstanding pole, and a decorative lamp housing. The weighted base includes a plurality of removable, folding, joinable, and adjustable leveling elements that attach along the underside surface of the base to form a tripod support. The decorative lamp housing includes a translucent light housing surrounding a lamp enclosure having a light source, a solar cell, and an ambient light sensor. The leveling elements include interchangeable folding feet and pointed ridge members each having threaded connections to the base individually or in series, to maintain the gravitationally centered orientation of the base and the upstanding pole over most surfaces. A plurality of storage clips retain and stow un-deployed leveling elements within the gap provided between the base and the ground surface. The upstanding pole attaches to the base and supports the decorative lamp housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Diane Michelle Steele
  • Patent number: 9062466
    Abstract: A universal leveling device for outdoor structures of wood and other vulnerable materials for leveling, stabilizing and protecting against ground hazards, has at least a first and a second flat groove on its top, at right angle to each other, and on its bottom has first and second vee grooves each with two opposing angled walls. The reversible device can accommodate vertical and tilted support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Peter N. Glynos
  • Publication number: 20150108297
    Abstract: A lifting column, preferably for height-adjustable tables comprises a guide with three mutually telescopic members (1,2,3) and a motor driven spindle unit for bringing about the movement. The second member (2) of the guide is with a lower end secured to a lower end of the second spindle (6). The second spindle nut (8) co-operating with the second spindle (6) is with a bearing (18) with a rigid connection (28) fixed to a shaft stub (16) secured to an upper end of a drive tube (9). The shaft stub (16) is via a second bearing (20) secured to a mounting plate (23), by means of which the spindle unit is secured in the lifting column. Thus, the vertical load on the lifting column is led through the spindle unit around the guide (1,2,3). This enables a better and more optimum dimensioning of the guide (1,2,3) and the spindle unit, just as it is advantageous in terms of assembly and not least it enables a better implementing of a squeeze protection in the lifting columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: LINAK A/S
    Inventor: Michael Lindekilde Randløv
  • Patent number: 9004420
    Abstract: An interlocking support foot and a container assembly including the support foot permits the support foot to be threaded onto a container but resists loosening of the foot by reverse rotation of the support foot once installed onto the container. The support foot is preferably molded of synthetic resin as a unitary member including a body, a threaded connector and at least one, and preferably a circular array of teeth radially spaced from the connector. The container is complementally configured to include a plurality of support areas for threadably receiving the support foot and provided with a threaded receiver and a radially spaced notch. When the support foot is installed on the support area of the container, the tooth engages the notch and resists reverse rotation of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Snyder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell A. Oltman
  • Publication number: 20150069193
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for mounting and adjusting a sensor, particularly a radar distance sensor, on a motor vehicle. The sensor is accommodated in a sensor housing. The sensor housing is fastened on a holder so as to be tiltable about a degree of freedom. The holder is fastened to the motor vehicle. The sensor housing includes receiving devices in a first lateral edge area and an opposite, second, lateral edge area, in which fastening domes are in each case arranged. The sensor housing is fixed in the first lateral edge area by way of at least two fastening domes and fasteners engaging therein on the holder. The sensor housing is tiltably fixed with respect to the holder in the second lateral edge area by way of at least one fastening dome and a threaded bolt engaging in this fastening dome and the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Rocco MEINEL
  • Patent number: 8947215
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing an automated workstation elevation position tracking and control scheme. Software running on the user's computer generates reminders and/or to forces an individual to periodically readjust the height of the workstation in a manner that promotes standing while at work. A current position, and an elapsed time that the workstation has been at the current position, is detected with an objective of providing pre-programmed routine or random automated reminders to a user to change the current position of the workstation from one elevation state to the other. The software tracks the percent of time that a user is standing and optionally compares this with a pre-defined goal. Automatic control via the user workstation, of workstation elevator actuators is provided in a manner that makes it easier, or otherwise unavoidable, for the user to initiate repositioning from a sitting to a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Barry P Mandel, Michael R Furst
  • Publication number: 20150008643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustment mechanism for game boards that allows a user to correct for warp to the playing surface due to changes in climatic conditions. The adjustment mechanism includes at least two adjusting members mounted in a transversely spaced arrangement to the underside of a game board and connecting member engaging the adjusting members through threaded connections. Through rotation, the connecting member exerts a force to drive the adjusting members away from or toward one another thereby impacting the degree of concavity imparted to the playing surface. Rotating the connecting member in one direction increases the concavity of the playing surface and rotating the connecting member in the opposite direction reduces the concavity of the playing surface. The connecting member includes a polygonal portion for engagement with a tool allowing the user to adjust the concavity of the playing surface in a single motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kelye Stites, Trey Stites, Martin G. Bohn
  • Publication number: 20150011869
    Abstract: Scanner Systems with table stabilizers for stabilizing patient support structures during a surgery include a stabilizer block that can cooperate with the gantry to structurally support a head end portion of the table to prevent undesired movement of the table under an end load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: MRI Interventions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Piferi, Kamal Vij, Scott Arnold
  • Patent number: 8899249
    Abstract: A lifting device for an umbrella includes a base, a plurality of fixing seats secured on the base, a plurality of movable members each movably mounted in the respective fixing seat, a pressing module movably mounted on the base and pressing the movable members, a threaded rod mounted on the base and connected with the pressing module, and a drive handle connected with the threaded rod. The pressing module includes a driven rod and two pressing rods. Each of the pressing rods is provided with a straight pressing portion that is movable to press the respective movable member and at least one recessed release portion that is movable to receive the respective movable member. Thus, each of the movable members is rotatable freely so that the lifting device is moved on the ground easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Galtech Computer Corp.
    Inventor: Jin-Sheng Lai
  • Publication number: 20140326230
    Abstract: A leveling kit for a portable stove is provided. The leveling kit can include plurality of leveling devices. Each leveling device can include a mounting plate having a plurality of openings. Each leveling device can further include a fastener that extends through the mounting plate to couple the leveling device with the portable stove and a leveling member having a foot. The leveling member can be configured to have an adjustable height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: John Ernest HALL
  • Patent number: 8827220
    Abstract: An assembling arrangement serves for securing a tubular furniture leg to the top plate of a piece of furniture. The assembling arrangement comprises a through opening formed in the top plate, a top mounting, which spans the through opening on the top side of the top plate, a bottom mounting, which spans the through opening on the bottom side of the top plate and is attached to the leg, a first bore formed through the top mounting and a second bore formed through the bottom mounting in line with the first bore, a screw having a shaft extending downwards in the leg via the first bore, the through opening and the second bore, a nut for the screw shaft placed in the leg, and an anchoring mechanism for firmly anchoring the nut in the leg in the secured state of the leg. The assembling arrangement is inexpensive and strong and can advantageously be used for mounting legs upon cantilever tables and chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Midform A/S
    Inventors: Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen, Gunilla Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • Patent number: 8820688
    Abstract: Provided is a tilt foot mechanism of a projection display device, in which the number of components is reduced to lower costs. The tilt foot mechanism includes foot (14) elevatable with respect to the case of the projection display device. Foot (14) includes rod (20) in which spiral groove (23) is formed. The tilt foot mechanism further includes base portion (11) integrally formed with the case, lever (12) rotatably attached to base portion (11) and having convex portion (42) formed to fit in groove (23) of rod (20), and spring (13) disposed between base portion (11) and lever (12). Lever (12) has projection (45) on which a part of foot (14) can abut. Lever (12) is rotated against the pressing of spring (13) along with the rising of foot (14) abutted on projection (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Nara
  • Patent number: 8820481
    Abstract: A shelving layout concept which allows selective configuration and reconfiguration of the orientation of certain shelving systems within the central portion of a store to create a PrimeZone area including an assembly of End Caps, Center Caps, Power Sets, Corner Boards, Hot Spots and Banner Boards, the combination of which provides a solution for enabling retailers to re-invigorate their Center Store, increase their vendor promotional revenue, and increase their in-store sales due to more favorable consumer response to greater promotional activity and the continuing change of product venues in key areas of the store layout. The concept also includes novel hardware which enables the reconfiguration of the shelving layout to accommodate vendors' desire to change display schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Brucia
  • Patent number: 8757565
    Abstract: A floor-standing home appliance in the nature of a range including an appliance body and a support assembly for supporting the appliance body on a support surface, the support assembly including a support member extending away from the appliance body, the support member having an engagement member with a predetermined shape at a distal end thereof, and a shoe attached to the distal end of the support member, the shoe having a receiving well with a shape complimentary to the predetermined shape of the engagement member to receive the engagement member in the receiving well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: David Adams, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8733717
    Abstract: A height adjustment unit 10 for raising the height of a chair or bed. The unit 10 comprises a ground engaging support member 12 with an internal thread 18. A height adjustment member 14 is engageable with the thread 18 to be rotatable to a required height. A sheet 56 of a resiliently deformable material extends across the top of the member 14 and has a pattern of openings therethrough to receive and grip the leg of a bed or chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Gordon Ellis & Company
    Inventor: Mark Devereux
  • Patent number: 8727301
    Abstract: A built-in home appliance includes a panel, a rear foot group having a foot shaft, an adjustment shaft which rotates the foot shaft of the rear foot group, and an adjustment mechanism having a movement transfer mechanism to transfer a rotational movement of the adjustment shaft to the foot shaft. The movement transfer mechanism is provided on a rear part of the panel to adjust a height of the rear foot group. A guiding member having a bearing receives the adjustment shaft and is fixed by a fixation piece to the panel to provide the supporting of the adjustment shaft so that the adjustment shaft essentially extends in a parallel relation to the panel and so that the adjustment shaft extends between a rear part and a front part of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Ziya Arslankiray, Alper Erdem, Tolga Yegin
  • Patent number: 8695933
    Abstract: An adjustable foot for an electric household appliance having a body integrally fastenable to a casing of the electric household appliance, a stem carried by the body so as to vertically slide, a support element associated with a lower end of the stem, a first screw mechanism operatively associated with the stem and provided with anti-rotation portion cooperating with the body, a toothed wheel carried by the body so as to be coaxial to the stem and idle about a substantially vertical symmetry axis of the latter, a second screw mechanism operatively associated with the toothed wheel and cooperating with the first screw mechanism for vertically translating the stem in response to a rotation of the toothed wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Gennaretti, Pierluigi Carli
  • Patent number: 8684324
    Abstract: A top-adjusting leveling foot for installation on the leg of an object has an adjustment knob, an adjustment knob base with a bottom cavity and a non-circular passage extending axially through the center of the adjustment knob base, a threaded bushing with a top annular flange held within the bottom cavity of the adjustment knob base, and a drive stud assembly including a foot and a drive bar that has a lower threaded portion for engaging a partially threaded interior passage of the threaded bushing, and an upper bar portion sized and configured for engagement with the non-circular passage through the adjustment knob base. Rotation of the adjustment knob in a first direction axially advances the drive bar and lowers the foot and rotation of the adjustment knob in the opposite direction axially retracts the drive bar and raises the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: John P. Haydu, Earl H. Covert
  • Patent number: 8646738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising a base plate and a support for adjusting the height of an assembly, in particular of a galley module in an aircraft, without using tools. According to the invention, two opposing wedge bodies are arranged such that they can be displaced horizontally between the base plate and the support, the oppositely directed manual displacement of the two wedge bodies, when the lock levers have been raised, causes in the “adjusting position” a raising or lowering of the support for the height adjustment. The assembly is connected to the support, for example by a conventional screw connection through the attachment hole in the support. The device according to the invention allows a user to perform a simple and rapid height adjustment of an assembly arranged thereon, thereby greatly reducing the assembly effort required for prefabricated assemblies or modules in aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Melanie Stoob, Benedikt Schmidt-Kortenbusch, Nils Ischdonat, Rolf Bense
  • Patent number: 8632038
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods and apparatus for adjusting heights of objects. One embodiment is a leg adjusting assembly that has a housing connected to a leg of a table. A foot mechanism extends outwardly from the housing and from the leg. When a force is applied to the foot mechanism with a foot of a user, a rod vertically moves in the housing and adjusts a height of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Table Jacks, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Christian, Michael S Maize
  • Patent number: 8613413
    Abstract: A compact type fine-tuning lifter, which may have a volume of 8 cm×5 cm×4 cm and is able to support an article with the weight of several hundreds of kilograms, and can achieve a fine-tuning of micrometer scale. The lifter can achieve the efficacies of miniaturization, fine-tuning and low-cost by utilizing the combination of simple mechanisms comprising a base, a sliding seat, a sliding block and an adjustable screw bolt to perform the fine tuning in X-axis, Y-axis and Z-axis directions, respectively, to position the adjustable screw bolt. The present invention also relates to a use of the lifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Leading Precision Inc.
    Inventor: Hwa-Fu Chen
  • Publication number: 20130313385
    Abstract: A leveling assembly for an appliance is provided. The leveling assembly includes a clench nut mounted to the appliance and a jam nut. The clench nut and the jam nut each have a knurled surface. A leveling leg is threaded through the clench nut and the jam nut such that the knurled surfaces of the clench nut and jam nut are facing. The knurled surfaces of the clench nut and jam nut can engage one another to lock the leveling leg in position by impeding rotation of the leveling leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Adam Raymond Mora, Christopher Gregory Hoppe
  • Publication number: 20130313386
    Abstract: A floor-standing home appliance in the nature of a range including an appliance body and a support assembly for supporting the appliance body on a support surface, the support assembly including a support member extending away from the appliance body, the support member having an engagement member with a predetermined shape at a distal end thereof, and a shoe attached to the distal end of the support member, the shoe having a receiving well with a shape complimentary to the predetermined shape of the engagement member to receive the engagement member in the receiving well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: David Adams, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8579242
    Abstract: An elevating mechanism for a projection apparatus includes a bottom cover, a resetting element having a first elastic member, a sliding mount, a screw stud sleeve, a screw stud, and a second elastic member. The sliding mount is disposed on a first side of the bottom cover and leans against the resetting element, and the sliding mount has an opening, at least one slot and a thread structure. The screw stud sleeve has a plurality of engaging teeth engaging within the slot. The screw stud has a thread structure and the thread structure of the screw stud meshes with the thread structure of the sliding mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Chang Huang, Fan-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 8544969
    Abstract: A chassis includes a base board and a number of footpads mounted on a bottom of the base board. The base board defines a number of depressed portions corresponding to the footpads. Each footpad includes a fixing member mounted on an inner side of the base board and aligning with a corresponding depressed portion, a receiving member received in and rotatably mounted on a corresponding depressed portion of the base board, and a movable member received in and rotatably mounted on the receiving member. The movable member is rotatable in a first direction relative to the receiving member to extend out from the receiving member, and in a second direction opposite to the first direction relative to the receiving member to withdraw back into the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhen-Cai Cao, Zhi-Xin Li, Jun-Xiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8511636
    Abstract: A household appliance, in particular a dish-rinsing or dish-washing machine, with a base support onto which the appliance unit is mounted and which is supported on a floor by means of appliance feet. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, a least one appliance-foot support, which is connected to the base support by means of a tension element, is provided for the base support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Cengiz Kücük, Manfred Seeβle
  • Publication number: 20130193285
    Abstract: A leveling device for a portable stove with a first and second spine member each having a slot, four arms and four metal threaded posts. The spine members can slide in or out to create a long or short spine. The elongate arms each have a slot and are each pinned through the slots of the arms to each end of the spine members. The threaded posts are each screwed into mating threaded apertures at each end of the arms. The four elongate arms can be rotated and extended or retracted to accommodate the size of the base of a portable stove so that the portable stove may be placed on top of the spine and arms and that the threaded posts can be adjusted in right to accommodate any irregularities in terrain that the stove would otherwise be resting upon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: John Renest Hall