Bracket Interengaging Portion Includes Open Slot Patents (Class 248/225.11)
  • Patent number: 10594250
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a solar panel array on a surface is disclosed. The solar panel array includes a plurality of solar panel modules and a hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly. The hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly includes a component of a rail-based mounting system and a component of a rail-less mounting system. At least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-based mounting system and at least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-less mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Schuit, Jason Mayfield, December Cowen, Darren Womacks
  • Patent number: 10543786
    Abstract: A vehicular camera system includes a black-out layer disposed at an upper central region of a windshield as installed in a vehicle, an attachment member configured for attachment at the upper central region of the windshield where the black-out layer is disposed, and an accessory module including a camera. The accessory module is configured to detachably mount at the attachment member at the windshield such that the lens of the camera is spaced from the windshield, and such that the camera views forward of the vehicle through an aperture in the black-out layer via a tapered structure that is widest at the windshield and that tapers from the windshield towards where the lens of the camera is located. The tapered structure is at an acute angle relative to the vehicle windshield. The camera captures image data for a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Joshua L. DeWard, Peter J. Whitehead, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10520113
    Abstract: Trapeze system for suspending utilities from ceilings by threaded rod utilizing a rod locking and ratcheting device having a housing and a locking control lever for adjustably attaching a trapeze structure to the threaded rod suspension. The rod locking and ratcheting device quickly attaches to the trapeze structure by a channel tab that fastens the rod locking and ratcheting device to the trapeze. The rod locking and ratcheting device has a thumb actuated locking control lever that moves in the housing to engage or disengage a screw threaded portion on the locking control lever with threads on a threaded rod inside the housing of the locking and ratcheting device. The parts of the locking and ratcheting device are cold formed from 12 to 20 gauge steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: William J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10506669
    Abstract: A connecting part for mounting on two housing parts of an induction hob has a U-shaped cross section overall, as a channel, as seen in the longitudinal direction and has two segments. The two segments are connected together in a displaceable manner in the longitudinal direction and are secured captively to one another. The first segment has a front end and the second segment has a front end. The segments each have a connecting means at their front end for connecting to in each case one housing part of an induction hob in a form-fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Ungethuem, Frank Graff, Michael Gaertner
  • Patent number: 9939133
    Abstract: The illuminating standoff device to support and illuminate transparent, semi-transparent, and/or a translucent light diffusing member. Thus, the standoff provides support and attachment to the wall or support structure, while at the same time allowing light to pass through said standoff and/or projecting or inducing light into the diffusing member while supporting and retaining its position. This allows one to support and secure the diffusing member, and illuminate the diffusing member, both through a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jerry S. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9872531
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly which may attach to a helmet. In at least one example embodiment, the assembly may include a light, a clip, and a bracket. In the instant example the light may include at least one engaging member configured to engage at least one engaging member on the clip and the clip may be configured to attach to the bracket with at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Alan Uke, Andrew Zoolakis, Dan Wert
  • Patent number: 9863576
    Abstract: An accessory mounting bracket provides a quick and easy removable attachment of various devices. The method of attachment of devices to the accessory mounting bracket may be compatible with the attachment of these devices to tee-slot style track systems, allowing the accessory mounting bracket to be used interchangeably with said track systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Luther Cifers
  • Patent number: 9717323
    Abstract: A split type hanging buckle includes a base and a connecting element, the base includes a top cover and a bottom cover, the top cover has a receiving groove, one end of the bottom cover has an accommodating groove, the accommodating groove corresponds to the receiving groove, the connecting element includes a first magnetic element, a second magnetic element, a connecting part and a fitting part, the first magnetic element is received in the accommodating groove, one end of the connecting part has an inserting part and a clamping part, one end of the inserting part has an receiving cavity, the second magnetic element is received in the receiving cavity, and after the second magnetic element is received in the receiving cavity, portions of the second magnetic element away from the inserting part attract the first magnet element, such that the connecting element is connected with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Hai Pin Tsai
  • Patent number: 9675188
    Abstract: Certain embodiments disclose a corral and enclosure defined by three members having an opening configured to hold one or more shopping carts and display one or more advertisements, with two substantially parallel walls of different lengths and advertisement panels affixed on the walls, such that they are staggered. The staggered arrangement of the at least two advertisement panels facilitates better visibility and allows the simultaneous viewing of at least two advertisement panels. The longer member also further protects vehicles parked on its side from colliding with shopping carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Starlite Media, LLC
    Inventor: Harold W. Lueken
  • Patent number: 9650116
    Abstract: A mounting system is provided. Such a system includes at least one “C” channel adapted to be mounted to a surface, and a mountable accessory device. An intermediary mounting member is disposed between the at least one “C” channel and the accessory device, and the intermediary mounting member has the accessory device mounted thereto. At least two mounting arrangements are also included, wherein each mounting arrangement is engaged between one of the at least one “C” channel and the intermediary mounting member, and wherein the mounting arrangements are disposed in spaced-apart relation along the at least one “C” channel. An associated apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Andre Smit
  • Patent number: 9616821
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a steering wheel, comprising: a main flap connected to a rear surface of the mobile device, said main flap is made of a rigid material; a holder attached to the main flap, said holder secures the mobile device to the main flap; an elliptic unit extending from the main flap and surrounding the steering wheel. The apparatus may be part of a kit that also comprises a second holder attached to the rear surface of the mobile device, said second holder is in contact with the first holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: David Elharar
  • Patent number: 9595000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an NFC smart sign that can prevent damage to an NFC tag and allows an NFC tag to be easily replaced when the information in the NFC tag is required to be changed or supplemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignees: YEWON Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Hwan Hong
  • Patent number: 9584062
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules is disclosed. The apparatus includes a bracket where the bracket defines a slot in a lower portion of the bracket and the slot extends along a longitudinal length of the bracket. A clamp is securable to the bracket on an upper portion of the bracket. A first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module are mountable on a first side of the bracket and a first side of the clamp, where the first photovoltaic module is adjacent to the second photovoltaic module. A footer is variably positionable on the bracket along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Ganshaw, Ernest Gallegos, Jason Mayfield, Nathan Schuit
  • Patent number: 9362971
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for providing a connection method to digital devices connecting and disconnecting an exo-skeleton, impact protection, wearable computing and ergonomic texturing for digital devices. The invention increases the devices functionality, while providing a secondary quick release mounting method that allow the fast attachment and release of various accessories to the digital device or other objects, as well as providing mounting surfaces that allows for connection of various accessories. The secondary quick release mounting method can be integrated into any object independently, allowing a magnitude of possibilities. The device is made in variety of materials and methods, with an integrated spring mechanism, which allow for preloading and locking of the chucked arms against the digital device for a firm, secure protection of the device's fragile structure against impact as well as providing a connection standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Ramak Radmard
  • Patent number: 9301627
    Abstract: Certain embodiments disclose a corral and enclosure defined by three members having an opening configured to hold one or more shopping carts and display one or more advertisements, with two substantially parallel walls of different lengths and advertisement panels affixed on the walls, such that they are staggered. The staggered arrangement of the at least two advertisement panels facilitates better visibility and allows the simultaneous viewing of at least two advertisement panels. The longer member also further protects vehicles parked on its side from colliding with shopping carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Starlite Media, LLC
    Inventor: Harold Lueken
  • Patent number: 9022326
    Abstract: A support for pipes uses a telescoping strut slidably holding an elongated insert with a threaded post extending outward from the insert, through a slot in the C-shaped cross-section of the struts. A bracket fits over the post and abuts supports opposing edges of the strut. A nut on the post clamps the parts immovably together. The bracket has a depending portion extending below the strut with an opening through which a pipe passes. Two threaded couplers with opposing ramped surfaces encircle the pipe and deform when tightened to clamp the pipe while also clamping opposing sides of the depending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Securus, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Brown, Virgil O'Neil, Dennis L. Hart
  • Publication number: 20150113909
    Abstract: An alignment device, systems and methods where the device includes a guide, a support and a connector which engages the guide and the support. The guide may be a relatively flat piece attachable to and edge of a frame for framing a window or a door. In one aspect the guide member a slot, support attaches to an object such as a window or a door (or is integral with an object such as a window or door) which is to be aligned with the frame. The connector threads within a hole associated with the object, such as a hole of a support connected to a jamb of a window. The connector engages a slot of the guide and the device allows for desired alignment of an object within a frame by transferring rotational movement to linear movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Andy Sirek, Colton Sirek
  • Patent number: 9010704
    Abstract: The invention includes an alignment device and system having a guide member, a support member and a connector which engages the guide member and the support member. The guide member may be a relatively flat piece attachable to and edge of a frame. In one aspect the guide member includes a perimeter slot. The support member may have a first portion generally perpendicular with a second portion and the first portion may be attached to an object (or integral with an object such as a window or door casing) which is to be aligned with a frame. The second portion may have a connector portion or threaded hole for receiving a connector. The connector may also engage the slot of the guide member. The device allows for desired alignment of an object within a frame by transferring rotational movement to linear movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Sirek, Colton Sirek
  • Patent number: 9004424
    Abstract: A pair of linearly spaced thumb screws engage a bracket that slides and locks over the thumb screws to reversibly attach an item connected to the bracket to a surface supporting the thumb screws. The bracket has a body with a length longer than the spaced thumb screws. Apertures on opposing edges of the body engage the thumb screws when the bracket is placed over the thumb screws and twisted. Tapered channels in the body of the bracket capture and hold the thumb screws as the bracket is slid along the thumb screws to secure the bracket and connected item to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Feddes
  • Patent number: 8984735
    Abstract: The inventive concept is a device which is used to secure a sheath or stack of papers contained in an architectural sheet rack clamp. The device is essentially a three-tiered rectangular structure forming two parallel, length-wise channels within the spaces defined by the three tiers. One channel, situated as the upper clamp retaining channel, is structured so as to securely accommodate the typical sheet clamp used to store such materials as architectural drawings, maps, and other similar over-sized sheets. The second, or lower desk anchoring, channel of the device, contains two adjustable fastening means, enabling attachment of the lower desk anchoring channel to a desk, draftsman's stand, or table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Brown
  • Patent number: 8984782
    Abstract: Certain embodiments disclose a corral and enclosure defined by three members having an opening configured to hold one or more shopping carts and display one or more advertisements, with two substantially parallel walls of different lengths and advertisement panels affixed on the walls, such that they are staggered. The staggered arrangement of the at least two advertisement panels facilitates better visibility and allows the simultaneous viewing of at least two advertisement panels. The longer member also further protects vehicles parked on its side from colliding with shopping carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Starlite Media, LLC
    Inventor: Harold Lueken
  • Patent number: 8973615
    Abstract: Rails 20 corresponding to lines A, B, C are provided in parallel on a bass plate 1, and coupling members 21, 22 are slidably mounted on each of the rails 20. Each of fluid controllers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 is mounted generally on two of these coupling members 21, 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Tokyo Electron Limited, CKD Corporation, Fujikin Incorporated
    Inventors: George Hoshi, Tsuneyuki Okabe, Kenichi Goshima, Hideo Kobayashi, Akinori Nagaya, Michio Yamaji, Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, Yuji Kawano
  • Publication number: 20150053632
    Abstract: A shelving unit includes a wire shelf having multiple wire members arranged to form a platform, at least one bracket configured to releasably couple to wire members of the wire shelf, and a rod coupled to the bracket. The bracket includes a hook-shaped end portion and an elbow portion. The hook-shaped end portion of the bracket defines a channel that opens toward the elbow portion for receiving a first one of the wire members, and the elbow portion of the bracket defines a bend for receiving a second one of the wire members to thereby releasably couple (e.g., snap fit, etc.) the bracket to the wire shelf. The shelving unit may also include a stop for inhibiting movement of hangers along the rod and past the stop, and/or a connector for coupling the shelving unit to a rod of another shelving unit for allowing movement of hangers between the rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Clairson, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wayne Brinton, JR., Ernie Junior Torres, Milind S. Nimgulkar, Robert B. Anderson, III
  • Patent number: 8899538
    Abstract: An apparatus to hang a game trophy on a support structure and to facilitate adjustment of the orientation of the game trophy relative to the support structure comprising a first member, having a dog and a protruding peg with an enlarged head, and a saddle portion adjacent to the enlarged head, and a second member having a bay opening, a bay, a recess adjacent to the bay opening, and a plurality of generally adjacent dog recesses. A method of hanging a game trophy comprises receiving the enlarged head of the peg through the bay opening to align the saddle portion of the first member with the throat of the bay of the second member, and by then receiving the dog into an aligned dog recess of the second member to releasably couple the second member to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Andy Wertz
  • Patent number: 8882065
    Abstract: A two-piece track assembly may be used in an office environment for mounting accessory components, such as work surfaces, cabinets, shelves, filing units, etc., to either a permanent building wall or to the framework of a movable office wall or office partition system. The track assembly includes a base mountable to the wall or framework via a plurality of fasteners. A track mounts to the base to cover the fasteners used to mount the base. The track also includes a relatively thinly-profiled slot into which a corresponding, relatively thinly-profiled mounting flange of an accessory component is received to mount and support the accessory component upon the track assembly. Optionally, a decorative or functional tile may be mounted to a wall or partition between a pair of track assemblies spaced vertically from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Henriott, Keith E. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 8876073
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides a bracket assembly comprising a bridge which in turn comprises a central span, a wing attached to the central span, an arm receiving slot; and one or more anus comprising a central region and a flange, wherein said central region and said flange are connected by an offset; the bridge and said arm being adapted to be coupled together. In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a joint comprising a first work piece and a second work piece; a bracket assembly comprising a bridge comprising a central span, having a wing extending from said central span at approximately equal angles, said bridge further comprising a arm receiving slot; and a arm comprising a central region connected by an offset to a flange, said arm further comprising a bridge receiving slot wherein said arm receiving slot and said bridge receiving slot engage thereby mating said bridge and said arm; and fastening means to connect the bracket assembly to said work pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: H. M. Richards, Inc.
    Inventor: James N. Richey
  • Patent number: 8833570
    Abstract: A mounting system includes a first wall mount and a second wall mount. The first wall mount includes a first protruding flange having a top edge, a bottom edge, a front edge and a slot defined by an upper edge that intersects with the top edge of the protruding flange, a lower edge that intersects with the front edge of the protruding flange, a coupling edge that couples the upper edge to the lower edge. The second wall mount including a second protruding flange having a top edge, a bottom edge, a front edge and a slot defined by an upper edge that intersects with the top edge of the protruding flange, a lower edge that intersects with the front edge of the protruding flange, and a coupling edge that couples the upper edge to the lower edge. Sporting equipment can be deposited in the slots in at least two different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam D. Hoppus
  • Patent number: 8824141
    Abstract: A mounting device capable of mounting two objects of different sizes is disclosed. The mounting device includes a mounting member including a first end, a second end opposite to the first end, a mounting portion, a securing piece between the first end and the second end, and an installing plate including a first installing portion and a second installing portion. The mounting member is secured to the first installing portion and the second installing portion. When the mounting portion and the securing piece are engaged with the first installing portion, the first end is adapted to abut a first object. When the mounting portion and the installing portion are engaged with the second installing portion, the second end is adapted to abut a second object of a different size from a size of the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Inudstry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Chun Hsu
  • Patent number: 8757569
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus includes a base member, a securing assembly secured to the base member, and a supporting assembly secured to the securing assembly. The supporting assembly includes a slid-way module and a bracket. The bracket is secured to the slid-way module and supports a monitor. The slid-way module includes a main body and an adjusting member. The main body includes two guiding ways and a sliding portion. The sliding portion is slidably engaged between the two guiding ways. The adjusting member includes a holding portion located between the sliding portion and the two guiding way, a resilient piece, and a controlling portion rotatably installed on the holding portion. The resilient piece is located between the holding portion and the controlling portion. The controlling portion is rotatable to deform the resilient piece to adjust friction force between the holding portion and the two guiding ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Liang-Chin Wang, Gang Su, Ling-Xin Zeng, Zhong-Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 8720131
    Abstract: A mounting system for photovoltaic modules includes at least two profile-shaped cross rails arranged parallel to each other and configured to hold several PV modules. Each cross rail includes plane supporting surfaces. The PV module is mounted by placing it onto the at least two cross rails so that the at least two holders lay flat on the plane supporting surfaces of the at least two cross rails. The PV module is then moved in a joining direction perpendicular to the cross rails while lying on the plane supporting surfaces so that either a recess engages with an integrated protrusion or a protrusion engages with an integrated recess. A retaining safety device is disposed between at least one cross rail and its corresponding holder and is configured to counteract a move against the joining direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Schletter GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Urban, Cedrik Zapfe
  • Patent number: 8714500
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved support bracket for mounting a clutch of a roller blind. The clutch of roller blind used with this improved bracket is the type having at least one projecting pin. The support bracket includes a bracket housing having a flat wall with at least one aperture configured to receive the projecting pin such that the pin passes through the aperture and extends past the flat wall. The aperture is configured to permit the pin to slide up and down inside the aperture between a first and second position when the pin is positioned in the aperture. The bracket also includes a spring lock member mounted to the flat wall adjacent the aperture, the spring lock positioned to partially obstruct the aperture. The spring lock member is configured such that when the pin is inserted into the aperture the spring lock is deflected out of the way to permit the pin to be inserted into the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Ng, Norman Wills
  • Patent number: 8702048
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon M. Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 8699217
    Abstract: A fixing device for use with at least one expansion card in a computer chassis includes a positioning member and a fixing member. One side of the positioning member defines at least one first slot. The fixing member includes a fixing portion and a rotatable portion rotatablely connected to the fixing portion. The fixing portion defines at least one second slot corresponding to the at least one first slot. When the rotatable portion is able to rotate to a position where the at least one first slot face to the at least one second slot, allowing opposite sides of the free end of the at least one expansion card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Qing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8695290
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for splicing solar panel racks. Solar panel racks may include one, two, or more solar rack sections that may be connected to one another with an internal splice. The internal splice may internally support the adjoining solar racks. The solar rack may be secured to a support surface using one or more feet. The solar panel racks may be configured to support the weight of one or more solar modules. One or more solar module securing component may be used to secure the solar modules to a solar rack surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kim, Craig Carni, Victor Zuidema
  • Patent number: 8674218
    Abstract: A system is employed to mount an electronic component on a shelf. A first restraining device is associated with a support structure in a first location. The first restraining device is configured to operably engage a mating piece associated with the electronic component. The support structure is configured to guide an electronic component along an axis of insertion when introduced to the shelf. A second restraining device is associated with the support structure in a second location. The second restraining device is configured to secure the electronic component via one or more fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kristopher John Frutschy, William Waters, Keven Peat, Stephen Brooker
  • Patent number: 8646624
    Abstract: A shelving system is disclosed that includes at least one track and at least one standard. The track includes a rearward portion and a forward portion. The standard has an end portion slidably receivable within an opening of the track, such that the position of the standard relative to the track is slidably adjustable along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Clairson, Inc.
    Inventors: Julio A. Fernandez, Robert P. Kundinger, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140021314
    Abstract: An accessory support ring for use with a cooking vessel having an interior chamber at least partially defined by a hollow base and a lid mateable with an open distal portion of the hollow base is described. The support ring is positionable for engagement between the hollow base and the lid to create a gap between the open distal portion of the hollow base and the lid. Further, the support ring extends between the open distal portion of the hollow base and the lid through the gap to substantially close the gap and to at least partially define the interior chamber contiguously with the hollow base and the lid. The support ring also defines at least one recess for receiving a portion of an accessory configured to extend from the interior chamber of the cooking vessel to a space exterior to the cooking vessel through the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Bourlier
  • Patent number: 8625266
    Abstract: A laptop computer includes a main body, a display, a component, and a frame. The main body includes a front end, a back end opposite to the front end, a left side surface and a right side surface connected between the front end and the back end, and a socket positioned at the back end. The display is pivoted to the front end of the main body. The component is detachably inserted into the socket. The frame is movably connected to the left side surface and the right side surface. The frame is able to rotate between a locked position and an unlocked position, when the frame is at the locked position, the frame keeps the component in the socket, and when the frame is at the unlocked position, the component is able to be pulled out from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-Liang Pu, Yong-Feng Zhao, Fu Liao, Yong-Jun Gu, Ren-Qian Liu, Ming-Chang Lee
  • Publication number: 20130334383
    Abstract: A slatwall mounting system includes a rail member and a mounting arrangement. The rail member includes longitudinally extending upper and lower edges, a longitudinally extending upper slot portion including a downward extending undercut a longitudinally extending lower slot portion including an upward extending undercut. The mounting arrangement includes a bracket member having a downward oriented hook portion and a mounting aperture, and a cam assembly having a mounting cam assembled with a user graspable cam driver, the cam and cam driver defining an annular groove for securing the cam assembly to the mounting aperture. The mounting cam is rotatable between a slatwall securing position for mounting engagement with the lower slot of the rail member, and a slatwall releasing position, in response to user manipulation of the cam driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Esnad Begic, Franco F. Daino, Michael Edward Hay, Gregory Jon Holcomb, Mike Malich, Alan K. Mangrich, Rajesh R. Wadhwa
  • Patent number: 8584999
    Abstract: This invention relates to a retaining mechanism adapted for securing a data storage device having sides formed with a plurality of mounting holes. The retaining mechanism includes a securing structure and a retainer. The securing structure includes a wall body, an accommodating hole formed through the wall body, and a pair of elastic arms extending from the wall body into the accommodating hole. Each elastic arm has a fixed end connected to the corresponding inner surface of the accommodating hole and a free end extending inclined and downwardly toward a bottom of the accommodating hole. The retainer has one end engaging one of the mounting holes in the data storage device and the other end pressed by the elastic arms, and is secured in the securing structure. The retaining mechanism can be used as a snap-in bracket or a frame for quick replacement of the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Lite-On Electronics (Guangzhou) Limited, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Li Liu, Yung-Lung Liu
  • Patent number: 8540199
    Abstract: A speaker fastening mechanism includes a first fastening component installed inside an audio device, a second fastening component installed inside the audio device and disposed on a side of the first fastening component, a speaker unit whereon a first fixing part and a second fixing part are formed, a first elastic component wedged in the first fixing part and fastened inside the first fastening component, and a second elastic component wedged in the second fixing part and fastened inside the second fastening component in a rotating manner after the first elastic component is fastened inside the first fastening component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Shiang Ke
  • Patent number: 8523127
    Abstract: Apparatuses for holding sport's equipment or other articles to a chain link fence are described. The apparatuses provide sport's participants and spectators with a convenient place for holding articles. A hub of an apparatus is aligned within an opening of a chain link and thereafter rotated for securing the hub to wires of the chain link fence. The apparatus is removed when the hub is rotated in the reverse direction and pulled from the fence. A variety of article holders may extend from the hub so that there are apparatuses for holding a bat, a cup, or other articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Monte W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8523119
    Abstract: A support bracket is provided for use with a fixture for mounting a water closet connected to a water conduit of radius R. The fixture has a plurality of bolts at predetermined locations to which the bracket is mounted during use of the bracket. The support bracket has an elongated member with a longitudinal axis. A first end of the elongated member has at least one aperture sized and located therein to allow the bracket to be fastened to the bolts on the fixture during use of the bracket. A distal end of the bracket has a shaped opening therein. The shaped opening is formed of overlapping circles, resulting in a hole with circular ends of a radius of about R. The shaped opening has two opposing sides each with a cycloid shape and having opposing cusps of the cycloid shape aligned to define at least two circular openings of a radius of about R. The openings are centered on a straight line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Securus, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Greer, Larry D. Brown
  • Patent number: 8511627
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for arranging and fastening electrical units (152, 154, 156), in particular in a switch gear cabinet (1), has a mount element (14). On the fitting side of the mounting element, a module mount (150) with at least one electrical unit (152, 154, 156) can be fastened. The mount element (14) has a groove (16) extending in a longitudinal direction and open towards the fitting side. The module mount (150) can be suspended in the groove in an optional position in the longitudinal direction of the groove (16). The groove (16) is shaped such that, owing to the force of the weight acting on the suspended module mount (150), the module mount (150) is arranged on the mount element (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Friedrich Lütze GmbH
    Inventor: Udo Lütze
  • Patent number: 8505862
    Abstract: A quick-release retainer bracket for mounting objects to a platform, has a base plate enclosing a pocket in a center thereof, and a pair of retainer plates positionable on top of said base plate on opposed sides thereof, the base plate and retainer plates mountable on a platform with the retainer plates moveable over the base plate from a retracted position in which the retainer plates are partially overlapping a pocket to an extended region in which the retainer plates do not overlap the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Cameron Richard MacKay, Yuerong Wang, Harley Edward Kelsey
  • Publication number: 20130200233
    Abstract: A pair of linearly spaced thumb screws engage a bracket that slides and locks over the thumb screws to reversibly attach an item connected to the bracket to a surface supporting the thumb screws. The bracket has a body with a length longer than the spaced thumb screws. Apertures on opposing edges of the body engage the thumb screws when the bracket is placed over the thumb screws and twisted. Tapered channels in the body of the bracket capture and hold the thumb screws as the bracket is slid along the thumb screws to secure the bracket and connected item to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Feddes
  • Patent number: 8480046
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an expansion card to different slots of enclosures is disclosed. The bracket includes a base for attaching the expansion card thereon, a pair of rails attached on the base, a sliding element being slidably connected between the rails, a connecting element fixed to the sliding element and a locking element slidably connected to the sliding element. The sliding element is movable on the base between at a first position where the connecting element is received in the base and a second position where the connecting element is spaced from the base. The locking element is movable relative to the sliding element to fix the sliding element to the base or release the sliding element from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Liu
  • Patent number: 8456831
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a hard disk drive includes a bracket and a resilient plate. The bracket includes a first and a second side plates each defining two slanted first notches, and two first slots respectively extending from rear ends of the first notches. The resilient plate is slidably mounted to the first side plate. A front end of the resilient plate defines a slanted second notch, and a semicircular second slot extending from a rear end of the second notch. When the resilient plate is at a first position, the second notch and the second slot respectively align with one of the first notches and a corresponding first slot of the first side plate. When the resilient plate is slid to a second position, the second slot aligns with a rear end of said corresponding first slot, and the second notch is staggered from the corresponding first notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Pang, Jun-Hui Wang, Kun Li
  • Patent number: 8454262
    Abstract: A two-piece connector for connecting two pieces of corrugated material. A first connector piece configured to connect to a first piece of corrugated material includes a flange connected to a first connecting mechanism. A second connector piece configured to connect to a second piece of corrugated material includes a second connecting mechanism configured to cooperate with the first connecting mechanism of the first connector piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Norman
  • Publication number: 20130135815
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a hard disk drive backplane to a side of a bracket in a chassis includes a first mounting member, a second mounting member, a pivot member, and a locking member. The bottom and opposite ends of the backplane are clipped to the bracket. The second mounting member is fixed to a top side of the backplane and is locked to a top plate of the bracket. The first mounting member is fixed to a bottom side of the backplane. The first mounting member includes an engaging portion. The locking portion is fixed to the chassis. A first end of the pivot member is pivotably mounted to the chassis. A second end of the pivot member is locked to the locking member. A pressing portion extends down from a middle of the pivot member to press the engaging portion on the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventor: HAI-QING ZHOU