Laterally Patents (Class 248/271)
  • Patent number: 10448773
    Abstract: A system for mounting a curtain rod is used to mount a rod holder to a wall without damaging the wall if the rod holder is removed or changed. The system includes a holder mounting bracket which includes a base and a bridge. The holder mounting bracket may be mounted to a wall by the base. An anchor-receiving hole runs between the base and the bridge. The system includes a rod holder which is mounted into the anchor-receiving hole and to the bridge. The rod holder is used to support a curtain rod. The system includes a bracket adapter which mounts into the anchor-receiving hole if the rod holder is not compatible with the holder mounting bracket. The rod holder may then be mounted to the bracket adapter. The system includes a holder cover and a bracket cover, used to cover the rod holder and the holder mounting bracket respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Muñiz
  • Patent number: 9427102
    Abstract: A window treatment hanging apparatus operable to releasably secure a window treatment rod bracket to a wall. The window treatment hanging apparatus further includes a body that is planar in manner and rectangular in shape. The body includes a central portion that is circumferentially border by a perimeter seam. The central portion having an inner surface and an outer surface. Opposite the perimeter seam and contiguous therewith are a plurality of foldable sections. The foldable sections include a plurality of vertical and horizontal foldable sections. The foldable sections are have a first position and a second position. In the second position, the plurality of foldable sections are operable to bias a wall plate of a conventional rod support bracket against the inner surface of the central portion. The outer surface of the central portion having an adhesive layer operable to secure the window treatment hanging apparatus to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Rebecca Weaver
  • Patent number: 9138093
    Abstract: A roller curtain fixing bracket for both inner and outer windows, which is composed of two identical components for more conveniently installing the entire roller curtain assembly on the wall faces of the inner and outer windows. The roller curtain fixing bracket includes a base seat, two connection boards integrally extending from two ends of the base seat in reverse directions, and two support boards connected with the connection boards to form a main structure of the fixing bracket. After the main structures of the fixing brackets are locked on the left and right corners of the window, one single roller curtain assembly or double roller curtain assemblies can be installed on the support boards to provide sunlight shading effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Tser Wen Chou
  • Publication number: 20100236730
    Abstract: A roller blind mounting system including at least one roller, at least one telescopic end plug and at least two brackets. The telescopic end plug is engageable within an end-opening of one of said rollers. The end plug includes a hollow body and a telescopically movable member or plunger co-axially positionable with respect to the hollow body such that a first axial extending length portion of the plunger projects from the hollow body and a second axial extending length portion is held within the hollow body. The plunger is telescopically movable between a first end position in which the first portion of the plunger projects from the cylindrical body and a second end position in which at least part of the first portion is inserted into the cylindrical body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventors: Lars Koop, Jorg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 7545108
    Abstract: An electronic display configured to display visual information is mounted to a display mount. The display mount is movable in three-dimensions, whereby the associated display may be moved in three-dimensional space. In one embodiment, a unitary display comprises a plurality of closely spaced individual displays which are mounted to movable display mounts, whereby the configuration of the unitary display may be altered by changing the position of one or more of the displays relative to the others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Andy Flessas
  • Patent number: 6158699
    Abstract: An attachment assembly for removably mounting a computer component to a chassis. The assembly includes first and second engaging members. The first engaging member has a first protrusion which extends away from the first engaging member and is received by a first aperture positioned in a first surface of the component. The second engaging member has a second protrusion extending away therefrom and is received by a second aperture positioned in a second surface of the component to substantially prevent motion of the assembly relative to the component. The assembly further includes a chassis coupling member which engages first and second surfaces of the chassis to restrict motion of the assembly and the component to which it is attached relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6138969
    Abstract: A bracket for installation of equipment on the dashboard of a vehicle includes at least one attachment member, a flat part for holding the equipment and a support member. The attachment member is located at one end of the bracket and the support member is located at another end of the bracket at a distance spaced from the attachment member. In its installed position, the support member rests against the dashboard with a certain preload. The attachment member includes a U-shaped clamp which is designed to be installed into an unoccupied switch socket in the dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: AB Volvo
    Inventor: Jan-Olof Olausson
  • Patent number: 6109575
    Abstract: An instrument mounting apparatus includes a bracket into which the instrument is inserted, a washer which slides over the instrument and dimensioned to hold the instrument, and a nut which also slides over the instrument. The bracket has key slots for accepting keys extending from the washer and has threads on the outer surface which mate with threads on the inner surface of the nut. Radial slots in the nut permit the insertion of a rod for torquing the nut tight to the bracket, while tapped channels are provided for a inserting a set screw into the one most convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Litton Marine Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Munson
  • Patent number: 6102360
    Abstract: A faceplate has self-contained fastening devices for securing it in a wall opening, and also has rearwardly projecting flanges and legs that are received in the wall. The flanges locate the faceplate relative to the opening and the legs serve to cooperate with the swinging fastener mounted arms to limit their rotation as the fastener is rotated to bring the arms into contact with the backside of the sheetrock wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: William Clegg, Steven C. Thibault
  • Patent number: 6098939
    Abstract: A bracket includes a generally planar vertical member having an upper end supporting a pair of spacer arms and a spacer plate for positioning the vertical member between wall surfaces. The bracket further includes a junction box support portion having a plurality of spacers each having end portions for further maintaining the position of the bracket within the wall. The lower portion of the bracket includes a pair of support arms having inverted V-shaped clips together with an attachment plate defining an inverted V-channel, each adapted to be received upon the upwardly extending lips of a conventional toe plate stud. A conventional electrical junction box is secured to the bracket using conventional fasteners and a plurality of apertures formed in the bracket. The various spacers and support members of the bracket cooperate to maintain the desired position of the bracket within the wall for supporting the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Ping He
  • Patent number: 6076777
    Abstract: An installation device for installing a mobile phone onto the dashboard of a vehicle includes a fastening part attached to the rack of a radio in the dashboard and a supporting part for holding the mobile phone which is connected to the fastening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: BFE Industries Oy
    Inventor: Jarmo Farm
  • Patent number: 6050528
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical control or signaling apparatus such as a push-button or indicator lamp consisting of a tubular body (12) which can be inserted into an aperture in a surface (13) and capable of fitting, using locking means (24), to a base (2) designed to receive at least one electrical unit (4) and comprising fastening means (3) acting on the inner side of the surface and characterized by the fact that the base (2) fits onto the tubular body (12) to which it is fastened by a sliding lock (24) and fastening means (3) consisting of a pivoting yoke (3) provided with two anchoring forks (33,34) mounted on hinges (35-221) to the base so that their free ends lie on either side of the movable section (25) of the lock (24), said yoke bearing a tightening screw (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Schneider Electric SA
    Inventor: Eric Bardy
  • Patent number: 6049288
    Abstract: A display can be retractably provided on an upper surface of an instrument panel. The display can be arranged such that it is not overlapped with an operation lever in a parking position P and a driving position D, to which the operation lever is frequently shifted during driving, in the course of eyeshot of the driver in a driver's seat. Hence, the operation lever never obstructs the driver's eyeshot looking at a screen of the display. As a result, the driver can easily monitor or watch the screen of the display without obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 6019487
    Abstract: A lamp housing is removably mounted in a panel opening by a detent system that exerts a wedge lock action against edge areas of the panel opening. The lamp housing includes a light-transmitting fascia plate normally seated against the panel and at least one swingable detent adapted to exert pressure against an edge of the panel opening. The detent has a swing axis spaced an appreciable distance from the wedge lock surface so that the wedge lock surface has a substantial travel distance between the operating and retracted positions of the detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur W. Fornell
  • Patent number: 6015125
    Abstract: A paper roll holder comprises a back wall, a concave bottom, a pair of side walls, and a front wall having an upper edge. The back wall, concave bottom, pair of side walls and front wall form a cavity for holding the paper roll. The cavity has sufficient depth for a horizontal plane taken at the upper edge of the front wall to substantially intersect the longitudinal axis of the paper roll in the cavity to brace the paper roll upon separation of sheets of paper from the paper roll. The upper edge of the front wall provides a contact surface for supporting and separating perforated sheets from the paper roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Larry D. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5979836
    Abstract: First and second elastic holding members are installed symmetrically with each other on the front face of the escutcheon for receiving the front panel of the car-mounted audio system. The first and second elastic holding members have respectively first and second elastic members projected on the escutcheon. First and second holding rods are respectively formed at top parts of the elastic members. First and second engagement recesses are formed on both side faces of the front panel at corresponding positions to the first and second holding rods. By an operation for pushing the front panel onto the escutcheon, the first and second elastic members are hooked in the first and second engagement recesses while the first and second elastic members have elastic restoring forces working toward each other, and thereby the front panel is mounted onto the escutcheon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Seop Kim
  • Patent number: 5973277
    Abstract: An electrical control or signaling device such as a push button or lamp includes a body which is fixed on a support wall and a baseplate for receiving contact blocks. The baseplate 20 houses a slide 30 and a manipulation screw having arms 33 and 34, acts on the slide 30 to translate the slide. The arms 33 and 34 have sharp edges or points (A1, A2) which act against the support wall and are displaced within a plane (P3) which is perpendicular to the plane S of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Schneider Electric SA
    Inventor: Patrick Cuingnet
  • Patent number: 5967466
    Abstract: A back plane lock down for fastening one or more circuit boards and/or cover plates to the back plane of a computer chassis. The back plane lock down is made of non-electrically conducting material such that the computer need not be powered down when fastening the circuit boards and/or cover plates to the back plane. The back plane lock down includes one or more sections that can be pivotally connected together by using a bracket for accommodating a wide variety of back plane configurations. Each section includes one or more tabs disposed within openings formed by ribs. Each tab includes a downwardly extending projection for insertion into an opening in the back plane to easily fasten each circuit board and cover plate to the back plane without the need for tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Unitrend, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Richard Osborne, Conrad A. H. Jelinger
  • Patent number: 5957414
    Abstract: A support system for devices, in particular electrical devices, to be attached transversely to a trunking body between two longitudinal walls of the latter comprises two crossmembers each engaged with one of the longitudinal walls at each end and each equipped with fixing arrangements for local fastening of the device. These fixing arrangements are mounted on the crossmember so that their position can be adjusted along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignees: Legrand, Legrand SNC
    Inventors: Fran.cedilla.ois Perrignon de Troyes, Bertrand Decore
  • Patent number: 5947436
    Abstract: A canopy hole cover assembly for a ceiling fan comprising in combination a ceiling fan hangar bracket, a down rod for suspending the ceiling fan from the ceiling fan hangar bracket, a canopy having a mounting hole, an annular plate, and means for mounting said annular plate relative to the mounting hole to cover the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: King of Fans, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Bucher, Charles E. Bucher
  • Patent number: 5927667
    Abstract: An improved mounting bracket can be used to selectively support both 4 inch square electrical boxes and 411/16 inch square electrical boxes such that vertical movement of either type of electrical box is limited. The mounting bracket is preferably a one-piece, unitary member stamped from sheet metal. The mounting bracket has a top support rail, a bottom support rail and a pair of mounting ends coupling the support rails together to define a large, elongated central cut-out portion. An electrical box and its associated cover may be mounted between two wall studs by first attaching the mounting bracket of the present invention to the wall studs. The open front end of the box is then placed flush against the rear surface of the bracket such that a top portion of the box contacts the bottom rail of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard D. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5909008
    Abstract: A mechanism for removably mounting instruments with a cylindrical outer case to a flat panel over an opening with a peripheral wall extending perpendicularly from the rear side of the panel and two or more gripping assemblies mounted adjacent to the wall. Outwardly extending flange members mounted on the outer case at one end of the instrument are cooperatively and removably engaged within the gripping assemblies. The gripping assemblies in an alternate embodiment are removably mounted through slots in the panel. A user can mount and unmount the instruments from the rear without requiring the use of any tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Pedro R. Pelaez
  • Patent number: 5895016
    Abstract: A radio installation kit for automobiles comprising a frame with rearward facing walls, mounting plates which snap onto the frame and mounting brackets formed on the plates at predetermined positions. Mounting plates with brackets at predetermined positions may be assembled with the frame providing a great variety of bracket positions that allow maximum vehicle application coverage. All of the components are constructed with out the need for expensive slide tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: James A. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 5887829
    Abstract: A media componentry assembly for mounting in a compartment formed in an automotive vehicle instrument panel includes, a chassis adapted to be mountably received within the compartment and a unitary cast bracket having a plurality of surfaces for mounting a plurality of components adapted to be mountably received within the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fermin Samuel Wong, Nazih Kamal Hijaouy, Jason Dale Perkins, Thomas Leo Jean
  • Patent number: 5884875
    Abstract: A mounting structure for mounting an air conditioning unit to a vehicle body and an method of mounting the unit are provided. The structure includes an instrument panel, a steering member and brackets. In assembling, the air conditioning unit and a heater control unit are fixed to the steering member through the brackets, at first. After control cables of the heater control unit has been connected to the air conditioning unit, the instrument panel is assembled to a vehicle body while allowing the heater control unit through the opening of the instrument panel. Therefore, it is possible for a worker to carry out both assembling of the air conditioning unit and the heater control unit and electrical connecting of the control cables in a free space without being restricted in terms of operative directions and posture, so that the workability can be improved remarkably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Hanada, Hiroaki Sasaki, Koji Takao, Shigenori Toyonaga, Nobu Shinoda
  • Patent number: 5865403
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for securely mounting a dash instrument within a corresponding aperture of a dashboard. The mounting assembly comprises one or more mounting brackets mounted to the instrument and positioned against the rear side of the instrument panel to securely mount the instrument to withstand forces typically experienced by fast moving vehicles such as boats. The mounting brackets each comprise a slot defined therein which divides the bracket into two regions, a first of which provides a tapered portion. A connector extends through the slot and into a corresponding aperture of the instrument so as to contact only one side of the slot of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Lowrance Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Scott Covell
  • Patent number: 5863016
    Abstract: A modular faceplate assembly having a faceplate and at least one modular panel received and supported within a frontal opening in the faceplate and releasably secured to the faceplate by concealed latches hingedly connected to the modular panel rearward of the faceplate for flexure between latching and releasing positions relative to keepers carried by the faceplate and resiliently biased to said latching positions. When the latches are in latching positions latch operators carried by the latches form closures for latch operating apertures opening through the frontal surface of the faceplate assembly. Cam surfaces on the latch operators facilitate operation of the latches to release the panel from the faceplate in response to insertion of an operating tool into the latch operating apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Makwinski, Kent R. McCord, Thomas R. Russo, Jeffrey D. Hemingway
  • Patent number: 5823495
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for securing a mobile radio includes a mounting tray (102) having a flat surface (104), radio housing attachment wings (106) and a pair of radio receiving portions (108). The flat surface has recessed fastening locations (110) for attaching the mounting tray to a surface using screws or bolts. A rubber pad (114) is affixed to the inside of each attachment wing (106) such that an opening (115) in the pad is aligned with an opening (112) in the attachment wing. The radio receiving portions (108) each have a cut-out (109) for receiving the rear of the mobile radio. A high tensile strength spring (118) is riveted (130) to the flat surface (104) of the tray and has an L-shaped end (122) prevents the spring from deforming if an unexpectedly large force is applied to the top of the radio. Together, these features act to dampen any vibrations, etc. which could damage internal radio circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve M. Joss, William H. Robertson, Jr., Elias R. Mallar
  • Patent number: 5823482
    Abstract: A wiring device support for supporting electrical devices such as duplex receptacles, switches, Decora switches or ground fault circuit interrupters. The C-shaped wiring device includes a ramp portion on the top inside perimeter of the C, a tapered notch portion on another end of the inside perimeter of the C, and an integral rib extending substantially around the inner periphery of the C. The wiring device support may be used to support an existing electrical device which is loose or has sunken into a wall by loosening the existing electrical device, sliding the wiring device between the electrical device and the electrical box, and retightening the screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 5813636
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for instrument gauge holders which are precision made to fit each gauge properly so they prevent excessive vibration and damage. These holders can easily be properly located to increase the visibility of the gauges, and, importantly, it is not necessary to alter the original factory dash design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Gary W. Lollis
  • Patent number: 5810302
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting a curtain rod to a window frame that includes an adjustable length compression rod having first and second opposed ends each having a gripping pad secured thereto, the adjustable length rod having a force mechanism for forcing the first and second opposed ends away from each other in a manner such that the gripping pads contact and exert a force between two opposed window jam surfaces to support the adjustable length compression rod therebetween and prevent rotation of the adjustable length compression rod while thus supported; a curtain rod having an elongated curtain support portion terminating at a first curtain rod end thereof in connection with a first wall contact portion and terminating at a second curtain rod end thereof in connection with a second wall contact portion; and a rigid connecting rod rigidly affixable to the adjustable length compression rod at a first connecting rod end thereof and rigidly affixable to the curtain support portion of the curtain rod at a second co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Patrick M. McCance
  • Patent number: 5803412
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a plurality of control elements (3) on a dashboard (1) of a motor vehicle which are framed and covered by face plates (6) which are mounted after the control elements are mounted. Control element bodies of the control elements (3), are resiliently held relative to fixed attaching eyes (7), and spacings between control element bodies of individual control elements (3) and control element bodies and framing edges of the dashboard (1) are set by spacers (10) on the face plates (6). This arrangement achieves an uncomplicated mounting and a pleasing visual appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Preh-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Storath, Walter Voll, Karl-Heinz Bauer
  • Patent number: 5791606
    Abstract: A radio installation kit for automobiles comprising a frame with rearward facing walls, mounting plates which snap onto the frame and mounting brackets which snap onto the plates. The plates and brackets may be assembled in a great variety of locations allowing for maximum vehicle application coverage. All of the components are constructed with out the need for expensive slide tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: James A. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 5779197
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for detachably mounting audio equipment by which a main chassis in which audio equipment is accommodated is firmly mounted to a mounting frame, and in which the main chassis is easily and accurately disengaged from the mounting frame by disengagement members. Engagement members are unrotatably fixed to the main chassis by two screws respectively, and the main chassis is detachably mounted to the mounting frame when the engagement members are engaged with engagement apertures formed on the mounting frame. When the main chassis is drawn from the mounting frame, the disengagement members are inserted into insertion holes formed on a front panel and tip ends of the disengagement members make contact with inclined portions of the engagements, thereby resiliently bending deformable portions of the engagement members. Lock claws formed in the disengagement members are disengaged from the engagement apertures of the mounting frame when the deformable portions of the engagement members are bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Seop Kim
  • Patent number: 5772159
    Abstract: A conduit fitting for passage of a conduit through an opening in a mounting wall that includes a tubular body having an internal through-passage for receiving a conduit, an external axially oriented wall surface, and an external circumferential channel axially spaced from the external wall surface. A clip ring is received in the body channel, and has a radially outwardly oriented surface that axially tapers narrowingly away from the wall surface of the tubular body. A circumferential rib extends radially inwardly from the body of the clip ring to engage a bottom surface of the channel at the narrow end of the ring. When the body and ring are inserted through the mounting wall opening, the wide end of the ring is cammed radially inwardly about the rib into the channel on the tubular body, and then expands radially outwardly to capture the mounting wall between the ring and the axially oriented wall surface on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: FKI Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert O. Wendt
  • Patent number: 5768909
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a housing forming an inner compartment. The housing comprises outer and inner shells, with a space formed between those shells filled with foam. cold air delivered to the compartment is distributed by a damper mounted to the inner shell. The damper includes a cover which is secured to the inner shell by a snap-in connection which avoids the need for separate fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bu Gil Jeong, Ik Geum Kim
  • Patent number: 5765794
    Abstract: An angle adjusting device includes an adjusting plate fixedly mounted on a bottom wall of an instrument panel and having an extension extending from an underside thereof, and a supporting socket pivotally engaged with the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 5735493
    Abstract: This universal adaptor mounting bracket is used for mounting clocks to a wall panel. The bracket includes multiple mounting portions provided by offset bracket portions and/or slots, break away portions and auxiliary bracket portions suitable for mounting a variety of different clocks to the wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J. Ditch
  • Patent number: 5709358
    Abstract: A cluster module, which is arranged so that electric parts are put together, is installed to a concave section formed on a front surface of an instrument panel, and a W/H connector and a display unit, which is projected ahead than the W/H connector are installed to a front wall surface of the concave section. Moreover, a connector fitting section fitted to the W/H connector and a display unit fitting section fitted to the display unit are provided to the back surface of the cluster module. Therefore, the display unit fitting section is led by the display unit so that the cluster module can be installed to a desired position of the concave section of the instrument panel easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Minoru Kubota
  • Patent number: 5702078
    Abstract: A substantially horizontal hand stabilizing member attached to a vehicle instrument panel adjacent to a plurality of switches. The hand stabilizing member protrudes outwardly away from the instrument panel and provides a support surface that is a first distance from the switches. The hand stabilizing member allows an operator to engage and move a movable portion of a selected switch with a first portion of his or her hand when a second portion of the operator's hand engages the support surface and stabilizes the operator's hand from movement relative to the switch. The hand stabilizing member includes indicium on identification markers that are substantially adjacent to respective switches, and the indicium represents a function associated with the respective switch. The hand stabilizing member of the preferred embodiment also includes tactile locating members adjacent to the switches to enable the user to non-visually identify the location of a selected switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery H. Shaw
  • Patent number: 5690306
    Abstract: A filler bracket assembly according to the present invention may comprise a cover sized to abut against a card cage panel and to substantially cover an opening in the card cage panel. A clamp rotatably mounted to the cover includes a panel engaging member that engages the two opposed sides of the opening in the panel and draws the cover tightly against the panel when the clamp is rotated from a disengaged position to an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Arlen L. Roesner
  • Patent number: 5684670
    Abstract: A control switch with a holder is to be provided which can simply and quickly be secured by one person to a variable-thickness fitting plate. To this end the rose (9) of the control switch has a longitudinal groove (11) and a transverse groove (12). The holder which can be fitted on the rose (9) consists of a lower casing (14), a securing ring (5) and an upper casing (23). The lower casing (14) and the securing ring (5) have matching pitches (20, 6) so that when the securing ring (5) is rotated via a toothed spindle (7) fitted off-center it is axially shifted. After the holder has been fitted on the rose, when the securing ring (5) is rotated, a partial thread (18) fitted thereto is rotated out of the longitudinal groove (11) into the transverse groove (12) and thus pressed by the simultaneous axial movement of the partial thread (18) against the limiting edge of the transverse groove (12) taking the form of a thread segment (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rudolf Zimmermann, Rainer Kreutzer, Reinhard Herdegen, Josef Birzer
  • Patent number: 5676338
    Abstract: A deployable electronics module assembly for an instrument panel of an automotive vehicle has a bracket mounted to the instrument panel and an electronics module mounted to the bracket with a set of clips with bendable tabs operative to effect separation of the electronics module from the bracket in response to imposition of a load in excess of a predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gary G. Warda, Dean A. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 5624167
    Abstract: An electric control mounting includes a control housing having a peripheral wall and a control shaft projecting forward of its front. A base covers the housing front and has an opening through which the shaft extends. A pair of ears extend from the base outward of the peripheral wall on opposite sides of the shaft and lie in a plane parallel to the base. A resilient finger is positioned outward of the peripheral wall and has a tang at its end which projects forward of the base. A mounting plate has an opening to receive the shaft, a pair of mounts formed on opposite sides of the shaft opening and adapted to mate with the ears, and an additional opening adapted to receive the tang as the ears become fully mated with the mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Katz
  • Patent number: 5621370
    Abstract: This invention relates to a thermostat mounting arrangement suitable for use in a clothes dryer. Thermostat mounting arrangement includes a thermostat mounted to engage the inner and outer opposing sides of a surface supporting portion of the clothes dryer to sense temperature conditions in the clothes dryer. The mounting arrangement is characterized by an aperture passing through the surface supporting portion. The aperture has an enlarged central opening with four projection tab members extending into the central opening and two diametrically opposed slots extending radially outward from the central opening. The thermostat includes a temperature sensitive flat surface adapted for positioning within the central opening of the aperture slightly beyond the inner surface of the surface supporting portion of the clothes dryer. The thermostat has two resilient wings each having an arm extending generally toward and through a corresponding slot of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Robert St. Louis
  • Patent number: 5609414
    Abstract: The invention provides a recessed lighting fixture having an outwardly extending housing flange about a lower end of the fixture housing and retaining clips mounted to the housing wall. The retaining clips have enlarged ends trapped within the housing and extending through axial slots so as to permit axial movement along the housing wall. Each retaining clip includes a spring arm biased to an open position in which the spring arm extends radially from the housing, part of the upper portion being flexible such that the spring arm can be depressed toward the housing wall. The fixture can thus be installed through a ceiling opening barely larger than the diameter of the housing. An adjusting screw is provided for adjusting the position of the retaining clip axially along the housing wall, which secures the housing in place by clamping the ceiling between the housing flange and the retaining clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Canlyte Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Caluori
  • Patent number: 5598998
    Abstract: A bracket is provided for use in conjunction with an electrical outlet box as commonly used in homes, office buildings and the like. The bracket is used to attach low voltage communication lines such as for cable television, telephones or for computer network lines. The bracket has a c-shaped frame and includes a large central opening with opposing tabs which divide the opening into a first section for receiving a 110 volt electrical junction box and a second opening for containing low voltage communication lines. Opposing line supports within the second opening each include a narrow neck section to facilitate bending during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: David M. Lynn
  • Patent number: 5595362
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an electrical box on a wall stud including a sheet metal plate having front and rear faces and a large central opening therein. A pair of screw opening formations is provided in the plate generally adjacent diagonally opposite corners of the central opening in the plate. Each formation includes a relatively narrow screw shank clearance slot which receives the shank of a respective box mounting screw. The plate is so configured that an electrical box may be moved to a first position in which the front of the box is closely adjacent the rear face of the plate, and then to a second position in which the shanks of the mounting screws are received in the screw shank clearance slots of respective screw opening formations and in which the front opening of the box is generally in register with the central opening in the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: B-Line Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Rinderer, Martin L. Witherbee
  • Patent number: 5590858
    Abstract: A support for mounting an electrical device box into an opening made in a panel. This support has an elongated bar-shaped member longer than the device box and two L-shaped members coplanar to and projecting from one side of the bar-shaped member. The distance between each one of the opposite ends of the bar-shaped member and the remote point of this bar-shaped member from which the remote L-shaped member projects is substantially equal to the height of the electrical box. In use, one can easily insert the bar-shaped member behind the panel through the opening made in the panel by first introducing one of the opposite ends of the bar-shaped member into the opening and moving this one end until the adjacent L-shaped member contacts the panel. Then, the support can be rotated so that the other opposite end of the bar-shaped member passes through the opening, such being possible because of the above mentioned distance selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Temco Electric Products Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Bourassa, Sylvain Poissant, Alain Legris, Claude Lacroix
  • Patent number: 5588621
    Abstract: A universal mounting apparatus and method for bar code scanners which allows newer, smaller scanners to fit within the checkout counter apertures of larger scanners. The mounting apparatus includes a cover plate having a size large enough to cover the aperture. A scanner attaches to the cover plate and is suspended from the cover plate using additional mounting hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: AT&T Global Information Solutions Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, Jr., Rex A. Aleshire