Having Parallel Arms Patents (Class 248/281.11)
  • Patent number: 10353165
    Abstract: A stand includes first to fourth links, first to fourth joints, a front link, first to fifth extension links, and first to fourth extension joints. The first to fourth links are arranged in a parallelogram configuration, wherein the first and third links are arranged on opposite sides and the second and fourth joints are arranged in a diagonal direction. The front link extends from the first link. The first extension link is rotatably connected to the second joint. The second extension link is rotatably connected to the first extension joint. The third extension link is rotatably connected to the second extension joint. The fourth extension link is arranged between the third extension joint and the fourth extension joint. The fifth extension link is arranged between the first joint and the second extension joint. The first, fourth, and fifth extension links are in parallel with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC., INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY ERICA CAMPUS
    Inventors: Byung-Ju Yi, Jong-Tae Seo
  • Patent number: 10329018
    Abstract: Disclosed is a deployable panel assembly that includes a support plate (101), a front support arm (105) with a first end having at least two pivotable attachments (106, 107) to a first edge of the support plate (101) and a second end having at least two pivotable attachments (108, 109) to a seat shell, and a rear support arm (110) with a first end (111) pivotably attached to a second edge of the support plate (101) and a second end (112) pivotably attached to the seat shell, wherein the support plate is configured to move between a stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventor: Patrick Hérault
  • Patent number: 10082240
    Abstract: A four bar linkage boom arm imaging stand assembly system and related methods are provided. The stand includes a height-adjustable imaging platform. The imaging platform is configured for holding a scanning device. The stand is configured to be mobile. The stand is also configured to be stable while moving a scanning device to a desired height and position. The stand is configured such that the imaging platform remains at a consistent orientation throughout the entire range of possible heights. The stand includes a unique brake feature for maintaining the imaging platform at a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Brunson Instrument Company
    Inventors: Mark J. Meuret, Adam J. Warden, Isaac H. Gipson, Aaron A. Hudlemeyer, Deighton E. Brunson
  • Patent number: 10024484
    Abstract: A tensile parallelogram arm that mimics parallelogram counterbalancing structures and which can be folded into a compact form. The assembly includes a gimbal to which a supported payload is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Garrett W. Brown, Jerry Holway
  • Patent number: 9818095
    Abstract: A taxi payment system including a point of sale device and a mounting assembly for mounting the point of sale device inside a taxi, the mounting assembly having at least two operative orientations, a first operative orientation in which the point of sale device is accessible to a taxi passenger and a second operative orientation in which the point of sale device is accessible to a taxi driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Altman
  • Patent number: 9757024
    Abstract: An instrument arm assembly is provided for presenting an examination instrument to a seated patient. The instrument arm assembly includes an arm having an attachment assembly, an instrument supporting element for supporting the examination instrument and having an attachment assembly, and a linkage having first and second attachment assemblies. The instrument supporting element attachment assembly is pivotably connected with the linkage first attachment assembly, and the arm attachment assembly is pivotably connected with the linkage second attachment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Reliance Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean J. Corrigan, Tomas Matusaitis, Keith A. Grider, Antonio Belton
  • Patent number: 9584879
    Abstract: A device and a system may facilitate access to communication connectors, adapters, and/or ports that are supported within a housing, e.g., a rack or cabinet. The system may include one or more of the devices. The system may also include a device that manages, e.g., guides and supports cables that are operatively coupled to the connectors, adapters, and/or ports. The ports may be on a tray that is engaged with the housing. A retainer arm may have first end, and a second end pivotably coupled to the tray. A cable retainer may be coupled to the retainer arm. An actuation mechanism may operably couple the tray to the retainer arm. The actuation mechanism may be configured to move the cable retainer from a first position over the tray to a second position extending beyond a side of the tray as the tray is pulled out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Go!Foton Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Takeuchi, Haiguang Lu
  • Patent number: 9440832
    Abstract: A counterweight balancing system for filming cranes that are mounted on a vehicle and used to film moving images. The filming crane (1) has a rotating center (4) with a counterweight system (2), on one side, and a filming camera (3), on the other side, which oscillate as if on a balance. A pantograph mechanism enables the counterweight system (2) to be maintained in relation to the ground, in the event of any ascending or descending movement of an arm, holding the filming camera (3), as a result of the system being equipped with articulated points (6, 7, 8 and 9), fixed shafts (10 and 11) and shafts (9 and 9?) movable in relation to a central shaft of the crane (5), thereby forming the pantograph mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Alfredo Vallés Navarro, André Vallés Navarro
  • Patent number: 9355219
    Abstract: It may be advantageous to equip a medication dispensing cart with an adjustable user interface. An exemplary dispensing device may include a cabinet having one or more compartments for dispensing health care supplies to one or more patients. The dispensing device may also include a control system that provides various operational functions related to dispensing the health care supplies. A user interface may be communicatively coupled with the control system and may be configured to receive input from a user and provide output to the user. An articulating arm assembly may couple the user interface with the cabinet to provide the user interface with one or more translational degrees of freedom and one or more rotational degrees of freedom relative to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Akbar Paydar, Stanley Kim, Chris Richardson, John Foot, Mahmoud Amini, Stuart Morita
  • Patent number: 9347608
    Abstract: A supporting mechanism and a related electronic device can be adapted to apply to rotation of a signal transmission holder. The rotary supporting mechanism includes a base, a bracket, a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, a third connecting rod and a actuating component. The signal transmission holder is disposed on the bracket . Two end of the first connecting rod respectively pivot between the base and the bracket. A first end of the second connecting rod pivots to the bracket . Two ends of the third connecting rod respectively pivot to the base and a second end of the second connecting rod. The actuating component is rotatably disposed on the second connecting rod. A contacting portion of the actuating component is movably shifted between a first blocker and a second blocker of the third connecting rod since the second connecting rod rotates relative to the third connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Zhong-hui Mao
  • Patent number: 9335783
    Abstract: A controller shifting device for interconnecting an armrest and a controller of a powered wheelchair includes an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism includes a casing, a first connection seat connected to the casing for connection with the armrest, and a second connection seat connected to the casing for installation of the controller. When the casing rotates from an operating position to a folded position, the second connection seat is lowered for placing the controller below the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Karma Medical Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Van Olst, Chih-Chuan Yang, Cheng-Jy Tien
  • Patent number: 9175803
    Abstract: An adjustable-position load supporting arm (4) comprises a framework having the shape of a deformable parallelogram one free end (5) of which is able to support a load and a jack (12) able to deform the deformable parallelogram, the jack (12) being of the adjustable-pressure type so that the pressure inside the jack (12) is adjustable according to the weight of said load supported by the supporting arm (4). It comprises, at the free end (5), a connecting piece (6) able to support said load and has, in a first configuration, an axis of orientation (A) that is fixed with respect to said fixed link (9a) and, in a second configuration, an axis of orientation (B) that is variable with respect to said fixed link (9a) when said supporting arm (4) shifts position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAQUET SAS
    Inventors: Gregory Senelier, Benoit Theodon
  • Patent number: 9027894
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes an arm assembly attached to a support assembly such that the arm assembly is positionable adjacent to an article of furniture such as a desk or work surface. A mounting device is attached to the arm assembly that is sized and configured to retain a display device. A vertically adjustable attachment mechanism attaches a first end of the counterbalance mechanism to the arm assembly or support assembly. The vertically adjustable attachment mechanism is sized and configured such that a vertical position of the first end of the counterbalance mechanism is adjustable via movement of at least one component of the vertically adjustable attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Ronald Snyder
  • Patent number: 9016648
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system (1) for mounting an electronic teaching board (2) on a surface, comprising four legs (4A, 4B, 4C, 4D) which are mutually connected such that the position of the electronic teaching board can be adjusted in both horizontal and vertical direction and arresting means for locking the electronic teaching board in the adjusted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Teachyou B.V.
    Inventor: Antonius Theodorus Smeenk
  • Patent number: 9004430
    Abstract: An articulating mount for a television or other device with a display screen, permits in/out translation, left/right translation, and left/right roll or tilting movement of the display of the television or device. The left/right roll or tilting movement is about a generally horizontal axis that remains substantially perpendicular to the display screen of the device that is mounted to the bracket. The articulating mount further provides added retention and support of the television or device when a bracket of the mount is fully retracted, such as when the mount is used in a vehicle that is underway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Imperial Stamping Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick A. Conner
  • Patent number: 8925885
    Abstract: A support arm supports a charge connector which can be connected to a vehicle. The support arm includes a parallelogram linkage provided in a freely swingable manner, a gravity compensation apparatus for generating force canceling gravity acting on the parallelogram linkage, and a charge connector having a support shaft insertion portion supported by the parallelogram linkage and provided to be rotatable around the support shaft insertion portion. The support shaft insertion portion is arranged at a position of the center of gravity of the charge connector. According to such a construction, a support arm appropriately exhibiting a gravity compensation function can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishii, Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8910913
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus used for medical treatment includes a support arm in which a leading end side is coupled to a supporting unit supporting an endoscope, and a moving arm that is coupled to a base end side of the support arm, the moving arm moving the supporting unit and supporting the supporting unit in a moved position of the supporting unit. The support arm includes a leading-end-side coupling unit that is turnably coupled to the supporting unit, a base-end-side coupling unit that is disposed in coaxial with the leading-end-side coupling unit and turnably coupled to the moving arm, and an offset unit laterally offset with respect to an axis line R passing through the leading-end-side and the base-end-side coupling units. The offset unit is freely rotatable about the axis line R with respect to the supporting unit and the moving arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Kenji Hirose
  • Patent number: 8899540
    Abstract: A counterbalance mechanism including: a housing having a first aligned pair of through holes and a second aligned pair of through holes; a pivot nose having a third aligned pair of through holes, a fourth aligned pair of through holes and an aligned pair of arcuate slots; an energy storage device having first and second spring mounts and at least one spring, the first spring mount having at least one first flange and a pivot flange having a fifth through hole, the second spring mount having at least one second flange and a sixth through hole and the at least one spring includes first and second ends, the first end is secured to the at least one first flange and the second end is secured to the at least one second flange; a first pivot pin disposed in the first aligned pair of through holes and the third aligned pair of through holes; a stop member disposed in the second aligned pair of through holes and the aligned pair of arcuate slots; a second pivot pin disposed in the fourth aligned pair of through holes
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Knapp Company
    Inventors: Brent A. Honsberger, Warren A. Waxham
  • Patent number: 8888062
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a display mounting apparatus for mounting a flat screen television monitor or the like to a wall. The mounting apparatus provides four degrees of freedom for the flat screen display in lateral translation, tilt, swivel and pan directions. The combination of two two-link arms, counterbalancing torsion springs and friction mechanisms provides for ±20 degrees in the tilt and swivel directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene Novin
  • Patent number: 8870141
    Abstract: An adjustable holding apparatus for an endoscope or other medical device having a proximal end and a distal end, the adjustable holding apparatus having a device for holding an endoscope or other medical device that includes a number of arm segments between the proximal end and the distal end, a number of lockable joints that each connect two of the number of arm segments with one another in jointed fashion, and a compensation device for at least partial compensation of the weight impact of the holding apparatus in a pivoting or sliding of at least one arm segment in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Omid Abri, Josef Reinauer
  • Patent number: 8864092
    Abstract: A television mount assembly suitable for mounting a television to a wall, especially over fireplaces and other obstacles. The mount assembly secures a television (TV) to a wall via two arms and a spring mechanism thereby allowing it to extend away from the wall while at the same time allowing the television to swivel. It includes a mechanism to straighten the television as it is positioned close to the wall. The spring mechanism is calibrated by means of a calibration screw, spring block, and locking screws. A handle enables a user to grasp the mount assembly for changing the position of the television. A temperature gauge on the handle displays ambient temperature proximate to the television to warn users if the temperature is too high for the television to safely operate. A means of setting a maximum extension prevents the television from extending beyond a point set by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Newville
  • Patent number: 8827226
    Abstract: A dual method of installing a mounting device to a load-bearing surface includes a mounting device having a back member installed closer to the load-bearing surface than a front member on which an object is mounted. A mounting member is either attached to the back member in a first configuration or the mounting member is attached to the back member in a second configuration. The mounting member is attached to the load-bearing surface such that the load-bearing surface is between the back member and the front member in the first configuration. The back member is between the load-bearing surface and the front member in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Townsend, Patrick Leonard Plehn
  • Patent number: 8830572
    Abstract: A microscope stand (11) is disclosed, including at least one pivot support (12), a mount (22) attached to a first end (15) of the pivot support (12), and a C-slide displacement assembly (112). The pivot support (12) is held to a stand interface (14) by a parallel guide mechanism (116), which allows the pivot support (12) to perform a circular motion in a vertical plane. The parallel guide mechanism (116) is formed by a cross-lever linkage which is rotatable about a cross-lever axis (115) extending centrally between and parallel to the support axis (113) of the pivot support (12) and the pivot axis (114) of the C-slide displacement assembly (112) and which is connected to both the stand interface (14) and the pivot support (12) in such a way that it transmits its own pivotal state simultaneously and equally to the stand interface (14) and to the pivot support (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems (Schweiz) AG
    Inventor: Michael Graber
  • Patent number: 8777172
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes an arm assembly attached to a support assembly such that the arm assembly is positionable adjacent to an article of furniture such as a desk or work surface. A mounting device is attached to the arm assembly that is sized and configured to retain a display device. A vertically adjustable attachment mechanism attaches a first end of the counterbalance mechanism to the arm assembly or support assembly. The vertically adjustable attachment mechanism is sized and configured such that a vertical position of the first end of the counterbalance mechanism is adjustable via movement of at least one component of the vertically adjustable attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Ronald Snyder
  • Patent number: 8746634
    Abstract: An articulated jib for moving a load is supported on a base and comprises a first jib arm pivotably connected to a base. The first jib arm functions as a bascule and is pivotable about a first axis. There is a first counterweight disposed on the first jib arm. A second jib arm is pivotably connected to the first jib arm and is pivotable about a second axis. A linking rod connects the second jib arm to a lever arm which is also pivotably connected to the base. There is a second counterweight disposed on the lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Randy Rotheisler, Dean Leonard
  • Patent number: 8740166
    Abstract: A support device including a keyboard platform and a bracket for mounting the keyboard platform a work surface to elevate the keyboard platform above the work surface. The keyboard platform is mounted on the bracket for sliding movement relative to an edge of the work surface along a horizontal fore-aft axis. The keyboard platform is mounted on the bracket for tilting movement about a tilting axis perpendicular to the fore-aft axis. The support device includes a lock movable between a locked position wherein sliding/tilting movement of the keyboard platform is prevented and an unlocked position wherein sliding/tilting movement of the keyboard platform is permitted. One aspect includes a clamp provided on the bracket and engageable with the work surface to elevate the keyboard platform above the work surface. One aspect provides a mouse platform pivotally attached to the keyboard platform and configured to support the mouse at a tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Fellowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Hamilton, Taiwon Choi, Michael Jensen, ChunSheng Li, Douglas Carpiaux, Adam Shileny, Heidi Anna Dondlinger, Martin Behling, II
  • Patent number: 8684325
    Abstract: This mounting system can be used to house a television or other appliance against, or in, a wall, ceiling, floor or table. A user may manipulate the position and orientation of the housed appliance from its storage position to an operational position. The entire system can be completely concealed from view by a decorative cover while providing ready access to the appliance. To operate the appliance, the mount provides for extension and/or rotation to a desired position without removal of the concealing cover. A mounting bracket is attached to a fixed structure, and an appliance interface bracket is adapted for attachment to the appliance. A system of linkage arms couples the two brackets. Multiple linkage arm systems accommodate various lengths of extension and degrees of rotation including 180°. In all cases provision is made for concealed containment of all power and control cables necessary for operation of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Beshara
  • Patent number: 8469380
    Abstract: An extending and retracting device for a vehicle-step apparatus includes a mounting bracket and step bracket. A first arm defines a first end pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and a second end pivotally connected to the step bracket. A second arm defines a first end pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and a second end. A third arm defines a first end pivotally connected to the second end of the second arm and a second end pivotally connected to the step bracket. A trajectory-control assembly is configured to connect the first arm to the second arm and/or third arm to control a “motion” trajectory of the step bracket. A vehicle-step apparatus includes a step member, the extending and retracting device, and a driving device driving the first arm and/or second arm to move the extending and retracting device between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: T-Max (Hang Zhou) Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huizhong Yang, Zhaobo Qing
  • Patent number: 8448909
    Abstract: A stand for a surgical microscope is suggested that is provided with vertical and horizontal supports; articulation units; and a displacement unit that is attached to one of the articulation units. At least one pivot support is provided and encompassed by the displacement unit. A displacer is provided at the pivot support. The pivot support has a pivotable parallelogram support that is provided with a spring or a gas damper as energy storing device that interconnects and supports movement of the movable parts in the interior of the parallelogram support assisting with a stored force in a displacement movement. A holding arm is attached to the pivotable parallelogram support and simultaneously serves for displacing the optics carrier in the X direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Patent number: 8439321
    Abstract: A stand for a surgical microscope is suggested that is provided with vertical and horizontal supports, articulation units and a displacer for displacing the optics carrier in an X direction extending horizontally and transversely to an oblique pivot axis. A balancing apparatus is provided for balancing an optics carrier held by a pivot support of the displacer. The optics carrier is rotatable around a first rotational axis in relation to the pivot support. The balancing compensates for the use with and without a microscope holder and with and without add-on units. The balancing apparatus is provided with Y and Z displacement units comprising respective slides. The weight of a second slide of the Z displacement unit compensates the weight of the optics carrier with and without the microscope holder and with and without the add-on units via the first rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Patent number: 8413941
    Abstract: A stand for a surgical microscope is suggested that is provided with vertical and horizontal supports, articulation units and a displacer for displacing the optics carrier in an X direction extending horizontally and transversely to an oblique pivot axis. The displacer has a pivot support provided with a pivotable parallelogram support and a holding arm that is attached to the pivotable parallelogram support and is configured such that it simultaneously serves as a displacer for displacing the optics carrier in the X direction. The pivot support is provided with an additional displacement unit that determines the position of the parallelogram support with reference to the second articulation unit and the additional displacement unit contains a displacement screw that protrudes through the parallelogram support and is connected in an articulated fashion at one of its ends to a displacement element mounted to the parallelogram support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Publication number: 20130082156
    Abstract: An articulating mount for a television or other device with a display screen, permits in/out translation, left/right translation, and left/right roll or tilting movement of the display of the television or device. The left/right roll or tilting movement is about a generally horizontal axis that remains substantially perpendicular to the display screen of the device that is mounted to the bracket. The articulating mount further provides added retention and support of the television or device when a bracket of the mount is fully retracted, such as when the mount is used in a vehicle that is underway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: IMPERIAL STAMPING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Imperial Stamping Corporation
  • Patent number: 8403275
    Abstract: A support frame for supporting an intravenous bag and associated equipment, comprises a main pole adapted to be secured to a structure so as to be self-standing. A pivotable pole is adapted to support equipment associated with an intravenous bag. A pivot joint is provided between the main pole and the pivotable pole such that the pivotable pole rotates about the main pole. A rack is supported by the pivotable pole, the rack being adapted to support an intravenous bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: FI2S (8043523 Canada Inc.)
    Inventor: Jocelyn Côté
  • Patent number: 8342467
    Abstract: An equipoising arm structure that can selectively exert force in any direction—lifting, pressing down, or applying lateral bias—with consistent force throughout its range of articulation, comprises a force exerting device having a force exerting structure including a load arm as a first side pivotable about a load pivot, a resilient member attached to the load arm and to a termination point and forming a second side of the force exerting structure. The third side of the structure is formed by a line from the termination point to the load pivot. A first adjustment mechanism moves the termination point to change the length and disposition of the third side of the structure to positions above or below the load pivot. Additional adjustment mechanisms may alter the mounting angle of the entire force exerting structure, and/or the angular relationship between a plurality its force-exerting component devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Ronald Stachowski, Garrett W Brown
  • Patent number: 8336840
    Abstract: There is provided a braking device for braking a support member, which connects a main body of an equipment at one end thereof and a sub-body of the equipment at an opposite end thereof. Such a device includes a support bracket, a shaft, first and second plates, a pressing member, and a movable member. The support bracket is mounted on the main body of the equipment. The shaft is connected at both ends on the main body of the equipment. The first plates are disposed around the shaft and movable relative to the shaft. The second plates are disposed around the shaft and alternately positioned between the first plates. The pressing member presses the first and second plates in a braked position. The first and second plates are spaced apart from one another in an unbraked position. The movable member moves the pressing member between the braked and unbraked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Sik Song, Dong Jun Oh, Ghi Young Kim
  • Patent number: 8272608
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a keyboard support for movably supporting a keyboard with respect to a work surface of a workstation. The keyboard support includes a workstation engaging member adapted to be attached to an underside of the work surface, a keyboard engaging member for supporting a keyboard, and a linkage assembly mechanically coupling and providing relative movement between the workstation engaging member and the keyboard engaging member and thereby between the keyboard and the work surface. The keyboard support also includes a braking assembly adapted to allow relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in an unlocked position and to prevent relative movement of the keyboard engaging member with respect to the workstation engaging member in a locked position. The braking assembly comprises a roller assembly carried on a connector of the linkage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Workrite Ergonomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Timm, Giancarlo A. Giustina, Matthew R. Vargas
  • Patent number: 8262166
    Abstract: An arm support, comprising an arm supporting element, connected via a connecting device with a lift device, wherein the arm supporting element has a longitudinal direction between a front end and a rear end and is connected via a tilting axis (E) with the connecting device, which tilting axis (E), in top plan view, is situated between the front end and the rear end, wherein the lift device comprises compensation means for bearing the weight of the arm support and a load borne thereon, in particular an arm of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Exact Dynamics B.V.
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Adrianus Stuijt, Gijs Kramer, Gerardus Richardus Bernardus Engelina Römer
  • Patent number: 8205845
    Abstract: A holding arrangement is suitable especially for medical-optical equipment (108). The holding arrangement includes a carrier arm (101) for accommodating a load. The carrier arm (101) is pivotally mounted on a holder (102) with the aid of a first rotational joint (103). The holding arrangement further includes a linear spring arrangement (120) for generating a longitudinal force which acts upon the carrier arm (101) in order to compensate a load torque arising in the first rotational joint (103) of the carrier arm (101). The linear spring arrangement (120) for generating a longitudinal force is pivotally mounted on the holder (102) and applies a force on a curved carrier (119) which is operatively connected to the carrier arm (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventor: Hermann Hammer
  • Publication number: 20120145872
    Abstract: The invention relates to a kinematic mount having a base part (8) and a bracket part (7), which is positioned on the base part (8), and which is tiltable relative thereto around at least one tilting axis. The invention provides that the mount has at least one pivot lever (22, 23), which is connected to the base part (8) by way of a first joint (25), and which is connected to the bracket part (7) by way of a second joint (27, 24, 28), which is spaced apart from the first joint (25) in a longitudinal direction of the pivot lever (22, 23). The base part (8), the pivot lever (22, 23), and the bracket part (7) form a gear unit, which converts a movement of an actuator (11, 12) impacting the pivot lever (22, 23) into a tilting of the bracket part (7) relative to the base part (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG
    Inventors: Rainer Heidemann, Frank Lison
  • Patent number: 8177181
    Abstract: A carrying arrangement having a carrier arm adjustable in elevation is improved so that a load carried thereby can be easily exchanged. A gas-pressure spring (6) incorporates a latching device in such a manner that the gas-pressure spring self latches when a predetermined blocking position (P2) is reached and the self-latching device is disabled in response to an application of pressure to the carrier arm so as to move the carrier arm beyond the blocking position (P2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Draeger Medical AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Papendieck, Gunnar Wiegandt
  • Patent number: 8132769
    Abstract: A stand for a surgical microscope is suggested, comprising a vertical support, at least one horizontal support, a first vertical articulation unit that is connected the horizontal support, a second articulation unit determining an oblique pivot axis, a displacement unit that is attached to the second articulation unit and has multiple degrees of freedom for displacement and balancing of an optics carrier carrying the surgical microscope, at least one pivot support encompassed by the displacement unit, and a displacer for displacing the optics carrier in an X direction extending horizontally and transversely to the oblique pivot axis. The pivot support comprises a pivotable parallelogram support and a holding arm that is attached to the pivotable parallelogram support and is configured such that it simultaneously serves as a displacer for displacing the optics carrier in the X direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore)Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Patent number: 8109527
    Abstract: A medical cart comprising a base is supported on wheels. A first arm is supported on a track for linear movement in a first direction that supports a first platform. The arm also supports a second platform that is mounted for linear movement in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The first platform is mounted on a tilt assembly such that the angle of the first platform relative to the second platform can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Rubbermaid, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Shane Bustle, Jacob Connelly, Chad M. Holzshu, Robert Grant McRorie
  • Publication number: 20120001045
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a bracket, which comprises a main body having a first end with two sides horizontally pivoted to a first end of a horizontal support element respectively and a second end vertically pivoted to a first end of a vertical support element, so that a second end of each of the horizontal support elements can be opened away from each other and a second end of the vertical support element can be extended to an inclined angle away from the horizontal support elements. Thus, when lower surfaces of the two horizontal support elements are placed on a plane (such as a desk surface), a user can place a table electronic device stably on a virtual inclined support plane formed between the vertical and horizontal support elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Chin-Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 8074950
    Abstract: A wall affixed vertically articulated flat panel display mount having a first frame assembly secured to a wall and a second frame assembly operatively connected to the back of a flat panel display. Two pairs of horizontally spaced parallel links extend between the first and second frame assemblies and have respective ends pivotally connected thereto. A pair of pneumatic springs and a linear actuator are connected between the first and second frame assemblies. Knob clamps are provided for holding the mount in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: David Michael Clary
  • Patent number: 8070115
    Abstract: An exemplary support stand (102) for a flat-panel display body includes an elevating support (30), a monitor bracket (50), and a support member (20). The elevating support includes a first chassis (321), a second chassis (322), a plurality of supporting blocks (3231) for connecting end portions of the first chassis and the second chassis, an elastic member (391), a first pivot subassembly (305), and a second pivot subassembly (306). The monitor bracket is rotatably connected to the first pivot subassembly. The support member is rotatably connected to the second pivot subassembly. The elastic member is capable of exerting a rebound force on two of the first chassis, the second chassis, and the supporting blocks. The first and second pivot subassemblies are fixed to the supporting blocks. The monitor bracket and the support member are rotatably connected to the first and second pivot subassembly correspondingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Xin Wang, Jian Li, Zhi-Guo Sun
  • Patent number: 8070114
    Abstract: A support stand includes a mounting assembly mountable on a table top, a suspension arm coupled to a rod member of the mounting assembly to hold a rotary barrel, a swinging arm pivotally connected to the rotary barrel of the suspension arm, a stretcher mounted in a frame bar of the swinging arm and a holder frame assembly coupled to the swinging arm to support an object. The stretcher includes a sleeve coupled to arched sliding slots of the frame bar of the swinging arm by a pivot pin, a connection frame plate pivotally coupled between the pivot pin and a mounting lug at the rotary barrel, a spring member and an adjustment screw assembly mounted in the sleeve for allowing adjustment of the elevation of the supported object with less effort and positive positioning of the supported object after an elevation adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Chen-Source Inc.
    Inventor: Hong Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 8066251
    Abstract: A force exerting device having a force exerting structure including a load arm as a first side, pivotable about a load pivot, a resilient member attached to the load arm and to a termination point and forming a second side of the force exerting structure. The third side of the structure is formed by a line from the termination point to the load pivot. A first adjustment mechanism moves the termination point to change the length of the third side of the structure. A second adjustment mechanism moves the termination point in a direction different than the first adjustment direction so the termination point location can cross a substantially plumb line passing through the load pivot. A force modification device may be included to dynamically adjust the resilient member termination point position in response to motion of the load arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Garrett W. Brown
  • Patent number: 8038108
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a medical instrument includes an arm, which has a support portion to support a medical instrument at one end, and an intermediate portion of which is supported by a base portion via a support column. The arm moves the support portion horizontally and vertically. The apparatus also includes a rotary connecting member, which is provided at a second end of the arm and moves to a position corresponding to a position to which the support portion has been moved. The apparatus further includes a counterweight, which is connected to the support column to be immovable in the horizontal directions and movable in the vertical directions, and generates vertically downward force. The rotary connecting member is connected to the counterweight so as to be movable in the horizontal directions relative to the counterweight and movable in the vertical directions together with the counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Koji Yasunaga, Kenji Harano, Noriaki Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 7992832
    Abstract: A parallel four-bar mechanism is disclosed, having the second and third bars being parallel to each other and having their opposite ends hinged to the first and fourth bars respectively. A stopping block is provided with a stopping slot, and a movable stopping pin is configured to be engageable with the stopping slot. When an actuating member drives the stopping pin to disengage from the stopping slot, the second and third bars are able to translate relative to each other; and when the actuating member drives the stopping pin into the stopping slot, the second and third bars are locked with each other, with the second and third bars not being able to translate relative to each other, and thus the whole parallel four-bar mechanism is locked in a preset angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qiang Zhang, Yundong Qi
  • Patent number: 7984888
    Abstract: A supporting device of a display unit includes a stationary bracket securable to a wall, a body coupling device to mount a body of the display unit thereto, and a plurality of connecting devices to connect the stationary bracket with the body coupling device, each connecting device having first and second ends thereof coupled to the stationary bracket and the body coupling device, respectively, to rotate in left and right directions, and having at least one point between the first and second ends thereof to bend in the left and right directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Hoo Park