Supporting Base Patents (Class 248/346.01)
  • Patent number: 10416368
    Abstract: A mouse pad with a light guide function includes a light guide plate installed on a side of a pad, a lateral light source installed at a side edge of the light guide plate, a shading structure installed at the top of the lateral light source and disposed together with the lateral light source on the same side of the light guide plate, and the mouse pad can guide light of the lateral light source through the installation of the shading structure without passing from the top of the lateral light source, so as to simplify the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HADES-GAMING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Chou
  • Patent number: 10344804
    Abstract: A compressor includes a shell, a compression mechanism, a motor assembly, a driveshaft, and a bearing assembly. The driveshaft is drivingly engaged with the motor assembly and the compression mechanism for rotation about an axis and extends from a first end to a second end. The bearing assembly is disposed within the shell and supports the driveshaft for rotation. The bearing assembly includes a bracket, a hub, and a bushing. The bracket is coupled to the shell and includes an aperture. The hub is disposed within the aperture and defines a bore having a radially inwardly extending lip. The bushing includes a first portion and a second portion. The second portion of the bushing includes a plurality of radially extending engagement features. The second portion of the bushing is disposed within the bore of the hub such that the engagement features engage the lip of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Knoth, Nicholas J. Altstadt
  • Patent number: 9550657
    Abstract: A stabilizer pad and handle apparatus is provided having a curved substantially C-shaped handle, or U-shaped handle or straight handle with ends of the handle inserted into seating holes extending inwardly from the side walls of the pad. An anchor hole and anchors may be provided extending downward through and perpendicular to the seating holes and through the handle. The pad may be rectangular or square shape or substantially circular in shape. An optional recess is provided in the pad into which the seating holes are provided, and may be angled inwardly away from the side walls, with the handle optionally provided in the recess. In certain embodiments the recess may be square, substantially rectangular, trapezoid, curved or triangular in shape. At least a portion of the top surface of the handle may be aligned with the outer circumference formed by the circular shape of the pad. The circular pad may be rolled on its side wall edge. Multiple handle means may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Richard and Carolyn Koberg Living Trust
    Inventor: Richard Koberg
  • Patent number: 9523380
    Abstract: A pipe supporting device is used to support an exposed pipe of a roof. The device includes a base having a flat bottom for resting on the roof, an upright member of a length which is connectable to the base and a receiving portion which is connectable to the upright member for receiving and supporting the exposed pipe. The length of the upright member can be altered by a user at a job site to thereby provide a device having a desired overall height. A upright steel reinforcing component is first installed on the roof and the pipe supporting device is then placed over the reinforcing component so that the component is received within a bottom opening provided on the base of the device. The reinforcing component provides additional structural support for the pipe supporting device in extreme environments, such as hurricane zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: James M. Brown
  • Patent number: 9511895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a returnable package a comprises confining elements (2) that can be mutually assembled in a removable manner to define a holding volume, said confining elements having interfacing surfaces (2a) designed to be in mutual contact when two or more packages (1) are under piling-up and/or side-by-side relationship conditions; the package further comprises grip means (3) associated with the interfacing surfaces of the confining elements, the grip means being disposed in a matrix scheme defining directrices (4) intersecting at least two directions of possible relative sliding (5) that are mutually transverse and lie on the interfacing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: FREE PACK NET HOLDING SAGL
    Inventor: Plutarco Cohen
  • Patent number: 9513726
    Abstract: A device, for example a mouse pad, configured to illuminate, fluoresce, or glow depending upon user input or user motion. The pattern, format, shape, and/or direction of illumination by the mouse pad depend upon user-directed motion of an input source relative to the mouse pad. For example, the illumination pattern or profile of the mouse pad can depend on user-directed motion of an illumination source, for example a LED source carried by an optical mouse, relative to the mouse pad. The mouse pad includes a first layer that includes a first luminescent composition and a second layer that includes a second luminescent composition. The first luminescent composition and the second luminescent composition can have different luminescent properties or characteristics. The first luminescent composition and the second luminescent composition can be selected for establishing or providing the mouse pad with a desired, intended, or target set of illumination characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Terence Tang
  • Patent number: 9447603
    Abstract: A novel stanchion, for insertion into and support of a tubular post of a handrail system for installation on a horizontal surface, slope or staircase, is configured with a bottom flange attached to a tubular upright portion. The upright portion is bifurcated, forming a mirror-image pair of arcuate sidewalls separated at side edges by a pair of vertical slots extending upwardly from closed low ends near the flange to open ends at the top of the upright portion. The slots are sized in width to allow passage of a handrail system bottom safety member passing through a pair of drilled holes in the post at any desired spacing above the flange, with never any need for drilling the stanchion. If required to ensure against deformation of the upright portion from external forces impacting the handrail system, reinforcement can be selectably located and deployed in a manner that avoids interference with any desired location of the bottom safety member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Howard C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9424986
    Abstract: A multi-function wireless power induction mousepad is composed of a lower soft pad, a foam pad and an upper soft pad, which is flexible and can be rolled for storage. A power module is embedded on the foam pad. The power module includes a power induction coil and a USB socket. The power module supplies power to a mouse having a charging induction coil or a cell phone to be charged. The present invention can cooperate with other peripheral devices, such as a display, a touch-control panel, an LED panel, a writing panel, electronic paper, electronic message board and the like, according to the demand of the user, providing a multi-function effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: COREMATE TECHNICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Robert Wang
  • Patent number: 9398707
    Abstract: An expansion platform is disclosed. The expansion platform includes a main body, a moving element, a first elastic element, and a positioning device. The moving element moveably combines with the main body and includes at least one fixed element and a sliding slot. The positioning device includes a second elastic element and a positioning element connected to the main body and passing through the sliding slot. The positioning element is pressed by the insertion of the portable electronic apparatus to be removed from a fixed state between the positioning element and the sliding slot, and the moving element is moved to fix the portable electronic apparatus. When the moving element moves reversely to an unlocked position, the portable electronic apparatus detaches from the main body, and the positioning element moves to an initial position and then is fixed by the sliding slot to stop the moving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fang-Ta Chang, Lee Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 9371953
    Abstract: A base made of a composite material supports a generator assembly. The base may support a number of components of the generator assembly, including an alternator, an engine, a control panel, a fuel tank, and a lifting frame. The base may include first and second tiers that are in two different horizontal planes for mounting of the alternator on one tier and the engine on the second tier, with a drive shaft of the alternator being aligned with a drive shaft of the engine. The base may include ribs extending from an under side of a support surface of the base in order to distribute loads and withstand stresses that result from the weight of the generator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar (NI) Limited
    Inventors: Gordon Spratt, John Lawson
  • Patent number: 9347766
    Abstract: A method of supporting an item in a mounting apparatus includes providing an item having first, second, and third members that are at least partially-spherical. The method additionally includes supporting the first member with a first mount configured to constrain the first member against movement along three mutually-orthogonal directions. The method also includes supporting the second member with a second mount configured to constrain the second member against movement along exactly two of the directions, and supporting the third member with a third mount configured to constrain the third member against movement along exactly one of the directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Curtis M. Ashford, Brian A. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 9347599
    Abstract: A support system for an equipment item on a concrete slab includes at least one raised block relative to the slab and of a single piece with the slab. The block includes a metal belt delimiting the vertical walls of the block and a metal support fastened to the belt and capping the block to receive a foot of the equipment item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventor: Patrick Laffont
  • Patent number: 9299597
    Abstract: Scalable storage can be achieved with linear array storage of wafers, comprising two linear arrays of storage compartments on opposite walls, with a middle transfer mechanism. Together with a buffer station for automatic material handling system, a scalable bare wafer stocker can provide flexible and uninterrupted services to a fabrication facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 9038978
    Abstract: A system includes a device chassis and a base. The base includes a first section on a first side of the base, a second section on a second side of the base, and a middle section between the first section and the second section. The middle section is arranged above the first section and the second section. The device chassis attaches to the middle section, and a space is provided between the middle section and the device chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dean Campi, Chengwee Lai, Bharath Kapnadak, Mruthyunjaya S
  • Publication number: 20150136930
    Abstract: A lifting and storage assembly for a trailer includes a pair of spaced parallel rails disposed on a surface. The rails support an axle of the trailer wherein the wheels of the trailer are lifted above the surface removing a load on the wheels. Each of the pair of spaced rails includes a contoured top surface. The contoured top surface extends from a proximal end to a distal end with a middle portion positioned there between. The proximal end of the contoured top surface includes a ramped structure including an angle defining a travel path of the axle on the contoured top surface. The proximal end of the contoured top surface terminates at a radius that transition to the middle portion having a planar surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Kreutzer
  • Patent number: 9027897
    Abstract: A standoff connector forming, for example, a standoff post base, includes a base member having a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge. The first edge is configured to include an extending first projection, and the second edge is configured to include an extending second projection. The standoff connector includes a first stirrup plate member that is selectably attachable to the base member at the first edge by inserting the first projection into and through an aperture formed in the first stirrup plate that is sized and shaped to receive the first projection. The standoff connector further includes a second stirrup plate member that is selectably attachable to the base member at the second edge by inserting the second projection into and through an aperture formed in the second stirrup plate that is sized and shaped to receive the second projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Oz-Post International LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 9016653
    Abstract: A molded equipment pad having a top deck, side walls, underlying reinforcing radial ribs, and underlying reinforcing arc-shaped ribs. The arc-shaped ribs may include a series of concentric arc-shaped ribs that are centered on the center of the equipment pad and that extend toward the side walls of the pad and a number of distributed circular hubs. Alternatively, the arc-shaped ribs may include a series of concentric arc-shaped ribs that are centered on the center of the equipment pad that end short of the side walls, a series of opposing arc-shaped ribs that are centered on the corners of the equipment pad, and a number of distributed circular hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Diversitech Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Walter Cox, Jr., Keith Platt, Jonathan Sada
  • Patent number: 9004309
    Abstract: A bucket stabilizer including a disk-shaped base with an annular wall having a top perimeter, an inner surface, an outer surface, and a lower perimeter continuously disposed on the base. A plurality of securement tines are disposed on the inner surface proximal the top perimeter and are configured to removable secure a bottom portion of a five gallon mixer bucket. Right angled brackets configured to support the mixer bucket are disposed on the inner surface. A hemispherical opening configured to receive a user's foot to stabilize the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: George R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8998158
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing and supporting a receptacle or spherical object, the device comprising first and second support elements. The first support element comprises a frusto-conical support portion defining an annular rim at an outer periphery thereof, an inner surface and an outer surface on opposite sides thereof. The first support element also comprises a base portion which connects the first support element to the second support element. The second support element comprises an outwardly flared support portion defining an annular rim at an outer periphery thereof, as well as inner and outer surfaces. The second support element also comprises a base portion which connects to the corresponding base portion of the first support element. At least a portion of the inner surfaces of the first and second support elements forms a receptacle or spherical object contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Staybowlizer Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan St. Jacques
  • Publication number: 20150083880
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein provides an apparatus, system and method for supporting a bottle of liquid on a flat surface at an angle so as to prevent that liquid from leaking out of the bottle. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Carolyn Berry
  • Patent number: 8985529
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for supporting one or more elongated members are provided. A support member for supporting one or more elongated members can include a body; at least four support arms extending from the body, and at least one curved surface disposed between the support arms. Each curved surface can be concave relative to a centerline of the body. At least one curved surface can have a length that is at least twice as long as at least one other curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Aims International, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney H. Masters, Blake R. Masters, Billy L. Griffith
  • Publication number: 20150076167
    Abstract: A food container stacking device comprising: a horizontal member, with a first longitudinal side, a second longitudinal side, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a first corner, second corner, third corner, and fourth corner; the food container stacking device configured to lay on the top surface of a first food container, and further configure to support a second food container on the top surface, thereby allowing for the stacking of the first and second food containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Marlon Jones
  • Patent number: 8968047
    Abstract: The balloon display system used in indoor and outdoor show rooms and the like. The system includes a heavy plastic inflatable balloon. The balloon is mounted on top of a circular balloon holder cup. The cup and the balloon are attached to an upper end of a flexible rod. A lower end of a flexible rod can be attached to a flexible or a rigid, hollow mounting pole. A lower end of the mounting pole can be attached to an upper end of a ground stake. A lower end of the ground stake is inserted into a ground surface. Also the lower end of the mounting pole can be mounted on top of a weighted base stand or other upright objects. The system is designed to display one balloon or a plurality of balloons in a balloon cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Balloon Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wicken, Gregg A. Wicken
  • Patent number: 8967577
    Abstract: A cable locking system is provided. The cable lock system 100 includes a base member 110 having at least one aperture 120, a device latch 130, a cable latch 140, and a lock assembly 150 that is operably connected to the device latch and the cable latch. A device 610 can be detachably attached to the device latch. A cable 300 can be detachably attached to the cable latch. The cable latch can be disposed proximate the at least one aperture. The lock assembly can have at least three modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kevin Jeansonne, Richard E. Hodges, Mark H. Ruch
  • Patent number: 8969828
    Abstract: This invention stabilizes positioning and provides improved positioning accuracy in a scanning electron microscope provided with stage-driving means utilizing an effect of rolling friction. In this scanning electron microscope that includes a sample stage equipped with an x-table, a y-table, a z-table, a rotation table, and a tilting table, and moved by means of stepping motors each connected to a ball screw via a coupling, a sliding friction element is disposed at a position close to the ball screw, between the x-table and the y-table and between a tilting base and the x-table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Sakamoto, Kaname Takahashi, Shigeru Haneda, Shinsuke Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8967578
    Abstract: A swivel device on which a chair can be secured, and which is configured to allow the easy elimination or reduction of accumulated dirt and/or sand. The swivel device may include a mounting device, and a base, wherein the mounting device is connected to the base so that the mounting device can rotate with respect to the base. The swivel device may further include a device for keeping a chair stationary on the mounting device, a first cavity located between the mounting device and the base, and a device for aiding rotation of the mounting device with respect to the base located in the first cavity. There may be a first opening of the mounting device leading to the first cavity, leading to a first opening of the base, which leads to an area outside of the swivel device. The swivel device accommodates all straight and lounge chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Patent number: 8967559
    Abstract: This invention relates to a stand attachment structure for attaching a stand that supports a low-profile display unit, such as a liquid crystal display, in an upright position, and to a rear cabinet. In the rear cabinet (1), a stand mounting part (10) including a temporal fixing means (13) is provided to allow temporal fixation of a stand (5) to the rear cabinet (1). The stand mounting part (10) includes a hook (11) for retaining the stand (5) in a predetermined orientation, and a reinforcing rib (12) having functions of reinforcing the hook and of guiding an engagement tab (52) disposed on the stand (5) for insertion. Then, the stand (5) is temporarily fixed to a display unit (P) by engaging the engagement tab (52) disposed on the stand (5) with the hook (11), and finally secured to the display unit (P) with a set screw (B1) after temporal fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogura, Yuki Kita, Akihiro Fujikawa, Hideo Yonezawa, Tsukasa Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20150055129
    Abstract: A method of supporting an item in a mounting apparatus includes providing an item having first, second, and third members that are at least partially-spherical. The method additionally includes supporting the first member with a first mount configured to constrain the first member against movement along three mutually-orthogonal directions. The method also includes supporting the second member with a second mount configured to constrain the second member against movement along exactly two of the directions, and supporting the third member with a third mount configured to constrain the third member against movement along exactly one of the directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Curtis M. Ashford, Brian A. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8960625
    Abstract: In a further embodiment, a method of controlling a base assembly can be provided. An actuation member can be pumped to deploy one or more wheels to lift a base assembly on said wheels. Further, a pin can be received in a holding portion on a semi-planar contoured surface in response to the pumping of the actuation member. The wheels can be held in a deployed position via the pin being held in the holding portion. Further pumping of the actuation member can separate the pin from the holding portion and retract the wheels from the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Publication number: 20150044619
    Abstract: A substrate carrier, including: a baffle having a continuous perimeter sidewall surrounding an enclosed region; and one or more standoffs attached to an inside surface of the perimeter sidewall, the one or more standoffs extending into the enclosed region and below a bottom edge of the perimeter sidewall, the one or more standoffs each having a lip located between an upper edge of the baffle and the lower edge of the baffle. Also, a method of annealing substrates using the substrate carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Hall, Jeffrey C. Maling, Charles F. Musante
  • Patent number: 8950719
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, an integrated installation apparatus to receive an electronics rack in a data center method is provided having a mat comprising a hard material to protect a floor surface beneath the mat, wherein the mat has a key feature to couple to a key feature of an adjacent mat. The apparatus also has a guide coupled to the mat to receive a rolling member supporting the electronics rack and a weight distribution structure configured to distribute a weight from feet that support the electronics rack to the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Terry M. Ciccaglione, Charles C. Gange, Sharon T. Spaulding
  • Publication number: 20150034787
    Abstract: Propane Tank Porter simplifies and solves the transit problems associated with domestic propane tank(s). Normally people carry propane tanks in their Car/Truck/SUV trunks. During the transit, they roll due to the motion/breaking of the vehicle and damage the trunk. This causes driver distractions, due to its rolling and bumping actions in the back of the Car/Truck/SUV trunk(s). Additionally it can spoil the trunk mats with the dirt that is sticking to propane tank(s) that naturally occur during the production process. The unique design of this “Propane Tank Porter” solves these problems, with its belted stoppers that sit on the either side of the propane tank (on its side laying position). Left & right stoppers have curved sides that hug the propane tank and small magnets connect the propane tank all the time. Belts are held in position due to gravity and the weight of the propane tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Purna C. Ramini
  • Patent number: 8944402
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting a fan having two opposite boards includes a base board and two fixing members. The base board forms two rods. Each fixing member includes a connecting portion and two tabs perpendicularly extending up from the connecting portion. The connecting portion defines a fixing hole in which a corresponding rod engages. Four fasteners respectively extend through the tabs and then engage in the opposite boards of the fan, to fix the fixing members to the boards of the fan, respectively. A resilient member is mounted to a bottom of each fixing member for absorbing vibrations of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8939421
    Abstract: A glide floor for use in supporting a number of containers, e.g. for retail display, includes a series of ribs on a top surface defined by the glide floor, in combination with a series of valleys between the ribs. Each rib defines a radiused uppermost tangency point that serves to minimize the contact area between the rib and a bottom surface of each container while providing smooth contact with the bottom surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Process Retail Group, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Bryson, Dowie Soetenga
  • Patent number: 8939420
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a base and a reinforcing structure. The base comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The reinforcing structure comprises a first reinforcing bead, a second reinforcing bead, a plurality of first ribs and a plurality of second ribs. The second ribs radially extend from the first and second reinforcing beads and cross connect with the first ribs, for reinforcing the strength and rigidity of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Xia Liu, Kui-Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8931648
    Abstract: A horizontal frame support assembly allows a user to raise a frame with an irregular shape from a surface. The horizontal frame support assembly comprises a hub section mechanically coupled to a plurality of arms where each arm is attached to a frame support. Each frame support is configured to receive a portion of the frame with the irregular shape and has sufficient height to lift the frame from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Tam
  • Patent number: 8915558
    Abstract: Articles for supporting computers on users' laps and for isolating the users from heat from the computers. Embodiments may include a body, a top surface for contacting the computer, a bottom surface for contacting the user's lap, and back and front walls or surfaces. In various embodiments, the body defines a hollow area and a side opening, the back is taller than the front, the top surface is at an acute angle to the bottom surface, the bottom surface has a greater horizontal dimension from front to back than the top surface, the bottom surface has a greater horizontal dimension from left to right than the top surface; the article has a cross section that is a trapezoid (e.g., isosceles), the article comprises a foam portion (e.g., tubular) and fabric covering the foam portion, or a combination thereof. In some embodiments, each surface comprises the foam covered with fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry P. Sween, Richard James Elgie
  • Publication number: 20140354964
    Abstract: There is provided a projector comprising: a polyhedral main body portion made up of a plurality of surfaces which includes a projection unit; and a support plate which has substantially the same size as that of a first surface of the plurality of surfaces of the main body portion and which is detachably attached to the first surface, wherein the support plate has in a substantially central portion a fixing portion to which a second surface of the plurality of surfaces which is smaller than the first surface is fixed, and wherein when the main body portion is placed on the support plate in such a way that the second surface functions as a bottom surface, the second surface of the main body portion is fixed to the fixing portion of the support plate, whereby the main body portion is allowed to stand alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyosuke OGAWA
  • Patent number: 8893917
    Abstract: An overflow pan for a water heater utilizing recycled material for cost and material efficiency. The overflow pan includes a bottom, a sidewall with an outlet for water drainage therefrom as is standard, a U-shaped lip and a plurality of ribs spaced therearound. The pan bottom includes an exterior surface having a series of regular hexagon shapes, each comprising a concave web for material reduction while retaining integrity and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Camco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Russell, David M. Krawiec
  • Publication number: 20140332651
    Abstract: A trivet system comprises a first trivet and a second trivet coupled to the first trivet. The first trivet and the second trivet are moveable relative to one another between a position in which the second trivet is disposed within a perimeter of the first trivet, and a position in which the second trivet is disposed outside a perimeter of the first trivet. There may also be a third trivet coupled to the second trivet. The second trivet and the third trivet are movable relative to one another between a position in which the third trivet is disposed within a perimeter of the second trivet, and a position in which the third trivet is disposed outside a perimeter of the second trivet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce Ian Bazley
  • Patent number: 8882071
    Abstract: A system and attendant structural components for incorporating an alternate fuel supply, such as of the type used in combination with a conventional distillate fuel, to power a heavy duty industrial vehicle, such as a mine haul dump truck. The system and attendant structure includes a mounting assembly structured for containment and support of the alternate fuel and a containment area disposed on the vehicle and structured and dimensioned to retain the mounting assembly therein. The containment area and the mounting assembly are disposed in laterally adjacent, exposed relation to an operator area of the mine haul truck, wherein the mounting assembly and the containment area are cooperatively disposed and structured to facilitate storage of the alternate fuel and operative communication and distribution thereof with the powering engine of the mine haul vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Green
  • Patent number: 8875469
    Abstract: A sleeve for protecting from deterioration and anchoring an embedded end of a post in the ground. The sleeve, molded from unperforated, resilient material, conforms to the exterior post dimensions and extends for at least the desired embedment distance. One or more inwardly projecting notches are cut into the post. The sleeve includes one or more reversible snap domes molded into the sleeve at locations coinciding with the post notches. The snap domes flex to an outwardly concave position as the post is being inserted into the sleeve and then snap to an inwardly concave position once the post is fully installed and the snap domes align with the notches. The inward concavity of the snap domes extends into and engages the post notches to prevent the sleeve from being removed from the post. When embedded into the ground, backfill material prevents the snap dome from being deflected into the outward concavity position, thus anchoring both post and sleeve in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: William R. Keller, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8870119
    Abstract: A modular seat system for a passenger compartment of a vehicle includes at least one seat, which has a seat unit with a seating element and a seat back and a seat frame with at least one pair of essentially vertical support elements, at whose upper end a bearing structure is arranged on which the seat unit rests, a fixing structure in the floor of the passenger compartment with at least two longitudinal rails, which have a predetermined spacing from one another, for accommodating the lower ends of the support elements, and an adapter plate for the fixing of the support elements, which adapter plate is fitted to the lower end of the support elements, and is fitted in a mobile fashion to at least one support element, so that the spacing of the support elements from one another is variable independently of the width of the seat unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Baatz, Michael Supan, Frank Klepka
  • Publication number: 20140305312
    Abstract: A coffee maker includes a main body and a movable module. The main body includes a cup holder, a liquid container, and a frame. The cup holder carries a coffee cup set. The liquid container is disposed on the cup holder for accommodating a liquid. The frame supports the liquid container. The movable module connects the cup holder or the frame to translate and rotate the frame for more evenly melting the coffee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 8851438
    Abstract: A fixture for securing a thin-walled component includes a support having one or more securing devices for securing the component to the support. An inflatable pressure element is adapted to press, when inflated, against a flexible liner located adjacent the thin wall of the component. The inflated pressure element and the liner act to damp vibrations in the component during machining of another side of the thin wall. The liner has at least one stiffening element located opposite a position where a machining operation is performed on the other side of the thin wall. The stiffening element holds the liner away from the thin wall to create a cavity between the liner and the thin wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Matthew Marshall
  • Patent number: 8844889
    Abstract: A protection stand comprises a planar surface having first and second sides. The first side of the planar surface comprises a plurality of conical stands that converge away from the planar surface. The second side comprises first and second layers, wherein the first layer is positioned between the planar surface and the second layer and comprises an adaptable cushion for conforming to the surface area of the object resting on the protection stand. The second layer comprises an assembly side and an attachment side, both of such sides comprising an adhesive bond for securing the assembly side to the first layer and the attachment side to the cross-sectional surface of the object resting on the protection stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Waxman Consumer Products Group Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8840079
    Abstract: A projecting apparatus having an adjusting function includes a projector having an adjusting side; and an adjusting device disposed at the adjusting side and including a rotatable base pivoting on the projector, a moving mechanism disposed on the projector, a fixed mechanism comprising a fixed base, and a fixed component disposed on the fixed base, and an adjusting component connected to the fixed component and the moving mechanism. When the adjusting device is adjusted, the adjusting device drives the projector to rotate about an axial center of the rotatable base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsing-Tsung Lin, Lin-Hung Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140263912
    Abstract: A leveling pad for stabilizing a device is provided. The leveling pad comprises a metal base having a socket configured to receive a portion of the device and a liner coupled to the metal base and being configured to cold flow into a profile of a floor surface when a weight of the device is applied to the leveling pad. The liner may be of a polymer, such as vinyl. The liner is further configured to plastically deform into the profile of the floor surface. The plastic deformation is designed to increase a magnitude of a shear force or a tensile force required to separate the liner from a portion of the floor surface into which it is configured to plastically deform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HAAS AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Gene F. HAAS, Donald Paul EARL, Chris STEWART
  • Publication number: 20140271221
    Abstract: A component includes a support structure made with an additive manufacturing process with a first end and a second end, and an object made with an additive manufacturing process with a first end and a second end, where the first end of the object is attached to the second end of the support structure. A cross-sectional area of the first end of the object is larger than a cross-sectional area of the second end of the support structure. A method of making an object, the method includes manufacturing a support structure with an additive manufacturing process. An object is manufactured on top of and connected to the support structure with an additive manufacturing process, wherein there is a witness mark created between the support structure and the object. The witness mark is identified. The object is separated from the support structure along the witness mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Soucy, Christopher F. O'Neill, Robert P. Delisle
  • Publication number: 20140252191
    Abstract: A lifting device for an umbrella includes a base, a plurality of fixing seats secured on the base, a plurality of movable members each movably mounted in the respective fixing seat, a pressing module movably mounted on the base and pressing the movable members, a threaded rod mounted on the base and connected with the pressing module, and a drive handle connected with the threaded rod. The pressing module includes a driven rod and two pressing rods. Each of the pressing rods is provided with a straight pressing portion that is movable to press the respective movable member and at least one recessed release portion that is movable to receive the respective movable member. Thus, each of the movable members is rotatable freely so that the lifting device is moved on the ground easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jin-Sheng Lai