Abstract: An optical arrangement including an optical component with a basic body and at least one retaining element, which is designed as an integral element of the optical component or which is actively connected to the optical component is disclosed. The retaining element is affixed on a first contact position of the basic body and a carrier, on which the optical component is supported by means of the retaining element. The retaining element is affixed on a second contact position of the carrier and is arranged in such a manner that it can be pivoted between a first contact position and a second contact position. The arrangement is conducted in such a manner that during a thermal expansion of the basic body in the direction of the carrier and/or with a thermal expansion of the retaining element a movement of the first contact position along the optical axis is generated.
Abstract: A facet mirror device includes a facet element and a support element which supports the facet element. The facet element includes a curved support section. The support element includes a support section. The support section of the support element forms a support edge which contacts the curved support section of the facet element.
Abstract: A power transmission device which is free from a possibility of breakage of a driving member is provided. A stepping motor (driving member) 61a configured to be driven on the basis of a command signal from a controller 70, a lead screw portion 61c configured to be rotationally driven in association with the drive of the stepping motor 61a, and a power transmitting member 65 configured to move along an axial direction X of the lead screw portion 61c in accordance with the rotation of the lead screw portion 61c and transmit a power to a power transmitted member 42e are provided, and the controller 70 is configured to control the output of the command signal to the stepping motor 61a to be stopped when the power transmitting member 65 is not moved along the axial direction X.
Abstract: A structure is provided for coupling items such as signs, birdhouses and cameras to a fixed support structure is disclosed. Various mechanisms for attachment to a variety of supporting structures are described. The structure firmly holds an item in place, and the structure is capable of secure attachment to a variety of supporting structures.
Abstract: Glass clips comprising a pair of opposed planar elements separated and joined by fasteners to an attachment means are employed to grasp, support or suspend a plate glass from a stable structure such as a rail, post or flooring. The suspended glass creates a transparent wall or bather that is valued for its expansive and uncluttered visual effect. Glass clips employed in this manner can be more decorative, less functional and contribute to the overall aesthetics and ambience of the setting when a concealing cap conforming generally to the dimensions of the opposed planar elements and configured to slidably engage with one of the planar elements to envelope the surface of that element and conceal any fasteners used to join the elements.
Abstract: A modular collaborative panel system intended for use on walls, frames and stands is disclosed. The system uses dry erase boards, chalk or black boards, or other panels having at least one writing surface. The panels have notches or cut-outs on each side so the panels can be mounted to a wall or a frame using pegs. The system combines panels in rows or columns, or both, to form a large, modular system for use at meetings, gatherings or other assemblies. The system allows a large number of users to contribute to a presentation, and also allows users to view the presentation.
August 20, 2010
Date of Patent:
December 3, 2013
Maya Design, Inc.
Stephen Spencer, Joseph Ballay, David Bishop, Donald MacDonald, John Crowley
Abstract: A wall calendar holder that includes a base plate operable to be attached to a vertical surface and a face plate pivotally connected to the base plate. A stanchion extends from a central portion of the base plate and operable serves to support a wall calendar. The face plate snaps into engagement with the stanchion and the combination of the base member and face member serve to hold an upper edge of the wall calendar is a secure and flush condition upon a vertical presentation surface.
Abstract: A mounting device for solar modules having a large aspect ratio in a parallel arrangement on a flat horizontal substrate includes mounting rails having through-holes at predetermined locations. Insertion elements are attached to the mounting rails at the through-holes. Each insertion element includes a one-piece shaped element having a contiguous surface interrupted by an insertion slit configured to receive a lengthwise edge area of a solar module, the insertion slit extending at a predetermined insertion angle. A plastic wedge is configured to secure the received lengthwise edge area of the solar module in the insertion slit.
Abstract: A display stand for a laptop computer has an L-shaped spine supporting the computer. A T-shaped upper advertising substrate holder can be slid into the vertical leg of the spine in one of multiple orientations, i.e., with the cross-bar of the T horizontal to the ground or vertical to the ground on either the left side or right side of the computer, as point of sale (POS) physical constraints demand. In all orientations of the upper holder, an upper advertising substrate is supported by the upper holder in a vertical orientation. A T-shaped lower advertising substrate holder can be slid into the horizontal leg of the spine to support a lower advertising substrate in a horizontal orientation.
Abstract: A poster clamp comprising first and second members, the members comprising first and second gripping surfaces, respectively, for gripping opposing sides of a poster or a like, and a poster mounting system comprising a hoarding and a plurality of such clamps, and a wire on which the clamps are to be mounted for tightening a poster within the frame of the hoarding.
Abstract: A poster clamp (1) comprising first and second members (3, 5), the members (3, 5) comprising first and second gripping surfaces (7), respectively, for gripping opposing sides of a poster or a like, and a poster mounting system comprising a hoarding (208) and a plurality of such clamps (1), and a wire (210) on which the clamps (1) are to be mounted for tightening a poster within the frame of the hoarding (208).
Abstract: A hidden edge connector includes a connector body which includes a base guider for biasing against a rear surface of a frame, an edge guider for biasing against a surrounding surface of a frame opening, and a panel guider which is extended from the base guider and is perpendicular to the edge guider. The connector body is adapted for mounting to the frame at the frame opening thereof to keep a front surface of the frame in a clean and obstructing free manner, such that the connector body is adapted for guiding the panel being mounted within the frame opening in a hidden manner when a rear surface of the panel is biased against the panel guider to align with the rear surface of said frame so as to substantially align the front surface of the panel with a front surface of the frame.
Abstract: A sign system comprises one or more box-like modules having a front section and a corresponding rear section sized to fit together in sliding engagement to define an interior cavity. The sections may be joined together with fasteners which engage the side panels of each section thereby leaving the front and rear surfaces free of discontinuities. The sign modules may be affixed to a generally planar surface or supported on internal or external mounting posts. During installation, the rear section may be mounted first and the front section subsequently attached to the rear section. In this way only approximately one-half of the total weight of the sign need be lifted and manipulated at any one time thereby facilitating installation. The interior cavity defined by the front and rear sections may accommodate lighting means for internally lighting the sign.
Abstract: Display apparatuses for displaying a sheet material, including a panel including a front face and a rear face opposite the front face, a protuberance projecting from the front face, and a cap mounted to the protuberance in a position spaced from the front face to define a gap between the cap and the front face on at least one lateral side of the protuberance, wherein the gap has a thickness substantially similar to the thickness of the sheet material to secure the sheet material within the gap when the sheet material is inserted into the gap.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a mirror to a housing with a spring clip such that the spring clip applies a substantially constant force to the mirror when a fastener for attaching the spring clip to a mounting structure of the housing has an axis defining an angle with a surface of the mounting structure that is within a predetermined range of angles. An arched contact surface with an aperture for receiving the fastener is provided on the spring clip such that the fastener contacts the contact surface tangentially.
July 24, 2007
Date of Patent:
October 25, 2011
Lexmark International, Inc.
Danny Wayne Peters, Louis Anthony Wantland
Abstract: A single or double post sign structure that is configured to accommodate the attachment of panels to one or both sides of a vertical upright. The sign panel is provided with keyed indentations that are located at the top and bottom edges of the panel to permit capture and rigid securement of the sign panel by a pair of retaining buttons that are used to anchor the sign panel to the sign post. Each retaining button is provided with protrusions corresponding to the keyed indentations of the sign panel. As a result, when the protrusion of the retaining button is engaged and seated in the keyed indentation of the sign panel, it becomes locked in place so that there is no room for lateral movement or removal of the panel. As a result, vandals or thieves are prevented from laterally sliding the sign panel to improperly remove it.
Abstract: The holder for two-dimensional articles includes at least two opposed, parallel slots or grooves adapted to grip the opposite edges of a thin, flexible display article (e.g., photo, business or other sign, artwork, etc.). The slots or grooves have a span therebetween slightly less than the span of the article to be held therebetween, and the bottom portions of the slots or grooves may be more widely spaced from one another than their upper edges. Thus, one edge of the article may be inserted into one slot and the article flexed to tuck the opposite edge in the opposite slot, with the resulting curvature of the article producing a spring-like effect that urges the opposed edges into the slots of the holder. A number of embodiments may be provided, e.g., multiple slots to hold multiple articles in a horizontal and/or vertical array, different slot configurations, easel and wall mounts, etc.
Abstract: A flat panel television mounting device includes a picture-type frame having a notch back surrounding an open central area along with a glass pane sized for reception by the notch back and supported by the frame. A linen is provided and adhered to one side of the glass pane with a central portion of the linen removable from the glass pane leaving a border around the removed central portion for exposing a television screen when the glass pane is disposed thereagainst.
Abstract: The display panel has an outer surface to which a sign may be attached and an inner surface having a fastener composed of resiliently deformable material. An end of the fastener is separated from the display panel by a slit which is adapted to receive an outer plate of a conventional door handle The outer plate is held in the slit by the resiliently deformable composition of the fastener. The plate may however be removed from the slit by the application of a force opposed to the bias of the resilient material in order to widen the slit.
Abstract: A wall mounting structure includes a display screen, a stand, and a base. The stand has an upper end connected to a rear surface of the display screen via a first hinge so as to enable the display screen to be rotated forward and backward. The base is fixed to a lower end of the stand and includes at least two rotatable mounting members formed on a lower part of the base. The rotatable mounting members enable the base to be detachably mounted on mounting brackets of a wall. The wall mounting structure enables a user to not only use a flat panel display on a table, but also to hang the flat panel display on mounting brackets fixed to a wall in an easy and simple manner without disassembling the display screen and the stand assembly from each other.
Abstract: A mirror support device has a frame with a mounting surface on which a mirror is mounted at an angle. An elastic member has a first end, a second end, and a plurality of pressing portions. The first end is fixed to the top of the frame, and the second end urges the mirror towards the mounting surface to fix the mirror to mounting surface. The plurality of pressing portions abut against the mirror when the second end urges the mirror towards the mounting surface. The pressing portion increases and more effectively apply a pressing force for supporting and fixing the mirror. Therefore, the mirror is fixed more securely and stably without deviation and deformation, and light scanning error and image quality degradation is prevented.
Abstract: An apparatus for aiding in hanging an object on a wall comprises an elongate horizontal bar having a longitudinal axis and a top surface and at least two holders slideable on the bar along the longitudinal axis. Each of the holders includes at least one projection for holding an object hanger at the desired mounting location while a fastener is used to mount the object hanger on the wall. The assembly may optionally include at least one level mechanism for indicating when the apparatus is level. Positioning at least two of the at least two holders spaced apart from each other on the bar allows for properly positioning and mounting the object hangers held by the projections at the desired locations on the wall.
Abstract: A dinnerware display includes a piece of dinnerware, a base, a track and a dinnerware mount. The track is securely coupled to the base behind the piece of dinnerware. The dinnerware mount is at least partially received by and is slidably coupled to the track such that the dinnerware mount can be slid along the track. The dinnerware mount includes two arms circumferentially spaced from one another and each defining a clasp for receiving a portion of the piece of dinnerware. When the dinnerware mount is in a first position with respect to the track, the piece of dinnerware is securely maintained between the base and the dinnerware mount. When the dinnerware mount is in a second position with respect to the track, the piece of dinnerware is removable from between the base and the dinnerware mount. Other dinnerware displays, fixtures and associated methods are also disclosed.
Abstract: A lid holding device is composed of an elongate sliding member held within a mounting base. The sliding member travels linearly with respect to the mounting base. The sliding member has a retainer clip. The mounting base has a pair of retainer clips connected to wing sections angling outward from the mounting base. The retainer clips engage the rim of a lid to hold it in place. The sliding member can travel to increase the distance between the retainer clips, thus accommodating a wide range of lid diameters.
Abstract: A housing for mounting a collector plate comprises, in a preferred embodiment, a base with at least one concave recess, a plurality of clamps disposed about the periphery of the recess and an opening in a rear surface of the base. In a preferred embodiment, the clamps have plate-engaging surfaces which are biased toward the recess such as by springs.
Abstract: Devices for hanging a display board frame wherein a first bracket is mounted on a wall and has a hook on one end supportingly engaging a channel on a corresponding first edge of a display board frame and a second cooperating bracket having a slotted portion is slidingly mounted on the wall in a position corresponding to a second edge of the display board frame spaced apart and opposed to the first display board edge and the second bracket has a hook on its end in alignment with a channel on the second edge of the display board frame; and the display board is releasably secured on the wall when the upper bracket is slid against the display board frame until its hook engages the channel on the second edge of the display board frame, The invention also includes a method for hanging a display board frame including the steps of securing the first bracket on the wall with its hook engaging the channel on one edge of the frame, securing the second slotted bracket on the wall with its hook spaced away from the second
Abstract: A universal mounting mechanism for holding objects, such as electrical, medical, optical or audio/visual components needing secure physical connection to another surface in such a way that the mounted object can be easily and quickly installed and removed. It locks the object by providing surfaces on three planes that firmly engage the object so it does not move during transportation or when mounted on a fixed surface. It is low in profile so it does not obstruct the use of the items being held. The mount has no loose parts that can be lost during installation or removal of the mounted objects. Furthermore, the mount has the added feature of locking into either the open or closed position. Because the range of motion is limited, the top of the mount will not move into a position where it could be damaged or obstruct the use of adjacently mounted items.
Abstract: A paper holder (100) comprising a base (10), a pair of front and rear jaws (21 & 22) provided on the base (10) for gripping a sheet of document by its lower end to holder generally upright. A hinge (30) connects the front jaw (21) to the base (10) for pivotal movement relative to the rear jaw (22) for opening and closing the jaws (21 & 22). A spring (35) resiliently biasses the front jaw (21) towards the rear jaw (22). The front jaw (21) has an upper surface (23A) extending over and above the base (10) for pressing by a user to pivot the front jaw (21) away from the rear jaw (22) against the action of the spring (35). The jaws (21 & 22) have respective inner surfaces (25A & 26A) for gripping, which are of comparable size as each other and are curved in a complementary manner.
Abstract: A mirror carrier plate assembly is slidably engageable along a sliding direction by a holding plate of a mirror housing for securing the mirror carrier plate assembly to the housing. The holding plate has two opposite sides. The mirror carrier plate assembly includes a substantially planar mirror carrier plate having a first surface for receiving a mirror and a second surface opposite the first surface, and at least two sets of projecting clips extending from the second surface of the mirror carrier plate and configured to receive and matingly retain the opposite sides of the holding plate. The sets are disposed substantially along the sliding direction. At least one of the sets of projecting clips is disposed on the mirror carrier plate along a first curved line so that a first portion of the one set is disposed further from a line extending in the sliding direction than a second portion of the one set. Related rear view mirror assemblies are also disclosed.
Abstract: A rear view mirror assembly is provided and includes a mirror carrier plate assembly slidably engageable along a sliding direction by a holding plate of a mirror housing for securing the mirror carrier plate assembly to the housing, the holding plate having two opposite sides. The mirror carrier plate assembly includes a substantially planar mirror carrier plate having a first surface for receiving a mirror and a second surface opposite the first surface, and at least two sets of projecting clips extending from the second surface of the mirror carrier plate and configured to receive and matingly retain the opposite sides of the holding plate, the sets being disposed substantially along the sliding direction, at least one of the sets of projecting clips being disposed on the mirror carrier plate so that a first portion of the one set is disposed further from a line extending in the sliding direction than a second portion of the one set.
Abstract: An under view mirror apparatus includes a housing having an opening and a holding rib extending toward the opening and a frame fixed to the housing at the opening in the housing. The frame is provided with an opening and a projecting portion extending along the periphery of the opening in the frame. A holding clip extends from the frame. A mirror is mounted in the opening in the frame and is held against the projecting portion of the frame by the holding clip and the holding rib.
Abstract: A new device for viewing the soles of feet for observing the plantar aspect (sole portion) of both feet during normal weight bearing while standing. The inventive device includes a box member with a mirror member within its interior space. The box member has a substantially transparent top panel on which a person's feet are placed on and a front opening into the interior space through which the upper reflective surface is viewable so that the reflected image of the soles of the feet may be seen and examined.
Abstract: A positioning device includes a base disk including a first side, a second side, and an outer periphery formed with an outer thread, two juxtaposed lugs each formed on the first side of the base disk and each including a flat abutting edge in line with each other, a channel defined between the two lugs, a compression ring fixedly mounted on the base disk and including an inner periphery formed with an inner thread threadedly engaged on the outer thread, and a decorative plate fitted on the compression ring.
Abstract: A twist rack bracket for snowboards includes a base member which may be selectively connected to a wall. The bracket has a base member that has a bore and a front member that has an opposing surface with a shaft projecting therefrom. The shaft is disposed within the bore. A hollow sleeve is disposed about the shaft and within the bore. The sleeve is fixed with respect to the shaft. The sleeve and the front member are rotatably connected to the base member.
Abstract: A corner frame having a base for engaging the back of the foamboard and a top for engaging the front of the foamboard separated by sidewalls on the base which are of a width to permit positioning the corner of the foamboard within the corner frame thus covering and protecting the corners of the foamboard. The corner frame is an assembly of two pieces--a top and a base. The top and base, being separate, are connected to one another to form a corner frame by either a slide lock feature or a snap lock feature. The corner frame may be connected to the foamboard by spikes, other gripping means or a two sided adhesive. The corner frame also may receive a cord or wire so that the corner frames may be used to hang the foamboard like a picture and/or used to straighten warped foamboards or to prevent warping of foamboards.
Abstract: An external mirror for a motor vehicle which includes a mirror base which can be fixed to the body of the vehicle, a mirror housing which is swingable with respect to the base and which surrounds the mirror glass on all sides and projects rearwardly of the glass to form a generally encircling bead structure, a mounting plate which bears the mirror glass, a cap part which is releasably fixable to the mounting plate, and a base part of the mirror housing. To improve the appearance of the mirror device, the cap part of the housing is constructed to project rearwardly beyond the plane of the mirror glass, with the rearward projecting part of the cap forming at least a substantial part of the edge bead.
Abstract: A storm shutter retainer assembly featuring a header structure incorporating an elongated retaining channel defined by front, rear, and top flanges integrally attached to one another in at least partially surrounding relation to the retaining channel and defining the boundaries thereof wherein the upper peripheral edge of a conventional metallic or like storm shutter is retained within the channel. A connecting assembly includes a connector element mounted on and extending the rear flange at a particular upwardly angled configuration so as to resist upwardly directed cantilever forces exerted on the header structure by the storm shutter during severely adverse weather conditions.
Abstract: A mirror installation suitable for mounting on a wall, and having a wall mounting plate including a reflector surface, a transparent reflector surface protection sheet, positioning units carried on the wall plate for positioning the transparent sheet over the reflector surface, and a sheet clamp or frame for attaching to the wall plate and overlying edges of the transparent sheet for clamping the transparent sheet to the wall plate over the reflector surface, with the frame and the transparent sheet removable and replaceable without disturbing the reflector surface.
Abstract: A pallet holds one or more circuit boards for processing. A pallet opening for receiving the circuit board has grooves at one side to retain an edge of the circuit board and rotary clips at the other side to receive and hold the opposite edge of the board. Each clip is a disk which is mounted for rotation about a central axis and is constrained to two angular positions by a detent. A notch in the disk receives the circuit board when in one position and clamps the board against a seat when in the other position. The notch is deep enough to allow the board to be shifted laterally for alignment with test apparatus.
Abstract: A hollow core door has a perimeter frame with stiles and top and bottom rails, and a pair of skins secured to the perimeter frame. One skin has an aperture therein with its side margins spaced inwardly of the perimeter frame, and inner frame elements are disposed between the margins of the aperture and the stiles, secured to at least one skin. A mirror with dimensions smaller than those of the aperture is secured in a molding which extends about its periphery of the mirror, and the molding has a peripheral portion overlying the skin about the side margins of the aperture and a body portion which extends inwardly of the door. The molding is secured against the skin.
March 10, 1995
Date of Patent:
October 1, 1996
The Stanley Works
Robert J. Gagne, William J. Plein, II, Kenneth R. Carson
Abstract: A repair kit for repair and retrofit of an adjustable side view mirror for vehicles having four pliable mounting-bracket assemblies, each having a mirror-engaging adjustment screw for engaging and adjusting the position of the side view mirror within a mirror casing. The kit also includes four pieces of double-sided adhesive tape, each for securing and mounting each of the mounting-bracket assemblies to the inside surface of the mirror casing. Each of the mounting bracket assemblies also has a base member with a bottom surface for adhering one side of the double-sided adhesive tape thereto.
Abstract: A holder for a plate designed to be mounted on a vertical wall or other surface having a circular plate-engaging rigid wire ring and a plurality of bendable wire loops spaced about and secured to such wire ring, such wire loops being adapted to be bent over and around the edges of the plate positioned on said ring to secure such plate fixedly against the ring. Also secured to such ring is a hang loop adapted to engage over a projection such as a nail or screw to hang said ring and associated plate on a wall or the like.
Abstract: A security mirror construction with a mirror panel which can only be replaced by one having generally authorized access to the mirror construction and where the mirror panel itself is generally isolated so that damage to the mirror panel by vandalism or otherwise is eliminated and where injury to a user in the event of a broken mirror panel can normally be avoided. The mirror construction is comprised of an outer housing having a base plate for supporting a mirror panel on the base plate and within the mirror housing. A bracket arrangement retains the mirror panel on the base plate and within a fixed position in the housing. A transparent cover panel, preferably formed of a shatter-proof material, such as plastic, extends over the mirror panel and is also held within the housing by another bracket arrangement. In this way, if a vandal attempts to damage the mirror construction, damage will normally occur to the exterior plastic panel.
Abstract: An adjustable shelf personal care cabinet that employs a plurality of snap-in support rods that are removably mounted in the rear wall of the cabinet wherein the rods are structured to receive the edge of a shelf with the opposite edge received in a side wall of the cabinet or another support rod. The support rods are bifurcated at one end for contaction and entry into the rear wall to snap-in and remain until removed.
March 22, 1993
Date of Patent:
April 11, 1995
Jensen Industries, Inc.
Curtis C. Shoup, Victor A. Stalley, Kenneth P. Mendoza
Abstract: A poster clamp having a clam-shell clamp having an upper member and a lower member, the upper and lower members rotatable about a common hinge between open and closed positions, and when in the closed position a first clamp arm on the upper member overlaying a first clamp arm on the lower members, and when in the closed position a second clamp arm on the upper member, coplanar with the first clamp arm on the upper member, overlaying a second clamp arm on the lower member, the second clamp arm on the lower member coplanar with the first clamp arm on the lower member, the second clamp arms extending substantially at right angles to the first clamp arms, the first and second clamp arms having longitudinal outside edges, the hinge along the longitudinal outside edges of the first clamp arms, whereby when in the closed position the first and second arms of the upper member are in substantially parallel engagement with the first and second arms of the lower member to thereby releasably frictionally engage a sheet p
Abstract: A new and improved ceiling sheet installation apparatus includes a set of four ceiling-mounted sheet material support assemblies. Each sheet material support assembly includes a ceiling mounting portion and a sheet retaining portion. The ceiling mounting portion includes a channel for receiving a fastener for attaching to a fixed object in a ceiling. The sheet retaining portion includes a sloped upper surface for receiving an edge of the sheet material and for retaining the sheet material adjacent to the ceiling by supporting the edge of the sheet material. With the sloped upper surface, the edge of the sheet material is wedged between the sloped upper surface and the ceiling. The channel is oriented in the ceiling mounting portion such that the sheet material support assembly is capable of selectively rotating around the fastener to and from two positions.
Abstract: An adjustable mirror mounting bracket including a stationary bracket member and a movable bracket member slidably mounted on the stationary bracket member. The stationary bracket member has two rows of corrugations and an opening for receiving a mounting screw between the rows, and the movable bracket member has two fingers for engaging a respective row of detents while by-passing the head on the mounting screw.