X-frame Type Patents (Class 280/793)
  • Patent number: 11110960
    Abstract: The present invention provides for cross members and cross member assembly for use in vehicle chassis. The present invention also provides for a process of manufacture of cross member and cross member assembly for use in vehicle chassis. The cross member and cross member assembly facilitates a reduction in the weight of the chassis and the weight of the vehicle, reduction in number of parts, flexibility, modularity, and assembly time of the chassis and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ganesh Gulab Kale, Kaushal Rajiv Gokhale
  • Patent number: 10435080
    Abstract: A vehicle lower structure includes: a floor panel disposed in a lower part of a vehicle; an undercover disposed lower than the floor panel; and a brace extending in a vehicle width direction between the floor panel and the undercover in a vehicle vertical direction. The brace is connected to the floor panel and the undercover. An undercover-side connecting portion of the brace that is connected to the undercover is located at a lower position than a floor-panel-side connecting portion of the brace that is connected to the floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Kunihiro Hijikata
  • Patent number: 10167023
    Abstract: The vehicle underbody structure (20) includes a floor panel (24) and an underbody reinforcement element (26), the underbody reinforcement element (26) including at least a front transversal beam (112a, 112b) and a rear transversal beam (114), the transversal beams (112a, 112b, 114) extending parallel to each other and being attached to the floor panel (24). The front transversal beam (112a, 112b) and the rear transversal beam (114) are made of a press hardening steel having a tensile strength higher than or equal to 1300 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventors: Nicolas Schneider, Yves Drouadaine
  • Patent number: 10005349
    Abstract: A vehicle frame and underbody assembly includes a pair of longitudinal frame rails and a rear bumper assembly connected to the frame rails via crush cans. A panel is secured to the frame rails, and ends at an edge spaced from the rear bumper assembly. A V-brace is mounted beneath the panel and to the frame rails. The V-brace includes two legs that come together and intersect at a first end at the edge of the panel, and that are spaced apart at a second end. The second end of each leg is secured to a cross-member that spans between and connects the second ends of the legs. A traction battery is secured to the panel in a location at least partially directly above the V-brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Saeed David Barbat, Rahul Arora
  • Patent number: 9010848
    Abstract: A diagonal strut device (1) for reinforcing arrangement on an undercarriage of a motor vehicle. The diagonal strut device (1) has a plurality of struts (2) made from a fibet-reinforced plastic composite material, which extend away from a central joint element (3). Each strut (2) can be connected to the undercarriage via it's end facing away from the central joint element (3). For this, a connecting joint element (4) is arranged on the end of each strut (2) facing away from the central joint element (3). The central joint element (3) and the connecting joint elements (4) are formed from a light metal material. The central joint element (3) and the connecting joint elements (4) are then connected to the struts (2) by an at least firmly bonded cast joint. Further, a method for the production of a diagonal strut device (1), as well as a motor vehicle undercarriage, which uses the diagonal strut device (1) for reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Denis Andree, Konrad Eipper, Thomas Rudlaff, Asmir Salkic, Mirko Sretenovic
  • Patent number: 7997619
    Abstract: A track frame in which stress concentration caused by a work load is avoided and that has increased strength. These are achieved by reducing the weigh of connection legs and providing sufficient welding length for joint surfaces for joining the connection legs. The track frame has a front and rear pair of left/right connection legs (61, 71) joined to a center frame (30) and side frames (7) to connect the center and side frames (30, 7). Each of the connection legs (61, 71) has a body part (62, 72) formed in a tubular shape, a center joint part (63, 73) formed at one opening edge of the body part (62, 72) and joined to the center frame (30), and a side joint part (64, 74) formed at the other opening edge of the body part (62, 72) and joined to a side frame (7). The center joining parts (63, 73) are flush with or projected from the upper surface of the center frame (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventor: Takatoshi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7891728
    Abstract: A motor vehicle, especially a cabriolet vehicle, with a motor vehicle chassis is provided to whose underbody area at least two reinforcing struts are allocated, each of which trends from a chassis attachment with a component in the direction of a vertical longitudinal mid-plane. A connection support is provided free under the underbody and with a distance to it, at which support two of these struts are held in close distance to each other with respect to the vehicle transverse direction, as well as two further struts, which from there extend away, in each case, with a component in the direction of the vertical longitudinal mid-plane, wherein the connection support is angled about at least one axis extending transverse to the vehicle between the mountings for the two struts and the mountings for the two further struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Westing, Andreas Bente, Vinzenz Partmann
  • Patent number: 7641236
    Abstract: A high-rigidity, light-weight bottom structure for a vehicle body is disclosed. The structure comprises a rectangular framework and an X-shaped frame member positioned inside the rectangular framework. The framework in the vicinity of an area where front wheels or rear wheels are provided is formed by a triangular frame part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeto Yasuhara, Yasuhisa Egawa, Toshiaki Sato
  • Publication number: 20090200786
    Abstract: A welded joint includes a cross member, a web having an extruded hole that extends through a thickness of the web and conforms to a cross sectional shape of the cross member, a collar surrounding the hole, formed from material extruded from the web in a direction such that the collar extends along the cross member and away from the web, the cross member extending through the hole and into the collar, and a weld for mutually connecting the collar and the cross member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Len V. Peschansky, Paolo V. Sarti, Frank Burger, David L. Von Knorring
  • Patent number: 7246821
    Abstract: A wheelchair has a width that can be adjusted. The wheelchair has a pair of side frames connected to each other by one or more X-frame(s) (11). The X-frame (11) has a pair of rotatable arms connected rotatably to each other at their respective centers, the lower ends of each rotatable arm being fixed to the side frame, and the fixing position of each rotatable arm to the side frame is vertically adjustable. In the wheelchair (1), when the rotatable arm(s)(11A,HA) of the X-frames(s)(11) rotate around the centers C of the rotatable arms (s)(11A,11A), the width between the side frames (3,3) can be adjusted. When the rotatable arm(s) (11A,11A) are respectively rotated, the height of the X-frame(s) (11) is changed. However, since the lower part(s) of the X-frame(s) (11) is(are) fixed to the left and right side frames (3,3), and are vertically adjustable, the left and right side frames (3,3) can be connected by the X-frames(s) (11) to correspond to the change of the height of the X-frame(s) (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: MiKi Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisayoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 7198298
    Abstract: A movable subframe or slider for semi-trailers includes a pair of spaced-apart, parallel and longitudinally extending main members. The main members are interconnected by a pair of longitudinally spaced, parallel and transversely extending horizontal cross members, a horizontally-disposed cross-brace structure, and a pair of longitudinally-spaced, parallel and vertically-disposed cross-brace structures. One or more axle/suspension systems are suspended from hangers which are mounted on and depend from the slider structure, and a retractable pin mechanism enables selective positioning of the slider relative to the trailer body for optimum load distribution and trailer versatility during vehicle operation. The integral slider structure supports the one or more axle/suspension systems, so that concentrated loads imposed on the slider via the axle/suspension systems during operation of the vehicle generally are dissipated throughout the entire slider structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L L C
    Inventor: John Edward Ramsey
  • Patent number: 7156421
    Abstract: In a frame for an over the highway or off-highway truck or tractor, the frame includes a first and second frame rail and a composite cross-member comprising a first sheet, a second sheet and a core material sheet positioned between the first and second face sheet. The first and second face sheets being made of metal and plastic and the core material being made of any one of wood, plastic, honey-comb, foam and nomex. The first sheet, second sheet and core material sheet are all bonded together to form a cross-member. The cross-member is then mounted to frame rails to construct a truck or tractor frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur N. Fowler, John R. Moodie, Wayne Beck
  • Patent number: 7090290
    Abstract: A motor vehicle in which a floor of the body is reinforced by reinforcing struts arranged in V shapes, in which a body with a high rigidity is achieved by mounting the rear end-area ends of rear reinforcing struts arranged in a V-shape on a connecting area on the bottom of the vehicle rear end, where the ends of two other rear end-area reinforcing struts that run in a V shape are arranged, and by mounting the rear end area of the two other reinforcing struts so they run obliquely to the rear in the direction of a rear end of the vehicle and obliquely toward the outside in the direction of rear chassis beam members, with the rear ends of the other reinforcing struts being mounted on the rear chassis beam members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz-Xaver Neumeier, Juergen Schippan
  • Patent number: 7055837
    Abstract: A crossmember device is provided which is adapted to be installed between a pair of strut/shock towers of a vehicle. The crossmember device includes a left brace and right brace each having an upper, intermediate and lower portion. The left and right brace are interconnected in a X configuration, wherein the center of the interconnection is between the intermediate and lower portions of the left and right brace. A planar body mounting flange provides gusseting structure to interconnect the left and right brace. A strut/shock tower flange assembly is swivel attached to each distal end of the upper portions of the left and right brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Eric Noble
  • Patent number: 6162004
    Abstract: A system for handling and transporting cargo includes a container supported by wheels mounted on detachable casterboards fitted within casterboard holders provided on the bottom wall of the container. The system also includes an apparatus that elevates the container body so that the casterboards are free to slide into and out of the casterboard holders and thus the casterboards may be attached to and detached from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignees: Hanaoka Sharyo Ltd., Hisao Yoshimi, Hiroshi Iwamoto
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hanakawa
  • Patent number: 6120043
    Abstract: A system for stacking continuous folded forms or web coming from a folder and separator and moving to a conveyor. A table is positioned adjacent and in line with the conveyor and in a position for receiving a horizontally-extending stack of folded forms disposed on the table top. The table is a tiltable table and is able to be tilted from a substantially-horizontal position to a substantially-vertical position to likewise move the stack from a horizontal to a vertical stack position. A cart is movable to a position adjacent to the tilted table for receiving from the table the vertical stack for support on the cart. The cart can include a plurality of storage locations that can each be provided with a stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Roll Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: H. W. Crowley, John W. Clifford, Peter Bianchetto
  • Patent number: 6105797
    Abstract: A stand assembly includes a base to which attached rotatably, a framework for a set of stand platforms, and a location member for positioning the framework at selected angles, wherein each platform is rotatably attached to the framework in such a manner that the rotatably attached framework produces a stable level condition in each of the platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Romka Haisma
  • Patent number: 6095348
    Abstract: A supermarket goods display rack and display carts therefor with each cart having a cart body with upper and lower faces, defining four corners and having casters fitted to each corner and to the central portion of the lower face. Each cart body also having an upper edge potion including a jointing member which defines a jointing hook and a lower edge portion including a jointing member which defines a jointing hole, so that the jointing members connect when the carts are laterally joined. A passage (a.sub.1) is formed within a base portion of a goods display rack (a). A goods display cart (1) is placed into the passage, the cart displaying thereon a plurality of goods (j.sub.2) in a direction from a front side toward a rear side of the base portion. When the goods on the front side of the base portion on the cart are sold out, the cart is drawn out of the passage of the base portion, the cart having remaining goods thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Masashi Karashima
  • Patent number: 6079719
    Abstract: A cart for carrying at least one removable bin or shelf includes molded base and top panels each having a plurality of clamping members, and a pair of support rail assemblies extending between and connecting the top panel and the base panel. The support rail assemblies are in spaced, parallel relation to one another and include a pair of parallel support posts and a plurality of parallel rails extending between and connecting the support posts. The rails are mounted to the support posts perpendicular thereto. The support posts are received in and secured to the base and top panels at the clamping members. The rails are configured for slidingly receiving and supporting the shelf or bin thereon. The cart includes a plurality of casters mounted to the base panel for mobility of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Suncast Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Tisbo, Steven P. Whitehead, Torrence C. Anderson, Jed C. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6032966
    Abstract: The invention comprises a bulk drywall rolling support device. The device has a near horizontal frame with its forward end inclined upward in relation to its rearward end. The frame has a pair of beams on each side with a lateral bar fixed between the beams. A pair of upward extending sleeves are mounted on the outside of each beam. A pair of rods are adapted to be slidably inserted into the sleeves and extend upward and slightly rearward therefrom. The device has four wheels mounted at the comers of the device. Each rod has a handle near it's upper portion for grasping by an operator for rolling the support device about on its wheels. The device is adapted to receive drywall panels with the lower edge of the panels resting onto forward and upward inclined beams and the rear sides of the panels resting against the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Roland O. Young
  • Patent number: 6010187
    Abstract: A seat (10) especially adapted for use by a mechanic includes a frame (11) which carries a seat cushion (21) and a lower tray (22). A tray frame (35) removably carries an upper tray (30) and is pivotally attached to the frame (11) by a pivot assembly (40). The pivot assembly (40) includes a hollow rod (41) attached to the tray frame (35). A coil spring (42) which carries pivot pins (43, 44) is slidably received in the rod (41). The pins (43, 44) engage the frame (11) so that the tray frame (45) and the upper tray (22) carried thereby are pivotal from a first position generally under the seat cushion (21) to a second position at least partially out from under the seat cushion (21) for ready access to items carried by the upper tray (22). The frame (35) may be maintained in the first position by a fastener (45) carried by the frame (35) and engageable with the frame (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Whiteside Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: W. Gordon Dallas, Kirt E. Whiteside, Terry L. Whiteside, Robert E. Whiteside
  • Patent number: 6000712
    Abstract: A folding collapsible golf cart includes a U-shaped base frame, a U-shaped upright frame pivoted to the base frame and turned between a horizontal position and a vertical position, a brace member pivoted to the base frame for supporting the upright frame in the vertical position, a U-shaped handle pivoted to the upright frame and turned between a first position where the handle and the upright frame are longitudinally aligned, and a second position where the handle is collapsed and closely attached to the upright frame, two front wheels and two rear wheels respectively mounted on the base frame and the upright for supporting the folding collapsible golf cart on the ground, a bottom golf bag cradle and a top golf bag cradle respectively mounted on the base frame and the upright frame for holding a golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: David Wu
  • Patent number: 5979917
    Abstract: A catering cart that includes a brake arrangement and has a height which is substantially greater than its width and length, particularly a catering cart for use in confined spaces, such as the aisles of passenger aircraft and railway diners, wherein the cart is adapted for connection to another similar cart and is provided with four wheels, of which at least two can be locked with the aid of a toothed rack that can be swung into engagement with a toothed wheel fixedly mounted on a respective wheel and which is maneuverable with the aid of a pedal located on the serving side of the cart, through the medium of a brake rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Scandinavian Airline Systems
    Inventors: Lars Hojgaard Thogersen, Nils Toft
  • Patent number: 5975544
    Abstract: The present trolley is suitable for accommodating and conveying containers and apparatus for the commercial cleaning and disinfecting of floors and other surfaces, and as a collector for valuable substances and for other tasks involved in the commercial cleaning of buildings. The trolley has a base plate and substantially vertically aligned uprights. The base plate comprises at least one downwardly projecting shaft which is suitable for accommodating the uprights, and is additionally connected by struts to the underside of the base plate. The danger of breakage at the points where the uprights are secured to the base plate is considerably reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Henkel-Ecolab GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Franz Kresse, Roland Schunter, Rainer Osberghaus, Hans-Leo Fernschild
  • Patent number: 5957309
    Abstract: The rack includes left and right upright frames having front and rear spaced apart posts, a lower connector disposed between the left frame and the right frame, the lower connector engaging at least one of the front and rear posts, and an upper connector disposed between the left frame and the right frame. The upper connector may be free of engagement with at least one of the front and rear posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Donald M. Hall
  • Patent number: 5931484
    Abstract: A hand cart for transporting a roll of wire and straightening and measuring a length of wire pulled from the roll. The hand cart comprises a generally planar frame having upper and lower transverse mounting plates located in the plane of the frame. A center post extends outwardly from the lower transverse mounting plate and rotatably supports a rotatable reel. The rotatable reel is adapted to support a roll of wire for rotation about a reel axis, the reel axis being generally perpendicular to the plane of the frame. The hand cart further comprises a transverse axle and a pair of rotatable wheels rotatable mounted on opposite ends of the axle. A wire straightener and a wire counter are secured to the upper mounting plate of the frame so that a length of wire pulled off the roll may be straightened and measured before it is cut to the appropriate length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Samuel E. Jones, Gerald L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5927514
    Abstract: An instrumentation rack (10) includes a rectangular base frame (12) and a slanted support structure (13) having a pair of bent transverse braces (54). The bent braces (54) can be formed in a variety of heights and with a range of medial bends (70) to provide a variety of shapes for the instrumentation rack (10). A pair of straight mounting rails (76) are longitudinally aligned along a slant angle (72) preferably determined by the angle of medial bends (70). The slant of the mounting rails (76) permits the face plates, including controls and monitors, of equipment to be angled advantageously for operator comfort, access, and visibility. This angled arrangement permits equipment to be ergonomically stored and operated below desk level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Anthro Corporation
    Inventor: Steven E. Linder
  • Patent number: 5879021
    Abstract: A painting wagon carries a plurality of components to be painted through a painting facility. The wagon includes a component supporting assembly having a plurality of opposed pairs of component mounting pins fixed thereto. The component supporting assembly is supported by a base structure having wheels which permit the painting wagon to be translated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Decoma International Inc.
    Inventor: Gerd R. Papendick
  • Patent number: 5875904
    Abstract: The invention refers to a box-like transport container having at least one partially open side and a flexible covering element movable between an opened and a closed position. The box-like transport container preferably has a flexible covering element that in an opened position of the container is located close to an upright. In a preferred embodiment the flexible covering element can be rolled up or folded up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Albertus Franciscus Vorstenbosch
  • Patent number: 5875652
    Abstract: A mobile foldable storage cart for music stands wherein a tubular frame assembly is constructed and arranged to form a cart which is foldable to a storage position when not in use. A telescopic rod assembly is provided for maintaining the frame assembly in an erected operative position and for locking the frame assembly in a folded inoperative position. The frame assembly includes inclined, spaced, longitudinally extending rods for slidably receiving a plurality of music stands. A portion of the frame assembly provides a stop to arrest the music stands at the lower end of the inclined, longitudinally extending rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Douglas D. Davis
  • Patent number: 5873585
    Abstract: In order to transport delicate equipment, unstable/hazardous liquids or the like, from one point to another, a cart, or similar form of conveyance, is provided with one or more tables or platforms which are pivotally supported and connected to a relatively large mass. The mass exhibits sufficient inertia that changes in cart orientation, as the cart traverses inclines or the effects of sudden cart accelerations or decelerations are compensated for by the inertial-controlled pivotal movement of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Engelking
  • Patent number: 5871219
    Abstract: A table dolly apparatus and method for using same which allows folded tables to be vertically stacked tin two adjacent side-by-side columns, such that the planar folded tables are inclined slightly from horizontal to reduce the dolly's transverse width such that it can pass through doorways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Purposeful Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Marvin Elliott
  • Patent number: 5853181
    Abstract: A cart for transporting case goods such as wine or beverage bottles is provided which is easy and convenient to use. Goods in open cases can be positioned on the cart at a bias along lateral shelves which allows an inventory control clerk to quickly scan the bar codes of the items without removal of the cases from the cart as they enter the store. The cart also includes a stabilizing mechanism to prevent movement as the cart is loaded or unloaded from a truck on a lift gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: American Wholesale Beverage Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter T. Booras
  • Patent number: 5848798
    Abstract: An office cart includes a pair of laterally spaced apart side walls, a plurality of vertically spaced apart elongate fixed shelves, a back wall which extends between the side walls and which is disposed adjacent to the vertically spaced apart shelves, and a plurality of wheels mounted to the cart to facilitate transportability of the cart. The cart provides convenient storage of files, office supplies and like articles associated with a particular project or task or group of related projects or tasks which are assigned to an individual or to a small team comprised of two or more individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Halvorson, Jr., Greg D. Lamke, Joyce S. Bromberg
  • Patent number: 5816419
    Abstract: A display rack or stock cart including a base structure, a pair of spaced posts upstanding from the base structure, and a plurality of shelves supported on the posts in vertically spaced relation. A series of pins are provided on the posts for selective coaction with a series of notches on the shelves to allow each shelf to be mounted on the posts in a first generally horizontal position, or a second downwardly inclined position, or a third generally vertically downwardly extending nesting position. The shelves are moveable between their various positions by simple pivoting and sliding movement of the shelves relative to the posts and the shelves in their downwardly extending position allow nesting the plurality of display racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Lockwood Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Frederick W. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5806864
    Abstract: A foldable or collapsible utility cart which may be alternated between a closed and an open, operable position is disclosed. The invention includes four vertical legs with a plurality of shelves mounted thereon. The shelves are rotatable relative to the legs and foldable about a middle thereof so that the cart may be alternated between the open operable position and the closed position for storage purposes. The cart is self-supporting and thus includes a stabilizing means. The stabilizing means automatically locks, or stabilizes the cart in the open position. The cart is stabilized simultaneously upon reaching the open position from the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Carlisle FoodService Products, Incorporated
    Inventors: David J. Zielinski, William J. Bickel
  • Patent number: 5791500
    Abstract: The inclined display rack has a frame with a base and posts extending therefrom. The posts have supports thereon, with the supports being separated from the base by a distance. There is provided an extension that has first and second ends. The second end of the extension slidingly engages the base so as to move between a fully extended position and a partially extended position. The first end of the extension is closer to the base when the extension is in the partially extended position than when the extension is in the fully extended position. There is also a rack having a main section and one or more secondary sections. The main section has first and second ends, with the first end being pivotally coupled to the first end of the extension. The second end of the main section is pivotally coupled to a secondary section. The rack is received between the posts and bears on the supports such that the main section of the rack is inclined to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Marco Display Specialists, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade P. Burke, Ray M. Lewis, II
  • Patent number: 5772233
    Abstract: A painting wagon carries a plurality of components to be painted through a painting facility. The wagon includes a component supporting assembly having a plurality of opposed pairs of component mounting pins fixed thereto. The component supporting assembly is supported by a base structure having wheels which permit the painting wagon to be translated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Decoma International Inc.
    Inventor: Gerd R. Papendick
  • Patent number: 5765702
    Abstract: A wheeled display rack comprising a back panel, two side panels connected to the edges of the back panel, a plurality of removable shelves and a wheeled support including rotatable wheels. The wheeled support is movable between an active position in which the display rack may be supported by the wheeled support and an inactive position in which the display rack may not be supported by the wheeled support. In one embodiment the wheeled support comprises a wheel carriage and the side panels may or may not be collapsible. In another embodiment, the wheeled support comprises rear frame members of side panels which must be collapsible in order for the wheeled support to reach its active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Rafael T. Bustos, Joseph Marcus Battaglia
  • Patent number: 5738365
    Abstract: A collapsible cart including a base member, first and second double L-shaped brackets, a pair of locking pins, and two locking bar members. The locking bar members and locking pins are utilized to lock the double L-shaped brackets into place when the cart is in the un-collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Phillip R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 5730452
    Abstract: A collapsible cart basically for serving food. A ground support assembly includes an axle with a wheel at each end and a caster cross-bar perpendicular to the axle with a caster at each end which provides great stability. Two sets of three parallel vertical bars are pivotally supported from the axle. One set is near the outer end and another set at the other end of the axle. Shelves are supported between the two sets at spaced intervals by pivots on each vertical bar such that each shelf is in a horizontal position throughout the range of rotation of the vertical bar about its pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Rufus Fields
  • Patent number: 5718441
    Abstract: A transport and display cart is formed of light weight plastic and metal components including a base unit formed from an open framework in which is disposed and fastened a molded plastic tray. Wheels preferably including casters are provided on the underside of the base unit and opposed ladder units having horizontal bars or rungs are removably connected to opposed ends of the base unit by fitting within post supports rigidly connected to the base unit. Upper shelves include plastic trays that are constructed identical to the tray connected to the base unit and reinforcing rods having downwardly open jaws or hooks at their opposed ends for engaging the horizontal rungs or bars of the opposed ladder units. The upper shelves can be selectively disposed in horizontal or tilted positions simply by hooking the ends of the reinforcing rods over different rungs of the ladder units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Rehrig International, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan R. Kern, John A. LaFleur, Bradley Dean Miller, Scottlan R. Henry
  • Patent number: 5713584
    Abstract: A cart containing a plurality of individual shelves for supporting removable drawers or cartons adapted to contain lighting equipment, along with additional storage areas. The cart is constructed with a main frame having a lower base frame adaptable for use in a large number of cart constructions. In all cases, the cart main frame has a similar upright frame arrangement, but which can be modified and customized from cart to cart, so that the cart may carry individual storage shelves, compartments for containers, outrigger elements for supporting lighting equipment, etc. In this way, the main frame is modular and a large number of carts may be constructed from this essentially one basic modular main frame construction. In all cases, the cart is constructed of tubular rod and flat metal material, so that it is rigid, but relatively light in weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Brian J. Crane
  • Patent number: 5711429
    Abstract: A rack has a front wall and back wall connected to a base to secure glass sheets in the rack on edge tilted toward the back wall. The front restraints are mounted on the front gate and sheet support members mounted on the rear gate to secure the sheets in position on the rack. The front gate and/or rear gate each have a pair of spaced posts with each of the posts having an end insertable in cavities provided on the base. Each of the insertion ends of the posts has a hole in one surface and an opposite sloping surface. The front gate and back gate are mounted on the base by positioning the insertion end on the edge of the cavity and tilting the gates to the vertical position to drop the insertion end of the posts in the cavities. A pin in each of the cavities passes into the hole at the insertion end of the posts to secure the gates on the base. The front restraints and sheet support members include an elongated tube having a plurality of collars rotatably mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Brown
  • Patent number: 5695205
    Abstract: The shelving comprises receiving troughs, with many supporting rods mounted between the upper and the lower receiving troughs to allow them to be piled one over another for being fixedly assembled with the engaging stubs on the bottom ends of the supporting rods inserting into the top location holes on their respective lower receiving troughs, each engaging stub has a protruding rib on one of its sides for firmer connection; the posts have rollers on the feet and with top holes thereon to allow insertion of the stubs, so that the shelving after assemblying can be pushed to move about; when disassembled, the receiving troughs can be fittingly lapped over one another, the supporting rods, also the posts, can be collected four in one group to form a cylinder shape, as is beneficial to saving space, shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Cheng-Chia Liu
  • Patent number: 5660637
    Abstract: A paint rack for use in a vehicle body shop includes a frame mounted on wheels, which are repositionable wheels for use or storage as desired. The frame may be fixed or adjustable, both vertically and horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: John P. Dodge
  • Patent number: 5647600
    Abstract: A cart for transporting case goods such as wine or beverage bottles is provided which is easy and convenient to use. Goods in open cases can be positioned on the cart at a bias along lateral shelves which allows an inventory control clerk to quickly scan the bar codes of the items without removal of the cases from the cart as they enter the store. The cart also includes a stabilizing mechanism to prevent movement as the cart is loaded or unloaded from a truck on a lift gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: American Wholesale Beverage Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Peter T. Booras
  • Patent number: 5611561
    Abstract: A fishing cart system for transporting a quantity of fishing equipment to and from a fishing site including a collapsible cart assembly having a plurality of fishing rod and reel storage tubes secured to a U-shaped central support member having a first and second end; a fishing equipment support structure, pivotally connected to the first end of the central support member, including a wheel assembly including first and second wheel members connected together with an elongated axle; and a handle assembly pivotally connected to the second end of the U-shaped central support member in a manner to allow the handle assembly to pivot about at least 180 degrees with respect to the U-shaped central support member for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: William J. Dale, II
  • Patent number: 5605344
    Abstract: A cart for transporting materials along a floor having a base positioned parallel to the floor. Positioned above the base is a rectangular cover having a first side edge, a second side edge and a back edge defining three sides of a rectangle. A first side support, a second side support and a back support each extend from the base to the cover. Four vertical supports extend from the base to contact the cover at four points substantially aligned with a first diagonal of the rectangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Insalaco, Edgar B. Montague
  • Patent number: D389973
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: Edward Murray