From Armrest Patents (Class 297/145)
  • Patent number: 10966532
    Abstract: A rotatable accessory includes a table top and a flipping mechanism. The flipping mechanism includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion. A compression spring is arranged between one side of the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion. The first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are each provided with a first blind hole facing the compression spring. Both ends of the compression spring respectively extend into the two first blind holes and abut on the bottom surface of the first blind hole. The other side of the first connecting portion and the other second connecting portion are connected by a guide hole and a guide column. The rotatable accessory can be mounted on a chair or a bed to allow users to place portable small objects such as mobile phones and cups on the rotatable accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Libin Chen
  • Patent number: 10744921
    Abstract: A tray table assembly includes a table body and a support. The support can include a first end and a second end distal from the first end. The second end of the support can be pivotably attached to the table body. The support can define a receiving area between the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Oscar Ruiz, Brenda L. Chaaya Aguilar
  • Patent number: 10681987
    Abstract: A console unit having a compartment door operatively incorporated therein, and within the upper part of the compartment or door, there is provided a storage receptacle for holding various different items, such as, for example, a book, a magazine, remote control devices, a wireless charging pad, a dock, or alternatively, the storage receptacle comprises at least one cup holder for holding a beverage container, and wherein further a motorized mechanism is provided within the console for moving the component, compartment, or door of the console unit between a first position at which the component, compartment, or door is CLOSED such that the storage receptacle or at least one cup holder is hidden within a forward section of the console unit, and a second position at which the component, compartment, or door is OPENED and projects forwardly and outwardly from the console unit such that the storage receptacle or the at least one cup holder is exposed and may in fact be utilized to hold various items, such as, for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HHC CHANGZHOU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Hsiung Liu, Mei Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 10588402
    Abstract: A portable collapsible writing desk for a notebook computer preferably includes an arm rest assembly, a desktop assembly, a column assembly and a base assembly. The base assembly is attached to a bottom of the column assembly. The arm rest assembly is attached to a top of the column assembly. The desktop assembly is moveably retained by the arm rest assembly. The collapsible writing desk may rest on the base assembly, or rest on an end of the desktop assembly and an edge of the column assembly. A retractable handle may be extended to carry the portable collapsible writing desk for a notebook computer like a suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Arie Berkovitz
  • Patent number: 10569883
    Abstract: A seating arrangement comprising at least one seat; a console adjacent the at least one seat; a deployable table assembly; and locking device. The table assembly is movable in a longitudinal direction from a stowed position into a deployed position in which it is located on an upper surface of the console. The locking device is operable to releasably engage the table assembly in the deployed position to prevent movement of the table assembly in a lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Thompson Aero Seating Limited
    Inventor: Keith Newell
  • Patent number: 10479231
    Abstract: A vehicle seating arrangement includes a rail system that has a plurality of lateral and longitudinal rails. The vehicle seating arrangement also includes at least one seating assembly coupled to the rail system. The seating assembly includes one or more armrests coupled to a seat-base. The armrests are configured for articulation in a vertical direction relative to the seat-base. The armrests enable the seating assembly to transition between captains' chair, loveseat, and bed configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, S. M. Akbar Berry, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10471875
    Abstract: Disclosed herein may be a console table apparatus for a vehicle. A table configured to slide upward may be installed on a door which opens in a lateral direction of an upper module. A motor for moving the upper module upward or downward, a motor for opening the door, a motor for moving the table upward, and a motor for rotating and deploying the table are provided. A control button for controlling the motors is provided on an armrest module. A deployment operation of the table is automatically performed, so that the console table apparatus is convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEOYON E-HWA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10456312
    Abstract: An examination chair has a seating surface, a back surface that is movable between a first position generally perpendicular to the plane of the seating surface and a second position generally parallel to and co-planar with the seating surface, a pair of arm members, disposed on opposite sides of the seating surface, each of the arm members having an upper section pivotally mounted to a lower section to enable the upper section to pivot away from the seating surface to permit greater access to a patient in the chair, each arm further containing a retractable stirrup member in the lower section thereof, and a scissor lift pivotally mounted to a carriage beneath the seating surface such that, when actuated, the scissor lift will raise and lower the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Images of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary Gray Cashatt
  • Patent number: 10435158
    Abstract: A aircraft passenger seating arrangement comprises a seat (1), a secondary surface (4) spaced to one side of the seat (1), in a direction substantially parallel to the width of the seat; and an infill surface (3) deployable into a space between the seat (1) and the secondary surface (4) so as to form a substantially continuous sleeping surface along the secondary surface (4), the infill surface (3) and the width of the seat (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: British Airways Plc
    Inventor: Nigel Goode
  • Patent number: 10349753
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a sofa-bed combination, having an inflatable air mattress, rather than a foam or spring mattress. A bed base would pull out from sofa base to provide sufficient support for the air mattress. Contained within storage spaces in the arms of the sofa would be an inflatable bladder forming a mattress. The sofa-bed features an electric air pump, which would rapidly inflate and deflate the mattress for use or stowage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jill Rox
  • Patent number: 10349749
    Abstract: The movable tablet includes a shaft fixed to an armrest and having a radial pin hole. A connecting seat has a first connecting portion toward the shaft and a second connecting portion. The first connecting portion is axially rotatably connected to the shaft. The second connecting portion has a through hole axially corresponding to the pin hole. A pin passes through the through hole and the pin hole to prevent the first connecting portion from rotating relative to the shaft. A tablet is rotatably connected to the second connecting portion. A releaser is disposed on the tablet to make the pin escape from the pin hole when the tablet is horizontally rotating so that the tablet can be turned vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN KENTEC OFFICE SEATING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 10279916
    Abstract: Passenger seat armrests and consoles have laterally translating armrest doors that open and close to allow for deployment and stowage of tray tables. The armrest doors may be guided through their translation by slides or a linkage that controls their motion. The armrest doors may also translate in two-dimensions, incorporating a vertical translation as well as a lateral translation. The resulting motion allows for better placement of the deployable tray tables within the armrest or console and a reduction in wasted space. The passenger seat armrests may also incorporate cocktail trays that can be integrated into the armrest doors or the armrest or console itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Marc W. Kinard, Ty Parker, Raul G. Reyes, John D. Allen
  • Patent number: 10232815
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a first bolster and a second bolster spaced from each other. The seat assembly includes a seat bottom between the first and second bolster. The seat assembly includes a bridge deployable to a deployed position. The bridge in the deployed position is spaced from the seat bottom. The bridge in the deployed position is supported on the first and second bolsters and extends from the first bolster to the second bolster. The seat assembly includes an inflatable device supported by the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 10196147
    Abstract: Described is a stowable display apparatus (200) suitable for stowing a display, such as an in-flight entertainment monitor, in a storage module (110) located above a spreader or a seat bottom of a passenger seat (102). The stowable display apparatus can include an arm (228, 236) pivotally coupled to a mounting plate (222) at a pivot point (250) that is located above the spreader or seat bottom and proximate the forward end of the seat (102), thus enabling a display bracket of the arm to pivot upwards and out of an armrest assembly before rotating into a deployed position. The display arm (228, 236) can provide an easy, safe, and low-cost mechanism for stowing and deploying a display. The thin profile of the display arm allows a storage module (110) two inches wide or less to stow both a display and a table surface, each independently deployable and stowable irrespective of the other's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventor: Raul G. Reyes
  • Patent number: 10172467
    Abstract: A pivotable top board device for a chair includes an armrest having a coupling face with a first positioning hole. An axle block includes a first coupling face and a second coupling face. The first coupling face of the axle block is pivotably coupled to the coupling face of the armrest. The axle block further includes a through-hole extending from the first coupling face through the second coupling face. An operation rod longer than the through-hole is received in the through-hole and includes a first positioning end for disengagably engagement with the first positioning hole of the armrest and a second positioning end. The second coupling face of the axle block is pivotably coupled to a coupling face of a coupling board fixed to a top board. The coupling face of the coupling board includes a second positioning hole releasably receiving the second positioning end of the operation rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Gauss Furniture Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Deng-Tai Shih
  • Patent number: 10137990
    Abstract: An armrest table has an armrest casing, a frontward-moving stand, an upward-moving stand, and at least one table panel. The frontward-moving stand is front and rear movably mounted in the armrest casing. The table panel is up and down moveably mounted in the frontward-moving stand. The table panel can be rotated to be horizontal when moved to a highest position of its movement route. The frontward-moving stand and the table panel can be received in the armrest casing when the table panel is moved to a lowest position of its movement route. The armrest table is mounted beside the seat, and thus the passenger can adjust the height of the table panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LIQ MENG CORP.
    Inventors: Yen-Chuan Lee, Qing-Kun Yin
  • Patent number: 10106260
    Abstract: A table (30) for an aircraft includes a table surface (56) deployable between a retracted position and a deployed position, an arm (50) having a first end and a second end, the arm (50) supporting the table (66) surface at the first end, a support connected to the arm (50) at the second end, the support connecting the arm to a structure interior to the aircraft, a sensor (136) within the aircraft to detect if a seat adjacent to the table surface is occupied, and a mechanism (120) for retracting the table surface to the retracted position if the sensor (136) detects at least one of that the seat is not occupied and that the aircraft flight mode meets predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER, INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Jordan Roy, Tom Deka, Christian Mageau, Michele Monardo, Stefan Huber, Christoph Haselberger
  • Patent number: 9988149
    Abstract: An interior layout assembly of an aircraft cabin, and related method are provided. The assembly includes a table, a console defining a receiving housing and a cover mounted on the console. The cover in the closed configuration and the console define a passage slot between them. The assembly also includes a flap closing off the passage slot, movable by the table from an active configuration closing the passage slot to a retracted configuration freeing the passage slot during the passage of the table from its retracted position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventor: Yann Maillaut
  • Patent number: 9955779
    Abstract: Folding table, in particular for an aircraft, with a frame preferably to be installed in an armrest or in a side-panelling in the aircraft, with a support device for a table top, with a displacement device for displacing the support device along the frame from a stowed position to a deployed position, with a folding device for folding a support element of the support device from the deployed position to a use position, and with a drive device for assisting the displacement device in displacing the support device from the stowed position to the deployed position, wherein the drive device comprises a linear drive element which is connected to the displacement device via a cable pull device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FACC AG
    Inventors: Matthaeus Hoeftberger, Gerhard Berger, Wilfried Konrad
  • Patent number: 9895000
    Abstract: A chair includes a seat base, a back rest, left and right chair arm structures on opposite sides of the seat base, and a dispenser housing fitted within one of the chair arm structures. A cooler is removably received within an interior chamber of the dispenser housing and is structured to be filled with ice or frozen gel packs. A downwardly angled rack within the interior chamber provides a path that is directed at least partially around the cooler. The rack holds an arrangement of adjacently positioned beverage cans that are able to roll along the path by gravity assist while also being chilled by the cooler. A sliding drawer below the interior chamber includes a pocket for receiving a lowermost beverage can from the rack. The drawer pulls out from the front of the chair to dispense a single beverage can while the remaining cans advance one position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ellen Hassman
  • Patent number: 9834308
    Abstract: An aircraft seating group has first and second laterally-adjacent passenger seats; a center console positioned between the first and second passenger seats; a center console disposed between the first and second laterally-adjacent passenger seats and having a shelf for supporting a handheld electronic device at approximately an eye level of a passenger in the first passenger seat. The center console may further include a retention system to maintain the electronic device in the shelf in a position allowing the passenger to comfortably view the screen of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Henshaw, Mark A. Kruse, Suzuko Hisata
  • Patent number: 9828099
    Abstract: An aircraft seating group including first and second laterally-adjacent seats, a center console positioned between the seats, a rear privacy shell positioned behind the seats and forming part of the center console, a vertical partition extending forward from the rear privacy shell to divide the center console, and a deployable shelf positioned to one side of the vertical partition, the shelf configured to hold a tablet for viewing by a passenger facing the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Henshaw, Mark A. Kruse, Suzuko Hisata
  • Patent number: 9826826
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a voting booth assembly. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a voting booth assembly comprising at least one extendable panel adapted for positioning the extendable panel adjacent a substantially planar structure to define a voting compartment between the extendable panel and the substantially planar structure. The voting booth is operable between a collapsed state and an expanded state, thereby providing a temporary voting booth for use as a private area within the polling station for voters to cast their vote when otherwise-used facilities act as a polling station, and which can be easily assembled and/or disassembled for ease of transport and storage during times when the facility does not act as a polling station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PAKFLATT (UK) LIMITED
    Inventor: Patrick McGonagle
  • Patent number: 9783303
    Abstract: A table (30) for an aircraft includes a table surface (56) deployable between a retracted position and a deployed position, an arm (50) having a first end and a second end, the arm (50) supporting the table (66) surface at the first end, a support connected to the arm (50) at the second end, the support connecting the arm to a structure interior to the aircraft, a sensor (136) within the aircraft to detect if a seat adjacent to the table surface is occupied, and a mechanism (120) for retracting the table surface to the retracted position if the sensor (136) detects at least one of that the seat is not occupied and that the aircraft flight mode meets predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Jordan Roy, Tom Deka, Christian Mageau, Michele Monardo, Stefan Huber, Christoph Haselberger
  • Patent number: 9681753
    Abstract: A combination cooler support and drink display device combined with a cooler support includes a frame that comprises a pair of front legs and a pair of back legs. Each of a pair of beams is pivotally coupled to a respective front leg and a respective back leg. A platform, which is rigid, is pivotally coupled to each of the front legs and each of the back legs. The frame is foldable. With the frame unfolded, the pair of beams are coplanar and in substantial parallelism with the platform. Each of a pair of side tables has an inner edge hingedly coupled to a respective beam. Cup holders are positioned in the side tables. The platform is configured to support and position a cooler to dispense drinks into cups, and the cup holders are configured to store the cups prior to and after filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Keith Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9610879
    Abstract: A seatback for a passenger seat, a passenger seat, and a method of manufacturing a seatback for a passenger seat. The seatback comprises an upwardly extending base having a front and a rear, the front capable of supporting a passenger; a pocket attached to the rear; a tray table attached to the rear and operable between a stowage position and a use position; and wherein the rear has a longitudinal length and a transverse width, with the tray table, when in the stowage position, being at least partly transversely aligned with pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: SINGPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD, TENRYU HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guo Ying Zheng, Wee Hong Anna Tan, Tomoyuki Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9609946
    Abstract: A table arrangement including a support member rotatably mounted to a base structure, a table element translatably mounted to the support member, and a locking mechanism is described. The locking mechanism may include a first locking member connected to the support member to rotate with the support member between non-aligned and aligned configurations with respect to the second locking member, and a second locking member. The first or second locking member may be translatably mounted with respect to the other locking member between a first engagement position and a second engagement position, wherein, when the first locking member is in the aligned configuration, the first or second locking member can translate into the second engagement position. The table arrangement may be deployed and stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats UK Limited
    Inventor: Robert Gow
  • Patent number: 9481464
    Abstract: The present invention provides table arrangement comprising a housing that has an open configuration and a closed configuration, a table, which, when in a stowed configuration is at least partially housed in the housing, and when in a presented configuration, is partially protruding from the housing, and an activation mechanism for opening and closing the housing, which is linked by a mechanical linkage to the table or housing such that when the activation mechanism closes the housing, the table changes from the presented configuration to the stowed configuration. The invention also provides an aircraft seat module, an aircraft and a method of stowing a table arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats UK Limited
    Inventors: Robert Gow, Paul Morgan
  • Patent number: 9452839
    Abstract: The assembly for aircraft cockpit comprising a seat in which a crew member is intended to sit and a display and control device. The display and control device is configured to be mounted relative to the seat displaceable between a first position in which the display and control device is arranged to be used in front by the crew member when the latter is sitting in the seat and a second position in which the display and control device is arranged to be used by said crew member to the side and leave free the frontal zone of the crew member when the latter is sitting in the seat. The invention also relates to an aircraft cockpit and an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Nicolas Chatrenet, Eric Petit, Laurent Saint-Marc
  • Patent number: 9371026
    Abstract: A table apparatus for rear seat passengers may include a table housing rotatable upwards and downwards around a support shaft coupled to a sidewall of a rear console, a movable body movable along a guide provided in the table housing, a rotating body coupled to the movable body by a body shaft and rotatable upwards and downwards with respect to the movable body, a table coupled to the rotating body by a table shaft and rotatable leftwards and rightwards with respect to the rotating body, and a table tilting unit provided in the movable body and the rotating body, the table tilting unit controlling a rotation angle of the rotating body to determine a tilting angle of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., ECOPLASTIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hong Sik Chang, Myeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9295333
    Abstract: A foldable leg rest has a seat, a folding frame and a drive mechanism. The folding frame is pivotally connected to the seat. The drive mechanism includes a first actuator and a second actuator. The first actuator has a front end and a rear end. The front end of the first actuator is pivotally connected to the folding frame. The second actuator has a front end and a rear end. The rear end of the second actuator is pivotally connected to the seat. The front end of the second actuator is secured to the rear end of the first actuator. The first actuator and the second actuator are actuated to pivot the folding frame to a horizontal plane in which the seat lies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Wan-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 8967723
    Abstract: An aircraft seat assembly including multiple seats together having a total seating area. The aircraft seat assembly also includes an armrest separating a first seat of the multiple seats from a second seat of the multiple seats and a sliding mechanism coupled to the armrest. The sliding mechanism enables movement of the armrest to change a portion of the total seating area that is associated with at least one seat of the multiple seats. The aircraft seat assembly also includes a controller that controls movement of the armrest responsive to a control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kelly L. Boren
  • Patent number: 8864223
    Abstract: A collapsible quad chair has a frame selectively moveable between a collapsed configuration of the chair and a use configuration of the chair, and a fabric frame cover attachable to the frame to define a back portion and a seat portion of the chair. A support is coupled to the frame and a plate is mounted on the support. The plate is sized and shaped to provide a user sitting in the chair with a surface suitable for allowing the user to rest a dish of food while eating a meal while sitting in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: American Recreation Products, LLC.
    Inventors: Nels Larson, Erin Doubleday, Matt Wagner
  • Patent number: 8813657
    Abstract: A table can be folded in the interior of a motor vehicle and comprises a table top arranged on a vehicle-mounted support so that the table top can be moved from a resting position, in which the table plane is oriented substantially vertically, into a usage position oriented substantially horizontally. The support extends in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and the table top is fastened to the support so the table top can be pivoted by a table top retainer from the vertical resting position into a horizontal position about a pivot axis in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The table top and/or the table top retainer can be locked in the usage position by a locking device when the table top is in the horizontal position and/or in the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Joachim Winter, Harald Klein, Frank Wenz
  • Patent number: 8801638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a delordosation device for users of a rehabilitation appliance, in particular for the verticalization of a sit/stand exercise machine or a wheel chair with a seating area and support aids for a user, the seating area supported in a swiveling manner swiveling for verticalization. To avoid hyperlordosis while patients with a restricted mobility are being straightened up in rehabilitation measures or a verticalization in a sit/stand exercise machine 1 or wheel chair, it is provided that the seating area is supported in a swiveling manner, and at least a portion of the seating area is mounted in a movable manner. Thus, a pelvis rotation can be initiated during verticalization, whereby hyperlordosis is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: In-Tra-Tec GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Gierse
  • Publication number: 20140145477
    Abstract: An aircraft seat arrangement comprises first and second seats (10, 20) and first and second consoles (12, 22), the first console (12) being in front of the first seat (10) and adjacent to the second seat (20), such that the first and second consoles (12, 22) and the first and second seats (10, 20) are in a staggered arrangement. A table (50) is housed by the first console (12). The table (50) is arranged for movement to a stowed position, in which the table is inserted within said first console (12). The table (50) is arranged for, optionally horizontal, movement to a deployed position, in which the table is positioned aft of the first console (12) so as to be suitable for use by a passenger seated in the first seat (10). The table may be arranged to present different areas of useable table surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: ZODIAC SEATS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Ali Ersan, Daniel Clucas
  • Patent number: 8596206
    Abstract: Described are tray table assemblies having a table body, a support arm comprising a first end rotatably coupled to the table body, a linkage comprising a first end rotatably coupled to the table body, and a receptacle, wherein a second end of the support arm and a second end of the linkage are rotatably coupled to the receptacle. The table body may be configured to rotate within a substantially horizontal plane relative to the support arm, and the support arm and the linkage may be configured to rotate within a substantially horizontal plane relative to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventor: Alexis Legeay
  • Publication number: 20130181490
    Abstract: A self-leveling apparatus, a tray table for use with a seat comprising such an apparatus, and a method of maintaining a horizontal level of a mounting member are provided. The self-leveling apparatus comprises: a gear train rotatable about a fixed reference point, the gear train comprising a first gear fixedly mounted to the reference point; a rotatable last gear, and an odd number of rotatable intermediate gears meshing between the first gear and the last gear; and a mounting member adapted to be coupled the last gear, the mounting member having a surface capable of being positioned horizontally; wherein the last gear is further adapted to rotate locally about its axis an equal and opposite amount to a system rotation by the gear train about the reference point, thereby maintaining the surface horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
    Inventor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
  • Patent number: 8479665
    Abstract: An rear seat table assembly for a vehicle, the rear seat table assembly may include a rear seat table placed in front of a rear seat console, wherein the rear seat table includes an upper table and a lower table which may be selectively foldable around a table hinge portion pivotally connecting the upper table and the lower table, a locking unit arranged in the rear seat console and selectively lock the rear seat table to the rear seat console so as to maintain or release a locking state of the rear seat table, a rotation unit rotatably connecting the rear seat table and the rear seat console for allowing the rear seat table to be fixed after the rear seat table may be rotated upward centering around a rotation axis (axis X) which may be fixed to an upper side of the rear seat console, and a swiveling unit connected between the rotation unit and the rear seat table for allowing the rear seat table to swivel centering around a swiveling axis (axis Z).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Kim, Hee Sang Park, June Kyu Park, Jung Hwan Yun, Ho Sik Choi
  • Patent number: 8336956
    Abstract: Described are table stop assemblies having a mounting block having at least one receptacle, at least one stop coupled to the receptacle, and at least one arm knuckle. The arm knuckle includes a side, a first end, and a second end, wherein the side is pivotally coupled to the mounting block, the first end is pivotally coupled to a tray table, and the second end is configured to contact the stop when the tray table is in a deployed position. As examples, the position of the stop is adjustable relative to the receptacle, and the tray table in the deployed position includes a surface that forms an angle relative to a horizontal axis that is controlled by the position of the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Rik Westerink, Brad Grunwald
  • Patent number: 8267472
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of seats comprising foldaway trays. More precisely, the seat according to the invention is specifically adapted in order to fold away large-dimension screens. It comprises at least one armrest and a foldaway display screen. The screen comprises an articulated supporting arm mounted on a movable carriage and the armrest comprises a circularly arcuate rail, the top end of the rail being substantially vertical and the bottom portion substantially horizontal, the carriage being secured to said rail and being able to move in translation between a first bottom position for stowage of the screen and a second top position of the screen. The screen may also comprise a cover so that it can be used as a tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Serge Large, Stéphane Poveda, Patrick Vouillon
  • Patent number: 8256835
    Abstract: A tablet adjustment mechanism is provided to control the movement of a tablet of a seat assembly between a lowered non-use or stowed position under the armrest and a raised or use position, and further control the tablet's movement between an inward use position and an outward use position. The adjustment mechanism includes a plunger inside of a pivot element, the plunger's longitudinal and rotational or pivotal movements being controlled by a pin engaging a slot in the plunger, and also by a guide pin traversing an arcuate slot in a tablet support arm. The adjustment mechanism may limit lateral or sideward movement of the tablet when the tablet is in its fully lowered or stowed position and during at least some of the pivotal movement toward its raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Irwin Seating Company
    Inventors: James M. Brink, John P. Conner
  • Patent number: 8109566
    Abstract: A collapsible desk assembly includes a desk board, an elbow joint, a positioning board, and a connecting portion. The elbow joint has a groove defined therein and is mounted to the desk board. The positioning board has a pin disposed thereon and the positioning board is connected to the elbow joint. The pin is inserted into the groove. A pivoting shaft is extending from the positioning board. The connecting portion has a receiving hole defined therein for receiving the pivoting shaft. A bolt is inserted into the receiving hole and passing through the pivoting shaft, and is threaded to the elbow joint. When the desk board is descended, the positioning board is rotated downwardly and blocking the elbow joint from pivotally bending relative to the connecting portion, such that the desk board is stably suspended beside the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Tuang Hock Koh
  • Publication number: 20110109114
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a lower seat cushion and a seatback. The vehicle seat includes a pivot point that is configured for rotating generally horizontally from an inboard position to an outboard position. An extended seat track may extend within an interior of the vehicle between a front row and a rear row. The vehicle seat is movably attached to the extended seat track and is configured to move along the extended seat track between the front row and the rear row. The vehicle seat may also be configured to provide individualized comfort to the user. The lower seat cushion and the seatback each include a surface. A controller is configured to actuate the lower seat and the seatback to selectively change a contour of the respective surface to match contours of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Kolpasky, Wayne Manista, Mark Louis Kaski
  • Patent number: 7922249
    Abstract: A workstation for a user comprising a basis, an shaft pivoted on the basis, a seat pivoted on the shaft, a back rest connected to the shaft, at least one shaft piston connecting the basis to the shaft and at least one seat piston connecting the shaft to the seat. The shaft and the seat are arranged to allow a user to sit at the workstation. The at least one shaft piston and at least one seat piston are arranged to allow changing the position of the shaft and of the seat. The orientation of the shaft and the orientation of the seat are adjustable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Rafael Tal Marchand
  • Patent number: 7874614
    Abstract: A system for mounting writing tablets to armchairs includes a slide guide mounted inside the armrest of the armchair. The writing tablet is slidable on the slide guide between a concealed position inside the armrest and a projecting position outside the armrest. A support is rotatably attached to the armrest and includes an upper stop element that can be adjusted to ensure the writing tablet is horizontal when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Figueras International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: José Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7798072
    Abstract: A stowable table assembly comprising a hinge block, a tabletop, and a support carrying the tabletop. The support is pivotably attached to the hinge block for rotation about a hinge axis. The tabletop is thereby rotatable about the hinge axis between a use position and a stowing position. The tabletop is furthermore movable relative to the support. A releasable locking mechanism associated with the hinge block and the support prevents rotation of the tabletop unless the tabletop is in a predetermined position relative to the support. The locking mechanism is released in response to movement of the tabletop to the predetermined position thereby permitting the tabletop to be rotated toward its stowing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Becker Automotive Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard B. Becker, Ronald T. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7478868
    Abstract: The invention relates to an armchair tablet hinge system. According to the invention, the tablet (1) is mounted to an armrest of the armchair by means of a support (4), said support containing a hollow shaft (5). The end of the hollow shaft is provided with a head (6) to which the tablet (1) is articulated by means of a cam-shaped element (7). In addition, rod (10) is housed in the aforementioned shaft (5) and is pushed against the cam-shaped element (7) by means of a spring (11). Moreover, the end of the rod (10) can be inserted into a notch (13) in the cam (7) in order provisionally to block the rotation of the tablet (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Figureas International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7311354
    Abstract: A seat for aircraft provided with integrated components for the user's comfort includes an outboard armrest to which is mounted a folding table that is movable between a stowed position where it lies on top of the armrest to an operational position. The armrest also includes a monitor and other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: 3861589 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Brigitte Giasson
  • Patent number: 7306282
    Abstract: A table unit for seats in vehicles, especially airplane seats, includes a first table element (10) provided with the functions of a table, and a second table element (12) provided with at least one other table function. Both table elements (10, 12) can be rotated relative to each other about a first pivotal axis (14) by a hinge (18, 20), and can be fixed in a predetermined position. Various table functions can be integrated in a single table unit since both table elements (10, 12) can be rotated about a pivotal axis (16) by another joint (20, 22), and can be fixed in a predetermined position. The possible table surface and position thereof can be varied in such that certain table functions are protected and service personnel can have access to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Uwe Salzer, Hartmut Schürg