Sectional-unit Type Patents (Class 312/107)
  • Patent number: 10143307
    Abstract: A furniture system with reclining assembly is comprised of: (a) a modular furniture assembly and a reclining assembly. The recliner base of the recliner assembly remains within substantially the same footprint specifications as the modular furniture assembly in the non-reclined position. A passageway in the reclining assembly allows coupling to a slit in the modular furniture assembly. A recliner base mounted on a support surface comprises a housing and a footrest assembly that moves with respect to the housing. The footrest assembly selectively extends outwardly in a manner that the reclining mechanism is generally not visible from the sides or from the front of the footrest assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: THE LOVESAC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn Nelson, David Underwood, Brian Kuchler
  • Patent number: 10130172
    Abstract: An assembly includes a cabinet including an opening in a front face thereof and an apron-front sink coupled to the cabinet that includes a basin having a width that is less than a width of the opening, and an apron extending laterally between a first end and an opposite second end. The apron is positioned forward of the front face of the cabinet and the first and second ends of the apron extend beyond the opening to conceal the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10130173
    Abstract: A method of installing an apron-front sink to a cabinet includes inserting a portion of an apron-front sink through an opening in a front panel of a cabinet. The apron-front sink has an apron that is wider than the opening and conceals edges of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10125481
    Abstract: A kitchen sink and cabinet assembly includes an apron-front sink including at least one basin and an apron positioned forward of the at least one basin and a standard cabinet base that includes a front wall. A first side wall and a second side wall are coupled to the front wall, and the first and second side walls each have a height of approximately 34.5 inches and are separated from each other by a distance selected from the group consisting of approximately 30, 33, and 36 inches. The cabinet includes a drawer opening located in the front wall above a door. The apron extends in front of the front wall of the cabinet and is wider than the drawer opening such that the drawer opening is concealed by the apron when the apron is installed on the standard cabinet base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10123621
    Abstract: A furniture system with a reclining assembly including a modular furniture assembly and a reclining assembly. A passageway in the reclining assembly allows coupling to a slit in the modular furniture assembly with a coupler. The reclining assembly includes a housing and a footrest assembly that moves with respect to the housing. An additional base can be coupled to the front end of the footrest assembly, with one or more (e.g., two) sled rails mounted on an underside of the additional base, such that the additional base slides on the sled rails as the footrest assembly moves from the compressed non-reclined position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE LOVESAC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn Nelson, David Underwood, Brian Kuchler
  • Patent number: 10098455
    Abstract: A method of installing an under-mount apron-front sink to a cabinet includes placing an under-mount apron-front sink onto a portion of the cabinet, wherein the under-mount apron-front sink extends through an opening disposed in a front wall of the cabinet and sliding the under-mount apron-front sink in a rearward direction through the opening until a front apron of the sink engages the front wall of the cabinet, wherein the front apron comprises a left end and a right end. A lateral distance between the left end and the right end of the front apron is greater than a lateral width of the opening of the cabinet such that the front apron at least partially overlaps the opening such that the opening is not visible with the sink installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10092097
    Abstract: An assembly includes a cabinet including a front face and an opening in the front face that is defined at least in part by two vertical cut lines and a horizontal cut line that extends between the two vertical cut lines. The assembly also includes a sink coupled to the cabinet, the sink including a basin and an apron coupled to the basin and located forward of the basin to provide a front surface of the sink. The apron has a lateral width that is wider than the opening such that ends of the apron overlap the two vertical cut lines to conceal the vertical cut lines on the front face of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10085556
    Abstract: A drawer cabinet has an adjustable drawer assembly mode. The drawer cabinet includes a cabinet body (10) and at least one drawer unit (20). The cabinet body (10) includes a rectangular receiving space (11) and at least one opening (12) in communication with the receiving space (11). Each of four corners of the receiving space (11) is combined with a slide rail (30). Each of the slide rails (30) includes a sliding channel (32) that faces the receiving space (11) and section shapes of which are symmetrical relative to an angular bisector. The drawer unit (20) is slidably combined with the receiving space (11), and an upper edge or a lower edge of two sides of the drawer unit (20) is at least provided with a pair of connection units (40). Each of the connection units (40) is slidably combined with the corresponding slide rail (30) and is provided with a sliding rod (41) that matches the sliding channel (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Li-Chen Chien, Hsiu-Yi Chien
  • Patent number: 10039380
    Abstract: A modular locker system can include a locker base, a locker tower, and a modular locker. The modular locker system allows different sized modular lockers to be interchanged to achieve a number of modular locker configurations. The contents of the modular lockers can be accessed by inputting a code to unlock a door included in the modular locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Vending Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pitts, Nathan Guffey, William Ott, Dustin Norvell, Woody Akalu, Jon Crowe, David R Sutton, Tyler G Sutton
  • Patent number: 10016056
    Abstract: A customizable organizational and internal communications system comprises several interconnected modules, wherein the modules therein can be firmly interlocked and easily interchanged. The organizational system comprises multiple rectangular modules having longitudinal channels at all corners, each module being formed by four rectangular panels having alternating rectangular crenellations and rectangular recesses which are inversely configured on two opposite edges; multiple interlocking pins having a shape which is fitted into hollow space defined by the corner channels of adjacent modules so as to keep them from moving apart; and an optional rectangular box frame surrounding the assembly of multiple rectangular modules. Accessory panels having various functions, such as calendar, key holder, can be inserted in each module to provide for desired functionality customized by the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jordan Michael Sklansky
  • Patent number: 10012430
    Abstract: For the purpose of providing a home appliance device with improved characteristics regarding user convenience, a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed with at least one bridging unit which is configured for bridging at least one gap between at least one appliance body and at least one part of a piece of furniture, the bridging unit comprising at least one first bridging element and at least one second bridging element that at least partly engages into the first bridging element in at least one assembled state. The second bridging element includes at least one flexible connecting link that is guided in at least one at least sectionally curved guiding slot of the first bridging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Yigit Akalan, Muharrem Uemit Caglin, Ercan Engin
  • Patent number: 10010170
    Abstract: The invention provides a modular storage system (1), comprising a plurality of box-shaped structural units(2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14), one or more of which are storage units used for storage, and each structural unit having front and back faces and left, right, top and bottom sides, wherein: the box-shaped structural units (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14) are laterally attachable to each other side-by-side through attachment points (30,31,32,33,74,79,97,99) on the left and right sides, thereby to construct a joined structure of at least two of the structural units; and one or more of the box-shaped structural units are reversible structural units, in which the corresponding attachment points are positioned and shaped so that the reversible structural unit is attachable in the lateral side-by-side attachment so that the corresponding front faces of adjacent joined structural units are oriented either in one direction or in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Planex Design Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Leo Ryner, Jean-Pierre Jardel
  • Patent number: 10000161
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a box, a plate and a compartment. The box is attached to a cab at a headboard and includes two sidewalls extending perpendicularly from the headboard and a bed. The plate is secured to either of the sidewalls and defines a groove keyed to receive a cleat configured to lock within the groove. The compartment is locked to the sidewall via the cleat and has an insert configured to slide out of the compartment, parallel to the sidewall on a track and roller. The insert includes a lock to maintain a position of the insert within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Patent number: 9945147
    Abstract: A modular crypt structure comprising a frame, a module insert defining a chamber and a closure panel and methods of constructing the same are disclosed. The chamber functions as a crypt module and is adapted to receive bodily remains or portions thereof. The chamber is closed by attaching a closure panel, such as a stone crypt front to the frame, thereby encapsulating bodily remains The modular crypt structure may comprise a plurality of chambers, thereby providing a plurality of crypt modules, and the frame may comprise a plurality of horizontal bars and a plurality of vertical bars. A method of constructing a modular crypt structure comprises erecting a frame, providing at least one module insert, configuring the insert to define a chamber adapted to receive bodily remains, and closing the crypt module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Bridgeman, Charles T. Young
  • Patent number: 9902111
    Abstract: An overlay applicator can include an overlay with a top side and a bottom side. The bottom side can include an adhesive agent configured to adhere to a screen of an electronic device. The overlay applicator can include an adhesive release liner. The adhesive release liner can include a top side and a bottom side. The top side of the adhesive release liner can be removably attached to the bottom side of the overlay. The adhesive release liner can be configured to protect the adhesive agent at the bottom side of the overlay from contaminants. The overlay applicator can include a protective film removably attached to the top side of the overlay. The overlay applicator can include an alignment tab. The alignment tab can include an alignment mechanism. The overlay applicator further can include a pull tab. The pull can include a wiper. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Wadsworth, Eric Beaupre
  • Patent number: 9841221
    Abstract: An assembly includes an enclosure including an opening providing an access to an interior of the enclosure, a door configured to open or close the opening in the enclosure. The assembly also includes a drawer side assembly supported by the enclosure and coupled to the door to move the door at least in part between an open position and a closed position. The assembly further includes a joining member configured to adjustably couple the door to the drawer side assembly. The joining member includes one or more oversized apertures relative to corresponding fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Allen Dubina, Andrew D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9839289
    Abstract: A compartment divider assembly. The compartment divider assembly may comprise: a first divider having at least one dovetail groove and a divider support groove assembly, comprising: a first groove portion having a first dovetail portion and a second groove portion, having a second dovetail portion. The first dovetail portion may have a planar face sloping outwardly at a dovetail angle. The second dovetail portion may also have a planar face sloping outwardly at a dovetail angle. The first dovetail portion and said second dovetail portion together may form a male dovetail when combined, and the male dovetail may engage and secure onto the dovetail groove of the first divider. The compartment divider assembly may further comprise a corner coupler, comprising: two male dovetails, both of which may be adapted to slideably engage with a dovetail groove. The compartment divider assembly may also comprise an accessory holder for receiving an accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SIZABLE ENTERPRISES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Daniel Warren Stefan, Timothy Daniel Stefan
  • Patent number: 9781854
    Abstract: A second modular mount rack frame for storing devices is described herein. One mount rack frame can comprise two modular rigid support structures in which bolts reversibly insert to laterally increase or decrease the horizontal dimension available for a computer related device. Rigid modular support structures stack, align vertically, and mechanically attach to each other to increase storage in a vertical dimension. A second modular mount rack frame can also exhibit wheels or coasters so the entire frame can smoothly and easily move across a flat supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Gorgius L. Yousif
  • Patent number: 9713571
    Abstract: A spa cabinet construction system where horizontal panels on the sides are mounted with a horizontal clip strip that mates with horizontal snaps attached to vertical members, and where corner profiles are mounted with a vertical clip strips that mate with vertical snaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Mark McLane, Eric Hales
  • Patent number: 9681588
    Abstract: A data center can include at least one computing room, and at least one rack system disposed in the computing room. The rack system includes a rack housing and a plurality of computing devices mounted to the rack housing. The data center can further include a cooling system that includes at least one surface that is wetted with a liquid, and delivers source air across the at least one surface such that heat is transferred from the source air to the liquid so as to produce cold air. The cold air then flows into a cold air aisle and is received in the computing devices so as to cool the computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Eichelberg, Brock Robert Gardner, Alan Donald Gillooly
  • Patent number: 9615481
    Abstract: A modular mount rack frame for storing mounted devices is described herein. A first embodiment of a mount rack frame includes a modular rigid support structure with linearly aligned apertures into which screws can reversibly insert to support a mounted device. In a second embodiment, first and second support structures are stacked and aligned vertically, and they mechanically attach to each other. In this second embodiment, either the first support structure or the second support structure can support the other while contacting a flat horizontal surface. Both first and second embodiments can attach to a rack base for mobility across the flat horizontal surface. Each rigid support structure is also laterally adjustable in horizontal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Gorgius L. Yousif
  • Patent number: 9603448
    Abstract: A modular shelving system includes at least two elongate U-shaped members, wherein each of the elongate U-shaped members includes: an elongate body member; and first and second parallel elongate leg members extending transversely in the same direction away from opposing ends of the elongate body member with space between the first and second parallel leg members, wherein the length A of the elongate U-shaped member is equal to twice the height B of the first side of the elongate U-shaped member, plus twice the height C of the second side of the elongate U-shaped member, such that A=2B+2C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAC ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Nelson, David Underwood, Spencer Pearson, Justin Kruse
  • Patent number: 9481400
    Abstract: The floor of a vehicle has two planar extruded profiles, located one on top of the other and having opposing T-shaped ribs rotated through 90 degrees with respect to one another. T-shaped recesses are introduced into ribs of one profile, and crosspieces on T-shaped ribs of the opposite extruded profile engaging in an interlocking manner. The extruded profiles are pushed into one another for connection, and a foam is introduced beforehand into the cavities between the ribs. The foam is foamed up so that the two extruded profiles are connected in an adhesively bonded manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Matthias Herntier
  • Patent number: 9458643
    Abstract: A modular crypt structure comprising a frame, a module insert defining a chamber and a closure panel and methods of constructing the same are disclosed. The chamber functions as a crypt module and receives bodily remains or portions thereof. The chamber is closed by attaching a closure panel, such as a stone crypt front to the frame. The modular crypt frame may comprise a plurality of horizontal bars and a plurality of vertical bars. A method of constructing a modular crypt structure comprises erecting a frame, providing at least one module insert, configuring the insert to define a chamber adapted to receive bodily remains, and closing the crypt module. A modular crypt system including a niche side wall is also disclosed having a niche side wall frame, a niche insert defining a plurality of niches positioned within the frame, and a closure panel positioned on the niche side wall frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Matthews Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Young, Kenneth B. Bridgeman
  • Patent number: 9415504
    Abstract: A tool box unit contains: a body, at least one upper cover, at least one drawer, and a controlling mechanism. The body includes at least one first accommodating space defined therein; the at least one upper cover is rotatably fixed on an upper side of the body; the at least one drawer is slidably fixed in the at least one first accommodating space of the body and has at least one receiving portion for accommodating tools. The controlling mechanism includes at least one trench formed on two first side plates of the body, and each trench has a control member fixed therein and at least one hooking element rotatably connected with each side plate, the control member has at least one oblique push face for pushing the at least one hooking element to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9365321
    Abstract: A versatile storage bin structure includes a storage bin body. A receiving space, an upper opening coverable with an upper lid, and a lateral opening coverable with a right lateral lid are disposed at the storage bin body. A long groove is disposed beneath the lateral opening and communicates with a bottom space of the storage bin body. The bottom space has therein two rail grooves. Two tenons are disposed at two ends of the bottom edge of the right lateral lid, respectively, and inserted into the space defined by the rail grooves and the long groove. The right lateral lid can be pushed into the long groove for concealment. The first and second fasteners are disposed at the right lateral lid and the left lateral face, respectively, to fasten the upper lid. A frame-like rib is disposed on the upper lid to stack and elevate the storage bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Shuter Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yira Wu
  • Patent number: 9267624
    Abstract: A bracket stores and separates conduits. The bracket includes two interchangeable halves having an engagement extrusion extending from an inner face. Each half has a corresponding receptive slot disposed in the inner face. The bracket half includes at least one conduit receptive channel defined in the inner face. The halves align and engage when each half's extrusion is inserted into the other half's slot. The channels align to secure a conduit therein. The engagement portions define a dovetail and socket engagement. At least two stages of securement may be provided. Securement may comprise snap fit, sliding or other methods. A first, temporary stage of engagement initially joins the halves, adjustably and releasably retaining the halves and the conduits together. The second and subsequent stages of engagement are tighter engagements between the tail and socket, achieved by applying more pressing force to the halves or inserting a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Layne Railsback, Walker Bolger, Donald R. Gilbreath, Jeffrey David Payne
  • Patent number: 9255936
    Abstract: A storage cassette including a plurality of generally vertical compartments for storing sample tube racks and/or SBS formatted plates is constructed to be flexible along its substantially vertical axis thereby facilitating reliable robotic placement and retrieval of the cassette from nesting tubes located within a horizontal freezer compartment. Insulated walls and solid shelves minimize heat transfer from storage racks or plates placed in the storage cassette when the cassette is removed from an ultra-low temperature or cryogenic freezer. The outer walls of the cassette includes mechanical indexing locations to ensure appropriate positioning when robotically removing storage racks or plates from the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Storage Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Hunt, Julian Warhurst, Bruce Zandi, Robert Cloutier
  • Patent number: 9249598
    Abstract: A modular crypt structure comprising a frame, a module insert defining a chamber and a closure panel and methods of constructing the same are disclosed. The chamber functions as a crypt module and is adapted to receive bodily remains or portions thereof. The chamber is closed by attaching a closure panel, such as a stone crypt front to the frame, thereby encapsulating bodily remains. The modular crypt structure may comprise a plurality of chambers, thereby providing a plurality of crypt modules, and the frame may comprise a plurality of horizontal bars and a plurality of vertical bars. A method of constructing a modular crypt structure comprises erecting a frame, providing at least one module insert, configuring the insert to define a chamber adapted to receive bodily remains, and closing the crypt module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: MATTHEWS RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Bridgeman, Charles T. Young
  • Patent number: 9144305
    Abstract: The storage assembly includes a lower housing that is positionable on a support surface. The lower housing insertably receives a shelving unit. The shelving unit stands within the lower housing. An upper housing is positionable on the lower housing. The upper housing encompasses the shelving unit. The upper housing is open so the shelving unit is accessible. A door is operationally coupled to the upper housing. The door closes the upper housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9113704
    Abstract: A method of making a locker (10) uses a cabinet (20) having a rear wall, a top (24), a base and opposed side walls (22). The side walls defining support means (40) for supporting and preferably engaging the side edges of a shelf or cabinet divider, projecting into the cabinet. The cabinet (20) is configured to receive a door (12, 14, 16) mounted to one side of the cabinet by means of a hinge arrangement. The hinge arrangement includes one or more knuckles (30) defined on the door, and a series of projections (32) extending along the one side of the cabinet, spaces being defined between the projections (32) for receiving a knuckle (30) of a door therebetween. The support means (40) are defined adjacent the projections (32) and between the recesses moulded. The cabinet is moulded with a closed front face and the front face is selectively removed to define one or more apertures. Next one or more dividers or shelves is/are inserted into the cabinet as required and one or more doors are attached to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: FSP HOLDINGS PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Stephan Hewitt
  • Patent number: 9095212
    Abstract: A storage case includes a frame, a top plate, and a drawer. The top plate covers an open upper side of the frame. The drawer is movable through an open front side of the frame. A bottom plate of the frame includes grooved rails and guide walls. The grooved rails are formed at left and right sides of the bottom plate. The guide walls are formed at left and right sides of the inner surface of the bottom plate so that the left and right side plates of the drawer are slidable along the guide walls. The drawer includes guide projections formed at rear left and right sides of the bottom plate. The guide projections are fitted to the grooved rails so that the guide projections are movable along the grooved rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SHINWA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunobu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9080344
    Abstract: A modular crypt structure comprising a frame, a module insert defining a chamber and a closure panel and methods of constructing the same are disclosed. The chamber functions as a crypt module and receives bodily remains or portions thereof. The chamber is closed by attaching a closure panel, such as a stone crypt front to the frame. The modular crypt frame may comprise a plurality of horizontal bars and a plurality of vertical bars. A method of constructing a modular crypt structure comprises erecting a frame, providing at least one module insert, configuring the insert to define a chamber adapted to receive bodily remains, and closing the crypt module. A modular crypt system including a niche side wall is also disclosed having a niche side wall frame, a niche insert defining a plurality of niches positioned within the frame, and a closure panel positioned on the niche side wall frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MATTHEWS RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles T. Young, Kennth B. Bridgeman
  • Patent number: 8714355
    Abstract: A container system includes a plurality of containers, a plurality of container receiving regions, a plurality of base unit latches, and a base unit. Each base unit latch is arranged to latch an associated one of the containers at least partially within an associated one of the container receiving regions. The containers may be transported separately from the base unit, and may be used to store tools and other accessories. In one embodiment of the container system, each base unit latch comprises a resilient latch member connected to the base unit. The resilient latch member is biased into a lock position to engage a lock engagement portion on an associated one of the containers. The resilient latch member may be movable against the bias to a release position wherein the associated container is able to be removed from the associated container receiving region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Jin Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 8695795
    Abstract: A system used for organizing, storing, and transporting multimedia and related paperwork for use by, for example, a disc jockey. The interconnectable, portable container-system includes a box, with a top, bottom, back and two sides. It further includes accessories such as a large divider, and drawers and may be further divided by a small divider and mini dividers according to user's intended application of use. Boxes can be inter-connected for efficient storage and portability using the system described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jason W. Huber
  • Patent number: 8679425
    Abstract: A reagent container set is disclosed which comprises: a first reagent container for accommodating a first reagent to be used in a sample analyzer, the top part of the first reagent container having a first aspiration opening for inserting a first reagent aspirating tube to aspirate the first reagent; a waste fluid container for accommodating the first reagent used in the sample analyzer as a waste fluid, the top of the waste fluid container having a discharge opening for inserting a waste fluid discharging tube to discharge the waste fluid into the waste fluid container; a box for accommodating the first reagent container and the waste fluid container; and a container holding member for holding the first reagent container and the waste fluid container so that the first aspiration opening and the discharge opening are disposed at predetermined positions, the container holding member being maintained at a predetermined position within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Sachiko Ueda, Yusuke Mori, Hiroyuki Ohashi, Yuji Itose, Kinya Uchihashi, Yoichi Nakamura, Kohei Sugitani
  • Patent number: 8677704
    Abstract: Designed for office interior environments and layouts, there is provided a module wall system that comprises a module having a number of cavities and opposite cavities. The modules may include board plates, lateral plates, cover plates, and internal rails that are built to accommodate cables and utilities. The internal rails may be posted throughout the length of such modules and may interconnect with columns. The cavities may have cover plates positioned conveniently to form a structural, functional and decorative composition. The modules are interconnected, structured and fixed with the columns, which can be posted vertically and sitting on feet, to provide better stability. The columns are hollow and fitted with removable column cover for access to wiring or complementary accommodation of decorative objects. Modules may form various convenient work areas or cubicle layouts with functional and aesthetic environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Luciano Trindade de Sousa Monteiro
  • Publication number: 20140049141
    Abstract: A modular furniture system is described. The system includes a base component having a cavity and at least one base connector, at least one flexible side panel adapted to connect to the base component, each flexible side panel including at least one first connecting region adapted to be secured to the cavity of the base component and at least one second connecting region, a top support component comprising a cavity adapted to be secured to the at least one second connecting region, and a lid adapted to be coupled to the top support component. A modular furniture device is also described. The device includes a base component and top support component, each with at least one cavity and multiple slots, and at least one side panel. Each side panel includes multiple connecting regions with tabs able to be connected to slots included in the base or top support component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Gita J. Patel, Jitendra S. Patel
  • Publication number: 20140021834
    Abstract: An island merchandiser including a first merchandiser module, a second merchandiser module, and a single, unitary base. The first merchandiser module includes a first case defining a first product display area that is maintained within a predetermined temperature range below approximately 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The second merchandiser module is positioned next to the first merchandiser module, and includes a second case defining a second product display area The second merchandiser module is positioned so that a rear wall of the second case is in communication with a rear wall of the first case so that the first and second merchandiser modules are positioned in a back-to-back relationship. The unitary base is positioned to at least partially support each of the first and second merchandiser modules relative to a support surface. The module defined by the second merchandiser module is different from the module defined by the first merchandiser module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Moisses Navarro, Diego Wood, Raymond P. Twohy, Kevin A. Moody, Michael A. Gillett, Anand Ganesh Rajagopalan, Robert Mullen, Al Arrosagaray
  • Patent number: 8616982
    Abstract: A gaming terminal for conducting a wagering game includes a main body having a cabinet door and a top box positioned above the main body. The cabinet door has a closed position and an open position. The top box includes a crown that is moveable from a first position that prohibits access to the top box to a second position that provides access to the top box. The gaming terminal further includes a latching assembly for securing and releasing the crown. The latching assembly is configured to release the crown in response to the cabinet door being in the open position so as to permit movement of the crown from the first position to the second position. The latching assembly is further configured to secure the crown in response to the crown being moved from the second position to the first position when the cabinet door is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob C. Greenberg, Bradley D. Cornell
  • Patent number: 8573716
    Abstract: A storage shell includes a plurality of sidewalls to collectively define a chamber therebetween. A first sidewall defines a panel and a track. The panel defines an outer perimeter edge, an exterior surface, and holes extending through the panel. The track is coupled to the panel and includes a first rib and a second rib each extending from the exterior surface. The first rib is positioned inside the outer perimeter edge. The second rib is concentric with and shaped similarly to the first rib. The first rib and the second rib each separately border each one of the holes where each of the holes is formed between the first rib and the second rib. Related storage and organization systems, accessories and methods are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Zalewski
  • Publication number: 20130229094
    Abstract: A modular desk includes a first module, such as a file cart, a second module, such as a storage cabinet, and a bridge extending between the modules. An access opening is defined below the bridge and between the modules, and a desk chair may fit into the access opening. A hinge joins one side of the bridge to one of the modules for pivotal movement. One, or more, pin(s), on the underside of the bridge, remote from the hinge, fit selectively into sockets on the other module to lock the modules together. However, the bridge can be pivoted, so that the modules may be shifted relative to one another into different configurations of a desk. Stabilizers are located within a recess at the upper end of one of the modules, and are manually withdrawn beyond the top surface of the module to support the expanse of the bridge without tilting, thereby forming a continuous, unbroken work surface for the desk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Enrico R. RACCAH
  • Publication number: 20130221813
    Abstract: The invention describes a cabinet profile of a cabinet, in particular a switchgear cabinet profile of a switchgear cabinet. The cabinet profile comprises an elongate metal hollow profile which has a plurality of wall sections, which adjoin one another, in the circumferential direction, wherein one or more openings are formed at least in some of the wall sections. The one or more openings are formed at least in a wall section which faces the outer face of the cabinet when the cabinet profile is in the mounted state, wherein at least a portion of the one or more openings is covered by at least one plastic cover which is connected to the hollow profile. The invention also describes a cabinet, in particular a switchgear cabinet, having at least one horizontally running cabinet profile of this kind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Protektorwerk Florenz Maisch GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christof Maisch
  • Patent number: 8511293
    Abstract: A modular outdoor kitchen comprises a plurality of weather-resistant outdoor kitchen modules. Each module comprises a frame having a plurality of outer faces. The modules are releasably connected together in mating arrangement. A plurality of weather-resistant fascia panels are provided on at least a portion of the pluralities of outer faces of the frames. Each fascia panel includes at least one exterior surface that simulates the appearance of an outdoor building material. The modular outdoor kitchen substantially has the appearance of a built-in outdoor kitchen that is substantially constructed of the outdoor building material when the plurality of outdoor kitchen modules are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Mediumrare, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Charles Thompson, Bruce Douglas Spangrud
  • Patent number: 8485613
    Abstract: A cabinet having a concealed gun rack is five-sided with a five-sided top panel. One (1) of the sides is a pivoting door. A pivoting mirrored structure is inside the cabinet and behind the door. When closed, mirrors obscure the depth of the cabinet. When open the mirrored structure allows access to a gun rack. Shelves attached to the mirrored structure can hold user selected objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel W. Steffen, Darin M. Steffen
  • Publication number: 20130134842
    Abstract: A modular shelving system may include a plurality of configurable components and methods of forming configuration assemblies from such components. The configuration assemblies of the modular shelving system may be paired with and coupled to other shelving units and/or furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Kassanoff, Robert Larry Stewart, James Battley
  • Patent number: 8414092
    Abstract: A storage shell includes sidewalls and rails. The sidewalls each extend between two others of the sidewalls to collectively define a chamber therebetween. The sidewalls create a plurality of intersection lines each being defined along a boundary between two of the plurality of sidewalls. The plurality of are rails each coupled to and radially extends away from a different corresponding one of the plurality of intersection lines relative to a center of the storage shell. Each of the plurality of rails is formed with a Y-shaped cross-section. Related storage and organization systems, and methods are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Zalewski, Dirk Ahlgrim, Monica Kuznik, Samuel Palmer, Gretchen Wustrack
  • Publication number: 20130076214
    Abstract: A modular integrated galley in a passenger vehicle, including a mounting rack in the form of a vertical wall including upper, middle and lower storage areas, at least one storage slot extending laterally between the middle and lower storage areas for storing a work surface therein, and a latch for ejecting the work surface at least partially from the slot into a position for being further extended into a fully deployed position by a user. An elongate hinge that extends vertically along a mounted edge of the doors and is adapted for allowing the door to move 180 degrees of travel between its closed and open positions is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Earl Chamberlin, Erik Eivind Sutton Nilsen, Mark Hacker, William David Noble, James Brian Hauser
  • Publication number: 20130069498
    Abstract: A storage system comprising: a cartridge, said cartridge including an upright having mounted to one side a plurality of guide blocks; a plurality of first drawer information means for providing information on at least one of position and movement of respective drawers; and a plurality of latch mechanisms, said system further comprising a plurality of drawers, each said drawer including: guide block engaging means extending in a depth direction of the drawer and mounting a first side of the drawer adjacent a respective guide block; second drawer information means disposed adjacent the first drawer information means; and at least one stop on the first side of the drawer for engaging with a said latch mechanism, wherein the latch mechanisms are electronically controllable, whereby access to the drawers can be controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffery Morgan, Christopher Iain Clark, Christopher Marriott, Michael Guppy
  • Publication number: 20130051080
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly for providing electrical power to an electrical device. The assembly includes a receptacle including an electrical connector for connection to a power supply, a length of an electrical cable that is contained within the receptacle and that is coupled to the electric connector, wherein the length of electrical cable is retractably extendable from within the receptacle. In an embodiment, the electrical cable is electrically connectable to a mains power supply to transmit electrical power from the supply to one or more electrical connectors mounted to the receptacle. In another embodiment, the assembly includes a releasably connectable power distribution board and in another embodiment the assembly includes a releasably connectable light emitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: DEMAIN TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD
    Inventors: Benjamin Luke VAN DER LINDE, David Leigh SCRIMSHAW, Paul Francis CONNOR, Paul MILLER, Ben EYERS, Sion NETZLER, Lucas LASTMAN