Knockdown Patents (Class 312/108)
  • Patent number: 10131312
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas. The module is mounted on an inboard side of a second vehicle seat located adjacent to the vehicle seat containing the occupant. The cushion is configured to inflate into a position between the seats and includes a forward inflatable chamber that is a larger volume than a rearward inflatable chamber. The forward chamber extends vertically from the bottom of the vehicle seat to a position suitable to receive impact from the head of the occupant in the event of a far-side crash event. The rearward inflatable chamber is configured to deploy into a position inboard of the vehicle seats. The forward and rearward inflatable chambers are separated by a cleft that opens toward the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Richard Andrew Wiik, Russell Joseph Mihm
  • Patent number: 9867482
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for storage containers that may be used with a storage assembly. The storage assembly can include a shelf system and multiple containers. The shelf system can include multiple shelves, where a shelf includes multiple holes. Each container can include multiple slots and multiple tabs. The tabs of one container can be configured to be inserted through the holes of a shelf into the slots of another container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Ikeno, Shigeo Eikawa, Shigeo Ochida
  • Patent number: 9826828
    Abstract: A cabinet that hangs on a wall and directs forces in such a manner so as to provide a stronger assembly. The cabinet includes a front frame, joinery, and a plurality of panels. The joinery attaches some of the plurality of panels to each other and to the front frame, and directs the forces from the some of the plurality of panels to the front frame so as to provide the stronger assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: David E. Vaughan, Jr., David Packard
  • Patent number: 9518747
    Abstract: An air conditioner having an improved assembly structure of panels includes a lower panel located at a bottom surface thereof, an upper panel located at an upper surface thereof, front and rear panels located at front and rear surfaces thereof, and side panels to couple the front and rear panels. One side of each of the lower panel and at least one panel is provided with a protrusion and the other side thereof is provided with a coupling groove, so that the lower panel is coupled to at least one of the front panel and the side panels by coupling of the protrusion and the coupling groove. It may be possible to provide an air conditioner capable of reducing the number of fastening members coupled to respective panels and being free from restraint of an installation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wook Jin Lee, Ah Jung Joo, Yong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9456688
    Abstract: A modular storage of modular storage units defined by plural hollow elongate support members having longitudinal ends including apertures into which vertical connection members can be inserted to connect adjacent modules. The inserts may be of a predetermined length to connect two horizontally adjacent modules or a length twice the predetermined length to connect two horizontally adjacent modules. For vertically and horizontally connected modules, double-headed dowel pins can be inserted in a U-shaped channel of the connection members that rigidly and securely retain the modules connected to each other so as to enable the configuration to present a stable work surface. A second type of connection member can be used to provide for an end connection at a top or bottom of the configuration, enabling a hook to hold onto the adjacent hollow tubular member and/or to provide for insertion of a caster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: KMC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Moyer
  • Patent number: 9392708
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a plurality of modular construction units that connect together to at least partially define an internal compartment of the enclosure. Each construction unit includes a wall segment extending a length from a corner end to a free end, and a corner segment extending outward from the corner end of the wall segment. The corner segment is integrally formed with the wall segment. The corner segment includes a receiver socket that is configured to receive the free end of another corresponding construction unit therein to connect the construction units together. The construction units connect together one after the other with a chasing symmetry to define the internal compartment of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce R. Conway, Hyo Chang Yun, Peter J. Dutton, Thomas D. Ratzlaff, Paul Craig Tally, James O'Keeffe, Erling Hansen
  • Patent number: 9382038
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a plurality of modular corner segments and a plurality of modular wall segments that connect together to at least partially define an internal compartment of the enclosure. The wall segments extending lengths between opposite free ends. At least a majority of the wall segments are fabricated from a polymer. Each corner segment includes opposite first and second receiver sockets that are each configured to receive a corresponding free end of a corresponding wall segment therein to connect the corner segment to the corresponding wall segments. At least a majority of the corner segments are fabricated from a polymer. The corner segments and the wall segments connect together to define the internal compartment of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce R. Conway, Hyo Chang Yun, Peter J. Dutton, Thomas D. Ratzlaff, Paul Craig Tally, James O'Keeffe, Erling Hansen
  • Patent number: 9326413
    Abstract: A modular storage system and method, a module and a method of making the same include a top panel and a bottom panel, each of the top panel and bottom panel comprising first and second opposed edges, and first and second side members. Each of the first and second side members comprises: a top edge and a bottom edge, the top edges of the first and second side members being attached to the opposed edges of the top panel, and the bottom edges of the first and second side members being attached to the opposed edges of the bottom panel; and a longitudinal attachment feature running along a length of the side member along a longitudinal axis of the side member, longitudinal attachment features of first and second modules enabling coupling together of the first and second modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: ULTRAFRAME HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Barrett W. Franklin
  • Publication number: 20150108880
    Abstract: A modular furniture system that allows modular furniture units to be assembled from a set of boxes is provided. Each box includes a pattern of recesses on one or more panels. The pattern of recesses is configured to accept one or more pegs, and to align with a corresponding pattern of recesses on a neighboring box. The pegs cause the neighboring boxes to be in alignment as selected by a customer. In some embodiments, each box is substantially cube-shaped, or has dimensions that are multiples of other boxes that are cube-shaped. In some embodiments, one or more boxes are tapered to form isosceles trapezoidal prisms instead of cubes, thus causing a curve to be formed when such boxes are aligned with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Stewart Chung
  • Patent number: 8955928
    Abstract: A joining connector is provided which can be fitted by the turning part of the frame bar of the shelf board. The joining connector includes a base plate having inner and outer sides. Recessed joining parts are formed on the outer side and define a vertical and a horizontal wall. The vertical wall and horizontal wall can match the outer edge of the turning part of the frame bar. Limiting projections are formed on the outer side of the base plate in a preset concrete shape, and located on a position between but spaced from the vertical and horizontal walls of the recessed joining part, so that the turning part of the frame bar can be pushed and fitted into the recessed joining part from the direction of the outer side of the base plate, and the limiting projection can correspondingly limit the inner edge of the turning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Donido Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Lung Cheng
  • Patent number: 8944532
    Abstract: A modular apparatus is composed of a plurality of modules obtained from molding plastic materials and adapted to be combined at the user's discretion in order to obtain pieces of furniture with different shapes and dimensions, preferably wardrobes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Sergio Tontarelli
  • Patent number: 8926029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a framework for supporting pieces of work station equipment, and in particular to a console structure for supporting electronic equipment such as computers, video displays, control panels and the like. The present disclosure provides a console structure generally comprising a cabinet structure and a support structure. The cabinet structure generally defines an interior space for receiving equipment, whereas the support structure is typically disposed at the back side of the cabinet and extends above the cabinet for supporting equipment on the exterior of the cabinet. In at least one embodiment, the console has reduced dimensions to provide enhanced downward sightlines over the console. Furthermore, in at lease one embodiment, the interior dimensions of the cabinet structure are maximized by providing a cabinet frame comprised of one or more compact frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Evans Consoles Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Han, Shannon Lundrigan, Matko Papic
  • Patent number: 8894160
    Abstract: A modular display having a front panel, a plurality of side panels, a rear panel, a first engagement member and a second engagement member is disclosed. A plurality of modular displays may be joined together by juxtaposing or superposing the various first engagement members and second engagement members of the plurality of modular displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Christy Vault Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Christensen
  • Patent number: 8814286
    Abstract: A cold storage unit includes a side access storage rack for holding storage boxes. The storage rack includes a housing with a top wall, a bottom wall, and a rear side wall extending between the top and bottom walls to define a storage space. The storage rack also includes a plurality of vertical dividers extending from the rear side wall and a horizontal shelf configured to be engaged with the plurality of vertical dividers to split the storage space into a grid of box receptacles for the storage boxes. The horizontal shelf includes an angled front portion that is bent and is configured to frictionally engage divider slots in the vertical dividers to thereby hold the horizontal shelf in position with respect to the housing. This frictional engagement simplifies manufacturing and improves the functionality of the storage rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific (Asheville) LLC
    Inventors: Dennis D. Ward, John P. Hutchinson, Brian E. Schott
  • Patent number: 8733851
    Abstract: A modular furniture system is provided. The system includes surface members, junctions, and connectors. Each connector has two engagement portions. The surface members and junctions each include one or more channels for receiving a connector, the channels are shaped to slidingly attach with an engagement portion of a connector. The channels are positioned so that the connectors being used to interconnect a surface member to a junction or a surface member to another surface member to assemble the modular furniture system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: David W. Lee
  • Patent number: 8708433
    Abstract: A storage system includes a shell having a plurality of walls and a plurality of rails. The plurality of walls are coupled to one another to form a storage chamber therebetween and to define a plurality of intersection edges. Each of the plurality of intersection edges is formed at a corresponding boundary of two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. The plurality of rails each extend outwardly from a corresponding one of the plurality of intersection edges with an angled orientation relative to each of the two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. A cross-sectional thickness of each of the plurality of rails increases as each of the plurality of rails extends away from one of the plurality of intersection edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Ahlgrim, Douglas Dayton, Angie Kim, Monica Kuznik, Samuel Palmer, David Weissburg, Gretchen Wustrack
  • Patent number: 8641155
    Abstract: A modular furniture system is provided. The system includes surface members, junctions, and connectors. Each connector has two engagement portions. The surface members and junctions each include one or more channels for receiving a connector, the channels are shaped to slidingly attach with an engagement portion of a connector. The channels are positioned so that the connectors being used to interconnect a surface member to a junction or a surface member to another surface member to assemble the modular furniture system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: David Lee
  • Patent number: 8622489
    Abstract: A front panel, a pair of side panels, a top panel, and a bottom panel connect to form a cabinet. Optionally, the cabinet includes a rear panel. The front panel includes a pair of master keyways. Each of side panels has a groove and a pair of side keyways. Each groove provides the side panel with an edge profile that connects with one master keyway to couple the side panels with the front panel. Each of top and bottom panels includes a pair of grooves. Each groove provides top and bottom panels with an edge profile that connects with one side keyway to couple the top and bottom panels with the side panels. Optionally, one of the top or bottom panels includes an extender and the front panel includes a groove wherein the extender is received within the groove to limit movement of the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: InSourcing Specialists, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip C. Crabtree, II
  • Patent number: 8579388
    Abstract: Furniture with compartments housing drawers and/or baskets and/or wing doors and consisting of a lower frame, rear frame, upper frame, and lateral sides, characterised in that said lower frame consists of a lower front and lower rear section connected using orthogonally placed lower side sections, said rear frame consists of an upper rear and a lower rear crosspiece connected using orthogonally placed side stanchions, said upper frame consists of an upper front crosspiece on which upper side crosspieces are fixed, said lower side sections, said side stanchions, and said upper side crosspieces including seats intended to house by means of insertion said lateral sides, said lateral sides being fixed on the lower side using fixing means inserted in holes on the lower side and using blocking means, said lateral sides being fixed on the upper part using at least one fixing means inserted in an upper hole and blocking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Valcucine S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Centazzo, Massimo Graffeo
  • Patent number: 8567879
    Abstract: Cabinets adapted for non-level garage floors and out-of-plumb garage walls with leveling controls operated from inside each cabinet. The cabinets have in common that they are attachable to a garage wall and each has at least one adjustment panel forming a part of the back of the cabinet. Each adjustment panel has a hand screw for extending behind the cabinet to engage the wall to provide back-to-front leveling and to prevent installation of fasteners, such as screws, from pulling the cabinet closer to the wall during installation. Each adjustment panel also has horizontal slots in a staggered arrangement in two horizontal rows for receiving fasteners. Floor-standing cabinets have feet that are adjustable from inside the cabinet. Wall-hanging cabinets have a top bracket that provides side-to-side leveling form inside. Floor-standing cabinets are modular and stackable, using an included adapter and door-handle coupler to enable stacked cabinet doors to open as one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Keith Carter, William Basore
  • Publication number: 20130221814
    Abstract: A storage system includes a shell having a plurality of walls and a plurality of rails. The plurality of walls are coupled to one another to form a storage chamber therebetween and to define a plurality of intersection edges. Each of the plurality of intersection edges is formed at a corresponding boundary of two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. The plurality of rails each extend outwardly from a corresponding one of the plurality of intersection edges with an angled orientation relative to each of the two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. A cross-sectional thickness of each of the plurality of rails increases as each of the plurality of rails extends away from one of the plurality of intersection edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8434838
    Abstract: The individual locker assembly for refrigerators is intended for use in the workplace to permit employees to secure their perishable foods and beverages for lunches and snacks. The locker assembly is also suitable for installation in refrigerator units in medical offices and the like for the secure storage of controlled medications and the like that must be refrigerated. The locker assembly is assembled from top, bottom, side, and rear panels, and a series of intermediate shelves and dividers installed therein defining a plurality of individual storage compartments. Vertical panels include spring-biased pins that engage mating holes provided in the upper and lower interior panels of the refrigeration unit, to secure the assembly in place. Each compartment has its own lockable door. The locks may be combination units, key locks, external hasps and padlocks, or other lock types as desired. Integral locks may include provision for coin operation, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Zabbatino
  • Patent number: 8424512
    Abstract: A modular range system and method utilizes a plurality of base units and a plurality of top units that may be assembled in numerous configurations to achieve a variety of range unit configurations. The top units may be preassembled with specific cooking system types prior to mounting onto the base units. Preassembled top units may each include a laterally extending gas manifold that can be coupled together upon range assembly to form a common, laterally extending gas manifold for the overall range unit. Range unit configurations are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: ITW Food Equipment Group LLC
    Inventor: Stan Dettloff
  • Publication number: 20130057125
    Abstract: A multifunctional storage box includes an elementary unit composed of two horizontal boards, two vertical boards, and inlaid members inlaid in an end of the elementary unit. Each of the vertical boards comprises first and second board segments connected to each other by a movable connection member. Each of the horizontal and vertical boards has an end forming a groove. Holes are formed in the grooves. The horizontal and vertical boards also form locking holes in communication with the holes. Each of the inlaid members is of a T-shape and has pins each having a retention section. The pins are respectively fit in the holes of the horizontal boards and the vertical boards. Positioning elements are respectively screwed into the locking holes to engage and couple the retention sections of the pin so as to fix the boards together to form a piece of furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: PEI-CHUAN MA
  • Patent number: 8388073
    Abstract: Modular storage units that can be assembled without additional fasteners or tools and then coupled together with or without optional shelves into an overall storage system using a common twist-lock fastener. The modular storage units are assembled from top, bottom and side panels. The top and bottom panels for each modular storage unit are structurally identical as are the side panels. Modular storage units having different widths have commonly sized and structurally identical side panels. Storage systems that are built up from the modular storage units can be easily assembled in work vehicles and other close quarters or tight spaces. The modular storage units can include plurality of trays or other articles for storing various parts, articles, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Adrian Steel Co.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Richter
  • Publication number: 20130002098
    Abstract: A method of transporting and assembling components of a merchandise display system having one or more display units. The components of the merchandise display system may be shipped to and received at a merchandising location and may lay flat and stack on top of each other during transportation. The components of the merchandise display system may be assembled at the merchandising location. One or more of the components may be pre-assembled and shipped to and received at the merchandising location to be assembled with the remaining components of the merchandising display system. The merchandise display system may include a base unit having a refrigeration unit that cools one or more display units. The refrigeration unit may be removable from the base unit. The display units may be stackable on top of one another and be configured to attach to the base unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventor: Emad Jafa
  • Patent number: 8231185
    Abstract: A multi-purpose assembly capable of being used for many activities. In a first embodiment, a portable podium is formed from two lightweight frame boxes which quickly disconnect and disassemble completely. The first embodiment secures a flat screen video display unit to a front side of the podium to allow a presenter to present a video and audio presentation while standing behind the podium. In a second embodiment, a presentation is provided when the podium device is viewed from a back side and doors on that side are opened and secured to vertical right and left side walls. Multiple, removable support containers are arranged on the exposed interior of the presentation case and upon the exposed inside surfaces of the doors. Lights and sound can accompany presentation of goods or entertainment acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jon Trusty
  • Publication number: 20120181904
    Abstract: A multifunctional storage box includes a frame-like elementary unit composed of two horizontal boards and two vertical boards and a positioning piece fit to an end of the elementary unit. Each vertical board includes first and board segments that are connected to each other by a movable connection member. The elementary unit has an end forming a positioning structure, whereby the positioning piece is selectively fit to the positioning structure to form a box for receiving and storing various articles, or a number of such boxes can be stacked to form a piece of furniture, such as drawer, closet and desk. No tool is required and the assembling is easy and convenient. When not in use, the positioning piece is removed to allow the first and second board segments to be folded by means of the connection member into a flat configuration for easy carrying and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: PEI-CHUAN MA
  • Patent number: 8147009
    Abstract: The present invention is a component system for constructing the framework for cabinets of the type that are employed when building an outdoor kitchen. The components system consists of specially designed brackets used in conjunction with lightweight concrete side panels to construct the forms for the cabinets. The brackets have channels that attach to the corner edges of the concrete side panels and hold the side panels in place so that the top edges of the panels are accessible for attachment of back splashes and back bars. Brackets with more than one channel have support rods connecting their channels and holding them in spaced apart arrangement. Once the forms are constructed, their exterior surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways. The counter tops, wiring, plumbing, appliances and doors for the cabinets can then be installed to complete the cabinets and kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: H. Joe Rider
  • Patent number: 8123311
    Abstract: A portable display system includes a display unit and a carrying case. The display unit includes a base, a plurality of posts, a top, a plurality of base fasteners, a plurality of post fasteners, a front panel, side panels and rear panels. The base has a top, a bottom, a rear, sides extending outwardly from the rear, a curved front opposite the rear, a plurality of passageways formed therein, and door receiving recesses formed in the top and extending laterally adjacent the rear. The plurality of posts engage the base to extend upwardly therefrom. The top engages the plurality of posts and preferably has a top, a bottom, a rear, sides extending outwardly from the rear, a curved front, a plurality of passageways formed therein, and door receiving recesses formed in the bottom and extending laterally adjacent the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Nilsson
  • Patent number: 7988244
    Abstract: A modular merchandise pod includes a generally elongated merchandise pod base having first and second ends, a rack assembly carried by the merchandise pod base and disposed generally midway between the first and second ends and a rack assembly top panel carried by the rack assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Joe D. Haws, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7984815
    Abstract: A storage unit for use in the home, garage, or business. The storage unit includes has a mounting arrangement that permits a user to easily mount the storage unit to a wall. The storage unit also includes a shelving arrangement that can be adapted to customize the use of the storage unit in the home, garage, or business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: John P. Lynch
  • Patent number: 7967401
    Abstract: A systemic cabinet is composed of multiple boards and multiple connecting pieces. Each board has multiple mortises defined at sides respectively to combine the corresponding connecting pieces with supporting strength by wedging to form a configuration of the systemic cabinet. The connecting pieces have multiple types in design variation to provide orientation-positioning efficiency and have supporting strength to make the composed systemic cabinet firm and stable. Therefore, once one board is worn out, only the worn board is replaced by detaching the connecting pieces to save other elements and to make the replacement easy and environmental for future repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Li-Chung Hsu
  • Publication number: 20110109207
    Abstract: A food service system is formed using a plurality of units capable of being interlocked together in a variety of customizable configurations. The units of the food service system include a food service bar with buffet pan chillers, a work table, a cashier station, and variety of connecting pieces for linking each of the units together. The food service bar comprises a sneeze guard that protects the food contained within the bar on three sides and can be broken down and folded down and into itself when the bar is being transported or stored. The buffet pan chillers are double sided and configured such that when frozen, may accommodate a shallow food pan on one side and then flipped over to accommodate a deep food pan on the other side while still maintaining the same serving height. Each unit is configured to receive multiple sizes of wheels or casters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: CAMBRO MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Larry Maddux, Johannes Le, Jeff Nicholson
  • Patent number: 7926890
    Abstract: A modular checkout counter includes a center showcase having first and second ends, a generally elongated left hand showcase provided at the first end of the center showcase, a generally elongated right hand showcase provided at the second end of the center showcase, a box top assembly carried by the center showcase, a left rack assembly carried by one of the center showcase and the left hand showcase and oriented at an obtuse angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the left hand showcase and a right rack assembly carried by one of the center showcase and the right hand showcase generally adjacent to the left rack assembly and oriented at an obtuse angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the right hand showcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Joe D. Haws, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7918515
    Abstract: A modular shelving system comprises multiple panels, multiple connection bars and multiple connectors. Each panel has multiple mortises. Each connection bar is connected to at least two panels and has multiple housing channels having slots. The connectors are respectively mounted in the housing channels of the connection bars and have four shoulders and multiple arms. The shoulders are formed at right angles to each other and one shoulder is mounted in a corresponding slot. The arms are formed on, protrude from the shoulders and respectively extend into corresponding mortises of the panels and two, three or four arms may be implemented. The modular shelving system can be conveniently assembled and disassembled in various combinations for different spaces while maintaining design consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Chi Yu Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 7866769
    Abstract: A storage system includes a shell having a plurality of walls and a plurality of rails. The plurality of walls are coupled to one another to form a storage chamber therebetween and to define a plurality of intersection edges. Each of the plurality of intersection edges is formed at a corresponding boundary of two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. The plurality of rails each extend outwardly from a corresponding one of the plurality of intersection edges with an angled orientation relative to each of the two adjacent ones of the plurality of walls. A cross-sectional thickness of each of the plurality of rails increases as each of the plurality of rails extends away from one of the plurality of intersection edges. Related storage and organization systems, pillows, accessories and methods are also disclosed and provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Ahlgrim, Douglas Dayton, Angie Kim, Monica Kuznik, Samuel Palmer, David Weissburg, Gretchen Wustrack
  • Patent number: 7850023
    Abstract: A device provides for displaying and dispensing retail articles. The device includes a plurality of product support modules that are detachably coupled to one another. Each support module includes a bottom mating portion and a top mating portion, each of which may be operatively coupled to a top mating portion and a bottom mating portion of another support module, respectively. Each support module also include sidewalls that may be operatively coupled to sidewalls of another support module. All of the product support modules of the present invention have a substantially similar profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventor: Edison Rey Silveria
  • Patent number: 7850258
    Abstract: An inventory storage system may include a frame defining a plurality of storage levels and a first exterior sleeve supported by one of the storage levels. The first exterior sleeve may include a bottom wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a top wall. The inventory storage system may further include a first interior sleeve having an opening and disposed within the first exterior sleeve such that the first interior sleeve abuts at least one of the bottom wall, the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the top wall. The inventory storage system may also include a second interior sleeve disposed within the first exterior sleeve, the first interior sleeve abutting the first interior sleeve and at least one of the bottom wall, the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventor: Peter P. Hupke
  • Patent number: 7815264
    Abstract: A stackable modular personal computer structure comprises a lowermost frameworks, a plurality of intermediate frameworks, an uppermost framework and an upper cover; the frameworks and the upper cover stacked with each other in a sequence; all the frameworks have the first internal engaging structure inside the tops thereof respectively, the intermediate frameworks, the uppermost framework and the upper cover each have the second internal engaging structure inside the bottoms thereof respectively; the bottoms of each of the intermediate and the uppermost frameworks has a hole especially for electric wires to pass through to enable the modular personal computer so that a consistent outlook for the computer structure can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventors: Te-An Lin, Chih-Hsiung Chen, Wu-Nan Wang, Cheng Tu, Ching-Tang Lin
  • Patent number: 7810486
    Abstract: A cart suitable for supporting a grill, including a firebox. The cart has four panels each of which has all four of its edges bent to form a flange that provides structural rigidity and a connection feature for facilitating the assembly of the cart. Two opposing side panels are carried by and preferably welded to a respective side frame. The side frames are joined by upper crossbars, one at the front of the cart and a second at the rear of the cart. A bottom panel fits into and is carried by troughs formed by upturned lips on the lower edges of the side panels. The structural integrity and racking strength of the cart is enhanced by the attachment of a rear panels, which has a lower lip that locks into engagement with the rear edge of the bottom panel. The top edge of the rear panel is fastened to the rear upper crossbar to complete the basic structure of the cart. Hooks welded to the side frames allow easy and secure attachment of side and front attachments to the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Daniel S. Choi, Leonard Zelek
  • Patent number: 7798580
    Abstract: A mobile computer security cart that includes a cabinet, a platform and an upright, The cabinet includes at least one shelf. The platform is coupled to the cabinet and has a top surface including an uncovered substantially planar surface. The upright is coupled to the platform and is configured to accommodate at least one display. The cart has an assembled configuration in which the platform rests on the top of the cabinet and the upright is coupled to the platform. The cart has a disassembled configuration wherein the upright is positioned adjacent to the front, rear or sides of the cabinet while the platform is positioned adjacent to the top or bottom of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Global Equipment Company Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Goldberg, Richard B. Leeds
  • Patent number: 7748797
    Abstract: A multi-drawer file cabinet having an upper cabinet that may be stacked on top of a lower file cabinet is provided. The lower cabinet includes a top surface having a peripheral edge with a first perimeter. The upper cabinet includes a base with a sidewall. The sidewall has a peripheral edge with a second perimeter. The second perimeter is larger than the first perimeter so that the sidewall fits around the peripheral edge of the top surface of the first cabinet. The cabinets include an extendable drawer assembly having a pair of slide members slidably positioned between a pair of outer tracks formed in a casing and tracks formed in a drawer frame. Furthermore, a locking assembly is associated with a recess in the casing and a ledge of a drawer head to allow the drawer assembly to remain in a locked position even if the cabinet sustains fire damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: John D. Brush & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Terri P. Cleveland, Richard J. Rhinewald, Douglas O. Nichol, David Lewis, David A. Nowicky, Philip B. Race, Douglas E. Shaffer, Kelvin H. Wildman, Peter F. Lynch, Scott W. Osiecki, Todd B. Abernethy
  • Patent number: 7735939
    Abstract: A stacked cabinet structure for vertical stacking of a lower cabinet with a top wall and an upper cabinet with a bottom wall in which a spacer member is provided intermediate the top wall of the lower cabinet and the bottom wall of the upper cabinet with the spacer member supported by the top wall of the lower cabinet and supporting the bottom wall of the upper cabinet forming a horizontally extending raceway vertically between the top wall of the lower cabinet and the bottom wall of the upper cabinet for passage of utility wiring. The raceway preferably is open at least at a front access opening preferably with uninterrupted access provided to the raceway inwardly from the front access opening through the entire width of each cabinet from a first side to a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Inscape Corporation
    Inventors: David Parshad, Peter Woronecki, Ivan Liu
  • Patent number: 7708249
    Abstract: A system for supporting a bond jig comprises a plurality of planar panels including at least one mounting hole for fasteners in each panel, wherein a first panel is arranged in a non-orthogonal position to a second panel. The system further comprises a coupling element for coupling panels, comprising a first and second planar portion, a hinge element connecting the first and second planar portion, wherein the first planar portion and the second planar portion rotate around the hinge element to form an angle, and at least one mounting hole for fasteners in the first and second planar portion. The system further comprises at least one fastener for fastening the first planar portion to the first panel via a mounting hole in the first planar portion and a mounting hole in the first panel and at least one fastener for fastening the second planar portion to the second panel via the mounting hole in the second planar portion and the mounting hole in the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Neal A. Froeschner, Daniel R. Benjey
  • Publication number: 20090251031
    Abstract: A sectional cabinet is assembled from a bottom, a top, a rear wall, a left, and a right wall. The bottom wall is provided on an upper side along rear, left, and right sides with a groove each for the lower sides of the rear, left, and right walls to insert therein, and the top wall is provided on a lower side along rear, left, and right sides with a groove each for the upper sides of the rear, left, and right walls to insert therein. Locating dowels are extended into dowel holes provided on the rear, left, and right sides of the bottom and top walls, as well as through holes provided on lower and upper sides of the rear, left, and right walls, so as to secure the rear, left, and right walls to the bottom and top walls. No tools are needed in assembling the sectional cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: PROTREND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Henry CHEN
  • Publication number: 20090206711
    Abstract: An organizer having a top panel and a bottom panel with side panels and a rear panel attached between the top panel and the bottom panel. At least one partition panel attaches to the side panels and rear panel so that the side panels, rear panel, top panel, bottom panel, and at least one partition panel define compartments within the organizer. Each compartment corresponds with an opening, wherein the bottom panel serves as a bottom wall for one compartment and wherein the at least one partition panel serves as a bottom wall for another compartment. At least one access panel moveably attaches to a front edge of at least one compartment and bottom wall. The access panel corresponds to a compartment and the opening for that compartment, the opening being located above the bottom wall to which the access panel is attached. The access panel is sized and shaped to pivot in a downward direction to an open position in which the corresponding opening of the corresponding compartment is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: Whitney Design, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Glenn
  • Patent number: 7472969
    Abstract: Attachments to affix panel covers, with snap together latches and/or catches to elements such as rods or panels and thereby attaching the rods and/or panels to each other to form structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Cube Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Saravis
  • Publication number: 20080164787
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a joint device for assembled furniture and a foldable cabinet using the joint device. The joint device for assembled furniture includes a sheath and a bolt. The sheath includes an outer flank adapted to be tightly fitted in a hole of a first furniture member. The bolt includes a first end adapted to be inserted into a cavity of the sheath and a second end adapted to be tightly fitted in a hole of a second furniture member. The sheath includes an elastic material. The first end of the bolt is snugly engaged with the cavity of the sheath when inserted into the cavity of the sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Ju Mei Peng
  • Patent number: 7387350
    Abstract: A storage container having dual access includes a storage frame, a container lid and a drawer. The storage frame includes a bottom frame, a pair of interconnected side frames and a rear frame defines a first opening in the top of the frame and a second opening in the front of the frame. The removable container lid closes and opens the top opening in the storage container to allow access to the storage container contents. The drawer slides in and out of the second opening to allow a second access point to the contents of the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy D. Killinger, Gilius A. Gaska, Michael L. Pyle, John C. Olson