Rotatable Patents (Class 312/125)
  • Patent number: 10140802
    Abstract: An automated dispensing apparatus for the controlled dispensing of articles provided with associated RFID tags, comprises hatches (14) for opening article entry/exit zones and an internal motor-driven store (13) with shelves (15) divided up into a plurality of compartments (16) and intended to receive articles to be dispensed, upon command, through the hatches (14). The control unit (18) provided with a memory (30) intended to memorize the contents of the store and is connected to the store (13) in order to be able to operate the store so as to bring a selected compartment (16) into loading and unloading positions and allow the loading/unloading of an article inside the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ABG SYSTEMS SRL
    Inventors: Stefano Umili, Giovanni Mastrojanni
  • Patent number: 10123637
    Abstract: A light fixture is placed in an apparatus that displays and dispenses merchandise at a point-of-purchase located adjacent a display shelf. The apparatus includes a retainer plate that secures the apparatus to the display shelf. A light source is located in a receptacle having an arm that is extended beneath the retainer plate, between the retainer plate and the display shelf. A ridge on the arm extends upwardly into a groove in the retainer plate to lock the receptacle and, consequently, the light source in position to illuminate merchandise displayed along the display shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Henschel-Steinau, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. DeSena, Michael D. Luberto, Getachew Kassa
  • Patent number: 9542085
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a universal chassis that may be mounted in the head unit of a vehicle. The chassis may accept one or more modules that each have common dimensions. With a common form factor, the universal chassis is configurable as different modules with different functionality may be inserted into the chassis with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9427082
    Abstract: A rotating storage cabinet for corner installation includes: an inner cabinet, further including a bottom inner mounting plate, a first t-frame, a second t-frame, and a top inner mounting plate; upper and lower swivels; and a cabinet enclosure, further including a base enclosure board, a right side column, a left side column, a rear column, and a top enclosure board; such that the inner cabinet is rotationally mounted inside the cabinet enclosure, with a central cavity for storage between the t-frames, including a clothing bar and drawers, and shelves mounted on outer sides of the t-frames. Additionally, the rotating storage cabinet can be installed without a cabinet enclosure, directly between a ceiling and a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Lysander M. Marrero
  • Patent number: 9307875
    Abstract: A concealable waste paper holder for dispensing waste paper from a waste paper roll includes a frame mountable to a wall; a door rotatably mounted to the frame about a door rotational axis between an open position where the waste paper roll is accessible and a closed position where the door is substantially parallel with the wall and conceals the waste paper roll; a spindle for rotationally receiving the waste paper roll about a spindle axis and dispensing the waste paper from the waste paper roll there when the door is is the open position, the spindle carried by the door for rotation with the door, and wherein the spindle axis and the door rotational axis are parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Chad Clarkin
  • Patent number: 8991946
    Abstract: A hair styling accessory organizer includes an organizer base; an organizer platform carried by the organizer base; and at least one generally elongated hair head support member upward-standing from the organizer platform, the hair bead support member having a base portion carried by the organizer platform, a tapered portion of varying cross-sectional diameter extending from the base portion and a terminal portion extending from the tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Carolyn Braggs
  • Patent number: 8708168
    Abstract: A tool stand includes a base, a post rotationally supported on the base, at least two trays rotationally supported on the post above the base, small wheels connected to the base, and large wheels connected to the lowermost one of trays so that the large wheels do not interfere with the rotation of the base relative to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Pard Hardware Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Da-Sen Lin
  • Patent number: 8640891
    Abstract: A storage carousel is disclosed which includes multiple vertically displaced carousel frames (1) independently rotatable on a common axis (6). Each of the carousel frames has ridges (5) for removable mounting a plurality of storage bins (9, 10, 11 and 12) in side-by-side relationship for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Phillip Buttigieg
  • Patent number: 8469228
    Abstract: A dispenser of containers. A carousel is rotatably mounted to a main frame about a vertical axis of rotation and has a plurality of container compartments arranged around the axis and along the length of the axis. A driver mounted to the main frame rotates the carousel around the axis in a single direction and a lock limits rotation of the carousel in any direction when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: SLEEGERS Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Adams
  • Patent number: 7963060
    Abstract: A product display device includes a support frame, a plurality of placard devices, a pair of carousel display devices and a messaging unit disposed between the pair of carousel display devices. The placard devices, the carousel display devices and the messaging unit providing an integrated display of products to prospective consumers. The messaging unit including a removable interactive display for providing at least one of textual, graphic, image, pictorial and visual illustrations and representations of product information and promotional information to prospective customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Mechtronics Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Arndt, John A. Kwap, Tim Malley, Kurt Haldin
  • Patent number: 7588165
    Abstract: Trays within a given level of a drum-type vending machine form individual zones, and may be further subdivided into additional individual zones, for which pricing may be separately specified. A vend door for the corresponding level is constrained to allow access to a given zone upon payment of the appropriate amount. More levels and greater flexibility in pricing and product selection are thus enabled, together with greater control over vending operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Crane Co.
    Inventors: James B. Prichard, Mark R. Henning, Douglas M. Mingo
  • Patent number: 7571811
    Abstract: The medication organizer is a portable, wall-mountable, carousel-style cabinet for dispensing medication and, more particularly, a medication dispenser in which a plurality of different medication dosages can be contained in separate bins with the dispenser being clearly marked to indicate which dosages and times a user is to take a specific medication. The device includes a portable cabinet having a rotatable carousel for capsule containers, drug bottles, etc, and a drawer having at least one removable drawer tray that includes a plurality of bins arranged longitudinally side-by-side. The bins are provided for receiving individual medication dosages, e.g., groups of individual pills, capsules, or the like. The carousel has an arcuate sliding door for securing the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Patent number: 7207635
    Abstract: A jewelry display case serves as artwork enabling a jewelry collection to form part of the artwork. The display case includes a cabinet having at least a bottom, sides and a top, and a plurality of jewelry supporting components. At least one of the jewelry supporting components includes a jewelry display assembly having a pair of sidewalls disposed spaced from each other in facing relation, at least one jewelry bar fixed to and extending between the sidewalls, and a supporting axle extending through a center of each of the sidewalls. The sidewalls and at least one jewelry bar are rotatable relative to the supporting axle. Additionally, the supporting axle is fixed to one of the cabinet sides. Other jewelry supporting components provide added functionality and artistic appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Cindy Dawson Simmons
  • Patent number: 7159956
    Abstract: A disc case holding apparatus includes a plurality of housings. Each of the housings has a bottom wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends upwardly away from the bottom wall such that a pair of lateral sides, a front side and a back side are defined. An upper edge of the peripheral wall defines an opening extending into the housing. Each of a plurality of securing members is attached to one of the housings for selectively extending over the opening and securing a disc case within the housing. A base has an outer surface. A plurality of couplers is mounted on the base. Each of the couplers is attached to one of the bottom walls such that each of the bottom walls is pivotally attached to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Sheila A. Hatchell
  • Patent number: 7086198
    Abstract: A machine for vending floral arrangements is described including stack of generally circular carousels each for supporting a plurality of floral arrangements; and a generally cylindrical exterior housing surrounding the carousels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa Renee Hayden
  • Patent number: 6990828
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises a cool air generating part supplying cool air to a storage compartment; upper and lower cabinets having first and second storage compartments; and a shaft rotatably supporting the upper and lower cabinets, respectively. With this configuration, the refrigerator is useable in all directions by a rotatable structure, is easily carried by wheels, and is useable as a table by a table member provided in an upper part of an upper cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon-young Kim, Gun-ho Hong
  • Patent number: 6915914
    Abstract: The present invention is a display rack for goods and is primarily a wire formed structure that also employs channel rod as well as formed plastic top and bottom cap structures. In the preferred embodiment there exists a central rectangular frame structure having a base and extending upward there from to a top end portion. Each of the four sides of the central structure includes a rotating wall or door wherein each door includes a front retail side surface for retaining goods thereon and an opposite blocking paneled surface. The doors can be locked into either the retail or blocked position. Four carousels are also secured to and form an integral part of each of the four corners of the central frame. The carousels each have columns for retaining goods and one flat blocking panel column, all positioned vertically and symmetrically around each carousel perimeter. Each carousel can be locked into a gods blocking position or be unlocked and free to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Todd Anthony Farrand
  • Patent number: 6419332
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having one or more rotatable tiers, each tier containing a plurality of file containers. Each tier includes a central support wherein at least one radial support arm is rotatably mounted thereto to rotate about the central support. Mounted to the terminus of each radial support arm is a file support, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position toward the interior of the tier, and an extended position. Each file support is adapted to receive a file container suspended thereon to provide detachable storage. Tiers may be added by attaching additional central supports in tandem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Harbor Steel & Supply Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Caldwell, Jr., Charles B. Carter, David Kersjes, Gardner Klaasen, II
  • Patent number: 6206493
    Abstract: A modular display structure that has a base and a transparent cover. The base and cover may separate to allow insertion of a collectible and may then join to close them and contain the collectible. The base and cover cooperate to define a top, a bottom and sides. A stationary display structure has a column sandwiched between two compartment holders. Each holder is wider than the column and defines partitions spaced apart from each other. The partitions on one holder are in registry with counterparts in the other holder. The modular display structure may be inserted between any pair of neighboring partitions of both holders that are in registry and then snapped into place. The stationary display structure may have levels of compartment holders spaced apart by respective columns, thereby permitting stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Collector's Museum, LLC
    Inventors: Vilma Sanchez-Levin, Kenneth Curtis
  • Patent number: 6123223
    Abstract: A vending machine featuring rotating stacked carousels for the display and sale of floral and plant arrangements is disclosed. The vending machine is capable of carrying out both cash and credit card transactions and includes a certified credit card terminal for connecting to the credit card processing network. The present vending machine includes an integrated microprocessor to control the mechanical motion and position of the stacked carousels, accept payment from either cash or credit cards, maintain accounting records, provide printed receipts, and to control on-line modem communications with credit approval sources as well as dial-up auditing of machine's inventory. A significant feature of the certified credit card terminal is the ability to transact purchases in both an off-line and on-line mode and the ability to enter bad credit card numbers into a credit card file when purchase is attempted with an invalid card number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6029828
    Abstract: A turntable storage device which has a turntable and a plurality of storage containers for condiments and other granular materials. The turntable has a base member and a platform that is removably attachable to the base and rotatable on the base member. The base member has an upwardly extending hollow post. The containers are attachable to the turntable by means of mating projections and receptacles. The turntable storage device is convertible. It is provided with structure for selectively attaching and removing either a handle or a hanging support member. The hanging support member is adaptable to hang one or more turntables from a shelf, if desired. The support member also is shaped to fit into the hollow post of another turntable, whereby two turntables can be stacked on top of the one another. In one embodiment, a rotary measuring dispenser is mounted in each container for dispensing predetermined quantities of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Robbins Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Stanley Robbins, Rodney W. Robbins, Frans M. Weterrings, Ted A. Bell
  • Patent number: 5921394
    Abstract: A pill container having a plurality of compartments, featuring a hollow cylindrical container having a top plate, a bottom plate, and a tubular wall which rotates relative to the top and bottom plates. A plurality of walls rigidly fastened to the top plate divide the interior of the container into a set of wedge-shaped compartments which may be individually accessed through a hinged door in the tubular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Nirman Foundation
    Inventor: Chandrakant C. Shroff
  • Patent number: 5884755
    Abstract: A revolving coin display stand for the display of proof coin sets encased in hermetically sealed plastic display cartridges is disclosed. The coin display stand is constructed so as to permit a user to view both the obverse and reverse sides of the coins by manually revolving a pivoting frame assembly 360 degrees relative to a supporting base plate. The base plate is constructed of sufficient weight to prevent the proof coin set which is permanently captured in the supporting frame from toppling over during rotation by a user. In an alternative embodiment the supporting base is provided with writing implement holders adapted to receive implements such as pens and pencils in the maimer of a traditional desk set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Richard M. Vaccarella
  • Patent number: 5868476
    Abstract: A compact self-service bagel dispenser which provides customers with a selection of a plurality of different groups of bagels, and a plurality of different bagels within each group, within a small dispensing area. To provide convenient access to different varieties or groups of bagels within a relatively compact "footprint" on a counter surface, the dispenser preferably comprises a rotatable bin having a plurality of separate compartments separated from one another by generally vertical dividers. Each compartment preferably has an open upper end into which bagels may be loaded, a lower dispensing area, and a transition portion through which bagels travel from the upper end to the lower dispensing area. The rotatable bin is preferably supported on a fixed base. The bin preferably includes a bottom wall having a plurality of openings therein to permit crumbs, seeds, and other particulate materials to fall into a receptacle supported by the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Samborn, William Randolph Dudley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5865516
    Abstract: A model display case, which may be decorated to be simulative of a building, includes a base having a raised support surface providing a "floor" in which an electrically powered rotating turntable is centrally positioned. A clear cover is mounted over the base and includes a raised extension in which a plurality of lights are mounted to provide illumination of the case. The lights are screened from view from the outside of the case by reflectors extending from the extension and screen-covered vents are preferably provided to allow for dissipation of heat produced by the lights from the interior of the case to the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Rodger O. Woy
  • Patent number: 5713648
    Abstract: A pharmacy carousel comprising an open cylindrical frame having a plurality of independently rotatable discs, a tray on each disc on which bulk containers of medication may be stored, and a lockout assembly which prevents a tray from rotating while it is in use. In a preferred embodiment, the pharmacy carousel further comprises a motor assembly which permits each tray to rotate independently of the other trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: CVS H.C., Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Geib, Richard R. Mathieu, Raymond A. Young, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5558417
    Abstract: A carousel cabinet including a base; a first, rotatable body section having at least one row and two colunms of drawers; a second, stationary body section having a flat top surface and including a light switch; a central, tubular shaft extending from the base to above the flat top surface and terminating in a light connected to the switch; a multiple electrical connector located in the second body section; and a single electrical connector operably connected to the multiple connector, located in the base, for supplying power to the multiple connector via connection to a standard extension cord. In addition, the second section may contain a variety of communications devices such as an intercom, a remote station call button, and so on, for sending and receiving a communication signal. The cabinet body may be cylindrical or of any other geometric shape that provides access to the drawers or open compartments therein by rotating the first body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: Clara M. Termotto
  • Patent number: 5549373
    Abstract: Apparatus for merchandising product including an enclosure having circular, rotatable shelves each including compartmentalized portions which are product specific. The merchandising display apparatus is particularly suitable for displaying refrigerated or frozen products such as frozen dessert products. Each shelf is formed by a lower shelf support which may receive shelves having differently configured compartments for receiving different products. The shelves are modular in the sense that they may be removed and replaced with different shelves such that the merchandising display may be adapted to hold many varied types of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 5484195
    Abstract: A display assembly for displaying the interior construction of a bedding system comprises the bedding system to be displayed rotatably mounted on a support pedestal so that the viewer, standing in a single location, can see both sides of the system simply by rotating the system with respect to the pedestal. Portions of the ticking and padding layers covering each of the major surfaces of the bedding system are cut-away so that the viewer can see the interior structure as well as each layer of padding and ticking of the piece, i.e., the mattress or the foundation, being examined. To save space, the bedding system is preferably vertically mounted on the pedestal, and to facilitate better understanding by the viewer, the foundation is preferably arranged so that its mattress-receiving surface faces outwardly rather than towards the mattress as occurs in an actual in-use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Sealy, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 5458407
    Abstract: A merchandising display including a housing enclosing a product display compartment having at least two adjacent columns of circularly shaped shelves rotatably mounted within the display compartment. When viewed in top plan view, the housing includes a front side having two doors which angle rearwardly to two outwardly curved side walls which are connected by a generally flat rear wall. The columns of circular shelves are disposed within the product compartment so as to be closely adjacent each other as well as the inner concavely shaped surfaces of the side walls. This creates a central air circulation path in the rear of the product compartment defined between the columns of circular shelves and the rear wall. A partition is secured to the rear wall at this central location and includes a plurality of apertures for directing cooled air from the air circulation path to the products on the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Rafael T. Bustos, Leslie C. King, Andrew L. Blackshaw
  • Patent number: 5425576
    Abstract: A display and dispenser device for piece goods, particularly candy and dried foodstuffs such as peas or beans. The device includes a number of containers for the goods, each having an enclosing container wall including a transparent front wall provided with an access opening and a movable door closing the opening. The containers are arranged around a generally horizontal axis to form a display unit. The device also includes a support for the display unit permitting rotation of the unit about the central axis. An arrangement is also provided to prevent opening of the doors on each of the containers, except for the doors on one or more containers in predetermined dispensing station around the axis. The contents of the containers are visible to the customer and display unit can be rotated about the axis to position a desired container in the dispensing station where the container door can be opened and the contents removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Tin Soldier Inc
    Inventors: Jack T. C. Yee, Brenda A. Jones, Sharon K. Bruce
  • Patent number: 5405193
    Abstract: A display cabinet is provided for displaying two sides of a computer video game pak or similar merchandise in a secure enclosure. The display cabinet includes an elongated vertical enclosure unit or paddle with a set of spaced apart shelves between transparent facings or panels to form a set of vertically arranged compartments. The game paks or other merchandise are held within the compartments. The enclosure unit or paddle is pivotable back and forth in order to expose the transparent front and back facings of the paddle, thereby enabling the purchaser to view front and back sides of the merchandise, respectively. A lockable access door on the paddle is slidable between open and closed positions, and lockable in the closed position to provide security for the merchandise. Several enclosure units or paddles are pivotably mounted upon a frame by either a hinge or by pivot pins for either flipping or spinning the paddles for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery J. Herrenbruck
  • Patent number: 5277486
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for merchandising product by gravity feeding that product to the front of a rotatable shelf. The product is supported upon a shelf which is in turn supported from a low friction support for rotation about an axis slightly tilted relative to a vertical plane with the shelf slightly tilted relative to a horizontal plane. The orientation of the shelf is such that the low point of the shelf is at the front of the shelf so that when displayed product is removed from the front of the shelf, the center of gravity of the shelf shifts and the weight of the product remaining on the shelf causes the shelf to rotate so as to relocate new product to the front of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 4850658
    Abstract: A jewelry support device comprises an upper section defined by an upper octagonal plate and a lower octagonal plate between which are supported four jewelry support members each formed by two plates at right angles rotatable relative to the plates about a vertical axis at a mid-line of the plates. The members are spaced around the periphery of the plates with mirrored panels positioned between each member and the next to provide a pleasing appearance. A lower section of the device is formed by drawers between the lower plate and a bottom plate with the drawers being pie-shaped. A base plate can be supported on a suitable surface with the whole device being rotatable relative to the base plate by a suitable bearing. The device allows organized storage of a large quantity of jewelry particularly earrings and ready access to the jewelry in a device of attractive appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Joyce Sandor
  • Patent number: 4827638
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a work article on a work surface. The apparatus includes a base member having an opening therein, a work article support member attached to and positioned above the base member, the work article support member having an opening therein positioned in at least partial alignment with the opening of the base member, and means attached to the base member and positioned between the base member and the work surface for allowing the base member and the work article support member to rotate with respect to the work surface. A storage tray having an opening positioned in at least partial alignment with the openings of the base member and the work article support member can be attached to the base member and positioned between the base member and the work article support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Gerald A. Peters
  • Patent number: 4783130
    Abstract: A rotatable compartment floor (10) for corner cupboards or the like has a circular contour or a contour in the form of a circular sector and is provided at the circle center with a hub (12) and at the outer edge with a peripheral wall (14) projecting vertically upwards. To divide the surface of the compartment floor into several compartments, there is at least one radial wall element (20) which at its outer end (32) is supported on the peripheral wall (14) and at its inner end has an end piece (24) in the form of a circular arc which surrounds the hub (12) and which engages in a continuous groove (28) in the hub by means of a flange (26) projecting horizontally inwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Ninkaplast GmbH
    Inventor: Guenter Twellmann
  • Patent number: 4771206
    Abstract: An improved jewelry box is provided for displaying and storing all types and kinds of jewelry, costume or otherwise, whereby all kinds may be kept in a single place, separated, yet compact display, and which provides for rapid, simple access to each jewelry item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Inventor: Donna M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4708408
    Abstract: A device that will allow storage of remote control devices, for T.V.'s, cable boxes, VCR's and audio equipment, pencils, pens, pads and T.V. Guide. The device is of a rectangular design, composed of four walls and a bottom. The insides is comprised of several width-wide compartments that will allow remote controls to be stored in an upright position. A section at either end is equipped with holes and allows for storage of pens and pencils, the outer wall is equipped to hold T.V. Guides. Another version of the device is equipped with a base that will allow rotation, and another has wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventor: Ronnie Kennon
  • Patent number: 4697856
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a portable cabinet for dispensing medication and more particularly, to a medication dispenser in which a plurality of different medication dosages are contained in separate compartments with the dispenser being properly marked to indicate which dosages are to be given to which patients and the times at which they are to be given. The apparatus includes a portable cabinet having a plurality of vertically arranged and spaced apart trays disposed within the cabinet, with each of the trays including a plurality of compartments for receiving the medication dosages. The trays are individually rotatably mounted within the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Aleyamma Abraham
  • Patent number: 4688860
    Abstract: A truck having means for supporting a plurality of tape cartridge holders and used for transferring a plurality of tape cartridges is provided with rotatable means for supporting the tape cartridges holders so that the tape cartridges in the tape cartridge holders are readily accessible to the operator even in relatively narrow aisles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Engineered Data Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario B. Accumanno, Laurence G. Ball, Macy J. Price
  • Patent number: 4643496
    Abstract: A cabinet arrangement for the storage and use of cassette-like objects such as microfilm boxes or data tape cartridges with the cabinet in one form intended to be placed upon a table adjacent a person's work station, and in another stacked form intended to be used from a floor position. The cabinet arrangement comprises a plurality of open-faced boxes individually rotatively mounted on a swivel base assembly. The boxes can be aligned in any combination of the open-faced sides facing outwardly for access to the microfilm boxes or inwardly for prevented access to the cassette-like objects. A number of constructions are shown for fixing the boxes against rotation in any such combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Inventor: Ernest A. Dahl
  • Patent number: 4632474
    Abstract: A storage device is particularly suitable for storing jewelry items. It has a base with a shaft extending upward therefrom with a plurality of spaced-apart shelves. A portion of the surface of each shelf is formed of a mesh which presents apertures to receive the posts of, for example, post-type pierced earings. The shelves are surrounded by a cylindrical-like housing, a portion of which is rotatable about the other to provide for access. Dish-like recesses are formed in the base for storage of, for example, fasteners for post-type pierced earings. The top shelf has spaced-apart posts along its perimeter from which articles such as necklaces may be suspended. The top shelf also has slots formed therein to receive articles such as the base or finger portion of rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: Evelyn Ingersoll
  • Patent number: 4572595
    Abstract: A rotational shelf apparatus (10) for being rotatably mounted in a cabinet or other storage area having a ceiling surface (14) and a floor surface (16). The apparatus (10) comprises a rotating support shaft (22) having first and second end portions (24) and (26), respectively, the support shaft (22) being provided with a coaxial hole (38) at its first end portion (24) for slidably receiving a spring member (42). The second end portion (26) of the support shaft (22) is provided with means for rotatably engaging the floor surface of the cabinet or storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Inventor: Chapman C. Craig
  • Patent number: 4549664
    Abstract: Kitting parts carousel system (10) as a plurality of carousels (12, 14) each having parts bins (50) therein. Each of the carousels is made of static safe injection moldable synthetic polymer composition material with the bins having a sloping bottom to self-feed parts toward the outer wall (26) and the tops of the bin walls (42, 44) are configured to closely adjoin the bottom of the next above adjacent carousel so that when the carousels are stacked the bins in the lower carousels are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Norman H. Gowan, Stasys Petravicius, Ignacio T. Hernandez, Robert E. Kuhlmann, Donald R. Vande Walle, Jr., Ronald P. Weddell, Joseph M. Gates, Kenneth J. Sitzwohl, Charles D. Sands, Rick A. Gwinn, Milton J. Peterman
  • Patent number: 4531645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved portable storage console for holding a plurality of a variety of articles. The console includes a base. A cabinet is rotatably secured to the base for rotating about an axis which is substantially perpendicular to the base. The cabinet is adapted for storing articles within the cabinet and for holding articles on the exterior surface of the cabinet. The cabinet has a plurality of trays releasably secured in the interior of the cabinet. Each of the trays extends the full width and full depth of the interior of the cabinet. The cabinet has a plurality of rollers mounted on its lower surface. The rollers rotatably engage the base. Each of the rollers is rotatable about a roller axis which intersects the axis of rotation of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Suncast Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Tisbo, George L. Garcia
  • Patent number: 4509676
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an equipment (12) enclosure which is particularly adapted for post office use is described. In particular the present invention relates to a post office box or related equipment (12) enclosure which has an inner unit (11) which rotates in a housing (10) so that the inner unit can expose equipment on one side (10b) for customer use and provide secure access for reloading of the equipment by means of doors (31) or the like on the back side of the equipment. The equipment is particularly adapted to mount standard mailbox inserts (12) having locking doors (12a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Assignee: HSS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George F. Stacy
  • Patent number: 4480882
    Abstract: A display device for jewelry or the like, including a support stand and a plurality of interchangeable modules. The stand includes a planar receiving surface and fasteners are provided to temporarily attach the modules to the receiving surface. Each module has a planar support surface on which is disposed a display device for displaying the jewelry or the like. A window unit having a transparent front window is provided along with fasteners for temporarily attaching the window unit to the support surface. When received on said receiving surface, the support surfaces of the modules are disposed essentially parallel thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Poltash
  • Patent number: 4463856
    Abstract: The jewelry display stand comprises a plurality of substantially vertical, rectangular side panels of equal height connected to each other at their vertical edges and mounted on and secured to a preferably circular flat bottom piece. One of the side panels may be a mirror panel, but at least one of the side panels is a display panel having a plurality of vertically oriented display arms extending perpendicularly therefrom parallel to the vertical edges of said display panel. Adjacent display arms contain opposing vertical slots running the length of the display arms. The slots are of such depth that rectangular jewelry display cards having earrings and the like attached thereto may be slidably mounted and held on the display panel. The jewelry display stand is also provided with a detachable decorative lid which can sit flush on and cover the top of the side panels and vertical slots to prevent theft of jewelry mounted on the display cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Assignee: General Mills Products Corp.
    Inventor: Andy Strasser
  • Patent number: 4433885
    Abstract: A lazy susan (24) including a shaft (30) supported for rotation about a vertical axis within an L-shaped cabinet (10) is provided with a rotary catch mechanism (40) which maintains the shaft at a selected rotary position relative to the cabinet (10). The catch mechanism (40) includes a cam (44) and follower (42) which maintain the shaft (30) in the selected rotary position. The follower (42) is provided with means for adjusting its angular position so as to change the orientation of the follower (42) with respect to the cabinet (10) and thus adjust the position of the shaft (30) and attached door (22a-b) relative to the cabinet (10). The follower (42) is adjusted by an eccentric (70) mounted for rotation with the follower (42) so that upon rotation of the eccentric (70), the follower (42) is likewise rotated to change its position relative to the cabinet (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1984
    Assignee: Leslie Metal Arts Company
    Inventor: Clayton C. Baker
  • Patent number: 4431238
    Abstract: A cabinet for storing and selectively dispensing a variety of paper supplies in web form carries separate boxes of webs on vertically spaced decks of a turntable within the cabinet. The boxes on one deck are offset with respect to the boxes on the other deck so that webs from the lower deck can pass upward between boxes on the upper deck. The ends of webs from all the boxes are held at a common level adjacent the under side of the cabinet top, and a slot in the top permits withdrawal of any web as it is aligned with the slot by rotating the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Keyrack Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Evans