Joints And Connectors Patents (Class 312/140)
  • Patent number: 10888160
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuously and adjustably subdividing a space. The apparatus contains front and rear rails, each having a rail aperture and a rail channel, a divider panel, and a first fastener and a second fastener that can be inserted into the rail aperture of the front and rear rails, respectively, and can be retained within the rail channel of the front and rear rails, respectively. Widened notches are formed in the rails more than a minimum subspace distance from surface intersections, so that fasteners for subspace-defining structures or subspace-functional elements can be inserted and removed. Preferably, the rails are inset flush with the interior surfaces of the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Hiromi Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10799038
    Abstract: A display case door includes a panel assembly with a first transparent pane and a second transparent pane. The first transparent pane includes flanges extending from each of a first edge and a second edge of a shaped portion. The second transparent pane is adhered to both flanges of the first pane to define a space between facing surfaces of the second transparent pane and the shaped portion of the first transparent pane and extending between openings at opposite ends of the panel assembly. Caps are coupled to the panel assembly and cover the openings at each of the first end and second end. The door further includes a hinge coupled to one of the flanges, a door handle secured to a surface of one of the flanges, and an edge guard coupled along an edge of at least one of the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Jun Huh
  • Patent number: 10731689
    Abstract: Composed element including at least two panel-shaped elements, which each have an edge zone in which coupling means are present in the form of a profiled part respectively extending in the longitudinal direction of the respective edge zone, as well as each including an end face extending transversely to the respective edge zone, wherein said profiled parts allow coupling the panel-shaped elements together in an interlocking manner, wherein at least one of the panel-shaped elements includes an arrangement which hides from view at least a portion of the profiled part formed at the pertaining edge zone at the location of the end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNILIN, BVBA
    Inventors: Luc Maertens, Mark Cappelle, Luc Vanhastel, Luc Deman, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 10486723
    Abstract: A post of a tool wagon is provided, including a hollow structure thereinside, further including at least one slide, each of the at least one slide extending along a lengthwise direction of the post, each of the at least one slide being configured for a partition to be slidably installed thereto, wherein at least one said slide is configured with at least one engagement mechanism disposed therewithin, each of the at least one engagement mechanism includes a through opening arranged on the post and a blocking portion, the blocking portion extends in the hollow structure. A tool wagon is also provided, including a plurality of the posts described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Ying-Chieh Liao, Yu-Kuo Liao
  • Patent number: 10441077
    Abstract: A compartment divider assembly. The compartment divider assembly may comprise: one or more dividers and at least one coupler. The one or more dividers may comprise a first divider and a second divider. The at least one coupler may comprise at least one support coupler and at least one set of prongs. The one or more dividers may further comprise at least one dovetail groove traversing along a longitudinal axis. The one or more dividers may be positioned substantially horizontally. The first divider may be positioned substantially perpendicular to the second divider. The at least one set of prongs may further comprise at least one planar face and at least one non-planar face. The at least one non-planar face of the at least one set of prongs may be adapted to engage with at least one dovetail groove of the one or more dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SIZABLE ENTERPRISES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Daniel Warren Stefan, Timothy Daniel Stefan
  • Patent number: 10334966
    Abstract: Interlocking panels are assembled to form modules, and the modules are assembled to form a modular display case, for displaying, transporting and storing objects such as models, display items or valuable collectibles. The interlocking panels include interlocking side edge ball key tab including a resilient, compressible ball key, and ports for removably receiving the ball key tab and ball key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Adair
  • Patent number: 10184289
    Abstract: A disclosed spacer key is configured for insertion within hollow spacer sections, thereby connecting the hollow spacer sections. The spacer key may include a top wall and a bottom wall connected by opposing side walls such that the spacer key has a tubular cross section and longitudinally-extending body. To control how much of the body is inserted into each spacer section, one or more raised areas may be included on the exterior of the spacer key. Protrusions may extend laterally-outward from the spacer key, configured to contact one or more internal surfaces of surrounding spacer sections upon insertion. External surfaces of the spacer key lacking protrusions may include one or more depressed areas. Longitudinally-extending grooves may also be included on the exterior of the spacer key to accommodate various perforations that may protrude from surrounding spacer sections, thereby improving the fit between the spacer key and spacer sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: APOGEE ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Aaron Thompson
  • Patent number: 10132554
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a cabinet forming an external appearance of the air conditioner and is provided with an opening, and a cover to open and close the opening. The cover includes a cover body to cover the opening and includes a first cover body and a second cover body that are spaced apart from each other, and a spacing rib provided between the first cover body and the second cover body such that the first cover is spaced apart from the second cover body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Hoon Kim, Young Seok Lim, Hyuk Jin Gwon, Jong Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10024348
    Abstract: A corner connector for connecting at least two frame profiles of a frame rack arranged perpendicular to each other, which frame rack consists of a plurality of pieces, at least one of which is designed to bear against one or more of the frame profiles, characterized in that the piece which is designed to bear against one or more of the frame profiles is a first molded sheet metal part with a receiving opening in which or on which a threaded sleeve is situated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: RITTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Timo Schindler
  • Patent number: 10016073
    Abstract: Interlocking panels are assembled to form modules, and the modules are assembled to form a modular display case, for displaying, transporting and storing objects such as models, display items or valuable collectibles. The interlocking panels include interlocking side edge ball key tab including a resilient, compressible ball key, and ports for removably receiving the ball key tab and ball key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Adair
  • Patent number: 9849757
    Abstract: A connecting device for coupling first and second members includes a body having a first leg and a second leg integrally connected to the first leg. The first leg and the second leg are oriented at an angle with respect to each other. A rigid material core extends through both the first leg and the second leg, the core including a first core member integrally connected to a second core member. The first core member is angularly oriented with respect to the second core member such that the core defines a geometric shape. A resilient material sleeve commonly covers the core of both the first leg and the second leg. The first leg is frictionally received in a first member and the second leg is frictionally received in a second member to couple the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DURA Operating LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Brion Stachewicz, Alex Mark Langreet
  • Patent number: 9833085
    Abstract: Interlocking panels are assembled to form modules, and the modules are assembled to form a modular display case, for displaying, transporting and storing objects such as models, display items or valuable collectibles. The interlocking panels include interlocking side edge ball key tab including a resilient, compressible ball key, and ports for removably receiving the ball key tab and ball key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Adair
  • Patent number: 9756943
    Abstract: A cabinet system having worksite-affixable facings, including components for a cabinet frame. The cabinet frame including a left side panel, a right side panel, a bottom panel having, a front top panel, and optionally, a back panel. The cabinet system further includes at least two side facings, at least one top facing, and at least one bottom facing, affixable, respectively, to the front edge of the left side panel, the front edge of the right side panel, the front edge of the bottom panel, and the front edge of the front top panel with a hidden fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Michael F. Lee
  • Patent number: 9578772
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, systems and methods are disclosed for cabinet frames, including frame members coupled together via corner copulas. Frame members may include external and internal channels and surfaces for mounting external and internal components. Systems and methods are also disclosed for coupling the frame members and corner copulas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Emerson Network Power, Energy Systems, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Allan Podemski, Jerome Andrew Maloney, Jin Harrison Elkins, Brant David Kinney
  • Patent number: 9481321
    Abstract: A corner assembly comprising an elongated main portion including a central section opposed by first and second lip sections, with the first and second lip sections extending laterally from the central section. The corner assembly additionally comprises first and second flange sections extending generally laterally from the central section, with the first flange section extending generally parallel with the first lip section and the second flange section extending generally parallel with the second lip section. The first flange section is separated from the first lip section so as to present a first receiving channel and the second flange section is separated from the second lip section so as to present a second receiving channel. The corner assembly further comprises an elongated cap section operable to be securely positioned over the elongated main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Halcore Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Fisher
  • Patent number: 9474388
    Abstract: This showcase for preserving and displaying objects in a protected environment comprises a base, a box made up of fixed side panels and an upper panel connected to each other in a sealing fashion and defining an abutment framework. At least the upper panel is made of glass, same case applying to an openable panel, which can be closed in a sealing fashion on the abutment framework. A lower opening support is fixed between the base and the openable panel, an upper opening support is fixed between the upper panel and the openable panel. The showcase comprises a seat formed in the upper panel, in proximity of the abutment framework and closed towards the outside of the box; in the seat the upper opening support is at least partially encased, in the direction of the thickness of the upper panel, thus being substantially invisible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GOPPION S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Goppion
  • Patent number: 9364101
    Abstract: A display case having a novel glass door. The glass door includes a top panel and a front panel bonded to one another, and a pair of spaced rails reinforcing the interconnection of the top and front panels. Each of the panels is secured to each of the rails. The glass door provides enhanced viewing of products within the display cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: STRUCTURAL CONCEPTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Viktor John Anderson
  • Patent number: 9226576
    Abstract: An adjustable structure of combination cabinet includes a plurality of assembling plates assembled as a whole cabinet via a plurality of assembling members, the whole cabinet having a side opening and a receiving space, a first partition plate assembled in the receiving space, the first partition plate vertically assembled between two assembling plates, a plurality of adjusting members slidably mounted on the two assembling plates, the first partition plate moved in the receiving space via moving the adjusting members, each adjusting member having a sliding groove extended horizontally and a socket extended vertically, each adjusting member mounted on the two assembling plates via the sliding groove thereof, the first partition plate assembled to the socket, the adjusting members slid along the assembling plate via the sliding groove, the first partition plate movable in the receiving space so as to adjust the arrangement between the two sub spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Kuo Wen Shang, Benson Chen
  • Patent number: 9193617
    Abstract: An interlocking structure including: a top panel; a first wall and second wall; a first brace and a second brace each having interlocks that interlock with complementary interlocks on the top panel and at least one of the first and second walls. The structure can optionally have an additional interlocking joint, for example, a boss and via, between the top panel and contact point(s) or contact regions of each wall, and the interlocking joint can optionally have an adhesive seal to lock the optional interlocking joints. Also disclosed is a method of making the liner article and methods for using the article for forming glass, as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: John Jerry Kersting, Steven Michael Milillo, Jon Anthony Passmore, Andrew Voss Welles
  • Patent number: 9174429
    Abstract: A press cage may include pairs of opposing wall plates, each of the pairs of wall plates being orthogonal with respect to the other pairs, with corresponding machined indentations located at predetermined locations on broad faces of the wall plates which are adjacent to each other. The press cage may also include coupler assemblies made of coupler parts, each of the parts fixed to machined indentation of the corresponding machined indentations at one of the predetermined locations, the coupler parts locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Nathan A Levy
  • Publication number: 20150130334
    Abstract: A display case has a first display case portion with walls configured so that each wall of a plurality of first fixed walls has a coupling edge arranged at the same coupling framework between the first portion and a second portion of the display case. The coupling edges of the first fixed walls are coplanar to one another and at least two of the first fixed walls are adjacent to each other and fastened together through gluing along a corner substantially perpendicular to the plane of the coupling edges. A groove is formed longitudinally on the coupling edge of each of the first fixed walls, the grooves of the first fixed walls jointly defining a channel along the coupling framework; a hoop cable is housed in the channel, closed on itself. The hoop cable contributes to keeping the walls coupled together at the coupling framework, ensuring that the walls stay in position even in the case in which the gluing with which the first fixed walls are fastened together partially or even totally gives way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Alessandro GOPPION
  • Publication number: 20150022066
    Abstract: A transparent display case system that includes transparent hinges and a transparent case body. The case body is rotatable along an axis which is in alignment with the hinges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: 2 FACE CASE, LLC
    Inventor: Joanne B. DIMITRAKOS
  • Patent number: 8926030
    Abstract: An electrical switchgear cabinet is includes two side wall parts and a respective cover and base wall part. The wall parts are in each case integrally connected to one another, and form a rectangular frame which can be connected to a rear face and to a front face. Each side wall part and each cover or base wall part is angled along its outer edges so as to form a box-like shape. The angled edges are integrally connected to one another at the abutment points with adjacent angled outer edges and form a corner profile at each frame corner. As a result, it is possible for a connecting profile to be connected to the corner profile in each case. A switchgear cabinet connecting profile of the abovementioned type for connecting at least two switchgear cabinets (e.g., in a force-fitting manner) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ABB AG
    Inventor: Michael Roth
  • Patent number: 8804341
    Abstract: A container data center includes a container, and a number of cabinets arranged in the container. A shockproof device is mounted at the bottom of the cabinet. A support apparatus is mounted at the top of the cabinet. A sleeve is fixed on the top of the cabinet. The supporting apparatus includes a connecting member. The connecting member includes a first end fixed to the top of the container, and a second end opposite to the first end slidably received in the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sheng-Chung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8720016
    Abstract: A clip for releasably securing a panel to a support, including a socket member, and a ball member. The socket member includes a base having a bore positioned at a center point of the base and a collar located around the bore, the collar being partitioned into segment walls separated by gaps. The ball member includes a base having a collar positioned around the center and a cylindrical pillar with a spherical member projecting from a top surface of the base at a generally perpendicular angle to the base. The spherical member of the cylindrical pillar is pushed through the collar of the socket member, causing the segment walls to flex back to allow the spherical member to emerge from above the segment walls and the pillar to be encircled by the segment walls when the segment walls flex back to their original position, resulting in a secure snap fit engagement of the ball and socket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Dominic Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 8684210
    Abstract: A water cooler display apparatus for positioning, storing and/or displaying items thereon is disclosed. The apparatus is positioned on and around a water cooler bottle on a water dispensing device thereby enabling use of typically unusable space around the water dispensing device. The apparatus includes a first housing member, a positioning member adjacent to and/or on an interior surface of the first housing member for positioning the apparatus on and around the water cooler bottle, and one or more securing members which hold or secure any suitable number of items on the apparatus. The apparatus may also include a second housing member on the first housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: CEMCO, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Richter
  • Patent number: 8616661
    Abstract: An enclosure, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention, comprises a plurality of peripheral frame members, a plurality of corner frame members, a plurality of corner members, a plurality of primary surface sheets, and a plurality of secondary surface sheets. In preferred embodiments, the components of the enclosure are joined together in a manner that inhibits liquids from accessing the junctions between the components. In this manner, the interior of the enclosure can be shielded from various weather and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Trystar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Matthew Takata, James Jerome Koberg, Brian Allen Amacher, Jason Robert DeMars, Christopher Alan Dahl
  • Patent number: 8601765
    Abstract: Components of a modular component system are disclosed. A representative component has, at a first side, a first channel for receiving a connector and, at a second side, a second channel for receiving a connector. The first channel extends inwardly from an outer edge of the first side and in cross-section has a body portion which extends from an opening in the component in a direction generally parallel to the first side and a head portion which extends outwardly of the body portion. The second channel extends inwardly from an outer edge of the second side and in cross-section has a body portion which extends from an opening in the component in a direction generally parallel to the second side and a head portion which extends outwardly of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Aeroflex Limited
    Inventor: Nathan Lord
  • 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: 8464408
    Abstract: A hardware system is provided for use in ready-to-assembly (RTA) furniture that allows assembly thereof without the need for tools. The system includes a pin fastener and a pin receiver assembly. The pin receiver assembly is installed into one panel of the RTA furniture while the pin fastener is installed into another panel or component that is to be fastened to the first panel. The pin receiver includes a retaining means therein that serves to releasably engage the pin fastener when it is inserted therein. The pin receiver includes a body having engaging members therein that engage the pin shaft when the pin shaft is inserted into the pin receiver. In a preferred embodiment the pin receiver can be disengaged from the pin fastener using a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Tracy Leigh Hazzard
  • Patent number: 8337973
    Abstract: A structure of a cylindrical boss forming place of a cabinet is provided. A resin-molded plate has a first face which is flat and a second face which is opposite to the first face. A resin-molded boss is formed into a cylindrical shape and is integrally protruded from the second face of the plate. A thickness t of a cylinder wall at a base end of the boss is less than a reference thickness T of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Ishii
  • Patent number: 8210490
    Abstract: An equipment enclosure for housing electronic components includes a front assembly having a front frame, the front assembly defining a front of the enclosure, and a rear assembly having a rear frame. The enclosure further includes at least two side brace members, each side brace member having a first end and a second, opposite end. A first connector is configured to releasably connect the first end of one of the side brace members to the front frame. A second connector is configured to releasably connect the second end of the one of the side brace members to the rear frame. Other embodiments and methods are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Mattlin, Joseph H. Bergesch, Kevin Neil Thomas, Paul Thomas Smith, James S. Spitaels, Daniel Bryan
  • Patent number: 8038233
    Abstract: A device for supporting glass panels in a substantially perpendicular position to each other. The device includes a block having a plate intended for gluing to a respective glass panel, at least one structurally separate right-angled element having a plate intended for gluing to a respective panel and a fixing device for adjustable fixation of the at least one right-angled element to said the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Gruppo Confalonieri S.p.A.
    Inventor: Danilo Pezzoni
  • Patent number: 7677830
    Abstract: A furniture joinery comprises a slide rail having a plurality of grooves, at least one slide block slidably disposed in the slide rail, the slide block having a plurality of slides for engaging the slide rail, at least one of the plurality of slides having a neck and a head, the grooves receiving the neck therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Michael T. Brown
  • Publication number: 20090267463
    Abstract: A portable display system may comprise a display unit and a carrying case. The display unit may comprise a base, a plurality of posts, a top, a plurality of base fasteners and a plurality of post fasteners. The base may have 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 may be adapted to engage the base to extend upwardly therefrom. The top may be adapted to engage 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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Nilsson
  • Patent number: 7562915
    Abstract: A fastening mechanism for fixing a PCI bracket having a fixing piece in a casing is provided. The fastening mechanism includes a first mating member and a second mating member. The first mating member is fixed to the casing and includes a carrying piece for carrying the fixing piece and a fastening piece bending toward one end of the carrying piece. The second mating member includes a pressing piece for pressing the fixing piece, a first clipping piece bending toward one end of the pressing piece and pivotally connecting with the casing, and a second clipping piece bending toward another end of the pressing piece and corresponding in position to the fastening piece. The second mating member is rotated to combine with the first mating member, thereby securing the fixing piece in place horizontally and vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Wei-Shih Chen
  • Patent number: 7526841
    Abstract: A device and method for forming an indented female connector where the dimension of the indented female connector provides for removing a male molding component without damaging a set of internal ribs formed inside the female connector. A structure comprising an indented female blow-molded connector having a first wall having a top surface and a thickness, with the first wall surrounding an opening. At least one inner wall extends substantially perpendicular to the first wall and borders the opening. At least one rib is formed in the inner wall. A bottom wall is joined to the inner wall and the distance from the rib to the top surface is greater than the thickness of the first wall. The structure further comprising a male connector having a contact edge that, when positioned inside the indented female blow-molded connector, engage the at least one rib, such that the male connector and indented female blow-molded connector are releaseably joinable with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Confer Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Lipniarski
  • Patent number: 7455472
    Abstract: A device for plane-parallel attachment of a first module to a sidewall of a second module includes at least one coupling element with clamping projections having beveled end sections. The coupling element includes a guide element with two opposing guide tabs, a locking element, and a stop element, wherein the guide tabs, the locking element, and the stop element abut sidewalls of the connecting element so that the two guide tabs extend from a first opposing pair of the sidewalls, and the locking element and the stop element extend from another opposing pair of the sidewalls perpendicular to the first pair. The first module includes an interlock for captivating the coupling element or elements in the sidewall of the first module, whereas the second module has a receiving part capable of receiving the coupling element or elements captivated in the sidewall of the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Lehner, Joachim Masatz, J├╝rgen Wagner
  • Publication number: 20080246375
    Abstract: A cabinet for displaying goods that designed to minimize the opportunity for tampering. Assisting in such improved tamper resistance are: a welded steel frame around the (two) glass door, having a high flange in front in which the doors are installed from the rear of the frame and upon assembly of the case, are captured on the back side by the bottom panel and the top panel assembly with a top reinforcing channel and covering flange that prevents the top from being pried off the door frame as well as side reinforcing angle channels that prevent the end panels from being pried off of the door frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Neil M. Berg
  • Patent number: 7386960
    Abstract: A modular supporting structure is intended to support juxtaposed panels in order to form a modular partition wall adapted to subdivide and define a space to be used as an office into independent working zones. The modular supporting structure comprises a lower cross member, a plurality of intermediate cross members, an upper cross member and a plurality of upright spacers, with each upright spacer interconnecting a pair of adjacently arranged cross members. Only one joining element is provided for interconnection of each intermediate cross member to a pair of lower and upper upright spacers, respectively, at their point of concurrence, in order to form a supporting structure consisting of a framework of rectangular elementary cells intended to frame the juxtaposed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Molteni
  • Publication number: 20070273253
    Abstract: A uniform display case for displaying a uniform and uniform decorations is disclosed. The uniform display case comprises a viewing pane seated within a frame and a display area visible through the viewing pane. In addition, at least a portion of the uniform is visible in the display area, wherein the portion of a uniform is mounted to a back panel, wherein the portion of the uniform is mounted so that portions of back, top and front of the uniform are visible in the display area and are in a plane which is substantially parallel to a vertical plane of the back panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory W. Fair
  • Patent number: 7275289
    Abstract: A device and method for forming an indented female connector where the dimension of the indented female connector provides for removing a male molding component without damaging a set of internal ribs formed inside the female connector. A structure comprising an indented female blow-molded connector having a first wall having a top surface and a thickness, with the first wall surrounding an opening. At least one inner wall extends substantially perpendicular to the first wall and borders the opening. At least one rib is formed in the inner wall. A bottom wall is joined to the inner wall and the distance from the rib to the top surface is greater than the thickness of the first wall. The structure further comprising a male connector having a contact edge, such that when positioned inside the indented female blow-molded connector, the contact edge releasably engages the at least one rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Confer Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Lipniarski
  • Patent number: 7257913
    Abstract: A signage system comprising a prism-shaped tri-panel louver having a slot at each corner into which can be slid a clip. The clip is generally V-shaped with a pair of opposing sides joined at one end to form an apex. At the apex end is a pair of opposing fingers which are generally parallel to the clip sides. The fingers form a slot on each side. The clip is slid and retained by a friction fit within the slot such that when three clips are installed the fingers and slots formed therein can hold the sign graphics strip. The clip can flex somewhat to allow for insertion in a slot in the louver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Ad-Tech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Heller, Richard Wanser, Dewey Pitts
  • Patent number: 7255511
    Abstract: A corner leg assembly comprises two grooved mating elements divided longitudinally which when held together form the female groove portion of two dovetail joints, one on each side facing laterally 90 degrees apart. One of the corner elements is a substantially triangular corner leg having perpendicular outside surfaces and parallel lengthwise L-shaped grooves on a 45 degree inside surface. The second element is a clamp block which includes opposite-facing L-shaped side grooves corresponding (being the mirror image thereof) to the grooves on the corner leg. The clamp block is affixed down the middle of the corner leg along the inside surface by one or more clamping fasteners such as a screw or bolt which passes through the clamp block. By turning the fastener(s), the clamp block may be loosened or removed to vertically adjust a laterally-extending panel or rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Kevin P. Dolan
  • Patent number: 7252273
    Abstract: The invention discloses unique brackets, which form a bracket assembly that may be placed at any location of various components to form an assembly piece, such as furniture. An assembled furniture piece made of furniture panels interconnected with attached engaging and receiving brackets is provided. The engaging and receiving brackets are positioned on components to facilitate the connection of the components. A method to assemble furniture having preformed arm, base, seat and back components is provided. This method of assembly saves on shipment costs, and facilitates the repair of damaged furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventors: Chris Lewellen, Larry Owens, James D. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 7073756
    Abstract: A recessed support assembly includes a ledge member having an upper portion and an attachment bore formed in the ledge member. A bracket conforms to the upper portion and includes a securement aperture aligned with the attachment bore. A first fastening device extends through the securement aperture and into the attachment bore, thus fixing the bracket to the ledge member. A bridging element is also included and is mated to the bracket via a second fastening device, which extends through an attachment aperture in the bracket and into the bridging element. An operative end of the second fastening device is captured between the bracket and the upper portion of the ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Toby Evans Walton
  • Patent number: 6918501
    Abstract: An strengthened door for an blast-resistant cargo container includes a door panel horizontally slidably mounted on the cargo container. The door panel has an upper side, a lower side, a first vertical side and a second vertical side each hooked on the cargo container to provide overlapping joints to effectively limit blast damage to the inside of the cargo container and prevent an aircraft from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ming-Jong Wang, Feng-Ho Wang, Chao-Chyun An, Buh-Shiuh Teng
  • Patent number: 6883879
    Abstract: A display case assembly system includes several closed frame tubes, each closed frame tube including two closed frame tube longitudinal ends, at least one closed frame tube longitudinal end including a fastener receiving structure; several laterally breakable frame tubes, each breakable frame tube including a breakable frame tube mounting section having a fastener port; at least one fastener fitted through the fastener port in one of the mounting section and into one of the fastener receiving structures in one of the closed frame tube longitudinal ends, so that at least one breakable frame tube is fastened to one closed frame tube longitudinal end; a breakable frame tube cover section with snap engagement structures for snap engagement with the mounting section to form a composite tube concealing the at least one fastener; and a panel mounted and extending between the closed frame tube and the breakable frame tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Jim S. Latchinian
  • Publication number: 20040075371
    Abstract: A display case assembly system includes several closed frame tubes, each closed frame tube including two closed frame tube longitudinal ends, at least one closed frame tube longitudinal end including a fastener receiving structure; several laterally breakable frame tubes, each breakable frame tube including a breakable frame tube mounting section having a fastener port; at least one fastener fitted through the fastener port in one of the mounting section and into one of the fastener receiving structures in one of the closed frame tube longitudinal ends, so that at least one breakable frame tube is fastened to one closed frame tube longitudinal end; a breakable frame tube cover section with snap engagement structures for snap engagement with the mounting section to form a composite tube concealing the at least one fastener; and a panel mounted and extending between the closed frame tube and the breakable frame tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Jim S. Latchinian
  • Patent number: 6560842
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved method of constructing a food display case. The construction techniques make use of a crimping tool which stitches together overlapping metal flange portions of the component display panel. The resulting stitched seams permit the rapid assembly of the non-glass structural components. In situ foaming of the spaces between the interior and exterior display walls, floor panels, and top panels, provides a rigid spaced connection between the adjacent panels and provides for the overall rigidity and increased strength of the resulting display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Specialty Equipment Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Kusel, Harry A. Brancheau