Suspended Sheets Patents (Class 312/184)
  • Patent number: 10337722
    Abstract: A modular shelf unit includes a shelf frame having a front, a back and right and left sides and a front panel rotatably coupled to the front of the shelf frame. The front panel is configured to rotate about a rotational axis located proximate to a bottom edge of the front of the shelf frame. The front panel includes at least one holder configured to hold sheet material and a plurality of lights located behind the at least one holder to illuminate the sheet material. When the front panel is configured into a rotatably opened position, the plurality of lights are turned off. When the front panel is configured into a rotatably closed position, the plurality of lights are turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Theisen, William Y. Stafford, Benjamin Weshler, Anthony DeMayo, Yin-Chie Huang
  • Patent number: 9743765
    Abstract: A customizable modular storage unit organizer apparatus with a pair of slides, a pair of slide covers, a pair of cross bars, a pair of retainer clips, and a container for storing articles within the apparatus. The cross bars extend between, are affixed to the slide covers, and have two distal ends, top, bottom, first and second side portions, a slot extending longitudinally along the length of the exterior surface of cross bars for accommodating attachments. The retainer clips allow the slide covers to be selectively, repeatedly, and releasably retained to the slides. The size of the enclosure formed between the slide covers and cross bars may be modified by adjusting the positions of the cross bars on the slide covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen John Lawson
  • Patent number: 9675173
    Abstract: A drawer sidewall assembly includes an inner wall, an outer wall, and a buffer. The buffer is provided between the inner wall and the outer wall to reduce the gap formed by connecting the inner wall and the outer wall and to absorb vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Fang-Cheng Su, Shih-Lung Huang, Ci-Bin Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9573408
    Abstract: A hanging file folder for mounting to a pair of spaced apart rails is disclosed. The file folder has a first and second rod with a pair of hook portions on opposing ends thereof for engaging the pair of spaced apart rails. The file folder body has first and second walls forming a pocket for holding materials therein, and is assembled such that the pocket is suspended between the first and second rods. At least one of the first and second rods includes a resilient structure for permitting at least one of the hook portions to move longitudinally and adjust an effective length of its rod for accommodating variances in the angle at which folders are mounted on the rails. The resilient structure may include a tension spring, for example. The hook portions may be movably mounted to the rod and may include the resilient mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LSC COMMUNICATIONS US, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Goodfellow, David Gruza, Christopher Holman, Candie Harris, Braden Jones
  • Patent number: 9238439
    Abstract: A storage assembly for positioning between vehicle seats, includes an enclosable compartment that has opposing longitudinal sidewalls and opposing lateral sidewalls that are connected to the opposing longitudinal sidewalls to define an interior volume. A plurality of retention features are spaced along an upper edge of the opposing longitudinal sidewalls and the opposing lateral sidewalls. A hanging storage module has a rigid panel suspended in the interior volume and a pair of support elements protrudes horizontally from opposing ends of the rigid panel to removably engage a corresponding pair of the plurality of retention features on a select one of the opposing longitudinal sidewalls and the opposing longitudinal sidewalls. The rigid panel has a side portion configured to vertically hold at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Artur Sakarian, Ryan Welch, Scott H. Dunham, Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140191633
    Abstract: A storage container for use in a documents management system with remote location of file folders positioned on support members mounted between walls of the storage container. The support members are electrically connected to an electrical input connector which supplies file folder search signals to the container and receives response signals from address decoder circuits located in each file folder removably received in the container. Each container has an electrical output connector which can be connected to the electrical input connector of another container so that several containers can be connected to one another. Each container can be removably installed in a file cabinet drawer and electrically connected to the file drawer conductive rails to communicate with a file cabinet based file management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 8231186
    Abstract: A hanging folder stop that is used in conjunction with a drawer in a filing cabinet that utilizes hanging folders. The hanging folder stop is fabricated from a length of plastic tubing that can be removably mounted onto a side wall of the filing cabinet drawer. Once a number of hanging folder stops have been mounted onto both the left and right side walls of the filing cabinet drawer, the hanging folders that are mounted on the side walls of the drawer will be forced to remain in a position roughly close to parallel with the front and rear panels of the drawer, thereby preventing the folders from dismounting from the side panels of the drawer and falling into the drawer itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: William D. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7900813
    Abstract: A tab system for a folder (10a), and a method of making same is disclosed. The tab is enlarged to carry more information/indicia. The visual indicia space (16a), i.e. the viewable space on the front (32a, 36a) of the folder which allows viewing of the enlarged tab is achieve without violating the overall size restrictions (40a) of the file folder. Instead, the front of the folder adjacent to the tab on the back panel, is cut away (32a,34a) to expose a greater portion of the back panel (14a) and allow an increase in visual indicia space. The remaining portion of the front panel, not adjacent to the tab may also be cut away (34a) to allow other enlarged tab files, with offset tabs, (22d, 21a) to be viewable behind the present file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Smead Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Darryll Dodson
  • Patent number: 7793791
    Abstract: A filing assembly includes a housing with a top wall, a bottom wall, a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall. The housing has an open front side. A plurality of rails is attached to a bottom side of the top wall. A receiving space is defined between adjacent ones of the rails. Each of a plurality of hanging folders includes a panel that has first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a front edge and a rear edge. The panel has a bend therein extending from the front edge to the rear edge. A plurality of connectors is also provided. Each of the first and second lateral edges has one of the connectors attached thereto. Each of the receiving spaces slidably receives one of the connectors. Secondary folders or papers are positionable in the hanging folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Oliver R. Pouille
  • Publication number: 20100030371
    Abstract: A pharmacy will-call and prescription order article management system and method for managing articles selected to fulfill patient prescription orders awaiting patient pick-up from the pharmacy. An exemplary system includes a storage module including a plurality of separate spaced-apart storage locations for storing containers containing the articles. The containers may be stored at any of the storage locations, thereby maximizing storage density. A visual indicator is provided to indicate each storage location and each storage location has a unique machine-readable identification code identifying that storage location. A code reader is provided to read a unique identification code associated with each container and the unique code at each storage location. Control apparatus controls system operation by locating each container at a storage location and operating the indicator to indicate the relevant storage location when a pick-up request for the prescription order articles is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: The Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Michael B. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20090236955
    Abstract: A bar for suspending a document between two parallel rails includes a substantially rectangular body having an upper edge, a lower edge, and a plurality of spaced apart holes centered about a midpoint of said body, said lower edge defining first and second integral hook members disposed at opposite ends of said body portion including a downwardly directed leg member on respective distal sides of the hook members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: REDI-TAG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ronald D. Perrin
  • Patent number: 7517028
    Abstract: A collapsible storage arrangement for hanging files with a storage housing that retains a pivotable framework that can be pivoted between an upright configuration for enabling access to file folders and a collapsed configuration for storage. The pivotable framework can include first and second pivotally retained frame structures in combination with first and second support rails that have first and second ends pivotally connected to the first and second frame structures. The storage housing can have first and second end walls, first and second side walls, and a bottom. A lid can selectively seal the storage housing. A guide arrangement, which can comprise a flexible member, a guide panel, or a fixed inclined surface, can guide file folders toward a reclined position as the pivotable framework is pivoted from an upright configuration to a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey A Hand
  • Publication number: 20090066202
    Abstract: An exemplary hanging file folder retainer is provided that, in one embodiment, includes a first attaching member, a second attaching member, and a retaining member. The first and second attaching members couple to a hanging file drawer rail in order to secure the hanging file folder retainer to the hanging file drawer rail. The second attaching member is linearly disposed from the first attaching member such that the hanging file folder retainer is secured to the hanging file drawer rail in at least two locations. The retaining member has a length sufficient to at least span the distance between said first and second attaching members. The retaining member can also be increased or decreased upon installation along the hanging file drawer rail depending on the length of the hanging file drawer rail. In at least one functional position, the retaining member inhibits hanging file tabs from disengaging from the hanging file drawer rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: AMERICAN PAD & PAPER LLC
    Inventor: Donald Meltzer
  • Publication number: 20080252185
    Abstract: A sliding file storage frame for mounting in a cabinet having a front opening door includes a rectilinear brace frame that is affixed to left and right drawer slides for longitudinal translation in and out of the cabinet. The drawer slides have a fixed section and at least one sliding section wherein the sliding section is affixed to the respective sides of the rectilinear brace frame. A hanging file support grid is supported intermediate to the front and rear braces and intermediate to the left and right sides of the rectilinear brace frame between the left and right drawer slides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Ramzan Mohammed
  • Publication number: 20080048536
    Abstract: A collapsible storage arrangement for hanging files with a storage housing that retains a pivotable framework that can be pivoted between an upright configuration for enabling access to file folders and a collapsed configuration for storage. The pivotable framework can include first and second pivotally retained frame structures in combination with first and second support rails that have first and second ends pivotally connected to the first and second frame structures. The storage housing can have first and second end walls, first and second side walls, and a bottom. A lid can selectively seal the storage housing. A guide arrangement, which can comprise a flexible member, a guide panel, or a fixed inclined surface, can guide file folders toward a reclined position as the pivotable framework is pivoted from an upright configuration to a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Hand
  • Publication number: 20070284975
    Abstract: An exemplary hanging file folder retainer is provided that, in one embodiment, includes a first attaching member, a second attaching member, and a retaining member. The first and second attaching members couple to a hanging file drawer rail in order to secure the hanging file folder retainer to the hanging file drawer rail. The second attaching member is linearly disposed from the first attaching member such that the hanging file folder retainer is secured to the hanging file drawer rail in at least two locations. The retaining member has a length sufficient to at least span the distance between said first and second attaching members and is functionally coupled to the first and second attaching member such that, in at least one functional position, the retaining member inhibits hanging file tabs from disengaging from the hanging file drawer rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Donald B. Meltzer
  • Patent number: 7100775
    Abstract: A binder for a suspension file has a body, a cover mounted on the body and a control element mounted inside the body. The control element has two rods and a pinion gear. Each rod has a rack gear formed on the inner end and a hook formed on the outer end, and the pinion gear is mounted between the rods and engages the rack gears. One of the rods has a controller securely attached to the rod and extending out of the body. When the controller is pushed or pulled, the hooks will extend or retract simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Wei Kang Yeh
  • Patent number: 7059483
    Abstract: A suspension bar for a hanging file having coplanar longitudinal top and bottom portions and a longitudinal middle portion having an offset parallel to the coplanar longitudinal top and bottom portions. A traverse perimeter flare is around each notch. A plurality of small depressed sections in the longitudinal middle portion are expanded to prevent nesting of stacked suspension bars. The notches of the suspension bars are coated to reduce friction. Sheet metal stock need be only half the thickness of conventional flat suspension bar stock with the same load-supporting capacity when incorporated in a hanging file folder thereby lowering manufacturing cost of suspension bars and hanging file folders. This invention also includes a process for making the suspension bars and for installing the suspension bars in jackets at a high production rate, including automated production lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Robert A. Scudder
  • Patent number: 6926158
    Abstract: A hanging file system composed of one or more file support members effectively attached to one cross-support member and spanning a pocket area before being effectively attached to a subsequent cross-support member thereby creating a pocket area of which the sides are not solid areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Arthur Brown, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur E. Brown
  • Patent number: 6899405
    Abstract: An organizer for filing loose sheets of material in an orderly manner that includes an open top housing having a pair of opposed parallel rails extending along the length of the housing. At least one frame assembly supported upon the rails that contains hangers upon which a plurality of sheet receiving envelopes are suspended. A slide closure is mounted upon the frame which can be moved from an open position wherein the envelopes can be removed or replaced on the fasteners and a closed position wherein the envelopes are prevented from being dislodged from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Ava Semple
  • Patent number: 6889836
    Abstract: An apparatus for organizing and retaining memorabilia includes a container having a front wall, a back wall, a pair of side walls and a floor. Insertable within the container is a plurality of folders, each folder having a front wall and a back wall. Each folder may be expandable. Each folder includes an inner pocket defined within it and the inner pocket of each folder may contain one or more slip pockets for holding items therewithin. Each folder may be constructed of a transparent material such that the contents of the folder are visible to the user. Each slip pocket may also be constructed of a transparent material. The container may be constructed of a number of materials and may include a container cover. The container cover may be hinged. The container may include a number of handles attached to or defined within it for assisting with transportation of the container and its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: Maribeth A. Colloton
  • Publication number: 20040195943
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a drawer box having an integrated file hanging system. A hanger track is provided with a barbed mounting rib for engagement into a groove cut into the long edge of a blank. A vinyl laminate is applied to the blank over the top edge and the face that will become the exterior face of the drawer box and the hanger track is pressed into the groove. The drawer blank is processed through the V-groover with the hanger track already in position along the top edge, to mitre the drawer track at the same time as the drawer sides. In the preferred embodiment a bead is formed along the top edge of the mounting track and the cross bar is provided with a complementary hook structure, so that it can be positively engaged to the mounting track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Applicant: Olon Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James Bowers, Frank Guratzsch, George Lill
  • Patent number: 6626602
    Abstract: A hanging file system that makes use of an improved hanging binder. The filing system includes a number of complementary hanging file supports, implementations and accessories. In one aspect of the present invention, the hanging binder makes use of a common center post to support a telescopic section of the hanger members. In another aspect of the present invention, hanging binder supports are designed to complement usage of the hanging binder to provide filing of loose-leaf papers, such as a hanging file sleeve provides support for portable storage of hanging file, a hanging file carrying case provides easy handling of hanging files, and a foldable hanging file base may be folded during shipment or when the case is not in use. In another aspect of the present invention, a hanging binder supports a receptacle, such as an envelope or file pocket, that provides filing of lose papers and/or articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Idea Enhancement Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Man Sum Yuen
  • Patent number: 6588590
    Abstract: A combination storage box is constructed to include a collapsible box body, a support frame formed of two rectangular open frames and four sleeves and mounted in the collapsible box body to support the collapsible box body in shape, the rectangular open frames each having four plug rods in four corners, the sleeves being respectively sleeved onto the plug rods of the rectangular open frames to hold the rectangular open frames together, the collapsible box body having four folding flaps respectively extended along the topmost edges of four sides thereof and hook and loop materials fixedly provided at an inner side of each folding flap and adapted to secure the folding flaps to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 6550874
    Abstract: An adjustable hanging file system for a drawer having side panels utilizes frame members comprised of spaced skirts with a connecting crown to thereby define a u-shaped cross section and bracket members inserted between the skirts to support the frame members. Additional hanging bracket members incorporated with cross rail frame members support the cross rail frame members on frame members attached to a file drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg W. Walla, Richard J. Tracy, E. Grant Swick, William E. Ruehl
  • Publication number: 20030038565
    Abstract: An adjustable hanging file system for a drawer having side panels utilizes frame members comprised of spaced skirts with a connecting crown to thereby define a u-shaped cross section and bracket members inserted between the skirts to support the frame members. Additional hanging bracket members incorporated with cross rail frame members support the cross rail frame members on frame members attached to a file drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Gregg W. Walla, Richard J. Tracy, E. Grant Swick, William E. Ruehl
  • Patent number: 6508376
    Abstract: A hanging file basket having a bottom panel, a shorter first side panel, a taller second side panel, a front panel, and a rear panel, the shorter side panel being pivoted to an upright rack at one side of the bottom panel so that a receiving space is defined between the shorter side panel and the bottom panel to receive the taller side panel and the front panel and the rear panel in a collapsed condition after the shorter side panel has been turned to horizontal, the front and rear panels having vertical and horizontal barrels detachably coupled to respective vertical angle rods and horizontal angle rods at the side panels and the upright rack of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Chuang-Chih Chiang
  • Publication number: 20020180320
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a rectangular container having front and back walls and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from a bottom wall. Hooks extend away from the top corners of the front and back walls which hooks are used to engage conventional hanging rails installed in many desks and file cabinets. The container further includes partitioning dividers extending the bottom wall to divide the internal space of the container into vertically oriented compartments. The vertical dimension of the dividers can be less than the vertical dimension of the side walls to provide a space within the container above the dividers. A rectangular tray is provided with supports for slidable positioning in the space. The tray includes hooks at the corners that extend away from each top corner of the tray to engage the side walls of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Donna B. Amsterdam
  • Patent number: 6435355
    Abstract: A modular storage system for cylindrical objects, such as rolled carpet mats, having an open frame in the form of a right parallelepiped comprised of a horizontal rectangular base, a horizontal rectangular top, and vertical standards connecting the corners of the base and top. Within the frame there are disposed a plurality of pairs of left and right face-to-face vertically extending abutting mirror image formed or shaped shells. Each mirror image shell is formed to define a plurality of alternating inwardly facing one-half storage cells separated by oppositely facing one-half storage cells of substantially identical shape and cross-section. Each abutting pair of face-to-face shells forms a composite unit and defines a vertical row of spaced apart horizontal storage cells. Each adjacent abutting composite unit defines a vertical row of similar horizontal storage cells in staggered relation to the first row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Robert W. Brown
  • Patent number: 6364133
    Abstract: An all-plastic module forms a letter-by-legal frame in which file folders can hang. The module is assembled from two identical end pieces and two identical side pieces. Casters can be attached to the module so it can roll on a floor or a desktop. The modules can be stacked. A lid can be detachably secured to a module to prevent dust from settling on the file folders therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Honeyware, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony L. Sheng
  • Patent number: 6227746
    Abstract: A hanging data binder is provided for a stack of paper. The stack of paper is contained between two end pieces that secure the flexible posts passing through the stack. The end pieces include retractable hooks that serve to secure the flexible posts and provide hooks for the hanging data binder. The retractable hooks are slid outwardly to release the flexible posts and inwardly to store the hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Acco Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Long, Jeffrey S. Lippeth
  • Patent number: 6227389
    Abstract: The invention concerns a flexible partition panel arrangement for stacking and shipping containers, shelves or the like, in connection with which the partition panels are arranged in the interior of the container or shelf. The flexible partition panel arrangement is characterized in that the partition panels are arranged on at least one board secured on a wall or on the ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: KR-Porsiplast Verpackungssysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Raimund Merkel
  • Patent number: 6189776
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved telescoping container, which is set up and collapsed flat quickly and easily, and is provided to the user in one integral piece, eliminating the necessity of a lid being assembled or maintained separately. An integral lid provides an improved amount of cushioning and strength, and does not enter the cubic volume of the container and thus reduce available storage space. In another embodiment the collapsible container includes a structure enabling the storage of hanging files in a collapsible box. An embodiment of the present invention provides for a container with improved support structures for hanging files. The support structures provide a smooth, reinforced surface of sufficient width on which the hooks of hanging files may rest. Since the support structures are constructed from material integral with the container itself, no separate piece is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Motion Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Smith, Richard N. Beneroff, Eric Kim
  • Patent number: 6168247
    Abstract: A file drawer is disclosed where two opposed top edges of the file drawer include pivoting rails which are movable to one of the two positions. The rails in one position are spaced for supporting letter size file jackets and in the other position support metric A4 size file jackets. This arrangement allows the manufacture of common size file drawers which can easily be adjusted for either filing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Teknion Furniture Systems Limited
    Inventors: Ulf Stahmer, Christine Dominik, Geoffrey Milligan, Lorie Marangoni
  • Patent number: 6123479
    Abstract: A hanging multiple page protector includes a plurality of page protectors, a hanging base, and a retainer member. The hanging base includes an elongated plate with a plurality of peg projections extending from a front thereof. A magnet strip is preferably attached to a back of the handing base. Preferably, at least two attachment lugs extend from one of the lengthwise edges of the hanging base. Each attachment lug has at least one opening disposed therethrough. Each page protector is fabricated from a clear plastic material. The page protector has at least two openings disposed in a top thereof which are positioned to allow insertion of the plurality of peg projections. The bottom of each page preferably has a tab retainer. The tab retainer has an opening for insertion of a tab element. The retainer member has a peripheral edge disposed on a back thereof that is sized to loosely receive the hanging base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: John E. Dumke
  • Patent number: 6109456
    Abstract: Holding frames for hanging sheets of documents, such as posters and charts for storage, retrieval and reorganization of the stored items. Each stored sheet has one or more flat flexible plastic tabs with holes and slits attached to the back top edge. The spacing of the tabs matches the width of the storage frame. The holding frames can be used in two positions, a storage position and a selection position. In the selection position the stored items are easy to separate, review and locate. In the storage position the items are packed tightly. The holding frames are removable from the hanging facility to change the position or for transportation to different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Ted Heinz
  • Patent number: 6039473
    Abstract: A tamper evident file holder especially suited for use in containing hanging files in a file cabinet drawer. The file holder is normally a full enclosure pouch configured for holding a plurality of files with one access portal such as a zippered closure or the like. In the preferred embodiment disclosed herein, the enclosure is made of a heavy fabric such as leather, vinyl, canvas, nylon or other tear resistant material. The zipper is locked in the closed position by a locking device comprising a disposable element in the form of a plug and stem which must be fractured to permit unlocking the locking device to open the zipper and gain access to the interior of the pouch. By coding each disposable element with a unique and indelible code, one can readily ascertain that the zipper has been unlocked to permit access to the files within the pouch. The pouch is preferably configured with hanger rods to permit hanging the file holder on a standard pair of file cabinet drawer rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Bruce Bond
  • Patent number: 6012594
    Abstract: A free-standing chart portfolio for display, storing, file acessing and transporting hanging sheets of documents, such as posters and charts (or other large graphics). The portfolio includes one or more storage frame, for receiving sheets having two flat flexible plastic tabs with holes and slits attached to the back top edge. The spacing of the tabs matches the width of the storage frame. The frame can be used in two positions, a storage position and a file access position. In the storage position the sheets are packed tightly. The storage frame is removable from the portfolio to change the position or for transportation to a different location. The portfolio has two hinged covers, which serve as protective covers, or, when opened, as stands of the portfolio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Ted Heinz
  • Patent number: 5971166
    Abstract: An improved box file structure is provide for use in a hanging office drawer file. A pocket member is formed of flat, sheet stock that is folded and fastened in such a way as to form a pair of transverse, mutually parallel retaining panels, a connecting web between the lower extremities of the retaining panels, and end flaps extending between the side edges of the retaining panels. A pair of rigid support bars extend through sleeves formed at the upper extremities of the retaining panels. The support bars have hooks at their ends that engage the rails of the hanging file. The connecting web and the end panels are each divided in half by a fold. The central fold in the connecting web is parallel to the support bars, while the folds that divide the end panels in half are perpendicular thereto. The structure of the pocket sheet may thereby be collapsed fully to bring the retaining panels into face-to-face contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5941450
    Abstract: A coupling member is disclosed for connecting together adjacent hanging file folders. An elongate member includes a slot is formed along the full length thereof and positioned to receive the upper edges of the leaves of two adjacent folders. In a preferred embodiment, the slot is defined by two spaced-apart surfaces which extend into the interior region of the elongate member. The interior region may be solid or may be partially or fully hollow. The elongate member has any one of a number of cross-sectional profiles, including semi-circular, rectilinear, triangular and concave shaped profiles. In another embodiment of the present invention, the coupling member includes two slots each for receiving one of two adjacent folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Frank F. De Safey
  • Patent number: 5942293
    Abstract: A file marker for marking the position of material removed from a file drawer or similar receptacle is disclosed. The file marker comprises a relatively flat body portion having a body side edge, a clip body extending from the body side edge, and a clip extending downwardly from the clip body and defining a gap adjacent to the body side edge for receiving a file rail. The clip is resiliently biased toward the body portion and is resiliently movable to adjust the size of the gap for receiving file rails of varying widths. The adjustable clip is particularly beneficial for accommodating the assorted types of file rails typically found in lateral files and file drawers in office furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: A.I.P. Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Occhipinti, Peter Occhipinti, Salvatore Occhipinti
  • Patent number: 5890604
    Abstract: A tab/hook like device for hanging posters and charts (or other large graphics) for storage, retrieval and reorganization. One or more flat flexible plastic tabs with holes and slits, acting as easily opened and automatically closing tabs, are attached to the back top edge of the posters or charts to be stored. If multiple tabs are used, then the tabs are separated at a preestablished intervals along the top edge of the poster or chart. (Alternatively one long tab may be used spanning the same distance at the top of the poster or chart.) These tab/hooks holding a poster or chart are snapped onto the rods or rings of a holding rack. Because the posters and charts are hanging they are easy to separate, review and locate; and because the tab/hooks are flexible, individual posters or charts may easily be removed from the rack and placed back again on the rack in any other position within the established sequence of posters or charts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Ted Heinz
  • Patent number: 5842570
    Abstract: A hanging file box having opposed side walls with folded over flaps extending downwardly from their upper ends and a channel member secured to the upper end of each opposed side walls for supporting opposite ends of a plurality of hanging file storage members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Acco Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy A. Turnbull
  • Patent number: 5833330
    Abstract: A personal organizer and medical health care delivery facilitation device is provided having a main body, which rests up against and is connected to a wall divided, while being divided into two rectangular interior panels. Attached to the front of the interior panels is a wipeable board used for acute medical instructions and a series of horizontally aligned personal object retaining pouches. The pouches are transparent and contain labeling indicia. A labeled space is provided for the names of family members and emergency phone numbers. Attached via hinges to the opposing ends of the interior panels are two exterior panels of equal size and shape to the interior panels. Attached to the front surface of each of the exterior panels is a written instruction retaining means, in a labeled, pouch like configuration, consisting of a transparent medium, such as plastic, and designed to hold papers such as written instructions from therapists and doctors and care cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Joy Y. Kos
  • Patent number: 5813734
    Abstract: A file guide is formed for use in a hanging file that has a pair of rigid, laterally-spaced, parallel rails held elevated at the top of a file storage compartment, such as a file drawer. The file guide is formed of a thin, flat member that is longer than the distance between the parallel rails. The flat member has a pair of ears at its opposite ends in which rail openings are formed entirely within the structure of the ears. Each of the rail openings is large enough to receive and surround one of the rails. Access slits narrower than the rails are defined in the ears to extend between the rail openings and locations on the perimeter of the thin, flat member. The flat member is sufficiently elastically deformable to spread apart at the slits to permit passage of the rails therethrough. It is also sufficiently resilient to return to an undeformed condition to capture the rail within the rail openings after passage of the rail through the access slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5795040
    Abstract: A hanging file folder support device, either free standing within, or as a connected part of, an annular drawer having a generally flat upright facing panel, upright parallel side panels, an upright back and a horizontal bottom panel. When viewed from above, these drawer components define a parallelogram having included acute angles. The device includes two spaced apart generally parallel hanging file folder support rails each having orthogonally oriented aligned portions forming a zigzag pattern along the length thereof when viewed from above. These support rails are either attached to the drawer side panels or are preferably free standing within the drawer either by two parallel cross frames each connected between each end of the support rails or as defined by upper margins of the sides of a frame such as that of molded thin-wall plastic and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Mary C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 5779331
    Abstract: A vertical filing assembly in which a number of hanging, expandable compartments may be slidably suspended behind and above one another in a step-like manner. The compartments are configured so that the top edge of the back panel of each compartment is higher than the top edge of its front panel which, in turn, is at least as high as the back panel of the compartment in front of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventors: Keith Thomas Fox, Robert Edward Ball
  • Patent number: 5758780
    Abstract: A suspension bracket (10) holds a bound article (12, 86) in a suspension rail frame (14, 82). The suspension bracket has a structural arm (32) with an ear (24) on each end, adapted to hang from rails of the suspension rail frame, and a support arm (34), adapted to fit between pages of the bound article. The support arm and structural arm are attached at one end by a hinge (20) and at the other end by a latch (22) which removably attaches the support arm to the structural arm, to holds magazines, books and the like in the suspension rail frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: David Baumgarten
  • Patent number: 5722692
    Abstract: A booklet filing device (200) is disclosed which comprises an elongated, essentially flat strip with two hook sections (202) on each distal end, elongated longitudinal slot (204) through which a booklet is inserted, the assembly suspended from suspension rails (312) of a hanging type filing system. Variations of the device include user-modifiable label tabs (200c), and user-modifiable filing bar (226) mountable in a ring binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Igor Abramov
  • Patent number: 5707001
    Abstract: The suspended file folder is made entirely from thermoplastic material. The assembly uses a thermoplastic sheet folded along at least one score line to define a folder. The folder has integral suspension portions extending laterally from upper side edges, having generally U-shaped downwardly-opening notches therein to accommodate the suspension rails. Two thermoplastic support bars are permanently fused one to each wall of the folder along the upper edges thereof to provide the required degree of strength and rigidity. The support bars have generally U-shaped downwardly-opening notches therein, corresponding to and aligned with the notches in the suspension portions of the folders. The support bars preferably are provided with ribs to enhance rigidity and strength. Preferably, there are two of the score lines at the bottom of the folder, so that the folder is somewhat U-shaped rather than V-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Canadian Environmental Office Products Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace N. Mark, Thomas W. Deans