With Structure Above Table Patents (Class 312/196)
  • Patent number: 11419409
    Abstract: A work station including a base includes a work surface pivotally mounted to the base so as to be configured to pivot between a first position and a second position. The work surface is configured to cover a protected member when in a first position and the work surface is configured to uncover the protected member when moved into a second position. The base is configured to support the work surface on a floor surface. A height of the work surface can be adjusted to accommodate the ergonomic needs of different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: David Raymond Koenig
  • Patent number: 11385681
    Abstract: A docking computer storage system has a plurality of docking bays for receiving laptop computers. A male USB-C connector is provided at the rear of each bay such that, when a laptop computer is inserted into the docking bay, the male USB-C connector in the docking bay will automatically engage a corresponding female USB-C connector on the laptop computer. The male USB-C connector is disposed on a floating subassembly which enables vertical and horizontal relative movement of the male USB-C connector within the docking bay. The floating subassembly has self-orienting inactive “dummy” male connectors configured to engage one or more female connectors on the laptop computer other than the USB-C connector. The self-orienting inactive “dummy” male connectors cause the male USB-C connector of the docking station to be properly aligned with the female USB-C connector of the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Hough, Jeffrey Crull, Joel Kramka, William Mathias, Brett DeFever, Simon Livingston-Jha
  • Patent number: 11359890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a furniture inlay personal protection shield that is removable from furniture to provide personal protection, in an emergency, from bodily harm threats. The furniture inlay personal protection shield comprising an exterior surface inlay that is sized and fabricated to fit into a predefined opening in the furniture surface, a bullet-resistant inner liner affixed to the interior surface of the exterior surface inlay, and at least one handle proximate the bullet-resistant inner liner where a user can, by way of the handle, securely position the bullet-resistant inner liner between the user and the bodily harm threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Cary C. Pappas
  • Patent number: 11312308
    Abstract: A universal storage system for a motor vehicle includes an enclosure defining a chamber, a plurality of partitions, and a partition actuator for moving the partitions within the chamber to define a plurality of compartments. The system further includes a cover actuator for moving the cover elements to cover the compartments. The system further includes a user interface generating a deposit signal indicative of a size of an object to be deposited into the enclosure. The system further includes a controller generating first and second actuation signals. The partition actuator moves the partitions to the predetermined positions to define a compartment sized for receiving the object in response to receiving the first actuation signal from the controller. The cover actuator moves the cover elements to the predetermined locations for uncovering the compartment in response to receiving the second actuation signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technologies Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tushar R. Gawade, Sujit Venugopal, Rajiv M. Nagarkatti, Biswajit Tripathy, Sadanand N. Raikar
  • Patent number: 10718111
    Abstract: A subarchitectural office system including a subarchitectural wall having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge opposite the first side edge. The subarchitectural office system also includes a first arch adjacent the first side edge of the subarchitectural wall and a second arch adjacent the second side edge of the subarchitectural wall. The first and second arches both include a first vertical post adjacent the respective side edge of the subarchitectural wall, an overhead beam with a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end of the overhead beam is coupled to the first vertical post and the overhead beam extends outwardly from the first vertical post. The first and second arches also include a second vertical post positioned away from the subarchitectural wall and coupled to the second end of the overhead beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Ayse Birsel, Bibi Seck, Andrew Kurrasch
  • Patent number: 10186819
    Abstract: A height-adjustable table includes a worktop having a top surface, a bottom surface and height-adjustable legs. An electrical power center is attached to the bottom surface of the worktop and has a housing, electrical interface connectors mounted to the housing and electrically connected to each other, and an electrical power source receptacle electrically connected to the electrical interface connectors. The table has a first power cable having a first electrical interface connector electrically connected to one of the electrical interface connectors of the power center and a second electrical interface connector secured to the bottom surface of the worktop. The table includes a second power cable having a first electrical interface connector electrically connected to another of the electrical interface connectors of the power center and a second electrical interface connector secured to the bottom surface of the worktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David Black, Michael O'Keefe, Bernard Bensussan, Michael Brandstatter, Robert Glenn
  • Patent number: 10172448
    Abstract: An armored lectern includes a frame, a first armored panel, and a second armored panel. The frame defines a gap, and the armored lectern defines an assembled configuration in which a portion of the first armored panel is positioned within the gap such that a first panel surface of the first armored panel faces a first direction, a first portion of the second armored panel is positioned within the gap such that the first panel surface of the second armored panel faces the first direction, and a second portion of the first panel surface of the second armored panel faces a second panel surface of the first armored panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DEFENSHIELD, INC.
    Inventors: William Collins White, Jordan William Settle
  • Patent number: 10009589
    Abstract: The invention relates to a small-spacing pre-maintenance LED display screen, the LED display screen comprises a box, a plurality of LED modules and inter-display-screen connecting units provided in the box, the LED display screen comprises connecting ends provided on the lateral sides of the box, and the connecting ends are used to connect any two boxes adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Xiaogang Wu
  • Patent number: 9919414
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet body having two guide rails, a movable storage unit having two extension members that are coupled respectively to the guide rails, two lifting units, and two driving units. Each lifting units has a guide tube mounted to one of the cabinet body and the storage unit, a threaded member non-rotatably connected to the guide tube, and a threaded rod mounted to the other one of the cabinet body and the storage unit and connected threadedly to the threaded member, such that rotation of the threaded rods drives the movement of the storage unit between lowered and lifted positions. The driving units are configured to synchronously drive the rotations of the threaded rods of the lifting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9815189
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet body having two guide rails, a movable working platform unit having two extension members that are respectively coupled to the guide rails, two lifting units, and a driving unit. Each extension member has an inner coupling hole. Each lifting unit has a support member, a threaded rod, and a threaded member movably and threadedly engaging the threaded rod. Rotation of the threaded rods results in the movement of the working platform unit between lowered and lifted positions. When the working platform unit is arrested in the middle of being driven from the lifted position to the lowered position while the driving unit continues to operate, the rotation of the threaded rod drives the threaded member to slide away from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9604356
    Abstract: A sloped cabinet header or top member for use with a storage cabinet has a front wall, a rear wall, an angled top wall extending between the front and rear walls, and a bottom wall extending between the front and rear walls. First and second side walls interconnect the top, front, rear, and bottom walls. The top wall is angled with respect to the rear wall and bottom wall. The top member is mounted onto an upper surface of the storage cabinet to prevent storage of components on the top surface of the cabinet and to prevent dust or debris from accumulating on the upper surface of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Metal Fabricating Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard J. Golias, Jr., Gary W. James, Judy Kalski
  • Patent number: 9486075
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet housing, drawers disposed in the cabinet housing, a working platform unit, two slide rails, two lifting units, a linkage unit, and a drive unit. The cabinet housing includes a top cover formed with a storage groove. The working platform unit has a platform member disposed above the top cover, and two extension members extending from the platform member through the top cover. The slide rails are disposed at the cabinet housing, engage respectively and slidably the extension, members, and are interconnected by the linkage unit. The drive unit is drivingly connected to one of the lifting units, and is operable to drive synchronised movements of the lifting units to move the working platform unit along the slide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9486911
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet housing that has a top cover, a plurality of drawers that are movably disposed in the cabinet housing, a working platform unit, two slide rails, two lifting units, a linkage unit, and a drive unit. The working platform is displaceable relative to the top cover between a lifted position, where the platform member is distal from the cabinet housing, and a lowered position, where the platform member is proximate to the cabinet housing, cooperates with the top cover to define an anti-jamming gap therebetween, and is not allowed to move further toward the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9439507
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet housing, drawers disposed in the cabinet housing, two sideboards, a working platform unit, two slide rails, two lifting units, a linkage unit, a drive unit and reinforcement ribs. Each of the sideboards cooperates with the cabinet housing to define a receiving space. Each of the reinforcement ribs extends from a respective one of opposite sides of the cabinet housing toward the respective one of the sideboards. The linkage unit interconnects the lifting units. The drive unit is drivingly connected to one of the lifting units, and is operable to drive synchronized movements of the lifting units to move the working platform along the slide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9161622
    Abstract: An Air Traffic Control (ATC) console provides improved structural integrity and cable routing. The ATC console includes laterally spaced apart vertical ribs including a strong center box structure and slat wall hooks on opposing flat wings. Front and rear slat wall panels attached to opposite sides of the ribs by horizontal lips on rear surfaces of the slat walls engaging the slat wall hooks. Horizontal openings for cable passage are created by spacing consecutive slat walls apart, and may be staggered to avoid light reaching an operator. Brush grommets may fill the openings in the front slat walls further preventing light from reaching the operator. Cable trays may be position under the horizontal openings and the vertical ribs may include cable pass throughs aligned with the horizontal openings and cable trays allowing cables to be routed laterally between the slat walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: RUSS BASSETT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Dressendorfer, Trevor Simon, Sasha Johnson, Ott Bouasry, Bernard A. Higuera
  • Patent number: 9055811
    Abstract: The invention relates to an office device having multiple spatial configurations, including a first work surface and a second work surface, each of the two surfaces having a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The first work surface is connected, near a first end thereof, to the second work surface by assembly means enabling rotation of the first surface between a stowed position, in which the longitudinal axes of the work surfaces are aligned, and deployed positions, in which the longitudinal axes of the work surfaces are not aligned. The device is characterized in that the assembly means enable the sliding of the first surface along the longitudinal axis of the second work surface, as well as a rotation by an angle of no less than 90° at any point in the sliding path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase S.A.
    Inventor: Christophe Reithler
  • Patent number: 8926029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a framework for supporting pieces of work station equipment, and in particular to a console structure for supporting electronic equipment such as computers, video displays, control panels and the like. The present disclosure provides a console structure generally comprising a cabinet structure and a support structure. The cabinet structure generally defines an interior space for receiving equipment, whereas the support structure is typically disposed at the back side of the cabinet and extends above the cabinet for supporting equipment on the exterior of the cabinet. In at least one embodiment, the console has reduced dimensions to provide enhanced downward sightlines over the console. Furthermore, in at lease one embodiment, the interior dimensions of the cabinet structure are maximized by providing a cabinet frame comprised of one or more compact frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Evans Consoles Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Han, Shannon Lundrigan, Matko Papic
  • Patent number: 8770114
    Abstract: A collapsible dual sided privacy carrel designed to reduce distractibility in academic and work place settings accomplishes this through the use of bilaterally positioned hinged panels and a central section with an open viewing area. The collapsible dual sided privacy carrel securely deploys atop a work surface providing personal privacy partition in various environments. After use the carrel quickly collapses to a compact state allowing for facilitated storage. The collapsible dual sided privacy carrel comprises a central section, a first panel, a second panel, a first hinge, and a second hinge. The first panel and the second panel each comprise a peripheral vision obstruction, a section hinge, and a ground contacting section. The central section comprises a viewing area and a support section. The configuration of these components and subcomponents provides users with a private study carrel that effectively obscures laterally positioned distractions while in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Michael Kiskis, Ronald Dean Zerrer
  • Patent number: 8616663
    Abstract: A representative adjustable cabinet includes a bottom section, a top section, a release mechanism, and a ladder component. The bottom section includes a top wall. The top section is positioned above the bottom section and includes at least one side wall. The release mechanism is placed at the top wall and includes at least one bar that extends horizontally along a plane of the top wall. The ladder component is placed at the at least one side wall of the top section and engages the at least one bar of the release mechanism to facilitate adjusting the top section downward and upward in relation to the bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8314896
    Abstract: The pivoting remotely controlled television holder apparatus provides for improved television viewing whether fitted with a flat screen television in one embodiment or a CTR television in an alternate embodiment. The pivoting remotely controlled television holder apparatus pivots a flat screen television in the vertical plane. The apparatus also pivots a television in the horizontal plane. The apparatus further raises and lowers a television. These pivoting, raising, and lowering functions are performed remotely via the remote. The alternate embodiment of the apparatus is suitable for a CTR television and offers side to side movement whereby the television is taken through an arc to pivot the viewing screen in the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark L. Walden
  • Patent number: 8308173
    Abstract: A portable voting booth having multiple voting stations or trays combined with a single voting cart. The voting cart includes portable voting booth trays that can be deployed from the voting cart with privacy shields that are formed integral and can be erected for privacy. Voting trays are placed at various levels to accommodate individuals of various heights, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs while also providing a compact storage configuration. Beneath the retractable voting stations is an area for storage of voting materials, allowing the materials to be assembled in a remote location and sealed within the utility cart for storage. The cart then can be moved to the particular locations for the voting procedure. Upon completion of the voting process the cart can be resealed with the cast ballots. Tracking systems are optionally employed to track the cart and/or contents of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Naztec International Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed Pazhoor
  • Patent number: 8291833
    Abstract: A universal desk or workstation assembly for enhancing learning is incrementally adjustable in height from sitting to standing positions, and includes a pendulum swinging footrest assembly. The swinging footrest assembly may be provided in kit form and is configurable for retrofit attachment to existing desks and workstations. The swinging footrest provides height adjustment and mounting depth adjustment relative to the depth of the desk or workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Safco Products Company
    Inventor: Timothy A. Skiba
  • Patent number: 8139353
    Abstract: The disclosed docking systems for an electronic device may provide any accessory function and may include more than one connector such as a battery charger connector, a USB hub, a memory card hub, an audio boom box connector, and the like. A modular universal part is configured with at least a one connector that is configured to interface with an electronic device connector. A personality part, specific to the electronic device, is configured to receive both the electronic device and the modular universal part so that the modular universal part connector is capable of interfacing with the electronic device connector. In this way, the personality part can align the electronic device connectors with any number of modular universal part connectors. In this way, an accessory part including a modular universal part could be reuseable with different electronic devices since the personality part is specific to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiri Slaby, Roger W. Ady, Paul M. Pierce, Karl R. Voss, Charles B. Woodhull
  • Patent number: 8109215
    Abstract: Provided is a desk top panel, which normally protects privacy in a complete shielding form, permits facing persons to converse and documents and the like to be passed and received by opening a lower space of the desk top panel as needed, and permits a wiring cover to be easily attached/removed or opened/closed. A desk having such desk top panel attached thereon is also provided. A desk top panel is attached to the rear portion of a top board of a desk to stand, for blocking the visual fields of sitting persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Okamura Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kitada, Osamu Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8079651
    Abstract: An extension and retraction arrangement with a control system for adjusting a monitor from a retracted configuration to an extended configuration. The control system controls an extension and retraction of a trolley structure and a retained monitor and an opening and closing of a door through which the monitor can be extended. The control system has an operation mode with an UP sequence and a DOWN sequence. Sensors can sense open and closed positions of the door and raised and extended and retracted positions of the trolley and the monitor. The control system can automatically react to monitor positioning issues, losses in power, and obstructions to the travel of the door and the trolley structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Patent number: 8066240
    Abstract: A multi-configurable furniture assembly including height adjustable legs, a height adjustable pedestal support structure, a variable height foot support for cabinets and shelves and a panel wall assembly where each of the separate assemblies have finished and high quality appearances after a configuration is constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Duane F. Nagel, Joylene M. Battey
  • Patent number: 8061278
    Abstract: A universal desk or workstation assembly for enhancing learning is incrementally adjustable in height from sitting to standing positions, and includes a pendulum swinging footrest assembly. The swinging footrest assembly may be provided in kit form and is configurable for retrofit attachment to existing desks and workstations. The swinging footrest provides height adjustment and mounting depth adjustment relative to the depth of the desk or workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Safco Products Company
    Inventor: Timothy A. Skiba
  • Patent number: 8006986
    Abstract: A portable voting booth having multiple voting stations combined with a single utility/storage cart. The cart includes portable voting booth stations that can be deployed from the cart with privacy shields that are formed integral and can be erected instantly for privacy. Privacy booths are placed at various levels to accommodate individuals of various heights, including wheelchair bound individuals. Beneath the retractable voting stations is an area for storage of voting materials, allowing the materials to be assembled in a remote location and sealed within the utility cart for storage. The cart then can be moved to the particular locations for the voting procedure. At the voting location, the seal can be broken and the ballots accessed. Upon completion of the voting process the cart can be resealed with the cast ballots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Naztec International Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed Pazhoor
  • Patent number: 7836834
    Abstract: The worktable comprises a work platform and a multidirectional coupling for operatively attaching the work platform to an external structure. The multidirectional coupling comprises a first linear assembly comprising a first translation member and a second translation member engaging the first translation member and linearly movable relative to and along the first translation member between first and second limit positions and according to a first translation axis. The multidirectional coupling also includes a second linear assembly comprising a third translation member and a fourth translation member engaging the third translation member and linearly movable relative to and along the third translation member between third and fourth limit positions and according to a second translation axis that is transversal to the first translation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Systèmes de Mobilier Triangle Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Brault, Annie Roy, Thierry Krick
  • Patent number: 7665709
    Abstract: A trolley and rail system for use in relation to an extension and retraction arrangement with a trolley structure retained for axial extension and retraction along a body portion of a rail arrangement comprising first and second rails disposed in substantially parallel spaced orientation. The trolley structure can have a central portion and first and second wing portions with load bearing wheels for rolling along rigid bearing surfaces of the first and second rails. The bearing surfaces and the wheels can have correspondingly contoured profiles. The trolley structure can have a ventrally disposed alcove. Constant force springs can assist in a travel of the trolley structure in relation to the rail arrangement. The trolley structure or a support arm coupled thereto can have threaded mounting holes for retaining a flat panel monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Patent number: 7641294
    Abstract: A shop desk with a desk body sized to define a volume bounded by a top, front, rear and side walls. A hutch is configured to fit within the volume when disassembled. The desk body is wider, longer and deeper than the hutch. The hutch secures to a top surface of the desk body when assembled. Legs support the desk body and a leg stabilizer platform connects to the legs at a location spaced from an underside of the desk body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Global Equipment Company Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 7530651
    Abstract: A ready-to-assemble (RTA) modular desktop cabinet has a multiple dowels, multiple clasp connectors, two side panels, a rear panel, a main shelf, a pedestal assembly and a top panel. The rear panel has a top board and a bottom board. The side panels are mounted parallelly and detachably mounted to the rear panel, the main shelf, the pedestal assembly and the top panel independently using dowels or clasp connectors. Further, the bottom board is hinged to the top board, so that the footprint of the folded rear panel is reduced for transport and storage. Furthermore, the RTA modular cabinet can be assembled and disassembled easily without needing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Grace Chance Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Wen-Te Ho
  • Patent number: 7517029
    Abstract: An extension and retraction arrangement with a trolley structure retained for axial extension and retraction relative to a rail arrangement and a control system with an actuating arrangement and a mechanism for selectively controlling a travel of the trolley structure. In a manual control system, the trolley structure can be mechanically engaged and disengaged in extended and retracted configurations by first and second locking projections respectively. An actuating rod can be actuated by a trigger to pivot the locking projections into and out of engagement with the trolley structure. The trigger can additionally enable a selective release of first and second doors from closed positions. A motorized control system can propel the trolley structure and open and close the doors. A lock and key, an access card and access card reader, or a remote control and remote control receiver can selectively enable operation of the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Publication number: 20080290766
    Abstract: The invention relates to a computer table element (1), comprising a body (2), a sliding keyboard panel (3) having an extended working position and a retracted storage position, a bearer (9, 10) mounted pivotably on the body (2) for supporting a flat-panel display (11) in various positions, and a front wall (6) beneath the keyboard panel (3). The keyboard panel (3) has its movement transmitted by a pivot joint (4) to the front wall (6) and by swing arms (5a, 5b) to the display bearer (9, 10), such that the front wall (6) and the bearer (9, 10) swivel towards a vertical plane as the keyboard panel (3) travels from the working position to the storage position. This results in more leg room under the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Jussi Korolainen
  • Publication number: 20080284293
    Abstract: A freestanding workstation includes a desk assembly and a supported hutch assembly, wherein the desk assembly includes a privacy screen that is telescopingly adjustable, thereby allowing adjustment of the overall length thereof and use within desk assemblies of varying lengths. The hutch assembly includes a drop-in tackboard extending along a rear wall thereof, and wire routing assemblies extending along support members for supporting a storage bin, and for housing communication and electrical lines associated with the workstation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Kirt Martin, Alan E. Rheault, Daniel R. Van Dyk, David C. Eberlein, Mark A. Groenheide
  • Patent number: 7430114
    Abstract: A dual use computer desk has a planar work surface supported by side panels at opposite longitudinal ends of a curvilinear front edge. Bifurcating into two work stations the space under the desk top, a cabinet contains sliding shelves for a computer and other equipment and accessories. Slidable drawers disposed at a spaced distance below the desktop within each of the work stations provide adjustable storage for computer controller equipment. At one of the work stations, gaming equipment may be attached and ready for use, while the other work station may contain a keyboard and mouse for more conventional computer functions. A swivel stand disposed on the desktop above the cabinet allows a monitor to articulate between the two work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventors: Pamela Sue Rouleau, David Ernest Rouleau
  • Publication number: 20080211361
    Abstract: Office furniture system, in particular, a desking system, with various useful features including a display pool, a vertical storage system, a support system for facilitating the distribution of power and data to electrical devices used with the desk system as well to adjacently disposed desks to enable a wide range of multi-desk configurations, and privacy panels. The support system includes a central spine and various ribs for supporting accessory brackets including a tackable binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Charles H. Boxenbaum, Julian L. Boxenbaum
  • Patent number: 7184266
    Abstract: An automatic monitor sliding system comprises a machine case, a slidable structure, a monitor mounting plate, and a monitor structure. The slidable structure is mounted inside a reception chamber of the machine case. The monitor mounting plate is mounted in front of the machine case. The monitor structure is mounted in front of the monitor mounting plate. As a result, the slidable structure slides the monitor structure forward to slant the monitor structure downward for facilitating the user to insert and retrieve the audio-visual disk. Consequently, the automatic monitor sliding system provides the functions of protecting machine, preventing dust, water permeation, and mistouch input, and providing high sliding radian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Boom Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jian-Cheng Chen, Chun-Chang Shih
  • Patent number: 7114733
    Abstract: A mobile work and supply station, to hold and transport tools and building materials. The mobile work and supply station has a generally rectangular cart frame, a center section set within the generally rectangular cart frame, a top shelf running across the top of the generally rectangular cart frame, a horizontal shelf running across the top of the center section, a hinged foldable desk table in the front facing of the center section, a plurality of locking wheels, a plurality of eyelets on the top ends of the four vertical legs to accommodate a lifting device, a plurality of hollow cylindrical tubes to hold any elongated tools, building materials and blueprints and a plurality of containers within the center section for holding the tools and building materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Ira Downs
  • Patent number: 7008028
    Abstract: A workcenter or desk including: (1) a first horizontal surface for supporting a computer monitor, (2) a first pair of parallel, spaced, vertically extending sidewalls connected to the bottom of the first horizontal surface, (3) a shelf connected between the first pair of sidewalls below the first horizontal surface; and (4) a second horizontal surface located below the first horizontal surface and above the shelf and having an aperture therethrough. The second horizontal surface is unitarily formed to provide a portion of the second horizontal surface in front of the aperture. The first pair of sidewalls extend through the second horizontal surface aperture. The shelf is positioned such that a CPU is supported thereon and extends through the second horizontal surface aperture toward the first horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: O'Sullivan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Probst
  • Patent number: 6990909
    Abstract: A console structure for supporting equipment thereon, comprising a lower base structure; an upper turret structure supported on the base structure; the turret structure being independently laterally positionable relative to the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Evans Consoles Corporation
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Blehm Colin
  • Patent number: 6827409
    Abstract: The present invention is an integrated sliding keyboard tray and adjustable flip down monitor. It has a bracket that is mounted to a slot cut into an existing work surface. A flat panel monitor and a keyboard tray are both slidably mounted to separate pairs of rails disposed upon the bracket. The monitor may be adjusted forward, back, up, down and for pitch. When not in use the monitor may be folded down parallel to the existing work surface against which it forms a watertight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory Michael
  • Publication number: 20040239217
    Abstract: A storage structure includes a housing. A front wall is movable to and from a closed position closing a forwardly facing opening of the housing. The front wall includes an upper section covering an upper part of the opening in the closed position thereof and a lower section covering a lower part of the opening in the closed position thereof. The lower section can be moved generally rectilinearly relative to the upper section into generally parallel, overlapped relation with the upper section. The upper section is pivotably mounted to the housing so that the front wall can be pivoted upwardly into a storage position generally parallel to and underneath the top wall for storing the upper and lower sections in the generally parallel, overlapped relation underneath the top wall. An actuator is connected to the upper section to apply a force that urges the upper section to pivot upwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS
    Inventor: Amit A. Patel
  • Patent number: 6824230
    Abstract: A corner computer workcenter is described that includes an arrangement for positioning a CPU of a computer proximate to a monitor, keyboard, and other peripheral devices thereof an at a height with respect to the user that facilitates access to media drives and power switches. In one embodiment, the corner computer workcenter of the present invention includes a first horizontal surface for supporting a computer monitor, a second horizontal surface comprising a work surface located in front of and beneath the first surface, and a third horizontal surface located below the work surface for supporting a computer keyboard and other input devices. A shelf, the vertical height of which may be adjustable, is included for positioning a CPU of the computer just below the monitor and behind the work surface and keyboard support surface so that cables provided with the computer for connecting the monitor, keyboard, and other input devices to the CPU are of sufficient length to serve their intended purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: O'Sullivan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Probst
  • Publication number: 20040194670
    Abstract: A computer desk for either right-hander or left-hander is disclosed. The desk comprises two first crosspieces interconnected legs at both side, second and third crosspieces interconnected both sides, two links moveably mounted on the first crosspieces, a connecting member moveable along the links, a latch at the connecting member, a printer support on top of the links, a keyboard tray, a hole in each leg, and a computer platform releasably secured to the holes from one of inner and outer locations at either side of the desk. For adjusting the print support and the tray, unfasten the second crosspiece by pivoting the latch upward, slide the links along the first crosspieces and the tray along the third crosspiece to left or right side of the desk, and fasten the second crosspiece by pivoting the latch downward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Kuo-Ping Lai
  • Patent number: 6712433
    Abstract: A workstation system includes, as a “core” element, a self-standing service trunk that can be used in association with free-standing desks placed adjacent the trunk, or desk structures that are physically connected to the trunk. The trunk has a top that provides a generally horizontal storage support surface above desk height, and the trunk incorporates power and communication cable troughs for delivering power and communication services from an input location on the trunk to an output location accessible from a desk associated with the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: TK Canada Limited
    Inventors: John Hellwig, Geoffrey Milligan, Steve Verbeek, Lorie Marangoni, Genadij Makarewicz, Terry Woodside, Stefano Lio, Zoran Baic, Jonathon Loudon, Dakota Kasdorf, Paul Kruger
  • Patent number: 6662732
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a modular desk includes a frame defining a periphery of a worksurface area and at least one opening formed within the worksurface area. A storage accessory is removeably received in the opening and releaseably engages the frame. In one embodiment, the frame further comprises a plurality of sockets formed therein. An accessory includes a stanchion having an insert portion received in at least one of the plurality of sockets. In one embodiment, an accessory includes a flexible membrane, which forms at least a portion of a worksurface. A method of reconfiguring a worksurface with various accessories is also provided, as is a method for storing an article on a worksurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayse Gul Birsel, Robert Warren Insalaco, Ayako Takase
  • Publication number: 20030184194
    Abstract: A corner computer workcenter is described that includes means for positioning a CPU of a computer proximate to a monitor, keyboard, and other peripheral devices thereof and at a height with respect to the user that facilitates access to media drives and power switches. In one embodiment, the corner computer workcenter of the present invention includes a first horizontal surface for supporting a computer monitor, a second horizontal surface comprising a work surface located in front of and beneath the first surface, and a third horizontal surface located below the work surface for supporting a computer keyboard and other input devices. A shelf, the vertical height of which may be adjustable, is included for positioning a CPU of the computer just below the monitor and behind the work surface and keyboard support surface so that cables provided with the computer for connecting the monitor, keyboard, and other input devices to the CPU are of sufficient length to serve their intended purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Probst
  • Patent number: 6615747
    Abstract: A modular workstation comprising a plurality of abutting arcuate bases. Each base is comprised of a pair of spaced, parallel inner and outer panel segments oriented generally vertically, with the inner panel segment being offset vertically in relation to the outer panel segment. A web extends between the two panel segments, and the panel segments and the web comprise a unitary body. A series of the bases are joined together, and a generally horizontal worksurface is provided, supported on the inner panel segments. A plurality of legs supports the bases at a predetermined elevation. A reference shelf and privacy canopy can be included in the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Rieke Office Interiors
    Inventors: Mark Stenftenagel, Salvatore Graziano
  • Patent number: 6550875
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly which is mounted on a worksurface by one or more support stanchions which project generally upwardly from the worksurface adjacent an edge thereof. The support stanchions position the storage cabinet in upwardly spaced relation from an upper surface of the worksurface and so that the rear side of the cabinet is generally vertically aligned with the edge of the worksurface. The storage cabinet includes one or more horizontal shelves which are adapted to mount upright divider elements thereon which define upwardly and sidewardly opening channels for accommodating documents or other materials therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl C. Compton, Daniel C. K. West, Ricky D. Roels, Charles J. Saylor, Robert Clare Wayner, Mark Powell