Movable As A Unit Patents (Class 312/200)
  • Patent number: 9884321
    Abstract: It is problematic that modern classrooms are often not so flexibly usable that said classrooms are suitable for lecture-style teaching and also for natural-science teaching with practical instructional content. Therefore, the invention relates to a laboratory device (1), comprising a cabinet (10), which has an internal cabinet space (11), wherein a laboratory bench (20) is supported at the cabinet (10) in such a way that the laboratory bench can be pivoted about an axis of rotation (A), and wherein the laboratory bench (20) is positioned in the cabinet space (11) in a first pivot position (P1) about the pivot axis (A) and is arranged at least partially outside of the cabinet space (11) in a second pivot position (P2) about the axis of rotation (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: C + P Moebelsysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tanja Huester, Tobias Walter, Juergen Wallbott
  • Patent number: 9487901
    Abstract: A washing machine in which a touch panel is placed at a door so that an exterior of the washing machine can be improved, the washing machine including: a body in which an opening is formed; and a door disposed to open and close the opening, wherein the door includes: a first door member that constitutes a front side of the door; and a second door member that is combined with the first door member and constitutes a rear side of the door, and wherein the first door member and the second door member are combined with each other so that the first door member is capable of being rotated relative to the second door member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Doo Pil Kim, Bong Wha Kwak, Ji Sung Kim, In Cheol Jang
  • Patent number: 8997994
    Abstract: A portable kitchen storage cabinet sized appropriately to fit atop a tailgate of an extant pickup truck, the portable kitchen storage cabinet including a rectangular prismatic box having a triangular prismatic lid section hingedly disposed at a front surface of the box, the lid section imposable into the rectangular prismatic box when moved to a closed position, the lid section moveable into an open position disposed in front of the front surface of the box, wherein the interior of the box is partitioned by a first shelf, a second shelf, a vertically oriented first partition, and a vertically oriented second partition, whereby extant kitchen utensils and accoutrements are storable sorted inside the box and readily transportable and accessible therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jung
  • Publication number: 20140132130
    Abstract: A storage system includes a plurality of shelves, an aisle and a plurality of ladders. The plurality of shelves includes a pair of fixed shelves and at least one mobile shelf located between the pair of fixed shelves. The aisle is selectively configured to be located between two of the plurality of shelves. The plurality of ladders are spaced apart from and stored at an end of the at least one mobile shelf for slidable access into the aisle. Each ladder engages with a pair of fixed rails that span at least a length of the fixed shelves. A number of ladders correspond with a number of selectively defined aisles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Mitchell Knoll
  • Patent number: 8443348
    Abstract: A runtime system implemented in accordance with the present invention provides an application platform for parallel-processing computer systems. Such a runtime system enables users to leverage the computational power of parallel-processing computer systems to accelerate/optimize numeric and array-intensive computations in their application programs. This enables greatly increased performance of high-performance computing (HPC) applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan S. McGuire, Christopher G. Demetriou, Brian K. Grant, Matthew N. Papakipos
  • Patent number: 8406915
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile rack for a library and an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system for a library including the same, wherein the mobile rack includes a plurality of racks configured to keep books each attached with an RFID tag and mounted with an RFID reader for recognizing tag information stored in the RFID tag, a moving unit configured to move at least one of the plurality of racks, a server configured to manage the books that are inputted, outputted and stacked, and a controller configured to control the moving means in response to a user command through the server or the tag information and to adjust a discrete distance between racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Kuk Hong, Jae Yul Choo, Jeong Ki Ryoo
  • Patent number: 7845742
    Abstract: The present invention is a mobile storage unit for use within a mobile storage unit system that includes an environmental monitoring system on the storage unit. The monitoring system includes one or more sensors disposed on one or more of the mobile storage units that are configured to sense a particular environmental condition in the environment surrounding the mobile storage unit. The sensors are each operably connected to a controller associated with the mobile storage system that is capable of receiving signals from the sensors and analyzing the signals to determine the presence or absence of the environmental condition to be sensed by the sensors. If the condition is present, the controller can transmit an alert signal to an alarm system or to a separate notification device, such as a telephone or computer terminal, in order to alert an individual or the appropriate authorities to the presence of the hazardous environmental condition in the vicinity of the mobile storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventor: William W. R. Lynt, III
  • Patent number: 7747209
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a first component having a photosensitive member and a transcribing portion transcribing a toner image formed on the photosensitive member onto a web, and a second component having a web guide portion guiding the web transported to the transcribing portion and a fixing portion fixing the toner image transcribed onto the web, the first component and the second component being able to be connected/divided, the first component is provided with a transcribing portion base supporting the transcribing portion, the second component is provided with a web guide portion base arranged at a position opposed to the transcribing portion base supporting the web guide portion, and an adjusting member for restricting a position of the second component relative to the first component is provided between the transcribing portion base and the web guide portion base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamazaki, Isao Nakajima, Sho Sawahata
  • Patent number: 7274561
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes: a main body; a display device including an inputting unit; a hinge mechanism that joints the main body and the display device; and a projection portion projecting from the main body. The hinge mechanism includes a turning axis that allows the display device to turn on a turning axial line arranged along one side of the display device, and a swinging axis that allows the display device to swing together with the turning axis on an axial line arranged in a direction that intersects with the turning axis. The projection portion interferes with the display device when the display device is swung on the swinging axis in the state that the display device is overlaid on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Koichiro Takeguchi
  • Patent number: 7188570
    Abstract: An embodiment of an enclosure for electrical equipment is described. The enclosure has a back part arranged to be mounted to a fixed support and having an open front, and a front part having an open back, arranged to contain electrical equipment, and hinged to the back part. A latch is mounted within one of the back and front parts, and is arranged to latch the front part and the back part closed. A key-operated control on the front of said front part permits a user to release the latch only by use of a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Schluter, Richard King, Nico Corbo
  • Patent number: 6688708
    Abstract: A stabilizing and enclosure system for a series of side-by-side mobile storage units. Each mobile storage unit includes a storage member, such as a cabinet assembly, mounted for extendible and retractable movement relative to a base which is rigidly fixed to a supporting structure such as a floor. A stationary stabilizing member is provided for each storage unit. An extendible and retractable engagement mechanism is interposed between each stabilizing member and the storage member of each storage unit, and is movable along with the storage member upon movement between its extended and retracted positions for maintaining engagement of the storage unit with the stabilizing member, to prevent the storage unit from tipping. In one embodiment, each stabilizing member is in the form of a top panel which overlies one of the storage units. Adjacent top panels are connected together, and each top panel is preferably engaged with the storage unit base by a vertical post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventor: Steven L. Janson
  • Publication number: 20020180318
    Abstract: A combination workshop and tool storage cabinet including a main compartment having a top wall, a bottom wall, a back wall, opposed side walls and an open front. The open front is divided into an upper section and a lower section by a horizontal divider. An inner surface of the back wall and sidewalls within the upper section is defined by a peg board. A pair of side compartments is coupled with respect to the opposed side walls of the main compartment. Each of the side compartments has a top wall, a bottom wall, a back wall, opposed side walls and an open front. The opposed side walls include an interior side wall hingedly coupled with the opposed side walls of the main compartment. The open front is divided into an upper section and a lower section by a horizontal divider. The lower section has an elongated lateral slot formed therein. A pair of side tables is adapted for coupling with the pair of side compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Mike Bitner, Anna Bitner
  • Patent number: 6422668
    Abstract: A furniture unit comprises a closed-front credenza that folds out to form an L-shaped desk. The unit comprises a stationary desk having a partially open front, with a kneehole opening forming at least a portion of the open front. A moveable return pivotally mounted at on one side of the desk comprises a vertical face panel and a work surface mounted at a rear side of the face panel. The return is pivotal between a closed position, wherein the face panel covers the open portion of the front of the desk and the return work surface is concealed behind the face panel, and an open position, wherein the face panel is pivoted outward from the front of the desk, exposing the kneehole opening in the desk. The return work surface extends forward from the desk alongside the kneehole opening when the return is opened. The face panel is configured so as to create the impression that the furniture unit is a credenza with no kneehole opening when the return is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Sligh Furniture Co.
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph Byma, Greg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 5971504
    Abstract: A furniture unit comprises a closed-front credenza that folds out to form an L-shaped desk. The unit comprises a stationary desk having a partially open front, with a kneehole opening forming at least a portion of the open front. A moveable return pivotally mounted at on one side of the desk comprises a vertical face panel and a work surface mounted at a rear side of the face panel. The return is pivotal between a closed position, wherein the face panel covers the open portion of the front of the desk and the return work surface is concealed behind the face panel, and an open position, wherein the face panel is pivoted outwardly from the front of the desk, exposing the kneehole opening in the desk. The return work surface extends forwardly from the desk alongside the kneehole opening when the return is opened. The face panel is configured so as to create the impression that the furniture unit is a credenza with no kneehole opening when the return is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: James O. Kelley, Ralph Byma, Greg J. Persons
  • Patent number: 5813735
    Abstract: Disclosed is a combination-type hiding sideboard with movable cabinets. The sideboard comprises a body and a plurality of movable cabinets. The space of the body is divided into a ornamental area and a hidden area which can not be seen and accessible to ordinary people when locked. Many articles can be stored in the hidden area so as not to be stolen by a thief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Chin-Jung Wu
  • Patent number: 5584546
    Abstract: A transportable office work station enclosure with door and retractable casters, adequate interior room to stow a chair when closed, a desktop that is a level, full size, load bearing, wheelchair-accessible work surface but incorporates a front section that is alternatively vertically adjustable for use with a keyboard, overhead storage for major computer components with an elevator for raising and lowering them to user height, internal plug-in outlets prewired to external connectors for phone and power hookups, and interior cabinets for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventors: Robert N. Gurin, Cynthia S. Gurin
  • Patent number: 5118037
    Abstract: A recycling receptacle for storing and receiving several types of refuse comprising a rectangular housing having a top panel, a front panel, a bottom panel, a back panel and first and second end or side panels. A plurality of input/output doors or ports are located on the front panel of the container and a newspaper shelf is accessible by an opening in the front panel. The interior of the housing is divided so that approximately one-half to three-fourths of the interior space or volume is accessible by the input and output doors in the front panel and the remaining interior space is accessible from an input door in the first end panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Robert D. Ekegren
  • Patent number: 5013100
    Abstract: A multi-part shelf includes a unitary middle part and two side parts. All of the parts have a plan outline in the form of an equilateral right triangle, with the outline area of the middle part being twice that of each side part. Each of the parts includes a plurality of superposed triangular shelf floor sections and a plurality of elongate uprights structurally connecting adjacent floor sections at each of the three corners thereof. A respective articulation connection is provided between the middle part and each respective side part for pivotally connecting these parts. The side parts are thus pivotable between a configuration where one cathetus side of the side part is immediately adjacent the hypotenuse side of the middle part and a configuration where the hypotenuse side of the side part is immediately adjacent one cathetus side of the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Bernhard Zich
  • Patent number: 4523794
    Abstract: A locking device for a mobile filing and storage system comprises a reciprocable pin disposed in a rotatable handwheel. The pin is adapted to selectively engage or disengage locking apertures in a stationary plate mounted to the storage frame. The pin is formed with a pair of symmetrical frusto-conical surfaces having apexes that blend into concave surfaces that receive biasing means to retain the pin in the selected engaged or disengaged position against accidental reciprocation of the pin and to provide a tactile feel of proper location in and displacement from the engaged or disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Peterman
  • Patent number: 4421365
    Abstract: A movable storage cabinet includes a plurality of saddles, in the form of inverted channels, and each provided with holes in its opposite lateral sides which receive the shafts of wheels. The saddles extend in the direction of depth of the cabinet, and the front and rear ends of adjacent saddles are connected together by a connection member, thus forming an underframe of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: Kongo Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Genshi Taniwaki
  • Patent number: 4256355
    Abstract: A locking and unlocking device for a manually movable wheeled storage rack or the like is disclosed wherein a toothed locking wheel is operatively connected to wheels of a storage rack, and a pair of locking and unlocking leverages each including a catch are disposed symmetrically about the axis of the locking wheel so that the catches may selectively engage with or disengage from the teeth of the locking wheel by the operation of operating knobs exterior of the storage rack. When one of the catches is made into engagement with the toothed locking wheel while the other is out of engagement therefrom, the rotation in one direction of the locking wheel is locked while the rotation in the other direction is unlocked, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Assignee: Elecompack Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Yamaguchi, Kiyoshi Harashima
  • Patent number: 4153312
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile rack system intended for an efficient use of a limited space of store house and the like for storing books and other goods, having a plurality of mobile racks adapted to run along rails laid on the floor of the store house. The system incorporates at least one human-power driven pedal-actuated driving source. The driving source may be provided for each of the mobile racks or may be provided independently of the mobile racks for running along separate rails. The driving source has a pair of pedals, at least a pair of driving wheels, speed reduction transmitting means between the pedals and the driving wheels, and a saddle for the operator to sit on, the position of which being switchable in accordance with the direction of movement of the rack or the tractor.Braking means are provided for preventing the mobile racks from moving unintentionally, thereby to avoid accidents due to the collision of racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: Kongo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Genshi Taniwaki
  • Patent number: 4138173
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for anchoring a movable box-shaped shelf assembly of the type wherein the assembly is supported by wheels which in turn ride on parallel rails laid on a floor and a handwheel is attached to one side wall of the assembly and is drivingly coupled through a reduction gear to a shaft of the wheels so that upon rotation of the handwheel, the shelf assembly may be moved along the rails in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1979
    Assignee: Kongo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Genshi Taniwaki
  • Patent number: 4119376
    Abstract: A movable storage unit system comprising a plurality of individually driven storage units at least some of which are movable toward and away from one another into contact with one another to define an access space between a pair of the units. A logic control circuit is provided on each unit and a limit sensor is provided on each movable unit including a sensor circuit for creating a signal in response to contact of a pair of storage units. A safety sensor is also provided on each unit and includes a safety sensor control circuit for creating a signal upon engagement of the safety sensor and an object or person in the path of the unit. A pair of reset controls is provided on each unit including a reset control circuit for creating a logic signal when actuated, and a run control is provided on each unit for creating a logic signal when actuated. The storage units are electrically connected such that a logic signal from the run control directs a run signal to a next adjacent unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Assignee: American Chain & Cable Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest P. Moyer
  • Patent number: 3961831
    Abstract: Sensor means which is fitted to a mobile member so as to stop the latter on engagement with an object in its path comprising a trip bar, a plurality of links which are arranged at spaced points along the mobile member and are each pivotally connected to said mobile member and trip bar at respective opposite ends so that they form a folding parallelogram with the mobile member and trip bar, and switch means which is arranged in relation to said trip bar so as to be operated by movement of the latter towards said mobile member. Preferably, at least one of the links is pivotally connected to the mobile member by connection means which is adjustable in position along a respective portion of the length of the mobile member and which preferably carries a stop in a predetermined angular position relative to the pivot between the link and connection means so that the links lie parallel to one another when they engage their respective stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1976
    Assignee: Bar Productions (Bromsgrove) Limited
    Inventors: Richard Grahame Dugard Showell, Peter John Spears
  • Patent number: 3944309
    Abstract: A manually movable wheeled storage rack or the like is disclosed which may be moved along a pair of rails when an operator rotates a handwheel attached to one side wall of the storage rack or the like. The storage rack or the like is further provided with a locking device so as to hold the storage rack or the like in a desired position and a safety device so that when a buffer plate of the safety device hits an operator or worker in the passage between the adjacent storage racks or the like as one of them starts to move by an accident, the safety device immediately locks the wheel, whereupon the operator or worker may be prevented from being sandwiched between the storage racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1976
    Assignee: Kongo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Genshi Taniwaki
  • Patent number: 3933400
    Abstract: A revolving kitchen package which includes a combination of various appliances and work areas assembled into a single unit revolvable within a wall section so as to present selected ones of the areas to particular regions on selected sides of the wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1976
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Peter L. Helgeson
  • Patent number: D392158
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Larry D. Maddux