Combined Closure And Support Patents (Class 312/22)
  • Publication number: 20140265753
    Abstract: A modular, customizable, versatile, easy to use, easy to install, aesthetically pleasing surface mountable enclosure is presented. In one or more embodiments, the enclosure includes a modular housing that is configured to be gangable with one or more other housings to provide a range of sizes and configurations. In one or more embodiments, the modular housing of the invention is configured to accept a variety of interchangeable cassettes or modules that provide a variety of cable and power connections or other resources. In one or more embodiments, the modular housing of the invention includes an articulating lid mechanism that is configured to smoothly open and slide neatly out of the way while occupying a reduced volume than the lid mechanisms of the prior art. In one or more embodiments, the enclosure includes cam driven mounting clamps that allow the enclosure to be quickly and easily secured to a table top or other mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: RGB SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140246963
    Abstract: The present invention is an ironing board storage device that removeably attaches to a wall and rests on a support surface. The device includes an ironing board moveably mounted to a frame assembly within a housing for vertical movement between different elevations and pivotal movement of the ironing board between a generally vertical storage position with a distal end positioned beneath the proximal end to and generally horizontal operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Household Essentials, LLC
    Inventors: Baldemar Elizondo, JR., James L. Glenn
  • Patent number: 8813916
    Abstract: A pressurized underground enclosure includes a battery venting system having a battery within a battery box in a sealed enclosure. A first pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and an ambient atmosphere and includes a vacuum generator for reducing a pressure in the battery box. A second pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and the ambient atmosphere and includes a one-way valve permitting airflow to the battery box and precluding airflow from the battery box to the ambient atmosphere. The enclosure includes a scissors lift including scissor linkage units having arms pivotally connected at terminal ends and at central positions. The scissor linkage units are moveable from a retracted to an extended position by pneumatic cylinders. The internal pressurization of the enclosure is selectively released and locking mechanisms are retracted before a rack of the scissors lift is extended through an opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Clear View Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Schilling
  • Publication number: 20070273252
    Abstract: A portable tack room, including a method to make the same, commonly used in a typical horse trailer. The portable tackroom is a storage system made of a first vertical element having a first edge, a second edge, and a surface. The first edge of the first vertical element is removably attached to a second vertical element. The second edge of the first vertical element is attached to at least one rolling element. This storage system permits an organized and portable space to keep articles related to equine activity in a gooseneck trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Heather Rodrigue
  • Patent number: 6754070
    Abstract: An improved car use computer and particularly to a computer adopted for use in a car has a screen panel which has a structure for adjusting the inclined angle of the screen panel. The structure mainly includes a casing, a medium storage and retrieval facility, an incline control means, a frame and a screen panel. Through the incline control means, the inclined angle of the screen panel may be adjusted to suit users' viewing requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: E-Lead Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tonny Chen
  • Patent number: 6400561
    Abstract: A system for mounting and securing a portable computer to vehicle mounts to the interior of the vehicle. The system protects, secures, and houses the portable computer within a case. A mounting base mounts to the interior of the vehicle. The case includes a base plate, a platform, and a lid. The base plate mounts to the mounting base. A docking station or power supply for a portable computer mounts to the platform. The computer is positioned adjacent to the platform and mounts to the docking station or power supply for a computer mounts to the platform. The mounting base, base plate, case, or combination thereof dampens vibrations from the vehicle to the computer, thus protecting the computer from vibration damage. The lid moves with respect to the case to provide user access to the computer. The lid can further move to cover the computer to secure the computer within the case or to the platform. Internal shelves or trays within the case provide access to and house associated computer peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: John J. Horton
  • Patent number: 5590940
    Abstract: A tie rack cabinet which includes a rectilinearly shaped cabinet member having a pheripheral edge wall having a height of at least about that of one-half the length of a standard tie, a back wall connected to and spanning the peripheral edge wall, a tie rack mounted to the peripheral edge wall adjacent the top edge wall thereof; and further includes means for slidingly connecting the cabinet member to a dresser. A tie restraint for preventing flapping of the ties as the tie rack cabinet is slid is provided for each tie at a location remotely spaced from the tie rack. Optionally, loose article receptacles may be connected with the peripheral edge wall for holding various articles such as jewelry, coins, knickknacks, etc. The sliding connection of the cabinet member to the dresser may be integral with the dresser, provided by an opening in a rear portion of a dresser into which the cabinet member is integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Michael B. Richard
  • Patent number: 5415010
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a table having an attached refrigerator, and more particularly to a table having an attached refrigerator which is made such that a cavity is defined beneath the table and a refrigerating chamber is made. A moving table housed in the cavity is provided to be lifted up and dropped down within the cavity, and door plates are provided at the top surface of the cavity, so that a utilizing and storing of side dishes is made to be convenient on a table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Jong R. Woo
  • Patent number: 5203618
    Abstract: A housing includes spaced side walls and a top wall, with a front wall thereof defining a plurality of pivotally mounted doors providing access interiorly of the housing. An upper door plate is pivotally mounted above the door and between a forward edge of the top walls and the doors to provide access to a top wall pivoting plate mounting a can crusher and can opener to permit processing of various cans and their deposit within one of a plurality of pivoting door plates mounted rearwardly and hingedly within a top wall. Underlying replaceable bag members are mounted to receive the processed cans and other recycled material. A modification of the structure includes an aerosol apparatus automatically actuated upon downward projection of a pivoting door of the rows of pivoting doors positioned above the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: William H. Oshall
  • Patent number: 5190302
    Abstract: A transportable component stand for storage and use of the contained components in various locations having wheels and a handle for ease of movement. The height of the components and the angle of at least some of the components can be varied for use by various persons. The transportable stand further includes locking panels to prevent unauthorized access and storage spaces for concealing the power cord, as well as associated hardware and curtains for creating an enclosure, i.e., when used as a voting booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Electronic Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Trotta
  • Patent number: 5073997
    Abstract: A built-in sink including at least one wash basin (16) and at least one garbage chute (28, 30) is provided with a cover plate (40, 42) which is fastened to the sink so as to be laterally displaced or folded into a position next to the sink. The cover plate may be divided into two halves (40, 42) which are pushed together toward the center over the sink and the garbage chutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Stala Oy
    Inventor: Wulf Rabe
  • Patent number: 4913257
    Abstract: Electrically driven wheelchair with an essentially horizontal worktop (7) and a control unit (1) connected thereto, said control unit in the operational position fits into a corresponding aperture in the worktop and is connected to the worktop in such a way that it pivots and slides in a horizontal plane, and after pivoting and sliding the bottom side of the control unit fills the gap in the worktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Huka Developments B.V.
    Inventor: Henricus T. J. Janssen
  • Patent number: 4861121
    Abstract: This invention relates to a space-efficient cabinet for housing a computer work station. The computer work station can include a video display monitor, a CPU/disk-drive and a key pad. The cabinet has two generally opposed side walls and generally opposed front and back walls, which extend between the side walls. At least one horizontal surface is provided extending between said front back and opposed side walls, to carry the video display monitor. An inner angled shelf is also present, and is affixed between the side walls, to carry the CPU/disk-drive. The shelf is angled downwardly from front to back relative to the horizontal allowing access to the CPU/disk-drive whereby discs can be readily inserted into or removed from said CPU/disk-drive. The angle of this shelf carrying the CPU/disk-drive ensures a minimal footprint of the cabinet on the floor thus saving floor space. A moveable partition is also provided to support the key pad thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Lam-Wood Products Inc.
    Inventor: Lasar Gotz
  • Patent number: 4408835
    Abstract: A viewing system with automatic correction of the reading distance as a function of the inclination of the screen housing. In accordance with the invention, the viewing system comprises a screen housing axially suspended on a U shape base. The screen housing is adjustable by inclination on its axis of suspension. For each inclination two pins carried by the screen housing and sliding in two angled slots carried by the base carry out an automatic correction of the distance separating the operator from the front face of the screen housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: 501 Compagnie Internationale pour l'Informatique Cii-Honeywell Bull (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Michel Deprez, Andre Fromion, Claude Hardouin, Jean C. Vilas Boas
  • Patent number: 4379601
    Abstract: An interlock mechanism for a sewing machine cabinet of the drop head type that prevents the inadvertent unlatching of the sewing machine support platform prior to pivoting hinged panels out of the way thereby preventing damage to the sewing machine and panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: William G. Hauser
  • Patent number: 4290657
    Abstract: A sewing machine cabinet in which a sewing machine 43 can be placed in operable position, and the cabinet has as work table 17 movable between an upper position level with the bed of the machine and a lower position giving free access to the cylinder bed 44 of the machine. Support arms 54, 56, 62, 63 on the sides of the cabinet support brackets 48, 49 that carry the work table 17 in a path that moves vertically between the upper and lower positions without moving transversely to one side. Leaves 23, 24 can be attached to the ends of the work table 17 to move up and downward so as always to be at the same level as the work table to provide extra space for the work at the most convenient level. The work table 17 can be moved up and down by a hand lever 92 or foot lever 31 with a latch 37 to engage the lever to hold the work table in its upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: Robert V. Haas
  • Patent number: 4274686
    Abstract: A mechanism for mounting a free arm sewing machine in a cabinet such that the machine is selectively movable to an upper use position, a lower use position and a storage position. The mechanism includes a sewing machine support platform which is pivotally connected to a lower arm, the latter being pivotally connected to an upper arm at a point intermediate the ends of the upper arm. The upper arm, in turn, is pivotally connected to and depending from the underneath side of the sewing machine cabinet top. In the storage position, the sewing machine is entirely disposed beneath the cabinet top, and the platform and lower arm are substantially parallel and inclined relative to the vertical direction so that the machine can be easily lifted by the user to the lower use position. In the lower use position, the platform and lower arm are also parallel, with the platform front edge being supported by a notched bracket and the rear edge being supported on the lower arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Inventor: Ralph B. White
  • Patent number: 4253715
    Abstract: A console for a sewing machine comprises a supporting base which includes a rear wall with respective opposite sidewalls and a front wall hinged to one side wall which is openable and is provided with a cover at right angles to the upper edge thereof so that it forms in an open position a fabric support table. A carrier, including a plate portion which has a top surface for supporting the sewing machine and a back support is connected to the rear wall of the supporting base. The back support includes the lower part engaged with the supporting base and an upper part which is hinged to the lower part which is connected to the carrier to support the carrier in an operative position above the supporting base. In addition, a stirrup has a central portion pivotally connected to the carrier plate and a lower portion which is guided in slots in each side wall. The carrier in the upper position of the slot supports the carrier plate with the sewing machine in an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Pfaff Haushaltmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Ulrich Greiner
  • Patent number: 4241961
    Abstract: A sewing machine cabinet is provided with a cradle which may be latched in a horizontal position, a mounting platform for a sewing machine, linkage means upon which the platform is suspended from the cradle in a lowered working position, and a manually operable lever for operating the linkage means to move the platform between the lowered working position and a raised working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1980
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventors: Wesley R. Peterson, Douglas C. Lang
  • Patent number: 4194799
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism for a free arm sewing machine which is moveable selectively to an upper use position wherein the free arm is positioned above the work surface of the cabinet, a lower use position wherein the free arm is flush with the cabinet work surface, and a storage position wherein the entire machine is disposed below the work surface. The mechanism comprises a frame, a sewing machine support platform, and first and second pivot arms which are pivotally connected to the frame and the platform such that the platform is capable of limited rotating and swinging movement relative to the frame. The platform is latched in its upper use and lower use positions by means of a pair of spaced plates having forwardly and upwardly opening slots therein, which are adapted to releaseably retain and support either a pair of protruding pins on the platform or, in an alternative embodiment, one of the pivot arms which extends around the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Inventor: Eugene M. White
  • Patent number: 4177738
    Abstract: A piece of furniture having at least one flap pivotable to a flat open position, as the flap of a sewing machine cabinet, and including a support device for the flap in such operative flat position. This support device advantageously strengthens the portion of the piece of furniture to which the flap is pivotally connected, is adapted to be readily added to an existing piece of furniture, and retracts to an unconspicuous inoperative position inside the body of the piece of furniture. This piece of furniture comprises a flap pivoted to the top thereof, a bracket fixed against the lower face of the top, a body of sliding resistant material secured to the bracket, and a supporting arm slidable endwise through this body of sliding resistant material and outwardly extendable in operative supporting position against the lower face of the flap outwardly extending in flat open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1979
    Inventor: Rejean Lacasse
  • Patent number: 4145099
    Abstract: A pulpit, altar or other platform may be retracted into an opening in the floor of a building such as a church. In one form of the invention, the pulpit assembly is connected to means for moving it vertically into and out of the opening. In another form, the pulpit is foldable and can be stored in the opening after folding the retable of the pulpit assembly and contains two flanking side tables swingably hinged thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Inventor: George E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4090754
    Abstract: A relatively low, narrow, and long table, such as a coffee table, is provided, having a storage cabinet under each end of the table top for the storage of equipment, in this instance photographic equipment such as cameras, projectors, slide trays, motion picture film, etc., etc. This table is provided with a portion of the top at one end over one cabinet cut-out and hinged to the top so that it may be hinged to rest in plane with the top and on which when thus extended, is a film or slide projector. The other end of the table top is also provided with a cut-out portion which is hinged to the end of a telescopically mounted section, slidable out the end of the table so that the cut-out portion may hinge upwardly to a vertical plane and act as a screen to receive pictures as projected from the projector at the other end of the table.The table is on caster wheels so that it may be moved anywhere in a room for the convenience of all viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1978
    Inventor: George Kavis
  • Patent number: 4089572
    Abstract: A multiple position sewing machine cabinet to house in storage and operative positions a drophead sewing machine of the type adapted for use in multiple operative positions. Movement of the sewing machine from a horizontal, stored position within the cabinet to one or more vertically-elevated, operative positions above the cabinet is accomplished by a follower and guide mounting assembly. The machine is secured to a base plate having pairs of spaced-apart lugs extending outwardly from opposite edges thereof. A pair of spaced guide grooves receive the spaced-apart lugs and selectively guide movement of the base plate, with the machine attached thereto, through one or more operative positions and into storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventors: Larry Charles Flynt, Robert Clinton Flynt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4058355
    Abstract: A console for apparatus such as teleprinters including a box-like base or housing for housing the apparatus, a plate which is hinged to one side of the base and arranged to serve as a cover member in the housed condition of the apparatus and as a supporting surface in the ready for use condition of the apparatus, and bracket structures attached to the base which include upper and lower supporting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Stahl, Franz Thorand
  • Patent number: 3993376
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an article of furniture which includes the basic components of any type of furniture but additionally has incorporated therein lavatory means, such as hot and cold running water, ice water tappets, a sink, drainage means, etc. which when enclosed provide the appearance of a "normal" piece of furniture in that it cannot be determined from casual observation that the piece of furniture is other than a normal piece of furniture. The primary feature of the invention is that of forming the article of furniture with two upstanding walls and a cover having two depending walls with the walls being disassociated from each other except for performing the functions of totally enclosing a section of the article of furniture and providing a splash or drain board to a side of the article of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1976
    Inventor: Horace S. Meldahl
  • Patent number: 3992070
    Abstract: A console type panel having instruments integral with the cover of the panel which is capable of being positioned in either a closed and locked attitude or an opened attitude by means of an external handle connected to an over-centering operating linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1976
    Assignee: International Harvester Company
    Inventors: Robert C. Dunn, Joseph M. Jania
  • Patent number: RE28835
    Abstract: A work cabinet, for mounting a sewing machine in different work positions and for housing the machine when not being worked, provides a drop shelf interiorly of the cabinet below the top working surface thereof for lowering the machine into the interior of the cabinet. The drop shelf carries a mount for the machine, by means of linkage which permits raising and lowering of the machine to different work positions. Pivotally fulcrumed on the drop shelf is a lever having a work arm and a power-input arm, the former underlying the machine mount so as to raise and lower the sewing machine when power, usually manual, is applied to the latter. The cabinet is well adapted to open-arm types of sewing machines, and is provided with a removable insert for its apertured top wall as an extender for the limited work surface of such top wall in the work positions of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1976
    Assignee: Roberts Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Kent S. Roberts, Stanley D. Roberts