Movably Mounted Housing Or Compartment Patents (Class 312/246)
  • Patent number: 11007946
    Abstract: A glove box assembly includes a body, a first guideway fixed to a support and first pivot pin carried on the body and adapted for translation along the first guideway. The glove box assembly also includes a first rotation arm connected between the body and the support. A first biasing element biases the first rotation arm toward a position wherein the glove box assembly is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Alberto Garcia Ramirez, Blanca Leticia Garcia Gomez, Ricardo Daniel Sanchez Lugo
  • Patent number: 10914510
    Abstract: An appliance mounting device is provided herein. The appliance includes a vacuum insulated structure having a liner positioned within a wrapper, wherein the liner and wrapper cooperate to define an interior cavity. The appliance further includes an insulating material positioned within the interior cavity and a hanger coupled to an adapter plate and a support member. The support member is configured to couple to an interior surface of the vacuum insulated structure while maintaining a vacuum in the interior cavity and a holding member is coupled to a first side of the adapter plate and configured to receive a positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Lynne F. Hunter, Raffaella Gropallo, Giulia Marinello
  • Patent number: 9816746
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance door bin assembly that includes: a refrigeration appliance door bin having a substantially planar main base portion, at least one upwardly extending wall that is free of an indentation, apertures or recesses extending upward from the main base portion and a downwardly extending perimeter lip portion where the main base portion and the downwardly extending lip portion define a downwardly facing door bin frame engagement space, the door bin engagement space engages a door bin frame of a refrigerator spaced within the door of a refrigerator such that the downwardly extending lip portion surrounds an exterior portion of the door bin frame and prevents substantial movement of the door bin when the door bin is engaged with the door bin frame caused by a refrigeration appliance door opening force or a refrigeration appliance door closing force; and a refrigeration appliance door bin bottom surface cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Haney, Niyaz Ul Haque, Bhushan Chandrakant Kadu, John Jay Myers, Amit Prakash Powade
  • Patent number: 9533622
    Abstract: A vehicle dash panel storage compartment includes a storage compartment including at least a top, a bottom, and sides defining a storage slot, and a pivoting mechanism configured to translate the storage compartment between a stowed configuration within an interior of a housing of the instrument panel and a variety of deployed configurations. Optionally, the top may be hingedly connected to the storage compartment. The pivoting mechanism may include at least one strut pivotally connected at a first end to a support and at a second end to the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Matthew B. Rutman, Kristin Ann Hellman, Ryan Welch
  • Patent number: 9138077
    Abstract: A hanger track system that can be mounted to horizontal or vertical surfaces including ceilings, joists, and walls. The hanger tracks include a surface on which a storage container may be supported. The hanger tracks are positioned substantially parallel to each other and spaced a distance apart such that a storage container can fit in between the hanger tracks and be supported by a portion of the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Hyperlilly, LLC
    Inventor: William Dane Found
  • Patent number: 9073201
    Abstract: An under hood service tray is provided that includes a base with a pair of longitudinally extending legs that are spaced from one another in a lateral direction and that engage a laterally extending leg. The base has an end leg located on a closed first end of the base. The end leg has a first portion that has a component that extends in the lateral direction, and a second portion that has a component that extends in a longitudinal direction. The under hood service tray also has a vertical member attached to the base, and a tray attached to the vertical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KKU, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Foley, Richard Heidelberger, Michael Staples
  • Publication number: 20150145393
    Abstract: A ceiling mounted and extendable tray apparatus is provided, in which a plurality of trays is supported from an overhead housing and operably lowered for access to equipment stored therein. The one or more trays are horizontally supported by an elongated arm that is slidably and pivotably attached to a housing mounted to the ceiling. Each of the trays is supported from the arm via a track along each tray side, while a secondary arm extends between the track and the arm to support the tray in a horizontal condition. Each of the trays is slidable from the elongated arm when lowered, while a slidable cover is disposed over each tray. The trays are aligned in a staggered configuration when deployed, and furthermore in a stacked and condensed state when stowed within the housing. A locking mechanism secures the lowermost tray against the housing to retain the trays therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Josh Young
  • Publication number: 20150123526
    Abstract: A lift assist mechanism is provided for assisting lifting of a movable component that can move between lowered and raised positions relative to a fixed structure. The lift assist mechanism includes a lift assist spring connected to a spring shaft, and an elongated track in which an end of the lift assist spring or an end of the spring shaft are movably engaged. A spring lock restrains movement of the spring shaft when a lift assist is not required, and releases the spring shaft when a lift assist is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Clarence Ivester, Erik E. Nilsen, Robert K. Brauer
  • Publication number: 20150076979
    Abstract: A storage apparatus for use on a wall and with jewelry is disclosed. The apparatus includes a receiver and a cover. The receiver is adapted to receive the jewelry and is attached to the wall in use such that the receiver presents the jewelry received away from the wall. The cover has a presentation face and is attached to the receiver for sliding movement between a storage position where the receiver is disposed behind the presentation face and an extended position beside the receiver to permit access to jewelry received by the receiver. The presentation face can be a mirror; or a picture-receiving face, in which case, the apparatus also functions as a picture frame; or a transparent panel, in which case the apparatus also functions as a presentation fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kerri-Lee Benson
  • Patent number: 8926031
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for constructing and mounting a drawer underneath a cabinet upper. The assembly comprising a top bracket and a drawer side mount. The top bracket and the side mount having an arcuate edge in communication, wherein the drawer side mount slidably moves in an arc downward and outward relative to the top bracket when mounted on an upper cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Scott Belton
  • Patent number: 8844210
    Abstract: Brackets for an office partition system permit the off-modular attachment of articles of furniture, such as cabinets, above the upper edges of panels in the partition system. The width of the furniture article may be either equal to, less than, or greater than the width of an underlying panel. Also, the location of the furniture article may be adjusted relative to the underlying panels such that the location of the furniture article is not determined by the size or position of an underlying panel to which the furniture article is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay M. Henriott
  • Publication number: 20140265774
    Abstract: The present invention is a ceiling-mountable enclosure comprising a support frame, a lightweight inner enclosure, and a back box configured for installation in a suspended ceiling. The apparatus of the present invention includes a removable device door configured to be mounted to the support frame. Electrical and signal wires are routed through conduit access plates provided at the back box. Electrical or other equipment is mounted to a removable device door. The removable device door with mounted equipment is attached to the support frame, then rotated upwards to fit flush with the ceiling and fastened to the support frame. A variety of power receptacles are provided that are configured to be mounted to either the back box, the inner enclosure, or the removable device door. The enclosure includes a cooling system comprising an electrically powered fan and air ducts integrated into the inner enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: RGB SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: RGB SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140265775
    Abstract: One example of a wall mount with configurable stops to mount electronic equipment includes an enclosure housing to receive the electronic equipment and a pivot tube having a first end and a second end. The first end is attached to a rear external surface of the electronic housing. A stop plate is attached to the second end of the pivot tube. The stop plate is configured to be mounted to a surface. The stop plate includes multiple stops to control a range of rotation of the enclosure housing on the pivot tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Lilitab LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Rudolf Grziwok, Adam Scott Aronson
  • Publication number: 20140203692
    Abstract: A high cabinet may be mechanically lowered to within reach of a disabled user. A single cabinet is mounted between a pair of vertically sliding plates, which are mounted between a pair of horizontally sliding plates, which are mounted within a wall or enclosure. Slidable mounting is achieved by pairs of vertical and horizontal tracks. The cabinet is moved along the horizontal tracks by one or more horizontally oriented linear motors, and moved along the vertical tracks by one or more vertically oriented linear motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Monti Marsters, Everett Larry Marsters, Don Marsters
  • Publication number: 20140191641
    Abstract: A high cabinet may be mechanically lowered to within reach of a disabled user. In the second exemplary embodiment, a scissor-jack type mechanism pushes an outer cabinet out from the wall and a sliding mechanism allows an inner cabinet to drop down from within the outer cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Monti Marsters, Everett Larry Marsters, Don Marsters
  • Publication number: 20140191640
    Abstract: A high cabinet may be mechanically lowered to within reach of a disabled user. In the first exemplary embodiment, a cabinet is attached to a wall by two sets of rotatable lever arms, which allow the cabinet to be translationally moved between a raised position against a wall and a lowered position out from the same wall, optionally resting on a countertop. In the second exemplary embodiment, a scissor-jack type mechanism pushes an outer cabinet out from the wall and a sliding mechanism allows an inner cabinet to drop down from within the outer cabinet. In the third exemplary embodiment, a single cabinet is mounted between a pair of vertically sliding plates, which are mounted between a pair of horizontally sliding plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Monti Marsters, Everett Larry Marsters, Don Marsters
  • Patent number: 8727457
    Abstract: A storage system (10) for storing a plurality of single-serve-beverage cartridges (30). The system 10 includes a drawer (40) with compartment lanes (50) adapted to allow a plurality of the cartridges to be single-file situated therein. A slide (80) can be used to move the drawer (40) between a closed position and an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Aaron Daniel Marshall, Walter G. Berry
  • Patent number: 8713857
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that replaces an existing panel or door with a reconfigurable modular panel. The invented panel additionally may function as a working door or screen, serving to more optimally employ a room volume. The invented panel can be configured to fit various styles of door frames thus being adaptable to various entry or floor space pattern situations. The invented panel may be electrified allowing modular plug-ins to house a wide array of elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Logue
  • Patent number: 8528859
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention indicates an installation system for an airplane for securing interior equipment, which exhibits longitudinal and transverse rails. The transverse rails are designed as peripheral rails, and exhibit perforations to which the interior equipment can be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Claus-Peter Gross, Oliver Sascha Thomaschewski
  • Patent number: 8414093
    Abstract: A robust, motorized moveable shelf assembly having a shelf carriage, a stationary support structure, and a motorized drive assembly that can be retrofitted into an existing cabinet structure or be combined with a cabinet structure in which the shelf carriage can rotationally-move outside and either downward or upward of the stationary support structure and back again so that the shelf carriage is more readily accessible to a person of limited mobility. A linkage arm powered by a motor moves through an arcuate path to drive the shelf carriage from a first at rest position to a second extended position. In one embodiment, the shelf carriage has a bottom edge with a chamfered rear edge to provide clearance during movement. In another embodiment, the shelf carriage includes a moveable bottom flap, a rail, and a wheel attached to a lower portion of the shelf carriage where the wheel tracks the rail to eliminate the need for the chamfered rear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Eric M. Moran
  • Patent number: 8403262
    Abstract: An overhead luggage compartment is provided with a mounting for a control unit, having a first, top guide, which is fastened in the overhead luggage compartment. A second, bottom guide extends below and at least substantially parallel to the first guide. The first guide comprises a horizontal, first portion adjoined in an inward direction of the luggage compartment by a second portion, which extends obliquely upwards from the level of the first portion. The first portion of the first guide and the second guide are telescopically extensible in horizontal direction. The second guide is open in the direction of the first guide. A first suspension point is coupled rotatably to the outer end of the extensible portion of the first guide. A second suspension point is disposed inwards of the first suspension point and configured for displaceable engagement with the first portion and the second portion of the first guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Bartels, Klaus Hanna
  • Patent number: 8393663
    Abstract: An automobile glove compartment includes: a storage space (1) built into a dashboard and accessible through a main opening (2); a movable door (3); a tray (4) placed inside the storage space, the tray being slidable between a first position a), wherein the tray is stored in the storage space, and a second position b), wherein the tray is partially outside the storage space; and first tray-guiding elements (5), the first tray-guiding elements (5) each including a guiding element (10) projecting out from one of the respective side wall (7a, 7b) of the drawer (4), the guiding element (10) being insertable into a groove (11) built into one of the side walls (8a, 8b) of the glove compartment and slidable along the groove. The groove has a curved or angular shape enabling the sloping of the tray (4) towards the user when the tray (4) is partially outside the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: David Gayon, Jean-Remi Billon, Sergio Da Costa Pito, Jean-Pierre Morel
  • Patent number: 8262022
    Abstract: An ergonomically improved stowage system includes a supporting structure, a bin having a volume with an opening to receive a load, the bin being movable with respect to the supporting structure from a closed to an open position, and an attaching mechanism for attaching the bin to the structure. The attaching mechanism includes a bin pivot axis that is located in substantial alignment with a center of gravity of the bin in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David A. Young, Stephen L. Scown
  • Publication number: 20120200212
    Abstract: A modular, self-contained optical box is provided. The optical box has a back plate fixedly attached to a front wall. Optical sensors, such as infrared cameras, visible cameras and optical pointers, are fixedly attached to the front wall and the back plate. Distal, round ends of the optical sensors are captured by translation plates. Each translation plate is capable of moving the distal end of the optical element in two directions to or in a planar fashion to align the optical element to the optical box, or to adjust the line of sight of the optical sensors relative to the optical box, before securing the distal end of the optical element. The optical box is designed to be incorporated into a gimbal, and the front wall forms a part of an outer housing of the gimbal. In one embodiment, the optical box is rotatable about one axis relative to the gimbal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas K. Hebert
  • Patent number: 8231017
    Abstract: A shelf for use in a conventional retail display gondola or perimeter wall shelving includes an upper support surface for merchandise and an enclosure below that surface in which electronic components including a thin client computer or a media player are housed. A video display monitor has a screen visible through an opening in a front face of the shelf. The enclosure is usually secured to deny access to the electronic component, but can be opened to provide access to the electronic components housed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Madix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Clontz, Joshua Warren-Louis Logan
  • Publication number: 20120176012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing items above a stairway in a stairwell includes an overhead storage unit that can be moved between a storage location and an access location by a suspension system which may use horizontal, parallel rails fixed to opposing walls of the stairwell in combination with rollers on the side of the storage unit. The storage location is above a lower portion of the stairway in a generally unused and inaccessible space, while the access location is above an upper portion of the stairway in a space that is easily accessible from the top of the stairway. The storage unit can include shelves, a back wall, and a handle or pull rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Donald P. Koziol, JR.
  • Patent number: 8177312
    Abstract: A monitor opening and closing mechanism according to the present invention includes a first guide means guiding a monitor to rotate from home position to a first opened position, and a second guide means guiding the monitor to rotate from the first opened position to a second opened position where the monitor is further opened, wherein the center of rotation about which the second guide means guides the monitor to rotate is disposed more nearly to the side of the home position than the center of rotation about which the first guide means guides the monitor to rotate is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nagami
  • Patent number: 8146227
    Abstract: A mobile platform is provided. The mobile platform includes a interior overhead structure and at least one compartment rotatably coupled to the interior overhead structure. The compartment is rotatable into an opened position and a closed position. The mobile platform further includes a pivot system coupled to the interior overhead structure and the compartment to enable the compartment to rotate into the opened position and the closed position. The pivot system comprises a first fitting that defines a raceway and a second fitting that defines a hub and a guide. The hub of the second fitting is for engagement with the raceway and the guide directs the first fitting into the second fitting to couple the first fitting to the second fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Michael S. Haynes, Nelson J. Jeyarajah, Michael J. Malkinson, Christopher S. Pugh
  • Patent number: 8124010
    Abstract: A reusable container for the sterile transfer of pharmaceutical recipients, in particular of syringe bodies. The container comprises an outer case and a sterilizable interior, wherein the interior is microbially isolated from the environment of the container. The interior has at least one holder for accommodating at least one nest for storing a plurality of pharmaceutical recipients. The nest can be removably accommodated in the holder. The container further has at least one container door for removing or introducing the nest into the interior and at least one lock for coupling the container to a sterile space. The lock is configured in such a way that, after coupling to the sterile space, it is possible to open the container door without substantially suspending sterility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: F. Hoffman-La Roche AG
    Inventors: Rolf-Dieter Gabel, Martin Knierim
  • Patent number: 8047397
    Abstract: A holder for to hold storage container(s) therein is disclosed. Each storage container has a lid with locking tabs or locking extension that hook underneath a protrusion around and near the top edge of the container to lock the lid to the container. The holder has a top with two downwardly extending sides with L-shaped extensions furthest from the top that create a ledge. The holder is attached to a surface. One or more containers with a lid locked thereto using the locking tabs or locking extensions are inserted into the holder and the underside of the locking tabs or locking extensions sit on the L-shaped extensions to support the container within the holder. There may be an interference fit between the container(s) with locked lid and the two downwardly extending sides that helps retain the container(s) within the holder and guarantees that two of the locking tabs are held in their locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Theodore Mittet
  • Publication number: 20110254705
    Abstract: An electrically activated latch for aircraft stowage bins includes an overhead stowage bin module having a stationary support structure and a movable stowage bin portion. An electrically operated stowage bin latch mechanism latches the movable stowage bin portion in a closed position and unlatches the movable stowage bin portion to an open position. An electrically operated stowage bin activation switch operates the stowage bin latch mechanism, allowing the aircraft stowage bins to be locked by independently controlling the overhead stowage bins through the aircraft cabin management system, or by control of the latch by the stowage bin activation switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: BE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: Frank E. HASHBERGER, Clarence IVESTER
  • Publication number: 20110187247
    Abstract: Cabinets adapted for non-level garage floors and out-of-plumb garage walls with leveling controls operated from inside each cabinet. The cabinets have in common that they are attachable to a garage wall and each has at least one adjustment panel forming a part of the back of the cabinet. Each adjustment panel has a hand screw for extending behind the cabinet to engage the wall to provide back-to-front leveling and to prevent installation of fasteners, such as screws, from pulling the cabinet closer to the wall during installation. Each adjustment panel also has horizontal slots in a staggered arrangement in two horizontal rows for receiving fasteners. Floor-standing cabinets have feet that are adjustable from inside the cabinet. Wall-hanging cabinets have a top bracket that provides side-to-side leveling form inside. Floor-standing cabinets are modular and stackable, using an included adapter and door-handle coupler to enable stacked cabinet doors to open as one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Keith Carter
  • Publication number: 20110169386
    Abstract: A modular mounting system for institutional or classroom furniture or fixtures includes mounting rails that are attached to a wall surface in a horizontal orientation and that are vertically spaced. The mounting rails have a flat wall-mounting portion, with upper and lower T-shaped sections projecting therefrom, forming upper and lower U-channels and a central C-channel. The wall-mounting portion has a lower chamfered edge. Sections of mounting rail are aligned by a spline inserted into the C-channel. The system is infinitely adaptable to a wide range of changing uses for the classroom, with each element of the modular classroom furniture easily mounted to or removed from the mounting rail with only a screwdriver. The selectable elements include a flat panel accessory that rides between the upper and lower mounting rails, an accessory tray, and vertical rail members and casegoods in various configurations that attach to one or both rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: SILVER STREET, INC.
    Inventors: Craig A. Hardy, Randall J. Seaver
  • Patent number: 7967400
    Abstract: A personal cabinet for jewelry, tobacco products and implements or other items has a housing mount. An actuator housing is located within the housing mount and defines an actuator housing receptacle. A spring urged inner case is movably connected with the actuator housing within the actuator housing receptacle and is linearly moveable to a contracted position and a projected position relative to the actuator housing and housing mount. A latch mechanism retains the inner case at the contracted position and a latch release mechanism is operated to release the inner case for spring urged linear movement to its projected position. A closure is pivotally mounted to the inner case and can be opened only when the inner case has been moved to its projected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Pamela K. Collum
  • Publication number: 20110121700
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a suspended cabinet system having a base cabinet affixed to a wall with a leveled mounting bracket for suspending the cabinet from the floor surface to provide a level counter top surface regardless of imperfections or uneven floors. Further, an adjustable kick plate may be mounted under the cabinet to enclose the lower exposed recess. Still further, one or more side panels may be utilized to cover the exposed sides of the cabinet to provide a finished and a more aesthetically appealing appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Larry S. Porter
  • Patent number: 7922268
    Abstract: A cupboard installation part with storage compartments is insertable in an upper cupboard and is pivotable from an upper position, moved into the upper cupboard, into a position moved out of the upper cupboard and displaced downward. The cupboard installation part comprises pivot levers aligned parallel, which, on the one hand, are coupled to the cupboard installation part, and, on the other hand, are able to be coupled to the upper cupboard. A supporting element is insertable and mountable in the upper cupboard, on which supporting element a first pivot lever and a second pivot lever are pivotably borne, in each case in a first pivot bearing. The two pivot levers are each pivotably connected to a support part via a second pivot bearing, on which support part the storage compartments are mountable, at least on one side. An easily mountable cupboard installation part is thereby obtained which has a very stable construction and is usable in diverse ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Peka-Metall AG
    Inventor: Peter Weber
  • Publication number: 20100308615
    Abstract: This invention provides for an apparatus for storing one or more items. The apparatus comprises a first part adapted to be mounted to a surface or a wall and a second part mounted by a linkage arrangement to a sliding mechanism that can slidably move relative to the first part. The second part is adapted to store or hold one or more items. The second part is movable relative to the first part such that the second part can be moved from a storage position to a first access position at which the second part is at one level. The linkage arrangement is operative to move the second part from the first access position to a second access position, the second access position being located at a level spaced from that of the first access position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Shane Robert Miles
  • Patent number: 7770986
    Abstract: A pivot assembly that can be inserted into kitchen cabinets to utilize otherwise unused and unreachable overhead spaces over kitchen wall cabinets. The pivot assembly has a pair of pivot arms pivotally connected to opposite sides of a frame, the frame slidably attached within a cabinet. A drawer is connected to the pivot assembly between the pivot arms. The drawer slides out of the cabinet on a pair of drawer slides and rotates down and out 180 degrees on the pivot arms, from an up position to a down position, wherein the drawer remains stable even as the pivot arms pass through a middle position. The pivot arms form a primary and secondary parallelogram shape during operation, the secondary parallelogram supporting the primary parallelogram at its weakest point in the middle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Vaidotas Joseph Simaitis
  • Patent number: 7762636
    Abstract: A container storage assembly including a frame, a first container support coupled to the frame and having a lower container support surface and an upper container support surface, and a second container support coupled to the frame and having a lower container support surface. The assembly further includes a third container support having an upper container support surface. The third container support is coupled to the frame between the first and the second container supports. The lower container support surfaces of the first container support and the second container support define a first plane, and the upper container support surfaces of the first container support and the third container support define a second plane that is above the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Hatco Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Veeser, Louis S. Anich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7736711
    Abstract: The device prevents the loss of articles otherwise susceptible to falling behind furniture, appliances, fixtures or equipment or other large objects placed next to a wall which are not easy to move or reach under such as, but not exclusively, couches, wardrobes, desks, washers, dryers, refrigerators, filing cabinets and dressers. The compressible and flexible device is fitted from above into the crevice between the furniture and the wall. It is held in place by friction created by the pressure caused by the deformation of the device between the furniture and wall. The device, when flexed or compressed, creates a u-shaped channel which catches valuables such as jewelry, makeup, currency, papers, office supplies or other items which are left on top of furniture and which without such invention, may otherwise fall behind the furniture where it would be difficult or impossible to retrieve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Howard A. Dobelle
  • Patent number: 7624960
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a cup holder assembly includes a support frame, a cup holder and a dampener. The support frame has spaced apart walls. The cup holder is slidably engaged with the walls of the support frame for movement between a stowed position disposed between the walls of the support frame and a use position extending outwardly from the support frame. The dampener is coupled to the walls of the support frame. The dampener has an arcuate spring member formed integrally therewith to provide an interference fit with the cup holder for dampening the sliding movement of the cup holder relative to the sleeve between the stowed and use positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: N. Antonio Saenz
  • Publication number: 20090251033
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a bracket for mounting housing for accommodating electrical components. The bracket comprises a base member capable of being mounted to a surface. The bracket may also comprise a sidewall extending from the base member and a system for mounting the electrical component housing to the sidewall of the base member, so that when the electrical component housing is connected to the bracket, a space is defined between the base member and the electrical component housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Brandon Lowry Helms, Robert Brian Groat
  • Patent number: 7568601
    Abstract: A cup holder unit includes a housing case; a rest tray that switches between a pulled out position where it is moved forward from the case and a stored position where it is pushed in the case; and a holder member switchable from a non-usable position where it is superposed above the tray and stored in the case to a usable position where it is raised by a forward movement of the tray. The cup holder unit has shafts projecting from the holder member to be spaced apart from each other; clearance slots disposed in upright walls of the tray; and guide grooves disposed in the case and slanted upwardly toward front to slidably receive the shafts therein via the clearance slots. Each clearance slot includes a vertical slot and an arc-shaped slot turning toward a rear side from an upper section of the vertical slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignees: NIFCO Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kogami, Masakazu Hanano, Eiji Toba
  • Patent number: 7552980
    Abstract: There is provided a furniture construction having a moveable support structured to support at least one electronic component in a first position that is generally horizontal and in a second position that is at a downwardly inclined angle at least partially within the interior of a housing so that the front and rear of the electronic component can be easily accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Carl H. Schulman
  • Publication number: 20080296457
    Abstract: An office furniture unit has an outer face with slotted hangers, and a removable storage unit assembly including a bottom panel positioned in a generally horizontal orientation along the office furniture unit, and a top panel disposed above and generally parallel with the bottom panel. First and second panels are disposed at opposite ends of the top and bottom panels and are connected therewith to define a rigid, box-shaped case having an open back portion. The first and second end panels have rear portions with multiple vertically spaced slots. First and second hanger brackets have a rear portion with first hooks selectively received in the slotted hangers of the office furniture units, and a forward portion with second hooks selectively received in the slots in the rear portions of the first and second end panels to detachably support the case against the outer face of the office furniture unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Allen C. Hager, Robert E. Jeffers, William K. Hofman, Brian L. Bultsma, Scott Michael Miller, Marvin C. Knauf, Karl Heinz Mueller, John R. Hamilton, Karl J. Mead
  • Patent number: 7445188
    Abstract: A modular system for use in a vehicle comprising a hanger bracket adapted to be secured to the vehicle. A second hanger bracket member is slidably connected with a first hanger bracket. A platform member extends transverse to the second hanger bracket member. An extension is slidably disposed on the platform. The extension defines a first groove thereon. The extension defines a second groove thereon. A top deck panel is disposed adjacent the first platform extension section and is disposed in the first groove. A bottom deck panel is disposed adjacent the second platform extension section and is disposed in the second groove. The modular system can provide many functions in the vehicle such as, luggage racks, HVAC ducting, wiring raceways, lighting, advertising panels, and window blinds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Specialty Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald C. Lamparter
  • Publication number: 20080036341
    Abstract: A ceiling storage mounting systems allows for unused ceiling space to be accessed and used for removably attaching storage containers. The system provides the storage of containers to be mounted entirely below the bottom surfaces of standard ceiling joists, whether exposed or finished with a hung ceiling. The mounting system includes a two part system of a mount and a storage container. The mount is anchored to the ceiling and the container is then attached to the mount by means of a plurality of gaps and protrusions. The gaps and protrusions are located between the mount and the storage container to mate and interlockingly engage the container to the mount. The storage container is mounted to the ceiling by aligning the gaps and protrusions, and sliding the gaps and protrusions relative to one another, thereby interlocking the gaps and protrusions. The container is then removably attached the ceiling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: John NILSEN, Raymond L. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20070236114
    Abstract: A vertical and articulated system to move furniture particularly adapted to be used in systems created for people that cannot move easily such as people with special needs. The furniture of the present invention moves vertically and articulated assuming a position that allows the user to manipulate desired utensils. This movement of both a lower and upper module is obtained through a motorized track system with brakes, jambs and sensors such that the furniture can be returned to the original height by motion of a manual or remote control. The system is generally constructed from a metallic structure with internal mechanisms to execute the movements of lowering, raising and articulating which are set in motion by a manual or remote control. The parts of this structure are one or more aerial modules adequately fixed to a reference structure through articulated arms and a lower module that also can move vertically upward and downward allowing the accessibility to the disabled person to the furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventor: Enrique Fuentes
  • Patent number: 7258249
    Abstract: The system for controlling and tracking medical items (830) includes a plurality of medical item storage cabinets (878). Each cabinet includes a plurality of doors (888-894). The doors control access to shelves (902, 904) and support modules (1210). Shelves and support modules include user interfaces (938, 1214). Authorized users desiring to take medical items from storage locations in cabinets for use in treating patients are enabled to provide inputs through a display terminal (880) adjacent to cabinets and/or interfaces to indicate the taking of medical items. Storage cabinets include visual indicators so that users may be guided to find a selected medical item for which information is input at an associated display terminal. Alternatively, authorized users gain access to the interior of the cabinet and indicate through appropriate inputs through interfaces the types and quantities of items being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Frederick, James A. Michael, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7258406
    Abstract: A suspension device for a lowerable luggage stowage compartment has at least one spring element for assisting the movement of the compartment into a closed position against the force of gravity, and at least one damping element for damping the movement of the compartment into an opened position. A weight detector detects the weight of the compartment, and at least one additional spring element can be actuated based on the detected weight of the compartment. A retention device is provided for fixing the additional spring element. The suspension device provides a compartment that is easy to handle and easy to close even when fully loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Fischer Advanced Composite Components AG
    Inventors: Walter Alfred Stephan, Hermann Filsegger