Pivotally Only Patents (Class 312/248)
  • Patent number: 11788741
    Abstract: A window fan may include a main body, one or more front fan covers, one or more rear fan covers, one or more fans covered by both the front and rear fan covers, and a control panel. In one embodiment, the front and rear fans can be easily detached from the main body, so the fan can be taken out for cleaning purposes. The control panel can be used to control the wind direction, the magnitude, temperature, etc. of the fans. In one embodiment, the control panel can be operated manually. In another embodiment, the control panel can be operated through a remote control. In a further embodiment, the control panel can be operated through an electronic device, such as a cell phone, a tablet, a computer, etc. via WIFI, Bluetooth or other communication schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: MAXTON ENGINEERING LTD.
    Inventor: Shou Qiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 9925103
    Abstract: A communication system for exchanging data between an actuator system and an external device, e.g. an operation where the communication system in the form of a gateway and a codex interprets the information in the bidirectional data stream and communicates the information on both sides. The communication system is furthermore provided with an RFID circuit integrated in a handset. The RFIC circuit can communicate information about the gateway's unique identification, also known as an MAC-address. This achieves easy connection of an external device to the actuator system without having to enter data manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Allan H. Madsen
  • Patent number: 9770137
    Abstract: A mountable shower/bath storage caddy or container which is securable or lockable for securely storing a bottled personal hygiene item such as a bottle of shampoo, which is only accessible to a person having a code or key to unlock the container. A method of using the container and system of multiple containers for shared shower or bath enclosures are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Tula Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Tal Berke
  • Patent number: 9282841
    Abstract: A tablet support mount has a main body portion, which when installed is inclined. The upper surface of the inclined main body is adapted for contacting and supporting the tablet. A lower lip is positioned at an angle at the lower end of the main body so as to form an upwardly open V shape. This lip keeps the tablet from sliding off the mount. An upper attachment edge is positioned at an angle at the upper end of the main body. This upper attachment edge is releasably and directly secured to a lower portion of the frame of a cabinet. The main body, lower lip and at least a portion of the attachment edge form a unitary, one piece rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Keith Blair
  • Patent number: 9228776
    Abstract: A compartment for storing items in a mullion wall separating refrigerated compartments is provided. One exemplary embodiment provides a refrigerator with a first refrigerated compartment selectively coverable by a first door and a second refrigerated compartment selectively coverable by a second door. A mullion separates the first and second refrigerated compartments. A storage compartment is located in the mullion and separable from the first refrigerated compartment by a selectively closeable lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Ashish Dongarmal Gogad, Anant Ravindra Karanjikar, Dean A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9127878
    Abstract: A storage structure (20) is provided for mounting within a refrigerator compartment (12). The storage structure (20) includes a slide unit (30) attached within the refrigerator compartment (12). The slide unit (30) is removably attached within the refrigerator compartment (12) and includes one or more projections (46) extending outwardly from the slide unit (30) for engaging receiving structures (18) within the refrigerator compartment (12). The storage structure (20) further includes at least one bin (22) removably attached to the slide unit (30), the at least one bin (22) includes an engagement structure that movably attaches the bin (22) to the slide unit (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Caleb Gossens, Nicolas Saeger
  • Patent number: 9033279
    Abstract: Baggage compartment 1 for an aircraft, wherein the baggage compartment 1 comprises a housing 2 and a baggage holder 3, wherein the baggage holder 3 is swivel-mounted about a swivel axis A in the housing 2, wherein, the swivel axis A intersects, in its longitudinal extent, a holder side wall 32 of the baggage holder 3 and/or a housing side wall 21 of the housing 2, wherein the baggage holder 3 can be moved from a closed position G into an open position Ö with a first swivel movement S1 and the baggage compartment 1 is opened and wherein the baggage holder 3 can be moved from the open position Ö into the closed position G with a second swivel movement S2 and the baggage compartment 1 is closed, wherein the baggage compartment 1 comprises a drive device 6 having at least one drive motor 9, wherein the drive device 6 is designed to drive the baggage holder 3 during the first and/or second swivel movement S1; S2 and to open or close the baggage compartment 1, wherein the drive device 6 is connected to the holder s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DIEHL AIRCABIN GMBH
    Inventors: Oleg Graf, Max Failenschmid, Ulrich Evers, Annica Dieterich, Simon Merz, Michael Zinke
  • Publication number: 20150090838
    Abstract: Provided are stowage bin systems for use on aircrafts and other like vehicles. A stowage bin system may include two disjoint supporting panels and a stowage bin bucket disposed between and pivotally supported by these panels after installation. The supporting panels may be attached to vertical frame members and, in some embodiments, to other frame members, such as adjacent vertical frame members or to horizontal frame members. In some embodiments, a supporting panel may include a gusset extending substantially normal to the main surfaces of the panel. The gusset may provide additional rigidity to the panel and, in some embodiments, include one or more open channels for attaching to a horizontal frame member. The supporting panels transfer all loads generated during operation of the aircraft from the stowage bin bucket and to the fuselage or, more specifically, to vertical and other frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Aucheun Saechao, Ann Marie Miller, Russell W. Keck
  • Patent number: 8967742
    Abstract: A shoe storage system disposed on ceiling or roof. The system comprises a multiple compartment shoe attic and a mounting base. The mounting base has a base board and two flanges. The base board is attached on a ceiling via a plurality of mounting rod through mounting holes. The shoe attic is pivotably attached to the mounting base via two mounting hinges on both flanges. The shoe attic comprises a plurality of storage compartment with each compartment for a pair of shoes. Each compartment has a clear plastic door pivotably attached to the compartment via a door hinge disposed on the top the compartment. The shoe attic can be moved between a storage position hidden within the mounting base and deployed position. The attic comprises a handle for the convenience of user grip when a user moves the attic from storage position to deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Johnny L. Huewitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8960457
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a “floating” shelf assembly that is configured for mounting on attic rafters or exposed wall studs. In at least one embodiment, the shelf assembly comprises a shelf that includes rotatable mounts at a first edge, which are configured to mount to adjacent rafters at a desired height above the attic floor or insulation. The shelf further includes flexible members which are configured to hang the opposing, second edge of the shelf from an overhead mounting point. The ability to rotate the shelf relative to its mounted first edge allows easy leveling of the shelf by adjusting the hanging length of the flexible members suspending the second edge of the shelf. The shelf assembly also permits direct use with wall studs, where the rotatable mounts are attached to the wall studs and the flexible members are pulled taught, diagonally back and above the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Brisendine
  • Patent number: 8944375
    Abstract: Luggage storage compartment for an aircraft, comprising a housing and a luggage container being mounted pivotably in the housing about a pivot axis A, and being transferrable with a first pivoting motion S1 from a closed position G into an open position Ö and the luggage storage compartment being opened, and being transferrable with a second pivoting motion S2 from the open position Ö into the closed position G and the luggage storage compartment being closed, the luggage storage compartment having a pivoting apparatus, comprising a cable winding device with a winding roll and with a winding medium, the pivoting apparatus comprising a drive device with a drive motor for driving the winding roll, an axis of rotation D of the winding roll running in the same direction as and/or parallel to the pivot axis A of the luggage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Diehl Aircabin GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Merz, Michael Zinke, Oleg Graf, Max Failenschmid, Ulrich Evers, Annica Dieterich
  • Publication number: 20150008810
    Abstract: A half-rack electronics cabinet coupled to a wall mount by two doubly-nested four bar mechanisms that are operable to articulate the cabinet by ninety degrees to bring the back planes of any installed electronic modules to the top for easy access. The function of admitting outside signal and power cables is apportioned to the wall mount. The unit is compact, as the wall mount is no wider than the cabinet. For a half-rack cabinet of sufficient height, crossbars are provided that enable vertical mounting of full-rack electronic modules in the half-rack cabinet along with, preferably, at least one half-rack module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Johnathan Loyd Ivey, Kenneth Wade Chappell, Kevin Sykes
  • Publication number: 20140347790
    Abstract: A wall-mounted housing apparatus includes: a rear case (10); a front cover (20); and a retaining mechanism including a fixed engagement portion (41) and a movable engagement portion (46). The movable engagement portion (46) includes a slidable slide bar (462). The slide bar (462) includes a bar main body (462a) slidable in an apparatus height direction (H), which is the direction when the front cover (20) is closed, and a portion (462b) to be supported. When the front cover (20) is opened upward at an angle larger than 90°, the slide bar (462) slides down due to its weight, and then, when the front cover (20) is closed at 90°, the portion (462b) to be supported is supported by a support surface (412b) of the fixed engagement portion (41). In such a way, the front cover (20) is retained in a state of being opened at 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: NEC INFRONTIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8813404
    Abstract: The invention concerns a window unit for display, protection and preventive conservation of an object of limited thickness, in particular a work of art such as a painting, a bas-relief, a tapestry or similar. It comprises a case with a back (32) and a front door (31) coupled together so as to be able to have the case (30) take up an open state, in which the object (D) is not protected and can be inserted into or removed from the case (30), and a closed state, in which the object (D) is protected and can neither be inserted into nor removed from the case (30), in which the front door (31) is provided with a transparent front panel (48) through which the object (D) is visibilé from the front in the state with the case (30) closed. The window unit is characterized in that the back (32) is provided with a transparent rear panel (50) through which the object (D) is visibile from the rear in the state with the ease (30) closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Goppion S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Goppion
  • Publication number: 20140197721
    Abstract: A pivot bin assembly configured to receive luggage and be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The pivot bin assembly includes an upper housing that includes a strongback and first and second side panels, a bucket that cooperates with the upper housing to define a bin interior, a first pivot mechanism operatively associated with the first side panel and the bucket, and a second pivot mechanism operatively associated with the second side panel and the bucket. The first and second pivot mechanisms are axially aligned along a pivot axis such that the bucket pivots about the pivot axis with respect to the upper housing between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Savian, Stephen Kearsey, Corey Williams
  • Patent number: 8777338
    Abstract: A storage system for storing contents is provided. The storage system includes a retractable vertical cabinet having a handle, at least a first and second pivoting support member pivotally attached to at least an exterior side of the retractable vertical cabinet and a support structure. The storage system further includes a lift adjuster and a rotating adjustment screw threadably connected allowing for adjustment of a lift assist mechanism, which is connected to the first pivoting support member and the lift adjuster, to accommodate for varied loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Clinton Merle Bunch
  • Publication number: 20140152159
    Abstract: A storage compartment for a passenger cabin of an aircraft is provided. The storage compartment comprises a storage compartment body, a mounting, a fixing brace and a pull rod. The fixing brace is connected to a frame of the primary structure of an aircraft and to the mounting and takes up forces transversely to the direction of flight. The pull rod is connected to a stringer of the aircraft primary structure and also to the mounting and takes up forces in the direction of flight in such a way that even in the event of an impact event, only low torques are to be taken up by the supporting primary structure of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Uwe SCHNEIDER, Andreas Jespersen
  • 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: 8665382
    Abstract: A pivoting device especially useful in aircraft passenger cabins that can pivot a monitor between stowed and open positions, the pivoting device including a forward/reverse rotatable driving motor. An electromagnetic brake holds the monitor in stowed and opened positions A power unit powers the motor and the electromagnetic brake. A controller controls the pivoting movement of the monitor. The power unit includes a rectifier circuit that transforms AC to a DC, a step-up circuit that steps up the transformed voltage, a voltage regulator that adjusts the transformed voltage to a prescribed DC voltage, and a retraction power retention circuit including a capacitor. When no source voltage is detected while the monitor is in its opened state, the capacitor supplies the power to a voltage regulator of the power circuit, deactivates the electromagnetic brake and reverse rotates the motor to drive the monitor to its stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aircraft Cabin Systems
    Inventors: Yukio Sugimoto, Hironori Katoh, Koji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140009950
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 8622491
    Abstract: A container data center includes a housing, a driving device, a gear device, and a rope. The hosing includes a sidewall, and the gear device and the driving device are received within the housing. The gear device includes a winding member, one end of the rope is connected to the winding member, and the other end is connected to the rotatable sidewall. The winding member is mechanically connected to the driving device, the driving device drives the winding member to wind or unwind the rope, and the sidewall is closed or opened according to the rotation direction of the winding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao-Yu Fan
  • Patent number: 8590837
    Abstract: A device for holding luggage in a passenger cabin of an aircraft is arranged above a seat row in a passenger cabin of an aircraft or a vehicle and fastened to a structure which is fixed to the aircraft. The luggage rack includes an outer housing which is fixed in position and into which a separate inner housing is fit in a positive-locking manner. The inner housing is arranged relative to the outer housing so that the inner housing can move between two end positions about a moving pivot point close to the center of gravity in a force-operated manner. In the closed end position, the luggage rack is visibly integrated into a cabin lining of the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Bernd Ehlers
  • Patent number: 8585162
    Abstract: A recessed storage compartment is for adding additional space within a showering environment without sacrificing precious shower space. The recessed storage compartment includes a housing, a drawer, and a front panel. The drawer and front panel are attached, creating a compartment for common showering items, and this compartment is completely enclosed within the housing. The storage compartment is recessed within a shower wall and opens with a bottom-hinged opening mechanism, allowing quick and easy access to its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Tayde Pantoja, Jesse Pantoja
  • Publication number: 20130206903
    Abstract: A pivot bin assembly configured to receive luggage and be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The pivot bin assembly includes an upper housing that includes a strongback and first and second side panels, a bucket that cooperates with the upper housing to define a bin interior, a first pivot mechanism operatively associated, with the first side panel and the bucket, and a second pivot mechanism operatively associated, with the second side panel and the bucket. The first and second pivot mechanisms are axially aligned along and are rotatable about a pivot axis such that the bucket pivots about the pivot axis with respect to the upper housing between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130207529
    Abstract: A damping mechanism that includes a housing with an inner circumferential surface defined by an assembly outer race, an axle shaft that is rotatable with respect to the housing, and a transmission assembly operatively associated with the axle shaft and disposed within the housing. The transmission assembly includes an assembly intermediate race. A fluid space that includes fluid therein is defined between the assembly intermediate race and the inner circumferential surface of the assembly outer race. A vane is disposed between the assembly intermediate race and the inner circumferential surface of the assembly outer race. The vane includes a restriction space defined therein. When the axle shaft rotates in the first direction, the transmission assembly transmits rotation from the axle shaft to the vane, and when the axle shaft rotates in the second direction, the transmission assembly transmits less rotation to the first vane than when the axle shaft rotates in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130208490
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
  • Patent number: 8494663
    Abstract: An interactive switch system for a stowage compartment system for a mobile platform (for example, commercial aircraft) is provided. The switch system is mounted to a moveable structure, such as an overhead stowage bin, and is responsive to a local input from a user, as well as to a remote input from an external control/monitoring panel. The switch system has at least one indicator surface responsive to the local input and the remote input to display indicator data. The indicator surface has a portion that forms at least one user input device for enabling the local input. The switch system further comprises a control system disposed behind the indicator surface. The control system is responsive to the local input and the remote input to transmit the indicator data to the indicator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bret L. Lamoree, Dennis C. Lin, Heidi J. Kneller, Henry V. Fletcher, Brock J. Prince, Phillip J. Ayoub
  • Patent number: 8459755
    Abstract: A portable, folded wardrobe wherein in a ready-to-use state, opposing side sections and two front doors are positioned symmetrically on either side of a center longitudinal plane, and wherein when in a folded storage state the side sections and doors have been rotated laterally and folded whereby they are non-symmetrically positioned with respect to said plane and whereby the longitudinal dimension (front to back) of the wardrobe is markedly reduced and the lateral dimension is concordantly increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Stephan A. Shupe, Christopher L. Shupe
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130002110
    Abstract: A holding device includes a case; a base including a placement portion for placing an article, and a fixture holding portion provided on one end side of the placement portion, and rotatably attached relative to the case through a pivot support portion; a slider slidably attached to the base, and including a movable holding portion for releasably holding the article between the movable holding portion and the fixture holding portion; an urging member urging the slider; and a positional control device provided between the base and the slider, and releasably locking the slider in an arbitrary position when the slider slides against an urging force of the urging member. A placement-angle holding device is provided between the base and the case, and holds the base at a predetermined placement angle relative to the case in conjunction with sliding of the slider against the urging force of the urging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8333443
    Abstract: A compact wall-mountable computer station housing provides storage including a parallelepiped base for holding a flat screen computer monitor, a U-shaped support body integrally attached atop the base for holding a computer printer or a credit card machine, and a utensil tray removably attached to the support body. The housing also includes a swivel wall mount for swivelingly mounting the housing to a vertical surface. A keyboard tray mount attached to a base bottom side allows a computer keyboard to be supported thereon, while a cash drawer which is alternately attached to the base bottom side allows a user to store cash therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Skip H. Abed
  • Patent number: 8226032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the installation of commercial components in an aircraft that features at least one equipment carrier for accommodating the components, wherein the at least one equipment carrier is arranged between a luggage rack and the skin of the aircraft and held on the aircraft structure such that it can be pivoted between a maintenance position and an installation position. In order to accommodate the commercial components in a space-saving fashion and to simplify the installation and maintenance work, the equipment carrier can be at least partially pivoted into the luggage rack and is accessible in order to perform installation and maintenance work from the luggage rack in the maintenance position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hartwig Jäger, Benjamin Bartels, Gerd Rohlfs
  • Patent number: 8226031
    Abstract: A rack includes a compartment which has an open face for inserting and removing luggage, a lower face and an end wall opposite the open face. This compartment is mounted such that it can pivot about a fixed pivot axis between an open position in which the open face of the compartment is accessible, and a closed position in which the open face of the compartment is retracted. It also includes a door that is pivot-mounted in such a way that this door impedes access to the open face when the compartment is in the closed position and allows free access to this face when the compartment is open. A connection mechanism connects the door and the compartment of the luggage rack in such a way that the pivoting movement of the compartment causes the door to pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus
    Inventor: Thomas-Mathias Bock
  • 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: 8136897
    Abstract: An overhead storage system for attachment to a ceiling includes a hollow housing, frame and a pair of pivots pivotally attaching a rear end of the frame to a rear end of the housing so that the frame pivots between a storage position wherein the frame is disposed generally coplanar with a ceiling surface and an access position wherein the frame is disposed at a predetermined angle relative to the ceiling surface. A latch assembly releasably secures the frame in the storage position. There is a storage container which is telescopically movable through an open front end of the frame between a retracted position wherein the storage container is substantially disposed within confines of the frame and an extended position wherein a front end of the storage container is disposed a predetermined distance from the open end of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark L Mascari
  • Publication number: 20120038253
    Abstract: The invention relates to an overhead luggage compartment, in particular, for a vehicle cabin, in which a ledge (3) provided with an electrical component is pivotably held in a housing half-shell (1) about a pivot axis, the pivot axis extending through two axles connecting the ledge (3) to the housing half-shell (1). For connecting the electrical component to a cable (9), it is proposed that one of the axles has a through-hole extending in the axial direction, through which the cable (9) is guided for connecting to the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Diehl Aircabin GmbH
    Inventors: Markus RAFLER, Michael KLAS, Dietmar STROEBELE
  • Patent number: 8091969
    Abstract: A wall mount cabinet is disclosed. The wall mount cabinet includes a rear section having a first end and a second end, and a front section hingedly connected to the rear section at a pivot point. The rear section has a cutout area adjacent the first end, and the cutout area allows access for cables to enter the cabinet. The pivot point is adjacent the cutout area and the first end of the rear section. The cutout area allows cables to rotate about the pivot point when the cabinet is moved from a closed position to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack E. Caveney, Samuel J. Adducci, Robert L. Fritz
  • Patent number: 8061789
    Abstract: A storage device. The storage device has at least one pivot arm that is pivotally mounted to a support frame. A storage rod is attached to the pivot arm(s). The pivot arm(s) control the movement of the storage rod between a conveniently accessible lower use position and an upper storage position. In a preferred embodiment the storage device is mounted inside a closet and is used in conjunction with storage drawers that rest on the floor. Also, in a preferred embodiment a linear actuator is connected to the pivot arm and controls the pivoting of the pivot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Krueger
  • Patent number: 8047468
    Abstract: An aircraft stowage bin assembly includes shear fittings configured to route a content load from the bucket of the bin assembly to the airframe in the event of a forward load condition, such as a crash or severe turbulence. When the forward inertial load factor on the stowage bin is greater than about 1 g, the shear fittings create an efficient load path from the bucket to the airframe which bypasses the large metallic or composite endframes required by the designs of many conventional overhead stowage bins. As a result, significant reductions in overall bulk and weight, as well as lower manufacturing costs, can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Chad D. Schmitz, Joseph Matthias Manhardt
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7950756
    Abstract: Storage systems are provided with a first shelf and a drop-down shelf. In one example, the storage system includes first and second link members that are each slidably and pivotably attached with respect to the first shelf. Each of the link members is also pivotably attached with respect to the drop-down shelf. In another example, the storage system includes first and second stationary track guides that each extend away from the first shelf. The drop-down shelf includes first and second support structures that are each slidably received in a respective one of the stationary track guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan A. Collins, Richard B. Moulder, Christopher W. Baum, Paul H. Kelly
  • Patent number: 7893645
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling at least one movable stowage compartment is provided. The method includes sensing an input indicative of a desired movement of the stowage compartment and determining a position of the compartment. The method also includes initiating a control signal and moving the compartment into either a closed position or an opened position using the control signal. In another embodiment, a method for controlling at least one movable stowage compartment on a mobile platform is provided. The method includes determining a status of the compartment, and transmitting a signal indicating the status of the compartment to at least one indicator display for displaying the status to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Heidi J. Kneller, Dennis C. Lin, Bret L. Lamoree, James L. Tylee
  • Patent number: 7832685
    Abstract: An aircraft stowage bin assembly includes shear fittings configured to route a content load from the bucket of the bin assembly to the airframe in the event of a forward load condition, such as a crash or severe turbulence. When the forward inertial load factor on the stowage bin is greater than about 1 g, the shear fittings create an efficient load path from the bucket to the airframe which bypasses the large metallic or composite endframes required by the designs of many conventional overhead stowage bins. As a result, significant reductions in overall bulk and weight, as well as lower manufacturing costs, can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Haynes, Chad D. Schmitz, Joseph M. Manhardt
  • Patent number: 7823830
    Abstract: A luggage compartment for aircraft comprises a tilting floor, a flap and a suspension device. The tilting floor is designed for holding carry-on baggage and the like, and may be locked in an initial position and may be tilted to another position for easier loading or unloading. The loading edge height may be substantially lower than the initial height of the closed luggage compartment. For example, an interlocking mechanism may couple the opening and closing of a flap and the tilting of the floor from an initial position to the tilted position, such as a three-position handle that prevents release of the tilting floor until the flap is unlatched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus SAS
    Inventors: Erich Feldkirchner, Thomas M. Bock
  • Patent number: 7775613
    Abstract: An assembly includes a housing, one or more telescoping brackets movably secured to the housing, and a door portion movably secured to the housing and the one or more telescoping brackets. A method for providing increased access to a storage compartment includes the steps of movably joining one or more telescoping brackets to a housing, movably joining a door portion to the one or more telescoping brackets and the housing, and moving the door portion to cause the one or more telescoping brackets to telescopingly project the door relative housing to provide access to a storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Ian R. Williams
  • Patent number: 7748802
    Abstract: A rack mounted inside a cabinet in which a number of office files are supported, wherein the rack can be extended outward of the cabinet allowing all of the files to be visibly seen for easy identification along with the easy removal of any file. The files are supported one above the other so that each file tab is higher than the lower one. The rack is shaped to fit inside a cabinet that is substantially as tall and as wide as a conventional filing cabinet but is thinner and capable of being wall mounted and thereby consuming a minimum amount of floor space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Victor Mario Peruzzi
  • Publication number: 20100108627
    Abstract: An overhead storage container in a closet like form that utilizes unused space inside a garage, above a garage door. The storage container is raised to a horizontal position and lowered through a 90-degree rotation to a vertical position through the use of two ropes, one of which is connected to a safety ratchet. The container will not lower or rise unless the safety ratchet is disengaged by the rope it is connected to. The second rope allows for lowering or raising of the container until more rope must be released through the use of the safety ratchet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Paul LUPINACCI, Thomas Anthony Carson LUPINACCI
  • Publication number: 20100007253
    Abstract: A drawer based storage system is disclosed. It comprises a drawer adapted to be supported on a support frame having sides and, preferably, a front. The drawer is supported for pivotal movement between a closed, generally horizontal position and an open, non-horizontal position and, further, for sliding movement, only when the drawer is in the open position, between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Craig Ryerson
  • Publication number: 20090189497
    Abstract: A flat, rectangular, concealed wall-mounted locking cabinet which can be securely fastened through the outside surface of a wall and into supporting studs without requiring significant modification to the wall is described. The cabinet is completely concealed by a nesting cover that simultaneously functions as a picture frame or other artistic work. The cover and the door of the cabinet both may open in a downward manner, thereby permitting the cabinet to be made in a variety of sizes whereby handguns and long guns, such as shotguns and rifles, as well as other articles, may be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Erik B. Stenbakken