Removable Panel Patents (Class 312/265.6)
  • Patent number: 9824669
    Abstract: A wooden guitar cabinet features a door equipped with one or more interior channels that allow the interior of the door to be in contact with the air in the interior of the cabinet, thereby keeping the interior of the door at the same level of humidity as the interior of the cabinet. This allows for the interior of the cabinet to be maintained at the optimal humidity levels for storing guitars while minimizing the risk of unsightly warping in the cabinet doors. The cabinet may be optionally equipped with a locking mechanism to prevent guitars from falling off shelves in the case of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: American Music Furniture Co., LLC
    Inventor: Roger Horneff
  • Patent number: 9075579
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for an expansion card includes a bracket, a circuit board mounted in the bracket, and a latching member. The bracket includes a bottom wall, a supporting wall perpendicularly mounted on the bottom wall, and a first end wall and a second end wall extending from two opposite ends of the supporting wall along the same direction. The circuit board includes a connector. The latching member includes a first hook and a mounting piece. The latching member is slidably installed to the first end wall. The mounting piece is exposed out of the bottom wall of the bracket. The expansion card is inserted into the connector of the circuit board, a front end of the expansion card is mounted to the second end wall, and a rear end of the expansion card is latched to the first hook of the latching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Gang Yin, Jun-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 8979220
    Abstract: A locking element for locking of a panel cover on a module rail includes a bearing block with a flat mounting surface and threaded holes for mounting on the inside of the panel cover and a slide lock, which is mounted to move on the bearing block and has a locking tab. A sliding mechanism moves the slide lock from a locked position, in which the locking tab engages beneath the module rail, to a release position and vice versa. An actuating screw forms a rotary actuator, which can be activated through a hole in panel cover when the locking element is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Pentair Technical Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Joist
  • Patent number: 8967743
    Abstract: A furniture component includes a base having a back wall with a first outer vertical face, a first inner vertical face and a first upper edge. A pair of horizontally spaced apart side walls each have a second outer vertical face, a second inner vertical face and a second upper edge. The first and second upper edges are substantially coplanar. An outer top includes a bottom surface spaced above the first and second upper edges and defines a visible gap therebetween. The outer top has a rear edge and a pair of horizontally spaced apart side edges. The rear edge and the first outer vertical face are substantially coplanar, and the side edges and second outer vertical faces are substantially coplanar. A method of assembling and using the furniture component are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bernett, Nicholas Dodziuk, Paul S. Gartland, Scott G. Ball, Jeffrey Allen Book, Eileen M. LaMore, Jeffrey Jay Weirsma, Bruce A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8936325
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises: a case (100), in particular a case that can be integrated into a motor vehicle dashboard; a front panel element (200), removably mounted on the case; and means for the reversible assembly and fixation of the front panel element to the case. Such means include: at a first end of the front panel element and of the case, a dismountable magnetic hinge comprising a first pair of magnetic elements (124, 224), arranged on the case and on the front panel element, respectively, opposite to each other and in mutual attraction; and at an opposed, second end of the front panel element and of the case, means for locking the front panel element to the case, comprising a lock (212) and a second pair of magnetic elements (126, 226), arranged on the case and on the front panel element, respectively, opposite to each other and in mutual repulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Parrot
    Inventor: Thierry Sanlaville
  • Patent number: 8936327
    Abstract: A bezel assembly includes a panel, a shielding member with a mounting portion, and a securing assembly. The panel includes a main body with a limiting panel and a blocking portion. A first opening and a through hole are defined in the main body. The securing assembly includes a sliding member and a coil spring secured to the sliding member and the blocking portion. The sliding member is slidably located between the sliding member and the blocking portion, and an axis of the coil spring is substantially perpendicular to the limiting panel. The sliding member is slidable relative to the main body between a first position and a second position, in the first position, the mounting portion extends through the through hole, and the sliding member is engaged in the mounting portion; in the second position, the coil spring is deformed to disengage the sliding member from the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhi-Ping Wu
  • Patent number: 8931858
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a box and a separating plate. The box includes a bottom plate and a first side plate. The bottom plate defines a clip slot, and the first side plate defines a clasping hole. The separating plate includes a main body, a clipping portion, and a hook. The clipping portion is deformable and engaged in the clasping hole for preventing the separating plate from moving in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the first side plate. The hook is slidably received in the clip slot for preventing the separating plate from moving in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Chung Chai, Sheng-He Li, Wei-Yong Ma
  • Publication number: 20150002006
    Abstract: An electronics cabinet having a cabinet frame, a front equipment rail, and a structural air dam. The cabinet frame includes a first pair of front-to-back beams connected to a pair of top side-to-side beams to form a top frame, a second pair of front-to-back beams connected to a pair of bottom side-to-side beams to form a bottom frame, and a plurality of vertical post connected to the top frame and the bottom frame. The front equipment rail is removably connected to one of the first pair of front-to-back beams and to one of the second pair of front-to-back beams. The structural air dam is connected to the front equipment rail and to one of the plurality of vertical posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Roger D. Segroves, Rey Bravo, Alex C. Brouwer
  • Patent number: 8876228
    Abstract: A door for a household appliance. The door includes a door body having an appliance-side plate and an outer-side decorative panel spaced from the appliance-side plate by a gap. A profiled cover extends at least between a portion of a side of the appliance-side plate to a portion of a side of the outer-side decorative panel such that the profiled cover closes off a side edge extent of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8833711
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for mounting a rack to a floor includes a bracket. The bracket includes a rack-mounting surface having at least one pair of rack-mounting openings for mounting the bracket to the rack, and a floor-mounting surface extending from the rack-mounting surface. The floor-mounting surface has at least three pairs of floor-mounting openings for mounting the bracket to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Robert L. Fritz
  • Publication number: 20140239785
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a piece of furniture (1) having a first piece (4) attached to second and third pieces (2) being perpendicular to the first piece (4) and where two opposing edges (5) of the first piece (4) are attached to one of the second and third pieces (2) each. The edges (5) of the first piece (4) are received in a groove (10) of each of the second and third pieces (2), that the first piece (1) is perpendicular to the second and third pieces (2) and that the second and third pieces (2) are placed parallel to each other. The invention also concerns mounting of a back of a cupboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: IKEA Supply AG
    Inventor: Benny Andersson
  • Patent number: 8804321
    Abstract: A monitor support assembly comprising a support frame including a first elongated frame member forming a first surface and a second elongated frame member forming a second surface, the second frame member supported adjacent and parallel to the first frame member with the first surface facing the second surface and forming an elongated gap, a panel assembly including a first panel member having oppositely facing substantially parallel front and rear surfaces and a second panel member having oppositely facing substantially parallel front and rear surfaces, the second panel member supported adjacent the first panel member with the front surface of the first panel member facing the rear surface of the second panel member, the panel assembly supported within the gap by the first and second frame members and an electronic display mounted to the front surface of the second panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Kincaid, Mark Spoelhof, Mark Schoolmeester, Duck Young Kong, John Allen, Hyun Yoo
  • Patent number: 8763432
    Abstract: A laundry device is provided in which a control panel may be mounted/dismounted conveniently according to an arrangement of the laundry device. The laundry device may include a body case which forms an exterior of the laundry device, a panel frame mounted to an upper end or a lower end of a front of the body case, a control panel selectively mounted to a front of the panel frame, and a falling off preventive portion for preventing the control panel from being inadvertently separated from the panel frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ju Han Yoon, Il Tak Han, Sung Gi Hwang, Seong Kyu Kim, Seon Il Heo
  • Patent number: 8668291
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a metal clad facade includes a thin metal cladding having at least one edge. The facade or the object with which it is associated has at least one edge around which the metal cladding edge can be wrapped. The wrapped edge could optionally be crimped. Optionally, exposed edges of the cladding could be covered by raised bosses or ribs on the façade. Optionally, a projection or extension of the cladding, oblique to other parts of the cladding, could extend into an opening in or near a surface of the facade or its underlying object. Wrapping of at least one edge with the metal cladding provides the appearance of a more substantial metal part than if the edge were not wrapped and provides for a more securement and durable attachment between the cladding and the underlying object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Arthur Kopf, Michael Allen Bowen, Todd Joseph Tunzi
  • Patent number: 8622490
    Abstract: A water cooler with a rapidly detachable exterior panel. A water cooler with a detachable panel may have a wrapper with at least one detachable panel, and the wrapper may have multiple apertures to receive fasteners that may receive corresponding rear surface projections located on the rear surface of the panel. A water cooler with a detachable exterior panel may have a wrapper with at least one detachable panel, and one or more tensioning devices to cause the exterior panel to be placed in frictional and removable engagement against the wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: MTN Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun Yen Wang
  • Patent number: 8602511
    Abstract: A method of retrofitting a generator set includes disconnecting a removable panel from a frame of a generator set housing. In order to accomplish this, short bolts associated with the removable panel are disconnected from nutserts that are permanently affixed to the frame. A removable panel compliance kit is installed to the generator set frame by threading long bolts through the nutserts and then attaching a pair of nuts in a locking configuration on each of the long bolts. The removable panel, which is modified to include keyhole shaped bolt openings, is then reconnected to the frame by advancing the long bolts further into the respective nutserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nader W. Ktami, Gareth Campbell, Ian D. Henderson
  • Patent number: 8596097
    Abstract: A washing machine is disclosed. The washing machine includes a cabinet, a drum provided inside of the cabinet so as to accommodate laundry, a front panel provided with an opening for inputting laundry into the drum, an outer panel assembled to a front side of the cabinet and having the front panel fixed thereto, and a supplementary panel being fixed to the outer panel and being provided along an outer periphery of the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Shik Kim, Ho Il Jeon, Jong Hee Han
  • Patent number: 8596604
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is directed to a system, method and apparatus for a base used in connection with a device. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is used in connection with entertainment and gaming devices such as slot machines, video poker and blackjack, video games, and other entertainment and gaming devices. The base may support the entertainment or gaming device, and may comprise a top surface on which said device may be positioned, a first side panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface, a second side panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface and opposed to the first side panel, and a front panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface and the first and second side panels. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is modular and may be easily and repeatedly assembled and disassembled for servicing, maintenance, reconfiguration, shipping and/or relocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur Kubach
  • Patent number: 8550577
    Abstract: An appliance cabinet, such as a laundry treating appliance cabinet, having a chassis and a cover removably mounted to the chassis, and a labyrinth coupler connecting the cover and the chassis, wherein the coupler is physically configured to define a path requiring a specific sequence of movements between the cover and the chassis to couple or uncouple the cover from the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Hunnell, Jason S. Sabel, James R. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8540327
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a chassis, a side panel and a knob structure. The chassis includes a rear panel in which a latching hole is defined. The knob structure includes a mounting member, a sliding member engaged in the mounting member, a positioning member secured to the side panel and a resilient member elastically engaged between the sliding member and the positioning portion. The mounting member is secured to the side panel. The sliding member includes a hook. The sliding member can slide from a first position to a second position; when the sliding member is in the first position, the hook engages in the latching hole, when the sliding member is in the second position, the hook disengages from the latching hole; the resilient member elastically deforms to bias the sliding member to slide from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Liang-Chin Wang, Gang Su, Ling-Xin Zeng, Hai-Tao Shan, Zhong-Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 8511762
    Abstract: A kick panel for a household appliance, wherein the household appliance includes a housing body and a front panel defining a front of the housing body, the front panel including a front wall and a first side wall adjacent to a first end of the front wall of the front panel, the first side wall of the front panel including a cut-out. The kick panel includes a front wall and a first side wall adjacent to a first end of the front wall of the kick panel, wherein an inner concealed surface of the first side wall of the kick panel includes a catch device extending therefrom for engaging the cut-out of the front panel and securing the kick panel to the front panel, and wherein the kick panel conceals the catch device from view when viewed from a front of the household appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventor: Gerhard Stegerwald
  • Patent number: 8439460
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for installation in a furniture frame, the appliance includes an essentially rectangular body, and two vertical cover sections affixed to the front vertical edges of the body, which extend laterally beyond the vertical edges onto the furniture frame. A horizontal cover section is pushed in between the vertical sections along an upper front edge of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8405984
    Abstract: An adjustable filler panel assembly, configured for use in an electronic equipment enclosure, includes a first panel and a second panel, each adapted to block airflow. The first panel has pairs of horizontally aligned adjustment openings formed therein, and the second panel has a pair of horizontally aligned attachment members disposed near one end. The first and second panels are connected to one another in an overlapping arrangement to form an air-blocking panel assembly with the attachment members of the second panel being aligned with and connected to a pair of adjustment openings of the first panel. In addition, the first panel and the second panel are telescopically adjustable relative to one another such that a length of the air-blocking panel assembly is selectively adjustable to fill at least a portion of an opening in the electronic equipment enclosure, thereby blocking air from flowing through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Brian Donowho, Richard Evans Lewis, II
  • Patent number: 8262041
    Abstract: A device is configured to be secured within an equipment rack of the type having two spaced-apart mounting flanges, with each flange having a plurality of openings formed therein spaced-apart from one another a predetermined distance. The device includes an elongated body having two, opposite ends and two attachment configurations, one for each end of the elongated body. Each attachment configuration has at least one retention element to be inserted within the openings of the mounting flanges. At least one attachment configuration has a plunger pin configured to retain the device to the mounting rails. The attachment configuration is constructed and arranged to facilitate tool-less installation and removal of the device with the mounting rails. Other embodiments of the device and a method of securing the device to an equipment rack are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph H. Bergesch
  • Publication number: 20120169196
    Abstract: A cabinet door for furniture composed of a supporting frame and a removable panel, which is provided with a back side designed to be disposed against the supporting frame, and a front side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: GATTO-S.P.A.
    Inventor: Federico MARCHETTI
  • Patent number: 8198553
    Abstract: A draft shield for a balance, the draft shield having a rear wall and rails extending forward from the top corners of the rear wall. The rails contain guide tracks for a top cover panel and two sidewalls. A draft shield of this design allows for easy cleaning and also permits the parts to be cleaned to be removed without a tool. To this end, a bottom edge of a front wall of the draft shield is inserted into a seat, such that the front wall can then be pivoted into flush alignment against the top cover panel and the sidewalls and can be secured in this position by locking elements arranged at the front ends of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Balthasar Dürst, Daniel Mock
  • Patent number: 8083299
    Abstract: A housing for a front-loading laundry appliance includes a front wall including a first surface and a first and a second lateral edge each having a respective second flange extending substantially parallel to the first surface. A first lateral load-bearing member abuts the first lateral edge of the front wall and a second lateral load-bearing member abuts the second lateral edge of the front wall. A supporting element is disposed in a lower portion of the housing. A respective forwardly projecting positioning element is disposed above the first supporting element at a front end of each of the first and second lateral load bearing members and has a form of a sleeve. Each of the respective second flanges of the front wall includes a respective opening configured to receive a respective one of the positioning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Florian Funcken, Holger Hoppe
  • Patent number: 8070243
    Abstract: An electronic device enclosure includes a bottom plate, a mounting member mounted to the bottom plate, and a resilient member attached to the mounting member. At least one bridge protrudes from the bottom plate. A gap is defined between the bridge and the bottom plate, and a protrusion is formed in the bottom plate. The mounting member includes a positioning tab capable of inserting into the gap along a first direction. At least one securing tab protrudes from a free end of the resilient member towards the bottom plate. The securing tab is capable of engaging with the protrusion of the bottom plate to prevent the position tab from removing from the gap along a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Rui-Peng Shen
  • Patent number: 8052231
    Abstract: A blanking panel is provided for use with equipment racks or enclosures that house electronic components, and is configured to facilitate installation of the panel with a pair of vertical mounting rails or flanges of a rack or enclosure without the use of tools or other hardware. The blanking panel is constructed of one or more materials and/or defines one or more configurations such that when the blanking panel is installed into a rack or enclosure, portions of a body of the blanking panel interface with a surface of an equipment component or another blanking panel installed above or below the blanking panel to thereby form an air seal there between, which helps to reduce or prevent hot exhaust air from mixing with cooling air within a rack or enclosure, and further helps to reduce or prevent cooling air from bypassing equipment components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James S. Spitaels, Jeffrey Lee Mattlin, William Ziegler
  • Patent number: 7998549
    Abstract: A method of forming an assembly including a first workpiece having a surface provided with a mortise and a second workpiece provided with a tenon inserted into the mortise joining the workpieces together in which the second workpiece is disposed in a certain orientation relative to the first workpiece to provide a certain disposition of the workpieces when joined together, generally consisting of providing identifying marks on the surface of the first workpiece and the tenon of the second workpiece at locations assuming a certain disposition when the second workpiece is disposed in a certain orientation and the tenon is registered with the mortise; positioning the second workpiece relative to the first workpiece wherein the second workpiece is disposed in the certain orientation relative to the first workpiece, the tenon is registered with the mortise and the marks are disposed in the certain mark disposition; and displacing the second workpiece toward the first workpiece and inserting the tenon into the mort
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Susnjara
  • Patent number: 7900922
    Abstract: A machine cabinet system is provided. The system includes a machine cabinet with a top face and a front face. In one embodiment, a removable panel is included that is removably coupled to at least one of the top face and the front face of the machine cabinet. In another embodiment, the removable panel is removably coupled to the machine cabinet without use of a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Stragent, LLC
    Inventor: Chester L. Mallory
  • Patent number: 7872860
    Abstract: A portable apparatus includes an electronic device; and a fastening device detachably attached to the electronic device. The fastening device includes a cover comprising a hook for inserting in the electronic device; a pressing member capable of being movable locked and unlocked from the cover; a locking member fastened on the cover and engaged with the pressing member, and an activating member disposed on the cover for activating the pressing portion to unlock from the cover. The locking member includes an inserting portion for inserting into the locking slot to lock the hook in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xue-Dong Tang
  • Patent number: 7848100
    Abstract: A reconfigurable mounting bracket is disclosed. The bracket includes a first face plate configured to attach to an enclosure, a first flange that extends perpendicularly from a first end of the first face plate, and a second flange that extends perpendicularly from a second end of the first face plate, the second flange extending in an opposing direction from the first flange. The reconfigurable mounting bracket accommodates a plurality of attachment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Wayman, Jennifer L. Casey
  • Patent number: 7832588
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a case structure for an electronic device. The case structure comprises at least two covering members made of a wooden material for covering a covered member; and a supporting member provided along the inner surfaces of the covering members for supporting the covering members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7813126
    Abstract: A plate combination type computer housing comprises a bottom plate, a first plate, a second plate, a third plate, a fourth plate, a upper plate and four fixing rods. Whereby, the number of molds for manufacturing the housing can be reduced so as to save the production cost, and it is unnecessary to process screw locking to allow the four fixing rods to be respectively coupled to the first plate, the second plate, the third plate and the fourth plate such that the assembly is easier to reduce the assembly time substantially and hence, no screws and no fixing rods are exposed outside the computer housing to influence the modeling design of an outlook of the computer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventors: Bao-Hung Chen, Chun-Chang Lai
  • Patent number: 7784889
    Abstract: A switchgear cabinet with a rack and/or panel elements, wherein a mounting plate can be attached to an interior of the switchgear cabinet. A lower edge of the mounting plate has sliding elements, wherein one or several spacing elements are fastened on a rear panel element and/or on rear parts of the rack, by which the mounting plate is supported in the mounting position. The mounting plate can provide fastening receivers in the area of the lower edge and the upper edge which, in the installation position of the mounting plate, cooperate with fastening elements of the lower and upper contact elements and fix the mounting plate rigidly in place. With sliding elements supported on the bottom or the cover plate and fastening elements at the spacing elements and fastening receivers on the mounting plate, an installation without sliding rails is possible, wherein the switchgear cabinet can be installed facing the attachment area with the bottom plate or the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Benner, Matthias Müller, Oskar Elm
  • Patent number: 7665810
    Abstract: A glass panel assembly for kitchen appliances includes a glass panel and a plurality of spacers. The spacers are mounted to an outer surface of the appliance and an inner surface of the glass panel. Preferably, the spacers are adhesively secured to the glass panel and are not visible when viewing the kitchen appliance from the front. Trim pieces fit between the glass panel and the appliance door to cover and further hide the spacers from view. The glass panel can be mounted to any outer surface of the appliance such as an appliance door, side walls or even a top wall. The particular construction of the spacers, in combination with the trim pieces creates an illusion that glass panel appears to float relative to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Crompton, John Phillip Myers
  • Patent number: 7656653
    Abstract: A drive bracket assembly includes a back panel and a drive bracket including a first side plate and a second side plate, the first side plate forms a securing post sliding thereon, the second side plate forms two rows of restricting pieces extending towards the first side plate, one edge of the back panel is inserted into the restricting pieces and resists against the second side plate, the securing post slides on the first side plate and resists against the other edge of the back panel, the back panel is secured between the first side plate and the second side plate of the drive bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhan-Yang Li
  • Publication number: 20090284111
    Abstract: Articles of breakdown furniture (e.g., a desk and a TV stand) that can be quickly and easily assembled and disassembled by a user without the need for traditional tools, in a relatively short time, and with minimal assistance. In its disassembled condition, the furniture is advantageously adapted to be packaged and transported in compact shipping containers. A removable top is detachably connected between a pair of opposing sides or legs by locking pins which slide through lock bodies affixed to the detachable top for receipt by respective pin holes formed in the sides. A back panel is connected between the pair of opposing sides by connectors which project from ends of the support panel for removable receipt by slotted brackets affixed to the sides. In the case of the desk, a removable pull-out drawer is located below the removable top to be slidably received by grooves formed along the sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas B. Hazzard, Steven Krause
  • Patent number: 7581303
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a chassis assembly to reduce electromagnetic interference is disclosed. The method includes forming a chassis having a chassis cover top portion, a chassis cover step portion, a chassis cover pre-step portion, a hemmed edge, a hemmed lip, and one or more dimpled spring fingers, by forming a first bend at the hemmed edge residing between the hemmed lip and the chassis cover pre-step portion, forming a second bend between the chassis cover step portion and the chassis cover pre-step portion, and forming a third bend between the chassis cover top portion and the chassis cover step portion. The method further including forming a fourth bends between a chassis back top portion and a chassis back. The formed chassis cover is then seated with the chassis back to create a tortuous path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Soule, Brian Kash, Andrew Poynot
  • Patent number: 7578566
    Abstract: An escutcheon for an appliance door assembly is provided. The escutcheon includes a control panel mounting surface comprising a lower edge, and a plurality of formations depending from said lower edge and defining a retaining slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Joseph DiEnno, Roger Shawn Nelson, Jeffrey Thomas Kiesler, Deryl Craig York, Raymond Edward Yuenger
  • Publication number: 20090167125
    Abstract: A system of removable panels and panel components sized, shaped, and structured to easily fit on the interior walls of standard sized metal lockers. The system includes pre-cut panels that may be positioned on the interior back and side walls of the locker. A further panel is configured to fit on the inside of the locker door. Additional pre-cut panels in a kit for a standard sized locker are provided. Accommodations are made for interior fixtures already positioned inside the locker. The door panel is alternately configured with utility objects, such as frames and pockets, as well as write-on components, such as calendars or schedules. The panels are constructed of generally flexible materials either with a full magnetic surface or individual edges or corners configured with magnetic surfaces. The panels may be provided with a variety of colors, designs, and other features that allow the individual to personalize the interior of their assigned locker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Suzan ZAKRZEWSKI
  • Patent number: 7529082
    Abstract: Each of attachments 50 has fixtures formed in a base part 51 for fixation to metal fixtures 80a and 80b. It also has a projecting part 52 having two surfaces formed on its side which opposes one of brackets 20. The two surfaces differ in height by an amount corresponding to the difference in height between the metal fixtures 80a and 80b. Each of the two surfaces has a fixture formed thereon. The brackets 20 each have screw holes and clearance holes formed in their portions which oppose, when their vertical locations relative to PDP 10a and PDP 10b are kept unchanged, the attachments 50 fixed to the metal fixtures 80a and 80b, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoto Maruta
  • Patent number: 7494197
    Abstract: Cabinet for a home appliance including a base panel 10, one pair of side panels 20 respectively provided to side ends of the base panel 10, each having a size of holes 21 in a front end, a front panel 30 provided to front ends of the base panel and the side panels 10 and 20, the front panel 30 having projections 31 mounted on a rear surface thereof for being inserted in the holes 21 and engaged with circumferential portions 21a of the holes 21, respectively, and a rear panel 40 provided to rear ends of the base panel and the side panels 10 and 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: In Hee Han, Seong Hai Jeong, Soon Jo Lee
  • Patent number: 7490492
    Abstract: A control panel assembly for a washing machine, where the control panel can be easily assembled to the washing machine. The control panel includes a recess provided to an outer case of the washing machine and a control panel mounted in the recess. The control panel includes a first fixing part caught on an upper part of the recess and a second fixing part sliding along a bottom surface of the recess while the first fixing part is caught on the upper part of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Kyum Kim, Geon Kim, Chi Wan Hur, Yu Beom Kang, Sang Man Je
  • Patent number: 7481403
    Abstract: A panel structure capable of being attached with or detached from a supporting stand mainly comprises a base seat installed at a panel, a base plate installed at the upper end of the supporting stand and a sliding mass capable of being slid in the base seat. Whereby, the base plate in an accepting groove of the base seat can directly be pressed and positioned in the accepting groove through the sliding mass so that the panel can be chosen to be assembled with or detached from the supporting stand depending on the place and the requirement if is practically used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventor: Min Hao Yuan
  • Patent number: 7448702
    Abstract: A mounting assembly of a computer enclosure includes a chassis (90), a front panel (10) slidably mounted to the chassis (90), a pair of locking members (30) attached to the front panel (10), a pair of sliding members (50) fixedly attached to the chassis (90) and a pair of pressing members (70) movably mounted to the chassis (90) for unlocking the locking members (30). Each sliding member (50) has a sliding portion (53). Each locking member (30) defines a sliding groove (31) therein. The sliding portion (53) of the sliding member (50) is engaged in the sliding groove (31) for securing the front panel (10) on the chassis (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignees: Hong Pu Jim Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Fa-Ming Jiang, Gang Su
  • Publication number: 20080203870
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a kitchen appliance having a front portion (26), and a front panel assembly (22) removably attached to the front portion (26). In one embodiment, the front panel assembly (22) comprises a transparent panel (30) and a colored member (32) positioned between the transparent panel (30) and the front portion (26) of the kitchen appliance wherein the colored member (32) is visible through the transparent panel (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Louis F. Riley, Antony Sit
  • Publication number: 20080169740
    Abstract: A monument assembly for a mobile platform. The monument assembly includes a removable wall panel enabling access to an enclosed compartment of the monument assembly. The removability of an entire wall panel enables full and unimpeded access to the enclosed compartment, and eliminates the need for a separate, smaller access panel to be incorporated within one of the walls of the monument assembly. The removable wall panel is secured along at least two of its edges to two or more adjacent wall portions of the monument assembly by fastening assemblies that can be attached and/or separated from one another using a simple hand tool, or by fastening assemblies that can be slidably engaged with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Walter L. White
  • Patent number: 7395683
    Abstract: A control panel assembly for a washing machine, where the control panel can be easily assembled to the washing machine. The control panel includes a recess provided to an outer case of the washing machine and a control panel mounted in the recess. The control panel includes a first fixing part caught on an upper part of the recess and a second fixing part sliding along a bottom surface of the recess while the first fixing part is caught on the upper part of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Kyum Kim, Geon Kim, Chi Wan Hur, Yu Beom Kang, Sang Man Je