With Rigid Housing Wall Patents (Class 312/274)
  • Patent number: 11408668
    Abstract: A refrigerator of the present invention comprises: a cabinet that includes a storage compartment having an opening formed on the front side thereof; a door rotatably connected to the cabinet to open and close the opening; a drawer disposed within the storage compartment to accommodate stored goods therein; a drawer guide that supports the drawer and guides the drawer in order to enable the drawer to move forward and rearward; an extraction mechanism that includes a base part that is disposed below the drawer and moves forward while the door is opened and rearward while the door is closed, a rear frame that extends from the base part toward the rear side of the drawer and pushes the drawer forward when the base part moves forward, and an arm that extends forward from the rear frame and is disposed between the drawer and a side of the storage compartment; and an arm guide disposed between the side of the storage compartment and the drawer to guide the arm in order to enable the arm to move forward and rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Changwoan Yang, Seungjin Choi, Hanhyo Kim, Yoomin Park
  • Patent number: 11071439
    Abstract: A bracket is provided that may be configured to attach a structure to a wall inside a wash tub of a dishwasher. The bracket may be arranged to be attached to the structure and may include a first protrusion and at least a second protrusion arranged to attach the bracket and the attached structure to the wall by extending through a respective aperture in the wall. A dishwasher and a method of attaching a structure to a wall inside a wash tub for a dishwasher may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Matteus Roos, Per Källberg, Erik Josefsson, Christian Henriksen
  • Patent number: 10976056
    Abstract: A guide device for guiding a goods carrier within a housing has at least two guide units which are each, at a transverse distance from one another, on the one hand fixed to the housing and on the other hand coupled to the goods carrier, and which guide the goods carrier through a traversing movement between a slid-in operating position and a pulled-out position in which it is at least partially drawn out of the housing, a synchronisation device is provided in order to synchronise the movement of the guide units during the traversing movement of the goods carrier coupled to the guide units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GRASS GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Tiefnig, Simon Mair
  • Patent number: 10557662
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. Specifically, a refrigerator that is capable of enabling a user to easily introduce or remove goods into or from the refrigerator is disclosed. More specifically, a refrigerator that is capable of enabling a drawer for receiving goods to be more conveniently used is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daejin Choi, Donghoon Lee, Changwoan Yang, Dongjeong Kim, Wonsup Bae, Jinsung Kim
  • Patent number: 10520246
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. Specifically, a refrigerator that is capable of enabling a user to easily introduce or remove goods into or from the refrigerator is disclosed. More specifically, a refrigerator that is capable of enabling a drawer for receiving goods to be more conveniently used is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daejin Choi, Donghoon Lee, Changwoan Yang, Dongjeong Kim, Wonsup Bae, Jinsung Kim
  • Patent number: 9681574
    Abstract: A chassis self-unlock mechanism includes a tray, a handle assembly and a locking arm. The handle assembly includes a fixed base, a handle and a slider connected to the handle. The fixed base is fixed on the tray, and the slider is movably connected with the fixed base. The locking arm is attached to the tray, an end of the locking arm is fixed to the tray, an actuating slope inclined with respect to the locking arm is formed on the locking arm, a latch laterally protrudes from the locking arm, and the latch protrudes out of an outer surface of the tray. The slider is movable to push the actuating slope, so that the locking arm is bent, and the latch retracts into the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AIC INC.
    Inventors: Yung-Tsung Chen, Wei-Shih Wu, Siang-An Jhou
  • Patent number: 9389651
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a modular electronic device from a chassis and a method for assembling thereof are provided. The apparatus for removing the modular electronic device from the chassis comprises a door pivotally coupled to the chassis, a sliding element in slidable engagement with the door, a first ejection actuator coupled to the door and configured to move simultaneously with the door, a second ejection actuator including a spring member connected to the second ejection actuator and to the rear of the chassis, and a linkage element connecting the sliding element with the second ejection actuator. Additionally, the apparatus for removing the modular electronic device from the chassis comprises a guide rail disposed in the chassis enclosure to guide the modular electronic device and to guide the second ejection actuator along the chassis enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Exablox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Brockett, Peter Privitera, Jon Carver, Joshua Druker, Tad Hunt, Ramesh Balan
  • Patent number: 9355652
    Abstract: Described are embodiments of an invention for a textured interface between a notch of a data storage cartridge and a retention tab of a storage cell. The textured surface reduces the contact surface between the retention tab and the notch of the data storage cartridge. The reduced contact surface between the retention tab and notch of the data storage cartridge reduces the amount of friction between the retention tab and the notch of the data storage cartridge. The data storage cartridge can thus be removed from the storage cell with less force than that required by the prior art having a generally smooth interface between the notch of the data storage cartridge and the retention tab of the storage cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Andrew S. Green, Shawn M. Nave
  • Publication number: 20140239786
    Abstract: An articulation mechanism for a sliding shelf stem of a household appliance and a method for constructing the articulation mechanism are disclosed. The articulation mechanism may operate without the use of an additional piece and may be made only with a stamping on the counter-door itself of the household appliance. The configuration of the articulation mechanism may simplify its fabrication and assembly, and may reduce or eliminate the need for use of accessories and tools for the assembly processes, simplifying construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Electrolux Do Brasil SA
    Inventor: Gilberto Martins Alves
  • Patent number: 8757458
    Abstract: A storage box comprises a housing with open ends and a tray that slides out either open end and up to at least fifty percent or up to at least sixty percent of the length of the tray may slide out either open end. Latch members operable from either open end of the housing selectively hold the tray in a centered position and can be released to allow the tray to slide out a selected end of the housing. Multiple latch member mating members may be associated with the housing for selective engagement by the latch members to latch the tray in multiple extended positions between the centered position and fully retracted positions out either the first or second open ends. Latch engagement members mounted on the doors engage latches connecting the tray to the housing when the doors are shut to prevent the latches from becoming unlatched when the doors are shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Nebel
  • Patent number: 8752915
    Abstract: An articulation mechanism for a sliding shelf stem of a household appliance is disclosed. The articulation mechanism may operate without the use of an additional piece and may be made only with a stamping on the counter-door itself of the household appliance. The configuration of the articulation mechanism may simplify its fabrication and assembly, and may reduce or eliminate the need for use of accessories and tools for the assembly processes, simplifying construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux do Brasil SA
    Inventor: Gilberto Martins Alves
  • Patent number: 8737045
    Abstract: An electronic device housing includes a bottom housing, a support frame, and a plastic side frame. The support frame is fixed on the bottom housing to form a receiving groove between the bottom housing and the plastic side frame. The plastic side frame is integrally formed by injecting a plastic material in the receiving groove. A manufacturing method for an electronic device housing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Dai, Fa-Guang Shi
  • Patent number: 8540109
    Abstract: A stowing mechanism for a laptop or other device can secure different devices with varying thicknesses and widths within a compartment. The mechanism includes a cover which serves as the actuator for a jack mechanism. A pressure plate pivotally attached to the jack mechanism pushes against the device when the lid is closed, thereby securing the device within the compartment. The device can be released from the secure position by opening the cover. A buffer spring operating in conjunction with the jacking mechanism allows the mechanism to secure devices having different thicknesses and widths, while the pivotal pressure plate allows the plate to conform to devices having different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark V. McPeek, Roger D. Eller, Josh M. Roe, Stephen R. Blair
  • Patent number: 8466377
    Abstract: An electronic device housing includes a first housing, a second housing, and a plurality of frames. The first housing comprises a bottom plate and a side plate extending from an edge of the bottom plate. The side plate of the first housing is welded to the second housing. The frames are fixed to the first housing. Each frame forms a restricting portion connecting the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Dai
  • Patent number: 8456817
    Abstract: A housing includes a bottom housing and a top housing. The bottom housing includes a connecting surface. The top housing includes a bottom surface. The connecting surface is fixed to the bottom surface by welding. A receiving groove is defined in the bottom surface, for receiving the molten slag generated and collected during a welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zi-Ming Tang, Jing-Hui You, Fa-Guang Shi
  • Patent number: 8398139
    Abstract: A storage compartment or presenter includes a tray that is ejected from a vehicle panel when a door on the storage presenter is fully opened and recessed into a storage housing. In this way, the present invention presents objects stored in the storage compartment to a driver or passenger by deploying a storage tray allowing access to items stored therein. Thus, the present invention eliminates the difficulty in retrieving objects within the often times small confines available for in-panel storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen Blackmore, Anthony Ligi
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8308250
    Abstract: A rack system for an appliance is provided. The rack system includes a door link, a first coupler link, a first rack, a bracket, a second coupler link, and a second rack. The door link is attached to an appliance door. The first coupler link is attached to the door link and connected to the first rack. The bracket is attached to either the first rack or the second rack. The second coupler link is attached to the bracket at one of the sites for attachment and connected to whichever one of either the first or second racks to which the bracket is not attached. The linear movement of the first and second racks can be non-staggered or staggered depending on the attachment site of the bracket to which the second coupler link is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin Koehler
  • Patent number: 8282895
    Abstract: A reagent cabinet for an automated processing apparatus. The reagent cabinet has a housing, and a drawer slidably mounted in the housing. The drawer has a lower deck adapted to receive a fluid reservoir, and an upper deck located above the lower deck and adapted to receive a fluid supply container. A supply connection hose is provided to selectively connect the fluid supply container to the fluid reservoir. A reservoir connection hose is provided to selectively connect to the fluid reservoir and to convey fluid from the fluid reservoir to a downstream location outside the cabinet. A pump is mounted on the drawer. The pump is adapted to convey fluid through either the supply connection hose or the reservoir connection hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Qiagen Gaithersburg, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matthew Miller, Yancy Kenan Ragin
  • Patent number: 8201900
    Abstract: A safety cabinet has a box body having an open front side, a pair of doors hinged to the body and pivotal between closed positions closing the front side and open positions exposing the open front side, and a shelf slidable between an in position wholly contained in the body behind the open front side and an out position projecting forward at least partially from the open front side. A guide is provided on the shelf extending at an acute angle to the pullout direction, and an arm connected to one of the doors rides in the guide so that moving the one door into the respective open position pulls the drawer into the out position. A link connects the other door at least indirectly to the guide for pulling the other door into the respective open position on movement of the one door into the respective open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Dueperthal Sicherheitstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Backhaus, Franz-Josef Hagen
  • Patent number: 6622740
    Abstract: A dishwashing machine comprises a stationary housing with an open front face and at least two structures for supporting wash load items. The support structures are able to slide horizontally with respect to the housing through the open front face of the housing. At least one of the support structures is capable of sliding horizontally jointly with a door, which closes the open front face of the housing, and is adapted to move in a substantially vertical direction along an inner surface of the door. The inner surface of the door is able to accommodate the front bulk of at least another one of the remaining support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Electrolux Zanussi, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Durazzani
  • Patent number: 6095625
    Abstract: A file for storing and displaying cards is disclosed. The card file consists of a base, a cover, and a tray, the cover being pivotally attached to the base and the tray being slidably disposed with respect to the cover and pivotally coupled to the base. The tray is attached to the base in such a way that when the cover is opened, the tray pivots downwardly, thereby presenting the cards at an angle. The weight of the address cards keeps the device in either the open or closed orientation chosen by the user. The card file in accordance with the present invention can be suitably adapted to display a picture or time keeping instrument in the face of the cover, so that when the cards are concealed, the card file serves as an office accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Berol Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Harris, Mark S. Koehneke, John M. Fuller, Jonathan P. Van Dore, Jeff E. Schiedegger
  • Patent number: 5941620
    Abstract: In a corner furnishing element, a displaceably held inner built-in part is displaceable from an inner position into a position accessible from outside through an opening of the corner furnishing element. For this purpose a lever is provided which has two arms. This lever is pivotable, the one arm being in operative connection to a track, which is pivotable together therewith about a vertical pivot axis after an outer built-in part has been pulled out of the corner furnishing element. The other arm is connected to the inner built-in part by means of a connecting rod. The lever is formed by a solid or hollow profile, which is bent in the middle area. This lever can thus be inexpensively produced. Moreover the one arm can be provided with bends by means of which the character of the displacement movement of the inner built-in part can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Peka-Metall AG
    Inventor: Peter Weber
  • Patent number: 5810462
    Abstract: A rotary shelf in a refrigerator swings together with a door of the refrigerator for being externally drawn out when the door is opened. The rotary shelf is fan-shaped to have a curved portion at one side, and one side of a linear portion is attached to the door to be exposed out of a cooling chamber while swinging in the door direction when the door is opened. A fixed shelf is formed with a guide groove joined with the curved portion for performing a mutual sliding motion in one side thereof, and other sides thereof are fixed to the interior of the cooling chamber, thereby guiding the motion of the rotary shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Moo Lee
  • Patent number: 5752756
    Abstract: This invention relates to a modular basket-holding framework for corner cabinets, composed of a number of modular elements designed so that they may be assembled in two different, specular ways, in order to achieve--using the same elements--a framework that can be mounted in corner cabinets with both left and right-hand opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Compagnucci-S.p.A.
    Inventor: Rossano Compagnucci
  • Patent number: 5685624
    Abstract: A door for a refrigerator having rotatable pockets is provided, which includes a pair of hinge bar installation parts formed in the upper and lower portions on the inner side of a first side-wall of the door with a predetermined distance; a hinge bar installed between the pair of hinge bar installation parts and in parallel with the first side-wall along its length direction; a plurality of pocket shelves each protruded out of the inner side of the door and having one hole into which the hinge bar can be inserted; a plurality of pockets each placed between the pair of hinge bar installation parts, having a hinge bar insertion hole into which each hinge bar is inserted to move about the hinge bar, being supported by the plurality of pocket shelves, and having a fixing pit; and a plurality of protrusions formed on a second side-wall of the door to be engaged/released with/from the fixing pit when each of the plurality of pockets is closed/opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Moo Lee
  • Patent number: 5483419
    Abstract: A docking module for removable disk drives provides, in one embodiment, space for two such disk drives within a standard half-height bay. The docking module provides cammed insertion and removal together with hot swappability of disk drives. The bay is provided within a housing member. A door is rotatably mounted on the housing member and configured to serve as a lever arm. An engagement portion for urging a disk drive into the bay protrudes from the door. A slide is mounted within the housing member and connected to the door such that rotation of the door causes the slide to move forward and back within the housing member. A tab on the inner end of the slide engages the disk drive to urge the disk drive out of the bay. Alternative embodiments provide ten or more disk drives at a density of two drives per half height bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignees: TEAC Corporation, Pont Peripherals Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Kaczeus, Sr., Thomas McKnight, Roy J. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5474374
    Abstract: A sliding tray assembly for mounting in a kitchen cabinet or the like. The edges of the tray panel are received in guide channels, and a drawbar is attached to the cabinet door to automatically slide the tray in and out. The forward end of the panel is radiused off at one corner to clear the inside of the door, and the bracket for mounting the rearward end of the drawbar to the panel is configured to allow the panel to be inverted for left- or right-hand installations. The bracket also provides a backstop for retaining articles on the tray panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventor: Dennis L. Sandvig
  • Patent number: 5460309
    Abstract: A container for installing in a vehicle has a housing having an open front side, a cover pivotally mounted on the housing at the open front side, a storage receptacle formed as a storage tray and connected to the cover so that when the cover is opened the storage tray is displaced out of the housing into a removal position, a slide guidable and lockable in the housing, the storage tray being hingedly mounted on the slide, a drive member moving the slide toward the open front side of the housing, and a coupling link which connects the storage tray to the cover and having a control pin connected to the storage tray and displacing the storage tray outside the housing into the removal position in which the storage tray is partially uprightly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Fischerwerke, Artur Fischer GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Nehl, Torsten Bieck
  • Patent number: 5271555
    Abstract: A new and improved movable mailbox tray is provided for a mailbox. The movable mailbox tray is in the form of a trolley that rides on a plurality of rollers for providing a rolling contact between the movable tray and the mailbox. The rollers permit the movable trolley to move easily into and out of a mailbox. The movable trolley can also include a fence for retaining mail on the tray. A kit for converting a conventional mailbox into one with a movable tray includes a movable trolley, a first spring for connecting the movable trolley to a hinged mailbox door, and an opposing second spring for connecting the opposite end of the trolley to a fixed wall of the mailbox. When the mailbox door is opened, the first spring will pull the trolley partially out from the interior of the mailbox. The opposing second spring will pull the trolley back into the interior of the mailbox when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Ellen N. Mayer
  • Patent number: 5215212
    Abstract: A container for magnetic tape cassettes has a housing having a plurality of receiving compartments for magnetic tape cassettes, a plurality of base plates separating the compartments from one another, a lockable slider member ejectable under a spring action to a position in which a magnetic tape cassette arranged on the base plate can be removed, resilient locks provided on the slider member and formed as pivotable rocker arms adapted to engage two reel hubs of a magnetic tape cassette, projections arranged on the base plate, and elevations. The rocker arms have laterally mounted pegs which, when the slider member is ejected, disengage the rocker arms from the reel hub by running beneath the projections, and when the slider member is inserted, engage the rocker arms in the reel hub by running on the elevations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: fischerwerke Artur Fischer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christoph Stephan
  • Patent number: 5215363
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a container member slidably mounted between spaced parallel container support side walls, wherein the container support side walls are mounted within a cabinet housing. The container support includes a gear rack mounted from the container support to a rear wall of the container member, and further includes a lid control cable extending from the container member to the lid directed through cooperative pulleys to effect simultaneous opening of the lid upon projection of the container member exteriorly of the cabinet housing relative to the spaced container support side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: William C. Warwick, III
  • Patent number: 5193892
    Abstract: A food storage compartment for refrigerators includes a housing, a food support tray, and a cover pivoted on the housing. The tray is movable from a storage position to an access position. The cover and housing cooperate to enclose the tray and any food stored thereon when the tray is in the storage position. Cam means are provided to automatically open the cover when the tray is moved to an access position. Return of the tray to the storage position or return of the cover to its closed position automatically returns the tray and cover to the storage condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: White Consolidated Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Swindell
  • Patent number: 4962973
    Abstract: A transportable recycle container assembly includes a portable container mounted on rollers and having a top opening inclined toward the front of the container. A hinged top is provided to selectively cover the opening of the container, and to be opened upward to provide access to the interior of the container. The container includes mutually opposed channels in its interior side walls for receiving divider panels inserted into the container to divide the container interior into two or more separate compartments. The assembly also includes an enclosure for housing the container. Automatic opening cam mechanisms are provided in the interior of the enclosure and are responsive to the opening and closing of doors at the front of the enclosure to open and close the hinged top of the container, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventor: Bruce M. Allmon
  • Patent number: 4955678
    Abstract: An engaging structure for a mountable/dismountable electronic apparatus used in a vehicle, which can facilitate the raise up of a handle, when the apparatus is dismounted from the vehicle, owing to the fact that when an engagement releasing lever is pushed-in to release the engagement of the main body of the apparatus to the vehicle, the handle put in the neighborhood of the main body of the apparatus is pushed-out at the same time towards a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeotshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 4732435
    Abstract: A crisper drawer structure for use in a refrigerator wherein a front portion of the crisper drawer extends into subjacent relationship to a rearwardly projecting shelf on the refrigerator door in the closed arrangement of the refrigerator. A transparent cover member is pivotally mounted to the drawer guides to close the front portion of the crisper drawer in the storage disposition while allowing ready viewability of the contents thereof by the user. The cover member automatically moves between the closing disposition when the crisper drawer is in the storage arrangement to an uncovered disposition when the crisper drawer is brought forwardly to the access arrangement. The arrangement of the cover member is such as to effectively preclude retention of articles thereon, thereby avoiding impact damage to the door shelf by abutment with such articles upon closing of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis J. Bailey, Richard A. Heck, Richard Waisanen
  • Patent number: 4662690
    Abstract: A filing cabinet comprising a housing and a movable drawer therein wherein the drawer has sliding movement in a direction parallel to the bottom of the housing and pivotal movement around an axis extending between opposed side walls of the housing, parallel to the bottom of the housing and adjacent to the front of the housing and means for providing an opening in the top of the housing through which a portion of the drawer moves during the pivotal movement thereof so that the usable space within the drawer is substantially the same as the usable space in a sliding, non-pivotal drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Eugene P. Genereaux
  • Patent number: 4490604
    Abstract: In an arrangement of two keyboards or other lamellar input/output devices for a computer or telecommunications terminal, one keyboard is integral with a cabinet of the terminal and the other keyboard normally fits within a housing in an undersurface of the cabinet and is masked by the integral keyboard. To enable withdrawal of the keyboard housed within the housing for use, a rear part of the cabinet undersurface is configured to allow the cabinet to be tilted bodily backwards to allow access to the keyboard. This is then pulled from under the integral keyboard and the cabinet is returned to its stable position. The keyboard housed within the housing is returned to its stored position in a converse manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: Northern Telecom Limited
    Inventors: Clifford D. Read, Bruce I. Dolan, Paul D. McDonald
  • Patent number: 4375306
    Abstract: An elongated plywood panel serves as a base member for storage cabinets mounted onto the forward or inner end of the base member. The rearward or outer end portion of such base member functions as a table. A track structure is provided below the base member and supports the unit for sliding movement between a stowed position within the bed space of a pickup or the like and an extended or use position in which the table projects rearwardly from the bed space of the vehicle. The cabinets may include a pair of side cabinets which are hinge connected to a central cabinet, for movement between a storage position in which the side cabinets are in juxta-position with each other and the central cabinet and are positioned over the table, and a use position in which the side cabinets extend laterally outwardly, in a wing fashion, from the opposite sides of the table and from the access opening for the central cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1983
    Inventor: Charles L. Linder
  • Patent number: 4371743
    Abstract: A fuse block assembly for an automotive vehicle comprises a bracket attached behind the front wall of the vehicle instrument panel, a fuse block hinged to the bracket for movement about a horizontal axis between a generally horizontal position where the fuse block is stored behind the instrument panel and a generally vertical position where the fuse block hangs below the instrument panel for easy access to replace the fuses and the like carried by the fuse block and a manually releasable latch at the opposite end of the fuse block which engages the bracket to hold the fuse block in the stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Earl L. Decker
  • Patent number: 4095439
    Abstract: A movable ice receptacle for use in a refrigeration apparatus having a refrigerated cabinet defining a space within which the receptacle is normally disposed. The refrigerated space is selectively closed by a movable closure. The receptacle is mounted for selective disposition in a rearward ice storage position and a forward ice access position. The mounting of the receptacle is such that, when the closure is moved to an open position, the receptacle is correspondingly repositioned forwardly from the storage position to the access position. For improved dispensing of the ice in the receptacle, a rapid deceleration is effected at the forward end of the receptacle movement effectively shifting the ice in the receptacle to a forward, more readily accessible portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1978
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: William John Linstromberg
  • Patent number: 3966408
    Abstract: A unit for sterilizing instruments in a chemical germicide solution having a container for holding the solution and a cover for closing the container. A tray having slots formed in the bottom thereof receives the instruments. A support for the tray is attached between the cover and the bottom of the container and moves the tray and instruments from a first position of immersion in the solution to a second position above the solution as the cover is pivoted upwardly from the container. The slots in the tray allow the solution to drain from the tray and the instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Inventors: Richard E. Drennen, Keith L. Stutzman