Horizontal Axis Patents (Class 312/276)
  • Patent number: 10054360
    Abstract: A home appliance includes a main body having a storage compartment, a first door hingedly coupled to the main body that opens and closes the storage compartment, and a second door that rotates relative to the first door. The second door includes a latch receptor. The first door includes a locking device with a magnetic component and a latch member. In a state in which the first door closes the storage compartment of the main body, separating the magnetic component from the main body by a first distance, the locking device disengages the latch member from the latch receptor of the second door. In a state in which the first door opens the storage compartment of the main body, separating the magnetic component from the main body by greater than the first distance, the locking device engages the latch member into the latch receptor of the second door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Daekil Kang
  • Patent number: 9257782
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a casing configured to define a chamber when mated with a mating connector, a plurality of contact pins projecting from the casing into the chamber when mated with the mating connector, and a moisture-absorbing pin retained by the casing for movement between a retracted position wherein the moisture-absorbing pin is substantially enclosed by the casing and an extended position wherein the moisture-absorbing pin extends into the chamber. A fluid is contained within the casing that is compressed by a movement of at least one of the contact pins during engagement of the electrical connector with the mating connector, compression of the fluid urging the moisture absorbing pin from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Sulhi Gencel
  • Patent number: 9216825
    Abstract: A chiller for an aircraft galley is disclosed having a housing defining an interior space, the housing including dividers to segregate the interior space into separate chambers. The chambers are enclosed by a pair of doors on a front of the housing that allow a user to gain access to the chambers, a first door providing access to at least one chamber and a second door providing access to at least one different chamber. A side door is also provided that permits access to at least one chamber, wherein at least one chamber is not accessible through said side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Godecker, James R. Forbes, Michael Kemery
  • Patent number: 9178299
    Abstract: A device for establishing a connection with an electronic device comprises a connection device, a lever and a pedestal having a face comprises a latch having a degree of rotation with the pedestal. The connection device has one degree of rotation according to a first axis parallel to the face of the pedestal, and comprises the electronic connector and a concave relief. The lever is linked to the pedestal by a linkage comprising at least one degree of rotation according to a second axis parallel to the first axis of rotation. The lever comprises a convex relief corresponding to the concave relief of the connection device, and an elastic component adapted to maintain a contact between the lever and the pedestal. The lever is configured to enter in contact with the connection device after a rotation of the connection device enabled by the rotation of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: DXO LABS SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Alexia, Amaury Tremblay, Justin Michael Beck, Todd Elliot Lewis, Tae In Um, Daniel Zisuk Lee
  • Patent number: 8662605
    Abstract: A mobile technology cabinet includes a compartment having a work platform mounted for rotational motion between a substantially vertical storage position and a deployed position. A monitor support is operatively connected to the work platform such that movement of the work platform between the storage position and the deployed position causes the monitor support to rise from a storage position to a deployed position. The work platform may be rotated relative to the cabinet to simultaneously deploy the work surface and to raise the monitor. A base supports the cabinet for movement on wheels. A frame extends from the base and supports a cabinet such that the cabinet is movable between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Grant McRorie, Michael T. Kopczewski, Sean David Montag, Jay F. Perkins
  • 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: 7766234
    Abstract: An information receiving apparatus including: a reader receiving information stored in an information storage medium; and a body processing the information received by the reader, wherein the reader is assembled with the body in such a way that a insertion portion 212 in contact with the information storage medium is capable of being exposed to the outside and hidden in the inside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Bixolon Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Ik Nam
  • Patent number: 7240974
    Abstract: A folding lid for a cabinet. The folding lid or cover (8) can be displaced between an opened position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Huwil-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Hirtsiefer
  • Patent number: 6481810
    Abstract: A heat sealing garbage cabinet stores a plastic bag of garbage. When the bag is but partially full, the bag is temporarily sealed by folding and pressure sealing the top of the bag. When the bag is full, it is heat sealed. A slitter unit cuts a handle-hole in the bag for easy disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Robert W. Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 6435633
    Abstract: An article holder includes a case to be assembled into an assembling subject and having an opening vertically disposed; a lid rotatably assembled to the case to be rotatable from a stand-up position for closing the opening to a flat-down position for opening the opening; and an article holding member disposed to an inner surface side of the lid. A lift arm is rotatably connected to the inner surface portion of the lid and the article holding member, and a linking mechanism is disposed for rotating the lift arm. Thus, when the lid is opened, the article holding member is separated from the inner surface of the lid and moved in front of the opening of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Shouichi Hoshi
  • Publication number: 20010028207
    Abstract: An article holder includes a case to be assembled into an assembling subject and having an opening vertically disposed; a lid rotatably assembled to the case to be rotatable from a stand-up position for closing the opening to a flat-down position for opening the opening; and an article holding member disposed to an inner surface side of the lid. A lift arm is rotatably connected to the inner surface portion of the lid and the article holding member, and a linking mechanism is disposed for rotating the lift arm. Thus, when the lid is opened, the article holding member is separated from the inner surface of the lid and moved in front of the opening of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventor: Shouichi Hoshi
  • Patent number: 5781232
    Abstract: An insertion and removal mechanism for recording media includes a door that can move between a closed position that covers a loading chamber by moving in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the recording medium is inserted and removed. In the open position, an opening is created, through which the recording medium can be inserted and removed, by the door separating from the loading chamber. A conversion mechanism converts the operating force of the door, acting in the direction of opening and closing of the door, into a force in the direction of inserting and removing the recording medium. A first driving unit is driven in the direction of insertion and removal of the recording medium through force converted by the conversion mechanism and engages with the recording medium when the door is closing so as to cause the recording medium to be moved toward the terminals of the information device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Ejima
  • Patent number: 5370452
    Abstract: A cabinet for hand-held hair salon utensils having spaced side walls, a top panel mounted for movement about a horizontal axis adjacent a rear end of the top panel between a lower closed position and a raised open position, and a front panel mounted for movement about a horizontal axis adjacent a lower end of the front panel. A utensil support panel is mounted on the top panel with a forward end of the utensil support panel spaced below the top panel and a linkage is arranged to move the upper end of the front panel forwardly to an open position in response to movement of the top panel to the raised position. The utensil support panel has a plurality of openings for receiving ends of hair salon utensils with the utensil handles above the support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Smith Investment Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Baer
  • Patent number: 5226706
    Abstract: An adjustable counterbalance system is provided for an appliance cabinet having a door hinged to the cabinet for movement from a closed to an opened position. A counterbalance spring includes one end connected to the door and another end connected to a movable bracket which is mounted adjacent the lower edge of the cabinet wall. The bracket includes a lead screw which is positioned on the interior of the cabinet wall and which is accessible through an access opening in the front wall of the cabinet. Movement of the bracket toward and away from the door adjusts the tension in the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventor: Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 4986618
    Abstract: A memory card storage device is adapted to be used in various electronic apparatus, in which a memory card is used. The device has a lid so hinged to a case of a main body of the apparatus as to open receiving the memory card, a card connector slidably mounted in the lid, and a revolving link pivotted at a part of the case near the front end of the lid. The revolving link and the card connector are so connected as to interlock. The case and the lid form a closed space storing the memory card when the lid is closed. The memory card is stored in the closed space. When the lid is open, the link revolves and the connector is drawn toward the outside of the case, ejecting the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha TOPCON
    Inventor: Hiroshi Wakatsuki
  • Patent number: 4964683
    Abstract: A first housing has an opening for a toothbrush handle. A second housing within the first housing automatically rotates to an open position upon the removal of the toothbrush, exposing the pills or other medicine contained within the second housing to a potential pill taker. In a second embodiment, a toothbrush having a serrated handle cannot be removed from the housing until the pill drawer is first opened. In a third embodiment, the toothbrush cannot be reinserted in the first housing without first moving the second housing containing the pills towards the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Inventors: Steven L. Sugarek, Chester A. Sugarek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4951693
    Abstract: In a conventional dishwashing machine having a front door biased to closed position by a pair of tension springs connected to rearwardly-extending arms of the door hinges, the addition of a pair of spring-loaded pushers acting on said arms through a restricted stroke and with a door-opening force overcoming the door-closing force of said tension springs. A solenoid-operated latch releasably locks the door in closed position. Said latch is operated by the timer controlled switching assembly of the machine, so as to release the door at the end of the rinsing cycle. Thus, the drying cycle is effected solely through free circulation of ambient air within the washing compartment through the partially-open door opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Jean Archambault
  • Patent number: 4900109
    Abstract: A dishwashing machine includes a door pivotally mounted for selectively exposing the interior of the machine for loading and unloading dishes or other items to be washed. An outer decorative door panel is mounted on the door for pivotal movement with the door and a lower decorative panel is hingedly mounted to the outer panel. Springs resiliently connect the lower panel to the frame of the dishwasher and bias the lower panel toward a vertical position while allowing the lower panel to move as the door, including the outer panel, pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ray W. Boston, Jr., Neil K. McDonald, LeRoy J. Herbst
  • Patent number: 4783131
    Abstract: A swiveling assembly for a cupboard having interior side walls, a top and shelving, and a door having an upper, mid, lower and side portion, the assembly providing for pivotal movement of the door outwardly and upwardly over the head of the user whereby the door is arranged to extend generally vertically when in the closed position and to extend outwardly and generally horizontally form an upper portion of the cupboard when in an open position, it has a vertical guide means affixed to the cupboard, slide means moveably mounted within the cupboard and pivotally connected to the door, pivot arms means connected to the door and the interior walls of the cupboard, and spring means connected with an upper portion of the side walls of the cupboard and the door to assist in opening and counterbalancing the door in its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Alfred Grass Ges.m.b.H. Metallwarenfabrik
    Inventor: Alfred Grass
  • Patent number: 4687262
    Abstract: The cabinet of an appliance with a downwardly opening door is stabilized by a pair of legs each pivotally mounted to the cabinet on an axis fixed to the cabinet and oriental relative to the cabinet so that pivotal movement of each leg above its respective pivotal axis moves the foot of the leg forwardly and downwardly into a supporting position or movement of the door to closed position retracts the legs to their initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Camco Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. St. Louis
  • Patent number: 4647118
    Abstract: A storage container having a housing with an open front and a door for closing the open front of the housing. The housing has spaced parallel sidewalls, a top wall, a rear wall and a bottom wall, and a movable slide is located within the housing above the bottom wall. The door is pivotally connected to the bottom wall and the slide is pivotally connected to the door. The pivotal connection between the slide and the door is located above the pivotal connection between the door and the bottom wall when the door is closed. Legs are located on the lower surface of the slide so that when the door is rotated into the open position, the slide is moved forwardly by the pivotal connection between the slide and the door and the slide is tilted upwardly about the lower end of the legs to permit items resting on the slide to move forwardly onto the door into contact with an indexing stop member which is located on the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Inventor: Charles F. Kamperman
  • Patent number: 4624511
    Abstract: A cabinet has drawers mounted for movement in and out of the cabinet to prevent the cabinet from tipping when one or more of those drawers are displaced outside the cabinet while still attached to the cabinet, a stabilizer leg is provided with an interlock. The interlock prevents the drawer from being removed and tipping the cabinet until the stabilizer leg is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Oehme
  • Patent number: 4616891
    Abstract: The storage cabinet comprises a plurality of superposed storage compartments pivoting about horizontal axes to pass from an open position to a closed position, and vice-versa.Each compartment is in the shape of a trough with a bottom part constituted by a portion of cylinder and two lateral end walls.Each trough is provided at its rear part with a tongue piece which extends inwardly substantially perpendicularly to the bottom wall of the trough and ensures, in the trough closed position, a continuity with the bottom wall of the lower adjacent trough, so that in the closed position, each trough is entirely closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Inventor: Eric Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4611864
    Abstract: A receptacle for detachably receiving a memory cassette is disclosed. A holder member reciprocates in unison with the movement of an openable cover member to hold the memory cassette thereon. Drive means is provided for driving the holder member in a reciprocal movement. The holder member includes means for locating the memory cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Yokota
  • Patent number: 4590709
    Abstract: A support for a vertically hinged door including a bracket affixed to the lowermost free corner of the door and a pivotable support leg attached to the bracket for automatic movement between an extended support position and a horizontal stored position is disclosed. The support is provided with a stop and automatic latch for retaining the support leg in the support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Katsman, John A. Ritchie, Mark Burmenko, Vladimir Zaltsman
  • Patent number: 4526020
    Abstract: A top loading clothes washer pivotally supported so that it can be installed underneath a stationary structure and tilted forward for loading and unloading clothes. The pivotal support is provided by a stable base which also includes apparatus such as a hook for preventing forward tilting past a predetermined loading and unloading tilt-out position. The front of the washer is truncated and the tilt axis is backward from the truncation but forward from the washer center of gravity. In the upright washing position, rear feet on the washer provide support for the washer and also engage the base to horizontally secure the washer to the base for stability during spin dynamics. A biased hinge covering the front truncation provides backward torque about the tilt axis so that the washer feet carry a significant amount of the washer weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: Speed Queen Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Fey, Ronald L. Altnau
  • Patent number: 4441770
    Abstract: A freestanding appliance cabinet of the type having a door hinged to swing outwardly to provide access to the inside of the cabinet has an anti-tip member supported within the cabinet for movement of the cabinet to a tip-preventing position. The anti-tip member is interconnected with the door so that it is moved outwardly to its tip-preventing position when the door is open. The anti-tip member is adapted to provide support to the cabinet whereby tipping of the cabinet in a forwardly direction in response to force exerted downwardly on the open door surface is prevented. The anti-tip member has means operable to lock the member to the cabinet in the event that a tipping force is exerted on some part of the cabinet other than the door to further prevent tilting of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bernard J. Brezosky
  • Patent number: 4320852
    Abstract: A top access cabinet (12) includes a cover (18) pivotably mounted thereto by a hinge and lever arrangement which permits the cover to pivot and slide with respect to the cabinet so that the cover can drop behind the rear wall of the cabinet when the cover is opened. Hinges (54) mount the cover (18) to the cabinet (12) along the rear wall (22) of the cabinet (12). Elongate slide members (60, 62) supported by the hinges (54) slidably mount channel members (56, 58) secured to the underside of the cover. Lever arms (32) disposed on each side of the cover (18) are mounted between the side walls (24, 26) of the cabinet and the cover. When the cover is raised, the lever arms (32) displace the cover (18) relative to the cabinet so that the channel (56, 58) members slide over the slide members (60, 62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventor: Preston Nagelkirk
  • Patent number: 4306757
    Abstract: A refrigerator, including a freezer compartment and a door for closing the access opening to said compartment. There is an opening through the door and an ice piece receptacle on the inner surface of the freezer door. A closure member is pivotally mounted at the bottom thereof to the door and movable outwardly therefrom and the closure member has side panels secured to the inner surface and extending rearwardly of the closure member. The ice storage receptacle supported on the inner surface of the door has the interior thereof accessible through the opening in the door and the receptacle has a floor movable from a first position when the closure member is closed to a second elevated position when the closure member is opened to permit manual removal of ice pieces from the ice receptacle without opening the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Julius B. Horvay, William M. Webb
  • Patent number: 4194452
    Abstract: Parallel links pivotally connect each end of a tabletop to a table base so that the top can be swung in level attitude elevationally and laterally relative to the base. A tie rod synchronizes the movement of links at opposite ends of the top to maintain such links in alignment for smooth swinging of the top. When the top is swung upward and outward from a position centrally of the table base, mechanism responsive to such swinging of the top automatically projects a stabilizing foot outward beyond the side of the base toward which the top moves, and such mechanism retracts such foot into the base when the top is swung downward and inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Inventors: William H. Crowther, Gregory A. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 4061378
    Abstract: In a tape recorder having an opening for accommodating a tape-containing cassette, a spring-loaded cover plate pivotally disposed over the opening to prevent intrusion of dust thereinto and a latch for locking the cover in a closed position, a fluid pressure mechanism is provided having a pair of mutually telescoping elements coupled between the cover plate and the recorder housing. One of the elements has a packing groove and a resilient elastic composition packing ring of normally circular cross section seated in the groove, the packing ring having an exterior periphery greater in circumference than the circumference of the bore of the other element so that the ring is compressed in the groove as the telescoping elements are in slidable contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Limited
    Inventor: Shigeru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 3995926
    Abstract: A flat opening box consisting of a central base tray to the sides of which cover shells are hingedly connected to open out onto a flat surface; pivot link members are connected to movable trays in the cover shells which are also hingedly connected to the cover shells so that the box can be opened to a fully flat condition to prevent tilting and spillage of its contents when open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Inventor: Clarence J. Kessler, Sr.
  • 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