Accessible From Plural Sides Patents (Class 312/283)
  • Patent number: 11186983
    Abstract: A prefabricated building module is described. The building module may provide structural stability for a building, including when stacked with like building modules. The building module may provide a service riser for the building. The building module may provide fixtures for the building, including bathroom, kitchen and laundry fixtures. Also described is a building including prefabricated building modules and a method of constructing a building using prefabricated building modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: LENDLEASE MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Daryl Patterson, Greg Deas
  • Patent number: 10750633
    Abstract: The disclosed information technology rack may include (1) a frame with a group of vertical support bars that together define an equipment bay for housing information technology modules and (2) mounting structures, coupled to the vertical support bars of the frame, configured to mount information technology modules to the frame within the equipment bay in an ascending configuration in which an insertion depth of a superior information technology module is greater than an insertion depth of an inferior information technology module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gold, Scott C. Wiley
  • Patent number: 10474205
    Abstract: A multi-unit receiving mechanism includes a bottom case, a first cover body, and a second cover body. The first cover body is pivotally connected to the bottom case for being rotatable to cover the bottom case, so as to define a first receiving space therebetween. A first electronic unit is removably held in the first receiving space. The second cover is pivotally connected to the first cover body for being rotatable to cover the first cover body and the bottom case, so as to define a second receiving space therebetween. A second electronic unit is removably held in the second receiving space. A second cover removably holds a third electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CHENBRO MICOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Wei Hung
  • Patent number: 10317957
    Abstract: Modular dense storage arrays are disclosed. In some embodiments, a modular storage array may include a chassis configured to receive a plurality of drive bay modules, a first of the plurality of drive bay modules configured to receive a first plurality of storage drives in the absence of a drive adaptor, each of the first plurality of storage drives having a first form factor, and a second of the plurality of drive bay modules configured to receive a second plurality of storage drives in the absence of the drive adaptor, each of the second plurality of storage drives having a second form factor different from the first form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason D. Adrian, Douglas L. Farley
  • Patent number: 9137922
    Abstract: A drawer and a server using the same are provided. The drawer is configured for a node of a server. The drawer includes a bottom plate and a bezel. The bottom plate is configured for disposing a circuit board. The bezel is disposed at one side of the bottom plate. The bezel includes a body and a door structure connected to the body. The door structure can be opened to open an opening, such that the node is accessible through the opening. The door structure can be closed to shut the opening, such that the bezel works as an electrostatic shield of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hung-Lung Lin, Chia-Hsin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9098122
    Abstract: A computer input device includes, in one embodiment, at least two accelerometers, at least two gyroscopes, and a processor within a housing. Signals from the accelerometers and the gyroscopes are utilized to determine the relative motion of the computer input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Marc S. Weinberg, Robert A. Larsen, Scott A. Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20150022067
    Abstract: A storage including a main body with a storeroom. The storeroom having a first opening and a second opening opposite to the first opening. The storeroom also having a first drawer that is drawn through the first opening and a second drawer drawn through the second opening. The storeroom further having a storage basket provided between the first drawer and the second drawer, where the storeroom restricts one of the first and second drawers from being drawn in a state in which the other is drawn. When the first drawer is drawn, the storage basket is drawn through the first opening together with the first drawer, and when the second drawer is drawn, the storage basket is drawn through the second opening together with the second drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Jic LEE, Sang Chul LEE, Yeong Sook CHAE
  • Patent number: 8931857
    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: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Godecker, James R. Forbes, Michael Kemery
  • Publication number: 20140246966
    Abstract: A food holding cabinet for holding food with a carrier that can be moved in and out of the cabinet be either a front door or a rear door. The food holding cabinet comprises an assembly with slots and fixtures that facilitate the motion of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: MANITOWOC FOODSERVICE COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventor: Roberto Nevarez
  • Publication number: 20140167582
    Abstract: A cover assembly for use with an outdoor equipment enclosure when the enclosure is opened up for access. The equipment enclosure includes a housing having an interior equipment chamber accessible via an opening in a side portion of the housing. A service entrance door is positionable between a closed position wherein the opening is covered and an open position wherein the opening is exposed. The cover assembly includes a frame positionable above a top portion of the housing. The frame is configurable between an open unfolded position and closed folded position. A cover is supportable on the frame in the unfolded position. The cover has a top and plural side portions that enclose the enclosure housing when the cover is deployed. This provides an area surrounding the enclosure housing that is sequestered from an outside environment when it is necessary to access the equipment chamber via the service entrance door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: DIVERSIFIED CONTROL, INC
    Inventors: Aron J. King, Timothy J. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8677704
    Abstract: Designed for office interior environments and layouts, there is provided a module wall system that comprises a module having a number of cavities and opposite cavities. The modules may include board plates, lateral plates, cover plates, and internal rails that are built to accommodate cables and utilities. The internal rails may be posted throughout the length of such modules and may interconnect with columns. The cavities may have cover plates positioned conveniently to form a structural, functional and decorative composition. The modules are interconnected, structured and fixed with the columns, which can be posted vertically and sitting on feet, to provide better stability. The columns are hollow and fitted with removable column cover for access to wiring or complementary accommodation of decorative objects. Modules may form various convenient work areas or cubicle layouts with functional and aesthetic environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Luciano Trindade de Sousa Monteiro
  • Patent number: 8672266
    Abstract: An overhead bin for use on both sides in a passenger cabin of an aircraft, includes a first baggage compartment and a second baggage compartment, a first opening and a second opening for loading items into the first baggage compartment and into the second baggage compartment, and a partition for dividing the first baggage compartment from the second baggage compartment. The first baggage compartment and the second baggage compartment differ from each other in their shape and/or alignment. With several overhead bins, the alignment of a larger and a smaller baggage bin can alternate so that adequate bin space for stowing hand baggage is available to passengers in the center seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Ehlers, Mark Herzog
  • Patent number: 8503182
    Abstract: A desk-top storage solution for portable computing devices is formed as a storage tray. The storage tray has pockets sized to cradle individual portable computing devices. Each pocket includes a wire management system to enable an electrical connector to be provided within the pocket and secured relative to the pocket to enable the portable computing device to be quickly electrically connected to the storage tray. A USB hub is provided within the storage tray which interconnects with the electrical connectors and enables the portable computing devices to be charged while stored in the storage tray and also synchronized with an external computer while contained within the storage tray. The storage tray has a lid that is connected to the base by position control friction hinges which regulate the motion of the lid relative to the base during ascent/descent while the lid is moved between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Petrick, Matthew Petrick, Chris Brandel
  • Patent number: 8418282
    Abstract: “The Fold Up Dormitory” is intended for use in situations where living and working quarters for a small or large number of people are required on short notice or irregular intervals. The apparatus is made of wood, steel and premanufactured hardware, and comprises components for sleeping, working and storage of small items. It is mobile, simple to operate and offers many options to those who use it. The apparatus comprises: a central core; a pair of folding frames, each pivotally connected to the central core on opposite sides thereof, for rotation about vertical frame-to-core axes of connection; a bed platform pivotally connected to a first side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal bed-to-core axis of connection; a desk surface pivotally connected to a second side of the central core, for rotation about a horizontal desk-to-core axis of connection; and storage shelving within the central core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael E. Luft-Weissberg
  • Patent number: 8322803
    Abstract: Provided is a cabinet including an outer shell having a plurality of doors, disposed such that edges of the plurality of doors form a corner of the outer shell when the doors are in a closed position; wherein, if the doors are open, continuous access is obtained to a plurality of working surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications, LLC
    Inventors: Louis J. Guzzo, Jr., Philip Turner, Wilfred Courchaine, Anthony L. Nieves
  • Patent number: 8292379
    Abstract: The mobile cabinet and support is a portable storage cabinet and work surface for use in an office-type environment. The mobile cabinet and support includes a base with a plurality of wheels rotatably secured thereto. A plurality of vertical support members are secured between the base and an upper panel to define an open interior region. At least one front sliding drawer is slidably disposed within an upper portion of the open interior region and at least one side sliding drawer is slidably disposed within a lower portion of the open interior region. Additionally, at least one drop leaf panel is pivotally attached to an adjacent pair of the plurality of vertical support members by hinges or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Luis E. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 7789473
    Abstract: A cabinet, having a cabinet-section assembly including a circuit of four, interconnected, square cabinet sections arranged around a central pole. The cabinet sections are suspended from a hub that is free to rotate atop the central pole. The suspension system biases the cabinet-section assembly toward either an open configuration, exposing open sides of the cabinet sections, or a closed configuration from intermediate configurations. A stabilizing bracket provides lateral support to the suspended cabinet-section assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: James M. Loewen
  • Patent number: 7530366
    Abstract: An cabinet for retaining a vacuum pump. The cabinet includes, in certain embodiments, removable access panels that allow access to the interior of the cabinet and to a vacuum pump placed within the cabinet. In certain embodiments the cabinet includes a top surface and at least one side surface. Portions of these top and side surfaces are removable from the cabinet to allow access to a vacuum pump that can be placed within the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Dallas Ricker, Viet X. Nguyen, Bernard John Permar, Jerome M. Szczepaniak, Lindy T. Miller, Eric A. Schneider, Bill Van Ocker
  • Patent number: 7418747
    Abstract: A furniture member adapted to act as a versatile headboard is disclosed. The furniture member has a substantially vertical back member, two side members, a substantially vertical, lower front member and an angled front member collectively defining an interior space with the angled front member extending upward at a slope between the front lower member and a top edge of the vertical back member. The furniture member is placed against a mattress and box spring arrangement allowing people on the mattress to sit up by leaning against the angled front member. Adjustment of the angled front member is also disclosed. Use of the furniture member permits people to comfortably read, eat, use a laptop and conduct various other activities while in seated in bed. The furniture member also provides storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Jason D. Myers
  • Publication number: 20080036343
    Abstract: A cabinet has a hollow body with an open front, multiple compartments defined within the body, multiple drawers and a duplex extension table received inside the compartment, and multiple optional accessories integrated with the body. Wherein, the duplex extension table is retractable received inside the body via the open front and composed of a primary board and a secondary board retractably combined with each other so as to provide two sectional spaces respectively for laptop and note or documents during working. Moreover, the accessories attached to the body include multiple wheel devices, a socket, a wire-reeling disk and at least one storing container to facilitate the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Chun-Fong Wang
  • Patent number: 7324334
    Abstract: A cart including (a) a base (110) configured to hold a central processing unit; (b) an uninterruptible power supply (160) configured to provide power to the central processing unit; (c) a compartment (190) adjacent the base and configured to enclose at least a portion of the uninterruptible power supply; and (d) at least one wheel (180) coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Sween, Yoko Iida
  • Publication number: 20070216266
    Abstract: A cabinet, having a cabinet-section assembly including a circuit of four, interconnected, square cabinet sections arranged around a central pole. The cabinet sections are suspended from a hub that is free to rotate atop the central pole. The suspension system biases the cabinet-section assembly toward either an open configuration, exposing open sides of the cabinet sections, or a closed configuration from intermediate configurations. A stabilizing bracket provides lateral support to the suspended cabinet-section assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventor: James M. Loewen
  • Patent number: 7242577
    Abstract: A CPU cart is provided for easily moving a vertical or tower configuration CPU and integrating a UPS. In one preferred embodiment of the invention, the CPU cart includes a generally planar rectangular shaped base for receiving the CPU and four wheels located under the base for moving the cart and CPU. The cart includes a UPS and at least one compartment for enclosing at least a portion of the UPS, as well as providing support for the cart and preventing the CPU from falling off the cart. If desired the UPS can also be integrated with a surge protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Sween, Yoko Iida
  • Patent number: 7227088
    Abstract: A balance is equipped with a draft shield that surrounds a weighing compartment and has at least one sidewall which can be designed to be slidable to allow the draft shield to be opened and closed. An access opening is provided in the sidewall, and a closure element serves to close off the access opening. The size and position of the access opening in the sidewall can be varied by means of the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Paul Luechinger, Marc Zehnder
  • Patent number: 7140702
    Abstract: A medium voltage controller for electrical equipment, such as motors, transformers, reactors, and capacitors, having an arc resistant cabinet, swaged internal electrical connections, a one-piece self-aligning withdrawable finger cluster, a pull-out instrument compartment, a load discharge device, cast fuse holders, disconnect switch, a switch illuminator, low power current transformers, and an optical temperature measuring system. The arc resistant cabinet relies on the pressure generated by an arc fault to provide the sealing action to contain the fault forces. The cabinet's rear panels are inside the cabinet and the panel lips mate to edges of the cabinet opening. The front doors each have a series of latching tabs along one side and a hinge along the opposing side. A dimple-in-a-dimple joint provides shear strength for panel joints. At the top of the cabinet is an exhaust vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Square D Company
    Inventors: Eldridge R. Byron, Gregory O. Motley, Mary B. Groff
  • Patent number: 7001001
    Abstract: A cabinet includes at least two doors located on opposite sides of the cabinet. The cabinet includes an interlocking means comprising a pair of release mechanisms, locking mechanisms, and latching mechanism. The latching mechanism functions to retain the doors in the closed position unless activated by an operator, allowing the doors to be opened. The locking mechanism prevents the latching mechanism from being activated when the opposing door is open. The release mechanism communicates the position of the door to the locking mechanism associated with the other door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: A & A Sheet Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Spencer
  • Patent number: 6989814
    Abstract: A password security apparatus, a mousepad and a method of using the same are provided. The apparatus, the mousepad and the method include a writing surface contained within the mousepad or apparatus. The writing surface may be disposed between multiple layers of the mousepad or may be disposed on the surface of a removable section that may be removed from the mousepad. Contained on the writing surface may be a grid having spaces for the addition of information. The information may be related to websites that a computer user may visit on a computer network such as, for example, the Internet. Further, the information such as, for example, user identification information and/or password information that may be related to the websites may be contained thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Patents & TMS, P.C.
    Inventor: Brian M. Mattson
  • Patent number: 6951374
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having one or more rotatable tiers, each tier containing a plurality of file containers. Each tier includes a central carrousel having a plurality of radially extending arms. Mounted to the outer terminus of each arm is a file support assembly, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position and an extended position. Each file support assembly is adapted to suspend a file container thereon to provide detachable storage. The detachable file containers each include a box having an upper frame which suspends the container from the file support assemblies. A top may be provided to close each container in a secure manner to protect the container's contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Harbor Steel & Supply Corp
    Inventor: David Swenson
  • Patent number: 6834921
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable housing, constructed to accommodate an audio or light mixer, the housing having an accommodating frame for the mixer with a bottom, a front wall, a rear wall, two sidewalls and an upper side. The housing is constructed in such a manner, that the mixer, in operation, can remain connected with the accommodating frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Wilfer
  • Publication number: 20040207299
    Abstract: A telecommunications cabinet is disclosed. The telecommunications cabinet includes a housing and first, second and third doors. The housing is for enclosing telecommunications equipment and defines an access opening. The first door is connected to the housing via a first hinge and is moveable between a closed position and an open position. The second door is connected to the housing via a second hinge and is moveable between a closed position and an open position. The third door is connected to the housing via a third hinge and is moveable between a closed position and an open position. The third door overlaps the first and second doors when the first, second and third doors are in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Frederick J. Diggle, Jeffrey D. Witter, Paul B. Rivers
  • Patent number: 6806422
    Abstract: An enclosure having a housing defining an access opening. The housing defines an external portion and an interior portion and includes a first door pivotally connected to the housing via a first hinge. The first door is pivotally moveable between a closed position and an open position about a first pivot axis defined by the first hinge. The housing further includes a shield connected to the housing via a second hinge. The shield is pivotally moveable between a closed position and an open position about a second pivot axis defined by the second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Brent Rivers, Frederick James Diggle, Jeffrey D. Witter
  • Publication number: 20040195944
    Abstract: A server and data stored in a memory element or a storage medium can be protected from harmful electromagnetic waves from the outside. Shield fingers are arranged along the circumferences of openings of a front door 16 of an upper main body 12 housing servers and a router in an internal space 27. In addition, a shield finger is arranged along the circumference of an opening of a lower front door 18 of a lower main body housing a main body of an electric circuit component such as filter 26. The main bodies and the doors are made of steel and have predetermined thicknesses (40 mm in a bent portion and 21 mm in other portions). In addition, an optical fiber is used as a data line, which is led in an internal space 27 of the upper main body through a conduit 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Osamu Sugihara
  • Publication number: 20040017137
    Abstract: A locker display case is modeled after a sports locker and includes a traditional grated door. The inside is suitable for displaying team jerseys, equipment, or other memorabilia. Inside the “locker”, an angled shelf is positioned to display printed material or other memorabilia. Below, drawers provide storage. On one external side, a number of pivotable/hinged, vertical display racks are provided which allows flat items of sports memorabilia (such as posters, banners, and the like) to be stored and displayed, while the other external side has a number of adjustable shelves that can be configured in numerous arrangements. Optionally, the adjustable shelves may include a glass front. In a preferred embodiment, the entire display case is made from wood or wood-like material, though other materials may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Andrew D. Straub
  • Patent number: 6588865
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having one or more rotatable tiers, each tier containing a plurality of file containers. Each tier includes a central carrousel support having a plurality of radially extending arms. Mounted to the outer terminus of each arm is a file support assembly, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position and an extended position. Each file support assembly is adapted to suspend a file container thereon to provide detachable storage. The detachable file containers each include a box having an upper frame which suspends the container from the file support assemblies. A top may provided to close each container in a secure manner to protect the container's contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Harbor Steel & Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Caldwell, Jr., Charles B. Carter, David Kersjes, Gardner Klaasen, II, David Swenson
  • Patent number: 6565165
    Abstract: A composite workstation offers multiple compartments, which are created by joining structural panels in perpendicular, parallel, and opposing horizontal configurations. Compartments its may contain tools, and supplies that can rapidly be accessed for use or readily secured and protected, by a single user in a field or shop application. This workstation uses individual panels, joined at intersections to form a composite self-supporting structure. The structure is configured to offer its top surfaces as a worktable. Equipment that is stored inside the compartments are engaged into useful position by utilizing leverage, pulleys, and mechanical advantage. The configuration of the structure enables dangerous and unwieldy equipment to be easily and safely used with proper off-feed surfaces and stable support in any location to which it is transported. The focus of this workstation is towards woodworking. The compact scale of the structure enables conventional compact vehicles to make the workstation mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Harvey Donald Switkes
  • Patent number: 6439676
    Abstract: A clothes storing cabinet is adapted to hold soiled clothes preparatory to washing. The cabinet includes a body forming a plurality of chambers. The body forms a filling opening and a discharge opening for each chamber. The body is movable up and down between a lower clothes-loading position, and a raised clothes-discharging position. This movement can be achieved by sliding the body up and down along a vertical path, or, swinging the body by ninety degrees about a horizontal axis. When the body is in a raised clothes-discharging position, closures attached to the body can be swung open to enable clothes to gravitate from the respective chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Miroslav Badoni{haeck over (c)}
  • Patent number: 6419332
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having one or more rotatable tiers, each tier containing a plurality of file containers. Each tier includes a central support wherein at least one radial support arm is rotatably mounted thereto to rotate about the central support. Mounted to the terminus of each radial support arm is a file support, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position toward the interior of the tier, and an extended position. Each file support is adapted to receive a file container suspended thereon to provide detachable storage. Tiers may be added by attaching additional central supports in tandem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Harbor Steel & Supply Corp.
    Inventors: Robert C. Caldwell, Jr., Charles B. Carter, David Kersjes, Gardner Klaasen, II
  • Patent number: 6401947
    Abstract: The combination garment hanger/storage apparatus is constructed by two up-standing locker members connected thereinbetween by two frame members wherein the upper frame member is further equipped with hook means for hanging worn garments. A plurality of shelves and thus a plurality of rack spaces formed by the shelves are provided in the up-standing locker members for accommodating boots or packaged clean garments. The apparatus can be fabricated of a material that does not produce particle contamination, for instance, of stainless steel. The apparatus is further provided with ventilation apertures in the top panel and in the shelves of the locker unit to promote air circulation and to reduce total weight of the apparatus such that it can be moved in the clean room gowning area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd
    Inventors: Dennic Hu, Thomas Chen
  • Patent number: 6362809
    Abstract: A password security apparatus, a mousepad and a method of using the same are provided. The apparatus, the mousepad, and the method may include a writing surface contained within the mousepad or apparatus. The writing surface may be disposed between layers of the mousepad, include the bottom surface of the mousepad, or be contained on a slidable tray located between layers. Contained on the writing surface may be a grid having spaces for the addition of information. The information may be related to websites that a computer user may visit on a computer network such as, for example, the Internet. Further, the information such as, for example, user identification information and/or password information that may be related to the websites may be contained thereon and locked in a concealed location by the security apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Brian M. Mattson
  • Patent number: 6206495
    Abstract: A portable utility stand for computer equipment and the like is disclosed which comprises a cabinet having a front, rear, and sides. A main compartment is disposed in a lower part of the cabinet and an auxiliary compartment is disposed in an upper part of the cabinet above the main compartment. A support tray assembly is carried in the auxiliary compartment which includes a slidable base. A utility tray for supporting a keyboard rotatably is carried by the slidable base so that the tray rotates on the base. The utility tray has a stored position wherein the tray and base are generally longitudinally aligned and are received longitudinally in the auxiliary compartment, and an operational position wherein the tray is withdrawn from the compartment and oriented at a desired angle relative to the base for keyboard operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Graham Peterson
  • Patent number: 6174035
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet includes a shell within which is defined at least one food compartment. For enhancing the access to the food storage compartment, the shell is provided with an open frontal zone which includes a frontal facing portion and a sideward facing portion. A door is hingedly connected adjacent one side of the cabinet, extends across the front of the cabinet and wraps around to an opposing side of the cabinet. In this fashion, a section of the door actually defines an extension of one side of the refrigerator cabinet such that, when the door is opened, enhanced access to within the refrigerator is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: John P. Flannery, Timothy C. Noke, Sergio M. Photiadis, Christopher Raia, Michael T. Lye, George G. Brin, Jr., Marc S. Harrison
  • Patent number: 6082844
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mounting structure for mounting a horizontal insertion loading data storage drive in a data storage library having downwardly inclined shelves. A bracket mounts the data storage drive, and support bars are mounted in parallel in the data storage library and support the bracket on each side at a downwardly inclined angle. Thus, the horizontal insertion loading data storage drive is mounted at the downwardly inclined angle to receive data storage media from a robot accessor at the angle of the downwardly inclined shelves. The mounting structure support bars are parallel slides which slidably support the bracket at the downwardly inclined angle. A ratchet bar is mounted in the library at the downwardly inclined angle, and has a plurality of ratchet holes in the downwardly inclined direction. A latch is mounted on the bracket for engaging the ratchet holes of the ratchet bar to support the bracket and data storage drive against sliding on the support bar slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hartmut Ernst Hausler, Paul Yu-Fei Hu, Kevin Keith Kartchner, Steve John Roffinoli
  • Patent number: 5871108
    Abstract: A merchandise display shelving arrangement incorporates a first, gondola-type shelving unit with shelves intended to be loaded from the rear. The shelves may be inclined to promote gravity feeding of merchandise toward the front of the shelves. A second shelving unit is readily movable between a position in which it backs up to the first shelving unit and obstructs access to the rear of the shelves and another position in which it is spaced from the first shelving unit to create an aisle affording access to the rear of the shelves to facilitate loading of merchandise onto the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Marco J. White
  • Patent number: 5829859
    Abstract: A drawer system with an improved drawer interlock mechanism has a frame which slidably supports at least one drawer and at least one column of locking bars, perpendicular to the movement of the drawer. Each drawer includes a cam associated with a set of cam followers disposed on facing ends of adjacent locking bars. Each drawer cam is normally aligned to separate its associated set of cam followers and the associated locking bars when the drawer is opened, thereby displacing all locking bars in the column. The displaced locking bars misalign the cam followers associated with unopened drawers thereby preventing them from opening. Bias means returns the column of locking bars to a normal rest position when the drawer is retracted. A locking cam can be actuated to displace all locking bars toward said bias means to prevent all drawers from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Planhold Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Cram
  • Patent number: 5803562
    Abstract: A portable and transportable workstation having a cabinet having opposed side walls joined to an upright rear wall extending therebetween, the cabinet defining an interior compartment accessible through an open upright front side, and a door connected by a hinge along a front edge of the cabinet for horizontal swinging movement of the door between open and closed positions. A stationary table top is disposed within the interior compartment to define a stationary work surface and a telescoping table top is disposed adjacent the stationary table top so as to define a main work surface. on the side wall opposite the door, an upper side wall portion is hinged to a lower side wall portion and is foldable downwardly to a horizontal position to define an auxiliary work surface. The top end of the cabinet includes a hinged cover and the bottom end includes a removable panel to accommodate a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronna L. Jacobs, Allen B. Belka, Bruce J. Cutean, Barry L. Andersen
  • Patent number: 5788348
    Abstract: An automated banking machine (10) includes an enclosure (12). The enclosure has an interior area (14) in which serviceable components (48, 52, 64, 68) are positioned on rollout trays (46, 50, 62, 66). The enclosure has a rear opening (18) which is selectively accessible through service doors (54, 58, 60). The enclosure further includes a front opening (16) which is bounded by a frame (20). A fascia (22) having input devices thereon is removably positionable in said frame. The fascia is held in engagement with said frame by a disengageable latch including locks (94, 98) and latching brackets (92). The locks are connected to release arms (102, 110) which enable releasing the disengageable latch once access to the interior area has been gained by opening the service doors. Serviceable components may be readily serviced by extending the components out of the interior area of the machine on the rollout trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: InterBold
    Inventors: Natarajan Ramachandran, Kim Raymond Lewis, Gerald T. Sedlock, Charles D. Price, III, Richard Calvin Lute, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5725037
    Abstract: A portable workshop having a storage mode as well as an active mode in which working surfaces are presented for use by a craftsman, comprising a front surface in which upper and lower bottom hinged doors are mounted. The workshop has an upper member operatively associated with a rear surface and a pair of end surfaces interconnecting the front and rear surfaces, with this upper member serving with the surfaces to define an enclosed space suitable for the storage of tools. A wheeled base member serves as the support for the front, rear and end surfaces, and interconnecting components are utilized for causing the upper and lower doors to open and close together. The doors, when opened, advantageously reside in a horizontal attitude, with the upper door serving as the principal working surface of the workshop and the lower door serving as a storage location upon which the craftsman utilizing the principal working surface can place small items with which he is working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 5692815
    Abstract: A mouse pad and item holder having a top surface with a mouse tracking surface, that may be a textured surface or a separate mouse pad held in a recessed area, is supported by a shaped base having a number of openings formed between a bottom surface of the base and the top surface of the holder to allow various items to be inserted into and removed from drawers, dispensers, trays and the like, movably held in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Kevin M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5588727
    Abstract: A desktop organizer is designed so as to organize the components, such as a computer and related supplies and accessories, of a workstation in a compact space and at locations which the user will find convenient. The organizer includes a container in the form of a box having a rigid upper member on which the monitor of the computer can be supported, runners disposed within the container and extending orthogonally to each other, and at least one drawer housed within the container and supported by the runners so as to be withdrawable out of and pushable into the container through both the front of the container and a side of the container. A shelf or shelves for supporting paper and/or a mouse of the computer are also housed within the container. Support feet, which support the container on a working surface, include vertically extending stop catches which can be used to support the key pad of the computer in a generally vertical position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Exponent Italia S.r.L.
    Inventors: Amos D'Agaro, Adriano Marino, Andrea Venturini
  • Patent number: 5449229
    Abstract: A Customer Access Port (CAP) for an automated storage library subsystem which comprises two sliding doors to control operator access to the library. A magazine adapted to hold several storage media cartridges is positioned inside the storage library accessible to both an operator and the robotic mechanism for exchanging storage media cartridges between the operator and the storage library. Both sliding doors are slid between two positions by manual movement of a single knob. In one position, a first door closes to prevent any operator access to the magazine as well as other components inside the library while the second door opens to permit robotic mechanisms inside the library to manipulate storage media cartridges in the magazine. In the second position, the first door opens to permit operator access to the magazine while the second door closes to restrict the operator from accessing other components such as the robotic mechanisms or inventoried storage media cartridges within the library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mike A. Aschenbrenner, John S. Todor