Flexible Material, Plural Strips Or Connected Panels Patents (Class 312/297)
  • Patent number: 10800531
    Abstract: Passenger accommodation systems are described. An example passenger accommodation system can be disposed in an aircraft and can include a passenger seating deck, a plurality of passenger seats disposed within the passenger seating deck, and a partition wall disposed within the passenger seating deck so as to separate the plurality of passenger seats into a first set of passenger seats and a second set of passenger seats. The partition wall can be aligned with a longitudinal axis extending in the direction of travel of the aircraft. Movement of passengers between the first set of seats and the second set of seats may not impeded by the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Victor Carlioz, Hugo Jamson, Lito Karatsoli, Luke Miles
  • Patent number: 10370145
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a base and a plurality of walls pivotable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base. A first wall includes an opening therethrough. A first door selectively covers the opening through the first wall. In one embodiment, the first door is slidable between an open, retracted position away from the opening and a closed position covering the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Kyle L. Baltz, Ryan C. Meers
  • Patent number: 9918740
    Abstract: A method for preparing surgical kits for use during a surgery includes preparing a pre-operative surgical plan for a patient and selecting a set of surgical instruments based on the pre-operative surgical plan. The set of surgical instruments includes at least a general instrument, a first size-specific instrument, a patient-specific instrument, and a surgeon-specific instrument. The general instrument is selected from a predetermined group of off-the-shelf instruments. The first size-specific instrument has a first size selected from predetermined sizes. The patient-specific instrument includes a three-dimensional contoured engagement surface configured to nest into a portion of a native anatomy in a single location. The surgeon-specific instrument is selected based on a surgeon preference and is a different instrument than the selected general instrument, first size-specific instrument, and patient-specific instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian A. Uthgenannt, Christopher W. Friend, Bradley T. Durcholz, Joshua B. Catanzarite, Robert Metzger, Kai Robert Worrell
  • Patent number: 9258911
    Abstract: A electronic equipment rack assembly retractable door apparatus is disclosed, which may include channels, horizontally mounted at the top and bottom of an open side of the rack assembly, and latch plates mounted to the rack assembly. The retractable door apparatus may have movable door frame members, each having a housing with a cavity and a slot opening to the cavity, rollers attached to the housing and contained within the channels, designed to maintain the door frame member in a vertical orientation, a spool, attached within the housing, a spring configured provide a torsional tensioning force on the spool, and a latching door handle, attached to the housing to engage with the latch plate receptacles. The retractable door apparatus may also include a door material attached to the door frame member spools and configured to pass through the slots in the door frame member housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron R. Cox, Jason E. Minyard, Camillo Sassano, Kevin L. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9245406
    Abstract: A dispenser having an interior portion that is dimensioned for receiving a wheeled cart that is configured for storing items to be dispensed from the dispenser. The cart may, for example, be supported by at least two non-swiveled wheels disposed adjacent a first end of the cart and at least one swiveled wheel disposed adjacent a second end of the cart. In particular embodiments, the dispenser includes a pivotable wheel support that is adapted for: (A) supporting the cart's non-swiveled wheels; and (B) while supporting these non-swiveled wheels in respective, substantially fixed positions relative to the pivotable wheel support, pivoting from: (1) a first position in which the cart is positioned outside the dispenser; to (2) a second position in which the cart is positioned within the dispenser's interior. This may assist in loading the cart into the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Product Achievements, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Kyle Joiner, Ward P. Broom
  • Patent number: 9089963
    Abstract: A press brake tool cabinet with a downward opening transparent door. The door included a number of rectangular polycarbonate slats in frame members. The cabinet included a frame assembly and a number of drawers. Left and right door track systems are connected to the cabinet, and the door moves from an upper closed position in front of the drawers to an open position beneath and behind the drawers. Stop plates defined the position of the door in the open position and hanger plates supported and retained the door in the upper closed position. A pulley system facilitated movement of the door and a lock system maintained the door in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Karl Freimuth
  • Patent number: 9004312
    Abstract: A roller shutter type storage container includes a container body, a roller shutter accommodating portion, a pair of guide grooves, and a roller shutter. Each of the guide grooves extends linearly in an opening of the container body and is curved in the roller shutter accommodating portion. The roller shutter is configured by connecting a plurality of slats each having shafts formed in the widthwise direction at two ends of the slat in a bendable manner. As the two shafts slide in the corresponding guide grooves, the roller shutter slides between an open position and a close position. Each one of the shafts is spaced from a vertical wall surface of the corresponding one of the guide grooves. A projection formed of soft material projects outward from each shaft of each slat in the widthwise direction and contacts the corresponding vertical wall surface in an elastically deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Masataka Inoue
  • Patent number: 8936329
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a top wall, a bottom wall, two opposite sidewalls, and a roll door apparatus mounted between the top and bottom walls and positioned adjacent to one of the sidewalls. The top and bottom walls each define a slide slot perpendicular to the sidewalls and a number of cutouts communicating with the corresponding slide slot. The roll door apparatus includes a rotatable pole, a roll door rolled about the pole and fixed to the pole by a first end, a locking member mounted to a second end of the roll door opposite to the first end. The locking member includes a sliding portion top and bottom ends of which to be slidably received in one of the slide slots, and an engaging portion engaged in two of the cutouts of the top and bottom walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Szu-Wei Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140203693
    Abstract: One variation may include a method including providing a module for packaging, delivering and displaying goods in the module, the module including at least one face which may be removed, retracted or moved to display goods prepackaged in the module, packaging a plurality of goods in the module, delivering the module to a factory, office, hospital, warehouse or retail store, removing, retracting or moving a face of the module to display the goods prepackaged in the module. Another variation may include a module including the elevator floor system and at least one sensor for determining the height of stacked packages within the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chet R. Wisniewski, Spencer W. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8714669
    Abstract: This storage and retrieval machine consists of an enclosure with an enclosure opening and two independently positionable doors, which move vertically to block or provide access into the storage machine. The enclosure contains one or more shelf stacks, where each shelf stack has multiple, easily adjustable, drawer-style shelves to form storage areas of various vertical dimensions. One may combine several shelf stacks to form a rotatable storage cylinder. Shelves used with either the fixed or rotatable shelf supports can be blocked by one or both doors to prohibit their repositioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Kirgiss Clausen
  • Patent number: 8701897
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a cable extension mechanism includes a housing and a plurality of cable tray segments adapted to retain elongate material therein, wherein each cable tray segment includes first and second cable trays. A sheave is disposed on an axle between the first and second cable trays thereby forming an extendable elbow. At least one wheel assembly is coupled to each cable tray segment to enable the tray segment to articulate between a first position wherein the elongate material is stored and has a first length shorter than an actual length of the elongate material and a substantially flat second position, thereby extending a length of the elongate material disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nabors International, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Bailey, Gary Craig, Padira Reddy
  • Patent number: 8579151
    Abstract: A roller shutter storage container includes a container body, a roller shutter accommodating portion, a pair of guide grooves, and a roller shutter. Each of the guide grooves extends linearly in an opening formed in the container body and is curved in the roller shutter accommodating portion. The roller shutter is configured by connecting a plurality of slats each having shafts formed at two ends of the slat with respect to the widthwise direction in a bendable manner. As the two shafts of each of the slats slide in the corresponding guide grooves, the roller shutter slides between an open position for opening the opening and a close position for closing the opening. Each one of the shafts is spaced from a vertical wall surface of the corresponding one of the guide grooves. A projection formed of soft material projects outward from each shaft of each slat in the widthwise direction and contacts the corresponding vertical wall surface in an elastically deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Masataka Inoue
  • Publication number: 20130241382
    Abstract: The present invention is a bay for an aircraft galley that includes an extractor that retrieves objects from a compartment by slowly bringing the object forward using a free end. The free end is brought out of the compartment, carrying the object with it. The extractor is preferably a flexible sheet that is secured to the compartment and extends generally rearward to the rear wall. A pull cord may be attached to the free end to facilitate operating, and a mirror may be mounted to the compartment to provide the user with a view of the entrance to the compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wilkinson, Hayley Mortimer
  • Patent number: 8528996
    Abstract: A table or similar structure is provided having an expandable surface area arrangement where the usable or working surface area is retractable into and out of a housing along a curvilinear path that includes both horizontal and vertical components and wherein weight compensating structure is provided to offset the impact of vertical movement of the surface area. The usable surface is formed from an array of adjacent panels connected by a backing web which allows them to lie flush together when the surface area is retracted for use and to separate as needed to follow the curvilinear path when retracted into the housing for storage. The extent of movement into and out of the housing is variable according to the amount of surface area required in a given instance. When implemented into a dining table, for example, vertical support legs for one end of the table can be attached to the end panel of the surface area which is first withdrawn from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Newmar Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Chupp, Robert Fisher, Steve Hulse, Doug Kemp, Mike Walter, Mahlon Miller
  • Publication number: 20130147330
    Abstract: Fiber-reinforced structures for use in forming support structures and electronic device housing members may include multiple types of fiber. A first portion of the structures formed from a first type of fiber such as glass fiber may be radio transparent. A second portion of the structures formed from a second type of fiber such as carbon fiber may be more rigid than the first type of fiber and may be radio opaque. The second portion of the structures may be used to selectively add strength to the fiber-reinforced structures. The first portion of the structures may be used to maintain radio transparency for compatibility with wireless electronic device operations. The fiber-reinforced structures may be formed by rolling a sheet of prepreg material that includes a first area with the first type of fiber and a second area with the second type of fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Apple Inc.
  • Patent number: 8458962
    Abstract: A modular patient room includes a plurality of modular wall panels or units having various configurations. Some wall units have a wall panel structure with a horizontally extending service cavity. A service structure is coupled to the wall panel structure for rotation about a horizontally extending first axis between a first position within the service cavity and a second position extending outwardly from the service cavity. A plurality of service outlets are carried by the service structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci
  • Publication number: 20120025685
    Abstract: There is described a horizontally slidable self-closing screen assembly which comprises at least one screen material connected to a roller biasing the screen to an open position, the roller being operably connected to a counterweight and wherein the load provided by the weight is greater than the force provided by the roller biasing the screen. There are also described a housing unit containing the slidable screen assembly and a cabinet fitted with such a housing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: ROLLATHERM DESIGNS LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Clegg, Kirin Kopalan
  • Publication number: 20110260594
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance (EAS) security apparatus is comprised of a housing, base plate, ribbon pad, and electrically conductive ribbons. In one embodiment, the ribbons pre-attached to the ribbon pad and extend from the ribbon pad. The ribbon pad and base plate on installed on opposite sides of an object to be protected. The ribbons are extended around the object and their extended ends attached to the base plate. The housing has electrical contacts and encloses electronics and is attached to the base plate so that the electrical contacts complete circuits through the ribbons. The electronics in the housing monitor the ribbons to detect unauthorized removal of the apparatus. A switch on the bottom of the housing detects that the housing is attached to a plate and object. The apparatus has a locking mechanism to maintain the housing and plate together, which can be released by application of a magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Publication number: 20110227706
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance (EAS) system is comprised of a first EAS housing and a second EAS housing, each having electrically conducting tethers and a cover to hold the housing in place on an object to be protected. The covers have a surface with adhesive on it. Each housing is placed in a cover with the tethers extending through the cover, and the adhesive surface is pressed to the object. Switches on the bottom of the housing indicate contact with an object. The housings have apertures for receiving the ends of the tethers which are extended from the housings and inserted into the apertures of the other housing to complete circuits between the housings. Electronics within the housings monitor the circuits and switches for tampering and can generate alarms. External devices may arm and disarm the housings via wireless communication. A magnet releases a blocking mechanism to remove the housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 7913898
    Abstract: There is provided a collecting container. An exemplary collecting container comprises an insertion opening on the front of the collecting container that is adapted to receive objects. The exemplary collecting container additionally comprises a receiving device arranged to receive the objects and to convey them to a storage space in the collecting container, the storage space containing a filling-level measuring means that is connected to a blocking device preventing the receiving device from being opened when a defined filling level has been reached in the storage space, the receiving device comprising a roller shutter box whose receiving area is formed by at least two side walls and a bottom. The exemplary collecting container further comprises a roller shutter that is adapted to be moved in rails on the side walls, the blocking device being configured so that it can block the movement of the roller shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Steffen Frankenberg, Martin Räss, Ramin Benz, Sven Hein, Boris Paul
  • Patent number: 7836832
    Abstract: A stowable table assembly (10) includes a frame (14) having first and second side rails (16 and 18), wherein the frame (14) is selectively translatable between at least a stowed position and an extended position. The stowable table assembly (10) further includes a track (29,29) in communication with the first and second side rails (16 and 18) and a flexible element (12) slidably disposed within at least one of the track (29,29) or the first and second guide rails (16 and 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Joshua Stafford Boyd, Daniel R. Kieffer
  • Patent number: 7735538
    Abstract: While a bending ability is maintained, it is possible to provide an outer appearance which is not made possible in the past. A door shutter includes a main body on a design surface side which is bent in a width direction through thin parts, and plural block pieces disposed between the thin parts on an underside of the main body, wherein an opening on a device side is opened or closed by sliding along a guide groove on the device side. On the main body, the thin parts are formed as a plane surface, and parts overlapping with the block pieces are formed in an upwardly convex curved shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7581773
    Abstract: A roller blind for opening and closing the opening of a compartment, a storage box, a control console or similar enclosure, in particular for use in motor vehicles, is disclosed. At least one support element and at least one elastic layer disposed on the support element are included. Each support element has a curvature in its longitudinal direction with a deflection in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the opening to be closed by the roller blind. A method for the production of a roller blind is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Strasser, Leonard Dobos
  • Publication number: 20090096334
    Abstract: An organizing product that includes a storage compartment comprising front and rear walls each having inwardly and outwardly facing surfaces, a dry erase board attached to the outwardly facing surface of the storage compartment, and a calendar removably mounted in overlying relation to the dry erase board. A septum divides the storage compartment into upper and lower sections and adds rigidity to the organizing product. A magnet attached to the outwardly facing surface of the rear wall and/or a pair of openings formed through the rear wall permit the organizing product to be mounted to a vertically oriented surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Sward, Brian Clemens, Don Lehman, Jill Pearson
  • Patent number: 7494196
    Abstract: The system of ultra light-weight demountable stations, for exhibiting articles and attending customers, according to the present invention, comprises at least one universal module (10) of the system, with elliptical cross section, easily assembling, without mechanical elements of nailing, and with great strength. Said universal module, can be optionally joined to a connector module (17) which allows the union of two or more universal modules in a curve or straight shape or in three or more ways. The universal module or the connector module can be also optionally joined to a wing module (11), or to a multiple exhibition applications. All these components of the system act as basic pieces for creating a plurality of exhibition stations, which can be growing in the horizontal and/or vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Globotech Displays De Colombia
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Leyva Franco
  • Patent number: 7475954
    Abstract: In the embodiments and methods described, a tambour closure is employed having a flexible surface and a plurality of ribs secured to the flexible surface, each of the plurality of ribs includes a structural support disposed inside of a molded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: May & Scofield LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Latunski
  • Publication number: 20080122328
    Abstract: A foldable cabinet includes a first horizontal panel and a second horizontal panel, each of which has a panel body, two pivot portions each formed at two opposite sides of each of the panel body. A first vertical panel and a second vertical panel, each of which has a panel body, two pivot portions each formed at two opposite sides of the panel body and respectively pivot to each pivot portion of the first horizontal panel and the second horizontal panel, a front opening and a rear opening formed by the panels, a front frame retainer formed on the panel body of the first vertical panel. And a front frame has a frame body, a first panel retainer formed on the frame body and pivoted to the front frame retainer of the first vertical panel, the frame body further mounted on at least one panel bodies of the first horizontal panel, the second horizontal panel and the second vertical panel nearby the front opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Yu-Chu Hsu
  • Patent number: 7337024
    Abstract: An apparatus for concealing a display of the flat panel type, and for supporting and extending the display to a viewing position. The apparatus includes a display cover that operates between a concealed position and a revealed position, and a display support that operates between a retracted position and an extended position. There is also a display support interlock that is coupled to disable operation of the display support when the display cover moves away from the revealed position, and a display cover interlock that is coupled to disable operation of the display cover when the display support moves away from the retracted position. A controller with a wireless remote is coupled to the components of the apparatus to enable remote operation thereof. A housing with decorative frame surrounds the flat panel display and presents a display opening. The display cover may be a fabric sheet that is furled from a motor driven roller within the display opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Graham
  • Patent number: 7287795
    Abstract: A vehicle storage structure includes parallel tracks having a resiliently deformable lid detent configured and arranged to move between a lid latching orientation and a lid releasing orientation. A lid includes track engaging portions disposed on lateral edges of the lid and extending into the tracks for selective sliding movement along the tracks between a closed position and an open position. The track engaging portions and the deformable lid detents are configured and arranged to normally restrict movement of the lid when in the closed position. The track engaging portions and the deformable lid detents are further configured and arranged to move the deformable lid detents from the lid latching orientation to the lid releasing orientation in response to contact pressure applied to the lid at an area adjacent to the deformable lid detents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory P. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7014096
    Abstract: A hamper/sorter (15) for storing and sorting laundry which loads from the front with one or more openings is described. The hamper/sorter (15) is comprised of the main body and two moveable doors, one upper flexible door (5) that slides vertically and a lower rigid door (4) that can be stowed horizontally under the hamper/sorter (15). During operation, the doors adjust the front openings to allow for small or large laundry items to be loaded and unloaded for storing or washing. The upper and lower door edges that meet together are formed at an angle opposite of each other so that the upper door (5) overlaps the lower door (4). A stop plate (14) is installed on the upper door (5) to keep the doors in the normally closed position. This invention is versatile enough to be used as a hamper or sorter in any location that permits its mounting. One or more of these hamper/sorters (15) can also be mounted together in a horizontal row to provide a sorting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: David Roy Hinds
  • Patent number: 6994409
    Abstract: A controlled access dispensing unit arranged to permit selective access to supply items within a portion of the dispensing unit. Preferably, the dispensing unit includes a cabinet arranged to hold a plurality of supply items. An enclosure assembly desirably includes a first panel and a second panel positioned in a plane substantially parallel to and aligned with a plane defined by the first panel. The two panels each comprise an opening that together defines a variable size and moveable access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Dispensesource, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Godlewski
  • Patent number: 6863358
    Abstract: A storage cabinet employing a door formed in one monolithic piece from a thin sheet of light-weight but relatively rigid material, such as compressed resin-bonded plastic fibers. The door has a pair of panels, such as upper and lower door panels, integrally joined through a living hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Beyer, Steven J. King, Mark A. Powell, Bryan L. Roels, Thomas F. Ysseldyke
  • Patent number: 6752476
    Abstract: A structure of a garbage-box having a container body and a collection container, a moving door module being provided to the garbage inlet of the container body, characterized in that a sensor is provided to a top plate of the container body to sense the approaching of a person to open the moving door on the container body, another sensor is located within the container body, a pair of corresponding inverted L-shaped guiding rail seat are provided at the inner wall of the container body, the transmission shaft is pivotally mounted to the two guiding rail seats, the two ends of the transmission shaft are respectively mounted with a zigzag gear to drive flexible moving door, the bottom end of the flexible moving door, corresponding to the micro-touch switch, is provided with a pushing block so as to sense the opening of the flexible moving door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Chung Jen Lin
  • Publication number: 20040113528
    Abstract: A sliding door and wardrobe arrangement is constructed to include a wardrobe body and a reversible sliding door structure controlled to close/open the wardrobe body, the reversible sliding door structure including a hollow cylindrical casing movable along horizontal top and bottom tracks of the wardrobe body, a folding collapsible sliding door, the folding collapsible sliding door having a fixed end fastened to the frame structure of the wardrobe body and a free end coupled to the casing, a plurality of cord members transversely fastened to the folding collapsible sliding door at different elevations to guide the folding collapsible sliding door between an extended position and a received position, the cord members each having a free end inserted into the inside of the casing and extended over a pulley inside the casing, and a weight fixedly fastened to the free end of each of the cord members and adapted to receive the folding collapsible sliding door each time the folding collapsible sliding door is unlocke
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Publication number: 20040004419
    Abstract: A controlled access dispensing unit arranged to permit selective access to supply items within a portion of the dispensing unit. Preferably, the dispensing unit includes a cabinet arranged to hold a plurality of supply items. An enclosure assembly desirably includes a first panel and a second panel positioned in a plane substantially parallel to and aligned with a plane defined by the first panel. The two panels each comprise an opening that together defines a variable size and moveable access opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Godlewski
  • Patent number: 6672691
    Abstract: A control mechanism for tambour-type door closures helically wound about a winding sleeve for use in combination with cabinetry and including a worm/pinion gear combination releasably locked against free rotation, with controlled rotation of the worm facilitating adjustment of spring tension for controlled ongoing smooth operation of the tambour door closure between open and closed dispositions. The worm/pinion gear combination is coupled to a coiled spring which is helically wound about the tambour door winding spindle with one end of the coil spring being anchored to the rotatable winding spindle means, and with the other being coupled to and fixed for controlled rotational movement with the pinion component of the worm/pinion gear combination. Controlled rotatable motion of the worm is facilitated through the clutching action of the knurled end terminal of the worm gear shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: David A. Hoff
  • Publication number: 20030222554
    Abstract: A reversible wardrobe sliding door arrangement is constructed to include a wardrobe body and a reversible sliding door structure controlled to close/open a front opening of the wardrobe body, the reversible sliding door structure including a track disposed at one side of the front opening of the wardrobe body, a folding collapsible sliding door panel movable along the track to close/open the front opening of the wardrobe body, and a winding mechanism disposed at one side of the front opening of the wardrobe body perpendicular to one end of the track and adapted for winding up the folding collapsible sliding door panel to hold the folding collapsible sliding door panel in a received position where the front opening of the wardrobe body is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 6591555
    Abstract: A storage unit for use in an office environment. The storage unit includes a structural frame having two opposing side panels, at least one laterally extending panel extending between and interconnecting the side panels to define an interior space. The frame includes a perimeter defining an access opening that provides access to the interior space. The storage unit includes a flexible cover having opposing side edges, a front edge, and a rear edge. The flexible cover is attached to the structural frame proximate said rear edge of said flexible cover. The flexible cover extends freely from the attachment to the frame. The flexible cover has an engagement feature which is selectively engageable with the frame at first and second locations on the frame. Engagement of the cover with the frame at the first location places the flexible cover in a closed position with the opposing side edges of the flexible cover extending proximate the perimeter defining the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan J. King, Joel T. Ruiter, David J. Dekkar, James D. Houda, Peter E. Mack
  • Patent number: 6585333
    Abstract: A combination wardrobe is constructed to include a wardrobe body and a double-panel door structure controlled to close/open a front opening of the wardrobe body, the double-panel door structure having a hanging rod transversely suspended from the wardrobe body above the front opening, two flexible door panels respectively hung on the hanging rod by top loops thereof and horizontally moved relative to each other to close/open the front opening, each flexible door panel having a plurality of weights arranged along the respective bottom side for keeping the respective flexible door panel in shape when extended out, and hook and loop materials adapted to secure one lateral side of each door panel to the wardrobe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Publication number: 20030080656
    Abstract: A combinational shelf has a top plate, a base plate, a rear plate, a first lateral plate, a second lateral plate, a roll-up door, and a front frame. The first lateral plate and the second lateral plate are disposed on the base plate. The rear plate is disposed between the first lateral plate and the second lateral plate. The top plate is disposed on the rear plate, the first lateral plate, and the second lateral plate. The top plate has a front panel. The base plate has a front bar and a plurality of sockets. The first lateral plate has a plurality of first bottom plugs, a plurality of positioning bars, a U-shaped rail, and a front groove communicating with the U-shaped rail. The second lateral plate has a plurality of second bottom plugs. The front frame has an inner flange. The first bottom plugs and the second bottom plugs are inserted in the sockets of the base plate. The roll-up door engages with the U-shaped rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Shun-Teng Chen
  • Patent number: 6547350
    Abstract: A refrigerator shelf having a plate surrounded by a frame. A guide is connected to the frame for slidable guiding of a closure member. The closure member is formed from an assembly of hinged-together bar elements which are able to pass between an extended position in which the closure member closes a chamber formed between the shelf and an underlying shelf, and a retracted position into the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Maritan, Lorenzo Bianchi
  • Patent number: 6508525
    Abstract: A scrapbook nook or desk having two side walls, a first back wall, a second back wall, a top wall, a top storage unit, a desktop work area, a roll-top member, slide-out work surfaces, a plurality of drawers, a cork board, and a light source. Assembling scrapbooks usually requires large items such as a XYRON machine and Photo storage boxes. The top storage unit is constructed specifically to store these particular items. The desktop includes an opening constructed to receive trash which is then dropped into a compartment with a drawer located beneath the desktop. The top surface of the desktop supports a writing instrument storage unit which comprises a honeycomb-shaped structure that vertically houses writing instruments for easy accessibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Nancy H. Picogna
  • Publication number: 20020190615
    Abstract: A structure of a garbage-box having a container body and a collection container, a moving door module being provided to the garbage inlet of the container body, characterized in that a sensor is provided to a top plate of the container body to sense the approaching of a person to open the moving door on the container body, another sensor is located within the container body, a pair of corresponding inverted L-shaped guiding rail seat are provided at the inner wall of the container body, the transmission shaft is pivotally mounted to the two guiding rail seats, the two ends of the transmission shaft are respectively mounted with a zigzag gear to drive flexible moving door, the bottom end of the flexible moving door, corresponding to the micro-touch switch, is provided with a pushing block so as to sense the opening of the flexible moving door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Chung Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 6450598
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval system (10) includes a housing (11) accommodating a plurality of carriers (12). These are assignable y a transport device (13) to at least one access opening (14) provided in the housing (11). Provided at the access opening (14) is a closing device (17) comprising at least two closing elements (18a, 18b) arranged opposite each other which can be shifted horizontally and signalled dedicated to thus form an access window (16) in the access opening (14) by an uncomplicated structural design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Hanel & Co.
    Inventor: Michael Hänel
  • Patent number: 6422672
    Abstract: An appliance garage with a front panel having left and right side frame members supported in spaced relation by a front panel member extending between the top portions of the left and right side frame members; each of the right and left side frame members including an angled projection extending away from the front of the front panel; a tambour door connected at each respective front side thereof to a respective right and left side frame member; left and right side panel members each having a channel extending substantially the length of the front edge portion and to engage the respective projection of the left and right side frame member so that the side panels extend angled from the tambour door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: FAS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd A. Searer
  • Patent number: 6386658
    Abstract: A housing for a packaging machine. The housing has guides for at least one protective plate disposed in side walls of the housing. The at least one protective plate is supported in the guides by rollers. It is essential that the protective plate can be moved in the guides in such a way that the protective plate is possible to freely access a region disposed inside the housing, the opening of the housing does not require any additional floor space for the packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Dietrich, Eberhard Krieger, Ulrich Wieduwilt, Klaus Stoeckel
  • Patent number: 6358355
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a roll top is disclosed, in which solid wood strips are arranged equidistant apart in a mold. Then glue is applied to the same side of the strips. Then a wood texture rubber sheet is covered onto strips on the side having glue. Then the mold is vacuumed, causing the rubber sheet to completely adheres to the strips. A roll top of the present invention is then fabricated in this manner, which is a simple, rapid and low cost manufacturing method for roll tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Kenmark Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: James Hwang
  • Patent number: 6152547
    Abstract: A wardrobe door structure, which includes a fixed horizontal top rail, a fixed horizontal bottom rail, and a sliding folding door, the sliding folding door having a horizontal top side edge, a horizontal bottom side edge, a first vertical side edge fixedly connected to a wardrobe, a second vertical side edge, a first set of loops arranged along the horizontal top side edge and respectively hung on the horizontal top rail, a second set of loops arranged along the horizontal bottom side edge and respectively hung on the horizontal bottom rail, and a vertical rod member fixedly arranged along the second vertical side edge for pulling by hand to move the sliding folding door horizontally along the horizontal top rail and the horizontal bottom rail between the close position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 6102503
    Abstract: A bendable shaping door plate device including a door plate having several grooves on one of its sides and at least one slot arranged in a transverse direction to the grooves on the side. At least one fixer plate extends from the door plate with at least one arc portion arranged in the slot. The door plate is bendable around the arc portion of the fixer plate by virtue of the grooves and a fixing device which joins together the door plate and the fixer plate securely, creating an arc surface on the door plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: James Hwang
  • Patent number: 6066383
    Abstract: A new appliance protection device for improving cleanliness and sanitary conditions around and under appliances. The inventive device includes a plurality of strips adapted for coupling with lower ends of an appliance and abutting a floor surface. Each of the plurality of strips have a vertically disposed inner surface and an angularly disposed outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Jesse Smith