Plural, Movable Relatively And As A Unit Patents (Class 312/298)
  • Patent number: 10295250
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods are disclosed for a vehicle-based smart cooler. An example disclosed cooler includes an electric cooling unit, a plurality of sensors, a wireless node, and a cooling control unit. The example wireless node communicatively couples to the vehicle. The example cooling control unit monitors a charge margin of the vehicle and, in response to the charge margin being below a threshold, activates a power management technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10047998
    Abstract: The invention involves an insulation device comprising of a pad defined by a length and a width suitable for fitting snuggly within a cavity of a cooler. In exemplary embodiments, the pad comprises a closed-cell polyvinyl chloride nitrile butadiene rubber foam, also known as PVC/NBR, the pad defined by dimensions including a certain thickness such that the pad may be compressed against the interior walls of the cooler cavity without collapsing or folding over. The edges of the pad may be pressed against the interior walls of the cooler cavity to form a compression seal throughout the perimetrical edge of the pad against the interior walls of the cooler cavity; the compression-sealed edge prolongs a period during which low temperatures may be maintained. The pad is preferably water resistant, lightweight, washable, sufficiently flexible and can be easily trimmed or cut to a desired size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Vern McGarry
  • Patent number: 9833072
    Abstract: A rack and drawer system includes a tray having at least one glider mechanism and at least one rotation mechanism coupled to the side of the tray, wherein the at least one glider mechanism is operable to allow the tray to move back and forth along a glider mechanism axis, and wherein the tray is operable to rotate about the at least one rotation mechanism. In another embodiment, the rack system further includes at least one hinge mechanism coupled to a first end of the at least one glider mechanism, wherein the at least one hinge mechanism is operable to allow the tray to pivotally move relative to a pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Drawers In Motion, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Knake
  • Patent number: 9763352
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising at least one extendable hard drive drawer for replacement and maintenance of at least one hard drive. The apparatus comprises a chassis comprising a front side and a rear side, and a first hard drive carrier and a second hard drive carrier housed within the chassis. The first hard drive carrier can be housed at the front side of the chassis, and the second hard drive carrier can be located behind the first hard drive carrier. The first hard drive carrier and the second hard drive carrier can each be adapted to house at least one hard drive. The first hard drive carrier can be adapted to slide from a closed position to a first open position, and from the first open position to a second open position, such that the second hard drive carrier can be accessed in the second open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Maw-Zan Jau, Chao-Jung Chen, Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, I-Lang Cheng
  • Patent number: 9652594
    Abstract: A medication storage and dispensing workstation for use in a medication management system administering the inventory and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in a healthcare environment is disclosed. The workstation incorporates a linear drawer assembly having a plurality of discrete, removable, storage modules for containing medications and/or other medical supplies. The storage modules are arranged in a linear array extending longitudinally along the travel path of the linear drawer assembly. Each storage module, in turn, comprises a drawer that is extensible laterally relative to the linear arrangement of the storage modules. As such, the drawer assemblies comprise a compartmentalized “drawer-in-drawer” arrangement that provides an efficient use of storage space and enables a user to utilize the workstation in a workspace having a smaller footprint that traditional storage cabinet apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHPOINT MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, Scott Curtis Miller, James Leo Kilgallon, Tobin H. Williams, Paul Prickett, Karl Haiden, Scott Harshbarger, Adam Troup, Patrick Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8936330
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured to define a profile thereof, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate the door along a second rotational direction that is different from the first rotational direction, a guide part installed in the cabinet having a guide groove recessed a predetermined depth therein, and a connection part installed in the door, the connection part including a guide projection received in the guide groove of which a moving path is guided, and an opening angle of the opening being variable based on positions of the guide projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Seunghyun Song, Minjung You, Yongcheol Jin, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Sanghun Bae, Donghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8919896
    Abstract: A large rolling tool chest includes a generally rectangular body with a hollow interior, a plurality of wheels, and an adjustable handle to facilitate organization, storage, and transportation of numerous tools of various sizes. The handle pivots to allow a user to keep it out of the way when not in use. The tool chest also includes a large pouch to hold items which are frequently used. The top of the tool chest includes two horizontally extendable drawer assemblies that fold outward and open in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Lee-Ann Shewchuck
  • Patent number: 8814287
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a shelf varied by sliding and pivoting to store thick food items in a storage chamber. The refrigerator includes a main body which has an inner case defining a storage chamber and an outer case defining an external appearance thereof, a first shelf portion arranged at the storage chamber so as to be slidable in front and rear directions, a second shelf portion arranged at the storage chamber so as to be pivotable together with the first shelf portion received in a first shelf receiving portion, and support portions to support the first and second shelf portions, wherein each of the support portions includes a support wall integrally formed with the inner case and an insulation material foamed in a foam space of the support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myoung Jin Jang
  • Publication number: 20140152161
    Abstract: In certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a cabinet is provided. The cabinet includes a plurality of drawer slide receiving modules and a plurality of hanging drawer slides, each hanging drawer slide coupled to one of the plurality of drawer slide receiving modules, and each hanging drawer slide includes a plurality of hooks of a first type. At least one of the hanging drawer slides is configured to be withdrawn from the cabinet laterally along a longest axis of the hanging; drawer slide. The plurality of drawer slide receiving modules are configured to be removably coupled to the cabinet in a plurality of different configurations. Methods and configuration systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael RAHILLY, Jeff LY
  • Publication number: 20140132137
    Abstract: A multifunction printer including a machine body, a first cover, a second cover, a third cover and a fixing element is provided. The first cover and the second cover are hinged, and the second cover and the third cover are hinged and the third cover is hinged on the machine body, wherein the second cover is installed between the first cover and the third cover. The fixing element is installed in the second cover to lock the third cover or unlock the third cover. When the first cover is opened relative to the second cover, the third cover is locked each other by the fixing element. When the first cover is closed relative to the second cover, the third cover is unlocked by the fixing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Yen-Jui Wu
  • Publication number: 20140021839
    Abstract: A fixing element, a cover device and a multifunction printer are provided. The multifunction printer includes a machine body, the cover device and the fixing element. The cover device is disposed on the machine body and includes a first cover, a second cover and a third cover, wherein the second cover is between the first cover and the third cover. The fixing element passes through and is fixed on the second cover. The first cover and the second cover open relative to the third cover when the fixing element locks the first cover and the second cover, and the first cover opens relative to the second cover and the third cover when the fixing element locks the second cover and the third cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicants: Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited, KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Chang-Kai Hsiung
  • Publication number: 20130169133
    Abstract: An insert drawer arrangement attachable to an existing drawer of a file cabinet to define a raised second storage compartment. The arrangement includes an insert drawer provided with end panels which are disposed sidewardly adjacent separate mounting panels, the latter being mounted on the end walls of the existing drawer. The sidewardly adjacent end and mounting panels have a horizontal guide structure cooperating therebetween to enable the insert drawer to be horizontally moved from a first position superimposed over the existing drawing into a second position wherein it is cantilevered outwardly beyond the existing drawer to permit access to the interior of the existing drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Ross Johnson, Cheryl Compton, Harold R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130169132
    Abstract: An insert for an existing file drawer. The insert includes upper and lower insert drawers which are each of shallower depth and fit within the original drawer compartment in a vertically stacked relationship. The upper and lower insert drawers are coupled between the original drawer front and the remaining original box structure. The insert drawers are horizontally slidably mounted one above the other so that opening movement of the drawer front horizontally sequentially extends the upper and lower insert drawers into a fully open position which enables access into both insert drawers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Ross JOHNSON, Harold R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130069507
    Abstract: A mounting device for a flat panel monitor. The mounting device comprises a front panel and a mating second rear panel for connection with one another to form a housing. At least the front panel has a plurality of mounting apertures therein for securing the housing to a desired flat panel monitor while the rear panel has a mounting mechanism which facilitates attachment of the housing to a desired support surface. An internal recess is formed between the front panel and the rear panel, when assembled with one another, and the internal recess is sized for accommodating and retaining at least one peripheral electronic device therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: James DOWLING, Mark Alan FECTEAU
  • Publication number: 20120313494
    Abstract: A compound motion shelf organizer may include a front module and a rear module. A compound linear motion system may be coupled between the front module and a base. The compound linear motion system may be configured to allow the front module to move horizontally with respect to the base from a retracted position to a forward position, and to allow the front module to move vertically with respect to the base from the forward position to a downward position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Chow
  • Publication number: 20120212117
    Abstract: A library apparatus includes a storage section having a lock hole in which a lock member provided on a cartridge is capable of being fitted, the storage section storing the cartridge in a locked state when the lock member is fitted in the lock hole, a holding portion that holds the cartridge and engages with the lock member, an arm that supports the holding portion at an end of the arm, the arm inserting and extracting the cartridge held by the holding portion into and from the storage section, a first motor that moves the arm in an insertion-extraction direction in which the cartridge is inserted and extracted, and a second motor that moves the holding portion so as to move the lock member to a position at which the lock member is released from the lock hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazunori ISHIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20120181909
    Abstract: The invention relates to a synchronization device for moving a first actuating device in synchronization with at least one second actuating device, wherein the first actuating device and the second actuating device are provided on a piece of furniture in the installed state in order to move a movable furniture part. The device includes a synchronization rod for transferring a synchronous motion of the at least two actuating devices, at least one fastening device, by which the synchronization rod can be detachably connected to at least one of the two actuating devices, wherein at least one detachable locking device is provided, which prevents the synchronization rod from being connected to the at least one fastening device in the locked state of the locking device, wherein the locking device is in the locking state without prior actuation by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Olaf ISELE, Harald Sutterluetti
  • Patent number: 8186665
    Abstract: A locking device locks or separates a first paper feed tray to a second paper feed tray in a state where the first paper feed tray and the second paper feed tray being arranged in parallel at a storage position of an image forming apparatus. The locking device includes an engaging mechanism that can be set to an interlocked state. When the engaging mechanism is in an interlocked state, and when a drawing tray is drawn out from the storage position, a drawn tray is drawn out after the drawing tray is drawn out for a predetermined distance from the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Akema
  • Patent number: 7938412
    Abstract: A container assembly is provided that includes a base container that has an upper opening and an upper container mounted in covering relation over the upper opening of the base container. A linkage connects the upper container to the base container in a manner that allows the upper container to be displaced from the covering relation over the upper opening of the base container, so as to permit access into the base container through the upper opening. A support assembly is spaced from the base container when the upper container is displaced from the covering relation over the upper opening of the base container and wheels are disposed toward a lower portion of the container assembly. A handle is provided for rollingly transporting the container assembly on the wheels in a tilted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: The Stanley Works Israel Ltd.
    Inventor: Amir Katz
  • Patent number: 7845653
    Abstract: A container assembly is provided that includes a base container that has an upper opening and an upper container mounted in covering relation over the upper opening of the base container. A linkage connects the upper container to the base container in a manner that allows the upper container to be displaced from the covering relation over the upper opening of the base container, so as to permit access into the base container through the upper opening. A support assembly is spaced from the base container when the upper container is displaced from the covering relation over the upper opening of the base container and wheels are disposed toward a lower portion of the container assembly. A handle is provided for rollingly transporting the container assembly on the wheels in a tilted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ZAG Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Amir Katz
  • Patent number: 7770986
    Abstract: A pivot assembly that can be inserted into kitchen cabinets to utilize otherwise unused and unreachable overhead spaces over kitchen wall cabinets. The pivot assembly has a pair of pivot arms pivotally connected to opposite sides of a frame, the frame slidably attached within a cabinet. A drawer is connected to the pivot assembly between the pivot arms. The drawer slides out of the cabinet on a pair of drawer slides and rotates down and out 180 degrees on the pivot arms, from an up position to a down position, wherein the drawer remains stable even as the pivot arms pass through a middle position. The pivot arms form a primary and secondary parallelogram shape during operation, the secondary parallelogram supporting the primary parallelogram at its weakest point in the middle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Vaidotas Joseph Simaitis
  • Patent number: 7752789
    Abstract: An exemplary display device includes a support member, a pair of displays slidably attached to the support member, and positioning members disposed between the displays and the support member. The support member includes a straight slideway, and a curved slideway defined therein. The curved slideway includes a slanting portion, and a first straight portion and a second straight portion extending out from opposite ends of the slanting portion. The straight slideway is parallel to the first straight portion of the curved slideway and in line with the second straight portion of the curved slideway. The displays are slidably received in the straight slideway and the curved slideway respectively. The displays may be positioned to form a large screen, or slid to overlap leaving a single display visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ke Sun, Zhen-Xing Ye
  • Patent number: 7744173
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided with a cabinet having a door that is openable by a user to provide access to a refrigeration compartment. A storage bin is located in the refrigeration compartment and accessible upon the opening of the cabinet door. A mounting system is arranged for the storage bin, supporting the storage bin for movement into and out of the refrigeration compartment. A latch is carried on the cabinet door to be selectively engaged by the user with a latch receiving portion of the storage bin. When the latch is engaged with the latch receiving portion, the storage bin will be pulled out of the refrigerator upon the opening of the cabinet door, and when the latch is disengaged from the latch receiving portion, the storage bin will remain in the refrigeration compartment, unless manually moved by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Weston Maglinger, Martin Shawn Egan, Aidan C. Kunkle, Richard Bruce Mills
  • Patent number: 7736228
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus having a housing defining a display area on which immoveable display characters and moveable symbol displays are used to present a game outcome, is disclosed. Typically, the immoveable display characters provide background for the moveable symbol displays. A controller is used to cause movement of the moveable symbol displays so that at least one symbol corresponding to the game outcome is displayed. A method of playing a game using the aforementioned gaming apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerald C. Seelig, Lawrence M. Henshaw
  • Publication number: 20090115302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refrigerator that includes at least one vertical support that has a vertical guiding groove with a recess and a plurality of vertically staggered steps provided therein, and a horizontal support provided with a peg engaged into the recess of the guiding groove. In the interlocked position of the horizontal support, the peg rests on one of the steps and presses against a first wall of the vertical support from which the steps protrude. A contact surface of the horizontal support presses against a second wall of the vertical support, the second wall being arranged opposite to the first wall. The contact surface and the steps are staggered in the direction of the width of the walls, the steps being located in a lower position in the recess than the contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Benz, Michael Krapp
  • Patent number: 7488048
    Abstract: A mobile display unit (1) for street traders is described, which is particularly recommended to contain, conserve, transport and display goods, i.e. objects or foodstuffs in travelling markets. The mobile unit (1) is formed by a structure composed of a base frame (2a) from which uprights (2b) are detached to which a second frame (2c) is attached that forms the upper surface and a third frame (2d) placed between the other two frames (2a, 2c). The structure accommodates at least one pair of warehouse cases (7, 8) or sliding containers on guides, placed one above the other in the rest mode and side by side in the operative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Luca Paganini
  • Publication number: 20080164794
    Abstract: A modular server cabinet includes a first cabinet unit and a second cabinet unit. The first and second cabinet units respectively have a first receiving space and a second receiving space, for accommodating a plurality of servers therein. The second cabinet unit is capable of being combined with the first cabinet unit in a variety of side-by-side arrangements to adapt to a user's available space. The second receiving space communicates with the first receiving space of the first cabinet unit to promote air circulation and heat dissipation in the modular server cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HSIU-CHANG LAI, KE SUN, ZHEN-XING YE
  • Patent number: 7322661
    Abstract: A storage cabinet provides for the secure storage of items against unauthorized access, with ready authorized access The cabinet has an opening extending laterally across the front of the cabinet, and a door having panels carrying latches, the panels being movable laterally between a latched position and an unlatched position, and being pivotally mounted for movement between a lateral orientation, wherein the panels close the opening, and a transverse orientation, wherein the panels allow access to the items stored in the cabinet. A locking arrangement selectively locks the panels in place when latched in position closing the opening, for preventing unauthorized access. When unlatched, the panels can be pivoted to open access through the opening, and can be folded and moved in transverse directions into the cabinet so as to maintain a compact, unobstructed configuration when the cabinet is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: William R. Salvesen
  • Patent number: 7261385
    Abstract: A protected cabinet for cash or other valuables, designed to protect the cash or valuables from being robbed, the protected cabinet comprising: a housing, for receiving and housing two drawers, having a front opening through which one or both drawers simultaneously may be withdrawn; a first drawer, adapted to be moved into and out of the housing through the front opening, coupled to a front panel, the front panel adapted to substantially cover the front opening of the housing; a second drawer, positioned over the first drawer, adapted to be moved into and out of the housing through the front opening, when engaged to the first drawer, substantially covering the first drawer when engaged to it, preventing view of contents of the first drawer; engagement mechanism for engaging the second drawer to the first drawer, whereby one drawer is regularly used for transactions or presentation of the cash or valuables kept in it, whereas the other drawer is used as an emergency, decoy, drawer, pulled open in emergency ins
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Yoav Weinberger
  • Patent number: 7002796
    Abstract: A computer component mounting system includes two mounting frames (30) attached to two side panels (52) of a chassis (50) respectively, and a mounting bracket (10) having a main portion (12) for attaching computer components (100) such as fans (100) thereto, and two mounting portions (13) at opposite ends of the main portion. Each mounting frame includes a base plate (32) forming a positioning plate (322), and two side plates (36) each forming an oblique guide plate (362). A locking slot (364) is defined in each side plate and adjoining guide plate. Each mounting portion includes two locking tabs (140, 160) engaging in the locking slots of a corresponding mounting frame, and a positioning tab (15) joined to the positioning plate of the corresponding mounting frame to thereby secure the mounting bracket to the mounting frames. The fans are thus secured within the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick Lao, Yuan-Lin Hsu, Li Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 6874429
    Abstract: A furniture construction includes a frame structure made up of a pair of spaced frame sections connected together, and a furniture component mounted to the frame structure. Each frame section includes a lower base section, an upright, and a furniture component support member extending from the upright and to which the furniture component is mounted. The frame sections are preferably C-shaped when viewed from the side. In one form, the furniture component is a seat mounted to the furniture component support, and the frame structure includes a back support area extending upwardly from the seat. A back is mounted to the back support area. In another form, the furniture component is a desk or table top mounted to the furniture component support. Combination desk/chair units may also be constructed utilizing the same basic frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Bosman, Frederick P. Bohl
  • Publication number: 20040236175
    Abstract: A combination (10, 110, 210,310) comprises a patient-support device (12) and one or more carts (14, 114,214, 314) that dock to the patient-support device (12). Some of the disclosed carts (14, 114,214, 314) that dock to the patient-support device (12) have pivotable storage bins (50, 150, 250, 350). Some of the disclosed carts (14, 114,214,314) have equipment-carrying surfaces (54, 154,254,354). Some of the disclosed carts (14, 114,214, 314) have work surfaces or trays (52, 152, 352) that move between storage and use positions. One of the disclosed carts (314) has a storage module (330) that transfers from a frame (316) of the cart (314) to a base (18) of the patient-support device (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Otho N. Boone, Ian McDermott, John H. Richards
  • Patent number: 6755492
    Abstract: A sliding cabinet that provides safe, ergonomic, and convenient access to shelves in elevated cabinets. The sliding cabinet comprises an inner cabinet and an outer cabinet housed by a support frame. In operation, the outer cabinet pulls out of the support frame by rolling horizontally on a roller and track system. Next, the inner cabinet lowers through the bottom of the outer cabinet by rolling vertically on a second roller and track system. After reaching a desired item, the inner cabinet can be raised back into the outer cabinet. Next, the outer cabinet is pushed back into the support frame for further storage. The sliding cabinet's components may be sized to fit into any size or style of cabinetry. Furthermore, the sliding cabinet is supplied with an adjustable counterweight, allowing the inner cabinet to be easily raised or lowered regardless of the weight on the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventors: Don W. Hyde, Penny Hyde
  • Patent number: 6747874
    Abstract: An information handling system status indicator assembly includes a power jack, cabling and an indicator. The status indicator assembly connects with a status port located at the rear of an information handling system component and operates to provide a visible status indication of the component on the components cable management assembly and visible from a position behind the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Wayne E. McKinnon, Robert J. Neville, Jr., Ralph W. Jensen
  • Patent number: 6648428
    Abstract: A data cartridge exchange apparatus for use in a data storage system may comprise a drawer having a first data cartridge storage location and a second data cartridge storage location. The drawer is operatively associated with the data storage system so that the first data cartridge storage location may be moved between a first position and a second position and so that the second data cartridge storage location may be moved between a third position and a fourth position. The first data cartridge storage location is operatively associated with the second data cartridge storage location so that the first data cartridge storage location may be moved independently from the second data cartridge storage location and so that the first data cartridge storage location may be moved together with the second data cartridge storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael J. Chaloner, Paul C Coffin, Richard Lynn Gardner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6622740
    Abstract: A dishwashing machine comprises a stationary housing with an open front face and at least two structures for supporting wash load items. The support structures are able to slide horizontally with respect to the housing through the open front face of the housing. At least one of the support structures is capable of sliding horizontally jointly with a door, which closes the open front face of the housing, and is adapted to move in a substantially vertical direction along an inner surface of the door. The inner surface of the door is able to accommodate the front bulk of at least another one of the remaining support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Electrolux Zanussi, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Durazzani
  • Patent number: 6609773
    Abstract: A storage apparatus (10) comprising a plurality of first storage compartments (26) which are rotatably mounted around a substantially vertical shaft (14). The apparatus (10) being arranged such that the first compartments (26) are usually in a raised position, and a selective one of the first compartments (26) can be moved down the shaft (14) to bring the respective first compartment (26) to an accessible height. The apparatus (10) may also comprise one or more lower second storage compartments (16) which may define a space (18) into which the respective first compartment (26) can be slid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: William David Steadman
  • Patent number: 6371581
    Abstract: A vending machine having a vandal panel and main door that can be easily removed through upper and lower hinge assemblies without use of conventional fasteners and tools is provided. As a result, the depth of the vending machine is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Royla Vendors, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ring, David A. Yates, Thomas S. Paczkowski
  • Patent number: 6115250
    Abstract: A computer, or other similar type of electronic component, in which a plurality of components are disposed in a chassis. A fan assembly is mounted in the chassis for forcing air through the chassis. The fan and the chassis are provided with one or more mounting members for permitting the fan to be installed in the chassis in a manner to establish an air flow in the chassis in a predetermined direction. The mounting members prevent the installation of the fan in the chassis in a manner to establish air flow in a direction opposite the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Dell USA, LP
    Inventor: Ty Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5969941
    Abstract: A device for mounting a ventilating fan in a portable computer that uses a combination boss and bracket to simplify the assembly process. The fan mounting device of the present invention allows the space occupied by the fan within a portable computer to be minimized and the number of parts necessary for mounting the fan to be reduced. This results in a timesavings during the fan assembly process and improves the total efficiency of the computer assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Duk-Soon Cho
  • Patent number: 5956227
    Abstract: An internal device contained in an electronic device includes a housing, a part of which has a step portion; and a fan provided in a vicinity of the step portion, so that a space is provided as a pathway for an air flow generated by the fan, a part of the space having a boundary defined by the step portion of the housing when the internal device is positioned in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Teac Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhide Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 5860281
    Abstract: A container useful for keeping food or beverages warm or cold includes a combination lid and tray door assembly. The lid and tray are both coupled to the container and to each other. The tray may be pivoted independently of the lid into a table top position and it may be separated from the container and used as a separate tray. The tray and lid are also pivotable together as an integral door assembly, and the lid is pivotable independently of the tray when the tray is removed or deployed as a table top. The overall height of the container is less than the overall length and the overall width so that the container has a low, stable center of gravity which permits it to be used on an unstable surface, such as an automobile seat, and so that the container does not obstruct movement or view of occupants of an automobile when it is used in an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Igloo Products Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Coffee, James J. J. Costello, Winthrop A. Eastman, Laurence R. Giles, Jonathan H. Godshall, Eve Heim-Grubb, Ninh G. Pham
  • Patent number: 5800029
    Abstract: A cabinet for a sewing machine or the like defines a chamber having a front and a back including a back panel. A pull-out platform for the machine is supported in the chamber for motion inwardly and outwardly of the front thereof and defines a generally horizontal working surface. The back panel is flexibly connected to the platform for movement therewith from (A) a generally vertical position wherein the back panel closes the back of the chamber (e.g. during machine storage, the vertical position corresponding to an innermost position of the platform), to (B) a generally horizontal position wherein the back panel is in generally co-planar relation to the platform (to provide a large working surface) and the back of the chamber is open (to allow fabric etc. being worked on to be moved through the open back). The horizontal position also corresponds to an outermost position of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Suite Solutions Designs Ltd.
    Inventors: Joann Robertson, Andy Holisky
  • Patent number: 5695264
    Abstract: A portable office unit has an enclosure including two hingedly connected shells. Each shell has a back, a top, opposing sides, and an open front. The shells are pivotable between a closed position in which the open fronts of the shells face each other, and a closed position in which the shells are in side by side relation, with the open fronts facing generally in the same direction. Each shell has a work surface mounted to swing between a vertical position in which the work surface extends generally vertically inside the shell, and a horizontal position in which the work surface extends generally horizontally from the open front of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignees: Color Art Office Interiors, Inc., Joseph Hunt, Joseph J. Steiner
    Inventor: David T. Koch
  • Patent number: 5685624
    Abstract: A door for a refrigerator having rotatable pockets is provided, which includes a pair of hinge bar installation parts formed in the upper and lower portions on the inner side of a first side-wall of the door with a predetermined distance; a hinge bar installed between the pair of hinge bar installation parts and in parallel with the first side-wall along its length direction; a plurality of pocket shelves each protruded out of the inner side of the door and having one hole into which the hinge bar can be inserted; a plurality of pockets each placed between the pair of hinge bar installation parts, having a hinge bar insertion hole into which each hinge bar is inserted to move about the hinge bar, being supported by the plurality of pocket shelves, and having a fixing pit; and a plurality of protrusions formed on a second side-wall of the door to be engaged/released with/from the fixing pit when each of the plurality of pockets is closed/opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Moo Lee
  • Patent number: 5607213
    Abstract: A sliding work platform for a drawer, of the type having upstanding front, rear and side walls, includes a substantially rectangular panel which defines a work surface and has front and rear edges and substantially flat side margins. The flat side margins slidably engage the tops of the upstanding side walls of the drawer to facilitate movement of the platform in the forward and rearward direction relative to the drawer. Support members are integrally coupled close to the rear edge of the panel for slidably engaging upper edges of drawer slides to support the platform rearwardly of the drawer. Downwardly depending flanges are integral with the panel side margins near the front edge of the panel to engage the insides of the drawer walls for limiting front-to-back and lateral movement of the platform relative to the drawer. Lips on the flanges engage beneath folded-over upper ends of the drawer side walls to inhibit vertical movement of the platform relative to the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Snap-on Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George R. Slivon, Nick J. Theobald
  • Patent number: 5536080
    Abstract: A work station (10) for use in a home, office, hotel or other area having a limited amount of space is disclosed. The unit (10) includes sections (12,14,16) movable between a closed position, wherein the unit looks like an armoire or entertainment cabinet, and an open position, wherein the unit is a complete work station with a desk top (24,26) and storage space (22,23,30) for a computer, printer, phone, chair, fax machine and files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: atelier ADIME Internationale, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Madimenos, Corrine Madimenos
  • Patent number: 5513910
    Abstract: A storage compartment for a refrigerator door is disclosed which includes a recess formed in the door liner of the refrigerator. The recess is provided with pivot connections and a pivot stop. A rack is provided that is made to allow viewing of the contents. The rack is rotatably insertable into the recess defined by the door liner and can then be rotated forwardly from the door until the rack comes into contact with the stop on the door. In the rotated state, the contents of the rack may be easily accessed and removed. The rack is further designed so that if the door is shut while the rack is in an open position the rack will not contact the cabinet wall, preventing damage to the cabinet and the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Ellingwood, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Patent number: 5495389
    Abstract: A personal computer includes a frame unit and a top cover mounted to pivot upward and outward to the rear of the system, or alternately, upward to the side. One or more DASD storage devices may be mounted to extend downward from the top cover. A planar board is attached atop the lower side of the frame unit, where flexible mounting hardware allows the attachment of one of several types of planar boards. A central support structure includes a riser card plugged into a connector of the planar board, and a number of card connectors into which option cards can be plugged for electrical connection with the planar board. The central support structure also includes a bracket extending along the rear of the computer, having slots through which port connectors of the option cards can extend. The central support structure is held in engagement with the connector of the planar board by the top cover when this cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Dewitt, Todd A. McClurg, Jay H. Neer, Orlando Pimienta
  • Patent number: 5468062
    Abstract: A two tiered drawer rack includes a base tray having a flange along each longitudinal side with, an upwardly facing track extending along each flange, and an upper tray with bearings which co-operate with the tracks to permit the upper tray to be moved between a forward position and a rearward position in which access is gained to the contents of the base tray. The tracks may be suitably molded into the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Richard J. H. Finnegan