Horizontally Movable, Non-pivoted Patents (Class 312/301)
  • Patent number: 10591203
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a storage container configured to slide into and out of a storage compartment and a rail unit configured to guide movement of the storage container and a support member disposed in the storage compartment to support the rail unit and coupled to a bottom side of an inner case. Guide bars that guide movement of the storage containers are installed at lower ends of the storage container. Roller units are installed at the bottom surface of the storage compartment by using the foam insulation material blown into the space between the inner case and the outer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong Kook Kang, Jong Sun Park, Byoung-Jae Cho
  • Patent number: 10342334
    Abstract: An upper-shelf assembly having a vertical rear wall extending the width of the assembly, and a bottom surface in communication with the vertical rear wall. Horizontal and vertical base tracks are mounted with the sides of the cabinet's side walls, the horizontal base tracks retractable in a horizontal orientation, and the vertical base tracks retractable in a vertical orientation. The assembly includes a rest or storage position where the assembly is positioned with the cabinet's selected shelf, a first position where the bottom surface is horizontally extended from the selected shelf and, a second position where the assembly is horizontally extended and then vertically lowered from the selected shelf so that goods stored on the bottom surface of the assembly have easier visibility and are easier to access, remove or replace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Don E. Abel
  • Patent number: 9557096
    Abstract: In a refrigerator including a sliding door configured to open and close a storage chamber, a storage basket provided on a rear portion of the sliding door, and a support frame configured to support the sliding door and the storage basket, sidewalls of the storage basket may be formed so as to protrude outwardly except a lower portion in which the support frame is disposed between an inner case and the sidewalls, thereby increasing a storage space of the storage basket. In addition, a front protrusion, an auxiliary protrusion, and a rear protrusion are formed in an upper portion of the storage basket, and therefore a relative position of an auxiliary basket to the storage basket may be limited, and the auxiliary basket may be drawn into and out in conjunction with drawn-in and-out movements of the storage basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Bae Hong, Sung Cheul Park, Youn Tae Shin, Oun Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 9366028
    Abstract: A masonry unit comprising a block, a first insulation member, and a second insulation member. The block comprises a web transversely formed and connected to an anterior face shell and a posterior face shell. The web has formed on each of oppositely situated abutment side walls thereof a groove. The first insulation member comprises a pair of thumb grips formed on a forward wall thereof, and a pair of plugs formed on an oppositely situated rearward wall thereof. A channel extends from each of the thumb grips to a terminal end of the forward wall. The second insulation member comprises a rearward wall comprising a pair of grooves formed therein, wherein each groove formed in the rearward wall receives one of the plugs. The second insulation member further comprises a pair of flanges, wherein one of the flanges is received within one of the grooves formed on the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: David L. Nickerson, Paul W. Grycel
  • Patent number: 8991948
    Abstract: A high cabinet may be mechanically lowered to within reach of a disabled user. In the second exemplary embodiment, a scissor-jack type mechanism pushes an outer cabinet out from the wall and a sliding mechanism allows an inner cabinet to drop down from within the outer cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Monti Marsters, Everett Larry Marsters, Don Marsters
  • Patent number: 8857927
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Johnson, Harold R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8857208
    Abstract: A climatic cabinet and storage cabinet that includes an upper zone, a lower zone, storage positions for storing objects in one of the upper and lower zone, and at least one temperature control unit structured and arranged to maintain a temperature in the one of the upper and lower zone different from the other of the upper and lower zone. The cabinet further includes a lock, a horizontal transport mechanism arranged at least in part in the other of the upper and lower zone to move the objects to and from the lock in a direction having a horizontal component, and a vertical transport mechanism structured and arranged to move the objects between the lower zone and the upper zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas Malin
  • Publication number: 20140252932
    Abstract: A sliding panel shelf is provided that includes an upper track bracket, a slide panel clip, and a first panel. The upper track bracket includes a longitudinally-extending and downward-facing channel which includes first and second longitudinal-extending rails. The first and second longitudinal-extending rails are spaced apart from each other. The slide panel clip includes a bearing head with spaced apart first and second bearing members and first and second spaced apart depending walls. The first panel is located between the first and second spaced apart depending walls suspending the first panel from the slide panel clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: JAY RICHARD HIGASHI, DOUG LERUM
  • Patent number: 8780565
    Abstract: A rail assembly having a stab-in inner rail member that inserts into and withdraws from an intermediate rail member supports an information handling system chassis disposed in a rack. Insertion of the inner rail member into the intermediate rail member is aided by a resting surface extending from the insertion end of the intermediate rail member. The inner rail member rests on and is aligned with the resting surface so that opposing pairs of rail assemblies can have their inner rail members aligned with their intermediate rail members during a stab-in assembly of a chassis into the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Gregory Lane Henderson
  • Patent number: 8745780
    Abstract: A baby crib includes a support frame having a lower portion and an upper portion, and a bassinet connected with the upper portion of the support frame. The bassinet includes an enclosure substantially surrounding an inner space of the bassinet adapted to receive a baby, the enclosure being upwardly opened and having a sidewall provided with a side opening communicating with the inner space, and a movable board disposed at a bottom of the bassinet and adapted to support the weight of the baby placed thereon. The board is operable to slide through the side opening between a first position where the board and the baby placed thereon lie inside the inner space, and a second position where the board extends outward through the side opening so that the board and the baby placed thereon lie substantially outside the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Yu-Ya Su
  • Publication number: 20130259636
    Abstract: The invention generally provides methods and devices for handling materials including the sorting or storing of waste. The invention further provides a modular materials handling and storage workstation unit for sensitive materials such as hazardous materials or waste common in a retail environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Vincent F. Scheerer
  • Patent number: 8506023
    Abstract: A handgun safe including a tray to receive a handgun and a lid operatively associated with the tray such that the tray may slide horizontally with respect to the lid to selectively reveal or conceal the interior portion of the tray. In all embodiments the height of the lid is less than the height of the tray. The handgun safe may further include a latch associated with the lid and tray configured to secure or lock the tray in a closed position with respect to the lid. The handgun safe may further include an electronic switch configured to cause the latch to disengage. The electronic switch may include a biometric scanner, electronic lock or other security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: QuickDrawer LLC
    Inventor: Scott Dennis Goldie
  • Patent number: 8333447
    Abstract: An appliance is provided that includes a storage compartment comprising a first storage bin and a second storage bin configured to move relative to the storage compartment along a parallel path of movement, a first tab located on the first storage bin, and a second tab located within a perimeter of a surface of the second storage bin. The second tab is in a location that is configured to interact with the first tab at a point along the parallel path of movement. The second storage bin moves simultaneously with the first storage bin while the first tab interacts with the second tab. Either the first storage bin or the second storage bin can be placed in the storage compartment in at least a first orientation and a second orientation, where the second orientation disables the second storage bin from moving simultaneously with the first storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: William Lee Moody
  • Patent number: 8303050
    Abstract: A display case having a preferably square or rectangular outline and a front (1), a rear (2), an upper (5), a right (3) and a left side face (4), a base (6) or in addition an upper part (14) instead of the upper side face (5), all the side faces or at least a part of the same being formed of panes of glass, the interior being sealed in its lower region with a support surface (7) and the display case being sealed extensively in an airtight manner relative to the external air. The display case being formed from two symmetrical halves (8, 9) which are separated from each other vertically, the base (6) and the possibly present upper part (14) forming a part of the front (1), rear (2), right (3) and left side face (4) and the two halves (8, 9) being able to be moved away from each other or towards each other horizontally and parallel, the support surface (7) being excluded from the movement. Such a display case has no door, access to the interior is nevertheless provided in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Glasbau Hahn GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Hahn
  • Patent number: 8162422
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator including a plurality of drawers that partitions a space of a storage chamber and can be selectively withdrawn. In this refrigerator, a user can efficiently utilize the storage space of the storage chamber, and a desired drawer can be opened to easily store and dispense foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seong Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8157338
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a storage space, a drawer type door withdrawably disposed on the cabinet, the drawer type door opening and closing the storage space, a lower receiving member connected to the drawer type door, the lower receiving member being withdrawn together with the drawer type door, an upper receiving member withdrawably disposed above the lower receiving member, and a restraint member disposed on the drawer type door, the restraint member being rotated according to a user's selection to selectively restrain the upper receiving member and to allow the upper receiving member to be selectively interlocked with the drawer type door, thereby selectively withdrawing the upper receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woon Kyu Seo, Jung Yeon Hwang, Han Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 8152256
    Abstract: A storage device for a refrigerator includes a storage box defining a storage chamber storing food therein and installed removably in a storage space, an opening/closing unit for opening/closing partly or fully the storage chamber, and a guide unit for guiding the opening/closing of the storage chamber by the opening/closing unit. An apparatus/method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Do-Hyung Kim
  • Publication number: 20110001409
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus is provided for a data storage device. The mounting apparatus includes a mounting bracket receiving the data storage device, and a number of vibration absorbing members attached to opposite sides of the data storage device. Two sliding slots are respectively defined in opposite sidewalls of the mounting bracket. Each of the vibration absorbing members includes a fastener engaged with a corresponding side of the data storage device, a supporter slidably received in a corresponding sliding slot of the mounting bracket, and a damping body sandwiched between the fastener and the supporter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WEN-TANG PENG, GUANG-YI ZHANG, JIA-QI FU
  • 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: 7712852
    Abstract: A double drawer for a refrigerator has a main drawer, an auxiliary drawer having drawings rails which assist the main drawer to slide out, and guide rails assisting the auxiliary drawer to slide out. A sufficient extended length can be secured, the space usability is improved. The durability can also be improved despite its extended length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Bong Choi, Heui Il Jeong, Min Bon Koo, Min Gu Son
  • Publication number: 20090243448
    Abstract: A system and method for driving a drawer of a refrigerator and a refrigerator employing this system is provided. This system and method allows for the automatic opening and closing of multiple drawers of a refrigerator either sequentially or simultaneously. The system automatically closes a first drawer after a second drawer has been opened to reduce the loss of cooling air and to preserve freshness of items stored in the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Ok Sun YU, Yong Hwan Eom, Hyoun Jeong Shin
  • Publication number: 20090045708
    Abstract: Adjustable storage bins include a bin portion, at least one long wall, and at least one short wall. The adjustable storage bins can include a plurality of long walls and a plurality of short walls. The long and short walls are each removably connected within the adjustable storage bin. At least one short wall or at least one long wall, or both, can be telescoping walls. Telescoping walls have a length that can be adjusted, such as by being increased or decreased. Accordingly, the long walls and short walls can be arranged and rearranged within the interior of the adjustable storage bins to provide interior compartments having a variety of alternative sizes and shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Traci Dominique
  • Patent number: 7464827
    Abstract: A shipping unit for shipping items of varying length defines first and second tray sections which are connected and selectively move relative to one another to accommodate items of varying lengths. The first and second tray sections include base portions that allow shipping units to be stacked upon one another. Alternatively, the shipping unit includes a tray and a lid. The lid is connected to the tray and defines a tab and a slot on an end of the lid opposite the tab. The shipping units are connected by snap fitting the tab of one shipping unit into the slot of another shipping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Cynthia R. Meissen
  • Publication number: 20080302016
    Abstract: Presented herein is a novel sliding door system that that enables adjustment of at least two sliding doors relative to each other such that surfaces of the sliding doors create a substantially flush surface a support onto which the sliding door mechanism is mounted. The system includes at least one inner and outer sliding door slidably coupled to corresponding guide rails. The guide rail that is coupled to the outer sliding door is selectably moveable by a sliding door mechanism between a first and a second position. In the first position, a user can slide outer and inner sliding doors along said guide rails, whereas in the second position, a surface of the outer sliding door is substantially flush with a surface of said inner sliding door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Amos Halfon, Mordechai Harari
  • Publication number: 20080252190
    Abstract: A storage system comprises a base unit, one or more self supports, a drawer assembly, and one or sore stops. The base unit includes a pair of opposing sidewalls. The one or more shelf supports are adapted to be removably carried by the opposing sidewalls to define one or more storage locations. The drawer assembly includes a base shelf and a drawer slidably carried by the base shelf. The base shelf is configured to be removably supported on the shelf supports within the one or more storage locations. The one or more stops are adapted to be removably carried by the opposing sidewalls opposite the base shelf from the shelf supports. Thus, the stops retain the base shelf in engagement with the shelf supports even when the drawer is loaded and pulled partially out of the base unit during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Zachary Utz, Michael Nicholls, Joseph Yankello, Anthony Marchetta, Rob Warner
  • Patent number: 7380894
    Abstract: Embodiments of an expandable drawer organizer for segregating articles within a drawer are disclosed. Each embodiment utilizes at least one tray maintained in slidable agreement with another a tray, providing for the expandable drawer organizer to be varied to approximate the dimensional constraints of the subject drawer. Each embodiment further employs a locking mechanism for securing the associated trays in a user dictated predetermined position. Additional embodiments utilizing various arrangements of an expandable partition that may be arranged in unique configurations within the various trays is also disclosed. Several embodiments having retainers for further limiting the movement of the expandable drawer organizer within the drawer are also presented. Several embodiments are also disclosed and claimed that seek to more exactly retain various utensils i.e. cutlery, in one such embodiment additional storage is provided in a hidden compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew L. Berger
  • Patent number: 7380410
    Abstract: A wine cooler unit has a refrigerated cabinet housing two pull-out assemblies, each having a door panel and one or more wine racks. One rack can be mounted to the door panel, and one or more follower racks can be extended and retracted by movement of the door panel mounted rack, or by independent manual movement thereof. Two or more racks can be pulled out from the cabinet in a staggered or cascading fashion in which an upper rack extends from the cabinet to a lesser extent than a next lower rack to provide access to the bottles on each rack. The door panels can be made of a glass thermopane allowing visual inspection of the contents inside the cabinet. The cabinet can be cooled by a refrigeration system having two evaporators, which provide two independent cooling zones, one for each pull-out assembly. A capacitance-operated control can be provided under the glass front of one door panel for controlling the temperature zones inside the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: U-Line Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Rand, Lawrence D. Moye, Andrew J. Doberstein, Jack L. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7258503
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the position of a printer head of a barcode printer includes a casing mounted to the barcode printer and a base movably coupled to the casing. A slide board is slidably supported on the base and carries the printer head. A first adjuster is arranged between the slide board and the base to selectively move and thus adjust the position of the printer head in the longitudinal direction. A second adjuster couples the first adjuster to the base to selectively move the slide board on the base in the transverse direction, which in turn adjusts the transverse position of the printer head. A third adjuster couples the base to the casing to selectively move the base with respect to the casing and thus adjust the position of the printer head in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Chin Lu
  • Patent number: 7108338
    Abstract: A storage table 2 is composed of a cabinet 10 open to the front side of the image forming apparatus 1, and a tray 11 able to move into and out of the cabinet 10. The tray 11 includes a base plate 15 and a front cover 16. The base plate 26 is a flat part installed so that the base plate 26 can freely slide in and out of the cabinet 10 by the guide rails 13. The front cover 16 is assembled at a front end along an in-and-out direction of the base plate 26. The front cover 16 is integrally formed with a size covering the whole opening of the cabinet 10. The double-deck paper-loading unit 20 mounted on the storage table 2 has an upper tray 21 loaded on a lower tray 22, so that the lower tray 21 can move into and out of the cabinet 10 and the lower tray 21 is detachable to the base plate for altering the function of the storage table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Goro Katsuyama, Makoto Kurata
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6851772
    Abstract: A closure for a container includes a first surface having a front end, a rear end, a first side and a second side. A first sidewall extends a predetermined distance from said first side of said first surface. A second sidewall extends a predetermined distance from said second side of said first surface. At least one notch is formed in said first sidewall for engaging a shelf for selectively mounting the closure on the shelf during non-use of a container and for closing an opening in a top of a container when the container is positioned on the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Universal Lid Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent P. Tippmann, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6811232
    Abstract: A rectangular drawer has an upstanding partition extending between the drawer side walls and dividing the drawer into front and rear compartments. A rectangular tray has a bottom wall and upstanding front, rear and opposed side walls, the tray side walls having lateral flanges at their upper edges, slidably supported on upper edges of the drawer side walls for movement of the tray between an open and closed positions, respectively uncovering and covering one of the compartments. A key-actuated lock mechanism locks the tray to the partition in the closed position. In one embodiment, the lock mechanism is mounted forwardly of the tray and has a movable latch member movable into engagement in a slot in the partition and, in another embodiment, the latch mechanism is on the partition and the latch member moves into engagement with one of two different slots in the bottom wall of the tray, arranged so that the tray can be reversibly mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Jimmy T. Doan, Vincenzo Ditta, Jason C. Chan, Robert Steven Burns, Russell W. Carruthers
  • Patent number: 6648430
    Abstract: A table with improved wheelchair accessibility includes a bridge member securable in a selected alignment with the tabletop to extend a supporting surface of the table between the armrest sections of a wheelchair. The bridge member includes a supporting surface that is substantially coplanar with the supporting surface of the tabletop when the bridge member is secured in the selected alignment with the tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Patapsco Woodworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane M. Rohde, Charles M. Beavan
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020180320
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a rectangular container having front and back walls and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from a bottom wall. Hooks extend away from the top corners of the front and back walls which hooks are used to engage conventional hanging rails installed in many desks and file cabinets. The container further includes partitioning dividers extending the bottom wall to divide the internal space of the container into vertically oriented compartments. The vertical dimension of the dividers can be less than the vertical dimension of the side walls to provide a space within the container above the dividers. A rectangular tray is provided with supports for slidable positioning in the space. The tray includes hooks at the corners that extend away from each top corner of the tray to engage the side walls of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Donna B. Amsterdam
  • Publication number: 20020067108
    Abstract: A rectangular drawer has an upstanding partition extending between the drawer side walls and dividing the drawer into front and rear compartments. A rectangular tray has a bottom wall and upstanding front, rear and opposed side walls, the tray side walls having lateral flanges at their upper edges, slidably supported on upper edges of the drawer side walls for movement of the tray between an open and closed positions, respectively uncovering and covering one of the compartments. A key-actuated lock mechanism locks the tray to the partition in the closed position. In one embodiment, the lock mechanism is mounted forwardly of the tray and has a movable latch member movable into engagement in a slot in the partition and, in another embodiment, the latch mechanism is on the partition and the latch member moves into engagement with one of two different slots in the bottom wall of the tray, arranged so that the tray can be reversibly mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Jimmy T. Doan, Vincenzo Ditta, Jason C. Chan, Robert Steven Burns, Russell W. Carruthers
  • Patent number: 6209978
    Abstract: A waste organizing cabinet for recyclable materials. The upper working surface of the cabinet can be used to cut or otherwise treat food products. Below this upper surface is a first holding frame for a pull-out sliding drawer that rests on cabinet rails. Side meshed baskets placed within the holding frame form a series of separated compartments of the frame and placeable within each of the drawers. Each basket is used for separately receiving either: non recyclable waste food products, plastic materials, tin, glass, or paper products. Several different arrangements of the baskets within the drawer may be used to differently arrange the baskets within the framework of the drawer. As the frame and baskets are pulled out, spaced rails have stops to engage fixed frame rails to prevent further movement. Below this first drawer is a second slidable pull out drawer that may have several different holding frames compartments for the individual baskets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Ghulam Murtaza Khan
  • Patent number: 6086176
    Abstract: In a cabinet of a type in which drawers received in a box-shaped case can be pulled out through both end openings of the case, an arrangement is provided which makes it possible to retain each drawer in a position in which it is neatly received in the case. The case has a drawer receiving space having openings at both ends of the case. The drawer received in the drawer receiving space is supported so as to be slidable outwardly through either end opening. A positioning device is provided between the underside of the drawer and the opposing surface of a drawer support member so as to retain the drawer when pushed into the drawer receiving space so that the cabinet always looks in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Kyoyei Kikaku Inc.
    Inventor: Masataka Aoyama
  • Patent number: 6045202
    Abstract: A unique jewelry box having at least an upper member and a lower member wherein the lower member has a compartment and wherein the first member is slidably and captively disposed relative to the second and lower member so that simple sliding movement of the upper member relative to the lower member achieves accessibility to the compartment contained within the lower member.A simple guide and track system is utilized to achieve relatively trouble-free operation through a relatively simple low-cost mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Wolf Simon
  • Patent number: 6042204
    Abstract: An organizer for forms that includes a housing with front and rear openings and several guiding members mounted within the housing at a predetermined spaced apart relationship with respect to each other and designed to slidably accept trays of cooperative rectangular dimensions so that the trays are kept at parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other. Each tray has a rear side with a predetermined number of cut-outs. Plates are mounted over the cut-outs to selectively provide an edge closer to the rear of the tray than the edge of the cut-out. The tray with the post member or members causes other linked trays to make the forms contained therein available to a user at once. Actuating post members can be removably mounted on the plates to cause other trays having plates to move when the actuating post member pushes them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Eduardo J. Quirch, Jesus Sanchelima
  • Patent number: 5980009
    Abstract: A basket mounting arrangement for use in a domestic refrigerator, and in particular a bottom mount refrigerator has two baskets mounted in the freezer compartment, one above the other. The lower basket is mounted relative to the freezer compartment for movement relative thereto in and out of the open front of the freezer. The second upper basket is mounted on top of the first lower basket and is movable forward and backward of the first lower basket and also out of the open front of the freezer. The mounting of the upper basket relative to the lower basket permits a user to access a majority of the food articles in the bottom mount freezer by pulling the upper basket out of the freezer and thereby pull the lower basket from the refrigerator. The user can then push the upper basket back into the freezer to gain access to articles in the lower basket from the freezer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Camco Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Atalla, Edward George Simmons
  • Patent number: 5927839
    Abstract: A drawer having a longitudinal axis is provided. The drawer includes first and second generally parallel sidewalls, a bottom wall connecting the first and second sidewalls and first and second tray supports respectively connected to the first and second sidewalls. The drawer also includes an upper tray system supported on the first and second tray supports including at least one upper tray slideably supported on the first and second tray supports and slideable along the longitudinal axis of the drawer, and a lower tray system supported on the first and second tray supports and disposed above the bottom wall and below the upper tray system. The lower tray system includes at least one slideable lower tray slideably supported on the first and second tray supports above the bottom wall and slideable along the longitudinal axis of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Snap-on Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick E. Alfaro
  • Patent number: 5848828
    Abstract: A workstation support system which is designed to receive a computer mouse, keyboard and the like comprises a drawer of a desk and a suspension structure within the drawer. The suspension structure comprises a rigid support surface and hangers which fit with the spaced apart sidewalls of the drawer to suspend the support surface in a horizontal position within the drawer. The suspension structure is adjustable to fit different drawer widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Ian MacLellan
  • Patent number: 5673983
    Abstract: A medication cart features a frame assembly formed from a plurality of vertical support posts and wall panels secured to the posts. Each support post has a plurality of equally-spaced, radially extending flanges running the longitudinal length of the post. The medication cart contains, in addition to an array of drawers and bins, a multi-level cassette assembly. An internal locking mechanism secures the cassette assembly when it is positioned in the medication cart, and an external locking mechanism secures the cassette assembly outside of the medication cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Metro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Carlson, David A. Reppert, Michael B. Burns, Jonathan M. Daugherty, Kenneth A. Stevens, Craig F. Orlove
  • 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: 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: 5586816
    Abstract: A mobile storage cabinet in combination with a shelf structure horizontally and vertically adjustable with respect to the cabinet. In a first embodiment, the shelf structure comprises an inner cabinet having vertically spaced shelves slidingly mounted therein. In the stored position, the inner cabinet including shelves rests inside the outer cabinet beneath the top surface thereof; in the extended position, the inner cabinet rests forwardly of the outer cabinet and may be further moved vertically between fully lowered and raised positions. In a second embodiment, a unitary shelf is horizontally and vertically adjustable with respect to the cabinet, this embodiment being especially useful as a work table while the first embodiment is especially useful for transporting and storing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Michael J. Geiss, II
  • 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
  • Patent number: 5462348
    Abstract: A utensil holder or tray is provided for use in a dishwasher for holding odd-shaped utensils. The tray is movably supported upon the upper perimeter edge of a conventional dish rack. Rollers or hooks are provided for rollably or slidably supporting the tray upon the rack. Movement of the tray upon the rack is limited by detents or the like. The tray can be quickly and easily installed on or removed from the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: David I. Ellingson, Daryl A. Michael, William M. Nelms