Axially Pivoted (e.g., Rotary) Patents (Class 312/305)
  • Patent number: 10766107
    Abstract: Examples in the disclosure relate to an apparatus and method for disassembling automatic transmission shaft assemblies. The apparatus may include a body portion defining multiple gear lands oriented normal to a pressing direction, each gear land having a semi-circular shape partially encompassing a central opening. The apparatus may include a moveable portion limited to movement between generally opposing positions, movement thereof reconfiguring the apparatus to enable positioning of a plurality of transmission shaft assemblies each having a unique configuration. The method may include sequentially placing each transmission shaft on the fixture, pressing the transmission shaft to remove press-fit components, and reconfiguring the fixture to enable positioning of a next shaft assembly, each shaft assembly having a unique configuration of press-fit components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jordan Hites
  • Patent number: 10631667
    Abstract: A compact refrigeration unit structured and arranged to be used for the preservation of cosmetics using a cylindrical-shaped temperature-controlled portable device designed to be suitably used on a flat surface such as a tabletop. The present invention provides a cosmetic refrigerator suitable for both accessibility and also provides a temperature-controlled environment that preserves cosmetics with optimal temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Sonia Wright
  • Patent number: 9854701
    Abstract: Provided are a multivision display system a stand for the multivision display system. The multivision display system includes: a plurality of displays; and at least one stand configured to support the plurality of displays so as to stand on a horizontal surface, wherein the stand includes: a base configured to be supported by the horizontal surface; and a plurality of coupling frames configured to support the plurality of displays and which are mutually coupled to each other to adjust relative positions of the plurality of displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Su Choi, Woo Sung In, Jun Ki Noh
  • Patent number: 9204564
    Abstract: A secure enclosure prevents access to both the front and rear of the rack mounted equipment through the use of fabricated sheet metal enclosures with hinged access covers, uniquely attached to the rack faces from the inside. Access is granted to a front swing cover only by presenting proper credentials typically in the form of a card key to an electronic card reader which opens the electronic latch or strike. A back swing cover panel is secured from the inside with a latch and can be opened after gaining proper access through the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Jon Griffith
  • Patent number: 9086072
    Abstract: An apparatus has a housing having a top and bottom and a sidewall, with one or more horizontally-directed outlet openings through the sidewall and one or more inlet openings through the top, bottom or sidewall, one or more fans positioned to draw air through the one or more inlet openings, and to the air outward through the one or more horizontally-directed outlet openings, and a power source for the one or more fans, suitably connected through an on-off switch to turn the one or more fans on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Marvin Robert Davis
  • Patent number: 9052134
    Abstract: A refrigerator turntable assembly facilitates access to items stored in a refrigerator. The assembly includes a shelf having opposed side edges. A pair of supports is coupled to opposed sides of a refrigerator. The side edges of the shelf are supported by the supports within the refrigerator. A base is positioned on the shelf. A bearing plate has a bottom surface coupled to the base. A top surface of the bearing plate is rotatable relative to the bottom surface of the bearing plate. A table is coupled to the upper surface of the bearing plate wherein the table is rotatable relative to the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Carvis H. Batchler
  • Patent number: 8991946
    Abstract: A hair styling accessory organizer includes an organizer base; an organizer platform carried by the organizer base; and at least one generally elongated hair head support member upward-standing from the organizer platform, the hair bead support member having a base portion carried by the organizer platform, a tapered portion of varying cross-sectional diameter extending from the base portion and a terminal portion extending from the tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Carolyn Braggs
  • Publication number: 20150061479
    Abstract: An exterior case includes a first member to which a hinge bracket is attached, a fastener portion being a portion of the first member surrounding a hole in the first member, and being thickened in a thickness direction of the first member, a second member that is fixed to the first member and surrounds the fastener portion of the first member, and at least one fastener screw screwed into the hole to fasten the first member and the second member together and to fasten the hinge bracket to the first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yasufumi Yamamoto, Masuo Ohnishi, Takashi Abe, Sonomasa Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140345507
    Abstract: A gun safe, according to various embodiments, comprises: (1) a secure housing defining an interior and an opening; (2) a door; and (3) a vertical array of shelves within the interior of the secure housing immediately adjacent a lateral portion of the opening. In various embodiments, each of the shelves defines a handgun support portion that comprises a cutout that is dimensioned to allow a portion of a handgun to extend through the cutout as the handgun is supported on opposite sides of the handgun by the shelf. In particular embodiments, the gun safe further comprises at least one shelf disposed within the interior of the secure housing that is configured to rotate about a central axis and defines one or more handgun support portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Pendleton Safe Company
    Inventor: Bruce Pendleton
  • Patent number: 8833274
    Abstract: A safe having a support assembly disposed in the interior of the safe. The door of the safe is coupled to the support assembly and is easily shiftable between a closed position wherein the door is received in an opening of the safe and an open position wherein the door is removed from the opening in the safe and disposed in the interior of the safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: David W. Bartel
  • Publication number: 20140197722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fitting for corner cabinets (1), in particular for kitchen corner cabinets, with an essentially rectangular interior (2) from the top view, which is accessible from the front side via a corner cabinet door (3). Said fitting consists of at least one support which can be supported in a stationary manner in the interior (2) of the corner cabinet (1), for maintaining at least one single-piece shelf (4) having a semi-circular type base shape. Said support comprises at least one guide member (5) which supports the shelf (4) and moves the shelf (4) on a predetermined movement path from an inner position in the interior of the corner cabinet (1) to an outer position essentially in front of a door opening of corner cabinet, which is pivotably connected to the lower side of the shelf (4) and by means of a support fitting, to a corner cabinet part, in particular a side wall part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: KESSEBÖHMER HOLDING E.K.
    Inventors: Reiner Kreyenkamp, Dietmar Baro
  • 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: 8692497
    Abstract: Electromotive furniture-flap drive, characterized by an identification device for automatically identifying the type of furniture flap in the installed state of the furniture flap drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Vogel, Christian Theimer
  • Patent number: 8636327
    Abstract: Storage chests for tools or the like feature swiveling drawers pivotally mounted to avoid jamming due to misalignment in use of a sliding drawer. The chests employ unique locking systems tailored for use with such pivoting drawers, where an actuator is operable to pivot a blocking member inside the chest between the drawers and a wall of the surrounding housing about a vertical axis into a position interfering with motion of a feature projecting outward from one or more drawers under attempted pivoting thereof. Some embodiments feature a wheel deployment system operable to give a user control over when to rollably support the chest or have it stand on stationary legs, for example for use of the top surface of the chest as a work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: OKNO Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin Penner, Norman Penner, Abe Penner
  • Patent number: 8567640
    Abstract: A portable carousel assembly for storing and facilitating access to medicine containers, such as plastic bottles commonly used for prescription or over-the-counter medications. Each medicine bottle is housed in a station that includes an aperture formed in a top plate of a rotatable receptacle. The rotatable receptacle is coupled to a stationary base. An ejection mechanism, such as a lever, cam track or ramp is operable to partially eject a selected medicine bottle from the receptacle so that it can be viewed or removed from the receptacle. The medicine bottle is maintained in the partially ejected condition by grasping means, such as flaps, gaskets, or webbing, or by operation of the cam track or ramp, so that the user need only use one hand to operate the carousel assembly and remove the medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LJC Therapy Services. Inc.
    Inventor: Connie Johnson-Lofton
  • Patent number: 8511487
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for products to be placed in a limited space, which at least is limited in depth by a rear boundary surface and laterally by lateral surfaces. The shelf assembly consists of a shelving section with a front and a rear, which shelving section comprises a plurality of gravity-feeding shelves and a base plate. The shelving section is placed on a shelving section support and arranged on the same to be rotatable about an axis, which is arranged by a first engaging means, which is placed on the base plate and rotatably engaged with a second engaging means, which is placed on the shelving section support. The rear of the shelving section is in the refill position located further away from the rear boundary surface than is the front of the shelving section in the display position. Moreover, the shelving section is rotatable substantially within the limited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Enjoy Group AB
    Inventors: John Andersen, Håkan Sjölander
  • Patent number: 8474923
    Abstract: Gun safes according to various embodiments include a secure housing and a rotatable gun support assembly that is disposed at least partially within an interior portion of the secure housing, and that is adapted to support rifles in a substantially upright position adjacent a perimeter of a portion of the gun support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pendleton Safe Company
    Inventor: Bruce Pendleton
  • Patent number: 8469228
    Abstract: A dispenser of containers. A carousel is rotatably mounted to a main frame about a vertical axis of rotation and has a plurality of container compartments arranged around the axis and along the length of the axis. A driver mounted to the main frame rotates the carousel around the axis in a single direction and a lock limits rotation of the carousel in any direction when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: SLEEGERS Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Adams
  • Patent number: 8246127
    Abstract: A storage cylinder within an enclosed storage unit that secures stored items and inhibits shelf repositioning during normal operation. The design allows shelf reconfiguration during maintenance and restocking. The storage cylinder contains rectangular-shaped and triangular-shaped storage areas. Most importantly, all storage areas (including those with a generally triangular-shape) have parallel faces with horizontal slots that are used for shelf support. Such a design requires radial movement to reposition the shelves. In its closed position the maintenance door or baffle mechanism restricts shelf removal. Therefore, during normal operation, when the maintenance door or baffle is closed, shelf repositioning is not possible. However, access panels still allow removal of stored objects. During maintenance or restocking, the maintenance door or baffle mechanism allows removal and installation of shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Kirgiss Clausen
  • Patent number: 8074812
    Abstract: A rotary hanging track storage unit for mounting in a corner cabinet includes a circular hanging track 4 and hanger assemblies 10, hanging guard assemblies 11, and hanger extensions 22. The track 7 is attached to and supported by hanging track brackets 3, hanging track clamps 5, track supports 6, and center shaft 7. The assembly can be rotated within the corner cabinet 2 where cookware and utensils can be hung from assemblies 10 and extensions 22 to be accessed and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Sean Bradbury
  • Patent number: 7938496
    Abstract: A foldable turntable surface capable of being compactly stored therewithin a cabinet comprising two (2) folding round shelves hingedly connected to a center section is herein disclosed. The hinges divide the turntable surface in such a manner that the shelves may be folded into the center to allow the turntable to be removed through a standard cabinet door opening. This allows the turntable surface to be used in existing kitchen cabinets not equipped with a turntable during original construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Victor H. Cattanach
  • Publication number: 20110095665
    Abstract: A vanishing design wall operable to hold pieces of cloth in a substantially assembled position to permit evaluation of a design appearance before sewing the assembly. A preferred embodiment includes a flannel-backed vinyl-faced sheet that may be deployed to form a vertically oriented planar working surface in proximity to a foundation to expose the flannel side. Pieces of cloth may be adhered to the flannel working surface by compressing the design wall between the piece of cloth and the foundation. The design wall may then be collapsed (e.g. by furling onto a spring-loaded roller) to store the wall in an out-of-the-way location. Design elements may be trapped inside the furled design wall for temporary storage. A design wall may be placed in a stored configuration substantially inside an ornamental box and out of casual observation. A preferred box includes a structurally supportive shelf on which items may be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Susan P. Kelsey
  • Patent number: 7832588
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a case structure for an electronic device. The case structure comprises at least two covering members made of a wooden material for covering a covered member; and a supporting member provided along the inner surfaces of the covering members for supporting the covering members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20090320724
    Abstract: A shelf and swivel for supporting a shelf for rotation with respect to an underlying base, the shelf including an off-axis aperture, the swivel including a first member having a plurality of openings to receive fasteners for securing the swivel to the underlying base and a pair of downward projections straddling one of the openings. A second swivel member, coupled to the first swivel member for rotation about a vertical axis, is secured to a lower surface of the shelf so that the first member openings are serially accessible through the shelf aperture. A first fastener is installed through the shelf aperture and aligned first swivel member opening into the underlying base with sufficient force to embed the projections in the underlying base, thereby inhibiting movement of the first swivel member sufficiently to permit rotation of the shelf to serially expose additional first member openings to receive additional fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: William L. Walburn
  • Patent number: 7588165
    Abstract: Trays within a given level of a drum-type vending machine form individual zones, and may be further subdivided into additional individual zones, for which pricing may be separately specified. A vend door for the corresponding level is constrained to allow access to a given zone upon payment of the appropriate amount. More levels and greater flexibility in pricing and product selection are thus enabled, together with greater control over vending operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Crane Co.
    Inventors: James B. Prichard, Mark R. Henning, Douglas M. Mingo
  • Patent number: 7571811
    Abstract: The medication organizer is a portable, wall-mountable, carousel-style cabinet for dispensing medication and, more particularly, a medication dispenser in which a plurality of different medication dosages can be contained in separate bins with the dispenser being clearly marked to indicate which dosages and times a user is to take a specific medication. The device includes a portable cabinet having a rotatable carousel for capsule containers, drug bottles, etc, and a drawer having at least one removable drawer tray that includes a plurality of bins arranged longitudinally side-by-side. The bins are provided for receiving individual medication dosages, e.g., groups of individual pills, capsules, or the like. The carousel has an arcuate sliding door for securing the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Azanaw Mulaw
  • Patent number: 7530652
    Abstract: The rotary filing cabinet system and method is provided wherein a short adder cabinet is provided between a tall starter cabinet and a tall adder cabinet. The short adder cabinet includes a tall right front panel assembly of a height which is the same as the height of the tall adder cabinet, and further including first and second covering panels which cover respective side openings above a top panel of the short adder cabinet at a left side of the tall adder cabinet and at a right side of the tall starter cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Richards-Wilcox, Inc.
    Inventor: Reggie Lodge
  • Publication number: 20090072680
    Abstract: A jewelry display and storage device includes a base member for supporting such jewelry display and storage device. Such base member is manufactured from a first predetermined material and has a first predetermined size and a first predetermined shape. A first jewelry support member is rotatably disposed on such base member at a predetermined location thereon. Such first jewelry support member is manufactured from a second predetermined material and has a second predetermined size and a second predetermined shape. A second jewelry support member is disposed at a first end thereof on such first jewelry support member. Such second jewelry support member is manufactured from a third predetermined material and has a third predetermined size and a third predetermined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Patricia Hofherr
  • Publication number: 20080231152
    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: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: LICONIC AG
    Inventor: Cosmas Malin
  • Patent number: 7370867
    Abstract: A banquet cart including a cabinet, a plurality of chimneys, an information center, and releasably lockable swivel casters. The plurality of chimneys are positioned inside the cabinet at different corners of the cabinet. The information center includes at least two of (a) a thermometer display indicating the temperature inside of the cabinet; (b) a display indicating time information from a programmable timer; and (c) an information board for displaying text. The releasably locking swivel casters are unlocked to allow swivel action of the casters when a user actuates a foot-operable lever at the front of the cabinet, and are locked when the user releases the lever and the casters are rotated to a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Metro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, James Leo Kilgallon, Wayne B. Killian, Willard J. Sickles
  • Patent number: 7360849
    Abstract: An improved and concealed wall mounted soap storage device having a housing with an opening on one side, and a center rotating door closure member with a vertical wall that serves as a door, and a projecting soap tray that can rotate into the housing. The closure member is pivotally connected to the housing. The opening has stops that are raised dimples on the housing which restrain, but do not prevent rotation. The vertical wall is held in the open or closed position by the stops. When the vertical wall is pressed the vertical wall engages the restraining stops with sufficient force that the vertical wall moves past the stops and swing through the opening. As the vertical wall moves past the stops there is a snap. The soap tray can rotate into or out of the housing, whatever the case may be.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Warren Atkinson
  • Patent number: 7243805
    Abstract: A display device for supporting a plurality of items such as frame molds comprising a frame housing having a plurality of internal open sections; a plurality of rotating panel members, each of which is situated within an internal section and each of which rotates relative to a central axis; and means for affixing frame molds to the rotating panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: George Vodin
  • Patent number: 7163109
    Abstract: A portable, modular apparatus for displaying fixtures and suites of fixtures in a commercial setting. The displayed fixtures can be cabinets, cabinets or the like and allow for display in a finished look to allow consumers to view the fixtures in a finished setting. A method of displaying fixtures and suites of fixtures in a commercial setting wherein the portions of the display are preassembled prior to in-store set up, thereby allowing quick and easy in-store set up of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignees: MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc., Czarnowski Exhibit Service Specialists
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wells, Rollin D. Weary, III
  • Patent number: 7086198
    Abstract: A machine for vending floral arrangements is described including stack of generally circular carousels each for supporting a plurality of floral arrangements; and a generally cylindrical exterior housing surrounding the carousels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa Renee Hayden
  • Patent number: 7056183
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a work and study station comprising an upper part and a lower part (1), said upper part (2) substantially comprising the container of the graphical and modelling instruments, and said lower part (2) substantially comprising the resting and work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Umberto Ambrosini S.r.l.
    Inventor: Anna Pedoto
  • Patent number: 6990828
    Abstract: A refrigerator comprises a cool air generating part supplying cool air to a storage compartment; upper and lower cabinets having first and second storage compartments; and a shaft rotatably supporting the upper and lower cabinets, respectively. With this configuration, the refrigerator is useable in all directions by a rotatable structure, is easily carried by wheels, and is useable as a table by a table member provided in an upper part of an upper cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon-young Kim, Gun-ho Hong
  • Patent number: 6991306
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having at least one rotatable tier. Each tier includes a carrousel file support having a plurality of radially extending arms. Mounted to the outer terminus of each arm is a pivot arm assembly, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position and an extended position. Each pivot arm assembly is adapted to suspend a file container thereon to provide detachable storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Harbor Steel & Supply Corp.
    Inventors: David C. Swenson, Gary L. Kersting, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6910748
    Abstract: A storage cabinet device and kit for use in storing and displaying a plurality of clothing items such as neckties scarfs, belts and alike. The device comprises: a base cabinet, a rotation platform, and a vertically elongated tower cabinet. The base cabinet comprises an external framework and a storage drawer unit. The bottom of the rotation platform is attached to top of the base cabinet and the top of the rotation platform is attached to the lower end of the tower cabinet. The tower cabinet comprises four vertically elongated quadrant units and a top plate. The four vertically elongated quadrant units are axially attached adjacent to each other. Each quadrant unit comprising a plurality of vertically stacked cubbyholes. Each cubby hole has interconnected elements comprising a back wall; a first side wall; an axle; a hollow cylindrical roll-up tube; an L-shaped anchor; a recoil spring hub; a recoil spring gear; a pivot pin; and a release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Mike S. Fountain
  • Patent number: 6883887
    Abstract: A food storage system to be used in combination with a refrigerator is disclosed. The food storage system would comprise several rounded trays that would rotate around 360 degrees. The center pole on which the trays would be mounted would be threaded, allowing a user to easily relocate various trays or shelves within the refrigerator to different height levels as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Timothy Mogensen
  • Publication number: 20040212281
    Abstract: This invention is a convenient and easily accessible apparatus for the “in the wall” storage of soap or other items. The stored item or items are “concealed from view” while invention is in the “closed position”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Warren Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20040041501
    Abstract: A file cabinet providing access to files from substantially all sides, and having at least one rotatable tier. Each tier includes a carrousel file support having a plurality of radially extending arms. Mounted to the outer terminus of each arm is a pivot arm assembly, each configured to rotate about a vertical axis between a retracted position and an extended position. Each pivot arm assembly is adapted to suspend a file container thereon to provide detachable storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: David C. Swenson, Gary L. Kersting
  • Patent number: 6619767
    Abstract: A display having mating door sections includes a frame, upper and lower parallel, spaced apart door mounts affixed to the frame, and doors mounted to the frame between the door mounts for securing panels thereto. The door mounts each include openings in vertical alignment with one another for mounting the doors. Each door is mounted to the display frame, between the upper and lower door mounts. Each door has first and second mating door sections joined to one another at a mating juncture. The mating door sections each have a raised rim around a rear portion and upper and lower edges of the sections defining a central recessed region. The recessed region has a plurality of apertures therein, each defining a raised sleeve portion and an opening therein. Each door includes upper and lower pivot pins at about the rear portion at the upper and lower rims respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Cormark, inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Conway
  • Patent number: 6604797
    Abstract: A rotary storage unit includes a cabinet defining an interior within which a rotary storage member is located. A latch mechanism is mounted to the cabinet, and selectively engages the rotary storage member for maintaining the storage member in either an open position or a closed position. A motorized actuator arrangement is interconnected with the latch mechanism, for selectively moving the latch mechanism between a latching position and a release position. The motorized actuator arrangement includes a motor which imparts movement to an actuator rod interconnected with the latch mechanism, for moving the latch mechanism between its latching and release positions in response to axial movement of the actuator rod. The motor moves the actuator rod so as to return the latch mechanism to its latching position after expiration of a predetermined time delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Lehmann, Robert A. Housh
  • Patent number: 6536859
    Abstract: A climatic cabinet for receiving objects, preferably microtiter plates, which contains a preferably rotatable object receptacle in the interior. The object receptacle is vertically adjustable for changing its position relative to an input and output door. The object receptacle is adjustable in a raised position with respect to its position relative to the input and output door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Bathe
  • Patent number: 6523917
    Abstract: A mounting structure for mounting a door to a carrousel of a corner cabinet, wherein the carrousel has a plurality of shelves and a rotary axis, and the door is co-rotatable with the carrousel and is radially movable relative thereto, the mounting structure including a continuous, vertically extending casing which supports the shelves of the carrousel and accommodates further component parts of the mounting structure, the casing being formed by a column which is shaped as a hollow profile and is offset from the rotary axis of the carrousel; a pair of upper and lower bearing constructions rotatably supporting, the carrousel, and a pair of cantilever arms connecting the column to each of the bearing constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Ninkaplast GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Twellmann
  • Patent number: 6499816
    Abstract: A grinding machine turret enclosure system and an integrated computer monitor. The turret system comprises a pair of curved turret doors which are disposed between a circular top enclosure and a circular bottom turret platform. Each turret door forms a circular arc of approximately 130°, and each door is slideably positioned within a respective circular channel. Access to a grinding machine staging area is provided by sliding one or both doors in a circular direction, within its channel, away from the other door. When both doors are fully opened, access of approximately 230° is created around the staging area. A computer monitor, which is used to set grinding coordinates, is pivotally attached to the top of the circular enclosure such that a grinding operator may revolve the monitor around the staging area to the area where adjustments are being made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventors: Norbert L. Beadel, Raymond Romund
  • Patent number: 6447078
    Abstract: A container for storing disc-like storage media is disclosed. The container for storing disc-like storage media includes a back cover and a turntable. The back cover has a front opening. The turntable has a substantially planar front side and a fan-shaped back side. The fan-shaped back side includes multiple storage grooves radially distributed around the fan-shaped back side. Each of the storage grooves is capable of receiving a substantially planar storage medium. The turntable is rotatable from a concealed position in which the fan-shaped back side is concealed within the back cover to an exposed position in which the fan-shaped back side is at least partially extends outside of the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Kasihua Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gang Zheng
  • Publication number: 20020117943
    Abstract: Substantially planar bearings are used for the support and rotation of a rotatable shelf in the shape of a Reuleaux triangle, which rotates eccentrically. The bearings may be separate from the rotation guidance system or may be an integral part of it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Gerkey, Ralph W. Kugler
  • Publication number: 20020109443
    Abstract: A rotary storage unit includes a cabinet defining an interior within which a rotary storage member is located. A latch mechanism is mounted to the cabinet, and selectively engages the rotary storage member for maintaining the storage member in either an open position or a closed position. A motorized actuator arrangement is interconnected with the latch mechanism, for selectively moving the latch mechanism between a latching position and a release position. The motorized actuator arrangement includes a motor which imparts movement to an actuator rod interconnected with the latch mechanism, for moving the latch mechanism between its latching and release positions in response to axial movement of the actuator rod. The motor moves the actuator rod so as to return the latch mechanism to its latching position after expiration of a predetermined time delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Steven M. Lehmann, Robert A. Housh
  • Patent number: RE37943
    Abstract: A rotary shelf for use within a cabinet which has first and second mounting brackets spaced apart and opposing each other attached to the bottom and to the top of the inside of the cabinet. The mechanism includes integrally formed shelves, a shelf and post securing mechanism wherein a notched member affixed to a mounting bracket cooperatively receives an engaging member to secure the post and shelves in a stationary position. The mechanism also includes a shelf and cabinet opening adjustment mechanism to permit threadable adjustment of the post and carried shelves with respect to the cabinet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Georg Domenig