Vertically Movable, Non-pivoted Patents (Class 312/306)
  • Patent number: 11280539
    Abstract: A refrigerator may include a shelf provided on a door and a shelf guard provided to be movable in front of the shelf so that a user can easily take out food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Minsub Kim, Kyukwan Choi, Sanghun Kim, Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11166550
    Abstract: A pressure mounting kit for a shelf or storage drawer that can be installed by pressure fit installation that does not requiring drilling or welding, that can be adjustable to any height and can accommodate one or more drawers. The kit can be adapted to be fitted within a recessed space such as an alcove, The kit is particularly useful in the trucking industry for a quick and easy means of installing drawers in cargo boxes to store rigging and the like at a reasonable cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: David Plourde, Jerome Armand Frechette
  • Patent number: 11160394
    Abstract: Apparatus and method facilitate placement of shelves at selected levels in a merchandise display and dispensing unit. At least one shelf is secured in place in a horizontal, level orientation at a selected level to locate a point-of-purchase at a selected height within the unit. A locking mechanism located adjacent a distal edge of the shelf locks the shelf at the selected level and is operated by an actuator extending essentially from adjacent one to adjacent the other end of the shelf, beneath the shelf, conveniently accessible by an operator from a proximal edge of the shelf while supporting the shelf in an essentially balanced manner so as to enable manual movement for relocating the shelf to the selected level without disturbing items placed on the shelf. A leveling system is coupled to the shelf to maintain the shelf in the horizontal, level orientation during movement, and a damper mechanism impedes accelerated downward movement of the shelf when unlocked for selected relocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Henschel-Steinau, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Luberto, Andrew B. Sholl
  • Patent number: 11143450
    Abstract: A refrigerator (1) is provided with an image capturing camera 18 (image capturing unit) configured to capture an image of an interior of a storage chamber (such as a refrigeration chamber 3); a communication portion (52) (communication unit) configured to transmit image of the interior of the storage chamber captured by the image capturing camera (18) to an exterior device; wherein the image capturing unit is stored in a recess provided in the interior of the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Katsushi Sumihiro, Yuuki Marutani, Kazuhiro Furuta, Hirokazu Izawa, Kota Watanabe, Ryo Kawada
  • Patent number: 11125491
    Abstract: An appliance includes a cabinet and a shelf assembly. The shelf assembly includes a lead screw mounted to the cabinet such that the lead screw is rotatable. A shelf support is mounted to the cabinet such the shelf support is translatable relative to the lead screw. The shelf support has a housing. A nut is disposed within the housing of the shelf support and is threaded on the lead screw. The nut has a plurality of teeth at an outer surface of the nut. A locking plunger has at least one tooth. An actuator is coupled to the locking plunger. The actuator is operable to selectively mesh the at least one tooth of the locking plunger with the plurality of teeth of the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Allgeier, Stephanos Kyriacou, Matthew Hunter
  • Patent number: 11047617
    Abstract: A shelf assembly for installation in a household cooling appliance includes a first shelf and a second shelf that is separate from the first shelf. A carrier frame supports the first shelf and the second shelf. The carrier frame has a guiding. At least one of the shelves can be shifted relative to the carrier frame and relative to the other shelf by way of the guiding. The carrier frame has a first side bar with a holding bracket for holding the shelf assembly at a component of the household cooling appliance. The first side bar has a channel-like housing, into which the holding bracket is introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Bassler, Cetin Abdullah Celik, Andrea Fink, Felix Haenssler, Christian Legner, Thomas Wykydal
  • Patent number: 10932568
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer lifting assembly is provided herein. The drawer lifting assembly may generally employ a motor to rotate a first linkage. The first linkage may be connected to a second linkage so that rotation of the first linkage causes movement of the second linkage. Movement of the second linkage may be constrained by interaction of a guide post connected to the second linkage and a horizontal rail on support frame assembly. This constraint may permit generally linear movement and pivoting of the second linkage. A basket may be connect to an end of the second linkage, wherein pivoting of the second linkage raises the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Praveena Alangar Subrahmanya, Ranjith K S, Bart Andrew Nuss, Susheel Kumar Panda, Amruth M Devasahayam
  • Patent number: 10011359
    Abstract: In order to provide an aircraft galley which is equipped with a sink structure ensuring a work space for crews in a galley and a wide drainage region, an aircraft galley unit according to the present invention includes a hot and cold water supply system, a sink structure, and a work table, wherein the sink structure is formed of a double structure including a first sink in which a portion of the work table is formed as a recessed portion, and a box-shaped second sink provided above the first sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Kenji Nojiri, Yoshihisa Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 9745116
    Abstract: The invention relates a laundry hamper/receptacle having a handle assembly to lift a platform for removal of laundry inside of the hamper. A first handle assembly has singular tubular members with telescoping means connected to a rod affixed to the platform. An alternative handle assembly utilizes a pair of arms providing additional lifting capacity connected to a rod affixed to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: John D Lopez
  • Patent number: 9738299
    Abstract: A mother daughter cart system includes a transportable daughter cart, a moveable mother cart to which the daughter cart is selectively addable and an onboard energy generation system. With the addition of the daughter cart to the mother cart, the mother cart is coupled with the daughter cart for movement as a unit. The daughter cart includes a part support adapted to carry one or more parts, and an electrically powered actuator coupled to the part support and configured, when powered, to selectively impart movement to the part support to manipulate its placement. The energy generation system includes a generator configured to convert energy from the mother cart's movement into electrical energy usable to power the actuator in the daughter cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shand Ard, Rocky Leamer, Patrick Behrens, Daniel Blancett
  • Patent number: 9629454
    Abstract: A storage system for storing contents is provided. The storage system includes a retractable vertical cabinet having a handle, at least one pivoting support member pivotally attached to at least an exterior side of the cabinet and a support structure. The storage system further includes a lift adjuster and a rotating adjustment screw threadably connected allowing for adjustment of a lift assist mechanism, which is connected between a foundation and the lift adjuster, to accommodate for varied loads. This storage system may also include an electric actuator movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Clinton Merle Bunch
  • Patent number: 9199568
    Abstract: A load handling apparatus for handling goods in a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a support (34) adapted to support a platform having goods (4) located thereon and the support is adapted to be mounted to the interior of the vehicle and to be moveable between a loading position and a transport position while supporting the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Middlegate Marketing Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Peter Dibdin
  • Patent number: 9179756
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a travel kit which includes a carrying case including a bottom portion and a top portion. The top portion connects to the bottom portion via a fastening means. The kit includes a plurality of containers for the carrying and storage of liquid and similar substances. The containers include a lid with a locking mechanism. The case includes a plurality of securing means attached to the interior wall of the top portion of the carrying case which corresponds to the shape of the plurality of containers and receives the plurality of containers. The case includes a plurality of raised edges attached to the interior bottom wall of the bottom portion of the carrying case. The plurality of raised edges correspond to the shape of the plurality of containers and receives the plurality of containers. The kit includes an instrument for transferring liquid or similar substances into the plurality of containers which is secured to the interior of the carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Francine Weinberg
  • Publication number: 20150079895
    Abstract: A louver system for controlling airflow in a duct from a forced air heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system with a housing and a louver located on a mounting fascia. The system having a longitudinal slat located in the perimeter wall that is movable between the fully open position and the fully closed position via a slat positioning assembly. The slat positioning assembly is powered by a mainspring assembly. A winding assembly is operatively coupled to the mainspring assembly which is wound by a motor or a hand crank. A local control system having a microprocessor, a transmitter, and a receiver sends a positioning signal to the slat positioning assembly that rotates the slat to a specified position via power from the mainspring assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel P. CASEY
  • Publication number: 20150076985
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a shelf assembly for a refrigerator are provided. The refrigerator may include a cabinet provided with a storage compartment, and a shelf assembly mounted in the storage compartment to adjust a height of a shelf. The shelf assembly may include a shelf mounted to vertically move in the storage compartment, a frame mounted to be vertically movable and support the shelf, at least one rotation gear provided at each of opposite sides of the frame, a pair of guide brackets provided at the opposite sides of the frame, a pair of sliders moved within the pair of guide brackets by the rotation gears, an exterior of each of the pair of sliders being provided with at least one protrusion, a power transmission to transmit rotatory power of the rotation gears to the pair of sliders, at least one guide groove formed on each of opposite inner surfaces of the storage compartment to guide movement of the protrusions, and a rotation device to rotate the rotation gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daehyun YOO, Jaeyoul LEE
  • Patent number: 8973389
    Abstract: A mobile cooler having an ice maker includes: a main body having first and second spaces which are thermally blocked; a cooling device positioned at a lower portion of the main body and providing cooling air to the first and second spaces; a plurality of shelves installed in the first space; an ice tray installed in the second space; an ice bank positioned on a lower surface of the ice tray and detachably mounted in the main body; and a cover that covers an opening in which the ice bank is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Namgi Lee, Sungil Park, Sangoh Kim
  • Publication number: 20150050115
    Abstract: An electronic equipment housing includes: a housing including a housing space that houses an electronic equipment and a workbench; and a first support provided in the housing, wherein the workbench includes: a base detachably attached to the first support; a placing plate, liftably coupled to the base, configured to place the electronic equipment on a placing surface; and a lifting mechanism configured to move the placing plate with respect to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazushige Kobayakawa
  • Patent number: 8955648
    Abstract: A dumbwaiter is provided. The dumbwaiter includes an elevator mechanically coupled to a left glide and a right glide. The left glide is immediately adjacent to and located between a pair of left guides, and the right glide is immediately adjacent to and located between a pair of right guides. A strap is used for raising and lowering the elevator. As the glides are bound between respective pairs of guides, the elevator is protected from vibration. Thus, the dumbwaiter of the present invention may be suitable for being used in a mobile setting, such as a motor home in transit, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Kenneth Weller
  • Patent number: 8936333
    Abstract: A rack assembly for an appliance includes a geared rack and a pair of gears. The gears of the pair of gears mesh with each other and the geared rack. The rack assembly also includes a shelf and a support link that couples that shelf to at least one of the pair of gears. The geared rack and pair of gears can assist with selectively adjusting a vertical height of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Darren Allen Turner
  • Patent number: 8899701
    Abstract: A household item (12), such as a microwave oven, can be moved from a lowered storage position to a raised usable position. In the storage position the moving surface lid (14) is flat with the surrounding work surface (10) having been lowered by a manual force and held in place by a suitable catch or latching mechanism. The household item can be raised by pushing the housing slightly downwards, thus releasing the housing from its anchored position. A counterweight (15) greater than the weight of the household item is suspended by way of a wire and pulley system (1a, 1b, 1c) that in turn powers the platform and displaces the lid, on which the household item is located, upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cardinal IP Limited
    Inventor: Elaine Claire Walker
  • Patent number: 8891228
    Abstract: An enclosure for electrical equipment is provided. The enclosure includes a frame, a first plate, and a first member coupled to the frame and configured to receive the first plate. The first plate is configured to receive a transformer, movable between a first position and a second position, at least partially supported by the first member when the first plate is in the first position, and offset from the first member when the first plate is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Joseph P. Gerovac
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8827390
    Abstract: An appliance is provided. The appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chamber. A container is received within the chamber. A biasing member is configured for urging the container upwardly along a vertical direction. By urging the container upwardly, the biasing member can lift the container and facilitate access to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ross Benson Wehner, Ronald Scott Tarr, Raymond James VanAssche, Joseph Emil Gormley
  • Patent number: 8813916
    Abstract: A pressurized underground enclosure includes a battery venting system having a battery within a battery box in a sealed enclosure. A first pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and an ambient atmosphere and includes a vacuum generator for reducing a pressure in the battery box. A second pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and the ambient atmosphere and includes a one-way valve permitting airflow to the battery box and precluding airflow from the battery box to the ambient atmosphere. The enclosure includes a scissors lift including scissor linkage units having arms pivotally connected at terminal ends and at central positions. The scissor linkage units are moveable from a retracted to an extended position by pneumatic cylinders. The internal pressurization of the enclosure is selectively released and locking mechanisms are retracted before a rack of the scissors lift is extended through an opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Clear View Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Schilling
  • Patent number: 8678523
    Abstract: A universal television lift and enclosure suitable for outdoor use. A television lift assembly includes an enclosure including a housing having an opening, and a cover engageable with the housing to seal the opening; and a lift device including a first portion mounted in the enclosure, and a movable portion including a first end movably coupled to the first portion, an attachment portion configured to removably attach a television thereto, and a second end, the cover being attached to the second end, and the movable portion of the lift device being movable between a first position within the housing and in which the cover seals the opening for storing the television in the weatherproof enclosure, and a second position outside the housing for supporting the television in a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: James E. Carr
  • Patent number: 8579390
    Abstract: A supporting structure includes an outer body and an inner body that can be lowered. The supporting structure includes two side elements to be installed on the wall at a distance from each other, and at least one cross member detachably connecting the side elements to each other. The supporting structure also has separate fastening points for independently installing the outer body and the inner body on the supporting structure. Each side element has a preferably preinstalled, vertically movable supporting element on the inside facing the inner body, and the supporting elements have the fastening points for the inner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Bruestle, Helmut Hollenstein
  • Patent number: 8534778
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a chassis, a front panel installed on the chassis, and a cover. The front panel defines an opening. Two mounting board are located on the front panel. Each of the two mounting board defines a first slots. The cover includes a base wall and two sidewalls located on opposite sides of the base wall. A first latching portion is located on the sidewall. The first latching portion is slidabaly engaged in the first slot. The cover is slidable relative to the front panel to the base wall covering the opening or uncovering the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Liang-Chin Wang, Gang Su, Ling-Xin Zeng, Zhong-Jie Liu
  • Publication number: 20130082582
    Abstract: A headwall for a patient's room includes a panel having a vertically-extending front surface, an opening defined in the front surface of the headwall, and a door sized to be received in the opening. The door is vertically movable from a first position where an outer face of the door is flush with the front surface of the panel to a second position where the outer face extends parallel to the front surface and the door is positioned behind the front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Charles L. Thomeczek, JR., Joseph F. Meyer, Charles R. Beiser, Colt M. Weberding, Dale F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8342619
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator including a height-adjustable receiving apparatus in which a rotation gear is vertically moved along a fixed shaft disposed on a mounting member when the rotation gear disposed on a receiving member is rotated, and the receiving member is adjustable in vertical height. The height-adjustable receiving apparatus includes a receiving member in which foods are received, a mounting member on which the receiving member is vertically movably mounted, a fixed shaft longitudinally disposed on the mounting member, a rotation gear disposed on the receiving member, an operation member disposed on the receiving member, and a transmission member disposed on the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woon Kyu Seo, Jung Yeon Hwang, Han Jin Jung, Hyeon Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8276857
    Abstract: An extension and retraction arrangement with a sliding door construction for adjusting a monitor from a retracted configuration to an extended configuration. The door is slidable between an open position and a closed position for at least partially closing the aperture in the framework. A pocket door is pivotally coupled to an arm aperture portion in the door, and a flipper door is pivotally coupled to an arm aperture portion in a framework. The flipper door and the pocket door interlock to be retained in closed positions to seal the arm aperture when the extension and retraction arrangement is in a storage configuration. The door is articulated with multiple sections and is guided by drive pins engaged with drive slots and slide pins that slide along guide surfaces of drive path subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Patent number: 8226184
    Abstract: A height adjusting apparatus of a shelf for a refrigerator in a refrigerator having the shelf on which objects to be stored are placed and which is movable up or down to a certain height, the apparatus comprising: fixing guides formed in parallel with the movement path of the shelf; and operation levers movable along the fixing guides when the shelf is moved upwardly or downwardly, and restricted in the fixing guides to maintain the shelf at a height that the shelf is moved upwardly or downwardly when the shelf is completely moved upwardly or downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong-Gyu Kang, Jae-Youl Lee, Ki-Hoon Song, Jeong-Ho Shin, Jong-Seok Yoon
  • Patent number: 8205950
    Abstract: A work station unit includes a storage area for storing project files at or near a work surface, and a movable cover panel that is vertically movable between an opened position, where at least a portion of the storage area is exposed and accessible for accessing the stored project files, and a closed position, where the storage area is at least substantially concealed by the movable cover panel. The work station unit may include a fixed cover panel over a lower portion of the storage area to at least partially conceal hanging folders and the like at the workstation unit. The movable cover panel may conceal the open area of the storage area when in its closed position and the movable cover panel may at least partially overlap the fixed cover panel when the movable cover panel is in its opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Nucraft Furniture Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Bockheim, Joel T. Ruiter
  • Patent number: 8172347
    Abstract: A variable shelf assembly includes a mounting member mounted in a storage compartment of a refrigerator, a shelf support member coupled to the mounting member such that the shelf support member is vertically movable, a shelf mounted on the shelf support member, and a lifting unit to lift the shelf support member. The mounting member and/or the shelf support member has a plurality of cool air circulation holes through which cool air circulating in the storage compartment passes. The lifting unit includes a driving gear, a driven gear rotatable by the driving gear, a screw shaft coupled to the driven gear, at least one moving member movable by the rotation of the screw shaft, and at least one rotary link having one end rotatably coupled to the moving member and the other end rotatably coupled to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Dae Yeop Park, Myung Ju Sim
  • Patent number: 8113606
    Abstract: An adaptable furniture system includes a frame having an upper portion and a lower portion; at least one upper article of furniture located in the upper portion of the frame; at least one lower article of furniture located in the lower portion of the frame and underneath the at least one upper article; a moving system attached to the frame and the at least one upper article for moving the at least one upper article vertically within the frame; and a sliding system attached the at least one lower article to the frame for moving the at least one lower article forward and backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Bertram M. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 8104775
    Abstract: A dolly or pallet equipped with an elastically suspended load-bearing surface so as to responsively move downwards as materials are loaded and move upwards as loads are removed thereby reducing variation in the height of the top of the stack. The elastic suspension elements are connected to suspension support structures configured to fold into a compact folded position to facilitate storage and return transport and to unfold into a fully erected position at the time of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Polymer Logistics (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Nir Hadar, Gideon Feiner
  • Patent number: 8069598
    Abstract: An adjustable display board system comprises a display board, first and second grippers, first and second racks, and a handle. The first and second grippers are coupled to the display and include a plurality of teeth. The first and second racks are mounted to a rigid structure and include a plurality of teeth generally greater than the number of teeth of the first and second grippers. The teeth of the first and second grippers mesh with the teeth of the first and second racks to maintain the vertical position of the display board. The handle is pushed to disengage the grippers from the racks and allow vertical motion of the display board. The adjustable display board system also comprises a display board, a linear actuator unit, and one or more pivot arms. The linear actuator unit includes a movable actuator rod and is coupled to the one or more pivot arms, which in turn is coupled to the display board. Motion of the actuator rod is converted to raising and lowering of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Jorge Garcia, Sam Minnich
  • Patent number: 7735266
    Abstract: An architectural system adaptable to patient acuity level has a headwall unit with a cavity, a ceiling unit, and a column coupled to the ceiling unit. The column is movable between a first position in which at least a majority of the column is situated in the cavity and a second position in which the column is situated outside the cavity. Various types of patient-care equipment is also disclosed. The patient-care equipment is included in, or is coupleable to, one or more of the ceiling unit, the headwall unit, or the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci, John P. Biondo
  • Publication number: 20100117499
    Abstract: A device having vertically mobile shelves facilitating the storage of a container having an internal predetermined height and having an open upper surface of the trunk, suitcase, chest, drawer-type and the like, said device being characterized in that: at least one horizontal shelf is linked to at lest one vertical sliding means comprising at least three sliding segments which are fixed to the container at the lower segment, such that the said device can move between: a folded position, in which the height of the device is less than the predetermined height of the container, by folding of the sliding means, such that the shelves are close to one another in the container and allow storage of a content; and an unfolded position, in which the height of the device is greater than the predetermined height of the container, by extending the sliding means, such that the shelves are heightened and spread to allow handling of the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: St├ęphane Fortier
  • Patent number: 7665709
    Abstract: A trolley and rail system for use in relation to an extension and retraction arrangement with a trolley structure retained for axial extension and retraction along a body portion of a rail arrangement comprising first and second rails disposed in substantially parallel spaced orientation. The trolley structure can have a central portion and first and second wing portions with load bearing wheels for rolling along rigid bearing surfaces of the first and second rails. The bearing surfaces and the wheels can have correspondingly contoured profiles. The trolley structure can have a ventrally disposed alcove. Constant force springs can assist in a travel of the trolley structure in relation to the rail arrangement. The trolley structure or a support arm coupled thereto can have threaded mounting holes for retaining a flat panel monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Patent number: 7621489
    Abstract: An extension and retraction arrangement for retaining a supported article, such as a monitor, in relation to a trolley structure that is retained for axial extension and retraction in relation to an elongate support arrangement. A support arm, which can be unitary, articulated, pivoting, or non-pivoting, can be coupled to the trolley structure. The trolley structure can have a centrally disposed alcove disposed inboard of first and second rail members of the elongate support arrangement. A subsurface enclosure can retain the rail members, and first and second doors can selectively close an aperture in a framework coupled adjacent to an end of the subsurface enclosure. Constant force springs can assist travel of the trolley structure and an arcuate braking member or compressing spring can provide a braking effect to the trolley structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Publication number: 20090261704
    Abstract: A kitchen device, in particular, a refrigerator or freezer, with an interior, in which at least one height-adjustable support for accommodation of goods is provided, wherein at least one transport carriage running along guide rails is provided on the kitchen device, wherein said transport carriage may be fixed to the support and adjusted in height by a drive with a height adjustment. The invention is characterised in that the shell surface may be particularly simply and easily adjusted for height without the need to remove the goods from the kitchen device operation of the kitchen device being particularly simple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Benz, Michael Krapp
  • Patent number: 7517029
    Abstract: An extension and retraction arrangement with a trolley structure retained for axial extension and retraction relative to a rail arrangement and a control system with an actuating arrangement and a mechanism for selectively controlling a travel of the trolley structure. In a manual control system, the trolley structure can be mechanically engaged and disengaged in extended and retracted configurations by first and second locking projections respectively. An actuating rod can be actuated by a trigger to pivot the locking projections into and out of engagement with the trolley structure. The trigger can additionally enable a selective release of first and second doors from closed positions. A motorized control system can propel the trolley structure and open and close the doors. A lock and key, an access card and access card reader, or a remote control and remote control receiver can selectively enable operation of the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Sava Cvek
  • Publication number: 20090079308
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly for use in storing firearms or the like includes a cabinet with a recessed bifold door arrangement, to facilitate access to items contained within the cabinet assembly. The door arrangement includes a single-point locking system, which provides a secure arrangement for maintaining the doors in a closed position while providing ease in opening and closing the doors. Various support and storage modules or components are adapted to be contained within the interior of the cabinet, including stock rests for positioning in the bottom of the cabinet interior, as well as barrel rests and pistol supports that are secured to amounting member which may be adjustably positioned within the storage cabinet interior. A bin or shelf arrangement may also be positioned within the storage cabinet interior. The various support and storage modules or components may be used in various combinations, and may be moved to various positions within the storage cabinet interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: William H. Punzel, Jane E. Glass, Andrew J. Kolman, Steven S. Dingle, James C. Muth
  • Patent number: 7439950
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securing a pin within a raised display system. A washer surrounds the pin. A washer recess comprises a contact surface configured as to bring the washer into a tilted position relative to the pin, such that the washer is brought into physical communication with the pin. A reset mechanism moves at least a portion of the washer to force the washer into a position substantially level relative to the pin, such that the pin can move freely through the washer. An electromagnet holds the washer in the substantially level position when the electromagnet is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Christian Carlberg
  • 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: 6969132
    Abstract: A chest (1) for distributing food, the chest being provided with a vertical mast (4) on which supports (2) are fixed. The chest has lifting means for moving said mast in vertical translation, and in addition at least some of the supports are movable in rotation about an axis which coincides with the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Bernard Viville
  • Patent number: 6902243
    Abstract: The present invention is a sub-cabinet readily insertable and removable from a larger decorative cabinet. The invention is comprised of a box-like structure having at least three panels perpendicularly disposed with respect to a floor panel and attached thereto, a lift vertically disposed within the box-like structure and fastened thereto, and a control module disposed within the box-like structure and fastened thereto. The control module receives commands from a limit switch so as to stop the lift motion when filly retracted or extended. Furthermore, the control module regulates electrical power to a display device fastened to the lift based upon the direction of travel of the support unit. The control module receives function commands from either a wireless remote or a switch. An alternate embodiment of the present invention further comprises a safety strip attached about an edge along one or more panels adjacent to a movable lid hinged to a decorative cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Wieslaw Bober
  • Patent number: 6832822
    Abstract: A display case security apparatus comprises a housing, a plurality of platform guide tracks, a platform, an elevating mechanism, and a closure. The housing includes a lower storage section and an upper display section disposed above the storage section. The storage section has an opaque exterior wall and the display section has an exterior wall which is at least partially transparent. The platform guide tracks are disposed on the interior of the housing. The platform is disposed within the housing and includes a generally horizontal portion for supporting articles to be displayed. The platform is selectively movable between a first position, wherein any articles supported on the platform are displayed in the display section of the housing, and a second position, wherein any articles supported on the platform are stored in the storage section of the housing. The platform interfits with the platform guide tracks so as to constrain the movement of the platform to vertical translation only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Faubion Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Canedy, Leo Faubion, Paul Lenox, Larry G. Stanford
  • Patent number: 6733094
    Abstract: A parallelepiped lifting device mounted under a computer desk in a storage position is disclosed. Prior to using a computer, the device is activated by starting a motor in a clockwise rotation to lift an LCD of the computer from under the desk by means of a mechanism comprising chain wheels, bars, and adjusting screws. A lowering of the device into the desk is performed by starting the motor in a counterclockwise rotation by means of the same mechanism. The invention can save desk space for other purposes in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Chun-Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 6568770
    Abstract: A climatic cabinet with at least one door, having a storage station with at least one object storage device, which exhibits several storage locations arranged one on top of the other, and having a transport device for feeding objects to the object storage locations, wherein the transport device has an object receiver, wherein the object receiver is secured to a vertical carriage in such a way that it can be moved vertically and horizontally, and wherein the storage station and transport device are arranged on mounting plates. The functionality of the climatic cabinet and its functionality are achieved through improvements in the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Kendro Laboratory Products GmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Gonska, Thorsten Dick, Heiko Reinhardt