Track Guided For Non-rectilinear Motion Patents (Class 312/307)
  • Patent number: 9004312
    Abstract: A roller shutter type storage container includes a container body, a roller shutter accommodating portion, a pair of guide grooves, and a roller shutter. Each of the guide grooves extends linearly in an opening of the container body and is curved in the roller shutter accommodating portion. The roller shutter is configured by connecting a plurality of slats each having shafts formed in the widthwise direction at two ends of the slat in a bendable manner. As the two shafts slide in the corresponding guide grooves, the roller shutter slides between an open position and a close position. Each one of the shafts is spaced from a vertical wall surface of the corresponding one of the guide grooves. A projection formed of soft material projects outward from each shaft of each slat in the widthwise direction and contacts the corresponding vertical wall surface in an elastically deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Masataka Inoue
  • Patent number: 8579151
    Abstract: A roller shutter storage container includes a container body, a roller shutter accommodating portion, a pair of guide grooves, and a roller shutter. Each of the guide grooves extends linearly in an opening formed in the container body and is curved in the roller shutter accommodating portion. The roller shutter is configured by connecting a plurality of slats each having shafts formed at two ends of the slat with respect to the widthwise direction in a bendable manner. As the two shafts of each of the slats slide in the corresponding guide grooves, the roller shutter slides between an open position for opening the opening and a close position for closing the opening. Each one of the shafts is spaced from a vertical wall surface of the corresponding one of the guide grooves. A projection formed of soft material projects outward from each shaft of each slat in the widthwise direction and contacts the corresponding vertical wall surface in an elastically deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Masataka Inoue
  • Publication number: 20130181587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a galley unit for containing items of food or other items. The galley unit comprises a cabinet, a first and a second front door arranged to close the cabinet, a first guiding rail and a second guiding rail extending both in a lateral direction for guiding the first and second front doors. The first and second front doors are arranged to be slideable in the first and second guiding rails, wherein the first guiding rail is mounted in a top wall of the cabinet and the first front door is provided with the second guiding rail for a sliding engagement of the second front door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: DRIESSEN AEROSPACE GROUP N.V.
    Inventor: DRIESSEN AEROSPACE GROUP N.V.
  • Publication number: 20130147331
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a housing, two slide rails, and a door. The housing includes two opposite side plates, a top plate connected between tops of the side plates, and a bottom plate connected between bottoms of the side plates. The slide rails are respectively fixed to the top plate and bottom plate, and connected between the side plates. The door is foldable and includes a number of door pieces. Top and bottom ends of the door piece are slidably mounted to the corresponding slide rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YAO-TING CHANG
  • Patent number: 7731308
    Abstract: A medication container is designed for secure storage of medications and other controlled substances. The container top has a sloped configuration which resists the stacking of medical files and other objects atop it (which might obscure view of the container), and it also includes a curved sliding front door allowing both a frontal and top view of medications within the container. The door is locked by use of two separate locks, one intended for a pharmacist or other medication control officer, and one by the personnel administering the medication to patients, whereby either of these parties may independently access the interior of the container. The container is also preferably designed to rapidly have a removable medication tray installed within or removed from its interior, and to rapidly be fixed to a medication cart, patient bedside table, or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: David Lester Riemer
  • Patent number: 7455016
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an expandable writing panel system for a vehicle, the system including a writing panel and a support leg wherein the support leg upper edge is hingedly attached to the writing panel. The expandable writing panel system also includes writing panel guide tracks and support leg guide tracks adjacent to the writing panel guide tracks. When in an unextended state, the writing panel fits within the console body and is configured adjacent to the support leg and both are generally vertical and, in an extended state, the writing panel guide tracks divert the lower edge of the writing panel away from the lower edge of the support leg and the writing panel into an angled orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas E. Perin
  • Publication number: 20080122330
    Abstract: A cabinet with a guiding assembly, comprises a cabinet body having a receiving space; a first end and a second end being at two opposite ends of the cabinet body; the first end being openable; a lateral wall of the first end being installed with a slide track and a fixed track for locating the outer frame; the slide track being turnable outwards and being pivotally connected to a driven portion; an inner wall of the receiving space of the cabinet body being installed with a recessed track for engaging the inner frame; an outer frame which is turnable outwards; an inner frame installed in the cabinet body; the inner frame being movable. When the outer frame moves outwards, the slide track is turned outwards, the inner frame moves from the first end toward the second end by the guiding of the driven portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Jui-Lien Yang
  • Patent number: 7293489
    Abstract: A carrying case device for a circular saw and the method of interconnecting the circular saw with the carrying case device when the circular saw is in use. A case is provided having a top surface, wherein the case defines an internal area large enough to store the circular saw. A miter assembly is provided that is attached to the top surface of the case. The miter assembly can be rotated on the case. The miter assembly also includes a guide arm that can be lifted and closed about a hinge connection. The guide arm contains a mounting receptacle for selectively receiving and engaging the circular saw. As a result, the circular saw can be raised and lowered against a work piece as though it were a power miter saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Michael D. Wood
  • Patent number: 7290661
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 discloses a cutlery receptacle comprising a housing 13 having a roll-top cover 20 movable between an open 14 and closed 16 position with mating members 22, 32 of a locking mechanism incorporated respectively in the housing 22 and cover 32. Additionally incorporated into the interior opposing sides 28, 30 of the housing 13 is a continuous track 24, 26 extending between the top front and bottom front of the receptacle 10 encompassing the left and right sides 28, 30 of the roll-top cover 20 sealing the interior of the cutlery receptacle from dirt, debris, insects and vermin. Once opened the roll-top cover 20 provides access to various shaped cavities 34 for receiving myriad types of cutlery, such as forks 42, teaspoons 44, tablespoons 46, steak knives 40, butter knives 48 and a general storage 50 compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Richard DeFino
  • Patent number: 6801427
    Abstract: A drive bracket structure includes first and second drive brackets (20, 40), a connect panel (30), and a securing bar (50). The first drive bracket includes a bottom plate (22) having a plurality of aligned pairs of catches (223), and a side plate (23) defining a slot (21). First and second slideways (221, 222) are defined in the bottom plate. The first slideway includes two straight portions. The second slideway includes two straight portions and an intermediate arcuate portion. The connect panel is secured to the second drive bracket. A pair of screws (38) fastened on the connect panel is slidingly received in the respective first and second slideways. The combined connect panel and second drive bracket is slidingly moved until the second drive bracket is located beneath the first drive bracket. The securing bar is extended through the slot of the first drive bracket and engaged with the catches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., LTD
    Inventors: Li Yuan Gan, Guang-Yi Zhang, Lu-Sheng Li
  • Patent number: 6698854
    Abstract: The key organizer has a housing with a first section and a second section which are pivotally connected. First and second drums are rotatably mounted on axles within a cavity of the housing. A first belt is engaged with the first and second drums and has a plurality of suspension points for hanging articles thereon. A drive mechanism is connected to one of the drums for rotating one of the drums to cause rotation of the belt. A switching device is connected to the drive mechanism for selectively continuously activating the drive mechanism. Third and fourth drums are mounted onto the axles in spaced relation to the first and second drums. A second belt engages these drums. The drive mechanism has a gear train with a drive gear and additional gears which matingly engage the drive gear. A locking mechanism locks the first and second sections together. A light can be mounted onto one of the first and second sections for illuminating the housing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: William J. Knox, Jr., John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk
  • Publication number: 20030222554
    Abstract: A reversible wardrobe sliding door arrangement is constructed to include a wardrobe body and a reversible sliding door structure controlled to close/open a front opening of the wardrobe body, the reversible sliding door structure including a track disposed at one side of the front opening of the wardrobe body, a folding collapsible sliding door panel movable along the track to close/open the front opening of the wardrobe body, and a winding mechanism disposed at one side of the front opening of the wardrobe body perpendicular to one end of the track and adapted for winding up the folding collapsible sliding door panel to hold the folding collapsible sliding door panel in a received position where the front opening of the wardrobe body is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 6568772
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Gerkey, Ralph W. Kugler
  • Publication number: 20020074913
    Abstract: A baggage bin has a floor and side walls, and is lowerable from a housing. Guide bolts secured to one side wall are movably engaged in front and rear arcuate grooves with a common arc center point in the other side wall. A guide roller or slide block secured to one side wall is movably engaged in a linear guide track or groove on the other side wall. To lower the bin, it first moves linearly downward, until the rear guide bolt reaches an end of the rear groove, and then pivots about the rear guide bolt as the front guide bolt moves farther in the longer arc of the front groove, so that the front loading edge of the bin tilts downward. The components are simple, and the lateral space required between the side walls of the bin and the housing is small.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Lau, Michael Mattern, Michael Schuld
  • Patent number: 5516201
    Abstract: A device with a concealed mechanism and visible shelves is arranged on two vertical planes (1 and 2), one in front of the other, parallel to the rear of the shelves. The rear plane (1) supports the mechanism while the front plane (2) serves to support the shelves mounted on rotary supports (14). The shelves are horizontally supported by two distinct and symmetrical slides in which run rollers carrying the shelf supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Marc Rotceig
  • Patent number: 5507570
    Abstract: Furniture including a pop up table feature, wherein glide track structure in opposing interior panels of a base cabinet receives pins, rollers or similar hardware carried by a table or similar work surface of a mobile cart to permit the table and mobile cart portions of the furniture to assume either use of storage positions with respect to the base cabinet. Other embodiments of the present invention may include an upper and/or lower set(s) of alignment/locking blocks that mobile cart portions of the device to be securely closed and positioned into the stationary base cabinet. Other embodiments of the present invention include the use of set of spring-biased or locking guide pins attached to the table, guide pin exit ports as well as other means to permit the unit to be readily disassembled, while providing stable yet collapsible storage and work areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Williams, Hans-Dieter Horn
  • Patent number: 5454637
    Abstract: Furniture including a pop up table feature, wherein a glide track and interlocking pin and detent structure in opposing interior panels of a base cabinet are used to permit the table and mobile cart portions of the furniture to be easily disassembled from the stationary base cabinet of the device. Other embodiments of the present invention may include an upper and/or lower set(s) of alignment/locking blocks that mobile cart portions of the device to be securely closed and positioned into the stationary base cabinet. Other embodiments of the present invention include the use of set of spring-biased or locking guide pins attached to the table, guide pin exit ports as well as other means to permit the unit to be readily disassembled, while providing stable yet collapsible storage and work areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Williams, Hans D. Horn
  • Patent number: 5431493
    Abstract: A storage system for vertical and horizontal storage of hangered apparel includes first and second chains having inwardly directed pins. Rods for mounting on the pins include a first fixed end have a bore to mount on one pin and a second retractable end having a bore to mount on the second pin. An actuator tube is mounted over the second end of the rod and is affixed to the sliding retractable end by pins extending through slots in the rod. When the actuator tube is slid inwardly, the end is retracted so that the rod can be mounted first on the one pin on the fixed end and then positioned over the second pin. The actuator is then slid outwardly to mount the rod. A spring biases the retractable end outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Lift & Storage Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Larson
  • Patent number: 5401095
    Abstract: Furniture including a pop up table feature, wherein a glide track and interlocking pin and detent structure in opposing interior panels of a base cabinet are used to permit the table and mobile cart portions of the furniture to be easily disassembled from the stationary base cabinet of the device. Other embodiments of the present invention may include an upper and/or lower set(s) of alignment/locking blocks that mobile cart portions of the device to be securely closed and positioned into the stationary base cabinet. Other embodiments of the present invention include the use of set of spring-biased or locking guide pins attached to the table, guide pin exit ports as well as other means to permit the unit to be readily disassembled, while providing stable yet collapsible storage and work areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Williams, Hans D. Horn
  • Patent number: 4959582
    Abstract: A Hinge Assembly for supporting a storge-type door in a cabinet, the assembly including a cabinet plate in the form of a square having guide grooves along two sides, the grooves intersecting at one corner of the square, a door plate mounted on the cabinet plate for rotary motion between a first position in alignment with one edge of the door plate in alignment with one edge of the first plate to a second position with one edge of the door plate in alignment with the other edge of the cabinet first plate, the door plate having two guide members on the one edge, the guide members being aligned in one of the grooves in the first position and moveable into the other of the grooves on rotation of the door plate with respect to the cabinet plate whereby the door plate rotates within the angle formed between the guide grooves, and a pivot post on one of the plates and a guide member on the other of the plate having a track to define the path of motion for the pivot post on rotation of the door plate with respect to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Imago Quaestus, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Meyer, David A. Schmidt, Peter M. Donner
  • Patent number: 4582372
    Abstract: A full length, partially rimmed, interior shelf of a corner base cabinet is so shaped and controlled that it makes a 90.degree. turn as it is drawn out through the cabinet door on a retractable guidance and support system to an extended position where it can be readily loaded or unloaded and returned to its original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: William E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 4346950
    Abstract: A door construction for covering control knobs or the like upon the front panel of the electronic equipment. Hinge members rigidly coupled to the door member have rotatably mounted thereon guide rollers which are disposed into corresponding guide grooves. Each guide groove has a linear guide portion and an enlarged circular guide groove at the front end thereof. Each of the guide rollers has a substantially oblong portion and a coaxial cylindrical portion wherein the door is movable only horizontally when the oblong portions are engaged with the linear grooves and the door is only rotatable when the circular portions are engaged with the enlarged circular grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Pioneer Electronic Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ueno, Shirokazu Yazaki, Yukitada Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 4279454
    Abstract: A cabinet comprising a cabinet body, a rail continuously laid in the cabinet body, and a glass doors each of which consists of a plurality of glass strips foldably connected together. The glass doors are retracted into or withdrawn from the cabinet body while slidingly moving the glass doors such that they are folded along the rail, to open or close the whole of the front side of the cabinet body. A cabinet according to the present invention permits minimizing the space in which the glass doors are opened or closed, and opening the whole of the front side of the cabinet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Koiso, Masaaki Sanda, Mamoru Hayashi, Hiroaki Uesugi
  • Patent number: 4191437
    Abstract: A refrigerator storage system characterized by circular tracks located on shelving throughout the refrigerator for receiving rotatable shelves for the selective storage of food products. The arrangement affords versatility in food storage and the selection and withdrawal of the food items in a convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Inventor: Ludwig F. Funke
  • Patent number: 4173377
    Abstract: A machine includes a housing with a door or panel which is removable to provide an opening for access to the interior of the machine. The chassis which is normally horizontal carries two rear rollers at its sides near the rear of the chassis. The rear rollers engage horizontal guide rails on the sides of the housing. The chassis carries two front rollers at its sides near the front of the chassis. The front rollers engage a vertical guide. By these means the chassis is movable between its normal horizontal position and a vertical position in the opening at the front of the machine so that components on the underside of the chassis are accessible for servicing and repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: Mars Limited
    Inventors: Philip J. Heslop, Roger J. Matthews
  • Patent number: 4124262
    Abstract: Hardware for a reversible kitchen cabinet shelf includes upper and lower molded or stamped plates which are attached respectively to the upper and lower panels of a cabinet. The plates include an arcuate track and a transverse guide slot which is generally perpendicular to the front edge of the cabinet. Followers attached to the top and bottom of a shelf unit for the cabinet cooperate with the arcuate track and slot whereby the shelf construction may be pivoted and reversed with respect to the cabinet enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1978
    Assignee: Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Schill
  • Patent number: 3955864
    Abstract: A cabinet of the sort used as a vanity, or the like, is molded in several components connected in articulated relation for shipment in a flat, folded condition yet readily erected for installation. The components include a front panel formed with integral hinges connected to cooperating integral hinges formed on a pair of side panels adapted to fold over against one another and the front panel when the cabinet is in a collapsed position. A pair of shelves is provided, each with integral hinge pins pivotally engaging the front and side panels by sockets formed between the side panels and the front panel, both shelves being foldable against the front panel when collapsed. A back panel is provided for closing the rear of the cabinet when erected and means are provided for re-inforcing and supporting the various components from damage during shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1976
    Inventors: Kenneth A. MacDonald, Edward J. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 3954414
    Abstract: Decanting apparatus for removing spent wash liquids from agglomerated red blood cells and like substances contained in an elongated pliable bag-like container has an inclined slide bed over which the container is draped. A cell-containing end portion of the container depends from the raised end of the slide bed, and the slide bed supports an elongated wash-receiving portion of the bag to maintain the bag under the tension required for decanting spent wash liquid from the former portion into the latter portion.An elevator mechanism supports the raised end of the slide bed and enables an operator selectively to elevate the bed as required for the decanting operation.A modular construction of the apparatus allows the slide bed and the elevator mechanism to be replaceably removed from the housing for cleansing and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1976
    Assignee: Damon Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfred J. Samson, Jr., Gerald D. Fox, William E. Waye