Pivoted Closure, Horizontally Movable Component Patents (Class 312/311)
  • Patent number: 10569714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof box for transporting luggage on a vehicle roof, comprising: —a hollow body (1), which can be mounted on the roof rails (10) of a vehicle and which is provided with an opening (2a), through which it is possible to access the interior which is intended for luggage; —a flap (3a), which is pivotally connected to the hollow body (1) and which can be pivoted from a closed position, in which it (3a) closes the opening (2a), to an open position, in which it (3a) does not obstruct the opening (2a), and vice versa; —fastening means for fastening the hollow body (1), detachably if required, to the roof rails (10) of a vehicle. According to the invention, the opening (2a) is located in a side face of the hollow body (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Roberto Amoriello
  • Patent number: 10495372
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a box body having a storage compartment and a beam spanning a front end of the box body. The beam includes a front housing, a rear housing and a heat-insulation material located in a chamber delimited by the front housing together with the rear housing. A cover is located in the storage compartment. A hanging hook is configured to hang and connect a front end of the cover. The hanging hook includes an installation portion to be inserted into the beam in a forward and backward direction. The hanging hook and the beam can be conveniently installed in and removed from the refrigerator, and if the hanging hook is damaged, only the hanging hook needs to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jinghui Chen, Wuba Lei, Ralf Spiller, Gang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10456006
    Abstract: A rack mounting assembly for supporting an upper rack assembly within a tub of a dishwasher appliance is provided. The tub defines an alignment feature and a screw hole. The rack mounting assembly includes a mounting body defining a mounting boss and a complementary feature configured for engaging the alignment feature of the tub when the mounting body is properly aligned. When the mounting body is properly aligned, the mounting boss is substantially aligned with a screw hole in the tub such that a screw can pass through the mounting boss and into the screw hole to secure the mounting body to the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Carl Maddux, Jeffrey Thomas Kiesler
  • Patent number: 10383506
    Abstract: A height adjusting device for shelves of appliances, in particular for dishwasher racks, has a pivoting stop element that can swing on its own weight between an engaged and disengaged position about a pivot point attached to a support. The stop element, when in the engaged position, interacts with a bracket on a shelf as it is raised with respect to the support to engage stop seats on that bracket to set the rack to a given height. When the rack is fully raised, a feature of the bracket tips the pivoting stop element to the disengaged position so that the rack may be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Minniti, Daniele Turetta, Nicola Sartori
  • Patent number: 10342408
    Abstract: A dish rack is supported for both selective movement into and out of a washing chamber of a dishwasher tub and vertically relative to the tub, with the vertical adjustment being made by manually grasping and shifting at least one frontal cross bar extending above a front wall of the dish rack to cause pivoting of first and second lever members extending along sides of the dish rack. The side lever members cooperate with latching mechanisms to lift and retain the dish rack in a select raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Harshal J. Bhajak, Joseph T. Ferencevich, Gerald J. McNerney, Thomas M. O'Brien, Mihir Ponkshe, Amit K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 10173251
    Abstract: Provided is a cleaning device, comprising a plurality of cleaning units, and a conveyor which is used for connecting the plurality of cleaning units. Each of the plurality of cleaning units includes a body having a working chamber, and a liquid spray unit. At least one of the plurality of cleaning units comprises a plurality of baffles arranged between the liquid spray unit and the conveyor, and a driving mechanism. The driving mechanism is configured to actuate each of the plurality of baffles into rotation along a first direction to overlap with adjacent baffles, and further actuate each of the plurality of baffles into rotation along an opposite direction of the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zijian Li
  • Patent number: 10136795
    Abstract: A dish rack assembly includes a dish rack having spaced wire frame elements at least partially defining a side wall, a height adjuster comprising an arm located on an exterior of the side wall and a retaining clip mounted to the arm and located on an interior of the side wall that can limit the relative movement of the dish rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald M. Nowell, Jr., Kapil Gupta, Richard Lawrence Kretz
  • Patent number: 10111529
    Abstract: A convertible furniture piece is disclosed, having a bed configuration, desk configuration, and couch configuration. The furniture includes an outer frame that houses a bed frame and desk, along with the mechanism for raising and lowering the bed frame and desk. The outer frame, bed frame, and desk are interconnected such that the bed frame and desk transition together between a bed configuration, where the desk sits directly below the bed frame, and desk configuration, where the bed frame is stored vertically, while keeping the desk level with the floor. The furniture may be converted to a couch by repositioning a foldable mattress topper as a backrest against the outer frame while the bed frame is horizontal. The furniture may further comprise a bed frame extension, allowing the foldable mattress topper to be repositioned as a second mattress alongside a first mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Steven Rockwell Ray
  • Patent number: 10080479
    Abstract: A lower rack assembly for a dishwasher appliance includes a lower rack configured for receipt of articles for washing, and a lift assembly connected to the lower rack. The lift assembly includes a first arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first arm pivotally coupled to the lower rack, and a first bracket defining a first slot, the second end of the first arm movably coupled to the first slot. Movement of the lower rack along the vertical direction causes movement of the second end of the first arm relative to the first slot along the transverse direction and pivotal rotation of the first end of the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Krishna Chamarthi, Ashutosh Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10052011
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash tub, a basket, a frame, a stopping protrusion, and an adjustment part. The wash tub defines a space in which dishes are washed. The basket receives dishes. The frame is disposed inside the wash tub to receive the basket. The stopping protrusion is located on the basket. The adjustment part is disposed on the frame and adjusts a height of at least one side of the basket by adjusting a vertical position of the stopping protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gapsu Shin, Moonkee Chung
  • Patent number: 10047999
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a storage compartment, a door, a drawer, a roller at a side of the drawer, a support rail at a side of the storage compartment for guiding movement of the roller in a forward-rearward direction, and a support surface in the support rail for supporting the roller, the support surface including a downhill guide section that slopes downward from a rear of the refrigerator to a front of the refrigerator and a slide guide section that extends from the downhill guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Changwoan Yang, Hyeongil Kim, Heonjae Jang, Booyoun Lee
  • Patent number: 9872563
    Abstract: A drawer slide apparatus mounted to a drawer slide assembly for moving a drawer slidingly within a cabinet provides push-to-open and soft close functionality while further providing a depth and alignment adjustment of the drawer relative to the cabinet carcass. The apparatus comprises a housing including a soft close track, a damper, and a carriage slidable within the soft close track. A guide block comprising a set of channels within a stationary part and a movable part for providing the depth and alignment adjustment. A pin, slidable within the carriage, has a first end engaged with the soft close track and a second end simultaneously engaged with the guide block provides the soft close and push-to-open functionalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hardware Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Davis
  • Patent number: 9833122
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash tub, a lower basket, a first upper basket, a second upper basket, and movement parts. The wash tub defines a space in which dishes are washed. The lower basket is disposed in the wash tub. The first upper basket is disposed over the lower basket inside the wash tub to define a first lower reception space together with the lower basket. The second upper basket is disposed over the lower basket side by side with the first upper basket to define a second lower reception space. The movement parts move the first upper basket above or below the second upper basket to increase the first lower reception space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gapsu Shin, Moonkee Chung
  • Patent number: 9808083
    Abstract: A device for releasably connecting a furniture pull-out to a guidance unit that movably guides the furniture pull-out in a furniture body comprises: a base part; an adjuster arranged on the base part and comprising a plurality of components movable in relation to one another, the adjuster enabling a position of the furniture pull-out to be set in at least one spatial direction relative to the guidance unit; and a stop mechanism to delimit the travel of the adjuster, the stop mechanism including a springy-elastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Grass GmbH
    Inventor: Tim Lucas
  • Patent number: 9626484
    Abstract: A medication storage and dispensing workstation for use in a medication management system administering the inventory and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in a healthcare environment is disclosed. The workstation incorporates a linear drawer assembly having a plurality of discrete, removable, storage modules for containing medications and/or other medical supplies. The storage modules are arranged in a linear array extending longitudinally along the travel path of the linear drawer assembly. Each storage module, in turn, comprises a drawer that is extensible laterally relative to the linear arrangement of the storage modules. As such, the drawer assemblies comprise a compartmentalized “drawer-in-drawer” arrangement that provides an efficient use of storage space and enables a user to utilize the workstation in a workspace having a smaller footprint that traditional storage cabinet apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHPOINT MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, Scott Curtis Miller, James Leo Kilgallon, Tobin H. Williams, Paul Prickett, Karl Haiden, Scott Harshbarger, Adam Troup, Patrick Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9579010
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a rack assembly. A bracket of the rack assembly has a post and a support projection that defines a plurality of slots. The post of the bracket extends through a tub of the dishwasher appliance, and a sleeve engages the post such that the sleeve hinders the post from retracting through the tub. A slide rail is mounted on the support projection of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell W. Shewmaker
  • Patent number: 9408520
    Abstract: A substantially rectangular dish rack having a substantially single side walled body portion that slidably engages two identical base portions, which interchangeably function as either the top or bottom of the dish rack. The top and bottom portions are preferably both inserted into the body portion from the same side of the body portion. Any of the four sides of the top and bottom portions may be inserted first into the body portion, and when inserted into the body portion, the base portions are held in place by friction catches or latches. The friction latches preferably include a boss portion and a notch portion to receive the boss portion. Alternative embodiments include designated top and bottom portion and are color coded to signal the identity of each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Rosario Vacca, Ronald L. Pawlak
  • Patent number: 9380926
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tray supporting apparatus for a dishwasher, the apparatus comprising: a support frame, two opposite sides of the support frame being respectively provided with a slide groove, and each slide groove comprising a first slideway a second slideway and the third slideway spaced apart from one another; a first and second bracket respectively adapted to support a tray, the first bracket and the second bracket being respectively provided on the support frame, wherein first ends of the first bracket and the second bracket are respectively slidably accommodated in the first slideway, a second end of the first bracket is slidably accommodated in the second slideway, and a second end of the second bracket is slidably accommodated in the third slideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FOSHAN SHUNDE MIDEA WASHING APPLIANCES MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiguo Zhou, Feng Gao
  • Patent number: 9241608
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash tub, a basket, a frame, and adjustment parts. The wash tub defines a space in which dishes are washed. The basket receives dishes. The frame is disposed inside the wash tub and configured to receive the basket. The adjustment parts are rotatably disposed on a side surface of the frame adjust a height of at least one end of the basket by lifting at least one end of the basket from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gapsu Shin, Moonkee Chung
  • Patent number: 9126613
    Abstract: A cart is provided. The cart includes a plurality of walls to define an internal volume and a top surface. The top surface comprises a planar portion that is enclosed by edges along its perimeter, some or all of the edges including upstanding portions that extend above the planar portion. One or more of the upstanding portions includes an open portion proximate to the intersecting adjacent edge that forms a gap therebetween. A plurality of caps are provided, with a cap disposed upon each corner to contact the planar portion and the upstanding portions of the edges and enclose the gap in each corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Carter Hoffmann, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Savage, Robert C. Fortmann
  • Patent number: 8985715
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dishwasher (1), in particular to a domestic dishwasher, having a washing cavity (2) in which at least one crockery basket (3) is arrangable, wherein the at least one crockery basket (3) can be moved forth and back between an inserted position and a pull out position, wherein a door (4) is arranged at the front side (5) of the dishwasher (1) which can be arranged in an open (0) and in a closed (C) position and wherein means (6) are arranged to prevent that the crockery basket (3) is pulled out of the washing cavity (2) too far, wherein the means (6) comprise at least one hook element (7) which is firmly connected with the crockery basket (3), wherein the at least one hook element (7) is designed to cooperate with a stop element (8) which is formed at or in a lower edge (15) of the door (4) or at or in an adjacent part (12) of a lower edge (15) of the door (4), preferably wherein the at least one hook element (7) is designed to grip below said stop element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation
    Inventors: Reinhard Merz, Erika Nell
  • Patent number: 8915560
    Abstract: A disclosed example dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a rack for holding utensils for treatment within the treating chamber, a first wheel coupled with the tub, a second wheel coupled with the rack at an angle other than perpendicular, and a track. The track can have first and second channels in a back-to-back relationship for respectively receiving the first and second wheels to slidably mount the rack to the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Rayburn L. Cox, Christopher C. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20140367936
    Abstract: A cabinet having a deep shelf with limited access is described and includes at least two opposite sides carrying track means to permit easy adjustment of the shelf between two or more levels by a single person maneuvering only the one accessible end of the shelf. The cabinet can be mounted on wheels to form a cart. One or more such adjustable shelves can be provided. The shelves may be positioned just above the bottom of the cart to provide a maximum depth cart for use, in intermediate positions for use with smaller objects and/or at the very top and/or side of the cart and locked in position to provide a secured interior for the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, III, Merle Arvid Larson, Michael Piontek
  • Patent number: 8764031
    Abstract: A cabinet having a deep shelf with limited access is described and includes at least two opposite sides carrying track means to permit easy adjustment of the shelf between two or more levels by a single person maneuvering only the one accessible end of the shelf. The cabinet can be mounted on wheels to form a cart. One or more such adjustable shelves can be provided. The shelves may be positioned just above the bottom of the cart to provide a maximum depth cart for use, in intermediate positions for use with smaller objects and/or at the very top and/or side of the cart and locked in position to provide a secured interior for the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cannon Equipment Company
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, III, Merle Arvid Larson, Michael Piontek
  • Patent number: 8757742
    Abstract: An adjustable rack assembly for a washing appliance. The adjustable rack assembly includes a rack having a first side wall and an opposing second side wall, a first rail assembly having a first plurality of horizontal rails, and a second rail assembly having a second plurality of horizontal rails. A first support assembly is coupled to the first side wall of the rack and includes a first support plate configured to be removably coupled to the first rail assembly at a first horizontal rail of the first plurality of horizontal rails. A second support assembly is coupled to the second side wall of the rack and includes a second support plate configured to be removably coupled to the second rail assembly at a first horizontal rail of the second plurality of horizontal rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aaron Matthew McDaniel
  • Patent number: 8757458
    Abstract: A storage box comprises a housing with open ends and a tray that slides out either open end and up to at least fifty percent or up to at least sixty percent of the length of the tray may slide out either open end. Latch members operable from either open end of the housing selectively hold the tray in a centered position and can be released to allow the tray to slide out a selected end of the housing. Multiple latch member mating members may be associated with the housing for selective engagement by the latch members to latch the tray in multiple extended positions between the centered position and fully retracted positions out either the first or second open ends. Latch engagement members mounted on the doors engage latches connecting the tray to the housing when the doors are shut to prevent the latches from becoming unlatched when the doors are shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Nebel
  • Patent number: 8752915
    Abstract: An articulation mechanism for a sliding shelf stem of a household appliance is disclosed. The articulation mechanism may operate without the use of an additional piece and may be made only with a stamping on the counter-door itself of the household appliance. The configuration of the articulation mechanism may simplify its fabrication and assembly, and may reduce or eliminate the need for use of accessories and tools for the assembly processes, simplifying construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux do Brasil SA
    Inventor: Gilberto Martins Alves
  • Patent number: 8668290
    Abstract: A rack and pinion storage system for use in a refrigerator compartment defined by a liner includes a pair of supports attached to opposing sidewalls of the liner. First and second gear covers snap-fittingly connect first and second gear wheels to respective first and second mounting brackets extending from a storage basket, such that the gear wheels are rotatably connected to the storage basket and have equal rotational and linear motion along the respective supports. Retaining bars extending from the storage basket are held within channels defined between the bottom walls of the supports and top walls of opposing telescoping slide assemblies used to movably support a door of the compartment. Tabs extending from the supports limit the sliding movement of the storage basket. A removable divider connects to the storage basket, sectioning the basket into multiple storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Chad J. Rotter, Lester J. Ott, Steven G. Herndon
  • Publication number: 20140021845
    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: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ross Benson Wehner, Ronald Scott Tarr, Raymond James VanAssche, Joseph Emil Gormley
  • Patent number: 8544973
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a cabinet configured to define an exterior boundary of the refrigerator. The refrigerator also includes a first storage chamber defined by interior walls of the cabinet and configured to store food stuffs. The refrigerator further includes a first door configured to open and close the first storage chamber by rotating about a rotational axis. In addition, the refrigerator includes a second storage chamber that is smaller than the first storage chamber defined at a side of the first door, and that is configured to enable access to food stuffs while the first door remains closed and a second door, located in a predetermined portion of the first door, configured to open and close the second storage chamber by rotating the rotational axis, wherein a rotation direction of the second door is identical to the rotation direction of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Sik Kwon, Yong Hun Chang, Jung Yeon Hwang, Seon Il Yu
  • Publication number: 20130241383
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a slide and rotation module for an executable multiple operation mode electronic device, providing a structure with inclination-adjustable, movable, rotational and bidirectional folding functions. The slide and rotation module includes a steering arm and a slide seat disposed between the first machine body and the second machine body. The steering arm includes a first end pivoted to a first machine body and a second end pivoted to a second machine body, in which the second end of the steering arm is rotated and translated within a limiting part in response to a motion of the first machine body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventors: AN SZU HSU, CHIEN CHENG MAI, WAY HAN DAI, HSIU FAN HO
  • Patent number: 8434833
    Abstract: A mounting assembly is configured in a case having an opening and a door panel. The door panel is pivoted to the case so as to cover the opening or uncover the opening by removing the door panel. The mounting assembly includes at least one fixing rod, a stopper member, at least one elastic member and an actuator. The fixing rod is disposed on one inner side of the case adjacent to the opening. The stopper member and the elastic member are movably disposed on the fixing rod. The actuator is disposed on the door panel. When the door panel covers the opening, the actuator is incorporated with the stopper member, such that the stopper member shields the opening, so as to avoid an object moving around or away from the case through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Wan Lin Hsu, Po Hsuan Peng
  • Patent number: 8437123
    Abstract: A server cabinet includes a cabinet, a first slide rail, and a second slide rail. The cabinet includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a rear wall, two sidewalls, and two doors. The first slide rail is mounted on an inner surface of one of the sidewalls. The first slide rail has a first end and an opposite second end. The first slide rail defines a first slide groove. The first end is adjacent to the doors, and the second end is close to the rear wall. The second slide rail has a first and a second connection ends. The second slide rail defines a second slide groove. The first connection end is rotatably coupled to the first end so that the second slide rail is capable of rotating relative to the first slide rail to a position where the second slide rail aligns with the first slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8403190
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tray assembly. The tray assembly may include a tray having a guide slot, a hinge arm including a cam-shaped portion and rotably coupled to the tray, a cover fixed to an end portion of the hinge arm, a drawer box storable in the tray and having a guide pin at a side portion thereof, the guide pin passing through the guide slot of the tray and being movable along the guide slot by selectively engaging with the cam-shaped portion of the hinge arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Woo
  • Patent number: 8388075
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a housing, two first rails, two pairs of pivoting elements, and two second rails. The housing includes two doors pivotably mounted to opposite sides of a front end of the housing. The first rails are respectively fixed to opposite internal sides of the housing. First ends of a pair of pivoting elements are pivotably connected to an inner side of each of the doors, and second ends of the pair of pivoting elements of each of the doors are pivotably connected a corresponding one of the second rails. When the doors are opened parallel to the first rails, the second rails are operable to move relative to the corresponding doors and aligned with the corresponding first rails to form two extended sliding rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8313156
    Abstract: A stand for an LCD monitor includes a storage area and a front message center. The stand is box-shaped and has a flat top for the monitor. The sides are shaped like a trapezoid such that the hinged front door is slanted downwards and towards the user. The outer surface of the front door has a left dry erase side for writing notes and a right cork board side for posting messages. The inside of the stand has one or more sliding drawers with a variety of compartments for storing articles like pens and paper clips. The lower section of the inside of the stand also has convenient storage space. Lower adjustable feet allow the user to adjust the height of the monitor. A cup holder or phone holder can also be included on the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Wilton Leon Ross
  • Patent number: 8267493
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator including a sliding storage member that is height adjustable through a vertically moving shelf with a multi-level configuration, and which can be selectively withdrawn from inside a storage space to the outside, where a user can improve usability of storage space in the refrigerator by selectively adjusting the height of the vertically moving shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seong Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8210625
    Abstract: A rack and pinion storage system for use in a refrigerator compartment defined by a liner includes a pair of supports attached to opposing sidewalls of the liner. First and second gear covers snap-fittingly connect first and second gear wheels to respective first and second mounting brackets extending from a storage basket, such that the gear wheels are rotatably connected to the storage basket and have equal rotational and linear motion along the respective supports. Retaining bars extending from the storage basket are held within channels defined between the bottom walls of the supports and top walls of opposing telescoping slide assemblies used to movably support a door of the compartment. Tabs extending from the supports limit the sliding movement of the storage basket. A removable divider connects to the storage basket, sectioning the basket into multiple storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Chad J. Rotter, Lester J. Ott, Steven G. Herndon
  • Patent number: 8201900
    Abstract: A safety cabinet has a box body having an open front side, a pair of doors hinged to the body and pivotal between closed positions closing the front side and open positions exposing the open front side, and a shelf slidable between an in position wholly contained in the body behind the open front side and an out position projecting forward at least partially from the open front side. A guide is provided on the shelf extending at an acute angle to the pullout direction, and an arm connected to one of the doors rides in the guide so that moving the one door into the respective open position pulls the drawer into the out position. A link connects the other door at least indirectly to the guide for pulling the other door into the respective open position on movement of the one door into the respective open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Dueperthal Sicherheitstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Backhaus, Franz-Josef Hagen
  • Patent number: 8162330
    Abstract: A Multi-Purpose Mobile Cart including a tool chest adapted to hold tools, a computer system for executing computer executable programs, a plurality of electrical devices, and a plurality of speakers; a computer system for executing computer executable programs including a monitor for viewing images, a computer hard drive for storing data and programs, a keyboard adapted to input information into the computer system, and a mouse adapted to provide a user interface with the computer system; a plurality of electrical devices adapted to provide reception and amplification of radio or television signals and further adapted to provide playback of media; and a plurality of speakers, the plurality of speakers adapted to provide audio output from the computer system and the plurality of electrical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Ashot Melkumyan, Karapet Kozloyan
  • Patent number: 8162419
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a wash cabinet having a bottom, two opposite side walls, an upper and a rear wall and an opening that normally is covered by a front door. The dishwasher is provided with at least one lower basket for the dish being cleaned, said basket being movable between a first position inside the cabinet and a second position mainly outside the cabinet. The dishwasher is at each side of the opening provided with a support arranged to move mainly vertically in or close to the side walls for raising the lower basket from a lower to an upper position and vice versa. The supports are articulated by a lifting mechanism arranged to move the supports from an inactive position out of engagement with the lower basket to an active position in which they are in engagement with the lower basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Fredrik Dellby, Fredrik Bergling, Gregory Peake
  • Publication number: 20120062087
    Abstract: A jewelry organizer configured to hold various sizes and types of jewelry items so that all pieces of a particular style or color may be stored and displayed in one location. The jewelry organizer includes at least one card including a frame and at least one crossing bar secured to the frame. A web panel is connected to each crossing bar. The web panel includes a plurality of holes and openings. A plurality of hooks is attached to the crossing bars and a hanging rod is located on the top end of the frame. The holes and openings are adapted to receive a plurality of different jewelry items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Bernard Francis HAVLOCK, Priscilla Rose HARDY
  • 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: 8109581
    Abstract: A transparent rollout pantry organizing system for kitchen cabinets has at least two rollout shelf units that are constructed of planar clear sheet material that is cut and fused together to form a rigid structural shape with shelves having heavy duty drawer guides fastened to the rollout unit which can be extended out of the pantry cabinet so that items can be easily accessed, and having at least one pair of side by side drawers above the rollout units also made of clear material used for the rollout units. By using clear material, items on upper shelves can be seen through the drawer bottoms, and by using the drawers in pairs, items on upper drawers at the rear of the drawer can be easily accessed by extending one drawer at a time and reaching over the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: James W. Lazenby
  • Patent number: 8100281
    Abstract: A sterilization case assembly including a plurality of sterilization cases having a first sterilization case and a second sterilization case. The second sterilization case is stacked upon the first sterilization case in a vertical direction. The second sterilization case is offset from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction. In another embodiment, the second sterilization case is configured for both stacking offset from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction and stacking inline from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Sands, Jon D. Shoemaker, Chad M. LaMar
  • Publication number: 20110279956
    Abstract: A server cabinet includes a cabinet, a first slide rail, and a second slide rail. The cabinet includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a rear wall, two sidewalls, and two doors. The first slide rail is mounted on an inner surface of one of the sidewalls. The first slide rail has a first end and an opposite second end. The first slide rail defines a first slide groove. The first end is adjacent to the doors, and the second end is close to the rear wall. The second slide rail has a first and a second connection ends. The second slide rail defines a second slide groove. The first connection end is rotatably coupled to the first end so that the second slide rail is capable of rotating relative to the first slide rail to a position where the second slide rail aligns with the first slide rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: ZHENG-HENG SUN
  • Patent number: 8037839
    Abstract: A device for handling a load hoisted between two locations offset both vertically and horizontally is described. In particular the device is useful for transferring an outboard motor between an operating location on a dinghy and a storage location on a larger boat. The device makes use of existing lifting devices such as sail halyards and winches and provides both guidance and stabilization of the motor during the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Owen James Thistle
  • Patent number: 8011744
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body, a receiving portion defined within the main body, a shelf disposed within the receiving portion having at least one auxiliary hinge portion disposed at a rear thereof, a storage tray slidably extractable from within the receiving portion and adjacent the shelf when the storage tray is received within the receiving portion, and a front cover disposed on a front surface of the storage tray to be rotated upward and opened when the storage tray is extracted from within the receiving portion and having at least one holder portion disposed on a rear surface thereof to be coupled to the at least one auxiliary hinge portion. By the configuration, the front cover is structurally reinforced, and it is possible to prevent the front cover from drooping and prevent a gap between the front cover and the upper shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Lim, Youn Tae Shin
  • Publication number: 20110204760
    Abstract: A cabinet having a deep shelf with limited access is described and includes at least two opposite sides carrying track means to permit easy adjustment of the shelf between two or more levels by a single person maneuvering only the one accessible end of the shelf. The cabinet can be mounted on wheels to form a cart. One or more such adjustable shelves can be provided. The shelves may be positioned just above the bottom of the cart to provide a maximum depth cart for use, in intermediate positions for use with smaller objects and/or at the very top and/or side of the cart and locked in position to provide a secured interior for the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, III, Merle Arvid Larson, Michael Piontek