Non-horizontally, Non-pivotally Movable Patents (Class 312/312)
  • Patent number: 10598425
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lifting apparatus and refrigerator having the same, by which a driving motor to generate driving force to vertically move a basket may be miniaturized and the load of the driving motor may be reduced. A refrigerator includes a main body, a storeroom formed inside the main body with an open front, a drawer slidingly coupled with the main body to open or close the storeroom and provided at a lower side thereof with a basket having storage space, and a lifting apparatus moving the basket vertically, wherein the lifting apparatus includes a driving motor, a driving shaft rotated by the driving motor, a lifting unit moving the basket vertically by means of rotational force of the driving shaft, and a coil spring coupled to the driving shaft and transferring energy in a direction in which the driving shaft is rotated to reduce a load of the driving motor, when the driving shaft is rotated to move the basket upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Seung Choi, Min Soo Kim, Sung Jin Park
  • Patent number: 10524587
    Abstract: A fastener storage and display cabinet includes a housing defining an internal space, with a plurality of tray units positioned within the internal space. Each tray unit is movable between a closed position primarily within the internal space and an extended position in which a majority of the tray unit is cantilevered forward of the housing. At least one tray unit is formed as a telescoping tray assembly comprising an upper tray component and a lower tray component, wherein the upper tray component fits within the lower tray component and is movable with respect to the lower tray component between a first position nested within the lower tray component and a second position cantilevered forwardly from the lower tray component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE HILLMAN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Brian D. Rosner, James F. Huss, Nalinikanth Garikapati
  • Patent number: 10494846
    Abstract: An actuating drive for moving a furniture part movably supported relative to a furniture carcass, includes at least one pivotally mounted actuating arm for moving the movable furniture part, a spring device for applying a force to the actuating arm, and a locking device for releasably locking the actuating arm. The locking device includes at least one movably-mounted locking element cooperating with at least one locking recess in a position in which the actuating arm is locked. The locking element can be unlocked from the at least one locking recess by a switch element to be operated manually, and can also be unlocked by a control portion arranged on the actuating arm. The control portion can be acted upon by mounting the movable furniture part to the actuating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventor: Malte Schmid
  • Patent number: 10451336
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet with an adjustable wall partitioning the cabinet between first and second storage compartments. An adjustment mechanism is coupled to the adjustable wall and includes a mounting portion that is slideably coupled to an underside of the adjustable wall between fore and aft positions. A retaining mechanism is operably coupled to the mounting portion and includes a plurality of engagement features that engage like engagement features disposed on the underside of the adjustable wall. The retaining mechanism is moved to the disengaged position to allow movement of the adjustment mechanism between the fore and aft positions. The adjustment mechanism further includes support guides downwardly extending from opposite sides of the mounting portion. The support guides are slideably received in inclined channels disposed on opposite sidewalls of the cabinet between raised and lowered positions as the adjustment mechanism moves between the fore and aft positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bruno de Mello Ribeiro, Rafael da Cunha Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10414585
    Abstract: A planar storage facility is provided with a storage/retrieval device for suspending and transporting storage items between a desired position in a storage item placement plane and a storage conveyor and a retrieval conveyor. A plurality of passage regions dividing the storage item placement plane into small areas are established in the storage item placement plane. At least one end of the passage regions opens to the outside of the periphery of the storage item placement plane. The task of manually unloading the storage items in the small areas can be performed from within the passage regions forming the small areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10334946
    Abstract: A Highly Hung Vertically Moveable Cabinet (HHVMC) comprising a cabinet having a bottom and a top essentially parallel thereto; and an electrical motion system configured to allow movement of the cabinet to a predetermined distance of at least 500 mm in a first direction and in a second opposite direction. Both first direction and second direction being essentially normal to the cabinet bottom and top, and switches electrically coupled to the motion system, wired to allow selection of the movement in the first or second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CABINETICS INNOVATIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Amiel Guivol, Shoolamit Guivol
  • Patent number: 10251388
    Abstract: A storage stack for storing sample containers in a low temperature sample store, each storage stack includes first and second rigid lateral support flanges including a multitude of storage webs for supporting sample containers; a rigid back panel; a rigid bottom plate; and a rigid insulation cover. The insulation cover includes a handling plate and an insulation block. A number of insulation covers of all storage stacks of a storage stack array form an essentially continuous insulation layer on a storage area of the low temperature sample store. For all storage stacks, carrying elements are provided that statically connect the bottom plate of each individual storage stack with a bottom structure of the storage area, carry the entire weight of the individual storage stack and all sample containers inserted therein, and confer this entire weight to a bottom structure of the storage area of the low temperature sample store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Beat Reuteler
  • Patent number: 10124341
    Abstract: The storage device is adapted to store a plurality of objects, such as sample tube holders, at low temperatures, e.g. at ?80° C. It comprises a storage chamber with a plurality of storage cassettes arranged in its bottom section. A cassette lift in its top section can be used to lift individual storage cassettes up and to move them to an access opening, where the contents of the storage cassette can be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LICONIC AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Patent number: 9840203
    Abstract: A storage system for a vehicle, including housing, which at least partially surrounds a storage compartment, and at least one storage tray at least partially disposed in the storage compartment. The storage tray is designed to be able to slide with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Steffen Scheit, Bernd Abelmann
  • Patent number: 9801464
    Abstract: An operable cabinet storage unit includes an outer cabinet structure having a plurality of sides and an aperture for selectively accessing an interior volume. A plurality of operable cassettes are each linearly operable through the aperture to define a storage position within the interior volume and an access position outside of the interior volume. Each cassette of the plurality of cassettes includes a plurality of storage receptacles, wherein each cassette of the plurality of cassettes occupies a corresponding vertical plane within the interior volume. A retaining mechanism extends from each cassette to the outer cabinet structure, wherein the retaining mechanism selectively retains a corresponding cassette in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Sumners
  • Patent number: 9272722
    Abstract: The placement tray (6) comprises a general plane (6a) and at least one rim (60, 80) movable between a rest position in which the or each rim (60, 80) is disposed so that it projects relative to the general plane (6a) and a working position in which the or each rim (60, 80) is aligned relative to the general plane (6a). The or each rim (60, 80) retracts automatically under the action of a load (F) which biases the or each rim (60, 80) from its rest position towards its working position, the load being placed on the upper surface of the tray (6) vertically above the or each rim (60, 80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Stanley Works (Europe) GmbH
    Inventors: Didier Dufoure, Benoit Ozenne, Stephane Thirouin, Benoit Tillet
  • Patent number: 9084481
    Abstract: A piece of furniture has an outer construction (frame), an inner body that can be raised and lowered in relation to the outer construction via a body motor, and a leaf (flap) that is movable via a leaf motor for covering the front face of the raised inner body. The leaf is articulated on the outer construction, and an electronic controller operable by way of at least one operating switch is provided for coordinated actuation of the leaf motor and the body motor. Starting from a position with the leaf open and the inner body lowered, the inner body first moves at least partially upwards before the leaf closes in order to close the piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventor: Helmut Hollenstein
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 8857208
    Abstract: A climatic cabinet and storage cabinet that includes an upper zone, a lower zone, storage positions for storing objects in one of the upper and lower zone, and at least one temperature control unit structured and arranged to maintain a temperature in the one of the upper and lower zone different from the other of the upper and lower zone. The cabinet further includes a lock, a horizontal transport mechanism arranged at least in part in the other of the upper and lower zone to move the objects to and from the lock in a direction having a horizontal component, and a vertical transport mechanism structured and arranged to move the objects between the lower zone and the upper zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas Malin
  • Publication number: 20140285078
    Abstract: An appliance is provided having one or more racks or shelves, the position of which may be adjusted vertically. Multiple different positions along the vertical direction can be made available for selection by a user of the appliance. One or more mechanisms allow for the selective adjustment and securing of the vertical position at which a shelf may be located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Darren Allen Turner
  • Publication number: 20140203693
    Abstract: One variation may include a method including providing a module for packaging, delivering and displaying goods in the module, the module including at least one face which may be removed, retracted or moved to display goods prepackaged in the module, packaging a plurality of goods in the module, delivering the module to a factory, office, hospital, warehouse or retail store, removing, retracting or moving a face of the module to display the goods prepackaged in the module. Another variation may include a module including the elevator floor system and at least one sensor for determining the height of stacked packages within the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chet R. Wisniewski, Spencer W. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8752914
    Abstract: A dish rack installation kit including a pair of rigid vertical support members connected on each side of said dish rack, said dish rack having a plurality of frame members that can support a variety of different kinds of dishes, said dish rack mounted above a kitchen sink in an upper kitchen cabinet with an open bottom to allow drainage from the dish rack directly into the kitchen sink. The invention can include cabinet doors to hide the dish rack when not in use. The invention saves space in the kitchen. The rigid vertical support members include holes that receive fasteners for attaching the entire unit to the inside walls of a kitchen cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Tali Simhoni
  • 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: 8640358
    Abstract: Movement of a slot door of a freeze dryer is driven by a rack and pinion actuator. The actuator is easily sanitized and includes internal elements that are accessible to sanitizing sprays. The pinions are driven by pinion shafts that pass through a seal separating an aseptic area from a non-aseptic area where the drive train is positioned. Only rotary motion is transferred across the aseptic barrier, reducing the need for a bellows or sliding covers, which are difficult to sanitize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ima Life North America Inc.
    Inventors: Francis W. DeMarco, Ernesto Renzi
  • Publication number: 20140009050
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a top wall, a bottom wall, two opposite sidewalls, and a roll door apparatus mounted between the top and bottom walls and positioned adjacent to one of the sidewalls. The top and bottom walls each define a slide slot perpendicular to the sidewalls and a number of cutouts communicating with the corresponding slide slot. The roll door apparatus includes a rotatable pole, a roll door rolled about the pole and fixed to the pole by a first end, a locking member mounted to a second end of the roll door opposite to the first end. The locking member includes a sliding portion top and bottom ends of which to be slidably received in one of the slide slots, and an engaging portion engaged in two of the cutouts of the top and bottom walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SZU-WEI KUO
  • Publication number: 20140009046
    Abstract: A cabinet includes two opposite sidewalls and a roll door apparatus. Each sidewall longitudinally defines a number of cutouts. The roll door apparatus includes a first pole rotatably mounted between tops of the sidewalls, a roll door reeled about the first pole. The roll door has a first end mounted to the pole, and a second end opposite to the first end. A fixing piece extends from the second end of the roll door. Opposite ends of the fixing piece are engaged in two of the cutouts of the sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SZU-WEI KUO
  • Patent number: 8616663
    Abstract: A representative adjustable cabinet includes a bottom section, a top section, a release mechanism, and a ladder component. The bottom section includes a top wall. The top section is positioned above the bottom section and includes at least one side wall. The release mechanism is placed at the top wall and includes at least one bar that extends horizontally along a plane of the top wall. The ladder component is placed at the at least one side wall of the top section and engages the at least one bar of the release mechanism to facilitate adjusting the top section downward and upward in relation to the bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Publication number: 20130334945
    Abstract: A handheld device includes a specified number of protection components, each protection component includes an actuating unit, an active bracket, a fixed bracket, a holding unit, a spring, and an anti-collision unit. The actuating unit is connected to a body of the handheld device, a first end of the active bracket is connected to the actuating unit, a second end of the active bracket is connected to the holding unit, the fixed bracket is positioned in the holding unit near to the active bracket, and the anti-collision unit is connected to the spring, the anti-collision unit is kept in the holding unit when the protection component is not activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8485618
    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 characterized 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: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Benz, Michael Krapp
  • Patent number: 8466377
    Abstract: An electronic device housing includes a first housing, a second housing, and a plurality of frames. The first housing comprises a bottom plate and a side plate extending from an edge of the bottom plate. The side plate of the first housing is welded to the second housing. The frames are fixed to the first housing. Each frame forms a restricting portion connecting the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Dai
  • Patent number: 8456817
    Abstract: A housing includes a bottom housing and a top housing. The bottom housing includes a connecting surface. The top housing includes a bottom surface. The connecting surface is fixed to the bottom surface by welding. A receiving groove is defined in the bottom surface, for receiving the molten slag generated and collected during a welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zi-Ming Tang, Jing-Hui You, Fa-Guang Shi
  • Publication number: 20130032066
    Abstract: A highly re-configurable article of furniture formed of interlocking elements that may be used as a bar, counter, desk, dining, display or coffee table and may be arranged in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and heights through the addition, removal or repositioning of the elements and varying the height of the supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Clayton Huskey
  • Publication number: 20120326583
    Abstract: A container data center includes a container, and a number of cabinets arranged in the container. A shockproof device is mounted to the bottom of the cabinet. A supporting apparatus is mounted between the top of the cabinet and the container. The supporting apparatus includes a first sleeve fixed to the top of the container, and a second sleeve, wherein a first end of the second sleeve is slidably engaged in the first sleeve, and a second end of the second sleeve is fixed to the top of the top wall of the cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HSIANG-WEI LIU
  • Publication number: 20120280604
    Abstract: An arrangement for height-adjustment, preferably for kitchen tables with base cabinets is designed as a platform comprising a bottom plate (10), on which is mounted a lifting arrangement (13-18) with a carrying surface (11) for an object positioned thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Michael L. Randløv, Torben Basse, Henrik Winther, Jeppe C. Bastholm, Martin Riis, Henning Kristensen, Jens J. Nielsen, Norbert Klinke, Bent Jensen
  • Publication number: 20120280603
    Abstract: A dual directional sliding hinge is mounted in a portable device with a cover, a first base and a second base and has a main panel, a first sliding unit, a second sliding unit. The main panel is attached to the cover. The first sliding unit is attached to the first base. The second sliding unit is attached to the second base. When the first and second sliding units slide at the closing position, the cover and the first and second bases are folded to have a smallest volume. Since the first and second sliding units have different sliding distances when sliding to different directions, the functioning units on the first and second bases are revealed alternatively. Therefore, the user can decide to use different functioning units as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Hsu, Yu-Feng Lin, Chung-Lin Lee, Ming-Wei Liao
  • Publication number: 20120194052
    Abstract: A container holder includes a cylindrical opening, having a side wall with a movable section which extends between a raised position, completing a cylindrical support for a container, and a lowered position providing a notch for receiving a handle of a cup. In one embodiment, a pair of adjacent cup holders are provided with a movable section extending between them. In a preferred embodiment, the movable section includes a push-push latch such that it can be pressed downwardly and remain in a retracted position for use with a handle-including container and, upon pushing a second time, is raised to accommodate a cylindrical container. In another embodiment, a damper mechanism is provided to control the motion of the movable section. In yet another embodiment of the invention, a peripheral seal near the movable section is provided to reduce or eliminate the effect of any fluid spilled on the control mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Mclaughlin, Steve Norman Bazinski
  • Publication number: 20120169187
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a presentation device (1), comprising a display space (2) provided for displaying products, in which said display space (2) can be closed by a closure element (3) which can be moved up and down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: View Tube NV
    Inventor: Marc Lambert
  • Publication number: 20120133257
    Abstract: An exemplary side plate assembly includes a side plate and an elongated reinforcing member. The side plate includes a main portion and two mounting portions at two opposite sides of the main portion. The reinforcing member is arranged at a middle of a side of the side plate. Two ends of the reinforcing member are respectively connected to the two mounting portions of the side plate. An inner side of the reinforcing member abuts the main portion of the side plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHIH-HUA CHEN, CHIA-WEN TSAI, CHIH-WEI KE
  • Publication number: 20120119636
    Abstract: A holding apparatus includes a bracket and a receiving case. The receiving case is mounted to the bracket and receives a plurality of products. In addition includes a front wall, a rear wall opposite to the front wall, a bottom wall connected to the rear wall, two opposite sidewalls connected to the front wall, rear wall and the bottom wall. The front wall defines a through hole, and the through hole extends to the bottom wall. An acute angle is defined between the bottom wall and the front wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WAN-CHENG LIN, ZHONG-QUN LI, ZHONG-LIANG JIAN
  • 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: 20120056520
    Abstract: A front panel assembly includes an inner cover plate having two first positioning pins, and a sliding door mechanism including a pair of slide rails each provided on a lateral side of the inner cover plate and having top and bottom ends. The first positioning pins are disposed intermediate of the pair of the slide rails. A door panel is slidable upward and downward along the slide rails, and has two second positioning pins. Two spring elements are disposed between the door panel and the inner cover plate. Each spring element has a first connecting end connected pivotally to a corresponding first positioning pin, and a second connecting end connected pivotally to a corresponding second positioning pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicants: LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORP., SILITEK ELECTRONIC (GUANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUNG-LUNG LIU, CHUAN-CHIEH TSENG, JIE-DONG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20120041589
    Abstract: A nail polish display system includes a case, which may take the form of a shelving system or platform, sized to hold and display multiple bottles of nail polish. The bottles are attached to coupling devices, such as clamps, sleeves, magnetic couplers, etc. to an agitator, which preferably takes the form of a rotatable rod. A motor operates the agitator to move, rotate or otherwise agitate the bottles and therefore sufficiently and continuously mix the nail polish within the bottles. The system may include one or more sensors configured to detect the presence of a patron, configured to detect a position of the motor or agitator, and/or configured to detect when a door to the case is being opened. Further, the motor may be programmable and receive instructions from either a controller or control logic using input from one or more of the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Cuong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120033368
    Abstract: A chassis for a plurality of computers for use in a data center, the chassis at least one extensible fin, the fin either extensible perpendicularly from the front of the chassis or extensible parallel with the front of the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew R. Archibald, Jerrod K. Buterbaugh
  • Publication number: 20120025681
    Abstract: A representative adjustable cabinet includes a bottom section, a top section, a release mechanism, and a ladder component. The bottom section includes a top wall. The top section is positioned above the bottom section and includes at least one side wall. The release mechanism is placed at the top wall and includes at least one bar that extends horizontally along a plane of the top wall. The ladder component is placed at the at least one side wall of the top section and engages the at least one bar of the release mechanism to facilitate adjusting the top section downward and upward in relation to the bottom section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120019116
    Abstract: A computer enclosure includes a frame and a side panel. An opening is defined at one side of the frame. The frame includes a retaining member. A securing slot is defined in the frame. The securing slot and the retaining member are located at opposite sides of the opening. The side panel covers the opening. The side panel includes a locking member and a retaining post. The retaining post extends into the securing slot. The locking member includes a block portion. The block portion is configured to elastically deform and ride over the retaining member to secure the side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHEN-LU FAN
  • 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: 8056991
    Abstract: A furniture drive for moving a furniture part is mounted in a vertically adjustable manner includes a drive apparatus, which has an electric motor, for moving the movable furniture part, and includes a compensation device which exerts a force which is opposite to the weight force on the movable furniture part. A measuring device is provided for detecting the weight of the movable furniture part. Therefore, the force exerted by the compensation device on the movable furniture part can be variably adjusted as a function of the measured weight of the movable furniture part by an adjusting device which has a further electric motor and can be actuated by the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Hollenstein
  • Publication number: 20110266936
    Abstract: A robust, motorized moveable shelf assembly having a shelf carriage, a stationary support structure, and a motorized drive assembly that can be retrofitted into an existing cabinet structure or be combined with a cabinet structure in which the shelf carriage can rotationally-move outside and either downward or upward of the stationary support structure and back again so that the shelf carriage is more readily accessible to a person of limited mobility. A linkage arm powered by a motor moves through an arcuate path to drive the shelf carriage from a first at rest position to a second extended position. In one embodiment, the shelf carriage has a bottom edge with a chamfered rear edge to provide clearance during movement. In another embodiment, the shelf carriage includes a moveable bottom flap, a rail, and a wheel attached to a lower portion of the shelf carriage where the wheel tracks the rail to eliminate the need for the chamfered rear edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Eric M. MORAN
  • Patent number: 8033620
    Abstract: A toolbox with drawers for holding tools and the like and a display rack for holding and displaying such tools. The display rack is movable vertically relative to the toolbox and may assume a first tool accessible and tool visible position and a second position where the tools are not accessible and are not visible. A locking mechanism maintains the inaccessible tool position of the display rack. Preloaded struts operate to extend the display rack to its tool accessible and tool visible condition when the retaining force on the display rack is released. A retaining mechanism is used to hold the display rack in its elevated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Barry Kane Retchloff
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110163644
    Abstract: In an automatic ticketing apparatus in which a customer-operated display screen (2) operated by a customer also serves as a maintenance display screen, the customer-operated display screen (2) is configured to be linearly movable while maintaining the direction of the display surface in the same direction, and by moving the customer-operated display screen, a maintenance space (15), through which the interior of the apparatus can be accessed, is opened. Furthermore, a lower operation unit (4) that is movable in a direction different from the movement direction of the customer-operated display screen (2) is provided, and the lower operation unit (4) is configured such that the maintenance space (15), through which the interior of the apparatus can be accessed, is enlarged by moving the lower operation unit (4). Accordingly, an operator can perform a maintenance operation easily while checking the display content of the customer-operated display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: OKI ELCTRIC INDUSTRY CO.,LTD.
    Inventor: Kyoichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 7922267
    Abstract: A worksurface storage system includes a frame, a tray, an actuator, and a cover. The tray and actuator are connected to the frame such that operation of the actuator translates the actuator and the tray relative to the frame. The cover is pivotably connected to the frame such that translation of the tray rotates the cover between an open and a closed position relative to the worksurface. The storage system is constructed to engage the worksurface such that devices supported by the tray are selectively extended and retracted relative to the worksurface. An opening formed in the worksurface accommodates passage of the devices and the cover, which is rotationally connected to the frame and which covers the opening formed in the worksurface when the devices are not in use. The storage system provides for multi-functional use of the worksurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven C. Gevaert