With Latch, Lock, Or Gravity Closer Patents (Class 312/333)
  • Publication number: 20130257249
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for a drawer of a chest wherein the chest has a front wall into which the drawer is received and a back wall, the arrangement comprising a member extending from a back wall of the drawer, an opening for the member provided in the back wall of the chest, the member extending through the opening in the back wall of the chest when the drawer is fully inserted into the chest and wherein the member is adapted to receive a locking device for attachment to the member extending through the opening to prevent the drawer from being removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Meir Avganim
  • Publication number: 20130257250
    Abstract: A drawer for an airline trolley, which has a generally rectangular tray, is closed by a lid. The lid has a flap which is openable, and the drawer has a lock unit with which the flap engages. The lock unit is lockable by a breakable seal. The flap can be hinged about a line extended across the lid at a position forward of the back of the tray. The flap can be connected to the sides of the tray by webs which fold under the flap in its closed position, the webs preventing access to the interior of the tray under the lid. The flap can have a catch at its forward end which engages in a lockable chamber on the front of the drawer, a breakable seal being insertable into the chamber to engage the catch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Sam O. Blonden, Spencer Davis
  • Publication number: 20130249366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device (9) for releasably coupling a drawer (2) to a retractable rail (8) of a drawer retraction guide (3), comprising:—a locking part (10) which can be releasably locked to releasably couple the drawer (2) to the retractable rail (8) of the drawer retraction guide (3);—a handle part (11) which is designed to be actuated by hand and allows the locking part (10) to be released relative to the retractable rail (8) of the drawer retraction guide (3); and—an opposite retaining part (15) between which and the locking part (10) the rail (8) is accommodated in the mounted position. The locking part (10) can be moved into a direction pointing away from the opposite retaining part (15) by a hand applying pressure to the handle part (11), the opposite retaining part (15) being provided with at least one resilient tongue (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo GASSER
  • Patent number: 8540328
    Abstract: A control mechanism for a drawer slide assembly which includes a first slide member and a second slide member. The control mechanism includes an adjustment member and a pair of stop members. The adjustment member is rotationally connected to the second slide member, and the pair of stop members are connected to the adjustment member and each have a stop portion located corresponding to the first slide member. The first slide member includes a catch portion which is located corresponding to one of the stop portions. The pair of the stop members are moved by rotation of the adjustment member. When the second slide member is retracted relative to the first slide member, the first and second stop portions are respectively adjusted and are engaged with the catch portion of the first side member to position the second slide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Yi-Syuan Jhao, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8534775
    Abstract: A server cabinet for receiving a server includes two sidewalls forming two rails to support the server. A fixing board perpendicularly extends from a rear side of each sidewall toward the other sidewall and longitudinally defines a number of through holes. Each fixing board includes a blocking member. The blocking member includes a main portion, two curved claws extending from top and bottom ends of the main portion to be engaged in two through holes of the fixing board, and an extension piece extending from a side of the main portion to block a rear side of the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: An-Gang Liang
  • Patent number: 8534782
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first slide rail, a second slide rail, a ball bracket slidably sandwiched between the first and second slide rails, a locking member fixed to the first slide rail, and a positioning member fixed to the second slide rail. The ball bracket is locked to the first slide rail by the locking member. The second slide rail is positioned to the first slide rail by the positioning member. The locking member may be operated to release the second slide rail and the ball bracket from the first slide rail at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mo-Ming Yu, Guang-Hua Gu
  • Patent number: 8528998
    Abstract: In a slide assembly, an adjustable detent mechanism enables the detent and, therefore, the holding force, between a slide member on a pull-out component and an opposite slide member to be adjusted based on the application and load conditions for the pull-out component. The adjustable detent mechanism may include a base having symmetrically-disposed detent arms and associated legs which interact with respective adjuster cams symmetrically disposed on an adjustment dial. The dial is co-axial with, and is received in, the base, and both are coupled to one of the slide members. The opposite slide member has two symmetrically-disposed retention tabs that interact with respective ones of the detent arms to adjust the holding force between the slide members. The dial's range of rotation may be defined by the interaction between a pin disposed on the base and a rotation restriction guide that is defined through an undersurface of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Accuride International, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Sanchez Leal
  • Patent number: 8528999
    Abstract: The slide assembly includes a first rail, a second rail, a bearing assembly and an engaging member. The first rail includes an opening located adjacent to an end thereof and a stop face is defined on a wall of the opening. The bearing assembly is located between the first and second rails. The bearing assembly has a bearing retainer which has a first contact portion. The engaging member is connected to the second rail and has a second contact portion and an engaging portion. The second contact portion is located corresponding to the first contact portion. When the second rail is pulled relative to the first rail, the bearing retainer is moved by engagement between the first and second contact portions. When the bearing assembly moves to a desired position, the engaging portion is inserted into the opening and contacts the stop face so that the second rail is engaged with the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: King Slide Works Co., Ltd., King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20130229098
    Abstract: A modular drawer safe possessing upper indentions and lower protrusions allowing multiple units in varying sizes to be secured together. The drawer safe uses biometric recognition for its primary locking control and a manual keyed back-up. A multicolored illumination ring situated around the fingerprint reader provides low-level light as a visual point of reference and changes to green light when an authorized fingerprint is scanned or red light if an unauthorized or misread fingerprint is scanned. The drawer opens under its own spring or pneumatically driven motive force. Supplemental illumination within the drawer compartment consist of multiple pairs of red low-level illumination and brighter white illumination. All electrical components are powered by line voltage with an integral battery backup. AC power can be daisy-chained between multiple units thus only requiring a single receptacle to provide power to all components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Adam Quinn Pletcher
  • Patent number: 8523301
    Abstract: A drawer assembly includes a drawer body that is slideably coupled within a cabinet housing a slide assembly. The slide assembly includes an outer slide portion having a blocking tab disposed thereon. The slide assembly further includes a slide mount having an engagement tab pivotably mounted thereon. The engagement tab engages the blocking tab to lock the drawer assembly. The engagement tab can be released by turning a twist-lock mechanism, which actuates a lever that engages an actuator tab extending inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stellar Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Aaron Britson
  • Patent number: 8526191
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus includes a linkage member defining a first front sliding groove and a first rear sliding groove and a sliding member movably connected to the linkage and defining a second front sliding groove and a second rear sliding groove. The first front sliding groove corresponds to the second front sliding groove, and the first rear sliding groove corresponds to the second rear sliding groove. The assembly apparatus further includes a fixing base defining a curved groove, a control member including a first rotation pin and a second rotation pin, and a fixing pin fixed with respect to the fixing base. The first rotation pin is slidably received in the first and second rear sliding groove, the second rotation pin is slidably received in the curved groove, and the fixing pin is slidably received in the first and second front sliding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Guang-Yi Zhang, Zhe Zhang, Bing-Bao Guo
  • Patent number: 8511764
    Abstract: A slide automatic-closing buffer assembly comprises a base, a sliding block, at least one elastic element and a bump. The base is disposed at an end of an outer rail, and the bump is disposed at an end of an inner rail, and the sliding block is movably installed in a containing space of the base, and the elastic element is coupled between the base and the sliding block, and the present invention is characterized in that the containing space has at least one buffer rail, and the sliding block has a buffer wheel corresponding to the buffer to rail slow down the sliding block and buffer the impact produced when the elastic element is pulled back to achieve the required automatic returning, closing and buffering effects required by a slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Martas Precision Slide Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wan-Lai Chen
  • Patent number: 8511765
    Abstract: A two way three section slide drawer slide assembly for permitting a drawer to be selectively pulled out from opposite open ends of a compartment is provided with an elongated outer section secured to the compartment; an elongated intermediate section in the outer section; two elongated sliding members; an elongated inner section including a two-end open flat track, an intermediate opening, two positioning members at both ends of the intermediate opening respectively, and two tabs; an elongated bearing member; two stop units; and a flexible limit member including an intermediate flat portion and on either end of the flat portion, a latching member including an inclined surface at one end and an inclined extension at an intermediate portion, a ramp on the latching member, a slot abutted on the ramp, and a rectangular cut at the other end of the latching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: E-Make Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kung-Cheng Chen, Lung-Chuan Huang
  • Patent number: 8511763
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-closing device for a drawer or for a moveable part of a piece of furniture that includes a support body for a slider moveable within a guide between a rear and a front position and vice versa by the action of a first elastic element. The slider is actuated by a drawing element integral with an extractable part affixed to the drawer or the like, the guide, at the area corresponding to the rear position of the slider, includes an element for moving the slider, suitable for engaging with an element for guiding the slider during its engagement with a drawing part present on the drawing element. There is further provided a stop element against which the slider lies directly or indirectly before engaging with a first guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Arturo Salice S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 8500223
    Abstract: A slide assembly has a gravity biased latch arm on a slide member with a head having opposing barbs each insertable into a respective one of opposing cutouts in a bearing retainer of the slide assembly to provide a bearing retainer function. The latch arm and the cutouts in the bearing retainer are positioned such that the latch head may enter a cutout when an inner slide member is removed from the slide member. The use of dual barbs and opposing cutouts allows for unhanded operation of the bearing retainer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Accuride International, Inc.
    Inventor: David Laniado Lacarra
  • Patent number: 8496306
    Abstract: The opening mechanism includes a fixing member, a movable member, a locking member, a first resilient member and a second resilient member. The fixing member is fixed to a first rail and has a guide portion, a stop and a room. The movable member is movably connected to the fixing member and has a first leg, a second leg and an engaging portion. The first leg slidably contacts the guide portion and the second leg extends into the room. The locking member is pivotably connected to a second rail and includes a locking portion. The first and second resilient members respectively provide a force to a third rail and the movable member. When the second rail is forcibly pulled out relative to the first rail, the movable member is moved and pivots at an angle so that the locking portion is disengaged from the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Yi-Syuan Jhao, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20130187526
    Abstract: A detachable cage and an apparatus casing are disclosed. The apparatus casing includes a casing body, a first engagement structure and a second engagement structure disposed on the casing body, and the detachable cage. The detachable cage includes a cage body, a third engagement structure, a fourth engagement structure, and a fastening mechanism disposed on the cage body. The detachable cage is installed on the casing body by engaging the third engagement structure and the fourth engagement structure with the first engagement structure and the second engagement structure respectively; therein, the fastening mechanism is used for fastening the detachable cage on the casing body by use of a screw part screwing into a threaded hole of the casing body. Therefore, the invention provide a user a simple manipulation of installing the detachable cage onto the apparatus casing or detaching the detachable cage from the apparatus casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: You-Hsiung Lu
  • Patent number: 8491069
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a drawer and a pull-out guide for the drawer. The drawer has a drawer container and a front panel that can be connected to the drawer container, and the pull-out guide has at least one body rail for fastening to a furniture body and at least one drawer rail, which can be moved relative to the body rail between an open position and a closed position and on which the drawer can be fastened to the pull-out guide. The arrangement also includes a releasable locking element so that, in a locking position, the motion of the drawer rail in the closing direction relative to the body rail can be stopped in an intermediate position before the closed position is reached, and, in a release position, the motion of the drawer rail in the closing direction relative to the body rail can be released until the closed position is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Hermann Haemmerle
  • Publication number: 20130181588
    Abstract: A drawer slide with lock mechanism has an elongated outer slide member extendably coupled to an inner slide member. A latch arm or pin is fixed to the inner slide member for latching by a lock mechanism fixed to the outer slide member. The lock mechanism uses a latch receiver that rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is in a travel path of the latch arm. A lever arm rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is positionable to block rotation of the latch receiver in a locked position to retain the latch arm. A motor drives a cam to position the lever arm to free the latch receiver from the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Darush David Hashemi, Xiaoping Zhou, Xiwen Wang
  • Patent number: 8485616
    Abstract: A slide assembly includes a first rail, a second rail movable connected to the first rail, a restriction member on the second rail, and a support base movably connected to an open end of the first rail. The second rail is pulled from the open end. The first rail includes an installation hole and a stop at the open end. The support base includes a buffering member contacting the stop of the first rail. When the second rail is completely pulled from the first rail, the restriction member contacts the support base which is moved and compresses the buffering member to reduce the impact force and the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Chi-Chih Chou, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8474925
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lockable ejector device for a furniture part that is movably supported in a piece of furniture, including a fixing device for locking the movable furniture part in place in a closed end position, and at least one ejector element for moving the movable furniture part from the closed end position into an open position, wherein the fixing device comprises at least two locking units, which are coupled to each other and each have a receiving element for an engagement element. The at least two locking units are operatively connected to each other by way of a synchronization mechanism, which has at least two coupling elements, each associated with different locking units, and at least one synchronization unit. The coupling elements are coupled by way of the synchronization unit with respect to the movements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Koenig, Martin During
  • Patent number: 8474924
    Abstract: A rail device and a server are provided. The server includes a rack, at least one chassis, and a rail device. The rail device is disposed on the rack and the chassis that the chassis moves between a first position and a second position relative to the rack. The rail device includes a first rail, a second rail, a bracket, a driver, and a first latch. The first rail on the rack has an actuator, a first stopper, and a second stopper. The bracket has two ends slidably disposed at the first and the second rails individually. The driver is slidably disposed on the bracket. The first latch disposed on the chassis latches and pushes the driver forward when the chassis moves away from the first position. The first and the second stoppers then block movement of the driver and the bracket that the chassis moves to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Yung-Chin Hsu
  • Patent number: 8469467
    Abstract: A rail device and a server are provided. The server includes a rack, at least one chassis, and a rail device. The rail device includes a first rail and a bracket. The first rail is installed in the chassis. The bracket includes a second rail and a supporter, and the second rail is mounted onto the rack. The supporter has a first end and a second end. The first end is coupled to the second rail, and the second end is slidably disposed at the first rail, so that the chassis moves between a first position and a second position relative to the rack. When the chassis is located at the second position, the first end leans against the second rail, and the second end leans against the first rail, so that the supporter supports the chassis on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Lin-Wei Chang, Yung-Chin Hsu, Chi-Chun Yang
  • Patent number: 8469468
    Abstract: A slide assembly with a buffering device includes a positioning member, a swing member, a push member, a resilient member and an engaging member, all of which are connected to the slide assembly having a first rail and a second rail. The positioning member is movably connected to the first rail and the swing member is pivotably connected to the positioning member. The push member is connected to the positioning member and biased by the resilient member so as to move longitudinally. The engaging member is connected to the second rail. A buffering member is located between the positioning member and the first rail. The buffering member maintains the positioning member at a first position relative to the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Xue-Long Liu, Yi-Syuan Jhao, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8459758
    Abstract: A drawer slide with an auto close dampening system with reset feature is disclosed. The drawer slide may incorporate a stationary slide member attached to a frame of the drawer and a pin in fixed relative position to a drawer box of the drawer. A carriage is attached to the stationary slide member and has an actuator that is releasably engageable with the pin. The actuator works in conjunction with the pin to automatically close the drawer box to the closed position. During malfunction, the actuator is drawn back to a retracted position so that the auto close mechanism no longer automatically closes the drawer box when the drawer box is traversed to the closed position. The actuator includes a ramp so that the pin may be pushed over the ramp and engage back with the actuator to reset the auto close mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Actron Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank H. Rechberg, Jason A. Rechberg
  • Publication number: 20130134193
    Abstract: A remote deployment gun safe assembly. An exemplary assembly includes a top plate mounted to a package tray in a vehicle, a drawer assembly, a drawer slide mechanism, a deploying mechanism, and a locking mechanism. The assembly is configured to securely conceal a variety of different weapons. Upon activation of a remote switch, the gun safe assembly will unlatch and automatically deploy to expose the weapons for use. In other embodiments, the safe assembly may hold articles other than guns or weapons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Charles L. Mothersele
  • Patent number: 8449051
    Abstract: A drawer assembly having a drawer and a sliding guide rail system for slidably opening and closing the drawer within an article of furniture is disclosed. A contact piece is provided on a drawer element. A damping device and a channel guide are provided within the guide rail system. The channel guide has a sliding member that includes an inner portion and an outer portion that extends from the guide so as to be contactable by the contact piece. The sliding member inner portion locates an end of the damping device. During a closing action, the drawer is caused to slide in a closing direction. When the contact piece reaches and contacts the sliding member outer portion, the sliding member travels within the channel guide against the resilience of the damping device and causes deceleration of the closing motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Harn Marketing Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Harn Lian Lam, Harn Yan Lam
  • Patent number: 8444236
    Abstract: A drawer pull-out guide includes a body rail to be fastened to a furniture body and at least one pull-out rail slidably supported relative thereto. The rail is supported so as to be movable between a closed position and an open position. At least one carriage having at least four load-transmitting rolling elements is supported between the rails. The rolling elements run on a runway of a rail, and the runway has a first substantially horizontal, straight guide section in the rear end area and a second substantially horizontal, straight guide section in the front end area. The first and the second guide sections are interconnected by a third guide section that extends downward at an angle from the first to the second guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Emanuel Netzer
  • Patent number: 8439459
    Abstract: A latch system for a sliding member and a stationary member has upper and lower bodies fixed to the sliding member; an anchor block fixed to the stationary member; a release body slidably connected to the anchor block such that the release body can move relative to the anchor block; a lower arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the lower arm being attached to the release body; a control arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the control arm being rotatably attached to the second end of the lower arm; and a swivel cam having a first end and a second end, the first end of the swivel cam being rotatably attached to the second end of the control arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130113352
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations an expandable or adjustable snap-in cam or other friction device having a mechanically lockable drawer, shelf or divider in a cabinet, pantry, kitchen cupboard mount includes no screws or other permanent mounting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8434836
    Abstract: A slide assembly includes a catch assembly secured to a first rail member, and a second rail member in sliding engagement with the first rail member. The second rail member includes a post extending laterally towards the first rail member. The catch assembly includes a catch member pivotable between a post retaining position and a post releasing position. When the catch member is in the post releasing position, movement of the second rail member from an extended position to a retracted position causes the post to engage a bearing surface of the catch member to pivot the catch member from the post releasing position to the post retaining position. The bearing surface of the catch member is contoured to provide substantially continuous and uniform engagement between the bearing surface and the post as the post pivots the catch member from the post releasing position to the post retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Jon Holcomb
  • Patent number: 8432689
    Abstract: A rack mounted computer system. In one variation the computer rack is configured for side-by-side placement of computers. In another variation, the computer rack includes flanges for supporting the placement of computer units within the rack. In another variation the computer rack is configured with retaining clips. In yet another variation, the computer rack is configured to receive computers with chassis that are adapted for side-by-side placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Silicon Graphics International Corp.
    Inventors: Giovanni Coglitore, Matthew P. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 8424984
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for releasably coupling a drawer to a rail, which can be pulled out in a longitudinal direction, of a drawer pull-out guide. The apparatus has a holding part which interacts with a mating holding part in the coupled state in order to establish the releasable connection. At least that region of the holding part which comes into contact with the mating holding part is made flexible, preferably by attaching a flexible piece of material, so that any longitudinal play of the drawer which may occur in relation to the rail can be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Ritter
  • Patent number: 8419080
    Abstract: A drawer safety latch that is securable, preferably releasably so, to a top surface of a drawer side structure, such as a sidewall, in one of two different orientations. The safety latch is quickly installed without modifying the drawer, is easily aligned, and can be oriented so that children shorter than the drawer cannot see the release mechanism. The drawer safety latch is preferably of one-piece, injection-molded construction, but other materials and manufacturing methods may be used. The drawer safety latch is preferably secured with releasable adhesive fabric, and so is portable for travel. In some embodiments, the drawer safety latch may have aesthetic and/or traction enhancements. The drawer safety latch has right-handed and left-handed versions that may be used alone or together, in the same or different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce Levine
  • Patent number: 8419142
    Abstract: In order to provide an at least three-rail drawer guide for guiding a drawer that can be withdrawn from a carcase, comprising an outer rail, at least one middle rail mounted on rolling bodies, an inner rail mounted on rolling bodies, and at least one damping apparatus, that takes up only a narrow installation space and enables a high load and/or a large withdrawal path, it is proposed that in the fully pushed-in state of the drawer guide at least one rolling body track of at least one middle rail is disposed at least partially between at least one damping apparatus and a rolling body track of the inner rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Schock Metallwerk GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8414094
    Abstract: A self-closing drawer slide system includes first and second slide members and a self-closing mechanism which, in turn, includes a housing coupled to the first slide member, a carriage slidably coupled to the housing, and a spring coupled between the housing and the carriage. The carriage has an engagement area that selectively receives a cam/tab extending from the second slide member. As the drawer is pulled open, the carriage disengages from the cam/tab as it rotates and is locked in place. As the drawer returns, the carriage again engages the cam/tab, unlocks, and is pulled toward a drawer-closed position by the spring. The system may also include an intermediate member, with respective sets of three balls disposed between the intermediate and first and second slide members such that respective centers of the balls define corners of an obtuse triangle. The self-closing mechanism may also include a damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Accuride International, Inc.
    Inventors: Quinn Chi, Saul Gutnik
  • Publication number: 20130076218
    Abstract: A pull-out guide for a drawer or pull-out of furniture. The pull-out guide includes a guide rail attachable to a body of the furniture, a self-retracting device mounted on the guide rail, a running rail mountable on the drawer, and an actuator attached to the running rail to control the self-retracting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Paul Hettich Gmbh & Co. Kg
    Inventor: Paul Hettich Gmbh & Co. Kg
  • Patent number: 8403433
    Abstract: A slide assembly with quick-mount system includes an outer rail, an intermediate rail, an inner rail and a ball bearing retainer. The intermediate rail has a notch. The inner rail has a first slot and a second slot to accommodate first and second mounts of an installed member. The ball bearing retainer has an upper member and a bottom member. The upper and bottom members each have retaining sections. Each retaining section has a ball bearing. The distance between adjacent retaining sections is larger than the diameter of the first mount. When the inner rail is pulled out relative to the intermediate rail, the first slot is located corresponding to the notch and between any two of the retaining sections, the first mount extends through the notch and enters into the first slot to be positioned. The second mount is engaged with the second slot of the inner rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Shun-Ho Yang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8403434
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a slide rail to a bracket with through holes includes a retaining member and a locking member fixed to the retaining member. The retaining member includes a positioning portion, and defines a through slot. The locking member includes an engaging portion and an operating portion extending through the through slot. The positioning portion engages in a through hole of the bracket from a first side of the bracket, the engaging portion engages with a second side of the bracket. When releasing the slide rail from the bracket, the operating portion is operated to deform the locking member to make the engaging portion be disengaged from the second side of the bracket, and the positioning portion is readily released from the through hole of the bracket, to release the retaining member from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mo-Ming Yu, Ze-Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 8403436
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes an outer rail, an intermediate rail, an inner rail, and a latch member pivotably mounted to the intermediate rail. The outer rail includes a support bar and a holding portion. The inner rail includes a stop portion. The latch member includes a first lock tongue and a second lock tongue. When the support bar supports the first lock tongue of the latch member to keep the latch member at a locking position, the second lock tongue of the latch member abuts against the stop portion, to enable the intermediate rail to slide in synchronization with the inner rail. When the latch member slides along the support bar to engage with the holding portion of the outer rail, the latch member is biased to pivot to an unlocking position, the second lock tongue of the latch member disengages from the stop portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mo-Ming Yu, Ze-Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 8403432
    Abstract: A latch and release device for a slide assembly includes first and second rails slidably movable relative to each other. An engaging member includes a resilient arm and an engaging portion is connected to the resilient arm and faces the first rail. The engaging portion can be engaged with a latch which is fixed to the second rail to restrict the second rail to move relative to the first rail. An operation member includes a first end, a second end and a body which is pivotably connected to the second rail and the first end of the operation member contacts the resilient arm. When the second end of the operation member is shifted, the resilient arm is moved by the first end of the operation member to disengage from the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20130069513
    Abstract: A drawer locking device comprised of two rectangular plates. One of these plates is a mounting base and has an eye loop protruding from the center of the plate. The actual hole is adjacent to the plate itself. This plate also has four countersunk screw holes, with two located on each side of the plate, as well as two locking pin holes, with one located on each side of the plate. The second plate is a secure base lock cover. This plate has two locking pins that are welded onto the plate. One pin is located on each side off the plate. This plate also has a circular hole in the center of the plate where the protruding eye loop on the mounting base passes through when placing the secure base lock cover onto the mounting base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Edward Pierre Torrens
  • Publication number: 20130069514
    Abstract: A drawer slide with lock mechanism has an elongated outer slide member extendably coupled to an inner slide member. A latch arm or pin is fixed to the inner slide member for latching by a lock mechanism fixed to the outer slide member. The lock mechanism uses a latch receiver that rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is in a travel path of the latch arm. A lever arm rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is positionable to block rotation of the latch receiver in a locked position to retain the latch arm. A motor drives a cam to position the lever arm to free the latch receiver from the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Accuride International Inc.
    Inventors: Darush David Hashemi, Xiaoping Zhou, Xiwen Wang
  • Publication number: 20130069498
    Abstract: A storage system comprising: a cartridge, said cartridge including an upright having mounted to one side a plurality of guide blocks; a plurality of first drawer information means for providing information on at least one of position and movement of respective drawers; and a plurality of latch mechanisms, said system further comprising a plurality of drawers, each said drawer including: guide block engaging means extending in a depth direction of the drawer and mounting a first side of the drawer adjacent a respective guide block; second drawer information means disposed adjacent the first drawer information means; and at least one stop on the first side of the drawer for engaging with a said latch mechanism, wherein the latch mechanisms are electronically controllable, whereby access to the drawers can be controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffery Morgan, Christopher Iain Clark, Christopher Marriott, Michael Guppy
  • Patent number: 8393692
    Abstract: A sliding mechanism includes an outer rail, an inner rail, a middle rail and a latching assembly. The middle rail has a resisting portion and is slidably mounted to the outer rail and the inner rail is slidably mounted to the middle rail. The latching assembly includes a first protrusion, a second protrusion, a third protrusion, a first roller and a second roller, a latching slot and a stopping surface. When the inner rail slides relative to the middle rail, the first protrusion resists the first roller so the middle rail sliding with the inner rail; and then the first roller slides along the third protrusion to release the first roller from the first protrusion. The second roller then slides in the latching slot until the resisting portion resists the stopping surface; and then the first roller slides along the first protrusion so the inner rail further extends relative to the middle rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mo-Ming Yu, Ze-Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 8393693
    Abstract: A return device for a drawer employs an actuator to drive a slide block, when the drawer is pulled open, the slide block is moved into a positioning concave and positioned therein while stretching an elastic member. Or pushing the drawer back can make the slide block slide out of the positioning concave, meanwhile, the elastic member pulls the drawer back to its original position. Furthermore, since the angle between the slide surface of the positioning concave of the positioning member and the track is obtuse, it is easy for the slide block to slide in and out, so that the drawer can be easily positioned and unlocked from the positioned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sun Chain Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teng-Yi Juan, Shih Wang Chen
  • Patent number: 8379380
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a main body, a HDD, a frame, and two latch members. The main body defines an opening. The main body includes a first casing portion and a second casing portion defining at least one slot. The frame is capable of securing the HDD and capable of being moved into and out of the main body through the opening. Two first positioning posts protrude from the frame. Two latch members are rotatably connected to first casing portion and capable of being rotated into and out from the main body through slots. Each latch member defines a first recessed portion. Each first recessed portion accommodates a part of one first positioning post to latch the frame to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuai Zhang
  • Patent number: 8371542
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly includes a first rail, a second rail slidably received in the first rail, a mounting bracket fixed to the second rail, a positioning member movably mounted to the mounting bracket, and a releasing member slidably mounted to the second rail. The first rail includes a holding portion. The positioning member engages with the holding portion to prevent the second rail from sliding into or out of the first rail. By sliding the releasing member, the releasing member drives the positioning member to disengage from the holding portion of the first rail, thereby enabling the second rail to slide into or out of the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guang-Yi Zhang, Jia-Qi Fu, Hai-Chen Zhou, Lin-Ren Gu
  • 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: 8369079
    Abstract: There is disclosed a carrier (50) for a disk drive (100) for inserting a disk drive into a bay (22) of a storage enclosure (10), a storage enclosure and methods relating to the same. The carrier (50) comprises a housing for housing a said disk drive, and a latch member (61) slidably attached to the housing. The latch member has at least one latch part (64) for engaging with a corresponding engagement part of a said bay to latch the carrier (50) into position when the latch member (61) is slid in a latch direction to a latch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Xyratex Technology Limited
    Inventor: Graham Collins