On Alternative Axes Patents (Class 49/192)
  • Patent number: 10844650
    Abstract: There are provided emergency exit window systems. In one form, there is provided an emergency exit window system that includes: a frame; a sash pivotally carried by the frame so as to pivot between a closed position in which the sash is flush with the frame, and an open position permitting human egress through the frame; and a locking mechanism adapted for locking the window sash in the closed position. The locking mechanism may include a locking arm movably carried by the sash, wherein the locking arm is movable relative to the sash between a lock position and an unlock position. Further, the locking mechanism may include at least one biasing member acting between the locking arm and the sash to bias the locking arm toward the lock position; an inwardly projecting locking catch fixedly carried by the frame; and an inwardly projecting safety guard movably carried by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Meshtec International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Neil Edlin, Peter Syme Taylor
  • Patent number: 10737733
    Abstract: A truck may include a cargo box in which cargo is loaded, wherein the cargo box includes a loading portion having an upper side on which the cargo is loaded, a gate having a lower end portion rotatably disposed on an end portion of the loading portion to rotate and configured to open or close a rear of the cargo box, and a gate support device configured to set an opening angle of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Young Kwon
  • Patent number: 10648206
    Abstract: A corner drive assembly for a window locking system includes a case, a corner transfer spring, and first and second arms. The case includes first and second legs aligned with respective first and second axes. The legs are joined by a corner portion having an outer relief surface that is disposed adjacent to and spaced apart from a corner of a window frame. The spring is slidably disposed within the corner portion and has first and second ends slidable along the first and second axes, respectively. The first arm is disposed within the first leg, slidable along the first axis, and coupled to the first end of the spring. The second arm is within the second leg, slidable along the second axis, and coupled to the second end of the spring. The first and second arms are coupled to respective first and second link bars of the locking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company North America, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Rodems, James McInnis, Malcolm Muir
  • Patent number: 10597916
    Abstract: A corner deflector of a fitting for a window casement or a door leaf, insertable into a C-shaped casement/leaf groove in the rebate of a frame profile of the casement/leaf. The corner deflector having a first corner limb and a second corner limb at right angles to the first corner limb. A groove for a limb of the casement/leaf groove, the limb groove having an undercut, is provided on a first longitudinal side of the first corner limb and/or of the second corner limb. The region of the second longitudinal side of the first and/or second corner limb which is located opposite the undercut of the first longitudinal side is undercut-free. At least one securing element is provided on the second longitudinal side, which can be moved relative to the second longitudinal side between a securing position and a disengagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: WILH. SCHLECHTENDAHL & SÖHNE GMBH & CO. KG (WSS), SAPA AS
    Inventor: Giovanni Zaccaria
  • Patent number: 10458170
    Abstract: Anti-fall safety system intended to prevent the detachment of a first component with respect to a second component of an opening and closing system, wherein the first component and the second component are constrained to each other by a reciprocal retainer, in such a way that the first component is mobile with respect to the second component, the safety system having an at least partially flexible elongated means which is provided with at least one engagement element placed in correspondence of one end of the elongated means, the engagement element being intended to engage in correspondence of an engagement point, following the engagement the elongated means preventing the detachment of the first component with respect to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SERRAMETAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Vesca
  • Patent number: 10400492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinge for windows having a sash hinged on a fixed frame; in particular, the hinge is of the hidden type, i.e. is mounted inside the jamb of the fixed frame, so that it is not visible when the sash is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FAPIN S.P.A.
    Inventor: Sergio Pacini
  • Patent number: 10378277
    Abstract: A double door gate apparatus having a frame, a main gate and a secondary gate, where the apparatus includes the unique features of a) a latch apparatus between uppermost framework members of the main gate and secondary gate, b) the latch apparatus being weighted to return to a normally closed position, c) each of the main gate and secondary gates having an inverted U-shaped piece engaging the bottommost horizontal member such that each of the main and secondary gates need to be lifted prior to being opened and prior to being closed, and d) a pair of hand wheels on a common shaft that work together to space the double door gate apparatus a desired distance from a vertical surface such as a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Carlson Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Brian G. Linehan, Brian M. McMahon, Caleb Summers
  • Patent number: 10208519
    Abstract: A concealed hinge for a turn-tilt window with a fixed frame and leaf includes of a pair of scissors with a first arm and second arm, that are connected by a central hinge and which are hingeably connected by a first end to a mounting slat that is intended to be mounted on the frame, and have a hinge at a second end for coupling to the leaf. The first arm is connected by its first end to the mounting slat with a fixed frame hinge with a peg fastened to the mounting slat and the second arm is connected by its first end to the mounting slat by a shiftable frame hinge with a peg that is shiftably affixed in a guide slot of the mounting slat, whereby in the closed situation of the scissors, the mounting slat serves as a support for the tilting movement of these scissors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Emmanuel Van Parys
  • Patent number: 10012016
    Abstract: The present invention is applicable to the field of door and window technologies, and provides a top-hung casement window, including a window frame, a casement sash, and a hinge assembly. The hinge assembly includes a first hinge, a second hinge, a pivot, a connecting piece, a swing part, and a vertical limiting part. During the turning of the casement sash, the swing part swings only around the vertical limiting part, with a limited motion space. Therefore, the swing part and the casement do not shake easily. When the casement sash is open, the position of the vertical limiting part and casement sash does not change. Because all force of gravity of the casement sash is transferred to the window frame through the vertical limiting part, the bottom of the casement sash does not rub the window frame, avoiding generation of noise and abrasion of components of the hung window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Zengbang Li
  • Patent number: 9797176
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing an outwardly opening pivoting wing, comprising: an actuating device including a support, a crank rotatable relative to the support and a control mechanism operated by the crank, and an arm having a toothed portion which cooperates with said control mechanism, wherein the control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for the translational motion of the arm along a rectilinear direction between a locked wing position and an unlocked wing position, and vice versa, a first and a second slider intended to engage a groove of the wing in a movable manner in a rectilinear direction, wherein the first slider is articulated at a distal end of the arm and wherein the second slider is connected to a locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAVIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 9790726
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing an outwardly opening pivoting wing, comprising: an actuating device including a support, a crank rotatable with respect to the support and a control mechanism actuated by the crank, an arm having a toothed portion, wherein said control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for swinging the arm between a closed wing angular position and an open wing angular position, and wherein in the closed wing angular position the control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for the translational motion of the arm along a straight direction between a locked wing position and an unlocked wing position, and vice versa, a first slider and a second slider intended to engage a groove of the wing in a movable manner in a straight direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAVIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 9695543
    Abstract: The laundry treating apparatus includes a door to open and close the introduction port about a first rotational or a second rotational axis which is different from first rotational axis. A first switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of door about the first rotational axis, and a second switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of the door about the second rotational axis. A lock fixes a position of at least one of the first switching unit or second switching unit when the door opens the introduction port. As can be appreciated, the mechanism used for the laundry apparatus may be applicable to other home appliances or non-home appliances where two different rotational axes may be needed to open and close a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hoyeob Sim, Inho Hwang, Yongil Kim, Soowon Park
  • Patent number: 9435068
    Abstract: The laundry treating apparatus includes a door to open and close the introduction port about a first rotational or a second rotational axis which is different from first rotational axis. A first switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of door about the first rotational axis, and a second switching unit is provided in the door to allow rotation of the door about the second rotational axis. A lock fixes a position of at least one of the first switching unit or second switching unit when the door opens the introduction port. As can be appreciated, the mechanism used for the laundry apparatus may be applicable to other home appliances or non-home appliances where two different rotational axes may be needed to open and close a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Incheol Kang, Soowon Park, Hyuntae Lee
  • Patent number: 9422755
    Abstract: Built-in lock that includes a handle with a lever and a spindle; an operating mechanism for converting the rotation of the handle into a translation of a locking slat and a base, whereby the operating mechanism is held fast by a clamping plate that is movable in the axial direction of the spindle, whereby the clamping plate is provided with a bearing for the rotation of the handle, whereby this bearing is held fast in the clamping plate in the axial direction and whereby this bearing is provided with a clip mechanism to lock the spindle in the axial direction with respect to the bearing in the mounted situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Remi Emiel Van Parys
  • Patent number: 9151094
    Abstract: A device for connecting operating units (8) for doors and windows comprising: a control element (4) mounted on the operating side (3 a) of a mobile frame (3); a rod segment (5) that is slidably mounted in a groove (C), made at least in the operating side (3a) and is connected to the control element (4) in such a way as to slide in both directions within the groove (C) to define the open and closed configurations of the door/window (1a, 1b); the rod segment (5) being associated by respective connecting means (10, 12), with elements (105, 6) that are functional or accessory to the operation of the rod segment (5), said elements (105, 6) protruding from the groove (C); these connecting means comprise at least one base (10) connected to at least one functional or accessory element (105, 6) defined by an operative portion (9); the size of the base (10) is such that, in use, it covers a free front section of the rod segment (5), the base (10) being frontally applicable to the rod segment (5) before the latter is in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: GSG INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lambertini
  • Patent number: 8936330
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured to define a profile thereof, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate the door along a second rotational direction that is different from the first rotational direction, a guide part installed in the cabinet having a guide groove recessed a predetermined depth therein, and a connection part installed in the door, the connection part including a guide projection received in the guide groove of which a moving path is guided, and an opening angle of the opening being variable based on positions of the guide projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Seunghyun Song, Minjung You, Yongcheol Jin, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Sanghun Bae, Donghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8813424
    Abstract: A device to limit an opening of a window having a hinged sash coupled to a window frame including a window opening limiting structure having a first member and a second member. One of them is securable to the sash and the other of the first member and the second member being securable to the frame. A selectively releasable coupler by which the first member and the second member are couplable is shiftable between a coupled status and a released status. The first member and the second member bridge a preselected distance such that the sash is inhibited from opening beyond a predetermined distance. The coupler is releasable so that the sash can be opened beyond the predetermined distance and re-engages automatically when the sash is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventors: Nghi Christopher Nguyen, Derek Ronald Gramstad, Scot J. Berkley
  • Patent number: 8740279
    Abstract: A tailgate can include first and second frames, doors and sets of touchpads. The frames can be coupled to the vehicle to selectively pivot about a first axis, and can be selectively coupled to the vehicle via respective frame latches. The doors can be coupled to the respective frames to selectively pivot about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis and relative to the frames, and can be selectively coupled to the frames via respective door latches. The sets of touchpads can be operably connected with the respective doors and frame and door latches. Actuation of one or both sets of touchpads in different configurations can facilitate opening one or both of the doors independent of or with each other in a first configuration pivoting about the first axis with the respective frames, or in a second configuration pivoting about the second axis relative to the respective frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Danja McGoff, David Anderson, Gary Bastian, Trevor C. Garvey, Eugene Paik
  • Patent number: 8720956
    Abstract: A tailgate synchronizer for coordinating mechanical communications between handles and locking assemblies in a vehicle V closure includes a synchronizer locking device moveable to a locked state for preventing the handles from unlatching the locking assemblies. The synchronizer further includes a pair of handle levers corresponding to the handles and a pair of actuator levers corresponding to the locking assemblies. Movement of the handles is selectively translated into unlatching of the lock assemblies based on a state of the locking assemblies. Movement of the handles is prevented from translating into unlatching of the lock assemblies when the synchronizer locking device is in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sean Murray
  • Patent number: 8646210
    Abstract: A device for setting the position of a closing element for a porthole in an open position toward the outside around an opening in a wall of a room includes a protruding part with a circular shape fastened to the wall around the opening by means of at least one fastener, and a joining part that has a first end connecting a hinged end of the closing element to the protruding part. The protruding part has at least one first groove. The joining part has a second end movable in the at least one first groove, and the movement of the second end in the at least one first groove entails movement of the closing element in the open position around the opening. In a closed position, the closing element integrally covers the protruding part in order to seal the porthole in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Pierre Mauriac
  • Patent number: 8601743
    Abstract: A side hung and bottom hung double-opening window includes a first casement, a handle, a first top-link hinge and a first down hinge, a first angle-turning device, a second casement, a second top-link hinge and a second down hinge, a second angle-turning device, a latch block, a sliding piece, and a latch piece. The window can realize side hung and bottom hung double-opening, thus providing the user with other options to open it. Furthermore, the window has a smaller size and a higher reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Guangdong Kin Long Hardware Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Baokun Bai
  • Patent number: 8528255
    Abstract: An outward opening window unit includes: a fixed frame, a movable frame connected to the fixed frame through hinge arms; an operating unit located on the fixed frame to move the movable frame; a structure to close the movable frame on the fixed frame; a handle associated with the fixed frame and connected to the operating unit. The fixed frame has a perimeter channel defining a groove provided with two undercuts for the coupling of operating rods connected to the operating unit, a corner element for transmission of motion being positioned at a corner formed by the fixed frame; the corner element is provided with a structure configured to connect two corresponding rods so as to synchronize the movement imparted to them by the operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: GSG International S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lambertini
  • Publication number: 20130061524
    Abstract: A 2-step swing style vehicle door device includes a coupling means having a link, one coupled to the rear end of the opening of the vehicle body and the other end coupled to the door, and can singly cover, in a direction from the front to the rear of the vehicle, a range corresponding to two rows of seats that are arranged in the front and rear in the vehicle body. This vehicle door device transitions between a first state in which the door is closed, a second state in which the door is opened within a range corresponding to the front seat in the direction from the front to the rear of the vehicle body, and a third state in which the door is opened within a range corresponding to both the front and rear seats in the direction from the front to the rear of the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 8246098
    Abstract: A tailgate for the bed of a pickup truck has a generally U-shaped tailgate frame that is adapted to be coupled to the bed of the pickup truck and is pivotable about a first axis between a generally vertical closed position and a generally horizontal open position. A door assembly is coupled to the tailgate frame and is pivotable about a second axis generally normal relative to the first axis for movement between a closed position proximate the tailgate frame and an open position away from the tailgate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Danny C. Cheung, Kenneth M. Hartlaub
  • Patent number: 8205392
    Abstract: A method for mounting an auxiliary member on a window or door frame already installed and whereon is mounted a drive assembly comprising at least one actuating member and at least one transmission rod mounted in at least one slot of the frame. The method comprises the steps of, providing, between the auxiliary member and the rod, a coupling that is slidable in a longitudinal direction and fixed in any direction orthogonal to the direction of sliding, and forming a through hole in the rod by a screw carried by the auxiliary member, and fastening the auxiliary member to the rod by the engagement of a tip of the screw with the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Savio S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 8161683
    Abstract: A metalwork for a window having a fixed frame and a leaf. The metalwork also includes a control which enables opening and closing of the leaf so as to turn around vertical or horizontal axes depending on the position of the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Remi Emiel Van Parys
  • Publication number: 20120055092
    Abstract: A safety gate, in particular for children, is provided that includes a stationarily positionable frame with a lower base and two side parts, the side parts extending upwards from the base, and a door member, the door member being articulated at the frame pivotably about a pivot axis. A closure member is arranged at one of two, the frame or the door member, and a countersupport is arranged at the respective other of the two, such that the closure member and the countersupport are interacting in a closed position of the door member. The door member can be moved in the direction of the pivot axis in order to release a positive blockade, wherein the movability of the door member in the direction of the pivot axis can be releasably locked via an actuable locking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Sebastien Boucquey, Michel Bertsch
  • Patent number: 8123871
    Abstract: A machine for washing surgical and/or medical instruments (1), includes a washing tank (2) designed to receive surgical and/or medical instruments (1) and a door (4) positioned facing the tank (2) so that it can be used to seal the tank or provide access thereto. The door (4) is mounted to a bilateral hinge designed to enable the door to be opened: to a first loading position on the loading side (5) of the machine, in order to provide access to the tank on the loading side (5) and prevent the tank from being accessed on the other side; and to a second unloading position on the opposite unloading side (6) of the machine, in order to provide access to the tank on the opposite unloading side (6) and prevent the tank from being accessed on the loading side (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lancer Industrie
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Brieussel, Nathalie Foglieni Guillaud
  • Publication number: 20120043865
    Abstract: A headwall for a patient's room includes a panel having a vertically-extending front surface, an opening defined in the front surface of the headwall, and a door sized to be received in the opening. The door is vertically movable from a first position where an outer face of the door is flush with the front surface of the panel to a second position where the outer face extends parallel to the front surface and the door is positioned behind the front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Charles L. Thomeczek, JR., Joseph F. Meyer, Charles R. Beiser, Colt M. Weberding, Dale F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8099907
    Abstract: A method for mounting a drive assembly on a door or window frame, comprising the steps of: mounting at least one actuating member and at least one transmission rod in at least one slot of the frame and mutually fastening the actuating member and the transmission rod by a screw that engages a through hole formed in the transmission rod. The through hole is formed in the transmission rod after mounting the actuating member and the transmission rod in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: SAVIO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 8061753
    Abstract: An entry assembly includes a frame and a gate. The frame has a first side and a second side. The gate is connected to the frame. The gate defines a demarcation between the first side and the second side of the frame. The gate is pivotable about the frame along at least two axes of rotation. Each axis of rotation intersects at least one of the at least two axes of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, Charles Gregory Bambenek, Fritz Cory, Jason Falenski, Adrian Nicholas Alexander Elliott
  • Patent number: 8051604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge/tilt window with a window frame and a casement with a casement frame that can be tilted about a horizontal rotational axis (X) and about a vertical rotational axis in relation to the window frame. The window also includes a hinge/tilt shank for opening and closing the casement. The hinge/tilt shank has a main arm that is hinged on the casement frame for tilting the casement and a gear with multiple articulations that is hinged on the main arm and the window frame in order to rotate the casement about the vertical rotational axis. A drive device, which is driven by an electric motor, includes a feed chain for opening the casement into a tilted position and for closing the casement from the tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Schuco International KG
    Inventors: Bernd Diekmann, Oliver Niemeier, Burkhard Wilker
  • Patent number: 7810862
    Abstract: A vehicle storage assembly can cover a vehicle storage area such as an interior console or a cargo box. The storage assembly can include a base and a lid. The lid can be opened from two sides to allow easy access for a driver and passengers to an interior storage compartment. The base includes at least two rods, which can act as axles for the lid to pivot about. The lid includes at least one rotation member or guide which can be released from the rod only when the lid is in a desired position, for example, a closed position. The lid can include a latch for each rod. The lid can have a lock to secure one or both of the latches with the lid in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: 89908, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 7774982
    Abstract: A turn-tilt window includes a blind frame and a leaf, which can be tilted in relation to the blind frame about a first axis (X axis) and turned about a second axis (Y axis), fittings, located between the leaf and the blind frame, for moving the leaf in relation to the blind frame, the fittings including at least one turn-tilt bearing, a rocker bearing, and a turn hinge. An electromechanical or electromagnetic functional element is associated with at least one of the rocker bearing and the turn hinge in order to control movement the leaf in relation to the blind frame. The functional element is controlled by a handle which is connected thereto via a wireless manner or by electric lines and is not connected to the functional element, the rocker bearing, or the turn hinge by any mechanical linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Schueco International KG
    Inventor: Konrad Kaiser
  • Patent number: 7752809
    Abstract: Drive assembly for door and window frames, comprising at least one actuating member and at least one transmission rod fastened to the actuating member, The transmission rod comprises a central portion and two lateral portions positioned at opposite sides relative to the central portion and forming two channel-shaped longitudinal guides, the central portion having a longitudinal groove positioned between the longitudinal guides, the longitudinal groove of the central portion being closed by a base. The transmission member has a connecting portion including two longitudinal ribs with ends shaped in such a way as to establish a telescopic coupling with the longitudinal guides of the transmission rod and a central portion positioned between said ribs and provided with a threaded hole in which is inserted a screw having a tip that is able to cut a hole in the base of the transmission rod at said longitudinal groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: SAVIO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 7669908
    Abstract: An assembly for opening and closing a cargo opening of a motor vehicle includes first and second posts located at opposite lateral sides of the cargo opening, the second post being spaced laterally from the first post, an endgate able to open and close the cargo opening, and first, second and third brackets, each bracket secured to one of the posts and the endgate, and defining a lateral axis and an upright axis. The first bracket is secured to the first post. The second bracket is secured to the second post such that the lateral axis of the second bracket is aligned with the lateral axis of the first bracket. The third bracket is secured to the first post at an elevation higher than an elevation of the first bracket such that the upright axis of the third bracket is aligned with the upright axis of the first bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Townson
  • Patent number: 7644538
    Abstract: A closure includes a frame that is selectively pivotable about a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. A drive assembly is disposed in a groove of the frame to selectively determine which axis the frame pivots about as the frame pivots between an open position and a closed position. The drive assembly includes a plurality of actuating members and a plurality of transmission rods that operatively connect adjacent actuating members to each other. Each of the actuating members and each of the transmission rods has a single tenon which is disposed in only one side of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: SAVIO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Publication number: 20090235589
    Abstract: A horizontal side-moving door with a side-winding curtain or horizontally translating panel includes a breakaway brace that helps hold a relatively rigid leading edge of the curtain or panel in a substantially vertical orientation. Should a forklift accidentally strike the leading edge of the curtain or panel, a replaceable shear pin incorporated in the brace breaks away to release the leading edge, thus protecting the edge from damage. Although the shear pin can break into two or more pieces, the brace includes means for holding the pieces in place and preventing them from falling and hitting anything underneath the pin. Although with some limitations, the door is still operational even while the pin is broken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel Davis, Bill Hoerner, Dean Shanahan, Ryan P. Beggs, Glenn R. Manich, James C. Boerger
  • Patent number: 7556303
    Abstract: A latch transfer mechanism is provided, including a tailgate having a first handle and a second handle, a lifter connected to a housing, a striker for selectively receiving a cable transfer pin, with the cable transfer pin operably associated with the lifter, and a connector connected to the cable transfer pin, which is also connected to the tailgate. The present invention also includes an actuating rod for actuating the lifter such that when the first handle is actuated, the housing, lifter, and actuating rod, will separate from the striker, and the cable transfer pin will remain received by the striker, allowing the connector to support the tailgate. When the second handle is actuated, the actuating rod will cause the lifter to pivot in relation to the housing, lifting the cable transfer pin out of the striker, allowing the lifter, actuating rod, and cable transfer pin to separate from the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Miguel Waldner, Christopher T. Archutowski, Brad Stewart, Herbert Gruber
  • Patent number: 7481479
    Abstract: An assembly for opening and closing a passageway into a motor vehicle includes a post secured to the body at a lateral side of the passageway, an endgate for opening and closing the passageway, a hinge-striker that includes a first plate secured to the post and including mutually spaced first lugs, with each first lug being formed with a hole; a second plate including mutually spaced second lugs, with each second lug being formed with a hole, the holes of the first plate being aligned with the holes of the second plate; a hinge pin located in the holes and aligned with an upright axis; and a striker, secured to and extending from one of said plates, and a latch secured to the post for releasably engaging the hinge-striker, where the engagement secures the endgate in a position that closes the passageway and prevents pivoting about a lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Townson, Michael K. Zelek, Leonard J. Brohl, Jr., Tanya J. Klain, John B. Morley, Sarah Pearson, Patrick O. McGee
  • Publication number: 20080216289
    Abstract: A lifting device for a two-leaf folding door is provided, whose upper leaf is pivotally mounted about a horizontal first axis on a top or intermediate wall of a body, and whose lower leaf is pivotally connected with the upper leaf about a second axis parallel to the first axis, and having at least one two-armed lever which is pivotally mounted about a horizontal swivel axis on a lateral body part and whose longer arm is pivotally connected with the lower leaf, a hinge for pivotally connecting the two leaves, which is provided with a hinge pot to be inserted in one of the leaves, a hinge arm to be fixed at the other leaf, and a swivel axis which is arranged in the hinge pot such that its distance (A) from the nearest edge of the other leaf reduced by the distance (T) from the inner surface of its own leaf, has a value (F) which is smaller than the thickness of the finger of a user, and in the closed condition of the folding door, the swivel axes of the lever of the lifting device are arranged such that togethe
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 7396068
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a door to a passenger vehicle body having a lift arm and a hinge assembly. The lift arm rotatably connects the door to the vehicle body. The lift arm imparts upward rotational movement to the door relative to the vehicle body as upward pressure is applied to the arm. The hinge assembly allows the door to open horizontally about a pair of hinges connected to the hinge assembly. A stop pin assembly dictates whether the door can be opened vertically or horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Eric L. McRobert
  • Patent number: 7380873
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of utility trailers and more specifically, to a covered utility trailer and a kit for assembling same. The covered utility trailer includes a trailer bed for supporting cargo. The trailer bed has a leading edge, an opposed trailing edge spaced apart from the leading edge and a pair of first and second, spaced apart, side edges joining the leading edge to the trailing edge. A pair of first and second, spaced apart, sidewalls and a leading wall are also provided. Each sidewall extends upright from a respective side edge of the trailer bed. The leading wall is mounted between the first and second sidewalls and extends upright from the leading edge of the trailer bed. A rear cargo access door assembly is disposed opposite the leading wall and between the first and second sidewalls. The rear cargo access door assembly extends upright from the trailing edge of the trailer bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Snowbear Limited
    Inventor: Craig Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 7340860
    Abstract: A safety assembly for an actuating linkage of a metallic casement window or door includes an “L” shaped guiding body fastenable on the exterior of the movable frame of the window or door, a first and a second slidable member mounted slidably on the guiding body, a flexible element that interconnects the slidable members, and a safety block. A bolt is mounted in the block and is slidable transversely relative to the direction of motion of the first slidable member and against the action of a spring. The body has two transverse guides between which the safety block is inserted. The first member has two segments with different heights and the safety block has an opening oriented towards the body and directed in the longitudinal direction of the first slidable member to prevent motion of the safety block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Savio S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 7325359
    Abstract: A projection window operator providing horizontal displacement of a window relative to a vertical plane of the frame of the window. With at least one projection window operator installed on each of opposing sides of the window, the window can be actuated between a first closed position and second open position in which a trickle ventilation is provided around the window. The projection window operators installed on the window can be interconnected for simultaneous actuation, or actuated individually, providing selective ventilation on either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory J. Vetter
  • Patent number: 7243973
    Abstract: A closure assembly is mounted on a vehicle and moveable between a closed position and at least one open position. The closure assembly includes a closure structure mounted to an associated vehicle for movement between the closed position and the at least one open position. A first lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. A second lock assembly is selectively locking the closure structure to the associated vehicle. One of the first and second lock assemblies includes a latch that requires overstroking to lock the latch in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7225586
    Abstract: A methods for mounting, opening, closing and releasing a door assembly relative to a mounting structure employ a first structure that defines at least one elongated guide channel and a latching subassembly that is adapted to be mounted with respect to the foregoing guide channel and to rotate with respect thereto. Rotation of the latching subassembly with respect to the guide channel allows a latching region, e.g., a V-shaped latching region, to move between a first position (wherein the latching region is adapted to receive the mounting structure) and a second position (wherein the latching region cannot receive the mounting structure). In the second position, the latching region (in combination with the guide channel) is structured to capture the mounting structure (e.g., a projection associated with a cable management system) therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart A. Levesque, Lars R. Larsen
  • Patent number: 7201422
    Abstract: A tailgate synchronizer for coordinating mechanical communication between first and second handles mounted to a tailgate and first and second lock assemblies that selectively lock the tailgate to a vehicle body includes a first lock assembly actuator lever rotatably mounted to the tailgate. The first lock assembly actuator lever is selectively movable by the first handle. The first lock assembly actuator lever is connected to the first lock assembly so that the first lock assembly actuator lever unlocks the first lock assembly when sufficiently moved by the first handle. A second lock assembly actuator lever is rotatably mounted to the tailgate and selectively movable by the second handle. The second lock assembly actuator lever is connected to the second lock assembly so that the second lock assembly actuator lever unlocks the second lock assembly when sufficiently moved by the second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Plett, Steven Thiele, Kenichi Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7201423
    Abstract: A latch device includes a biaxial hinge, a horizontal hinge latch mechanism, a vertical hinge latch mechanism, a common latch mechanism, a swing actuation handle, and a flap actuation handle is provided on a tailgate for realizing selective movement about both a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. A first disengagement detection unit detects disengagement of the horizontal hinge latch mechanism and a second disengagement detection unit that detects disengagement of the vertical hinge latch mechanism. A tailgate release-latch unit disables the actuation of the flap actuation handle upon detection of the disengaged condition of the horizontal hinge latch mechanism by the first disengagement detection unit, and swing actuation handle upon detection of the disengaged condition of the vertical hinge latch mechanism by the second disengagement detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 7150486
    Abstract: A latch device includes a biaxial hinge, a horizontal hinge latch mechanism, a vertical hinge latch mechanism, a common latch mechanism, a swing actuation handle, and a flap actuation handle is provided on a tailgate for realizing selective movement about both a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. A first disengagement detection unit detects disengagement of the horizontal hinge latch mechanism and a second disengagement detection unit that detects disengagement of the vertical hinge latch mechanism. A tailgate release-latch unit disables the actuation of the flap actuation handle upon detection of the disengaged condition of the horizontal hinge latch mechanism by the first disengagement detection unit, and swing actuation handle upon detection of the disengaged condition of the vertical hinge latch mechanism by the second disengagement detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose