On Opposite Ends Of Closure Patents (Class 49/193)
  • Patent number: 11124998
    Abstract: A reversible door assembly is provided which allows for easy changing of a door swing direction without the need for any additional swing change kit and without the need for rotation of the door. The present embodiments provide a frame which utilizes removable pocket hinge elements which may be moved from one side of the frame to the other side in order to easily change the door swing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Dometic Sweden AB
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Fazi, Adam J. Warble, Mark L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10697236
    Abstract: A gate is provided and includes a gate body, a hinge assembly attached to a first side of the gate body, and a support bracket. The hinge assembly includes a pin assembly and an actuating assembly capable of moving a pin of the pin assembly between a retracted position and an extended position. The support bracket engages the pin in the extended position and is disengaged from the pin in the retracted position. The gate body has an axis of rotation extending through the pin when the pin engages the support bracket and is freely movable with respect to the support bracket when the pin is disengaged from the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CK Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Crist King
  • Patent number: 10590686
    Abstract: A left-and-right door opening mechanism comprises a locking box assembly disposed on a refrigerator body and a hinge module disposed on a refrigerator door body. The hinge module comprises a first hinge and a second hinge. The locking box assembly comprises a locking box body and a locking plate. A first opening and a second opening are respectively formed in two sides of the locking box body. A first groove and a second groove are respectively formed in two sides of the locking plate. The locking plate moves in the locking box body to align the first opening with the first groove or to align the second opening with the second groove. The first hinge or the second hinge is disengaged from the first opening and the first groove or from the second opening and the second groove to realize door opening from the left side or the right side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao Zhang, Enpin Xia, Guoshun He, Xiaobing Zhu
  • Patent number: 9790725
    Abstract: A blocking device that includes a blocking pin movable on the first element between an unblocked position and a blocked position, and an actuating element secured to the second element and arranged to move the blocking pin. The blocking pin is fastened to the first element by a stressing element arranged to exert a force stressing the blocking pin toward its unblocked position between the unblocked position and an intermediate position of the blocking pin, and to exert a force stressing the blocking pin toward its blocked position between the intermediate position and the blocked position of the blocking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Olivier Leborgne
  • Patent number: 8966821
    Abstract: An interlocking assembly for a dual hinged door, includes a first latch and second latch each rotatably secured to opposing sides of the door. Each Latch is linked to a first and second interference member respectively, such that positioning the first latch in an open position rotates first interference member in a path of rotation of the second interference member. In that configuration, second interference member is not permitted to rotate and prevents the second latch from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Walker, Lawrence A. Hillegonds, Robert L. Fritz
  • Patent number: 8695278
    Abstract: A door assembly for an instrument cabinet includes a door element having a first side edge and a second side edge opposite the first side edge adapted for installation in a predetermined orientation, at least two first withdrawable pins in a region of the first side edge and at least two second pins which form a pivot axis in a region of the second side edge, wherein, in an extended condition, the first pins are in communication with a first depression in the instrument cabinet to prevent the door element pivoting about the pivot axis and, in a withdrawn condition, extend out of the first depression to permit the door element to pivot about the pivot axis, at least one handle element having a fixed part that secures to a front side of the door element and a movable part that mechanically couples to the two first pins, wherein actuation of the movable part allows the first pins which are coupled thereto, to move into a retracted condition, wherein the door element and/or the handle element are of symmetrical c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventor: Toni Koberling
  • Patent number: 8573715
    Abstract: A dispenser cabinet for holding and dispensing paper toweling or other paper sheet material includes a front dispenser cabinet portion and a rear dispenser cabinet portion. Hinge receptacles are attached to both left and right side walls of the dispenser cabinet portions and hinges are selectively alternatively positionable in the hinge receptacles to allow the hinge connection between the dispenser cabinet portions to be changed between left and right side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Andrew Jackman, Alex Trampolski, Steven M. Slye
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8453304
    Abstract: An arrangement for covering a machine having a machine frame, includes a covering device adapted to be attached to the machine frame above the machine. The covering device has opposite sides corresponding to opposite sides of the machine frame. Hinges are respectively connected at the opposite sides of the covering device about which the covering device can be selectively swiveled to an open or a closed position relative to the machine. Each one of the respectively arranged hinges at opposite sides of the covering device is selectively coupled to the machine frame and has a parallel-extending swiveling axis. Respectively the non-selected hinge that does not form the swiveling axis for opening the covering device is arranged to be detachable from the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Simon Kunz
  • Patent number: 8220881
    Abstract: Communications cable management systems include a cable trough and a door that is configured to provide access to the cable trough. A first latch structure is attached to the door that includes a first latch and a second latch. A second latch structure is attached to the door that includes a third latch and a fourth latch. The systems also include a support structure that has first through fourth latch receiving assemblies that are configured to receive the respective first through fourth latches. The first through fourth latch receiving assemblies may comprise hinge brackets and/or pivotable latch members. The first and second latches and their corresponding first and second latch receiving assemblies are each configured to act as a hinge when the third and fourth latches are removed from their corresponding latch receiving assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Martin Keith
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 7552981
    Abstract: A left and right hand convertible door enclosure. An apparatus operatively connects to an enclosure and to a door so as to allow the door to convert between left and right hand. The apparatus includes a pair of front corners of a top wall of the enclosure having a pair of blind bores therein, respectively, a pair of side edges of the door being formed into a pair of tubes, respectively, a pair of front corners of a bottom wall of the enclosure having a pair of locking apparatuses, respectively, a pair of front edges of a pair of side walls of the enclosure being formed into a pair of recesses, respectively, and a hinge pin. The hinge pin enters one of the pair of tubes of the door and comes to rest in an associated blind bore in the top wall of the enclosure and in an associated locking apparatus on the bottom wall of the enclosure, depending upon the door being used as a right hand or a left hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventors: Robert M. Tuniewicz, Gilbert D. Talamo
  • Publication number: 20090139145
    Abstract: A door includes a door body, a pair of rotating shafts, a pair of opening/closing levers and an inhibiting member. The pair of rotating shafts rotate the door body toward either one of the left and right directions. The pair of rotating shafts are provided on each of the left and right sides of the door body. The pair of rotating shafts are vertically slidable. The pair of opening/closing levers are provided on each of the left and right sides of the door body. The opening/closing lever is connected to the rotating shaft on the same side of the door body. The opening/closing lever acommodates the connected rotating shaft within the door body by rotation. The inhibiting member inhibits one of the rotating shafts from being accommodated within the door body by operating simultaneously with rotation of the opening/closing lever connected to the other rotating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Satoru Yamada
  • Patent number: 7516515
    Abstract: A refrigerator incorporates a dual swing door including a dual hinge mechanism. The dual hinge mechanism includes a lock bar having a first end portion and a second end portion joined by an intermediate portion. Each of the first and second end portions includes first and second lobe elements. The hinge mechanism also includes a hinge plate having a first end section and a second section joined by an intermediate section. Each of the first and second end sections include a wedge member and a rudder member. The hinge plate further includes first and second hinge pins, mounted to corresponding ones of the first and second end sections, that define left and right pivot axes for the door. The rudder and wedge members interact with the first lobes to automatically force one of the second lobes into engagement with a respective hinge pin to establish a desired hinge axis for pivoting of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Leimkuehler, Chad J. Rotter
  • Patent number: 7493727
    Abstract: An extendable and retractable enclosure provides an additional storage or work area in a structure which has a limited amount of available space, such as a motor home or trailer. The enclosure is installed in an opening, such as for a window, and can be selectively moved to an extended position where the enclosure extends outside the structure, or to a retracted position where the enclosure is positioned inside the structure. Two spaced apart swing arms pivotally mount the enclosure to the structure, and allow the enclosure to be selectively moved to the extended or retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Frederick Broussard
  • 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: 7281391
    Abstract: An appliance cabinet with at least one openable door has a hinge at a pivoting edge of the door to allow the door to open about the pivoting edge. An endcap is secured to an edge of the door adjacent to the pivoting edge. A first conduit extends from an in-door apparatus to an end within the endcap. A second conduit extends from within the cabinet to an end exterior of the cabinet and within the endcap. An end connector is provided to receive the ends of the first and second conduits. The hinge is movable from the pivoting edge of the door to an opposite edge of the door. The second conduit is arranged to exit from either adjacent one corner or adjacent an opposite corner of the cabinet to be adjacent to the pivoting edge. In this arrangement, the two conduits are joinable within the endcap at the end connector to form a continuous conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Diane E. Marret, Guy E. Garrison, Jill C. Moeller, Johnny R. Revlett, Mark G. Steffenhagen, Daryl L. Reuter, Jeff J. Smale
  • Patent number: 7178292
    Abstract: A door can be opened from either direction, from the left or the right. A double direction opening mechanism for a door has a first and second hinge pairs (5, 6), a first and a second hinge pin drive mechanism (7, 8), and a first and a second handle (91, 92). When either the first or the second handle (91, 92) is selectively operated, either the first or the second hinge pin pair (53, 63) is drawn out from either the first or the second hinge pair (5, 6). Then, a door (3) is rotated for opening/closing about either or the hinge pin pairs (53, 63) joined to the other of the first or the second hinge pair (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Takigen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akifumi Yamada
  • Patent number: 6968647
    Abstract: Mechanisms 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: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventors: Stewart A. Levesque, Lars R. Larsen
  • Patent number: 6964131
    Abstract: A door includes a U-shaped frame having opposing side channels. The channels include peripheral, inner and outer walls with the inner wall being of a larger size and configuration than the outer wall. A glass insert slightly smaller than the size of the inner wall is inserted therethrough and is guided to a centered position seated upon the outer wall. An open frame insert is slid into the two side channels, and a plurality of opposing pairs of walls deflect the open frame insert into bearing engagement with the glass insert. A peripheral edge of the open frame insert defines a peripheral channel with a terminal edge of the door frame inner wall for receipt therein of a peripheral securing boss of an elastomeric peripheral seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventors: Bob Herrmann, Howard Daley
  • Patent number: 6862778
    Abstract: A self-supporting hinge assembly structurally arranged to provide a hinge on the opposite edges of a door or closure member is disclosed. The hinge assembly includes a pair of support members, one support member being mounted to the container frame and the other support member being mounted to the inside surface of the container door or closure and a pair of closing arm members positioned within the pair of support members. The ends of the closing arm members are selectively and pivotally mounted to the ends of the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Amilcar Félix Sosa
  • Patent number: 6814244
    Abstract: A ramped latch closure system for securing a gate frame to a stationary frame assembly. The system includes a sill bracket and a pin assembly. The sill bracket includes a pin receptacle having an opening disposed at a first elevation for vertically receiving a pin, a first ramp extending from a second elevation to a third elevation, and a second ramp extending from a fourth elevation to a fifth elevation. The first ramp is vertically inclined toward the pin receptacle for gradually guiding a pin theretoward. At least one of the fourth and fifth elevations is separated from the first elevation in one vertical direction and the third elevation is separated from the first elevation in the opposite vertical direction. The pin assembly includes a pin and a spring for biasing the pin toward the pin receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary H. Hathcock
  • Publication number: 20040172881
    Abstract: To provide a door opening on both the left and right sides which is easy to manufacture and operate and can be opened and closed accurately from either the left or right side, even in case of occurrence of some manufacturing or execution error, if only that error is kept within the range of tolerance set in advance, the present invention comprised of an inner door mounted in such a way that it covers the open surface of the closet body to be opened/closed through hinges, and an outer door disposed on the outside of this inner door and mounted in such a way as to be opened/closed through hinges against the inner door, and constructed in such a way that the inner and outer doors are opened and closed in different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Takuji Minami
  • Patent number: 6715819
    Abstract: A convertible automobile has a roof which can be deposited in a rear area of the vehicle under a trunk lid. To uncover an opening for the roof, the trunk lid is mounted on a lock member permitting movement in a first opening direction about a body-fast axis of rotation at a rear end such that it forms an acute angle (&agr;) with a vector of travel when in the open position. In order to free a loading opening to the trunk space, the lock member permits movement of the trunk lid 4 in a second opening direction such that the trunk lid forms in the open position an obtuse angle (&bgr;) with the vector of travel. A part bearing an axis of rotation is configured such that the lock member associated with the trunk lid is situated, when the trunk lid is in the closed position, ahead of the axis of rotation in the direction of travel and, upon the movement of the trunk lid in the first opening direction, the lock member is carried on a circular path around the central axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH
    Inventor: Olaf Weissmueller
  • Patent number: 6708368
    Abstract: A hinge clip apparatus for selectively engaging and disengaging a cover includes a base, a hinge defining a hinge axis, and a spring member. The spring member is pivotally moveable relative to the base along the hinge which connects the base to the spring member. The spring includes a pair of spring arms generally opposing each other and capable of engaging the cover and disengaging from the cover when the spring member is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Ponharith Nhep, Douglas G. Elliot
  • Publication number: 20040040212
    Abstract: A door opening/closing mechanism fitted on a door that closes and opens an opening formed in the body of an apparatus by being brought into and out of contact with the rim of the opening has cam mechanisms that permit the door to engage with and disengage from the body at either of the right and left sides of the door. The cam mechanisms can be brought into a first lock position in which they lie symmetrically at both sides of the door and into a second lock position in which they lie symmetrically at both sides of the door, and each have a hinge pin that serves as a rotation axis in the second lock position and a groove cam that engages with the hinge pin in such a way as to be movable relative to the hinge pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masuo Kawabata, Takashi Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 6609750
    Abstract: The present vehicle hatch for passenger vehicles comprises a hatch cover, sealant member and mounting frame assembly. The mounting frame assembly allows for the hatch cover to open to angle greater than 90 degrees. The hatch may be in any one of several positions including: totally closed, providing a hermetic seal pervious to dust and waterproof; open in all its periphery; open only at its front; open only at its front; open only at its rear; open on its right or left side; and open with the upper cover at an angle greater than 90 degrees, thereby serving as an emergency exit. The mounting frame and hatch cover provide an improved seal against penetration of water and other particles, and provide an improved aerodynamic feature. The mounting frame may be telescopically adjustable to provide for secure mounting on vehicle bodies of varying thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: Armando Cauduro
  • Patent number: 6594857
    Abstract: A hinge clip apparatus for selectively engaging/disengaging a cover includes a base, a hinge defining a hinge axis, and a plate. The plate is pivotally moveable relative to the base along the hinge which connects the base to the plate. The plate includes a hole and a spring member extending through the hole. The spring member has an extension tab capable of engaging the cover and disengaging from the cover when the spring member is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Ponharith Nhep, Douglas G. Elliot
  • Patent number: 6585943
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system (26) for an automated processor (A) delivers washing, microbial decontaminant, and rinse fluids to spray nozzles (102, 104, 106, 108, 110) in a chamber (12) for sequentially spraying the fluids over a lumened device (B), such as an endoscope. The fluid delivery system also delivers the fluids to connection ports (150, 152, 154) which connect with internal passages (187) of the device for delivering the fluids thereto. Leaking connectors (184) connect the automated processor connection ports with inlet ports (196) of the device and allow a portion of the washing, decontaminant, and rinsing solutions to leak from each inlet port. A computer control system (80) controls cleaning, decontamination, rinsing, and drying stages of a cycle, which are all carried out within the chamber, obviating the need for human contact with the device during processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Bill R. Sanford, Jude A. Kral, Joseph Tvergyak, Bernard J. Moss, Robert M. Priest, James C. Hlebovy, Daniel N. Kelsch, Alan J. Greszler, David E. Minerovic, John C. Houston, Nancy A. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20030051407
    Abstract: A self-supporting hinge assembly structurally arranged to provide a hinge on the opposite edges of a door or closure member is disclosed. The hinge assembly includes a pair of support members, one support member being mounted to the container frame and the other support member being mounted to the inside surface of the container door or closure and a pair of closing arm members positioned within the pair of support members. The ends of the closing arm members are selectively and pivotally mounted to the ends of the support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Amilcar Felix Sosa
  • Patent number: 6442896
    Abstract: A hatch assembly in which the hatch lid can be opened along four or more axes. The hinge structure of the present invention is a continuous rod element. This rod element is integral to the frame structure of the hatch—either the hatch-lid frame or to the base frame on which the hatch lid is mounted. The hatch lid is opened by securing one side of the hatch lid to the base by engaging a pin and then applying force to the hatch-lid from direction of the enclosure. The present invention further includes an adjustable prop assembly having a support tube and an actuation rod. The actuation rod slides though the support tube and is adjustably and releasably held by a pair of mated ramped and friction blocks. These mated pairs reside on opposed sides of the actuation rod. The actuation rod has a varying diameter by which it forces the friction blocks into contact with the ramped blocks thereby locking the entire assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: E. Barton Chapin, III
  • Patent number: 6347484
    Abstract: A ventilating unit for mounting in the top wall of a vehicle that includes a frame and a panel movable between an open and a closed position in the frame. An operating mechanism is provided which includes linkages connected to opposite sides of the panel, and two electric motors connected to the linkages and independently operable to selectively raise either one, or both of the sides of the panel. At least one latching member may be included in the operating mechanism to assist in maintaining the panel in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Specialty Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Eric D. Swanger
  • Patent number: 6282838
    Abstract: A pair of slide cams are provided symmetrically about the center line of a door at the right-hand and left-hand end portions of the door, a pair of lock cams provided on the main body symmetrically in portions corresponding to those of the slide cams, and a hinge pin mounted so that it penetrates an axial hole provided in the lock cams. Each slide cam has a first grooved cam which can be engaged with and disengaged from the hinge pin in the horizontal direction, and a second grooved cam which can move from a first engagement position which continues from the first grooved cam and is engaged with the hinge pin guided by the first grooved cam when the door is closed to a second engagement position which serves as a pivot axis of the slide cam when the door is opened. Each slide cam is further provided with a first cam projection provided around the second grooved cam. Each lock cam is provided with a second cam projection which locks the first cam projection in the first engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 6250729
    Abstract: A sliding console (20) for use with a vehicle. The console (20) includes a padded upper portion (40) to serve as an arm rest. The console (20) includes a slider assembly (52) that moves toward and way form the front end (32) and rear end walls (34) to allow the padded upper portion (40) to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny Hugh Allison, Richard Morabito, Gerald Arthur Heath
  • Patent number: 6233879
    Abstract: A double pivotable door, particularly for use with modular office partitions is disclosed. The double pivotable door includes a frame, which is mounted to a partition by at least one hinge having a first axis of rotation. The frame include a door which is mounted to the frame and can rotate about a second axis of rotation, where the second axis of rotation is parallel but spaced from the first axis of rotation. The door can thus be mounted to partitions where there is limited space, and can rotate about the first axis, as a typical door, or rotate about the first and second axes simultaneously, thereby reducing by approximately half the clearance required for opening and closing the door. Preferably, the door includes a mechanism to prevent the door from pivoting about the second axis. Also preferably, the handle for the door is integral therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Groupe Pro-Plus Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Barbeau
  • Patent number: 6192629
    Abstract: A gate assembly includes a gate disposed between two vertical columns with attaching members on opposite sides of the gate and engagable with the vertical columns. The locking mechanism includes a U-shaped hinge member fixedly attached on each side of a gate panel and a pivoting U-shaped latching member attached to each side of a gate panel, a hinge-U of the hinge member and a latch-U of the latch member being in cooperating relation when engaged with the vertical columns to lock a gate in a closed position. The gate assembly provides that the locking mechanism is operable on both sides of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventors: Allan Akins, Joe Kuffner, Len Peters
  • Patent number: 6085463
    Abstract: There is a pair of slide cams provided symmetrically about the center line of a door at the right-hand and left-hand end portions of the door, a pair of lock cams provided on the main body symmetrically in portions corresponding to those of the slide cams, and a hinge pin mounted in a state in which it penetrates an axial hole provided at the lock cams. Each slide cam has a first grooved cam which can be engaged with and disengaged from the hinge pin in the horizontal direction, and a second grooved cam which can move from a first engagement position which continues from the first grooved cam and is engaged with the hinge pin guided by the first grooved cam when the door is closed to a second engagement position which serves as a pivot axis of the slide cam when the door is opened. Each slide cam is further provided with a first cam projection provided around the second grooved cam. Each lock cam is provided with a second cam projection which locks the first cam projection in the first engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 6070362
    Abstract: A hinging fitting for joining a sash-frame to a leaf in which the hinging fitting has a fixed support adapted to be attached to the sash-frame, a movable support adapted to be attached to the leaf, a spindle pivotally affixed on the fixed support and a bushing affixed to the movable support. The spindle is subdivided into at least two spindle lengths. At least one of the spindle lengths is offset from a longitudinal axis of another spindle length. The bushing has a bore formed by at least two elongated holes arranged substantially in an extension of each other. The elongated holes receive respectively the spindle lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Ferco International Ferrures et Serrures de Batiment Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Richard Strassel
  • Patent number: 6065612
    Abstract: A relay rack for supporting electronic components having a swinging door frame with a simple mechanism for selectively opening either left or right hand sides of the door frame while preventing inadvertent simultaneous release of both sides. The relay rack comprises a top frame, a bottom frame, a rectangular door frame, and four pivot pins on the door frame. Recesses in the top and bottom frames receive the pivot pins. Latching bars are mounted to the top and bottom frames for sliding movement to the left and to the right relative to the frames for holding or releasing the pivot pins from the recesses so the door frame can be swung open and closed about either a left or right vertical pivot axis. The top and bottom frames are releasably fastened to the back frame to permit removal and replacement by different top and bottom frames whereby a front-to-back dimension of the rack may be readily changed without replacing the back frame or the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Sigma Aldrich Co.
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 6000771
    Abstract: A refrigerator for RVs comprising an upright cabinet with an internal cold compartment and a door member mounted on the cabinet for closing said compartment, two pairs of upright hinge pins on the cabinet on opposite sides of the door enables the door to swing from both right and left sides of the cabinet. A single actuator is provided for putting the door from a left swing to a right swing and vice versa. In addition, the actuator can secure the door on the cabinet during RV travel. It can also enable easy removal of the door from the cabinet. Cams and cam followers are associated with the cabinet and the door to cause the door to be lifted when opened and lowered when closed to assure easy opening and closing of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Thetford Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Wissinger, John R. Selina, James C. Butler, David W. Leistner, John M. Antos
  • Patent number: 5983819
    Abstract: A marine hatch assembly includes a rectangular ring shaped frame, a hatch cover hinged to the frame and a pivotal adjustment mechanism or adjuster for maintaining the hatch in a predetermined open position. The adjusting mechanism or adjuster includes a pair of telescoping elements one of which has a flexible joint therein. This flexible joint is prevented from flexing by the other of the telescoping elements until that element is withdrawn to a point beyond the flexible joint i.e., when the hatch cover is rotated beyond a predetermined angle. The adjusting mechanism also includes a clamp for maintaining the telescoping elements in a fixed relationship with respect to one another in order to maintain the hatch in a predetermined open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pompanette, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Kyle
  • Patent number: 5983453
    Abstract: There is disclosed a door operation mechanism which can open/close a door to either right or left side. When a handle portion 116 is manually pivoted and displaced, it rotates cams 98 and 98a and, thus, a thrust-up rod 94 is pushed up and a push-down rod 94a is pushed down. The thrust-up rod 94 pushes and displaces a swing plate 66 in a hinge mechanism 16a. The push-down rod 94a pushes and displaces a swing place 66 in a hinge mechanism 16b. Then, the swing plates 66 in the hinge mechanisms 16a and 16b fail to bind hinge pins 22 and 26, respectively, and the right side of a door 14 is released. By pulling the right side of the door 14, the door 14 can be opened on the axis of hinge mechanisms 16c and 16d which are provided on the left side of the door. On the other hand, when a left unlocking mechanism 20b is operated, the door 14 can be opened on the axis of the hinge mechanisms 16a and 16b on the right side of the door. Therefore, the door 14 can be opened to either right or left side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Aiwalite Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Miwa
  • Patent number: 5926916
    Abstract: This invention relates to a computer having a door being opened/closed at either side having a case for protecting internal circuits of a computer from an external impact, a face which is attached to the front of the case; and a door, installed in an open area of the face, which can be opened/closed from either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Woon Lee, Tae-Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 5832670
    Abstract: A pre-hung door assembly kit enables the selective reversal of the hand of a pre-hung door mounted with hinges in a door frame for opening in one of right-hand and left-hand openings. The reversal is accomplished by rotating the door about a vertical axis and relocating vertical door jamb legs to maintain the correct juxtaposition of a previously prepared latching hardware location in the door with an appropriate previously prepared strike plate mortise in one of the door jamb legs so that factory precision is maintained with simplified field installation. Door stops are placed on the jamb legs so as to cover fasteners which secure the door frame in place in a building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Laurence E. Bennett