Unitary Structural Member And Hinge Element Patents (Class 49/397)
  • Patent number: 10689889
    Abstract: A door arrangement has a door frame, a door leaf, door hinges and a magnetic closure device, wherein the door hinges are fastened on a hinge side of the door leaf and join the door leaf swivelably with the door frame. The door frame has a step for stopping the door leaf in the closed position, the step having a stop arm overlapping the door leaf in the closed position and a lateral arm. The closure device is formed from a magnet arrangement on the door frame as well as a magnetic material on a rim of the door leaf. The magnet arrangement is disposed on the lateral arm in such a way that a gap remains between the magnet arrangement and the magnetic material disposed on the rim of the door leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SIMONSWERK GMBH
    Inventor: Sergei Gorenbacher
  • Patent number: 10612293
    Abstract: A secondary window system installable within a primary window frame that includes a top horizontal member, a bottom horizontal member spaced from the top horizontal member, and first and second side members, the secondary window system including a top channel member attachable to and extending along at least a portion of the top horizontal member of the primary window frame, a secondary window frame comprising a header, a sill spaced from the header, first and second side jambs spaced from each other and extending from the header to the sill, and a secondary window opening defined by the secondary window frame, a top channel retainer engageable with the header of the secondary window frame, and at least one hanger engageable with the top channel member and the top channel retainer, wherein the secondary window frame is rotatably moveable relative to the primary window frame about the at least one hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: LARSON MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly D. Nordgaard, Andres Abraham
  • Publication number: 20150056904
    Abstract: A novel front sash closure for a fumehood of the sort comprising a workspace defined by a frame and accessed by a front opening, the front sash closure comprising: a transparent fixed pane and a transparent hinged pane; wherein the transparent fixed pane is securely mounted to the frame of the fumehood so as to partially cover the front opening of the fumehood, whereby to reduce the size of the front opening of the fumehood to a working opening; and wherein the transparent hinged pane is hingedly mounted to the frame of the fumehood intermediate the working opening so as to be able to selectively cover a portion of the working opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Francois Hauville, Stephan Hauville, Antoine Hauville, Cédric Herry
  • Patent number: 8881459
    Abstract: A device for fixing a glazed element into an opening for the glazed element to be pivotable with respect to the opening. The device includes at least one projecting element including an axis for fixing the device to an upright of the opening, and at least one baseplate including interior and exterior faces facing a surface of the glazed element. The baseplate is at least partially integrated into a portion of elastic material adhering at least to the interior face. The projecting element rigidly fixes the projecting element to the upright of the opening so that the orientation of the axis with respect to the upright remains unchanged during opening or closing movement of the glazed element and so that during the opening movement, at least part of the portion of elastic material is squashed between the baseplate and the upright or between the baseplate and the glazed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Bastien Grandgirard, Nicolas Coutellier, Gerard Huchet
  • Publication number: 20140327353
    Abstract: A door coupling and rotation assembly and a refrigerator having the same are provided. The refrigerator may include a main body having a storage compartment, at least one door to open and close the storage compartment, and a door coupling and rotation assembly that rotatably couples the at least one door to the main body. A door opening/closing determination device may determine whether or not a user wishes to open the door, and a controller may drive at least one motor in response a signal sensed by the door opening/closing determination device to open or close the at least one door. The assembly may include a hinge bracket coupled to the main body, a hinge shaft coupled to the hinge bracket and defining an axis of rotation of the door, and a motor coupled to the hinge shaft to rotate the at least one door in a forward or reverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Woonkyu SEO, Soonho Jung, Jinhee Park
  • Publication number: 20140259942
    Abstract: A frame for a window intended to serve either as a stationary frame or as a sash frame according to the invention comprises an insulating abutment list on aside surface of at least one of the top, bottom or side members intended to face a side surface of another frame of the window. The insulating abutment list is made from a material having a thermal conductivity of less than 0.08 W/(m·K), preferably less than 0.04 W/(m·K). Preferred materials for the insulating abutment list are expanded polystyrene (EPS) or extruded polystyrene (XPS). In a window with such a frame, an insulating abutment list on the sash frame preferably extends from a hinge part to the bottom member of the sash frame and an insulating abutment list on the stationary frame preferably extends from a hinge part to the top member of the stationary frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Iver Koed
  • Publication number: 20140217774
    Abstract: A vehicular door assembly includes a door and at least one hinge structure. Each of the at least one hinge structure includes a knuckle and a bushing. The knuckle extends away from the door. The door and the knuckle of each of the at least one hinge structure are integrally formed as a unitary structure. The knuckle of each of the at least one hinge structure includes an upper surface and a lower surface, and defines a bore extending through the knuckle and opening onto each of the upper surface and the lower surface. The bushing defines a hinge aperture and a hinge axis. At least a substantial portion of the bushing is positioned within the bore defined by a respective one of the knuckles. Each of the at least one hinge structure is configured for coupling with a frame of a vehicle. Vehicles are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Peterson, John B. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140008381
    Abstract: A system (20; 302) comprising the unitarily molded single-piece combination of: a first portion (24; 324); a living hinge (22; 322); and a second portion (26; 326) coupled by the living hinge to the first portion and shiftable between a first condition and second condition via rotation about the living hinge. The living hinge comprises: a first end (80) at the first portion; and a second end (82) at the second portion, in the as-molded condition the second end is spaced upward from the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Plastek Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Stephen Quinn
  • Publication number: 20130227892
    Abstract: An enclosure having a gate which may be pivotably hung from stanchions or walls such that it swings in either direction, and may be opened from either side, depending on the assembly of the enclosure, is described. A latch which may be opened from both inside and outside of the enclosure is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua A. Robinson, Kirk A. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20130219796
    Abstract: The hidden interlocking hinge assembly at least partially hides or conceals the hinging mechanism of a door pivotally attached to a jamb. The assembly incorporates interlocking knuckles on the door and the jamb, an overlapping flange feature, and a corresponding depression feature that allows the overlapping flange and the depression to move relative to the other without binding and while generally concealing the balance of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: L. T. HAMPEL CORP.
    Inventor: L. T. HAMPEL CORP.
  • Publication number: 20130111818
    Abstract: Provided is a door opening/closing structure in which the attachment/detachment of the door is easy in the rotatably opening/closing door. In the door opening/closing structure, an axial member attached to a door and an axial member attached to an object to which the door is attached are arranged to oppose each other in at least one position of the rotatably fixed door, wherein one of the two axial members comprises a magnet and the other comprises a magnetic body or a magnet which attracts each other with the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: YAGIKEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuuichi Yagi, Takahisa Nagamine, Masahiko Horizumi
  • Patent number: 8413382
    Abstract: A second hinge plate supported pivotally on a first hinge plate using a shaft member so as to open and close. In the second hinge plate, a bracket is molded integrally at the upper edge of the end opposite the shaft member. A vertical shaft of a hold-stay rod is loosely fitted into a shaft hole of the bracket so as to move rotationally and slide in a vertical direction. A horizontal shaft of the hold-stay rod is inserted into a guide hole of a guide plate welded to the first hinge plate and slidable, and a stopper is folded and formed at the leading end of the hold-stay rod. The stopper is inserted into an engaging hole by movement from a guide to a receiving plate due to the opening movement of the second hinge plate and can be taken out from the engaging hole by a pushing-up operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Ryoji Uto, Keitaro Yokogawa, Takahiro Goto, Shigemi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8413381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device having a component (1), in particular a door, and having a mounting unit (3), in particular a door frame. The invention is based on the object of providing a device that by the use thereof, the mounting of the component on the mounting unit is simplified, and which has a construction such that a good aesthetic impression can be achieved. For this purpose, the device has at least one component (1), at least one mounting unit (3), on which the component (1) can be mounted, and at least one fastening unit (4, 17), which is disposed on the component (1), wherein said fastening unit (17) has at least one first joint element (18) and at least one second joint element (19), wherein said fastening unit (17) is disposed articulated on the component (1) using said first joint element (18), and wherein said fastening unit (17) can be mounted articulated on said mounting unit (3) using said second joint element (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: KL-Beschlage Karl Loggen GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Theisen
  • Publication number: 20130081332
    Abstract: The subject of the present disclosure is a prehung door unit structure intended to close an opening, more particularly of rectangular shape, made in a stonework construction such as a wall, rising substantially vertically and separating or demarcating two spaces within a building and, more particularly, within a high-security building, including a prehung door unit made up of at least one door leaf mounted so that it can pivot and of a fixed frame intended to be fitted into said opening. Such a structure further comprises a fixed-frame pre-frame that can be mounted in the recess of the opening and constitutes a support for attaching the prehung door unit so that the prehung door unit can be fixed removably into the opening using rigid and removable connecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: BAUMERT
    Inventor: Bernard Baumert
  • Patent number: 8347554
    Abstract: A hinge enabling a plurality of hold-stay members to automatically lock when the door is fully open, increasing the durability of the hinge, and enabling easy release of the hold-stay members. A hinge includes a one-side hinge plate, a plurality of opposing-side hinge plate portions provided along the lengthwise direction of the hinge plate and supported by it, and an open-angle limiting mechanism for stopping, at a specific angle, opening movement of the opposing-side hinge plate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Ryoji Uto, Takahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 8302349
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rescue passage window for a passenger train, comprising an aluminum alloy outer frame, a hollow tempered glass, a movable sash, a fixed sash, a locking device, a rotating device and a sealing device, the aluminum alloy outer frame is a carrier to connect the structures of any other parts, the hollow tempered glass is inlaid on the aluminum alloy outer frame by the sealing device to form the fixed sash and the movable sash, the movable sash is suspended on the cross beam of the aluminum alloy outer frame by the rotating device to realize its connection with the aluminum alloy outer frame, reliable locking between the movable sash and the aluminum alloy outer frame is realized by the locking device, connection and sealing between the movable sash and the aluminum alloy outer frame is realized by the sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaogang Xu
  • Patent number: 8240415
    Abstract: An intermediate plate member (22) having a plate thickness equal to or less than that of a door body (19) is provided between the door body (19) and a reinforcing member (24) constituting a right side door (18). The door body (19) and the intermediate plate member (22) are jointed by spot welding, and the intermediate plate member (22) and the reinforcing member (24) are jointed by fillet welding, thereby jointing the reinforcing member (24) through the intermediate plate member (22) on the inner side surface (19A) of the door body (19). Through the use of the intermediate plate member (22), the generation of distortion in the door body (19) is reduced and the outer appearance of the right side door (18) is maintained in good condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Okada, Masao Nakamura, Makoto Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8235452
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a window panel comprising inner and outer surfaces terminating at a peripheral edge, An attachment member is adhesively bonded to the window panel at a mounting area of the inner surface by a layer of cured adhesive. The attachment member is a generally S-shaped metallic attachment member having a panel attachment flange, a vehicle attachment flange, and a leg disposed between the flanges and spacing the panel attachment flange from the vehicle attachment flange. The panel attachment flange is configured to conform to the inner surface of the window panel at the mounting area. A fastener at the vehicle attachment flange attaches the vehicle attachment flange to the vehicle to mount the window assembly at the vehicle. The fastener protrudes from the vehicle attachment flange and generally away from the panel attachment flange and the window panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Scott Repp, Pamela M. Stallman
  • Publication number: 20110283624
    Abstract: A three-dimensional adjustable door mounting system and method for aligning and installing a hinged door within a frame. In one embodiment, the mounting system includes one or more captive nuts mounted to the door. The captive nut includes a movable adjusting plate retained by a stationary holding bracket mounted to the door. A threaded fastener inserted through a hinge door leaf and into the adjusting plate allows an installer to move and adjust the position of the hinge relative to the door in a first plane. In other embodiments, captive nuts may further be affixed to the door frame. A threaded fastener inserted through a hinge frame leaf and into the adjusting plate allows an installer to move and adjust the position of the hinge and door relative to the frame in a second plane different than the first plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Publication number: 20110265385
    Abstract: A partition system includes a first pilaster and a door coupled to the first pilaster and rotatable from a closed position to an open position. The door is configurable in a first configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in a first direction and prevented from rotating in a second direction from the closed position, the second direction opposite the first direction. The door is further configurable in a second configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in the second direction and prevented from rotating in the first direction from the closed position. The door is coupled to the first pilaster to define a seam and prevents a line of sight from being established through the seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Mark A. Thielke, Thomas S. Persick, Midchi K. Odya
  • Publication number: 20110126463
    Abstract: The invention provides a door system comprising a door leaf having a first horizontally disposed edge and a second horizontally disposed edge inferior to the first horizontally disposed edge; a rod-less cylinder in communication with the first horizontally disposed edge; and a cam surface formed with the second horizontally disposed edge to limit the door to a single plane of movement relative to an opening of an enclosure defining a door jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: ETS-LINDGREN
    Inventors: Jerry W. Skibinski, Stanley J. Zielinski, Saulis Gugis, Joseph C. Weibler
  • Publication number: 20110126469
    Abstract: A second hinge plate supported pivotally on a first hinge plate using a shaft member so as to open and close. In the second hinge plate, a bracket is molded integrally at the upper edge of the end opposite the shaft member. A vertical shaft of a hold-stay rod is loosely fitted into a shaft hole of the bracket so as to move rotationally and slide in a vertical direction. A horizontal shaft of the hold-stay rod is inserted into a guide hole of a guide plate welded to the first hinge plate and slidable, and a stopper is folded and formed at the leading end of the hold-stay rod. The stopper is inserted into an engaging hole by movement from a guide to a receiving plate due to the opening movement of the second hinge plate and can be taken out from the engaging hole by a pushing-up operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR JAPAN LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji Uto, Keitaro Yokogawa, Takahiro Goto, Shigemi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7908798
    Abstract: A device for closing a frame, which has a panel mounted removably on and articulated on the frame includes a hook that has, at an end part, a heel that can stop against a surface of the articulation edge of the frame to immobilize the panel in a secure open upright position, generally perpendicular to the frame. The invention can be applied to roads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Norinco
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Monneret
  • Patent number: 7827735
    Abstract: A liftgate assembly for an automotive vehicle includes an outer panel having an external periphery and a skeletonized, trussform inner panel joined to the outer panel at their mutual external peripheries. A latch assembly is mounted within a latch cavity defined by a section of the trussform inner panel and a facing portion of the outer panel. At least one standoff structure is interposed between the outer panel and the inner panel at a location adjacent to the latch cavity so as to resist deformation of the outer panel and consequent reduction in size of the latch cavity in the event that an impact is imposed upon the outer panel at a location near the latch cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Mark Brown, Daniel Bejune, Leonard Shaner
  • Patent number: 7810285
    Abstract: A building barrier system wherein a portion of the building barrier system can transition between an erect position and a substantially flat position thereby allowing access to the interior of the structure without having to disassemble the building barrier system and associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Robert L. Liptak
  • Patent number: 7707776
    Abstract: A frameless glass door arrangement for a doorway bounded in part by a top section and a bottom section is disclosed. The frameless glass door arrangement includes two hinge parts rotatably embedded in the respective top section and bottom section; and a glass door leaf including a main body including a top edge, a bottom edge and a lateral edge, the glass door leaf further including two tongue-shaped extensions disposed adjacent to the lateral edge. The extensions extend outward from the respective top edge and bottom edge of the main body and into the respective hinge parts so that the doorway is completely transparent after the glass door leaf is installed in the doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Claus Weissofner, Karl Weissofner
  • Patent number: 7670308
    Abstract: An articulated, adjustable, and lockable alignment arm, and associated extensions and accessories, which are user manipulable to model the size and shape of the fractured limb of a patient in the field. The alignment arm includes a first elongated arm segment, a second elongated arm segment, and connector means for interconnecting the first segment to the second segment through respective pivotal receivers having normal axes of rotation. The alignment arm is adjusted for proper orientation by setting it over the injury, and then locking the arm into a selected orientation which models the patient's limb around the area of the injury. Next, first and second arm extenders and protective end pads are used to expand the effective size of the alignment arm to form a custom splint structure. Lastly, the splint structure is secured to the patient's injured limb through the use of flexible cravats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony G. Borschneck
  • Patent number: 7635105
    Abstract: An ejection device for an aircraft hatch having at least one articulation hinge. The articulation hinge is provided with a lower element designed to be mounted in rotation on structure of the aircraft, and an upper element designed to be joined to the hatch panel. The lower element and the upper element are connected to one another in a reversible manner. The ejection device has guide means in which the upper element of the articulation hinge is engaged, to hold the upper element in the axis of rotation (A) of the lower element during the activation of the hatch. The upper element of the articulation hinge can be separated from the guide means beyond a critical swing angle, so that the upper element is separated from the lower element of the articulation hinge. The invention also concerns an ejectable hatch for an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventor: Benoit Dotte
  • Publication number: 20090282758
    Abstract: A structure such as a storage shed, building, cabinet, storage box or the like has a corner structure comprising a wall panel having a wall portion and a corner offset portion that extends at an angle relative to the wall portion to create a corner. The corner offset portion terminates in a protruding edge. A door pivots between a closed position and an open position such that a recess formed in the door panel receives the protruding edge when the door is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Lee Skov
  • Patent number: 7617634
    Abstract: An improved refrigerator door is provided with a metal outer panel and upper and lower plastic end caps installed on top and bottom edges of the door. The caps include grooves to receive flanges on the edges of the panel. A bushing is snap fit into the upper cap without the use of hardware fasteners. Electric wires and a water line extend downwardly through the bushing to an ice and water dispenser in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Leimkuehler, Chris R. McElvain, Chad J. Rotter
  • Patent number: 7603819
    Abstract: A shutter assembly includes a first and second shutter panel, where each panel includes a missile-repelling membrane panel, a frame having an elongated hollow body with inwardly disposed wall elements forming an inwardly facing U-shaped channel adapted to retain the membrane panel on at least two sides, and a membrane-retaining element separably attachable to the frame, allowing the membrane panel to be removed from the frame or secured within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Paul A. Heltai
  • Patent number: 7526894
    Abstract: A door can comprise first and second panel sections for mounting to a doorframe for pivoting about an upright door pivot axis. A hinge for coupling the door to the door frame can comprise a spine with an elongated passageway comprising first and second hinge receiving pocket portions. First and second cam members and a biasing spring can be mounted within the hinge receiving pocket portions of the elongated passageway. Upon pivoting of the door about the pivot axis to an open position, the first and second cam members are pivoted relative to one another to create a gap therebetween with the biasing spring urging the first cam member toward the second cam member to urge the door closed following pivoting of the door to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Chase Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Rory Patrick Falato, Robert J. Clark, Daniel R. Eisenlord, Marvin L. Wollam
  • Publication number: 20090077897
    Abstract: A hinge for casement windows is disclosed. The said hinge includes a track and a shoe that is adapted to travel along the track. There is a sash arm that is pivotally connected and extending from the shoe and a support arm. The support arm has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally connected to the sash arm and said second end of the support arm is pivotally connected to the track. The support arm has an orifice for receiving a pin extending from the track. The support arm has a clip for securing the support arm to the track. The clip has a grip extending therefrom to assist in moving the clip from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Tong Liang, David Chen
  • Publication number: 20090031634
    Abstract: Furniture or household appliances are disclosed having, according to the invention, at least one swiveling door leaf and at least one door closer or swivel leaf drive for the respective swiveling door leaf. The at least one door closer or swivel leaf drive has a driven shaft which is in an operative connection with the respective swiveling door leaf such that a rotation of the driven shaft causes a swiveling of this swiveling door leaf. This means that the rotation of the driven shaft causes an opening and closing of the swiveling door leaf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Glanz, Bernd Brieseck
  • Publication number: 20080172947
    Abstract: A door assembly for pivotally securing a door to an animal enclosure or other enclosure. The door assembly comprises a pivot pin assembly integrally formed with the door and a hinge secured to the enclosure adjacent the opening. The pivot pin assembly preferably comprises a vertically oriented pivot pin integrally formed with upper and lower horizontal support members extending from upper and lower ends of the pivot pin across a portion of the door. The pivot pin is fitted within a hinge barrel formed within the hinge in a manner to permit the pivot pin to rotate within the barrel such that the door may be pivoted from an open to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Michael L. Matteson
  • Patent number: 7343711
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment adjustable door includes a bracket having a front and sides defining a cavity, and one of the sides includes a retaining member. A tapping plate fits within the cavity and is operatively connected to the adjustable door with the bracket. The tapping plate includes a first aperture and a second aperture in communication with and extending perpendicular to one another. The first aperture is proximate an end of the tapping plate and corresponds with the retaining member. The adjusting member fits within the second aperture of the tapping plate. The fastener is engaged by the retaining member of the bracket. The fastener extends through the first aperture into the second aperture and mates with the adjusting member. The adjusting member moves along the shaft of the fastener as the fastener is rotated, which moves the tapping relative to the fastener and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Nor-Lake, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark T. Manders, Randy J. Clay
  • Patent number: 7100328
    Abstract: An articulating window assembly is adapted for use with a vehicle. The assembly includes a windowpane with an inner surface and a hinge adjacent to the inner surface. The hinge includes a stationary member having a pivot element with cylindrical extensions and a central portion of larger cross-sectional area than the cylindrical extensions. The hinge further includes a mounting element extending at an angle from the pivot element. A polymeric member surrounds at least a portion of the cylindrical extensions so as to permit the hinge member to articulate about the pivot axis. Optionally, the polymeric member defines a cavity adjacent the central portion on the compression side of the stationary member to provide clearance of the polymeric member when the window is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Del Wayne Scheer, Jeff Scott Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7076919
    Abstract: An automobile window pane structure includes a window pane, a resin layer injection molded on the front part of an interior surface of the window pane, and a hinge member including a base embedded in the layer. The hinge member further includes a pair of elastically deformable supporting arms extending from the base, and attachment portions provided at distal ends of the respective supporting arms and having therein attachment openings for attachment to a sash or its vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Katakura, Takayuki Koyama, Kiyomi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7024822
    Abstract: Articulating window assemblies are provided comprising, in combination, a windowpane and a hinge having a hinge axis. The hinge comprises a first hinge member that cooperates with a second hinge member and optionally with a hinge pin to form a hinge joint. The first hinge member has at least an encapsulation section with at least a first encapsulant void, optionally two or more encapsulant voids. A continuous body of encapsulant overlays at least a portion of an outward-facing surface of the encapsulation section, at least partially fills the first encapsulant void, overlays at least a portion of an inward-facing surface of the encapsulation section and overlaps either at least a portion of an external peripheral edge of the encapsulation section, a portion of a void edge defining a second encapsulation void, or both from both the outward-facing surface and the inward-facing surface. This provides a mechanical grip of the first hinge member by the encapsulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Del Wayne Scheer, David Anderson Webb, Ramakrishna Putumbaka, Daniel Edward Laughner, Murray Michael Murphy
  • 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: 6941700
    Abstract: An awning-type insulated glazing assembly includes an insulated glazing having a first glazing pane and a second glazing pane mounted parallel to and spaced from the first glazing pane. The first glazing pane has a marginal portion extending beyond the second glazing pane in at least a first direction in a plane of the first glazing pane. A mounting hinge defines a hinge axis and is secured to the insulated glazing for hingedly mounting the insulated glazing for awning-type movement about the hinge axis. A window regulator is secured to the insulated glazing for controlling the awning-type movement of the insulated glazing about the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Kobrehel, Todd E. Cripe, Darren M. Grumm, Natvar H. Soni, Daryl F. Dankert, LeRoy C. Schmuck
  • Patent number: 6862851
    Abstract: A mounting assembly comprises a mounting member comprising a base having a first surface; a central portion extending from the base and having a second surface spaced from the base; and a shoulder region located between the base and the central portion. The area of the first surface may be different from the area of the second surface. The shoulder region of the mounting member can include a wall extending from at least in close proximity to the second surface of the central portion to the base. In a nonlimiting embodiment of the assembly, the base is cylindrically shaped with a substantially flat first surface, the second surface of the central portion is substantially flat and substantially circular in plan view and further is concentric with the first surface, and the wall extends from the second surface to a location inboard of the periphery of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip H. Burnside, Julia G. Bernas, William R. Siskos, Robert N. Pinchok, Mark K. McLure
  • Patent number: 6829861
    Abstract: An awning-type insulated glazing assembly includes an insulated glazing having a first glazing pane and a second glazing pane mounted parallel to and spaced from the first glazing pane. The first glazing pane has a marginal portion extending beyond the second glazing pane in at least a first direction in a plane of the first glazing pane. A mounting hinge defines a hinge axis and is secured to the insulated glazing for hingedly mounting the insulated glazing for awning-type movement about the hinge axis. A window regulator is secured to the insulated glazing for controlling the awning-type movement of the insulated glazing about the hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Atwood Mobile Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Kobrehel, Todd E. Cripe, Darren M. Grumm, Natvar H. Soni, Daryl F. Dankert, LeRoy C. Schmuck
  • Patent number: 6799395
    Abstract: A horizontal door assembly is provided using a gas spring as a lifting mechanism for the door leaf. A special bracket having a number of pivot pin openings is employed to rotatably couple the gas spring to the door frame, whereby different lifting forces can be applied to the door by the user of the door by adjusting the position of the gas spring in the bracket. A brace is also provided to support the bracket and gas spring to enhance operation of the door. A resilient material such as EPDM is used to decelerate movement of the door leaf to the open position and provide a stable door leaf when in the open position. Sections of the door assembly are provided with screw studs to facilitate on-site construction and packaging and shipping of the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: The Bilco Company
    Inventors: Gary P. Dabrowski, Roger F. Joyce
  • Patent number: 6796087
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a storage shed that is strong, durable, low-maintenance, easy to assemble and use, and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and ship, and can be mass produced. In one embodiment, a hinge assembly for hingedly connecting a door to a structural member of a shed comprises at least one hinge post disposed along a generally vertical edge of the door, and at least one hinge support provided along a generally vertical edge of the structural member. The hinge support includes a hinge support cutout portion configured to slidably support a first portion of the hinge post of the door to permit rotation of the hinge post relative to the hinge support cutout portion around an axis of the hinge post. The hinge support includes an extension which is disposed adjacent the hinge support cutout portion and extends outward from the generally vertical edge of the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Thinking Outside, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Greene
  • Patent number: 6550838
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly for a cargo box having a support deck and a wall structure extending therefrom. The tailgate assembly comprises a pair of brackets positioned along the wall structure at spaced apart locations and a tailgate pivotally mounted between the brackets and releasably securable to the wall structure via a latch mechanism. The tailgate assembly has a hinge assembly which allows the tailgate to be installed and removed without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Club Car, Inc.
    Inventors: John Thomas Bobbitt, III, Byron J. Danielson, David N. Schult, Steven D. Smith
  • Patent number: 6530179
    Abstract: A continuously extruded profile sash and frame each having an integral rigid hinge thereon. The device comprises an operable hinge system wherein the load bearing hinge mechanics are extruded as an integral part of the extruded frame member and of the extruded sash moving panel, the sash and frame can each have a cell structure for increased structural integrity and thermal insulating capacity. A punch press may be used to create the male knuckle and female hinge components. At least one hinge pin can be inserted into the cylindrical cavity and run the length of the hinge. Panel and frame members include arcuate sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventors: Myles A Fisher, Richard D. Bradley, Keith R. Koons
  • Patent number: 6505442
    Abstract: A refrigerator door has reinforcing corner brackets that structurally complete the comers of the door. The corner brackets are located at the door corners adjacent vertical and horizontal side walls of the outer door skin of the door. At least one reinforcing member such as a sheet or rectangular collar, or preferably reinforcing cross brace members are connected to the corner brackets. To achieve this connection and restrict heat transfer through the door and or adjacent the inner liner or in-turned flange of the outer door skin, the corner brackets have connecting tab portions that extend into the cavity of the door away from one of the side walls of the door and spaced from the other side wall of the door. The connecting tab portion is also spaced from the outer skin sheet and the inner door liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Camco Inc.
    Inventors: Nedo Banicevic, Muc Dang
  • Patent number: 6336675
    Abstract: A hollow-body supporting arm of a swing-out hinge for a door of a motor vehicle, in which the door- and pillar-side coupling pins (5) are arranged at the free ends of the supporting arm (1). The supporting arm has two pairs of single reverse-action joints (4). In the supporting arm, the regions of the hinge pins between the single reverse-action joints, which are arranged one above the other, are left open. The supporting arm (1) is divided in such a manner that in addition to a base supporting arm (2) at least one end region having the single reverse-action joints (4) arranged on it is formed as a separate supporting-arm part (3). The mutually facing end sides of the base supporting arm (2) and of the supporting-arm parts (3) are formed in such a manner that they can be connected securely and captively to one another and when connected form a highly rigid supporting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Edscha AG
    Inventor: Lothar Br{overscore (u)}ckner
  • Patent number: 6328029
    Abstract: A heating stove for burning a gelled alcohol fuel is provided which is constructed of cast iron, yet nevertheless, is compact and light enough for one person to move. The stove is constructed of a minimum of parts, with a duplication of some parts, to minimize production and assembly costs and time. The stove provides for visibility of the burning flame of the fuel and yet confines the flame for safety considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Paul J. Nuter