Sectional With Regard To Firmness Patents (Class 5/727)
  • Patent number: 9730847
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a microclimate system includes a topper and an air box. The topper is configured to conduct air along a surface of the topper so that heat and moisture from a patient lying on the topper are drawn away from the surface. The air box includes a blower coupled to the topper to provide air to the topper to be conducted along the surface of the topper. The air box may also include an environmental sensor unit coupled configured to detect environmental information corresponding to the environment around the microclimate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Rachel L. Williamson, Katherine M. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 9693916
    Abstract: An elevation structure system possesses anti-decubitus ulcer characteristics, and may cooperate with a mattress overlay also having anti-decubitus ulcer capabilities as part of a mattress overlay system, in which multiple elongate, positionally adjustable, relatively moveable risers are configured for selective placement in conditions of transverse, subposed, under-engagement with the sides of an overlay to create substantially non-inclined, elevated, depth-supplemented regions at locations along the length of the overlay. The elevation structure and overlay may each include a dynamic-response core expanse formed of an open-cell, compressible viscoelastic foam coated with an elastomeric, moisture- and gas-flow-managing, differential-thickness coating structure load-transmissively bonded to the entirety of the outside of said core expanse to function as a dynamically-responsive unit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Dennis
  • Patent number: 9615984
    Abstract: A method of treating the back pain of a patient which can include the steps of weighing the patient, selecting a firmness of a mattress based on the patient's weight, and disposing a three-dimensional fabric overlay over the mattress for use by the patient. To select the mattress, it can be determined if the weight of the patient corresponds to a value and if the weight is less than or equal to the value, a firm mattress is selected, and selecting a soft mattress if the weight is greater than the value. Further, the overlay can have a plurality air spaces provided between an upper layer, a lower layer and a plurality of monofilaments in the overlay. The plurality of air spaces can be allowed to partially collapse under the weight of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HERNIAMESH S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ermanno E. Trabucco
  • Patent number: 9615670
    Abstract: An object is to provide a hygienic cushion that has an adequate thickness to provide the repulsive force of or above a specified level and the body-holding property, is light in weight, has excellent air permeability and is washable with water. The core material for cushion 1 comprising the three-dimensional net-like structure, which is comprised of a polyethylene thermoplastic resin, a polyester thermoplastic elastomer or a mixture of a polyethylene thermoplastic resin and a polyethylene thermoplastic elastomer. The three-dimensional net-like structure has a first layer that includes a thermoplastic resin and a second layer that is stacked on a single surface or both surfaces of the first layer and includes a thermoplastic resin different from the thermoplastic resin of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: C-ENG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Takaoka
  • Patent number: 9392879
    Abstract: A bed has a central controller that is connected to input devices, control devices, and other data processors. This central controller device can be used to receive input, send commands to the control devices, and to exchange data with the other data processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Matthew Wayne Tilstra, Matthew Glen Hilden, Paul James Mahoney
  • Patent number: 9386862
    Abstract: A foam mattress is provided having a body facing surface comprising a first foam layer on a first spring layer formed of a plurality of individual pocketed spring coils. A second foam layer formed of a reticulated foam supports the first spring layer. The foam mattress further having a bottom layer of conventional foam. The foam mattress is surrounded by a foam casing that has at least one vent formed in the casing. The first spring layer causes air to flow from the second foam layer through the vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: William B. Limer
  • Patent number: 9340407
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cushion and a cushion structure are disclosed. The manufacturing method includes employing a first sheet structure that is the cross-linked foamed polyethylene (PE) or cross-linked foamed polypropylene (PP) in material with the first sheet structure serving as an inner layer and an outer layer of the cushion structure. The method further includes crushing PU foam and adding an adhesive to the crushed PU foam before compressing the crushed PU foam and the adhesive to a second sheet structure, which is called “synthetic foam” functioning as an intermediate layer of the cushion structure. The multi-layer cushion structure may be prepared after having the outer layer, the intermediate layer and the inner layer integrated together using laminating, before being placed in an oven for heating until the inner layer and the outer layer are tendered and in a shape-mold of a molding machine for pressurizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FORSOUND CORP.
    Inventor: Fu-Chieng Chen
  • Patent number: 9138066
    Abstract: A mattress pad for supporting a human body includes an upper layer, a lower layer, and a wadding layer therebetween. The wadding layer includes three distinct zones arranged along the length of the pad for varying support of the human body. The first zone is configured to support a head portion and a neck portion; the second zone is configured to support an upper body portion and a lumbar portion; and the third zone is configured to support a lower back portion and leg portion. Thickness and length in these zones varies for providing the varying support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Dipali Goenka
  • Patent number: 9066794
    Abstract: A patient support includes a gel-based cushioning layer and an air distribution manifold located beneath the cushioning layer. The cushioning layer includes a plurality of transverse passageways extending therethrough to allow airflow through the cushioning layer and to the patient interface with the cushioning layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Joel T. Jusiak, Patrick Lafleche, Joseph M. Zabawa
  • Patent number: 9021639
    Abstract: A mattress structure contains: an elastic mattress. The elastic mattress includes a main body, two elongated extensions extending along two peripheral sides of the main body, and an outer segment formed on one end thereof to correspond to user's feet. The elastic mattress is made of plural first plastic wires which are solid and are irregularly winded together, a connection portion of at least two of the plural first plastic wires is melted, and a disconnection portion of the at least two of the plural first plastic wires includes plural gaps formed therein. The elastic mattress also includes two support areas arranged below the two elongated extensions, and each support areas has plural second plastic wires winded therein, wherein a density of the plural second plastic wires is greater than those of the other positions of the elastic mattress besides the two support areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Yao I Fabric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mei-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 9003584
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention relates to a method and system of receiving information of a user's support facility comfort requirements; using a software application to determine a proper support facility firmness configuration to match the user's requirement; selecting foam springs with the proper user required firmness as determined by the software application; and configuring the selected foam springs within the support facility to match the user's firmness requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan, Teng-An Chang
  • Patent number: 8990987
    Abstract: A layered cushion that may be fully disassembled for easy cleaning is disclosed herein. The sleep system is durable and fire retardant. The layered cushion may include a foam layer, a layer of void cells, and a cover. The foam permits fluids to move freely there through and contours to a user's body to maximize comfort and reduce interface pressure. The reticulated foam layer resists compression set and thermosetting. The layer of void cells also permits fluids to move freely there through and provide additional support to the user's body. The individual void cells of the void cell layer are perforated to allow the transmission of fluids there through. The cover couples the other layers together to form the layered cushion and prevents the layers from deteriorating. The cover is removable to permit cleaning each of the layers independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Thomas Wyman, Daniel Antonio Feighery, Eric William Sugano, Peter Foley, Thomas Manney, Collin Metzer, Gerald Michael Buchen, John Marcel Danis
  • Publication number: 20150082550
    Abstract: A mattress structure for providing different degrees of relief or support to various body parts of a user or in accordance with different body lengths of the users. The mattress structure includes a principal axis and two or more relief units, distributed in different positions along the principal axis. At least one relief unit provides a degree of relief different from that of another relief unit, to define a relief layer that provides different degrees of relief corresponding to various parts of the body. The relief layer is dividable into two or more relief zones and these zones are divided according to the body parts of the user. The relief units in a relief zone are inter-changeable or re-arrangeable according to needs of the user for accommodating users of different body heights and different lengths of various body parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Glorious Master Limited
    Inventor: Cheung Wing Hui
  • Publication number: 20150082549
    Abstract: In one preferred form there is provided a mattress (10) for a bed. The mattress (10) includes an upper layer (12) formed from visco elastic foam material of a first kind; an intermediate layer (14) formed from visco elastic foam material of a second kind; and a lower layer (16) formed from foam material of another kind. The intermediate layer (16) is provided between the upper layer (12) and the lower layer (16). The upper layer (12) and the intermediate layer (14) have a combined thickness of at least 50 mm. The lower layer (16) has a thickness of at least 70 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Simon CAIRNS, Michael MORTIMER
  • Patent number: 8980412
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite pad structure that includes a substrate bonded to a plurality of discrete, spaced-apart, resilient elements engaged to at least one reinforcing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 8956715
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite pad structure that includes a substrate bonded to a plurality of discrete, spaced-apart, resilient elements engaged to at least one reinforcing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Publication number: 20150033476
    Abstract: A mattress comprises an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The mattress further includes first and second opposing side surfaces extending between the upper surface and the lower surface and third and fourth opposing side surfaces extending between the upper surface and the lower surface and between the first and second opposing side surfaces. A core section is formed by the upper and lower surfaces and first and second opposing core section side surfaces and third and fourth opposing core section side surfaces and an extension extends outwardly from a side surface of the core section. The extension is fixedly connected to or integral with the core section and the extension provides the upper surface with a greater area than the lower surface. The extension is capable of supporting a user without a support structure being positioned below the extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: King Koil Licensing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Roberts, Ross Olinski, Owen Shoemaker, Raheel Sadiq
  • Patent number: 8893336
    Abstract: A method for automatically adjusting the hardness of a mattress based on an operator's lying position or an operator's side lying position and a device are disclosed. The device comprises: a base, having hollow platforms that have support legs; a lifting device, below the hollow platforms; a mattress body, disposed on the base and comprising a bed surface, a bed bottom, flexible support units, and gravity sensors, through holes being disposed in the bed bottom and corresponding to the lifting device, the flexible support unit being constructed by a first flexible member female-connected with a second flexible member; and a control device, connected with the lifting device and the gravity sensors, wherein the control device determines that the touching number of the gravity sensors is greater, equal to or less than a preset value and therefore automatically adjusts the hardness of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Han-Chung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8893339
    Abstract: A method may include presenting a user interface on a display of a remote control to label a first air chamber of a plurality of air chambers; receiving a label from a user for the first air chamber; presenting a prompt to the user on the display to enter a pressure setting for the first air chamber, the prompt including the label received from the user; receiving a pressure setting for the first air chamber from the user; and transmitting a control signal to instruct the first air chamber to adjust pressure to the pressure setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Select Comfort Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Fleury, Mark Dickens
  • Publication number: 20140338131
    Abstract: A multilayer mattress comprising a top polyurethane polyether reticulated foam layer; a middle polyurethane polyether reticulated foam layer; and a bottom support layer. The top layer has an open-cell structure, a thickness of 1.5-5 cm, a compression resistance of 1-5.5 kPa and a resilience of 40-55%; whereas the middle layer has an open-cell structure, a thickness of 2.5-7.5 cm, a compression resistance of 1-5.5 kPa and a resilience of 1-15%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SPALDIN SLEEP SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Oscar Valdemoros Tobia, Javier Fernandez Lopez
  • Publication number: 20140304921
    Abstract: A support cushion including a top surface, a bottom surface opposite top surface, a layer of flexible foam having plurality of cells defining a reticulated cellular structure, the reticulated cellular structure cells comprising a skeletal plurality of supports through which substantially open cell walls establish fluid communication between interior of the cell and interiors of adjacent cells, the layer of flexible foam having density no less than about 30 kg/m3 and no greater than about 175 kg/m3, and hardness of no less than about 20 N and no greater than about 150 N at 40% indentation force deflection measured at about 22 degrees Celsius, the layer of flexible foam comprising visco-elastic foam having at least one material property responsive to temperature change in range of 10-30° C., and layer of polyurethane foam located beneath layer of flexible foam, the layer of polyurethane foam having hardness of at least about 50 N.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Collins, Kelly W. Chandler, Tom D. Mikkelsen, Kenneth E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8832889
    Abstract: A bedding element including a first large principal face opposite a second large principal face and divided lengthwise into portions that define. on the first large principal face, first successive receiving areas (A1 to A7) of which a first succession (A1 to A7) defines a first resting area and of which a second succession (A7 to A1) opposite the first defines a second resting area; and on the second large principal face, second successive receiving areas (B1 to B7) of which a first succession (B1 to B7) defines a third resting area and of which a second succession (B7 to B1) opposite the first defines a fourth resting area. The portions of the bedding element that define these receiving areas have differentiated mechanical characteristics so that the four resting areas have four different receiving profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Fabienne Sportis, Fabrice Requet, Olivier Laurent
  • Publication number: 20140251219
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention relates to a method and system of providing a bed using a plurality of interchangeable adjustable firmness springs to provide localized comfort and support to the user of the bed. The plurality of interchangeable springs may have a plurality of different firmnesses to provide customizable local comfort to a user. The foam springs are color coded based on the firmness associated with the foam spring. The foam springs have markings and/or health devices attached to an end of the foam spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Publication number: 20140223666
    Abstract: Cushioning constructions for mattresses or chair cushions are given comfort features for severely immobilized patients. Otherwise, the problem is that, sit or lie still long enough and awful sores may develop. The cushioning constructions hereof are formed of plural or multiple layers of resilient materials of dissimilar softness/firmness and, moreover, these layers are partitioned into multiple zones across the layers of likewise dissimilar softness/firmness. Such features include soft sinking spots for the pelvic area in mattresses or for the counterpart ischium support zone in seat cushions. In distinction, firm and soft juxtapositions are provided for the upper thigh region in mattresses or in the counterpart femoral support zone in seat cushions. Conversely, firm lateral rails for mattresses or counterpart lateral wings for cushions of chair backs are provided where the concern is with Huntingdon's disease patients, who are largely immobile but periodically convulse at times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: David R. Pavlin
  • Patent number: 8800978
    Abstract: The system is based on the combination of two parts (1 and 1?) of differing densities with complementary tilted protuberances (2 and 2?), coupled to form a single unit. These protuberances vary in shape, length and thickness so that systems of differing rigidity can be obtained, thus achieving cushioning in virtue of the said protuberances (2 and 2?), enabling the path of the force applied to be defined, thus achieving optimum cushioning force. The system is applicable to both pressure cushioning systems (mattresses, pillows, seats, etc.) and impact cushioning systems (footwear, wheels, helmets, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Taexpa, S.L.
    Inventor: Ramiro Tarazona De La Asuncion
  • Patent number: 8801635
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are adapted for characterizing human tissue type. A plurality of inflatable bladders enable the application of kinetic energy to the human tissue. Collected data responsive to the applied kinetic energy differentiates between different tissue types and patient loading. The data can be routed via a network to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: HLZ Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: George Hovorka
  • Publication number: 20140130265
    Abstract: All-foam mattress assemblies with foam engineered cores having thermoplastic and thermoset materials, and related assemblies and methods are disclosed. All-foam mattress assemblies use foam-based materials, such as thermoplastic and thermoset, to provide cushioning and support characteristics for a user in the sleeping area of a mattress during sleep or rest. The all-foam mattress assemblies may include foam comfort layer(s), foam transitional layer(s), and a foam engineered core. The all-foam engineered core may lessen a density of a mattress assembly by comprising thermoset member(s), and engineered geometric thermoplastic material profile(s) adjacent to the thermoset member(s). The engineered geometric thermoplastic material profile(s) may be disposed in a parallel or substantially parallel arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: NOEL GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Edouard Lauer, Matthias Breidsprecher, Julian Thomas Young, Michael Allman
  • Publication number: 20140090177
    Abstract: A mattress comprises an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The mattress further includes first and second opposing side surfaces extending between the upper surface and the lower surface and third and fourth opposing side surfaces extending between the upper surface and the lower surface and between the first and second opposing side surfaces. A core section is formed by the upper and lower surfaces and first and second opposing core section side surfaces and third and fourth opposing core section side surfaces and an extension extends outwardly from a side surface of the core section. The extension is fixedly connected to or integral with the core section and the extension provides the upper surface with a greater area than the lower surface. The extension is capable of supporting a user without a support structure being positioned below the extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: King Koil Licensing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Roberts, Ross Olinski, Owen Shoemaker, Raheel Sadiq
  • Publication number: 20140068869
    Abstract: A patient support includes a plurality of stacked layers of cushioning material, at least two of the layers comprising foam, each of the at least two layers having a different firmness, and at least one of the layers comprising a gel-based cushioning layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Tyler Scott Wright, Parikshit Atre, Prachi Jain
  • Patent number: 8640281
    Abstract: A non-inflatable resting device used for heating and cooling is provided with a plurality of interconnected channels located close to an external surface of the resting device. Each channel substantially occupies the space between two support beams and the interior of said external surface. The comfort level of the resting devices is considerably increased while maintaining adequate structural integrity of the channels when the support beams are constructed with a cushion material having layers of different hardness levels. The top layer is a cushion material with high initial softness ratio. The arrangement of the channels and beams allows a non-pressurized conditioned fluid to flow underneath of the external surface providing a resting device with a heating and cooling system with unmatched energy efficiency. The high energy efficiency of the proposed resting device is due to the elimination of the compressor motor and the thick cushion layer used on the top surface as required by the competition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jacobo Frias
  • Patent number: 8621694
    Abstract: A layered mattress including a first layer having a first support surface facing substantially externally and a second support surface opposite the first support surface; a specialized layer having a top support surface adjacent the second support surface of the first layer, a bottom support surface, and a plurality of holes defined to extend through the specialized layer; a second layer having a third support surface adjacent the bottom support surface of the specialized layer and a fourth support surface opposite the third support surface; and a pad having a fifth support surface adjacent the fourth support surface of the second layer and a sixth support surface opposite the fifth support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: FXI, Inc.
    Inventor: David Farley
  • Patent number: 8561236
    Abstract: Stepped-edge and side-support members, systems, assemblies, and related methods for an innerspring assembly or other core are disclosed. In one embodiment, an innerspring assembly or core is provided having an interior area of a first height surrounded by one or more exterior, perimeter area(s) of shorter height(s) to provide a stepped-edge innerspring assembly or core. At least a portion of side-support members are placed onto at least a portion of the top surface of the perimeter area to provide edge-support for the innerspring assembly or core. In this manner, a greater portion of the side-support members can be disposed in the sleeping area of the innerspring assembly or core since the underlying perimeter area provides spring support to the side-support members. Further, this support can assist in retention and/or recovery of the shape of the side-support members to further prevent or reduce compression set of the side-support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nomaco Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Witherell, Julian Thomas Young, Christopher Dean Page, Ivan Sobran, Randal Lee Henderson
  • Patent number: 8539627
    Abstract: A body position and pressure control apparatus is provided capable of highly accurately detecting body pressure distribution without causing a sense of discomfort for a sleeper, changing body positions, and distributing body pressure. The body position and pressure control apparatus has a mattress provided with a plurality of divided portions and supporting a sleeper, an elastomer sensor, and a body pressure adjuster controlling each of the divided portions based on an instruction from the elastomer sensor and thereby changing the body pressure distribution of the sleeper. The elastomer sensor has a sheet sensor main body and a calculator, the sensor main body having an elastomer sensor thin film, a plurality of electrodes, and a plurality of detectors corresponding to the divided portions provided between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Terawaki, Takeaki Yoshikawa, Hiroaki Ito
  • Publication number: 20130232699
    Abstract: A mattress includes a first spring unit having a first degree of firmness, a second spring unit having a second degree of firmness different from the first degree of firmness, and a transition zone that is disposed between the first and second spring units. A foam perimeter surrounds the first and second spring units and the transition zone. The transition zone has a first row of springs adjacent to the first spring unit and has a degree of firmness between the first and second degrees of firmness that is closer to the first degree of firmness than the second degree of firmness. The transition zone also has a second row of springs adjacent to the second spring unit and has a degree of firmness between the first and second degrees of firmness that is closer to the second degree of firmness than the first degree of firmness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: KINGSDOWN, INC.
    Inventor: Lee Hinshaw
  • Patent number: 8499386
    Abstract: A body support assembly (326A) for supporting the body of a user of a massage device (10) includes a frame (334), a pad assembly (336) and a cover assembly (338). The pad assembly (336) is supported by the frame (334). The cover assembly (338) secures the pad assembly (336) to the frame (334). The cover assembly (338) includes a top cover section (360), a bottom cover section (362), and a section connector (364). The section connector (364) selectively moves between an open configuration and a closed configuration. When the section connector (364) is in the open configuration, the top cover section (360) is not directly connected to the bottom cover section (362). When the section connector (364) is in the closed configuration, the top cover section (360) is directly connected to the bottom cover section (362). The cover assembly (338) can further include a middle cover section (366) that is connected to the top cover section (360) and the bottom cover section (362).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W Roleder, James Chenevey
  • Patent number: 8491056
    Abstract: A six-sided box-type cushion is described that has characteristics that not only offer targeted support for the user, but also allow the cushion to be reversible in that the user's perceived firmness is the same no matter which seating surface is facing up. In particular, the cushion has a first, second, third, and fourth faces, and a first and second seating surface. The cushion comprises a plurality of substantially coplanar firmness zones, each zone having a uniform firmness throughout, and the positioning of the firmness zones relative to each other creates a firmness gradient from the first face end to the second face end of the cushion. The first firmness zone at the first face end of the cushion is the most firm, the third firmness zone at the second face end of the cushion is the least firm, and the second one or more firmness zones are of intermediate firmness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kevin Charles Furniture, LLC
    Inventor: Rusty Berryhill
  • Patent number: 8490233
    Abstract: A mattress, in particular for use in the care and hospital sector, has a base layer and a top layer arranged thereon. The top layer is formed by a resilient knitted spacer fabric, which is covered by a top layer cover. The top layer cover has a liquid-impermeable top layer cover lower part and a liquid-permeable top layer cover upper part. The mattress allows simple and frequent reprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Heinrich Essers GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinz-Willy Essers
  • Publication number: 20130174348
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of adjusting a mattress system for maximum comfort. Users can control the comfort level on their individual side of the Dual Sided Comfort Sleep System without compromising their desired comfort levels to accommodate their sleep partner. The disclosure is tailored to fit individual comfort needs based on a unique combination of comfort-pad inserts and mattress support system cores. The comfort-pad inserts and the mattress cores are both available in various materials that affect the comfort level of the mattress system. The disclosure consists of variable comfort-pad inserts resting atop a mattress system support core component which is then encased in a covering secured by a closing mechanism. The disclosure allows a consumer to adjust the firmness of the mattress to a plurality of varying comfort levels by changing comfort pad inserts and mattress support system cores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Jon Stowe
  • Patent number: 8438681
    Abstract: A furniture device comprising a section, having a fundament, a plate member, a first set of elastic members, an array of connections, a plurality of connection members attached to the first set of elastic members and to the fundament and a deformation member adapted to displace the plate member. Each elastic member comprises an elastic element having a first spring constant and a flexible envelope that encloses the elastic element. The connections located between the upper and lower ends of the elastic members forming an upper part with an upper length extending between the upper ends of the elastic members and the connections, and a lower part extending between the connections and the lower ends of the elastic members. The upper length is mainly unaffected by the displacement of the plate member and the lower length is adjustable by means of the displacement of the plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Pass of Sweden AB
    Inventor: Michael Viberg
  • Publication number: 20130081208
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for preventing and treating pressure ulcers in bedfast patients. The invention includes providing a non-powered mattress having a first zone adapted to conform to a first body part and a second zone adapted to provide support to a second body part, and off-loading interface pressure on the first body part to the second body part by dynamically increasing the support provided to the second body part by the second zone based on a weight of the first body part on the first zone. The off-loading of interface pressure from the first body part to the second body part equalizes blood oxygen saturation in tissue of the first and second body parts. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Offloading Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Offloading Technologies Inc.
  • Patent number: 8397327
    Abstract: An insert for a bed facilitates use of a mattress having one cross-sectional profile with a bed frame having a different cross-sectional profile. An insert includes a base extending between sidewalls which have various contoured surfaces. The contoured sidewall surfaces enable the insert to be disposed in a bed frame in association with a mattress. Inner surfaces of the sidewalls are configured to accommodate receipt of a mattress while outer surfaces of the sidewalls are configured for the insert to be disposed in a bed frame. The surface sidewalls may further be configured to provide the insert with a safety feature which prevents or reduces the likelihood of a user falling from the side of a mattress associated with the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Span-America Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. O'Reagan
  • Patent number: 8356373
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed in the detailed description include a unitary or monolithic composite or hybrid cushioning structure(s) and profile(s) comprised of a cellular thermoplastic foam and a thermoset material. The thermoset material may also be provided as cellular foam as well. In one embodiment disclosed herein, the unitary composite cushioning structure is formed from a cellular thermoplastic foam and a thermoset material. The cellular thermoplastic foam provides support characteristics to the unitary composite cushioning structure. The thermoset material provides a resilient structure with cushioning characteristics to the cushioning structure. A stratum is disposed between at least a portion of the cellular thermoplastic foam and at least a portion of the thermoset material to secure the at least a portion of the thermoset material to the at least a portion of the cellular thermoplastic foam to provide a unitary composite cushioning structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Noel Group LLC
    Inventors: Michael Allman, Bangshu Cao, Andrew Costas Yiannaki, Ivan Sobran, Randal Lee Henderson
  • Patent number: 8356371
    Abstract: A mattress system and method according to which a custom mattress is built according to customer-specific parameters. In several exemplary embodiments, the custom mattress includes one or more removable core cartridges and/or one or more removable topper cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: John Hunter Howard
  • Patent number: 8307482
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a mattress or a mattress pad with one or more gel sections. The gel section may provide improved support and comfort at a localized area of a mattress or a mattress pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Dreamwell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard F. Gladney, Corey Westerman, Michael S. DeFranks
  • Publication number: 20120233784
    Abstract: A gel cushion includes a first zone containing a gel matrix configured in a first pattern designed to support an object positioned thereon with a first degree of firmness. A second zone contains a gel matrix configured in a second pattern that is different from the first pattern, the second pattern being designed to support an object positioned thereon with a second degree of firmness different from the first degree. An optional third zone contains a gel matrix configured in a third pattern that is different from both the first pattern and the second pattern, the third pattern being designed to support an object positioned thereon with a third degree of firmness different from the first and the second degree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: ROBERT L. WOOD
  • Patent number: 8266747
    Abstract: By providing a plurality of preformed components which are quickly and easily affixed in engagement with each other, a final construction is realized which peripherally surrounds any desired mattress configuration in cooperating association therewith. In this way, a new foam plastic product is achieved which is capable of being quickly and easily mounted to mattress constructions peripherally surrounding the mattress and providing an enhanced side support system. In this way, any desired mattress size or configuration is capable of being peripherally surrounded with a foam support assembly for enhancing the mattress construction and configuration. Furthermore, by employing the present invention, a rapid, convenient, and virtually labor free assembly is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nomaco Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Sobran, Christopher Dean Page, James Robert Richmond, Jozsef Kertesz
  • Patent number: 8245341
    Abstract: A symmetrical pressure relief foam mattress includes an upper foam layer placed on a zoned foam layer. A plurality of cylindrical holes are distributed throughout each of a first, a second and a third lateral region of the zoned foam layer. The first lateral region is less than twelve inches wide and has a middle that is within eighteen inches of the top of the zoned foam layer. The third lateral region is also less than twelve inches wide and has a middle that is within eighteen inches of the bottom of the zoned foam layer. The second lateral region has a middle disposed at the center axis of the zoned foam layer. The middle of both the first and third lateral regions is about fifteen inches from the edge of the mattress regardless of which end the consumer chooses to use as the head of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Zinus, Inc.
    Inventor: Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 8230538
    Abstract: Innerspring dampening foam inserts are disclosed in various combinations with mattress innersprings having a plurality of helical form coils interconnected in an array in which the coils are generally aligned in rows and columns, each of the coils having a generally cylindrical coil body formed by helical turns of wire with openings between each of the helical turns of wire, and first and second ends to the coil body also formed by the wire, each of the coil bodies being spaced apart in the array. At least one innerspring insert is inserted into an innerspring in spaces or channels between the spaced apart coils. The innerspring dampening inserts, which are preferably made of foam, may have a generally H-shaped configuration with upper and lower parallel lateral members and a transverse member that extends between and bisects the upper and lower lateral members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sealy Technology LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Moret, Larry K. DeMoss, Brian M. Manuszak, James A. Beamon
  • Patent number: 8196240
    Abstract: The present invention includes a pressure relief patient support for use in combination with a bed frame. The pressure relief support surface includes a plurality of layers of a three-dimensional fiber material positioned above a plurality of vertical air cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, John Alan Bobey, Sohrab Soltani, Jonathan H. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120137443
    Abstract: A mattress system and method according to which a custom mattress is built according to customer-specific parameters. In several exemplary embodiments, the custom mattress includes one or more removable core cartridges and/or one or more removable topper cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: John Hunter Howard