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US6626407: Mounting system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Scott M. Miller · Alan F. Mauer ·
Assignee(s) Steelcase Development Inc. ·
Primary Examiner Korie Chan ·
Application Number US9596748
Filing date 06/19/2000
Issue date 09/30/2003
Predicted expiration date 07/26/2020
Patent term adjustment 37
U.S. Classifications 248/250  · 411/55  · 211/900.2  · 211/192  · 248/912  · 411/58  · 411/602  · 248/911  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 248243 · 248246 · 248250 · 248911 · 248912 · 411 55 · 411 571 · 411 602 · 411 58 · 211103 · 211 9002 · 211192 · 211193 ·
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
The following U.S. patents are cited by reference and incorporated by reference herein: U.S. Pat. No. 5.899,035 titled “KNOCK-DOWN PORTABLE PARTITION SYSTEM”: U.S. Pat. No. 5,899,025 titled “FURNITURE SYSTEM”.
24 Claims, 5 Drawings


Abstract

A mounting system for use in a work environment is disclosed. The system includes a mounting bracket having a first side and a second side. Either side of the mounting bracket is adapted for selective coupling to one of a mounting structure or an accessory. The mounting system also includes a first mounting interface associated with the first side of the bracket and a second mounting interface associated with the second side of the bracket. A sub-interface extends from each of the first mounting interface and the second mounting interface comprising an expansion member configurable between a first effective average cross-sectional dimension and a second average effective cross-sectional dimension and adapted for receiving a fastener. A mounting bracket including a first side and a second side is also disclosed. The mounting bracket includes a first mounting interface associated with the first side of the mounting bracket and a second mounting interface associated with the second side of the mounting bracket. Either mounting interface of the mounting bracket is adapted for selective coupling to a mounting structure. The mounting bracket also includes a sub-interface for engaging an accessory and an expandable member adapted for receiving a fastener attached to the mounting bracket. A mounting system kit adapted for installation in a work environment is also disclosed. The kit includes a mounting structure an accessory and a mounting adapter. A method of using a mounting bracket is also disclosed.

Independent Claims | See all claims (24)

  1. 1. A system for coupling an accessory to a mounting structure comprising: a mounting bracket comprising: a first interface comprising a projection and a hook having a first mounting surface for coupling to the accessory, the first interface configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory; a second interface configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory and having a second mounting surface; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a first position: the first interface is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; the second interface is adapted for coupling to the accessory; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a first horizontal distance between the first mounting surface and the accessory; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a second position: the first interface is adapted for coupling to the accessory; the second interface is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a second horizontal distance between the first mounting surface and the accessory less than the first horizontal distance.
  2. 6. A system for coupling an accessory to a mounting structure comprising: a mounting bracket comprising: a first interface comprising a projection and a hook, the first interface configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory; a second interface configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory; a member for expansion by a fastener; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a first position: the first interface is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; the second interface is adapted for coupling to the accessory; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a first distance from the mounting structure to the accessory; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a second position: the first interface is adapted for coupling to the accessory; the second interface is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a second distance from the mounting structure to the accessory.
  3. 9. A system for coupling an accessory to a mounting structure comprising: a mounting bracket comprising: first means comprising a plurality of hooks configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory; second means comprising a plurality of hooks, wherein at least one of the plurality of hooks of the second means are configured for selective coupling to one of the mounting structure and the accessory; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a first position the first means are adapted for coupling to the mounting structure and at least one of the plurality of hooks of the second means is adapted for coupling to the accessory, and when the mounting bracket is in a second position the first means is adapted for coupling to the accessory and the second means is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure.
  4. 15. A system adapted for use in a work environment comprising: a mounting structure; an accessory; a mounting bracket including: a first hook configured for coupling to the mounting structure; a second hook opposite the first hook and configured for coupling to the mounting structure; a first projection coupled to the first hook; a second projection coupled to the second hook; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a first position: the first hook is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a first distance between the mounting structure and the accessory; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a second position: the second hook is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; the first projection is adapted for coupling to the accessory; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a second distance between the mounting structure and the accessory less than the first distance.
  5. 19. A system adapted for use in a work environment comprising: a mounting structure; an accessory; a mounting bracket including: a first hook configured for coupling to the mounting structure; a second hook opposite the first hook and configured for coupling to the mounting structure; a first projection coupled to the first hook; a second projection coupled to the second hook; a member for expansion by a fastener; a wherein when the mounting bracket is in a first position: the first hook is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a first distance from the mounting structure to the accessory; wherein when the mounting bracket is in a second position: the second hook is adapted for coupling to the mounting structure and the first projection is adapted for coupling to the accessory; and the mounting bracket is adapted for coupling to the accessory to provide a second distance from the mounting structure to the accessory.

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Referenced By

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US7204371 LSI Logic Corporation Terrill L. Woolsey et al. Apr 2007
US7819069 Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. Tsutomu Tanaka et al. Oct 2010
US8104850 Steelcase Inc. Allen C. Hager et al. Jan 2012
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