US 10,890,334 B2
Hinge assembly with slow close and/or slow open characteristics
Brian S. White, Galion, OH (US); and James J. Collene, Bucyrus, OH (US)
Assigned to Mansfield Engineered Components, Inc., Mansfield, OH (US)
Filed by Mansfield Engineered Components, Inc., Mansfield, OH (US)
Filed on Aug. 1, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/529,688.
Application 16/529,688 is a continuation in part of application No. 16/140,360, filed on Sep. 24, 2018, granted, now 10,451,291.
Application 16/140,360 is a continuation of application No. 15/498,466, filed on Apr. 26, 2017, granted, now 10,082,298, issued on Sep. 25, 2018.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/453,792, filed on Feb. 2, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/714,076, filed on Aug. 2, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2019/0353353 A1, Nov. 21, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. F24C 15/02 (2006.01); E05F 1/12 (2006.01); E05D 3/12 (2006.01); E05D 7/00 (2006.01); E05F 3/20 (2006.01); E05F 5/02 (2006.01)
CPC F24C 15/023 (2013.01) [E05D 3/12 (2013.01); E05D 7/00 (2013.01); E05F 1/1261 (2013.01); E05F 3/20 (2013.01); E05F 5/02 (2013.01); E05Y 2201/256 (2013.01); E05Y 2201/264 (2013.01); E05Y 2201/412 (2013.01); E05Y 2201/638 (2013.01); E05Y 2900/308 (2013.01); Y10T 16/5383 (2015.01)] 16 Claims
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1. A hinge assembly for an associated appliance door, said hinge assembly comprising:
an arm;
a lever adapted to be connected to the associated appliance door, the lever comprising an inner end pivotally connected to the arm and an outer end spaced from said inner end, said lever and arm adapted to pivot relative to each other about a main pivot axis between a first position that corresponds to a closed position of the associated appliance door and a second position that corresponds to an opened position of the associated appliance door, wherein said lever and arm pivot relative to each other through an intermediate position located between the first and second positions when the lever and arm pivot between the first and second positions;
a slide link located adjacent the lever and comprising a slide link inner end and a slide link outer end spaced from said slide link inner end, said slide link inner end pivotally connected to the arm at a location that is offset from said main pivot axis such that relative pivoting movement between said lever and said arm about said main pivot axis results in movement of the slide link relative to the lever;
a damper engagement portion included on the slide link;
a biasing system for urging the arm and lever toward said first position;
a damper system that damps pivoting movement between the arm and the lever for at least part of the pivoting movement between the arm and the lever when the arm and lever pivot relative to each other from the first position toward the second position, said damper system comprising a damper that is engaged by said damper engagement portion during at least part of the relative movement between the arm and the lever when the arm and lever pivot relative to each other from the first position toward the second position.