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Tilt Swivel Mechanisms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040191D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Choate, RE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Tilt swivel mechanisms for monitor products traditionally have been categorized by two design concepts: (1) combination tilt and swivel (ball-and-socket concept) and (2) separate tilt and swivel (lazy Susan concept). The combination tilt and swivel is considered superior due to its low cost, flexibility, and simplicity. However, this design concept has an inherent problem in providing a fixed maximum swivel angle or angle of rotation. A survey of existing models shows that this difficulty has been ignored (i.e., no stop mechanisms provided), or stop mechanisms have been designed into the ball portion of the tilt swivel mechanism with a complex mating surface incorporated into the socket portion. The tilt swivel mechanism shown in Figs. 1 and 2 solves this problem.

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Tilt Swivel Mechanisms

Tilt swivel mechanisms for monitor products traditionally have been categorized by two design concepts: (1) combination tilt and swivel (ball-and-socket concept) and (2) separate tilt and swivel (lazy Susan concept). The combination tilt and swivel is considered superior due to its low cost, flexibility, and simplicity. However, this design concept has an inherent problem in providing a fixed maximum swivel angle or angle of rotation. A survey of existing models shows that this difficulty has been ignored (i.e., no stop mechanisms provided), or stop mechanisms have been designed into the ball portion of the tilt swivel mechanism with a complex mating surface incorporated into the socket portion. The tilt swivel mechanism shown in Figs. 1 and 2 solves this problem. It consists of three molded plastic parts, a shoulder screw, a coil spring and four rubber feet. The plastic parts are: 1. Base - the socket portion of the tilt swivel, 2. Pivot Plate - the ball portion of the tilt swivel, and

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3.Integral Friction Pad and Stop - sliding/retaining and stop mechanism. The integral friction pad and stop shown in more detail in Fig. 3 combines the stop function of the tilt swivel with the sliding and retaining function of the existing friction pad. A pin section has been attached to the sliding surface of the friction pad along the center line of the tilt movement. This pin protrudes through the slot on the pivot plate and mates with a...