Tilt Swivel Mechanisms
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
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.