US Patent No: 5,497,820

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Blind tilt actuator




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A venetian blind assembly has a tilt drum support with a base which has a three-segment zig-zag type slot through which two ladder legs extend and are offset sidewardly from one another, with the tilt drum interposed from front to back between the two legs. The slot holds the ladder legs apart to insure non-overlapping winding of the joined ladder legs on the tilt drum. The tilt drum is connected to a flexible cable that turns and extends vertically downwardly on the window stile. The flexible cable is positioned by a plastic guide which is fastened to the stile. The flexible cable has an extruded fitting crimped to it which has a D-shaped opening in it. The fitting receives a vertical control rod which has a D-shape. The fitting opening is substantially deeper than is required to insure a proper connection with the vertical control rod. Hence the same vertical control rod may be installed on windows that vary in height by several inches, with the excess length absorbed within the fitting opening. The lower end of the vertical control rod is engaged within a second flexible cable fitting. The second cable is supported by a lower cable guide which supports the crimped fitting to prevent vertical loads from being applied to the lower cable.

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Drake, III Frank J Wausau, WI 5 35

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 4,459,778 Adjusting device for a slat blind contained in a sealed double glazed window 18 1982
* 4,553,580 Venetian blind 7 1983
* 4,687,040 Adjusting device for a slat blind 20 1986
Hunter Douglas International N.V. (1)
* 4,456,049 Spring biased tilt rod control system 28 1982
Shade-O-Matic Limited (1)
* 5,010,940 Swingable junction for a window covering 8 1989
Hunter Douglas Inc. (7)
* 4,458,740 Venetian blind hanger pivot assembly 5 1982
* 4,480,674 Magnetic actuating mechanism for pivotal venetian blind assembly 19 1982
* 4,493,357 Suspension system for suspending a venetian blind assembly 5 1982
* 4,502,523 Slatted blind assemblies having automatic opening and closing features 2 1983
* 4,484,611 Venetian blind structure 9 1983
* 4,513,804 Venetian blind hanger pivot assembly including a hanger pivot member having a slat engaging surface 6 1984
* 4,515,201 Suspension means for suspending venetian blind hanger pivot members 7 1984
Springs Window Fashions LP (1)
* 5,139,073 Tape drum for a venetian blind tilt assembly 7 1991
* 4,427,048 Shutter construction 17 1981
* 4,503,900 Venetian blind construction 16 1982
W.S.A., INC. (1)
* 4,369,828 Supplemental window and blind unit 21 1981
* 5,074,349 Window blind slat ladder and tilt drum 14 1990
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
Window Accessory Company Incorporated (1)
* 6,119,756 Window blind insert 4 1999
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 5,771,952 Apparatus for adjusting a window cover situated between a window and associated transparent insulation 4 1996
* 7,201,205 Interior window with integrated blind 4 2004
* 7,258,297 Reel assembly for a venetian blind 6 2004
* 5,782,281 Openable window 2 1996
* 5,662,154 Blind tilt actuator and ladder support therefor 14 1995
* Cited By Examiner