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Vibration-isolating mounting bracket assembly for television supporting frame

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

James K. Hart

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A television supporting frame includes a peripheral frame structure and mounting bracket assemblies extending between opposite portions of the frame structure for mounting a television in a vibration-isolated relationship thereto. Each bracket assembly includes a first mounting rail extending between and rigidly connected to the opposite portions of the frame structure, a second mounting rail extending generally parallel along the first mounting rail and spaced therefrom and from the frame structure and adapted to mount the television. A plurality of vibration-dampening elements are disposed between and interconnect the second mounting rail to the first mounting rail and the opposite portions of the frame structure so as to mount the second mounting rail to be floatably movable along generally orthogonal X, Y and Z axes such that any vibrations imparted to the frame structure will be prevented from reaching the second mounting rails and the television mounted thereto.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above mentioned and other features and objects of this invention and the manner of obtaining them will become more apparent and the invention itself will be better understood by reference to the following description of embodiment(s) of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of a television supporting frame of the present invention incorporating a pair of vibration-isolating mounting bracket assemblies for supporting the television on the frame such that it is isolated from vibrations transmitted along each of orthogonal X, Y and Z axes.

FIG. 2 is an enlarged plan view of one of the mounting bracket assemblies.

FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view of one of a plurality of first isolator elements mounted between a pair of floating and fixed mounting rails of the mounting bracket assembly, as taken along line

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3 of FIG. 2, so as to provide vibration isolation between the floating and fixed mounting rails of the assembly along the X axis.

FIG. 4 is an enlarged sectional view of one of a plurality of second isolator elements mounted between the pair of floating and fixed mounting rails of the mounting bracket assembly, as taken along line

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4 of FIG. 2, so as to provide vibration isolation between the floating and fixed mounting rails of the assembly along the Y axis.

FIG. 5 is an enlarged sectional view of one of a plurality of third isolator elements mounted between the floating mounting rail of the mounting bracket assembly and one of the members of the frame, as taken along

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5 of FIG. 2, so as to provide vibration isolation between the floating mounting rail of the assembly and the frame along the Z axis.

Claims

1. A television supporting frame, comprising:

2. The frame of claim 1 wherein said first mounting rail has respective bottom and side portions rigidly connected together in an L-shaped cross-sectional configuration and defining a pair of longitudinal edges of said first mounting rail and a pair of opposite ends of said first mounting rail being rigidly connected to said opposite portions of said peripheral frame structure.

3. The frame of claim 2 wherein said second mounting rail has respective top and side portions rigidly connected together in an L-shaped cross-sectional configuration and defining a pair of opposite end portions and a pair of longitudinal edges of said second mounting rail, said bottom portion of said second mounting rail being disposed in a spaced opposing relationship to said bottom portion of said first mounting rail, said side portion of said second mounting rail being disposed in a spaced opposing relationship to said side portion of said first mounting rail, said respective longitudinal edges of said first and second mounting rail being spaced from one another.

4. The frame of claim 3 wherein said vibration-dampening elements include first vibration-dampening elements disposed between and interconnecting said side portions of said first and second mounting rails so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said X axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

5. The frame of claim 4 wherein each of said first vibration-dampening elements includes an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a pair of fasteners attached to opposite ends of said elongated body and being attachable to said opposing side portions of said first and second mounting rails.

6. The frame of claim 3 wherein said vibration-dampening elements include second vibration-dampening elements disposed between and interconnecting said bottom and top portions of said first and second mounting rails so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said Y axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

7. The frame of claim 6 wherein each of said second vibration-dampening elements includes an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a pair of fasteners attached to opposite ends of said elongated body and being attachable to said opposing bottom and top portions of said first and second mounting rails.

8. The frame of claim 3 wherein said vibration-dampening elements include third vibration-dampening elements disposed between and interconnecting said opposite end portions of said first mounting rails and opposite portions of said peripheral frame structure adjacent to said opposite ends of said first mounting rail so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said Z axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

9. The frame of claim 8 wherein said each of said third vibration-dampening elements includes an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a fastener attached to one of a pair of opposite end of said elongated body and being attachable to one of said opposing end portions of said second mounting rail.

10. A television supporting frame, comprising:

11. The frame of claim 10 wherein said first mounting rail has respective bottom and side portions rigidly connected together in an L-shaped cross-sectional configuration and defining a pair of longitudinal edges of said first mounting rail and a pair of opposite ends of said first mounting rail being rigidly connected to said opposite portions of said peripheral frame structure.

12. The frame of claim 11 wherein said second mounting rail has respective top and side portions rigidly connected together in an L-shaped cross-sectional configuration and defining a pair of opposite end portions and a pair of longitudinal edges of said second mounting rail, said top portion of said second mounting rail being disposed in a spaced opposing relationship to said bottom portion of said first mounting rail, said side portion of said second mounting rail being disposed in a spaced opposing relationship to said side portion of said first mounting rail, said respective longitudinal edges of said first and second mounting rails being spaced from one another.

13. The frame of claim 12 wherein said first ones of said vibration-dampening elements are disposed between and interconnect said side portions of said first and second mounting rails so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said X axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

14. The frame of claim 13 wherein each of said first ones of said vibration-dampening elements includes an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a pair of fasteners attached to opposite ends of said elongated body and being attachable to said opposing side portions of said first and second mounting rails.

15. The frame of claim 14 wherein said second ones of said vibration-dampening elements are disposed between and interconnect said bottom and top portions of said first and second mounting rails so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said Y axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

16. The frame of claim 15 wherein each of said second ones of said vibration-dampening elements includes an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a pair of fasteners attached to opposite ends of said elongated body and being attachable to said opposing bottom and top portions of said first and second mounting rails.

17. The frame of claim 16 wherein said third ones of said vibration-dampening elements are disposed between and interconnect said opposite end portions of said first mounting rails and said front and rear portions of said peripheral frame structure adjacent to said opposite ends of said first mounting rail so as to mount said second mounting rail to be floatably movable along said Z axis relative to said first mounting rail and said peripheral frame structure.

18. The frame of claim 17 wherein said each of said third ones of said vibration-dampening elements include an elongated body made of a resiliently yieldable material and a fastener attached to one of a pair of opposite end of said elongated body and being attachable to one of said opposing end portions of said second mounting rail.

19. The frame of claim 18 wherein said elongated body of said third ones of said vibration-dampening elements has a durometer value greater than a durometer value of said elongated body of each of said first and second ones of said vibration-dampening elements.

20. The frame of claim 18 wherein said resiliently yieldable material making up said elongated bodies of said first, second and third ones of said vibration-dampening elements is a rubber material.