Title:
ADAPTABLE CABLE MANAGEMENT DESK SYSTEM
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An adaptable cable management desk system comprising a frame assembly including at least one static leg. At least one interleg is releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly. A monitor beam having a proximal edge is supported by the frame assembly and a work surface having a distal edge is spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam. A cableway for running wires and cabling is defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of work surface. An access flap is pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway. A front gully is attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley is attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid. A door panel is pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-biased quick release hinge to facilitate removal of the door panel. The door panel may include an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer, the support surface having a plurality of wheels to permit movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly. Alternatively, shelves, a file cabinet or other storage may be attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.



Inventors:
Kemp, John (Fort Lee, NJ, US)
Application Number:
12/259064
Publication Date:
11/05/2009
Filing Date:
10/27/2008
Assignee:
INNOVANT, INC. (New Canaan, CT, US)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
108/24, 108/50.02
International Classes:
A47B21/06; A47B13/02
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Primary Examiner:
ING, MATTHEW W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WEITZMAN LAW OFFICES, LLC (425 EAGLE ROCK AVENUE, SUITE 102, ROSELAND, NJ, 07068, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An adaptable cable management desk system, comprising: a frame assembly including at least one static leg; at least one interleg releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly; a monitor beam supported by the frame assembly, the monitor beam having a proximal edge; a work surface having a distal edge, the distal edge being spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam; a cableway for running wires and cabling, the cableway defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of work surface; an access flap pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway; and a front gully attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid.

2. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 1, further comprising at least one drip tray in fluid communication with the front and rear gullies, wherein liquid within the front and rear gullies flows into the drip tray.

3. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 2, wherein the rear gully includes a pivot support for pivotally connecting the access flap to the monitor beam.

4. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 3, wherein the pivot support comprises a relieved shoulder for receiving a spherical member projecting from a lower surface of the access flap.

5. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 4, further comprising an arcuate retaining member projecting from the lower surface of the access flap adjacent to the spherical member, wherein the arcuate retaining member engages the outer surface of the pivot support to prevent removal of the access flap while in an upright position.

6. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 3, further comprising a flap support attached to the distal edge of the work surface for supporting the access flap when in the closed position.

7. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 1, further comprising a door panel pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-biased quick release hinge to facilitate removal of the door panel.

8. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 7, wherein the door panel is supported by at least one wheel to permit movement of the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

9. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 8, wherein the door panel comprises an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer.

10. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 9, further comprising a plurality of wheels for supporting the support surface and permitting movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly.

11. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 7, wherein the door panel comprises one or more cable management holes for receiving a cable management ring.

12. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 8, wherein shelves are attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

13. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 7, wherein a file cabinet is attached to an inner surface of the door panel, the file cabinet being supported by wheels and movable with the door panel relative to the desk frame.

14. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 1, further comprising means for releasably connecting the interleg to the frame assembly.

15. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 1, further comprising at least one clamp attached to the interleg, the clamp being selectively movable from a released position where the interleg is freely movable to an actuated position where the interleg is elevated relative to a surface on which the desk system is resting to releasably lock the interleg in place between the surface and the frame assembly.

16. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 15, wherein the clamp comprises a pushrod terminating in a foot, the pushrod being movable from a retracted position when the clamp is in the released position to an extended position when the clamp is in the actuated position.

17. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 1, further comprising a location channel releasably attached to the desk frame for locating the interleg.

18. An adaptable cable management desk system, comprising: a frame assembly including at least one static leg; at least one interleg releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly; and at least one clamp attached to the interleg, the clamp being selectively movable from a released position where the interleg is freely movable to an actuated position where the interleg is elevated relative to a surface on which the desk system is resting to releasably lock the interleg in place between the surface and the frame assembly.

19. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 18, wherein the clamp comprises a pushrod terminating in a foot, the pushrod being movable from a retracted position when the clamp is in the released position to an extended position when the clamp is in the actuated position.

20. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 18, further comprising a location channel releasably attached to the desk frame for locating the interleg.

21. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 18, further comprising: a monitor beam supported by the frame assembly, the monitor beam having a proximal edge; a work surface having a distal edge, the distal edge being spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam; a cableway for running wires and cabling, the cableway defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of work surface; an access flap pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway; and a front gully attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid.

22. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 21, further comprising at least one drip tray in fluid communication with the front and rear gullies, wherein liquid within the front and rear gullies flows into the drip tray.

23. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 22, wherein the rear gully includes a pivot support for pivotally connecting the access flap to the monitor beam.

24. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 23, wherein the pivot support comprises a relieved shoulder for receiving a spherical member projecting from a lower surface of the access flap.

25. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 24, further comprising an arcuate retaining member projecting from the lower surface of the access flap adjacent to the spherical member, wherein the arcuate retaining member engages the outer surface of the pivot support to prevent removal of the access flap while in an upright position.

26. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 21, further comprising a flap support attached to the distal edge of the work surface for supporting the access flap when in the closed position.

27. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 18, further comprising a door panel pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-based quick release hinge to facilitate the removal of the door panel.

28. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 27, wherein the door panel is supported by at least one wheel to permit movement of the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

29. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 27, wherein the door panel comprises an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer.

30. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 29, further comprising a plurality of wheels for supporting the support surface and permitting movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly.

31. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 27, wherein the door panel comprises one or more cable management holes for receiving a cable management ring.

32. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 27, wherein shelves are attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

33. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 27, wherein a file cabinet is attached to the inner surface of the door panel, the file cabinet being supported by wheels and movable with the door panel relative to the desk frame.

34. An adaptable cable management desk system, comprising: a frame assembly including at least one static leg; a monitor beam supported by the frame assembly, the monitor beam having a proximal edge; a work surface having a distal edge, the distal edge being spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam; a cableway for running wires and cabling, the cableway defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of work surface; an access flap pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway; and a front gully attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid.

35. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 34, further comprising at least one drip tray in fluid communication with the front and rear gullies, wherein liquid within the front and rear gullies flows into the drip tray.

36. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 34, wherein the rear gully includes a pivot support for pivotally connecting the access flap to the monitor beam.

37. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 36, wherein the pivot support comprises a relieved shoulder for receiving a spherical member projecting from a lower surface of the access flap.

38. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 37, further comprising an arcuate retaining member projecting from the lower surface of the access flap adjacent to the spherical member, wherein the arcuate retaining member engages the outer surface of the pivot support to prevent removal of the access flap while in an upright position.

39. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 34, further comprising a flap support attached to the distal edge of the work surface for supporting the access flap when in the closed position.

40. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 34, further comprising at least one interleg releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly.

41. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 40, further comprising at least one clamp attached to the interleg, the clamp being selectively movable from a released position where the interleg is freely movable to an actuated position where the interleg is elevated relative to a surface on which the desk system is resting to releasably lock the interleg in place between the surface and the frame assembly.

42. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 41, wherein the clamp comprises a pushrod terminating in a foot, the pushrod being movable from a retracted position when the clamp is in the released position to an extended position when the clamp is in the actuated position.

43. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 34, further comprising a door panel pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-biased quick release hinge to facilitate removal of the door panel.

44. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 43, wherein the door panel is supported by at least one wheel to permit movement of the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

45. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 44, wherein the door panel comprises an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer.

46. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 45, further comprising a plurality of wheels for supporting the support surface and permitting movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly.

47. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 43, wherein the door panel comprises one or more cable management holes for receiving a cable management ring.

48. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 43, wherein shelves are attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

49. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 43, wherein a file cabinet is attached to an inner surface of the door panel, the file cabinet being supported by wheels and movable with the door panel relative to the desk frame.

50. An adaptable cable management desk system, comprising: a frame assembly including at least one static leg; at least one interleg releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly; a door panel pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-biased quick release hinge to facilitate removal of the door panel; and at least one wheel for supporting the door panel and permitting movement of the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

51. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 50, wherein the door panel comprises an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer.

52. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 51, further comprising a plurality of wheels for supporting the support surface and permitting movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly.

53. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 50, wherein the door panel comprises one or more cable management holes for receiving a cable management ring.

54. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 53, wherein shelves are attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

55. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 53, wherein a file cabinet is attached to an inner surface of the door panel, the file cabinet being supported by wheels and movable with the door panel relative to the desk frame.

56. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 50, further comprising at least one clamp attached to the interleg, the clamp being selectively movable from a released position where the interleg is freely movable to an actuated position where the interleg is elevated relative to a surface on which the desk system is resting to releasably lock the interleg in place between the surface and the frame assembly.

57. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 56, wherein the clamp comprises a pushrod terminating in a foot, the pushrod being movable from a retracted position when the clamp is in the released position to an extended position when the clamp is in the actuated position.

58. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 50, further comprising a location channel releasably attached to the desk frame for locating the interleg.

59. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 50, further comprising: a monitor beam supported by the frame assembly, the monitor beam having a proximal edge; a work surface having a distal edge, the distal edge being spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam; a cableway for running wires and cabling, the cableway defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of the work surface; an access flap pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway; and a front gully attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid.

60. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 59, further comprising at least one drip tray in fluid communication with the front and rear gullies, wherein liquid within the front and rear gullies flows into the drip tray.

61. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 59, wherein the rear gully includes a pivot support for pivotally connecting the access flap to the monitor beam.

62. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 61, wherein the pivot support comprises a relieved shoulder for receiving a spherical member projecting from a lower surface of the access flap.

63. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 62, further comprising an arcuate retaining member projecting from the lower surface of the access flap adjacent to the spherical member, wherein the arcuate retaining member engages the outer surface of the pivot support to prevent removal of the access flap while in an upright position.

64. The adaptable cable management desk system according to claim 59, further comprising a flap support attached to the distal edge of the work surface for supporting the access flap when in the closed position.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/049,922, filed May 2, 2008, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated by reference herein

FIELD

This application relates generally to desk systems, and more particularly, to an improved cable management desk system or workstation that can readily adapt to different work environments and computer hardware arrangements.

BACKGROUND

Efficient use of desk space has become critical in today's fast-paced work environment. Many workstations, including but not limited to trading desks, require properly placed computers, microprocessors, keyboards, telephones and monitors for easy access to data from various sources. An efficiently organized trading desk system, for example, is critical for achieving optimal returns during a fast moving market. It is equally important to prevent the numerous cables included with the assorted hardware from obstructing a work surface or desk area. At the same time, cables need protection from accidents, such as inadvertent spilling of beverages or inadvertent tripping and disconnection of the cables, as well as interruption of use. These challenges become more problematic when computer-related equipment is regularly re-arranged due to upgrades or changes in user preferences. Arranging computer equipment and the accompanying web of cables can often be frustrating and time consuming.

Existing computer workstation desks do not easily adapt to changing work environments and computer equipment configurations. Furthermore, current desk systems do not provide adequate cable management that also protects the cables from accidental spilling of beverages and accidental tripping. It is, therefore, desirable to have a desk system or workstation that can be adapted effortlessly without special skills or tools to change configurations and computer placement. It is also desirable to have a desk system that provides adequate protection to cables from inadvertent beverage spills, tripping and disconnection.

SUMMARY

In one aspect of the disclosure, an adaptable cable management desk system comprises a frame assembly including at least one static leg. At least one interleg is releasably connected to the frame assembly, each interleg being movable along the length of the frame assembly. A monitor beam having a proximal edge is supported by the frame assembly. A work surface having a distal edge, the distal edge being spaced apart from the proximal edge of the monitor beam. A cableway for running wires and cabling, the cableway defined by the proximal edge of the monitor beam and the distal edge of work surface. An access flap pivotally connected to the proximal edge of the monitor beam and movable from a closed position covering the cableway to an open position providing access to the cableway. A front gully attached to the distal edge of the work surface and a rear gulley attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam, wherein liquid spilled on the work surface and access flap will flow into at least one of the front and rear gully to protect wiring and cabling from the liquid.

In another aspect of the disclosure, the desk system may include a door panel pivotally connected to the static leg or interleg using at least one spring-biased quick release hinge to facilitate removal of the door panel. The door panel may be supported by at least one wheel to permit movement of the door panel relative to the frame assembly. The door panel may include an inwardly projecting support surface for supporting a computer, the support surface having a plurality of wheels to permit movement of the door panel and support surface relative to the frame assembly. Alternatively, shelves, a file cabinet or other storage may be attached to an inner surface of the door panel and move with the door panel relative to the frame assembly.

The foregoing has outlined rather generally the features and technical advantages of one or more embodiments of this disclosure in order that the following detailed description may be better understood. Additional features and advantages of this disclosure will be described hereinafter, which may form the subject matter of the claims of this application.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A more complete understanding of this application can be obtained when the following detailed description is considered in conjunction with the following drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary adaptable cable management desk system;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a monitor beam and support arms in the desk system of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an exploded, perspective view of the monitor beam and support arms mounted on an exemplary frame assembly;

FIG. 4 is an exploded, perspective view of a computer trolley, cableway access flaps and drip trays mounted on the frame assembly of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is an exploded, perspective view of a work surface mounted on the frame assembly of FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is a top, cut-away view of the cableway access flap, work surface and support arm;

FIG. 7 illustrates the drip tray mounted on the support arm of FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is a partial, perspective view of the cableway access flap, drip tray, rear pivot gully and monitor beam;

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the cableway access flap pivotally mounted on the rear pivot gully and monitor beam of FIG. 2;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a preferred quick release hinge and optional CPU trolley;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a preferred cable management ring;

FIG. 11A is a perspective view the cable management ring of FIG. 11 partially mounted on the desk system;

FIG. 11B is a perspective view of the cable management ring of FIG. 11 partially mounted on the desk system with a preferred expandable screw anchor;

FIG. 11C is a perspective view of the cable management ring of FIG. 11 mounted on the desk system with a fastener;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of a preferred quick release hinge and a removable door panel;

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of a preferred movable interleg for supporting a frame assembly;

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of the movable interleg of FIG. 13 with the locking clamp actuated;

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of the movable interleg of FIG. 13 sliding into place within the location channel on the frame assembly of FIG. 3;

FIG. 16 is a perspective view of the movable interleg of FIG. 15 assembled on the frame assembly; and

FIG. 17 illustrates the trough plates mounted on the underside of an exemplary frame assembly.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A preferred adaptable cable management desk system or workstation 1 is disclosed herein that is readily adaptable to meet the ever-changing functional, aesthetic and ergonomic requirements of the user. The desk system 1 may be utilized in multiple environments, such as on a trading floor or in an open plan workstation area, and can be readily converted for use from one environment to another (e.g., from a full scale trading desk to a collaborative workstation, or vice versa). The adaptable cable management desk system 1 preferably includes quick release and easily adjustable components, while also providing protection to cables from inadvertent beverage spills, tripping and disconnection.

FIG. 1 illustrates a preferred, exemplary adaptable cable management desk system 1 that can be used, for example, as a workstation or trading desk. While the desk system 1 illustrated in FIG. 1 is shown in a double (e.g., back-to-back) configuration with separate work surfaces 2 on opposite sides of a central partition, it is understood that the present application is not limited to the illustrated configuration and that other configurations of the desk system 1 may be utilized, such as a single configuration having a work surface on one side of the partition.

The desk system 1 includes a frame assembly 10, which is preferably supported by at least one static leg 10a. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1, a static leg 10a is provided at each end of the frame assembly 10. The static legs 10a are preferably made from pressed steel having, for example, an 11 gauge inner framework and a 16 gauge outer skin. The frame assembly 10 preferably includes at least two horizontal members 10b to which the static legs 10a are attached in a conventional manner, such as, for example, using fasteners or connectors. The horizontal members 10b may be, for example, extruded aluminum members.

The frame assembly 10 may include a movable interleg 5 for supporting the desk system 1. As will be discussed further below, the movable interleg 5 is releasably connected to the frame assembly 10 and may readily be moved to any desirable position along the frame assembly 10. The ability to readily move the interleg 5, or add or remove interlegs 5, allows flexibility to convert a workstation from one configuration to another. For example, a 180 inch desk system may be converted from a two position, 90 inch workstation to a three position, 60 inch workstation by moving one interleg and adding a second interleg so that the interlegs are 60 inches from an adjacent interleg or static leg. The interleg 5 and its connection to the frame assembly 10 will be described further below.

A racking center for mounting electronics and/or computer equipment, such as a 19 inch Electronic Industry Association (“EIA”) racking center, may be provided on the inside face of each static leg 10a and/or interleg 5. The racking center may be mounted horizontally or vertically on the static leg and/or interleg.

One or more monitor beams 8 are mounted on the frame assembly 10 in a conventional manner such as, for example, using fasteners or connectors. The monitor beam 8 is preferably made from extruded aluminum and is described further below. A plurality of support arms 9 extend from the monitor beam 8. The support arms 9 are preferably made of metal, such as, for example, 11 gauge pressed steel, and are attached to the monitor beam using, for example, fasteners or connectors.

At least one work surface 2 is preferably mounted on support arms 9 extending from a monitor beam 8 of the frame assembly 10. The work surface 2 may be made of any suitable material for a work surface, including, but not limited to, medium density fiberboard (“MDF”), formaldehyde-free, FSC certified wood, or particle board, which may be laminated with a conventional plastic or composite material.

A cableway or opening 10c of FIG. 4 is provided between the monitor beam 8 and the work surface 2. Trough plates 32 may be attached to the frame assembly 10 to support the cables running through the cableway. Trough plates 32 may be releasably attached to frame assembly 10, configured to slide along frame assembly 10, or can be fixed to frame assembly 10. The trough plates 32 define the bottom of the cableway 10c. The trough plates 32 preferably slide between horizontal extrusions forming part of the frame assembly 10 to facilitate access to the cableway from below the extrusions. The trough plates 32 also preferably include openings or holes for receiving cable management rings, tie wraps and similar devices used to retain one or more cables. The trough plates 32 may be made form any suitable material, such as, for example, pressed steel.

The cableway 10c is preferably covered by a hinged cableway access flap 3 disposed between work surface 2 and monitor beam 8. The cableway access flap 3 may be made of any suitable material, such as extruded aluminum, and is discussed in more detail further below.

FIG. 2 illustrates supports arms 9 connected to and extending from the monitor beam 8. The support arms 9 are preferably secured at one end to monitor beam 8 using one or more fasteners or other conventional means. Alternatively, the support arms 9 may be integrally formed as part of the monitor beam 8. Each support arm 9 preferably includes a generally flat upper surface 9a for supporting the work surface 2 and a lower support plate 9b for connection to the base and for supporting a drip tray 15 of a spill containment system, which will be described further below.

A rear pivot gully 11 is preferably mounted on the front or proximal side of the monitor beam 8 and an optional backsplash 7 is preferably mounted on the rear or distal side of the monitor beam 8. The monitor beam 8, rear pivot gully 11 and backsplash 7 are preferably extrusions made of aluminum or the like.

FIG. 3 illustrates two monitor beams 8 with outwardly extending support arms 9 mounted on the frame assembly 10 of an exemplary desk system 1 having a double (back-to-back) configuration. Each monitor beam 8/support arm 9 assembly is secured to the frame assembly 10 in a conventional manner, such as by inserting one or more fasteners through respective openings or holes in the lower support plate 9b of the support arm 9 and into corresponding openings or holes in the upper surface of the static legs 10a or in the outermost horizontal member 10. The openings or holes may be internally threaded to engage corresponding threads on the fasteners or a threaded nut may be utilized to releasably retain the fastener in place.

Once the monitor beam 8 and support arms 9 are attached to the frame assembly 10 as illustrated in FIG. 3, the drip trays 15, cableway access flaps 3 and CPU trolley 28 or accessory access panels are assembled onto the frame assembly as illustrated in FIG. 4. A drip tray 15 is preferably mounted on the lower support surface 9b of each support arm 9 in a conventional manner, such as by the use of fasteners or the like. The cableway access flap 3 is preferably pivotally mounted on the rear pivot gully 11 attached to the monitor beam 8. The CPU trolley 28 or accessory access panel is pivotally mounted to the static leg 10a or interleg 5 preferably using a quick release hinge or the like.

FIG. 5 illustrates the work surfaces 2 mounted on the upper support surface 9a of the support arms 9. The work surfaces 2 are mounted on the support arms 9 in a conventional manner, such as using fasteners (e.g., quick-connect fasteners, screws, etc.) that pass through openings or holes in the upper surface 9a of the support arms 9. Before mounting the work surface 2 on the support arms 9, a front gully 14 and flap support 16 are preferably mounted on a distal end of the work surface 2. The front gully 14 and flap support 16 are described in more detail below.

FIG. 6 is a top, cut-away view of the desk system 1. The support arm 9, which is attached to the monitor beam 8, is preferably attached to the upper surface of the static leg 10a using fasteners 18 that extend through corresponding openings in the lower support plate 9b and the upper surface of the static leg 10a. The cableway access flap 3 is pivotally mounted on the rear pivot gully 11, which is attached to the proximal edge of the monitor beam 8. A front gully 14 is preferably attached to the lower, distal edge of the work surface 2. A flap support 16 attached to the upper, distal edge of the work surface 2 supports the proximal edge of the cableway access flap 3. The cableway access flap 3, rear pivot gully 11, front gully 14 and flap support 16 are preferably extrusions made from aluminum.

Like FIG. 6, FIG. 7 is a top, cut-away view of the desk system 1 and illustrates the drip tray 15 mounted on the lower support plate 9b of the support arm 9. In FIG. 8, drip tray 15 preferably includes interconnected upstanding walls 15a extending from and along the periphery of a bottom surface 15b. The drip tray 15 is preferably positioned below the open ends of the front and rear gullies 11, 14 so that beverages or other liquids inadvertently spilled on the work surface 2 will drain into the front and rear gullies and flow through the gullies into the drip tray 15. A drain hole or opening 15c is preferably provided in the bottom surface 15b to permit any liquid collected in the drip tray 15 to drain out of the tray. A drain tube or other fluid conduit may be optionally attached to the opening 15c to direct the liquid to a desired location. Alternatively, opening 15c may be omitted or plugged so that drip tray 15 simply collects any liquid flowing into it. The drip tray 15 is preferably a rectangular shape, but may have alternate shapes. The drip tray 15 may be made from metal, plastic or any other suitable material.

FIG. 8 illustrates the cableway access flap 3 pivotally mounted on the rear pivot gully 11 attached to the monitor beam 8. When the cableway access flap 3 is in the closed position as shown in FIG. 8, the proximal edge of the cableway access flap 3 is supported by support surface 16a of the flap support 16, which preferably extends from the upper, distal edge of the work surface 2. In the preferred embodiment, the flap support 16 includes a retaining portion 16b that is inserted into a notch 2b formed in the distal edge 2a of the work surface 2, which forms an interference fit to hold the flap support 16 within the notch 2b. Glue may also be used to retain the flap support 16 within the notch 2a of the work surface 2. The flap support 16 is preferably an extrusion made from aluminum or other suitable material.

The rear pivot gully 11 is attached to and extends from the proximal edge of the monitor beam 8. In the preferred embodiment, the rear pivot gulley 11 includes a lower section 11a that terminates on one end at an upright pivot support 12. A locating shoulder 11b preferably extends from the top of the lower section 11a and is received within a threaded opening 8a formed in the monitor beam 8 to facilitate proper location of the rear pivot gully 11 on the monitor beam 8. The bottom surface of the lower section 11a is preferably relieved (e.g., provided with a v-notch) below center of the locating shoulder 11b to facilitate drilling of holes through the lower section through which fasteners may be inserted for threading engagement with the threaded opening 8a in the monitor beam 8.

The upright pivot support 12 of the rear pivot gully 11 preferably terminates in an arcuate shoulder or socket 12a for receiving a spherical member 3a projecting from a lower surface of the cableway access flap 3. The arcuate shoulder 12a supports the distal end of the cableway access flap 3. The arcuate shoulder 12a and spherical member 3a form a ball and socket joint to permit the access flap 3 to pivot about the arcuate shoulder 12a as illustrated in FIG. 9.

An arcuate retaining member 3b projects downwardly from the lower surface of the cableway access flap 3 adjacent to the spherical member 3a. When the cableway access flap 3 is installed on the pivot support 12 with the spherical member 3a resting in the arcuate support 12a, the arcuate retaining member 3b engages the outer surface of the arcuate support 12a. When the cableway access flap 3 is in an upright position with spherical member 3a pivotally connected to pivot support 12, arcuate retaining member 3b wraps about a substantial portion of the outer surface of the arcuate shoulder 12a to keep access flap 3 in an upright position and prevent the access flap 3 from being removed while in an upright position. The cableway access flap 3 may be installed and the spherical member 3a inserted within the arcuate support 12a when the access flap is in a position other than the upright position.

As described above, the cable raceway 10c is accessible in the space between the proximal edge of the monitor beam 8 and the distal edge 2a of the work surface 2. The cableway access flap 3 substantially encloses the top of the raceway 10c when the access flap is in the closed position as illustrated in FIG. 8. Access to the raceway 10c is provided by pivoting the access flap 3 to the upright position as illustrated, for example, by the ghost lines in FIG. 9.

The rear pivot gully 11 and the front gully 14 provide beverage spill protection to any cables located in cable raceway 10c. In the event that a beverage or liquid is inadvertently spilled on the work surface 2 or cableway access flap 3, the beverage or liquid will between the edges of the access flap 3 and the work surface 3 and/or monitor beam 8. Such liquid will flow into the front gully 14 and/or lower section 11 of the rear pivot gully 11 in order to prevent damage to any electrical wiring that may be located in the cable raceway 10c. The liquid will flow through the front gully 14 and/or rear pivot gully 11 and will be discharged from the open ends of the front and rear gullies into the drip tray 15 positioned below the outlet of the front gully and rear pivot gully. A drain hole or opening 15c is preferably provided in the bottom surface 15b to permit any liquid collected in the drip tray 15 to drain out of the tray. A drain tube or other fluid conduit may be optionally attached to the opening 15c to direct the liquid to a desired location. Alternatively, opening 15c may be omitted or plugged allowing any liquid to accumulate in drip tray 15.

FIGS. 8 and 9 also illustrate the backsplash 7 mounted on the rear or distal side of the monitor beam 8. The backsplash 7 preferably includes a lower portion 7a terminating in an upright portion 7b having a rounded edge to prevent chafing. A locating shoulder 7c preferably extends from the top of the lower section 7a and is received within a threaded opening 8b formed in the monitor beam 8 to facilitate proper location of the backsplash 7 on the monitor beam 8. The bottom surface of the lower section 7a is preferably relieved (e.g., provided with a v-notch) below center of the locating shoulder 7c to facilitate drilling of holes through the lower section through which fasteners may be inserted for threading engagement with the threaded opening 8b in the monitor beam 8.

A brush strip (not shown) may be mounted within flanges 3c projecting from the underside of the cableway access flap 3, allowing cables to emanate from cableway 3 to the area above work surface 2. Similarly, a brush strip (not shown) may be inserted within retaining portion 16b of the flap support 16 and within a threaded opening 14a of the front gully 14 to prevent warm air from circulating onto the user's lap from cableway 3.

FIG. 10 illustrates a preferred quick release hinge 20 and optional access door mounted CPU trolley 28 for use with the desk system 1. The CPU trolley 28 preferably includes an upright panel 28a, a supporting member 28b and an upright stop 28c. A computer or other electronic equipment (not shown) is placed on the supporting member 28b between the upright panel 28a and the stop 28c. Air circulation holes or openings 24 are preferably provided in the supporting member 28b to allow for the circulation of ambient air and cooling of the computer or electronic equipment carried by the CPU trolley 28.

The CPU trolley 28 is supported by wheels 27 that allow the trolley to roll or otherwise move relative the desk assembly 1. The CPU trolley 28 is pivotally mounted to the frame assembly 10 using hinges 20. FIG. 10 illustrates the hinges 20 mounted on the static leg 10a. The hinges 20 could also be mounted on the interleg 5 or some other part of the frame assembly 10. By pivotally mounting the CPU trolley 28 on the frame assembly 10, the CPU trolley 28 (and computer or electronic equipment) swings on wheels 27 approximately 90° from a closed position to an open position. This 90° movement of the CPU trolley 28 minimizes movement of cables running to the computer or electronic equipment carried by the CPU trolley, thereby minimizing the chance of inadvertently disconnecting or bunching of the cables. In addition, shorter cables are generally required since the 90° movement does not require as much excess cabling or slack as, for example, a computer shelf that pulls out from a desk system.

To facilitate the efficient changing of computers or of the configuration of the desk system 1, the hinges 20 are preferably quick release, spring-loaded hinges, such as Southco® brand F6-20 Series hinges. Such hinges generally have a moveable, spring-biased pin 21 projecting from a hinge housing that is received within a corresponding hole or opening in the on the upright panel 28a. The CPU trolley 28 can be readily installed and/or removed from the desk system 1 by depressing the spring-biased pin 21 on the quick release hinge 20. This is particularly useful where, for example, one computer carried by a first CPU trolley is to be substituted with a second computer carried by another CPU trolley.

The inside surface of the upright panel 28a is preferably provided with openings or holes 29 for mounting cable management rings 24 help eliminate cable stress and maintain a neat, organized cable layout within the desk assembly 1. A preferred cable management ring 24 is illustrated in FIG. 11. The cable management ring 24 preferably includes a generally rectangular body portion 24a having an opening 24b through which the cables pass. The body portion 24a terminates in a flange 24c having a hook-like member 24d projecting from a rear surface of the flange and an opening 24e located below the hook like member.

FIGS. 11A-11C illustrate a preferred manner of mounting the cable management ring 24 on the upright panel 28a. First, as illustrated in FIG. 11A, the cable management ring 24 is positioned on the panel 28a by inserting the hook-like member 24d into one of the openings 29 on the upright panel 28a. An expandable screw anchor 25 is then inserted though the opening 24e in the flange 24c and into a corresponding opening 29 on the panel 28a as illustrated in FIG. 11B. A screw or other fastener 26 is then threaded or otherwise inserted into the central opening of the expandable screw anchor 25 to expand the screw anchor within the opening 29 to retain the cable management ring on the panel 28a as illustrated in FIG. 11C.

It is understood that cable management holes 29 and cable management rings 24 may be utilized anywhere throughout the desk system 1 including, but not limited to, the interleg 5 and/or the trough plates 32. Cables may be passed through the opening 24b of the cable management rings 24 to prevent the cables from cluttering the work area. The cable management rings 24 keep the cables organized and minimizes the undesirable movement of the cables that can result in inadvertent disconnection of the cables from their associated equipment.

In addition to the CPU trolley 28, other storage components may be releasably and pivotally connected to the hinges 20. For example, a blank door panel, file storage, book storage and/or electrical access cover may be readily substituted for the CPU trolley 28 using the quick release hinges 20. A blank door panel 28a supported by a wheel 27 is illustrated in FIG. 12. The door panel 28a is pivotally mounted on, for example, the static leg 10a by means of the quick release, spring-loaded hinges 20 so that the door panel 28a may swing open to access the interior of the frame assembly 10, including, for example, a general purpose trolley or shelf placed within frame assembly 10. It is understood that different combinations of CPU trolleys, book/file storage devices and/or blank door panels may be incorporated within the frame assembly 10. In addition, an EIA rack cover may be mounted using, for example, quick release hinges 20, on the static legs 10a and/or interlegs 5 to cover the EIA rack. A hinged access panel or removable panel may be provided to permit subsequent access to the EIA rack, and release of one side allows the panel to pivot out of the way to provide access.

FIG. 13 illustrates an exemplary movable interleg 5 for supporting and stabilizing frame assembly 10. The movable interleg 5 allows flexibility to readily move, add or remove interlegs on the desk system 1 in accordance with the needs of the user. Like the static leg 10a, the movable interleg 5 preferably includes two upright members 5a terminating at opposing ends of a horizontal member 5b. The horizontal member 5b preferably includes a central opening 5c through which cabling may pass from the cableway 10c to the interleg 5. The interleg 5 is preferably made from pressed steel having, for example, an 11 gauge inner framework and a 16 gauge outer skin.

A pivot clamp 30, such as a Monroe brand Destaco 606-M straight line action clamp, is preferably mounted on each vertical member 5a. The clamp 30 preferably includes a foot 34 at the distal end of a push rod 30a that is actuated by a handle 31 to extend and retract the pushrod and foot 34. The vertical members 5a may optionally terminate at their free ends with a substantially flat, horizontal base having a central opening 5e through which the foot 34 may extend when the push rod is actuated by the handle 31.

FIG. 14 illustrates the interleg 5 when the clamp 30 is actuated. Actuation of the clamp 30 by pivoting the handle 31 causes the pushrod 30a and attached foot 34 to extend in a direction toward the base 5d and through the opening 5e, thereby elevating the interleg relative to the floor or surface upon which the base 5d is resting.

FIG. 15 illustrates the preferred manner in which the movable interleg 5 is releasably attached to the frame assembly 10. An interleg location channel 33 having two downwardly projecting walls 33a is releasably attached to the desired location on the underside of the frame assembly 10 by, for example, fastening the location channel 33 to the horizontal members 10b of the frame assembly 10. The interleg 5, whose height is slightly less than the static legs 10a, slides into the interleg location channel 33 between the two downwardly projecting walls 33a. Once the interleg 5 is properly located below the frame assembly 10 within the interleg location channel 33, the clamp 30 is actuated by moving the handle 31, which causes the pushrod 30a and attached foot 34 to extend downward and releasably engage the floor or surface upon which the interleg is resting as illustrated in FIG. 16. Once the clamp 30 is fully actuated, the interleg 5 is releasably locked in place between floor and the underside of the frame assembly 10.

In the event that the interleg 5 needs to be moved to another location on the frame assembly 10, or removed altogether, the clamp 30 is actuated again by moving the handle 31 in the opposite direction to retract the pushrod 30a and attached foot 34 so that the interleg 5 may be removed from the location channel 33. If the interleg 5 is to be repositioned on the frame assembly 10, then the location channel 33 is repositioned in the desired location and the interleg is again locked in place within the location channel in the manner described above.

The location channel 33 preferably includes an opening 33b aligned with and corresponding to the opening 5c within the horizontal member 5b on the interleg 5 to permit cables to pass from the cableway 10c to the interleg.

FIG. 17 illustrates the trough plates 32 mounted on the underside of the frame assembly 10. The trough plates 32 preferably enclose the bottom of the cableway 10c in the desk assembly 1 and provide support for cables running through the cableway 10c. The ends of the trough plate 32 are preferably inserted within respective grooves 36 formed within the horizontal members 10b, which are mounted on opposing sides of the frame assembly 10. The trough plates 32 preferably slide within the groove 36 of each horizontal member 10b to facilitate insertion of one or more interlegs 5 and to temporarily allow access to the cableway 10c from the underside the frame assembly 10.

The trough plates 32 may also include a plurality of openings 29 for mounting cable management rings 24 in the same manner as described in FIGS. 11-11C. Additional openings may be provided in the trough plates 32 for mounting other types of cable management rings, such, for example, round openings for receiving push-in type cable management rings.

Having described and illustrated the principles of this application by reference to one or more preferred embodiments, it should be apparent that the preferred embodiment(s) may be modified in arrangement and detail without departing from the principles disclosed herein and that it is intended that the application be construed as including all such modifications and variations insofar as they come within the spirit and scope of the subject matter disclosed herein.