Title:
TRACK BEAM STRUCTURE
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A track beam structure includes a track body, a fixing plate and a rotatable handle. The track body has first hooking members and is detachably coupled to a structural body. The fixing plate has a plurality of second hooking members coupled to the first hooking members. The rotatable handle includes a rotatable portion, a handle, and a tightening surface and a releasing surface arranged peripherally thereon. The rotatable handle is disposed on the fixing plate adjacent to track body. A distance between a rotating center of second pivotable portion and tightening surface is larger than a shortest distance between the rotating center and track body, and the shortest distance between the rotating center and track body is larger than a distance between the rotating center and releasing surface. The track beam structure can provide adjustments to the relative position of a load bearing body on the track body.



Inventors:
Chang, Hui-chih (TAIPEI CITY, TW)
Application Number:
14/068059
Publication Date:
01/29/2015
Filing Date:
10/31/2013
Assignee:
NUETEQ TECHNOLOGY, INC. (TAIPEI CITY, TW)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04B1/36
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Primary Examiner:
MORGAN, EMILY M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Li & Cai Intellectual Property(USA) office (3057 Nutley Street Suite 818 Fairfax VA 22031)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A track beam structure disposed a structural body, comprising: a track body having a plurality of first hooking members arranged on a first surface thereof, the track body detachably coupled to the structural body; at least one fixing plate having a plurality of second hooking members and a first pivotable portion arranged thereon, the second hooking members correspondingly coupled to the first hooking members, the first pivotable portion protruding from a side of the track body; and at least one rotatable handle including a rotatable portion and a handle connected to the rotatable portion, the rotatable portion has a second pivotable portion, the rotatable handle having a tightening surface and a releasing surface arranged peripherally with respect to the rotatable handle, the rotatable handle is pivotally connected to the first pivotable portion via the second pivotable portion, the rotatable handle is disposed on a surface of the fixing plate adjacent to the track body; wherein the second pivotable portion has a rotating center, a distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the tightening surface is larger than a shortest distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the track body, and the shortest distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the track body is larger than a distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the releasing surface.

2. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the track body further has a plurality of third hooking member arranged thereon and oppositely oriented with respect to the first hooking member.

3. The track beam structure as recited in claim 2, wherein each of the first hooking members, second hooking members, and third hooking members has an end, each end has an undercut portion formed thereat.

4. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the rotatable portion has a peripheral surface, the tightening surface and the releasing surface are respectively arranged on opposite sides of the peripheral surface.

5. The track beam structure as recited in claim 4, wherein the tightening surface is an arced surface, and the releasing surface is a planar surface.

6. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the track body has a plurality of fixing grooves arranged on a second surface opposite the first surface, each fixing groove has a coupling plate fastened thereon.

7. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the track body has a plurality of first openings arranged thereon, the track body is fastened to the structural body via the first openings.

8. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein two fixing plates and two rotatable handles are provided, each fixing plate has a plurality of second openings arranged thereon for fastening a load bearing body.

9. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the handle has an end distal to the rotatable portion, the end has a bent arranged thereat, and the bent has a plurality of protrusions arranged thereon.

10. The track beam structure as recited in claim 9, wherein the bent has an opening arranged thereon, and the opening has a cord passing therethrough.

11. The track beam structure as recited in claim 1, wherein the rotatable handle is integrally formed and flexible.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The instant disclosure relates to a track beam structure; in particular, to a track beam structure detachably retained on a structural body and facilitating the transfer of a load bearing body via the track beam structure.

2. Description of Related Art

As technology continues to develop, more and more companies as well as non-profit organization use electronic devices such as computers, hand held devices, and projectors along with presentation programs during meetings. During these meetings, media adaptors or Table boxes are frequently used to switch between electrical signals as a way to share information among these electronic devices. These adaptors have various types of inputs such as HDMI or DVI.

However, these adaptors are often heavy in weight, which is not convenient for transportation as the adaptors are commonly fixed on a table, or a wall surface. As a result, users who are seated too far yet wish to control the adaptor have to move near the adaptors in order to use the adaptors. In situations where frequent user changes might be involved, meeting progress might be significantly affected.

To address the above issues, the inventor strives via associated experience and research to present the instant disclosure, which can effectively improve the limitation described above.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In order to achieve the aforementioned objects, according to an embodiment of the instant disclosure, a track beam structure installed on a structural body, comprises: a track body having a plurality of first hooking members arranged on a surface thereof, the track body detachably coupled to the structural body; at least one fixing plate having a plurality of second hooking members and a first pivotable portion arranged thereon, the second hooking members correspondingly coupled into the first hooking members, the first pivotable portion protruding from a side of the track body; and at least one rotatable handle including a rotatable portion and a handle connected to the rotatable portion, the rotatable portion has a second pivotable portion, the rotatable handle having a tightening surface and a releasing surface arranged peripherally with respect to the rotatable handle, the rotatable handle is pivotally connected to the first pivotable portion via the second pivotable portion, the rotatable handle is disposed on a surface of the fixing plate adjacent to the track body; wherein the second pivotable portion has a rotating center, a distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the tightening surface is larger than a shortest distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the track body, and the shortest distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the track body is larger than a distance between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion and the releasing surface.

The track beam structure of the instant disclosure provides a rotatable handle such that users can fix or adjust the relative position of a fixing plate on a track body and change the relative position of a load bearing body with respect to a structural body, which saves time and effort in transportation.

In order to further understand the instant disclosure, the following embodiments and illustrations are provided. However, the detailed description and drawings are merely illustrative of the disclosure, rather than limiting the scope being defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an assembled view of a track beam structure in accordance with a first embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the track beam structure in accordance with the first embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 3A is a schematic diagram illustrating the operation of the track beam structure in accordance with the first embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 3B is another schematic diagram illustrating the operation of the track beam structure in accordance with the first embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 4 is an assembled view of a track beam structure in accordance with a second embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of the track beam structure in accordance with a third embodiment of the instant disclosure;

FIG. 6 is an exploded view of the track beam structure in accordance with a fourth embodiment of the instant disclosure; and

FIG. 7 is a schematic diagram of the track beam structure in accordance with a fifth embodiment of the instant disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The aforementioned illustrations and detailed descriptions are exemplarities for the purpose of further explaining the scope of the instant disclosure. Other objectives and advantages related to the instant disclosure will be illustrated in the subsequent descriptions and appended drawings.

First Embodiment

Please refer to FIGS. 1 and 2. FIG. 1 is an assembled view of a track beam structure in accordance with a first embodiment of the instant disclosure and FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the track beam structure in accordance with the first embodiment of the instant disclosure. The instant embodiment provides a track beam structure Z which is installed on a structural body S to transport a load bearding body L. The track beam structure Z includes a track body 1, and at least one fixing plate 2, and at least one rotatable handle 3. The structural body S as shown in FIG. 1 is a table top, but is not limited thereto. The structural body S can also be a surface on a wall or ceiling.

The track body 1 can be a rectangular plank having two longitudinal sides 11 and two relatively shorter transversal sides 12. One surface of the track body 1 has a plurality of first hooking members 13. The track body 1 can be detached from and attached to the structural body S. The first hooking members 13 are arranged parallel to the two longitudinal sides 11 and extend from one relatively shorter transversal side 12 to another transversal side 12 in order to facilitate the fixing plate 2 to slide across the track body 1. The track body 1 can be installed on the structural body S via fastening, snapping, form fitting, etc. The instant disclosure does not limit the shape and the installation method to the example provides hereto. The fixing plate 2 can be a rectangular plank body having a plurality of second hooking members 21 and a first pivotable portion 22. The second hooking members 21 correspondingly snap into the first hooking members 13 of the track body 1, such that the fixing plate 2 can slidably disposed in the track body 1. The first pivotable portion 22 protrudes from a side of the fixing plate 2 such that the first pivotable portion 22 projects perpendicularly with respect to extensional direction of the track body 1 along a side of the track body 1. Accordingly, the first pivotable portion 22 can be coupled to the rotatable handle 3 which controls an adjustable position of the fixing plate 2. In the instant disclosure, two second hooking members 21 are arranged on the fixing plate 2, one of the second hooking members 21 is arranged on one end of the fixing plate 2, whereas the first pivotable portion 22 is arranged on the other end of the fixing plate 2. The other second hooking member 21 is arranged between two ends of the fixing plate 2.

Moreover, the first hooking members 13 extend from a surface of the track body 1. Each first hooking member 13 has at least three bents to form a single directional groove therein. The second hooking members 21 resembles structurally with respect to the first hooking members 13 such that the second hooking members 21 and the first hooking members 13 are mutually coupled into one another. In addition, each first hooking member 13 and each second hooking member 21 are respectively formed with an undercut portion 131, 211 arranged at an end of each hooking member 13, 21 to prevent disengagement between the second hooking member 21 and the first hooking member 13.

The rotatable handle 3 includes a rotatable portion 31 and a handle 32 connected to the rotatable portion 31. The rotatable portion 31 can be pivotally connected to the first pivotable portion 22 of the fixing plate 2 such that the rotatable handle 3 is arranged on the same surface of the fixing plate 2. Successively, user can applied a force on the handle 32 to rotate the rotatable portion 31 of the rotatable handle 3. The rotatable portion 31 and the handle 32 can be a flexible material integrally formed, such that when the rotatable portion 31 is in physical interference with the track body 1, the rotatable portion 31 is biased against the track body 1 in order to fix the fixing plate 2 on a position relative to the track body 1.

Please refer to FIGS. 3A and 3B as schematic diagrams illustrating operations of the instant embodiment. The rotatable portion 31 has a second pivotable portion 311 arranged proximal to a center of the rotatable portion 31, in which the second pivotable portion 311 corresponds to the first pivotable portion 22. The rotatable portion 31 has an annular side surface arranged at the periphery thereof. The annular side surface includes a tightening surface 3121 and a releasing surface 3122, in which both surfaces 3121, 3122 are arranged on opposite sides of the annular side surface.

Furthermore, the tightening surface 3121 is an arced surface, whereas the releasing surface 3122 is a flat surface. The second pivotable portion 311 has a rotating center for rotating thereabout, a distance D1 between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion 311 and the tightening surface 3121 is larger than a shortest distance D2 between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion 311 and the track body 1, and the shortest distance D2 between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion 311 and the track body 1 is larger than a distance D3 between the rotating center of the second pivotable portion 311 and the releasing surface 3122. In the instant embodiment, the first pivotable portion 22 is also a pivotable axle, whereas the second pivotable portion 311 is a through hole corresponding to the pivotable axle, or the first pivotable portion 22.

When user applies a driving force on the handle 32 to rotate the tightening surface 3121 of the rotatable portion 31 towards a surface corresponding to the track body 1, the tightening surface 3121 of the rotatable handle 3, which is relatively distal from the second pivotable portion 311, is biased against or abutted the track body 1, such that the physical interference between the rotatable handle 3 and the track body 1 securely couples the fixing plate 2 to the track body 1. When user rotates the releasing surface 3122 of the rotatable portion 31 toward the surface corresponding to the track body 1, the releasing surface 3122 of the rotatable handle 3, which is relatively proximal to the second pivotable portion 311, is detached or separated from the track body 1, such that the fixing plate 2 can adjustably slide along the track body 1.

Notably, the handle 32 has a bent 321 arranged at an end thereof distal from the rotatable portion 31, which increases the convenience for applying a force on the handle 32. Moreover, the bent 321 has a plurality of protrusions 3211 peripherally arranged thereon in order to increase friction between user's hand and the handle, which further increases convenience.

Second Embodiment

Please refer to FIG. 4 as the assembled view according to a second embodiment of the instant disclosure. The track body 1 has a plurality of first hooking members 13 arranged thereon and a plurality of third hooking members 14 oppositely faced with respect to the first hooking members 13. The third hooking members 14 structurally resemble that of the first hooking members 13. In other words, each first hooking member 13 and each third hooking member 14 mutually bend towards one another into the shape of a hook so as to fasten to one another. As a result, each second hooking member 21 of the fixing plate 2 can be hooked in different directions. Moreover, each of the third hooking members 14 has a undercut portion 141 formed at an end thereof to prevent the second hooking member 21 from detaching.

Furthermore, in the instant embodiment, each second hooking member 21 is preferably coupled to either the first hooking member 13 or the third hooking member 14 in a hooking fashion. For example, if the second hooking member 21 is hooked onto the first hooking member 13, the rotatable handle 3 can be rotated to release the fixing plate 2 from a fixed state, the fixing plate 2 can be pulled out from one of the relatively shorter transversal side 12 of the track body 1, then the second hooking member 21 of the fixing plate 2 can be hooked into the third hooking member 14 oppositely facing the first hooking member 13. Successively, the second hooking member 21 can freely couple to the first or the third hooking member 13, 14 to provide choices to install in different directions.

Third Embodiment

Please refer to FIG. 5 as a schematic diagram in accordance with a third embodiment of the instant disclosure. The track body 1 has a plurality of first openings 15 arranged thereon which penetrates two sides of the track body 1.

Moreover, two fixing plate 2 and two rotatable handles 3 are provided in the instant embodiment. The rotatable handles 3 are correspondingly coupled onto the first pivotable portion 22. Each fixing plate 2 has a plurality of second openings 23 arranged thereon. The fixing plate 2 can securely fix a load bearing body L thereon via the second openings 23 and the track body 1 can securely fix the structural body S thereon via the first openings 15. When user turn the rotatable handle 3 to be release from the track body 1, a force can be applied to the structural body S in order to slide the fixing plate 2 along the track body 1 and adjust the relatively position of load bearing body with respect to the structural body S.

Fourth Embodiment

Please refer to FIG. 6 as the schematic diagram for a fourth embodiment of the instant disclosure. The instant embodiment differs from the previous embodiment in that a surface of the track body 1 opposite from the fixing plate 2 has a plurality of fixing grooves 16 arranged thereon. The fixing grooves 16 are arranged at two ends of the track body 1 proximal to the relatively shorter transversal sides 12. The fixing grooves 16 at two ends can be separated or continuous. A coupling plate 17 can be securely fixed in the fixing grooves 16 to connect one track body 1 to another track body 1 of another track beam structure Z, such that a plurality of track beam structures Z can be interconnected to one another to extend the overall length of the slidable track body.

Fifth Embodiment

Please refer to FIG. 7 as a detail view of a fifth embodiment in accordance with the instant disclosure. The instant embodiment differs from the previous embodiment in that the bent 321 of the rotatable handle 3 further has an opening 3212 arranged thereon. The opening 3212 may include a cord 322 passing therethrough to facilitate turning of the rotatable handle 3 or pulling on the fixing plate 2 by a user.

The track beam structure of the instant disclosure provides a rotatable handle such that users can fix or adjust the relative position of a fixing plate on a track body and change the relative position of a load bearing body with respect to a structural body, which saves time and effort in transportation.

Moreover, the track body has a plurality of first hooking members, and a plurality of third hooking members corresponding to the first hooking members arranged thereon, whereas the fixing plate has at least one second hooking member which can be selectively coupled or hooked onto one of the two hooking members (first or third) on the track body, such that the fixing plate can be installed onto the track body in different directions.

Furthermore, the track body also has a plurality of fixing grooves arranged on two ends thereof. A plurality of coupling plates can be disposed in the fixing grooves in order to interconnect a plurality of track bodies and extend the overall length of the track beam structure.

The figures and descriptions supra set forth illustrated the preferred embodiments of the instant disclosure; however, the characteristics of the instant disclosure are by no means restricted thereto. All changes, alternations, combinations or modifications conveniently considered by those skilled in the art are deemed to be encompassed within the scope of the instant disclosure delineated by the following claims.