The patent's assignee is Echostreams Innovative Solutions.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The instant disclosure relates to a base assembly structure for hard disk drive storage drawers; more particularly, to a base assembly having a latching member for computer server and storage systems' hard disk drive storage drawers.
"In today's society, massive amounts of electronic data are generated and processed. To meet this condition, conventional computer server and storage systems are typically designed with emphasis on how to most effectively utilize available space for maximizing quantity of hard disk drives supported in the system.
"Currently, the quantity of hard disk drives that can be supported by conventional designs with front-accessible hard disk drive bays have reached its limit. Therefore, an alternative drawer design has now been adopted to fully utilize the internal space for additional hard disk drives. However, when a drawer/rack is used to support a large amount hard disk drives, several potential risks may exist. For example, if a drawer is structurally unstable or mishandled by the user, the drawer may fall off and drop, and thus cause excessive damage to the hard disk drives and can even injure the operator
"Yet, the above described safety issue is often neglected by the manufacturers. The manufacturers tend to solely focus on increasing the drawer/rack capacity, while ignoring safety measures to prevent slipping and undesired disengagement. Furthermore, some of the existing drawer designs can be massive, which can cause the drawers to slip out of position, break the drawer rails, fall off, or hit surrounding objects when the user mishandles it during installation or usage, or in some cases even tip the rack cabinet forward due to the extension of the massive drawer weight. Therefore, how to improve the usage and maintenance practices of the drawers while increasing its safety are very important issues to be addressed.
"To address the above issues, the inventors strive via industrial experience and academic research to present the instant disclosure, which can effectively improve the concerns described above."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The object of the instant disclosure is to provide a base assembly which is constructed with a base plate, a cover plate for the base plate to house latching members of a drawer and an outer shell enclosing the base assembly to form the drawer. The drawer is easy to operate, safe, and does not slip off
"The base assembly comprises a base plate, a pull-release handle, an extension member of the pull-release handle, a pivoting member, a latch member, and a cover plate. The base plate has two slotted openings, one is for the handle to slide within when being pulled or released, and one forms a channel for the extension member to slide within when the cover plate is attached. The pull-release handle is movably disposed on the bottom side of the base plate of the base assembly, and controls the latching and unlatching motion when being pulled upon or released. The pivoting member is disposed on the other end of the pull-release handle's extension member, and is pivotally disposed on the top side of the base plate. The pivoting member has a force-receiving end and a force-transmitting end. The force-receiving end connects to the pull-release handle's extension member, which then forms an angled portion and a notch and allows the pull-release handle to indirectly rotate and move the force-transmitting end of the pivoting member. The angled portion is pivotally connected to the top face of the base plate. The pulling and releasing of the pull-release handle moves the force-transmitting end reciprocatingly in parallelism. The latch member is movably disposed on the base plate to allow it to slide laterally. The latch member includes a locking strip, and the locking strip has at least one locking portion. The locking strip extends across the first slotted opening and is disposed on the top face. One end of the locking strip is connected to the force-transmitting end. The other end of the locking strip is connected to an elastic member. One end of the elastic member is connected to the top face of the base plate. The locking portion is disposed in the first slotted opening and faces in the same direction with the bottom face.
"The instant disclosure also provides a tray to support the abovementioned base assembly. The tray has at least one third retaining member disposed thereon. The base assembly further defines a receiving region on the bottom face. The third retaining member functions cooperatively with the receiving region of the base assembly and the locking portion of the latch member.
"The instant disclosure also provides a drawer. The drawer includes the abovementioned base assembly and at least four side walls that extend normally from respective sides thereof
"Based on the above, the utilization of the base assembly, the tray, and the drawer resolves the issue of pulling bulky drawers and eliminates the risks of drawers slipping out of position, falling off, hitting surrounding objects, or even dropping on the operator's foot. The instant disclosure enables the user to operate the drawer in an easy and safe manner.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1A is a schematic view showing the top face of a base assembly for a drawer of the instant disclosure.
"FIG. 1B is an enlarged view of the latch member disposed on the top face of the base assembly of the instant disclosure.
"FIG. 2A is a plan view showing the bottom face of the base assembly of the instant disclosure.
"FIG. 2B is an enlarged view of a portion of the latch member when viewed from the bottom face.
"FIG. 3A is a perspective view showing the base assembly and the cover plate of the instant disclosure.
"FIG. 3B is a perspective view showing the base assembly and a tray of the instant disclosure."
For additional information on this patent application, see: YANG, CHIN-HAO; PENG, HSIAO-FEN; CHU, CHANG-FENG;
Keywords for this news article include: Echostreams Innovative Solutions.
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