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Publication numberUS20030056322 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/904,153
Publication dateMar 27, 2003
Filing dateJul 12, 2001
Priority dateFeb 22, 2000
Also published asUS6539582
Publication number09904153, 904153, US 2003/0056322 A1, US 2003/056322 A1, US 20030056322 A1, US 20030056322A1, US 2003056322 A1, US 2003056322A1, US-A1-20030056322, US-A1-2003056322, US2003/0056322A1, US2003/056322A1, US20030056322 A1, US20030056322A1, US2003056322 A1, US2003056322A1
InventorsKwon-Byung Chae
Original AssigneeKorea M.A.T. Co., Ltd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hinge device
US 20030056322 A1
Abstract
A hinge device including: a bracket having a shaft hole; a shaft inserted through the shaft hole; a longitudinal insert home diametrically formed on one or both sides of the shaft and a pair of shoulder members formed centrally on the shaft with a fixed distance from one another. A first shoulder member is larger than the second shoulder member. A torsion spring is placed between the bracket and the shaft. A plurality of space washers having holes placed on one or both sides of the bracket. A plurality of disc springs have through holes which have protrusion members that insert into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted into the bracket. A guide washer having a through hole which has protrusion member that inserts into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted into the bracket. A nut screw onto the shaft to stabilize a horizontal position of the attached elements. A groove formed on the circumferences of the hole members in the direction that the hole members rotates contains lubricating oil which is evenly distributed to decrease the noise and wear.
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What is claimed is:
1. A hinge device comprising:
a bracket having a shaft hole;
a shaft inserted through the shaft hole;
a longitudinal insert home diametrically formed on at least one side of the shaft;
first and second shoulder members formed centrally on the shaft at a fixed distance from one another, the first shoulder member being larger than the second shoulder member;
a torsion spring placed between the bracket and the shaft;
a plurality of space washers which includes respective holes receiving the shaft and placed on at least one side of the bracket;
a plurality of disc springs having respective through holes each having protrusion members that insert into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted through the bracket and the disc springs;
a guide washer having through hole which has a protrusion member that inserts into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted through the bracket and the guide washer;
a nut screwed onto the shaft to stabilize a horizontal position of the torsion spring, space washers, disc springs and guide washer.
2. The hinge as claimed claim 1, wherein
a groove is formed on the circumferences of at least some of the holes in a direction that the holes rotate and the groove contains lubricating oil which is evenly distributed to reduce the noise and wear.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] This invention relates to a hinge device for a portable electronic device.

BACKGROUND

[0002] The development of the electronic industry has provided people with smaller and lighter portable electronic devices, such as notebook computers and cellular phones which are highly mobile.

[0003] The portable electronic devices such as the notebook computers are comprised of the main body, a liquid crystal display (LCD) cover, and a hinge device pivotally connecting the main body and the LCD cover so that the cover may be opened or closed by rotation of the hinge device. To use the notebook computer, the LCD cover is opened and secured at a certain desired angle. In order to maintain the LCD cover at the desired angle, a support mechanism is placed on the hinge device that connects the LCD cover and the main body.

[0004] Generally, conventional hinge devices comprise a spring piece placed at the pivot to secure the LCD cover at a fixed angle. However, due to frequent rotation of the hinge device, the components of the hinge device may be subject to problems such as instability and wear. My previous invention (Korean Utility Model No. 173283) deals with the aforementioned problems by employing a disc spring instead of the conventional coil spring to reduce noise and wear and tear. However, this previous hinge device may not have sufficient support load capability.

SUMMARY

[0005] It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a hinge device in which the aforementioned problems are addressed by utilizing one or more torsion springs and one or more disc springs to increase the support load while minimizing the instability of the structure.

[0006] The aforementioned object is satisfied by a hinge device comprising a bracket having a shaft hole. A shaft is inserted through the shaft hole and a longitudinal insert home is diametrically formed on one or both sides of the shaft. A pair of shoulder members are formed centrally on the shaft, and each shoulder member is placed at a fixed distance from the other and the first shoulder member is larger than the second shoulder member. A spring is placed between the bracket and the shaft and a plurality of spaced washers having hole members are placed on one or both sides of the bracket. A plurality of disc springs have respective through holes with a protrusion members which inserts into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted into the bracket. A guide washer has a through hole with protrusion member that insert into the insert home of the shaft when the shaft is inserted through the bracket. A nut is screwed onto the shaft to stabilize a horizontal position of the attached elements.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007]FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a hinge device in accordance with the present invention;

[0008]FIG. 2 is an elevated, assembled view of preferred embodiment of a hinge device of FIG. 1;

[0009]FIG. 3 is a front plan view showing a space washer in FIG. 1;

[0010]FIG. 4a is a side view of a disc spring in FIG. 1;

[0011]FIG. 4b is a front plan view of a disc spring of FIG. 1;

[0012]FIG. 5a is a side view of a guide washer in FIG. 1; and

[0013]FIG. 5b is a front plan view of a guide washer of FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0014] Referring to FIG. 1, the hinge device in accordance with the present invention comprises a bracket 1 and a shaft 3. Bracket 1 includes a shaft hole 5 in which shaft 3 is inserted. A longitudinal insert home 7 is diametrically formed on one or both sides of the shaft 3. Shoulder members 9 a, 9 b are formed centrally on the shaft 3, and each shoulder member 9 a, 9 b is placed at a fixed distance from the other and first shoulder member 9 a is larger than the second shoulder member 9 b.

[0015] A coil torsion spring 11 is positioned between the bracket 1 and the first shoulder member 9 a of the shaft 3 so that the hinge can be maintained at the desired angle through little elasticity.

[0016] Space washers 13 a, 13 b, 13 c, 13 d formed in pairs are placed both sides of the shaft hole 5 of the bracket 1 such that the shaft 3 is inserted through the holes 14 a, 14 b, 14 c, 14 d of space washers 13 a, 13 b, 13 c, 13 d when the shaft 3 is inserted into the shaft hole 5, and a pair of space washers 13 a, 13 c placed at one side of the shaft hole 5 and other pair of space washers 13 b, 13 d are placed on the opposite side. Furthermore, as shown in FIG. 3, along the circumferences of the hole members 14 a, 14 b, 14 c, 14 d one or more grooves 15 may be formed.

[0017] The disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d formed in a dish shape with a concaved surface are placed next to the space washer 13 d such that one of the disc springs 17 a is in contact with the outer space washer 13 d. A guide washer 19 is placed next to the outer disc spring 17 d in a touching manner.

[0018] Referring to FIGS. 4a, 4 b, 5 a and 5 b, the disc spring 17 a and the guide washer 19 comprise circular shape through holes 18 a, 19, and protrusion members 21, 23 are formed on the inner circumferences of through holes 18 a, 19. As shown in FIG. 1, the protrusion members 21, 23 of the through holes 21, 23 fit into the longitudinal insert home 7 of the shaft 3. A nut 25 is screwed onto the shaft 3 to stabilize a horizontal position of the attached elements.

[0019] The hinge device in accordance with the present invention operates in the following manner. When the LCD cover of the notebook computer is opened, the spring 11 rotates creating a torque, and the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d placed between the space washers 13 b, 13 d and the guide washer 19 expands which result in generation of friction that maintains the hinge device at the desired angle.

[0020] The protrusion members 21, 23 formed on the through holes of the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d and the guide washer 19 insert into the insert home 7. As a result, during the open/shut motions of the LCD cover, the shaft 3 minimizes the movements of the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d and the guide washer 19 enhancing the operation efficiency.

[0021] Furthermore, the space washers 13 a, 13 b, 13 c, 13 d placed at both sides of the shaft hole 5 of the bracket 1 support the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d and the groove 15 formed on the circumferences of the hole members 14 a, 14 b, 14 c, 14 d contains lubricating oil to reduce the noise and wear.

[0022] As described above, in the hinge device in accordance with the present invention, the insert home 7 is formed on the shaft 3 and the protrusion members 21, 23 formed on the through holes of the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d and the guide washer 19 fit into the insert home 7, thus the movements of the disc springs 17 a, 17 b, 17 c, 17 d and the guide washer 19 are minimized enhancing the operation efficiency.

[0023] Moreover, the space washers 13 a, 13 b, 13 c, 13 d comprises the groove 15 formed on the circumferences of the hole members 14 a, 14 b, 14 c, 14 d in the rotational direction contains lubricating oil to reduce the noise and wear.

[0024] Although the invention has been shown and described with respect to detailed embodiments thereof, it should be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes and omissions in form and detail may be made therein without departing from the spirit and the scope of the invention.

Classifications
U.S. Classification16/281
International ClassificationE05D11/08, E05D11/02, G06F1/16
Cooperative ClassificationE05D11/087, G06F1/1616, E05D11/02, E05Y2900/606, G06F1/1681
European ClassificationG06F1/16P9M6, G06F1/16P1F
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Jul 12, 2001ASAssignment
Owner name: P.K. TECH SYSTEM CO., LTD., KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
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