US 20070257169 A1
A quick release bracket assembly is provided for securely attaching power strips and other devices to the interior of an enclosure used for housing electronic equipment. The assembly includes a hanging bracket disposed on the frame of the interior of the enclosure and including a number of apertures to which are attachable a pair of mounting brackets movably secured at opposite ends to a power strip. One of the mounting brackets includes a locking mechanism that is easily disengageable from one of a number of separate locking apertures formed within the hanging bracket in order to allow the power strip to be engaged and disengaged from the hanging bracket for repositioning of the power strip to accommodate various electrical components within the enclosure.
1. A mounting bracket assembly for use in an electrical component enclosure comprising:
a) a first set of openings formed within the enclosure including at least one hanging opening and a locking opening; and
b) a first mounting bracket adapted to be secured to one end of a device to be positioned within the enclosure, the first mounting bracket including at least one holding member engageable with the at least one hanging opening and a disengageable locking member releasably engageable with the locking opening.
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12. An assembly for securing a device within an enclosure, the system comprising:
a) a hanging bracket adapted to be positioned within the enclosure;
b) a device positionable on the hanging bracket;
c) a first positioning bracket secured to the device and including at least one holding member and a releasable locking member engageable with the hanging bracket; and
d) a second positioning bracket secured to the device opposite the first bracket and including at least one holding member engageable with the hanging bracket.
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16. A method for securing a device releasably within an enclosure, the method comprising the steps of:
a) providing a quick release bracket assembly including a first mounting bracket including at least one holding member and a disengageable locking member, and a second mounting bracket including at least one holding member including at least one holding member;
b) attaching the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket to opposite ends of a device; and
c) engaging the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket with aligned apertures formed within the enclosure.
17. The method of
a) inserting the at least one holding member's on the first and second mounting brackets within the aligned apertures within the enclosure; and
b) engaging the locking member with a locking opening formed within the enclosure.
18. The method of
a) providing a hanging bracket including a number of holding apertures and locking apertures formed therein; and
b) engaging the hanging bracket with the enclosure prior to engaging the first and second mounting brackets with the aligned apertures.
19. The method of
a) disengaging the locking member from a first locking opening formed within the enclosure;
b) repositioning the device in the first and second mounting brackets within the enclosure; and
c) re-engaging the locking member with a second locking opening formed within the enclosure.
This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/793,507, filed on Apr. 20, 2006, the entirety of which is incorporated by reference herein.
The present invention relates generally to power outlets, and more specifically to a quick release bracket assembly attachable to a power strip to releasably and securely support the strip within a frame or cabinet.
In order to compactly and easily store a number of electronic components, such as information technology equipment, a number of different types of structures and enclosures have been developed specifically for retaining these types of items. The enclosures are formed with a number of walls forming the exterior of the enclosure and a movable door allowing access to the interior of the enclosure. The walls include a number of mounting structures to enable the equipment to be secured within the enclosure in a desired arrangement.
However, with regard to enclosures of this type, because the equipment or components contained therein require electrical power to function, a power supply must be positioned within the enclosure and be easily accessible for connection to the various components disposed within the enclosure. While the enclosures can include a number of different arrangements of power outlets to provide a ready power supply to items contained in enclosures of this type, those outlets are not movable within the enclosure to accommodate different mounting configurations for components in the enclosure.
Therefore, it is desirable to develop a mounting structure for power outlets or a power strip in such an enclosure that enables the power strip or power outlets to be releasably mounted as desired within the enclosure for supplying power to varying configurations of equipment mounted within the enclosure.
According to one aspect of the present invention, a bracket assembly includes a first mounting bracket attachable to a device, such as a power strip, is provided to enable the power strip to be releasably and easily connected to the frame of an enclosure to position the device where desired within the enclosure. The first mounting bracket includes a pair of engaging members that are adapted to be positioned within corresponding apertures in the enclosure frame to hold the power strip in the desired location. Adjacent to the engaging members, the first mounting bracket includes a locking mechanism that securely engages the first mounting bracket with the enclosure frame until such time as the mechanism is disengaged to enable the engaging members to be removed from the enclosure frame. The locking mechanism has a simple construction allowing the mechanism to be disengaged with one hand. This enables the first mounting bracket to which the power strip is secured to be disengaged, moved within the enclosure, and reengaged with the enclosure frame in a quick and easy manner.
According to another aspect of the present invention, the bracket assembly includes a second mounting bracket formed similarly to the first mounting bracket can be secured to the power strip opposite the first mounting bracket to secure the power strip at each end to the enclosure frame.
According to still another aspect of the present invention, the bracket assembly includes a hanging bracket is secured to the enclosure frame to which the first and second mounting brackets can be secured. The hanging bracket includes a number of spaced apertures along its length that enable the hanging bracket to provide multiple attachment points for both the first and second mounting brackets and the power strips to which they are attached.
According to still a further aspect of the present invention, the attachment of the first and second mounting brackets to the power strip allows the power strip to be spaced from the hanging bracket in a manner that enable the power strips to be rotated with regard to the mounting and hanging brackets, as well as with regard to the enclosure frame.
Numerous other aspects, features and advantages of the present invention will be made apparent from the following detailed description taken together with the drawing figures.
The drawings illustrate the best mode currently contemplated of practicing the present invention.
In the drawings:
With reference now to the drawing figures in which like reference numerals designate like parts throughout the disclosure, a power strip adapted to be utilized with the present invention is indicated generally at 20 in
The power strip 20 is releasably positionable on a bracket assembly 23 that includes a hanging bracket 24 that can be secured to the frame 26 of an enclosure 28 for the equipment. As best shown in
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To secure the upper bracket 36, lower bracket 38 and the power strip 20 mounted therebetween to the hanging bracket 24, initially the tabs 44 on the lower bracket 38 are inserted within the square openings 40 in the lower apertures 34. Simultaneously, the tabs 44 in the upper bracket 36 are inserted within the square openings 40 of the upper apertures 32 and slid down with respect thereto, thereby engaging the tabs 44 on each bracket 36 and 38 with the hanging bracket 24. At the same time, the plunger 50 is pulled outwardly away from the bracket 36 to draw the plug 52 into the mechanism 50, thereby allowing the plug 52 to be aligned with the locking opening 42 when the tabs 44 are aligned with the square openings 40. When the plug 52 is aligned with the locking opening 42, the plunger mechanism 50 is released such that the biasing member urges the plug 52 through the bracket 36 and into the locking opening 42. This engagement of the plug 52 within the opening 42 locks power strip 20 in place on the hanging bracket 24 until such time as the plunger mechanism 50 is disengaged.
Further, because the only locking mechanism for the bracket system 10 is the plunger mechanism 50 disposed on the upper bracket 36, the power strip 20 can be easily disengaged and reengaged with one hand from the hanging bracket 24 at any desired position along the bracket 24 to easily and quickly reposition or attach the power strip 20 to the hanging bracket 24 where desired.
Alternatively, the brackets 36 and 38 can be integrally formed with one or both ends of the power strip 20. Also, instead of a power strip 20, a number of other electrical components can be utilized with the bracket system 10, such as a lacing bar (not shown) or a wire management structure (not shown) among others. Further, the brackets 36 and 38 can be secured to other sections of the power strip 20 or other device to be attached to the hanging bracket 24, such as on the sides or the rear surface of the strip 20. Also, the brackets 36 and 38 can be integrated into a single structure that is attached to the trip 20 or other device for securing the device to the hanging bracket 24.
Various alternative embodiments to the present invention are contemplated as being within the scope of the following claims, particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter regarded as the invention.