Patent Number: 6,296,308

Title: Shape adjusting mechanism

Abstract: A shape adjusting mechanism is provided having a basket that is flexed on a guide track by a cable mechanism. The basket comprises an elongate resilient plate in which is defined at least one slot. The slot has at least one reinforcing flange that defines a region of high bending resistance relative to a controlled arch region in the plate in order that the flex of the plate in the controlled region will be more pronounced than in the region with the slot. A reinforcing edge flange is also provided along at least a portion of the longitudinal edge of the plate. In a further embodiment a plurality of crossforms are define transversely in the controlled arch region to predefine an arch in the plate while the plate is in a rest state.

Inventors: Cosentino; Christopher (Bolton, CA), Maier; Tony (Aurora, CA), Rietveld; Jack (Burlington, CA)

Assignee: Schukra Manufacturing Inc.

International Classification: A47C 7/46 (20060101); B60N 002/66 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018