US Patent No. 10,368,455

LIFT HANDLES HAVING SAFETY INTERLOCKS FOR A RACK-MOUNTED ENCLOSURE


Patent No. 10,368,455
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Lift Handles Having Safety Interlocks For A Rack-mounted Enclosure
Inventorship Daniel P. Kelaher, Holly Springs, NC (US)
Glenn E. Myrto, Holly Springs, NC (US)
John P. Scavuzzo, Cary, NC (US)
Assignee INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,455

1. An apparatus, comprising:an enclosure physically structured to be removable from and operable within a rack system, the enclosure comprising:
a horizontally-oriented upper wall;
a horizontally-oriented lower wall;
two vertically-oriented sidewalls extending between the upper and lower walls;
at least one bay comprising a front opening defined along front ends of the horizontally-oriented upper wall, the horizontally-oriented lower wall, and the two vertically-oriented sidewalls, the front opening being configured to receive a component therethrough and into the bay; and
a set of integrated handles numbering more than one, each handle being configured to transition from a recessed position to an extended position, and each handle being configured to be gripped by a hand when in the extended position,
wherein each handle is configured to extend higher than the upper wall of the enclosure when in the extended position,
wherein each handle is configured to retract to within an outer profile of the enclosure when in the recessed position,
wherein each handle is configured to rotate 180° from the recessed position to the extended position about an axis, the axis being oriented normal to a closest of the vertically-oriented sidewalls to the handle,
wherein each handle is configured to rotate 180° from the recessed position to the extended position about a hub positioned along the axis, the hub being located midway along a lower portion of the handle, and
wherein each handle is oriented upside down when in the recessed position.