US Patent No. 10,485,132

RAIL KITS


Patent No. 10,485,132
Issue Date November 19, 2019
Title Rail Kits
Inventorship Kevin Peter Bold, Houston, TX (US)
James Jeffery Schulze, Houston, TX (US)
Assignee Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Houston, TX (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,485,132

1. A rail kit, comprising:a bracket assembly that is attachable to opposing columns of a device rack;
a middle rail that is engaged by the bracket assembly such that the middle rail is vertically supported and horizontally slidable relative to the bracket assembly;
an inner rail that is:
connectable to an electronic device, and
engagable by the middle rail such that, when so engaged, the inner rail is vertically supported and horizontally slidable relative to the middle rail; and
a rail lock that includes a shaft and a locking protrusion extending inward from the shaft that includes a front edge and a top edge, the shaft being directly attached to an outer side of a bracket of the bracket assembly,
wherein the rail lock is such that, when the inner rail is not engaged by the middle rail and the middle rail is located at a first position that is forward of a fully retracted position, the rail lock enters a locked position in which:
the protrusion of the rail lock extends through a depression of the middle rail via a hole in the bracket such that the front edge prevents rearward movement of the middle rail by contacting a rim of the depression in the middle rail, and
the top edge is located at least in part on an inward side of the middle rail such that, if the inner rail were engaged by the middle rail and slid toward the retracted position, the inner rail would contact the top edge and force the rail lock into an unlocked position in which rearward movement of the middle rail is not prevented by the rail lock.