US Patent No. 10,512,190

SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING A PANEL WITHIN AN ENCLOSURE


Patent No. 10,512,190
Issue Date December 17, 2019
Title System For Mounting A Panel Within An Enclosure
Inventorship William Anderson, Ramsey, MN (US)
Nathan L. Westby, Zimmerman, MN (US)
Garrett Potvin, Brooklyn Park, MN (US)
Larry Krynski, Lakeville, MN (US)
Assignee Hoffman Enclosures, Inc., Anoka, MN (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,512,190

1. A system for mounting a panel within an enclosure, the enclosure including an enclosure frame with a plurality of frame members, the system comprising:a plurality of slide blocks, each slide block including a slide-block support shelf that is configured to receive and support the panel and that is, when the slide block is seated on a support surface of a corresponding one of the frame members, at least partly separated from the support surface by a recess between the slide block and the support surface;
a plurality of stop blocks, each of the stop blocks including:
a stop surface; and
a tongue configured to nest within the recess between a corresponding one of the slide blocks and the support surface of the corresponding frame member;
the slide blocks being configured to provide a first installation configuration, in which:
with the panel in a horizontal orientation on a support structure and the enclosure frame in a horizontal orientation in alignment with the panel, securing the slide blocks to the panel and to the frame members secures the panel to the enclosure frame; and
the slide blocks continue to secure the panel to the enclosure frame as the enclosure frame and the panel are collectively rotated to a vertical orientation; and
the slide blocks and the stop blocks being configured to provide a second installation configuration, in which:
with the panel and the enclosure frame in respective horizontal orientations, the stop blocks are secured to the frame members with the stop surfaces disposed to receive and support the panel as the panel is lowered relative to the enclosure frame;
with the panel supported on the stop surfaces, the slide blocks are secured to the frame members with the tongues of the stop blocks nested within the recesses between the slide blocks and the support surfaces of the corresponding frame members; and
the slide blocks and the stop blocks collectively secure the panel to the enclosure frame as the enclosure frame and the panel are collectively rotated to the vertical orientation.