(19)
(11)EP 2 810 593 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
10.12.2014 Bulletin 2014/50

(21)Application number: 13175104.2

(22)Date of filing:  04.07.2013
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47K 3/36  (2006.01)
E06B 1/60  (2006.01)
F16B 2/18  (2006.01)
A47K 3/30  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME

(30)Priority: 03.06.2013 CN 201320314093 U

(71)Applicant: Foshan Ideal Co., Ltd.
528515 Guangdong (CN)

(72)Inventor:
  • Wei, Wuxiang
    528515 Foshan (CN)

(74)Representative: Karlsson, Mona 
AWAPATENT AB Box 665 Studiegången 3
831 27 Östersund
831 27 Östersund (SE)

  


(54)Door assembly


(57) A door assembly comprises a stationary frame having a substrate side. The substrate side has at least one first through hole. The door assembly further comprises an adhesive element and a locking assembly. The locking assembly comprises a fixing element having an anchoring portion, and a cam mechanism movable between a first position and a second position to lock with and release from the anchoring portion. The fixing element has a width less than that of the substrate side and the anchoring portion has a width less than that of the at least one first through hole. Due to the differences between the widths of the substrate side and the fixing element and between the widths of the anchoring portion and the first through hole, the stationary frame is easy to be moved in the width direction, so as to compensate errors generated during mounting operation.




Description

Cross-reference to Related Document



[0001] This application claims priority benefit from Chinese utility model application No. 201320314093.6 filed on June 3, 2013 in the name of Foshan Ideal Co., Ltd., the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its integrity.

Field of the Invention



[0002] The present invention relates to a door assembly, especially to transversal adjustment of stationary frames in the door assembly.

Background of the Invention



[0003] Doors, such as shower doors or balcony doors, generally comprise stationary frames mounted against wall surfaces and movable frames coupled with door panels, such as glass door panels. The stationary frames are normally provided with one or more through holes through which a fastener, such as a screw, passes and inserts into a drilled hole on the wall surface, so as to fix the stationary frame to the wall surface.

[0004] In this situation, the diameter of the fastener is always smaller than that of the through hole provided in the stationary frame so that when the stationary frame is mounted against the wall surface, it is still transversally movable so as to compensate errors that may be generated during mounting operation.

[0005] However, in one aspect, the drilling operation to generate the drilled hole on the wall surface requires at least two people to complete and also time-consuming. In another aspect, the drilling operation is risky to cause damage to the frames which are usually made of aluminum materials.

[0006] Moreover, drilling operation causes permanent damage to the wall surface. When it is desired to change the door, the existence of the drilled hole significantly limit the scope of choice of different types of doors and adversely affect the mounting of new doors.

Summary of the Invention



[0007] An object is to provide a door assembly that can be mounted without drilling on wall and the stationary frame of which is transversally movable.

[0008] To achieve the object, a door assembly is provided which comprises a stationary frame having a substrate side. The substrate side has at least one first through hole. The door assembly further comprises an adhesive element and a locking assembly. The locking assembly comprises a fixing element having an anchoring portion, and a cam mechanism movable between a first position and a second position to lock with and release from the anchoring portion. The fixing element has a width less than that of the substrate side and the anchoring portion has a width less than that of the at least one first through hole.

[0009] In a preferable embodiment, the locking assembly further comprises a cushion having a second through hole through which the anchoring portion can pass such that the cushion is attached to the substrate side of the stationary frame. The cam mechanism is then directly acted on the cushion other than the substrate side.

[0010] In a preferable embodiment, the cam mechanism comprises a pin, an opening and pin holes. The anchoring portion has a shaft hole and is receivable in the opening. The pin passes through the pin holes and the shaft hole such that the anchoring portion is rotably connected with the cam mechanism.

[0011] In a preferable embodiment, the anchoring portion and the fixing element form into one piece. In another embodiment, the anchoring portion and the fixing element are independent pieces. In this situation, the anchoring portion has a base, and the fixing element has a counterbore hole and a third through hole. The base of the anchoring portion is receivable within the counterbore hole and the anchoring portion passes through the third through hole.

[0012] The door assembly provided by the present invention can be mounted without need of additional tools, such as an electric drill. Due to the differences between the widths of the substrate side and the fixing element and between the widths of the anchoring portion and the first through hole, the stationary frame is easy to be moved in the width direction, so as to compensate errors generated during mounting operation.

Brief Description of Drawings



[0013] Fig. 1 shows the main parts to achieve transversal movement according to one example of the invention.

[0014] Fig. 2 shows the comparisons of dimensions among the stationary frame, fixing element and the first through hole.

[0015] Fig. 3 shows an exemplary locking assembly according to the present invention.

[0016] Fig. 4 shows another exemplary locking assembly according to the present invention.

[0017] Fig. 5 shows the adhesive element, the fixing element and the stationary frame in an assembly state.

[0018] Fig. 6 shows partial views of the cam mechanism when in locking position and opening position.

[0019] Fig. 7 shows the direction of movement of the stationary frame.

[0020] Elements that are irrelevant to the spirit of the invention are omitted from the drawings for the sake of clarity.

Detailed Description of the Invention



[0021] The present invention will now be described in more detail in reference to the drawings. It should be noted that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of example embodiments of the invention. As used herein, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the," are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. As used herein, the terms "and/or" include any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items. It will be further understood that the terms "comprises" "comprising" "includes" and/or "including" when used herein, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.

[0022] With reference to Fig. 1, a substantive part of a door assembly according to the present invention is shown. The door assembly comprises a stationary frame 10 to be attached to a wall surface. The stationary frame 20 has a substrate side 12 on which is provided with a through hole 14. The door assembly further comprises a locking assembly 30 including a fixing element 32 having an anchoring portion 322. The locking assembly 30 further includes a cam mechanism 34 movable between a first position and a second position so as to lock with and release from the anchoring portion 322. The door assembly further comprises an adhesive element 20, normally in the form of an elongated sheet with one side adhered to the wall surface and the other side adhered to the fixing element 32 of the locking assembly 30.

[0023] In the present example, the anchoring portion 322 is a independent piece. As shown in Fig. 3, the anchoring portion 322 has a base 323 and a rod 324 having a shaft hole 325. Correspondingly, the fixing element 32 has a counterbore hole 321 and a through hole 326 within the counter bore hole 321. The base 323 can be completely received within the counter bore hole 321 such that when the anchoring portion 322 is coupled to the fixing element 32, the surface of the fixing element 32 facing toward the adhesive element 20 is still smooth. When the anchoring portion 322 is coupled to the fixing element 32, the rod 324 passes through the through hole 326 and extends into the stationary frame 10. The rod 324 has a suitable length such that it can cooperate with the cam mechanism 34 to achieve the locking. The person skilled in the art can determine the length of the rod without creative work.

[0024] It can be contemplated that the anchoring portion 322 can form one piece with the fixing element 322, i.e., the base 323 is integrally formed with the fixing element 322 and the fixing element 322 has a rod 324.

[0025] As shown in Fig. 2, to achieve transversal movement, in the present example, two requirements should be fulfilled. The first requirement is that the width W2 of the fixing element 32 is less than the width W1 of the substrate side 12. When the fixing element 32 is adhered to the adhesive element 20, the stationary frame 10 is possible to move transversally within the range of W1-W2. The second requirement is that the width W4 (see Fig. 3) of the rod 324 of the anchoring portion 322 is less than the width W3 of the through hole 14. Therefore, the rod 324 is movable within the through hole 14 along with the movement of the stationary frame 10, with an extent of movement within W3-W4. Therefore the stationary frame 10 can be moved within the range of W1-W2 or W3-W4, which has smaller value. Preferably, W1-W2 and W3-W4 have equal value. The skilled person in the art can easily determine the values of W1, W2, W3 and W4 with a purpose to achieve desired movement range.

[0026] As shown in Fig. 3, in the present example, the locking assembly 30 further comprises a cam mechanism 34 which is able to lock with and release from the anchoring portion 322. The cam mechanism 34, when in use, is located within the stationary frame 10 and comprises an opening 341, two sidewalls 344, pin holes 343 on the sidewalls and a pin 342. The opening 341 is provided for receive the rod 324 and when the rod 324 is extended and received within the opening 341, the shaft role 325 will align with the pin holes 343 such that the pin 342 can pass through the pin holes 343 and the shaft role 325 to rotably connect the cam mechanism 34 to the anchoring portion 322, such that the stationary frame 10 and the fixing element 32 is connected.

[0027] The person skilled in the art can appreciate that the locking assembly 30 is provided to connect the stationary frame 10 and the fixing element in a detachable manner, which can also be achieved in other ways known already in the art.

[0028] With reference to Fig. 4, a further example of the locking assembly 30 is shown. In the present example, the locking assembly 30 further comprises a cushion 36 having a through hole 362. When in use, the cushion 36 is located within the stationary frame 10 and the rod 324 passes in turn the through hole 326, through hole 14 and through hole 362 and extends into the stationary frame 10. Therefore, the cam mechanism 34 is acted upon the cushion 36 directly and through the cushion 36 upon the fixing element 32.The existence of cushion 36 avoid the direct contact of the cam mechanism 34 with the substrate side 12 and therefore provide buffering effect to the latter.

[0029] Fig. 5 shows the fixing element 32 having the anchoring portion 322, the adhesive element 20 and the stationary frame 10 in an assembly state. Fig. 7 shows that the fixing element 32 is movable in the range of the width of the substrate side 12 and the anchoring portion 322 is movable within the range of the width of the through hole 14.

[0030] Fig. 6 shows the cam mechanism 34 in open position (top) and locking position (bottom) respectively. In open position, the cam mechanism 34 does not act against the substrate side 12 and / or the cushion 36, such that the fixing element 32 is transversally movable in relation to the stationary frame 10. When the cam mechanism is rotated by 90°, it is in locking position, in which the cam mechanism pulls the anchoring portion 322 due to eccentric action, enabling the fixing element 32 to closely contact with the stationary frame 10 and the cushion 36 such that the fixing element 32 is not able to transversally move due to the friction forces there between.

[0031] It can be appreciated that, more than one locking assembly 30, such as two, can be included in the door assembly, located at top and bottom ends of the stationary frame 10 respectively.

[0032] It should be understood that various example embodiments have been described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which only some example embodiments are shown. The present invention, however, may be embodied in many alternate forms and should not be construed as limited to only the example embodiments set forth herein.


Claims

1. A door assembly, comprising a stationary frame having a substrate side, the substrate side having at least one first through hole,
wherein the door assembly further comprises an adhesive element and a locking assembly, wherein
the locking assembly comprises a fixing element having an anchoring portion, and a cam mechanism movable between a first position and a second position to lock with and release from the anchoring portion,
wherein the fixing element has a width less than that of the substrate side and the anchoring portion has a width less than that of the at least one first through hole.
 
2. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the locking assembly further comprises a cushion having a second through hole through which the anchoring portion passes such that the cushion is attached to the substrate side of the stationary frame.
 
3. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the cam mechanism comprises a pin, an opening and pin holes, the anchoring portion having a shaft hole and being received in the opening, the pin passing through the pin holes and the shaft hole such that the anchoring portion is rotably connected with the cam mechanism.
 
4. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the anchoring portion and the fixing element form into one piece.
 
5. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the anchoring portion and the fixing element are independent pieces, the anchoring portion having a base and a rod, and the fixing element having a counterbore hole and a third through hole, the base of the anchoring portion being received within the counterbore hole and the anchoring portion passing through the third through hole.
 
6. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the fixing element and the adhesive element are in the form of elongated sheet.
 
7. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the door assembly comprises two locking assembly located at top and bottom ends of the stationary frame respectively.
 
8. The door assembly of claim 1, wherein the door assembly is shower door assembly or balcony door assembly.
 




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