(19)
(11)EP 3 287 041 A2

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
28.02.2018 Bulletin 2018/09

(21)Application number: 17188002.4

(22)Date of filing:  25.08.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47B 83/00  (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
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 26.08.2016 US 201662380018 P

(71)Applicant: Evans Consoles Corporation
Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W4 (CA)

(72)Inventors:
  • Game, Richard
    Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W4 (CA)
  • Papic, Matko
    Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W4 (CA)
  • Renderos, Carlos
    Calgary, Alberta T2E 8W4 (CA)
  • Simington, Randy
    Calgary, Alberta T3J 4P1 (CA)

(74)Representative: Mammel und Maser 
Patentanwälte Tilsiter Straße 3
71065 Sindelfingen
71065 Sindelfingen (DE)

  


(54)SLAT PANEL ASSEMBLY


(57) Slat walls and slat rails are used for mounting various equipment such as displays. According to an aspect, there is provided an equipment mounting assembly comprising at least one slat pane, at least one upright support member, and for each upright support member, a respective connector for mounting the upright support member to a structure. Each slat panel includes a respective plurality of horizontal slats on a front face thereof. Each slat panel is mounted to the at least one upright support member at a rear face thereof. Two or more slat panels may be stacked. The connector may include a collar portion that engages an upper panel of a console or other structure.




Description

RELATED APPLICATION



[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 62/380,018, filed on August 26, 2016, the entire content of which is incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE



[0002] This disclosure relates to equipment mounting systems for consoles. More particularly, the disclosure relates to slat wall and slat rail assemblies and the like.

BACKGROUND



[0003] Consoles are used in a variety of different applications, including in control rooms, on trading floors, and in operations centers. Consoles are typically used in the place of generic office equipment. Consoles may provide an enhanced human machine interface by allowing for the positioning of equipment in the more useful and efficient positions. Furthermore, consoles may be adapted to support more equipment compared to generic office equipment.

[0004] Consoles may include a slat panel assembly, such as a slat wall or slat rail. Slat walls and slat rails are used for mounting various equipment such as displays. Such slat panel assemblies may also be used on other structures, such as shelfs, walls, counters, etc. Displays, shelves, and other equipment may be mounted to a slat wall, typically using a mounting bracket that securely engages one or more slats of the slat wall. Conventional slat panel systems may not be easily customizable. For example, slat walls may come in pre-set heights and may not be easy to modify. Convention slat panel systems may also be designed for particular connectors/mounts for a particular type of console, and may not be easily customized to fit on a variety of consoles.

SUMMARY



[0005] According to one aspect, there is provided an equipment mounting assembly comprising: at least one slat panel, each said at least one slat panel having a respective front face and a respective rear face, and comprising a respective plurality of horizontal slats on the front face; at least one upright support member, each said at least one slat panel being mounted to the at least one upright support member at the rear face of the slat panel; for each upright support member, a respective connector for mounting the upright support member to a structure.

[0006] In some embodiments, each said connector comprises: a respective collar potion having a periphery and comprising a collar that defines a channel extends at least partially about the periphery, the collar portion defining a generally vertical passage therein to receive the upright support member, the upright support member being securable to the connector and extending upward from the collar portion when received in the passage.

[0007] In some embodiments, for each said connector, the collar of the collar of the collar portion comprises: a respective wall having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and a respective plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall, the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby forming a channel.

[0008] In some embodiments, the collar portion definiens a second generally vertical passage therethrough.

[0009] In some embodiments, the plate of the collar portion defines one or more holes for receiving fastening hardware to secure the plate to a bottom face of a work surface panel.

[0010] In some embodiments, the connector further comprises at least one plate extending downward from the collar portion for engaging a frame member of the structure.

[0011] In some embodiments, at least one of said at least one plate further engages and is secured to the upright support.

[0012] In some embodiments, the connector further comprises at least one plate extending upward from the collar portion that engages and is secured to the upright support.

[0013] In some embodiments, the upright support comprises a post.

[0014] In some embodiments, the upright support defines at least one elongate port along a length of the upright support, the port being configured for receiving fastening hardware.

[0015] In some embodiments, the equipment mounting assembly further comprises a one or more attachment strips, each said attachment strip received in a respective one of the at least port and comprising one or more holes and, for each hole, a self-clinching nut aligned with the hole.

[0016] In some embodiments, each at least one slat panel comprises a respective slat wall panel.

[0017] In some embodiments, the at least one slat wall panel comprises two or more slat wall panels.

[0018] In some embodiments, the two or more slat wall panels are stacked vertically.

[0019] In some embodiments, the slats of the at least one slat panel are equally spaced.

[0020] In some embodiments, each slat panel defines one or more elongate ports along a length of the slat panel, the one or more ports being configured for receiving fastening hardware.

[0021] In some embodiments, the equipment mounting assembly further comprises a housing enclosure, the at least one slat panel positioned at a front of the housing enclosure.

[0022] In some embodiments, the housing enclosure comprises a front cover, the front cover comprising at least one opening.

[0023] In some embodiments, the at least one slat panel comprises a single slat panel in the form of a slat rail.

[0024] In some embodiments, the slat rail has a top and a bottom, the slat rail defining an elongated upper port in the top thereof for receiving a mounting strip for a vertically aligned panel.

[0025] In some embodiments, the equipment mounting assembly further comprises the panel, the panel being mounted to the connecting strip on the slat rail.

[0026] According to another aspect, there is provided a connector device for a slat panel assembly comprising: an upright support; a bracket assembly, the upright support being mounted to the bracket assembly, and the bracket assembly comprising: a collar potion having a periphery and defining a channel that extends at least partially about the periphery, the collar portion defining a generally vertical passage therethrough to receive the post, the post being securable to the bracket assembly when received in the hole and extending upward from the collar portion.

[0027] In some embodiments, the collar portion comprises: a wall extending at least partially around a periphery of the collar portion, and having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and a plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall and is generally parallel to the upper lip, wherein the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby form the channel.

[0028] In some embodiments, the collar portion comprises: a wall extending at least partially around a periphery of the collar portion, and having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and a plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall and is generally parallel to the upper lip, wherein the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby form the channel.

[0029] According to another aspect, there is provided an equipment mounting assembly comprising: two or more slat wall panels, each said at least one slat panel having a respective front face and a respective rear face, and comprising a respective plurality of horizontal slats on the front face; and at least one upright support member mountable to a structure, the two or more slat wall panels being mounted, in a stacked configuration, to the at least one upright support member at the rear faces of the slat panels.

[0030] In some embodiments, the slats of the two or more slat wall panels are equally spaced.

[0031] Other aspects and features of the present disclosure will become apparent, to those ordinarily skilled in the art, upon review of the following description of the specific embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0032] Aspects and embodiments of the disclosure will now be described in greater detail with reference to the accompanying diagrams, in which:

Figure 1 is a front perspective view of a slat wall assembly, according to some embodiments, mounted on a console;

Figure 2 is a front perspective view of a slat rail assembly according to some embodiments mounted on another example console;

Figure 3 is an exploded front perspective view of a slat wall assembly according to some embodiments;

Figure 4 is an enlarged partial front perspective view of a slat wall panel of the slat wall assembly of Figure 3;

Figure 5 is a front view of an example attachment strip according to an embodiment;

Figure 6 is a front perspective view of an upright support member, a connector and a bracket from Figure 3;

Figure 7 is a front view of the slat wall assembly of Figure 3, as assembled

Figure 8 is a right-side view of the slat wall assembly with a side cover removed

Figure 9 is a front perspective view of the slat wall assembly of Figures 3 and 7;

Figure 10 is a front perspective view of a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment;

Figure 11 is a is a rear perspective view of the slat wall assembly of Figures 3, 7 and 8;

Figures 13 and 14 are front and rear perspective views, respectively, of the slat wall assembly of Figures 3, 7 and 8 mounted on an example console frame module;

Figures 15 and 16 are enlarged partial front and rear perspective views of the slat wall assembly and the frame module of Figures 13 and 14;

Figure 17 is an enlarged front partial perspective view of a connector and upright support member of Figures 15 and 16 shown mounted to a console frame and upper panel;

Figure 18 is front view of a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment;

Figure 19 is a right-side view of the slat wall assembly of Figure 18;

Figure 20 is a front perspective view of an example console with a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment mounted thereon;

Figure 21 is an exploded front perspective view of an upright support member and connector according to another embodiment;

Figure 22 is a front view of the connector and upright support member of Figure 21;

Figure 23 is a top perspective view of a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment mounted on an example work surface panel for a console;

Figure 24 is a bottom perspective view of the work surface panel and the slat wall assembly of Figure 23;

Figure 25 is a front view of a slat rail assembly according to some embodiments;

Figure 26 is an end view of the slat rail of the slat rail assembly of Figure 25;

Figure 27 is a cross-sectional view of the slat rail of the slat rail assembly of Figure 25 taken along the line A-A;

Figure 28 is a front view of the slat rail of Figures 25 to 27;

Figure 29 is a front view of the slat rail of Figures 25 to 28 with an attachment strip attached to the top thereof;

Figure 30 is a cross-sectional view of the slat rail of Figure 29 taken along the line B-B;

Figure 31 is a front perspective view of the example cable management enclosure of Figure 25;

Figure 32 is an exploded front perspective view of the slat rail assembly of Figure 25;

Figure 33 is a partially exploded left side view of the slat rail assembly of Figures 25 and 32;

Figure 34 is a front perspective view of the slat rail assembly of Figures 25, 32 and 33, as assembled;

Figure 35 is a front perspective view of a slat rail according to yet another embodiment;

Figure 36 is an enlarged partial view of the slat rail of Figure 35;

Figures 37 is a front perspective view of a cable management enclosure according to an embodiment;

Figure 38 is an exploded view of the cable management enclosure of Figure 37;

Figure 39 is a perspective view of a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment;

Figure 40 is a perspective view of an example frame module for a console according to one embodiment;

Figure 41 is an enlarged partial view of the portion of an upper beam of the frame module of Figure 40;

Figure 42 is a further enlarged partial view of the portion of the second upper beam within the circle marked "A" in Figure 41;

Figure 43 is a side view of a console according to yet another embodiment having a "back-to-back" configuration; and

Figure 44 is a perspective view of the console of Figure 43.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0033] Equipment mounting assemblies including one or more slat panels, such as slat walls or slat rails, may be used for mounting equipment on a console or other structure (e.g. shelves, walls, etc.). The term "slat panel" as used herein refers to any panel having a front face with a plurality of spaced apart slats thereon for mounting equipment thereto. For example, displays, shelves or other equipment may be mounted by brackets that extend between and securely engage the slats. Various embodiments of equipment mounting assemblies, including slat wall assemblies and slat rail assemblies, will now be described. Some embodiments may also combine one or more slat walls and/or slat rails.

[0034] It is to be understood that the slat panel assemblies described herein are not limited to use with consoles, and may be mounted to other structures, such as shelving units, walls, counters, etc.

[0035] Figure 1 is a front perspective view of a slat wall assembly 100, according to some embodiments, mounted on an example console 102. As shown, the slat wall assembly 100 in this example is positioned on a top 104 of the console 102. The slat wall assembly includes a slat panel 106 that faces forward. Various equipment (such as displays) may be mounted to the slat wall panel 106. For example, one or more mounting brackets may engage the slats of the slat wall panel. The slat wall assembly 100 includes an optional housing 114 shown in Figure 1.

[0036] A front 108 and rear 110 of the console 102 are indicated in Figure 1. These terms and similar terminology herein does not limit the console 102 or slat wall assembly 100 to use in a particular orientation. Rather, such terminology is used for ease of description. For example, a user may stand or sit in front of the console 102 and slat wall assembly 100. However, embodiments are not limited to this arrangement. Similarly, the terms "horizontal" and "vertical" do not imply absolutely horizontal or plumb, but are instead used generally. For example, a "vertical" element is not necessarily perfectly vertical, but may be angled and/or may be curved or bent, but still extending in a generally vertical direction.

[0037] Figure 2 is a front perspective view of a slat rail assembly 200 according to some embodiments mounted on another example console 201 (which is only partially shown). The slat rail assembly 200 includes an elongate slat rail 202 having an upper slat 203a and a lower slat 203b on its front face 205. The slat assembly 200 also includes a first upright support member 204a and a second upright support member 204b spaced apart from the first support member 204a. More or fewer support members may be used in other embodiments. The slat rail 202 is mounted to the first and second upright support members 204a and 204b at the rear face 207 of the slat rail 202. The slat rail assembly 200 also includes a first connector 206a and a second connector 206b. The first and second connectors 206a and 206b connect the first and second upright support members 204a and 204b, respectively, to the console 201. More specifically, the first and second connectors 206a and 206b are secured to an upper panel 210 of the console, and may also be secured to a frame (not shown) of the console. The example upper panel 210 of the console 201 is approximately level with a work surface panel 212, although that is not required. In some embodiments, the connectors 206a and 206b may attach to the work surface panel itself. The first and second upright support members 204a and 204b are fixed to the first and second connectors 206a and 206b respectively.

[0038] The slat rail assembly 200 also includes optional cable management enclosure 208 under the slat rail, which may assist with cable management, as will be discussed in more detail below.

[0039] The slat wall assembly 100 in Figure 1 includes upright support members and connectors similar to those in Figure 2, although they are not visible in Figure 1.

[0040] Figure 3 is an exploded front perspective view of a slat wall assembly 300 according to some embodiments. The slat wall assembly 300 comprises first and second elongate slat wall panels 302a and 302b, which both have the same structure in this embodiment (although slat wall panels having the same structure is optional). The slat wall assembly 300 also includes first and second upright support members 304a and 304b and, for each support 304a and 304b, a respective connector 306a and 306b for connecting the slat wall assembly to a console or other structure (e.g. shelves, walls, counter).

[0041] The first slat wall panel 302a has a front face 308a and a rear face 310a, and includes a plurality of horizontal, spaced apart slats 312a on the front face 308a. The second slat wall panel 302b has the same structure with front face 308b and rear face 310b, and a plurality of horizontal, spaced apart slats 312b on the front face 308b. The particular size and shape of the slats 312a and 312b, and the recessed spaces between them may vary. Embodiments are not limited to any particular configuration of the slats on the slat wall panels 302a and 302b. The slats 312a and 312b in this example are ridges with a T-shaped cross-sectional profile, although other slat configurations for mounting equipment thereto may be used.

[0042] Each slat wall panel 302a and 302b is securely attached, at its rear face 310a or 310b, to the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b. The first and second connectors 306a and 306b attach to the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b respectively and are mountable to a console (such as the console 100 or 200 in Figures 1 and 2).

[0043] The slat wall assembly 300 in this example includes an optional housing 314 that includes rear panels 316a and 316b, a first side cover 318a, a second side cover 318b (not shown in Figure 3, but shown in Figure 7) opposite to the first side cover 318a, a top cover 320 and a front cover 322 in this example. The side covers 318a and 318b and the top cover 320 are in the form of a strip extrusion (e.g. plastic extrusion) in this example. A corner casting 323a attaches the upper end 319 of the first side cover 318a to the corresponding end 321 of the top cover 320. The second side cover 318b is similarly attached to the opposite end of the top cover 320. The first side cover 318a attaches to the first upright support member 304a by brackets 322a and 322b and fastening hardware (e.g. screws). The top cover 320 attaches to top ends 324a and 324b of the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b via brackets 326a and 326b and fastening hardware (e.g. screws).

[0044] The rear panels 316a and 316b may attach to an upper surface of the console (not shown) by hinges 328a to 328d. The rear panels 316a and 316b include upward extending snap clips 330a and 330b that releasably engage an elongated port 331 in an underside 332 of the top cover 320. The rear panels 316a and 316b also include upper gripping strips 334a and 334b. It will be appreciated that the housing may have a variety of different configurations, and embodiments are not limited to the particular structural details and arrangement of the example housing 314 shown in Figure 3.

[0045] An optional wire tray 336 for cable management is mounted within the housing 314 in this embodiment. The tray 336 is attached to the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b by brackets 338a and 338b respectively. Other cable management features or other equipment (e.g. power outlets or network ports) may also be included within the housing 314 of the slat wall assembly 300.

[0046] Figure 4 is an enlarged partial front perspective view of the first slat wall panel 302a. As mentioned above, the second slat wall panel 302b (Figure 3) has the same structure. The slat wall panels 302a and 302b in this example are metal extrusions (e.g. aluminum extrusions), although embodiments are not limited to extrusions or to metal. The profile of the slat wall panel 302a is more clearly visible in Figure 4. The spaced apart slats 312a are shown on the front face 308a. As also shown, the slat wall panel 302 also includes a plurality of elongated slot-type ports along its length. More specifically, a top port 352a is defined and extend along the top 354a of the slat wall panel 302a; a bottom port 356a is defined and extend along the bottom 357a of the slat wall panel 302a; and two spaced apart rear ports 358a and 359a are defined and extend along the rear face 310a.

[0047] These ports 352a, 356a, 358a and 359a are shaped to receive various fastening hardware. For example, nuts or bolt heads may be received in the ports 352a, 356a, 358a or 359a. As a more specific example, the rear ports 358a and 359a each receive two attachment strips 362 (of the type shown in Figure 5) for securing the first slat wall panel 302a to the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b shown in Figure 3. The attachment strip 362 in Figure 5 is sized to be received in a widened slot 365a portion of the rear ports 358a and 359a. The attachment strip 362 defines two holes 363a and 363b. A self-clinching nut 364a or 364b is provided at each hole 363a and 363b. The nuts 364a and 364b may be adhered to or integral with the strip 362. Thus, bolts extending through the into the holes 363a and 363b will engage the self-clinching nuts 364a or 364b.

[0048] The various ports shown in the drawings and described herein may be configured or modified to perform various functions. For example, the top port 352a includes a first widened slop 361a and a second widened slot 361b, which is positioned farther inward from the top 354a of the slat wall panel 302a. The bottom port 356a mirrors the top port 352a. The first widened slot 361a may receive an attachment strip, for example. The second widened slot 361b in this example is sized to optionally receive an LED strip to provide edge lighting. The rear ports 358a and 358b also each define second widened slots 365b that may similarly receive an LED strip, for example. Thus, the ports 352a, 356a, 358a and 358b are not limited to receiving fastening hardware.

[0049] Similar attachment strips and other fastening hardware (e.g. bolts) may be received in ports of other extrusions described and shown herein for the purpose of securing various elements together. The elongated ports and attachment strips shown and described herein may facilitate customizing the configuration of the slat wall and slat rail assemblies described herein because the strips may be placed at various positions along the length at the ports. Furthermore, the length of the strips and the number of holes/nuts may be configured as desired. However, it is to be understood that embodiments are not limited to such attachment strips and ports as means for connecting the various elements of the assemblies described herein. Any suitable method to secure various assembly elements together may be used.

[0050] With reference again to Figure 4, the slats 312a are equally spaced apart (although other embodiments may use non-uniform spacing). The slats 312a include a top slat 366 and a bottom slat 367. The second slat panel 302b (Figure 3) has the same structure, as mentioned above. The top slat 366 and bottom slat 367 of the panels 302a and 302b are positioned such that, when stacked, the space between the adjacent bottom slat 367 of the first panel 302a and the top slat 366 of the second panel 302b is the same as the space between any other adjacent pair of slats. For example, if each pair of adjacent slats 312a in Figure 4 are a distance "d" apart, then the top slat may be a distance 1/2 d from the top 354a of the panel 302a and the bottom slat 367 may likewise be a distance 1/2 d from the bottom 357a of the panel 302a. Other arrangements to provide a similar result may also be used. By maintaining an equal spacing between slats, including adjacent slats of stacked slat wall panels, a mounting bracket that engages two spaced apart slats may span across the intersection between two of the stacked slat wall panels.

[0051] Figure 6 is a front perspective view of the first upright support member 304a, the first connector 306a and the bracket 326a from Figure 3. The second upright support member 304b and the second connector 306b (shown in Figure 3) have the same structure as the first upright support member 304a and the first connector 306a. Embodiments are not limited to the example connectors 306a and 306b, and other types of connections and connecting hardware may be used to mount the slat wall and slat rail assemblies described herein.

[0052] The upright support member 304a is in the form of a post or beam in this embodiment. The example upright support member 304a is an extrusion (e.g. aluminum), but embodiments are not limited to extrusions or to any particular material. The upright support member 304a defines two spaced apart, front facing elongated ports 368a and 368b as well as a first side port 370 and an opposite second side port (not visible in Figure 6). The ports 368a and 368b and 370 are for receiving fastening hardware, such as attachment strips 390a and 390b. Other strips (such as strips 890a, 890b, 891a or 891b in Figure 21) may also be used in ports 368a,368b or 370.

[0053] The connector 306a in this embodiment includes a collar portion 372 that comprises a collar 374 and a lower plate 382. The collar 374 extends at least partially about the periphery of the collar portion 372. As shown in Figure 6, the collar 374 in this example extends around sides 378a and 378b and rear 379 of the collar portion 372. The collar portion 372 defines a generally vertical passage 376 therethrough to receive the upright support member 304a. In some embodiments, the passage 376 may not extend completely through the collar portion 372. The upright support member 304a is securable to the connector (when received in the passage 376) and extends upward from the collar portion 372 as shown. As will be explained in more detail below, the collar portion 372 may engage an upper panel (e.g. work surface panel) of a console or other structure.

[0054] The collar 374 of the collar portion 372 comprises a wall 380 with an upper, outwardly extending lip 381. The lip 381 is in the form of a horizontally extending flange in this example. The lower plate 382 is positioned adjacent to and below the wall 380 and extends horizontally and outwardly beyond the wall 380. The lower plate 382 is generally parallel to the upper lip 381 in this example. The wall 380, thus extends between the upper lip 381 and the plate 382 in this example. The plate 382, the upper lip 381 and the wall 380 therebetween define a channel 375.

[0055] The channel 375 may receive and hold an edge portion of an upper or top panel (such as a work surface panel) of a console. The plate 382 defines holes 373 for receiving screws 377 or other fastening hardware to attach the plate 382 to the underside of such a panel. See, for example, Figure 17 showing the collar portion 374 secured to an upper panel 504 of an example console.

[0056] The connector 306a in Figure 6 further includes a front plate 384 and a back plate 386. The front and back plates 384 and 386 extend downward below the collar portion 372 in this example. The front plate 384 is secured to a front face 383 of the upright support member 304a, and the back plate 386 is secured to the rear face 385 of the upright support member 304a. More specifically, attachment strips 390a and 390b are received in the front facing ports 368a and 368b respectively. The attachment strips 390a and 390b include holes/self-clinching nuts (not shown) that align with and engage bolts 387 extending through the front plate 384. Additional bolts 388 extend through the front plate 384, the upright support member 304a and the back plate 386, where they are secured by nuts 389 (see in Figure 16).

[0057] As shown, the collar 374 extends a distance forward from the front plate 384.

[0058] The front and rear plates 384 and 386 may engage and be secured to a console frame (see Figures 13 to 16, for example). In other embodiments, one of the front and lower plates 384 and 386 may be omitted.

[0059] The connector 306a may be formed in any suitable manner. In this example, the front and back plates 384 and 386 and the wall 380 and upper lip 381 of the collar 374 are a unitary structure formed by a moulding process. The plate 382 is then attached by screws or other means (e.g. welding, adhesive, etc.). However, in other embodiments, the entire connector 306 may be a unitary body, or alternatively the front and back plates 384 and 386 and the wall 380 and upper lip 381 may be an assembly of separately formed parts. The various parts may be connected in any suitable manner. The connector 306a may be metal or any other suitable material for supporting the weight of the slat wall assembly 300 (Figure 3) and equipment that may be mounted thereto.

[0060] The connector 306a is shown by way of example, and embodiments are not limited to the particular structure of the connector 306a. Similarly, embodiments are not limited to the particular upright support member 304a shown. For example, in other embodiments, a slat wall (comprising one or more slat wall panels) may be mounted to a post or pillar without elongated ports. The connector may be a simple plate or bracket (e.g. L-shaped bracket) that connects the post to a panel or frame of a console.

[0061] Figure 7 is a front view of the slat wall assembly 300 of Figure 3, as assembled. As shown, the first slat wall panel 302a and stacked on top of the second slat wall panel 302b. Other embodiments may include three or more stacked slat wall panels. Thus, the height of the slat wall assembly and number of slats may be customized by selecting the number of slat wall panels.

[0062] The front cover 322 sits under the second slat wall panel, although the position of the front cover 322 may vary. For example, the front cover may sit between the first and second slat wall panels 302a and 302b. Alternatively, the front cover 322 may be omitted and/or replaced by a third slat wall panel. Various configurations are possible.

[0063] The front cover 322 includes an opening 340 through which cables of various equipment (e.g. displays) may pass. The opening 340 may be a brush grommet, for example. Additional openings may also be included in other embodiments.

[0064] Figure 7 also shows the first and second side covers 318a and 318b and top cover 320, which are connected by corner castings 323a and 323b. In other embodiments, the side and top covers may be a unitary element (e.g. a single extrusion strip). First and second connectors 306a and 306b are also shown.

[0065] The slat wall assembly 300 may further include power outlets or network communication ports in various positions of the housing 314 (e.g. in the front cover 322) to provide power and/or data access to equipment mounted on the assembly.

[0066] Figure 8 is a right-side view of the slat wall assembly 300, with the second side cover 318b (Figure 7) removed so that the first and second slat wall panels 302a and 302b and the second upright support member 304b are visible. Bolts 392 extend through the second upright support member 304b and attach to corresponding attachment strips 362 to secure the first slat wall panel 302a. The second slat wall panel 302b is similarly secured by bolts 393. Another bolt 394 attaches to nut 395 in bottom port 356b of the second slat wall panel 302b to secure the front cover 322 to the second slat wall panel 302b.

[0067] Figure 9 is a front perspective view of the slat wall assembly 300, including the brush grommet 340 in the front cover 322. Example cables 341 are partially shown extending through the brush grommet 340.

[0068] Figure 10 is a front perspective view of a slat wall assembly 450 according to another embodiment. The slat wall assembly 450 is taller (including more slats) than the slat wall assembly 300 of Figures 3, 7 and 8, and has a shorter front cover 454. The front cover 454 includes openings 456. Otherwise, the slat wall assembly 450 of Figure 9 is similar to the slat wall assembly 300 of Figures 3, 7 and 8.

[0069] Figure 11 is a is a rear perspective view of the slat wall assembly 300 of Figures 3, 7 and 8, showing the rear panels 316a and 316b in an opened position, providing access to the interior 346 of the slat wall assembly. Example displays 348a and 348b and shown mounted to the slat wall assembly 300.

[0070] Figure 12 is another front perspective view of the slat wall assembly 300 of Figure 9, showing the displays 348a and 348b mounted by brackets 350a and 350b respectively. The brackets 350a and 350b engage the slats 312b of the second slat panel 302b in this example. Of course, the position (lateral or vertical) of one or both brackets 350a and 350b may be adjusted.

[0071] Figures 13 and 14 are front and rear perspective views, respectively, of the slat wall assembly 300 of Figure 3 mounted on an example console frame module 400. The housing 314 (Figures 3, 7 and 8) of the assembly 300 has been removed so that the first and second upright support members 304a and 304b and the first and second connectors 306a and 306b are visible. As mentioned above, the housing 314 may be omitted in some embodiments.

[0072] One or more panels (e.g. work surface, front, side or rear panels), feet, support arms (not shown) etc. may be attached to the frame module 400 to form a console. See, for example, the example console 1950 shown in Figures 43 and 44.

[0073] Turning again to Figures 13 and 14, the slat wall assembly 300 is shown attached to an upper beam 402 of the frame module. The slat wall assembly 300 may also be mounted to a different beam (e.g. beam 404 shown in Figures 13 and 14) of the frame module 400. Furthermore, the example frame module 400 in Figure 13 is provided only by way of example, and the slat wall assembly 300 is not limited to use with this particular frame module 400. However, the slat wall assembly 300 may be attached to other different of frames, consoles, or other furniture.

[0074] Figure 15 is an enlarged partial front perspective view of the slat wall assembly 300 and the frame module 400 of Figures 13 and 14, showing the area generally within the area "I" identified in Figure 13. Figure 16 is an enlarged partial rear perspective view of the slat wall assembly 300 and the frame module 400 of Figures 13 and 14, showing the area generally within the area "J" identified in Figure 14.

[0075] The second upright support member 304b and the second connector 306b are shown in Figures 15 and 16. The front and rear plates 384 and 386 of the second connector 306b fit over the front 406 and rear 408 of the beam 402 of the frame module 400 (similar to a clamp). In this particular example, the beam 402 is an extrusion with a generally square or rectangular profile. The beam 402 defines elongated slot-like front and rear ports 410a and 410b that have front and rear attachment strips 412a and 412b received therein. Bolts 409a (Figure 15) and bolts 409b (Figure 16) extend through the front and rear plates 384 and 386, respectively, to engage the corresponding attachment strips 412a and 412b and secure the front and rear plates 384 and 386 to the beam 402. The second upright support member 304b sits over the beam 402 of the frame module 400. The front and back plates 384 and 386 together with the rectangular or square profile of the upper beam 402 of the frame module 400 may help prevent rotational or angular movement or misalignment of the second connector 306b and the second upright support member 304b.

[0076] The first upright support member 304a and the first connector 306a connect to the upper beam 402 of the frame module 400 in the same manner as the second upright support member 304b and the second connector 306b.

[0077] Figure 17 is an enlarged front partial perspective view of the second connector 306b and the second upright support member 304a of Figures 15 and 16 attached to an upper beam 502 of another example frame module 500. An upper panel 504 (similar to upper panel 210 in Figure 2) is mounted on the frame module 500. The upper panel 504 is received in the collar 374 of the second connector 306b, between the upper lip 381 and the lower plate 382 (shown in Figure 6). The lower plate 382 attaches to the underside (not visible) of the upper panel 504. Thus, the collar 374 and the lower plate 382 may provide additional structural support for a console including the frame module 500 and upper panel 504. The upper panel 504 is shown by way of example only. A recess 520 in front of the front plate 384 and between the sides of the collar 374 may be used as a cable passageway. For example, cables from equipment mounted to the slat wall assembly 300 may extend down through the recess 520 to an interior of the console frame module 500.

[0078] Figure 18 is front view of a slat wall assembly 600 according to another embodiment. The slat wall assembly 600 includes first, second and third slat wall panels 602a, 602b and 602c. The three slat wall panels 602a, 602b and 602c are stacked. Other than the height and number of slat wall panels, the slat wall assembly 600 of Figure 18 has the same basic structure as the slat wall assembly 300 of Figure 3. For example, the slat wall assembly also includes a housing 614, similar to the housing 314 of the slat wall assembly 300 of Figure 3, including front cover 322. Left and right side covers (not shown) of the housing are removed in Figure 18. The slat wall assembly 600 also includes first and second connectors 306a and 306b for connecting the assembly 600 to a console or other structure.

[0079] Figure 19 is a right-side view of the slat wall assembly 600 of Figure 18 (with side covers removed). One of the upright support members 604 is visible. The first, second and third slat wall panels 602a, 602b and 602c are mounted to the upright support members 604, which are structurally similar to the upright support members 304a and 304b in Figure 3, but taller.

[0080] Figure 20 is a front perspective view of an example console 701 with a slat wall assembly 700 according to another embodiment mounted thereon. The slat wall assembly 700 in this example is similar to the slat wall assembly 600 of Figures 18 and 19. However, the slat wall assembly 700 includes an upper slat wall section 702 (optionally comprised of two or more stacked slat wall panels) and a lower slat wall section 704 (optionally comprised of a single slat wall panel), with a front cover 722 therebetween. Other configurations as also possible, and embodiments are not limited to a particular slat wall arrangement shown in the drawings.

[0081] Figure 21 is an exploded front perspective view of an upright support member 804 and connector 806 according to another embodiment. The connector 806 may be used for mounting slat panel assembly, such as a slat wall assembly or a slat rail assembly to a console or other structure.

[0082] The upright support member 804 is an extrusion (e.g. aluminum) with essentially the same structure as the upright support member 304b in Figure 6. Specifically, the upright support structure 804 defines two spaced apart, front facing elongated ports 868a and 868b (in the form of slots or channels) as well as first and second side ports 870a and 870b.

[0083] The connector 806 in this embodiment includes a collar portion 872 that comprises a collar 874 and a lower plate 882. As shown in Figure 6, the collar 874 in this example is similar to the collar 374 in Figure 6, including upper lip 881 and wall 880 extending between the upper lip 881 and the lower plate 882 to form a channel 875 (best seen in Figure 22). However, the collar 874 in this embodiment extends completely around the periphery of the collar portion 872, in a rectangular loop shape. The lower plate 882 is secured to a bottom 850 of the wall 880 by screws (not shown) or other fastening means extending through an array of holes 851 in the lower plate 882 that are positioned to be spaced about the bottom 850 of the wall. The plate 882 includes additional holes 852 positioned for engaging the underside of a top panel (desktop) of a console or other similar structure.

[0084] The collar portion 872 defines a generally vertical passage 876 therethrough to receive the upright support member 804. The upright support member 804a is securable to the connector 806 (when received in the passage 876).

[0085] Rather than downward extending plates (e.g. plates 384 and 386 in Figure 6), the connector 800 includes a plate 884 that extends upward from the collar portion 872 and is positioned to engage the front face 883 of the upright support member 804. , Attachment strips 890a and 890b received in the front facing ports 868a and 868b of the upright support member 804. Bolts 877a to 877d are received through holes 878a to 878d respectively, and then engage the corresponding holes/self-cinching nuts 879a to 879d in attachment strips 890a and 890b. The bolts 877a to 877d and attachment strips 890a and 890b, thus, secure the upright support member 804 to the connector 806. The attachment strips 891a and 891b in figure 21 may be used to connect a cover (e.g. cover 1107a in Figure 32) to the upright support member 804.

[0086] The connector 806 defines another passage 895 therethrough (in front of the upward extending plate 884) through which cables, wires or other such equipment may pass. For example, cables connected to equipment mounted to a slat wall or slat rail may pass through the passage 895 into the interior of the console (or other furniture) to which the connector 806 is mounted. The lower plate 882 defines a hole 899 therethough aligned with passage 895.

[0087] One or more slat wall panels (such as panels 302a and 302b in Figure 3) or a slat rail may be mounted to the upright support member 804. In this embodiment, the attachment strips 890a and 890b include holes 892a to 892d that are specifically positioned for mounting to a slat rail (such as slat rail 1102 shown in Figure 25). Optionally, a spacer 896 may be positioned between the upright support member 804 and the slat rail. Holes 879a to 879d of a spacer 896 align with holes 892a to 892d, so that the fastening hardware (e.g. bolts) that secures the slat rail to the upright support member 804 also secures the spacer 896.

[0088] As will be appreciated, the attachment strips 890a and 890b may be swapped out with different strips (e.g. strips 390a and 390b from Figure 6) depending on the desired configuration and function of the upright support member 804.

[0089] In this example, a top end cap 897 is received into a top end 824 of the upright support member 804. The top end cap 897 is optional and may be omitted. For example, where the upright support member is used in conjunction with an assembly housing (e.g. slat wall housing 314 in Figure 3), the top cap may be replaced with a bracket for attaching a top cover (e.g. bracket 326a and top cover 320 in Figure 3)

[0090] Figure 22 is a front view of the connector 806 and upright support member 804. The spacer 896 is shown attached to the upright support member. The channel 875 extending around the periphery of the collar 874 is also visible. The channel has a width w that is sized to match the thickness of a top panel 801 (e.g. work surface panel), which is shown as transparent with stippled lines for illustrative purposes of a console. The wall 880 may extend through a hole 855 or other recess in the top panel (e.g. desktop) of a console such that the upper lip 881 sits on the upper surface of the top panel, and the lower plate engages the underside of the top panel. The lower plate may be secured to the underside of the top panel (e.g. by screws 860 or any other suitable securing means).

[0091] Slat wall assemblies may include two or more sections that are angled with respect to each other. For example, Figure 23 is a top perspective view of a slat wall assembly according to another embodiment mounted on an example work surface panel 950 for a console (not shown) having a back edge 952 with two angled corners 954 and 956 that are each 45 degrees, for a total of 90 degrees. The console with work surface panel 950 may, for example, fit in a corner of a room. The slat wall assembly 900 conforms to the back edge 952 of the work surface panel 901 and includes a first section 901a, a second section 901b angled 45 degrees to the first section 901a, and a third section 901c angled 45 degrees to the second section 901b. Each section 901a, 901b and 901c is similar in form and function to the slat wall assembly 300 shown in Figure 3, but joined at the angled corners 954 and 956.

[0092] Figure 24 is a bottom perspective view of the work surface panel 950 and the slat wall assembly 900. As shown, the slat wall assembly is mounted to the work surface panel 950 by connectors 806a to 806f, which each connect the work surface panel 950 to a respective upright support member (not shown). The connectors 806a to 806f are each similar in structure and function to the connector 806 shown in Figures 21 and 22. First and second connectors 806a and 806b attach the first slat wall assembly section 901a. Third and fourth connectors 806c and 806d attach the second slat wall assembly section 901b (shown in Figure 23). Fifth and sixth connectors 806e and 806f attach the third slat wall assembly section 901c (shown in Figure 23).

[0093] Figure 25 is a front view of a slat rail assembly 1100 according to some embodiments that may be mounted on a console or other structure. The slat rail assembly 1100 includes a slat rail 1102 and a cable management enclosure 1103 mounted below the slat rail 1102. The slat rail 1102 in this example is mounted on first and second upright support members 804a and 804b (each the same structure as upright support member 804 in Figures 21 and 22) that are in turn attached to connectors 806a and 806b (each the same structure as connector 806 in Figures 21 and 22). Optional upright support covers 1107a and 1107b are included covering the upright support members 804a and 804b. Thus, the upright support members 804a and 804b are shown through the covers 1107a and 1107b with stippled lines in Figure 25 to indicate that they would not be visible.

[0094] Optional first and second end caps 1108 and 1110 are received in opposite ends of the slat rail 1102. The slat rail 1102 has an upper slat 1112a and a lower slat 1112b spaced apart from the upper slat 1112a. In this embodiment, an aesthetic strip insert 1113 is included between the upper slat 1112a and the lower slat 1112b. The upper and lower slats 1112a and 1112b are shaped for mounting various equipment (e.g. displays, etc.). For example, a mount or bracket attached to such equipment may securely engage the slats 1112a and 1112b. The slats 1112a of the slat rail 1102 in Figure 25 may be spaced such that a mounting bracket suitable for mounting equipment to the slat wall panels 302a or 302b in Figure 3 (or other slat wall panels shown herein) may also be suited to engage the slat rail 1102.

[0095] The slat rail assembly in Figure 25 may use connectors 306a and 306b shown in Figure 3, rather than connectors 806a and 806b. In that case, the slat rail may be mounted to a console frame (similar to the beam 402 of the frame module 400 in Figures 15 and 16). Other embodiments may be mounted using still different methods. Embodiments are not limited to the particular methods of mounting the slat rail and slat wall assemblies shown in the drawings.

[0096] Figure 26 is an end view of the slat rail 1102 of the slat rail assembly 1100 of Figure 25. The end caps 1108 and 1110 and the insert 1113 (shown in Figure 25) are removed in Figure 26. The profile of the upper and lower slats 1112a and 1112b on the front face 1114 of the slat rail 1102 is shown. In this example, the slat rail 1102 is a metal extrusion (e.g. aluminum) although embodiments are not limited to extrusions or any particular material. For example, one or more slats may be formed separately and attached to a panel in a spaced apart manner.

[0097] The upper slat 1112a defines upper slat recess 1115a for receiving a mount or bracket (e.g. a bracket for mounting a display). Similarly, the lower slat 1112b defines lower slat recess 1115b. The upper and lower slats 1112a and 1112b also define smaller recesses 1116a and 1116b opposite to the slat recesses 1115a and 1115b. The slat rail 1102 defines an elongate top port 1118 along its top 1120 and an elongate bottom port 1122 along its bottom 1124. The bottom port 1112 receives fastening hardware to attach the cable management enclosure 1103 shown in Figure 25.

[0098] Figure 27 is a cross-sectional view of the slat rail 1102 of the slat rail assembly 1100 of Figure 25 taken along the line A-A in Figure 25, including the end cap 1110 and insert 1113. The insert 1113 may be laminate, metal, wood, or any other suitable material. The insert 1113 may be swappable and replaceable to customize the appearance of the slat rail 1102.

[0099] Figure 28 is a front view of the slat rail 1102 of Figures 25 to 27 with the insert 1113 and end caps 1108 and 1110 removed. With the insert 1113 removed, a first set of four holes 1126a to 1126d and a second set of four holes 1128a to 1128d are visible. The first set of holes 1126a to 1126d receive bolts (not shown) to secure the slat rail to the first upright support member 804a. The bolts extend through the spacer 896 and engage holes 892a to 892d of attachment strips 890a and 890b in Figures 21 and 22. Additional bolts (not shown) in the second set of holes 1128a to 1128d of the slat rail 1102 attach the slat rail 1102 to the second upright support member 804b in a similar manner.

[0100] Figure 29 is a front view of the slat rail of Figures 25 to 28 with an attachment strip 1130 attached to the top 1120 thereof. The attachment strip is for holding a panel (e.g. glass or plexiglass panel) above the slat rail 1102.

[0101] Figure 30 is a cross-sectional view of the slat rail 1102 taken along the line B-B in Figure 29. As shown in Figure 30, the attachment strip includes spaced apart wall-like extensions 1133a and 1133b. A lower portion 1132 of the strip 1130 extends into the top port 1122 of the slat rail 1102. An upper portion 1134 of the strip extends above the slat rail 1102. The extensions 1133a and 1133b may receive a panel therebetween (such as the plexiglass panels 1235 and 2006 shown in Figures 35 and 39). The panel may thereby be mounted on the slat rail 1102.

[0102] Figure 31 is a front perspective view of the example cable management enclosure 1103 of Figure 25. As shown, the cable management enclosure 1103 includes a front piece 1150 and a rear piece 1152 that assemble to form a generally rectangular enclosure. Upper snap clips 1154 of the rear piece 1152 are positioned to engage upper gripping strip 1156 of the front piece 1150. Similarly, lower snap clips 1158 of the rear piece 1152 are positioned to engage lower gripping strip 1160 of the front piece 1150. The upper snap clips 1154 are attached to brackets 1161 that extend down into the enclosure 1103 at upper openings 1162. The enclosure 1103 also has open ends 1163a and 1163b.

[0103] Attachment strip 1164 shown in Figure 31 is received in the bottom port 1122 (Figure 26) and receives bolts 1166 to secure the cable management enclosure 1103 to the slat rail 1102 (figure 26).

[0104] An example cable pathway will now be described with reference to Figures 21, 25, and 31. Cables (not shown) from equipment mounted on the slat rail 1102 (Figure 25) may enter the enclosure 1103 through the upper openings 1162 and exit the enclosure 1103 through the open ends 1163a and 1163b. From the open ends 1163a and 1163b, the cables may pass through an opening (not shown) in the corresponding covers 1107a and 1107b (Figure 25) of the upright supports 804a and 804b (Figure 25) and continue through the passages 895 (Figure 21) of the connectors 806a and 806b into the interior of a console to which the slat rail 1102 is mounted.

[0105] Figure 32 is an exploded front perspective view of the slat rail assembly 1100 of Figure 25 including: the first and second upright supports 804a and 804b; the first and second connectors 806a and 806b; the first and second upright support covers 1107a and 1107b; the strip insert 1113; and the cable management enclosure 1103. End caps 1108 (Figure 25) are removed in Figure 32.

[0106] Figure 33 is a partially exploded left side view of the slat rail assembly 1100 of Figure 25 including: the first upright support 804a; the first and second connectors 806a and 806b; the first and second upright support covers 1107a and 1107b; the strip insert 1113; and the cable management enclosure 1103. End caps 1108 (Figure 25) are removed in Figure 33.

[0107] Figure 34 is a front perspective view of the slat rail assembly 1100 of Figures 25 and 33, as assembled.

[0108] Figure 35 is a front perspective view of a slat rail 1200 according to yet another embodiment. The slat rail includes three sections 1201a, 1201b and 1201 c attached in series that are angled with respect to one another. A cable management enclosure 1203 that is similarly angled is attached below the slat rail 1200. An attachment strip 1230, similar to the attachment strip 1130 in Figure 29, is attached to the top 1220 of the slat rail 1200. This embodiment includes a vertically aligned edge-lit panel 1235 (e.g. plexiglass or another transparent or translucent material) mounted to the attachment strip 1230. The panel may be edge-lit by one or more LEDs or LED strips. In other embodiments, the panel may not be edge-lit. The edge-lit panel 1235 in this example is relatively short compared to the slat rail 1200, but in other embodiments, edge-lit panels may extend the entire length of the slat rail 1200 or more. End caps 1208a and 1208b of the slat rail 1200 are shown (with one end cap 1208a shown unattached)

[0109] Figure 36 is an enlarged partial view of the slat rail 1200, cable management enclosure 1203 and edge-lit panel 1235 of Figure 35. The end cap 1208a includes extensions 1240a to 1240d that are securely received into the end 1241 of the slat rail 1200. The end cap defines a channel 1242 between the extensions 1240a to 1240d. The channel 1242 functions as a pathway for cable 1238 of the edge-lit panel. The cord 1238 is a power / driving signal input for driving the lighting elements (not shown) of the edge-lit panel 1235. The cable 1238 may follow the path shown by the stippled line arrow marked 1244. Then, after exiting the end cap 1208a, the cable 1238 may continue into the cable management enclosure 1203 or elsewhere (e.g. behind an upright support member cover and into a console).

[0110] Figures 37 is a front perspective view of a cable management enclosure 1300 according to some embodiments. Figure 38 is an exploded view of the cable management enclosure 1300 of Figure 37. The cable management enclosure 1300 of Figures 37 and 38 includes first and second sections 1301a and 1301b attached in series that are angled with respect to one another. The structure of each section 1301a and 1301b is similar to the cable management enclosure 1103 of Figure 31. The cable management enclosure 1203 in figures 35 and 36 is similar, but with three sections rather than two.

[0111] Figure 39 is a perspective view of a slat wall assembly 2000 according to another embodiment. The slat wall assembly 2000 includes upper and lower slat wall panels 2002 and 2004, which are stacked. The slat wall 2000 also includes an upper cladding or strip 2004 along its top edge 2005, which extends along the full length of the slat wall assembly 2000. The strip may be an extrusion, such as a plastic extrusion. Additional strips (not shown) may continue over the sides 2007a and 2007b of the slat wall and may connect with the upper strip 2004. A clear or semi-transparent panel 2006 (e.g. glass, Plexiglas, plastic, etc.) is mounted on the strip 2004. The panel 2006 may be lit (e.g. edge-lit) and may be configured to provide information (e.g. by colors, patterns or other visual indications). A front cover 2008 is also shown. The cover 2008 includes openings 2010 and brush grommet 2011 that may be used for cable routing or ventilation, for example. The slat wall assembly 2000 is mounted on an upper console panel 2012 similar to panel 504 in Figure 17.

[0112] In some embodiments, a slat wall assembly may include a first set of one or more front slat panels and second set of one or more rear slat panels. In other words, in some embodiments, the slat wall assembly may have a back-to-back slat wall configuration. Such a configuration may be used in combination with a console having back-to-back front and rear work surface panels, for example.

[0113] Figure 40 is a perspective view of an example frame module 1800 for a console according to one embodiment. The various slat wall and slat rail assemblies described herein may be mounted to the frame module 1800 in some embodiments.

[0114] The frame module 1800 forms a generally rectangular prism or box shape, including an upper top frame section 1802, a lower frame section 1804, and opposing first and second leg frames 1806 and 1808. In this embodiment, the frame module 1800 also includes an intermediate frame section 1810 (although other embodiments may omit the intermediate frame section). The upper frame section 1802 and the lower frame section 1804 extend between and interconnect the first and second leg frame frames 1806 and 1808.

[0115] Figure 40 indicates a front 1850, back 1852, a first sides 1854 and a second side 1856 of the frame module 1800.

[0116] The intermediate frame section 1810 is positioned between the first and second leg frames 1806 and 1808 and provides additional support. The intermediate frame section 1810 in this example is in the form of a third leg section, similar to the first and second leg frames 1806 and 1808. The intermediate frame is selectively fixable to the upper frame section 1802 and/or the lower frame section 1804 such that the position of the intermediate frame is adjustable lengthwise along the upper and lower frame sections 1802 and 1804. In other words, the intermediate frame section 1810 is horizontally adjustable and may be secured at various positions along the upper and lower frame sections 1802 and 1804. For example, in this embodiment, the intermediate frame section 1810 can slide along the upper and lower sections 1802 and 1804 when not secured. Fastening hardware (e.g. screws, clamps, clips, bolts, etc.) may be used to secure the intermediate frame section 1810 to the upper frame section 1802 and/or the lower frame section 1804 in a desired position.

[0117] By allowing horizontal adjustment of the intermediate frame section, the load bearing ability of the frame module 1800 may be customized. For example, if particularly heavy equipment is to be used toward one side of a console including the frame module 1800, then the intermediate frame section 1810 may be moved toward that side to provide additional structural support. Additionally, the adjustability of the intermediate frame section 1810 may allow for customization of storage spaces and equipment arrangement in a console including the frame module 1800.

[0118] In some embodiments, the frame module 1800 may further include one or more additional intermediate frame sections (not shown). The additional intermediate frame section(s) may be fixed in various positions between the first and second leg frames 1806 and 1808. Each of the plurality of intermediate frame sections may be horizontally adjustable and selectively fixable in various positions.

[0119] In some embodiments, a console frame structure may include two or more frame modules that are interconnected. The two or more frame modules may comprise the frame module 1800 shown in Figure 40, for example. Alternatively, the console frame structure may include a single frame module.

[0120] The upper frame section includes first and second upper beams 1860 and 1862. By way of example, the connectors 306a and 306b in Figure 3 may connect to the first or second beam 1860 or 1862 to mount a slat wall assembly or a slat rail assembly.

[0121] Figure 41 is an enlarged partial view of the portion of the second upper beam 1862. The first upper beam 1860 has the same structure as the second upper beam 1862. As shown, the second upper beam 1862 has four elongate sides 1910, 1912, 1914 and 1916, each defining a respective port 1920 along the length thereof. The ports 1920 are in the form of elongate slots for attachment or mounting of various components and equipment. The ports 1920 have a profile shaped for receiving bolts, screws or other fastening hardware (as shown in more detail in Figure 4).

[0122] Optional hole 1921 extends lengthwise along the center axis of the second upper beam 1862. Additional optional holes 1927 extend lengthwise through the second upper beam 1862. The holes 1921 and 1927 may also reduce the material required and weight of the extrusion while still providing sufficient structural stability and support.

[0123] Figure 42 is a further enlarged partial view of the portion of the second upper beam 1862 within the circle marked "A" in Figure 41. The port 1920 in side 1912 of the second upper beam 1862 is visible. As shown, port 1920 defines an opening 1925 and stepped side walls 1923a and 1923b that provide multiple widths w1, w2 and w3 within the port 1920. The width w3 is wider than the opening 1925. The remaining ports 1920 shown in Figure 3 have a similar structure. The profile of the ports 1920 may allow bolt heads, nuts, attachment strips or other hardware to be received and held within the ports 1920. The shape, structure and arrangement of the ports 1920 is shown by way of example and embodiments are not limited to this particular implementation.

[0124] The ports 1920 are used for attaching various components and/or equipment to the frame module 1800, as well as attaching the first and second upper beams 1860 and 1862 to the first and second leg frames 1806 and 1808 and the intermediate frame section 1810 in Figure 40. Turning back to Figure 41, example attachment strips 1922 and 1924 are shown within the ports 1920 of the sides 214 and 216. The attachment strip 1922 includes multiple self-clinching nuts 1926 for receiving fastening hardware (such as bolts). For example, bolts may attach connectors (such as the connectors 306a and 306b in Figure 3) to the beam 1862 using attachment strip 1922 in the same or similar manner as described above. However, as also mentioned above, embodiments are not limited to the use of ports with attachment strips therein for attaching a slat wall assembly or slat rail assembly to a console frame.

[0125] Figure 43 is a side view of a console 1950 according to yet another embodiment having a "back-to-back" configuration. The console 1950 includes a frame module 1951 similar to the frame module 400 in Figures 13 to 16. The console 1950 also includes one or more front support arms 1956 and one or more rear support arms 1958 attached to the frame module 1951. The front support arms 1956 support a first work surface panel 1960 mounted thereon, and the rear support arms 1958 support a second work surface panel 1962 mounted thereon. The second work surface panel 1962 and the rear support arms 1958 essentially mirror the first work surface panel 1960 and the front support arms 1956 in this example, although embodiments are not so limited. Mirrored front feet 1966 and back feet 1968 are also provided. A back-to-back slat wall assembly 1970 (having forward and rear facing slat walls) is mounted centrally on the frame module 1951. The slat wall assembly has a front facing slat wall 1971 and cover 1972 under the slat wall 1971. The slat wall assembly also has a rear facing slat wall 1973 and cover 1974 under the rear facing slat wall 1973. The front and rear facing covers 1972 and 1974 may include openings or a brush grommet providing passage for cables, air circulation etc. Figure 44 is a perspective view of the console 1950 of Figure 43.

[0126] Elements of the embodiments described above may be combined. It is to be understood that embodiments are not limited to the particular combinations of features shown in the Figures. For example, various modifications to the frame module 100 shown in Figure 1 may be implemented in the various consoles and console frame structures shown and described. Similarly, the slat wall and slat rail features described herein may be combined with any of the frame modules, console frame structures or consoles, or may be omitted.

[0127] What has been described is merely illustrative of the application of the principles of the disclosure. Other arrangements and methods can be implemented by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.


Claims

1. An equipment mounting assembly comprising:

at least one slat panel, each said at least one slat panel having a respective front face and a respective rear face, and comprising a respective plurality of horizontal slats on the front face;

at least one upright support member, each said at least one slat panel being mounted to the at least one upright support member at the rear face of the slat panel;

for each upright support member, a respective connector for mounting the upright support member to a structure.


 
2. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein each said connector comprises:

a respective collar potion having a periphery and comprising a collar that defines a channel extends at least partially about the periphery,

the collar portion defining a generally vertical passage therein to receive the upright support member, the upright support member being securable to the connector and extending upward from the collar portion when received in the passage.


 
3. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 2, wherein, for each said connector, the collar of the collar of the collar portion comprises:

a respective wall having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and

a respective plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall, the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby forming a channel.


 
4. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 2 or 3, wherein the collar portion definiens a second generally vertical passage therethrough, and/or
wherein the plate of the collar portion defines one or more holes for receiving fastening hardware to secure the plate to a bottom face of a work surface panel.
 
5. The equipment mounting assembly of any one of claims 2 to 5, wherein the connector further comprises at least one plate extending downward from the collar portion for engaging a frame member of the structure; or
wherein the connector further comprises at least one plate extending upward from the collar portion that engages and is secured to the upright support.
 
6. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 5, wherein connector comprises the at least one plate extending downward, and at least one of said at least one plate extending downward further engages and is secured to the upright support.
 
7. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein the upright support defines at least one elongate port along a length of the upright support, the port being configured for receiving fastening hardware, and the equipment mounting assembly further comprises a one or more attachment strips, each said attachment strip received in a respective one of the at least port and comprising one or more holes and, for each hole, a self-clinching nut aligned with the hole.
 
8. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 1, wherein each at least one slat panel comprises a respective slat wall panel; or
wherein the at least one slat panel comprises a single slat panel in the form of a slat rail.
 
9. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 8, wherein the at least one slat wall panel comprises two or more slat wall panels that are stacked vertically.
 
10. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 14, wherein the slats of the at least one slat panel are equally spaced, and/or
wherein each slat panel defines one or more elongate ports along a length of the slat panel, the one or more ports being configured for receiving fastening hardware.
 
11. The equipment mounting assembly of any one of claims 8 to 10, further comprising a housing enclosure, the at least one slat panel positioned at a front of the housing enclosure, and optionally,
wherein the housing enclosure comprises a front cover, the front cover comprising at least one opening.
 
12. The equipment mounting assembly of claim 12, wherein the slat rail has a top and a bottom, the slat rail defining an elongated upper port in the top thereof for receiving a mounting strip for a vertically aligned panel, and optionally,
further comprising the panel, the panel being mounted to the connecting strip on the slat rail.
 
13. A connector device for a slat panel assembly comprising:

an upright support;

a bracket assembly, the upright support being mounted to the bracket assembly, and the bracket assembly comprising:

a collar potion having a periphery and defining a channel that extends at least partially about the periphery,

the collar portion defining a generally vertical passage therethrough to receive the post, the post being securable to the bracket assembly when received in the hole and extending upward from the collar portion.


 
14. The connector device of claim 21, wherein the collar portion comprises:

a wall extending at least partially around a periphery of the collar portion, and having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and

a plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall and is generally parallel to the upper lip, wherein the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby form the channel, and optionally,

wherein the collar portion comprises:

a wall extending at least partially around a periphery of the collar portion, and having an upper, outwardly extending lip; and

a plate below the wall that extends outwardly beyond the wall and is generally parallel to the upper lip, wherein the plate, the upper lip and the wall thereby form the channel.


 
15. An equipment mounting assembly comprising:

two or more slat wall panels, each said at least one slat panel having a respective front face and a respective rear face, and comprising a respective plurality of horizontal slats on the front face; and

at least one upright support member mountable to a structure, the two or more slat wall panels being mounted, in a stacked configuration, to the at least one upright support member at the rear faces of the slat panels.


 




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