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(11)EP 3 378 350 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 17162079.2

(22)Date of filing:  21.03.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A47B 9/20(2006.01)
A47B 21/06(2006.01)

(54)

TELESCOPIC COLUMN WITH INTERNAL CABLE

TELESKOPSÄULE MIT INTERNEM KABEL

COLONNE TÉLESCOPIQUE DOTÉE D'UN CÂBLE INTERNE


(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

(43)Date of publication of application:
26.09.2018 Bulletin 2018/39

(73)Proprietor: Rol Ergo AB
555 93 Jönköping (SE)

(72)Inventors:
  • Stanek, Carl
    555 93 Jönköping (SE)
  • Kamps, Bruce
    555 93 Jönköping (SE)

(74)Representative: AWA Sweden AB 
Östra Storgatan 7
553 21 Jönköping
553 21 Jönköping (SE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 301 382
DE-U1- 29 824 529
US-B1- 7 810 793
WO-A2-2011/063812
US-A1- 2006 042 175
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a telescopic column, and especially a telescopic column comprising telescopically arranged parts and means for guiding a cable extending through the column.

    Background



    [0002] Adjustable furniture, such as tables, desks, chairs and beds, are known to use telescopic columns for height adjustment or other lifting operations. The telescopic column comprises a drive mechanism, for instance comprising a threaded spindle and a corresponding nut member, providing the telescopic movement, and a drive unit for operating the drive mechanism. The drive unit may comprise an electric motor requiring electric power. The power to the motor is provided by a cable connected to the mains. The furniture hence need to be placed adjacent a power socket for connection of the cable. At many locations, loose hanging cable should be avoided. Instead the cable may enter the furniture at a foot portion at floor level and further extending through the telescopic column to reach the electric motor.

    [0003] At the foot portion, the cable need to be arranged in a fixed manner relative to the column at the exit point. Further, at the location of the electric motor the cable need to fix. In between, the arrangement of the cable need to allow extension and retraction of the column. Hence, there must be cable available when the column is extended from a retracted position. In the retracted position, the arrangement of cable leftover need to be considered.

    [0004] When the cable extends inside the telescopic column, the cable may be damaged by the drive mechanism if not arranged suitably.

    [0005] One solution is disclosed in document US7647659, in which a telescopic lifter comprises three tubes and has a pulley arranged to the middle tube on which the cable is suspended. However, such arrangement is rather complicated and provides several limitations to possible designs of the telescopic lifter. Another solution is disclosed in document WO2011/063812.

    [0006] Consequently, a safe arrangement of an electric cable inside a telescopic column is needed, which is reliable and still allows flexibility of the column design.

    Summary



    [0007] It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved telescopic column. Furthermore, it is an object to provide a telescopic column being reliable and providing flexibility of the column design.

    [0008] The invention is defined by the appended independent claims, with embodiments being set forth in the appended dependent claims, in the following description and in the drawings.

    [0009] In a first aspect of the invention, a telescopic column is provided comprising a lower part having a first end constituting a first end of the telescopic column, an upper part telescopically moveable relative to the lower part and having a first end constituting a second end of the telescopic column opposite said first end of the telescopic column, a drive mechanism configured to provide telescopic movement between the lower part and the upper part, a cable extending inside the telescopic column, and a cable guiding means connected to a tensioning device arranged at the second end of the telescopic column. The tensioning device is configured to control the position of the guiding means in the telescopic column based on the telescopic extension of the column, and the cable extends through the column via the cable guiding means.

    [0010] By means of such telescopic column, the cable that need to be provided to the second end of the column may be kept out of a user's sight. Further, tangled and unsightly cable may be eliminated, as well as trip hazards. The cable extending inside the column may further provide a clean look at the environment of the column, for instance around a furniture in which the column is provided.

    [0011] The telescopic column is used in adjustable furniture, such as a height-adjustable table, an adjustable bed or an adjustable chair. The lower part and the upper part may be tubes, for instance with a rectangular, square or circular cross-section. The lower part and the upper part may be telescopically moveable relative to each other, meaning that they may be arranged coaxially and having cross-sectional sizes that enables telescopic movement. The lower part may have a larger cross-sectional size to receive the upper part having a smaller cross-sectional size. Alternatively, the upper part may have a larger cross-sectional size than the lower part.

    [0012] The telescopic column may further in one embodiment comprise a middle part, for instance a middle tube, also telescopically moveable relative to both the lower and the upper part. One advantage of the present invention is that the telescopic column is not limited to a certain shape of the lower and upper part, or to a certain number of telescopic parts. The telescopic column may provide the same technical advantages, and provide the same functionality, irrespective if it comprises two or three telescopic parts or tubes.

    [0013] The cable guiding means is connected or coupled to the tensioning device arranged at the second end of the column. At the second end of the column a housing may be provided to house the tensioning device. Such housing also comprises a drive unit configured to drive the drive mechanism. Such second end may be an upper end in a standing telescopic column. At the second end the tensioning device may be arranged to be connected to the guiding means and to control the position and movement of the guiding means. The guiding means is connected to or suspended from the second end of the telescopic column. The control of the guiding means is made based on the telescopic movement of the lower and upper parts, in order to control the cable's extension through the column. When the column is retracted or expanded, the position of the guiding means inside the upper part is changed. One object of the invention may be that the cable's extension during expansion and retraction of the column is only modified inside the telescopic parts of the column. Hence, the cable may be fixed at its entering and exit points on the column. Since the cable extend via the guiding means, the guiding means' position may be controlled in order to control the cable's extension and enable an expansion of the column. This further provides that the cable may be kept in a stretched state throughout its extension through the column, both in expanded and retracted position of the column and during any movement there between. Any interference of the cable with the drive mechanism may thereby be avoided and unintentional damage to the cable may be prevented.

    [0014] The cable guiding means is a cable guide configured to guide the cable extending via said guide. The guiding may be provided such that a low friction movement of the cable via the guiding means may be provided.

    [0015] The cable may inside the column be flexible enough to be guiding via the guiding means, i.e. to be turned 180 degrees in the limited space inside the column. A cable having a diameter of 5-6 mm comprising a flexible cover may for instance be used. Alternatively, a flat cable may be used, further providing less space needed for the cable's extension inside the column. The cable may be an electric cable to provide electric power to e.g. a drive unit. It may alternatively be a network cable (such as CAT6) or other communication cable, such as a HDMI cable, USB cable, fiber optic cable or the like.

    [0016] The drive mechanism may be configured to be driven by a drive unit comprising an electric motor. Alternatively, the drive unit may comprise a crank to be used to drive the drive mechanism. Yet alternatively, the drive mechanism may be part of a spring arrangement in which a gas spring provides drive of the drive mechanism.

    [0017] In one embodiment, the cable guiding means may comprise a pulley. A pulley may be used for guiding the cable inside the column. When the column is retracted or expanded, the pulley may be moved inside the upper part. The cable extending around the wheel of the pulley may then move relative to the pulley. The wheel of the pulley may thereby rotate to facilitate the movement of the cable.

    [0018] In one embodiment, the guiding means may be configured to be moved up or down inside the upper part by means of the tensioning device when the telescopic column is retracted or expanded. The tensioning device may be configured to control the movement of the guiding means. The controlling may be made based on the retraction and expansion of the column. The connection between the controlling and the movement of the column may be mechanical, i.e. that the movement of the column mechanically affects the tensioning device's control of the guiding means position. Alternatively, the connection may be electrical, such that the movement of the column is detected and may electrically be provided as input to the tensioning device to control the position of the guiding means.

    [0019] In another embodiment, the cable guiding means may be suspended in a wire to the tensioning device. The guiding means may be suspended in a wire from the tensioning device. The wire may be retracted or expanded by the tensioning device to move the guiding means up or down. An expansion of the column provides a movement of the guiding means away from the second end of the column, requiring an expansion of the wire. A retraction of the column provides a movement of the guiding means towards the second end of the column, requiring a retraction of the wire. The tensioning device may comprise a wire roll which may be rotated to expand or retract the wire.

    [0020] In one embodiment, the tensioning device may be configured to provide a force on the guiding means directed towards the second end of the telescopic column. The tensioning device may comprise means for providing a force on the guiding means towards the second end of the column. The tensioning device may be a passive device providing said force continuously. The force may be predetermined to provide the desired movement of the guiding means towards the second end when the column is retracted. When the column is expanded, a force acting on the guiding means via the cable due to the expansion may exceed the force of the tensioning device, such that the guiding means may be moved away from the second end of the column. In one embodiment wherein the guiding means is suspended by a wire from the tensioning device, the tensioning device may be configured to provide a force by the wire roll to retract the wire, which force may be exceeded by an oppositely directed force via the cable when the column is expanded. Alternative solutions to provide a force on the guiding means may be possible, for instance by using a counterweight, by using electrical means, such as an electric motor, or by using an elastic means, such as an elastic band or string, in which the guiding means may be suspended.

    [0021] In another embodiment, the tensioning device may comprise a spring. The spring in the tensioning device may be provided to control the movement of the guiding means. The guiding means may be connected to the spring, for instance via a wire or another mechanical link. The spring may provide a force acting on the guiding means and directed towards the tensioning device. The spring force level may be predetermined such that guiding means is pulled, by said force, towards the tensioning device when the column is retracted. The spring force level may further be predetermined such that the spring force acting on the guiding means is exceeded by an opposite force acting on the guiding means via the cable when the column is expanded. In an embodiment wherein the guiding means is suspended from the tensioning device by a wire, the spring may act on a wire roll providing the force on the guiding means via the wire. When the column is retracted, the spring may force the wire roll to roll up the wire using the spring force. When the column is expanded, the opposite force on the guiding means may provide the wire to be rolled out when said opposite force exceeds the spring force acting on the wire roll. In one embodiment, the spring may be a clock spring. A clock spring may provide a constant force during expansion and retraction, and may also have a high turning rate which enables a large amount of travel length for the wire and guiding means.

    [0022] In a further embodiment, the cable may extend from said first end of the column to the guiding means and further to a second end of the upper part, said second end facing the lower part. The guiding means may be located inside the upper part. The upper part may have a first end which may be a second end of the column opposite the first end of the column. The cable may be configured to enter into the column at the first end of the column, and extend through the lower part in direction towards the second end of the column. A second end of the upper part may be the end opposite of the first end, said second end facing the lower part. When reaching the guiding means inside the upper part, the cable may extend further back towards the second end of the upper part, which may be in direction towards the first end of the column. By extending via the guiding means in such way, the cable may, when the guiding means is moved, always be kept in a stretched state. Any interference with the drive mechanism may thereby be avoided.

    [0023] In one embodiment, the cable may be axially fixed at one end relative to the second end of the telescopic column and at another end relative to first end of the telescopic column. The cable may enter the telescopic column at the first end of the column. The cable may further exit the column at the second end of the column. At these locations the cable may be fixed relative to column. Inside the column, the cable may be moveable relative to the parts of the column in order to enable retraction and expansion of the column in a safe manner.

    [0024] In one embodiment, the telescopic column further comprises a sheath through which the guiding means is moveable. The guiding means may be moveable in the upper part. In the upper part, a sheath may be arranged in which the guiding means is located. The sheath may extend along the upper part's extension. The sheath may be slightly shorter than the upper part. The guiding means may be moveably arranged inside the sheath. The sheath may be formed as a tube having open ends. The sheath may have a rectangular cross-section, but other shapes may as well be possible. The guiding means and the cable extending inside the sheath may be protected from being damaged or otherwise interfere with the drive mechanism. In an embodiment wherein the guiding means is suspended by a wire from the tensioning device, the wire may extend from the drive housing into the sheath through an end opening of the sheath and further to the guiding means. The sheath may be fastened at the second end of the column, for instance by being fastened to the upper part, or to a drive housing arranged at the second end of the column. The sheath may for instance be fastened by means of screws or snap fasteners.

    [0025] In a further embodiment, the drive mechanism comprises a spindle, and wherein the sheath may be separated from the spindle. The drive mechanism may comprise a rotatable spindle extending from a drive housing at the second end of the column, and through the upper part. The sheath extends in parallel to the spindle, but separated therefrom. I.e. the sheath does not enclose the spindle. Instead, the sheath encloses the guiding means and may thereby protect the guiding means and the cable arranged on the guiding means from being damaged by the rotating spindle.

    [0026] In a yet further embodiment, the sheath may comprise an insulated tube. The insulated sheath may be made from a plastic material or the like.

    [0027] In another embodiment, the cable may extend from the first end of the telescopic column into the sheath to the guiding means, further through the sheath towards a second end of the upper part, which second end facing the lower part, and out of the sheath to further extend towards the second end of the telescopic column. The cable may be arranged to extend into the sheath to the guiding means, at which the cable may be arranged to make a U-turn and further extend back in direction towards the foot portion. At the end of the sheath being located adjacent the second end of the upper part, the cable may exit the sheath in its extension towards the second end of the column. From said exit point, the cable may extend outside the sheath further straight to the second end of the column. From the exit point to the second end of the column, the cable may always be fixed, i.e. that portion of the cable may not move when the column is retracted or expanded. In one embodiment, the cable may thereby be attached to the end of the sheath or to the second end of the upper part, and to the second end of the column, in order to be keep that portion of the cable in a stretched manner. The cable may also be fixed relative to the column and the upper part at the second end of the column. Damage to the cable by the spindle may thereby be prevented. Alternatively, an additional sheath or protective cover may be provided for said portion of the cable extending from the exit point to the second end of the column.

    [0028] According to a second aspect of the invention, an adjustable furniture is provided, comprising a telescopic column according to the above. The furniture may further comprise a power unit and/or control unit configured to control the drive mechanism in the telescopic column. The furniture may further comprise a plurality of telescopic columns.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0029] The invention will in the following be described in more detail with reference to the enclosed drawings, wherein:

    Figs. 1a, 1b and 1c are perspective views of a telescopic column according to embodiments of the invention;

    Figs. 2a, 2b, 2c and 2d are perspective view of a telescopic column according to embodiments of the invention;

    Figs. 3a and 3b are cross-sectional views of a telescopic column according to embodiments of the invention;

    Fig. 4 is a cross-sectional view of a telescopic column according to an embodiment of the invention;

    Figs. 5a and 5b are cross-sectional views of a telescopic column according to embodiments of the invention;

    Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a telescopic column according to an embodiment of the invention;

    Figs. 7a and 7b are perspective views of a telescopic column according to embodiments of the invention; and

    Fig. 8 is a perspective view of an adjustable furniture according to an embodiment of the invention.


    Description of Embodiments



    [0030] The present invention will be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which preferred embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. In the drawings, like numbers refer to like elements.

    [0031] Figures 1a and 1b illustrate a telescopic column 1 according to an embodiment of the invention. The column 1 comprises a lower tube 10 and an upper tube 20 telescopically moveable relative to each other. At a first end 4 of the column 1 is a foot 3 arranged. At a second end 5 of the column 1 there is a drive housing 40. Through the column 1, a cable 30 extends. The cable 30 has a first end 37 entering the column 1 at the first end 4. At the first end 4 the cable 30 is fixed relative to the lower tube 10. The cable 30 exits the column 1 at the second end 5 through the drive housing 40 to a second end 36. The second end 36 of the cable is fixed relative to the second end 5 as it exits the column 1.

    [0032] Fig. 1c further illustrate an embodiment of the telescopic column 1 comprising three tubes. Between the lower tube 10 and the upper tube 20 is a middle tube 90 arranged. The cable 30 extends through all three tubes 10, 90, 20 on its way from the first end 4 towards the second end 5 of the column 1.

    [0033] Figs. 2a and 2b further illustrate the column 1 in retracted and expanded state, wherein the tubes 10, 20 have been remove to view the parts inside. Inside the column 1 there is arranged a drive mechanism 2 attached to a drive unit 7 in the drive housing 40. The drive mechanism 2 comprises a nut member 9 and a spindle 8, rotatable by means of the drive unit 7.

    [0034] Inside the lower tube 10, the cable 30 extends from an attachment point 13 at the first end 4 of the column 1, towards the second end 5 of the column 1. When the column 1 is in its retracted state, a majority of the upper tube 20 is positioned inside the lower tube 10. The cable 30 thereby extends also inside the upper tube 10 towards the second end 5. Inside the upper tube 20, a cable guiding means is arranged. The cable guiding means is in the illustrated embodiment provided as a pulley 50 suspended in a wire 54. The wire is attached to a tensioning device 52 arranged at the second end 5. As seen in e.g. figure 2a, the tensioning device 52 is arranged in the drive housing 40. The interior of the column 1, having two or three tubes, is further illustrated in cross-sectional views in figures 3-5. The cable 30 is arranged on the pulley 50 to be suspended thereon such that the cable 30 makes a U-turn around the pulley 50. The cable 30 extends further back towards the first end 4 until it reaches a bottom end 22 of the upper tube 20. At the bottom end 22 the cable has a turning point 34 at which it turns to extend further again towards the second end 5. When the cable 30 reaches the second end 5 it exits the upper tube 20 at a top end 21 of the upper tube 20. The cable 30 further extends into the drive housing 40. In the illustrated embodiments the cable 30 then proceeds out of the drive housing 40 to a second end 36. The second end 36 may be configured to be connected to a power unit (not shown) for the furniture which the column 1 is a part of. From the turning point 34 to the second end 5 of the column 1 an upper portion 32 of the cable 30 is stretched and fixed relative to the upper tube 20 and the drive housing 40.

    [0035] The tensioning device 52 is arranged in the drive housing 40. The tensioning device 52 may alternatively be arranged outside the drive housing 40 at the second end 5. The wire 54 extends from the tensioning device 52 into the upper tube 20 to suspend the pulley 50. The length of the wire depends on the expansion of the column 1, i.e. the relative telescopic positions of the lower and upper tubes 10, 20, and in the three tube embodiment also the middle tube 90. In the most retracted position of the column 1, the pulley 50 is located close to the second end 5 of the column, i.e. at the upper end 21 of the upper tube 20. When the column 1 is in its most expanded position, the wire 54 is extended such that the pulley 50 is located closer to the second end 22 of the upper tube 20. The pulley 50 is pulled towards the second end 22 of the upper tube 20 by the cable 30 when the column 1 expands from a retracted position towards the most expanded position. In the illustrated embodiments, a wire protection 56 is provided at the point the wire 54 exits the drive housing 40 and enters the upper tube 20. The wire 54 extends through a hole and the wire protection 56 is configured to protect the wire 54 as it moves back and forth through the hole.

    [0036] The tensioning device 52 is spring-loaded to apply a force on the pulley, via the wire 54, in a direction A towards the tensioning device, i.e. towards the second end 5 of the column 1. The tensioning device 52 comprises a spring, preferably a clock spring, which applies the force pulling the pulley 50. When the column 1 expands, the cable 30 provides a force on the pulley 50 towards the first end 4 of the column, in direction B, that exceeds the force in direction A that the tensioning device 40 applies to the pulley 50. The wire 54 thereby extends such that the pulley 50 moves inside the upper tube 20 in direction B relative to the upper tube 20. When the column 1 retracts, the force of the spring-loaded tensioning device 52 retracts the wire 54 such that the pulley 50 moves inside the upper tube 20 in direction A. The cable 30 is thereby, along its extension from the first end 4 towards the second end 5 via the pulley 50, always in a stretched state, which prevents damage to the cable 30 due to interference with other parts of the column, such as the spindle 8 of the drive mechanism 2.

    [0037] Figs. 2c and 2d further illustrate the interior of three tube embodiment of the telescopic column 1. Besides the above described features of the two tube embodiment, the nut member 9 of the drive mechanism 2 in the three tube column comprises a first nut member 9a and a second nut member 9b. The first nut member 9a is configured to be attached to the middle tube 90, and provide the telescopic movement thereof. The second nut member 9b is configured to be attached to the lower tube 10, and provide the telescopic movement thereof. The second nut member 9b is attached to the foot 3 of the column 1. The two nut members 9a, 9b together with the spindle 8 are configured to provide the telescopic expansion and retraction of the column when the spindle 8 is rotated by the drive unit 7. The first nut member 9a may internally comprise a second spindle (not shown) configured to interact with the second nut member 9b.

    [0038] In one embodiment, as illustrated in figures 3-7, the column 1 further comprises a sheath 60 arranged inside the upper tube 20. The sheath 60 is separated from the drive mechanism 2. The sheath 60 is further provided as a tube with open ends 61, 62. The pulley 50 is arranged inside the sheath 60 and arranged to move inside the sheath 60 during expansion and retraction of the column 1. The cable 30 extending from the first end 4 towards the pulley 50 enters into the sheath 60 at the end 62 of the sheath being adjacent the second end 22 of the upper tube 20. After having extended via the pulley 50, the cable 30 exits the sheath 60 at the same end 62. After turning at the turning point 34, the cable 30 extends in its upper portion 32 to the second end 5 and the drive housing 40. By moving inside the sheath 60, the pulley 50, being suspended in the wire 54, is prevented from interfering with the drive mechanism 2 and especially the spindle 8. The wire 54 extends from the tensioning device 52 in the drive housing 40 into the sheath 60 at its end 61 in the upper tube 20.

    [0039] At the turning point 34, the cable 30 could be attached or fixed to the end 62 of the sheath 60 in order to have the upper portion 32 of the cable 30 fixedly stretched.

    [0040] The sheath 60 is fixed to the upper tube 20 or to the drive housing 40, or both.

    [0041] Figs. 4, 5b and 7b illustrate the three tube embodiment of the telescopic column 1 in cross section. Besides the above described for the two tube embodiment, the three tube embodiment of the column 1 comprises, as seen in figs. 4 and 5b, a bearing 92, such as a sliding bearing, at a lower end of the middle tube 90. The bearing 92 provides a stable positioning and movement of the middle tube 90 relative to the lower tube 10. At the fully retracted position of the column 1, as seen in fig. 4, the bearing 92 is located at the first end 4 of the column 1. The bearing 92 is provided with a bushing 94 for the cable 30. The cable 30 thereby extends through the bushing 94 on its way towards the second end 5 of the column 1.

    [0042] Figure 8 illustrates an adjustable furniture as a height-adjustable table 100 comprising a table top 80 and two telescopic columns 1, 1'. One of the telescopic columns 1 is provided with an internally extending cable 30 as presented above. The cable 30 extends from the telescopic column 1 to a control unit 70 which powers and controls the operation of the two columns 1, 1'.

    [0043] In the drawings and specification, there have been disclosed preferred embodiments and examples of the invention and, although specific terms are employed, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense only and not for the purpose of limitation, the scope of the invention being set forth in the following claims.


    Claims

    1. A telescopic column (1) for adjustable furniture comprising
    a lower part (10) having a first end constituting a first end (4) of the telescopic column,
    an upper part (20) telescopically moveable relative to the lower part and having a first end constituting a second end (5) of the telescopic column opposite said first end of the telescopic column,
    a drive mechanism (2) configured to provide telescopic movement between the lower part and the upper part, wherein the drive mechanism comprises a spindle (8),
    a cable (30) extending inside the telescopic column,
    characterized in that the telescopic column further comprises
    a cable guiding means (50) coupled to a tensioning device (52) arranged at the second end of the telescopic column,
    wherein the tensioning device is configured to control the position of the cable guiding means in the telescopic column such that the cable guiding means is configured to be moved up or down inside the upper part by means of the tensioning device when the telescopic column is retracted or expanded,
    wherein the telescopic column further comprises a sheath (60) through which the cable guiding means (50) is moveable and wherein the sheath (60) extends in parallel with the spindle (8) but is separated therefrom,
    wherein the cable enters the telescopic column (1) at the first end (4) of the column and extends through the column via the cable guiding means and inside the sheath (60) and exits the column at the second end (5) of the column.
     
    2. The telescopic column according to claim 1, wherein the cable guiding means comprises a pulley (50).
     
    3. The telescopic column according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the cable guiding means (50) is suspended by means of a wire (54) to the tensioning device (52).
     
    4. The telescopic column according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the tensioning device (52) is configured to provide a force on the cable guiding means directed towards the second end (5) of the telescopic column (1).
     
    5. The telescopic column according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the tensioning device (52) comprises a spring.
     
    6. The telescopic column according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the cable (30) extends from said first end (4) of the telescopic column to the cable guiding means (50) and further to a second end (22) of the upper part (20), said second end facing the lower part (10).
     
    7. The telescopic column according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the cable (30) is axially fixed at one end relative to the second end (5) of the telescopic column and at another end relative to first end (4) of the telescopic column.
     
    8. The telescopic column according to claim 1, wherein the sheath (60) comprises an insulated tube.
     
    9. The telescopic column according to claim 1, wherein the cable (30) extends from the first end (4) of the telescopic column into the sheath (60) to the cable guiding means (50), further through the sheath towards a second end (22) of the upper part, which second end facing the lower part (10), and out of the sheath to further extend towards the second end (5) of the telescopic column.
     
    10. An adjustable furniture (100) comprising a telescopic column (1) according to any of the claims 1-9.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Teleskopsäule (1) für verstellbare Möbelstücke, umfassend einen unteren Teil (10), der ein erstes Ende aufweist, das ein erstes Ende (4) der Teleskopsäule bildet,
    einen oberen Teil (20), der gegenüber dem unteren Teil teleskopisch bewegbar ist und ein erstes Ende aufweist, das ein zweites Ende (5) der Teleskopsäule bildet, das dem ersten Ende der Teleskopsäule gegenüberliegt,
    einen Antriebsmechanismus (2), der dafür ausgelegt ist, eine teleskopische Bewegung zwischen dem unteren Teil und dem oberen Teil bereitzustellen, wobei der Antriebsmechanismus eine Gewindespindel (8) umfasst,
    ein Kabel (30), das sich im Inneren der Teleskopsäule erstreckt, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Teleskopsäule ferner umfasst ein Kabelführungsmittel (50), das mit einer Spannvorrichtung (52) verbunden ist, die an dem zweiten Ende der Teleskopsäule angeordnet ist,
    wobei die Spannvorrichtung dafür ausgelegt ist, die Position des Kabelführungsmittels in der Teleskopsäule zu steuern, sodass das Kabelführungsmittel dafür ausgelegt ist, im Inneren des oberen Teils mittels der Spannvorrichtung nach oben oder unten bewegt zu werden, wenn die Teleskopsäule eingefahren oder ausgefahren wird,
    wobei die Teleskopsäule ferner eine Verkleidung (60) umfasst, durch die hindurch das Kabelführungsmittel (50) bewegbar ist, und wobei sich die Verkleidung (60) parallel zu der Spindel (8) erstreckt, aber getrennt von dieser ist,
    wobei das Kabel an dem ersten Ende (4) der Säule in die Teleskopsäule (1) eintritt und sich über das Kabelführungsmittel durch die Säule hindurch und im Inneren der Verkleidung (60) erstreckt und die Säule an dem zweiten Ende (5) der Säule verlässt.
     
    2. Teleskopsäule nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Kabelführungsmittel eine Rolle (50) umfasst.
     
    3. Teleskopsäule nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kabelführungsmittel (50) mittels eines Drahts (54) an der Spannvorrichtung (52) aufgehängt ist.
     
    4. Teleskopsäule nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Spannvorrichtung (52) dafür ausgelegt ist, eine Kraft auf das Kabelführungsmittel auszuüben, die in Richtung des zweiten Endes (5) der Teleskopsäule (1) gerichtet ist.
     
    5. Teleskopsäule nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Spannvorrichtung (52) eine Feder umfasst.
     
    6. Teleskopsäule nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich das Kabel (30) von dem ersten Ende (4) der Teleskopsäule zu dem Kabelführungsmittel (50) und weiter zu einem zweiten Ende (22) des oberen Teils (20) erstreckt, wobei das zweite Ende dem unteren Teil (10) zugewandt ist.
     
    7. Teleskopsäule nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Kabel (30) an einem Ende relativ zu dem zweiten Ende (5) der Teleskopsäule und an einem anderen Ende relativ zu dem ersten Ende (4) der Teleskopsäule axial fixiert ist.
     
    8. Teleskopsäule nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Verkleidung (60) ein isoliertes Rohr umfasst.
     
    9. Teleskopsäule nach Anspruch 1, wobei sich das Kabel (30) von dem ersten Ende (4) der Teleskopsäule in die Verkleidung (60) hinein zu dem Kabelführungsmittel (50), weiter durch die Verkleidung hindurch in Richtung eines zweiten Endes (22) des oberen Teils, wobei das zweite Ende dem unteren Teil (10) zugewandt ist, und aus der Verkleidung heraus erstreckt, um sich weiter in Richtung des zweiten Endes (5) der Teleskopsäule zu erstrecken.
     
    10. Verstellbares Möbelstück (100), umfassend eine Teleskopsäule (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1-9.
     


    Revendications

    1. Colonne télescopique (1) pour meuble réglable comprenant :

    une partie inférieure (10) ayant une première extrémité constituant une première extrémité (4) de la colonne télescopique,

    une partie supérieure (20) mobile de manière télescopique par rapport à la partie inférieure et ayant une première extrémité constituant une deuxième extrémité (5) de la colonne télescopique à l'opposé de ladite première extrémité de la colonne télescopique,

    un mécanisme d'entraînement (2) configuré pour fournir un mouvement télescopique entre la partie inférieure et la partie supérieure, dans laquelle le mécanisme d'entraînement comprend une broche (8),

    un câble (30) s'étendant à l'intérieur de la colonne télescopique, caractérisée en ce que la colonne télescopique comprend en outre un moyen de guidage de câble (50) couplé à un dispositif de tension (52) agencé à la deuxième extrémité de la colonne télescopique, dans laquelle le dispositif de tension est configuré pour commander la position du moyen de guidage de câble dans la colonne télescopique de sorte que le moyen de guidage de câble soit configuré pour être déplacé vers le haut ou vers le bas à l'intérieur de la partie supérieure au moyen du dispositif de tension lorsque la colonne télescopique est rétractée ou déployée,

    dans laquelle la colonne télescopique comprend en outre une gaine (60) à travers laquelle le moyen de guidage de câble (50) est mobile et dans laquelle la gaine (60) s'étend parallèlement à la broche (8) mais est séparée de celle-ci,

    dans laquelle le câble entre dans la colonne télescopique (1) à la première extrémité (4) de la colonne et s'étend à travers la colonne par l'intermédiaire du moyen de guidage de câble et à l'intérieur de la gaine (60) et sort de la colonne à la deuxième extrémité (5) de la colonne.


     
    2. Colonne télescopique selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle le moyen de guidage de câble comprend une poulie (50).
     
    3. Colonne télescopique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le moyen de guidage de câble (50) est suspendu au moyen d'un fil (54) au dispositif de tension (52).
     
    4. Colonne télescopique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le dispositif de tension (52) est configuré pour fournir une force sur le moyen de guidage de câble dirigée vers la deuxième extrémité (5) de la colonne télescopique (1).
     
    5. Colonne télescopique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le dispositif de tension (52) comprend un ressort.
     
    6. Colonne télescopique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le câble (30) s'étend depuis ladite première extrémité (4) de la colonne télescopique jusqu'au moyen de guidage de câble (50) et en outre jusqu'à une deuxième extrémité (22) de la partie supérieure (20), ladite deuxième extrémité faisant face à la partie inférieure (10).
     
    7. Colonne télescopique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle le câble (30) est fixé axialement à une extrémité par rapport à la deuxième extrémité (5) de la colonne télescopique et à une autre extrémité par rapport à la première extrémité (4) de la colonne télescopique.
     
    8. Colonne télescopique selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la gaine (60) comprend un tube isolé.
     
    9. Colonne télescopique selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle le câble (30) s'étend depuis la première extrémité (4) de la colonne télescopique dans la gaine (60) jusqu'au moyen de guidage de câble (50), en outre à travers la gaine vers une deuxième extrémité (22) de la partie supérieure, ladite deuxième extrémité faisant face à la partie inférieure (10), et à l'extérieur de la gaine pour s'étendre en outre vers la deuxième extrémité (5) de la colonne télescopique.
     
    10. Meuble ajustable (100) comprenant une colonne télescopique (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9.
     




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