(19)
(11)EP 4 035 556 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
03.08.2022 Bulletin 2022/31

(21)Application number: 22154417.4

(22)Date of filing:  01.02.2022
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A45B 23/00(2006.01)
E04H 15/44(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
A45B 2023/0093; A45B 23/00; A45B 2023/0087; E04H 15/44; A45B 2023/0012
(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:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 01.02.2021 NL 2027471

(71)Applicant: Madison B.V.
7609 RL Almelo (NL)

(72)Inventor:
  • VAN DE KEUKEN, Johan Edwin
    7607 RH Almelo (NL)

(74)Representative: Mink-Lindenburg, Charlotte Hildegard 
Octrooibureau Mink B.V. P.O. Box 85658
2508 CJ The Hague
2508 CJ The Hague (NL)

  


(54)SUN SHADE WITH IMPROVED UNFOLDING MECHANISM


(57) The invention relates to a screen (1) for protection from the sun, comprising a standard (2), a frame (3) that is attached to the upper side of the standard, wherein the frame comprises a fabric (34) and a number of rods (31, 32, 33) for tensioning the fabric, and control means (22) for controlling the frame (3) between a rest position, in which the frame is folded and a position of use, in which the frame is unfolded. According to the invention the screen further comprises a head (4), that connects the frame (3) to the standard (2). The head is provided with a longitudinal axis, the rods are rotatably connected to the longitudinal axis and are rotatable using the control means between a rest position and a position of use.




Description


[0001] The present invention relates to a screen for protection from the sun, comprising a standard, a frame attached to the upper side of the standard, wherein the frame comprises a fabric and a number of rods for tensioning the fabric, and control means for controlling the frame between a rest position, in which the frame is folded and a position of use in which the frame is unfolded.

[0002] Such a screen is known in the field. Known variants are a pole parasol with a central stand and a cantilever parasol, in which the stand is located out of the centre of the frame.

[0003] The present invention aims to provide a screen of the kind mentioned in the preamble with an improved unfolding mechanism.

[0004] The present invention to this end provides a screen according to the preamble characterized in that, the screen further comprises a head, that connects the frame to the standard, wherein the head is provided with a longitudinal axis, and in that the rods are connected rotatably around the longitudinal axis and are rotatable by means of the control means between the rest position and the position of use. The screen according to the present invention is in a unique way able to unfold like a fan, wherein the fabric is tensioned between adjacent rods. This gives the screen a modern, sleek appearance.

[0005] The screen can be made in various variants by for example varying the orientation of the head relative to the stand. In a first preferred embodiment the head is attached to an end of the standard with the longitudinal axis pointed obliquely upwards. This makes it possible to place the parasol close to other objects, such as a table, without the frame hitting the object during unfolding. According to a further development of the first preferred embodiment the rods extend from the longitudinal axis obliquely downwards and extend primarily parallel to the stand. The screen occupies little space in the rest position.

[0006] In an elegant, preferred embodiment the head comprises a locking mechanism for automatically locking at least one of the rods in the position of use. According to a further development of the elegant, preferred embodiment at least one of the rods is attached to a hub and the locking mechanism is arranged to lock the hub on the longitudinal axis. In a practical preferred embodiment the hub is slidable along the longitudinal axis between a free position, in which the hub is free to rotate around the longitudinal axis, and a locked position, in which the hub cannot rotate around the longitudinal axis. Preferably, the head is provided with pre-tensioning means for pre-tensioning the hub in the locked position. According to a further elegant, preferred embodiment the head is provided with positioning means for positioning the hub in the free position against the action of the pre-tensioning means. In a further practical preferred embodiment the positioning means comprise a radially protruding positioning element arranged on the longitudinal axis and the hub is provided with an at least partially obliquely extending positioning edge that abuts the positioning element. The positioning edge serves as a guiding element for gradually moving the hub between the free position and the locked position. In a reliable preferred embodiment the locking mechanism comprises a locking element arranged on the longitudinal axis and the hub is provided with a flange with a locking opening for accommodation of the locking element.

[0007] According to a stylish preferred embodiment the frame comprises three or more rods, each attached to a hub, wherein the three or more hubs are arranged adjacent around the longitudinal axis, wherein the control means are arranged to rotate one of the outer hubs. It suffices to drive only one of the outer hubs, because the fabric will take the other hubs along with it.

[0008] According to a further stylish preferred embodiment, the locking mechanism is arranged to lock the other outer hub and hubs located between the outer hubs are freely rotatable. It suffices to only lock the other outer hub, which has been moved last.

[0009] In an optimal preferred embodiment the screen comprises three rods. The screen now has an elegant A-frame.

[0010] According to a reliable preferred embodiment the control means comprise a drive shaft, which extends out into the stand, and is coupled to the horizontal axis in the head, preferably by means of a universal joint. The control means further comprise a handle and a worm drive for coupling the handle to the drive shaft. These control means are easy to control, can transfer enough power, are adjustable in a stepless manner and automatically block the driven rod, when it is released.

[0011] The invention will now be discussed in more detail according to the drawings, in which

Figure 1 shows a schematic view of a preferred embodiment of the screen according to the invention in a position of use;

Figure 2A shows the screen of figure 1 without fabric from a different perspective;

Figure 2B shows the screen of figure 2A in rest position;

Figure 3A shows a part of the screen of figure 2B in more detail;

Figure 3B shows a part of figure 3A in more detail;

Figure 3C shows a different part of figure 3A in more detail;

Figure 4A shows a part of the screen of figure 2A in more detail; and

Figure 4B shows a part of figure 4A in more detail.



[0012] Figure 1 shows a schematic view of a preferred embodiment of the screen 1 according to the invention.

[0013] In the shown preferred embodiment the screen is a parasol 1, that is intended for protection from the sun. The screen 1 comprises a standard 2, a frame 3, that is attached to the upper side of the standard 2, and control means 22 for controlling the frame 3. The frame 3 comprises a fabric 34 and a number of rods for tensioning the fabric 34. The fabric 34 is to this end for example provided with hoses or bags for accommodation of the rods.

[0014] In the shown preferred embodiment the number of rods is three and the rods are independently indicated as 31, 32, 33. The standard 2 is optionally placed on a base 21. In figure 1 the screen 1 assumes the position of use, in which the frame 3 is unfolded.

[0015] Figure 2A shows the screen 1 in the position of use without fabric and from a different perspective. Figure 2B shows the screen 1 in rest position, in which the frame 3 is folded.

[0016] The screen 1 further comprises a head 4, that connects the frame 3 to the standard 2. Figure 3 shows a part of the screen 1 in more detail. The head 4 is provided with a longitudinal axis 5 upon which the rods 31, 32, 33, are rotatably connected. The rods 31, 32, 33 are rotatable using the control means 22 between a rest position, in which the frame 3 is folded and a position of use, in which the frame 3 is unfolded. The rotation axis R extends in longitudinal direction through the longitudinal axis 44 of the head 4.

[0017] In the shown preferred embodiment the head 4 is attached to an end of the standard 2 with the longitudinal axis 44 pointed obliquely upwards. The rods 31, 32, 33 extend from the longitudinal axis 44 obliquely downwards. Each rod 31, 32, respectively 33 is connected to a hub 41, 42, respectively 43. The hubs 41, 42, 43 are arranged adjacent around the longitudinal axis 44.

[0018] The control means 22 are arranged to rotate the longitudinal axis 44. In the shown preferred embodiment the control means comprise a drive shaft (not shown), that extends in the stand 2, and is coupled to the longitudinal axis 44 in the head 4, preferably by means of a universal joint. The control means further comprise a handle 22, that is preferably coupled to the drive shaft by means of a worm drive.

[0019] The hub 43 of the rear rod 33 is firmly connected to the longitudinal axis 44. By rotation of the longitudinal axis 44 the hub 43 with the rear rod 33 will rotate along from the rest position and the fabric 43 will begin to unfold. The middle hub 42 of the middle rod 32 is arranged freely rotatable around the longitudinal axis 44 and will subsequently be taken along by the fabric 34.

[0020] The head 4 is provided with a locking mechanism for locking at least one of the rods against rotation when the frame 3 has reached the position of use. In this example the locking mechanism works on the front rod 31, in particular on the hub 41, and is arranged for locking the hub 41 on the longitudinal axis 44.

[0021] The action of the locking mechanism will be explained on the basis of the following figures. Figure 3A shows a part of the screen 1 in more detail with exposed head 4. Figures 3B and 3C show different views of the hub 41 in a free position. Figures 4A and 4B show different views of hub 41 in a locked position.

[0022] The hub 41 of the front rod 31 is slidable along the longitudinal axis 44 between a free position, in which the hub is free to rotate around the longitudinal axis, and a locked position, in which the hub cannot rotate around the longitudinal axis.

[0023] The head 4 is provided with positioning means for positioning the hub 41 in the free position. The positioning means work against the action of the pre-tensioning means, that push the hub 41 towards the locked position.

[0024] In the shown preferred embodiment the positioning means are formed by a radially protruding positioning element, for example a pin 45, that is arranged on the longitudinal axis 44. The hub 41 is provided with an at least partially obliquely extending positioning edge 413, that abuts the positioning element. In the shown preferred embodiment the positioning edge 413 is generally triangular with a smoothed point, that rests on the pin 45 in the free position.

[0025] In the shown preferred embodiment the pre-tensioning means are formed by a first flange or collar 47, that is arranged on the longitudinal axis 44, and springs 48, that support on the first flange 47 and work on the hub flange or hub collar 411, that is arranged on the hub 41.

[0026] The pre-tensioning means push the hub 41 downwards along the longitudinal axis 44.

[0027] The locking mechanism comprises a locking element 46 that is arranged on the longitudinal axis 44. The locking element 46 is located beneath the first flange 47 and above a second flange or collar 49, that is arranged on the longitudinal axis 44. The locking element 46 is for example a key. The hub flange 411 is provided with a locking opening 412 for accommodation of the locking element 46.

[0028] When the front rod 31 is being taken along by the fabric 34 during operation of the screen 1, the front hub 41 will rotate and the positioning edge 413 will slide off the pin 45. Under pressure from the pre-tensioning means the hub 41 will subsequently move downwards along the longitudinal axis 44 and the locking opening 412 will fall over the locking element 46. The front hub 41 of front rod 31 is then locked against rotation around the longitudinal axis 44.

[0029] By means of the control means the frame 3 can be moved from the position of use to the rest position. By rotation of the longitudinal axis 44 in opposite direction first the rear rod 33 will be driven, after which the middle rod 32 and the frond rod 31 will be taken along. The hub 41 of the front rod 31 will be forced out of the locked position into the free position. The positioning edge 413 thereby guides the hub 41 over the pin 45 against the action of the pre-tensioning means. The frame 3 is to this end provided with appropriate means, for example carriers on the rods and/or in the fabric.

[0030] The invention is based on the thought to provide a sunshade with a fan-shaped frame, preferably with a minimum number of rods. The screen is preferably further provided with a locking mechanism that automatically takes effect after unfolding by means of control means.

[0031] It is noted that the invention is explicitly not limited to the described and shown preferred embodiment. The number of rods can be expanded and the shape of the fabric can be adjusted. The control means can optionally be electric. These are but some alternative embodiments that lie within the reach of an expert in the field.

[0032] The invention therefore extends in general to every embodiment that falls within the scope of the enclosed claims seen in het light of the description and corresponding drawings.


Claims

1. Screen for protection from the sun, comprising a standard, a frame attached to the upper side of the standard, wherein the frame comprises a fabric and a number of rods for tensioning the fabric, and control means for controlling the frame between a rest position, in which the frame is folded and a position of use, in which the frame is unfolded, characterized in that the screen further comprises a head, that connects the frame to the standard, wherein the head is provided with a longitudinal axis, and in that the rods are connected rotatably around the longitudinal axis and are rotatable by means of the control means between the rest position and the position of use.
 
2. Screen according to claim 1, wherein the head is attached to an end of the standard with the longitudinal axis pointed obliquely upwards.
 
3. Screen according to claim 2, wherein the rods extend from the longitudinal axis obliquely downwards, such that the rods in the rest position extend primarily parallel to the stand.
 
4. Screen according to claim 1, 2, or 3, wherein the head comprises a locking mechanism for automatically locking at least one of the rods in the position of use.
 
5. Screen according to claim 4, wherein at least one of the rods is attached to a hub and the locking mechanism is arranged to lock the hub on the longitudinal axis.
 
6. Screen according to claim 5, wherein the hub is slidable along the longitudinal axis between a free position, in which the hub is free to rotate around the longitudinal axis, and a locked position, in which the hub cannot rotate around the longitudinal axis.
 
7. Screen according to claim 6, wherein the hub is provided with pre-tensioning means for pre-tensioning the hub in the locked position.
 
8. Screen according to claim 7, wherein the head is provided with positioning means for positioning the hub in the free position against the action of the pre-tensioning means.
 
9. Screen according to claim 8, wherein the positioning means comprise a radially protruding positioning element arranged on the longitudinal axis and the hub is provided with an at least partially obliquely extending positioning edge that abuts the positioning element.
 
10. Screen according to one of the previous claims 5-9, wherein the locking mechanism comprises a locking element arranged on the longitudinal axis and the hub is provided with a flange with a locking opening for accommodation of the locking element.
 
11. Screen according to one of the previous claims, wherein the frame comprises three or more rods, each attached to a hub, wherein the three or more hubs are arranged adjacent around the longitudinal axis, wherein the control means are arranged to rotate one of the outer hubs.
 
12. Screen according to claim 11, with reference to claim 4, wherein the locking mechanism is arranged to lock the other outer hub and wherein hubs located between the outer hubs are freely rotatable.
 
13. Screen according to claim 12, wherein the screen comprises three rods.
 
14. Screen according to one of the previous claims, wherein the control means comprise a drive shaft, that extends out into the stand, and is coupled to the horizontal axis in the head.
 
15. Screen according to claim 14, wherein the control means further comprise a handle and a worm drive for coupling the handle to the drive shaft.
 




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