Patents Assigned to Balco, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8720138
    Abstract: A fire barrier operable to be placed within a gap formed between two surfaces. The fire barrier may generally include a first intumescent section, a first foam section coupled with the first intumescent section, and a second intumescent section coupled with the first foam section generally opposite the first intumescent section. In some embodiments, the fire barrier may include a plurality of intumescent sections and a plurality of foam sections with each foam section being positioned between at least two of the intumescent sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140075866
    Abstract: A fire barrier operable to be placed within a gap formed between two surfaces. The fire barrier may generally include a first intumescent section, a first foam section coupled with the first intumescent section, and a second intumescent section coupled with the first foam section generally opposite the first intumescent section. In some embodiments, the fire barrier may include a plurality of intumescent sections and a plurality of foam sections with each foam section being positioned between at least two of the intumescent sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, JR.
  • Patent number: 8646235
    Abstract: A fire resistive joint cover system operable to span a gap between two surfaces. The system generally may include first and second base members, a covering member, and an intumescent sheet. Each base member is operable to couple with one of the surfaces and the covering member is operable to couple with the base members to at least partially span the gap. In some embodiments, the covering member may be configured as a floating covering member and/or as a flexible elastomer seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8607519
    Abstract: A joint cover system is operable to span a gap between two building members, wherein each building member including a first side surface and an end surface. The joint cover system comprises a first base member, a second base member, an intumescent sheet, a first fastener, and a second fastener. The first base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the first building member, and the second base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the second building member. The intumescent sheet may include a first edge positioned between the first base member and the first side surface of the first building member and a second edge positioned between the second base member and the first side surface of the second building member. The first fastener may penetrate the first base member and the first edge of the intumescent sheet. The second fastener may penetrate the second base member and the second edge of the intumescent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn
  • Patent number: 8601760
    Abstract: A fire barrier operable to be placed within a gap formed between two surfaces. The fire barrier may generally include a first intumescent section, a first foam section coupled with the first intumescent section, and a second intumescent section coupled with the first foam section generally opposite the first intumescent section. In some embodiments, the fire barrier may include a plurality of intumescent sections and a plurality of foam sections with each foam section being positioned between at least two of the intumescent sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130186021
    Abstract: A joint cover system is operable to span a gap between two building members, wherein each building member including a first side surface and an end surface. The joint cover system comprises a first base member, a second base member, an intumescent sheet, a first fastener, and a second fastener. The first base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the first building member, and the second base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the second building member. The intumescent sheet may include a first edge positioned between the first base member and the first side surface of the first building member and a second edge positioned between the second base member and the first side surface of the second building member. The first fastener may penetrate the first base member and the first edge of the intumescent sheet. The second fastener may penetrate the second base member and the second edge of the intumescent sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, JR.
  • Patent number: 8464485
    Abstract: A joint cover system is operable to span a gap between two building members, wherein each building member including a first side surface and an end surface. The joint cover system comprises a first base member, a second base member, an intumescent sheet, a first fastener, and a second fastener. The first base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the first building member, and the second base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the second building member. The intumescent sheet may include a first edge positioned between the first base member and the first side surface of the first building member and a second edge positioned between the second base member and the first side surface of the second building member. The first fastener may penetrate the first base member and the first edge of the intumescent sheet. The second fastener may penetrate the second base member and the second edge of the intumescent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn
  • Publication number: 20120297709
    Abstract: A joint cover system is operable to span a gap between two building members, wherein each building member including a first side surface and an end surface. The joint cover system comprises a first base member, a second base member, an intumescent sheet, a first fastener, and a second fastener. The first base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the first building member, and the second base member may be positioned on the first side surface of the second building member. The intumescent sheet may include a first edge positioned between the first base member and the first side surface of the first building member and a second edge positioned between the second base member and the first side surface of the second building member. The first fastener may penetrate the first base member and the first edge of the intumescent sheet. The second fastener may penetrate the second base member and the second edge of the intumescent sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn
  • Patent number: 8245471
    Abstract: A fire resistive joint cover system operable to span a gap between two surfaces. The system generally may include first and second base members, a covering member, and an intumescent sheet. Each base member is operable to couple with one of the surfaces and the covering member is operable to couple with the base members to at least partially span the gap. In some embodiments, the covering member may be configured as a floating covering member and/or as a flexible elastomer seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110314756
    Abstract: A fire barrier operable to be placed within a gap formed between two surfaces. The fire barrier may generally include a first intumescent section, a first foam section coupled with the first intumescent section, and a second intumescent section coupled with the first foam section generally opposite the first intumescent section. In some embodiments, the fire barrier may include a plurality of intumescent sections and a plurality of foam sections with each foam section being positioned between at least two of the intumescent sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, JR.
  • Patent number: 8079190
    Abstract: A fire resistive joint cover system operable to span a gap between two surfaces. The system generally may include first and second base members, a covering member, and an intumescent sheet. Each base member is operable to couple with one of the surfaces and the covering member is operable to couple with the base members to at least partially span the gap. In some embodiments, the covering member may be configured as a floating covering member and/or as a flexible elastomer seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7946784
    Abstract: A drainage system grate assembly for covering and allowing fluid passage into a watercourse includes: a crossbar having a plurality of spaced-apart upstanding knuckles defining a plurality of spaced-apart channels therebetween, each of the knuckles having a pin-receiving hole; a plurality of tread bars positioned in the channels between the knuckles of the crossbar, each tread bar having a pin-receiving hole axially aligned with the pin-receiving holes of the knuckles; and a pin positioned within pin-receiving holes in the knuckles and the tread bars, to secure the tread bars in the crossbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Knak, Dean V. Balocca
  • Publication number: 20110016808
    Abstract: A fire barrier operable to be placed within a gap formed between two surfaces. The fire barrier may generally include a first intumescent section, a first foam section coupled with the first intumescent section, and a second intumescent section coupled with the first foam section generally opposite the first intumescent section. In some embodiments, the fire barrier may include a plurality of intumescent sections and a plurality of foam sections with each foam section being positioned between at least two of the intumescent sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: BALCO, INC
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hulburn, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110008104
    Abstract: A drainage system grate assembly for covering and allowing fluid passage into a watercourse includes: a crossbar having a plurality of spaced-apart upstanding knuckles defining a plurality of spaced-apart channels therebetween, each of the knuckles having a pin-receiving hole; a plurality of tread bars positioned in the channels between the knuckles of the crossbar, each tread bar having a pin-receiving hole axially aligned with the pin-receiving holes of the knuckles; and a pin positioned within pin-receiving holes in the knuckles and the tread bars, to secure the tread bars in the crossbar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Knak, Dean V. Balocca
  • Patent number: 7856781
    Abstract: A fire resistive joint cover system operable to span a gap between two surfaces. The system generally may include first and second base members, a covering member, and an intumescent sheet. Each base member is operable to couple with one of the surfaces and the covering member is operable to couple with the base members to at least partially span the gap. In some embodiments, the covering member may be configured as a floating covering member and/or as a flexible elastomer seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090211191
    Abstract: A fire resistive joint cover system operable to span a gap between two surfaces. The system generally may include first and second base members, a covering member, and an intumescent sheet. Each base member is operable to couple with one of the surfaces and the covering member is operable to couple with the base members to at least partially span the gap. In some embodiments, the covering member may be configured as a floating covering member and/or as a flexible elastomer seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Daniel Hilburn, JR.
  • Patent number: 7104717
    Abstract: A roof joint cover (10) that accommodates expansion, contraction, shear, and rotational movement between the surfaces (12,14) broadly comprises a first bracket (16) to be attached to a first surface (12), a second bracket (18) to be attached to a second surface (14), and a central bracket (20) to be installed between the first and second brackets (16,18). The first bracket (16) presents a cylindrical socket (24). The second bracket (18) presents a cylindrical plug (30). The central bracket (20) preferably presents a cylindrical plug (34) operable to fit within the socket (24) of the first bracket (16) and a cylindrical socket (36) offset from the plug (34) and operable to wrap around the plug (30) of the second bracket (18). The plug (34) of the central bracket (20) is perpendicular to the socket (36) of the central bracket (20), thereby accommodating linear and rotational movement along two perpendicular axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Thane Aaron Arheart
  • Patent number: 6962026
    Abstract: An expansion joint cover (10) comprises a first plate (18) hingedly attached to a first surface (14) of an expansion joint (12), a second plate (20) hingedly attached to the first plate (18), and a housing (26) fixedly secured to a second surface (16) of the expansion joint (12). During installation, a front plate (52) of the housing (26) can rotate about a hinge (58) to allow the second plate (20) to be installed within the housing (26). In use, the second plate (20) slides within the housing (26) to accommodate variations in separation distance and vertical offset between the two surfaces (14,16). Two hinges (36,44) accommodate variations in torsion between the two surfaces (14,16). The combination of the second plate (20) sliding within the housing (26) and the two hinges (36,44) accommodates variations in lateral offset between the two surfaces (14,16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronny L. Knak, Dean V. Balocca, Johnnie D. Hilburn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6955017
    Abstract: A fire barrier transition (10,110,210,310) comprises a first section (130,230,330) to mate with a first fire barrier (14) in a first expansion joint (16), a second section (132,232,332) to mate with a second fire barrier (18) in a second expansion joint (20), and a center section (134,234,334) therebetween to seal a gap (12) between the barriers (14,18). The first section (130,230,330) and the second section (132,232,332) each present either a convex or a concave cross-section with two sidewalls (136,236,336) and a bight section (138,238,338) therebetween. Thus, the transition (10,110,210,310) preferably presents a specific shape with the first section (130,230,330) and the second section (132,232,332) each presenting channels aligned at an angle between the joints (16,20). The barriers (14,18) can slide between the sidewalls (136,236,336) and engage the bight sections (138,238,338), thereby mating with and sealing to the first section (130,230,330) and the second section (132,232,332).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie D. Hilburn
  • Patent number: 6942419
    Abstract: A preferred drainage system grate assembly (10) broadly comprises a grate (12), a frame (14) to support the grate (12), and a locking device (34) to hold the grate (12) within the frame (14). The grate (12) comprises two or more crossbars (16) and a plurality of tread bars (18). Each crossbar (16) spans a watercourse (20) of a drainage system (21) and is supported by the frame (14) at both ends. The crossbar (16) includes an integral flange (56) that protrudes from the crossbar (16) substantially horizontally and at least one hole (60) centered within the flange (56). The locking device (34) includes a penetration (46) where a bolt (36) is inserted through the hole (60). As the bolt (36) is turned, the locking device (34) is raised until it contacts the frame (14), thereby securing the grate (12) within the frame (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Balco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronny L. Knak, Dean V. Balocca