Patents Assigned to Daktronics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10317007
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon Michael Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 10201100
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components, including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps, are aligned in, positioned along and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slatted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Russell Jon Neyens, Jon M. Mammenga
  • Patent number: 10154740
    Abstract: A cabinet system having a protective shroud and an external frame with a linear track. The protective shroud provides a protected inner space shielded from moisture and airborne contaminants. The cabinet system also includes a mounting assembly having a mounting arm that can be affixed to a support structure and also having a mounting foot slidably engaged to the at least one track. The mounting foot can be fixed at positions along the linear track allowing the cabinet to be mounted at different position relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter McMahon, Pat Lilla, Josh Pommer, Jeff Holm, John W. Syrstad
  • Patent number: 10136205
    Abstract: An audio and display system comprising a housing having an interior region, at least one audio speaker positioned within the interior region, and a display coupled to the housing. The display includes a frame coupled to the housing, the frame having a plurality of mounting members, wherein at least two adjacent mounting members of the plurality of mounting members are spaced apart by a first distance, a plurality of support members coupled to the mounting members of the frame, wherein at least two adjacent support members of the plurality of support members are spaced apart by a second distance, and a plurality of light-emitting elements coupled to each of the plurality of support members, wherein the display module is substantially acoustically transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Buisker, David Sturzenbecher, Dean Dodge, Dustin Treml
  • Patent number: 10103297
    Abstract: A display module comprises a circuit board having a front face, a plurality of light-emitting elements electrically coupled to the front face of the circuit board, a polymer encapsulating member adhered to the front face of the circuit board, the polymer encapsulating member substantially covering at least a portion of the circuit board and a portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements, the polymer encapsulating member substantially sealing the portion of the circuit board and the portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements, and an ultraviolet-radiation diminishing component in the polymer encapsulating member or on one or more of at least a portion of the circuit board or at least a portion of each of the light-emitting elements, wherein the ultraviolet-radiation diminishing component filters, blocks, or reflects more ultraviolet radiation than would be filtered, blocked, or reflected by the polymer encapsulating member without the ultraviolet-radiation diminishing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Jordan Gab, Nathan Lane Nearman, Ryan J. Nielsen, Ryan Hemiller
  • Patent number: 10015896
    Abstract: A display enclosure assembly comprises a cabinet enclosing an interior space, the cabinet comprising a front wall and a rear wall, one or more display modules at least partially enclosed within the interior space, the one or more display modules configured to form an electronic display at the front wall, one or more fans mounted at the rear wall, each of the one or more fans comprising a fan intake facing rearward from the rear wall and a fan exhaust facing into the interior space, a vent extending at least partially between the front wall and the rear wall, the vent providing a first pathway for cooling air to pass from a front side of the cabinet to arear side of the cabinet, and an exhaust providing a second pathway for warmed air to exit the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Gaddam, Wayne R. Tucker, Travis Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9972229
    Abstract: Display module mounting configurations and methods are disclosed. A frame for a video display module can comprise a first face configured for coupling with a light-emitting element circuit board and a second face configured for mounting to a support chassis and one or more first securing structures coupled to the second face, the one or more first securing structures being configured to mount or secure the frame to the support chassis. The frame can also include one or more security latches each comprising a latch body movable between a latched position and an unlatched position, each latch body configured to engage a first feature of the support chassis to prevent removal of the video display module when in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hemiller, Ryan J. Nielsen, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus
  • Patent number: 9928760
    Abstract: A display module comprises a circuit board including a plurality of light-emitting elements, a frame having a first face coupled with the circuit board and a second face, one or more first securing structures coupled to the second face, and one or more mounting hooks with a first hook portion coupled to and extending generally rearward from the second face and a second hook portion extending generally downward from the first hook portion. The first securing structures are actuable between an engaged configuration wherein the first securing structures mount or secure the display module to a support structure to at least partially support a display module weight, and a disengaged configuration wherein the display module is not secured to the support structure by the first securing structures, and wherein the mounting hooks at least partially support the display module weight when the first securing structures are in the disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hemiller, Ryan J. Nielsen, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus
  • Patent number: 9879821
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon M. Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 9880797
    Abstract: A software application program that intelligently interfaces with a statistical data recording program, mass data storage devices and programmable electronic display devices to monitor the situational current state of a real-time event or activity such as a sporting contest and to identify, select, compile, organize, prioritize, present and recommend a plurality of relevant data items compiled from a plurality of recorded data sources to provide visual display content for selection by an operator for display on one or more electronic display boards. The intelligent interface software application program enables an operator of a programmable electronic display device instantly to review and select relevant data items corresponding to a given situational current state of a real-time event or activity and transmit selected data items for display on electronic display boards to a viewing party or public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Thomas Kuck, Jon Curtis Grann, Samuel A. Martens, Casey M. Stout
  • Patent number: 9691305
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes full red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett David Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan Lane Nearman, Chad Neal Gloege, Matthew Ray Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph Gerard Schulte, Eric Steven Bravek, Ryan Mark Hansen
  • Patent number: 9644823
    Abstract: Display module mounting configurations and methods are disclosed. A frame for an LED module can comprise a first face configured for coupling with an LED circuit board, a second face configured for mounting to a support chassis, and one or more translating structures coupled to the second face. Each translating structure can be configured to engage a feature of the support chassis effectuating a translation of the LED module to avoid contact or interference with an adjacently-positioned LED module, mounted to the support chassis, during a mounting or a dismounting procedure. The LED module can also include one or more securing structures coupled to the second face. An LED module can include a circuit board including a plurality of LEDs, and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hemiller, Ryan J. Nielsen, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus
  • Patent number: 9612004
    Abstract: Display module mounting configurations and methods are disclosed. A frame for a video display module can comprise a first face configured for coupling with a light-emitting element circuit board and a second face configured for mounting to a support chassis and one or more first securing structures coupled to the second face, the one or more first securing structures being configured to mount or secure the frame to the support chassis. The frame can also include one or more security latches each comprising a latch body movable between a latched position and an unlatched position, each latch body configured to engage a first feature of the support chassis to prevent removal of the video display module when in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hemiller, Ryan J. Nielsen, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus
  • Patent number: 9538588
    Abstract: A video display module comprises a circuit board having a front face, a plurality of light-emitting elements electrically coupled to the front face of the circuit board, and a polymer encapsulating member adhered to the front face of the circuit board, the polymer encapsulating member substantially covering at least a portion of the circuit board and a portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements, the polymer encapsulating member substantially sealing the portion of the circuit board and the portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Jordan Gab, Nathan Lane Nearman, Ryan J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9503797
    Abstract: An audio and display system comprising a housing having an interior region, at least one audio speaker positioned within the interior region, and a display coupled to the housing. The display includes a frame coupled to the housing, the frame having a plurality of mounting members, wherein at least two adjacent mounting members of the plurality of mounting members are spaced apart by a first distance, a plurality of support members coupled to the mounting members of the frame, wherein at least two adjacent support members of the plurality of support members are spaced apart by a second distance, and a plurality of light-emitting elements coupled to each of the plurality of support members, wherein the display module is substantially acoustically transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Buisker, David Sturzenbecher, Dean Dodge, Dustin Treml
  • Patent number: 9447799
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon M. Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher
  • Patent number: 9172929
    Abstract: A video display module comprises a circuit board having a front face, a plurality of light-emitting elements electrically coupled to the front face of the circuit board, and a polymer encapsulating member adhered to the front face of the circuit board, the polymer encapsulating member substantially covering at least a portion of the circuit board and a portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements, the polymer encapsulating member substantially sealing the portion of the circuit board and the portion of the plurality of light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Jordan Gab, Nathan Lane Nearman, Ryan J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9052092
    Abstract: Discrete flexible pixel assemblies can be hermetically sealed from the environment and can comprise unitary, self-contained replaceable modules which enable efficient, economical production of large scale, free-form electronic displays, signs and lighting effects for outdoor use. The method and means for producing hermetically sealed discrete flexible pixel assemblies can include encapsulation means, exterior encasement means, and cable connector means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett David Wendler, Eric Steven Bravek, Erich J. Grebel
  • Publication number: 20140313238
    Abstract: Pixel interleaving configurations for use in high definition electronic sign displays where each and every scan line includes fall red, green, and blue color representation to provide for high resolution electronic video sign displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Joffer, Brett David Wendler, Glenn P. Luke, Nathan Lane Nearman, Chad Neal Gloege, Matthew Ray Mueller, Shannon Lee Mutschelknaus, Joseph Gerard Schulte, Eric Steven Bravek, Ryan Mark Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140306080
    Abstract: An electronic sign having slotted frame cabinets, whereby each slotted frame cabinet can conveniently be attached to one or more vertically or horizontally positioned adjacent slotted frame cabinets by using connecting components which are generally located around the periphery of one or more slotted frame cabinets. Connecting components including splice bars, splice plates, and mounting clamps are aligned in, positioned along, and secured to backing bars which are co-located in backing bar slots in one or more of the slotted frame cabinets. Lift eyes can be variably located in one or more lift eye slots. The use of externally located connecting components, which do not extend through the cabinetry, minimize the entry of environmental elements into the interior of the electronic sign. Multiple slotted frame cabinets can be connected without the removal of LED display panels. Bracket assemblies and clamping assemblies are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: DAKTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kory D. Kludt, Jon M. Mammenga, Nathan W. Hart, Michael A. Hulscher