Patents Examined by Beth A. Stephan
  • Patent number: 10378197
    Abstract: A method is provided for jointing a concrete column and an iron beam. A structure joint portion is provided between a column-beam junction and an end of the iron beam, which is mourned on a coning provided to the column. Prestressing tendons are arranged in plural rows to horizontally penetrate the column-beam junction, Tension-introduction forces are applied to the prestressing tendons to tensionally anchor an anchor plate, and thereby to integrally joint the column and the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Ryohei Kurosawa, Shigeru Hyakutake, Hitoyuki Takagi
  • Patent number: 10378202
    Abstract: A panel for skirting of a mobile home comprises an extrusion of a polymer material having a thickness of between 0.040 inches and 0.048 inches. The panel has an exterior face comprising a plurality of panel portions separated by grooves formed in the face. Each of the grooves is defined by spaced apart sidewalls arranged generally perpendicular to adjoining panel portions and a groove base extending between the spaced apart side walls. The groove base has vents. On the exterior face, the side wall transitions to the adjoining panel portion with a radius of between about 5/32 inches and about 7/32 inches. On the exterior face, the distance between the groove sidewalls is between about ¼ inches and about 9/32 inches. The exterior face has an embossed stucco finish. The panel is resistant to damage from grass cutting string trimmers having string diameter of less than 0.105 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Donald E. Stanfill
  • Patent number: 10371447
    Abstract: An anchor assembly for anchoring refractory materials is disclosed for use in high tension stress applications. The anchor assembly includes at least one elongated plate having expansion slots formed along one edge of the elongated plate and semi-circular recessed formed along an opposing edge of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Patrick L Yoder, Christopher John Fowler, Aaron M. Schlett, Laura E. Johnsen
  • Patent number: 10358870
    Abstract: A dual control architectural covering is disclosed. A dual control architectural covering includes a clutch to disengage a motor when the motor is not in use. The dual control architectural covering further includes a manual control to move the covering of the architectural opening while the motor is disengaged. The dual control architectural covering further includes a braking element to resist movement of a drive element of the covering when the motor is disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dann, Joseph Kovach, Wendell Colson, Daniel Fluckey, Matthew DiFrancesco, Michael Siebenaller, Jeffrey L. Spray
  • Patent number: 10344527
    Abstract: A roll-up door (10) with slats (60) rolled on a reel (12) with spiral guides (32) that maintain a tangent between the reel (12) and the closure plane at the point of entry/exit so as to maintain a perpendicular entry and exit with the side guides (36) and reduce friction, increase speed, reduce noise and help keep self-aligning end caps tracking correctly. It can also eliminate hinges between slats and permit each slat to be removed independently, without disassembling the other slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASI Doors, Inc.
    Inventors: George F. Balbach, James E. Equitz, Dennis E. Nevinski
  • Patent number: 10344477
    Abstract: This invention refers to a weight-lightening disc for making light reinforced concrete structures such as slabs, prefabricated slabs, foundation slabs, partition walls and beams; to a mesh, specifically designed for this invention and to the construction method to make such structures. The method allows manufacturing the components that make it possible to construct buildings with light reinforced concrete structures. The field of application of the invention is construction in general, such as houses, buildings and bridges. The invention provides a solution to the problem of lightening of the structures, including a construction method that comprises a set of weight-lightening discs in combination with electro-welded meshes (specially designed for the each specific thickness of the slab) and the hooks that hold together the meshes. The compound of elements and the method allow lightening minimum-thickness slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Ricardo Horacio Levinton
  • Patent number: 10344468
    Abstract: The present application relates to the structure of a load-bearing column and a factory using the same. The load-bearing columns comprise a first column, a second column and a third column. The first column is a reinforced concrete column and is arranged on the underground floor. The second column is a pre-fabricated reinforced concrete column on the ground floor and is fixed to the top of the first column. The third column is fixed to the top of the second column, wherein the third column comprises a steel column and a third reinforcing bar assembly which surrounds the circumference of the steel column and extends from the bottom of the steel column in an axial direction to a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Samuel Yin, Pin-Pin Teng, Chang-Sheng Tsao
  • Patent number: 10335583
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a connector or connector assembly for attaching a nasal cannula with a gas delivery hose includes a sensor port for a sensor probe positioned near an end of a nasal cannula, which can allow the sensor probe to be placed closer to the patient's nostrils than previous connector parts allowed. The connector can be configured to advantageously allow the nasal cannula to rotate relative to the gas delivery hose, thereby allowing a patient or healthcare provider to untangle or otherwise straighten the hose or the cannula. The connector assembly can be configured to automatically align locking protrusions on a first component with locking recesses on a second component, where insertion of the second component within the first component causes the second component to rotate relative to the first component, thereby aligning the locking protrusions with associated locking recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Charles William Douglas Irving
  • Patent number: 10329991
    Abstract: An injector tube assembly that includes thin foil insulation around a receiver tube and a relatively rigid housing secured to the thin foil and bearing on tube insulation while also being packed with junction insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Nelson Global Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lehrbaum, Jason Drost
  • Patent number: 10329812
    Abstract: A tank cover, especially a cover on a sewage treatment tank, is provided with an access opening with a liftable hatch cover. Along with the hatch cover is a safety barrier or grate, either connected directly to the hatch cover or to structure surrounding the hatch opening. When the hatch is opened the barrier is deployed to prevent a worker from accidentally falling through the opening. In one form the barrier is pivotally attached to the bottom side of the hatch cover, and can be swung out as the hatch is opened to form an “A” shaped or roof shaped barrier, with the hatch cover and the barrier both inclined and essentially forming a roof over the opening. Braces or struts hold these components in the erected position and provide barriers from the sides. For entry of a person through the opening, the barrier or grate can be retained against the bottom of the hatch cover as the cover is swung fully open, through 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hallsten Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Hallsten, Roland Wright, Ronald Kuehne
  • Patent number: 10316578
    Abstract: A spacer frame assembly and method of assembly includes a substantially linear channel having first and second ends. The substantially linear channel that when assembled includes at least four sides and corresponding corners between each of the sides. The spacer frame assembly also has a connecting structure located at one of the first and second ends and an opposite frame end located at the other of the one of first and second ends. The opposite frame end has an inner channel for receiving a nose portion of the connecting structure. The spacer frame assembly also includes a stop extending from the connecting structure for locating the opposite frame end when in the assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Briese, Clifford J. Weber
  • Patent number: 10316531
    Abstract: A modular trim kit including a number of modular trim pieces and a number of connectors which can be utilized to secure a first trim module to a second trim module to allow the modules to be assembled in a shape matching a cutout in a wall pad. In certain exemplifications of the present disclosure, a single trim module may be utilized to trim the cutout. In configurations in which the cutout is formed with angled corners to define a polygonal cutout, the kit may include corner trim modules sized and shaped to accommodate trimming at the vertices of the polygonal cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Draper, Inc.
    Inventors: Darvin L. McGowan, Neal A. Turner, David M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10309097
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an assembly includes a first plate comprising a first primary portion and a first flange disposed orthogonally to the first primary portion. The first primary portion is configured to contact a first structural member and the first flange defining a first through hole. A second plate comprises a second primary portion and a second flange disposed orthogonally to the second primary portion. The second primary portion is configured to contact a second structural member and the second flange defines a second through hole. A cover receives the first and second flanges. A bolt is received through the first through hole, and tightening the bolt tends to draw the second plate towards the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 10309461
    Abstract: A torque transfer coupler for a roller blind. The torque transfer coupler has a central body securable to an electric motor and includes one or more torque transfer elements engaging the interior of the blind's roller tube. The coupler includes an anti-slip member having one or more resilient portions having a rest position and a deflected position. When, in their rest positions the resilient portions have a dimension larger than the cross sectional area of the roller tube. When in their deflected positions and received within the roller tube the resilient portions engage the interior surface of the roller tube resisting the withdrawal of the torque transfer coupler, and the electric motor secured thereto, from the interior of the roller tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Philip Ng
  • Patent number: 10309101
    Abstract: A multi-use block including a block body having at least a first leg. The blocks can be placed in different orientations with respect to each other to form multiple interlocking structures. The block can be a variety of materials, including concrete, and when concrete, used for making walls and columns. Methods of making and methods of use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay J. Johnson, Robert B. Burnquist, Steven Paul Bennett
  • Patent number: 10302172
    Abstract: A window covering control assembly is used in a window covering system. The window covering control assembly comprises a driving module and a speed control module, and is provided in the shell, engaged to the weight element for simultaneous operation therewith. The driving module comprises a cord collecting assembly mounted in the shell. The cord collecting assembly is configured to operate in a first direction while a first driving force acting upon the cord collecting assembly such that the weight element descends away from the shell. The first driving force comprises at least a weight of the weight element. The speed control module is positioned corresponding to the driving module. A resistance force is selectively generated between the speed control module and the driving module, and this force reduces an operation speed of the cord collecting assembly in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Lin Chen, Keng-Hao Nien
  • Patent number: 10294719
    Abstract: A shielding device for opening and closing a shielding member by rotation of a winding shaft, the shielding device including a speed controller configured to control an automatic movement speed of the shielding member, wherein the speed controller includes: a housing containing a viscous fluid; and a moving member contained in the housing and configured to move by rotation of the winding shaft, and the speed controller is configured so that resistance the moving member receives from the viscous fluid varies with movement of the moving member, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamagishi, Masaya Yamaguchi, Tsubasa Asaka, Takenobu Ebato
  • Patent number: 10294661
    Abstract: An improved lath is disclosed having a water drainage layer provided in association with the lath. The water drainage layer serves to remove water that might otherwise build up between the lath and wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Innovation Calumet LLC
    Inventor: Gary R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10294684
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shed for shielding an outdoor unit of an air conditioner or the like from exposure to sunlight, rains, etc. The shed includes a ground engaging base on to which the outdoor unit is supported and which lift the outdoor unit to a certain level above the ground. The shed includes four vertical posts, with two of the vertical posts being taller than the other two vertical posts. A roof is supported on the vertical posts such that the roof is pitched in the shed, since the inclination of the roof aids with drainage of any collected rain water or the like therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Robert L. Shedd
  • Patent number: 10280607
    Abstract: A method for erecting or assembling a frame includes the steps of: forming a joint with at least two frame members placed at an angle to one another, each frame members is a metal tube, no coping nor fittings are used to form the joint; wrapping the joint with a saddle, the saddle is a bent flat metal member with at least one hole overlaying each frame member; and plug welding the saddle to each frame member by filling each hole with weld metal. A frame includes: a joint formed by at least two frame members set at an angle to one another, each frame member is a metal tube; a saddle is wrapped over the joint, the saddle is a flat metal member with at least one hole overlaying each frame member; and a plug weld joining the saddle to each frame member, via weld metal filling the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Fred A. Wagner, III