Patents Examined by Brian E. Glessner
  • Patent number: 10378230
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower access panel is disclosed and is removably fixable at a service aperture in a tower wall to thereby close the aperture. The access panel is generally planar and extends radially about an axis normal thereto. Additionally, the access panel includes a set of two or more fixing elements configured to securely fix the access panel in place at the aperture. Each fixing element includes an axial clamp, the clamp including an anchor fixed to the access panel, a clamping force adjuster and a clamp head having a clamping surface. The clamp head includes a relatively deformable resilient material which deforms under an applied clamping load of the clamp thereby applying a clamping force to the tower wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Børge Øllgaard
  • Patent number: 10381972
    Abstract: A system for mounting at least one solar panel on a building may include at least one panel mounting bracket including a base to be positioned on the building, a vertical extension having a proximal end coupled to the base and a distal end vertically spaced apart from the base, and a first lateral extension carried on an exterior surface of the vertical extension. The system may further include an adjustable height extension device for the at least one panel mounting bracket including a lower portion, an upper portion carried by the lower portion to be connected with the at least one solar panel, a second lateral extension carried by the upper portion and vertically aligned with the first lateral extension, and a height adjustment screw including a head carried by the upper portion to set a vertical height of the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Stapleton
  • Patent number: 10370852
    Abstract: A roofing material including a substrate having a top face and a bottom face. The roofing material further includes a non-asphalt coating applied to the substrate and an asphalt layer covering at least a portion of the top face. The bottom face is asphalt-free, or substantially asphalt-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Verhoff, Desmond John VanHouten, Scott William Schweiger
  • Patent number: 10364565
    Abstract: The sub-floor brace for abating squeaking floors is a structural element that is configured for use with a supported flooring. The sub-floor brace for abating squeaking floors supports the supported flooring from the ceiling side of the supported flooring. The sub-floor brace for abating squeaking floors supplements the load carrying capacity of the joists that are supporting the supported flooring by creating a load path from the supported flooring to a supporting flooring located in an inferior location to the supported flooring. The supplemental load paths created by the sub-floor brace for abating squeaking floors reduce the squeaking noise commonly associated with aging floors. The sub-floor brace for abating squeaking floors is a telescopic structure that comprises a first support, a second support, and a fastener. The fastener attaches the first support to the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jimmy Jackson
  • Patent number: 10364568
    Abstract: A fabricated building includes a plurality of vertically extending guide members and a plurality of building blocks arranged with the aid of said guide members to define a wall structure. Each block has a first end provided with a vertically extending guide hole having one of the guide members extending therethrough, and a second end coupled to a first end of a horizontally adjacent block. The fabricated building also includes a first threshold defining a first guide hole having one of the guide members extending therethrough and a second guide hole having one of the guide members extending therethrough. The fabricated building also includes a second threshold defining a first guide hole having one of the guide members extending therethrough and a second guide hole having one of the guide members extending therethrough. The first threshold and the second threshold define a frame space therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Kramer
  • Patent number: 10358839
    Abstract: A cross-bracing arrangement is provided for bracing between two hollow structural poles. The bracing arrangement provides for pivoting between the cross-brace and each of the hollow structural poles, for adjustment of the effective length of the cross-brace, and for angular adjustment of one end of the cross-brace relative to the other end of the cross-brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Diaaeldin Mohamed, Anthony J. Hansen, Tony Schuler, Shannon R. Eggert
  • Patent number: 10352034
    Abstract: A building technique uses standard shipping containers as buttresses to support a truss system that may extend between the shipping containers to provide a roof. A sliding connector system attaches the trusses to the shipping containers to accommodate variations in separation of the shipping containers presenting a versatile framing system that is insensitive to site-related variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Boyle, Luke Cernak, Jon Fuller, James Krych
  • Patent number: 10352046
    Abstract: A self-centring compact coupler for lifting, jacking or pushing apart and positioning concrete elements via their reinforcement bars (rebar) having an adjusting coupler member screwed on a threaded post attached to one rebar to apply a lifting or pushing force against a non-adjustable seating stud with an integral seating head and centring protrusion fixed to a corresponding and opposite rebar. An enclosing coupler member is screwed on the adjusting coupler member to enclose and lock the seating head and couple the rebar. The unitary configuration of the seating stud and seating head reduces the number of parts. The centring facility negates need of large internal tolerances to accommodate rebar misalignment, thus substantially ensuring co axial transfer of force from the coupler to the rebar. The coupler is used to incrementally vary and accurately adjust the relative positions of the concrete elements to one another in the building process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: M3S HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Steven Prowse
  • Patent number: 10330247
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a foldable frame structure, unfoldable into a 2N-sided polygonal shape (N being an integer equal to or larger than 2), achieving a securely and rigidly supported unfolded state and a compact folded state. [Solving means] 2N upper rods (210), with an equal length, are coupled to each other to define a planer 2N-sided polygonal shape. First coupling means (220) coupling two adjacent upper rod (210) at a corresponding one of apices of the 2N-sided polygonal shape, and holding the two upper rod (210) in such a manner that the upper rod (210) are rotatable about an orthogonal axis orthogonal to axes of both of the two rods and rotation means (240) that enable each of the upper rods (210) to rotate about the axis (AX1) are provided. Folding to be a columnar shape as a whole can be achieved with the upper rods (210) pivoted about the orthogonal axis (AX2) to minimize an angle between two adjacent upper rods (210) while the upper rods (210) are rotated about the axis (AX1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MARIO DEL MARE ARCHITECT INC.
    Inventor: Mario Shimodaira
  • Patent number: 10329759
    Abstract: A method of installing a panel member on a frame assembly includes the steps of providing a panel member having inner and outer surfaces and providing one or more positioning assemblies on the inner surface of the panel. The positioning assemblies each having an adjustable positioning member adapted to engage a portion of the frame assembly. The method further includes setting the positioning members to determine a registration point for the panel member along the frame assembly. One or more driving assemblies are then provided on the inner surface of the panel, each having a biasing member adapted to engage a portion of the frame assembly to drive the panel member towards the registration point on the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, Mark T. Slager, Marvin C. Knauf, Allen C. Hager, Steven Keith Meek
  • Patent number: 10323404
    Abstract: A connector includes an elongated member. The elongated member includes a longitudinal axis of the elongated member and further includes a top side and a bottom side. The top side includes a first planar surface and a second planar surface joined at 144 degrees from each other, wherein each of the first planar surface and the second planar surfaces are parallel to the longitudinal axis. The bottom side includes a third planar surface parallel to the longitudinal axis and oriented at an angle with the first planar surface, the angle selected from one of 108 degrees and 126 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Martin P. Hedler
  • Patent number: 10323416
    Abstract: A roofing system having at least one underlayment layer; at least two nail fasteners attached to the at least one underlayment layer and into the roof deck, wherein the head of each of the nail fasteners is above the at underlayment layer and the shaft is driven through the underlayment layer and into the roof deck; at least one bead of adhesive applied above the underlayment layer; and at least one metal roofing panels placed on the at least one bead of adhesive applied above the underlayment layer, wherein the at least one metal roofing panels are above the at least two nail fasteners and the at least two nail fasteners do not penetrate the at least one metal roofing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: James W. Horton
  • Patent number: 10323402
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is related to a beam-column connection structure, comprising a first H-shaped steel beam, a second H-shaped steel beam generally perpendicularly connected to a side of the first H-shaped steel beam, and a third H-shaped steel beam generally perpendicularly connected to another side of the first H-shaped steel beam wherein a main stirrup penetrates these H-shaped steel beams and surrounds the joints thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: RUENTEX ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Samuel Yin, Jui-Chen Wang
  • Patent number: 10321787
    Abstract: A vertical wall mount system is provided that is easily installed in a perfectly level and plumb manner and is further cable of being design to be completely waterproof, interchangeable and customizable to include endless additional features. The vertical wall mount system includes two main components: a sub-frame assembly and a panel frame assembly. The sub-frame assembly includes mounting clips for pivotal attachment to a wall frame, such as, a standard 2×4 stud. Horizontal wall rails are mounted on the mounting clips to create the sub-frame assembly. The horizontal wall rails are designed to support a panel assembly on the horizontal wall rails, which may, for example, include a tile panel. The panel assembly includes a panel frame secured to the back side of the panel, which panel assembly is designed to hang on the horizontal wall rails of the sub-frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Richard White
  • Patent number: 10316518
    Abstract: Roof tile for forming a roof covering, wherein the roof tile (1) comprises a ceramic body (8); wherein said ceramic body (8) is made of porcelain; and wherein the roof tile (1) further comprises a glaze coating (9), which is situated above said ceramic body (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DALTILE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahul Patki, Terry Adams, Raul Rodriguez, Claudio Caselli
  • Patent number: 10309100
    Abstract: A mullion cover hanger and a curtain wall insulation system incorporating the mullion cover hanger are provided. The mullion cover hanger includes an elongated main body having hook members extending therefrom. When the mullion cover hanger is attached to a mullion, a mullion cover can be secured to the mullion cover hanger without using electric tools or additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Long, Saul Salgado
  • Patent number: 10309109
    Abstract: A panel of a structure is provided that includes a first layer of material, a second layer of material, a filler material between the first layer of material and the second layer of material, and a bracket connected to the first layer of material. The bracket has a bottom flange spaced from the first layer of material. The filler material is between the first layer of material and the bottom flange securing the first layer of material to the filler material to function as an anchor and to provide embedment strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MANITOWOC FSG OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Ryan Moffett
  • Patent number: 10308056
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing decorative surfaces includes the steps of a) inkjet printing an image on a first thermoplastic foil using a pigmented UV curable inkjet ink; b) applying a second thermoplastic foil on the inkjet printed image; and c) heat pressing the first and second thermoplastic foils into a decorative laminate; wherein the pigmented UV curable inkjet ink contains a polymerizable composition having 30 to 70 wt % of monofunctional polymerizable compounds and 30 to 70 wt % of polyfunctional polymerizable compounds, the weight percentage wt % is based on the total weight of the polymerizable composition; and at least one of the first and second thermoplastic foils is a transparent foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: AGFA NV, UNILIN BVBA
    Inventors: Roel De Mondt, Nadine Willems
  • Patent number: 10301817
    Abstract: An exterior insulating system for a building includes at least one insulating panel having a wall-facing side and an outward-facing side, a top and a bottom, the at least one insulating panel having a slope at the top that angles downwardly from the wall-facing side to the outward-facing side; at least one elongated clip member fastenable along a soffit that is extending outwards from a wall of the building; and at least one auxiliary panel having a first edge that is dimensioned to be received by the at least one elongated clip member opposite a main body of the at least one auxiliary panel from a second edge of the at least one auxiliary panel that is connectable to the at least one insulating panel, the main body incorporating structure for permitting airflow through the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Softwick Corp.
    Inventor: Brian Ackerley
  • Patent number: 10301822
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wall and a construction method. The wall comprises keel frames comprising transverse keels and longitudinal keels, cells are formed between adjacent transverse keels and adjacent longitudinal keels; each panel unit is installed in each cell; each panel unit is installed in each cell; transverse mounting strips are arranged between the transverse keels and the panel units, and longitudinal mounting strips are arranged between the longitudinal keels and the panel units; the transverse mounting strip stretches across the transverse keel, the longitudinal mounting strip stretches across the longitudinal keel; outdoor and indoor position corresponding to the transverse keel is provided with a transverse outer trim strip and a transverse inner trim strip; outdoor and indoor position corresponding to the longitudinal keel is provided with a longitudinal outer trim strip and a longitudinal inner trim strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN SHIXI INTELLIGENT MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Dongzuo Yang