Patents Examined by Christine T. Cajilig
  • Patent number: 10597871
    Abstract: An insert for lifting and leveling a precast concrete slab is provided. The insert includes a sleeve that extends through the concrete slab and has two distinct threaded portions on an inner surface of the sleeve. This configuration allows a lifting bolt to be positioned into an upper end of the sleeve to lift the concrete slab, and a different-sized leveling bolt to be positioned in the sleeve to selectively elevate or raise part of the concrete slab relative to a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Meadow Burke, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Recker, Ronald G. Naumann, Hector G. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10597868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sealing strip (1) for sealing a joint (11) between two elements (12), in particular between building components, wherein the sealing strip (1) extends in a longitudinal direction (L) and has, in cross-sectional profile, two fastening portions (2) between which there are provided two separate adjacent sealing portions (3) which are separated from one another by a predetermined bending point (4) which runs in the longitudinal direction (L), wherein the sealing portions (3) each have a chamber (6) which is filled with a compressible foam, wherein the sealing strip (1) is formed from a sheet material (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Foerg
  • Patent number: 10597881
    Abstract: A wall system including a plurality of panel assemblies, each having a reduced thickness for use in connection with a portion of a building structure. The panel assembly comprises two panel members disposed in interconnecting relation, collectively defining an air gap that is generally filled with a filler material such as concrete. Removable support members are further included and disposed on an outside face of a corresponding panel member. The removable support members may comprise corrugated steel panels that may be held in place along with the panel members by retainers that interconnect the panels and/or removable support members. Wire mesh may be disposed within the air gap. One or more panel assemblies may be interconnected via a connecting assembly. The connecting assembly may comprise a U-shaped channel with one or more apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Rafael Huguet, Sr., Rafael Huguet, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10596403
    Abstract: A low vibration and noise reduction exercise mat unit has a buffer plate and multiple protruding portions. The buffer plate has a board, multiple male buckles, and multiple female buckles. The board is quadrilateral and has a bottom, a recess, and a flange. The recess is formed on a bottom surface of the board. The flange is formed around the recess. The multiple protruding portions are disposed at spaced intervals in the recess of the board. The multiple protruding portions protrude downwardly from an inner top surface of the recess of the board. The buffer plate and the multiple protruding portions are made of natural rubber, will not affect the human body, and are stable in quality. The male buckles and female buckles can enhance the connecting strength between the mat units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Vincent Lin
  • Patent number: 10594250
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a solar panel array on a surface is disclosed. The solar panel array includes a plurality of solar panel modules and a hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly. The hybrid solar panel module mounting assembly includes a component of a rail-based mounting system and a component of a rail-less mounting system. At least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-based mounting system and at least one of the plurality of solar panel modules is mounted on the component of the rail-less mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Unirac Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Schuit, Jason Mayfield, December Cowen, Darren Womacks
  • Patent number: 10590649
    Abstract: An elongated ceiling grid member and a ceiling grid assembly that includes a plurality of the elongated ceiling grid members are disclosed. The elongated ceiling grid member may include an upper portion, a lower portion and a middle portion that connects the upper portion and the lower portion. The upper portion may include a first pair of spaced and substantially parallel sidewalls having ridged interior surfaces that face each other. Similarly, the lower portion may include a second pair of spaced and substantially parallel sidewalls. Each sidewall of the second pair of sidewalls may include upper and lower ridged interior surfaces, with the distance between the upper ridged interior surfaces being different than the distance between the lower ridged interior surfaces. A plurality of the elongated grid members can be connected at their ends to form a grid of the plurality of elongated grid members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Rachel Elizabeth Morrison, Daniel Brent Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10584492
    Abstract: A double winding reinforcement method has a main bars erecting step, a reinforcement stirrup winding step, and a reinforcement bar double ends winding step. In the main bars erecting step, multiple main bars are vertically disposed and are arranged in a rectangular shape. In the reinforcement stirrup winding step, a reinforcement stirrup is horizontally wound around the multiple main bars and is wound in a rectangular shape, and the main bars are defined as multiple pairs of opposite main bars. In the reinforcement bar double ends winding step, each reinforcement bar has a first end and a second end. The first end of each reinforcement bar is fixed with one of the main bars of a respective one of the pairs of opposite main bars. The second end is wound around the reinforcement stirrup and the other main bar of the pair of opposite main bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Hsun-Jen Chuang
  • Patent number: 10584479
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for constructing buildings having a reticular structure and to a building constructed using said method. The method comprises the steps of: erecting a set of columns (1, 2, 3, 4) that form the vertical supporting structure, on foundations or piles; arranging, in a lower zone of the structure (100), a heap (5) with fully constructed floor modules (6) inside the space defined by the columns (1, 2, 3, 4) and in the same vertical order as the definitive order planned for each of the floor modules of the structure (100) forming the building; raising the floor modules (6) by means of elevators, to place same in their definitive positions at corresponding heights; and joining the floor modules (6) to the columns (1, 2, 3, 4) by means of screwing, welding, riveting or an equivalent system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Francisco José Saenz Saenz
  • Patent number: 10577808
    Abstract: In a method for modernizing a building, a former stairwell of the building is converted such that an elevator shaft of an elevator system to be constructed can be provided in the former stairwell. The elevator shaft is provided in the former stairwell of the building such that stepless access is facilitated to specific floors of the building from an elevator car of the elevator system, which car can be provided in the elevator shaft. A new staircase is constructed outside the former stairwell. In addition, a former staircase is removed from the former stairwell. Furthermore, access bridges are disposed next to the elevator shaft in the former stairwell, thereby enabling flush access from the new staircase to the specific floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Lennart Svensson-Hilford, Sönke Mestemacher
  • Patent number: 10577820
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tower section and to a method for raising said section with a complete new or existing wind turbine on the upper part thereof, the assembly being raised to heights greater than 120 meters by means of a raising system that operates at ground level and gradually inserts modular frame structures through the lower part. The modules have heights between 10 and 14 meters and are formed by a trellis of at least three vertical columns and with diagonal elements which react to the twisting moments and shear forces generated by the action of the wind. A transition part with a base sufficient for raising in wind conditions greater than 15 meters/second is disposed on top of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Ana Cristina García Perez, Ion Arocena De La Rúa, Eneko Sanz Pascual, Hely Ricardo Savii Costa
  • Patent number: 10570637
    Abstract: The disclosed technology provides a seismic yielding connector. The seismic yielding connector includes a U-shaped plate configured to connect a side stud of a panel to another component of a panel and a yielding plate located between the U-shaped plate and the side stud of the panel. A high-strength bolt connects the U-shaped plate, the yielding plate, and the side stud of the panel to a structural column. A bushing is located between the U-shaped plate and the structural column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: PATCO LLC
    Inventors: Grzegorz Staszczyk, John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 10570610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a profiled rail (2) for fastening to a formwork (5) for at least partially embedding in concrete. The profiled rail (2) is formed in a substantially C-shaped manner along a profiled rail longitudinal axis, wherein a plurality of holes (24) are formed in the rail back (21). Plugs (1) are inserted into some of the holes (24), wherein each plug (1) has a cap section (12) and an adjoining through section (10). The through section (10) fits through the respective hole wherein the cap section butts against the rail back (21). The plug (1) has a feed-through region (13) through which an elongate connecting element (4) can be pieced being guided by the feed-through region (13). The connecting element (4) is preferably a nail or a screw and connects the plug (1) to the formwork (5) holding the profiled rail on the formwork (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Friedrich Wilhelm Neikes
  • Patent number: 10557268
    Abstract: Disclosed are sealing apparatuses used in conjunction with corrugated roofing around chimneys, vents, solar tubes, and other structures protruding through corrugated roof or siding. In one embodiment a specialized gasket comprising gasket ribs having a profile that matches a chosen corrugated sheet metal barrier is utilized. A transition barrier hole is cut into the corrugated sheet metal barrier and then the hole is used to cut a transition gasket hole in the gasket. A sealant is used between the gasket and mating parts to create a seal about the transition vessel to prevent roof leaks. In some embodiments, the gasket is in the form of gasket plugs which may be trimmed and utilized to plug and seal the corrugations surrounding a transition barrier hole in a corrugated sheet metal barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Scott Presley
  • Patent number: 10550626
    Abstract: An element, having an insulating glass unit mounted in a metal frame assembly, may include an outer frame assembly comprising a unitary outer frame member, a plurality of mounting studs projecting from said outer frame member in perpendicular relationship in a first pattern aligned with a first complementary pattern of mounting bores defined in an insulation body assembly when the outer frame member is disposed in common alignment with the insulation body assembly, an inner frame assembly including a multi-part inner frame member having a set of discrete inner frame side members, a plurality of mounting studs projecting from the inner frame member in a second pattern aligned with a second complementary pattern of mounting bores in a rear surface of the insulation body assembly, each mounting bore having a respective mounting bore sidewall spaced from an aligned mounting stud received therein, and a curing connection medium in the plurality of mounting bores to define a plurality of mounting connections from t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Portella Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Martha Medina, Misrraim Cardenas Salmeron, Alejandro Salazar Salas
  • Patent number: 10549824
    Abstract: A floating vessel modular protection and security device includes a stationary bowed frame configured to be positioned over a floating vessel, the stationary frame and a moveable bowed frame. A stationary flexible cover extends from one end to the other end of the stationary bowed frame, covering stationary crossbeams. The stationary flexible cover having a length from end to end that is shorter than a length of the floating vessel. A moveable flexible cover extends from one end to the other end of the moveable bowed frame, covering the movable bowed frame crossbeams. The movable bowed frames slides on the upper moveable frame track and lower stationary frame track simultaneously to repeatedly retract and deploy to access or secure a floating vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Bejrowski, Edward Joseoh Bejrowski
  • Patent number: 10550625
    Abstract: An insulating body for multi-shell construction elements for spacing apart and thermally separating at least two profiled section elements relative to each other has a base member with a first side and a second side opposite the first side. Fastening projections are arranged on the first and second sides of the base member and secure the insulating body in receptacles of the profiled section elements. At least the first side has two of the fastening projections. The base member has a hollow chamber with an inner guiding contour for receiving and guiding fitting parts. A multi-shell construction element with at least two profiled section elements is provided with at least one such insulating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Solarlux GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Niehausmeier, Werner Helmich
  • Patent number: 10538922
    Abstract: Floor panels are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system that may be locked with a vertical displacement of a first panel against a second panel. The locking system includes a first rigid and a second flexible joint edge section with different locking functions. The first edge section provides a horizontal locking and the second section provides a vertical locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 10533337
    Abstract: A solar power generation assembly includes a vertical support column; a canopy including a plurality of solar modules for solar power generation; a first brace and a second brace on a first side of the support column to support the canopy; a third brace and a fourth brace on a second side of the support column to support the canopy; and a gutter system integrated into the canopy and directing precipitation along one or more of the second brace and the fourth brace to the support column. One or more of the first brace and the third brace manage electrical cables extending from the canopy to the support column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas J. McKibben, John Kapla, Sushrut G. Bapat, Elizabeth Schulte, Gary A. Rossi, Jeremy Mansell, Andrew R. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10526840
    Abstract: Perimeter frame for sliding glass doors of the type including extruded metal profiles that are combined together circumferentially surrounding the glass sheet having two lateral profiles (1) arranged vertically and that fit on the sides of the glass sheet (4), a set of lower profiles (2) arranged horizontally on each side of the glass sheet (4) at its lower part and a set of upper profiles (3) arranged vertically in the upper area of the sheet glass (4), between which there is provided an opening (5) through which protrudes the upper portion of the glass (6), in which the clamps (7) that hold the sheet are applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Oscar Torrabias Cantal
  • Patent number: 10519685
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower includes a plurality of tower sections axially aligned and connected together. Each tower section includes an inner wall having a tapered cylindrical shape concentrically positioned within an outer wall having a tapered cylindrical shape. An annular space is defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, and a layer of concrete is disposed within the annular space. A plurality of post-tensioning cables extend longitudinally within the annular space or outside the outer wall, such that a first one of the tower sections is connected to a second one of the tower sections by a plurality of the post-tensioning cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: University of Maine System Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Anthony M. Viselli, Habib J. Dagher