Patents Examined by Michael Safavi
  • Patent number: 11027455
    Abstract: Features for formliners to form a decorative pattern in a curable material and methods of using the same are disclosed. An improved formliner is disclosed with substantially seamlessly connecting components that reduces the need for using adhesives for interconnecting a plurality of formliners in a pattern. Further, the formliner is configured to reduce and/or substantially eliminate visible seams in order to create a more natural appearance in a finished product of the curable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Edward Daniel Fitzgerald, Brian Eugene Sheehan
  • Patent number: 11015627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a panel clamp securable to a variety of mounting mechanisms. The clamp includes first and second members, each having an edge extending beyond at least a portion of its side surface to form an overhang, and each includes a plurality of holes passing therethrough. When the overhang of the first member is fitted over a top surface of a panel and the overhang of the second member is fitted over a bottom surface of the panel, such that the plurality of holes in the first member is substantially aligned with the plurality of holes in the second member, mechanical fasteners can be inserted through the plurality of holes to secure the first and second members to the panel. An additional mechanical fastener is inserted through the clamp to secure the clamp to a mounting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Solar Clam-P, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Park, Mahnyong Park
  • Patent number: 11015335
    Abstract: A lifting system for a concrete component comprises a void former incorporated into the component during casting and which provides within the component a void which receives a locking pin of a lifting anchor assembly which is locked within the void by rotation of a locking pin. The lifting anchor assembly has a visual indicator to indicate when the pin is in its locked condition within the void, and a pivotal lifting shackle of the assembly is prevented from movement into a position in which lifting can take place until the pin is in its locked condition. Preferably a base of the void former is configured to retain components of a jacking system by which a concrete slab used for road repair can be jacked into a level configuration with the remainder of the roadway when it has been positioned by use of the lifting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Urquhart Connell, Andrew Saul Barraclough, Alexander Charles Knott
  • Patent number: 11008765
    Abstract: A corner form apparatus having a rigid, angled form with a pair of leg sections and a plurality of gussets extending between the leg sections. A post is mounted for axial sliding back-and-forth movement within openings formed in the gussets between a pour position and a stripped position. A linear actuator is mounted between the rigid, angled form and the post and a pair of extension mounting arms are pivotally attached to the post at a first end and pivotally attached to each to an associated form extension using slotted holes at a second end whereupon movement of the post between the pour position and the stripping position moves each of the form extensions from a position coplanar with a corresponding one of the rigid, angled form leg sections in the pour position inwardly to a stripped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Wilian Holding Co.
    Inventors: James Johnson, Thomas Waldschmitt, Andrew Gray, Robert McCracken
  • Patent number: 11008750
    Abstract: A system for retaining a flowable and curable building material to form a portion of a foundation includes side walls disposed in a predetermined configuration having a first side wall and a second side wall, and at least one component having an interior cavity disposed in one of the side walls. A bracket assembly includes an outwardly bounding reinforcement post for each of the side walls, a separator bar having a plurality of apertures sized to receive and retain each of the reinforcement posts at locations corresponding to nominal widths of the at least one component. A barrier is disposed between the outwardly bounding posts. The barrier and the component in the side wall is retained in the foundation after the building material cures. The barrier prevents backfill from filling a volume between the outwardly bounding posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DRFF, LLC
    Inventor: Charles S. Moyher
  • Patent number: 11002027
    Abstract: A stacking clip suitable for use with a concrete forming system having one or more frame elements having one or more ribs formed on a rail. The stacking clip allows an extension component to be coupled to the stacking clip and to hence extend the height or the width of the frame element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Titcomb Brothers Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Titcomb, Ted Titcomb
  • Patent number: 10995459
    Abstract: An adjustable concrete footer bulkhead for pouring concrete footers includes a center body; a first slide body and a second slide body each having equal heights; a first rotating concrete pin guide and a second rotating concrete pin guide; a plurality of pins; and a first support bracket and a second support bracket each having a height equal to the height of the first and second slide bodies; and wherein the center body is sized and configured for engaged receipt of the first slide body and the second slide body such that each of the first and second slide bodies are slidably adjustable along the center body, and wherein the first and second slide bodies are each secured to the center body using at least one of the plurality of pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: James L. Davis
  • Patent number: 10995506
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in construction to assist in the support of suspended concrete during at least a curing phase of the concrete. The apparatus comprises a base member and a support member coupled to the base member and moveable relative to the base member between a first relative position (“first position”) and a second relative position (“second position”). A biasing mechanism is operatively coupled to the support member to bias the support member toward the second position. In use, the support member is positioned to engage and support the suspended concrete and move from the first position toward the second position as the concrete cures and contracts, to maintain substantially continuous support to the concrete during at least a substantial period of the curing phase. In the preferred embodiment the apparatus is configured for use with a support prop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Eamus Paul Coote, Keith Anthony Callanan
  • Patent number: 10988945
    Abstract: A masonry form system including a plurality of masonry form members, wherein the plurality of masonry form members may include opposing vertical side walls; and a connector mechanism on at least one end of each of the plurality of masonry form members; and wherein, the plurality of masonry form members may be configured to be connected together via the connector mechanisms. A method of using a masonry form system including providing a masonry form system, selecting and positioning the selected plurality of masonry form members based on a pre-determined plan to form a desired masonry form; and connecting the selected and positioned plurality of masonry form members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Francis Amato, Frank Amato
  • Patent number: 10982453
    Abstract: A spacing connector used for assembling formworks and made up of at least one crosspiece, the crosspiece being connected, at both of its opposite ends, with at least one respective connection portion suited to make a connection with at least one panel of such formwork, the spacing connector also including at least one transpiration duct featuring two respective end openings, each of the end openings leading to a respective connection portion. Also disclosed is a formwork system including the spacing connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Michele Caboni
  • Patent number: 10982452
    Abstract: A joist for a formwork grid construction component system is disclosed. Typical joists (sometimes referred to as secondary beams) span a distance of approximately six feet (when fully connected). By strengthening the joist using an altered profile while maintaining interoperable external dimensions, the span distance may be increased. That is, by forming the joists with the disclosed profile, joists can be made longer (e.g., have an eight foot connected span) and maintain appropriate strength or even have an increased weight tolerance. Formwork grid systems are used in construction of buildings and other structures. Interoperability with existing components is maintained by the disclosed joist profile adhering to the same external functional form factor as existing joists. The external form factor being the same allows joists constructed in accordance with this disclosure to properly function with existing formwork grid construction components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Bradley D. A. Bond
  • Patent number: 10974416
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) usable in forming a building component of a settable material such as concrete with a plurality of facing members (24) such as bricks. The apparatus comprises a base member (12) in the form of a steel plate with a regular array of mounting holes (14) which can receive clip members (26) to support the facing members (24) in position during casting of the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Harvey Richard Thorp
  • Patent number: 10975586
    Abstract: A wind turbine foundation comprising a concrete support slab having a horizontal rebar grid therein, a concrete pedestal integral with the support slab and having vertical post tensioning elements therein and a plurality of concrete ribs on top of and integral with the support slab and integral with the pedestal, the ribs having rebar therein and extend outwardly from the pedestal, the pedestal, slab and ribs are connected to each other to form a monolithic foundation. The foundation design reduces the weight and volume of materials used, reduces cost, and improves heat dissipation conditions during construction by having a small ratio of concrete mass to surface area thus eliminating the risk of thermal cracking due to heat of hydration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Ahmed M. Phuly
  • Patent number: 10975585
    Abstract: A connection assembly for formwork elements includes a counterplate, a bolt, and a bolt block. The counterplate can include a plurality of surfaces having differing heights that selectively engage with a waler during engagement or disengagement of the bolt from the formwork element. The formwork element can include a J-shaped waler that allows for easy climbing and/or hanging of objects on a site. The connection assembly can include a bolt block that removably engages a formwork element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PERI Formwork Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Jorgensen, Mark D. Henning
  • Patent number: 10961727
    Abstract: An illustrative example embodiment of a concrete form clip includes a body including two ends and a plurality of arms. One of the arms is near each of the ends. The arms are oriented transverse to the body. A plurality of projections extend from the body. Each of the projections is spaced from a respective one of the arms with a spacing between the projection and the respective arm to accommodate a portion of an edge of a form panel. At least one tab on at least one of the arms is transverse to the arm. The tab includes a tool receiving surface that facilitates using a tool to manipulate the clip relative to a form panel, which simplifies the task of removing the clip from the form panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Louis Rosales
  • Patent number: 10947746
    Abstract: A configurable steel form system for creating precast concrete panels is disclosed. The configurable steel form system can be used to create precast panels for both commercial tilt panels and highway noise barrier walls, among other applications. A plurality of steel form system sections are preferably fabricated from steel plate bent into a J-channel member. The configurable steel form system can be designed in sections that are quickly assembled. To suit a particular application, a section can be extended by sequentially attaching extension members to a primary member. A quick-release mechanism can be implemented for ease and speed of connection. Each section can have the panel depth and contour fabricated into the steel form profile. Anchoring holes and corner miters can also be cut into the form's framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MW Panel Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan White
  • Patent number: 10947747
    Abstract: A fatigue resistant gravity based spread footing under heavy multi-axial cyclical loading of a wind tower. The foundation having a central vertical pedestal, a substantially horizontal continuous bottom support slab, a plurality of radial reinforcing ribs extending radially outward from the pedestal. The pedestal, ribs and slab forming a continuous monolithic structure. The foundation may have a three-dimensional network of post-tensioning elements that keep the structural elements under heavy multi-axial post compression with a specific eccentricity intended to reduce stress amplitudes and deflections and allows the foundation to have a desirable combination of high stiffness and superior fatigue resistance. The foundation design reduces the weight and volume of materials used, reduces cost, and improves heat dissipation conditions during construction by having a small ratio of concrete mass to surface area thus eliminating the risk of thermal cracking due to heat of hydration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Ahmed Phuly
  • Patent number: 10941580
    Abstract: A concrete forming system for reducing the time and labor required for the framing, pouring, and curing of concrete walls. The concrete forming system generally includes concrete forms including a first wall, a second wall opposing the first wall, and a pair of sidewalls. A cavity is formed between the walls; with an opening being fluidly connected to the cavity. A first vehicle is connected to the first wall and a second vehicle is connected to the second wall. Using the vehicles, the positioning and orientation of the walls may be adjusted. After the walls have been placed and oriented, the vehicles will hold the walls in place as concrete is poured into the cavity through the opening. The concrete is allowed to cure into a structure; after which the vehicles and walls may be moved to another location to repeat the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TGR Construction, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Fisher, Gregory L. Schafer
  • Patent number: 10934710
    Abstract: A prefabricated superimposed recycled lump concrete slab includes a fresh concrete, demolished concrete lumps, and a reinforcement fabric at a lower part of the slab. The demolished concrete lumps can protrude from the fresh concrete, but a protruding height is no more than 25 mm, and the protruding height is controlled by assembling molds. The assembling molds comprise casting molds and a height-controlling cover plate, reinforcement-locating slots are reserved on side molds of the casting molds, and a vertical position of the height-controlling is determined by using screws, position-controlling nuts and gaskets of different thicknesses, which are located at four corners of the casting molds. A construction method of the prefabricated superimposed recycled lump concrete slab is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Simin Jian
  • Patent number: 10920433
    Abstract: A metal concrete form panel having a face sheet secured to a perimeter flange that includes side rails and end rails. One or more tie ribs extend between the end rails. A bolt block is secured in each corner to the perimeter flange where the side rails meet the end rails. A bar is located spaced inside each side rail and extended between and secured to each of the pair of opposing bolt blocks of the associated end rail and also secured to each intervening tie rib and to the face sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wilian Holding Co.
    Inventors: Robert McCracken, Andrew Gray