Patents Examined by Patrick Maestri
  • Patent number: 9802785
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating wire and cable installations are provided. According to embodiments, a system comprises a reel and a first parallel including a first conductor loaded onto the reel in a first layer. The system may further comprise a second parallel including a second conductor loaded onto the reel in a second layer. At least a portion of the second layer of the second parallel may be loaded on top of at least a portion of the first layer of the first parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Carlson, David Brian McCardel, David A. Cooper, David Mercier, Allan W. Daniel, Timothy M. Andrea
  • Patent number: 9789664
    Abstract: A plated tubular lattice structure is described. The plated tubular lattice structure may comprise a backbone structure which may include a plurality of axial posts and a plurality of pyramidal structures extending laterally from the axial posts and connecting the axial posts at nodes. The plated tubular lattice structure may further comprise a metal plating layer plated on an outer surface of the backbone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Grant O. Cook, III, James T. Roach
  • Patent number: 9771723
    Abstract: Floor panels provided with a mechanical locking system comprising a separate material in order to reduce snapping resistance during vertical displacement. For example, a separate flexible tongue, the flexible tongue including an inner part, which is connected to a holding groove at a second edge, and an outer flexible snap tab that extends upwardly and in the connected state into a cavity under a protruding tongue for locking a first and a second floor panel to each other in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CERALOC INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 9755262
    Abstract: A resin panel structure capable of improving positioning precision of a resin panel is provided. A resin panel structure includes a fiber reinforced plastic upper panel, a fiber reinforced plastic lower panel disposed below the upper panel, a fiber reinforced plastic core panel that is installed between the upper panel and the lower panel and joined to the upper panel and the lower panel, and includes an opening into which a portion of the upper panel or a portion of the lower panel is inserted, and a joining member that joins the upper panel or the lower panel that is inserted into the opening, and the other of the upper panel or the lower panel, together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koki Ikeda, Tomohiro Sakurai, Kentaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9677290
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anchoring system for a wall formwork as well as to a method for suspending the anchoring system on the rear side of a wall formwork while dismantling a wall formwork. In order to accelerate a dismantling process, an anchoring system with an anchoring rod (4) and at least one disengageable locking device is provided. The part of the anchoring system that is pulled out of wall formworks after a concrete wall has been produced comprises a suspension means for suspending on a wall formwork the part of the anchoring system that has been pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Hünnebeck GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Berger, Volker Klehr, Klaus Hagemes
  • Patent number: 9677591
    Abstract: The invention relates to a screw, comprising a drive, a drilling tip for producing a bore, said bore having a bore axis and a bore diameter, which drilling tip is spaced apart from the drive in a drive-in direction, and a shaft, which extends from the drive to the drilling tip, wherein the shaft has a stop section, which can be fed through the bore when the drive-in direction of the screw is tilted in relation to the bore axis and which has a stop surface for blocking the feeding of the stop section through the bore when the drive-in direction of the screw is oriented parallel to the bore axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Foser, Daniel Baudy
  • Patent number: 9677263
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems for connecting a flooring system to a vertical wall. In one embodiment the building structure includes a floor comprising a cementitious slab and a wall supporting at least a portion of the cementitious slab. A plurality of stand-off fasteners extend from the top of the wall into the cementitious slab and are configured to transfer forces between the cementitious slab and the wall. The stand-off fasteners comprise a lower portion and an upper stand-off portion. The lower portion is operatively coupled to the top of the wall, and the upper stand-off portion extends above the top of the wall and is encapsulated within the cementitious slab. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the lower portion is heat treated to a higher degree of hardness relative to the remainder of the stand-off screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NUCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn Wayne Studebaker, David Lee Samuelson, Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 9664447
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fibrous insulation block which can improve work efficiency of lining construction in various types of refractory furnace in iron works, and a construction method for a heated furnace-surface lining using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohji Kohno, Motokuni Itakusu, Masaharu Sato, Takuo Uehara, Yoshitsugu Okanaka, Tomonobu Shiraishi, Kenji Goto, Sho Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9657495
    Abstract: A crane system includes a structural truss positioned within a central opening defined by an inside surface of an annular tower, a crane mast connected to an outside surface of the annular tower, and a jib arm connected to the crane mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: James D. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9656678
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for loading and unloading a semi-trailer on a railway wagon, comprising a loading and unloading structure intended to receive the semi-trailer. The loading and unloading structure comprises a lower portion in the form of a support plate intended to carry the semi-trailer and an upper portion in the form of a handling frame intended to be handled and moved by a standard means for handling containers. To this end, the upper portion of the handling frame has a standard container interface intended to be handled and moved by a standard means for handling containers. The support plate and the handling frame are connected either by a fixed link or by a detachable link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Lohr Industrie
    Inventor: Hervé Morel
  • Patent number: 9637916
    Abstract: A work-station utilizes sound absorbing, translucent enclosure panels that allows light from outside of the work-station to enter. The translucent enclosure panels have an outside panel, and intermediate panel and an inside panel of a translucent plastic sheet material that form cells for dampening sound transmission through the enclosure panels. The inside panel has a plurality of apertures to allow sound to enter and be dissipated within the internal cells. A sound masking device is configured within the work-station and projects a dampening sound into the work-station, such as along the opening to work-station to produce a masking sound curtain for sound entering the work-station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Lytle
  • Patent number: 9637923
    Abstract: A structural member having a longitudinal axis comprises: an exterior shell member defining an elongated channel with an inner surface; an interior shell member having an outer surface and defining an inner channel, inserted in the elongated channel of the exterior shell member and extending longitudinally therein and defining an inter-shell spacing therebetween; and concrete filling the inter-shell spacing and including at least one reinforcement bar having a longitudinally extending section extending in the inter-shell spacing and being disconnected from the inner surface of the exterior shell member and from the outer surface of the interior shell member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SOCPRA SCIENCES ET GENIE S.E.C.
    Inventors: Masmoudi Radhouane, Abouzied Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9638563
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) having a tubular shape, comprising a body (2) and at least two extremities (3a, 3b), wherein at least one of these extremities (3a, 3b) has a V-shape (4) and comprises an opening (5) forming an ellipse (6), and wherein the angle ? between i) the central and longitudinal axis (7) of the device (1) and ii) the tangential line (8) formed by said V-shape (4) is lower than 10°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Montarras
  • Patent number: 9638356
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wall feed-through fitting for passing elongated parts, pipes, wires, and/or cables through a wall of piece of equipment, housing or component provided with the wall that has a throughgoing hole and where a flange (1) is fastened to the wall by a fastener, the flange having a hole (2) coaxial to the throughgoing hole, wherein the flange (1) has two half-flanges (3) that abut at a parting plane crossing the hole (2), the half-flanges are connected or connectable to one another by integrally molded connecting formations (4), and the half-flanges (3) are of identical shape with each of the half-flanges (3) having a first connecting formation at one respective parting face and a second connecting formation at a second respective parting face and the first and second connecting formations are different from one another but fit complementarily with one another in a desired mounting position of the half-flanges (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PFLITSCH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ulrike Schwinning, Martin Lechner
  • Patent number: 9631377
    Abstract: A joint connector for connecting abutting edges of tapered drywall is provided that includes a base, a column projecting forward from said base, and mud legs extending generally perpendicular to said column forming pockets for receipt of tapered edges of said drywall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Frank Michael Browne, Kyle Edward Seward
  • Patent number: 9624713
    Abstract: A connection system comprising an anchor connected to the window frame, a meeting rail having ends that may be snap fit to the anchor, and a single screw to tighten and true-up the connection once it is installed in the anchor. The connection system allows the meeting rail to be removed and replace from inside the building. In an alternative embodiment the disclosure details a kit for detachably securing a meeting rail to a frame jamb. The kit comprises separate anchors that are removably secured to the first and second side of the jamb frame and a profiled pin for insertion into the anchor for securing the meeting rail to the anchor and upon manual rotation of the pin the meeting rail and frame jambs are secured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin David Campbell
  • Patent number: 9624044
    Abstract: A rack for a heavy equipment bucket having a rectangular base and two vertical posts. Each vertical post has one or more upwardly angled extending protrusions. A series of double ended reverse hooks are provided with the rack for stacking heavy equipment buckets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Steve Wright, Bob Beales
  • Patent number: 9624680
    Abstract: There is provided a portable apparatus (10) for supporting and carrying a brick structure (22). The portable apparatus (10) includes a base (12) that is configured to carry, in use, the brick structure (22). The portable apparatus (10) also includes a position assembly (14) that has one or more position members (16). The or each position member (16) is configured to define, in use, a first layout for a plurality of bricks of the brick structure (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9617725
    Abstract: A building system comprising a plurality of tubes, a plurality of connection nodes comprising tubular sections for connection to the tubes, wherein the tubes are arranged to connect between the connection nodes to form a frame for a building, wherein at least one continuous cavity is formed through at least a portion of the nodes and tubes when the nodes and tubes are connected, the building system further comprising fluid tight seals between the tubes and connection nodes to enable fluid to flow through the at least one continuous cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEW BUILDING SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Glen Carless
  • Patent number: 9616259
    Abstract: Fire block devices for application to a wall component. The fire-block device can be a wall component that includes a fire-resistant material strip that expands in response to sufficient heat to create a fire-resistant barrier. In some applications, the fire-block wall component is positioned to extend lengthwise along and across a gap between wallboard members. The fire-block wall component may have a U-shaped central portion and a pair of side portions extending in opposite directions from the central portion. The fire-resistant material may be positioned on the central portion of the fire-block device. The central portion may be positioned within the gap such that the fire-resistant material expands in response to sufficient heat to create a fire-resistant barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin