Patents by Inventor Claude Brown, Jr.

Claude Brown, Jr. has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190136532
    Abstract: A beam assembly includes a plastic composite beam and a flitch plate, where the flitch plate is secured to the plastic composite beam to improve the strength and rigidity of the beam. The assembly may include a plurality of rods extending through holes defined in the flitch plate and the beam to compress the flitch plate and the beam and to create a frictional engagement between the flitch plate and the beam. The flitch plate may have a height that is less than the height of the beam, such that upper and lower surfaces of the flitch plate are recessed from the upper and lower surfaces of the beam. The assembly may include two beams with a flitch plate disposed laterally between the beams. The flitch plate may include projections or protrusions that engage the beams to secure the flitch plate to the beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: CLAUDE BROWN, JR., DAVID C. CRANE, ROBERT E. COMBS
  • Publication number: 20190136503
    Abstract: A structural reinforced composite construction mat includes a plurality of composite plastic beams that are ganged together to define the mat, with a plurality of flitch plates disposed between at least some of the plastic beams to provide additional strength and rigidity to the mat. The plastic beams may be made of a composite material have a generally rectangular cross-section. The flitch plates have a width (vertical height) when disposed between adjacent beams that is less than the width (vertical height) of the beams, such that the flitch plates may be recessed below and above the top and bottom surfaces of the mat, respectively. A plurality of rods extend in the lateral direction through the beams and plates to compress the beams and plates against each. The flitch plates may be metal or fiber-reinforced resin and may further include slotted holes to allow the beams to retract lengthwise in response to environmental changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: CLAUDE BROWN, JR., DAVID C. CRANE, ROBERT E. COMBS
  • Patent number: 9359762
    Abstract: A building product and method for manufacturing a building product made from an oriented polymer composition which can be split to provide a surface of the building product with a plurality of visible fibrils to form an aesthetic representative of split wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Eovations, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Nichols, Claude Brown, Jr., Brett M. Birchmeier, Bruce A. Malone
  • Patent number: 8915030
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic device suitable for directly mounting on a structure. The device includes an active portion including a photovoltaic cell assembly having a top surface portion that allows transmission of light energy to a photoactive portion of the photovoltaic device for conversion into electrical energy and a bottom surface having a bottom bonding zone; and an inactive portion immediately adjacent to and connected to the active portion, the inactive portion having a region for receiving a fastener to connect the device to the structure and having on a top surface, a top bonding zone; wherein one of the top and bottom bonding zones comprises a first bonding element and the other comprises a second bonding element, the second bonding element designed to interact with the first bonding element on a vertically overlapped adjacent photovoltaic device to bond the device to such adjacent device or to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michelle L. Boven, James R. Keenihan, Stan Lickly, Claude Brown, Jr., Robert J. Cleereman, Timothy C. Plum
  • Publication number: 20140272303
    Abstract: A building product and method for manufacturing a building product made from an oriented polymer composition which can be split to provide a surface of the building product with a plurality of visible fibrils to form an aesthetic representative of split wood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Eovations, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Nichols, Claude Brown, JR., Brett M. Birchmeier, Bruce A. Malone
  • Patent number: 8584407
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic assembly system for securing and/or aligning at least a plurality of vertically adjacent photovoltaic device assemblies to one another. The securing function being accomplished by a clip member that may be a separate component or integral to one or more of the photovoltaic device assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James R. Keenihan, Michelle L. Boven, Claude Brown, Jr., Gerald K. Eurich, Ryan S. Gaston, Michael Hus
  • Patent number: 8572908
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic assembly system for securing and/or aligning at least a plurality of vertically adjacent (overlapping) photovoltaic device assemblies to one another. The securing function being accomplished by a clip member that may be a separate component or integral to one or more of the photovoltaic device assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James R. Keenihan, Michelle Boven, Claude Brown, Jr., Ryan S. Gaston, Michael Hus, Joe A. Langmaid, Mike Lesniak
  • Publication number: 20110189465
    Abstract: The present invention is a method to manufacture shaped foam composite articles and articles made therefrom. Specifically, shaped foam articles having a laminated skin such as a solid thermoplastic sheet. The shaped foam article (10) and the skin may be made from the same or different materials. The method comprises (i) preparing a shaped foamed article with a plurality of perforations and (ii) vacuum forming a skin onto the perforated shaped foamed article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Myron Maurer, Tinothy J. Pope, Paul Vantol, Gavin D. Vogel, Claude Brown, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110094568
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic assembly system for securing and/or aligning at least a plurality of vertically adjacent (overlapping) photovoltaic device assemblies to one another. The securing function being accomplished by a clip member that may be a separate component or integral to one or more of the photovoltaic device assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: James R. Keenihan, Michelle L. Boven, Claude Brown, JR., Ryan S. Gaston, Michael E. Hus, Joseph A. Langmaid, Michael J. Lesniak
  • Publication number: 20110094560
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic assembly system for securing and/or aligning at least a plurality of vertically adjacent photovoltaic device assemblies to one another. The securing function being accomplished by a clip member that may be a separate component or integral to one or more of the photovoltaic device assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: James R. Keenihan, Michelle L. Boven, Claude Brown, JR., Gerald K. Eurich, Ryan S. Gaston, Michael E. Hus
  • Publication number: 20110094570
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon a photovoltaic device suitable for directly mounting on a structure. The device includes an active portion including a photovoltaic cell assembly having a top surface portion that allows transmission of light energy to a photoactive portion of the photovoltaic device for conversion into electrical energy and a bottom surface having a bottom bonding zone; and an inactive portion immediately adjacent to and connected to the active portion, the inactive portion having a region for receiving a fastener to connect the device to the structure and having on a top surface, a top bonding zone; wherein one of the top and bottom bonding zones comprises a first bonding element and the other comprises a second bonding element, the second bonding element designed to interact with the first bonding element on a vertically overlapped adjacent photovoltaic device to bond the device to such adjacent device or to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Michelle L. Boven, James R. Keenihan, Stan Lickly, Claude Brown, JR., Robert J. Cleereman, Timothy C. Plum
  • Patent number: 7901757
    Abstract: A molded panel for buildings is manufactured in a manner that permits the blocking tab along the upper edge of the panel to be molded in a position that is close to its final desired position. Pressure is applied to the locking tab as it cools, thereby bringing the locking tab into its final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Corwyn Strout, Claude Brown, Jr., David Jacobson, Wayne Moore, Monty Cochrane
  • Publication number: 20090305008
    Abstract: Prepare an oriented polymer composition having a decorative appearance by a process including extruding an orientable polymer composition from an extruder, directing the orientable polymer composition through a calibrator and then drawing the orientable polymer composition, optionally through a drawing die, at a drawing temperature to form an oriented polymer composition wherein the process further includes disposing a colorant onto a surface of the oriented polymer composition prior to the calibrator, prior to the drawing die or both prior to a calibrator and prior to the drawing die in a pattern having a width of at least five millimeters and that preferably so that the colorant is at least partially located on a recessed portion of the resulting oriented polymer composition's surface and/or extends to a depth of at least one millimeter below the oriented polymer composition's surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin L. Nichols, James J. O'Brien, Andrew T. Graham, Gregory T. Stewart, Claude Brown, JR.
  • Patent number: 7155866
    Abstract: The present invention provides exterior building products, such as roofing and siding, shake, shingles, siding, sheathing, panels, planks, vertical siding, soffit panels, fencing, decking, fascia, corner posts, column corners and trim boards in which a plurality of cementitious layers are provided with an improved interlaminar bond by employing a resinous bond promoter, a rheological agent, mechanical means to distribute fibers in a direction which is perpendicular to the machine direction so as to bridge between layers in the product, or a combination thereof. These techniques help to increase interlaminar bond strength to improve the mechanical properties of the product. When certain resinous bond promoters are used, the additional benefits of water absorption resistance and pigmentation throughout the product can be provided with minimal expense. Improvements in interlaminar bond strength of about 10–46% were observed with a percent elongation improvement of about 7%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: William Paul Bezubic, Jr., Claude Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6622394
    Abstract: A multipurpose tool to facilitate installation of deck construction includes a main body portion having at least one structural feature that defines a plane. At least one flange is coupled to the main body portion and is oriented substantially perpendicular to the plane. The flange may be used to maintain consistent spacing between decking planks during assembly. The tool also may be used to strike lines, space fasteners, maintain baluster spacing, identify distances and angles, and indicate levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Werner, David Beck, R. Scott Cook, Claude Brown, Jr., Rick Morse
  • Patent number: 5118646
    Abstract: A process for improving the strength of components manufactured from sialon comprising heating and components at a temperature of from about 750.degree. to 950.degree. C. for from about eight to thirty-six hours in an oxygen-containing atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Norton Company
    Inventors: Kerry N. Siebein, Russell Yeckley, Claude Brown, Jr.