Patents by Inventor Jon Ash

Jon Ash 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: 20200313611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a covering for a clamping assembly used to connect and ground solar panel modules to a mounting rail. The covering comprises a sleeve including an outer cover for connecting to the solar panel module and a connector shaped to be contained within the outer cover and connected to the outer cover through two or more flanges. The connector has an opening there through to receive a female member of the clamping assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Publication number: 20200274258
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, the present invention relates generally to providing an apparatus for securing a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. More specifically, the invention relates to providing an end clamp that mounts a bottom flange of a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. The end clamp does not require any tools for insertion. It mechanically fastens and electrically bonds the solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Anumeha Narain, Joseph Sirochman
  • Publication number: 20200232681
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail support structure to a tile roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a base plate that is secured to the roof beneath various shapes of tiles on the tile roof and a generally L-shaped bracket that is then coupled to a rail support guide. The bracket is then capable of being adjusted in various locations along the base plate by using screws in various locations along slotted apertures within the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine, Anumeha Narain, Clayton Rietz, David Taggart
  • Patent number: 10686401
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a covering for a clamping assembly used to connect and ground solar panel modules to a mounting rail. The covering comprises a sleeve including an outer cover for connecting to the solar panel module and a connector shaped to be contained within the outer cover and connected to the outer cover through two or more flanges. The connector has an opening there through to receive a female member of the clamping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Briggs, Shawn Meine, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 10673151
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, the present invention relates generally to providing an apparatus for securing a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. More specifically, the invention relates to providing an end clamp that mounts a bottom flange of a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. The end clamp does not require any tools for insertion. It mechanically fastens and electrically bonds the solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Anumeha Narain, Joseph Sirochman
  • Patent number: 10663195
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail support structure to a tile roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a base plate that is secured to the roof beneath various shapes of tiles on the tile roof and a generally L-shaped bracket that is then coupled to a rail support guide. The bracket is then capable of being adjusted in various locations along the base plate by utilizing a spring lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine, Anumeha Narain, Clayton Rietz, David Taggart
  • Publication number: 20190345971
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail and rail-less support structures to a shingle roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a connection bracket and flashing device for use in installing solar panel rail support structures. The connection bracket is secured to the flashing device by rotating its base around a threaded connection until it locks in place so that a solar panel rail support guide can be connected to a generally U-shaped connection on the top of the bracket. The apparatus also offers an improved means to cover the penetration point on the flashing to protect it and prevent water from leaking into the roof as well as an improved way to install the apparatus over existing products. An alternate embodiment of the apparatus is offered to support a rail-less pivot mount as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine, Anumeha Narain, Clayton Rietz, David Taggart
  • Publication number: 20190312365
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, the present invention relates generally to providing an apparatus for securing a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. More specifically, the invention relates to providing an end clamp that mounts a bottom flange of a solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure. The end clamp does not require any tools for insertion. It mechanically fastens and electrically bonds the solar panel module to a solar panel rail guide structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Anumeha Narain, Joseph Sirochman
  • Patent number: 10359069
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail and rail-less support structures to a shingle roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a connection bracket and flashing device for use in installing solar panel rail support structures. The connection bracket is secured to the flashing device by rotating its base around a threaded connection until it locks in place so that a solar panel rail support guide can be connected to a generally U-shaped connection on the top of the bracket. The apparatus also offers an improved means to cover the penetration point on the flashing to protect it and prevent water from leaking into the roof as well as an improved way to install the apparatus over existing products. An alternate embodiment of the apparatus is offered to support a rail-less pivot mount as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine, Anumeha Narain, Clayton Reitz, David Taggart
  • Patent number: 10337764
    Abstract: An assembly for fastening a conduit to a flashing structure that is typically secured to a shingled roof. The apparatus includes an adjustable clamp that can be secured to a cap on the flashing. A conduit is laid on top of the cap and the adjustable clamp is positioned on top of the conduit and is snapped in place along the perimeter of the cap. An adjustable bolt is threaded through the top of the clamp with a curved saddle that resides beneath the clamp and conforms to the shape of the conduit's outer surface. The bolt can then be adjusted to tighten the conduit to the cap. An exemplary use of the clamp involves securing conduit for running electrical wiring throughout a solar panel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Clayton Robert Rietz, Anumeha Narain
  • Publication number: 20190123460
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for clamping and grounding solar panel frames to a mounting rail is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a fastener with an enlarged end, and a shank, with the enlarged end having one or more sharp protrusions that resemble teeth, and a washer with one or more sharp protrusions, and an opening. When installed, the shank is inserted through the opening of the washer, the sharp protrusions of the enlarged end penetrate either the lower or upper surface of the mounting rail and the sharp protrusions of the washer penetrate the other surface of the solar panel frames while at the same time creating a grounding path through the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine
  • Patent number: 10240820
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an end clamp that mounts a bottom flange of a solar panel module to a rail support structure without requiring any tools for insertion while mechanically fastening and electrically bonding the solar panel module to the rail support structure. A method of installation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn J. Meine, David Taggart
  • Patent number: 10218306
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a support bracket to rail guide used for mounting and installing solar panels is provided. More specifically, the assembly provides a novel and improved nut with a serrated surface in combination with a t-bolt with a serrated surface that is capable of penetrating the respective oxidation surface layers of the bracket and the rail guide when installed. When installed, provides a mechanism for using the bracket to connect the rail guide to a flashing that is typically installed on a roof. An alternate embodiment of the nut also includes rotational and vertical stabilizing features that prevent the nut from moving along the bracket once it is secured. By employing the apparatus at various locations along the roof in a linear fashion, the rail support structure can be properly installed so that an array of solar panel modules to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Taggart
  • Patent number: 10199983
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a roof attachment assembly for mounting a solar panel on a roof without the use of rails. The assembly includes a splice member includes grounding elements for electrically grounding the solar panel and is removably connected to the array skirt. Also disclosed is a method of using the assembly and an assembly kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, William Kim, David Taggart, William Pereira
  • Patent number: 10186791
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an apparatus for clamping and grounding solar panel frames to a mounting rail is disclosed herein. The apparatus comprises a fastener with an enlarged end, and a shank, with the enlarged end having one or more sharp protrusions that resemble teeth, and a washer with one or more sharp protrusions, and an opening. When installed, the shank is inserted through the opening of the washer, the sharp protrusions of the enlarged end penetrate either the lower or upper surface of the mounting rail and the sharp protrusions of the washer penetrate the other surface of the solar panel frames while at the same time creating a grounding path through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Meine, Jon Ash, Bryan Lester
  • Patent number: 10128790
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding two solar panel rail guides is provided. More specifically, the assembly provides a novel and improved inner rail used as a splice that slides within the two solar panel rail guides and includes a serrated screw that is pre-installed within the splice. When installed, the two rail guides are brought together along the splice and meet at the point where the screw is located, the screw can then be tightened so that the serrations penetrate surface treatment layers on each of the rail guides so that the solar panel rail guides are secured and electrically coupled to each other. An alternate embodiment utilizes the inner splice to join two solar panel rail guides by sliding the splice within the inner contour of two solar panel rail guides, and utilizing a pair of bonding pins to electrically bond the splice and the two solar panel rail guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ironridge, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Ash
  • Publication number: 20180238589
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail support structure to a tile roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a base plate that is secured to the roof beneath various shapes of tiles on the tile roof and a generally L-shaped bracket that is then coupled to a rail support guide. The bracket is then capable of being adjusted in various locations along the base plate by utilizing a spring lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon ASH, Shawn MEINE, Anumeha NARAIN, Clayton RIETZ, David TAGGART
  • Publication number: 20180106289
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a solar panel rail and rail-less support structures to a shingle roof. More specifically, the apparatus includes a connection bracket and flashing device for use in installing solar panel rail support structures. The connection bracket is secured to the flashing device by rotating its base around a threaded connection until it locks in place so that a solar panel rail support guide can be connected to a generally U-shaped connection on the top of the bracket. The apparatus also offers an improved means to cover the penetration point on the flashing to protect it and prevent water from leaking into the roof as well as an improved way to install the apparatus over existing products. An alternate embodiment of the apparatus is offered to support a rail-less pivot mount as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, Shawn Meine, Anumeha Narain, Clayton Reitz, David Taggart
  • Publication number: 20180102729
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for connecting and electrically bonding two solar panel rail guides is provided. More specifically, the assembly provides a novel and improved inner rail used as a splice that slides within the two solar panel rail guides and includes a serrated screw that is pre-installed within the splice. When installed, the two rail guides are brought together along the splice and meet at the point where the screw is located, the screw can then be tightened so that the serrations penetrate surface treatment layers on each of the rail guides so that the solar panel rail guides are secured and electrically coupled to each other. An alternate embodiment utilizes the inner splice to join two solar panel rail guides by sliding the splice within the inner contour of two solar panel rail guides, and utilizing a pair of bonding pins to electrically bond the splice and the two solar panel rail guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Ash
  • Publication number: 20180062571
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, an assembly for securing a support bracket to rail guide used for mounting and installing solar panels is provided. More specifically, the assembly provides a novel and improved nut with a serrated surface in combination with a t-bolt with a serrated surface that is capable of penetrating the respective oxidation surface layers of the bracket and the rail guide when installed. When installed, provides a mechanism for using the bracket to connect the rail guide to a flashing that is typically installed on a roof. An alternate embodiment of the nut also includes rotational and vertical stabilizing features that prevent the nut from moving along the bracket once it is secured. By employing the apparatus at various locations along the roof in a linear fashion, the rail support structure can be properly installed so that an array of solar panel modules to be installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Ash, David Taggart