Patents by Inventor Kyozaburo Takagi

Kyozaburo Takagi 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).

  • Patent number: 6929234
    Abstract: A chamfer for securing precast concrete wall panel forms that are used in tilt-up construction. The chamfer includes an elongate base portion and at least one chamfer portion coextensive with the lengthwise direction of the elongate base portion. The base portion defines a substantially horizontal base plane. The chamfer portion includes a first leg disposed upstanding relative to the base portion, and a second leg portion angularly disposed relative the first leg. The second leg further includes at least one flexible edge that projects beyond at least the base plane or the plane defined by the lengthwise direction extension of the first leg. Depending on which part of the second leg the edge is cantilevered from, it forms a sealed relationship between the chamfer and a casting surface, the chamfer and a plank used as part of the wall form, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Patent number: 6883772
    Abstract: A panel-forming system including a plurality of bulkheads and one or more extensions. A first group of the bulkheads are used to define the overall dimensions and shape of the panel, while a second group are used to define at least one aperture formed into the panel. The aperture extensions are configured to allow various-shaped recesses to be formed in the panels adjacent the apertures, and are made up of a bulkhead-engaging portion and a separate recess portion that extends from and cooperates with the bulkhead-engaging portion. The surfaces of each bulkhead-engaging portion include a plurality of chamfers to create complementary surfaces in the panel being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Dodson
  • Patent number: 6840018
    Abstract: Elongate bodies for use in providing architectural and structural features in pre-cast panels are provided. The elongate bodies may-comprise a cross-section comprising a set portion, a hinged portion, and hinge. The set portion and the hinged portion are configured to define an engagement. The hinge couples the set portion and the hinged portion such that the hinged portion is movable about the hinge to an engaged state and disengaged state. Methods of using the elongate bodies to form pre-cast panels are provided, and pre-cast panel forming systems are provided. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that is will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Patent number: 6834471
    Abstract: Extruded brackets for use in pre-cast panel forming systems are provided. The brackets generally have first and second mounting faces, at least one support face, and miter cut edges defined by a first and second miter plane. The brackets may have more than one support face. Additionally, a pre-cast panel forming system is provided. The system generally has at least one pre-cast panel form and at least one bracket for attachment to the at least one panel form. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that is will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Charles Dodson
  • Patent number: 6821466
    Abstract: A panel-forming system including a plurality of bulkheads and one or more extensions. A first group of the bulkheads are used to define the overall dimensions and shape of the panel, while a second group are used to define at least one aperture formed into the panel. The extensions are made up of a bulkhead-engaging portion and a recess portion that extends from the bulkhead-engaging portion. The aperture extensions are configured to allow various-shaped recesses to be formed in the panels adjacent the apertures. In accordance with 37 CFR 1.72(b), the purpose of this abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract will not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Dodson
  • Publication number: 20040124333
    Abstract: A chamfer for securing precast concrete wall panel forms that are used in tilt-up construction. The chamfer includes an elongate base portion and at least one chamfer portion coextensive with the lengthwise direction of the elongate base portion. The base portion defines a substantially horizontal base plane. The chamfer portion includes a first leg disposed upstanding relative to the base portion, and a second leg portion angularly disposed relative the first leg. The second leg further includes at least one flexible edge that projects beyond at least the base plane or the plane defined by the lengthwise direction extension of the first leg. Depending on which part of the second leg the edge is cantilevered from, it forms a sealed relationship between the chamfer and a casting surface, the chamfer and a plank used as part of the wall form, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040118070
    Abstract: Elongate bodies for use in providing architectural and structural features in pre-cast panels are provided. The elongate bodies may comprise a cross-section comprising a set portion, a hinged portion, and a hinge. The set portion and the hinged portion are configured to define an engagement. The hinge couples the set portion and the hinged portion such that the hinged portion is movable about the hinge to an engaged state and disengaged state. Methods of using the elongate bodies to form pre-cast panels are provided, and pre-cast panel forming systems are provided. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that is will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Patent number: 6749171
    Abstract: A rustication for preparing reveal bands in a precast panel surface. The rustication is made from a one piece elongate body of extruded foam and comprises an upper surface, a lower surface and laterally-spaced sidewall surfaces that extend between the upper and lower surfaces. The lower surface defines a base plane. One or more downward-extending edges that project below the lower surface base plane are included such that they can bend under the application of a load, such as when concrete is poured around it to form the precast panel. Under such a load, the edge scrapes along the top of a panel-forming surface so that an enhanced sealing engagement between the panel-forming surface and the rustication is effected. The rustication can further include a plurality of longitudinally-spaced apertures that extend from the upper surface to the lower surface to facilitate the securing of the rustication to the panel-forming surface, thereby precluding rustication shift once the concrete is pouted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Patent number: 6736366
    Abstract: Adjacent tilt-up concrete wall panels are poured on a horizontal concrete floor or forming surface and are separated by a bulkhead device including a base member or channel of extruded semi-rigid plastics material and secured by screws to the forming surface. The base channel has upwardly projecting walls with inwardly projecting opposing teeth which releasably engage outwardly projecting teeth on spaced side walls of a generally U-shaped bulkhead member of extruded semi-rigid plastics material. The spaced side walls also have opposing ribs for gripping a bulkhead extension member, and the bulkhead member is also extruded with outwardly and downwardly projecting walls which have tapered lower edge portions engaging the forming surface to form chamfer corners on the concrete panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignees: Miller-Valentine Construction Inc., Fukuvi- USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt S. Eyring, Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040089576
    Abstract: Extruded article-packaging members are arranged to form a frame and are bound about a set of elongate articles like tubes, rods, poles, beams, etc. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, an article-packaging member is provided defining an extruded cross section. The extruded cross section extends along substantially an entire length of the packaging member and comprises a structural framework, a bundling channel, and at least one set of pliable projections. The structural framework is formed of a relatively rigid extruded plastic material. The bundling channel is formed in the extruded cross section along an exterior face of the article-packaging member. The pliable projections are formed of a relatively pliable plastic material extending from the structural framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventors: Gordon Charles Dodson, Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Patent number: 6732995
    Abstract: A casting support is provided including a brace and a bracket. The brace includes bracing end portions and the bracket includes first and second bracing faces that include one or more pairs of bracing projections. A distance between the bracing end portions of the brace is greater than a distance between opposite bracing projections on the first and second bracing faces. The brace is positioned to lend structural support to the bracket by urging it past the bracing projections into a secure bracing position. A casting form is also provided including a plurality of form panels and a plurality of casting supports. The casting supports are configured to support the form panels in a substantially vertical orientation and each of the casting supports includes a brace and a bracket. A casting form is also provided where each of the casting supports comprises a brace and a bracket and each bracket comprises an integrally-formed form face spaced from and oriented parallel to a first bracing face of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040079035
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pre-cast panel form insert used in precast construction. The insert comprises a substantially planar portion defining dimensions suitable to complement dimensions of a pre-cast panel form and a fluid diverting portion. The fluid diverting portion is configured to define a fluid-diverting recess in an edge face of a pre-cast panel bounded by a form including the form insert. The fluid diverting portion is configured such that said fluid diverting recess defines, a circular cross-sectional profile, or a multi-angular cross-sectional profile, that impedes the flow of water along said pre-cast panel edge face when said edge face assumes a substantially horizontal orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Charles Dodson
  • Publication number: 20040046100
    Abstract: A panel-forming system including a plurality of bulkheads and one or more extensions. A first group of the bulkheads are used to define the overall dimensions and shape of the panel, while a second group are used to define at least one aperture formed into the panel. The aperture extensions are configured to allow various-shaped recesses to be formed in the panels adjacent the apertures, and are made up of a bulkhead-engaging portion and a separate recess portion that extends from and cooperates with the bulkhead-engaging portion. The surfaces of each bulkhead-engaging portion include a plurality of chamfers to create complementary surfaces in the panel being formed. In accordance with 37 CFR 1.72(b), the purpose of this abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Dodson
  • Patent number: 6702247
    Abstract: A chamfer for forming precast concrete wall panels used in tilt-up construction. The chamfer includes an elongate base portion and at least one chamfer portion coextensive with the lengthwise direction of the elongate base portion. The base portion defines a substantially horizontal base plane. The chamfer portion includes a first leg disposed upstanding relative to the base portion, and a second leg portion angularly disposed relative the first leg. The second leg further includes at least one flexible edge that projects beyond at least the base plane or the plane defined by the lengthwise direction extension of the first leg. Depending on which part of the second leg the edge is cantilevered from, it forms a sealed relationship between the chamfer and a casting surface, the chamfer and a plank used as part of the wall form, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040041074
    Abstract: An elongate body for forming profiles in a castable material. The body includes support structure to promote dimensional stability of the body when subjected to loads imposed by the weight of the castable material. In one form, the support structure can be of a hollow, preferably extruded, construction, while in another, the entire body can be of a foamed construction. The elongate body includes a topographic feature in at least one surface such that upon formation of a precast panel that includes profiles formed by the body, the topographic feature creates a relief in portions of the profile. The relief may be in the form of a decorative design or the like. In addition, the elongate body may include enhanced sealing features and a fastening adapter to facilitate improved connection between the body and a surface upon which a precast panel is to be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040036064
    Abstract: A fence assembly including a post and interconnecting rails. The post includes an interior chamber structure defined by numerous compartments, an exterior wall structure and a plurality of inwardly projecting rail-receiving channels. The rail-receiving channels at least partially define the geometry of the interior chamber structure. The assembly may be made of extruded plastic material such that the post, rails and additional components, such as channel inserts, are generally hollow along their respective elongate dimensions. Each of the components within the assembly may be cut to user-defined lengths. The purpose of the abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure, and is not to be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Dodson, Marcus Roble, Kazuhiko Kise
  • Publication number: 20040035083
    Abstract: Extruded brackets for use in pre-cast panel forming systems are provided. The brackets generally have first and second mounting faces, at least one support face, and miter cut edges defined by a first and second miter plane. The brackets may have more than one support face. Additionally, a pre-cast panel forming system is provided. The system generally has at least one pre-cast panel form and at least one bracket for attachment to the at least one panel form. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that is will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Charles Dodson
  • Patent number: 6685021
    Abstract: Extruded article-packaging members are arranged to form a frame and are bound about a set of elongate articles like tubes, rods, poles, beams, etc. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, an article-packaging member is provided defining an extruded cross section. The extruded cross section extends along substantially an entire length of the packaging member and comprises a structural framework, a bundling channel, and at least one set of pliable projections. The structural framework is formed of a relatively rigid extruded plastic material. The bundling channel is formed in the extruded cross section along an exterior face of the article-packaging member. The pliable projections are formed of a relatively pliable plastic material extending from the structural framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Fukuvi USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Charles Dodson, Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20040000626
    Abstract: A casting support is provided including a brace and a bracket. The brace includes bracing end portions and the bracket includes first and second bracing faces that include one or more pairs of bracing projections. A distance between the bracing end portions of the brace is greater than a distance between opposite bracing projections on the first and second bracing faces. The brace is positioned to lend structural support to the bracket by urging it past the bracing projections into a secure bracing position. A casting form is also provided including a plurality of form panels and a plurality of casting supports. The casting supports are configured to support the form panels in a substantially vertical orientation and each of the casting supports includes a brace and a bracket. A casting form is also provided where each of the casting supports comprises a brace and a bracket and each bracket comprises an integrally-formed form face spaced from and oriented parallel to a first bracing face of the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Kyozaburo Takagi
  • Publication number: 20030213947
    Abstract: A fence assembly including a post and interconnecting rails. The post includes an interior chamber structure defined by numerous compartments, an exterior wall structure and a plurality of inwardly projecting rail-receiving channels. The rail-receiving channels at least partially define the geometry of the interior chamber structure. The assembly may be made of extruded plastic material such that the post, rails and additional components, such as channel inserts, are generally hollow along their respective elongate dimensions. Each of the components within the assembly may be cut to user-defined lengths. The purpose of the abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure, and is not to be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Charles Dodson, Kazuhiko Kise