Patents by Inventor Michael A. Hatzinikolas

Michael A. Hatzinikolas 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: 10465379
    Abstract: A tie system is provided for use with a wall form for a cementitious backup wall and for use with a wall tie to connect between the cementitious backup wall and a veneer. The tie system includes a backup wall connector and a form connector. The form connector is connectable to the form and secures the backup wall connector in position as the wall form is filled. The connector may have heat transfer reducing perforations. The connector may have an outwardly positioned flange to which external wall members may be attached. The connector may have multiple gap-setting features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20190203460
    Abstract: A tie system is provided for use with a wall form for a cementitious backup wall and for use with a wall tie to connect between the cementitious backup wall and a veneer. The tie system includes a backup wall connector and a form connector. The form connector is connectable to the form and secures the backup wall connector in position as the wall form is filled. The connector may have heat transfer reducing perforations. The connector may have an outwardly positioned flange to which external wall members may be attached. The connector may have multiple gap-setting features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Patent number: 10323419
    Abstract: A support assembly supports external veneer such as face-brick. A bracket mounts to a load bearing wall support structure. A shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the veneer. The mounting bracket may be a channel having a seat that includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The mounting bracket has an overhanging arm for engaging the part of a cross-wise running beam, such as an I-beam upper flange. The mounting bracket has an abutment for contacting a lower part of the beam, such as a lower flange of an I-beam. There is a fitting to secure the bracket to the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Fero Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 10294676
    Abstract: A support assembly for external veneer has a mounting bracket fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg surface upon which to mount veneer members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may have seats. The seats have a protruding toe. The back of the shelf angle may admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The toes may be shy of the bottom of the shelf angle. The seat may includes an oversized slot to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The legs of the bracket may be long, to permit the seat to hang down well below the mounting. The legs of the bracket may be perforated to reduce heart transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Fero Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20190024381
    Abstract: A support assembly supports external veneer such as face-brick. A bracket mounts to a load bearing wall support structure. A shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the veneer. The mounting bracket may be a channel having a seat that includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The mounting bracket has an overhanging arm for engaging the part of a cross-wise running beam, such as an I-beam upper flange. The mounting bracket has an abutment for contacting a lower part of the beam, such as a lower flange of an I-beam. There is a fitting to secure the bracket to the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Publication number: 20170284104
    Abstract: A support assembly supports external veneer such as face-brick. A bracket mounts to a load bearing wall support structure. A shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the veneer. The mounting bracket may be a channel having a seat that includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The mounting bracket has an overhanging arm for engaging the part of a cross-wise running beam, such as an I-beam upper flange. The mounting bracket has an abutment for contacting a lower part of the beam, such as a lower flange of an I-beam. There is a fitting to secure the bracket to the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Patent number: 9534375
    Abstract: A tie system is provided for use with a wall form for a cementitious backup wall and for use with a wall tie to connect between the cementitious backup wall and a veneer. The tie system includes a backup wall connector and a form connector. The form connector is connectable to the form and secures the backup wall connector in position as the wall form is filled. The connector may have heat transfer reducing perforations. The connector may have an outwardly positioned flange to which external wall members may be attached. The connector may have multiple gap-setting features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20160305113
    Abstract: A support assembly supports external veneer such as face-brick. A bracket mounts to a load bearing wall support structure. A shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the veneer. The mounting bracket may be a channel having a seat that includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The mounting bracket has an overhanging arm for engaging the part of a cross-wise running beam, such as an I-beam upper flange. The mounting bracket has an abutment for contacting a lower part of the beam, such as a lower flange of an I-beam. There is a fitting to secure the bracket to the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Patent number: 9447585
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting external veneer. It has a mounting bracket that is fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall support structure, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the external facing members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may each be formed to have a seat. The seat includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket, such that the vertical load is transferred from the web of the shelf bracket to the toes. The toes do not extend below the horizontal leg of the shelf angle, and do not protrude downwardly of it. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The finger is also relieved, at an angle of relief greater than the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20160201314
    Abstract: A support assembly for external veneer has a mounting bracket fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg surface upon which to mount veneer members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may have seats. The seats have a protruding toe. The back of the shelf angle may admit the toes of the mounting bracket. The toes may be shy of the bottom of the shelf angle. The seat may includes an oversized slot to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The legs of the bracket may be long, to permit the seat to hang down well below the mounting. The legs of the bracket may be perforated to reduce heart transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Publication number: 20160153198
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting external veneer. It has a mounting bracket that is fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall support structure, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the external facing members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may each be formed to have a seat. The seat includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket, such that the vertical load is transferred from the web of the shelf bracket to the toes. The toes do not extend below the horizontal leg of the shelf angle, and do not protrude downwardly of it. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The finger is also relieved, at an angle of relief greater than the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Patent number: 9316004
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting external veneer. It has a mounting bracket that is fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall support structure, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the external facing members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may each be formed to have a seat. The seat includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket, such that the vertical load is transferred from the web of the shelf bracket to the toes. The toes do not extend below the horizontal leg of the shelf angle, and do not protrude downwardly of it. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The finger is also relieved, at an angle of relief greater than the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 9273470
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a veneer panel to a back-up comprises a support member comprising a mounting flange adapted for securing the support member to said back-up wall, and first and second support member side walls extending outwardly from the mounting flange. The first and second support member side walls define at least one generally horizontal slot when the support member is secured to the back-up wall. The connector further comprises a veneer connector configured for non-rotational sliding receipt in the generally horizontal slot and adapted to support a generally horizontal edge of said veneer panel when the veneer connector is received in the generally horizontal slot and when the support member is secured to the back-up wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 9234344
    Abstract: The end of a transversely extending beam is joined to a wall structure by a self-releasing structural assembly. It has a first portion anchored to the wall. A second, fireproof and non-thermally degradable portion of the assembly sticks out from the wall. The assembly has a thermally degradable member mated to the second portion of the structural assembly. Both portions have slots for accepting beam fasteners. The beam fasteners squeeze the end of the beam, the support bracket seat, and the consumable, thermally degradable member in compression. When exposed to heat or flame the consumable, thermally degradable member softens, releasing the tension in the beam end fasteners, and releasing the compression in the structural sandwich of parts. The end of the beam is then able to translate away from the wall structure. The consumable member can be inspected without removing the beam end from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 9010050
    Abstract: A prefabricated rain screen wall panel is provided comprising inner and outer concrete panels secured together by shear connectors. Intermediate members provide insulation, a drainage channel and a vapor barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20150059259
    Abstract: The end of a transversely extending beam is joined to a wall structure by a self-releasing structural assembly. It has a first portion anchored to the wall. A second, fireproof and non-thermally degradable portion of the assembly sticks out from the wall. The assembly has a thermally degradable member mated to the second portion of the structural assembly. Both portions have slots for accepting beam fasteners. The beam fasteners squeeze the end of the beam, the support bracket seat, and the consumable, thermally degradable member in compression. When exposed to heat or flame the consumable, thermally degradable member softens, releasing the tension in the beam end fasteners, and releasing the compression in the structural sandwich of parts. The end of the beam is then able to translate away from the wall structure. The consumable member can be inspected without removing the beam end from the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Patent number: 8955263
    Abstract: A break away connector system is provided for coupling together structural elements, such as a firewall and a floor or ceiling. The break away connector system comprises a support member and a fusible member. The support member is connectable to a firewall for securing a floor or ceiling to the firewall. The break away connector system further comprises at least one securing member for connecting the floor or ceiling to the support member. The fusible member has a lower melting point than the support member. The support member is configured such that when the fusible member is weakened by heat, the floor or ceiling is slidably releasable from the support member. In a further embodiment, a method is provided for constructing a firewall connection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fero Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8893452
    Abstract: A connector system for a composite wall, the composite wall comprising a back-up wall and a veneer spaced apart from the back-up wall, the connector system comprising a backup wall connector and a spacer mountable on the backup wall connector. The backup wall connector comprising an inner anchoring end and an outer coupling end spaced from the inner anchoring end, the outer coupling end comprising a vertically extending slot. The spacer defines a plurality of vertically fixed positions in which a wall tie is selectively fixedly receivable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Publication number: 20140190110
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a veneer panel to a back-up comprises a support member comprising a mounting flange adapted for securing the support member to said back-up wall, and first and second support member side walls extending outwardly from the mounting flange. The first and second support member side walls define at least one generally horizontal slot when the support member is secured to the back-up wall. The connector further comprises a veneer connector configured for non-rotational sliding receipt in the generally horizontal slot and adapted to support a generally horizontal edge of said veneer panel when the veneer connector is received in the generally horizontal slot and when the support member is secured to the back-up wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael HATZINIKOLAS
  • Publication number: 20140174014
    Abstract: A tie system is provided for use with a wall form for a cementitious backup wall and for use with a wall tie to connect between the cementitious backup wall and a veneer. The tie system includes a backup wall connector and a form connector. The form connector is connectable to the form and secures the backup wall connector in position as the wall form is filled. The connector may have heat transfer reducing perforations. The connector may have an outwardly positioned flange to which external wall members may be attached. The connector may have multiple gap-setting features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas