Tongue And Slot Patents (Class 138/162)
  • Patent number: 10443204
    Abstract: A system for a basement concrete form and drainage are disclosed. The system may include a lineal that is a horizontal concrete form for a footer for a wall and a basement floor. The lineal may include a rectilinear tubular structure having a cavity, an outer wall, and drain perforations in the outer wall to permit fluid transmission from the cavity to an exterior of the lineal. In addition, a retainer may be mounted to a stake for the basement concrete form when the stake is embedded in a formation underlying the lineal. The retainer may be selectively vertically positioned along the stake to adjust a height of the lineal relative to the underlying formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH AMERICAN PIPE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Roy Lucas Dean
  • Patent number: 8991437
    Abstract: A thermally insulating protection element for piping, including a hollow body with an open concavity and having a wall. The wall includes at least one rigid positioning and/or support platform designed to accommodate the fastening of technical equipment to be associated with the protection element. The element is designed to not only insulate piping, but also to constitute a direct device for supporting and fastening technical equipment such as a sensing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Daher Aerospace
    Inventor: Remi Bourlart
  • Patent number: 8952274
    Abstract: A sleeve is provided for protecting wire or cable which is run through an aperture in a stud. The sleeve includes a slit which runs longitudinally along the length of the sleeve for receiving a wire or cable and an opening at each end to allow for entrance and exit of the wire or cable. Extended portions of the sleeve on each end further protect the enclosed wire or cable. A weakened bend line which runs longitudinally along the length of the sleeve and opposite the slit in the sleeve allows the sleeve to be easily bent by hand compression along the bend line so that the sleeve can be easily installed around the wire or cable without the use of any hand tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Lalancette
  • Publication number: 20140273787
    Abstract: There is provided an air duct assembly. The air duct assembly has a deformable duct preform having securing portions formed along opposing longitudinal edges. Each securing portion has a flange portion and a radius portion. The air duct assembly further has a panel structure having a pair of longitudinal base members mounted thereon in an opposed, spaced, predetermined relationship. Each longitudinal base member has a retaining element along a longitudinal edge of the longitudinal base member. Each retaining element is pre-configured to engage the flange portion and the radius portion of each securing portion to attach the deformable duct preform to the longitudinal base members and to form an air-leak resistant seal. The deformable duct preform is adaptable in a cross-sectional profile in relation to variations in attachment of the deformable duct preform to the longitudinal base members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8720491
    Abstract: A tube liner for repairing a damaged or worn out auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube. The tube liner includes an elongated liner body with a longitudinally extending gap and expandable seam assembly positioned in the gap. Once the liner is inserted into the auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube, the expandable seam forces the liner against the inside wall of the auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube to provide a tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Poly Tech Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Pat Reinhart, Richard Mix, Rick Pupkiewcz, Jimmy Rabitsch
  • Publication number: 20140110014
    Abstract: A tubular duct member comprises a plurality of sheet metal panels 10, 12 joined along adjacent longitudinal edges by cooperating folded sheet metal catches 14, 16, the catches being pushed together such that respective detent surfaces 28, 30 on each catch engage behind one another to retain the edges of the sheets together. One of the catches 14 includes a body 36 of resilient material compressed between the catches and biasing the catches apart to maintain the detent surfaces 28, 30 bearing against one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Walsh Intellectual Property Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Rowan, Patrick Walsh
  • Patent number: 8695644
    Abstract: A tubular duct member comprises a plurality of sheet metal panels 10, 12 joined along adjacent longitudinal edges by cooperating folded sheet metal catches 14, 16, the catches being pushed together such that respective detent surfaces 28, 30 on each catch engage behind one another to retain the edges of the sheets together. One of the catches 14 includes a body 36 of resilient material compressed between the catches and biasing the catches apart to maintain the detent surfaces 28, 30 bearing against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Walsh Intellectual Property Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Rowan, Patrick Walsh
  • Patent number: 8590577
    Abstract: A ductmaking apparatus bends a metal web to form a duct blank having a lock seam with male and female portions. Prior to shearing off the duct blank, the apparatus bends the web to form a lock tab that secures the lock seam during subsequent handling of the duct blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mestek Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Borwig, John Welty
  • Patent number: 8562582
    Abstract: A reconstitution device for storing a first component of a pharmaceutical preparation includes a receptacle, a cap having a first end secured to the receptacle, a second end, and an inner bore having a central aperture. The device further includes a stopper located between the receptacle and the cap, the stopper including a portion capable of being perforated. The device also includes a plunger secured to the second end of the cap, a locking mechanism located in the cap, and an actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism may prevent the device from inadvertent activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan David Tuckwell, Robert Dyer, Robert Owen Kivlin, Matthew Burgess Avery, Kevin George Skinner, Peter Schwan, John Paul Palmer-Felgate, Chris Kadamus, Lee Wood, Ben Arlett
  • Patent number: 8459307
    Abstract: A seam for ductwork has a male end portion integrally formed at a distal end of a duct wall and a female end portion integrally formed at another distal end of the duct wall. The female end portion includes a first fold and a second fold, which define a female groove for accommodating the male portion. A distal end of the second fold is bent transverse to the female groove prior to the male portion being inserted into the female groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Met-Coil System Corp.
    Inventors: John J. Toben, Ashok M. Shah, Richard F. Blum, Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 8234837
    Abstract: A split column includes two half sections with locating features for aligning the half sections. A whole column is formed and then split into half sections. The locating features are formed on the inner surfaces of the half sections after the column is split into half sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Column & Post, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Koren, David Szilezy, Joseph Hahn
  • Patent number: 8104249
    Abstract: An aesthetic cover assembly includes first mounting portion of a cover wall for concealing a portion of a building structure that is secured to the building structure. An alignment pin is secured on one of the first mounting portions and the building structure. The alignment pin supports a second mounting portion of a cover wall for concealing a portion of the building structure. A method of installing an aesthetic cover assembly is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Robert T. Griffiths, Wayne Wagner, Jacob R. Sandquist, Robert J. Albert
  • Patent number: 8094853
    Abstract: A speaker system includes a cabinet, a front baffle, a speaker unit, a rear baffle, and a fitting member fitted in the rear baffle. The front baffle includes a front duct segment extending backward from the rear thereof. The rear baffle includes an opening portion, a duct connecting portion, and a receiving portion having a semicircular cross section. The receiving portion extends from the opening portion to the duct connecting portion while protruding backward. The opening portion, the receiving portion, and the duct connecting portion have a groove. The receiving portion has an engagement hole. The fitting member having a semicircular cross section is formed by double molding. The frame of the member is made of relatively rigid resin and the rim thereof is made of relatively flexible resin. The frame has an engagement projection. The receiving portion and the fitting member constitute a sealed rear duct segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Seki
  • Patent number: 7906728
    Abstract: A protector includes a main body and a cover, which are a pair of T-shaped semi-annular sections formed by halving a T-shaped cylindrical body, and thin hinges connecting the main body and the cover. A setting jig is provided with a main body receiver including a main body receiving recess as an upper surface opening having a cross-sectionally arcuate shape and with a pressing wall projecting upward from one side end of the main body receiving recess. The cover of the protector in an open state is hooked and placed on the pressing wall; the main body is positioned and set above the main body receiving recess; and the T-shaped branch section of the wire harness is inserted into the main body and set into the main body receiving recess. Thereby, the cover is pressed by the pressing wall to rotate toward the main body; and locking hooks provided on the main body engage with locked portions provided on the cover, thus locking and closing the main body and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sakata, Gousei Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7866911
    Abstract: A slotted drain having a first channeled half having a first engaging structure and a second channeled half having a second engaging structure mating within the first engaging structure is disclosed. The first channeled half can define a cantilever snap-fit recess and the second channeled half can comprise a cantilever snap-fit protrusion. A slot is formed when the first and second channeled halves are joined. The slot is adapted to receive a liquid variant and the slotted drain is adapted to receive the liquid from the slot into the first and second channeled halves. The slotted drain may optionally include a concrete pass-through port, a rebar clip, bedding feet and/or securement ribs. A method of assembling a slotted drain is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Saadi, Kevin Himes, Douglas Dalton, David A. Ecklund, Joseph Sanfilippo, Patrick Slater, William A. Verdecchia, Doug Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 7827762
    Abstract: A cover segment for an aesthetic cover assembly includes a cover wall and at least one joint element. An aesthetic cover assembly includes two or more cover segments. The joint elements of the cover segments have a common profile and are secured along the corresponding cover wall in an opposite facing relation. A method of assembling a cover assembly is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Robert T. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7762283
    Abstract: The present invention provides a covering member including: a surrounding member including a heat insulating material and having a heat generating member or a heat insulating function, the surrounding member being wound from an open state so as to cover an object; and a fixing unit including: an engagement member including: a ring including a heat resistant elastic material; and a hook fitted to the ring; a holding member disposed on one end of the surrounding member, the holding member fastening the ring of the engagement member to hold the engagement member; and a receiving member disposed on one end of the surrounding member so as to correspond to the holding member, the receiving member including a receiving metal fitting to be engaged with the hook of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignees: Nichias Corporation, Thermos Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Motoyoshi, Mitsushi Wadasako, Daisaku Seki, Emico Taguchi
  • Publication number: 20100180976
    Abstract: A hose comprising a tubular body of flexible material arranged between an inner and an outer helically wound wire. The hose further comprises an elongate member having opposing longitudinal edges, the elongate member being helically wound around the tubular body such that the opposing longitudinal edges of the layer are in an adjacent or overlapping arrangement, wherein each longitudinal edge includes a formation capable of interengaging with a cooperating formation on the opposing longitudinal edge, wherein the elongate member is provided at least one reinforcing member which extends along the longitudinal axis of the elongate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Joel Aron Witz, David Charles Cox
  • Patent number: 7740731
    Abstract: A method for assembling a corrugated double-walled pipe section from pipe segments, having the steps of: providing an inner wall segment which is curved in circumferential direction and straight in longitudinal direction, providing an outer wall segment which is curved in circumferential direction and corrugated in longitudinal direction, connecting the inner wall segment to the concave side of said corrugated outer wall segment, providing a longitudinal profile at the longitudinally extending edges of the wall segment so as to provide a pipe segment, and connecting the adjoining longitudinal profiles of at least two of the pipe segments to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Pipelife Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Nikos Leontaridis, Vilnis Puce, Hans Edward Guitoneau
  • Publication number: 20100101677
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering device, preferably for post-isolating the connection point of pipes, in particular district heating pipes. Said device comprises at least two cover shells (1, 2) which surround the pipes in the mounted state, and at least one connection means (3) for connecting the cover shells (1,2). The connection means (3) comprise at least one substantially hook-shaped engaging section (4) that is provided for a positive fit connection, at least in parts, having at least one maintaining section (5) enabling the covering shells to be braced against one another. A sealing element (14) is arranged between the covering device and a pipe, in the mounted state, and surrounds the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Rehau AG & Co.
    Inventors: Volker Liebel, Anja Bolli, Roberto Rudi
  • Patent number: 7681601
    Abstract: An inner casing (10) of a rotating thermal machine, in particular a steam turbine, has essentially the form of a hollow cylinder and is divided in a parting plane (20), which extends through an axis (11) of said casing, into a lower casing part (12) and an upper casing part (13), which casing parts (12, 13) are detachably connected to one another in the parting plane (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Davor Kriz
  • Patent number: 7681297
    Abstract: A seam for ductwork has a male end portion integrally formed at a distal end of a duct wall and a female end portion integrally formed at another distal end of the duct wall. The female end portion includes a first fold and a second fold which define a female groove for accommodating the male portion. A distal end of the second fold is bent transverse to the female groove prior to the male portion being inserted into the female groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Met-Coil Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Toben, Ashok M. Shah, Richard F. Blum, Michael C. Borwig
  • Patent number: 7628178
    Abstract: In a safety device for a tank system with a tank pipe 1 which has a pliable region and a rigid region, a reinforcing element 7 is allocated to the rigid region of the tank pipe 1. The reinforcing element 7 is hollow and is in contact with the entire circumference of the tank pipe 1 with its interior contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Bernd Ackermann, Wolfgang Fassnacht, Christoph Mueller, Theo Schick, Rolf-Dieter Walter, Christian Weimer
  • Patent number: 7612286
    Abstract: An improved bridge-shaped molded plastic passageway to carry an automotive wiring harness over a driveshaft tunnel in an automobile chassis is disclosed. The passageway is made up of conforming base and cover components joined by two parallel hinged connectors. The base and cover are molded in a co-oriented condition so the cover is right-side-up relative to the base in both the open and closed conditions. Closing the passageway is accomplished by rectilinear movement of the cover relative to the base and the connector elements are concealed within the passageway when closed. Mold height and draw are dramatically reduced by this design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Christian Lipp, Jeremy Nathaniel King
  • Patent number: 7490872
    Abstract: A cornerplate-less duct includes plate members joined to each other at side end portions by a seam joint to form a tubular duct having a rectangular cross-section. Two end portions of a plate are bent perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the plate to form flange forming portions. Corner forming portions protrude from side ends of the flange forming portions in a width direction to form corner portions at the end portions of the duct. In an expanded shape of the plate, a cut portion is provided close to a longitudinal center of the plate member such that the cut portion extends in a width direction of the plate member and has a depth substantially equal to an overlapping portion of the corner forming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Air System Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Yamamoto, Mitsuru Marukawa, Yoshimasa Yoshimoto, Shozo Iizuka, Takashi Hara
  • Patent number: 7478467
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Patent number: 7448414
    Abstract: A rigid pipe (1) is achieved according to the invention in that half-cylinder shaped elements (2) are joined/hinged (3) to each other and where to a such chains are connected together with their concave sides in a zipper-like motion. The two half-cylindrical chains are spooled (13) up individually on each side of a housing (12). This result in a particularly rigid pipe of varying length with a wide area of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Bjarte Langeland
  • Publication number: 20080257440
    Abstract: A tube type cable protection and guide device in which the device can be easily manufactured by extrusion molding without changing the size of a mold so that devices of different lengths can be made. Smooth linear and flexional movements can be made while sufficiently ensuring dimensional stability and torsional rigidity of the device thus assuring stability of the cable accommodating space. A tube type cable protection and guide device includes integrally molded inner circumferential wall forming portions. The inner wall forming portions are interdigitatedly fitted in a male-female relationship in a longitudinal direction of the sheet forming a flush inner flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Masaaki Ikeda, Shoichiro Komiya, Katsuhide Yamashita, Takayuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7416227
    Abstract: Repair apparatus in the form of a tubular member composed of a semi-tubular lower section and a semi-tubular upper section which engage along the side edges. The semi-tubular sections have flared ends which surround the ends of a discontinuous conduit which have been severed to remove a damaged conduit section. The method of repairing a damaged conduit includes the step of applying an adhesive along the flared ends and edges of the semi-tubular sections for placement on the ends of the discontinuous conduit to form a tight, water-proof seal to encase electrical wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: William C. Earnest
  • Patent number: 7332675
    Abstract: A divided raceway has runs that must traverse a corner in a wall structure. A raceway elbow assembly has an L-shaped base with mutually perpendicular leg portions adapted to abut the wall at that corner. Divider walls are carried by these flat leg portions, but allow flexing of the elbow leg portions as a result of a V-shaped gap between the divider walls at the vertex of the L-shaped elbow, or as a result of the divider wall overlapping one another in this region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventor: Marc Galasso
  • Patent number: 7322381
    Abstract: A duct main body is formed into a hollow tubular shape having in an interior thereof an intake passageway for introducing outside air into an internal combustion engine by connecting integrally a plurality of divided bodies such as a first divided body and a second divided body which are formed of a thermoplastic resin and has in a duct wall of the second divided body an opening which establishes a communication between the inside and outside of the intake passageway. An air-permeable member is insert molded in the second divided body in such a manner as to cover the opening. The air-permeable member has on an outer edge thereof a joining portion which is impregnated with the thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kino, Hiroshi Iwao
  • Patent number: 7322382
    Abstract: A segment for a rehabilitating pipe is coupled to another segment in the circumferential and longitudinal directions of a rehabilitating pipe to rehabilitate an existing pipe. The segment has on one coupling surface a protruding part and a recessed part continuous with the protruding part and on another coupling surface a recessed part and a protruding part whose shapes respectively conform to the protruding part and the recessed part of one coupling surface. The protruding part and the recessed part of one coupling surface of one segment is brought into tight surface contact with the recessed part and protruding part of another coupling surface of another segment and interfitted thereto when one and another segments are mutually coupled in the circumferential and longitudinal directions of the rehabilitating pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Shonan Gosei-Jushi Seisakusho K.K.
    Inventors: Takao Kamiyama, Koji Kaneta, Kenji Fujii, Makoto Ishida
  • Publication number: 20080017269
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Patent number: 7210505
    Abstract: An elbow for a dryer exhaust vent conduit. The elbow can have two nestable channel sections, each channel section having a generally C-shaped cross-section, which may be substantially semi-circular. Each channel section has a connection mechanism along at least one side such that the two channel sections are joinable to form a substantially tubular conduit which has a smooth interior surface, reducing friction losses to the airflow speed of the dryer exhaust. Each channel section can be curved in a large radius arc to provide a turn to the elbow, which may extend around a quarter circle to provide a 90° turn to the dryer exhaust vent conduit. Snap fit locking tabs may lock the two channel sections together. Ends of the elbow may fit into or outside adjoining conduit pipes. The channel sections can be nested for ease of transport and storage and can be easily assembled on site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Richard J. Harpenau
  • Patent number: 7208676
    Abstract: An adjustable mid-panel spillover fitting is disclosed. The fitting includes a base, a cover securable to the base, and a cover cap securable to the base and the cover. The base has a spillover side, and the cover has an opening on a side wall thereof for receiving the spillover side. The cover has a shelf extending toward the side wall, and the cover cap has a groove for receiving the shelf therein. The cover cap includes at least one latch on an inside surface thereof for securing the cover cap to the base in a plurality of predetermined positions, and the cover cap is adjustable between the plurality of predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Charles VanderVelde
  • Patent number: 7100641
    Abstract: There is described ducting comprising a plurality of interconnectible elongate ducting components (2, 4) which when assembled define an elongate, longitudinally extending internal channel (22) for receiving a pipe, cable or like elongate member, each ducting component having a shaped inner face (14) with a longitudinal recess (20) such that the components can be assembled with confronting inner faces (16, 18), their respective longitudinal recesses being thereby aligned to form the channel, the ducting further comprising tension bands (6) for securing assembled pairs of components to one another, wherein each ducting component is provided with a transversely extending internal cavity for receiving a tension band, the cavity having two open ends so that the band can pass through the internal cavity of one ducting component and though a corresponding internal cavity of an adjacent ducting component in order to secure one to the other, at least part of the band being thereby contained and protected within the ca
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: CRP Group Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Charles Ratcliffe Tyrer, Richard Hepworth
  • Patent number: 7017615
    Abstract: A protector includes a main body, lids, hinges, and lock portions. The main body including a bottom wall, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall. The lids are coupled to the main body through the hinges. The lock portions are disposed between the lids and the main body. The lids are configured to cover the main body from both sides thereof. A first lid includes a closure plate at an adjacent position thereof. The closure plate protrudes from an end portion of the first lid toward an inner surface side of the second lid. The closure plate closes gap between the first and second lids. A second lid includes a misassembly prevention rib at an adjacent position thereof. The rib protrudes from an end portion of an outer surface of the second lid toward a direction away from the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignees: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Hiroshi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6973724
    Abstract: A method for making a tubular element, in particular a motor vehicle front cross member (1), for forming at least an air conduit (2,3,4) including at least two half-shells (5,6) assembled on two outer longitudinal edges (5a, 6a–5b, 6b), facing each other, with punctiform mechanical bond elements (7). The method further comprises the production of sealing elements (8) for the tubular element (1) consisting of at least a continuous convex or concave deformation simultaneously produced on each of the outer longitudinal edges (5a, 6a–5b, 6b) facing the two half-shells (5 and 6), in the proximity of the mechanical bond elements (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignees: Valeo, Visteon Systemes Interieurs
    Inventor: Ghislain Passebecq
  • Patent number: 6967286
    Abstract: An electrical wire bundle W is accommodated in a main body 20 of a protector 10, a cover portion 30 is closed, and the main body 20 and the cover portion 30 are locked by lock portions 40 capable of engaging the two members. Namely, if a belt-shaped retaining piece 31 extending from the cover portion 30 toward the main body 20 is inserted into a retaining hole 25 of a through hole 23 provided through an attaching portion 21 of the main body 20, a pawl portion 32 of the retaining piece 31 rides over a flexible piece 24, which is provided between the retaining hole 25 and a flexible hole 26, while deflecting the flexible piece 24, so as to be retained by the flexible piece 24. Since a widthwise dimension of the flexible hole 26 is less than a maximum widthwise dimension of the retaining piece 31, when the retaining piece 31 is inserted in the retaining hole 25, even if an attempt is erroneously made to insert the retaining piece 31 into the flexible hole26 the retaining piece 31 cannot be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Daito
  • Patent number: 6814106
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide a joint structure of a duct that can be formed easily and comprising features of the joint structure of a novel duct previously filed by the present applicant. A tip end portion of one of two plate members is bent to form an angle of 90 degrees or more, a U-shaped groove is formed at an tip end portion of the other plate member such that at least an opening portion of the groove is adapted to a bending angle of the one plate member so as to accommodate the bent tip end portion of the one plate member in an end portion of the other plate member, and the guide rail is formed by protruding at least a portion on a bottom side of the U-shaped groove of the other plate member obliquely from an outer face located on a base end side of a portion where the U-shaped groove is formed and constituting one of the wall faces of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Sir System Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shozo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 6785113
    Abstract: A manually switchable corona electrode array and method of operation for use in a corona treater station. The preferred embodiment of the present invention contemplates an electrode array which incorporates in its structure a low pressure conduit system for providing a low pressure field in the vicinity of the corona field, in order to remove ozone and other contaminants generated by the corona field. The electrode array further includes means to quickly and easily urge the array from a first position, wherein the array is situated adjacent to the treatment area, to a second position, removed from the treatment area, so as to facilitate maintenance and spooling of the material to the treated therethrough. The present invention provides a more compact footprint than traditional systems, as well as providing an ozone removal system requiring a cheaper, less powerful exhaust blower for providing the low pressure differential to remove the pollutants, including ozone, from the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Truong Pham
  • Patent number: 6756539
    Abstract: An adjustable mid-panel spillover fitting is disclosed. The fitting includes a base, a cover securable to the base, and a cover cap securable to the base and the cover. The base has a spillover side, and the cover has an opening on a side wall thereof for receiving the spillover side. The cover has a shelf extending toward the side wall, and the cover cap has a groove for receiving the shelf therein. The cover cap includes at least one latch on an inside surface thereof for securing the cover cap to the base in a plurality of predetermined positions, and the cover cap is adjustable between the plurality of predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventor: Charles VanderVelde
  • Publication number: 20030116215
    Abstract: By attaching a base portion to a cover portion formed is an outer fixing body and in the interior of the outer fixing body a corrugated tube is rotatably received. Further, by providing a tube bend restraint portion at the end portion of the cover portion for restraining bend of the corrugated tube within the given range, a rotary holder for corrugated tube in which the range of sliding movement of the corrugated tube is defined only within the cover portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Masaji Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Wakamatsu, Tadashi Muraoka
  • Patent number: 6503391
    Abstract: The device comprises filtration means and pumping means each housed in a compact unit mounted with the panels of a swimming pool basin. The unit includes a compartment (A) housing the filtration means in communication with the water of the basin, and a compartment (B) out of the water which contains the pumping means. The unit includes in the filtration compartment an assembly having first and second 90° elbows for intaking water from the basin. One of the elbows has arrangements for coupling to the bottom of the member containing the filtration means, while the other elbow has arrangements for coupling with a straight element. The unit also includes in the pumping compartment third and fourth 90° elbows for the intake of water. One of the third and fourth elbows is coupled to a straight element, and the other elbow of the third and fourth elbows is connected to a delivery side of the pumping means. Also included in the pumping compartment are fourth and fifth elbows for delivering water to the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Piscines Desjoyaux S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Louis Desjoyaux, Pierre Louis Desjoyaux, Catherine Jandros
  • Patent number: 6501026
    Abstract: An accessory to be attached to a base section of trunking for routing electrical cables is provided with a wall for concealing, inside the trunking, any longitudinal gap beyond an edge of at least one length of cover section. The wall has an effacable projecting finger on the front. Applications include the fitting of electrical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignees: Legrand, Legrand SNC
    Inventors: David Piole, Bertrand Decore
  • Patent number: 6463961
    Abstract: A hanger comprises a contact portion that makes surface contact with one face of the duct; a tongue piece as an engagement member that protrudes from the contact portion toward a tip end; a base portion bent continuously with the contact portion and away from the duct so as to form a guide rail accommodating space between the base portion and the tongue piece; a pressing portion formed continuously with the base portion, for pressing a face adjacent to the one face toward the tip end of the tongue piece to allow the guide rail to be securely retained between the pressing portion and the tongue piece; and a member for mounting a hanging member to the base portion. A method for hanging the duct comprises inserting a tongue piece of the hanger into the groove-shaped space of the duct; and bending the pressing portion toward the guide rail to press the face adjacent to the one peripheral face of the duct, thereby fixing the hanger to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Air System Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shozo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 6431216
    Abstract: A protection device for protecting a cylindrical structure has a pair of sections. The pair of sections when assembled form a tube. Each of the sections has inclined opposing mating surfaces. The sections have interlocking structures to resist longitudinal and transverse movement of the two sections with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Terry L. Briscoe
  • Patent number: 6403182
    Abstract: A thermal insulation system for insulating a pipe is disclosed having an upper insulation member engageable with a lower insulation member to collectively surround the pipe. Each of the upper and lower insulation members preferably have a plurality of constant radius relief cuts at each end thereof, wherein the constant radius relief cuts extend from the end of each of the insulation members toward the center of the insulation member. In a preferred embodiment, each insulation member further includes a plurality of radial relief cuts extending radially from the inner surface of each of the insulation members toward the outer surface of the insulation member. The radii of curvature of the insulation members is preferably variable such that, for a portion of the insulation member, a gap exists between the inner surface of the insulation member and the pipe, allowing room for fluctuation in the size and shape of the insulation members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Accessible Products, Co.
    Inventors: Sean Plummer, John King
  • Publication number: 20020066492
    Abstract: A conduit pipe is installed within a cable tunnel and telecommunication cables are disposed in the conduit pipe. The conduit pipe is divided longitudinally into a plurality of divided bodies. Each divided body is equipped at one longitudinal side with a retaining part and at the other longitudinal side with a protruded part. A single conduit pipe is formed when the divided bodies are connected to each other along the longitudinal side. Since the divided bodies can be wound around a small-diameter bobbin to be carried, the space for their custody is reduced and the carriage thereof is easier. Further, since connection parts on surfaces of the conduit pipes can be arranged such that they occupy empty spaces between conduit pipes, the space occupied by the connection parts can be minimized, thereby comparatively larger number of telecommunication cables being able to be disposed within the cable tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Young-Sug Kang, Geu-Bok Kim, Yong-Kun Noh, Myung-Woo Seo, Jeong-Kwen Park
  • Patent number: 6390139
    Abstract: A conduit pipe is installed within a cable tunnel and telecommunication cables are disposed in the conduit pipe. The conduit pipe is divided longitudinally into a plurality of divided bodies. Each divided body is equipped at one longitudinal side with a retaining part and at the other longitudinal side with a protruded part. A single conduit pipe is formed when the divided bodies are connected to each other along the longitudinal side. Since the divided bodies can be wound around a small-diameter bobbin to be carried, the space for their custody is reduced and the carriage thereof is easier. Further, since connection parts on surfaces of the conduit pipes can be arranged such that they occupy empty spaces between conduit pipes, the space occupied by the connection parts can be minimized, thereby comparatively larger number of telecommunication cables being able to be disposed within the cable tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Korea Telecom
    Inventors: Young-Sug Kang, Geu-Bok Kim, Yong-Kun Noh, Myung-Woo Seo, Jeong-Kwen Park