Plural And/or With Rigid Closure Patents (Class 160/87)
  • Patent number: 9055695
    Abstract: A roof for a computer rack aisle is provided. The roof has a canopy that may be flexible and/or fire-resistant. The canopy has a retracted position and an extended position. In the extended position the canopy may cover the top of an aisle between two computer racks, while in the retracted position the aisle can be uncovered. A canopy retractor is provided to move the canopy from the extended position to the retracted position when a predetermined condition is met. The canopy has first and second lateral edges that are slidably received within the channels of guide tracks to facilitate the smooth movement from the extend position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: LDM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Mainers, Mark J. Goyen, Vincent M. Lake
  • Publication number: 20150047793
    Abstract: A vertical blind assembly module includes a head rail unit with opposite sides and a unit axis extending between the sides, a housing and an axle pivotally connecting the housing to the head rail unit so that the housing can pivot about a pivot axis that is perpendicular to the unit axis. A slat is coiled in the housing so enabling the slat to be extended from the housing a selected distance and retracted into the housing. A foot rail unit is pivotally connected to the projecting end of the slat, the pivotal connection being collinear to the pivot axis. By turning the axle relative to the head rail unit about the pivot axis when the slat is extended, the slat can be turned between a closed position wherein the slat is parallel to the unit axis and an open position wherein the slat is perpendicular to the unit axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jason T. Birkestrand
  • Publication number: 20140144595
    Abstract: The multi-functional window covering system consists of a pair of coverings, each covering including a curtain panel and a sheer panel connected along a vertical curtain/sheer interface. There would also be a rod receiving means on a top portion of each covering, and a curtain rod engaged with said rod receiving means. The system allows one to have curtains completely closed; curtains partially closed with sheers open, closed or partially open; or curtains totally open, with sheers open, closed or partially open. The multi-functional window covering system allows the benefit of having both a curtain and a sheer, but only requiring one rod. It also allows the user to control the amount of light and privacy and influence the overall look of the window covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Lisa Nicole Collins
  • Publication number: 20130333847
    Abstract: A door system including a door frame with first and second sides spaced from each other across a width of the frame, top and bottom edges spaced from each other across a height of the frame, and a central opening, and a retractable screen member movable from the first toward the second side of the frame or from the top to the bottom edges of the frame, wherein the screen member includes a cassette and a flexible screen member that is retractable and extendable relative to the cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Larson Manufacturing Company of South Dakota, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Casseri, Henry Hitt, Alan M. Dixon
  • Publication number: 20130213588
    Abstract: A partitioning device includes at least two mounting units, a transparent and air impermeable main curtain, and a positioning unit. Each mounting unit includes a hanger and a connection member connected to the hanger. The connection member includes a connection body and at least one magnet mounted on one end of the connection body. The main curtain has a first face facing the mounting units and a second face opposite to the first face. The positioning unit is detachably disposed on the second face of the main curtain and includes at least one positioning member that contains metal attractable by the magnet and that cooperates with the magnet to clamp the main curtain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Tieh-Han WU
  • Publication number: 20130056162
    Abstract: In a blind with two shields, it is possible to perform different operations by operating one operating means and reduce the dimension of an operating device by reducing the number of parts. The operating device comprises an operating shaft rotated upon receiving an operation force, a clutch rotating integrally with the operating shaft and axially sliding on the operating shaft, and a first transmission member 50 and a second transmission member disposed at both axial sides of the clutch to transmit driving force to a first driving shaft and a second driving shaft respectively. The sliding direction of the clutch is determined by the rotational direction of the operating shaft, such that as the clutch sliding on the operating shaft is engaged with one of the transmission members and, the rotation of the operating shaft is transmitted to any one of the driving shafts and through one of the transmission members and.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Nichibei Co., LTD
    Inventor: Takaaki Aoki
  • Publication number: 20130048229
    Abstract: According to some aspects, provided are curtain assemblies comprising two or more curtains selectably moveable between an open position and a closed position. Some embodiments include a track guide for at least one of the curtains having a first track and second track insert coupled to respective sides of the track guide and the curtain, wherein the curtain is moveably coupled to the first and second track inserts, and moveable along the channel of operation during transition between the open and the closed position. The curtains can be configured to define an air pocket that improved the energy efficiency of the curtain assembly (e.g., improving heat and/or noise properties). Some embodiments include a roller guide to maintain spacing between the curtains and can define a boundary of the air pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Rajiva A. Dwarka
  • Patent number: 8353326
    Abstract: A three-dimensional fabric with three-layered structure is provided. The three-dimensional fabric comprises a surface layer, a backing layer, an intermediate layer, a first interconnection portion for connecting the surface layer and the backing layer, and a second interconnection portion for connecting the intermediate layer and the backing layer. The three-dimensional fabric with three-layered structure can be woven on a single loom in a batch operation and undergo transformation between two-dimensional shape and three-dimensional shape. This fabric is applicable as materials for blinds with high light-shielding rate because intermediate portions have a multi-layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Woongjin Chemical Co., Ltd., Youil Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoo-Sung Chang, Il-Sun Ryu
  • Patent number: 8342225
    Abstract: A connector for a multiple element blind assembly includes a first coupling element for association with a first blind element, said first coupling element having a body and a projection extending therefrom. The projection includes a keying portion. Also provided is a second coupling element for association with a second blind element. The second coupling element has a body defining a bore therein, which includes a keyway portion. The keying portion is insertable into and keys with said keyway to a torque transferring portion such that torque applied to one of said coupling elements is transferred to the other coupling element. Also, the keying portion is only insertable into said keyway to said torque transferring portion when said first and second coupling elements are aligned within a single relative rotational range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Damorgold Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Vito Fortunato, Ross Lava, Graeme John Whitty
  • Patent number: 8322104
    Abstract: Building or structural panels may be joined, such as to form walls or floors. The panels have edge anchors with mounts. The anchors may comprise elongate members defining a trough having spaced cross-pins. A connector is positioned between adjacent panels. The connector engages the mounts of the anchors, such by having the cross-pins slide into slots of the connector. The panels may have outer skins located over an expanded core comprising a matrix of supporting elongate members and voids or openings, with the anchors located slots formed in the edges of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fleming, III
  • Publication number: 20120273139
    Abstract: The apparatus for covering a window includes a first support member and a second support member spaced apart from the first support member and substantially parallel to the first support member. The apparatus also includes a fabric extending between the first support member and the second support member. The fabric is movably coupled to the first support member and the second support member. The fabric forms a continuous loop through which the first support member and the second support member extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Ruben N. Morales
  • Publication number: 20120267058
    Abstract: An application for a multi-section screen system includes a first of the flexible sheets of screen material that has zipper teeth along at least one side edge and a neighboring second flexible sheet of screen material that has mating zipper teeth along an abutting side edge. Mechanisms retract and deploy each of the flexible sheets in unison. A fastener is fixedly disposed between each two of the mechanisms and the fastener automatically joins the zipper teeth with the mating zipper teeth as the mechanisms deploy the flexible sheets and the fastener automatically separates the zipper teeth from the mating zipper teeth as the mechanisms retract the flexible sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Richard C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20120227912
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening has a horizontal movable rail supported by cords, with a variety of configurations which allow the movable rail to be moved up and down while concealing the cords.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Anderson, Eugene W. Thompson, Steven R. Haarer
  • Publication number: 20120227911
    Abstract: A canvas frame and canvas frame kit is disclosed that permits canvas frames of unorthodox configuration. The canvas frames include divergent interior portions that permit an irregular primary frame to be matched with a supplemental frame to present a single, unified work of art separable at the whim of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Mazin Badawi
  • Patent number: 8079397
    Abstract: A window covering is provided with protected operating cords. Protective coverings are installed over the cords. The coverings are expandable to move with the window covering as it is raised and lowered. The protective coverings may include an accordion folded configuration, a cellular configuration, and protective coverings with a continuous slot that allows the covering to be installed in an existing window covering. The protective coverings do not interfere with operation of the window coverings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Richard W. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20110297333
    Abstract: An aircraft window shade assembly is provided. The assembly includes an inboard shade, an outboard shade, a housing and a cover. The inboard and outboard shades each include a plurality of holes disposed along one side. The housing includes a transparent inboard panel, a transparent outboard panel, a pair of inboard guide slots to receive the inboard shade, a pair of outboard guide slots to receive the outboard shade, an inboard motor and an outboard motor. The inboard motor is coupled to a drive gear sprocket having a cylindrical outer surface and a plurality of teeth extending radially therefrom that mesh with the plurality of holes in the inboard shade, and moves the inboard shade between open and closed positions. The outboard motor is coupled to a drive gear sprocket having a cylindrical outer surface and a plurality of teeth extending radially therefrom that mesh with the plurality of holes in the outboard shade, and moves the outboard shade between open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: ADAMS RITE AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Sievers, Morteza Yadollahi, John F. Leary, Darrell L. James, Marek S. Brzeski, Elmon D. Sotto, John Edward Cheever
  • Patent number: 8020602
    Abstract: A control system for a top down/bottom up covering for an architectural opening includes a common drive shaft for raising and lowering a middle rail and a bottom rail between which a flexible shade material extends. A control element operates a spool lift system and a roller lift system, with the spool lift system being associated with the middle rail and the roller lift system being associated with the bottom rail. The lift systems are sequentially operated when the drive shaft is driven in either direction by the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Smith, Kent A. Smith, James L. Miller, Terrence M. Drew, Suzanne M. Fujita
  • Publication number: 20110108207
    Abstract: A roof for a computer rack aisle is provided. The roof has a canopy that may be flexible and/or fire-resistant. The canopy has a retracted position an extended position. In the retracted position, the canopy may be wound around a spool. In the extended position the canopy may cover the top of an aisle between two computer racks. A selectively releasable retainer holds the canopy in the extended position while releasing the canopy to return to the retracted position when a predetermined condition is met. The canopy retractor is provided to return the canopy to a retracted position. The canopy having first and second lateral edges with flanges running from a position approximate a front portion of the canopy and to a position approximate a rear portion of the canopy. The flanges can be received within a canopy guide track to facilitate the smooth movement from the extend position to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: LDM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Mainers, Mark A. Goyen, Vincet Michael Lake
  • Patent number: 7931066
    Abstract: Upper ends of the first fabric and the second fabric are attached to the head rail, respectively, and the first lift cord and the second lift cord suspended from the head rail in a liftable manner are coupled to the first fabric and the second fabric, respectively. The first lift cord is routed into a rear side of the first fabric and the second lift cord is routed into a rear side of the second fabric so as to come over an upper end of the second fabric. An extension member is provided so as to extend downwardly along with a lower edge of a rear portion of the head rail, and the upper end of the second fabric is attached to a front surface of the extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Toso Company, Limited
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Honda, Tomonori Muto, Hiroyuki Someya, Toshiyuki Mori
  • Publication number: 20110088853
    Abstract: A secure ventilation screen which may be used in a variety of makes and models of vehicles to provide adequate ventilation and air circulation inside the vehicle while keeping vehicle occupants safe as well as preventing bugs and outside debris from entering a vehicle. The secure ventilation screen system comprises a rigid mesh material to provide ventilation and is secured by a flexible and durable frame which may be installed into the frame of a vehicle window. The secure ventilation screen system may be manufactured in different sizes and may be installed into substantially any vehicle window. A secure ventilation screen system kit may comprise an accessorizable ventilation screen for vehicle windows and accessories such as a temperature gauge, key alarm, hold unit, sound alarm, and air conditioning component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Lorenzo Boston
  • Publication number: 20110061817
    Abstract: An application for a multi-section screen system includes a first of the flexible sheets of screen material that has zipper teeth along at least one side edge and a neighboring second flexible sheet of screen material that has mating zipper teeth along an abutting side edge. Mechanisms retract and deploy each of the flexible sheets in unison. A fastener is fixedly disposed between each two of the mechanisms. The fasteners automatically join the zipper teeth with the mating zipper teeth as the mechanisms deploy the flexible sheets and the fasteners automatically disengaging the zipper teeth from the mating zipper teeth as the mechanisms retract the flexible sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Richard C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110011003
    Abstract: A door system comprises a door panel, a support member, and a pivoting vertical plate. The door panel comprises a plurality of discrete rigid insulation pieces interposed between flexible layers. An outer skin encompasses the rigid insulation pieces and the flexible layers. The door panel is secured to the support member by the outer skin, such that the outer skin bears the weight of the door panel. The vertical plate is secured to a trailing side of the door panel. The vertical plate includes keepers that selectively engage hooks extending from a casing positioned at a doorway. The rigidity of the door panel depends on the pivotal position of the vertical plate relative to a plane defined by the door panel. The door panel provides sufficient flexibility to withstand impacts from objects and vehicles yet also provides sufficient rigidity to insulate a cold environment from a warm environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Lynn D. Vogel, Curtis L. Berry
  • Publication number: 20090288782
    Abstract: A layered blinds device having a series of screens of evenly spaced rods held in parallel relation to one another that allow users to manipulate light penetration and view transparency as independent variables and a method for doing the same. A spacing mechanism adjusts the spacing between the screens which controls the light penetration while an alignment mechanism adjusts the alignment of the rods which controls the view transparency. The blinds can be adjusted manually or by a tracking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: Paralign LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin R. SPENCER
  • Patent number: 7617859
    Abstract: A top down/bottom up covering for an architectural opening is disclosed in a roll-up configuration so the shade can be rolled about a roller in a head rail while having the ability to raise and lower top and bottom rails between which the shade material extends independently of each other. The roller is utilized to raise and lower the bottom rail by wrapping about or unwrapping the shade material from the roller and a control system for raising and lowering the top rail is confined within the roller. The invention is disclosed in embodiments that include a single operating element or a pair of operating elements but in each instance the top and bottom rails are independently movable so the shade material can be extended to any degree between the top and bottom rails and positioned at desired locations within the architectural opening in which the covering is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond N. Auger
  • Patent number: 7571756
    Abstract: A control system for a top down/bottom up covering for an architectural opening includes a common drive shaft for raising and lowering a middle rail and a bottom rail between which a flexible shade material extends. A control element operates a spool lift system and a roller lift system, with the spool lift system being associated with the middle rail and the roller lift system being associated with the bottom rail. The lift systems are sequentially operated when the drive shaft is driven in either direction by the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Smith, Kent A. Smith, James L. Miller, Terrence M. Drew, Suzanne M. Fujita
  • Publication number: 20090183840
    Abstract: A device for dividing off areas of a space, with at least one ceiling rail and/or floor rail and/or wall rail, with at least one web of film or fabric which can be connected to the ceiling rail and/or floor rail and/or wall rail, and with at least one support rod for placement between the ceiling rail and/or floor rail and/or wall rail. It is provided that, on the lengthwise side of the support rod, there is at least one surface element which has a fastening surface for a web of film or fabric, the surface element having at least one fastening means or attaching the web of film or fabric to the fastening surface and the surface element being aligned such that the fastening surface is located essentially perpendicular to the floor of the area of space which is to be divided off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: PROVERUM AG
    Inventor: Moritz Muehlebach
  • Publication number: 20090139665
    Abstract: The present invention provides a textile blind united by weaving, which is formed as a single body by weaving slat textiles along a width between a front textile and a back textile in parallel with each other, wherein the slat textiles are arranged along the height of the front and back textiles to make the textile blind easily block lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Ki Cheol Cha
  • Patent number: 7537039
    Abstract: A window blind for motor vehicle doors including a winding shaft arranged underneath the window's lower edge is provided. One edge of the blind sheet is fastened to the winding shaft and its other edge is attached to a pull bar. The pull bar is connected to at least one support rod that is arranged approximately at a right angle to the pull bar and projects into the body of the door. The support rod is guided in the door body and it is provided at its inner end with a dog. The dog is designed to cooperate with a dog driven by the window lifter, so that the window blind is also opened semiautomatically when the window is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: BOS GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Erik Fischer
  • Patent number: 7509989
    Abstract: A unique window blind system has two triangular panels. Each panel has a plurality of foldable sections bundled together at one fixed end and the remainder portion are unfoldable to cover a diagonally opposite triangular half portion of the window opening. The panels are mounted in the window frame in an inverted manner relative to one another with the fixed end adjacent to diagonally opposite corners of the window frame. Pull cords are provided for folding the sections in a fanfold manner to obtain selectively an opening covering partially or completely the window opening. Additional pull cords are provided for unfolding the sections of the two panels to cover selectively the window opening partially or completely from the opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Dung Viet Pham
  • Publication number: 20080149280
    Abstract: A control system for a top down/bottom up covering for an architectural opening includes a common drive shaft for raising and lowering a middle rail and a bottom rail between which a flexible shade material extends. A control element operates a spool lift system and a roller lift system, with the spool lift system being associated with the middle rail and the roller lift system being associated with the bottom rail. The lift systems are sequentially operated when the drive shaft is driven in either direction by the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Smith, Kent A. Smith, James L. Miller, Terrence M. Drew, Suzanne M. Fujita
  • Publication number: 20080053625
    Abstract: A retractable covering in accordance with the present invention includes a head rail with a horizontally disposed roller and a pair of depending sheets from the roller which form part of a fabric which can be wrapped around the roller or unwrapped from the roller when moving the covering between retracted and extended positions. The sheets can also be moved with the roller between a closed position wherein they are in contiguous relationship and an open position wherein they are separated while remaining in parallel relationship. A plurality of cut-out vanes are formed in one sheet having a free edge thereof secured as with adhesive or the like to the other sheet. Accordingly, when the sheets are in the closed contiguous relationship, the vanes which are integral with one sheet become coplanar therewith but when the sheets are separated the vanes pivot to open a passage through the sheet from which they were cut to permit the passage of vision and light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Anthony
  • Patent number: 7261137
    Abstract: A retractable blind assembly including a top section (3,103) with a vertically-extending blind covering material (23,123) extending between a fixed inclined head rail (5,105) and a middle rail (7,107) that is pivotable with respect to the head rail (5,105) about a pivot center that is adjacent to a lowermost end of the head rail, the head rail extending upwardly at an acute angle, the middle rail (7,107) being pivotable between a lower position, in which the middle rail extends horizontally, when the covering material is extended and an upper position, in which the middle rail extends upwardly at an acute angle and is adjacent the head rail, when the covering material is retracted, the covering material in the top section (3,103) having a generally triangular shape with an unattached short apex (13,113) about the pivot center and an opposite, unattached, long side (15,115) when the covering material is extended, a bottom section (9,109) with the covering material extending between the middle rail (7,107) and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Industries BV
    Inventor: Nicolaas Dekker
  • Patent number: 7011356
    Abstract: A system for suspending a rigid panel in an opening formed in a barrier structure. The system comprises a sleeve of flexible material having an anchor portion attachable to the perimeter of the opening and a grip portion opposite the anchor portion. The grip portion is contoured so as to form a channel disposed between an anterior extension and a posterior extension of the grip portion. Each of the anterior extension and the posterior extension comprises a fold of the flexible material having an apex at its inner end. A first elongated tensioning member is received within the apex of the anterior extension and a second elongated tensioning member is received within the apex of the posterior extension. The edges of the panel are received within the channel and the first and second elongated tensioners may be made sufficiently taut to prevent easy removal of the panel from the channel. Another aspect includes a method of suspending a rigid panel in a barrier structure by employing the suspension system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: James R. Stahl
  • Patent number: 6810937
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for suspending a rigid panel in an opening formed in a barrier structure. The system comprises a sleeve of flexible material having an anchor portion attachable to the perimeter of the opening and a grip portion opposite the anchor portion. The grip portion is contoured so as to form a channel disposed between an anterior extension and a posterior extension of the grip portion. Each of the anterior extension and the posterior extension comprises a fold of the flexible material having an apex at its inner end. A first elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the anterior extension and a second elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the posterior extension. The edges of the panel are received within the channel and the first and second elongated tensioners may be made sufficiently taut to prevent easy removal of the panel from the channel. Also disclosed is a method of suspending a rigid panel in a barrier structure employing structure as disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: James R. Stahl
  • Patent number: 6799404
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least two panel elements which are configured for contiguous placement adjacent to one another. Each of the panel elements defines a hollow internal passageway. The panels are configured to permit a contiguous placement whereby the respective passageways of the panels are brought into registration with one another. A connection element is positioned within one of the passageways. The connection element is accessible through a slot defined within the sidewall of the panel wherein the connection element resides. The connection element is slidable whereby it may be displaced partially into the second panel element. The connection element is thereafter actuatable whereby its lateral dimension is decreased to form a pressure fit union with the interior sidewalls of the two passageways. In its spatially decreased configuration, the connection element provides a means of interconnecting the two panel elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Daw Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Spransy
  • Publication number: 20040074612
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for suspending a rigid panel in an opening formed in a barrier structure. The system comprises a sleeve of flexible material having an anchor portion attachable to the perimeter of the opening and a grip portion opposite the anchor portion. The grip portion is contoured so as to form a channel disposed between an anterior extension and a posterior extension of the grip portion. Each of the anterior extension and the posterior extension comprises a fold of the flexible material having an apex at its inner end. A first elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the anterior extension and a second elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the posterior extension. The edges of the panel are received within the channel and the first and second elongated tensioners may be made sufficiently taut to prevent easy removal of the panel from the channel. Also disclosed is a method of suspending a rigid panel in a barrier structure employing structure as disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: James R. Stahl
  • Patent number: 6571851
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an architectural covering insert primarily adapted for use in simulated divided light openings is disclosed. The insert includes an outer framework with horizontal and vertical dividers, a plurality of horizontally or vertically disposed shade components associated with one or more dividers and control means for moving the shade components between extended and retracted positions across simulated openings defined by the vertical and horizontal dividers. The shade components can be of the roller shade type or collapsible cellular type with the net result being that, from a visual standpoint, there are shade components associated with each individual simulated opening defined by the horizontal and vertical dividers, as opposed to a single shade that covers the entire architectural opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, Paul F. Josephson, Barbara A. Forst Randle, Jason T. Throne, Ronald L. Bowman
  • Patent number: 6546988
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for suspending a rigid panel in an opening formed in a barrier structure. The system comprises a sleeve of flexible material having an anchor portion attachable to the perimeter of the opening and a grip portion opposite the anchor portion. The grip portion is contoured so as to form a channel disposed between an anterior extension and a posterior extension of the grip portion. Each of the anterior extension and the posterior extension comprises a fold of the flexible material having an apex at its inner end. A first elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the anterior extension and a second elongated tensioning member received within the apex of the posterior extension. The edges of the panel are received within the channel and the first and second elongated tensioners may be made sufficiently taut to prevent easy removal of the panel from the channel. Also disclosed is a method of suspending a rigid panel in a barrier structure employing structure as disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: James R. Stahl
  • Publication number: 20030019590
    Abstract: A covering for an architectural opening, having a first layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes, and a second layer with alternating relatively opaque stripes and relatively translucent stripes. The first and second layers are positioned one behind the other, with the stripes substantially parallel. The first and second layers are movable relative to one another in a direction substantially perpendicular to the stripes. The covering also includes a series of parallel binder threads for attaching the first layer to the second layer. The binder threads run substantially perpendicular to the stripes, and thereby, one of the layers can be slid along the binder threads when moved relative to the other. The blind is preferred to be woven as a double-layer fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Anton Fransen
  • Patent number: 6497265
    Abstract: The invention provides a screen door system for double-hung entry doors. The screen door system comprises an inner screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, an outer screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, inner and outer upper tracks for slidably guiding the inner and outer screen assemblies along the length of the tracks and for limiting lateral movement of the inner and outer screen assemblies as the screen assemblies move longitudinally along the tracks, and a lower sill having an inner guide rail for longitudinally guiding the inner screen assembly and an outer guide rail for longitudinally guiding the outer screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Jeld-Wen, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd C. Davis, Jesse T. Boring, Charles W. Cowart, T. Glen Lowe
  • Patent number: 6354043
    Abstract: A privacy screen is configured for use with systems furniture and the like, such as post and beam arrangements that spatially partition an open office space into multiple workstations each having an interior with an opening into an adjacent space. The privacy screen is shaped to enclose a substantial portion of the opening of an associated workstation, and includes a generally flat lower portion, and a bowed upper portion that extends outwardly from the interior of the workstation to provide within the interior of the workstation a sense of spatial openness, as well as enhanced air and light influx, without detracting substantially from useable space on the opposite side of the privacy screen. The privacy screen may be constructed from a woven fabric with a single layer at the upper portion for greater visual porosity, and two layers at the lower portion for visual privacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Simon, Chris L. Domina
  • Publication number: 20020023726
    Abstract: The invention provides a screen door system for double-hung entry doors. The screen door system comprises an inner screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, an outer screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, inner and outer upper tracks for slidably guiding the inner and outer screen assemblies along the length of the tracks and for limiting lateral movement of the inner and outer screen assemblies as the screen assemblies move longitudinally along the tracks, and a lower sill leaving an inter guide rail for longitudinally guiding the inner screen assembly and an outer guide rail for longitudinally guiding the outer screen assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventors: Floyd C. Davis, Jesse T. Boring, Charles W. Cowart, T. Glen Lowe
  • Patent number: 5551501
    Abstract: The invention provides a screen door system for double-hung entry doors. The screen door system comprises an inner screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, an outer screen assembly containing a frame member carrying a screen member, inner and outer upper tracks for slidably guiding the inner and outer screen assemblies along the length of the tracks and for limiting lateral movement of the inner and outer screen assemblies as the screen assemblies move longitudinally along the tracks, and a lower sill having an inner guide rail for longitudinally guiding the inner screen assembly and an outer guide rail for longitudinally guiding the outer screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: DCL, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd C. Davis, Jesse T. Boring, Charles W. Cowart, T. Glen Lowe
  • Patent number: 5178199
    Abstract: A bi-parting shutter system having two slidably displaceable shutters connected by a flexible belt arranged in a track and looped around two freely rotatable pulley wheels. The belt defines a first belt run connected to a first shutter by a first attachment, and a second belt run similarly connected to a second shutter by a second attachment. The second attachment includes a bracket having a generally hollow square cross section and located in the track. The first belt run freely passes through the second attachment, with movement of one shutter being transmitted to the other shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Rotalac Plastics Limited
    Inventor: John Jackson
  • Patent number: 5078195
    Abstract: A double-walled curtain of pleated material, wherein at least one fold of pleated material of the one wall is connected by means of two parallel connecting strips (10,11) to one or more folds of the other wall for the forming of a module, whereas the outward facing surfaces of the connecting strips bear co-acting coupling means, said modules being adapted to be extruded, whereby the height and width of the curtain can be determined in a simple manner, due to the tubular and endless length of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Siegfried J. Schon
  • Patent number: 4842034
    Abstract: A window shade construction comprises a first pleated shade member having one end thereof coupled to a first header and a second pleated shade member having one end thereof coupled to an opposite end of the first shade member. Cords are operatively coupled to the header and to the first and second shade members for selectively moving either or both of the first and second shade members between a fully collapsed position and a fuly extended position relative to the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Elkhart Door, Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard K. Haines
  • Patent number: 4581089
    Abstract: An improved glazing system wherein glass panels are secured to a frame member in an edge-to-edge sealed relationship. A first glass panel is bonded to a frame member such as a vertical mullion using a sealant which adheres to the edge of the first glass panel and to the face of the first glass panel adjacent the edge. A portion of the frame is removed to expose a section of the bonded sealant and thereafter a second glass panel is positioned on the sealant such that the two glass panels are in an edge-to-edge, sealed relationship. The edge to edge abutting relationship of the panels may be accomplished without the need for caulking or exterior access to the glass panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventor: Douglas R. MacMillan