Stud Or Nipple Patents (Class 174/62)
  • Patent number: 10519994
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement 10 for mounting a dog guard 12 in a vehicle. The mounting arrangement 10 includes a bracket part 22 mountable to the dog guard 12. The bracket part 22 includes an opening 30 with a concave contact surface 34 around the opening 30. A fixing member 36 is provided threadably mountable to the end of a bar 52 which extends through the opening 30. The fixing member 36 has a sleeve 44 with a lower convex annular contact surface 48 engageable against the bracket part contact surface 34. The other end of the bar 52 is engageable with for instance a fixing hook provided on the floor of the boot of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ASG Group LTD
    Inventor: Peter Neville Allman
  • Patent number: 9795076
    Abstract: A pneumatic coupler and method for coupling a hose to a surface of an agricultural implement is provided. The pneumatic coupler includes a hollow tube with a radially extending flange. The flange has one or more cutouts to permit the flange to pass through an aperture containing one or more protrusions. The flange has one or more recesses to mate with the one or more protrusions to mitigate rotation of the pneumatic coupler relative to the surface. A nut connects to the hollow tube and at least partially surrounds the hollow tube. A sealing member disposed between the flange and the nut provides a seal at the aperture of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Riley Lind, Matthew J. Wilhelmi
  • Patent number: 9605809
    Abstract: A lighting module includes a heat sink and a locking cap coupled to the heat sink at one end of the heat sink. The locking cap has retention tabs designed to retain the lighting module attached to a retention bracket. The lighting module also includes a light emitting diode (LED) light source positioned in a cavity of the heat sink and an optic positioned in the cavity of the heat sink and designed to direct light emitted by the LED light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Oliver Ernst
  • Patent number: 9458998
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus for simplifying the connection of an electrical fixture to an electrical source. The system can include a plate element that attaches to an electrical source, such as a junction box. The plate element can mate with a canopy element that is attached to an electrical fixture, such as a light. The plate and canopy can structurally and electrically mate, allowing a user to easily connect various electrical fixtures using the plate and canopy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Clyde Martin
  • Patent number: 9048645
    Abstract: A weatherproof while-in-use electrical box assembly adapted for use on buildings that include a siding exterior or that will be finished with siding. The weatherproof electrical box assembly includes an electrical box with an integral siding block and a cover assembly adapted to receive large electrical plugs. The integral siding block provides a channel around the electrical box for accommodating siding. The channel enables the electrical box assembly to channel water to the bottom of the box and exterior of the siding where it will drip harmlessly to the ground. The cover assembly includes cord openings that enable closing of the cover plate while electrical cords are connected to electrical outlets within the electrical box. Cord inserts are provided for closing the cord openings when they are not in use. The tamperproof cover includes an arm adapted to accept a padlock for securing the cover to the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 8993885
    Abstract: A hardware retainer detachably mounted on faceplate and selectively locked to a fixed body behind the faceplate includes a tray, at least two brackets and a faceplate box. The brackets are detachably mounted on the tray. The faceplate box is detachably mounted on the faceplate and is formed with a plurality of wire passages. The tray is detachably mounted on the faceplate box allowing for objects of varying dimensions to be installed on the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nueteq Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Hui-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 8802978
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided includes a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8526168
    Abstract: A power outlet box for housing electronics and powering electronic displays suspended in a retail environment may include a first housing portion including a first set of vertical support features and a second set of vertical support features. A second housing portion may include a third set of vertical support features and a fourth set of vertical support features. The power outlet box may have (i) a closed configuration when the first and third sets of vertical support features are aligned and (ii) an open configuration when the second and fourth set of vertical support features are in contact with one another. The second set of vertical support features may be adapted to support the fourth set of vertical support features when the power outlet box is in the open configuration. A power supply device may be fixedly positioned within the power outlet box when in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Daly
  • Patent number: 8403289
    Abstract: A universal bracket is provided for mounting electrical boxes. The bracket includes a generally rectangular first plate having at least one aperture defined within the first plate. The aperture is shaped to provide access to an electrical box mounted to the first plate, and further includes first and second pairs of diagonally opposite corners. A second plate extends rearward and substantially perpendicular to the first plate and located proximate a first side of the aperture. The first plate further includes one or more fastening portions and a plurality of mounting holes disposed about the fastening portions. One or more of the mounting holes are positioned for mounting the bracket to a vertical structural member adjacent either of two opposite sides of the bracket or a horizontal element adjacent a third side of the bracket, maintaining a particular bracket orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Eric R. Rinderer
  • Patent number: 8237052
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided includes a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 8153894
    Abstract: A mounting system for a member to a support structure. The member includes ends and sides. A hinge may be attached to one of the ends of the member. Hinges may be attached to both ends along the same side of the member. The hinge may include an arm from which a tab extends. The ends may include securing means. The support structure includes a mounting aperture that is configured to interact with the hinge of the member. In some embodiments, the support structure may have multiple mounting apertures. The mounting aperture is configured to prevent the hinge of the member from disengaging from the support structure. In some embodiments, the mounting aperture is configured to pivotally retain the hinge of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Haight Lydecker, John T. Mayfield, III, Mark E. Nicholson, Russell Vern Rouse, Peter M. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7880084
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided comprising a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall comprises a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7858878
    Abstract: The present invention includes a housing for hanging or mounting a wire and a device in a corner between two walls of a building. The housing includes an angular back plate. The angular back plate is bifurcated at an acute angle and the backplate further includes an angular raised portion which is similarly bifurcated at an acute angle and positioned in mating relation with the angular back plate. The raised portion is recessed from top, bottom and side edges of the angular back plate. The raised portion has planar front portions in angular relation to each other and enclosing the raised portion. The back plate is mounted to a corner defined by the wall frames using back plate holes. The angular raised portion mates with a building material affixed to the building wall frame. One of the planar front portions of the angular raised portion defines a hole for passing the wire therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Garavuso, James Michael Dodd, Tom Babich
  • Patent number: 7772489
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided includes a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7498512
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided including a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7495169
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided including a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7488891
    Abstract: An electrical box with multiple selectable fastening points. The electrical box is capable of being mounted on a wide range of structures including those that are constructed with metal framing, wood framing, or with a masonry wall. To accommodate various layers of drywall, fasteners for mounting the electrical box to a stud may be moved to any one of the several fastening points to ensure that the fastener is approximately centered with respect to the stud. Outward extending tabs are provided on the sidewalls of the electrical box to enable mounting to masonry walls. Multiple connection points are provided at the front opening of the electrical box to enable the mounting of electrical components or electrical fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7485803
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided includes a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7476807
    Abstract: An electrical box assembly for providing a secure electrical enclosure on walls constructed with steel studs of two conventional sizes. The electrical box assembly includes an electrical box including captive fasteners on one sidewall and a bracket that is adjustable in length for attachment to the opposite sidewall. The adjustable length bracket may be used as is for bracing the opposite sidewall of the electrical box for a wide stud. A bend line is provided on the bracket for enabling simple reduction of its length for bracing the electrical box against a narrow stud. The electrical box assembly provides an electrical box that is fastened directly to a stud on one sidewall and braced against the drywall at both ends of the box on the opposite sidewall to securely hold the electrical box with respect to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Arlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Patent number: 7476804
    Abstract: A network cabinet is provided includes a base member, two pairs of vertical frame rail members connected to the base member, and a top cover supported by at least one of the vertical frame rail members. The base member defines an opening and another opening is defined in the top cover. The vertical frame rail members are positioned spaced apart from four sidewalls from four corners of the cabinet formed by the four sidewalls, where each sidewall includes a panel or a door. The two pairs of vertical frame rail members and the four sidewalls define at least one cable management pathway and at least a portion of the cable management pathway is vertically aligned with at least a portion of the opening of the base member and the opening of the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Adducci, Christopher A. Dybek, Bruce R. Appino, Max W. Hibner, Michael J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 7102079
    Abstract: An assembly is disclosed for finding and withdrawing wire and cable ends from locations inside a wall which is being constructed where they have been temporarily brought. The assembly includes a plaster ring fastened to a wall stud. A plaster ring cover plate is temporarily attached to the plaster ring. A hitch is provided on the plaster ring cover plate for joining the wire or cable ends to the cover plate. A tying member may be used to tie the wire or cable end to the cover plate if desired. A method for retrieving the wire and cable ends is also disclosed which includes placing a plaster ring near a location where the wire or cable ends are brought, providing a plaster ring cover plate which is removably engaged on the plaster ring with a hitch for receiving the wire or cable end, engaging the wire or cable end on the hitch, and engaging the plaster ring cover plate on the plaster ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Ken Kurtin
  • Patent number: 6979778
    Abstract: A foot pad has an elastic conical body and at least one elastic rib. The elastic conical body defines a connecting surface and an outer conical surface. The connecting surface defines a hollow portion, and the elastic rib integrally connects to the elastic conical body at a surface of the hollow portion. The outer conical surface has a root portion connecting with an outer edge of the connecting surface. A thickness of the elastic conical body at the root portion of the outer conical surface is greater than a thickness of the elastic conical body at other portions of the outer conical surface. Elasticity of the foot pad is thereby increased so as to enlarge a contact area contacting an outer supporting surface, so that an anti-skid effect is improved and the foot pad is capable of absorbing a deformation of an electronic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Roger Xiong, Chi-Ren Hsueh
  • Patent number: 6965077
    Abstract: The claimed inventions relate generally to electrical boxes that may be installed to a ceiling, and more particularly to electrical box ancillary devices, such as brackets and struts, that permit the carrying of heavy ceiling appliances such as ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. Disclosed herein are brackets and other devices for reinforcing ceiling electrical boxes to structural members, such as trusses and joists, against the load of fixtures including ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. Also disclosed herein are ceiling electrical boxes having built-in reinforcement. Further disclosed herein are other reinforcement structures, some including box molded parts therein, that additionally provide direct support to a ceiling fixture. Additionally disclosed herein, explicitly or implicitly, methods of using and installing those brackets, devices and boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Alan P. Halbert
  • Patent number: 6946603
    Abstract: An enclosure for electrical and electronic components comprising a lower part and a cover that can be fastened thereto by a screw connection. Fastening channels are provided in the lower part parallel to screwing locations, via which the enclosure can be fastened to a support. The fastening channels continue inside the cover and open to the exterior so that the enclosure can be fastened to the support when the cover is already fastened to the enclosure lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Rolec Gehause-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Friedhelm Rose, Matthias Rose
  • Patent number: 6881900
    Abstract: The claimed inventions relate generally to electrical boxes that may be installed to a ceiling, and more particularly to electrical box ancillary devices, such as brackets and struts, that permit the carrying of heavy ceiling appliances such as ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. Disclosed herein are brackets and other devices for reinforcing ceiling electrical boxes to structural members, such as trusses and joists, against the load of fixtures including ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. Also disclosed herein are ceiling electrical boxes having built-in reinforcement. Additionally disclosed herein, explicitly or implicitly, methods of using and installing those brackets, devices and boxes. Detailed information on various example embodiments of the inventions are provided in the Detailed Description below, and the inventions are defined by the appended claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Alan P. Halbert
  • Patent number: 6877886
    Abstract: A landscape lightpost that provides a substantially enclosed wire compartment. The lightpost includes a main post, a cap, a separator plate, and structure for positioning the separator plate between the main post and cap, to form the substantially enclosed wire compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Engineered Products Co.
    Inventors: Jack Schuster, Daniel Brooks
  • Patent number: 6303862
    Abstract: Mounting assembly includes a junction box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. An auxiliary cavity may be provided adjacent to and outside of the cavity. A support may be provided that is at least partially within the auxiliary cavity. A dimpled hole may be provided in the top wall, and the supplemental fixture support extends into the dimpled hole for engaging at least a portion of the walls thereof. A threaded hole may be provided on the supplemental fixture support. The supplemental fixture support may be a stud or rivet. A rough surface or fluting may be provided on a portion of said support for engaging the walls of the dimpled hole. Preferably, the supplemental fixture support has exposed portions which are sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages such exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Reiker Enterprises of Northwest Florida, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 6291768
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. An auxiliary fixture support is disposed in the cavity. An opening or seat is provided in the side wall, and the auxiliary fixture support extends into such opening or seat. A threaded hole may be provided on the auxiliary fixture support. The auxiliary fixture support may be a lug. Preferably, the fixture support has an extension for engaging a side wall of the junction box for counteracting any tendency of the support to move or rotate when carrying a fixture or ceiling fan. Preferably, the auxiliary fixture support is sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Reiker Enterprises of Northwest Florida, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 6281439
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or a mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A fixture support extends into the cavity and supports an electrical fixture. A threaded hole may be provided on the fixture support. Preferably, the fixture support has exposed portions which are sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wires which engage such exposed surfaces of the fixture support. Two or more fixture supports may be provided. The fixture support may enhance the use of conventional inwardly extending ears. An adhesive element, such as double-sided tape, may be provided on the box for rapid attachment thereof to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Reiker Enterprises of Northwest Florida, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 6242696
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A fixture support is provided. A dimple is provided in the top wall, and the fixture support engages the dimple. The fixture support may be sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages exposed surfaces of the fixture support. A side mounting plate may be provided for attaching the box to the side of a support. An adhesive may be provided for securing the box to a support. A fixture support-receiving cavity not connected with the main junction box cavity may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Reiker Enterprises of Northwest Florida, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 6204450
    Abstract: A mounting assembly includes a junction box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A fixture support is disposed in the cavity. A recess or removed portion is provided on the support, and the removed portion is configured for receiving the inner face of the radiused portion of the box disposed between the top wall and side wall so as to not interfere therewith. A threaded hole for receiving fasteners of a fixture to be supported thereby may be provided on the fixture support. Preferably, the fixture support is sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Reiker Enterprises of Northwest Florida, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 6096974
    Abstract: An electrical mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A dimpled hole is provided in the top wall, and a supplemental fixture support extends into the dimpled hole for engaging at least a portion of the walls thereof. A threaded hole may be provided on the supplemental fixture support. The supplemental fixture support may be a rivet. A rough surface or fluting may be provided on a portion of the supplemental fixture support for engaging the walls of the dimpled hole. Preferably, the supplemental fixture support has exposed portions which are sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages such exposed surfaces of the supplemental fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 5981874
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A dimpled hole is provided in the top wall, and a supplemental fixture support extends into the dimpled hole for engaging at least a portion of the walls thereof. A threaded hole may be provided on the supplemental fixture support. The supplemental fixture support may be a rivet. A rough surface or fluting may be provided on a portion of support for engaging the walls of the dimpled hole. Preferably, the supplemental fixture support has exposed portions which are sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages such exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 5965845
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A supplemental fixture support is disposed in the cavity. An opening is provided in the side wall, and the supplemental fixture support extends into the opening. A threaded hole may be provided on the supplemental fixture support. The supplemental fixture support may be a rivet. Preferably, the supplemental fixture support is sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 5909006
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A supplemental fixture support is disposed in the cavity. A dimple is provided in the top wall, and the supplemental fixture support engages the dimple. A threaded hole may be provided on the supplemental fixture support. The supplemental fixture support may be a rivet. Preferably, the supplemental fixture support is sufficiently smooth for preventing wear to plastic-coated electrical wire which engages exposed surfaces of the fixture support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 5907124
    Abstract: An electrical junction box or mounting assembly includes a box having a top wall and a side wall. The side wall extends downwardly away from the top wall and defines a cavity therein. A hole is provided in the side wall, and a fixture support is disposed in the hole. A threaded hole is provided on the fixture support, and the threaded hole is sized for mating with the threads of a fixture fastener. The fastener may be a screw. The fixture support may be made of metal, and the side wall and/or top wall may be made of plastic. The fastener may be a stud having the threaded hole therein. Flutes may be provided on the stud for engaging with the plastic/metal side wall for preventing rotation of the stud. An adhesive sufficiently strong to adhere the junction box to a downwardly facing surface may be provided on the top wall of the junction box. The adhesive may be in the form of double-sided tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Reiker
  • Patent number: 5808871
    Abstract: A modular tower having a plurality of bays. The bays are fitted with rails upon which individual trays slide. The trays are detailed to carry electronic components. Each tray is fitted with electrical connectors which are connected to corresponding electrical connectors on a backplane in the tower. The tower can be employed vertically and horizontally. The tower has easily removable top and side panels and has a two component base that may be adjustably secured to one or more of the towers. The front thereof is fitted with a removable frame which carries a hinged door. The frame can be removed and rotated 180.degree. in order to change the swing of the door from left to right and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: SMS Data Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert F. Rosecan, James J. Geanakos, Joseph S. Grajewski, Juan J. Hernandez, Juan L. Morales, James F. Reich, Michael S. Williams, Everett L. Yore
  • Patent number: 5248850
    Abstract: An electrical box connector conduit is fixedly mounted between adjacent electrical boxes through aligned box bores. The conduit structure includes a central conduit member having first and second abutment flanges mounted fixedly to the first and second ends of the conduit member. The conduit member is internally threaded to threadedly receive first and second externally threaded tubes. The first and second tubes include first and second tube flanges, with respective side walls of the respective boxes captured between a respective tube flange and abutment flange to direct electrical cable through the conduit structure between the electrical boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Inventor: Robbye J. Laney