Joint Includes Separate Fastener (e.g., Rivet, Bolt, Screw, Etc.) Patents (Class 220/692)
  • Patent number: 9267521
    Abstract: A batten joint for an internal floating roof of a fluid tank. The floating roof has at least a first panel having a first panel edge and a second panel having a second panel edge. The batten joint comprises a first panel retainer or retaining means adapted for retaining the first panel edge, a second panel retainer or retaining means adapted for retaining the second panel edge, and at least one batten engaging the first and second panel retainer or retaining means in a spaced apart configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Baillie Tank Equipment Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Robert James Baillie
  • Patent number: 8918949
    Abstract: There is provided a paint distributing plate system for insertion into a paint bucket having an external upper rim. The paint distributing plate system comprises a paint distributing plate with a lower part and an upper part, where the lower part has a width being smaller than the diameter of the largest cross-sectional dimension of the paint bucket, and a pair of adjustable attachment hook arrangements provided on the upper part of the paint distributing plate, one on each side of the paint distributing plate, for securing the paint distributing plate to the upper rim of the paint bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jan Henrik Petersen
  • Patent number: 8763847
    Abstract: An insulation unit including an inner lining having an inner face and an outer face, in which the inner face is disposed to define a cavity of the insulation unit is provided. An insulating foam is disposed on the outer face of the inner lining, and the insulating foam includes an inner face and an outer face, and the inner face of the insulating foam is adhered to the outer face of the inner lining. An outer lining is disposed on the outer face of the insulating foam. The outer lining includes a non self-supporting flexible skin which is adapted to define at least parts of an outer surface of the insulation unit and is adhered to the outer face of the insulating foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Julio Mortarotti
  • Patent number: 8720737
    Abstract: A variable-diameter tank construction system is provided. The tank construction system uses sets of wedges (shims) and bevel-faced spacers (washers) in conjunction with the field connections of the vertical edges of adjacent modular tank wall panels, so as to create an angular deviation between the tangent lines of the wall panels immediately adjacent to and on either side of the vertical joint between the connected panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Global Fabrication, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Raybuck, Luke Sicard, II
  • Patent number: 8690005
    Abstract: A vacuum chamber comprising a plurality of wall panels enclosing an interior space, in which the wall panels are removably attached to form the chamber using a plurality of connection members for locating the wall panels in a predetermined arrangement. The vacuum chamber further comprises one or more sealing members provided at the edges of the wall panels. The wall panels are arranged so that a vacuum tight seal is formed at the edges of the wall panels as a result of forming a vacuum in the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mapper Lithography IP B.V.
    Inventors: Sander Baltussen, Guido De Boer, Tijs Frans Teepen, Hugo Martijn Makkink
  • Publication number: 20140007635
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure vessel and a pressing arrangement comprising such a pressure vessel, for use at high-pressure pressing. The pressure vessel comprises a pressure chamber arranged for accommodating a pressure medium is provided. The pressure vessel comprises one or several cylinder segment/segments arranged to form a pressure vessel cylinder surrounding the pressure chamber, whereby a joint is formed at adjacent longitudinal edges of the cylinder segment/segments. Prestressing means are provided around an outer envelope surface of the pressure vessel cylinder for radially prestressing the pressure vessel cylinder. Each joint at adjacent edges of the cylinder segment or segments has a continuous extension along the longitudinal length of the pressure vessel cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: AVURE TECHNOLOGIES AB
    Inventors: Mats Gardin, Lennart Svensson
  • Patent number: 8499954
    Abstract: A packing mechanism includes a plurality of first connecting members connecting end to end to form a polygon; and a plurality of sidewalls mounted on the first connecting members. Each first connecting member includes a main body, and a fixing portion mounted on an end of the main body. The main body defines at least two latching portions and at least one connecting portion. Each sidewall includes a base body and at least one positioning portion formed at an end of the base body, and the positioning portion latches with the connecting portion of the corresponding first connecting member. The fixing portion engages with one of the latching portions of an adjacent first connecting member; such that a volume of the packing mechanism is adjustable by engaging the fixing portion with another one of the latching portions of the adjacent first connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industy Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zi-Ming Tang
  • Patent number: 8453835
    Abstract: A water-proof container for holding a mobile device includes a base adapted to support a mobile device, a cover, a hinge for interconnecting the base and cover to one another, and a locking mechanism for locking the cover to the base. A groove is formed in an interior wall of the cover in circumscribing relation to the cover. A thin, transparent sheet of plastic has a bead formed in its peripheral edge and the bead is press fit into the groove so that the thin sheet of plastic closely overlies the operative face of the mobile device when the cover is latched to the base. A hollow lock housing is pivotally mounted about a pivot pin. A one hundred eighty degree (180°) rotation of the lock housing positions the opening on an opposite side of the container 10, capturing the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Kar Ming So
  • Patent number: 8393494
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a large-volume storage vessel (100, 100?), comprising a closure section (200, 200?, 200?) closed by a base (210, 210?, 210?), another closure section (200, 200?, 200?) or a base (400) and/or and at least one intermediate section (300, 300?), at least two of the adjoining components being joined to each other by a joining means (500) comprising two collars (510) produced on the annular free ends of these two components while being turned facing each other, a plurality of bolts (520) passing through the two collars (510) in order to assemble them. According to the invention, the joining means comprises a plurality of washers (522) mounted on the screws of the bolts (520) while being interposed between the two collars (510) in order to form between them an annular volume (532) for receiving a sealing means (530).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Maya Group
    Inventor: Yannick Juhere
  • Patent number: 7784631
    Abstract: The invention provides improved collapsible storage container (10) which has a first pair of folding side gates (11) and a second pair of folding end gates (12), with each gate (11, 12) being pivotally mounted with respect to a pallet base. Each gate (11) has detachably mounted along opposite vertical margins thereof approximately c-shaped posts (22) each of which has a locking flange (23). Each gate (12) has angle members (35) attached to and extending along opposite vertical frame members (30, 31) and forming therewith a flange receiving slot (40) for slidably locating a respective locking flange (23). The gates (11, 12) when in their erect positions interlock with one another along their adjacent vertical margins which enhances the stiffness and rigidity of the container (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Rees Operations Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Arthur Raymond Winn, Trevor Dean Kelly
  • Publication number: 20100072211
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a reusable shipping container. The container may comprise six multi-layered walls of a plastic material. Further, the container may comprise a rail fastened to a top edge of the container with a plurality of first fasteners, wherein the fasteners penetrate on the rail, a first layer and a second layer of the container. Moreover, the container may comprise an insulation layer of vacuum insulation material and an inner layer corresponding to each wall of the container. Methods are also described for packing a parcel for shipment. The insulation layer and the inner layer are inserted into the container, wherein the inner layer encloses the parcel. Thereafter, an insulation layer corresponding to a top wall is inserted and the top wall is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Eggs Overnight, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent H. Dickinson, Nissim Ozer, Robert C. Smallman
  • Publication number: 20100018965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a round container and to a round container configured for said method, which provide faster construction of the round container, mostly independent from the precision of the preliminary work in spite of high final precision, and which provide simple transportation of the components to the construction site. This is accomplished by the invention through setting up wall profiles (2), which are continuous over the wall height of the round container (1) and which have in particular a flat inner surface, continuously along the circumference and by connecting them with one another and with the subsurface in particular through bolting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: SCHMIDT-SEEGER GMBH
    Inventors: Franz Gõtz, Michael Nieberler
  • Patent number: 7581655
    Abstract: A pullbox assembly for use in wiring having an upwardly tapered cylindrical main body having a larger diameter base than top for preventing upward movement of the pullbox when installed in the ground due to frost or soil conditions. The taper of the pullbox allows fill to be placed all around the pullbox easily. The pullbox may have a base with apertures, or a ledge at the base's rim, for allowing fill to exit when lifting the pullbox to a desired height in a hole. The fill exiting the base of the pullbox forms a smooth, even base for the pullbox when the pullbox is rotated in the hole. The apertures in the base also act as drainholes for letting water in and out and preventing groundwater from lifting the pullbox after installation. A strong lightweight plastic cover can be used to cover the pullbox for street traffic use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Julian P. Trangsrud
  • Patent number: 7478734
    Abstract: A volumetric efficient collapsible and tamper proof container for protecting goods contained therein during transportation and storage. The container comprises six walls perpendicularly and hingedly mounted to each other to define a cubic space therein. Long and short elongated pins are passed through openings in knuckle extensions on the sides of the walls and they are cooperatively disposed to offset each opposite tubular member to permit the coaxial alignment of the respective through openings. Locking tubular members are used to keep one or more of the long pins in place. The long pins keep the shorter pins in place. Seal members are used to prevent the removal of one or more of the long pins that are keeping the short pins in place. The other long and short elongated pins are kept in place with locking tubular members that can only be removed when the walls are flat on a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Edgar Hidalgo Vargas
  • Publication number: 20080135566
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for containing and removing construction debris at a construction site. The apparatus comprises a base having low side walls and side boards mated therewith to form a construction debris container. The base is preferably molded plastic having collapsible side board stabilizers molded therein. The side boards are preferably conventional sheets of plywood. In the preferred embodiment, the base is delivered to a construction site and the side boards are disposed inside the side walls and secured together with a joiner to form a substantially rigid construction debris container. Once the container is filled with construction debris, the debris is removed from the container using relatively lightweight equipment such as a grapple. The construction debris container is then disassembled and removed from the construction site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Val L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7185778
    Abstract: Barrier units and articles made therefrom, particularly constraining bands of high strength and low weight for containing articles, especially in blast resistant container assemblies, are disclosed. The barrier unit comprises a surface having a regular polygonal perimeter with a plurality of substantially parallel sides, each of which terminates in at least one loop integral with the surface. The surface comprises at least one network of high strength fiber with at least about 50 weight percent of the fiber comprising substantially contianuous lengths of fiber aligned in the hoop direction of the loops. The barrier units have utility as constraining bands for loads of articles like logs, and as doors/closures for access openings to the interior of aircraft blast resistant cargo containers. They are also useful as fences and window protectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Palley, Gary Allan Harpell, Max Wilhelm Gerlach
  • Patent number: 6435557
    Abstract: A fluid tank assembly comprises a first tank half having an upper edge flange with an expanded section or ledge extending outwards. A second mating tank half similarly has a lower edge flange and extending ledge. Both ledges have apertures, with lower ledge aperture having a smaller diameter than the upper ledge aperture. The second aperture has a raised edge or lip, so that an annular groove is formed between the lip and the inner edge of the upper aperture when the surfaces of the mating flanges and ledges are in contact and the apertures are coaxial. The two flange and ledge surfaces are normally welded or otherwise secured together. A binding material is added to the annular groove to substantially fill its volume so that a sealing connection is created. This sealing connection near the bolt aperture overcomes the sealing problem that is normally present in this region, and therefore extends the service life of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Sandor Palvoelgyi
  • Patent number: 6390359
    Abstract: An article-holding box comprises a bottom plate and a plurality of side plates. The bottom plate and the side plates form and define a space for holding articles such that two adjoining ends of the side plates are joined together by a corner structure. The corner structure comprises a first connection end of the side plates and a second connection end of the side plates. The second connection end is contiguous to the first connection end. Both connection ends are provided with retaining devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 6361055
    Abstract: Sealed structural joints for use in manufacturing pressurized tank structures, and particularly cryogenic fuel tanks. In a preferred embodiment, the structural joints and seals comprise a strain-compliant material as applied to a joint or seam to provide a surface to bridge the joint with a continuous skin so as to provide a completed bonded inner surface. In the preferred embodiment, the strain-compliant material comprises honeycomb, although foam cores and homogenous elastomeric materials may also be utilized. Among the specific applications by which the joint seals of the present invention may be employed include splice joint seals, frame seals, and access cover openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Lloyd Grover
  • Patent number: 6354457
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a housing forming a chamber of a polygonal cross-section, the sides of the housing being formed by at least one panel, the panel forming one side being connected to the panels forming an adjacent side by a connector assembly that permits the connected panels at the juncture of the connector assembly to pivot or move relative to one another in the substantial absence of any bending stress at such juncture, and a seal being used to form fluid-tight seals between adjacent sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Audley L. Aaron
  • Patent number: 6161714
    Abstract: A cargo container which has sufficient strength and rigidity. The container includes side walls, a roof and a base, wherein at least the side walls are made of FRP (fiber reinforced plastics) plates, and wherein adjacent two sides of the plates are made of an integrally formed continuous FRP panel. The cargo container is suited for use in an aircraft, ship, freight train or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masashi Matsuura, Nobuhiko Shimizu, Masayoshi Yamagiwa, Hiroshi Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 6145683
    Abstract: A set-up assembly of casing for electric appliances includes four members of a base, left and right side covers and a front cover, in which the base and side covers are coupled with an interlocking coupling and internal screw fastening, the front cover is mounted to the base with latches and clamps, and pairs of the base and front cover mounted to the base are provided for direct connection in mutually side-by-side manner, while the bases in the adjacent pairs can be mutually coupled with the interlocking couplings and connected in gripping manner with connecting metal fittings, for the extension in integralized state, without exposing wiring cables of the appliances to the exterior of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Nitsuko Corporation
    Inventor: Eiichi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 5971187
    Abstract: A hinge pivotally connects two side wall panels for use as a collapsible container. The hinge has a first leaf hingedly joined to a second leaf. The first leaf and second leaf each have a pair of spaced prehensile panels for receiving an edge of a side wall panel. The prehensile panels have a plurality of inwardly extending tabs. An internal clip is sized to extend through an aperture along the edge of each of the side wall panels. The internal clip engages the tabs interconnecting the spaced prehensile panels and attaches the first leaf and the second leaf to an edge of each of the two side wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: Michael Clee, James Tramontin
  • Patent number: 5769257
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for minimizing blast damage caused by an explosive device carried in luggage or other cargo loaded on an aircraft. A first cargo container is provided which includes a non-explosion-resistant panel. A second cargo container, also including a non-explosion-resistant panel is paired with the first container and both containers are loaded in the cargo bay such that the non-explosion-resistant panels face inboard, oppose and align with one another. The method provides a controlled venting feature whereby explosive products are vented into the adjacent container in the cargo bay of an aircraft through non-explosion-resistant panel on the inboard side of the container. The container is constructed of lightweight, high-strength materials and may be joined to a supporting structure with threaded fasteners, allowing for efficient replacement of damaged panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Galaxy Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Howard J. Fleisher, Edward M. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 5720403
    Abstract: A generally rectangular shaped shipping crate formed from abutting plywood panels and having at each one of the vertices an externally ribbed fitting made from high tensile strength, impact-absorbing plastic fixedly fastened to and securing abutting panels together and having at each joint between abutting panels an elongated, externally ribbed fitting made from high tensile strength, impact-absorbing plastic fixedly fastened to and securing the abutting panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Henry W. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 5687868
    Abstract: A container (1) provided with profiled wall and roof panels (2, 3) which are secured to each other via welded U-profiles (5). One leg (6') of the U-profiles (5) comprises an inwardly extending flap (8) for the subsequent mounting of transverse suspension devices (9). The container can hereby be equipped with suspension devices for the suspension of goods at any time in operation, without it being necessary to take the container out of service to perform a time-consuming subsequent mounting by riveting or welding of rails or profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Maersk Container Industri AS
    Inventor: Michael Kannegaard
  • Patent number: 5490604
    Abstract: A plurality of identical wall panels connected together by removable rods driven through holes in adjacent corners of adjacent panels and into the ground. The device includes a cover which is shaped to fit four wall panels. Also, a greater number of panels can be used. The wall panels and cover each is a molded plastic member. The entire device consists of the wall panels, the cover, and the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Shape Plastics Corp.
    Inventor: Norman Alexander
  • Patent number: 5442666
    Abstract: A tank is disclosed for containing a liquid in which control rod drive shafts of a nuclear power plant are stored. The tank comprises a lower tank portion having a bottom and a tank wall extending outwardly from the bottom for defining a lower storage cavity of the tank. An upper tank portion having walls is removably attached to the lower tank portion for defining an upper storage cavity of the tank. A plurality of tubes are arranged in the lower tank portion for adaptably receiving the shafts for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Robert E. Meuschke, Thomas G. Bengel, Frank I. Bauer, Phillip E. Miller
  • Patent number: 5419430
    Abstract: A container (10) includes a hoop (14) defining first and second open faces (16, 18). A flexible membrane (20) is secured tautly to the hoop to cover the first open face, whereby the flexible membrane serves as a percussion drum head and the hoop and flexible membrane cooperatively define a cavity (22) for receiving articles (24). A removable lid (26) selectively covers the second open face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Pacific Salmon Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Diana J. Wilson, David Hornblow, Peter Hickey
  • Patent number: 5360143
    Abstract: A hopper for solids is disclosed which, in one aspect, has a main hollow body for storing the solids, an inlet for feeding solids into the main hollow body, a discharge section for discharging the solids from the main hollow body, and a plastic liner device loosely covering interior surfaces of the hopper. In one aspect the plastic liner device includes sub-parts, each sub-part secured to a sub-part of the main hollow body and/or to the inlet or discharge sections. In one aspect separate sealed compartments facilitating leak detection are formed between each liner sub-part and the wall of the main hollow body. Also disclosed is a hopper that provides both primary (liner) and secondary (hopper wall) containment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. Stultz
  • Patent number: 5148932
    Abstract: The Assembly has a base formed of a strip or sheet of plastic material which has a plurality of holes formed therein. Holes in ends of the sheet are aligned to receive fasteners to fix the sheet into a simple band. Other plastic sheets are turned into cylinders, which are set into the base, for the receipt therein of recyclable materials. The cylinders or sleeves are also formed of multi-holed sheets of plastic material. Again, sheet end holes are used, with fasteners, to fix the sleeves into their cylindrical form. Further ones of the holes are used to fix adjacent sleeves together, in the base, and some are used to fix the sleeves to the base. The Assembly can be provided as a rolled-up kit of the requisite holed sheets and a supply of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Orefice
  • Patent number: 5099607
    Abstract: A container in which plants are to be grown comprised of a flexible strip of material having a length greater than its width and having an inner and an outer surface. The inner surface is formed in part by a lattice of root guiding recesses, at least some of the recesses being of substantially truncated conical form having a wall which converges towards a hole through the strip. The outer surface is formed in part by a lattice of protruberances at the same relative positional arrangement as the recesses so that when the strip is arranged in a cylinder with its opposite ends overlapping, the protruberances on the outer surface of one end nest within the recesses on the inner surface of the other end at the overlap. Fastening means is provided to hold the strip in that overlapping, nested engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Ronneby Tree Farm Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter A. Lawton
  • Patent number: 5058756
    Abstract: A semi-monocoque or stressed skin cargo vehicle uses plates interconnected and reinforced by flanged side posts and the plates are sandwiched between by top and bottom rails and the posts, the flanges being of substantially the same thickness as the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Trailmobile, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Green
  • Patent number: 5052569
    Abstract: A safety storage enclosure for housing containers of hazardous material is formed using wall components that have complementary edge formations that extend vertically and connect with elongate framing members to provide post-like supports. The wall components connect at their lower end regions with a welded, generally rectangular base assembly, and at their upper end regions with a correspondingly configured roof assembly, with the post-like supports strengthening the enclosure by providing rigid, columnar structures that extend from the base to the roof assembly. Front, back and opposed end walls of a variety of lengths can be formed using selected sets of "standard" wall panels and wall-corner panels, and "door panels" can be substituted for selected wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Clinton T. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5028740
    Abstract: A hollow housing case of an electriclly conducting plate which has one insulating surface includes a connecting part to connect together electrically both ends of the plate. The connecting part is a bent portion which is formed by bending at least one end of the plate and enabling the non-insulating surfaces at both ends to face and contact with each other surely. Further, the hollow housing case comprises a fastening member for finally fastening together both ends of the plate. By the fastening member, a hollow housing case of any size can be fabricated easily, without the process of pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Iwastu Electric Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Chikamasa Tomiya